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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
This week’s KBTribeChat was all about how to create a kitchen built for foodie royalty.
What are the elements that put the “gourmet” in a gourmet kitchen?
While your run-of-the-mill kitchen is designed for style, gourmet kitchen offer solutions for everything from oven space to pot storage - all the bells and whistles necessary to create memorable meals.
Design: A Finer Touch Construction | 5131 Calacatta Nuvo island
Is a large island an important component of a kitchen for those who want to try new foods and share with friends and family? Explain!
We call this feature the self-sustaining island – and it’s a gourmet kitchen must. It should have plenty of counter space, its own sink, cabinets, storage. Heck, give it its own oven, microwave and second dishwasher, too!
Design: Alno | Image: Lars Frazer Photography | 5000 London Grey
What sink area and dishwasher features do you recommend for foodies?
When it comes to the foodie sink, bigger is always better. And two is always better than one. This holds true when it comes to dishwashers, too! If you find yourself entertaining a lot, investing in two dishwashers might be a good idea. One can run while the other is being loaded.
Design: Lori Gilder
What surfacing materials are recommended for those keenly interested in exploring food and cooking? Why?
Quartz all the way. It’s sturdy enough to stand up to the busy activities of prepping and cooking meals night after night and beautiful enough to play into the creative messiness of making a meal for loved ones. After all, for those of us who view cooking as an art, messy is all part of the process.
Quartz care & cleanup is a cinch. Top chefs agree when looking for prep and cook surfaces: durability, versatility, low maintenance & heat, scratch & stain resistance are critical. So is avoiding mold and mildew buildup. In essence, function and beauty are key—and quartz elegance and strength are the optimum solutions.
If you are wondering what you can use to clean quartz countertops, you might be surprised to learn that quartz surfaces are easily wiped down with a mild soap and water mixture or mild commercial cleaning solution, and they never require resealing. Cooking in a kitchen with quartz surfaces is just more fun since quartz offers the aesthetic appeal we all desire coupled with simple maintenance and quick cleanup.
Do you have recommended storage solutions for a wide range of cooking implements and supplies?
The foodie cooking strategy requires a variety of gadgets and tools, not to mention the usual serving platters, casserole dishes and baking sheets.Storage in a high-tech kitchen must be plentiful and easily accessible if you don’t want your gourmet cooking to slow you down.
Design: Greenbrook Design
What other tips do you have to create versatile kitchens designed to explore food?
Don’t forget about seating, and lots of it! Half the fun of cooking delicious food is enjoying it amongst friends and family – so come with an empty stomach and pull up a chair!
Design: Studio McGee
With a love for all things design, from interiors to architecture to landscape to product development, Chad began his formal design education as an architecture student before realizing he wanted to focus on home décor products and interior design. He graduated with a degree in Industrial Design from the University of Illinois and spent the next 20 years designing and developing products for the world’s leading wholesalers, retailers and manufactures. In 2011, he started Chad Esslinger Design, a full-service design company focusing on residential interior, design, decorating and remodeling as well as design and development of home decor products.
Why does Chad choose Caesarstone quartz for so many of his projects? “The colors and designs are perfect for today's modern, rustic, transitional, and traditional kitchens. The styles are trend-right but not ‘trendy’ and will stand the test of time.”
Image: Life Lens and Love Photography | 4004 Raw Concrete and 4001 Fresh Concrete
Perhaps one of our favorite projects from Chad is this modern and classic kitchen. Simple details come together to make this a one-of-a-kind bright and lovely space.
With white perimeter cabinetry, white square tiles and unique stained wood details, this kitchen was the perfect contender for two-tone countertops – Raw Concrete for the perimeter and peninsula and Fresh Concrete on the island.
If this kitchen looks familiar, it’s because you just might have seen it before - on HGTV’s House Hunters Renovation. The 100-year old home got an open concept facelift with a modern farmhouse touch.
The clients wanted to go with dark stained cabinets and London Grey paired perfectly by adding contrast and beauty.
A “Case of the Mondays” is impossible with a custom home office like this! Chad chose London Grey for the desk surfaces in this space because of its durability and beauty, describing it as “the perfect soft warm grey.”
Image: Picture Perfect House | 4001 Fresh Concrete
A Fresh Concrete perimeter countertop was the obvious choice in this ranch style kitchen, complementing the marble hexagon backsplash tile and rustic wood floating shelves.
“I love flip flopping cabinet and countertop finishes. This is one of my favorite kitchen projects, with white cabinetry and a Sleek Concrete countertop perimeter,” shares Chad.
Both modern and rustic, Chad chose Fresh Concrete on the perimeter of this kitchen to contrast the white cabinets and the beautifully refined jumbo slab of London Grey to finish off the huge island.
Not only does the island seat six, it also houses a drawer microwave, beverage fridge, double trash bin and additional storage.
The only question we have before we wrap this up is, “When can we come over?”
Let’s take a closer look…
The old solid oak hardwood floors were refinished to breathe new life (and light!) into the space. The cabinets - IKEA boxes with Semihandmade fronts (a Sarah Sherman original) - were painted a desert grey matte and together, the two features add warmth and dimension to the kitchen.
Sarah describes Eden’s aesthetic as modern, but not without character – so it seems perfectly fitting that Eden labels the style of her finished kitchen as “modern country bungalow.”
Exposed shelving can be intimidating to many, after all, it exposes every nook and cranny. But done right, it’s one of our favorite kitchen shelving features – just look at how much character it adds to the space!
Eden is BIG on entertaining, so Sarah shared that Caesarstone countertops were a no brainer for their durability and beauty.
“For the counters, we chose Caesarstone in Calacatta Nuvo. I wanted something durable and low-maintenance, with a little variation. This polished Caeserstone has been an absolute dream in the kitchen, with zero stains and it cleans up perfectly. We actually used it in our master bath too! I love the look of the waterfall edge!” says Eden
To bring old charm to the new space, Sarah opted for a stunning hand glazed brick terra-cotta tile that extends from the floor to the ceiling. “I thought it was perfect for our house considering we’re in a ranch area and I like the modern, rustic feel. I love the unevenness and rawness of the tile,” says Eden.
Floor-to-ceiling cabinets adorn an entire wall next to the fridge. This clean and minimal look was designed by architect Greg Coleman. A nice touch, indeed! After all, who doesn’t need a little extra storage?
Right off the kitchen, the dining room is an extension of the kitchen. When designing this room, Eden knew she wanted this space to be the focal point for entertaining, “an area large enough to have a dinner party and a place we can gather for holidays, parties and meals.”
But before the dining room could be designed, it had to be built. This area, which was once a tiny office with leaky windows, was added onto the house to give Eden additional square footage. Greg added in three sets of large glass French doors and a large window to bring as much light as possible into this bright and open room.
Fingers crossed we’ll be receiving an invite to Eden’s next dinner party…
While hard to picture today, the 8,500 square-foot space once housed a grocery store – that is, until local couple Andy Means and Jessie Katz got their hands on it. Enlisting the help of the talented Claire Zinnecker, the interior aficionado transformed the space into a light and bright dream, dubbing the style “minimalist desert modern.”
All Photography: Wynn Myers
The design intent? “To make the space feel warm, comfortable and inviting while maintaining an organic sophistication.” And did they ever…
White Attica stretches across the bar top, where guests can sip on cocktails, wine, coffee and even nut milks made right in Austin proper. Paired with tones of green and black, White Attica, also featured on select tabletops, creates a powerful albeit natural look that serves as a dramatic counterpoint to the rich hues.
The interior features white walls, high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling industrial style windows, with a variety of uniquely furnished (but equally well-lit) dining areas.
The globe rattan shades add a vintage feel to the restaurant, which is carried through to the exterior patio.
While the restaurant, bar and café each serve individual purposes, the spaces flow easily thanks to a cohesive design that marries warm woods, organic colors, Caesarstone White Attica and plenty of greenery.
On the opposite end of the bar, patrons can get their caffeine fix at the impeccably decorated coffee shop.
Veering away from the teal tones residing in the bar area, this area of Hank’s features pale cane chairs, lightwood benches and peach tones that beautifully reflect Austin’s warm climate.
"The pretty natural light, minimalist desert modern aesthetic, placement of house plants and succulents, and attention to detail on the project has made it a perfect spot," said the Hank’s team.
Design is in the details and there’s no shortage of them here. Natural materials and plant life are an integral part of the interior design. But Zinnecker didn’t stop there. Mixing these elements with unexpected and vintage elements adds a personal touch to the space, creating a totally Instagrammable area – talk about #restaurantgoals.
“Being born and raised in Austin, I wanted to make sure to create a space that felt like Austin of the past and Austin of the future,” Zinnecker says. “Engaging local makers and small-business makers is important to all my designs, so I made sure that Hank’s utilized these resources,” shared Zinnecker.
And if the interior wasn’t enough to impress you, Hank’s also boasts an additional 4,000 square-foot patio – the perfect place to dine alfresco under the Austin sun.
We wouldn’t hate sipping on a midsummer night’s cocktail in one these wicker Acapulco chairs!
We have a feeling the residents of Austin will be welcoming this newcomer with (wide) open arms…
What do you find key to staying creative and inspired?
Having a creative space to get creative, of course! Customizing an office to your taste and design can get those creative juices flowing in no time. Decorating the office with a comfortable office chair, inspirational prints and adding some green with a house plant are just a few things you can do to get yourself more motivated.
Design: Kriste Michelini Interior | Danville Ca. Photography
Do travels inspire your designs? In what ways?
Traveling to a new place always sparks some sort of creativity. The world is filled with inspiration, from the architecture in Madrid to the breathtaking art in Rome. One design to keep an eye out for is Scandinavian designs. This style uses a lot of textures and contrasts to create a modern, bohemian look for the home.
Does following your friend’s travels and experiences provide inspiration? What sites are best for this?
When we aren’t green with envy, friend’s social media accounts are great avenues in which to find new creative outlets. Instagram is a great way to navigate not only through your friends’ feeds, but your favorite brand’s design feeds as well. The hashtag feature is also a great way to find fresh design inspirations.
What print and online magazines are inspirational for kitchen and bath design?
Elle Decor is our guilty pleasure! The magazine goes far beyond just kitchen and bath designs but showcasing home tours and products. The home tours offer a look into the most beautiful homes and we can’t get enough.
What online sites do you use to share or search for inspirational ideas?
Houzz is a handy tool when looking for decorating and remodeling ideas. The online community connects thousands of people with decorating, interior design and architecture inspiration.
Design: Caesarstone Houzz Visual Showcase
Blogs can provide design inspiration! What are your favorites?
While the Interior Collective is obviously our favorite, Caesarstone’s Information and Inspiration blog is also a great source for design insight and tips and tricks. From lighting tips to bathroom and kitchen trends, it’s a great tool to keep you in the design industry know.
Design: Chad James
What experiences inspire you? Cooking? Showrooms? Design Showcases? Trade shows? Nature? Spa visits? Why?
All the above! We always welcome new experiences when it comes to finding fresh approaches to design. Showrooms and design showcases can be a great way to experience products in real life opposed to viewing it on a screen or on a shelf. And as for spa visits… we can all use a visit or two to re-collect our thoughts while we zen out.
Design: Sublime Cabinet Design | Concetto Blue Agate
What topics would you like to discuss at KBtribechat? There is much to be inspired by in our weekly discussions! Please share your ideas for future chats.
While kitchen and bath is fun… we’d love to see more restaurant design and interior layouts. Caesarstone supplies plenty of countertops to coffee shops and cafes. The Tender Greens in Los Angeles accompanied their metro style with Caesarstone countertops. Design doesn’t just stay at home!
Design: Brooke Spreckman of Design Hutch
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A graphic designer and a writer, the clients approached Lewis Schoeplein Architects to assist in their house hunting endeavors. Their vision was clear; they wanted a home that was “modern California, with a touch of Texas.” Fostered by a shared vision and more than a few Pinterest boards, Lewis Schoeplein worked with the creative couple, embarking on what would become one of the most collaborative projects of their career. Soon after the house was purchased and the designs were mapped out, the renovation of this midcentury Encino ranch began. Trading in cottage cheese ceilings, heavy shutters and overgrown landscape for something more in keeping with their modern, California aesthetic, Lewis Schoeplein made way for a transformation that fulfilled all their clients’ desires – and then some.
All Images by Izumi Tanaka
No new square footage was needed, but the inside was gutted to relocate the kitchen from the front of the house to the rear, allowing it to connect to the yard and swimming pool. The remaining areas flow openly, yet maintain nooks throughout to give some separation to the house. With two toddlers, this design was open enough to feel welcoming but practical enough to hide the unavoidable messes that come with raising young children.
Minimalism is a calming force throughout the house, evidenced from the moment you walk through the front door. While respecting the home’s midcentury style, the architects worked to create a lighter, more contemporary feel by keeping the color palette primarily neutral, but with the occasional pop of color. The result is an effortlessly chic atmosphere where muted colors, natural materials and thoughtful decor come together for a softened, retro feel.
The living area is high-ceilinged, with touches of wood, simple Bauhaus-inspired lines and graphic patterns throughout that help add texture to the interior of the open-plan home.
On the opposite side of the living room sits the dining room, featuring a midcentury modern home must – the Eames chair.
Lewis Schoeplein embraced traits typical of midcentury modern kitchens when renovating this space; most kitchens built during this period favored the galley-style kitchen and were not separately defined rooms.
Keeping this in mind, the architects opted for two Blizzard-topped counters running parallel, which help define the area but still manage to maintain a continuity between the heart of the home and the rest of the house’s living areas.
A trio of Niche Modern Lighting pendants hang from individual junction boxes above the kitchen. The subdued color of the glass is the perfect choice for this interior, complementing the Caesarstone quartz countertops, geometric backsplash and paneled appliances.
Striking a balance between old and new, Lewis Schoeplein designed a playroom that is soft and comfortable with few hard edges and incorporated bright furniture, art and accent pieces.
Throughout the home, built-ins save the day when it comes to keeping things minimal and neat –seen here in the master bedroom.
To give this room a 21st century feel without spoiling the midcentury bones of the home, the architects experimented with new and fresh materials. By introducing Pure White quartz countertops and contemporary hardware to the floating double vanity, they created a space that is clean and modern.
The cabinet colors also create a distinctly midcentury vibe when combined with the wood finish, without feeling dated.
If given the option, we'd move in tomorrow!
For more House Tours: J & G Design | Laura U Interior Design
About Lewis Schoeplein Architects:
Lewis/Schoeplein Architects, founded in 1998, is a Los Angeles-based collaboration led by partners Marc Schoeplein, AIA, LEED AP and Toni Lewis, AIA, LEED AP. The practice is multi-disciplinary, and includes single and multi-family residential, landscape, urban design, commercial development, and community-based design and planning for institutions, governmental agencies, and not-for-profits.
Today, Shayne’s house is what midcentury dreams are made of – but it wasn’t always this way.
The interior of the home was in shambles. There were holes in the walls, the cabinets were crumbling and the various (but all equally awful) shades of paint and mismatched wall tiles were enough to make anyone who walked through the front door dizzy. The few walls that were intact were very confining, making the already small house feel compartmentalized and claustrophobic. But Shayne saw past all of this. With the help of his team, the designer took the house down to the studs, moved walls, replaced windows, introduced new doors, reworked plumbing and crafted a space that he could proudly call home.
To make the home feel more welcoming, Shayne added a front door to the façade of the house that opens into a foyer featuring his most prized possession – a beautiful 1950’s console. Not to be overlooked: the original hardwood floors, refinished by Shayne himself!
Shayne chose a warm white paint for the majority of the interior to maximize the natural light and create the illusion of space. “It has been my experience that designing tiny homes is more challenging than large homes because I have to figure out how to utilize every square inch.”
With a strong affinity for all things mid-century mod, Shayne opted for materials, furniture and finishes that were reminiscent of the period but still respected the historic integrity of the house.
In the living room, Shayne combined new furniture pieces with mid-century modern elements for a curated and blended aesthetic. As the designer so honestly puts it, “There is nothing that breaks my heart like a room that feels like a catalogue.”
There wasn't space in the house for a proper dining table, so Shayne’s kitchen is dual purpose: both kitchen and dining room.
When it comes to design, Shayne’s motto is simple; “If it feels right, it is right.” And nothing felt more right and perfectly at home in the kitchen than Caesarstone’s Nougat quartz.
In fact, the Nougat felt so right that he carried it into the bathroom, finishing the vanity with the quartz surface. “Bathrooms are one of my favorite spaces to design. They are often times forgotten or looked over, so I love to dress them up and make them feel really special.”
We’ll wrap this tour up in the bedroom and leave you with some Morrissey words of wisdom: “Your bedroom should be the single most personal room in your home. It should be plush, calming, and most importantly, it should be undeniably you.”
We think it’s safe to say, this entire home is undeniably Shayne – just as it should be.
What appliances and storage solutions can we utilize today to reduce food waste?
Finding yourself throwing away leftovers? Is produce going bad too fast? It could be due to the way in which you’re storing food. To better preserve your food, we recommend using proper containers (preferably glass Tupperware), placing produce in the refrigerator crisper and making thoughtful food decisions when purchasing produce.
What “old school” practices can we re-learn today?
Go old-school with mason jars! The quaint addition isn’t just charming, it’s also a great way to conserve space and reuse and reduce plastic intake. Not only does it look great, but it also takes up less space on countertops and allows room for other essential kitchen appliances. Who says beautiful design can’t have form AND function?
Design: Kitchen Aid Design
How can we reduce electricity usage in the kitchen? Lighting, appliances, processes?
An open kitchen with plenty of natural lighting provides a well-lit room during the day, so you don’t need to turn the lights on. You’ll be saving tons on your energy bill. Once the sun sets, we recommend using LED lights to reduce electric energy costs.
Design: Homestead Kitchens | Haze 2030
How can we reduce water usage in the kitchen?
Upgrade to a dishwasher! We’ve all been guilty of letting the water run a little too long while washing and rinsing. Instead, increase water efficiency by loading up your dishwasher. Fun fact: hand-washing dishes uses (on average) about 20 gallons of water, while water-efficient dishwashers use around 4.5 gallons or less.
Design: Kitchen Aid Design
What “smart” features can help us in these efforts?
We love lighting systems that integrate with smartphones. It provides full access and control of a home’s lighting directly to your phone, so there’s no excuse to leave a light on. And this technology doesn’t just integrate with your lighting, it can also control thermostat and home appliances.
What other ways can we reduce our impact in our homes and our client’s homes?
We do our most to reduce our environmental impact. Our filtering system recycles 97% of water used in our production processes. We recycle excess industrial materials to reduce landfill burial and soil pollution. And we use environmentally friendly packaging.
Our recycled quartz stone surfaces contain up to 42% reclaimed quartz –making a real impact on preserving the world’s precious resources. Caesarstone quartz can also contribute points to LEED projects.
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On this week’s KBtribechat we talked about the trending designs in bathroom spaces, from floating vanities to tiled bathroom floors.
Design: Lewis Schoeplein |Image: Marisa Vitale Photography | Pure White 1141
Bathroom cabinetry is evolving! What bathroom furniture styles are becoming popular?
We are seeing a lot of transitional and contemporary styles which we are all about! The style is clean, organic and simple. Case in point: Floating vanities. The wall-mounted vanities create a simple, elegant improvement to any bathroom. The floating vanity provides a space that is easier to clean, makes the room look bigger and is perfect for extra storage place. Talk about ideal.
Design: DLUX Design & Co | Pure White 1141
Decorative hardware is becoming an essential design component on cabinetry. What finishes and types are you specifying or want to use?
Brass and gold fixtures are making a comeback – but these aren’t the ones from your grandparent’s bathroom faucets. These modern, warm tones add depth, dimension and luxury to any space. A simple touch of these metals will warm up any bathroom design. Oh, and they look fabulous with Caesarstone, seen above in Pure White. Satin and matte fixtures are also a personal favorite of ours, especially in black. So incredibly sleek.
Design: Collective Studio |Image: Valerie Wilcox Photography | Pure White 1141
What countertop and sink styles are you specifying for today’s bathroom?
Quartz all the way (even though we may be a little biased). The minimalist, clean look of Caesarstone quartz countertops gives the bathroom a modern feel. We also love the fact that it’s stain and scratch resistant. Plus, easy to clean!
Design: Hendricks Churchill | Haze 2030
As far as sinks go, vessel sinks (aka decorative bowl sinks) sit on top of the counter and add an artistic twist to a bathroom vanity. The contemporary look gives an edgy, fresh look for anyone looking to change up their bathroom design.
Design: Montana Labelle Design| Pure White 1141
Design: Davidson Walker Construction Ltd. | Image: Enviable Designs
What faucet and shower valve handle styles and finishes are you excited about?
Wall-mounted faucets are becoming a popular choice because they’re equal parts minimal and functional. Designers have been praising this essential design element and we can expect to see more this year.
Design: A Finer Touch Reconstruction| Calacatta Nuvo 5131
Tile for bathroom flooring and showers has become very popular. Why do you see this trend continuing? Share beautiful images of bathroom tile inspiration!
Who doesn’t love a little tile action? From the floor to the walls, tiled bathrooms can be bold and daring. And with so many materials to choose from, we’ve got a chronic case of tile envy. Even better? It’s easy to clean and adds a chic touch to the home.
Design: Four Point Design Build | Pure White 1141
Many lighting options are available for the bathroom! What are your favorites?
Neutral tones + natural light = the spa we’ve been daydreaming about! Forget about paying to go to a professional spa, bring the spa retreat to your home. Natural light is key in creating a fresh, airy feel.
Design: KYODER Design | Haze 2030
Insider tip: To create a spa-like atmosphere for your bathroom you don’t have to go all white - throw in some natural wood tones and work with texture, too. Have fun with it!
Design: Sweenor Builders, This Old House | Blizzard 2141
What features are you integrating into today’s bathroom designs?
Wallpaper is always in and it’s a key element to add flair and flavor to a bathroom. What’s great about wallpaper is there’s tons of options to fit any bathroom design whether you’re going for a bright and bold look or prefer a more minimal design. Wallpaper is a bathroom must.
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