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Dec 28 2017

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This Year’s Interior Design Trends

2018 is finally here, so we found out what interior designers from the New York Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) see as trends in interior design for the coming year.

Sunshine Colors Our World. Karen Wolf, Associate ASID, of Karen B. Wolf Interiors in South Orange, N.J., forecasts sunshine yellow as on trend for 2018.

“Positive, confident, vibrant and enthusiastic, this color represents the future and our incoming Gen Z consumers,” said Wolf. “For a technologically savvy group, yellow is the missed sunshine they seek while plugged in and inside. We have not seen this color emerge for quite some time; it feels fresh, happy and young!”

Handcrafted Accessories. Homemade is a recurring macro trend that is rooted in celebrating home-grown artisans and artistry from all over the world. A rebuff of modern technology, this trend embraces the tactile senses and the spirit of craftsmanship based on the local source it derives from.

 “From the Aztec-themed pillow craze of last year and this year’s love for Peruvian alpaca, the trend is timeless and will continue to find new forms powered by advances in technology and the human touch,” said Wolf. “In 2018, look for Japanese/Persian folkloric themes and motifs. Also on the radar is Delftware, or Dutch pottery. First spotted in Europe, Dutch pottery is now reinterpreted as minimalist and also boasts Chinoiserie-inspired designs.”

Lighting Goes Linear. The long and lean linear chandelier has become the newest trend in lighting, according to Faith Hochman, Associate ASID, of FH Home Designs, Inc. in Mahwah, N.J.

“Its length creates a wow factor over a kitchen island or dining table,” said Hochman. “Available with shades and/or multiple lights to create bright light or ambient lighting, its sleekness will instantly change and enhance the beauty of your rooms. Manufacturers have flooded the market with a great range of styles in every budget and style.”

What’s Hot in the Kitchen & Bath. “White and gray are still maintaining their hold on color trends but are being softened with bluer hues,” said Sharon L. Sherman, ASID, of Thyme & Place Design in Wyckoff, N.J.

According to Sherman, white and navy are staples of the design world. Navy is softer than black but still provides the dramatic contrast. Gray is being softened with taupe undertones, providing warmth to the color palette. Matte black and charcoal gray are starting to make appearances in appliances; stainless is still king, but these finishes are being seen more often. Color on ranges – bright red, yellow and blue – is also creating pops in the kitchen.

Spacing It Out. Though open-plan living has its detractors of late [with some clients choosing to keep kitchens separate from the other spaces,] it is here to stay in 2018, according to Ivee Fromkin, Allied ASID, of Monmouth Beach, N.J.

“Jam-packed schedules and the prevalence of technology have made it more important than ever for today’s families to mingle and spend valuable time together,” she said.

Dec 21 2017

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Home for Christmas

Before the renovation

The day before Christmas Eve, my husband and I will be flying from the West Coast back to Atlanta – the city we both grew up in and where both of our families live. I have not been back home since last Christmas and am looking forward to seeing one important change in my childhood house: an updated kitchen.

My parents have lived in this home for more than 30 years. They have renovated their master bath, updated every room’s decor and redesigned the kitchen once before – but about 18 years ago. Like many other baby boomer clients, they are thinking of downsizing in the next few years and need the home to retain a high resale value, but until they are ready to sell they want a place to entertain friends and family.

While they could not do a full renovation of the kitchen, I helped convince them that there are several easy and affordable ways that would modernize the space. The old, traditional stainless steel sink had to go, and the worn granite countertops needed replacing. The floral backsplash, which my father had carefully installed when I was 10, really needed an update. Finally, the refrigerator, the hood and the cooktop were all aging.

It took about two months to get everything chosen and in – with a few bumps along the way (the dishwasher came in cracked, and the tile guy ran out of tile) –  but the resulting kitchen is much improved. The sink is now one of Kohler’s beautiful, white apron-front sinks paired with a stainless steel Delta faucet. The original four-burner cooktop was replaced with a KitchenAid five-burner natural gas unit with a dramatic Elica hood above it.

The kitchen gained a more modern look with white Calacatta Gold quartz countertops from Premier Surfaces; there is subtle veining around the perimeter countertops and more dramatic black-and-white veining on the island. My favorite part is the backsplash, which per my suggestion, is a simple 6-in., white subway tile installed in a herringbone pattern. A stainless steel, French-door refrigerator completes the ensemble.

It might have taken a lot of work, but my parents love their new kitchen. We are the kind of family that always hosts, and I expect we will be celebrating many holidays in this space.

So designers, be proud that the job you do truly makes a difference in others’ lives and gives people a little joy every day.

Happy holidays from Kitchen and Bath Business!

Dec 04 2017

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Designing in San Francisco

This past week I had the opportunity to travel to San Francisco for the grand opening of a unique showroom concept. While there was not enough time for me to explore the city myself, I was able to speak with the design team behind an award-winning kitchen in the Pacific Heights section of San Francisco.

This historic mansion had lots of overall square footage, but the kitchen was an awkward combination of spaces that had been rearranged over the years. Designers Jennifer Howard of Rye, N.Y.-based JWH Design & Cabinetry and San Francisco-based Jon de la Cruz of De La Cruz Architecture + Design worked in the eight-week time frame to give the homeowners – a family with eight children – a more beautiful and functional space.

The Look. For a twist on the traditional San Francisco kitchen, the design team chose a mixture of concrete-look countertops and two cabinetry finishes: weathered-white oak for the island and modern white perimeter cabinets. The vent hood, designed by de la Cruz, is zinc with a blackened finish, which complements the glossy black backsplash tiles. All of these gray, white and black colors are reminiscent of the fog and clouds rolling in from the water in the city.

Challenges. The new 36-in. column refrigerator and freezer, as well as the 60-in. steam oven, were good sizes for the big family, but they did not fit where originally intended. The solution was closing off the window from the inside, while maintaining the exterior appearance, and putting the appliances on that wall.

“Since this was not one of the windows that overlooked the beautiful San Francisco skyline, the solution was accepted and worked out really well,” said Howard. “The result was a dramatic look with the 36-in. units on either end of the wall, and there was still room left over for cabinetry storage.”

Functionality for the Family. Practical additions include double trash units, cutlery dividers, stainless door protectors on the sink and trash cabinets. An appliance garage also reduces countertop clutter. These all will make a difference in the usability and durability of this family kitchen.

Nov 20 2017

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A Showhouse for a Cause

The proceeds from this year’s Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse are going to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The 8,800-sq.-ft. home, which is open to the public Thursdays through Sundays until Dec. 10, showcases the work of 20 of Atlanta’s top designers. It was built by Sheehan Built Homes and was designed by architectural firm Harrison Design. The cabinets throughout the home were designed by Bell Cabinetry & Design. Photo above by David Christensen

The kitchen, which features shades of white, gray and black, was designed by Meredith McBrearty of Meredith McBrearty Interiors. The quartzite countertops are from Levantina. Photo by David Christensen

A mudroom off the laundry space provides a seating area to take off shoes when entering the house. Plenty of storage was incorporated into this project, which was designed by Lauren Davenport Imber of Davenport Designs Ltd.

A bar off the living space designed by Robert Brown of Robert Brown Interior Design features a countertop in Striato Onyx by Levantina. Gold fixtures and hardware complement the rich, brown cabinetry. Photo by David Christensen

This enclosed shower area designed by Alice Cramer of Alice Cramer Interiors features a cotton white bench and curb in LG Viatera quartz.

The second-floor master bath designed by Patricia McLean of Patricia McClean Interiors features his-and-hers vanities, a tub from MTI Baths and LV Viatera quartz countertops.

The children’s bathroom designed by Mallory Mathison Glenn and Elizabeth Graves features a bold blue paint with splashes of red detail and a quartz countertop.

A freestanding soaking tub from MTI Baths takes center stage in the master bath on the home’s main floor, which was designed by Cathy Rhodes of Cathy Rhodes Interiors.

The ground floor powder room – our favorite room in the house – features marble countertops, DXV plumbing fixtures and whimsical wallpaper. The space was designed by Clary Bosbyshell of Margaux Interiors Limited. Photo by David Christensen