Taking a break one day, he walked up to the carriage house on his four-acre property—
an essential element of any estate built in 1890. Although the former horse stalls were so packed with rotten storm windows, doors, and random detritus they couldn’t open, Baravalle realized he had the perfect office (and a lot of work) right in his backyard.
After four years of tireless salvaging efforts, hiring a contractor, and sandblast- ing off the grit and grime of horses and time, the former carriage house has been reborn as home to the offices of de.MO (design.Method of Operation), Baravalle’s award-winning multidisciplinary design and publishing firm. The carriage house is now a beautiful and serene environment that contrasts nicely with the glow of sleek, white Macs and Artemide lamps.
Contributing editor Deborah Bishop approached "Kitchen Design 101" with keen interest, as she is currently plotting her own kitchen renovation. "Having read and been told that this is the most important room in the house- and seeing such an array of aesthetic approaches- I am now effectively paralyzed," confesses Bishop, even though her culinary triumphs tend, at best, toward toast and French-press coffee.