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Dec 11 2017

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On the Surface

Above: Antolini’s Corteccia is a soft quartzite from Brazil with a white background and colored veins. Hints of brown, cream and orange in the veins recall a light tree covering with its shades and speckles.

Some of my favorite materials to look at are surface products. From different natural stones to engineered countertops and beautiful mosaic tiles, there are so many varieties and unique pieces that can really give a space personality.

KBTribeChat covered some of these many choices in their recent Twitter chat, so we joined in to find out what the rest of the industry loves about surfaces.

Quartz. This man-made material is composed of resins, polymers and various types of pigments. The combination creates a very durable artificial rock without pores or cracks, making it easy to clean and maintain. We also love that it can be used in a variety of ways, including as shower walls, decorative pieces and fireplace surrounds.

Tile. Ceramic and porcelain tile is made using 100 percent natural materials – clay, feldspar and quartz. Glazed tile offers a surface that cannot be penetrated by odors or other contaminates. Only mild cleaners or even just warm water can clean tile sufficiently while avoiding adding dangerous chemicals to the water system.

Natural Stone. Along with being stunningly beautiful and of course straight from nature, stones like granite or quartzite are also long lasting when they are properly sealed. Clients also like the fact that they are free of petroleum-based ingredients.

Laminates. Made of pressed wood in a printing process, laminates can be designed to simulate the look of many different materials, including natural materials that are unsustainable. Laminates are also naturally resistant to the growth of mold and bacteria, and they can also be treated with special allergen-resistant and anti-bacterial coatings to make them even safer.

Luxury Vinyl Tile. LVT is a hard surface flooring material comprised of 100 percent vinyl, a color or photographic film layer and a protective wear layer. This material can replicate the look and style of different materials, withstand high traffic and is easy to clean and maintain.

These are only a few of the options out there, so be looking out for even more surface choices in our What’s Hot section – coming soon in the January issue of KBB! Also, be sure to join in next week’s KBTribeChat by searching for #kbtribechat on Twitter.

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

Nov 13 2017

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Modern Retreat


It’s no secret that what was considered contemporary in the 1980s is outdated today. This obsolete master bathroom was updated by two of Washington, D.C.-based //3877’s architects – Meg Scott and Ryan Petyak – for their firm’s co-founder and principal architect, David Shove-Brown. KBB spoke with Shove-Brown to find out how his employees did.

KBB: What were the issues with the previous design, particularly the layout?  
Shove-Brown: The previous layout had a really large open space in the middle of the bathroom as well as along one wall adjacent to the vanity.  There was also a huge bathtub inset in a tile platform wasting more space. With these open spaces and the giant tub, the shower and closets were quite small. Overall, the flow was just poor.

KBB: What were your requests?  
Shove-Brown: I wanted a comfortable, contemporary spa-like master bathroom in which we could get ready at different times, not disturb anyone in the bedroom and not be crashing into one another. I also wanted to take advantage of the natural light and keep the design clean and simple.


KBB: Describe how the layout was made more efficient?
Shove-Brown: We moved the shower and rotated the bathtub location to create a wet area. We expanded one closet into the bathroom and rotated the toilet compartment to sit alongside the expanded closet. We had a great situation in that the house is a single-story ranch with a 4-ft. crawl space below and attic above, allowing the contractors to work on plumbing and electrical with little difficulty.”

KBB: What was your team challenged by?

Shove-Brown: In removing the existing tile and sub-floor, our contractor found that when the previous tub was installed, several joists were cut, causing significant damage requiring reframing. We also found that the existing drain lines from the sinks did not slope sufficiently and were almost completely clogged. All the plumbing was removed and redone to code.


KBB: How was the space made more airy?  
Shove-Brown: By creating a wet area, we were able to remove the traditional shower compartment and simplified it to a single, large piece of glass. The tub and vanities are freestanding, which minimizes their presence in the space. A single, elegant LED pendant floats over the tub for a statement. All of the materials are light, relying more on texture than tone to make their presence known. The only dark elements are the teak in the vanities, the shower seat and the ceiling over the wet zone.

KBB: What is your favorite part of the design?
Shove-Brown: Definitely the shower. The 16-in. by 16-in. flush-mounted rainhead over the pebble stone tile with the glass enclosure makes the shower an incredibly peaceful way to start the day.

Nov 06 2017

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A Parisian Remodel

Paris-based designer Stephanie Coutas had the opportunity to redesign her former home: a 19th-century townhouse in the heart of Paris. This four-story townhouse became infused with features this designer is known for: luxury and cutting-edge technology. KBB spoke with Coutas to find out the secrets behind her glamorous design.


GOALS

Coutas: “The idea was to transform the townhouse, which had lots of small rooms on each floor, into a family home with a sophisticated, comfortable and cozy atmosphere.”

CHALLENGES

Coutas: “I wanted to keep the spirit of the house and yet bring it into the 21st century. I try to never erase the soul of a place; I like to give it a new life.


I thought it would also be interesting to include both Art Deco and contemporary fabrics and materials, including mixing metal finishing and sophisticated velvets, bronze and embroideries. That was a challenge!”

HER BATHROOM
Coutas: “The lady’s bathroom in veined marble sits alongside an impressive dressing room in silver oak finishing. I choose the marble slate especially for the color tone of the vein.”


HIS BATHROOM

Coutas: “This is the most private space, and it needed to be spectacular and very efficient at the same time. The man of the house likes boats, so I wanted it to have the idea of a boat deck.”

SON’S BATHROOM

Coutas: “I designed this bathroom to have a cheerful atmosphere but with masculine touches. His shower with the coral motif brings in the idea of the sea and a touch of color.”


FAVORITES

Coutas: “If I had to choose a level, I would say the master suite is where I relax the most. LED lighting, aromatherapy and TV screens are always appreciated. The garden level is also such a fun space. In 80 square meters, I managed to put in a gym, Hamman space, home cinema, pool and massage room. That was an achievement!”