Flowers in the Kitchen

“I must have flowers, always, and always.” 
― Claude Monet
Flowers (picked or potted) can brighten up a kitchen or any space in your home – What’s your favorite type of flowers for the kitchen?

Make a Big "Splash" this Summer

This day and time  – anything goes with your kitchen backsplash… from D.I.Y. unique finds to professional works of art – it’s a place to express your style!

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Penny Backsplash
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Crossville Tile at KBIS2014

While there are current trends emerging everyday (you will see some in this post) we all seem to have our favorite backsplash material of choice.

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classic beadboard – my favorite

Here’s a little “background on backsplashes” … (A backsplash is the wall space between the bottom of a wall cabinet and/or appliance and the base cabinet and/or appliance. This area needs to be constructed using materials that are easy to clean up from messes or “splashes” that occur during cooking.)

To even shed more light on the subject we sat down with our corporate designer Karen Sayler to get her expert opinion.

  • What were the biggest backsplash trends for this year?  “Backsplashes became more prominent –features with a lot more emphasis on physical and visual texture.”
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Bosque Wood Tiles by Ann Sacks is FSC certified and low VOC sealers – ECO-thinking

 

  • Has anything surprised you about these trends? “Not with backsplashes becoming more prominent, but the variety of materials being used for this purpose is rapidly expanding, and that is a good surprise.”
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  • Environmental friendly products is this a hot topic for backsplash materials? “There is an attempt at eco-friendly products for backsplashes, but I don’t think we have really seen a product that truly encompasses the complete life cycle of the product yet…or at least not on a mainstream level.”   

 

  • When designing a set for a trade show do you have different requirements or procedures for the backsplash then when you specify when working with a homeowner?Absolutely.  The walls break apart, move, and are transported on semi-trucks half way across the country.  That makes it harder to do more complex designs or to use glass tile.  In terms of glass tile, if there isn’t a back coating on the tile you will see the wall color through it due to how we install the tile versus using a traditional mortar bed and buttering the back of the tile.”
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Tile work at KBIS 2013 getting ready – Crossville Tile

 

  • What do you see trending for 2015? “More diverse materials for backsplashes such as wood, leather, painted glass, translucent materials with led back lighting.  Also there has been a spike in utilizing the striking beauty of natural materials grain patterns (such as a linear grained marble) to create gorgeous “art” work in the space.”
  • Personal question – what’s the craziest material you have ever created a backsplash out of or what is the one trend that you loved? And would still spec. today if you could :0) “Craziest material would have to be some old rough-hewn lumber that I then faux painted with multiple layers and colors.  One trend that I have loved that is a timeless classic is subway tile.  It never goes out of style, and I would spec it today knowing it would be relevant tomorrow.” 

Thank you Karen for your time and sharing your knowledge with us!

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Whole Home Design – Designing Clean Mud Rooms

As we continue our journey through Whole Home Design  – we have now entered the Mud Room  a room in a house designed especially for the shedding of dirty or wet footwear and clothing and located typically off the kitchen or in the basement  – circa 1950 – a hard-working space that at times is joined with laundry areas, the pantry and possibly equipped with an extra 1/2 bath.

Just because it’s called a Mud Room doesn’t mean that there will ever be mud in the space, but it’s a wonderful addition to your home that can help; organize, prevent wear and tear on the rest of your home and a unique space to add your own personal style.

Enjoy our salute to the Mud Room  – one of the hardest working rooms in the home!

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2013 2nd Place Winner for Large Kitchen Design Category

Matty Adler at Schell Brothers in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware; won 2nd Place in the Large Kitchen category of our 2013 Design Contest.

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While the client doesn’t really cook she wanted a grand kitchen that could handle entertaining.

PictureaThe large space was so large we wanted to create smaller, intimate spaces within the kitchen. This was achieved by creating various zones:

• Zone 1 is the main cook area. This houses the range, refrigerators (2 30” fridges paneled and placed side by side)

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• Zone 2 is the prep area between the two kitchen islands. Equipped with an additional sink and dishwasher, this space is located in close proximity to the main cooking area.

• Zone 3 is the bar/entertaining area. This space is equipped with under counter appliances, glass cabinets for glassware and is located outside of the main kitchen area as to not interfere with anyone preparing food.

• Zone 4 is display and counterspace. This area has glass fronted base cabinets facing the dining area to double as display cabinetry. In between is spacing for the grand-kids to eat while watching TV in the great room. Stacked above the wall cabinets are glass fronted cabinets that are lit at night to cast a warm glow over the kitchen and provide added display space for the owner’s collectables.

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The kitchen was done in both Glacier Pewter and Espresso. The Espresso was done at each end of the kitchen on the bar area and the 60” of paneled refrigeration. This broke up the long expanse of white cabinetry and tied in with the espresso finish on one of the islands. The White Diamond Granite helped to pull the color palette together for a cohesive design in this very large space.

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