How to Choose Your Bar Stool Height - Kitchen Seating Guide

Kitchens are the heart of the home and most kitchen have some type of seating whether it is a countertop bar stool or a nook table. There are many shapes, sizes and heights when it comes chairs and bar stools.

Start by considering what you need kitchen seating for, do you have a large family and need a formal dining space? Do you love entertaining? Or just need a perch for a coffee in the morning. Once you’ve worked out your layout, whether that’s island seating, a dining space with table and chairs or a relaxing reading corner, you can then start to decide what style you need.

Here are some thoughts to consider that will guide your to choosing the best size seating for your kitchen and dining area.

Stools can be the perfect solution around a kitchen island, but a lot of client now are using countertop height stools with a continuous island countertop

Center stage in this kitchen with a gray kitchen island are Cherner Counter Stools. This Lovely kitchen A pair of Thomas O'Brien Bryant Sconces illuminate over the clean simple style kitchen island by Grant K. Gibson .

Center stage in this kitchen with a gray kitchen island are Cherner Counter Stools. This Lovely kitchen A pair of Thomas O'Brien Bryant Sconces illuminate over the clean simple style kitchen island by Grant K. Gibson .

Choose the right height

Chair (above), bar or counter height? To determine which stool you need, measure the height of your table or counter. Keep in mind you need 9″-13″ between the seat and the counter for seating comfort.

  • Chair stool heights are generally 18″ from floor to seat. Pair with a table or counter 28″-30″ in height.

  • Counter stool heights are generally 24″-26″ inches from floor to seat. Pair with a table or counter 36″-39″ in height.

  • Bar stool heights are generally 28″-30″ from floor to seat. Pair with a table or counter 40″-42″ in height.

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Determine how many stools you can fit

It’s important to provide enough space between stools for people to eat, drink and socialize without bumping elbows. Here are the rules of thumb we use:

  • If the widest part of your stool is 16″-18″ allow 21″-22″ of space per stool.

  • If the widest part of your stool is 19″- 22″ allow 24″ to 25″ of space per stool.

  • If you choose stools that swivel and/or have arms, you’ll need to add a bit more space between stools.

Plan the width that you want between bar stools so that you have enough seating for everyone.

Plan the width that you want between bar stools so that you have enough seating for everyone.

There are thousands of seating options to choose from whether its a bar stool or a chair. Dont forget the options in materials and accessories like swivel and metal foot guard

More comfortable at table height at a small table to the end of an island with some chairs.

More comfortable at table height at a small table to the end of an island with some chairs.

Woven Loom Counter Stool

Woven Loom Counter Stool

Modern Kitchen in with leather bar stools

Modern Kitchen in with leather bar stools

Glamorous, kitchen white marble countertops swivel seating three gray leather bar stools facing a second island..   Less

Glamorous, kitchen white marble countertops swivel seating three gray leather bar stools facing a second island..

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Custom bar stools offer selections to choose from including the wood finish and leather or fabric materials.

Custom bar stools offer selections to choose from including the wood finish and leather or fabric materials.

Whether the style of your kitchen is traditional, rustic or contemporary, you can find a stool that complements your look. There’s no need to be too matchy-matchy. If, for example, your dining room is adjacent to your kitchen, it’s not necessary to match the style of seating. And if you already have a lot of wood, try mixing it up with metal stools. Keep an open mind, and you’ll find just the right look for your kitchen and have fun shopping.

Kitchen Remodel on Budget in Carlsbad CA

You can add a little personality to a white kitchen by adding an interesting backslash or some glass cabinetry. It doesn't have to be complicated if you desire a simple update. This nice Carlsbad kitchen took us less than 2 weeks to put together and cost out all the materials and construction.

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How we keep this on target for the client is we didnt move any appliances. They had a good layout to begin with they just needed an updated look and an upgrade on the quality in their kitchen. We are also using prefab slabs for the perimeter of the kitchen. That means there will be less fabrication cost at the time of install.

Mixing the materials for this kitchen remodel. We are balancing budget with the beautiful island slab.

Mixing the materials for this kitchen remodel. We are balancing budget with the beautiful island slab.

By watching our cost everywhere else we were able to splurge on this quartzite countertop to be the center piece of the kitchen.

By watching our cost everywhere else we were able to splurge on this quartzite countertop to be the center piece of the kitchen.

We just pulled the trigger to put it into production the last days of June. One awesome thing about this kitchen remodel with 9 ft ceilings is its coming in right on budget!!! That even includes the upgraded cabinet plywood construction, soft close doors and drawer and accessories made in America!

De-Tuscanization of California Homes and Beyond

You can see that there is a growing desire for clean lines and brighter less ornate interiors all over the California and the united states. People that have been living in homes that are heavy in gold and yellow everywhere are desiring to De-Tuscanize their homes. Removing that old world feeling starting with granite, travertine floors, interior arches, odd angles, heavy wood details and the use of color schemes that emphasis brown and gold.

Not every home that is stylized as Tuscan has to be made beachy or contemporary. Ornate doors, stairwells and tile can be replaced for a fresh clean look. Many Tuscan homes have dark wood flooring that can simply be sanded in place and refinished in a lighter color. New fresh paint can also change how a home looks with a fresh coat of white, gray or even a beige tone as long as it is not too warm.

The question on many home owners minds is do you tackle all of this at once and embark upon a large remodel? or tackle the De-Tuscanization in phases. Currently we are working on a large home remodel where we are completely taking out all the arches, travertine and heavy wood details and opting for a clean more modern look. This large scale project is not for everyone. Below we have other options on tackling a smaller remodel.

Modern Complete Home Remodel at Double LL Ranch Encinitas Olivenhain, CA

Modern Complete Home Remodel at Double LL Ranch Encinitas Olivenhain, CA

Another option is just a refresh leaving behind the flooring and updating the kitchen or bathroom to be brighter and more current.

Before Tuscan Kitchen Dark and Dated in Double LL Ranch Encinitas Olivenhain, CA

Before Tuscan Kitchen Dark and Dated in Double LL Ranch Encinitas Olivenhain, CA

After kitchen is brighter and a minor departure from Tuscan design in Double LL Ranch Encinitas Olivenhain, CA

After kitchen is brighter and a minor departure from Tuscan design in Double LL Ranch Encinitas Olivenhain, CA

After kitchen is brighter and a minor departure from Tuscan design in Double LL Ranch Encinitas Olivenhain, CA

After kitchen is brighter and a minor departure from Tuscan design in Double LL Ranch Encinitas Olivenhain, CA

You can see another great examples of this below from Heather Scott from Texas. It all depends on the scope of work that you want to tackle. If you are thinking about a remodel, but don’t want to tackle the dust and the mess, this approach might be the right fit for you. Either way its a great way to get a fresh new look.

Ideas to where you can start this De-Tuscanization of your own home sharing Florida Design Works since we are both of coast we understand this movement well.

What Is A Kitchen Soffit and Can We Remove The Soffit in The Kitchen?

In California I find that a lot of homes have soffits in their kitchen.

First what is a soffit? Its a boxy structure built to lower the ceiling in the kitchen and other rooms. Soffits are not always a simple item to have removed. They can tricky to deal with because you don’t know what the previous builder buried in the soffit. built to hide wiring, pipes, or other mechanicals, or to fill the space between the top of your cabinets and the ceiling. Depending on the age of your home they may be very large and perhaps even extend out past the cabinets.

When removing the soffits in your kitchen is not an option disguising them could be another option. This kitchen has a soffit that has been covered with moulding

This kitchen has a soffit that has been covered with moulding -  White Picket Fence

This kitchen has a soffit that has been covered with moulding - White Picket Fence

Removing the Soffits

Removing soffits can be a messy process. Be prepared to remove a ton of drywall. Take caution to avoid those spaces you marked as untouchable and be cautious as your remove the soffit.

Most of the drywall will reveal empty space underneath it, though. You may need to apply some elbow grease to the parts of the soffit that are attached to the walls. It may not always be a cinch to remove the entire thing, but with the proper amount of tools and time, it can be done. Most of the time you will find that you will need to reroute some electrical and plumbing. The biggest concern maybe a toilet clean out, that is much harder to relocate.

Signature Designs Kitchen Bath projects that illustrate removal of kitchen soffits:

Before Encinitas Kitchen with Soffits

Before Encinitas Kitchen with Soffits

After Encinitas Kitchen with removed Soffits

After Encinitas Kitchen with removed Soffits

We are currently finishing up construction on this kitchen remodel in Carlsbad. The kitchen you can see only had a soffit over the range wall. So it was clear to us that there was ducting in this soffit and we decided that we would keep it and modify all the cabinetry and hood to work with the depth of the soffit.

Before image of the soffit in the kitchen prior to the kitchen remodel.

Before image of the soffit in the kitchen prior to the kitchen remodel.

Detail of Cabinets going over the front of the soffit

Detail of Cabinets going over the front of the soffit

Here is a picture of the progression of this kitchen remodel that is located in Carlsbad, CA. More photos to come when the new furniture arrives.

Here is a picture of the progression of this kitchen remodel that is located in Carlsbad, CA. More photos to come when the new furniture arrives.

If you can eliminate your soffits then you should but if you cant get rid of your kitchen soffit is to invest in some creative options to make it your own by dressing it up.

If you do have the opportunity to remove or remodel the soffit, there are plenty of ways to achieve that as well. You can start by removing the existing cabinetry and turning off the electrical components of your kitchen. Then, you can readjust or rewire the existing mechanical parts and add a new, smaller soffit to your kitchen.

Be sure to reach out to a remodeling professional if you are looking for additional ideas on dealing with your kitchen soffits. We can always discuss the options in disguising the soffits in order to increase the value and aesthetic appeal of your soon to be beautiful kitchen.

Pretty Laundry Room Remodel

Doing your laundry might not be the most fun thing to do but guess what….. we all have to do it!! Most laundry rooms are one of the last things that someone does a makeover or remodel too. Well our client has multiple dogs and she wanted a place for dog food storage. A folding countertop and a fresh and fun new look. Here is a picture of what her laundry room used to look like before the remodel

BEFORE

White melamine cabinets, travertine natural stone patterned flooring - simple and plain

White melamine cabinets, travertine natural stone patterned flooring - simple and plain

AFTER

Laundry Room makeover

Laundry Room makeover

As you can see above we keep the general layout of the laundry room. We added new cabinetry and a farmhouse sink with detailing. Fun ceiling light fixtures and a hanging rod for the clothes that we don’t usually dry in the dryer.

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The patterned tile floor add a whimsical touch to a room we spend so much time in. One of the best things we added for the client was the pullout for dog food and one for a hamper. You can see more photos of this cute Carmel Valley laundry room remodel below.

Breathe Life Into Your Kitchen & Bath with Pastels

Pastels are making a come back - they've been used in homes for years, and it's clear this "trend" isn't going away anytime soon. Add a touch of color a little twist to the standard white kitchen, pale and subtle colors are a gorgeous way to brighten up a space while maintaining a neutral palette. 

Pastels candy-colored accents you’ll love in your home. From pale blues to soft pinks, these pastels have come a long way from your childhood home. Its the perfect way to bring a little bit of your personality into your kitchen or bathroom.

Pale Blue Kitchen Aid Mixer - Pale Blue Kitchen Cabinets with Brass Hardware

Pale Blue Kitchen Aid Mixer - Pale Blue Kitchen Cabinets with Brass Hardware

Pale blue, soft gray and weathered white cabinetry blend.

Pale blue, soft gray and weathered white cabinetry blend.

Soft Hues and Bold Black Accents

Soft Hues and Bold Black Accents

If you want to go bold with patterns, stick to pale, subtle colors so you don't overwhelm.  In this color board below for a custom home, we are adding pattern to the floor in the pale green and soft floral elements on the vanity wall.

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Blush or Pink are a very versatile color, with so many shades and variations to choose from. Depending on the shade you choose, pink can be both fun and cheerful or bold and daring. With so many different colors of pink to choose from, the warming hue can be incorporated into more spaces than one might realize.

The color of romance, representing warmth, love, and comfort. When used in the home, pink creates an instant welcoming energy, filling the space with a vibrant glow. Your kitchen is the room where you nurture and replenish, making it the perfect space to add the color pink. When the weather warms up, pink is a beautiful, summery color to incorporate into your kitchen. And when the weather cools down, pops of pink in your kitchen will keep you feeling warm just a little bit longer. It’s a win/win.This cheerful pale blush and white kitchens adds a soft touch of color through the cabinetry and tile.

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Blush pink, striking gray and soft gray tones make for a more modern palette.

Blush pink, striking gray and soft gray tones make for a more modern palette.

Pastel colors reflect light and are recommended for walls in smaller rooms. They offer a great variety of possibilities and combinations. A touch of tenderness and subtlety would look perfect in any room in the home. In this color board below for a master bathroom, we are adding pattern to the shower floor in the pale green rocks and an accent in the shower with a dusting of pale green and white on the countertops.

Carlsbad California Beachy Master Bathroom Remodel.

Carlsbad California Beachy Master Bathroom Remodel.

Pastel Moments

Pastels are not just for children’s rooms anymore. Use these soft versatile colors throughout your home. Today pastels are being brought back into your home to add a relaxed feel. Even though they add a retro appeal to your living space they are uniquely modern in neutral paint colors for your entire home. Give it a try.

Practical Guide to Adding Wellness through A Steam Shower in Your Home

See more about this contemporary home in the  Rue Magazine

See more about this contemporary home in the Rue Magazine

As a home owner you may have been dreaming of adding a steam shower to your home. Naturally, you don’t want these value-added features to add to your construction timeline or wreck your budget.

Here’s something you can add that doesn’t do either. Adding steam as an upgrade to the bathrooms – especially to the master bath. Steam showers in new construction appeal to interested homeowners as a luxury that adds to their lifestyle and as a wellness feature with huge potential benefits to the family’s overall health and well-being. And according to a recent Zillow report, homes that mention steam showers in their listing descriptions earned sellers a 29 percent higher sale price. Yet, adding a steam shower to a new home is an easy, affordable project, especially when done during initial construction. And when you follow the simple, straightforward tips below, you’ll find that adding steam won’t extend your construction timeline, either.

Gorgeous long steam shower is fitted with a seamless glass enclosure and marble maze floor tiles accenting white subway surround tiles fitted with polished nickel shower heads as a rectangular rain shower head hangs over a long bench positioned beneath a tiled niche.

Gorgeous long steam shower is fitted with a seamless glass enclosure and marble maze floor tiles accenting white subway surround tiles fitted with polished nickel shower heads as a rectangular rain shower head hangs over a long bench positioned beneath a tiled niche.

NEW Linear Steamhead. Mounts flush to the wall, and creates a wide ribbon of smooth, silent steam that brings a new level of performance and aesthetic pleasure to your steam shower. Linear SteamHead is like an inverted waterfall, cascading gently upwards into your shower quietly and condensation-free. So why not apply elements of wellness to help reduce stress in the home and workplace. That’s where Mr. Steam comes in.

You can find more about steam showers in this link on Mr Steam

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Mr. Steam quotes “Design can be instrumental in helping clients reduce stress in their daily lives” and we couldn’t agree more. There is a myriad of benefits that are associated with reducing stress including better sleep, mental clarity and improved performance. 

An oval freestanding bathtub paired with a floor-mount tub filler as well as a malachite accent table sits atop a blue geometric tiled floor. A freestanding bathtub is placed in front of a seamless glass and marble walk-in steam shower fitted with his and hers shower heads.

An oval freestanding bathtub paired with a floor-mount tub filler as well as a malachite accent table sits atop a blue geometric tiled floor. A freestanding bathtub is placed in front of a seamless glass and marble walk-in steam shower fitted with his and hers shower heads.

Brilliant Blue - Statement Kitchen Remodel

This kitchen remodel takes it up step from your basic white kitchen by adding Brilliant blue hood and island.

Originally the kitchen was your typical builder’s grade kitchen, basic and boring. The existing kitchen was uninspiring and due to its lacking countertop space and appeal, the homeowners were seeking something more, they wanted a “wow” factor and they wanted it to venture away from your typical kitchen. 

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The perfect paint match program that we offer to clients we decided to go with the WOW” factor. Sherwin Williams “Dress Blues”, which paired impeccably with the selected range hood from Viking Appliances. We completed the design layout and layered on the finishes.

The large size island with decorative panels and square turned posts make the end of the island look like a built in table for the family to share those quick breakfast moments.

Quartz countertops are the perfect low maintenance finishing element in this kitchen remodel

Quartz countertops are the perfect low maintenance finishing element in this kitchen remodel

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Ignite Your Creativity Through Color In Your Home

Ignite your inner design artist with our series of inspirational “color stories” has been crafted to illustrate complementary finish pairings to the new cabinet collection from Medallion & Design Craft .

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Explore the color PALETTE to begin your creative color journey! We have 27 NEW Colors available to bring your project to life!

RESHLY NATURAL   Silvery Aloe lays a foundation of spa-like calm with London Fog and rustic Dove Appaloosa. Shades of bright blue and charcoal add contrast while underscoring the peaceful feel. Accents of lively Spanish Paprika energize the atmosphere.   FEATURE  | A Aloe   CABINET PALETTE  | B Smoke, C Spanish Paprika, D London Fog, E Lakeshore, F Dove Appaloosa

RESHLY NATURAL

Silvery Aloe lays a foundation of spa-like calm with London Fog and rustic Dove Appaloosa. Shades of bright blue and charcoal add contrast while underscoring the peaceful feel. Accents of lively Spanish Paprika energize the atmosphere.

FEATURE | A Aloe

CABINET PALETTE | B Smoke, C Spanish Paprika, D London Fog, E Lakeshore, F Dove Appaloosa

MISTY MORNING   Subdued tones of pale blue Dusk and Perfect Storm swirled with touches of rose and cream create a mysterious yet restful atmosphere. Add dimensional texture and depth with Greystone or Smoke.   FEATURE  | A Dusk   CABINET PALETTE  | B Perfect Storm, C Blush, D White Chocolate, E Smoke, F Greystone

MISTY MORNING

Subdued tones of pale blue Dusk and Perfect Storm swirled with touches of rose and cream create a mysterious yet restful atmosphere. Add dimensional texture and depth with Greystone or Smoke.

FEATURE | A Dusk
CABINET PALETTE | B Perfect Storm, C Blush, D White Chocolate, E Smoke, F Greystone

CHIC SERENITY   Versatile Sandpiper brings out the richness of Walnut and Cobblestone, especially with touches of subtle Fauna. Airy accents of Billow introduce organic color to keep your palette peaceful and rejuvenating.     FEATURE  | A Sandpiper   CABINET PALETTE  | B Cobblestone, C Bay Leaf, D Billow, E Fauna, F Walnut

CHIC SERENITY

Versatile Sandpiper brings out the richness of Walnut and Cobblestone, especially with touches of subtle Fauna. Airy accents of Billow introduce organic color to keep your palette peaceful and rejuvenating.

FEATURE | A Sandpiper
CABINET PALETTE | B Cobblestone, C Bay Leaf, D Billow, E Fauna, F Walnut

ORGANIC SERENITY   Create a calming oasis that recalls a still garden pool with soothing natural hues of warm gray Peppercorn and lush Eucalyptus. Against a backdrop of clean Sea Salt, velvety Celeste deepens and grounds the palette.   FEATURE  | A Sea Salt   CABINET PALETTE  | B Smoke, C Celeste, D Eucalyptus, E Buttercream, F Peppercorn

ORGANIC SERENITY

Create a calming oasis that recalls a still garden pool with soothing natural hues of warm gray Peppercorn and lush Eucalyptus. Against a backdrop of clean Sea Salt, velvety Celeste deepens and grounds the palette.

FEATURE | A Sea Salt

CABINET PALETTE | B Smoke, C Celeste, D Eucalyptus, E Buttercream, F Peppercorn

BOHEMIAN MARKETPLACE   Lively blue Lakeshore sets the stage for a rhapsody of color. Golden wood stains and bursts of Cayenne and Saffron against bold Carriage Black recall a bustling Moroccan bazaar and bring that exhilarating energy into the home.   FEATURE  | A Lakeshore   CABINET PALETTE  | B Carriage Black, C Cayenne, D Saffron, E Rumberry, F Tumbleweed

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Lively blue Lakeshore sets the stage for a rhapsody of color. Golden wood stains and bursts of Cayenne and Saffron against bold Carriage Black recall a bustling Moroccan bazaar and bring that exhilarating energy into the home.

FEATURE | A Lakeshore
CABINET PALETTE | B Carriage Black, C Cayenne, D Saffron, E Rumberry, F Tumbleweed

RESTFUL SUNSET   Gentle Blush complements moody Earl Grey and Onyx, creating a soft blend that reflects the beauty of a quiet sunset. A rustic finish like silver Appaloosa or a dark stain like Onyx add texture to the look.   FEATURE  | A Macchiato   CABINET PALETTE  | B Onyx, C Sea Salt, D Blush, E Earl Grey, F Silver Appaloosa

RESTFUL SUNSET

Gentle Blush complements moody Earl Grey and Onyx, creating a soft blend that reflects the beauty of a quiet sunset. A rustic finish like silver Appaloosa or a dark stain like Onyx add texture to the look.

FEATURE | A Macchiato
CABINET PALETTE | B Onyx, C Sea Salt, D Blush, E Earl Grey, F Silver Appaloosa

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We are honored to grace the cover of Kitchen Bath Design News!

We are so excited that Kitchen & Bath Design News Magazine has featured our project on the cover of their National Magazine, they are the industry's leading business, design and product resource for the kitchen and bath trade. The kitchen bath design magazine is a place where work, creative talents, business acumen and professionalism are currently leading the way for the industry and elevating the kitchen and bath trade. We are humbled and blessed.

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We look to elevate every project for all of our clients.

30 Year Old Builder Home Gets A New Modern Kitchen | Bar | Bathroom

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Before Kitchen had outdated wallpaper, old fashion cabinetry and was lack style. 

Before Kitchen had outdated wallpaper, old fashion cabinetry and was lack style. 

Our client is a gourmet cook and she desired a new kitchen in their home that they have lived in for over 30 years. Jackie knew that she wanted minimalist, modern cabinetry, neutral color palettes, and wood accents, her contemporary kitchens has a subtle elegance that will never go out of style. We blended aspects of modern design with other details for a look that's current and sleek, but not sterile. A pop of color show with her accessories we acquired for their home—whether it’s on the furniture, in a bowl of fresh fruit, or in a vase of flowers.

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These details just add to this clean and modern chef’s kitchen. Hidden treasures are tiered cutlery systems and a pull up mixer so no one has to lift that heavy kitchen aid mix. The overall style ensures that this contemporary kitchen designs still feel warm and welcoming, as do big windows that let in the sun, an architectural light fixture. 

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We moved the refrigerator from the wall by the dining room which opened up the clients countertop space. This was a great solution to limited countertop space. 

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Additionally we remodeled their wet bar. I saw that it was alcove that seemed outdated and not usefull in the existing space. So by pulling the bar forward we were able to create a modern bar and a bathroom that all friends and family can be impressed by. 

Before Bar ...strange configuration. 

Before Bar ...strange configuration. 

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Photography Sheldon Ivester | IVESTER creative

High Style, Luxury Detailing for a High End Kitchen Remodel

Most contemporary, upscale residential homes and estates feature an open floor plan, where the kitchen is the heart of the home and hub for entertaining. 

Discerning home owners have a unique lifestyle and designing the perfect kitchen layout with maximum use of space is a necessity to the overall success of a high-end kitchen design. Top kitchen designers specify custom milled and painted cabinets to add more storage, greater efficiency of work flow and to add splashes of color where needed.  Matching door panels are applied to cabinet ends to give a more finished and tailored look. 

High End Kitchen in Newport Coast, Newport California

High End Kitchen in Newport Coast, Newport California

Our client desired a bespoke farmhouse kitchen and sought unique items to create this one of a kind farmhouse kitchen their family. We transformed this kitchen by changing the orientation, removed walls and opened up the exterior with a 3 panel stacking door. 

Whether you cook in your kitchen or have your own personal chef cooking for you, professional grade home kitchen appliances are a must in every upscale high-end kitchen design.

The oversized pendants are the subtle frame work for an artfully made metal hood cover. The statement hood which I discovered on one of my trips out of California inspired the design and added flare and style to this Newport Coast home. 

Nothing is as it seems, the white cabinetry looks like shaker until you look closer it is beveled for a sophisticated finish upscale finish. 

The backsplash looks like subway until you look closer it is actually 3d concave tile that simply looks like it was formed around a wine bottle.

The backsplash looks like subway until you look closer it is actually 3d concave tile that simply looks like it was formed around a wine bottle.

We added the coffered ceiling with wood detailing creating a warm enhanced detailing for the kitchen space. The custom cabinetry then was made to match the oak wood on the ceiling. The pedestal legs on the island enhance the characterizes for the cerused oak cabinetry.

We added the coffered ceiling with wood detailing creating a warm enhanced detailing for the kitchen space. The custom cabinetry then was made to match the oak wood on the ceiling. The pedestal legs on the island enhance the characterizes for the cerused oak cabinetry.

Small room reinvented. There was a small space next to the entry way that was not being used so we decided to create a wine room, more for a look or an experience that to be actually used for wine since we just installed a full height subzero wine cooler into the kitchen. The wine room as custom metallic tile that creates a mood flanked by custom iron doors to close off the small wine room.

Small room reinvented. There was a small space next to the entry way that was not being used so we decided to create a wine room, more for a look or an experience that to be actually used for wine since we just installed a full height subzero wine cooler into the kitchen. The wine room as custom metallic tile that creates a mood flanked by custom iron doors to close off the small wine room.

A gifted kitchen designer knows that extraordinary kitchen design is all in the details will thus use each and every custom cabinetry option at their disposal to create inspiring kitchens that personalize and highlight the heart of your home.  

No matter what your specific design style, any of these luxury kitchen details will leave you feeling at home to love your new kitchen.  The vast Internet provides various inspiration sites to get the ball rolling, but it’s important to choose the details with your interior designer that will make the space your own.  By following these key interior design aspects, your dream kitchen will be well on it’s way to becoming the ultimate, five-star, first-class, top-of-the-line ultra luxurious heart of your home.

If you seek a high end kitchen designer for your unique home then we would love to disucss your project.  619-733-6540

Bathroom Design Ideas to Inspire Your Remodel

When it comes to bathroom design we've got inspiration in droves.  From the powerful powder room to the luxurious master bathrooms we have seen our share of fabulous spaces.   You make ask your self what will make my bathroom fabulous. 

Our clients typically say that a free standing tub is on of their most desired items. Some will fit this into an alcove or just put into a space where a built in tub use to exist. 

Rustic Bathroom Remodel - Snake River Interiors 

Rustic Bathroom Remodel - Snake River Interiors 

Clients want to have a focal point in their bathroom. Doing tile behind your vanity as an accent draws you into the space and can create a breath taking feature. 

Signature Designs Kitchen Bath - Carlsbad Bathroom Remodel 

Signature Designs Kitchen Bath - Carlsbad Bathroom Remodel 

Or add that focal point in your shower. We call this wallpapering, its acutally tile but we blanket the wall corner to corner. 

Signature Designs Kitchen Bath - LaJolla Bathroom Remodel.  Feature Wall in New Ravenna Tile 

Signature Designs Kitchen Bath - LaJolla Bathroom Remodel.  Feature Wall in New Ravenna Tile 

Signature Designs Kitchen Bath - UTC San Diego 

Signature Designs Kitchen Bath - UTC San Diego 

Their is a huge trend in MidCentury Modern and I say why not!  Here is a perfect example of a bold midcentury modern bathroom remodel. 

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dasMOD MidCentury Bathroom Remodel 

Modern Mix - Rustic yet it isnt. This bathroom remodel has a bold free flowing pattern with a rustic wall mounted vanity. The look is clean and modern.  

DelMar Bathroom Remodel 

DelMar Bathroom Remodel 

For some there is nothing other than the look of Natural Stone. The idea of a stone on your floors and walls in the bathroom is nothing new in itself and has obviously been around for ages. But the last few decades have seen homeowners move from more modest and rustic alternatives to stylish and polished options that ooze an air of opulence.  Mix it up add some glass to make it not so overwhelming. 

Signature Designs Kitchen Bath - LaJolla Bathroom Remodel 

Signature Designs Kitchen Bath - LaJolla Bathroom Remodel 

Signature Designs Kitchen Bath - Point Loma CA

Signature Designs Kitchen Bath - Point Loma CA

Whether you’re making small upgrades or going for a full overhaul, a bathroom renovation can make a big difference in the feel of your home (and its future resale value) Let’s create the bath of your dreams with these smart design ideas.

8 Tips for Your Kitchen Remodel

Creating a functional kitchen from start to finish isnt a easy task but we have 8 tips to make your kitchen remodeling journey an easier task. 

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Function and Flow Should Always Be First

I am more obsessed with creating the perfect space plan and there is nothing more important when desiging your kitchen remodel. How a kitchen should function is an extremely personal matter, and a floor plan needs to be customized to reflect the clients personal needs. 

Take the kitchen island clearances. The average size of a kitchen island is about 3 1/2 by 8 feet. This would typically have a surrounding clearance zone of about 42 inches.. But an island's size is usually determined by the distances around it, so it makes sense that larger rooms can allow for bigger islands.

You can also direct traffic by creating zones in your kitchen space plan.  For kid friendly kitchen designs, keep the cooktop out of the high traffic zones so that children don't catch handles. 

NKBA Kitchen Bath Guidelines

NKBA Kitchen Bath Guidelines

Where Should Your Microwave Go??

The best height for a microwave depends on the family members and the chef.  A kid friendly kitchen may require a lower microwave for safety.  For sure do not do a microwave hood, they are too tall for most people safety. 

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Lighter and Brighter

When it comes to kitchen colors, white is always popular.  Why white? It’s bright, goes with everything, and never falls out of style. And if you’re germ-a-phobic, white lets you easily see the dirt you’ll want to wipe away.  Clients use white in cabinetry finishes, countertop finishes and backsplash details. 

Dont want all white well the trend is to mix it with rich warm wood materials to balance the crisp clean white cabinetry. Take a look at our latest project that shows exactly how to mix those materials. 

Signature Designs Kitchen Bath - Newport Coast, Newport Ca

Signature Designs Kitchen Bath - Newport Coast, Newport Ca

Your Hood Is Your Statement Piece

"Your hood is the designer handbag for your kitchen",  Its positioned above the second most used appliance in your kitchen the range, range top or cooktop. Hood Covers come in a myriad of styles and colors, giving you a range of options. 

Francois & Co. 

Francois & Co. 

Fixer Upper - Tile Hood 

Fixer Upper - Tile Hood 

Think About Your Sink

We love sinks that are deep and broad, I think that the white-fireclay farmhouse sink is a really great solution or a silgranit  affordable sinks. Another important part of your sink suite to think about is your faucet.

Having separate handles for hot and cold water is a real pain in the kitchen, but. If you have a water-mixing valve in your faucet, you can do that in one motion. Whether you have one of those pull-out spray nozzles or a separate nozzle to the side of your faucet is completely up to you.

Maxton Builders

Maxton Builders

And Your Cabinets

Cabinetry is just cabinetry, right? Wrong!! Cabinets form the backbone of the kitchen. Configure the cabinetry to make the most use of your kitchen’s size and floor plan. Consider different layouts and looks. 

They're another opportunity to inject your style and make your cooking process more efficient.  Base cabinets get the most attention, whereas hanging wall cabinets are sacrificed for aesthetic features—windows, dramatic backsplashes—to create atmosphere and a living room appeal in the kitchen.

Navy Cabinetry 

Navy Cabinetry 

Bright Approach To Your Kitchen Lighting

A well lit kitchen not only looks better but is essential to kitchen safety and function.  Lighting is often the last thing considered in a remodel.  Good Lighting design involves more than just specifying stylish fixtures its also about proper placement.  Layered lighting is the best way to provide the best lighting for your kitchen remodel. 

  • Task Lighting. It is the workhorse of illumination and provides adequate light for tasks like chopping vegetables and reading recipes. Optimum placement of task lighting comes between a person's head and the work surface, which makes lighting located below the upper cabinets so effective. If a kitchen remodel includes a pantry, make sure to specify task lighting there as well.
  • Ambient lighting. It creates a warm glow that fills a room, softens shadows and helps to make people feel instantly welcome in a kitchen. If cabinets do not reach all the way to the ceiling, that space is a great spot for ambient light. Of the four types of lighting, ambient is most often overlooked.
  • Accent lighting. It gives depth and dimension to a kitchen. Examples of accent lighting include fixtures placed inside glass-front cabinets to illuminate China, glassware, and other collections as well as recessed, adjustable low-voltage fixtures used to spotlight art.
  • Decorative lighting. Whitehead likes to refer to this type of lighting as architectural jewelry. It adds sparkle to a space.
Jean Stoffer Design

Jean Stoffer Design

Why You Should Hire A Kitchen Professional

The main benefit of hiring a pro is that they can provide you with a holistic design.  You might do a one or maybe a few kitchen remodels in your lifetime but a professional has usually done hundreds of kitchen remodels and they know what to look out for especially when changing the kitchen layout.  

Rethinking the layout in your mind, and configuring it in an existing model are two completely different concepts. If you do it yourself you might unknowingly end up causing structural damages and it will definitely cost you a pretty penny to fix that. 

As a professional  kitchen designer we help put all of these pieces together so you get the kitchen of your dreams with less stress.  Don’t take it from us - see for yourselves contact us to get started with your kitchen remodeling project.

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Fireplace Design Ideas - Is It Time To Make Over Your Fireplace

A fireplace can be a beautiful addition to your home and much more than utilitarian.  They can be an important part of the design of your room and possibly even the focal point.  The trick is to find your personal style, what inspires you for your personal home.  Of course, with so many designs to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to start, so it’s important to really evaluate your needs. In this way, you can be sure of making an investment that will make you happy. 

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Some of the latest fireplace designs are multi-dimensional fireplaces.  Some fireplaces have many dimensions because they can be seen from more angles than just head on.  Corner fireplaces can be viewed from two sides.  Check out this modern corner fireplace from Regency.

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The Regency® City Series™ of modern gas fireplaces has other features of interest including the Cool Wall System.  This means that many types of finishes not normally thought of for fireplaces because they can melt or burn may now be used.  These include:

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Even materials like abalone shell and other exotics could line the exterior of these fireplaces. 

Heat is released at the ceiling of the fireplaces, meaning venting is simpler and you can sit in front of the fireplace when it is on full bore without getting uncomfortably hot.  This particular line of fireplaces is also simple enough to install that a contractor is not required.  Here is a striking example of another corner fireplace:

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When it comes to picking the best tile for refreshing an old fireplace, pattern matters. Interior designer Holly Mathis uses mosaic tile in a herringbone arrangement to update a modestly sized fireplace. The zigzag pattern spices things up without upstaging everything else in the living room.

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Another big fireplace trend is the use of unusual finishes, or basically, anything other than wood, plain store and tile, plaster, and paint.  We’ve already seen some metal and some colorful finishes already.  Tile lends itself to fireplace surrounds and with the explosion in interesting colorful and/or textured tile, fireplaces had to follow.  This one is very colorful, with Spanish or Encaustic tile:

Fun playful tile patterns

Fun playful tile patterns

Refined elegant tile patterns see more here about our  DelMar project

Refined elegant tile patterns see more here about our DelMar project

For a clean and simple look, this unassuming fireplace packs a big punch. The offset hearth is charming in its simplicity, while the large white expanse is a fantastic place to display a beloved piece of art. The black and white design is the perfect backdrop for varying shades of green, and the boxy shape contrasts beautifully with soft, comfy furniture. Because this fireplace takes up a large portion of a wall, it gives a cozy and warm feeling. This is a perfect space for unwinding and relaxing, surrounded by the comforting glow of firelight and soft furnishings.

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We have seen a big push for turning back the clock at home by adding a little vintage style to your contemporary fireplace. For instance, this retro family room by Jennifer Weiss Architecture keeps things fresh with midcentury-inspired, sculptural tile that goes up to the ceiling.

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Mid century can have a modern fresh look in today's interior design. 

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     Industrial metal has already been shown in prior examples, but not quite like this fireplace:

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A fireplace is supposed to be an attractive focal point. But if yours is grabbing attention for all the wrong reasons, consider giving it a face-lift with beautiful tile. There are plenty of stylish options available that will transform a fire surround into a feature you will adore. Are you ready to make that transformation? 

Seek the help of an Interior Designer so that the results fit your home’s look and functionality.  Bonnie Bagley Catlin of Signature Designs Kitchen Bath in Carlsbad works all over San Diego and Orange counties assisting homeowners with the right configuration of their spaces.  Let Bonnie build you a new fireplace, whatever your style happens to reflect. 

Mixed Metals in Kitchen Design

Who doesn’t love the little black dress? Well we think kitchens are the black dress of your home. The best way to finish your little black dress is the jewelry, hardware and lighting are the jewelry to your kitchen design.

Mixing metals are how clients are showing their personality in the kitchen and it’s functional and beautiful at the same time. 

Haleigh Dome Pendant Lighting | Rejuvenation | Mixed metal modern farmhouse lighting design for kitchens, dining rooms, entryways & living spaces

Haleigh Dome Pendant Lighting | Rejuvenation | Mixed metal modern farmhouse lighting design for kitchens, dining rooms, entryways & living spaces

You can say that mixed metals are a design trend for 2018, but there are not a lot of rules in design and its one of the things I love to do with my clients to personalize their design. Adding this layer to your design can elevate the sophistication of the your home.

Our client in Lajolla is just finishing up her kitchen remodel with stainless range and wine cooler, white | brass hood and brass pendant lights  

Progress photo of Lajolla Kitchen Remodel 

Progress photo of Lajolla Kitchen Remodel 

Rose gold is not only a staple and trend in jewelry this season it is also a luxury metal to have in your kitchen. 

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If you like really clean and straight lines then bar pulls are the way to go. They work in so many different kitchen designs and they really are a modern classic. In this kitchen by Elizabeth Lawson Design, they mix perfectly with more traditional brass lighting elements.

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Add a subtle pop of gold in your kitchen then these are a great option. Unfussy brass knobs in this modern farmhouse kitchen designed by the Sarah Richardson Design Team perfectly balance out the other more dramatic brass highlights in the space.

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Your kitchen is a big investment but the hardware and lighting are where you can really bring out your own personality. Would you mix metals in your kitchen design? 

San Diego Condo Revived with New Design and Remodel

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The task was to update the clients condo and breath new life into the space. The kitchen, photographed before the remodel, was closed off, with limited space. There was virtually no storage and the lighting was poor. The biggest issue for the owner, was lacking countertop space and the fact that it was confined to one space, lacking an opening between the kitchen and the dining room.  The bathroom was dated and lacked any true style as well. 

San Diego Condo Before 

San Diego Condo Before 

We removed the wall between the kitchen and dining room and reconfigured the layout of appliances and cabinets to create an open floor plan. The cabinets go all the way to the ceiling to create as much storage as possible, yet we had open shelving to create interest. Energy-efficient LED lighting under the cabinets makes the kitchen glow at night. We added a tall broom closet to the right of the refrigerator. We replaced the kitchen's linoleum floor with white oak throughout the condo living room. Additional storage in the living room includes a new built-in bookshelves and TV cabinet in Walnut.

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The client never opened her windows so the condo was dark and depressing. We actually did a built in front of the window to mount the TV too. The window is still there but now in front of it is a functional and attractive space. 

San Diego Condo Before Fireplace & Living Room 

San Diego Condo Before Fireplace & Living Room 

After Living Room with Walnut TV Built In 

After Living Room with Walnut TV Built In 

After Chiseled Natural Stone Fireplace 

After Chiseled Natural Stone Fireplace 

San Diego Condo Before Bathroom 

San Diego Condo Before Bathroom 

After Bathroom Design Open with a Neutral Design. 

After Bathroom Design Open with a Neutral Design. 

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Condo's takes a depth of knowledge to determine what you can move and what you cannot and we partner with the finest construction professional to get the job done right. 

Step Up to a Stylish Staircase

An often overlooked but impactful way of updating and/or modernizing some homes without a complete remodel is to replace the stair railing.  In multi-level homes, the stair case is frequently a focal point of the main living area of the home and/or the entry way.  A new stair railing can liven up an outdated or stale staircase.

An exciting trend in stair railings is the use of geometric railings, often comprised of metal or wood.  These can really stand out as a design feature drawing attention to an otherwise ignorable stair case.

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Toll Brothers at Hidden Canyon in San Monica

Toll Brothers at Hidden Canyon in San Monica

Joanna Gains Fixer Upper 

Joanna Gains Fixer Upper 

Geometric Metal Railing  (House Plans Resource)

Porebski-Architects

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Its a great way to spruce up a traditional or modern staircase is by bringing in a new material for the balusters. Adding iron or steel to the railing can change the entire look and character of your stairs.

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Modern  geometric railing  (DEA VITA)

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Modern wood and metal railing  (DEA VITA)

Some of the more popular stair railings contain glass, with may or may not be topped with a railing.  A wood railing topper can tie wooden stairs into the glass rail design.  Glass railings without a cap work well in smaller spaces where the illusion of a smaller stair case appears to improve the use of space.

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Glass and wood railing (Vision Stairways & Millwork)

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Another stair railing trend draws its inspiration from nature.  The implementations range from a modest representation to highly eclectic replications of portions of the natural world.

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 Organic Stair Railing tropical-staircase - Grizzy Iron Inc

 Organic Stair Railing tropical-staircase - Grizzy Iron Inc

I admire ALL of these creative staircases.  A staircase is both enticing and mysterious (who knows what lies upstairs?). It’s also a space with endless possibilities for creating stunning design moments.  Make the most of your staircase to the next level.

The Lure of Waterjet Tile

One of the hottest tile trends is the use of waterjet tile and you can see it through California in some of the finest homes in San Diego and Orange County.  Some of the most exquistie, beautiful, and detailed tile is created via waterjet cutting. 

Artistic Tile's Capri waterjet tile    CITATION Art181 \l 1033     (Artistic Tile) variations shown below are all made of stone and rivershell:

Artistic Tile's Capri waterjet tile (Artistic Tile) variations shown below are all made of stone and rivershell:

 

The process is performed by a highly pressurized and concentrated stream of water and mineral cutting abrasives. Water jets are particularly useful in cutting elaborate curves and patterns.

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                              Waterjet Cutting Machine (SKD Studios)

The technical details are fascinating.  Water flows from a pump, through plumbing and out a cutting head with pressures between 60,000 and 94,000 pounds per square inch (psi).  A waterjet cutting machine with a 60,000 psi cutting head can cut intricate shapes in stone, metal, porcelain, and glass.  It can produce curves, whisper-thin details, and elaborate patterns that fit together seamlessly.  Just to get an idea of how much pressure that is, your home water pressure is about 60 psi and fire hoses are around 200

          In the waterjet machine tool, the pressurized water safely runs to the cutting head through ultrahigh-pressure plumbing. At the cutting head, a high speed air actuated On/Off Valve allows the water to pass through the jewel orifice creating a supersonic waterjet stream.

          Despite the high psi, waterjets don’t actually cut with pressure but instead rely on velocity. The water pressure is exchanged for velocity when the water passes out of the cutting head’s orifice.  The higher the pressure, the higher the stream velocity. At 60 psi, tap water out of a faucet is traveling 64 miles per hour (103 km/hr). At 94,000 psi, the waterjet is traveling nearly 2,500 miles per hour (4,000 km/hr) -- more than three times the speed of sound!

          Pure waterjet is used to cut softer materials than the glass, stone, ceramic. and metal used in tile.  An abrasive waterjet adds a garnet abrasive fed into the cutting head, mixed with the pure waterjet stream, and used to cut the hard materials used in tile. Adding abrasive to the supersonic waterjet stream increases the cutting power a thousand times. An abrasive waterjet, therefore, is a slurry of water, abrasive, and a little air.

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                                          Waterjets used on tile materials (Burnham)

Waterjet cut tile looks amazing and the variety is endless.  Ann Sack’s Beau Monde Glass tile comes in many variations including Blossom and Grace, shown below:

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  Ann Sack’s Beau Monde Glass Blossom tile (Beau Monde Glass | ANN SACKS Tile & Stone)

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              Ann Sack's Beau Monde Glass  (Beau Monde Glass | ANN SACKS Tile & Stone)

The Beau Monde line has fourteen different patterns available with over forty different types of art glass available.  It is suitable for all indoor wall application and comes on clear Mylar sheets. 

Artistic Tile has an expansive line of waterjet patterns using different materials including glass, marble, and mother of pearl.  Endless customizations are available. 

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Another all glass example is called Bandeau:

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A couple more examples from Artistic Tile follow.  They are all made of what Artistic Tile calls gloss glass or Symphony Glass.  They were inspired by Lauren Harper’s designer jewelry.  She is a personal favorite of Artistic Tile’s CEO and Founder, Nancy Epstein.  The Agate pattern is made out of lilac gloss glass.   

                          Artistic Tile's Lauren Harper Agate Lilac tile       CITATION Art182 \l 1033    (Artistic Tile)

                          Artistic Tile's Lauren Harper Agate Lilac tile (Artistic Tile)

                     Artistic Tile's Lauren Harper Asscher Watercolor Blue tile       CITATION Art182 \l 1033    (Artistic Tile)

                     Artistic Tile's Lauren Harper Asscher Watercolor Blue tile (Artistic Tile)

New Ravenna is another tile maker that specializes in stone and glass mosaics, many of which are waterjet cut.  There is a lot of flexibility in material use and finishes, which include polished, honed, tumbled, Venetian honed, SeaGlass™ and hand-chopped tumbled.  The selection of stone and glass is broad and they are all gorgeous.  The photos on their website don’t do their tile justice so the following extraordinary high-resolution examples were provided by the company.  Be prepared to gush!

This rich-looking New Ravenna Altimetry® selection is comprised of Ironwood ceramic, Gold glass, and Island Fog glass:    Kelp Forest By New Ravenna offered in several color variations and perfect for the home or professional space, this glass tile baths in elegance provokes a sense of luxury. 

This rich-looking New Ravenna Altimetry® selection is comprised of Ironwood ceramic, Gold glass, and Island Fog glass:  

Kelp Forest By New Ravenna offered in several color variations and perfect for the home or professional space, this glass tile baths in elegance provokes a sense of luxury. 

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Hare Apparent is a whimsical mosaic shown in Labradorite honed and Alabaster jewel glass and is part of the Kiddo Collection by Cean Irminger for New Ravenna:

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There are many more companies and designers that are working with waterjet cut tiles these days with spectacular results.  Some are well known and others are lesser known but still create beautiful work.  This dimensional tile by Artsaics, who specialize in stone, is a good example. 

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Consult Bonnie Bagley Catlin, your local San Diego bathroom designer for help in selecting the perfect tile for your home.  You deserve this beautiful tile!