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Designer Spotlight | DV Design

When it comes to interior design, we love a fresh perspective – and that’s exactly what Diana Verduzco, owner and principal designer of Los Angeles-based Interior Design firm, DV Design, is bringing to the industry! With an undeniable natural talent and genuine passion for design, this up-and-coming interior designer is definitely worth keeping an eye on.

Having studied interior design and business in both California and Paris, Diana always knew she wanted to venture out on her own and establish herself as a design force to be reckoned with. At just 25 years of age, she launched her very own residential interior design firm, DV Design. The brilliant newcomer just celebrated her one-year business anniversary with nearly 20 projects under her belt in her first year alone.



Style-wise, Diana strives to bring a strong sense of luxury and modernism to the spaces she designs. Always adding in her organic designer flair and love for glamour, her clients are consistently impressed by her selections and wowed during the reveal. Currently, Diana is in the process of becoming internationally certified as a Feng Shui practitioner, and plans to launch a second company by the end of April. Now that’s a woman after our own hearts!



Diana has even coined her own term, calling her design style “Glama-Zen” where 1920’s Art Deco glitz and glam meet the bohemian-zen of contemporary times. Think strong, symmetrical geometry, tasteful sparkle and decadence, and a mixture of earthy materials and textures.



Her unique approach to design is exemplified in this Huntington Beach Master Bath project. Every selection was carefully and thoughtfully considered in an effort to transform this outdated Master Bathroom into the en-suite, in-home day spa of her client’s dreams.



Beginning with a neutral backdrop, hand-cut Moroccan mirrors, and modern fixtures and hardware, Diana added serene artwork, an essential-oil diffuser, and even a succulents wall as the personalized finishing touches.

We might be biased, but we think the star of this space is the Eggshell countertop which Diana had custom fabricated with a beveled-edging detail to create the perfect environment to suit her client’s needs and aesthetic.



Diana accented the shower nook and vanity backsplash with a beautiful shades-of-grey glass linear mosaic to give dimension and textural diversity against the other matte and eggshell finishes.



 

Can’t get enough of Diana’s “Glama-Zen” style?  Check out DV Design on Instagram!

 

For more Designer Spotlights: Resolution: 4 Architecture | Lauren Rubin Architecture


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KBTribeChat | Modern Design

If modern design had a tagline, it would be “Less is more.” From open floor plans to clean lines, modern design favors minimal, uncluttered spaces with smooth, strong lines and artistic flair. During this week’s #KBTribeChat we discussed the aesthetic, sharing our favorite elements of modern design with the design community.



Design: Avenue Design | 1141 Pure White

What is your favorite element of modern design?

We’re currently crushing on waterfall islands. This modern element elevates the island from strictly functional to a sleek statement piece and focus for the entire kitchen. Not to mention, the clean and crisp lines evoke a sense of purpose and order and accentuate symmetry and balance.



Design: Blue Flag Development | 5000 London Grey

What is the most important aspect of modern design in kitchens?

Creating a space that still feels warm and inviting, not cold and lifeless – after all, the kitchen is the heart of the home! Blending modern design with other styles make for a space that’s sleek, but not sterile. Pops of color warm the space, as do big windows. And the right countertop is key!



Photo: Louis Roe | 5031 Statuario Maximus

Metals are more diverse and popular than ever in kitchens and baths. What are some of best ways you’ve seen metal used in modern design?

Mixed metals are having a huge moment right now. Brass is back, stainless steel will never leave, and many others are being explored – and we encourage it! Gold accents and hardware are a pleasant surprise in bathroom design, since we so often see chrome or stainless steel. We love the brushed effect Louis Roe used in her bathroom renovation, featuring Statuario Maximus counters.



Design: DLUX Design & Company| 1141 Pure White

What is a must-have for modern design in bathrooms?

Clean lines, seamless transitions, and functional design are the heart of modern bathroom design. Skip complicated patterns and ornate details in favor of polished designs that create an effortless finish. Added bonus: Clean lines create the illusion of a pristine bathroom.



Design: Port + Quarter, Kyla Ray | Cabinetry: Sherwood Cabinetry | Photography: Gabriel Hall

White will always be a mainstay of modern design, but what colors do you see as on-trend right now?

Blues and grays are definitely having their moment in modern design – it’s fresh, pairs well with a number of finishes, and achieves the warm and welcoming feeling necessary for modern design. It’s also a great color if you want to make a statement without stepping too far out of your comfort zone.

 

Stay tuned for next week's #KBtribechat discussion!

Designer Spotlight | Collective Studio

We love when design brings two people together, and that’s exactly how Collective Studio, a full service interior design firm in Toronto, came about!

Alana Firestone and Jordy Fagan had been close friends for years, collaborating on a number of projects but each focusing on their own firms. It wasn’t until the spring of 2017 that the two decided to make it official, joining forces to form Collective Studio. A true design collective that blends both designers' individual aesthetics for a tailored interior design experience, the firm is focused on creating styles that reflect the individuality of each of their clients. Let’s take a glimpse inside the creative minds of these two talented designers, shall we?





One look at this powder room and we have all the spring feels! This bright and colorful, yet delicately chic print has us reminiscing of water color paintings. A bold statement indeed, Alana and Jordy kept the space from feeling overdone by pairing the wallpaper with a minimalist décor scheme and a Pure White sink top that unifies the look. Alana and Jordy are true wallpaper aficionados!



Little ones may not be able to fully appreciate a well-decorated bathroom, but they’ll love the pull out step when it comes time to brush their teeth! The blue-grey cabinetry stands in stark contrast against the otherwise white and bright palette and keeps the space from feeling sterile. And don’t think we didn’t notice the subtle pattern play of the subway tile, shiplap detailing, and herringbone flooring.



When choosing a surface for a children’s bathroom, color isn’t the only thing worth considering. Let’s be honest - kids can be messy. Collective Studio clearly kept this in mind, opting for a countertop that was up for the challenge; Caesarstone quartz is resistant to stains, scratches, and easy to clean. In other words, Caesarstone is kid-proof!



If you’ve ever thought that grey equals boring, be prepared to be proven wrong. Not quite as stark as an all-white bathroom or as bold as a black one, this master bath exudes a modern charm that’s glamorous without being overtly feminine.



The grey walls and cabinetry let the black matte fixtures and Pure White countertop do the talking, while bringing attention to the marble wall and flooring.



Splish-splash, with a shower like this, you may want to skip the bath! The floor to ceiling clear glass gives an expansive sense to the space and transforms the shower experience from routine rinse off to serene sanctuary.

 

For more Designer Spotlights: Cook Design House | Whittney Parkinson Design

 

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KBTribeChat | Outdoor Living Trends

Spring is here and with it comes the simple pleasures that warm weather brings…the fresh air filling your home from an open window, a bouquet of fresh flowers adorning the kitchen table, the sun shining down and reminding us that summer is just around the corner. It’s this time of the year that we start spending more time outside – and thinking of new ways we can bring the outside indoors. This week, we’re talking about just that on #KBTribeChat!



What are your favorite tips to create outdoor spaces with creature comforts?

Always ask yourself, “What do I want out of this space?” Are you wanting to use it for eating, lounging, entertaining, all of the above? Let that drive your design. If a kitchen is what you’re after, consider all of the appliances and components you need so you don’t have to make multiple trips in and out of your home.


What is trending now with outdoor kitchens?

Outdoor living spaces are now being thought of as “functional rooms” and an extension of the home. For example, outdoor kitchens can now have all the functions as inside the home. Think outside the box and beyond just the traditional BBQ. If you have the space & budget, consider adding a pizza oven. Who wouldn’t want homemade wood fired pizza on the regular?


What are your top tips to bring the outdoors in?

Blur the lines! From accordion doors and windows to a continuous color palette, we love a seamless transition from inside to outside.  Your exterior living space should be an extension of your interior. Not only does it feel natural, it can really open up a space.


What are the most desired features in today’s outdoor spaces?

Mainstream sustainability is huge. Low-maintenance gardens, drought-tolerant plants, and less grass have become the norm in landscape design.


Growing our own food is gaining in popularity. What are your favorite ways to incorporate herbs, fruits and vegetables into yards of all sizes?

Container gardens! Don’t let space get in the way of you and your green thumb. Apartment dwellers, you too can enjoy the fruits of your labor (literally). Not to mention, this method means less weeds, too!


What are some simple and budget-friendly ways to spruce up your outdoor space?

Get your glow on with the right lighting. It can totally change the ambiance of your outdoor space and there’s many options that don’t require major installation.

Don’t forget to tune in next week to learn about the trends and changes affecting the design community!

For more exterior design: Taking the Inside Outdoors | Creating A Living Space That Invites the Outdoors In

 

House Tour | Avenue Design

Urban and country don’t usually go together, but Avenue Design didn’t let that stop them, marrying design and location together in beautiful harmony. A state of the art urban oasis in the quiet countryside of Stouffville, Ontario, this 8,500 square foot home has a modern, Miami feel – the ultimate space for entertaining. Let’s explore together!

Avenue Design had free rein to work their magic on this custom home, built by EN2 Modern Homes. The goal was to create a modern home with rustic undertones. The property sits on more than two acres, so bringing elements of outside into the interior space was essential.



When working with such a large home, it’s best to keep in mind that the scale and proportion of furniture, art and accessories need to be in line with the vast rooms and high ceilings.  Oversized pieces work best to fill the space without creating a sense of clutter. By using warm hardwood throughout, wrapping the exterior stone into a feature dining wall as well as staircase tower, and then contrasting it with simple modern details – this home is a balance of warm and cool tones. By keeping the structure of the space quite neutral, Avenue Design was able to sprinkle in pops of color throughout with area rugs, toss pillows and artwork.



The kitchen is oversized and open concept – featuring a Caesarstone Pure White island with integrated walnut breakfast table perfect for casual meals during the week. The cutout in the island had to be precise to accommodate the walnut table, which slips right into the waterfall island. The two-tone dream kitchen even features a downdraft cooktop to that the kitchen window view wasn’t obstructed!



Bring the outdoors in! Not only can you dine at this gorgeous live edge table and have an open view to the backyard, but you can also appreciate the beautiful stone wall that cuts through and intersects with the kitchen cabinetry.



The fabulous L-shaped sectional is perfectly suited for this bright and spacious family room, giving the large space a cozy and intimate feel.



This office means business! The built-in corner shelving and strategically placed colors add a dramatic touch to this workspace.



An ingenious way to keep the master bedroom and closet open concept but with a bit of division - black stained oak louvers add an architectural detail to the space and offer a peekaboo to the room beyond.



Avenue Design maintained a unified and modern simplicity throughout the home, keeping the bathrooms fresh and clean with floating vanities and pops of color in the tile work as well as using Caesarstone Pure White for all niches, thresholds and benches.



The master bathroom was a bit of a treat – large scale porcelain slabs in a shimmery blue quartzite were used for a dramatic backdrop to the large shower which features not 1 but 2 showerheads and a rain shower. The tub window was lowered to highlight the glass bathtub sides and create a clear line of vision all the way to the outside view.



And if all that isn’t enough, the space even features a basement wetbar and home theater. With a home like this, there’s sure to never be a dull moment!

For more House Tours: House of Coco by Ginny Capo |Jenn Feldman Designs

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KBTribeChat | Why Tile?

This week on #KBtribechat, the design community had tile on the brain. From backsplashes to bathroom floors, there are a million and one ways to use this material throughout the home. In fact, a well-tiled space can give you a serious case of grout envy (it’s a thing!). So without further ado, let’s get to the tile talk.



Design: Jenn Feldman Designs | Image: Amy Bartlam Photography |1141 Pure White

What tile trends are you seeing emerge for 2018 and beyond?

Color, color and more color! We’re seeing a real shift towards embracing strong colors and willingness to make bold choices when it comes to tile. Pattern and texture are also having a big moment and have the power to really bring a space to life.



5211 Noble Grey

Installing tile & stone is a precise process. What steps do you take in your business to ensure a perfect application for clients?

The installation process is so important. To ensure the best possible application, we require use of a Certified Caesarstone Fabricator. Caesarstone can be fabricated and installed in much the same manner as natural stone and we recommend a trial installation to make sure everything fits together correctly.  You can never be too careful!



Design: Evensen Design | Image: Aaron Dougherty | 4600 Organic White

Health and wellness are important factors today. How does using tile aid in the healthy design of a home?

Tile floors are easier to clean and sanitize than carpet flooring, especially when you have kids or fur-babies running around. Not to mention, it has the health advantage over carpet with being easier to keep free of dust, great for those with allergies and who want to keep a squeaky clean home.



What tile trends or products are most requested by clients for their homes?

When it comes to interior design, homeowners want versatility and endurance - two hallmarks of any great material. Caesarstone and subway tile are premium examples of both qualities and they’re often paired together. Large format tile choices with fewer grout lines are also gaining popularity.



Design: KMSalter Design | 5000 London Grey, 5003 Piatra Gray

In today’s busy world, tile offers a low-maintenance and durable alternative to other materials. How have you included tile in a recent project to increase durability?

Tile is naturally hard, durable and water resistant, so it’s ideal in the most loved parts of the home such as the kitchen and mud room. These are areas that tend to get a lot of use and could use the extra resistance and durability.

 


Tile at Coverings comes from all over the world. What cultures or global landmarks have inspired your use of tile?

We’re loving zellige tile, a glazed terracotta tile from Morocco. It’s a unique alternative to subway tile with subtle texture that makes any space feel custom and high design. In a space where there’s cooking of so many different kinds of food, it makes sense to add some global themed designs into the space!

Stay tuned for next week's #KBtribechat discussion!

KBTribeChat | The Organized Home

This week on #kbtribechat, the design community shared what organization means to them and the role it plays in keeping house. Let’s dive right in!



What is the hardest area in the house to organize or keep organized?

A disordered kitchen is our arch nemesis! We love the world of kitchen gadgets and goodies, but they can easily create clutter when not arranged properly.



The 2018 Kitchen Trends Study by Houzz states that “obsession with decluttering” and “optimizing function through custom storage” are key priorities for homeowners. How can designers and manufacturers like Rev-A-Shelf aid homeowners in this pursuit?

Designers and manufacturers can help by offering unique storage solutions that solve homeowners’ specific problems. The approach should be unique to each homeowner, as everyone has different needs when it comes to their home. It's personal!



Decluttering is different than organizing: one focuses on purging belongings while the other focuses on rearranging belongings in a more structured manner. What are your clients actually seeking?

Our clients want organization, but many need storage solutions and tools to help them. Decluttering is an occasional task, while having a functional home is a lifestyle!



Image: Angus McRitchie

Organized homes —what room(s) seem to dictate whether or not your whole home feels truly orderly?

We think of the kitchen as the hub of the home, and with so much cabinetry, kitchen goods and food, it’s a space that can easily become chaotic. But it’s also a space that can stand out when it’s managed well!



Image: BHG

What cabinet(s) is sorely underrepresented in storage solutions?

We love to see cabinetry that houses appliances like microwaves and toasters! Slide-out shelving is also hugely helpful when it comes to storage in the kitchen.



Share photos of your favorite organized space, and don’t forget to tell us why it’s your favorite!

We LOVE this storage space that doubles as a breakfast nook. Coffee lovers, rejoice!

 

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Designer Spotlight | Whittney Parkinson Design



Interior architectural designer, principal of her own design firm, wife, and mom – the uber talented Whittney Parkinson does it all…and then some! Whittney’s love for design runs deep. The daughter of an architect and an interior designer, Whittney was taking field trips to construction sites for as long as she can remember and it was this exposure that sparked her passion for interiors. Together with her father, Whittney co-owned the architecture firm MAWR Design from 2008-2016 before founding Whittney Parkinson Design. Bringing together her background and education in art with interior design and architecture, Whittney brings a unique approach to the design process and prides herself on achieving timeless and effortless design.

Whittney has designed projects varying from high end residential, to a vast array of multi-million dollar commercial projects around the Midwest. But enough with our chitter chatter…take a look for yourself!





If every laundry room looked like this, we’d never complain about doing the wash! This Ann Sacks backsplash tile and Pure White counters perfectly complement the rich, navy cabinetry while still keeping the space bright and airy.



There’s something so serene, yet glamorous about an all-white color palette, complete with Pure White countertop and vanity. We like to think we’re not that vain, but we could stare into those white oak custom mirrors for hours on end!



We’re a sucker for subway tile, especially when it’s paired so impeccably with these deep blue cabinets, rustic lighting detail, durable Fresh Concrete counters and farmhouse sink. It’s enough to have us falling head over heels in love with this bathroom!



From the cabinetry to the wallpaper, this play room bath has us green with envy! The Pure White countertop really pops against the soothing, organic color palette.



Have an extra room you’re not sure what to do with? Why not create a craft room! Whittney created the most family-friendly design by using durable Alpine Mist counters and a mix of drawers and open shelving for all your tools.

All images by: Sarah Shields Photography

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House Tour | Bell Custom Homes

Welcome to Landfall! Take a seat and stay a while!

After moving countless times in just eleven years, Cress and Jessica Bell were ready to settle down in a home designed for their family of four. Owners of the design and build company Bell Custom Homes, who better to create their home then the couple themselves? The first decision: a West meets East vibe for their rustic yet modern home in Wilmington, North Carolina. This meant clean, modern elements for the California look and warmer elements like oak wood for a coastal Carolina flavor.



The kitchen and dining area blend almost seamlessly, save for two side wall partitions and the Fresh Concrete island that separate the space. The effect is spacious and inviting.



In the kitchen, the Bells aimed to create a soft, rustic look with clean lines. The gray and white color palette with oak cabinetry, an oak-paneled fridge and oak flooring provide softness and warmth, while the Fresh Concrete waterfall island adds a clean, modern touch. This might just be the most functional kitchen island, complete with split ovens, an industrial cooktop, and storage to boot!



Inspiration from nature is not only inside the kitchen, but look out of the windows. A tree-lined view framed by a white-painted brick backsplash and Fresh Concrete countertops!



Recessed LED lights in the bulkhead over the cooktop bring light to the room without sacrificing space. The white-painted brick continues on the double-sided fireplace that warms the dining area.



The living room is sunken, with a concrete floor. To steer away from an industrial look, the Bells added a soft color palette of greys and whites. Striped chairs, Indonesian-inspired pillows, and a turquoise coffee table add pops of color to brighten the space.



A geometric-patterned oak door and custom oak-and-metal shelving give the room a modern way to store books and showcase objets d’ art.



We’re inspired by this burst of yellow in the kids’ bathroom! The Fresh Concrete counter creates a neutral canvas that allows the modern pattern of grey, white and yellow drawers to really pop.



Enter the master bath by a sliding barn door and be greeted by a free-standing tub and zero entry shower. We love the bronze, free-standing faucet and wooden mat, bringing an Eastern vibe into the room.



The patterned backsplash seen in the shower continues above the Fresh Concrete quartz counter and concrete double sink. A wide, corner-to-corner mirror and recessed LED lights serve to make the bath feel more expansive.



The Bells went for a similar look in the guest bath, choosing to include Fresh Concrete countertops, a concrete sink, and the white-painted brick backsplash. The grey and white palette with oak accents bring in this soft, homey tone.



For our last stop on this beautiful house tour, check out the widow’s walk to Cress’s carriage house office! The Bells fully utilized the space by adding outdoor furniture and turning it into an outdoor living area for those beautiful Carolina springs and summers.

If we were the Bells, we’d never leave this home!

For more House Tours: A Finer Touch Round II | Laura U Interior Design

Designer Spotlight | Spazio LA

Jack Bremen Photography

We’re walking the stars of Hollywood and exploring the best Los Angeles design has to offer with Spazio LA. With a team of architects, interior designers, project managers and builders, Spazio is a one-stop shop of design expertise. Prepare to star gaze, or should we say design gaze!

Dive into the standalone tub or step into the shower, this is a dream design! The waterfall shower and water-resistant materials such as the Blizzard shower seat create the perfect water-ready nook, open to the stunning greenery outside.


Jack Bremen Photography

Close up on that dreamy shower, every detail is thought out. The drain is hidden beneath the Blizzardseating and the durability of quartz makes this the ideal material for a water-friendly space. Water-resistant wood grain tile completes this little slice of heaven.


Jack Bremen Photography

On the other side of this extensive master bath is a matching vanity in Blizzard. Tons of clever storage solutions ensure this space can be clean and tidy year-round.



The blue kitchen trend is one of our favorites, and with good reason! Spazio LA designed this color blocked kitchen with form and function. Pure White countertops intersect the bottom blue and upper whites.



Our jaw is on the floor of this modern, inviting bathroom. This Calacatta Nuvo surrounded bath is calling our name! We love the concept of blending shower and bath into one experience and the lack of confines between the two.



Extending from the shower/bath combination, Calacatta Nuvo also tops the countertops of this his and hers vanity for a seamless, cohesive design.



Are you a bright kitchen fan or a white kitchen fan? We’re getting a mix of both in this kitchen topped by Piatra Gray countertops. The sea-glass backsplash adds a splash of color and whimsy to this beautifully designed space.



The veins of the Piatra Gray counters offer just the right amount of movement to the surface, adding interest and motion to the long island. With this much countertop space, we’re sure this island doubles as the perfect buffet for family night!



Diving back into bathroom inspiration, we find a his and hers with enough room for him and her (a rarity!). Spread out and stake claim over an entire vanity topped by Calacatta Nuvo. We love the subtle details like the countertop extending down to the makeup vanity bookmarked between the his and hers.





Spazio carries the Calacatta Nuvo quartz to the bath surround and into the shower to mirror the veins of the vanity countertop. With a double waterfall shower, steam inserts, and a charming double door entrance, we’re enamored by this SPA[zio] design.

Explore more Designer Spotlights: Cook Design House | Timber Trails Development Company

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