Inspiration in the Studio

Southern Studio in Vegas! Design and Construction Week!

What a week!  Martha and I traveled to Las Vegas and enjoyed a few days of design inspiration. This year, the NAHB International Builders Show (IBS) combined efforts with the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) for what is now known as Design and Construction Week!  Let’s just say that it was a feast for the eyes….and we’re happy to share our highlights!


The possibilities in cabinetry today are endless and we were excited to see the creativity flowing from some of our favorite lines.  Open shelving, glass details, functional storage, painted finishes in a variety of colors (Martha loved the yellow island), and designs for specialty spaces are the trends we noticed.


The new pumice finish (a beautiful warm gray stain) from Dynasty Cabinetry was a favorite find! It’s available in several wood species….love it.


We always make sure to focus on function before we begin the aesthetics of any design. Well, the functional options we now have in bathroom cabinetry should make everyone happy!  Check out the fabulous new cabinetry and storage options from the new Jacquard Collection by Kohler (I promise the configuration options, finish selections, and attention to detail are unbelievable….even electric outlets on roll-out shelves)!  We were really excited to see the new “medicine cabinet” by Decora too (notice the slide-out feature).


Countertops continue to evolve with beautiful new finishes. We loved the Ocean finish from Silestone! Caesarstone had some unique countertops options too.  The embossed texture of the Motivo Collection has endless possibilities! The Concetto Collection was amazing….imagine the character of semi-precious stones blended into a luxury stone surface (beware, it does come with a price tag but it would be worth the splurge to make a serious design statement).


We loved the variety of ways we found LED lighting being used. Check out the glass countertop lit with LED.  And the beautiful glow created in the back of these wine cubbies!


Our favorite sinks were a “sustainable blend of natural materials” (think jute and concrete) to make the perfect lightweight concrete vessels for the kitchen and bath. The NativeStone Collection by Native Trails was amazing.


We were thrilled with the natural textures of the new introductions by Daltile.


All types of hardware (door hardware, cabinet hardware, bath hardware) become the jewelry of every house. We can’t wait to use the many new options from Emtek. The crystal is seriously stunning!


We were so impressed by the many architectural grill options available. The creative ideas were flowing on how we could incorporate these unique details into kitchens, wall screens, outdoor spaces, and kids rooms….lots of brainstorming happening!


We also enjoyed the many new options in building materials….especially windows and doors. My favorite are the sliding and stackable doors like these from NanaWall and Kolbe. With outdoor living so popular in our culture, these doors join our indoor living spaces with the outdoors beautifully (but, once again, a definite splurge)!


With so much cultured stone being used in construction now, there are many possibilities.  We noticed a definite shift to the cleaner lines and smaller profiles of rough-cut stacked stone.


We spent a bit of time exploring the over-the-top design of the many casinos….travel is always a great source of inspiration! We especially want to thank a few of the fantastic people who helped make the trip extra special….our Delta and Brizo Faucet rep (Brizo is one of my all-time favorite faucet lines) and the team at Houzz (this site is amazing for anyone building or remodeling and we were so thankful to spend time with them).


As the saying goes, “What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas!” We hope that this does not hold true for our experience….we can’t wait to bring our favorite finds back to our clients!


"Fashion Passionates" in Charleston

I just returned from a fabulous trip to Charleston, South Carolina!  Brizo, the exclusive designer plumbing line by Delta Faucet, hosted a wonderful group of designers and showroom consultants for two days during Charleston’s Fashion Week.  Brizo (Greek Goddess of Dreams and Protector of Mariners) invited us to attend product training and research development, led by their Industrial Designer, Seth Fritz.  It was fascinating to get a peek into the world of product development and actually have someone listen (pleasant surprise)!  Brizo faucets are considered fashion statements for the home and therefore, they are big sponsors of fashion designers!  I’m looking forward to seeing which new products actually make it to market (I already have a bathroom designed in my mind using one of the prototypes).  The meetings were followed by an incredible evening of runway shows filled with models, make-up, and gorgeous clothes.


A few of the beautiful fashions….male and female!


I always like to watch the many photographers and their cameras hard at work.


My absolute favorite showroom consultant from Ferguson, Robin Campbell, and an awesome Brizo Sales Representative, Ginger Bunn (celebrating her 29th birthday)!


As an added bonus, my daughter, Jackie, was able to join me on the trip (spring break came at the perfect time).  She and Robin were practicing their modeling poses.


Below are a few bathrooms I have designed using Brizo products.  Don’t you love the crystal finial detail?


This wall-mount Tresa faucet works beautifully in so many designs….another one of my favorites!


Thank you, Brizo, for a hosting a superb event!