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Jul 27 2015

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A Great Solution for Kitchen Island “Dead Space”

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One of the most important functions of our jobs at Rothschild Interiors is to figure out how to utilize space to our clients’ best advantage. Over the years, the demand for larger kitchens has increased, which means our kitchen islands have increased in size as well.

However, when it comes to kitchen islands, bigger is not always better. “Why,” you ask? Because there is always that space in the middle of the kitchen island that the client cannot access. Simple math tells us that once an island (not counting the overhang) exceeds 4-ft. by 4-ft., you are going to have what I call “dead space” that your client will not be able to utilize.

What to do with that dead space in the middle of the island?

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My solution is very simple and turns a loser into a spectacular winner. Once the island gets to be at least 6-ft. by 5-ft., order and install a rectangular trough sink, undermount the sink, tie the sink into the plumbing, and suddenly you have not just a sink, but a beautiful planter as well as a wonderful way to ice your wine bottles during a party.

In spending less than $500, you have created a timeless design element that will be enjoyed by everyone.

– Judson Rothschild is an interior designer and the owner of Rothschild Interiors in Beverly Hills, Calif. Visit his websites at www.rothschildinteriors.com and www.therothschildcollection.com.

Jul 20 2015

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City Living

There’s a saying and a corresponding stereotype in Atlanta that even designers subscribe to. Locals either live ITP or OTP – Inside the Perimeter or Outside the Perimeter, which refers to highway that encircles the inner city. Inside the Perimeter, the combination of the downtown scene, high-powered businesses and multiple colleges draws the younger, often hipper crowd. As expected, outside the perimeter into the sprawling suburbs is where those younger people move when life slows down; once you’re OTP, you’re no longer cool.

What if you could have a sense of both?

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That’s what the Providence Group of Georgia is hoping for with its newly opened community, the Bluffs at Lenox. Built in Buckhead, an upper-class neighborhood inside the perimeter, the community takes advantage of its location off the back of a main road that goes directly into downtown. Because of its location and acreage, the townhomes offer more than the typical city apartments and cater to the crowd that’s drawn to the area.

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K+BB had an insider’s look into the newly opened model home to see what designs were chosen to fit the upscale neighborhood and the more fast-paced client. Featuring a three-story, 2,319-square-foot build with three bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms and a two-car garage, the townhome has more than enough space for a city dweller, even one with a growing family.
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After walking through the bottom level, where a bedroom and bath are situated, a classic wooden banister leads up to the main level, which opens up into a great room with 10-foot-high ceilings. The eye immediately goes to the kitchen hood, a stainless steel piece that shines on top of a neutral colored, ceramic tile backsplash. A Cambria countertop offers a hint of glitter and covers the perimeter section and a massive island, complete with bar seating. On the other side of the room, a living room with a linear fireplace gives owners flex space for entertaining. A powder room with chrome finishes is off to the side.

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Up another flight of stairs, the master bedroom and bathroom boast a freestanding tub with a waterfall faucet and vessel sinks on Tuscan marble countertops, as well as a huge shower. In between the bedrooms, French doors hide a chic laundry room, complete with a stone countertop and extra storage.

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The builders told K+BB they designed this property much different from their properties OTP, which are more traditional. Another version of the design in the community will boast the rustic, almost industrial feel proliferating in contemporary city homes. Either rustic or modern, the Bluffs at Lenox shows the ideal example of finding space in the city, while staying as hip as the other ITPs.

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Jul 16 2015

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How to “Summer-ize” a Space

Cathy Hobbs

Celebrity interior designer and Emmy Award-winning TV personality, Cathy Hobbs, shares her tips for brightening up a space and creating a beachy vibe.

  1. Use White. My first tip is to incorporate white and white-washed pieces into the décor as much as possible. There is simply nothing prettier than a piece that is rubbed or slightly distressed, especially when it comes to beach décor, and white pieces can be used in so many different ways for a fresh look. When it comes to using white, also think about incorporating white architectural elements such as beadboard wainscoting along walls.
  2. Incorporate Natural Elements. One of my favorite design tricks when designing for a seaside or beach retreat is to use decorative elements such as rope. I simply love it, and you can use rope in so many different ways. You can use small pieces of rope in place of traditional trim for pillows or sofas. You can also fill the inside of a tall cylinder jar by wrapping it around the interior until it fills up to the top. Additionally, you can use rope as a decorative wall hanging or create an interesting pattern on a blank canvas to make an interesting art piece.
  3. Accessories Using Found Objects From Outside Your Door. I find especially when it comes to beach homes; there are always so many beautiful treasures just a footstep away. Often there is a desire to preserve these treasured mementos. The best way to do this is in beautiful shadow boxes that can be used as artwork throughout the home. Postcards, treasured photos and shells all work well with multi-dimensional items such as buttons, coins, souvenirs and mementos.
  4. Think Yellow! So often when it comes to beach décor, most people think you can only use blue (the color of water), but I really love using yellow, which not only reminds me of sunshine but really serves to brighten beach décor and keep it cheery all year round. The wonderful thing about yellow is that, like a great black dress, you can pair it with so many things. Match it with warm colors to create a space that is cozy and cheery, or cool it down using shades like chartreuse and pair it with grays or black. From accessories to decorative elements, such as pottery to artwork and natural elements like woods and ropes, there are so many different ways to incorporate yellow into your décor.

Jul 06 2015

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Suggestions for Marking a Cabinet Layout on the Subfloor

Image by Maggie Smith, FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image by Maggie Smith, FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Adam Abrams, CKD, president at Designer Cabinets, Granite & Tile, asked our K+BB Designers Network on LinkedIn about marking up floor cabinets for new home construction.

Does anyone have a secret – other than on hands and knees with a king-size Sharpie – to mark out the cabinet layout on the subfloor of a new home construction project? Getting older and wondering if there is a better way?”

Here are some of the responses Abrams received:

David Wagner, Dewitt Designer Kitchens

I use blue painters tape and it’s removable. I’m trying to figure out why you’re marking up the cabinet layout? I’ve always used detailed plans showing cabinetry floor plan, elevations, electrical, plumbing, ventilation, etc. The only reason I can think of is you’re trying to save on flooring by placing less expensive material under where the cabinets are going.

Cathy Osborne, designer at Auer Kitchens

I always lay it off. Still use the Sharpie. Though my plans are clear, complete and thoroughly dimensioned, I often don’t know the builder and his subs and how careful they are.

1) From time-to-time a minor framing error has been made. If I’m there on the floor with my Sharpie, I know about it early on. Sometimes we can nudge things, and other times I have to call the framer back to make changes. Best to know early.

2) I would rather take the time to make execution virtually idiot proof regarding where plumbing and electric are being brought up rather than play the blame game later when electric to the ice maker was missed.

3) The homeowner loves it when he stops by after work to see how his new home is coming along, and he can begin to see aisle ways and sight lines.

4) I make the builder look good to all of those other players and make his job easier. He will call me again.

Joseph Yencho, president and CEO of RCKsinks Inc.

Hire someone younger with better knees? Just kidding…32 years in and still doing the 1 ½-in. blue tape here.