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Jan 07 2016

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Seven 2016 Trends to Watch from Houzz

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Bathrooms that Feel More Like Living Spaces

Graphic wallpaper, ornate chandeliers and furniture-like pieces turn sterile spaces into feeling more like home, as shown in the photo above.

Colored Stainless Steel Appliances

Black stainless steel is making a buzz on Houzz. In a poll, nearly two-thirds of Houzzers say they would consider the dark alternative to shiny metal. Not into the darkness? Head to the light with Whirlpool’s Sunset Bronze finish.

Outdoor Fabric Used Inside

Outdoor fabrics are becoming increasingly harder to distinguish from traditional indoor fabrics, and many Houzzers are bringing them indoors, where their durability make them perfect for high-traffic living room and dining furniture.

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Fireplaces and Fire Features

New advances mean you can have all the ambience without the smell, pollution or hassle of traditional wood-burning fireplaces. Plus, fireplaces are making a comeback as living room focal points in lieu of the dark void of a TV screen.

Statement Mirrors in Bathrooms

So long medicine cabinets; hello, statement mirrors. Think large, wood-framed beauties, backlit modern marvels and ornate vintage gems that take style to another level in a bathroom.

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The Rise of the Bidet

Manufacturers are creating bidets more catered to American markets – and they’re taking off. According to Houzz data, bidets are included in five percent of renovated master bathrooms.

Modern Material Mix In the Kitchen

Houzzers looking for something a little livelier than white cabinets and granite countertops mix several modern materials, finishes and colors. Try stainless steel perimeter countertops with creamy white quartz island countertops and painted blue glass-fronted perimeter cabinets with painted white glass island cabinets. Toss in some reclaimed wood shelves or ceiling beams, and you’re on your way to an eclectic, upbeat space.

Nov 18 2015

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Italian-based Appliances Make Way to the U.S.

Almo/Tecnogas event in Atlanta

              Almo/Tecnogas event in Atlanta

Italian manufacturer, Tecnogas SUPERIORE, made its appliance debut in the U.S. and will be added to Almo Premium Appliances’ distribution portfolio. Almo introduced these new product lines, which include NEXT and DECO, at several launch events, including one K+BB attended recently in Atlanta.

The 63 year-old company – from the historic village of Gualtieri in Northern Italy – has designed a product portfolio exclusively for the North American market, offering hoods and flagship ranges with giant gas ovens featuring a panorama window, versatile cooktops and intriguing finishes with iconic Italian style.

The NEXT ranges come with the option of the "widescreen" PANORAMA oven door window, which has triple layered glass for maximum thermal insulation so the door remains cool to touch even when the oven is heated to 500 degrees.

The NEXT ranges come with the option of the “widescreen” PANORAMA oven door window, which has triple layered glass for maximum thermal insulation so the door remains cool to touch even when the oven is heated to 500 degrees.

“Adding the U.S. market creates a new platform and expansion into the Americas,” said Steve Terry, Almo’s senior vice president. “Today, they export to 50 countries with new European product.”

The products will be available in the Central U.S. and on the West Coast by early 2016. They have been designed and sized specially for the U.S. market.

The DECO line allows a choice of brass, gold or chrome trim accents.

The DECO line allows a choice of brass, gold or chrome trim accents.

“The products have the fit, finish and performance of ultra-premium products at an incredible value,” said Terry. “The units are all in 30-48-in. sizes with large ovens and the finish characteristics designers expect.”

Nov 02 2015

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ALNO’s Newest Showroom

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ALNO’s new Atlanta showroom recently opened, and to celebrate the company hosted a grand opening event last week. European Kitchen of Alabama opened the new location, which is owned by Loay Ali, president of ALNO Atlanta.

Loay Ali, president of ALNO Atlanta

Loay Ali, president of ALNO Atlanta

The showroom features custom European fitted cabinetry and kitchen design and also offers appliances, accessories and total turnkey installation.

The event was catered by Bartaco, a fresh, new restaurant a few doors down from ALNO Atlanta.

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The showroom is the company’s 20th location in North America, and ALNO is currently celebrating its 10th anniversary as the premier provider of European kitchen design in the Southeast.

Oct 29 2015

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A Look at an Inspirational Design Studio

The Atlanta Studio has many predetermined, professionally designed color palettes and vignettes for inspiration and easy selection.

The Atlanta Studio has many predetermined, professionally designed color palettes and vignettes for inspiration and easy selection.

Atlanta-based national homebuilder Ashton Woods has opened its new state-of-the-art design studio – The Studio – where preliminary homeowners can work with designers to select the interior finishes they want in their new homes – from countertops to flooring to kitchen cabinets. The 12,000 sq. ft. space is one of the largest design studios in the area and features educated and experienced 10 designers.

Basement at Ashton Woods' Claremore

Basement at Ashton Woods’ Claremore

When asked how The Studio selects the manufacturers it wants to include, Leigh White, Ashton Woods’ director of design studios said, “The design team carefully selects reputable brand partners and specialty craftsman to provide the available finishes. The design team also travels to international shows to source innovative design finishes, such as the latest addition to the Atlanta offerings – Veneta Cucine kitchens.”

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The Studio’s other locations are in Charleston, S.C.; Houston; Naples, Fla.; Orlando; Phoenix; and Raleigh, N.C.

Ashton Woods' Brookleigh Wentworth Bath

Ashton Woods’ Brookleigh Wentworth Bath