HGTV's Top Ten

Have you all seen the great new show on HGTV called HGTV’s Top Ten? After my client’s  bathroom reached number one a couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to reach number two for a  kitchen I did on Long Island (after it had been picked for the cover of Met Home too!).


One of the strongest features in the kitchen is the terracotta tiles that were in place when the client bought the house and which I had treated with the same stain that was used on the pine floors to stain the terracotta so they’re a real rich color. We used wax to seal the dark terracotta tiles and I think it’s a great solution for those who and are tired of their own terracotta floors. We used great Saarinan chairs pulled up to a wonderful french antique table I bought in California. (BTW – the number one pick kitchen was really beautiful, but not as pretty as mine!) 

Tune in to the show every Tuesday at 8:30pm EST and be on the look out for some other rooms of mine that are still being featured. I also know that some of my regular readers have rooms coming up in the show. Are these truly the ten best rooms in the country? I don’t know, but I’m glad to be counted among them.


  • OH I love that rustic pine trestle table juxtaposed against the white contemporary cabinet and chairs. It just makes the room feel more accessible and comfortable. Lovely.

    Tricia – Avolli

    May 11, 2009
  • I won’t embarrass you with fulsome praise, except to say OF COURSE YOUR ROOMS ARE IN THE TOP 10! I would expect nothing less!

    Felicidades! oh, btw – absolutely LOVE the stained terracotta – what a refreshing change – I didn’t know one could do that. I’m not a fan of ‘regular’ colored terracotta so this is an excellent thing to know. Did you have to sand or otherwise deglaze it for it to take the stain?

    May 11, 2009
  • Just the perfect contrast and contradiction with those Saarinan chairs & the rough french table … . brilliant, as always!

    May 11, 2009
  • Thanks for the feedback, Tricia & Judith. Anita – thank you very much for the compliment. Yes, we had to sand the tile before we stained it.

    May 11, 2009
  • This room is stunning – I quite enjoy the contrasts between the clean, sleek look of the chairs and cabinetry with the time worn European table. This room is stylish and timeless.

    The tile is incredible…when visiting France, the hotel we stayed in had such stunning tiles, quite similar to those shown above. I recall the nice, cool feeling of them beneath my feet – they seem to help keep the home warm during those hot summer months…

    May 11, 2009
  • correction: they seem to keep the home cool during those hot summer months…

    May 12, 2009
  • Jacquelyn

    waxing anything to me brings out such a beautiful luster and warmth…I love the floor, these floors are used so much in France (and I’m sure other parts of Europe 🙂 and they are truly resilient and beautiful…I love trestle tables, this one in particular is very bold and brings the contrast of the chairs front and centre…what a beautifully put together room…I love your eclectic style…in this one room, you can see modern/antique, traditional/country…seemingly effortlessly together…that’s the true beauty of your design style….

    May 12, 2009
  • Very beautiful kitchen, I love the floors, but especially the glas cabinet. It is different and raises the style level 100 % !

    May 12, 2009
  • Chiming in a little late, but what a beautiful kitchen! It is stunning yet accessible, and the mixture of materials is great!

    May 13, 2009
  • […] what the talented Vincente Wolf created in this room.  He pulled up uber-modern chairs to a table made to look old, and […]

    June 27, 2011

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