Author Archives: The Interior Collective

Garance Doré’s Kitchen Reveal

Welcome to the newly renovated and airy kitchen of Garance Doré, the critically acclaimed French writer, photographer, style icon and Chief Creative Officer of Atelier Doré. “I dreamed of a white, luminous kitchen, pure but classic–with a hint of a professional kitchen,” says Doré. Doré worked with interior designer Sarah Sherman Samuel to create an interior space that felt soft, feminine and comfortable.
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Large kitchen windows were installed to let in the warm light of the California sun. All of the materials used in the kitchen are completely devoid of shine, which prevents any potential glare and adds to the relaxed and welcoming tone of the design. The terracotta pendants above the kitchen island bring depth and nuance to the space.

“There’s a richness to matte finishes, like honed quartz,” says Samuel, who used Statuario Nuvo Honed on the countertops and kitchen island. Her signature palette of soft whites, blonde woods and earthy neutrals is reflected throughout the kitchen.

One thing is certain: Doré and Samuel have masterfully created a calm, clean and beachy kitchen perfect for both entertaining and relaxing with a cup of tea in the mornings.


See more Kitchen Reveals: Under the Sycamore | Caroline Pinkston

Designer Spotlight | Smitharc Architects

This month’s designer spotlight features the architecturally savvy team at Smitharc Architects. The company is based out of Dallas, Texas and was established in 2006 by husband and wife team, Jason and Signe Smith. The team prides itself on maximizing the potential for artful buildings with careful craftsmanship and seamless execution. Their designs consistently reflect a  deep understanding of their clients' unique and individual needs.

Let us introduce the Blue Dog Residence, a modern home nestled in the slope of a picturesque pond-side acreage in Durham, North Carolina. The clean, industrial kitchen design boasts an all-grey color palette.
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The countertops and kitchen island are adorned with slabs of Raw Concrete. The lightly textured surface of the quartz adds a sensorial dimension to this minimalistic kitchen. Additionally, the soft, earthy nature of surface complement the panoramic views of the water and surrounding woods, which are visible through the floor-to-ceiling glass doors.
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Designer tip: use natural elements, such as plants, to bring a design to life. Smitharc sets a piece of driftwood atop the Blizzard countertops in this natural-looking kitchen. The subtle and elegant appearance of the white quartz blends well with the wood finish of the cabinets, floor and dining table.

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We are seeing a progressive shift towards transforming run-of-the-mill bathrooms into ethereal wellness rooms. Smitharc uses a consistent color palette, identical mirror and lighting setups and Blizzard countertops throughout to create continuity in this spa-like oasis.
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During the day, the mirrors reflect the sunshine from the expansive window while strip lights above the cabinetry ensure optimal lighting throughout the room. Frosted glass doors separate the shower and bathroom from the powder room.
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As you may have noticed, the Smitharc team is no stranger to maximizing natural light and using minimalism in their designs. A floating vanity topped with Blizzard in this simple and sophisticated bathroom hovers above the large-tiled floor. The team used smaller tiles in the shower floor but kept the charcoal-grey color consistent with the rest of the floor tiling in order to create continuity.
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Doing laundry has never been more relaxing! Blizzard countertops, glossy-finished floor tiles and an all-white color scheme produce a tranquil environment. Meanwhile, floor-to-ceiling cabinetry ensures plenty of room for storage.

We’re going to take a page out of Smitharc’s design book and install a refrigerator next to our washing machine, too! Who wouldn’t want to have easy snack access while they’re sorting through their darks and whites?
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Whether you want to sit in a lounge chair and take in the view of the gardens or binge-watch Netflix on the flat screen, you’ll be sure to stay warm next to the fireplace in this outdoor seating area. A floating Pebble hearth is connected to a wood-planked wall which seamlessly transitions between the indoors and outdoors.
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Modern architecture and design enthusiasts, rejoice! Smitharc has cracked the code on creating minimalist environments that double as tranquil wellness spaces. We’ll be sure to keep an eye out for more of their innovative takes on incorporating nature and architectural flare into designs.


For more Designer Spotlights: M Monroe Design | Madison Taylor Design

Restaurant Tour: Mid Mountain Lodge at Park City Resort

Any avid skier or snowboarder will tell you that a hearty lunch on the slopes is just as important as a trustworthy base layer or the right snow gear. But you won’t find the basic burgers and fries typical of most ski lodges at Park City Mountain. Not only is it the largest ski resort in the United States, it boasts 16 on-mountain restaurantsone of which just underwent a serious facelift.

Sitting at an elevation of approximately 8,000 feet above sea level, you’ll find the new Mid Mountain Lodge. CityhomeCOLLECTIVE, in collaboration with Lloyd Architects, took on the extensive 2,600 square foot transformation, which includes a restaurant and one of Utah’s only on-mountain, full-service, ski-in-ski-out cocktail bars.

Staying true to the area’s rich mining history and housed in a 19th century miners’ boarding house, the restaurant blends an iconic lodge ambience with a modern interior to provide guests with a fresh take on alpine dining.  

Long painted brown, the building was restored to its original white exterior colora detail the community had shared was important to them.

When you enter the restaurant, the grand staircase showcases a unique chandelier, adding a modern touch to the interior’s rustic charm.

Leather, glass, metal, wood and Rugged Concrete finishes throughout create an eclectic ambiance that creates a space for storytelling over great food and drink. 

When it came to choosing countertops for the lodge, cityhomeCOLLECTIVE loved the industrial look and feel of concrete but knew the natural material would never withstand the daily wear and tear that comes with running a restaurant. Instead, they opted for the next best thing, Caesarstone’s Rugged Concrete.
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Lead designer, Helena Morozof, explains, “I compared the Rugged Concrete to other concretes and by far, it was the best reproduction of the look. I felt there wasn’t a product on the market that could give us the same type of performance and visual aesthetic and feel. It was one of the first things we picked and we ran with it.”

The Rugged Concrete counters also extend into the Public House, a full-service, ski-in-ski-out cocktail bar within the lodge.

Morozof went on to explain, “When it came to Caesarstone, the specific product hit the nail on the head. Having the concrete look without the negative things that come with that material was huge for us. Even the contractor was on our side. He told us, ‘This stuff is unbreakable.’ Once we heard that, it was something we would not compromise on.”

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The refurbished deck now features new built-in seating with custom-designed fire pits, tables and chairs draped in sheepskin framed with incredible views of the Uinta range.

The new lodge showcases Park City Mountain’s innovation in contemporary mountain dining and is the perfect on-mountain gathering place to connect with family and friends.


For more restaurant tours: Hank's Austin | Fess Parker


House Tour: The New American Home 2019

This year at the International Builders' Show, we had the pleasure to partner with The National Association of Home Builders to help create The New American Home 2019. The dazzling, 8,226 square-foot showhome is located in Henderson, Nevada and boasts a jaw-dropping view of Las Vegas. The New American Home boasts cutting-edge smart home technology at every turn. Additionally, the home is 53% more energy efficient than the average new code-built home, which will create over $3,4000 in annual energy savings.   

Sun West Custom Homes designed and constructed the luxury home. The team is known for its contemporary designs, minimal decor and integration of glass and flat rooflines into each project.“Design is always maturing,” Dan says, “and with the mixture of this home’s design, the products, the lot and its overall aura, I’m hoping that when people see the finished product, they truly enjoy it and say ‘Wow, I can’t believe they could do that.’”

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When you enter the home, you are greeted by an open-layout kitchen and lounge area. A triangular Noble Grey table sits near the center of the room and helps to break up the kitchen from the sitting room.

The kitchen boasts tons of Montblanc counter space made and a subdued, modern color palette.

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An oversized waterfall island with an expansive slab of Montblanc (equipped with plenty of built-in shelving) sits in the center of the space.

If you follow the elongated kitchen counter far enough, you will make your way outdoors. The open shelving mirrored on either side of the glass pane creates a continuous flow between the outdoor and indoor areas. 
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Floor-to-ceiling panes of glass are used as walls throughout the house in order to highlight the stunning outdoor views. “Transitions between living areas will be so seamless, it’ll be hard to tell where the home’s interior ends and the outside begins,” continues Coletti.

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Across from the outdoor grill is a Raven bar area, which is the perfect location for sipping cocktails and enjoying the view-or the outdoor, mounted high-definition television.

The real show-stopper in this area, however, is the adjacent, indoor  Jet Black wet bar. The cantilevered, right-angle surface enclosing the space gives the illusion of being suspended by four cables from the ceiling. 

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A jaw-dropping fireplace sits in the common area next to the wet bar. Guests can sit on the Montblanc hearth while they take in the views.

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Outdoor fire pits can be found outside next to the infinity pool, which features color-changing lights. It’s hard not to admire the panoramic view of the Las Vegas Strip at this serene oasis.

A dining room is connected to the open concept kitchen. The large Noble Grey table sits center-stage in this minimalist, modern masterpiece.
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Wine collectors, rejoice! The back wall is covered in mirrors to highlight each bottle on display.

Next to the living room is what Sun West has coined the “Wall of Doors.” Dan Coletti was inspired to create a distinctive look for this hallway between the suite and study. The door to the owner’s suite is concealed to flush the wall.
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A vertical application of Georgian Bluffs was used for a floor-to-ceiling look to create a bold statement in the study. This unique feature is yet another example of Sun West’s ability to convey architecture as art.

Down the hallway is the master ensuite, which features a floating bed and a right-angle fireplace. The bed adds a distinctive architectural flair to the room, not to mention ensures that vacuuming is a breeze!

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Two DaVinci Custom Fireplace units were seamlessly connected to give the illusion of a single unit, augmented by a deep wraparound hearth made of Vanilla Noir. The light of the fire dances on the quartz and highlights its white veining.
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Backlit Sfumato glows in the walk-in closet and is visible from the transparent glass shower, which is complete with two shower heads. Floor-to-ceiling open cabinetry and a Vanilla Noir-topped table ensure your purses and shoes will be front and center!

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Vanilla Noir countertops enhance the sophisticated, contemporary and luxurious appearance.  

The 2019 New American Home is truly an architectural feat. Dan and his team at SunWest Custom Homes, as well as everyone involved in this project, have truly outdone themselves and we could not be happier to be involved!

For more exclusive tours: The New American Remodel 2019 |  The Commons by Tasting Table 

House Tour: The New American Remodel 2019

Welcome to the 2019 New American Remodel, a 5,800 square foot home in Henderson, Nevada, right outside Las Vegas, that blends modern design with an organic aesthetic. Sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders and Pro Remodeler, the home was debuted during this year’s International Builders’ Show and showcases what today’s luxury homebuyer wants: multigenerational living solutions, function and storage amenities, space for entertaining and low-maintenance materials.

Just as its name suggests, this home went through a serious facelift to become the beauty that it is today. When architect and remodeler Michael Gardner of Studio G Architecture got his hands on it, it was nothing more than a deteriorating 1950s ranch house surrounded by a junkyard of scattered concrete blocks, pallets and old railroad ties. But not for long. Let’s take a look inside the completed transformation.

From the moment you enter the home, the blurred lines between indoors and outdoors are evident. The first floor is arranged in a courtyard layout, with the home’s rooms facing toward the outdoor living area and pool.

Sliding glass doors disappear into the wall behind the gas fireplace, providing a seamless transition from inside to outside. Gardner designed the space so that it gets direct sunlight only the morning, minimizing solar gain during the hot Las Vegas summers and offering protection from cold winter winds.

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Opposite the outdoor living room sits a guest bedroom with its own bathroom, a space that could easily be reconfigured as a guest suite to meet the needs of homeowners looking for a multigenerational home.

In keeping with the earth tones that dominate the design, Caesarstone Fresh Concrete was chosen for the main kitchen.
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This kitchen is no jokeit features two refrigerators, four wall ovens, two induction cooktops, an eclectic grill and teppanyaki and a workstation sink with built-in cutting boards, strainers and other accessories.

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If that setup isn’t enough for you, there is a butler’s pantry next to the kitchen complete with a grill, pizza oven, built-in coffee system and an urban cultivator for growing herbs. The home was designed to support what Gardner calls the “farm-to-table” lifestyle, which is why he included a backyard garden with vegetables and fruit trees.
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The butler’s pantry also houses the mud and laundry room.
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Let’s travel upstairs, where you are greeted with an open-space loft that leads into the luxurious master suite.

The master suite is complete with a Cloudburst Concrete kitchenette, so you’re only steps away from your morning coffee!

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Travel further through the master bedroom and you’ll feel your stress start to melt away. The en suite features a high-tech spa bathroom that includes a deep soaking tub, an electronic shower and two high-tech toilets, each in its own private stall.

Cloudburst Concrete sits atop the vanities; its tonal cloud-like patina further contributes to the modern, organic feel of the house.
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The surface’s Rough finish provides a minimally reflective matte surface that works beautifully alongside the dark cabinetry.
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And wait until you see the master closet... you feel like you’re walking on a cloud in this dreamland? That’s because the island is also finished in Cloudburst Concrete, complete with a gorgeous waterfall edge.

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But that’s not all. In true indoor/outdoor style, the second floor includes a covered outdoor kitchen and dining/living area that overlooks the pool.

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With a grill, pizza oven and a big-screen TV, we’d be hard-pressed to find a better space for entertaining, especially come summertime. The Frozen Terra bartop even includes a built-in custom beer trough to ensure optimal hydration!
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Does it get any better than this?

The New American Remodel 2019 is a true showcase of innovation and design in today’s home and Caesarstone could not be more proud to have been a part of this project!

For more exclusive tours: The Commons by Tasting Table | Hank's Restaurant


The Wellness Kitchen Trend

This month, we had the pleasure of hosting our very own KBtribechat! For those of you who are unfamiliar with this Twitter chat, it was started in 2011 by Stacy Garcia, the owner of Garcia Cabinetmakers. Each Wednesday, designers, contractors and architects from around the world come together to discuss kitchen and bath design trends. For our discussion, we chose to focus on the Wellness Kitchen trend.

The desire to live healthily and our growing knowledge of how daily habits affect wellbeing are major influences on kitchen design today–and for good reason. After all, the kitchen is the heart of the home and should further our healthy lifestyle, not hinder it. That’s where the Wellness Kitchen comes in.

The Wellness Kitchen trend extends beyond just a healthy diet. It is about using advancements in technology and design to foster healthier lifestyles for our bodies, our minds and our planet. An ideal Wellness Kitchen doesn’t just feed the mind and soul with its functional, visually satisfying designs. It also encourages social interactions and environmentally friendly lifestyles.

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From residential remodeling to commercial development, there is a growing niche for wellness-focused design, creating an opportunity for designers, contractors, retailers, manufacturers and other industry professionals to contribute to a better, healthier world.

At Caesarstone, we strive to create a kitchen counter culture that contributes to and fosters healthier lifestyles, from the manufacturing plant all the way to the home. Below are the questions we posed during the chat, as well as some of our favorite answers.

From putting healthy food on public display to open-concept kitchens that encourage family interaction and food prep, there are all kinds of ways to design with wellness in mind. What does the Wellness Kitchen trend mean to you?

“Wellness Kitchen is an all-encompassing term that starts in the design phase, includes smart building material choices and ends with healthy use of the space.” -Garcia Cabinetmakers, a custom cabinet company 

“[Wellness Kitchens are] kitchens that aren’t just functional, but that make life easier to follow a lifestyle that incorporates healthy eating, emphasizes fresh food and makes storing and preparing it a priority.” - Rev-A-Shelf, a manufacturer of home storage and organization solutions

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“[There are] so many facets to the Wellness Kitchen, starting with healthful food prep, through steam cooking, sous vide, etc. Natural light and connection to outdoors [is] also key. Even acoustics, through quiet appliances and sound-absorbing finishes.” - Daniel DiClerico, a home expert and smart home strategist

"The Wellness Kitchen to us means ‘less is more.’ Less clutter; more functional storage. Less time and stress; more smart appliances. Less isolation; more interaction. Less environmental impact; more earth-friendly. Less junk food, more locally sourced food.” - HomeDecorAZ, a home decor store specializing in tiles and lighting

Design by LDa Architecture & Interiors | Architecture by Amanda Hanley|  Image by Sean Litchfield Photography | 3141 Eggshell

"Anything that encourages a more environmentally friendly lifestyle, such as including sustainable materials like wood within a kitchen design.” - DXV Canada, a company showcasing kitchen and bath appliances

"Healthy kitchen to me means a safe, clean, user-friendly area. Excellent appliances like Blanco America sinks and easy-to-clean countertops like Caesarstone are essential!”  - Deborah Mainartist and founder of the popular blog, The Pillow Goddess

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Consumers are becoming more conscious of not just their own health, but the health of the planet.  Using sustainable, green building materials is more prevalent than ever before. How do you incorporate sustainable materials/elements into your designs?

“When we specify sustainable materials, we not only select materials that are made to last, but that will last long and can be reused or recycled in many ways. We love using Caesarstone in our projects because of how it’s made, and is sustainable over time.” - Cliff and Laura Muller, interior designers and owners of Four Point Design Build

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Your kitchen should serve as a retreat, not a pressure cooker. What tips do you have for streamlining design to avoid clutter and promote minimalism?

“A place for everything and everything in its place!  Thoughtful design will help accomplish how the kitchen is used.” - Nancy Young, interior designer

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“We recommend well-appointed storage and well-lit kitchen areas. Task lighting under the cabinets and lighting within the cabinetry to both see and showcase your wares. Don’t discount natural light, which is integral in creating a warm, inviting atmosphere.” - Grass America, a kitchen, bath and office appliance manufacturer

“Designing for organization and clutter containment solutions help the kitchen stay retreat-like versus pressure cooker-like.” - Federal Brace, a manufacturer of  residential and commercial products

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 An ideal Wellness Kitchen should be easy to maintain, user-friendly for all ages and logically planned. Share your favorite Wellness Kitchen design and tell us why you love it.

“[Wellness Kitchens] are calming, warm and inviting. We definitely see this trend hitting it off this year!” - Signature Kitchen Suite, a manufacturer of luxury bath appliances

“I dream of loads of natural life to grow my herbs!” - Rev-A-Shelf, a manufacturer of home storage and organization solutions

Design by Melissa Morgan Design | 2141 Blizzard

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“A kitchen with a large pantry would be able to hold foods for every occasion and person in the house. Which means room for healthy snacks and late nite snacks!” -  MRDirect Sinks, a manufacturer of sinks, faucets and appliances for kitchen and bath

Caesarstone partnered with Dan Brunn Architecture & other green companies to create a house of the future. If you were designing a sustainable house, which materials would you use? Create your own moodboard and share.

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"Apparently, I like grays, blues, rustic, and matte black." - Choice Cabinet, a manufacturer of custom cabinets

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Are you in the design and build industry? Create your very own moodboard today to be entered to WIN TWO FREE TICKETS to the exclusive grand opening of the Dan Brunn Architecture Bridge House in early 2019!

House Tour | Sarah Gallop Design Inc.

Grab your passports and break out your cameras; it’s time for this month’s House Tour (in Canada)! We’ll be showing you around one of Sarah Gallop Design Inc.’s modern masterpieces. Sarah Gallop and her team recently completed this custom home located in North Vancouver. Sarah says the design goal was, “to create an open and airy home with clean lines and a contemporary, eye-catching use of materials.”

All photography by Paul Grdina Photography

Kick off your shoes and come on in! We’ll be starting our tour in the kitchen. This modern design features wood valances and gables that create a streamlined, contemporary look.

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Two work triangles allow for collaborative cooking and the chevron backsplash brings a bold and eclectic element to this refined design. In the words of Jimi Hendrix, “My worries seem so very small with my waterfall,”–and in this case, we’re talking about the ten-foot, four-inch-long, waterfall-edge island made from Fresh Concrete.  “The sleek sharknose edge applied to the quartz tops extends to the perimeter counters and throughout the spice kitchen,” says Sarah.

The combination of the painted white perimeter, blue island crowned with gold-finished cabinet hardware and lighting fixture details lend warmth and contrast to the contemporary, artistic space.

Additionally, the matte white refrigerator blends seamlessly with the white cabinetry to create a unified and cohesive feeling.

Who says spice kitchens can't be chic? Behind the main kitchen is this lovely space, which is perfect for extra storage and meal prep. Large white tiles and open shelving add a modern twist while Fresh Concrete counters match the main kitchen to tie the whole area together.

Let’s take a look inside the living room, which is completed by two seating areas and a classic glass dining table. Guests can gather around the built-in fireplace while they marvel at the floor-to-ceiling, marble-patterned wall.

The occasional pop of teal brings vibrancy to the sophisticated room. Additionally, the pendant light above the dining table has a reflective gold interior for an added element of luxury. Large sliding glass doors create easy access to the patio, where you can lounge rain or shine, thanks to the overhead covering.

Next up is the beautiful powder room, complete with a slab of Raw Concrete. The art featured on the wall panels adjacent to the backlit mirror provides texture and visual interest. Additionally, the floating millwork with a wall-mounted faucet and vessel sink create an open feeling. “The thick mitered quartz countertop provides a clean band of definition and perfectly ties together the unique backsplash wall application with the floor,” says Sarah.

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Once you've had a moment to marvel at the sculptural statement wall across from the wooden staircase, which transgresses all three floors of the house, we'll take a look at the master suite. 

An abundance of windows allows natural light to flood into the room during the daytime and creates an ethereal glow. Again, a simple color palette is used, which produces an air of sophistication and serenity.

Designer tip: use large scale porcelain tiles throughout a room to create an enlarging visual effect. The floating wood vanity creates warmth and an open airy feeling in conjunction with the large scale materials and glass shower enclosure. Fresh Concrete tops the modern wood vanity in a simple heavy mitered presentation. The quartz lends, “a comfortable break to the eyes, allowing other striking elements to hold the spotlight,” says Sarah.

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After you've finished freshening up in the gorgeous master bath, we'll grab a cocktail at the at-home bar. A sleek design coupled with the large sliding glass doors allows the beautiful outdoor landscaping to shine through.

Who doesn’t want an at-home theatre? The Sarah Gallop Design Inc. team makes this childhood dream a reality with this elegant media room. The room is perfect for gathering friends and catching up on recent movies before the Oscars.

Move over maple syrup and Granville Island, Vancouver has a new main attraction! From the bold architectural framework to the stunning interior, this gorgeous house from Sarah Gallop Interior Design Inc. is a sleek masterpiece.


For more Exclusive Tours: The Commons by Tasting Table |  Emblem Condos by Buzzuto 

Designer Spotlight | M Monroe Design

In this month's Designer Spotlight, we’ll be taking a look at a design firm that is the essence of New York-chic: M Monroe Design. The full service, New York-based interior design studio is known for its attention to detail and sophisticated yet comfortable designs. Michala Monroe founded the company in 2009 and describes her company’s style as modern, warm, minimal and timeless.

Let’s dive right in with a look at this gorgeous Brooklyn kitchen on Carroll Street, an area fondly referred to by locals as “Little France.”  An open space layout and large glass doors let in plenty of natural sunlight and creates a bright and airy space perfect for parties and gatherings.

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The modern design is set off with dark wood cabinetry, which contrasts beautifully with the Blizzard countertops. A patterned tile backsplash in a neutral hue creates visual interest without overwhelming the eye.

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Next up on our design adventure tour is a vivacious Brooklyn kitchen on Cobble Hill, which was completed in 2017.

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Hello, periwinkle! The cabinet color brings tons of personality to the small space while remaining modern and vibrant. M Monroe Design ties the room together with Ocean Foam counters, which complement the bold pattern of the seating and whimsical light fixture.

Architecture by Baxt Ingui | 6141 Ocean Foam

Architecture by Baxt Ingui | 6141 Ocean Foam

If neutral kitchens are more your speed, M Monroe Design does that as well. The design team made sure every square inch of this Harlem kitchen was put to good use. Floor-to-ceiling cabinetry allows for maximum storage while the subtle, light colors used make the space feel larger and open. 

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The Statuario Maximus counters bring a flare of sophistication and luxury. Meanwhile, the subway-tiled backsplash creates a modern and organized feel. 

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Speaking of backsplashes, check out this unique kitchen design. The round, abstract nature of the backsplash complements the simplicity of the white kitchen, which is offset with wooden cabinets.


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The crisp and fresh look of the cream-colored Eggshell counters looks right at home in this design.

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Designer tip: if you use a classic color scheme like white, black and grey, it allows you more liberty to get creative with patterns. An intricate tile pattern is used as a backsplash at the kitchen peninsula and behind the stove and sink in this design. The subtle speckles of grey in the Ocean Foam counters create further visual intrigue.  

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Who said a white kitchen has to be boring? The built-in wine cubbies in this kitchen are a fun and creative conversation starter for any party. The Frozen Terra countertops are fused with irregular translucent aggregate and fine black basalt, which creates a fresh and dynamic look.

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M Monroe Design consistently creates and executes modern, sophisticated designs that maximize storage and are built for function. Their beautiful designs have us ready to whip up a Cosmo and watch Sex and the City! The firm is taking the New York interior design world by storm and adding a flare of effortless sophistication to every design they create. Be sure to keep an eye out for what this talented firm creates next.

For more Designer Spotlights: Madison Taylor Design | Feinmann

Exclusive Venue Tour | The Commons by Tasting Table

Despite its name, the beautiful space by Tasting Table is anything but common. The Commons is an airy loft in SoHo/Manhattan and was designed with community, conversation and culture in mind. Tasting Table, a modern media brand for food and drink enthusiasts, decided to create a one-of-a-kind venue perfect for hosting events that marry food and culture. “Food isn't just food anymore. It's intertwined with art, fashion, music, books and more,” says a representative from Tasting Table.

The talented team at FLOAT Studio designed all 2,500 square feet of the private space, which is complete with Western exposure, 12-foot ceilings and a skylight. FLOAT Studio captured the essence of Tasting Table’s culture while ensuring the space looked modern, warm and inviting.

"Aesthetically, we tried to do something that wasn't too masculine or too feminine—gender neutral. We maintained what you need for events while not losing that Tasting Table touch and having some personality in it," says Barbara Giacoman, a junior designer at FLOAT Studio.

Let’s start our tour off in our favorite room: the kitchen. Matte burgundy cabinets bring a refined flair to this dynamic space. The FLOAT Studio team wanted to keep the rest of the kitchen neutral, however. “When you’re working with food, gearing toward neutrals helps to highlight what you’re doing,” says Brad Sherman, a partner at FLOAT Studio.

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This brings us to the pièce de résistance, the Frozen Terra countertops and backsplash. “The creamy color was ideal to contrast the burgundy, the black outlines [between the cabinets] and the black outlets,” continues Brad.

The matte ivory finish speckled with charcoal and silver adds lightness and dimension to the design. Since The Commons is going to be used for hosting plenty of events, the FLOAT Studio team wanted to be sure they used only the best, must durable materials.

“Function leads the design process,” says Brad. “[It] is the number one thing to understand [to know] how clients are going to move through the space." That’s why they decided to work with Caesarstone, whose quartz is virtually maintenance-free and comes with a lifetime warranty.

Additionally, tambour wall coverings were used throughout the space to add warmth and texture.

Let’s pop over to the lounge area which features an electric, royal-blue sofa. The stand out design elements incorporated throughout The Commons ensure there will be no shortage of conversation starters for the lucky guests.

A touch of greenery adds freshness and life while the wall of mirrors is a clever trick to make the room appear more spacious. Bar tables and stools are incorporated for an easy place for guests to sip on martinis and discuss the latest food trends.

The Commons can comfortably accommodate 30 people for a sit-down dinner and 75 for a walk-around tasting. The army green chairs at the oversized wooden dining table add a refreshing pop of color without competing with the bold, blue sofa.

A grand skylight opens up the space while overhead potted-plants radiate effervescence. The army green color used in the dining room is carried through to this sit-down area in conjunction with blush pillows and stools. Whether it’s rain or shine, guests can enjoy a view of the New York skies while remaining indoors.

“It feels like you are in a warm, comfortable environment that has a unique personality," says Brad. "There's nothing like this that exists. It really is a unique, one-of-a-kind space." We couldn’t agree more! One thing is certain: we know where we’ll be hosting all of our future wine-and-dine gatherings. Schedule your next event at The Commons!

For more reveals: Bonjour Fete's Storefront Reveal | Chanel Dror's Guest House Reveal

Designer Spotlight | Madison Taylor Design

You might remember Madison Taylor Design from one of our previous House Tours, where the talented design team renovated a truly extraordinary home in Barrie, Ontario with the help of a few slabs of 8531 Blue Agate. Well, we couldn't get enough of their showstopping designs, so we're shining the spotlight on them once again!

The firm was founded in 2010 and is based out of Ontario, Canada. Madison Taylor is known for providing designs that are creative, memorable and seamlessly unexpected. They have a track record of surpassing expectations and achieving extraordinary results.

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With an in-house staff of interior designers, architectural technologists, an OAA architect and other subject matter experts, Madison Taylor can provide a full service, integrated design team while creating a personalized relationship for each and every client.

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For example, the firm created this truly unique design for RIPE JUICERY, an all plant-based, organic and unpasteurized juice company. Raw Concrete adorns the exquisite chevron-patterned cashier stand, which is highlighted by the copper overhead lighting.

4004 Raw Concrete

If modern minimalism is more your style, Madison Taylor can do that, too.  This kitchen achieves a fresh, clean look with the help of a Noble Grey adorned island and contemporary chairs.

5211 Noble Grey

“Madison thinks outside of the box when working with each individual client and strays away from the ‘cookie cutter’ look by using unique and creative design concepts with our inside/out approach," says Alexis Farrell, a team member at Madison Taylor Design.

In the past, the firm has used Caesarstone's Concetto collection to help create one-of-a-kind, unforgettable spaces.  The petrified wood look of Albero takes center-stage in this kitchen while playing off of the eclectic, iridescent lighting.
8330 Albero

A pop of indigo from the tufted couch in this home plays against the gold accents used in the cabinetry and exhaust hood. Meanwhile, the Pure White countertops help to balance out the design.


1141 Pure White

Madison Taylor Design chooses to incorporate Caesarstone into their designs because each piece provides the space they are creating with a unique look that brings the entire design together. “Our clients are always blown away with the look, feel and quality of Caesarstone products,” says Alexis.
1141 Pure White

1141 Pure White

Madison Taylor consistently creates and executes designs that are custom-made for each individual client. Their ideas are fresh and innovative while remaining comfortable and made for easy-living. Whether you want a whimsical space or a clean and simple sanctuary, Madison Taylor can do it all.

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