A Ceramicist at Home in the City
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Michele Michael of Elephant Ceramics takes us on a tour of her cheery Red Hook, Brooklyn, apartment, with a recently remodeled kitchen and appealing splashes of color. About a year and a half ago, Michael and her husband, children's book author and illustrator Patrick Moore , decided the kitchen needed an overhaul ("we cook all the time, and we needed more counter space and more storage," Michael says). They reconfigured the space to create an open floor plan with a free-standing work counter; Moore, who is a skilled carpenter, designed and built the kitchen cabinetry using marine grade plywood with a white laminate. Throughout the apartment, Michael's own organically shaped ceramics with painterly glazes add dashes of color and texture; to learn more about her ceramics and to join the mailing list, go to Elephant Ceramics (her next sale is on Tuesday, July 31). N.B. See Michael's garden at A Terrace Garden in Red Hook—Roses Included . Photography by Philip Ficks . Above: Michael keeps it easy: midcentury Nelson pendant lights, white subway tiles, and Pure White Caesarstone countertops. Above: A collection of Michael's own ceramics pieces animates a corner of the kitchen. Above: The kitchen is small but functional; the floors are blue Moroccan tile from Imports from Marrakesh . Above: Dashs of color enliven the white interiors; the Cherry Checker Canvas Pillow ($61) is from Hable Construction. A collection of Michael's own ceramics is displayed on the glass coffee table. The jewel-toned brilliant blue Moroccan Beni M'Guild Carpet is from Breuckelen Berber. Above: A collection of pottery and glassware on a midcentury sideboard. The painting is by Heather Chontos ; Michael custom ordered the Eames lounger in blue leather from Hive Modern. Above: A bear figurine adds a note of levity to the tableau; the small white vase at left is by Elephant Ceramics; the striped vases at right are by Paula Greif . Above: Red, white, and blue in the bedroom. For more of Michele Michael's home, see A Terrace Garden in Red Hook—Roses Included. N.B.: To see more color inspiration, see 523 images of Blue Rooms in our Gallery of rooms and spaces.