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Design Trends and Ideas

Learning Every Day

You can learn something new every day.  I was recently in Denver and visited the oldest Denver hotel still in operation: The Oxford on 17th Street, downtown.  I love and appreciate the thoughtfulness, detail, and craftsmanship that went into the 127-year-old hotel.  Below is a photograph of The Oxford’s lobby floor.  The pattern on the tiled floor is a double pinwheel – the first that I have seen.  Back in the day, the craftsmen even used locally-sourced stone .  You will need a fairly large space to pull it off, but in the right space, such a double-pinwheel pattern would make a grand statement.

Aging in Place

Yesterday, Sally Carpenter was a guest lecturer at a two-day seminar offered by the Greater Capital Association of Realtors.©  The seminar’s creator – Lisbeth Calandrino of Fabulous Floors magazine – asked Sally to speak at the seminar.  Sally spoke on how to best adapt one’s home to best facilitate “aging in place” and allowing an aging homeowner to stay his or her home for as long as possible.  Among other matters, Sally addressed flooring, kitchen, and bathroom accessibility changes that can greatly improve a home’s livability for seniors.  Sally will be attending the upcoming lecture by Lynda G. Shrager, author of Age in Place: A Guide to Modifying, Organizing and Decluttering Mom and Dad’s Home.  That lecture will be held at The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza at 6 pm on Thursday, May 3rd.     See you there?

Adirondack Bath

Wood-look, porcelain tile on shower ceiling and walls in Adirondack bathroom. Slate-look, porcelain tile on floor in rustic bathroom.Wood on shower walls?  Not realistically possible, until the advent of wood-look, porcelain tile. Recently, we have worked with several clients who wanted to bring the warm look of wood into their showers.  Check out these two photographs of a just-completed, Adirondack bathroom.  Note the gorgeous, rustic, white-washed, wood-look, porcelain tile on both the shower walls and ceiling. Also note that our client selected a slate-look, porcelain tile for the bathroom floor.  Rustic, coherent, beautiful and low maintenance.

 

Future Interior Designers Come to Visit

Earlier this week, our own in-house designer, Sarah Carpenter, ASID gave Sage College Interior Design students hands-on experience with some of the tile, stone and wool carpet that they one day will specify.  If you know of a group that would be interested in a similar presentation, give us a call.

Sage Interior Design students reach out to touch stone tile.

A ‘Green’ Success Story

We could sense it coming . . . Clients asking for ‘green’ . . . With very few ‘green’ selections available in the tile, carpet, or rug world right now, it has been a challenging color request to fulfill.  But here’s a ‘green’ success story!  It’s not Pantone ‘Greenery’ (2017 Color of the Year), but ‘green’ nonetheless . . . This is a semi-polished porcelain with a metallic-look glaze and lots of color variation and drama . . .

 

 

And the color of the year is?

The answer is, it depends on who you ask . . . The paint manufacturers have stepped-up first . . . Sherwin Williams announced ‘Poised Taupe’ (SW6039) as its 2017 color of the year a few weeks ago.  PPG recently announced ‘Violet Verbena’ (1169-5) as its color of the year, and Benjamin Moore followed up with ‘Shadow’ (2117-30) as its color of the year for 2017 – all are much more colorful deviations from last year’s ‘Alabaster’ (SW7008) and ‘Simply White’ (2143-70).

 

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Pantone is the ultimate color authority – its color of the year announcement is not due for another few weeks so we’ll wait . . . I’m betting on a shade of blue . . .

Out on a Color Limb

Looking forward to the announcement of the new color(s) of the year for 2017 . . . Will we see the same neutral shades and the lack of color commitment from the color gurus or will they venture out on a color limb and choose a real color?  I think that we will see some shade of blue in the color mix . . . Blue is really a neutral, too . . . Think of your ‘blue’ jeans – you can wear any color with them – dress them up or dress them down . . . Has gray run its course?  We will know in a few short weeks . . . What do you think? I would be interested to hear your color thoughts . . .

Neutrals Still Rule

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Neutrals are still going strong in the tile world.  We love this neutral ‘greige’ bathroom with the subtle geometric herringbone mosaic pattern on the bath floor and feature wall behind the vanity.  Paired with the large-scale 12″x24″ stone tiles of the same color on the tub walls, the contrast in scale helps to balance vibe in this small space.

Bring in the New

We are designing and building some new design panels for the showroom to help our clients vizualize style, scale, and color. With the new displays, you will see some of our go-to combinations wtih timeless styles and colors and others that will demonstrate our creativity with current trends . . . Below is the first panel with one of our go-to combinations. Now it’s time to choose a coordianting paint color . . . We like Benjamin Moore #1565 Mount Saint Anne. We hope to have this new display ready for the showroom next week!

Bring in the new

White Decors with Subway Tile

From Dwell magazine, five white decors designed using subway tile (and one floor that is a little too busy for us).
From that Dwell magazine article, we really like the contrast of the black window frame in the photo below – crisp and striking with the white subway tile.

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