Welcome to a Year of Color In Balance - Sherwin Williams 2020 Color Forecast

Every year the design community awaits the exciting color forecast that Sherwin Williams Paint launches. Its a big event with hundreds of designers waiting with anticipation. As usual Sherwin Williams didn’t disappoint with the on target reflection of the times.

Be Present | Be Positive | Be Immersed Live in a Harmonious World

Is it a desire that we want to find joy in life again as there are tensions pulling at us from all around. Whatever the reason I am loving the vision of Sherwin Williams 2020 Color Forecast with its five curated color collections. 45 influential colors that can truly inspire and being balance to your home. See the inspirational video below.

Sherwin Williams 2020 Color Forecast

Sherwin Williams 2020 Color Forecast

 
 
 

The color palettes emphasize a wide spectrum of blues, pinks and warm earth tones. The desire for re-centering and wellness is driving the inspiration for the 2020 Colormix Forecast,” said Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams. “Each palette represents a different aspect of mindful living in the quest to slow down, take stock and bring our best selves into the next decade.”

Sherwin Williams Mantra Collection
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Sherwin Williams Heart Collection
Heart - Dark Clove

Heart - Dark Clove

Sherwin Williams Play Collection
 
Play - Oceanside

Play - Oceanside

Play - Juneberry

Play - Juneberry

Sherwin Williams Haven Collection
Haven - Eider White

Haven - Eider White

Haven - Acacia Haze

Haven - Acacia Haze

Sherwin Williams Alive
 
Alive - Tassel

Alive - Tassel

Alive - Sleepy

Alive - Sleepy

Top 50 Innovator in 2019 (kitchen & bath design news)


The Innovators: 2019
KBDN 50 top innovators whose work, creative talents, business acumen and professionalism are currently leading the way for the industry and elevating the kitchen and bath trade. The @kbdn_sola and fellow trad and design professionals selected the countries Top 50 national professionals that are design mavens, early trend setters and even disrupters in the industry.

Beyond thrilled to have been selected as a Top Innovator in Kitchen & Bath industry for 2019. Congratulations to the other 49 esteemed colleagues and talented designers who were recognized this year as well.

 
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Top 50 Innovator in 2019 Kitchen & Bath Design News

Top 50 Innovator in 2019 Kitchen & Bath Design News

 
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Dunn- Edwards 2020 Color of the Year - Minty Fresh (DE5687)

A bright and fresh inspiring color was announced by Dunn-Edwards® 2020 Color of the Year, Minty Fresh, captures the enthusiasm and optimism of a new decade. As we stand at the portal of a new era, infinite potential lies ahead. It’s invigorating, exciting — Minty Fresh!

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Nature as Inspiration

Minty Fresh — an invigorating, sweet, cool and aromatic hue — defines 2020, as a range of grounded, garden-inspired shades heralds the opportunity for a fresh start. With this mint-infused pastel hue, we are upbeat as we take an optimistic approach to creating and controlling elements that are within our power. And, as with many shades of green, nature is omnipresent, creating tranquility and balance between stillness and progress.

A client we have been working with loves this bright and inspiring color inspired by nature. You can also see this big trend with the bali inspired interiors that have been on trend this past year.

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Grounded grassy hues touch off a time of renewal. Discovering verdant influences from a range of design industries, the complex neutrals and foliage-rich hues continue to have a strong preference among consumers. Variations of this shade have been trending during the past years — from lighter cactus and mints, to darker teal blue-green, many times paired with Millennial pink to deep rose and bright fuchsia. A look back at the Dunn-Edwards 2018 Color of the Year, The Green Hour (DET544), highlights the strong and continued influence of this shade in both color and design trends.

Color at the front door

Color at the front door

All clients want the same thing, a beautiful home that is functional, while maximizing the budget.

All clients want the same thing, a beautiful home that is functional, while maximizing the budget. Remodeling can be tricky, having helped over 500 hundred homeowners through the design process we know to get clients through their project to avoid costly mistakes.

Whether your personal style is Transitional, Clean Modern or Traditional Styles. I personally believe in that the design process is about creating a distinctive style for each client. Known for our willingness to provide hands-on guidance in residential projects of all sizes. Providing all the help you need within the budget you set partnering with the finest professionals in the industry.

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Being an active member of the design community, always in tune with the latest trends and forecasts and connecting with industry leaders and having passed the CCIDC exam for Interior Designers in 2012 earned my (CID). 2017 Chair for the ASID Kitchen Bath Tour that happens on a yearly basis. I have been honored with over 20 awards and publications recently winning a National Award Winning Kitchen 2019 & Top 10 Bath 2018

We just want to say a BIG thank you to all the amazing clients we have been blessed to work on their homes.

Go from disaster to a distinctive kitchen with the right plan.

Time to plan your new year kitchen remodel. Go from disaster to a distinctive kitchen with the right plan. We have 4 helpful tips for you.

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#1 - Planning Your Kitchen Remodel Floor Plan

Watch For The Wrong Floor Plan, take all the space into consideration. If you can invest in your home most spaces do consider rearranging the floor plan and appliance location, make sure to keep your floor plan in mind. Traffic flow and clearances throughout the kitchen crucial. They call it the triangular traffic pattern between the refrigerator, stove, and oven as the old way of thinking but now its about zones. What are zones they are ways to divide up your kitchen so that you can accomplish more task with or without multiple people in your kitchen. Planning your kitchen correctly will allow for better countertop space and also help you avoid creating a mess every time you walk across the room with a dripping dish in your hand.

Remodel Floor Plan

Remodel Floor Plan

#2 - Don’t Play It Safe

Don’t settle for drab and dull. Your investing in your remodel, which adds value and visual appeal to your home. So don’t be afraid to take a risk with a bold, out of the box design.

Modern Farmhouse Kitchen

Modern Farmhouse Kitchen

Modern Kitchen Remodel

Modern Kitchen Remodel

#3 - Don’t Forget About Ventilation.

You wake in the morning and the house still smells like last nights dinner, you don’t want smells lingering for extended periods of time. Add the appropriate hood to your remodel to improve your home’s functionality, health and beauty. The hood or hood cover can also add personalized style to your space.

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#4 - Planning The Budget

Planning your kitchen remodel is so important and part of that is that your going to need to plan your investment level. You don’t want to have any regrets or remorse about what you could have or should have done, so plan to purchase and build everything you need the first time around. We just completed a conservative budget kitchen remodel. To our discover during the beginning of the remodel we found out that clients appliances are 19 years old and the refrigerator was leaking. They had to replace the refrigerator which was a large expense.

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Things to keep in mind. That planning stage for a kitchen remodel is usually about 4 weeks to a few months depending on the complexity. Then also keep in mind the time it takes to get the materials ordered for the kitchen remodel.

Modern farmhouse kitchen remodel on a modest budget

Modern farmhouse design is trendy but it works because it strikes a subtle balance between contemporary and traditional aesthetic. In essence, it’s the best of both worlds and we always try to add own spin on the look. Here is a recent project that showcases this design on a modest budget.

Modern Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel for first time home buyer

Modern Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel for first time home buyer

We helped to create in this cost effective kitchen #coastalbeachcottage home makeover. The kitchen remodel focuses on removing interior walls which were replaced with an open concept with Sea Salt white and gray @medallioncabinetry, we choose the Middleton door for a clean fresh look. The focal point of this kitchen is the natural rustic hood, which the client and I hand picked. The finishing detail in this kitchen add that elevated look like the cletile backsplash.

Hand selected rustic wood mantle

Hand selected rustic wood mantle

Cle Tile Backsplash

Cle Tile Backsplash

In the dining room picture the client sourced some affordable chevron wallpaper. #kitchenremodel

Chevron Wallpaper

Chevron Wallpaper

A home fit for a pet bunny

A home fit for a pet bunny

KBDN Bronze Medal 2019, Kitchen $150,000 – $250,000

We are so excited to share that we WON an National Award !!!
We are thrilled to be a top winner in the national award from KBDN (Kitchen & Bath Design News). #KBDN2019 We want to thank our phenomenal client who entrusted with the visionary development of her project.  A client that knew we would bring the function and design she really desired! We want to thank the entire team that work on this project,

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Congrats to all the winners and finalists! Your projects are all so inspiring ... I’m getting super charged for the next amazing project! Photos by Darlene Halaby Photography  #design #kitchen #award

The coordination of the team from the builder to the photographer is how a project like this comes together. If your team works together the results can be amazing. Read more about the project here @!

The Best Lighting Ideas in Your Kitchen and Beyond

Open plan living are now a part of most peoples everyday lives and most families are spending a majority of that time in the kitchen and family room.

Pure Edge Lighting

Pure Edge Lighting

When your planning your new home or planning a remodeling don’t forget to spend some time investing in your lighting design. During the planning stage is when you should think about all your lighting needs. Not only is lighting your pathway to get through your home but it is also how you can achieve task like cooking and cleaning. What some people don’t know is that lighting can also enhance materials and features that your going to install in your home. Like capturing the textures of materials

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Maxi+Murales+Artesia

There are new ways to achieve better more consistent lighting in your kitchen and throughout your home.

PURE EDGE

Have you heard of Pure Edge Lighting. It can be used in a residential spaces even though this is very contemporary styling.

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Pure Edge

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Lighting Options in Hanging Fixtures

There are new light fixtures out there for kitchen and your entire home. Such as linear light fixtures and also a trend in woven pendant lights.

Under Cabinet Lighting

This lighting can be one of the most important items under you kitchen cabinets maybe even more so than a beautiful backsplash. Note that under cabinet lighting is not just for the kitchen. You can use it wherever you have installed cabinets, or even a soffit detail to create a distinctive effect. Here are some good point to why you want under cabinet lighting in your kitchen, home office and bar.

Elimination of Shadows: Without a light fixture under your cabinet there will be a cast of a shadow even if you have overhead lighting. By adding a light under your cabinet you will essentially be lighting all dark spaces.

Mood Lighting - Ambiance and Design You can actually leave these indirect lights on when the rest of the lighting has been dimmed or turned off.

Enhanced or Additional Illumination The under cabinet lighting can also enhance the materials that you have invested in for your backsplash or what you might have on shelving. It is important to purchase products that are dimmable if you want that feature - they cannot be modified after installation.

Now that we know how useful under-cabinet lighting is, how do we go about implementing it to our own kitchen? There are three preferred methods to achieve under-cabinet lighting: LED strip lights, mini down lights, and fluorescent or LED linear tubes. Each method has its own set of pros and cons and the best option really comes down to personal preference.

Clean Modern LED Linear Strip Under Cabinet Lighting

Clean Modern LED Linear Strip Under Cabinet Lighting

LED strip light channels (also called profiles, extrusions, or channel guides) as they help to diffuse the light and offer a more polished, professional look to your under-cabinet lighting. These channels come in a variety of shapes and sizes depending on your personal preference.

LED strip light channels (also called profiles, extrusions, or channel guides) as they help to diffuse the light and offer a more polished, professional look to your under-cabinet lighting. These channels come in a variety of shapes and sizes depending on your personal preference.

LED Vertical in Cabinet Lighting. Another trend that we are seeing is LED Strips installed vertically inside cabinets. This needs to be thought about prior to placing your order for your cabinets..

LED Vertical in Cabinet Lighting. Another trend that we are seeing is LED Strips installed vertically inside cabinets. This needs to be thought about prior to placing your order for your cabinets..

Mini Downlights  Down lights are not just for the ceiling! Certain down lights are specially designed for use under the cabinet such as the Niche Down lights. These mini down lights sit flush under the cabinet and can be spaced in a row to create a visually interesting and functional under-cabinet lighting. These light fixtures are more noticeable but they can actually be a design statement.

Mini Downlights

Down lights are not just for the ceiling! Certain down lights are specially designed for use under the cabinet such as the Niche Down lights. These mini down lights sit flush under the cabinet and can be spaced in a row to create a visually interesting and functional under-cabinet lighting. These light fixtures are more noticeable but they can actually be a design statement.

Kichler Under Cabinet Lighting - LED or Fluorescent Fixtures  You may remember fluorescent tubes for their annoying flickering and the aggravating warm-up period every time you turn them on but today’s fluorescent tubes are much improved from their predecessors. If fluorescent doesn’t convince you, linear tubes now come in LED versions too. Fluorescent/LED linear tubes are an affordable option for under-cabinet lighting. Going with this option does require the use of a cover to block the light from reflecting directly to the eyes. There are a lot of these fixtures available.

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You may remember fluorescent tubes for their annoying flickering and the aggravating warm-up period every time you turn them on but today’s fluorescent tubes are much improved from their predecessors. If fluorescent doesn’t convince you, linear tubes now come in LED versions too. Fluorescent/LED linear tubes are an affordable option for under-cabinet lighting. Going with this option does require the use of a cover to block the light from reflecting directly to the eyes. There are a lot of these fixtures available.

Led Fixture with outlets

Led Fixture with outlets

Need more info. Below is a great guide for choosing under cabinet lighting.

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For both puck and strip lights, it is a good idea to install them closer to the front face of the cabinet. This hides them from sight, creating a more aesthetic look. Additionally, it prevents any glare from reaching someone else in direct line of the light.

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With great advances in lighting technology made over the last decade or so, homeowners have plenty of great options to choose from when it comes to under cabinet lighting. Hopefully, the above guide has helped you decide what kind of lighting is perfect for you.

Check Out Our Other Great Articles on Lighting & More:

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How to light a Kitchen

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 Currently in Construction

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

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Before Shower Carmel Valley

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A bathroom remodel where we removed the old glass block and travertine shower for a material that was brighter, more modern to give this tired old bathroom a fresh new look.

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.

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

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

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

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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

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

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