In the latest issue of Kitchen & Bath Business magazine, I found the latest look in quartz surfaces – patterns! Manufactured by CaesarStone, this product makes use of a polished/unpolished finishing process to produce a pattern in the countertop surface.
Motivo comes in a couple different patterns – an animal print (similar to an alligator skin) and a wallpaper-like damask. According to their website, the product is still non-porous and very low-maintenance. Very interesting look, and something completely different. While it’s not for every client and every space, I can definitely see applications for it!
I think it could be especially interesting in a commercial space – to dress up a boring ladies’ room or spice up a bar. What do you think? Is it something you could see in your home? If so, where would you use it?
Not every interior design project needs to start from scratch. On one of my recent projects, my clients were happy with their master bathroom and kitchen backsplash tile. However, they wished they had added more detail to the tile when they built their home originally.
That’s where I came in! Instead of tearing all the existing tile out (why would we, when it’s in great condition, they still like it, and it’s expensive!) we simply removed specific tiles and replaced them with glass accent tiles.
Now, there was still a fair amount of noise and mess involved with the project, and not all of the tiles removed from the walls did so in one piece. Since the homeowners had extra tiles stashed in their basement to replace any casualties, we were set to give the kitchen and master bath a fresh new look!
We removed every other tile in the border pattern, and replaced it with glass mosaics.
Here we added a glass mosaic tile border. The wall color changed from tan to refreshing blue based on one of the tile colors.
The bathroom tiles are glossy, contemporary glass mosaics. The kitchen backsplash incorporated rustic glass tiles with slate. When I get photos of the kitchen backsplash, I will be sure to post them for you.
For minimum investment of time and money, my clients are in love with their home all over again. Let me know what you think – gets your wheels turning doesn’t it?? This could be done in your home, too!
As someone who has collected an array of mismatched cutlery, I was so happy to have found the Kapoosh Universal Knife Block. Although I have a lovely wood block to fit a particular set of knives, I also have a few hand-me-down knives. My newest acquisition is a fantastic bread knife (thanks, mom!).
Problem is, these knives don’t fit in the slots of my current knife block. With the Universal Knife Block, however, I can store knives of any shape and size! Much safer than keeping them in the kitchen drawer, and much better for the knives, as well.
And, I was happy to see, they have not only contemporary styles such as stainless steel, but also more traditional wood styles. What a find!
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Countertops are one of the easiest, and most common, changes that are made in kitchen update projects. Clients are often interested in upgrading their current countertops to quartz, granite or another solid product. (Check out my earlier post on the differences between granite and quartz countertops for details on those options.) However, what if your budget does not allow for a complete upgrade to stone? Well, you have a couple different options to consider.
First, you could use stone on an accent area only, with a lower-priced counterpart on the remaining portions of the kitchen. For example, put granite on your island, as that area is most easily seen by guests, and most often used by the homeowners for tasks such as meal prep, homework and conversation. Likewise, quartz could be installed only on the raised portion of the kitchen island or peninsula – your “snack bar” area. Again, this offers a punch of color, pattern and “upgrade” without requiring the budget for installing a stone product throughout your entire kitchen. Generally, I try to find a coordinating laminate that is different from the stone; trying to match a real stone with a laminate is not a great idea – the imposter will always be detected when put up against the real thing.
A second option is to use plastic laminate on all your countertops. Laminate is beautiful in its own right, with thousands of patterns available. New finishes now make it look even more like real stone, but without the “cool” feel and the extra-hard surface that stone offers. Again, with the amazing laminate patterns out there, I don’t often feel the need to use laminate to replicate real stone; let laminate be laminate, I always say.
I just found a new laminate, however, with an amazing look! Formica just came out with a new laminate option called 180fx. With a HUGE pattern repeat, and the swirls of real granite, this is a fantastic option for a kitchen upgrade on a budget! If you select the right edge profile detail, I think the average person would be hard-pressed to determine whether this is laminate or real granite. Check it out and let me know what you think. Upgrades and updates can be made on any budget, with the right products!
…goes a long way! Check out the main page at http://www.avaliving.com. They are featuring one of my designs only through Sunday! Full disclosure: I did NOT design this kitchen on my own. A full team worked on it. Still, it’s exciting to have one of your own projects featured on an interior design website! Let me know what you think of it…