Friday, June 27, 2014

Cool Finds at Dwell on Design LA

Last weekend I returned from the American Society of Interior Designer's Chapter Leadership Conference which was held in conjunction with Dwell on Design in Los Angeles.  

Not to miss an opportunity to see a trade show, especially one in such an influential location as LA, I made a point to visit during my down-time between the ASID meetings.  Although several exhibits were a repeat from previous shows, I did see a few things that I was very excited about!  Here are a few that I had to share: 

Castellan Parquet Porcelain Tile from Classic Tile and Mosaic

This new porcelain tile design follows the wood-look trend, but the addition of the oversized parquet look makes this product stand out from the others I've seen.  The tiles are available in Brun, Creme, and Gris and, as you can see from the photos above, are suitable for the interior or the exterior.  

New Color Availability from Miele

Miele appliances shown in Brilliant White.

Miele appliances shown in Havana Brown.

You may already be familiar with Miele's Brilliant White glass front option, introduced in 2012 and the winner of  Interior Design Magazine's Best of 2013, which is a pretty fabulous choice when planning a sleek kitchen.  Due to the popularity of that, they are now adding two new glass colors to the line, Havana Brown and Obsidian Black.  As if the glass colors weren't cool enough, the operating panel works as a touch screen - similar to an Apple product.  Not to shabby Miele.

Shabbat Candles in White

Drops in White

This was the first time I've seen product by Shimal'e - Light in Art in person and I was impressed.  The designer, Shimon Peleg, creates one-of-a-kind light fixtures, windows, art and sinks.  My favorite designs from the show utilized rectangular panels of stained glass to create a truly unique chandelier.  All of Peleg's creations may be customized to create the right look for your project.

Smith & Fong Plyboo Carved and Textured Panels

These textured architectural panels, newly introduced by already popular "green" manufacturer Smith & Fong, were pretty exciting.  Available as prefinished or unfinished sheets in three different styles, Reveal Collection, Plyboo Sound and Linear Line, my mind soared with all the possible applications - cabinetry, furniture, backsplash, or simply a highlighted panel on a statement wall!  

These are merely a few of the exciting new products and finishes that I discovered at Dwell on Design.  Stay tuned for even more cool new products and designs from the show! 

Happy Planning!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Summer is here and I'm loving all of the trends from the Spring 2014 runways that I am seeing popping up like flowers.  Here are the four trends that I'm really excited about and how they would translate to the home….

The All White trend - love this look, always have, but now it's here in a big way.  From the LWD's (little white dresses) to white wide leg pants, white is hot.

From Daks Spring RTW 2014

Bright Florals - I've never really been a floral girl, but I'm totally digging the bright pops of color these fabrics can bring in to an outfit…or a room!

From Dennis Basso RTW Spring 2014

Fringe - Hello embellishment! Whether there's a lot or a little, this look is hot on accessories and clothes…It's not just for Cowgirls anymore. 

From Herve Leger by Max Azria RTW Spring 2014

Finally, the Black and White Graphic - This is where classic meets edgy to create a sleek cool look.

From Zimmerman RTW Spring 2014

What are your favorite trends you are seeing this season in the fashion industry?  How about with interiors?


Photos via and pinterest

Highlights from KBIS 2014

The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, or KBIS, is THE show for kitchen designers like myself and was held in conjunction with the International Builder's Show earlier this month.  This combo made for one heck of a show and a whirlwind couple of days spent in Las Vegas.  

Here is my list of the top ten newly released products that stood out to me as I scoured the show floor:

Available later this year, the beautiful Whitehaven Hayridge was created when Kohler took one of their most popular cast iron sinks and added a simple yet stunning detail to the apron front.  

Kohler's new Tailored Vanity Collection is a versatile one.  It is available in five different styles, ranging from Craftsman to Contemporary, and in a variety of wood stains and species.  Some styles in the collection have the option of adding furniture legs or a toe kick - for those remodeling projects - along with customizable door and drawer configurations.  Love the interior organizers you can chose from!  They include roll out trays, electrical outlets, make-up trays and much more.

"Mousharabia" is the Arabic word for the intricately carved screens that adorned the windows of middle and upper class houses and other historic buildings in the old medina. The Mousharabia Collection by Martyn Lawrence Bullard for Ann Sacks Tile & Stone was inspired by these wooden and metal screens.  The high relief ceramic Agidar field tile is shown here.

This little contraption by Glideware took Silver in KBIS Best in Show's Kitchen category and I can see why.  It is another one of those now-why-didn't-I-think-of-that gadgets that will increase functionality and decrease headaches!  Glideware will install in any new or existing standard depth cabinet and, while it is most useful reducing pot and pan clutter, it can also be used for small utility cabinets (shown at left).

I adore this not too brassy, not too gold, new Champagne finish by Atlas Homewares.  

If you can't see it already, the streamlined look of Brizo's new Sotria lavatory faucet was inspired by aeronautic architecture - sleek and purposeful with wing-like levers. When it is turned on, the faucet releases a ribbon-like stream of water.

And on my "Need This ASAP" list is The Docking Drawer.  Created by J Tech Solutions, this in-drawer mobile device charger can be easily installed in a slightly modified drawer.  I would love to hide my family's myriad of cords and connectors in their own drawer!

Available in July 2014, the delicate pattern and veining of CaesarStone's Calacatta Classic is as close to marble, while still having the benefits of quartz, as I've seen.

The Adorn Vanity and the V14 Vanity both have that sleek look you have come to expect from Robern.  The Adorn is the freestanding version and the V14 version can be ganged horizontally or vertically to customize your space.  Pictured above in one of their new Digital Wood patterns, Charcoal Ash.

The Per Se Collection by Kallista is another extremely streamlined and linear vanity fixture that caught my attention at the show.  Available in three finishes, this faucet's thin design gives it a sleek, classy look.

Hope you enjoyed seeing these new products as much as I enjoyed finding them!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Getting Ready for the Kitchen & Bath Show 2014

Ah, February…In a couple of days, it will be here.  That means two of my favorite events are very near - Mercedes Benz Fashion Week and the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show.  As usual, I will be surfing the net for the former and attending the latter.  KBIS is one of the largest trade shows in the nation.  Held yearly in conjunction with the National Kitchen and Bath Association conference and, for the first time this year, the International Builders' Show, it is an inspiring, interactive platform that showcases the latest industry products, trends and technologies. 

Next month's blog post will be all about that - I will be compiling a list of my faves that I see at the show in Las Vegas.  Until then, here are the new products that have recently been released that I would love to see at the show:

1) The Reclamation porcelain tile collection from Crossville

A few months ago, Crossville introduced its first digitally produced porcelain collection, which celebrates the reclaimed materials movement.  The line features a blend of designs and colors to interpret the look of wood, metal and concrete.

As one of the headliners in their "Distinctly American" ad campaign, the four colors of the line have been aptly named Whiskey Lullaby, Cotton Exchange, Steel City and Tobacco Road.  The names and the designs have inspired some to deem this line as "Industrial Chic".

2) Porcelanosa's tile, Lines in Silver Wood Grey

Love Porcelanosa.  They are the king of creating the illusion of a mosaic pattern within a tile.  This new release is no different.  What looks like a time consuming installation of a basket weave consisting of many small tiles in beautiful warm grey tones is actually a larger tile with strategically placed grooves for grout to fill. This is perfect for those budget-conscious projects.

4) Kohler Artifacts Series

"Vintage is new."  Kohler surrounded the new Artifacts collection around that completely valid statement and have created a winner.  Inspired by turn of the century charm, this line consists of three different faucet styles, three different handle styles and five different finishes giving the designer and homeowner numerous choices to complete their design.

I never thought I'd say this, but holy crap, I love this toilet paper holder!
 I also love the other accessories, especially the soap dispenser.  By the way - this faucet with the Bell spout and the Prong handles reminds me of some much more expensive fixtures that I've seen!  

5) Sub-Zero's revamped Integrated Refrigeration

These guys were the first to do it - cabinet depth refrigerators that could be integrated into your cabinetry design - and now, they just keep improving on it.  Yet again, Sub-Zero is releasing an update to their Integrated Series allowing installation with a mere 1/8" reveal between the appliance and the surrounding cabinets.  (This is a super big deal to us kitchen designers!)

If you are doing a totally integrated unit with a cabinetry panel, that panel install is easier on these models, too - this makes my subcontractors happy!

3) Porcelanosa Luxury Modul Gold

Ok, I'm not usually one for a lot of bling in an interior, but I am a fan of Industrial-Meets-Polished,  and this tile by Porcelanosa is amazing.  I love the rough Pyrite look - totally reminds me of design-icon Kelly Wearstler's accessory designs using Pyrite…

LOVE these…ok, sorry…back to KBIS.

6) And, finally, anything that Hafele America introduces regarding cabinetry inserts!

Specifically the Lavido Pantry Pull-Out.  This super sleek pull-out not only has clear railings and a nonslip white surface, but you have full access to all three sides when it is fully extended.  It is also easy to install and has soft-open and soft-close features.

So, that's my abbreviated Wish-To-See List.  Stay tuned to see if any of these guys actually make it into my highlights from KBIS 2014 - next month!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Take Notice: Carolina Herrera

One of the major trends from Spring 2014 Ready to Wear was the use of graphic patterns and Carolina Herrera hit the nail on the head with this trend.  While she did have a few separates and cocktail dresses, I fell in love with her floor-length gowns.  Most of these had clean silhouettes and perfected the almost hypnotic patterns using line and squares.  

Herrera also incorporated layers of sheer fabric into her designs - another huge trend for Spring.  I can not get enough of her combination of the sheer wispy fabric and the structured harness-type belt and corset.

Take a look:

I can't wait to see what she introduces for Fall 2014 Ready to Wear on Feburary 10th in New York!