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House Tour | Turnstone House

Are you ready for a taste of paradise? Close your eyes and take a moment to transport yourself to the sunny beaches of Turks and Caicos Islands. Take in the clear blue skies, the smell of the ocean and, of course, the stunning views of the new Turnstone House designed by Sharon Weil Hornstein! Let’s take a closer look at this gorgeous rental, shall we?

All Images: Jon Nickson

When designing the Turnstone House, Sharon aimed to keep the space open and bright, using art and accessories to make it feel like a home away from home for guests. “Durable, easy to clean surfaces such as Caesarstone countertops, tile floors, wood and acrylic furniture keep the space simple and elegant,” says Sharon.“We loved using Caesarstone in this project because it is beautiful, durable and easy to clean and maintain. Because this is a rental property for now and a home for down the road, we needed countertops that will withstand the wear and tear of rentals but still be beautiful when we are ready to live in the property,” she continues.

The modern, bright red chairs at the kitchen island (which is adorned with Pebble quartz) add a pleasant pop of tropical color to the otherwise neutral kitchen. Quartz Reflections countertops grace the perimeter and pick up the beautiful sunshine from the glass window behind the oven.

 4030 Pebble Island | 7141 Quartz Reflections Perimeter

Large sliding glass doors create a seamless transition between the indoor and outdoor areas. 

Even the whimsical collection of silver chrome fish from Phillips Company on the wall look like they're dancing with delight in this dreamy beach home.

Woven furniture topped with cream-colored cushions stick with the laid-back, tropical style of the design. The turquoise, hourglass-shaped tables pick up the blues of the shimmering water in the luxurious pool. 

Check out all of the beautiful greenery used in the backyard! We can practically hear the steel-drums playing in the background.

All of the art used throughout was created by Sharon and her company, Sand Dollar Images. The images are of the Turks and Caicos Islands and feature vivid colors of compelling island scenes. Dyes are infused directly into specially coated aluminum sheets to create the artwork. This technique gives the images a luminescent appearance and an ultra-hard, scratch-resistant surface that is both waterproof and weatherproof, making it the perfect artwork to display both indoors and out.

All three bedrooms are made comfortable and breezy with king size beds and their own attached bathrooms. Quartz Reflections was used for the bathroom countertops to keep the space looking fresh and cohesive. 

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From the upstairs deck, you can kick back, relax and watch the sunset over the renowned Grace Bay Beach.

There you have it: a perfect beachy, breezy vacation getaway. Grab a Mai-Tai and book a plane ticket, it's time for a trip to the Turnstone House!

Still need more convincing? Watch the incredible drone video tour of the property's exterior below.


For more House Tours: Madison Taylor DesignRacing Green


Designer Spotlight | Guggenheim Architecture and Design Studio

When architecture and interior design collide, you get Guggenheim Architecture and Design Studio. The Portland-based company works with clients from around the globe to create spaces as unique and dynamic as it is. 

From residential to retail, this design firm has a knack for creating custom-tailored designs with a flair of modern style. The studio-based company uses a highly collaborative style between its office and clients in order to produce breathtaking and original spaces.

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Take the kitchen design below, located in the Northwest Portland neighborhood. After the owners of the loft experienced a devastating fire that rendered their home unlivable, they found a silver lining and used it as an opportunity for a full kitchen and bath renovation.

Enter Guggenheim Architecture and Design Studio, who led the charge in transforming the space from ruins to riches. The design firm played off of the loft’s dynamic angles by selecting faceted geometrics and high contrast features. A custom-built overhead light from Ekko Workshop hangs over the Noble Grey kitchen island. 

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Next, let’s take a look at this master bath design in an Alphabet District townhouse. From the textured wood cabinets to the raw, exposed edges of the porcelain hex tiles behind the sink, this room is filled to the brim with texture and whimsy. Fresh Concrete countertops keep the space feeling modern and sleek while balancing out the bold features of the room. “One of the most sustainable design decisions you can make is to select timeless, durable materials,” says Jenny Guggenheim. “The level of durability paired with the elegant aesthetic Caesarstone provides is a no-brainer.”  
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Speaking of bold and unique, check out this Atwater Place kitchen remodel. The bright white kitchen is both modern and minimalistic without sacrificing a sense of creativity. Just look at the inventive use of mirrors underneath the Blizzard prep island: they create the illusion of open space while concealing casework and wine storage on the other side of the island. Clean-lined furnishings complement the southeast views of the Willamette River and accentuate the natural beauty of the home's surroundings.

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The wonderful team over at Guggenheim prides itself on having a keen eye for cabinetry detailing and well-made hardware. They are certainly not ones to shy away from a stunning bold navy, either.

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Their modern light fixtures are always eye-catching and, pardon our pun, lighten up any room.

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Whether you’re after an all-white kitchen or an eclectic, colorful bathroom, Guggenheim Architecture and Design Studio can do it all. Every design is created with the utmost care and attention to detail and no two projects are alike. The design team has found the perfect balance of architecture, design and customization. Our only question is: when are they available to renovate our kitchen and bath?


For more Designer Spotlights: Four Point Design Build | Kendall Ansell Interiors 


Designer Spotlight | Four Point Design Build

While it’s important to show off some of your signature style when designing and building a home, it is equally as important to create a space with your client in mind. Husband and wife team Laura and Cliff Muller took this to heart when creating their company, Four Point Design Build Inc.

With over 60 years of experience between them, Laura and Cliff have mastered the art of creating interior spaces that are livable, dynamic and custom-tailored for each client. Their collaborative mentality makes clients feel at ease and helps the pair to build long-lasting relationships with engineers, architects and suppliers. Laura and Cliff always make sure each and every space they work on is uniquely fit for each of their clients, down to the last detail.

Case in point: the beautiful kitchen transformation they pulled off in this 1970s classic ranch home.

All images: Riley Jamison | Frosty Carrina 5141

They drew inspiration for this project from their client, who had dedicated her life to volunteerism and selfless generosity. She wanted to remodel the kitchen in her family’s legacy home to create a modern space that allowed for plenty of room for cooking.

Laura and Cliff went with an all-white design and a few glass door cabinets. Frosty Carrina countertops basque in the sunshine from the large windows behind the sink.

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The dynamic designers can do more than a one-room renovation, however. Just take a look at the 2,600-square-foot home they worked on in the heart of Los Angeles. “Laura and her team advised on sensible, affordable solutions and improvements, but still delivered the creativity and tastefulness that we sought for our home,” says homeowner Deborah Tudor.
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The built-in kitchen desk topped with Pure White quartz keeps the kitchen free from clutter and allows for easy access to snacks from the pantry! 

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Laura and Cliff are definitely not afraid of a bold pattern or pop of color, either. Check out the beautiful, intricate wallpaper used in this bathroom. The gold faucet and cabinet pulls make this room chic enough for any emperor or empress.

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Are you more in the mood for a mid-century modern design with hints of world traveler? Look no further. The glossy tile backsplash and simplistic faucet make this kitchen design elegant and modern. The wooden mortar and pestle and potted herbs give the space an eclectic flair while adding an element of chicness and wanderlust. The family who lives in this home was looking for a space that would accommodate their active and busy lifestyle. That’s why Laura and Cliff went with Pure White Caesarstone countertops in both the kitchen and bathroom; it's easy to maintain and a breeze to clean.

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Break out your spa water and face masks, because this next contemporary kitchen in West Hills, California is ethereal. The Shitake countertops bring warm and soothing color into the otherwise bright white space. Large windows are used to fill the area with ample lighting and the open, friendly design perfectly matches the active and socialable lifestyle of the homeowners.

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Every build and design that comes from Four Point Design Build is clean, fresh and modern. Not only will you get a stunning space with Laura and Cliff, but you’ll no doubt form a life-long relationship with the two as well. Their relevant and innovative designs are cutting edge and they truly listen to their clients when designing a space. From wallpaper to floor tiles, Laura and Cliff Muller sure know how to transform a house into a home.

For more Designer Spotlights: Kendall Ansell InteriorsDrury Design 

House Tour | Madison Taylor Design

Just outside of Barrie, Ontario sits a beautiful and newly renovated home. Madison Taylor Design helped to transform this space from an average house into a bold and sophisticated designer’s dream. Madison used existing pieces that her client owned to complete the look of the home. Let’s begin this house tour in one of our favorite rooms in the home: the living room.

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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.

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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.


For more House Tours: Racing Green | Spazio LA

House Tour | Racing Green

When Dougal Murray from Racing Green stumbled across a derelict 1930’s home hidden away in the Mulholland Hills, he knew he’d found the perfect setting for his next home. “Decent Los Angeles hillside properties are becoming harder and harder to find and finding somewhere where you aren’t overlooked is almost impossible. I knew at once we had to find a way to get it,” he says. ‘The Earth House,’ as Dougal lovingly now refers to it, sits on almost half an acre of land. It's nestled on the outer Mulholland Corridor in the Hollywood Hills.

“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. 

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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.”

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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.

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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. 

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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! 

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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. 

If you're as head over heels with this home as we are, we have some good news: it's currently listed for sale

For more House Tours: The Curbly House | Spazio LA

Designer Spotlight | Kendall Ansell Interiors

Unique. Expressive. Custom. These are the words that come to mind when we think of Kendall Ansell Interiors, based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Principal designer Kendall Ansell isn’t your average cookie-cutter designer. Instead of focusing on fleeting trends, Kendall creates a visual interpretation of her clients’ lifestyles. During the design process, she figures out how the renovations can complement her clients’ day-to-day lives.

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.  

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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.

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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!

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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.


For more Designer Spotlights: RTG Designs | Melissa Lenox Designs

KBTribeChat | Trending Kitchen Materials and Styles

In this week’s KBTribeChat, designers, consumers and appliance companies from all around came together to discuss which materials and styles are trending in the kitchen. While everyone was happy to give their two cents on the latest trends, the conversation gravitated towards which trends would—or already did—turn into timeless classics (we’re looking at you, neutrals color palettes).

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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KBTribeChat | Health and Wellness In The Kitchen

This week’s KBTribeChat was all about health and well-being. Designers from around the world shared how they integrate wellness into their kitchen designs. Many contributors stressed the importance of using lighting in the kitchen in order to create an inspiring and positive space.

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.

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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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House Tour | Spazio LA

Spazio LA has done it again! The Los Angeles based design and build firm takes us inside one of their recent home renovations in sunny Studio City, California. And they sure put this small space to work! With just 1,000 square feet to work with, Spazio LA transformed what once was a cramped and lackluster house from head to toe–or should we say, from roof to floors. The key? Creating a new floor plan that would open the kitchen, dining room and living room up and give the illusion of additional space.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

For more House Tours: Resolution: 4 Architecture | The Curbly House


KBTribechat | Colors vs. Neutrals

Deciding the color palette of your new home can feel overwhelming: do you go with bold, bright colors or more refined neutrals? A pop of color in an accent piece can go a long way in brightening up a room, so long as you balance it out with complementary neutral tones. Determining what’s “in” right now can seem like a daunting task, but it’s important to remember that some trends are simply classics, and are here to stay.

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.

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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.

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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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