Our Emerald "Color of the Year" Tribute

As Pantone unveiled their 2013 Color of the Year – we just had to research Emerald and see what others are doing and how we can jump “on board” the Emerald Express.
So our tribute to “Emerald” begins: we searched through the pages of  Pinterest and Houzz  to find spaces and products where Emerald provides simple bursts of renewed energy or is intelligently positioned through-out an entire space to create the Wow that your space was needing!
Emerald truly can be a chameleon of spaces from the elegant decor of dining rooms of old to vintage basement retreats created for fun-filled weekends. We don’t even begin to address clothing, make-up or other industries outside of fashion…. 🙂
Emerald can be your theme….simple to dynamic…. Emerald truly answers the “color call” this year!
(pay attention to the others as well…..)
Houzz is alive with the evolution of Emerald! Can’t wait to see all the new additions for 2013!
Eclectic Family Room design by Atlanta Interior Designer Cristi Holcombe
Traditional Living Room design by Little Rock Interior Designer Tobi Fairley Interior Design
Eclectic Living Room design by Los Angeles Interior Designer Diane Bennett Bedford
Contemporary Bedroom design by St Louis Interior Designer Edwin Pepper Interiors
Contemporary Dining Room design by Other Metro Architect Annis Lender
Eclectic Bedroom design by Melbourne Interior Designer Diane Bergeron Interiors
Contemporary Bedroom design by Portland Interior Designer Ragan Corliss

Gary Tilson’s Milan Minimalist Bathroom Design

Gary Tilson’s Award Winning Milan Bathroom Design is a very clean minimalist design but is anything but simple….

The clients had already renovated portions of their home including new wood floors in the master

bedroom before coming to me for a design consultation.

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They were ready to upgrade their outdated bath. Remodel Size:13’6″ x 11′ 4″

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Meetings with them identified some key concerns and wishes for their new Master Bath.

They wanted a spa-like bath with clean lines.

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They chose Wellborn’s Milan Cherry in Autumn Spice, setting the tone for the project.

Kohler vessel sinks and faucets continued the clean look.

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Keeping with their minimalist tastes, they decided to do away with pulls. Where necessary, touch latches were added to aid in opening doors / drawers.

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Matching Wellborn trim was added including a valance above sinks with recessed lighting, door casings, caps over the tile wainscot and window casings.

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The original entry to the Master Closet was through the bath taking up valuable wall and circulation space.

The entry was closed in favor of a new door directly from the bedroom which freed up additional wall

space for the shower and toilet areas.

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The original entry to the bath was from a nook at the far end of the bedroom.

The entry was moved to an adjacent wall which was already in the circulation path.

A pair of pocket doors freed up wall space for switches that would have been hidden behind a swinging

door.

An Ecofires firebox with cabinets and shelving matching those of the bath were installed in the alcove

creating an intimate sitting area for reading.

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Additional functional solutions to their needs include:

Hamper base cabinet, Milan doors on the tub surround to access Whirlpool pump,

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Pilaster units each side of the sinks with doors and electrical outlets within,

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Heated Towel Bar and Heated Floor, and a more efficient allocation of circulation space allowing a fuller use of the existing square footage.

The clean lines of the Milan door style with the warm rich Autumn Spice finish on Cherry along with the

other material selections helped to create the sophisticated contemporary result that the well-traveled

clients sought.

And also became an Award-Winning Design for Gary Tilson!

Gary Tilson Barefoot Kitchens & Bath
678-753-5343

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Award Winning "Family Farm" Kitchen from Bob Burmeister

As we continue our tribute to our past Design Contest Winners our next post features the work of Bob Burmeister (Marc Christian Fine Cabinetry) the 2011 Large Kitchen (>42 sq ft of Countertops) Design Winner and the kitchen used in our Dream Kitchen Makeover Campaign for the Fall of 2012.

So sit back and enjoy the work of Bob Burmeister!

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When the owners built their vacation home in 2009, they wanted to add modern touches while still remaining true to the home’s location on the family’s farm in the country.

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The design of the cabinetry complements the house’s Craftsman style with massive posts and arching beams.

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The selected finishes of painted sage green and distressed midnight black are true to the design and add to the “lived – in” quality.

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The one of a kind characteristics come not just from the cabinet style, but also from the bead board, seeded glass door inserts and carved turnings.

The hammered copper sinks with reverse-hammered stars add to the natural theme.

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The layout is very user friendly, while still excellent for family dinners and entertaining with the curved raised seating area.

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Random distressed wood plank flooring, iron cabinet pulls, 2×2 slate mosaic backsplash, timber beamed wood ceiling, and natural stone countertops are true to the architecture of the home.

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The industrial lighting and professional style stainless steel Thermador range top, Thermador double ovens, and Sharp microwave drawer add to the home’s modernized appeal.

Other appliances are fully integrated and hidden behind matching wood cabinet panels. These include the Thermador 36” French door refrigerator, warming drawer and dual dishwashers.

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The intelligent mix of modern and past elements create a timeless space to be shared and loved by all for years to come! Breath-taking work Bob!

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Madison Square Maple – Antique Evergreen – Premier Construction

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Consumers: Click here to learn more about Wellborn Cabinet!

Designer Contact Information: Marc Christian Fine Cabinetry  Bob@MarcChristian.com  314.994.7111

Wellborn Olde World – a beautiful world all its own.

Create new and interesting spaces with our Olde World Technique.

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Seven unique techniques create a “one of a kind” finish for every piece of cabinetry.

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Christmas Decor 101 Front Door Theme

Each year I start with our front door on my festive journey into transforming our home into a Winter Wonderland or like a Christmas gift shop at the local mall…. Either way I delight each year in conjuring up a theme for our “Front Door” – this year I am “theme-less”  so I am frantically scouring one of my favorite sites for new inspiration. www.houzz.com  So please join me as I try to discover my “Front Door” theme for this year!

Inspirational Entrance Number Uno.

I love this Front Door decor from Hydrangea Home because the use of simple items to create an inviting elegant entrance. The Cedar and Evergreen cuttings with the ornaments resting together in the wire planter stand – create a simple look that did not require much money or time – and with the whimsical Snowman Sleigh you have a grand entrance that welcomes all your guests this Christmas Season!

Traditional Exterior design by New York Furniture And Accessories Hydrangea Home
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So what if you don’t live where there’s snow or Evergreen free for the clipping….
Try something different like shown here by Other Metro Home.
The traditional Red and Green are exchanged for Turquoise and Dusty Salmon  – the look is still FESTIVE & FUN!
Gives me ideas of mixing Evergreen Clippings with other colors this year…..
Tropical Entry design by Other Metro Home Staging suzanne pignato
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Again  – Simple elements create a Grand Entrance! A Great Theme can be carried through-out the entire home effortlessly. So easy to pull the lite Garland through-out the house; stair handrails, mantels, above cabinetry….
The Angel theme can work in every room of the home with such softness that you might just keep them out all year…
And the Poinsettias are perfect as center pieces but don’t forget guest bedrooms and baths for these beautiful reminders of the season. A great take home gift for your visitors.
Traditional Porch design by Austin Interior Designer Dawn Hearn Interior Design
Well I have some great ideas brewing for this year’s Front Door Theme…. I now have too many!
Have fun with your Decorating for the Season!!!

Sitting Pretty!

You have your new island, peninsula, breakfast nook or getaway!

You have bookmarked thousands of bar stools sites and pinned all the bar stools in the universe but you just can’t seem to make a decision on the right stool for your space.

Well I  have compiled some tips and pictures to help you a little with the decision making process!

First and foremost three things: You will probably repurchase stools before other furniture; consider the space itself and the users of the space! Bar stools tend to take more abuse than any other sitting furniture in the home so don’t be alarmed if you find yourself wanting new stools – sooner after the purchase than expected!

Depending on your space and users you might even want to mix materials and heights to create a space that works for all that use your space but also is your style alone!

Mixing Heights is a great Way to add Interest & allows more people to use your kitchen space!                                       Counter & Table Height Shown Here

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Contemporary Metal

Tip #1: To ensure just the right bar stools begin by measuring the height of your counter, bar, or table.

Tip #2: Allow between 10 to 12 inches between the bar stool seat and the bottom of the counter or bar.

This will ensure that your bar stool fits under the counter, bar or table and leaves you with plenty of leg room.

Tip #3:    Stool & Bar Heights Guide

24-inch Bar Stool: 24″ stools are the perfect height for a 36″ bar.

26-inch Bar Stool: 26″ stools are the perfect height for a 38″ bar.

30-inch Bar Stool: 30″ stools are the perfect height for the standard 42″ bar/counter top.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Tip #4

There should be about 26-30 inches between the centers of each bar stool.

This gives people enough personal space. When you factor this in with the length of your island, peninsula or table, you will know how many bar stools you can have in that space.

It is also important to think about all the activities that will be occurring in this space!

SPACE is so IMPORTANT!

 

Material Types of Bar Stools

Wood bar stools – (buy wood touch up)

Metal (Steel, brushed steel, chrome, iron) bar stools 

Leather, Suede, Vinyl, Micro-fiber, Stain-Resistant Fabrics or non-upholstered                               (How do you clean?)

Back or Back-less bar stools 

Arm or arm-less bar stools

Adjustable, swivel, tilt or fixed bar stools (Do you need child friendly?)

So many types of materials to choose from                                                                                            remember to first consider the style of your space and where the bar stools will be used.

When it comes to the style of your space – just one simple question:

Do you want the stools to complement the space? or Stand Alone?

Remember bar stools can be great accent furniture pieces not just a place to sit!