In 2018, a serendipitous meeting with Lori Paranjape at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, led to our Emerald Undercounter Refrigerator Drawers taking center stage in a bar designed by the interior designer for a Tennessee spec home renovation. We were already excited for the event that year as we were introducing our new Emerald finish—a rich verdant color known to promote wellbeing, balance, and harmony. And then, much to our happy surprise, designer Lori Paranjape rounded the corner, and the rest, as they say, is design history.
“When I walked around the corner at KBIS and saw the Emerald refrigerators for the first time, I was floored,” says Paranjape. “I shared them on my Instagram and immediately got a message from my clients… they said they HAD to have them and where could they go?” In comes a small room that formerly housed a treadmill, that was also perfectly situated near the dining room. Paranjape immediately turned the room into a chic, design-forward bar with fantastic storage and ample counter space. Custom cabinets were painted black and two sets of our indoor/outdoor Undercounter Refrigerator Drawers were placed side by side, adding a beautiful pop of color against the black in our vibrant emerald finish and brass hardware. A textural grasscloth wallcovering in a bright green and natural colorway adds a tailored appeal and follows the color scheme theme throughout the home. In the living room, a deep emerald green velvet sofa grounds the room while in the kitchen, cabinetry was painted in Benjamin Moore’s Black Fox color.
“The [homeowners] are young and hip and vibrant, and they didn’t want status-quo,” says Paranjape. “They really wanted their house to make a statement.” Keeping this in mind, the designer outfitted the dining room in a striking black grasscloth wallpaper, contrasting the walls with white curtain panels, modern chairs upholstered in a bright white velvet, eye-catching artwork, an oval dining table with beautifully veined light wood, and a custom-made glass-butterfly chandelier. Meanwhile, the entrance foyer’s pink lacquered ceiling begs guests to look up while hand-painted walls by a local graffiti artist add interest. The powder room also caters to the homeowners’ wishes, with a bold curvilinear black-and-white pattern creating a striking point of view. It’s a house with a great deal of personality and bold design choices that stun. We’re ecstatic to be a part of this ultra-cool project—the design of the bar is one we would replicate in our own home!
About Lori Paranjape
Lori Paranjape—whose work has appeared in People, Domino, House Beautiful, Traditional Home, HGTV Magazine, and many more—is one of the brightest stars in Nashville’s creative constellation. Her eponymous firm, Mrs. Paranjape Design + Interiors which began in 2008, specializes in luxury residential and new construction projects that take her around the country. Recognized for her “New Classic” aesthetic—a super clean, modernized, fresh twist on traditional design—Lori adapts this signature style in unexpected ways while fulfilling the unique needs of each client. Affectionately known as @mrsparanjape by her 80,000 Instagram followers, Lori’s work is covered frequently by design blogs and editorial outlets, is a sought-after collaborator with leading lifestyle brands, and speaks regularly at prestigious industry panels, design markets and events. Lori recently launched her first collection in home décor, The Mrs. Paranjape Papers, a wallpaper line with lifestyle brand, Mitchell Black, which can be found at Anthropologie and leading retailers.