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 Before Kitchen had outdated wallpaper, old fashion cabinetry and was lack style. 

Before Kitchen had outdated wallpaper, old fashion cabinetry and was lack style.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 I saw that it was alcove that seemed outdated and not usefull in the existing space.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. 

 dasMOD MidCentury Bathroom Remodel 

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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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)

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Porebski-Architects

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!

Not Your Mothers Sink - Designing Your Cleanup Zone

Imagine, if you will, having all the space you need for food preparation in your kitchen, a big enough area for cooking, and plenty of room for cleaning up. Further envision that all of this is separate from but close enough to your storage and dining areas, both of which are sizable enough for your usage for your kitchen remodel. 

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It was not easy to achieve all this in the every kitchen design, particularly when so many of the plans are based on the 1940s-created kitchen triangle.  Remember that the focus of the triangle is the sink, refrigerator, and stove, which should be arranged to form a triangle.  The legs of the triangle are supposed to be four to nine feet and the total distance should be thirteen to 26 feet.  A single cook was assumed.

Current trends are moving away from the kitchen triangle to a zoned-approach . . . what is done in what areas and how much of it is done. . . prep, cook, serve, cleanup, storage . . . and how many cooks will be in the kitchen at any given time . . . along with kids, guests, and visitors.

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Cleanup Zone

The cleanup zone would be your main sink area.  There are must-haves that everyone needs at a well-designed cleanup zone.

  • Sink
  • Dishwasher
  • Recycle trash
  • Soap dispenser
  • Garbage disposal
  • Counter space

            That is where The Galley® comes in as a perfect solution for your kitchen remodel.  Now, we’re not talking about a galley-shaped kitchen, which consists of a single aisle.  The Galley® is an innovative new way to design kitchens.  The Galley® is a kitchen sink like none you have ever seen before.  The Galley® is a way to combine all of your work zones in a matter such that you have enough of each one.  The Galley® is the modern way to set up your kitchen.

            The basis of the multi-configuration multi-function Galley® workstation is their U.S. manufactured 16 gauge 10” deep stainless steel sink called “The Swiss Army Sink” (Gold) by FineHomebuilding.com.  The highest quality stainless steel is married with sound pads and a special sound-deadening undercoating for a quieter work experience.  The Angel finish cuts down on reflectivity and provides for easier maintenance of the stainless steel interior of the sink.

            But what really puts this sink to work is its double-tiered design.  The kitchen sink has an upper flange (lip or rim) and a lower rail upon which accessories can reside.  And it is these accessories that turn it into a kitchen workstation.

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The length of the Galley and the type and number of accessories determine the configuration of and the functions provided by the Galley.  They range from 22” to 80½“ long and come with a five-piece to eleven- accessory set (additional accessories are available).  This allows for one through three cooks using the Galley at the same time.  The Galley comes in four finishes: Natural Bamboo (shown above), Graphite Wood Composite, Gray Resin, or White Resin.

            What are these accessories?  They’re all the normal things required for food prep, cooking, serving, entertaining, and cleaning up: cutting boards, platforms, bowls, colanders, and drying racks. Now, they are all in one place.  In the Galley shown above, there is a cutting board and a bowl in a platform.  Note that they can slide back and forth and be combined with other accessories. In the shot below, a drying rack and a colander are utilized.

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In addition to the accessories that come with each Galley Sink, there are many more available to completely customize your workstation experience.  To help you create the perfect prep and clean up zone in your kitchen.

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The variety of Galley base sinks the differing finishes, and the variety of accessories insures that no matter what the cooking and entertaining style is in your home, there is a Galley for you.

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Pairing the Galley with an adjacent induction cooktop with an oven underneath brings more cooking into the picture.

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There are more possibilities available with the Galley.  Contact your favorite kitchen designer, Bonnie Bagley Catlin with Signature Designs Kitchen & Bath, for more information about how to get your unique Galley kitchen.

Luxury Kitchen Appliances for Transitional Kitchen Remodel - Before & Afters

Everyone likes before-and-after pictures, particularly when the change is dramatic and the result eye-catching .  Kitchen Bath & Certified Interior Designer Bonnie Bagley Catlin of Signature Designs Kitchen & Bath designed a luxury transformation in Central San Diego.   

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The clients, like many folks in this region of the country with its balmy Mediterranean weather here in San Diego, love to bring the outdoors in and indoors out.  That is one of the main features in this home remodel.

The nationwide trend toward great rooms and open continuous space versus separate rooms for every function marks this redesign as well.  The general kitchen area has been the focus of the home for years, but it took a while for enlarging the area to become established.  This home exemplifies the move, removing chopped up little rooms to create an expansive entertainment area. The clients often have guests over, sometimes as many as forty, and will use that area to its fullest.

Bonnie Bagley Catlin’s design fulfilled a number of the clients’ other requests as well.  They had gone to see some large design/build firms in the San Diego area, but none of them really listened to them like Mrs Bagley Catlin.  The retired professional husband was an avid chef and wanted the finest luxury appliances.  He dreamed for a kitchen large enough for him to cook in with many visitors present.

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Before Dining Room Wall 

The after space with the high ceiling it was imperative that we were able to raise the beam as high as possible in that part of the house. As the wall is opened up the way just blowing out that one wall opens up the kitchen is amazing.

 After Dining Kitchen Wall 

After Dining Kitchen Wall 

Moving the dining room into what was previously the living room not only gave the dining room a larger space, but allowed for more entertainment area.  In addition the former dining room became a sitting room, creating more entertainment space lending towards the clients desires for more of that indoor-outdoor living.  The La Cantina Bi-Fold door really added to bringing in the outdoors as well.

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By adding on to this client home in the dining room permitted for extra square footage that allowed us to incorporate a small glass bar with a full sized Subzero Built In Wine storage. 

 New Subzero Wine Wall

New Subzero Wine Wall

The old kitchen .. . in addition to being small, outdated, and dark, there was an unnecessary soffit on the ceiling that was removed to increase overhead space.  Coupled with knocking out the wall to the dining room and the addition, that side of the home went from average to fabulous when it comes to entertaining space.

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Before Ref / Dining Wall

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Before Nook

The outdated Tuscan kitchen has an entirely new look and feel.  This kitchen went from cluttered . . .to gorgeous, spacious, and much more functional. Center stage in this kitchen are custom cabinetry with a bevel detail and Sherwin Williams Modern Gray for the light cabinets. 

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The built in buffet in the nook was replaced with refrigeration provided by two Sub-Zero integrated units, one all refrigerator and one all freezer. 

The increased space comes even though the island length increased and extended into the former breakfast nook, eliminated in Signature Designs Kitchen Bath space layout, provide more room for mingling between the guest and the chefs. 

 New Fully Integrated Subzero Refrigerator and Freezer Wall 

New Fully Integrated Subzero Refrigerator and Freezer Wall 

 There are now two sinks, one of them being a truffle-colored Blanco America Precis™ Super Single Undermount Sink.  The precious stone in the kitchen. BLANCO sinks made of SILGRANIT stand out thanks to the elegance of the beautiful colours and attractive designs. SILGRANIT consists of 80% granite, which makes it ideal for daily life in the kitchen.

 Blanco Siligrant Sink 

Blanco Siligrant Sink 

The Miele ovens are located at the opposite end of the kitchen from the refrigeration system.  The top-of-the-line cooking appliances include a 48” dual fuel range/oven combo that’s incredible.  It has six gas burners plus a griddle plus a convection over with controllable humidity levels plus a warming drawer plus a rotisserie plus a Sabbath mode.  The second over is also a Miele, this one a combination convection and steam oven. 

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Two different types of counters were used in this design.  Bonnie of Signature Designs Kitchen Bath specified a Silestone® natural quartz composite sink for the working areas.  Silestone® is extremely hard and resilient making it perfect for cooking areas.  Its non-porosity lends Silestone® its highly stain resistant quality. 

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Countertop Details

However, a beautiful piece of Quartzite graces the part of the island where diners and drinkers will hang out.  Granite and Quartzite is porous and needs to be sealed on a regular basis to maintain its striking esthetic quality.  Whereas dining at the old island was not something to be appreciated . . .using the new island will be a sensual experience, with beautiful granite and the delicious smells from the nearby range/oven .

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This incredible home remodeling project could not have been done without the general contractor that Bonnie Bagley Catlin partnered with Remcon Remodeling.  The unerring attention to Bonnie’s design and technical craftsmanship made this project work.  Photographic credit for the “after” pictures goes to Maria Pablo Photography. 

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Is that Wallpaper - what we are seeing now in statement wallpapers

Is that wallpaper?  Yes wallpaper resurgence is stronger than ever with more and more custom manufactures surfacing. There are so many options that is hard to decide how to take that first step.  There’s something about a wall covering that adds that extra element of color, energy and texture to a room.

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Wall coverings provide a way to unite a space together  and enhance its overall effect.  Wall treatments create a warm, cozy look for any room that meets the needs of any discerning homeowner.   With a wide range of style, from textured, grass cloth to floral patterns San Diego Bonnie Bagley Catlin of Signature Designs, is sharing some of her favorite wall coverings she uses when designing homes for clients.  

Whether its paper, fabric, something with pattern, or just texture, our walls are a great opportunity to create a great backdrop for interiors. There’s not much that says custom quite like wallpaper (naturally because it is much more labor intensive than a paint job).

1, Strong Patterns: Design trends coming from Palm Springs and LA designers are bringing designs to life with bold patterns and colors. Kelly Wearstler is know for her strong pattern mixing.  

2. Rich Colors  Clients are asking for more color. We are seeing a desire to personalize and warm up their homes.  A recently completed home in Rancho Santa Fe features this metallic wall covering. Blended striping composed of woodpulp make a perfect statement in this powder room, 

 Rancho Santa Fe Custom Home - Signature Designs Kitchen Bath 

Rancho Santa Fe Custom Home - Signature Designs Kitchen Bath 

3. Iconic Wallpaper Patterns are always a great choice.   York wall coverings offer Candace Olsen Couture collection. -Rich classic patterns for elegant looks. This magnificent Candice Olson collection reinterprets classic luxury with a style that is simple. 

 Multple Candice Olson Patterns Featured 

Multple Candice Olson Patterns Featured 

4. Traditional Elegance - Large Scale Pattern Wallpaper 

The bigger the pattern, the bolder the design. When designing with oversized and dynamic scaled patterns, it is important to consider the space you are applying the wallpaper to.

 Fortuny Wallpaper from Royal Design Studio

Fortuny Wallpaper from Royal Design Studio

Whether you’re looking for something more refined or something daring, Wallpaper is still an amazing option for interior design needs. 

From The Chair of the ASID Kitchen Bath & More Tour 2017

As the Chair of the ASID Kitchen and Bath & More Tour, we are thrilled to share with you that we had twelve remarkable homes created by San Diego Top Kitchen & Bath Designers.  We showcased 12 homes with the latest advancements in kitchen & bath design. As the progressed we has steady flow of consumers that visited each home with an average of 100 to 150 people to the 12 homes. It is the perfect way for clients to meet members of the American Society of Interior Designers have created some of San Diego County’s most stunning properties. professional designers have the skills and talent to assist discerning homeowners with projects that combine beauty and function in residential exteriors and interiors.

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Our ASID Kitchen Bath Home:  Our clients Solana Beach home with ocean views was transformed to maximize the living area, creating a great room experience for a young family. The results emphasize the family bonds, connecting the cook with their friends and family members.  After removing the dividing wall and opening the rooms, the home was re-imagined through space planning resulting in a creative family hub. Resurfacing the fireplace gave birth to a modern focal point.  The residence is now flooded with natural light, capturing the energizing color palette, rich with bold colors and layered with textures. 

Before and After Video our Solana Beach ASID Kitchen Bath & More Tour 2017

San Francisco - The Zephyr Bloggers Retreat 2017 - Through A Designers Eye

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The above picture is of the iconic San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge embraces part of the story that makes up San Francisco highlighting the Bay with a view of the city in the backdrop. There are many layers to the city ranging from diverse cultural melting pot and its deep connections to layers of nature. The San Francisco natives seem to embrace organic fresh foods, it was actually voted the number-one best city to live the organic foodie lifestyle by the online magazine Organic Authority

I was fortunate to be asked to participate in a trip to San Francisco to share in it's rich culture and to learn more about Zephyr Ventilation which is based in San Francisco. Upon arriving in San Francisco I made my way to the hotel The Clift Hotel designed by Philippe Starck. The hotel has an eclectic feel , dark and moody on the main floor and tranquil lilac upstairs on the room floors. The hotel has chairs in every corner. It is one of Philippe Starck design statements. 

Since 1997, San Francisco-based Zephyr Ventilation has challenged the notion that the range hood is an afterthought in kitchen design. We have made it our mission to design architectural forms that capture the imagination and generate new ideas to distinguish your kitchen. 

We shared an afternoon with Iconic Fu Tung Cheng - International Designer Resident of Berkeley California . He has designed a hood line for Zephyr that is affordable. He went on to shares some of this latest projects in California #zephyr

Zephyr Ventilation Features that stand out:

Clean Air Feature– turns hood on once every 4 hours for 10 minutes

Zephyr RF Remote Control
Traditionally, remote controls have been utilized as part of entertainment and home theater systems, but with the Arc Collection, Zephyr has brought the convenience of such devices into the kitchen. The RF Remote Control - an ingenious gem of a device - not only commands the power and light of each Arc Collection range hood, but it also compliments a countertop with its sleek, geometrical and palm-sized design. From a distance of up to 15 feet away, the RF Remote Control affords its user a degree of convenience that significantly enhances spending time in the kitchen workspace. Additionally, the remote control centralizes the range hood's operations in one easy to reach place without having to reach over head or pinch buttons to operate the range hood. Included with Arc Collection Hoods.

Multiple Blower Options

Bloom HD LED Lightbulbs– an industry breakthrough offering 25,000 hours of life, are dimmable, and remain cool to the touch

DCBL Suppression System– in layman’s terms, it’s all about air quality. This system offers decreased ambient noise with increased power and efficiency, using 77% less energy, making 77% less noise, and delivering 30% more cfm than standard hoods. DCBL offers the quietest (virtually inaudible), most energy-efficient and best performing range hoods on the market. For those of you who are following the engineering details here, this motor increases torque at lower speed settings and provides increased CFM levels with lower noise levels simultaneously.

Airflow Control Technology (ACT)– all DCBL and select models include ACT, which is a proprietary feature that limits closer CFM to ensure your home is safe and in compliance with local make-up air codes.

ICON Touch Controls – techies, any model with this feature is for you-

Self Cleaning Systems (hello…)

Quick-Lock installation for island models- If you have ever installed an old school island hood or watched installation, you will appreciate this feature.

Exploring the City by the Bay

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During our designers retreat we had a blast exploring San Francisco Design District and Napa Valley as a tourist with our gracious host Zephyr. 

   Coup D’Etat  is a furnishings gallery filled with vintage furniture, lighting collections and artisan pieces - luxury materials and unique pieces of art. 

Coup D’Etat is a furnishings gallery filled with vintage furniture, lighting collections and artisan pieces - luxury materials and unique pieces of art. 

Throughout the trip we indulged in farm to table cooking, topping off our last day with a trip to Napa wine country with an education and full and proper wine tasting.  Joseph  Phelps winery was pure class and the wine was incredible. Not being a huge fan of wine I was skeptical but I clearly learned that a fine wine can make you change your mind. 

Everything about this trip to San Francisco was planned to the tee!! From the presentation to the education. Zephyr is definitely a influential brand that you should bring into your home.  I bring expertise and knowledge to my clients to enhance their lifestyle and home environment. Their home is where they feed their families and friends which feeds my soul to give them such a personal space they can share with their loved ones. 

Did You Vent Today??

Today the kitchen hood has taken on a many new looks depending on your personal style. Trends are split between the disappearing hood and a focal point where the hood becomes the piece of art in your kitchen. 

What is your style? Clean - Sleek low maintenance or statement focal point. My clients have mixed design signs lately, it is truly a personal preference. Once you have decided the style of hood you want the question then becomes how do I select a companies product to bring into my home. Performance and style are my hot buttons that I share with my clients. Noise levels have a lot to do with the air movement through the exhaust van but there should be a lot of excess noise.  The purpose of a exhaust hood is it is designed to collect airborne grease, moisture and cooking odors. 

 Billionaires Row Condo in LaJolla CA $10,120,00 - Zephyr Lux Ventilation Hood 

Billionaires Row Condo in LaJolla CA $10,120,00 - Zephyr Lux Ventilation Hood 

Zephyr Ventilation is celebrating 20 years of solving consumer needs.  Pushing the boundaries of kitchen ventilation design, performance and technology.  Zephyr in 2000 brought change to the ventilation world by partnering with some of the industries leading designers like Fu Tung Cheng and Robert Brunner.  Each designer in on their own has distinctive design qualities and partnering with Zephyr they created a dynamic team. Here are a few of the the designers collection. 

 Cheng Limited Edition Zephyr Hood 

Cheng Limited Edition Zephyr Hood 

Zephyr Moderna combing the finishes of steel and glass it is a great choice for that modern kitchen that wants to make a statement with highly effective Bloom HD LED light blubs. 

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Then the Pisa hood by Zephyr might be a great choice for your next kitchen remodel if your looking for a clean modern style for your kitchen. 

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Pisa’s low-profile body delivers stunning design which you can be proud of. It features an elegant retractable visor which helps in the capture of air and puts control at your fingertips.

Create your own perfect ambiance with Zephry Verona Wall. Don't let the glass canopy fool you, the Verona has the capability to change with your mood. You can select from cloud white, deep blue and amber yellow to match your kitchens decor. Now that's unique. 

I am off to the Zephyr factory later this month to hear more about this innovative company.  I cant wait to share all the knowledge that I gain from my trip to San Francisco. 

Vanity Bath Silhouettes by Medallion

Signature Designs Kitchen and Bath & Medallion Cabinetry are proud to

announce a new bathroom cabinetry and vanity program. 

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With six amazing styles that allow you to use all of the cabinet levels available to Medallion customers, including Silverline, Gold, and Platinum.
Transport your senses every day with unique, artistic furniture from Bath Silhouettes by Medallion Cabinetry.

Recreate the European countryside spa you fell in love with or that edgy, contemporary retreat.
Breathe in the fresh crisp autumn air or bath in rich sunlight all within the comforting walls of your own home.

Create a personal spa with elegant architectural touches on flexible, easy-to-use cabinetry that can be customized to your personal style and tastes.

Portico Collection

 Immerse yourself in the brilliance of grand design with the portico collection. Begin you day basked in luxury with bathroom furniture that emulates exquisite villas, end it soaking the days work away as nobility. Experience magnificence with portico. Evoking a felling of grandeur thriugh it's beautiful design. Elegant architecture ever present in the toe valance and top molding.

Solare Collection

The Solare vanity collection emits a bright and airy design that can completely transform any bath. With a furniture style look that gives the vanity an open bottom and legs.

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  • Hand applied stains and varnishes
  • 3/4" solid hardwood dovetail drawer, the strongest drawer box available
  • Solid hardwood door and frame construction
  • Concealed hinges and drawer guides
  • 3/4" thick adjustable shelving
  • Superior case construction - each cabinet is built with 1/2" standard sides, tops and bottoms; strong I-beam construction; dadoed joinery; and pocket screwed hanging rails. 
    All lines coordinate with Medallion's impressive selection of islands, wood hoods, moldings, storage elements, decorative accents and other accessories. 

Signature Designs Kitchen Bath - THEPLACE for kitchens and baths supplies homeowners, builders and businesses in the Carlsbad and San Diego Area with premium quality custom and made-to-order cabinets at an exceptional value.  

Choose from a wide range of styles and configurations suitable for kitchens, baths - every room in your home. 

Biggest Mistake When Remodel

Building a home for your family is exciting! FUN, joyful. Or should be!  After 20 years of working with homeowners and many, many new builds and major remodels, without a doubt there are more than a few mistakes but this seems to be a trend right now as the biggest issue.

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Not having a plan. This sounds silly right? But there are plans and then there are PLANS as in “planning”. You need not just a plan for the house itself but also a plan for how you are going to tackle the myriad of decisions you will need to make to transform the paper “plan” into the 3 dimensional home you envision. This takes a lot of work ….and guidance.  It is so important to think this through and get it right…on paper…before you release the bulldozers. Do not try and “select things” out because your builder said he needs this info before he begins. This is great and wonderful if you are building a tract home. But this thinking has no place in the reality of custom home building. It is a process and yes yes we want to have good estimates on costs to build but this can be done without buying every special deal you see on online before a tree is cleared. 

Lately a multitude of clients have come to me from Carlsbad, Encinitas to LaJolla, when they have already started framing their new home or remodeling project. This can be accomplished of course but what it does to you is causes a lot of stress. We are reacting instead of planning. As a word of advice play it safe and think through all your building needs, budget and over all style in the beginning.  

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Be Smart Plan Ahead, Concept Design, Drawings, Finishes, Budget  - Successful Project. 

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My Trip to Kohler - The Bold Look of Kohler

This week raps up with a fantastic trip to Kohler Wisconsin to visit the Kohler Plumbing Factory. 

My trip started off a bit rough with airport delays and a long layover in Phoenix, arriving to The Kohler American Club early the next day.  More than a bit exhausted I was still eager to get up and start the day for my Kohler Experience. From the moment the day started my experience there was nothing short of spectacular.  Kohler is such a top-notch company with exquisite, cutting-edge products, it would be difficult to leave uninspired.

As a leading designer, I place a lot of value in being able to have product knowledge for quality products before putting them in my clients’ homes. I want to know first hand how Kohler is always inspired to create trend setting designed products and how the artist crafts each unique piece.  

 Kohler Design Center - Kohler Wisconsin 

Kohler Design Center - Kohler Wisconsin 

Tuesday we spent exploring just how Kohler makes a few of its plumbing products with a 3 hour factory tour. It is truly amazing to see the detailing and time it takes to make their products. Now I truly appreciate the value they offer their products to the public, great quality and good value pricing. 

While at Kohler I received impeccable service at The American Club, always greeted by an enthusiastic and helpful staff.  It seems the Kohler staff throughout there large company holdings have the same enthusiasm for the Kohler family.   Class Act! 

Fashionably Designed Living Room

When your clients aren't afraid to go bold!  This client loves ocean rich blues hues, so we brought those colors to their home.  Daring mix of colors with modern touches that bring bright energy and character to the space.

Large windows flood the room with natural light, highlighting the wall color and art, creating an intriguing sensation of depth.  Center focal point is a unique set of LP modern art.  Paired with a pair of ceiling pendants add an artful illumination to the living room area, where teal, blue and magenta meet in a daring contrast of color. When you come home to this project you can except to be floored.