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Ann Porter

Ann Porter

Ann Porter is a 1994 honors graduate of the Virginia Tech Interior Design program. She gained exceptional experience designing kitchens and bathrooms in the Northern Virginia/DC area before moving to southwest Florida where she started Kitchen Studio of Naples, Inc. in 2002. Porter is a National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD) and has volunteered her time and skills to the NKBA by serving on the Marketing and Communications Committee from 2005 to 2008. She specializes in creating highly custom interiors that uniquely suit each client’s sensibilities, functional needs and budget. Her cabinet designs have been featured in Southwest Florida-based publications and national publications. In addition to her design work, Porter also writes for her blog, KitchAnn Style and Ask Ann, a blog for the Naples Daily News.

Jul 11 2013

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2013 Trends in Tile

Have you noticed that the top trends emerging in the tile market are tiles with depth and movement, large-format tiles and tiles that look worn and weathered?

I think these three trends will stay strong well into next year. One of the best ways to incorporate these looks without being too trendy is by incorporating large beveled subway tiles.  The new Oxford Tile from Marazzi  fulfills both the depth and large-format design trends.


I like this contemporary takeonan old classic butif you prefer something smaller, there are tiles available with deep bevels in a more manageable size such as the Flatiron Collection from Ken Mason Tile. These handmade tiles come in gorgeous colors and wonderful metallic shades.

I particularly like this diamond pattern shown in Matador Red. The 4” x 8.5” size is large enough to make an impact but small enough to work in tight spaces such as backsplashes.

Ken Mason flatiron red

– Ann Porter, CKD
Kitchen Studio of Naples, Inc.
Blog: www.KitchAnn.com

Feb 14 2013

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Expand your business with dressing rooms

Did you see the Wall Street Journal article about Opulent Closets? If you haven’t read you should check it out.

I learned that closet spending is up and they aren’t called closets any more. They are “dressing rooms.” I think the article is encouraging news. While I suspect the average designer is not going to land $50,000 remodeling projects for a single dressing room, knowing that there is interest in this new trophy room can increase sales.

So if a potential client walks into your showroom or calls you on the phone asking for a new Master Closet do you have product to show them?

—Do you have jewelry accessories or know anything about watch winders?

—Do you have examples of LED lighting or lighted clothes rods that illuminate the garments hanging below?

—Can you discuss UV protection on widows to keep clothes from fading or how to integrate the A/V components and Security system?


Winona Solutions + Light


October Company

Ann Porter

Dec 13 2012

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An insight about designers

We love Design. Our work is about visualizing the next best space. It isn’t about racking up as much volume as possible. That’s very obvious when you look at the sum of our never realized projects from the past few years.

Love of Design is why we persevere when specifications are incorrect, materials come in damaged or warped, the completion date gets pushed and clients declare bankruptcy. When we are passionate about our clients and our work, we take the nuggets of information we learn from designing the custom wine room that was scrapped or the efficiencies gained when aiming to meet the modest budget of a dreamer.

So we keep designing and hope that our work resonates with our client’s passions and we are thankful when it aligns with budgets, lead times and personalities.

When the destination we create with our Design path is successful, we like to humbly point to it with Pride, but of more importance, it fills our sails and helps us navigate trouble times.

May your Season be bright with Success and your New Year be warm with Joy!

Ann Porter

Oct 16 2012

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A Glimpse into the Future of Home Apps

Last May I read about Ford Motor Company’s push to turn the car into a mobile communications environment. Alliances forged with Medtronic, nMealth pioneer WellDoc and SDI Health allow Ford to develop its initial Health and Wellness connectivity portfolio designed to empower people with self-help information while they drive.

Via Bluetooth and access cloud-based Internet services, Ford can offer in-car glucose monitoring devices, diabetes management services, asthma management tools and web-based allergen alert solutions.

“The car has rapidly evolved into a mobile office and entertainment center for many Americans. Our goal is to further innovate the automotive space by incorporating health and wellness services into the car, thereby making them convenient and easily accessible to our customers.”

Drivers of Ford SYNC Applink-equipped cars can utilize the first app now and have access to the Allergy Alert app from Pollen.com.

This got me thinking about what apps may soon appear in the home.

Am I crazy to think that manufacturers will move beyond the entertainment apps (do we really need another appliance that will play music?) and start to integrate useful tools such as an app that will help my washing machine figure out the best way to clean a stain?

Stain + fabric + how long it sat = pretreatment + wash cycle & detergent type

Can a refrigerator link to a portable monitoring device via Bluetooth and help aid patients and their caregivers control glucose levels?

Is a diabetic more likely to grab a healthy snack from the refrigerator if their glucose level flashes on a monitor in front of them? I would think the answer would be yes.

I will admit that I am not very familiar with which foods are included in a Diabetic Diet, so in a scenario where I am visiting someone who is sick in bed and I want to help out and make lunch for her, an app that told me which foods would cause a spike in glucose levels could be helpful. I might want to know which would be better: a grilled chicken sandwich or a spinach and salmon salad.

Caregiver/Patient + full refrigerator = healthy lunch or snack

Ann Porter