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Kitchen Countertop Trends: Granite Not the Only Option!

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High-end design is making a statement in countertop trends and granite, although still leading the pack has strong competition from other materials according to Reviewed.com and I recommend become a part of your consideration before updating or building your new kitchen.

During the International EuroCucina 2014 Show in Milan, Italy a large variety of granite alternatives were on display and we would love for you to take a look at six finishes that include tempered glass, ceramics, nanotech materials, wood, stainless steel and tile. Have fun considering these options:

Tempered Glass-Thick, translucent material is tough, tactile and easy to clean. Offered in a variety of colors by Leicht.

Tempered Glass Countertop by Leicht

Tempered Glass Countertop by Leicht

Ceramics-Described as the “closest thing you can get to indestructible.” The material is scratch-resistant, easy to clean and cool to the touch.

Ceramic Countertop by Leicht

Ceramic Countertop by Leicht

Nanotech Materials-countertop is anti-reflective, anti-fingerprint, self-healing and soft to the touch. Offered by Arpa Industriale, designed by Arrital.

Nanotech Matte Countertop by Arpa Industriale

Nanotech Matte Countertop by Arpa Industriale

Wood-Solid and wood-finished countertops from mahogany, ebony to light pine and bamboo.

Wood-Stone Countertop by Snaidero

Wood-Stone Countertop by Snaidero

Stainless Steel-Continues to be a choice among contemporary styled kitchens or paired with other materials for a fresh, clean look.

Stainless Steel Countertop by Arrital

Stainless Steel Countertop by Arrital

Tile-A staple choice with an updated look. Mosaic multi-function island by Minacciolo’s Mina.

Mosaic Tile Countertop by Minacciolo

Mosaic Tile Countertop by Minacciolo

Now that you’re in the know, enjoy making the best decision for your kitchen project!


Decorating Trends: Architectural Digest Living Room Showcase

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Every now and then when you come across a magnificent interior space as a designer, you have to share the moment and pass it along for others to enjoy. Decorating Trends: Living Room Showcase is just that, a showcase of well-designed interiors featured in Architectural Digest that execute the fundamentals of great design in a well balanced, elegant and inviting way that draws you into the space.

Key Largo, Florida

Key Largo, Fl, Architect William Taylor, Photo by Deborah Whitlaw LLewellyn

Architect William Taylor, Photo by Deborah Whitlaw LLewellyn

These living rooms have made the final 10 and by clicking through to the site you can vote by choosing your favorite room. All design styles are represented and at the end of this article I will leave you with my top three, maybe four – although it is hard to choose just three.

Avon, Colorado

Avon, Colorado, Designed by Sarah Carr Design

Designed by Sarah Carr Design

Chicago, Illinois

Designed by Maureen Vaught

Designed by Maureen Vaught

Coral Gables, Florida

Designed by Michael Wolk, Architect Florence Knoll

Designed by Michael Wolk, Architect Florence Knoll

Taipei, Taiwan

Designed by Sharon Tsai

Designed by Sharon Tsai

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Coral Gables, Florida

Designed by Charlotte Dunagan, Architect David Johnson

Designed by Charlotte Dunagan, Architect David Johnson

Portola Valley, California

Designed by Erica Johnston

Designed by Erica Johnston

Bellevue, Washington

Designed by Garret Cord Werner

Designed by Garret Cord Werner

Wilmington, Delaware

Wilminton, Delaware

Wilmington, Delaware

Did you notice that all 10 spaces were designed in a style fitting for the region of the world they existed in?

Before clicking through let me know your fav! I love them all but my favorite spaces are Key Largo, Fl – Chicago, IL – Coral Gables, Fl and Portola Valley, CA!

Visit Architectural Digest to vote your favorite until September 19th!

Update: The winner of the Living Room Showcase has been announced – the award goes to Chicago Project by Homeowner Maureen Vaught!

Designed by Maureen Vaught

Designed by Maureen Vaught, Photo by Bruce Lehman

The traditional room features a stone fireplace, built-in bookshelves and detailed millwork. “The room, a library in its original incarnation was the perfect back drop for our mix of furniture and accessories,” says Vaught.

For more information on the Living Room Showcase, follow this link. Thanks for participating!

 

 

 


Fall Design Color Trends

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Fall is in the air and our homes need a little inspiration to begin the decor transition. Now that the new color forecasts have been revealed for next year we can take our cue from some of the experts in the field of color trends.

Color has become more of a lifestyle rather than a seasonal adjustment. Homeowners want a color plan that is less rigid, more expressive of their personality and that works throughout the year. This lends itself to year-round hues that offer a back drop against your favorite pieces that can be tweaked for seasonal delight.

Deeper yet warmer hues are leading the color trends when you take a look at Pantone’s and Sherwin-Williams 2014 Color of the Year. Benjamin Moore decided to break away from the pack as you can see below:

Pantone's 2014 Color of the Year~Radiant Orchid-18-3224

Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year~Radiant Orchid-18-3224

Pantone’s Radiant Orchid “blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination.” Pantone

Sherwin-Williams 2014 Color of the Year, SW6263, Exclusive Plum

Sherwin-Williams 2014 Color of the Year, SW6263, Exclusive Plum

Sherwin-Williams Exclusive Plum: “this dusky, filtered violet is refined without being stuffy, elegant yet easy, and layered with romantic potential,” Jackie Jordan, Sherwin-Williams.

Benjamin Moore 2014 Color of the Year-Breath of Fresh Air

Benjamin Moore 2014 Color of the Year-Breath of Fresh Air

Benjamin Moore Breath of Fresh Air: “a gorgeous, ethereal blue serving as a ‘new neutral’ that is livable and functional.”

According to Laurie Pressman, vice president of Pantone Color Institute, we can expect color trends to move in the following direction:

  • Reds will be strong in fall 2015, especially rich, warm and ceremonial reds.
  • White is less seasonal and will appear in winter palettes in 2015; it works on its own as well as in contrasts.
  • Blacks will be imbued with hints of red or blue.
  • Neutrals will evolve into more ethereal shades; expect camel and ochre tints.
  • Browns: combine them with bright and clashing hues for a more modern look.
  • Pinks will display a blue tint, and therefore will appear more purplish.
  • Rather than autumnal oranges, expect eye-popping shades of orange-tinged coral.
  • Yellows will be darker and led by ochre.
  • Greens shift to celadon; expect a more cloudy appearance, which will make them appear celestial.
  • Blues are forecast to take a backseat by the fall of 2015 and play more of a supporting role.

Enjoy taking a look at a few color palettes by Pantone:

Pantone Abstractions Color Palette

Pantone Abstractions Color Palette

Pantone Feast Collection

Pantone Feast Collection

 

Pantone Past Traces Collection

Pantone Past Traces Collection

Ultimately, color is personal and reflective of your lifestyle. I love the warmth and the romance, the spark of imagination that the new color trends evoke. Make your color plan your own, make it personal and enjoyable!

For more Pantone View home + interiors 2015  product information please visit Pantone Color Forecast.


15 Kitchen Counter Top Trends

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Personal taste is front and center in current decorating trends according to a recent survey conducted by Houzz and your next kitchen counter top is no exception!

With so many counter top choices today, staying informed can be a challenge. Choosing what’s right for you can not be merely based on looks but should complement the activity of your family needs and of course your budget.

Finding the right kitchen counter top that suits your needs best can be made easily with a little information on the following 15 popular kitchen counter tops trending today.

Urban Classic Soapstone Counter Top by RoomZaar

Urban Classic Soapstone Counter Top by RoomZaar

Soapstone Kitchen Counters are known for their resistance to stains, chemicals and bacteria; a durable choice for the kitchen but also more expensive at $80-$100 per square foot installed.

Granite Kitchen by Chicago Kitchen Granite

Granite Kitchen by Chicago Kitchen Granite

Granite Kitchen Counters are a popular natural stone that offers durability, character, uniqueness, color options and finishes but must be sealed properly. Exotic slabs will drive up price but can cost as low as $50 per square foot installed.

Copper & Stainless Steel Kitchen by Zeo Interiors

Copper & Stainless Steel Kitchen by Zeo Interiors

Copper Kitchen Counters are easy to clean and maintain but its surface will react to different substances, creating a blend of matte reds, browns and greens. A minimum of $100 per square foot is worth it [according to Houzz].

Caesar Stone Quartz Kitchen by Female Ways, HGTV

Caesar Stone Quartz Kitchen by Female Ways, HGTV

Engineered Quartz Kitchen Counters are a great choice for customization since they come in almost every shade by combining ground quartz, resin and pigments for a tough, nonporous material. Eco-friendly makes it a great choice for green homes, costs can range from $95 to $105 per square foot.

Tile Kitchen by Pink Kitchen Design

Tile Kitchen by Pink Kitchen Design

Ceramic or Stone Kitchen Counters are incredibly durable and fit the DIY counter top options but choose your grout carefully to keep maintenance low. Starting at $30 per square foot installed.

Bio-Glass Countertop by Homeiq

Bio-Glass Countertop by Homeiq

Salvaged Wood, Bamboo to Bio-Glass are eco-friendly choices that are offered in a wide variety of material styles and cost.

Zinc Kitchen by Kemp Hall Studio

Zinc Kitchen by Kemp Hall Studio

Zinc Kitchen Counters darkens with time giving it a nice patina. A warm metal that has been popular for centuries, its antimicrobial properties make it a smart choice for a cooking space. Offered at $100 and up per square foot, installed.

Recycled Paper-Based Counter Top by Richlite

Recycled Paper-Based Counter Top by Richlite

Recycled Paper-Based Kitchen Counters are eco-friendly surfaces that have durability, when blended with resin and pigments has the look and feel of soapstone. At $40 to $80 per square foot installed its a fraction of the cost.

Beveled Edge Plastic Laminate Counter Top

Beveled Edge Plastic Laminate Counter Top

Plastic Laminate Kitchen Counters still have a serious fan base. The wide range of customizable edges and finishes can work with any style. Not the most durable of counter tops its affordable price makes it a popular choice at $8 to $20 per square foot installed.

Recycled Glass & Cement  Counter Top by IceStone

Recycled Glass & Cement Counter Top by IceStone

Recycled Glass and Cement Kitchen Counters offer a unique combination of glass and cement that brings uniqueness, durability and eco-friendliness to this choice. On the expensive side ranging from $100 to $160 per square foot installed.

White Marble Counter Top by Hans Schuon

White Marble Counter Top by Hans Schuon

Marble Kitchen Counters offer a classic look that always in style and a rich patina that develops with use. Although durable, it is a softer stone than granite and can scratch or stain easily. The cost typically ranges from $70 to $100 per square foot installed.

Polished Concrete Counter Top by Modern Concrete Design

Polished Concrete Counter Top by Modern Concrete Design

Concrete Kitchen Counters are custom oriented with the choice of different pigments, stains and dyes in creating color and visual texture. Must seal this investment which ranges from $100 to $150 per square foot installed.

Stainless-Steel Counter Top from StyleHouseRealty

Stainless-Steel Counter Top from StyleHouseRealty

Stainless Steel Kitchen Counters are loved by professional chefs because of its non-staining, heat-resistant and easy to clean qualities. Fingerprints and scratching will stand out but its a great choice for the serious chef. Price will range from $80 to $90 per square foot installed.

Solid Surface Counter Top by Hanex

Solid Surface Counter Top by Hanex

Solid-Surface Kitchen Counters have the ability to emulate just about any other surface, making it hard to tell if it is stone, wood or plastic without the maintenance or damage risk. Prices range from $50 to $100 per square foot installed.

Red Oak Wood Counter Top by Vizimac

Red Oak Wood Counter Top by Vizimac

Wood Kitchen Counters make for a beautiful, warm and long-lasting counter top with the use of a high-quality wood and the right sealer. Price typically range from $30 to $85 per square foot for materials only.

Choosing the right counter top can be made easy when you consider the types of activities that take place in your kitchen, your season of life and personal preferences!

Source Reference: Houzz

 


Decorating Trends 2015: New Home Design Trends

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With an eye towards future decorating trends for 2015 there are certain categories we should pay attention to. This article will focus on new home design trends, specifically pocket neighborhoods that offer new homes by re-developing empty suburban tracts.

New Home Design Trends

Creating a sense of community is crucial in new builder developments, adaptability of interior space while creating a sense of privacy in dense, exterior spaces are the challenges that are being accomplished as home builders incorporate must-have’s that attract buyer’s to their developments.

Concord Riverwalk, Union Studio Architecture & Community Design

Concord Riverwalk, Union Studio Architecture & Community Design

The Builder’s Choice 2014 – Project of the Year features the Concord Riverwalk community located in West Concord, Massachusetts. Pocket neighborhoods like this one take advantage of redeveloping empty suburban tracts, in this case just under four acres and spaced about 15 feet apart, into an “an appealing, pedestrian-friendly community.”

Concord Riverwalk - Common Green Space

Concord Riverwalk – Common Green Space

The cluster of 13 homes face a common green and nest into each other. At the end of the row of cottages a fireplace and screened pavilion creates a communal space that can be used by the resident families for outdoor activities.

Concord Riverwalk - Open Floor Plan

Concord Riverwalk – Open Floor Plan

Large windows open the homes to southern light.

Concord Riverwalk - Kitchen View

Concord Riverwalk – Kitchen View

Kitchens are positioned on the north side and living spaces spill out to the south.

Concord Riverwalk - Stairway View

Concord Riverwalk – Stairway View

Smart design gives way to visual expanse of interior space with an offering of 1,340 square feet to 1,760 square feet complemented with a small front porches. Smart home, energy efficient qualities have fueled the popularity of this community that reflects the character of the town. Buyer’s that could afford bigger houses have been attracted to the project’s “low-impact mission, Powers says, resulting in sales prices that are higher per square foot than anything else selling at the time.” Sales prices run between $599,000 to $699,000.

Concord Riverwalk - Garage View

Concord Riverwalk – Garage View

Two cottages incorporate garages accessed from lower level.

As communities age, empty suburban tracts will provide increasing opportunities for appealing pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods that are a welcome re-development of vacant spaces.

Although developers tend to build to a broader middle of the market there is a market and demand for communities similar to the Concord Riverwalk. The adaptive interior space, proximity to urban communities and energy-saving features make this an attractive option for those not seeking a full-fledged house.

For more information, please visit Builder’s Choice 2014.

Architect: Union Studio Architecture & Community Design

Developer: Green Development or Production Housing


Architectural Digest’s Top 10 Home Furnishings & Accessories-October

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The editor’s selections for October’s Architectural Digest’s Top 10 Home Furnishings and Accessories are once again a combination of uniquely personal to elegantly practical. This months items represent a custom approach to seating, one-of-a-kind bedding and linens, beautiful flooring, unique lighting and exquisite textiles. The designers showcased are leading the way in decorating trends.

Take a look and I promise you’ll be inspired!

Flexforms Guscioalto Soft Armchair by Entonio Citterio

Flexforms Guscioalto Soft Armchair by Entonio Citterio

An example of modern comfort designed by Entonio Citterio for Flexforms Guscioalto.

Ceramic Lamps by Andrea Koeppel

Ceramic Lamps by Andrea Koeppel

Distinctive ceramic lamps finished in 23k gold leaf by Andrea Koeppel.

Pollack's Jaipur Fabric Collection

Pollack’s Jaipur Fabric Collection

Diverse textures honors the rich textile traditions of India by Pollack’s Jaipur.

 

Liz Obrien Editions Console

Liz Obrien Editions Console

Liz Obrien’s Editions’ reproduction of a 1971 Alessandro Albrizzi console, refined modern style and eye catching color palette.

Hickory Chair-Adler Design

Hickory Chair-Adler Design

This Adler designed Hickory Chair combines a Regency curved back onto a classic English Bobbin chair.

The Borealis Wool Rug by Tufenkian Artisan Carpets

The Borealis Wool Rug by Tufenkian Artisan Carpets

Shimmering light and deep, warm hues of an autumn sunset are brilliantly displayed in this Borealis wool rug by Tufenkian Artisan Carpets.

Limoges-Porcelain Dinnerware by Site Corots Artwork

Limoges-Porcelain Dinnerware by Site Corots

Artwork pattern by Site Corots rimmed with gestural hand painted brushstrokes porcelain dinnerware from Limoges.

Dolpo Cashmere Throw by Denis Colomb

Dolpo Cashmere Throw by Denis Colomb

Dolpo cashmere-cotton shawl/throw is handwoven in Nepal by Denis Colomb Lifestyle.

Gatsby Embroidered Bed Linens by Pratesi

Gatsby Embroidered Bed Linens by Pratesi

Gatsby Embroidered bed linens with a Moorish-inspired motif in crisp white Egyptian cotton by Pratesi.

Crestani Light Fixture by Simone

Crestani Light Fixture by Simone

Enchanting lighting fixture by glass artist Simone Crestani is offered in custom sizes through Bernd Gocekler. A frosted diffuser suspended within a cage of flowery hand blown elements makes this a one-of-a-kind design element for your home.

Enjoy viewing the entire selection of Architectural Digest’s Most Wanted Home Furnishings.


Kitchen Trends 2015: House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year 2014

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2014 Kitchen of the Year by Steven Miller

2014 Kitchen of the Year by Steven Miller

House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year 2014 is” a study in contrast, texture and light reflectivity,” said Steven Miller of Steven Miller Design Studio. Solidifying the trend towards minimalist kitchen design, using natural materials, black hardware and non-traditional lighting, Steven Miller brings a contemporary look to traditional basics that make a kitchen the functional hub of every home.

2014 Kitchen of the Year by Steven Miller

2014 Kitchen of the Year by Steven Miller

He also goes on to say that the room is classic, functional and forward looking. More and more people are opting for sleek, modern design styles instead of older decor, according to IKEA whose record profits in 2013 validate this trend.

2014 Kitchen of the Year by Steven Miller

2014 Kitchen of the Year by Steven Miller

The 2014 Kitchen of the Year is a powerful example of this trend when you notice the slim profile of the white Caesarstone countertops, Kohler’s Stages sink and HiRise faucets, Grothouse Lumber Peruvian Walnut countertops. The black enameled cabinetry from KraftMaid and Black Ice appliances from Whirlpool give this kitchen “the modern energy with a fresh contemporary sensibility” as Steven Miller describes it so accurately.

2014 Kitchen of the Year by Steven Miller

2014 Kitchen of the Year by Steven Miller

Have kitchens become the new American living rooms? If your answer is yes then you are in agreement with Newell Turner, editor-in-chief of House Beautiful. For sure, less is definitely more when it comes to creating a kitchen that suits our modern lifestyle!

2014 Kitchen of the Year by Steven Miller

2014 Kitchen of the Year by Steven Miller

Black and white mica wallpaper from Philip Jeffries, black on black chevron back splash tiles from Ann Sacks.

2014 Kitchen of the Year by Steven Miller

2014 Kitchen of the Year by Steven Miller


Decorating with Excellence: Learn from the Pros

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Decorating with excellence is a combination of skill and passion. It take skill to execute a well planned design and it takes a visionary eye to bring life and passion to the final project.

ASID Design Excellence by Melanie Turner Interiors

ASID Design Excellence by Melanie Turner Interiors

According to a recent Houzz survey most homeowners are now embracing that decorating is a work in progress. This is music to designers ears. We’ve always known this, that design is a layering process that must begin with a plan but must also leave room for the unexpected.

ASID Design Excellence Kitchen by Pipa Bradbury Design

ASID Design Excellence Kitchen by Pipa Bradbury Design

ASID Design Excellence by Terra Cotta Properties

ASID Design Excellence by Terra Cotta Properties

Each year ASID showcases design talent in the Georgia Chapter and this year is no exception to a spectacular showcase of talent.

ASID Design Excellence by Pineapple House Interior Design

ASID Design Excellence by Pineapple House Interior Design

Tropical Master Bath Retreat.

Each designed space represents true inspired design that promise to influence your next design project. Keep a watchful eye for color trends, kitchen and bath trends, lighting and furnishing trends, textile and flooring trends, counter tops as well. A little something for everyone to enjoy!

ASID Design Excellence by Patricia McLean Interiors

ASID Design Excellence by Patricia McLean Interiors

ASID Design Excellence by Anna Abrams Design

ASID Design Excellence by Anna Abrams Design

Laundry Room Trend: Luxurious hangout.

ASID Design Excellence by AMC Designs, Inc. & Sharon's Interior Images

ASID Design Excellence by AMC Designs, Inc. & Sharon’s Interior Images

Opulent Breakfast Nook.

ASID Design Excellence by Michael Habachy

ASID Design Excellence by Michael Habachy

Cigar Room.

ASID Design Excellence by Pineapple House Interior Design

ASID Design Excellence by Pineapple House Interior Design

Elegant Transitional Entry.

ASID Design Excellence by L. KAE Interiors, Inc.

ASID Design Excellence by L. KAE Interiors, Inc.

Spacious kitchen filled with custom accents.

ASID Design Excellence by KMH Interiors

ASID Design Excellence by KMH Interiors

A perfect blend of function and beauty taking advantage of a small space.

ASID Design Excellence by Harmonious Living, Tish Mills

ASID Design Excellence by Harmonious Living, Tish Mills

Pleasing to the eye and comfortable for the soul, this lovely space lets the outside in by enjoying the lovely view.

This is decorating excellence at its best, loaded with inspiration!

To view more details please visit Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles magazine.

 

 


Top Color Trends: Designing with Color

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Top color trends are making a bold statement as interiors are being designed with color, making it the main focal point. In a wonderful article entitled “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” deep color hues are used as the backdrop of designed spaces filled with drama.

Intimate Dining by Jake Curtis

Intimate Dining by Jake Curtis

Matte black walls against pale wood and warm leather tones and copper lighting. Pitch Black wall color by Farrow & Ball.

Understated elegance complement the dark wall treatments while contrasting design elements bring spark and life to the spaces featured.

Bedroom by Farrow & Ball

Bedroom by Farrow & Ball

Dark panelling brings interest and definition.

Design rules of engagement when using dark hues must also include a source of light and contrasting finishes.

Louis XV Sofa brought to life by Simon Upton

Louis XV Sofa brought to life by Simon Upton

Six gilded antique mirrors create drama alongside ‘Roman Bronze’ paint from Marston & Langinger.

Kitchen by Plain English

Kitchen by Plain English

Dark cupboards with glass panels bring style and substance; warm counter top hues and white sink add freshness.

Living Room by Kristin Perers

Living Room by Kristin Perers

Dark Down Pipe wall color by Farrow & Ball beautifully changes depending on the light in this living room.

Barn Converted Kitchen by Lucas Allen

Barn Converted Kitchen by Lucas Allen

Drawing Room by Alexander James

Drawing Room by Alexander James

Opposites attract in this drawing room with combinations of light, bright and dark accents.

Bath Designed by PA

Bath Designed by PA

Dark cupboards and chequer board flooring gives this room definition and interest.

Bath Designed by Shutterly

Bath Designed by Shutterly

Fabulous copper bathtub, dark walls and low lighting create the perfect atmosphere for a relaxing soak.

Classic Bath with Hague Blue Wall Color from Farrow & Ball

Classic Bath with Hague Blue Wall Color from Farrow & Ball

Bedroom by Rachel Whiting

Bedroom by Rachel Whiting

Pink and white against navy walls create a fresh and friendly bedroom.

Bedroom by Paul Massey

Bedroom by Paul Massey

Grey wool walls with delicate geometric print against bright citrus colors bring energy and fun to this bedroom.

Design and color go hand-in-hand and can bring any space alive. In this case dark hues are work well when contrasted with the right design elements.

To view the entire collection visit House and Garden and let us know your favorite room featured in the article.


Top Kitchen Trends: Lighting & Cabinetry

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The National Association of the Remodeling Industry has confirmed once again that of the top remodeling projects in 2014 the kitchen remains at the top. Among the top kitchen trends, lighting and cabinetry will be our focus today.

Transitional Kitchen with Contrasting Finishes by Trail Appliances

Transitional Kitchen with Contrasting Finishes & Pendant Lighting by Trail Appliances

According to Kevin Anundson, President of the NARI, “consumers want practical, comfortable kitchens that are efficient to use and easy to live in.” He goes on to say that “bigger isn’t better, although homeowners still want a feeling of space, and open concept with islands are still a significant part of kitchen trends in 2014.”

Lighting: 

The impact on kitchen lighting trends can be seen in the following applications:

Transitional Kitchen by Hammer Schmidt

Transitional Kitchen by Hammer Schmidt

Fewer Upper Cabinets create more space for decorative lighting including track and task lighting with adjustable arms, providing the option to direct light where it is needed the most.

Pendant lights, a popular choice for kitchen islands provide an opportunity to bring personal style into the space.

Transitional Kitchen with Chandelier

Transitional Kitchen with Chandelier

Chandeliers in kitchens bring unexpected drama and sparkle or a soft element among hard surfaces and lines that house appliances and smooth surfaces.

Over-sized light fixture brings a focal point into an otherwise functional space.

Transitional Style Kitchen with Under Cabinet Lighting from Kitchen Art Design Center

Transitional Style Kitchen with Under Cabinet Lighting from Kitchen Art Design Center

Under-cabinet lights work double duty by enhancing function while creating mood and ambiance, especially when entertaining.

Built-In Cabinetry:

Mixing and layering finishes and woods creates a custom look alongside built-in accent cabinets. These accent cabinets often floor to ceiling with glass fronts provide a showcase opportunity for collectibles and decorative elements that complement the decorating theme.

Contemporary Kitchen with Built-ins by Christy Dillard Kratzer

Contemporary Kitchen with Subtle Built-ins by Christy Dillard Kratzer

Appliances are subtly hidden behind built-in cabinetry creating a clean, streamlined appearance.

Modern Kitchen with Green & Black Color Scheme from BestHomeDesign

Modern Kitchen with Green & Black Color Scheme from BestHomeDesign

Colorful kitchen cabinetry has made a big comeback in palettes using blues, orange, browns or greens countering neutral white, wood or dark finishes seen most in transitional or contemporary styled kitchens.

Traditional Custom Built-In Cabinetry with Contrast  Cabinets & Counter Tops

Traditional Custom Built-In Cabinetry with Contrast Cabinets & Counter Tops

Dramatic contrasts of light cabinets with dark counter tops creates a striking visual impact.

I love all that’s trending in kitchen lighting and cabinetry and its all happening in the command station of the home where we do the most living!

Please refer to Shore News Today to view the complete Trend Report.

Contemporary Kitchen with Deep Purple Cabinetry

Contemporary Kitchen with Deep Purple Cabinetry


Latest Dining Room Trends

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Normally one of the most ignored rooms in the home, the dining room moves to the forefront during the holiday season. As families all over the world prepare to host, entertain and serve meals, our dining rooms may need a little decorating attention to get it in shape for holidays.

If you need a little inspiration for your dining room pay special attention to the well designed rooms that follow. Notice the range of lighting fixtures from extravagant to simple elegance, the walls and how they are treated, color hues and the furnishings to die for, flooring, art, window treatments and accessories. These images have something for everyone’s style and I promise that you will be inspired!

Modern Dining Room by Darcy Bonner

Modern Dining Room by Darcy Bonner

A fresh and vibrant take on this modern dining room featuring an oversized goat skin-framed mirror and chairs in hazelnut-colored leather with an exotic Macassar ebony wood table and venetian glass chandelier.

French style Dining Room

French style Dining Room

Beautiful french blue wall color reproduction furniture ensures room is user-friendly. Marble topped console and gilt mirror in Louis XVI style.

Traditional Dining Room by Eva Quateman

Traditional Dining Room by Eva Quateman

The circa 1900 crystal French chandelier illuminates the transparency of a custom designed lucite-base table. A 100 year old Louis XVI style gilt console table anchors the room.

English & Modern French Dining Room

English & Modern French Dining Room

Handsome dining room with English oiled walls, Bee skeps-turned-fixture brings surprise with modern walnut table paired with early 1900’s Louis XIII style French dining chairs dressed in linen slipcovers.

Neoclassical Aqua & Cream Dining Room by Suzanne Kasler

Neoclassical Aqua & Cream Dining Room by Suzanne Kasler

Aqua and cream grass cloth wall covering with shimmery gold ceiling creates heightened expectation with a grand chandelier.

Transitional Dining Room by Susan Marinello

Transitional Dining Room by Susan Marinello

Intimate dining room with large vintage photo of New York City. Black chairs with cream colored seats.

Tudor Styled House with old world classic design. Project commissioned by Jose Solis Betancourt

Tudor Styled House with old world classic design. Project commissioned by Jose Solis Betancourt

Silk tapestry unifies a collection of Albrecht Duree engravings. Collaboration with Richard Williams Architects.

Modern Dining Room designed by Douglas S. Wittele

Modern Dining Room designed by Douglas S. Wittele

The neutral palette gives emphasis to an oil by Robert Kelly.

Traditional Cottage Dining Room by Elissa Cullman

Traditional Cottage Dining Room by Elissa Cullman

East Hampton summer cottage displays a casual and elegance mood.

Transitional Dining Room by Mariette Himes Gomez.

Transitional Dining Room by Mariette Himes Gomez.

Mixing old with new, the circa 1825 side board with space-maimizing round table create a sophisticated space.

Bucks County Pennsylvania Retreat designed by Penny Drue Baird.

Bucks County Pennsylvania Retreat designed by Penny Drue Baird.

Handsome dining room retreat with elegant and rustic design elements.

Nantucket, MA Dining Room designed by Elissa Cullman

Nantucket, MA Dining Room designed by Elissa Cullman

Dining room walls of this seaside retreat are hand painted scenic canvas by Chuck Fischer.

Dining Room Library designed by Mica Ertegun

Dining Room Library designed by Mica Ertegun

Lovely dining room and library for an author and historian creates a cozy and inviting space.

To view the entire collection of dining rooms please visit Architectural Digest and Traditional Home.

May your dining room be filled with as much inspiration as the dining rooms featured in this article!


Holiday Table Settings From Popular Interior Designers

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PB White by Pottery Barn

PB White by Pottery Barn

The art of decorating a table begins with inspiration, imagination and coordination of different design elements. In the case of a recent House Beautiful challenge to 15 popular interior designers who were given a simple but elegant line of PB White china from Pottery Barn with one criteria: to create a table setting around this simple inspiration.

The beautiful designs that follow are amazing when you consider the initial inspiration. Feast your eyes on the details, how white is complemented with other color and styles of china, flatware, crystal, textiles, linens and floral patterns to create enough inspiration to pass along to you and others.

What follows gives us a glimpse into how great table settings are formed and the techniques used to ensure great results. May your holiday tables bring as much joy to those you love!

Table Setting by Carolyne Roehm

Table Setting by Carolyne Roehm

Pairing modern white dishes with traditional pewter shapes and rich reds for a bold statement by Carolyne Roehm.

Table Setting by Jan Barboglio

Table Setting by Jan Barboglio

Jan Barboglio selects artifacts she and her children have collected that “have a richness of spirit, a softness of age and a story.”

Table Setting by Laurie Frank

Table Setting by Laurie Frank

Art gallery owner wanted a centerpiece of bubbles encased in the silk flower arrangement to set off the white china in her retro-futurist style. The gold slipper serves as a place card.

Table Setting by Martha Angus

Table Setting by Martha Angus

Into girly, pretty things, Martha Angus’ table is draped with de Gournay wallpaper with glass cover in seasonless green and Vermeil flatworm done in European style.

Table Setting by Michael Devine

Table Setting by Michael Devine

Michael Devine, a modern traditionalist creates a festive table in reds and white.

Table Setting by Paula Deen

Table Setting by Paula Deen

Mixing old with new, things that tell a story is Paula Deen’s favorite approach. Wedding silver, china from antique stores and flowers from her garden.

Table Setting by Eric Cohler

Table Setting by Eric Cohler

Adding details that make you smile – a wooden tray, Greek key cloth napkins make the dishes pop. By Eric Cohler

Table Setting by Amy Ephron

Table Setting by Amy Ephron

This table is set with white chargers and beautiful blue Italian salad plates set for the first course. Delicate pink 1920′s wine glasses for a splash of elegance by Amy Ephron.

Table Setting by Victoria Amory

Table Setting by Victoria Amory

Victoria Amory loves keeping the color calm and soft by using only two colors on a table for a bigger impact and a stronger story.

Table Setting by Miles Redd

Table Setting by Miles Redd

Miles Redd loves to set a table the way he gets dressed by layering. A table cloth from Urban Outfitters, old porcelain topped with a modern soup bowl are just the beginning of powerful blend of design elements.

Let us know which table setting inspired you the most!

To view the entire feature please visit House Beautiful.

 


Luxury Kitchen Design Trends

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“Kitchens are becoming almost as luxurious as living rooms,” according to a recent article on kitchen design trends. They are convincingly the heart of the home, where families gather to connect, prepare and share meals and entertain themselves.

The coming together of many components, a well designed luxury kitchen creates a uniquely personal space that is suited to the lifestyle of the owner and should influence appliance and finish choices that meet their needs.

Before we take a look at specific trends that will help you in your current or future kitchen remodeling project lets address the overall look and finish of current kitchen trends.

Trend: The majority of luxury kitchens are all-white.

Luxury All-White Kitchen by Home Stratosphere

Luxury All-White Kitchen by Home Stratosphere

White kitchens remain the most popular choice and this case luxury features include decorative plumbing fixtures, floor to ceiling cabinetry, commercial grade appliances, and numerous custom built-in features.

Trend: Designers have begun to create darker colored kitchens.

Luxury Dark Cabinetry by Kitchen Design Ideas

Luxury Dark Cabinetry by Kitchen Design Ideas

The black cabinets cover the entire wall with silver door handles that create an elegant impact in this kitchen design as well as the high-end appliances.

Specific Kitchen Design Trends:

Ovens: The trend is to have more than one oven on hand for ease of cooking and re-heating. Some of the latest ovens use convection steam for faster preheating, cooking as well as other capabilities for sauteing, simmering, boiling, baking and roasting, according to Range Hoods, Inc.

The new, high-end Professional TurboChef wall oven by Viking (MSRP $12,599) featured at the 2014 Design and Construction Week features a true convection oven on the bottom, as well as an upper oven that uses impingement to perfectly cook food in a fraction of the usual time. Impingement is a term familiar term for restaurant kitchens who are able to get food hot quickly and now Viking is making it available for residential applications.

Samsung 4-Door Refrigerator with 8" Wi-Fi Enabled LCD

Samsung 4-Door Refrigerator with 8″ Wi-Fi Enabled LCD

Refrigerators: The refrigerator emerges with a double-door and drawers that give them a built-in look like cabinetry. High-end models include smart features while a serious home cook has the option of installing a walk-in fridge.

Cavaliere-Euro Wall Mount by Range Hoods, Inc.

Cavaliere-Euro Wall Mount by Range Hoods, Inc.

Range Hoods: So often the focal point of a kitchen design, the range hood can vary in design and decorative styles. The layout of your kitchen will determine the mounting style which include wall mount range hoods, under cabinet mount range hoods or island range hoods.

Dishwashers: Dishwashers are becoming larger and kitchens are featuring more than one. They are also looking more like drawers that blend in with the cabinetry, making the kitchen look seamless.

48" Wolf Gas Range

48″ Wolf Gas Range

Range: The kitchen range is becoming larger with multiple burners. The 48″ to 60″ wide ranges are becoming more common and more are being installed on the kitchen island. By taking the cooking away from the wall it allows the cook to socialize with the rest of the family.

Microwave Drawer from Sharp

Microwave Drawer from Sharp

Drawer Appliances: False drawers hold microwaves, cooling drawers or heating drawers. They streamline the kitchen while offering functionality and convenience.

Popular Luxury Options: Other popular kitchen luxury appliances include wine dispensers, built-in coffee and cappuccino makers and wine refrigeration. Smart capabilities are also more likely to be included that are controlled by smart phones and tablets.

It bears repeating, kitchens are becoming almost as luxurious as living rooms and homeowners are paying attention to what is trending in kitchen design and making appropriate application. How about you?


Color Trends 2015: Pantone Names Marsala Color of 2015

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Marsala~Pantone Color of the Year

Marsala~Pantone Color of the Year

Pantone, the global color authority according to The Gourmet Retailer, has created quite the buzz by naming Marsala, an earthy wine red hue as the Color of the Year for 2015!

Marsala~Pantone Color of the Year by House of Turquoise

Marsala~Pantone Color of the Year by House of Turquoise

Pantone’s Leatrice (Lee) Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute describes the 2015 color choice as “Nurturing and fulfilling, Marsala is a natural fit for the kitchen and dining room – making it ideal for table top, small appliances and linens throughout the home.” She also believes that the hue will have prominence in striping and floral patterns found in printed placemats, dinnerware, bedding and throws.

Pantone Color of the Year by Kravet, Inc.

Pantone Color of the Year by Kravet, Inc.

The color is much like the wine that gives Marsala its name, described as exuding confidence and stability. Its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness whose stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.

Pantone Color of the Year ~ Marsala

Pantone Color of the Year ~ Marsala

Mixes Well with Others: Marsala mixes well with neutrals, including warmer taupes and grays. Highly compatible with amber, umber and golden yellows, greens in both turquoise and teal, and blues in the more vibrant range.

Pantone Color of the Year ~ Marsala

Pantone Color of the Year ~ Marsala

Dramatic and Grounding: The rich and full-bodied red-brown Marsala brings color warmth into home interiors.

Sophisticated: An earthy shade with a bit of sophistication, texture is the story in print and packaging. A matte finish highlights Marsala’s organic nature while adding a sheen conveys a completely different message of glamour and luxury.

Pantone Color of the Year ~ Marsala

Pantone Color of the Year ~ Marsala

Flattering Against Many Skin Tones: Sultry and subtle Marsala is a great “go-to” color for beauty, providing enormous highlight for the cheek, and a captivating pop of color for nails, shadows, lips and hair.

Pantone 2015 Spring Collection

Pantone 2015 Spring Collection

The selection process for the Color of the Year requires careful consideration. I believe its interesting to know that Pantone combs the world looking for color influences. This can include the fashion and entertainment industries, films that are in production, the world of art, popular travel destinations and other socio-economic conditions. Influences can also stem from technology, new textures and effects that impact color, and even sports events that capture worldwide attention.

Will Pantone’s Marsala (18-1438) effect your future home renovation projects? Let us know!

Pantone Color of the Year ~ Marsala

Pantone Color of the Year ~ Marsala


Master Bath Decorating Trends 2015

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Luxury Master Bath by Jean

Luxury Master Bath by Jean

Home decor is a work in progress according to a recent Houzz survey and the master bath is no exception. When it comes to renovation, bathroom remodels provide one of the highest rates of return on investment. A mid-range bathroom remodel recoups 72.5 percent during resale, according to Remodeling Magazine’s 2014 Cost vs Value report.

Master bath trends for 2015 incorporate function and luxury as we highlight some of the hottest trends below that will insure your next renovation project remains enjoyable and current for years to come.

Luxury Master Bath from The Glass Factory

Luxury Master Bath from The Glass Factory

Zen-Like Designs meet a contemporary aesthetic. Homeowners want to embrace modern designs with uninterrupted sight lines that give master baths a spa-like feel with upgrades that make them look and feel their best. Features such as programmable water features and smart televisions are offset by the use of organic textures and marble.

Luxury Master Bath with Marble Subway Tiles

Luxury Master Bath with Marble Subway Tiles

Subway Tiles reign not only for its durable, beautiful and water resistant qualities but for its modern offerings today and wide array of colors that add personality to your tile design. Popular subway tile colors include slate gray, cobalt blue and winter white. Tile experts mix tiles to create one-of-kind designs that remain timeless.

Clarvista Luxury Master Bath

Clarvista Luxury Master Bath

Ultra-Clear Glass brings luxury into the master bath by creating free-flowing light and an open, airy spa-like feel. This advanced glass in high demand for shower surrounds. Clarvista Glass is treated with a proprietary protective coating that makes the shower enclosure super smooth and easy to clean and keeps it sparkling clear for the lifetime of the glass!

Radiant Heated floors increase comfort by preventing cold feet when enjoying your master bath. A must have especially if you live in colder climates where winters are lengthy. Electric radiant heat is typically installed under tile flooring and can be regulated with a temperature gauge.

Luxury Modern Master Bath

Luxury Modern Master Bath

Spa-like Showers create a personal escape from the stresses of daily life. Personal time is enjoyed in this oasis type feature that can include upscale features such as steam showers to multiple shower heads.

Luxury Master Bath by Castle Pointe Homes

Luxury Master Bath by Castle Pointe Homes

Modern Metallics are on the rise and are an easy way to add visual interest and style. Higher end bathrooms feature metals that convey interesting colors and textures, such as oil-rubbed bronze and brushed nickel. Brass tones are making a comeback in warm-colored copper that add richness to the entire bath design.

Luxury Master Bath by Bradshaw Designs

Luxury Master Bath by Bradshaw Designs

Lighting Fixtures are bold, large and full of personality for the master bath. Used as a statement maker we are seeing a full range of style from glamorous crystal chandeliers to clusters of hand-blown globes or drum pendants made with laser-cut metal. Lighting fixtures are the finishing touch to great bath design.

Be sure to incorporate some of these master bath trends into your renovation project!

Source: Hutchnews.com


Top Trends in Home Flooring

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Flooring by Armstrong

Flooring by Armstrong

Lightening up, super-sizing and reclaimed wood are among current trends in home flooring according to industry experts Scott Humphrey, chief executive of the World Floor Covering Association and Michael Martin, chief executive of the National Wood Flooring Association.

Lightening Up

Traditional wood flooring in dark colors were popular during the economic downturn but with the economy improving, Humphrey says that he is seeing a rise in the demand for lighter tones. Finished to look like driftwood or washed-in white to make them look beachy, this look is gaining popularity on both coasts and growing in the country.

Flooring Specialists

Flooring Specialists

Kitchen Design with White Oak Flooring

Kitchen Design with White Oak Flooring

‘Domestic exotics,’ like hickory and ash are growing in popularity while walnut, if left natural, is much lighter than traditionally dark-stained walnut. Red oak and white oaks continue to be widely used and are easily stained to suit your design style.

Super-sizing

Although traditional wood floors usually have 2-to-3 inch wide planks (I would not recommend anything smaller than 3 inch wide planks), homeowners are gravitating toward planks that are 6 inches wide or more and also longer. Wider planks can make rooms appear bigger.

7" Hand Scraped Engineered Oak Hardwood Floors by Jane Lockhart

7″ Hand Scraped Engineered Oak Hardwood Floors by Jane Lockhart

Wide and long planks are very popular in high-end homes and expect to see this trend being offered in new engineered wood flooring products. A plus feature for engineered flooring because it tends to add more stability and decrease the tendency for movement.

Going Gray

Gray Hardwood Flooring

Gray Hardwood Flooring

At the moment, gray is having its moment in flooring. The finish can be mixed with light or dark brown, whitish gray or gray with black is very popular with designers this year. Furniture trends, which tend to influence flooring trends are less focused on grays so gray is not for everyone.

Other Flooring Trends

For a rustic or aged look reclaimed wood from buildings, homes, barns or other structures is the way to go. Used in a wide range of home styles, reclaimed wood flooring can be used in casual or contemporary interiors to eclectic designs. The farmhouse look is big this year and both reclaimed and lighter hued woods fit this style.

Luxury All-White Kitchen with Rustic Flooring by Home Stratosphere

Luxury All-White Kitchen with Rustic Flooring by Home Stratosphere

The smooth and pristine hardwood floors are giving way to a preference for planks that have been distressed or wire-scraped. These roughed-up woods hide scratches and nicks much more than smooth and shiny floors,an advantage that is hard to beat over the lifetime of your flooring.

Finally, “matte, penetrating oils and UV finishes are gaining in popularity,” Martin says. Some of these finishes allow the grain of the wood to be more visible which is a plus for homeowners seeking a rustic or natural look.

Enjoy making the best choice for your next flooring project!

Light Hardwood Flooring from Homedit.com

Light Hardwood Flooring from Homedit.com


A Heart for Home

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Breakfast Nook by Enchanted Home

Breakfast Nook by Enchanted Home

At the root of my interior design career is a heart for home and a mother’s love for her family.

My mother is fiercely loyal to her family and worked very hard, often sacrificial in giving of her resources in order to meet our daily needs. She has been a silent warrior and devoted supporter in making our dreams come true, a real picture of unconditional and honest love. An inspiration to achieve the best in life with excellence, she expected no less for her children.

Her generous heart was contagious. In high-school she encouraged me to share my first paycheck with my siblings, a lesson in sharing that I never forgot.

Breakfast Nook

Breakfast Nook

My valiant mother is engaged in another battle now, the warfare of Alzheimer’s. This battle has caused me to appreciate her investment into her family even more. She made the choice to honor her family as a young mother and now I would like to honor her by giving her credit for who I am today. It all began with her heart for the home and the difference a mother’s love could make in the outcome of raising children.

Breakfast Nook by Braitman Design

Breakfast Nook by Braitman Design

Of all the decorating trends posts that many readers have enjoyed it all started with the reflection below that birthed this blog. It is a credit to all women and the mothers out there who desire to create a home filled with love, beauty and function.

Who is Woman?

Who is Woman? A woman is her home.

And what is her home? It is acceptance, inspiration. It is safe, it is love.

Those who live there look to her guidance, influence and nurture.

What is her home? A place of beauty, of treasures and joy. Most of all it is a place of cherished things, family, relationships.

Who is Woman? A friend, a wife, a mother. A home to those she loves.

Loretta J. Willis, Allied ASID, LS

Breakfast Nook, MyHomeIdeas

Breakfast Nook, MyHomeIdeas


Wallpaper Trends | 2

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Chinois Palais Wallpaper by F. Schumacher

Chinois Palais Wallpaper by F. Schumacher

Wallpaper trends continue to remain popular with new and improved technology capable of producing rich color and large graphic designs that are strong and exhilarating, according to columnist Patti L. Cowger of NapaValleyRegister.com.

Fontette Wallpaper from Osborne & Little

Fontette Wallpaper from Osborne & Little

Wallpaper is not just made with paper. Today you will find offerings made with metal, canvas and flexible glass. Grass cloth’s have expanded their offerings to a rainbow of colors for those who love this natural look.

Elegant Hand Painted Wallpaper Panels by Gracie

Elegant Hand Painted Wallpaper Panels by Gracie

Florals, damask and highly textured patterns are also making a comeback which may be a concern to some but the new adaptations make them fresh, bold and palatable. The flowers and damask are graphic and bolder, and the textured papers offer a pretty alternative to white walls. Wallpaper is here to stay as a design element for all styles.

Kravet Wallcovering Echo Design

Kravet Wallcovering Echo Design

Kravet has just introduced Echo Design, an heirloom India wallpaper collection inspired by India’s rich history of color and textile patterns. These distinctive designs include paisley, ikat and small geometric motifs that have been re-interpreted to create a relevant, modern statement.

Kravet Wallcovering Echo Design

Kravet Wallcovering Echo Design

In colors ranging from hot vibrant orange and pink to deep indigo, soft aqua, refined calm grey and yellow, these eye-catching wallpapers are a stunning interpretation of beautiful ikats and traditional handblock designs.

Kravet Wallcovering & Fabrics, Echo Design

Kravet Wallcovering & Fabrics, Echo Design

Enjoy incorporating wallpaper into your next design project, it plans on being around for many decorating years to come!

Elegant Wallpaper by F. Schumacher

Elegant Wallpaper by F. Schumacher


Kitchen Trends: Work Zones vs Triangle

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Detailed White Kitchen by Lori May Interiors

Detailed White Kitchen by Lori May Interiors

Kitchen work triangles has been the standard bearer for kitchen layouts for many years with the refrigerator, range and sink being placed 4 to 9 feet apart, forming a roughly equilateral triangle.

Back when kitchens were generally smaller and closed off, before it became the meeting hub of the home, the triangle was an efficient use of space.

Transitional Kitchen by RI Kitchen & Bath

Transitional Kitchen by RI Kitchen & Bath

Although still a useful layout today, it is not always practical now that kitchens can run the gamut from tiny single-wall galleys to large open-plans that are more suited to think in terms of work zones.

It makes sense that as kitchens have grown in size and favoring an open floor plan to other rooms in the house the traditional triangle has become more of a challenge. Also, large kitchens tend to have more appliances – from dishwashers strategically placed within work zones to extra sinks, microwaves, separate cooktops and/or wall ovens.

Kitchens by Ken Ryan

Kitchens by Ken Ryan

Work zones can create efficiency in larger kitchens especially if you have more than one cook or host activities that involve more than one participant in the kitchen.

Planning your work zones can bring huge benefits by incorporating some of the ideas below:

Group appliances and fixtures according to use. Every family has different priorities in the use of their kitchen space. Think about the tasks you perform everyday from how you prep and store food, cooking, baking, serving, eating, making coffee or tea, chilling wine and cleaning. I have a client who has provided a breakfast bar zone equipped with a refrigerated drawer that can store items for morning shakes.

Store what you need where you need it most. Instead of using your pantry, mudroom or garage as an extension of storage space group appliances and fixtures according to use by giving yourself enough storage in each work zone.

Transitional Kitchen by Crisp Architects

Transitional Kitchen by Crisp Architects

Provide landing areas next to major appliances. Counter top landing is essential for safety and efficiency. The area next to the range, cook top, microwave and wall ovens allow you to quickly set items down without having to walk across your kitchen.

Create a kid’s zone. Kids need their space in the kitchen where they can hang out, have snacks and do homework. When a zone is created for them you can complete your tasks without tripping over them.

Social and entertainment zone for guests. If you entertain often an area where the guests can hang out in the kitchen makes entertaining fun and light while you prepare or complete the food and drinks. A large island or peninsula works well for this as it acts as a natural barrier.

Kitchen by Kitchen Design Ideas

Kitchen by Kitchen Design Ideas

Widen the aisles. A wonderful and easy adjustment to make in the planning stages of building a new home or renovating an existing kitchen. The recommended minimum aisle width is 42 inches. If you have multiple cooks consider 48 inch aisles although you can go as wide as 54 inches if it doesn’t create inefficiency by making you spend more time walking than cooking!

Source: Houzz, Inc.


Decorators Show House & Gardens 2015

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Every spring decorating and design enthusiasts look forward to the annual ASO Decorators’ Show House & Gardens organized by the Atlanta Symphony Associates (ASA) who raise funds to support the ASO and its community outreach and education programs.

One of the longest-running decorating events in the United States (45th consecutive year) and certainly one of the largest decorating events in the Southeast, it has become an Atlanta spring tradition.

Decorators Show House and Garden, Chateau Soleil

Decorators Show House and Garden, Chateau Soleil

Plan now to experience the 14,000 square-foot “Chateau Soleil,” a French style estate “named for its sunny, golden facade” built in 1998 on two lushly landscaped acres in the heart of Buckhead.

To prime the decorating pump, I thought it would be nice to reminiscence the 2014 44th Annual Decorators’ Show House and Gardens. Coined the “Italian Job,” talented designers exposed us to a fabulous re-design of what is known historically as the ‘Pink Palace’ at Palazzo Rosa.

Keep an eye on the details while enjoying the tour!

Grand Salon by Westbrook Interiors

Grand Salon by Westbrook Interiors

Morning Room by Oetgen Design Inc.

Morning Room by Oetgen Design Inc.

Solarium by Robert Brown Interior Design

Solarium by Robert Brown Interior Design

Family Living Room by Timothy Corrigan, Inc.

Family Living Room by Timothy Corrigan, Inc.

Kitchen by Design Galleria Kitchen & Bath Studio

Kitchen by Design Galleria Kitchen & Bath Studio

Dining Room by Melanie Turner Interiors

Dining Room by Melanie Turner Interiors

Teen Retreat by Harmonious Living with Tish Mills

Teen Retreat by Harmonious Living with Tish Mills

Master Bedroom by Traci Rhoads Interiors

Master Bedroom by Traci Rhoads Interiors

Master Sitting Room by Stanton Home Furnishings

Master Sitting Room by Stanton Home Furnishings

Master Bathroom by Clay Snider Interiors, Design Galleria Kitchen & Bath Studio

Master Bathroom by Clay Snider Interiors, Design Galleria Kitchen & Bath Studio

Guest Retreat by Barbara Heath, The Mercantile

Guest Retreat by Barbara Heath, The Mercantile

Guest Retreat Bath Dressing Room by BAK Designs

Guest Retreat Bath Dressing Room by BAK Designs

Study by Stan Topol & Associates

Study by Stan Topol & Associates

Upstairs Gallery by SmithBoyd Interiors

Upstairs Gallery by SmithBoyd Interiors

Grand Hall by Laura Walker, Verde Home

Grand Hall by Laura Walker, Verde Home

Carriage Entry Hall by Randy Korando, Boxwoods Gifts and Gardens

Carriage Entry Hall by Randy Korando, Boxwoods Gifts and Gardens

Powder Room by James Farmer Designs

Powder Room by James Farmer Designs

Breakfast Room by McLaurin Interiors

Breakfast Room by McLaurin Interiors

Family Stairwell by Loren Audrey Taylor, Anna Abrams Design

Family Stairwell by Loren Audrey Taylor, Anna Abrams Design

Now you are primed to enter into the joy and fascination of the 2015 Decorators’ Show House and Gardens!