Kitchen Neutrals Pinterest Board….

While I was attending Modenus’ BlogtourNYC last month, we were invited by Blanco, Silestone and Poggenpohl to enter a Pinterest contest that they were opening up to the bloggers on the tour.

We were asked to make a Pinterest Board entitled “Kitchen Neutrals” that reflected the neutral trend in products and materials that we saw during BlogtourNYC.  So this would include, grays, whites, soft taupes, grieves and ivories and along with these colours, I included texture in the form of wicker, wood and other natural materials.

And to my surprise my board won the contest! Woo Hoo!

Click the image below to see my winning board and you can follow me along on Pinterest by clicking here or by clicking on the Pinterest icon on my sidebar.

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Thanks Silestone, Blanco and Poggenpohl and of course, Modenus, who made it all possible!

HAPPY WEEKEND!

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National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA)

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One of the sponsors of the recent #BlogtourNYC was the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).  The fact that a National Association is willing to be a sponsor for Modenus’ b#BlogtourNYC was quite an eyeopener to me.  They are obviously realizing that blogging has become the newest form of media and the perfect way to get their message out to the wider audience.

The NKBA is a not-for-profit trade association that owns the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS).  It has nearly 60,000 members and educates and leads the kitchen and bath industry since it was founded in 1963 (and yes, that means it is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary this year).

The key NKBA message is to –

KNOW the value of working with a trained design professional.  
Why should you work with a designer? Many think it is an extravagant or unnecessary expense, but yet we have all heard of the horror stores of the homeowner who “did it on their own”.  Time and money do NOT have to be wasted when embarking on a renovation or design project, this is what a professional is for, to direct, advise and set you on the correct path.
We know the best approach to getting a design project off the ground and where and when to spend your money.  We have the education and continuing education to stay on top of what’s happening in the design industry and which products and trends can best suit your needs and wants.

 

Victoria + Albert inspiration…..

Whenever, I’m planning a space, the first things I look for are the statement pieces, in a living room that may mean the sofa or fireplace.  In a bedroom, it would be the bed and headboard, so it makes sense that in the bathroom it is going to be the bathtub.

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Victoria + Albert‘s tubs are perfect when you are seeking inspiration or a starting off point. Once you have the bath sorted out, you can move on to the tiles, fixtures and lighting.  Keep in mind that these lovely baths are made out Englishcast, which is a finely ground volcanic limestone mixed with resin. It allows each tub to be made from one piece and is finished by hand.  It is naturally white with a gloss finish and has excellent stain resistance, a huge plus in the bathroom.

These are just a few that I would love to incorporate in a breathtaking bathroom.

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 The Calbrits

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or the Toulouse below.

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And I was lucky enough to try out the very comfortable Calbrits while at the Architectural Digest Home Show.

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So which one would you use?

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BlogtourNYC Day 4…..

With the weather Gods still smiling upon us, the last touring day of BlogtourNYC begins. After a late brunch, we were off to visit DecorNYC.

This is New York City’s only luxury consignment store and boy, if I lived in this city, I would so be a regular here.  And if you look closely, those white leather swivel chairs at the bottom are Hermes!

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After a lovely lunch provided by DecorNYC we were off for a leisurely stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge.  I have visited New York City a few times, but this was my first time to get up close and personal with the bridge.

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A view of the bloggers taking pictures and the sights and sounds of New York!

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And some pictures from the Brooklyn Bridge.

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And New Yorkers have adopted the European tradition of writing lovers names on a lock, attaching it to part of the bridge and throwing the key into the water.  How romantic!

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And with our little jaunt over the Brooklyn Bridge we are in Brooklyn, specifically DUMBO.  DUMBO, which stands for Down Under Manhattan’s Brooklyn Overpass is the name for this area that houses many creative studios and artisans.  It is an up and coming area and has many interesting and diverse buildings and characters.
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And here Tim is showing us exactly where we are, which was the norm for the entire trip :)    Cobblestone streets, old brick buildings, tons of character and imperfection everywhere.PicMonkey Collage

We met with Karen Auger of Auger Agency, she was gracious enough to give us a guided tour even though it was Saturday and her day off.  Karen is the lady behind Brooklyn Designs, a design show specifically for products created and manufactured in Brooklyn. It has become a design destination and if you are going to be in the area between May 10-12, 2013 (at the St. Ann’s Warehouse), be sure and check it out.

First up, we stopped into Christopher Coleman Interior Design and we were shown his colourful and fun art pieces. These bookends below, show how the colours have been all layered together to form one complete piece.

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Then we were off once again, to visit with Mark Jupiter at his studio. Talented and handsome to boot!

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Mark constructs out of materials sourced from the history of New York City itself.  It can be old growth Redwood for a 100 year old New York City water tower, rare spalted Elm from trees that fell during the Brooklyn tornado of 2011 or extinct Heart Pine from Brooklyn’s Red Hook refinery, all are used by Mark to create handcrafted pieces of beauty and workmanship.

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Now you’ll have to indulge me as I attempted some artsy photos while I was at Mark’s studio.

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Next, off to Eric Manigian’s Studio.  Another talented carpenter, Eric was the creator of the Enso table, which was shown at Brooklyn Designs in 2011, to much acclaim.

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Enso Table is a new large-scale table inspired by the Zen Buddhist symbol “enso”-a simple circle drawn with a single, broad brushstroke as a symbol of infinity, void, and enlightenment.

In Mark’s words,

“Enso Table will be a dramatic circular table 15-16 feet in diameter, with the wood’s gestural natural edge exposed. The lumber to be used comes from a salvaged spalted maple tree acquired earlier this year.
In these boards the “spalt” refers to the black lines created by this diseased tree. These expressive lines can be seen as evoking ink brush painting and calligraphy. The table itself connects slabs of spalted maple to form the enso’s circular shape using traditional hand joinery techniques used by Japanese temple builders with whom I had the opportunity to work with on occasion over the last several years.”
 

If you are attending this year’s Brooklyn Designs, be sure to look for Christopher, Mark and Eric.

Again, some artsy photos, courtesy of Eric’s studio.

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Again, we grabbed some cabs to head to Chelsea Piers for our night time tour around Manhattan on the boat aptly named, “Manhattan”.

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Breathtaking views, a delicious dinner, wine and great company.  What a perfect way for BlogtourNYC to end, not that any of us wanted it to end.

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Thank you Veronika and Tim of Modenus, Mr. Steam, Miele, Silestone, Blanco, Jenn-Air, Du Verre Hardware, NKBA, Barber Wilson, for this absolutely wonderful and inspiring time.  I am honoured to have been included in such a talented group of bloggers and these memories will last a lifetime.  Cheers!

 

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All photos not credited are my own, please credit me, if using.

Du Verre Hardware in White…..

So with all the talk these days about the new neutrals and white making a huge comeback, I’d thought I’d share one of the most elegant white hardware I’ve seen in a very long while.

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This is the Arroyo collection from designer William Harvey and it is produced by BlogtourNYC sponsor, Du Verre Hardware.  I had the privilege of seeing it in person while in New York.

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It has an architectural feeling and is so elegant and sculptural. I’ve shown it here in white, but it is also available in oil rubbed bronze and satin nickel.

Made from environmentally friendly recycled aluminium it is compatible with LEED objectives.

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I can just picture these against pale wood cabinetry with white quartz countertops.  Where would you use them?

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