Posts for February 2015

February 20 2015

What I’m Working On: California Here I come!

Being a working designer and a blogger, I have had some pretty exceptional opportunities to travel and learn about the latest products available (and be reminded of a few classic favourites). I’ve been invited next week by Bosch and Dwell to attend a two day design retreat called The Evolution of the Modern Kitchen, at the Bosch Experience and Design Center in Irvine, CA.

KITCHEN WATERMARKI’ve designed a lot of kitchens over the years, and one of my favourite styles to design is a modern kitchen. There are no distractions in extraneous details, so every line and function has to be carefully considered. I’m excited to dig deeper into this topic of the evolution of the modern kitchen, as it’s so relevant to what I do in the studio on a regular basis. Also, I’m especially looking forward to chatting with industry leaders at Bosch and Dwell magazine and to be able to exchange ideas. I rarely turn down opportunities to expand my knowledge and educate myself in any way possible, especially from the best in the industry, like Bosch and Dwell. What a dynamic combo!

Bosch Modern Kitchen Itinerary

Architect Mike Jacobs, Photo: Floto + Warner.

Bosch: San Francisco

  **Even though I am being sponsored to attend this event, I only promote products I would choose to use in my projects or personally. My opinions are mine and not those of my sponsors.

 

February 13 2015

Top Knobs: It’s All In The Details.

Most designers obsess over the smallest details because we know they make a huge difference in the over-all look we are creating. But everyday, many reach sensory overload and often have no energy or time to “sweat the small stuff'”. As a result, we end up settling for the commonplace which in the world of decorating, equals boring. One of the reasons I love my job is people hire me to take care of those details and I take pleasure in finding the perfect piece to elevate a home to its highest potential.

Cabinet hardware is one of these details. You use it every day and it’s in every room. You want it to look beautiful and feel beautiful too. You will appreciate it every time you use it.Transcend_group (1)

One of my Blog Tour Vegas sponsorsTop Knobs, have created hardware collections to suit all tastes and styles, designed by their creative design staff and talented craftsmen.

“Transcend mixes modern functional hardware with the high-quality finish Top Knobs is know for,” states Christine Zimmer, product manager for Top Knobs. “The combination of easy shapes and sizes makes this collection an effortless match for any transitional space.”

I’m already dreaming up a variety of uses for the Transcend Collection. IMG_2325Photo: Alison Habermehl
TK729PNI was quite smitten with this latch and think it would look handsome on kitchen cabinetry with glass front doors.

 

The Aspen II collection combines old-world shape and style with contemporary finishes, ideal for transitional spaces. Made with solid castings of artisan grade bronze, this collection includes 43 pieces, each available in the 3 new finishes: Polished Chrome, Polished Nickel and Brushed Satin Nickel.

TopKnobsAspenIICollection‘Twig’ is so unique and definitely a conversation piece. This would look incredible in a chalet or cottage kitchen.

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“You need to let the little things that would ordinarily bore you suddenly thrill you.”

― Andy Warhol

*Top Knobs was one of my Blog Tour Vegas sponsors. Please contact me if you have any further questions and I can direct you to the right people!

 

 

February 13 2015

TOTO: PEOPLE-FIRST INNOVATION

IMG_2640Photo: Alison Habermehl                                                  

TOTO are leading innovators in the industry since 1985. 

IMG_3225Photo: Alison Habermehl      

TOTO was one of our Blog Tour Vegas sponsors and hosted a fabulous breakfast at The Palazzo Hotel for us. Bill Strang, President of Operations for the Americas, told us the story about TOTO and the impact that their sustainability strategy has on the world. 

We spend a lot of time in our bathrooms, so why not make the time spent less of a routine and more of a ritual using TOTO elegant solutions? Every innovation, every detail, is designed with the user in mind.

Neorest® 550H Dual Flush Toilet, 1.0 & 0.8 GPF

An integrated toilet with technologically advanced Washlet, this Neorest is a truly remarkable combination of ecology and luxury. Learn more here:

You can still chose your plumbing fixtures with the environment in mind and not sacrifice on style. TOTO’s KBIS2015 booth featured the Micro Bathroom. Cleverly, the wall hung toilet and vanity create the illusion of more space. This is a super chic look, suitable for the smallest of condos.

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TOTO Urban Microbath Maris™  (Wall Hung Toilet, Round Push Plate, Soft Close™ Seat, Wyeth™ Single-Handle Faucet, Pressure Balance Valve Trim, Transitional Collection Series A, Showerhead, Towel Bar 24 Inches, Towel Bar 8 Inches, Paper Holder, Robe Hook)

 

“TOTO has always embraced technology, pursued the highest levels of cleanliness, incorporated high aesthetic standards, protected the environment, and worked to improve people’s lifestyles. Because we continually innovate in all of these areas, TOTO has become the world standard of excellence for a quality bathroom experience.” – TOTO