Tri Tone Kitchen Has Style


Tri Tone Kitchen

This simple and classic Elkay-Design-Craft kitchen caught my eye this morning curtesy of Kitchen & Bath Business. While I’m known for my very modern designs, the combination of cool and serene colors with the delicate cabinet embellishments made me take a second look. As KB&B stated, “The Barcelona features clean, simple lines, while the Valencia has a solid-wood raised center panel and bridges the gap between transitional and traditional design.” I would love to specify these Barcelona & Valencia cabinets for a custom kitchen project.


London Retail Therapy: Sensual and Feminine


Designer Christopher Jenner designed this sensual and feminine perfumery for Penhaligon. Bordering the Mayfair district, this Regent Street shoppe is almost 100% bespoke. The designer chose bold fuchsia and cool mint as his dominant colors. To this he added warm walnut floors and white millwork. I am especially drawn to the padded walls and glass ceiling. Ooo la la!

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Trending Now: Coastal

Not to be confused with Beach Style, Coastal reflects key choices of modern art, ocean elements, wovens and glass. Mix in leather for a high-low style.


Similar trunk baskets are available at Napa Home & Garden. Pillows are by Square Feathers, table is Oggetti, area rug is by Capel, sofa is Massoud, lighting is Troy Lighting, and table lights are by Barbara Cosgrove.

Finish Boards: Help Your Clients Visualize The End Result


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CLIENTS LOVE PICTURES! Not everyone is visual thinker… WHAT?! Yep, some of us are numbers people. Some of us aren’t. Some of us are more visual and need to see imagery to understand how something will look. So, often times … Continue reading


Historical Staffordshire Plate of

A medium dark blue Staffordshire transfer ware plate depicting a grand view of New York’s city hall. New York’s population was mushrooming when this still standing example of Georgian Architecture was begun in 1810. It was a time when the population was less than 40,000. New Yorkers must have marveled at what then would have been a great symbol of their increasing prosperity. Construction took two years to complete which would be a marvel even with today’s advanced industrial equipment. The plate is part of the production of Ridgway’s “Beauties of America” series.

via Historical Staffordshire Plate of “City Hall, New York” at 1stdibs.

Fashionable Finishes that Will Turn You Green with Envy

No one can resist colored glass, especially when it’s employed as a finish. I loved this doorknob so much I dissected it. Its color still mesmerizes me!


The maker of this emerald green retro antique glass doorknob employs rhythm by repetition, progression and radiation in both the pull and base. In support of the knob’s circular design principles, the designer chose a round pull, base, and stem. As such, the form of this doorknob occupies a cylinder.  Thus all parts share the same basic shape, which provides a sense of unity and repetition.

The decrease in size from handle to base represents the progression from a larger central part to the smaller supporting element.

The designer also added both visual and tactile texture to the pull with the surface and subsurface cuts. Both the pull and the base share the radial repetition found in the cut pattern of the glass.  However, the designer added a focal point on top of the pull as seen in the star design and central circle incised with intersecting lines, from which leaf-like cuts radiate outward.

Further, the designer employed the design elements of color and light to strengthen the visual quality of the doorknob.  The unifying color of both the base and pull are emerald green, while the stem appears to be a burnished copper or perhaps aged virgin iron. The color harmonies of the complementary “red and green” are displayed in subtle, yet energizing ways with the emerald colored handle and base, offset by the deep burnt umber of the stem, suggesting red elements that create a visual vibration between the two.

Finally, interest in added to this doorknob by the use of texture and light. Cuts in the glass refract light and display unifying textures, while more light is implied in the design by its transparency as opposed to using a solid or opaque green.

The doorknob clearly illustrates that good design may be achieved in obvious ways, such as unifying elements of individual parts seen in repetition of shape, texture, and focal point, as well as in more subtle ways found in progression, color and light.

Running Up the Wall

Last week, when I was on vacation in sunny, but muggy South Carolina, I got caught up on my interior design reading. I found these amazing tiles in Elle Decor. They jumped off the page like a group of jewels.


Made by New Ravenna Mosaics, America’s premier designer and manufacturer of stone and glass mosaic tiles for both residential and commercial installations, these handmade mosaic tiles mimic the artistry of parquetry. Available in 72 types of stone, and 50 glass colors, my favorite is this Tortoise Shell, which is best applied to wall surfaces, though other materials are perfect for floor and medallion applications.


These are custom tiles, so they’re available in practically any size. May be on the pricy side, these gems will run retail around $100 a sq foot. Depending upon your budget, you may choose to use these as an accent wall, a wainscoting, or if you’ve got a healthy budget, maybe even as a full wet room.

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