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!


Wednesday, January 15, 2014


If you know me, then you are aware that I have a wonderful French influence in my life.  Because of this, I adore finding Parisian inspired pieces making their way into current design trends.

The French Bistro Chair, or the No. 14 Chair, is one of these pieces.  Designed by German-Austrian craftsman, Michael Thonet, and introduced in 1859, this bentwood chair - being the first of it's kind -  won an award at the 1867 Paris World Exposition.  The chair was made from six pieces of steam-bent wood, ten screws, two nuts and a woven cane or palm seat.  Though it has now evolved, the original is still being distributed by Thonet with a slightly more broad color palette.

the original                             the current No. 14

Here are a few of my favorite installations using the  Parisian style bistro chair:

Here are a few of my favorites with links so that you can get the look yourself!

Photos courtesy of Houzz and Pinterest

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Why I love Michael Kors….

…let me count the ways (from his Spring 2014 Ready to Wear collection)

1 - His designs are the epitome of chic all-American. (Sorry, Ralph Lauren)

1.5 - These.  Need these.

2. He makes nipples look classy.

3. He created the perfect outfit for my next safari.

4. He makes fur in the Spring look appropriate.

5. He makes wearing a perfectly accessorized knit onesie look effortless.

6. …and my grandmother's cardigan and crochet project look cool.

7 - This cloud-like shrug. Love.

8 - This. Whole. Look.

9 - He makes me want a high-waisted bikini.

9.5 - …and these reptilian platforms. 

10 - He can still make you look put together even if you've forgotten your top.

11 - He tells his models to smile.

 12 Again, nipples never looked so classy.

13 - He is still working the Deco look, which I adore.

14 - He just designed my next wedding-on-a-beach dress. (C'mon y'all - don't you want to plan your wedding on the beach?  Then invite me?)

15 - He understands redheads. (Some of my best friends are redheads.)

Do you love the new looks by Michael Kors? If so, please share :)