Poggenpohl and the new neutrals….

One of Modenus’ BlogtourNYC sponsors was Poggenpohl.  After visiting their fabulous showroom,  and seeing the sleek beauty and efficiency of their cabinetry, I dug a little deeper to find out more about Poggenpohl.

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Did you know that Poggenpohl is the oldest kitchen brand in the world? It was started in 1892 in the heart of Germany by Friedemir Poggenpohl, who’s motto “improve the kitchen” has continued to inspire this brand.

They created the first unit kitchen, the first island kitchen and the first white lacquer furniture.  That’s alot of firsts! They are now available in more than 70 countries and are still representing tradition and perfection in kitchen making around the world.

Poggenpohl kitchens are built to last a lifetime and they have become iconic in their quest for perfection.  Each kitchen starts with a blank piece of paper and is custom built in collaboration with their clients to make unique one of a kind kitchens, that are perfect for each home.

Once your kitchen is created you are given a personalized service card and all your kitchen information is stored so that the highest level of services can be achieved throughout your kitchen’s long, long, lifetime.

One of the trends that the kitchen and bath industry has been noticing, as well as those of us who work in design, is the emergence of what we are calling the new neutrals.  That would be gray, greige (a combination of gray and beige), white, and I think, also the natural colours of stone, concrete, wood as well as other natural textures (think sisal, wicker, coral, twigs, etc….)

Poggenpohl partnered up with Hearst Publishing and their Designer Visions Showhouse in Tribeca, NYC which featured their kitchens in every unit.  This image below is the modern loft kitchen, designed by Anthony Todd, and featured in Veranda, with cabinetry by Poggenpohl, Jenn-Air appliances, Silestone quartz counters and Ann Sacks tile.

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Benjamin Moore paint, Night Shades and Silver Fox (one of my favourites to use), was used for the walls and showcases more of the new neutrals trend, moody and warm grays.  Mirrored Ann Sacks tiles as the backsplash, help to bring some sparkle to the space.  I love how the fixtures are all neutral, but pops of  red and pink were added, and those stunning windows certainly don’t hurt either.

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If you want to see even more on this gorgeous apartment, click on this link to Veranda’s site to watch a video.

And you can also view the videos for designers Matthew Patrick Smyth for Elle Décor’s apartment makeover and here for House Beautiful’s apartment done by designer David Rockwell.  All of them feature Poggenpohl cabinetry, Jenn-Air appliances, Silestone quartz countertops and Ann Sacks tile. Enjoy!



BlogtourNYC Day 1…..

DSC_0170 So everyone has been asking how the Modenus’ BlogtourNYCwas and I have to say it was so amazing, inspirational and motivating.  I am not too sure where to start, so when in doubt, as my english teacher used to say, start at the beginning.

After arriving in the late afternoon, quickly dropping off my luggage at the hotel, we did a brisk walk to a nearby Isabella’s and then set about chatting up a storm, getting to know everyone.

image3Photo courtesy of Isabella’s.

Here’s the menu for my foodie friends.


I, of course, took a pic of this gorgeous dessert, which I promptly devoured.

It was an early evening as many bloggers were from across the pond, so there was a tad bit of jet lag setting in (can you hear my British accent here?)

So, the actual first day started the next morning.  We were up and at them to visit the Poggenpohl Showroom on Park Avenue to feast on a breakfast buffet sponsored by Poggenpohl, Blanco and Cosentino (Silesto

Poggenpohlbrunch All above photos courtesy of Poggenpohl/Blanco/Silestone (Cosentino)
brunch                              Photos Lisa Goulet Design & courtesy of Poggenpohl/Blanco/Silestone 

It was then a quick walk to the next stop, Michael Aram’s Showroom .  Pure beauty and craftsmanship here and Michael was kind enough to talk to us about how he found his passion and he even showed us some of his new items that he is working on.

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Myself, Veronika Miller and Michael Aram – Photo credit – Courtney Mullins Price 

Then it was off again, this time in a luxurious coach with leather bucket seats, supplied to us by Corcoran Real Estate and Miele.  Guess where we were going?  Luxurious real estate for sale in the big apple! Places that we could only dream about getting an inside view of.


And yes, that is a bubble chair on the left!  Carrier and Company are the designers of the above loft. Take a peek at what you could be waking up to, if you lived there!


After much oohing and ahhing and a little bit of drooling, we were off to the next stop which was the Miele Showroom.  And if you are like me and always trying to remember how to pronounce Miele, I picked up a great tip, it rhymes with Tequila.  Now, you’ll never mispronounce it again 🙂

We were spoiled with an absolutely decadent dinner in the absolutely beautiful Miele showroom.


Me, Irene & Heather at Miele                                                           Photo credit – Courtney Mullins Price

All the delicious food was courtesy of Chef Joey Campanaro of Little Owl, to see more photos of the event and the food,  like Miele on FB and you can check out their gallery, photographed by the talented Courtney Mullins Price.

And so that was the end of Day 1…tired yet?

All photos not credited are my own.


WOW, what a trip!

I’m back from BlogtourNYC and my head is just aswirling with all the inspiration, motivation, information and ideas that came out of those incredible five design filled days.

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I can’t thank Veronika and Tim from Modenus enough for the fabulous itinerary they planned and for making sure none of us got lost along the way…not an easy feat with all our design ADD.  They and the fabulous BlogtourNYC sponsors took such great care of us…such great care that my jeans were just a little tight coming back…sigh…..even with all that walking.

It was truly a delight to meet all the other bloggers on the trip.  I am now dreaming of many trips to Europe, just so I can visit with Gem, Louisa, Kate, Emily, Zoe, Heather, Tim, Munter, Ricarda and Desiree.  And those in North America aren’t getting off easy either, I’m already scheduled in to see Lori in LA and Irene in Sonoma Valley very soon.  And I think I need to add Florida, Chicago and North Carolina to the list as well.

I need some time to process everything and to go through about a million…well, ok…about a thousand photos and figure out which ones will make the cut.

Stay tuned, I have tons to blog about….



Country House Dream Bath

And for the last instalment of my Dream Home series, this is my Country House Dream Bath.   It would be so absolutely dreamy to have all this!

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First off, I have to include, Mr. Steam…I mean once, you have it in one house, you’d have to have it in every house thereafter…right?   Click on the link below to check out their newest video showcasing their steam shower.







The sleek  little control panel on the wall is as easy as your smart phone to operate.  It features temperature controls, duration, aromatherapy, chromatherapy and music, which are all hidden until needed.  It’s also available in both black and white.  The iSteam steamheads are design to match and are cool to the touch.  And there is even an iGenie ,which is an optional molded wireless control which remotely preheats the steam shower from up to 100 feet away.

As I mentioned in my City House Dream Bath post, be sure to visit their website to see the full range of products and accessories, including towel warmers and shower seats.   The interactive planner where you can pick and choose your accessories is great to use and they even have some at home spa treatment recipes you can try.


And I’ve been drooling over the Cabrits bath from Victoria + Albert ever since I saw it.  It’s elegant and organic all at once, its really pure perfection.  Contoured to fit your body but as you can see below, two can fit as well!

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This bath, as are all Victoria + Albert baths, is made from Englishcast, which is a finely ground volcanic limestone mixed with resin. This allows each tub to be made from one piece, hand finished, warm to the touch with excellent insulation properties.  It has a naturally white, gloss finish with excellent stain resistance and it is incredibly strong.   As it is a solid material, internal scratches simply polish out and it’s even drillable for plumbing considerations. Victoria_Albert_Cabrits_US1


Together with these gorgeous matching Cabritis 55 vessel basins, the bath is almost complete.



Of course, we still need faucets, so I’m going with this beauty from Barber Wilsons Co Ltd, with the Regency china lever handle in the weathered bronze finish, just like the kitchen.





The finishing touch is always the hardware and again, looking at Du Verre Hardware.


I would choose the lovely Lotus knobs, in the oil rubbed bronze finish to go with the gorgeous faucets.



 So there you have it my Country House Dream Bath, courtesy of Modenus’ Blogtour NYC sponsors.

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If you want to hear even more about Blogtour and what we’ll be up to, click here to read all about it direct from Veronika at Modenus.  Be sure to follow me along on Modenus’ BlogtourNYC on twitter, FB, Instagram and of course, right here.


Country House Dream Kitchen

Now, for the Country House Dream Kitchen.  Keep in mind, that I have a pine log home in the country and that is where I’m picturing this kitchen.

Poggenpohl logo (with transparency)

So to offset all the wood that is in the home, I would choose a white bright kitchen.  This traditional one from Poggenpohl would be perfect in that setting, I’m loving all the glass cabinet fronts and yes, I would etch them so you couldn’t see the mess inside.  I would also add some open shelving to help break up all the cabinetry.


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And on top of all these beautiful cabinetry. I would be all over this new colour in Silestone’s Nebula series, Lyra.  It looks just like marble but without all the upkeep and in the suede finish it would be just perfect.


And then on the island I would add some Cygnus, also in a suede finish, to bring in a little more coolness to all the orangey/yellow pine.


Isn’t it beautiful in the suede finish below?

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Next off, one of these induction cooktops for when I have to actually cook.  This baby cleans up easily and only heats when there is a pot on it.  So cool and with the 36″ model you have plenty of elements for when the entire family comes over (for me that is 26!!!)


Next up would be two of these beautiful refrigerators, because we go through lots of food and drinks up there and it’s my dream….so I want TWO!





Now for some other cooking love, how about one of these combi-steam ovens from Miele.  Convention, steam and a combination of both if you want.  I think a turkey would be cooked to perfection in one of these!



And also a must have, especially with all the over night guests up there, a built in coffee system. But I have to admit I’d be using it for tea lattes and hot chocolates.


And for the preparation and clean up, I would be all over Blanco’s fireclay farm house apron sink.

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I would be topping this off with the 1010 kitchen bridge faucet from Barber Wilsons and Co Ltd. in the Regent style in a beautiful weathered bronze finish.



And of course, the last little detail is the hardware.  And DuVerre Hardware does not disappoint.



I am all over these ones, the Lotus from designer, William Harvey, yet again.


C-WHL08-ORB Elegant and organic they are the perfect thing for a sophisticated country house, and in the oil rubbed bronze finish, these handles and knobs would be perfection!

So there you have it my Country House Dream Kitchen, when are you coming over?


Next and last up, my Country House Dream Bath!

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