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Open shelving, white walls and modern art make this room luxurious and sleek. The real star of the show, however, is the Blue Agate quartz surrounding the fireplace. “Caesarstone was able to provide us with the perfect slab of Blue Agate to fulfill this client’s vision for their new home,” says Alexis Farrell, a team member at Madison Taylor Design. The homeowners were looking for a design that was vivacious, glamorous and completely modern all at the same time. The grandiose fireplace does all that–and a bit more!
Next, we venture into the master bedroom.
From the textured walls to the chandelier, this room is anything but average. The cool color palette of greys and tans keeps the space looking cozy, yet elegant.
Let’s journey back downstairs to take in the stunning dining room.
If there’s one thing that Madison Taylor Design has perfected, it’s statement pieces. The large horse print catches the light from the beautiful, oversized chandelier and serves as the focal point of the room. Modern-styled chairs and sheer curtains accentuate the chic style that radiates this room.
Last but not least, the kitchen. “When going for a glam style, we chose to think outside of the box,” says Alexis. The Blue Agate wall behind the stove creates the perfect centerpiece. Brass finishes and hardware bring a modern flair to this bold kitchen. The homeowners “absolutely loved” the accent wall and felt “it brought that excitement and wow factor that they wanted,” Alexis continues.
Large chandeliers provide a flair of drama and the open layout of the space allows guests to marvel at the grand piano in the adjoining room.
There you have it! A Madison Taylor Design house dripping in glamour and luxury. The clients adore their new bold and modern home, and the multiple chandeliers will provide the perfect lighting for any proper soirée. If you need us, we’ll be sitting beside the Blue Agate fireplace with a glass of rosé and a good book in hand.
“I’ve always been a massive fan of contemporary Californian architecture. My goal was to create an open space that utilized the incredible views and natural light that the land so generously gave us," he says. While Dougal and Jonthan Waud, his design partner, wanted to build something impressive, it was also important to them that the design reflected the surroundings and remained understated. Both Jonathan and Dougal are originally from the New Forest in the UK (a national forest which is home of the mighty oak), so the pair wanted to ensure that the home accentuated the natural beauty of the forest just as they would have seen at home.
Throughout the property, Dougal used a variation of earth tones and neutral, textured fabrics to create an earthy and natural feel. The color palette effortlessly blends the interior spaces with the exterior’s expansive wrap-around decks and infinity pool.
Our first stop on the tour is the heart of the home: the kitchen. Dougal wanted to keep the design functional, sleek and easy to maintain. “The kitchen is visible as soon as you descend from the entry into the great room so simplicity was key, as we didn’t want to distract from the views," he says.
They used the new Caesarstone Cloudburst Concrete on the worktops as it "complimented a lot of the natural stones we used in the rest of the house," Dougal says. "Using Caesarstone was the only way we would get that level of overhang without having to run a ply substructure which would require a mitered return or add unsightly metal supports to the underside of the island.”
There is no wall separating the kitchen from the living area, which allows for interactivity and connection between the rooms. A beautiful electric fireplace is nestled into the wall–which is visible from both the living room and dining room–so that you can remain nice and warm during the winter while admiring the gorgeous view.
In the dining room, you will find a handsome wooden table sitting beneath an electric candelabra chandelier. A modern black sculpture and glass bar cart keep with the black and white color scheme and add depth and character to the room.
Just inside the patio sits another lounging area. This room includes a luxurious kitchenette for all of those quick trips inside to get snacks and cocktails. A white sectional adds to the light and sophisticated design of the room.
When you open the mahogany-colored door in the kitchenette, you will find a spacious bathroom complete with a Pebble vanity and shower curb. An oversized circular mirror adds an interesting geometric accent to the otherwise neutral space.
As you ascend to the tiered second floor, two guest bedrooms, each with en suite bathrooms and north and south facing views, can be found to the right. Blizzard quartz is used to create the vanities, shower curbs and niches in the guest and master bathrooms.
There are fun accent pieces in both guest rooms–like the canary yellow chair and retro framed artwork– which add interest and personality.
Next, we will venture into the pièce de résistance: the master bedroom. A charismatic seating area leads to the impressive 1200 square-foot space with a double-fronted glass façade and master bathroom access. “Los Angeles, for all its charm, can be a hectic city. The opportunity to create sanctuaries throughout the house for people to escape to is always a must for us," says Dougal.
"The master bedroom has some of the best views of the house, with various seating elements and views over the pool,” he continues. We have no trouble imagining how lovely it would be to unwind with this view at the end of a long day!
Who says quartz is just for countertops? A standalone Blizzard bathtub sits comfortably in the master bathroom with a beautiful view of the mountains. To the side of the bathtub is a floating Blizzard vanity with a weathered-colored wood and conveniently placed lights underneath. Gone are the days of fumbling around in a dark bathroom in the middle of the night!
Opposite the bathtub is a large glass-door shower. The marbleized design of the shower walls plays off of the various hues of brown in the bathroom tiles. The frosted glass used on the double doors creates privacy from the bedroom while adding an element of contemporary design.
“I suppose if one must live in Los Angeles, this isn’t such a bad place to escape to at the end of the day.” We couldn't agree more, Dougal.
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You could say that design was in Kendall’s genes, as she grew up spending most of her weekends helping her contractor father with family projects. Her childhood passion inspired her to study architecture and interior design in college and ultimately led to a full-time career in design. Kendall launched Cherry Interior Design in 2010 and rebranded to Kendall Ansell Interiors in 2013. Her goal is simple: to help her clients reflect their personal style through interior design.
Image: Janis Nicolay Photography | 5131 Calacatta Nuvo perimeter, 5100 Vanilla Noir island
The classic combination of black and white gets a boost of modern flair in this kitchen design. The large windows, high vaulted ceiling and skylights allow light to fill the room with warmth and brightness. The neutral color palette used is complemented by the bold backsplash and minimalist range hood. Classic white Calacatta Nuvo countertops enhance the sophisticated style of the kitchen and balance out the black-on-black island. Meanwhile, the Vanilla Noir kitchen island serves as a bold and sleek centerpiece.
Image: Janis Nicolay Photography | 5131 Calacatta Nuvo and 5100 Vanilla Noir
Design Tip: Use two-tone countertops to add interest to a room. The contrast between the two colors draws your eye around the room and makes a huge visual impact.
Image: Janis Nicolay Photography | 5131 Calacatta Nuvo
The open wooden shelves are elegant and double as extra storage space. All of the Caesarstone countertops sit atop cabinets, making this kitchen both stylish and practical.
Kendall Ansell Interiors always uses Caesarstone for their quartz needs due to its versatility in color and style. While the designer gravitates towards neutral color palettes, she is certainly not afraid of pops of color and pattern, as demonstrated by the large, flowing pattern in the Turbine Grey countertops and cool teal-colored cabinets used in the design above.
Kendall’s designs are completely custom and are based on each of her client’s needs. This white and grey kitchen with Alpine Mist countertops projects sophistication and simplicity. It just goes to show that you can have your cake and eat it, too!
These glass cabinets add dimension to the space and make sure the gorgeous dinnerware inside are displayed front and center.
Whether you’re looking for elegant and chic or bold and eccentric, Kendall Ansell Interiors will be sure to turn your design dreams into a reality.
In between tweets about motion-sensor sinks and the dreamy idea of fingerprint-proof appliances, one central theme arose: convenience and functionality are more important than trendiness. While it is fun to stay up to date with fashion and design, if you remodeled your kitchen each time a new trend popped up, you’d never have dry paint on your walls! It’s important to find a balance between functionality, design and timeless trends.
What finishes or materials are trending in kitchen design?
Quartz is still king! It’s more durable than granite and marble—not to mention it’s easy to maintain and adds a touch of sophistication to any room. We love the way Boutique Homes Victoria used our new Topus Concrete to cover this elegant kitchen island.
Design: Boutique Homes Victoria | 4023 Topus Concrete
What is the biggest design request you hear from people who are remodeling their kitchen?
Two words: More. Storage. Take advantage of your kitchen island by adding tons of shelving to the base. Centoni Restoration and Development show us how it’s done with this Alpine Mist island design.
Design: Centoni Restoration and Development | 5110 Alpine Mist
How has the rise of open floor plans affected kitchen design?
Open floor plans create a more sociable living environment. In a culture filled with new technologies, it’s more important than ever that we make time to have face-to-face conversations with family and friends. Light and airy kitchen designs promote interactivity and connectivity in the home.
Design: Dan Brunn | 1141 Pure White
What do you believe drives appliance choices? Design or technology?
Ultimately, functionality reigns supreme. While it can be fun to have whimsical designs and futuristic gadgets, what matters most is that you have appliances that work for YOU.
Design: Eduardo Navarro of Blue Truck Studio | 2141 Blizzard
Do you believe in mixing and matching finishes, why or why not?
Absolutely! When mixing finishes, just be sure to choose a dominant and an accent finish. This will help you create balance in your space and prevent your design from overwhelming the eye.
Design: Alturas Homes | Image: Becca Mortensen | 4004 Raw Concrete
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Design Tip: An easy way to brighten your kitchen is to add lights underneath your cabinets.
Health and wellness isn’t just about making sure your kitchen has ample lighting, however. It is important to design your space with environmentally friendly products that are low in VOC emissions. In this post, we explore all of the ways people promote health and wellness in their kitchens.
What kind of design image does the term wellness inspire in the kitchen?
Wellness makes us think of spaces that are bright, clean and easy to maintain, like this design by JRP Design and Remodel, Inc. The white cabinets give this kitchen a modern feel—and not to mention tons of storage—while the accents of orange keep the space fun and energetic.
Design: JRP Design and Remodel | 5003 Piatra Grey
How does the design of the kitchen ease the burden of preparing fresh food? Do you find usefulness in things like sinks with accessories and herb savers?
Prepping food can be messy, which is why we like to have low maintenance countertops. In most cases, all it takes is a bit of soap or mild detergent and hot water to make your Caesarstone countertops sparkle. If necessary, you can use common, non-abrasive household cleaners like Soft Scrub Liquid Gel with Bleach directly on a sponge or damp cloth—just be sure to rinse the surface thoroughly after cleaning.
Design: JRP Design and Remodel | 5003 Piatra Grey
Lighting has a major effect on our sense of well being. Please share any kitchen related lighting ideas.
We like to keep the walls and cabinets a light color and then use bold accent pieces like the whimsical chandelier and textured backsplash used in this design from Stella Interiors.
Design: Stella Interiors| 5111 Statuario Nuvo
Do you find yourself looking for the healthiest choices in materials? Are you considering the VOC emissions when determining the performance of a product? What are some of your favorite products when thinking about “healthy kitchens” and why?
We want to help make the world a greener place—one piece of quartz at a time! We’re the first quartz surfacing company to receive ISO 14001 and 9001 Environmental Management Systems certification. This also means we have low VOC emissions.
Do you think of living in place or aging in place concepts when you think of wellness? What design features and specialty appliances, tech or gadgets do you find work best for people of any ability?
Put your vitamins and protein powders on display with open shelving! We love this design from Chad Esslinger Design. Open shelving opens up the space and encourages us to keep our kitchen items clean and organized.
Design: Chad Esslinger Design | 4004 Raw Concrete Perimeter | 4001 Fresh Concrete Island
Less clutter generally creates more peace of mind. Show your best storage solutions for ease of use.
Add shelves and cabinets to your kitchen island for easy storage space. Don’t worry, your storage secret is safe with us!
Design: Sebring Design Build | 5110 Alpine Mist
Technology that counts your steps, calories and other health-related features is everywhere. How do you see tech playing a role in the kitchen?
From steam ovens to fridges that tell you when you’re running low on coffee, there are so many uses for technology in the kitchen! Back in 2017, we partnered with the Industrial Design department at Pratt Institute to consider the changes and challenges that technology will bring to design. Led by New York-based architect and designer Marc Thorpe, the team worked on creating and exhibiting a kitchen of the future at WantedDesign NYC. Check out our blog post, the Future Kitchen: Creating the Kitchen of 2050, to learn more about it.
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Spazio LA wanted the final look to be open and bright, so they used white throughout the house, both inside and out, to give the home a fresh and modern feel. We love the streamlined shape of the exterior architecture and the modern elements used to enhance the clean lines, creating a cohesive look.
As we enter the home, our eyes are immediately drawn to the Frosty Carrina countertops–most notably the waterfall edges on both the island and perimeter.
Coupling the countertops with a marble chevron tile backsplash, it’s safe to say Spazio LA knows how to put the “fun” in funky.
Spazio LA went with shaker style cabinets in white for their clean, straightforward lines. Shaker cabinets are a great option for their timeless simplicity. And because they aren’t necessarily wholly traditional or contemporary, they work in all different kinds of interiors.
The space features all new black aluminum windows and French doors, original floors restained with a light grey color and all new recessed lights.
Design Tip: in an open concept space such as this, area rugs are a great way to define spaces, indicating where one destination (the dining room) stops and another (the kitchen and/or living room) begins.
The floor plan also opens up to the living room, featuring a new electric fireplace with concrete-looking Venetian plaster on the wall with recessed TV and in-wall speakers.
The bathroom is a modern, minimalist dream and might just be our favorite space in the house. Gutted entirely, a standalone sink was ditched in favor of a sleek, flat panel glossy white double vanity. Adoring the vanity is a Caesarstone quartz waterfall counter in Pure White, coupled with a drop-in tub with watching Pure White surfacing. By keeping the shower frameless, Spazio LA kept the bathroom from feeling confined.
The wall-mount toilet also contributes to the spacious feel of the room, and fits perfectly with the modern and sleek aesthetic that characterizes this renovation.
Well done, Spazio LA. Well done.
In this week’s KBTribeChat we dive into which colors are trending in 2018, and which are timeless. Design experts from around the world joined the conversation to give their input on the big question: color or neutral?
When it comes to the bathroom, what inspires you – spaces layered in neutral hues or spaces that makes a statement with bold color?
We are all about bringing lively color into a space: it can generate new life and vibrancy. The 2018 Pantone Color of the Year Ultra Violet is bold and gorgeous, and the perfect accent color for backsplashes, rugs, and shower curtains alike.
What about bathroom surfaces specifically – e.g., vanities and shower surrounds? Do you prefer to “go neutral” or opt for surfaces with a pop of color?
When we’re using a bold color or pattern on the walls, we like to keep the shower and vanities neutral to highlight the intensity of the paint. This allows us to strike a delicate balance between vibrant and sophisticated.
Design: Melissa Lenox Design | Image: Katie Charlotte Photography | 2141 Blizzard
Thinking about the kitchen now. What are the best ways to bring color into a kitchen without overwhelming the space?
Accent pieces like red stand mixers, turquoise ceramic pots and bright orange ovens are a perfect way to bring color into the kitchen. If you pair these pieces with cool-toned white countertops and walls, you’ll have a Pinterest-worthy kitchen in no time.
Design: RS Mannino | 5131 Calacatta Nuvo
What about adding color (and movement) through pattern – e.g., patterned countertops and backsplashes. What patterns are trending at the moment?
Add movement to your kitchen with our Himalayan Moon countertops. The fluid combination of black, beige, and cocoa-brown is hard to beat.
Black is a timeless, sophisticated neutral. Are you seeing black used in the kitchen and bath?
We’re obsessed with this timeless trend. Black countertops are sleek, edgy and sophisticated. At Caesarstone, we make sure your countertops are not only stunning, but maintainable as well. A bit of soap and water does the trick to keep our beautiful quartz in tip-top shape.
Design: CAGE Design Build | 4003 Sleek Concrete & 3100 Jet Black
What hues do you think will be most important in kitchens and bathrooms as we move into 2019?
We think bold colors are here to stay! So long as you balance out strong accent pieces and walls with complementary neutrals, you’re golden.
Poke Me Restaurant | 4033 Rugged Concrete
Share photos of your favorite kitchens and baths, and tell us why you love them!
We’re loving this bold, blue kitchen from Charmean Neithart Interiors. Pairing it with our London Grey countertops provides contrast without overwhelming the eye.
Design: Charmean Neithart Interiors | Image: Erika Bierman Photography | 5000 London Grey
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Rebecca's lifelong passion for interior design led her to study at the prestigious Parsons School in New York City. Since graduating in 2007, Rebecca worked for design firms in both New York and Toronto prior to launching RTG Designs. She believes that good design should reflect every project's unique needs while remaining functional and aesthetically beautiful. RTG provides a full range of interior and exterior design services for projects of all sizes and budgets, from color consultations to complete renovations and new builds.
All Images: Stephani Buchman Photography | 4600 Organic White
While we’d like to say the focal point of this room is the Organic White counters, it’s really the light wood accents that steal the show in this bright and fresh kitchen. Together with the tumbled subway tile and matte black pendants, this space has just the right amount of texture to hold our interest (and has us thinking up ways to get invited over for dinner).
Believe it or not, this pied-à-terre is just a mere 700 square feet – not kidding. But that number did little in limiting Rebecca’s design hopes for this home. Although it took some back and forth, Rebecca ultimately got her clients to ditch their formal dining area for a more casual (and space saving) design, extending the Organic White island to create high-rise seating.
Design Tip: If you want to make your bathroom look unique, a custom vanity can make a world of difference. Rebecca worked with Watchtower Interiors to create this navy bespoke cabinet that contrasts beautifully with the Organic White surface and subway tiled wall, while adding additional storage space.
From sleek and modern to classic and ornate, the right hardware can refresh the entire look of a bathroom. These looped stainless steel pulls add a custom touch to this Pure White double vanity and offer a refreshing break from the predominately sharp and rectangular features of this powder room.
Not unlike the previous bathroom, Rebecca continues the geometric play in this master bath, but this time she kept the stainless steel pulls linear and square and instead hung rounded mirrors above the oversized Pure White vanity.
If we had to choose three words to describe this semi-custom kitchen, it would be sleek, edgy and (of course) functional – as all RTG Design spaces are!
We don’t think we could love an entry way more if we tried! Rebecca proves Caesarstone isn’t just for the kitchen or bathroom, creating a floating shelf from Pure White that integrates perfectly into the pattern and dimensions of the wall paneling.
Rebecca took what was once a dark and gloomy kitchen lacking storage and style and transformed it into a bright and fresh gathering space using Pure White quartz. Her favorite project detail? “The integrated shiplap pantry with push latch closures!”
During this week’s KBTribeChat, design experts from all over came together to share their thoughts and discuss the latest remodeling design trends making waves in 2018.
Let’s talk style! What are the most popular remodeling trends today?
Homeowners are getting more streamlined in their overall aesthetic. It’s all about creating a stress-free environment to come home to. A less is more motto.
Design: Red Lily Renovations | 2141 Blizzard and 4130 Clamshell
What are the latest design & product trends in residential remodeling and custom building that are most likely to increase a home’s value?
There are few things that can brighten up a home as much as a freshly remodeled kitchen. The kitchen is undoubtedly the major selling point of a home, as well as a focal point for valuable family time.
Design: Drury Design | 2141 Blizzard
Hardwood floors also have a pretty strong ROI. Whether it’s putting in new hardwood or resurfacing the existing, people appreciate a beautiful hardwood floor.
Design: DLUX Design & Co. | 1141 Pure White
How are the demographics of aging in place and millennials changing remodeling trends and innovations?
Aging in place has prioritized remodeling for accessibility – favoring open designs that maximize mobility, expanding upon the open-floor plan.
Design: Dunn Architecture | Image: Marc Angeles Photography | 1141 Pure White
For kitchen and baths, are there certain features (hardware, finishes, space savers, shower systems) that are in high demand and can fetch top dollars?
Quality is key. One of the most popular features to splurge on are countertops. Homeowners look for surfaces that are engineered to last. It’s why so many homeowners are opting for quartz. As we like to say at Caesarstone, our quartz is designed for life.
Color trends interior or exterior; are there colors that are more appealing for home purchase or sale?
The right paint can give you a lot of bang for your buck…both inside and outside. It adds to the curb appeal and makes everything look fresh and new. White is a favorite for kitchen cabinets and grey comes in a close second. We’re also seeing more mixing of colors and materials.
Design: Jenn Feldman Designs | 5141 Frosty Carrina
Let’s talk about exterior trends.
You never get a second chance to make a first impression and this is true for houses, too! From replacing siding, upgrading windows and redoing landscaping, there are many ways to give your house an exterior facelift that’s sure to make a lasting impression.
Design: Jenn Feldman Designs
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Rona wanted a retro-playful aesthetic, intersecting California effervescence with East Coast sensibility – and she certainly created that. From the moment you walk through the front doors, you’ll feel your mood immediately lighten.
Rules? What rules? That was Rona’s MO when it came to this project. Just look at that lounge inspired breakfast nook! In the words of Rona, “When it comes to patterns – just got for it!”
This has to be our favorite spot in the place – did you see that wallpapered ceiling and painted custom table? It’s the perfect fit!
One glance at this sunlit kitchen and we can practically smell the sizzling bacon that’s sure to be served up for brunch while casually sipping on bubbly mimosas.
For inspiration, Rona turned to mid-century Newport Beach, blending old-school glamour with quartz and brass brightened by vibrant color and go-for-bold patterns. We love the stark contrast between the White Attica countertops and rich hued cabinetry.
The pattern play continues in the first floor powder room, where guests can wash up at the White Attica topped vanity.
No detail is too small! Rona blended "old school Hollywood glam and surfer-ville" featuring a shot of the Newport Beach Fun Zone in the stairwell, an iconic spot on Balboa Island.
Upstairs, guests will find the master and guest bedroom, where subtle pops of color and texture weave in and out of details everywhere you look.
The guest bedroom is the very definition of playful. With dual queen beds, a wallpapered ceiling and tons of patterned throw pillows, we’d be hard pressed to unmake the bed at the end of the night – it would feel like ruining a work of art!
Who doesn’t love a little black shiplap? Look closely and you’ll even find black grass cloth adorning the ceiling in the master bedroom.
Constant in every room of the cottage is Rona’s confidence and willingness to experiment, exuding from every last nook and cranny.
White Attica makes a striking statement against brass accents and a patterned beauty of a backsplash in the en suite bathroom. By pairing down the vanity to its bare brass bones, the focus remains on the tiles, which we have to say look like they were made especially for this space.
We might not have known it before this tour, but we know it now – we definitely need a bright yellow freestanding tub in our home, STAT. Add it to the ever-growing wish list! If this tub doesn’t bring out your sunniest self, nothing will. And that’s a fact.
Builder: MW Custom Homes
Developer: R.D. Olson Development
Photography: Ryan Garvin
Hotel: Autograph Collection Hotels