Pamela Shamshiri’s 7 Kitchen Design Essentials

Great barstools

When it comes to kitchen stools, it’s important to get it right. Shamshiri swears by the popular BassamFellows Tractor bar stools. The Square Guest stool by BDDW is another favorite. “This has become our new go-to stool because the legs don’t splay out,” she says. “Kids have an easier time with this one. It’s very indestructible and it’s more comfortable than it looks.”

Statement tile

Throughout Studio Shamshiri’s kitchens, you’ll see tile being used over and over again, in numerous forms, colors, and applications. In a Manhattan loft, BDDW tiles add a handcrafted touch. Shamshiri is also a big fan of zellige tile—“it’s one of the oldest processes as far as making tiles,” she explains. “There’s something appetizing and yummy about that.” 

Floors are another opportunity to create a striking tile moment. One project shows a black terra-cotta tile floor, while another features reclaimed cement tile in a

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KAA Design and Pamela Smith Interiors Interweave Indoors and Out for a Southern California Abode

The main bedroom, with custom walnut bed and Jiun Ho upholstered bench, has a private courtyard featuring a reflecting pool and a Japanese ofuro soaking tub. Photography by Roger Davies.

Most empty nesters downsize. Not this couple: Rebuilding on the same Southern California property where they’d raised their three children, the duo upsized from around 6,000 square feet to 10,500—and did a complete about-face design-wise. Leading the clients on their journey from traditional to contemporary were L.A.–based architecture firm KAA Design and San Diego’s Pamela Smith Interiors. A full-fledged collaboration gave rise to what’s been dubbed the Tree House. 

A cedar garage door contrasts with the motor court’s wall of board-formed concrete. Photography by Roger Davies.

The trapezoidal site was, in a word, spectacular. Set on a promontory overlooking the Pacific Ocean about a mile away, the two acres were filled with mature oaks, Torrey pines, and magnolia trees—ergo

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