K+BB Collective | The Designers' Corner

Archive for Green

Feb 06 2017

Posted by
Comments off

The Outside In House

AirBnB_Greenery-004

This AirBnb rental lies in a row of inconspicuous homes in central London. Inside, Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year, Greenery, comes to life in every room in the house.

The 2017 Pantone Color of the Year, Greenery, was inspired by a world seeking natural experiences, calmness and a hopeful attitude. Airbnb caught onto this idea and partnered with Pantone to build the ‘Outside In’ house – a home in London that brings the color Greenery to life.

AirBnB_Greenery-082

A woodland reception – complete with living plants – greets guests upon entrance.

This home has a floor plan far different than the typical walk-up. It includes a woodland reception, an indoor greenhouse that doubles as a dining room, a garden bedroom with mown lawn, topiaries and soporific plants, a tented nook for children to sleep in and an herb garden in the kitchen. Guests staying in the home will hear the sounds of nature throughout and can forage from the walls (literally) for vegetables and herbs. Other activities include drinking tea with leaves picked from a hydroponics installation and choosing plants to make terrarium vases.

AirBnB_Greenery-104

The kitchen has an herb garden design with rustic cabinetry and Edison-bulb lighting.

As guests enter, they will be greeted by the house “groundskeeper” with green juice made locally and color-matched to Greenery. They can also rest assured that the house is of course environmentally green too; all materials will be recycled where possible, and spare plants will be donated to community gardens.

AirBnB_Greenery-162

This kitchen takes advantage of open shelving to show off the theme color.

“As Greenery is a warm and zesty yellow-green shade that speaks to our desire to disconnect, replenish and energize, it seemed a natural extension for us to partner with Airbnb for the very first time to bring the Pantone Color of the Year 2017 to life,” said Laurie Pressman, vice president of the Pantone Color Institute. “The holistic view of travel and community – on promoting a feeling of connecting to nature and each other no matter where we go – speaks to the spirit of Greenery and has changed the way we explore and experience cities internationally.”

AirBnB_Greenery-196

This bath has a spa-like ambiance with tropical foliage and a freestanding tub.

The ‘Outside In’ house is at 4 Dingley Place, Clerkenwell. To book an overnight stay, visit https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/16908431. All proceeds from the overnight stay will be donated to the American Institute of Graphic Arts.

Let us know if you go on Facebook, on Twitter @kbbconnect or Instagram @kbbonline!

Dec 06 2016

Posted by
Comments off

Neolith Joins the Tiny House Movement

Neolith Tiny House Launch Party (www.BenRosePhotography.com)

Neolith’s Tiny House pays homage to the material by displaying a number of applications in a small space, including exterior and interior cladding, flooring, countertops, shower walls, fire places and furniture.

According to Mar Esteve, marketing manager for TheSize, the goal of the mobile space is to bring Neolith closer to the residential A&D community across different states and to showcase all the properties of the material: lightweight (great for transportation), durable, uv-unalterable; anti-grafitti, etc.

“We want to convey the message that every space – no matter how big or small – can look great and high end if the right materials are selected,” added Esteve. “We want to communicate that TheSize is aligned with sustainable architecture as well as a way of live.”

Neolith is seen in the Tiny House in the following applications:
– Exterior Cladding (Calacatta gold, Basalt Black, Textil White and Iron Frost)
– Interior Floors (Strata Argentum)
– Interior Walls (Iron Frost)
– Countertops and Island (Estatuario Polished)
– Bathroom Walls (La Beheme, Calacatta Gold)
– Fireplace (Steel Marengo)

The home features an OG36 36- in. outdoor barbeque grill with four individually contained burners for independent heat control, including a sear zone to seal in juices and a two-position rotisserie system. The master bath features the TOTO Neorest 550H toilet with a heated seat, built-in bidet system and choice of an efficient 1.0 or 0.8 gallon per flush. This is paired with a Kiwami Renesse lavatory faucet and a slim Villeroy & Boch washbasin and vanity, which is wall-mounted to save space. The shower includes an Upton rain showerhead and Gyrostream body sprays with rotating heads. In the guest bath, there is the TOTO Aquia Wall-Hung Toilet that takes up less floor space, gives the bathroom a more open feel and is easier to clean.

Oct 17 2016

Posted by
Comments off

Food and Fun for a Great Cause

Overall

As members of the press, the editors at KBB get invited to a host of industry events all over the U.S. – sometimes internationally. I recently attended an awesome event in a non-journalistic capacity. I was simply there to support my friend who helps make it happen and to learn more about the cause the event itself supports. The 5th-annual Harvest on the Hooch at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Atlanta celebrated farm to table food with a garden party tasting event presented by Whole Foods and hosted by top local chefs and top-notch restaurants.

Chefs

But the most important thing is that it is a fundraiser for the Unity Garden, which supplies more than four tons of fresh produce yearly to the North Fulton Community Charities food pantry.

Garden

I admit I had never been to the center before, nor had I visited the Unity Garden, so my boyfriend and I took advantage of everything the event had to offer: photo opps with life-sized carrots, tours of the garden, a gander at the mini alpacas and many chickens on the property and some really, really great food.

Smitty

As you can see in the picture below, this event offered much more than mere samples – we dined on fried chicken drumsticks, Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing sandwiches and whole servings of pasta.

Food

Aside from stuffing our faces, we actually learned a few things at the event. The Chattahoochee Nature Center’s mission is to connect people with nature, and it definitely did that for us on our visit.

Jun 08 2016

Posted by
Comments off

Welcome to My Friend’s House

I visited a couple’s house last week that is always truly a work in progress, and they are always making progress. They moved into the large home a few years back with a plan to renovate various rooms and spaces along the way.

Barn Doors

When I first visited them, a group of us had dinner on the second basement level – yes the basement is two levels – and it was a blank slate with a few paint colors splashed on one wall so they could decide the perfect hue. The room is still in flux, but my friend’s husband and his dad installed cedar barn doors to separate that space from a small bedroom. The barn track used to hold the doors is from a family farm in Indiana during the 1800s.

FullSizeRender

One the basement bathrooms, which are both finished, features an Italian marble vessel sink with a live-edge walnut base from a woodworker in North Carolina. A teak wood insert (below) in the shower hides a concealed oversize drain, which prevents clogging.

IMG_3737

I love all of the small, well-thought-out details as well, which include various light fixtures, decorative grates and a metal wallcovering – just for something different (below).

IMG_3736

The laundry room even features personal touches with a floor mat and a light and dark clothing separator.

Laundry Room

While her husband was out of town one weekend, my friend did the tile applique in the powder room on the main floor – and it looks perfect! I can’t wait to see what’s in store the next time I visit my friends’ awesome abode.

IMG_3725