Make Your Kitchen A Social Zone - Add Docking Stations

Everyone uses the kitchen. Whether they’re getting a glass of juice or preparing a meal, the kitchen is a space where people naturally go. Everyone from your family to your guests will love spending time there–and so will you if you add modern conveniences for example charging stations can make it easier to hang out longer.  It’s the perfect way to bring people together, without making the interactions seem like a requirement.

Dress Up Your Cabinets and Drawers: The only thing hotter than the white kitchen trend is the kitchen charging station.

Love the wardrobe you give to your cabinets and drawers and ensure your guests love them too. There are a variety of ways you can dress up these nooks and crannies in your kitchen–and it will make a big statement. Use track lighting beneath your cabinets to light up your countertops. Install beautiful, wooden drawer organizers that give your spoons and forks their own special place. You can even utilize a Hafele non-slip mat to keep in-drawer items in place every time you open and close your drawers.

Where will you put Docking Drawer in your next kitchen remodel?

Designing Your Dream Bathroom

What can someone expect from a design consultation?
We encourage people to contact us before they start the process of building their kitchen or bath. So, even if you’re just beginning to think about a new bathroom, lets chat about your project. We like to start by going over your wish list – what’s the dream? How do you want to your bathroom to feel? How do you want it to look? We can take you from inspiration through floor plan considerations to choosing products during the design phase.

What about the shower experiences should people be thinking about?
Technology has opened the door to a whole new world of experiences in the shower. Often people don’t realize that it’s possible to have not only water but also music, steam and lighting all working together in the shower. It’s really like having a spa treatment at home.

And spray innovations have introduced such a wide range of water delivery options that people can choose how they want to feel – energized or relaxed – and design experiences to achieve those sensations. I help clients find the best fit.

How do you help people choose a style?
We love talking about their style preferences in other areas to help us narrow in on a general area of modern or traditional. We jump into color palette preferences as well, so we can choose finishes that makes sense in the overall space.

Are there any shower products you recommend right now?
We recommend you make your tile interesting and a focal point of the bathroom. We use a lot of large format porcelain and natural stone tile. The porcelian tile usually cost a little less and is easier to maintain.  People love the way it looks and ease and care of the product. 

Signature Designs Featured In San Diego Luxe Magazine

Signature Designs Kitchen Bath latest media spotlight can be seen on both online and in the print version of San DIego Luxe Magazine. Highlighting four of our clients distinctive design build remodeling projects:  Ramona, Solana Beach and 2 projects in Encinitas, CA

San Diego Luxe Interiors + Design Magazine is where you can explore great products and design. This magazine offers clients the most comprehensive photo collection of luxury homes in San Diego and Orange County. 

 

Whats Hot In Kitchen Design 2016

Whats Hot In Kitchen Designs Mid Year 2016 

The National Kitchen and Bath Association has been tracking kitchen design trends for over 53 years now. The key trend is an emphasis on clean lines, less ornamentation and personalized luxury stands out thought the survey created by the NKBA. Clients are looking for workable, customized environments that suit their lifestyles. 

These are our top 5 trends that clients are looking for from acclaimed kitchen and bath designers across the nation.  Below are the nations Top 10 Trends.

LESS IS MORE - A pared down environment with transitional design being the leading rule of 2016. We anticipate seeing more clean lines in design, the challenge is that as the design gets simpler the design will need to find news ways to accomplish that distinctive style for the client. That can be achieved in various ways by the seasoned professional. 

COLOR CONNECTION - Consumers are finding ways to incorporate bold colors and patterns into their design. Everyone is still loving gray, white and off whites but incorporating an accent color thought in smaller accents can tell a personal story for that client

STORAGE - Pullouts, Tilt-outs, tilt-ins are HOT in cabinetry storage. It is the key requirement for homeowners, that organization items be included in more than 90 percent of kitchen projects completed by National Kitchen Bath Designers.  Topping the list of popularity are trash/recycle pullouts 81 percent.

MODERN TECH HOMES - Today's increasing volume of work from home professionals they want more options and gadgets to be part of their everyday life. Docking and charging stations have been a number one priority in all the new designs we create. The hub of the home, the kitchen, means ease and convenience of preparing a meal. That could be as simple as adding a under cabinet power strip that conveniently holds your ipad so you can read the recipe while cooking. 

STEALTH SPLURGES - Home owners have been diving back into indulging into their homes with lavish products like free standing tubs, large spa like showers and lavish refrigerators and steam cooking appliances. The greatest luxury in the world is time and if these lavish items can add a quality of life for the home owner then it is worth the investment. 

TOP 10 KITCHEN TRENDS FOR 2016
1 Transitional style, with clean lines, and less ornamentation.
2 Two or more cabinet colors/finishes in the same kitchen, often in a light/ dark combo.
3 Pull-outs, tilt-outs, and tilt-ins for easy storage, trash and recycling.
4 The look of wood flooring dominates, be it actual wood or wood-look ceramic tile.
5 Different countertops for islands and the perimeter, varying in both color and material.
6 Outdoor kitchens, most popular in the Southeast.
7 Built-in coffee stations and wet bars, as well as built-in wine refrigerators.
8 Pocket doors.
9 Pet spaces, including built-in feeding stations, food storage and crates.
10 Docking and charging stations.

TOP 10 BATHROOM TRENDS FOR 2016
1 Greater acceptance of aging-in-place amenities: no threshold showers, grab bars, higher vanity heights, chair-height toilets.
2 Transitional is pulling away from contemporary. Transitional is the most popular style.
3 Neutral colors rule in the bath. White is the most popular fixture color, and whites and grays are the most popular overall color schemes.
4 More open shelving and floating vanities.
5 More built-in storage functionality: more roll-out shelves in bath cabinetry, more “hidden” electrical outlets for blow dryers, etc.
6 Undermount sinks are far and away the most popular sink style. Emerging: 15 percent did a trough sink, which may increase slightly.
7 When tubs are installed in master bathrooms, they are most likely to be freestanding.
8 Increasing use of shower amenities such as lights, built-in seats and benches, and hand shower in addition to the mounted showerhead.
9 Polished chrome is the most popular faucet finish.
10 Other amenities specified by at least 25% of NKBA members in 2015:
a) Easy maintenance features
b) Electric radiant floor heating
c) Master bathrooms with coffee
bars, microwaves and wet bars
d) TV in mirror
e) Quiet or soft-close toilet seat
f ) Steam showers

Del Mar Custom Home Remodel

 Del Mar Custom Home Remodel 

Newly purchased home this couple immediately knew they wanted to demo the entire home and give it their personal touch. Downsizing from 5000 sq ft home in Carlsbad they choose this signle story home in Del Mar with ocean views. They were one of the easiest clients to work with because they knew what they wanted in a clean modern style and they needed to move quickly so they could move into their new home. 

Beautiful modern cabinetry , good quality construction and a quick lead time was essential in this project. They opted for the finest in appliances with the kitchen featuring Subzero Wolf refrigeration and cooking.  This stainless steel floating shelves and luxurious 3" thick white marble. The home features Bellmont Cabinetry throughout paired with the perfect design elements and features brought to life through designs by Signature Designs Kitchen Bath. 

Signature Designs Kitchen Bath showroom proudly displays the very popular Bellmont Cabinets. Bellmont Cabinet Company – Bellmont cabinetry offers the same designer styling and good construction at a great value and fast lead times. A true frameless product-cabinets with a conscience. Their line offers Contemporary and Traditional options, high gloss finishes, textured laminates and exotic wood veneers, with a complete range of door styles and finish options. The Bellmont Cabinet Co. is a family owned company in Washington state, producing cabinets to rigorous, eco-conscious standards.

Bonnie Bagley Catlin of Signature Designs Kitchen Bath is extremely knowledgeable. With countless years of industry experience, a passion for the industry and a strong commitment she is ready to serve their clients with true professionalism, a willingness to go the extra mile and customer service that is second to none. To find out more about this project or to work with a leading Kitchen Bath Interior Designer give us a call at 619-733-6540. 

Tile & Professional Photos!

PHOTOS!! Timm Eubanks Acclaimed Photographer is here to do professional photos for Somona Tile of our showroom! Pretty exciting that the Sonoma tile company things my design is worthy of their national marketing! We are super excited that we are able to have this opportunity to showcase a fun display. 

#Excitement #Signaturedesignskitchenbath #interiordesign #kitchendesign #showroom #awards #interiordesigner #california #liveyourdreams

House of Turquoise - ...and teal, robin's egg blue, aqua, sky blue, seafoam green & Ocean Blue

Erin of House of Turquoise is obsessed with turquoise so we were flattered when she posted our bathroom remodel in Carlsbad. 

Paint Info
Main paint color – Sherwin-Williams SW 6485 Raindrop
Accent wall ( the wall behind the mirror) – Sherwin-Williams SW 6487 Cloudburst

Read more about Erin's obsession with Turquoise on her blog here. Thanks Erin for appreciate of our version of Turquoise.

European Minimalistic Cabinetry - Made In USA

Love the look of European Cabinetry like Germany Cabinetry or Italian Cabinetry but you don't love the cost? We have the answer for you that is made in america.

How does the cabinetry compare in construction. Ovation cabinetry is made with the finest american craftsmanship full depth plywood boxes. That's right the standard construction practices of the European companies is to have 3/4 depth cabinet boxes. That seems odd when the cost can be so high in comparison with the German and Italian Cabinetry. 

Segue is the best of both worlds, expertly blending contemporary appeal with a traditional foundation. Offering the benefits of nature with man's refinements, while seamlessly harmonizing classic and modern styling.  Inspired by the world, made in the united states, the Segue line is contemporary in all ways.

The best ingredients for kitchen planning start with the right design professional, pared with perfect materials creating the skillful balance and harmony in your home. 

Ovation Cabinetry is a must have for any home of distinction. Signature Designs Kitchen Bath creates extraordinary spaces for Kitchens, Bathrooms for designers, architects & homeowners. Set apart from other cabinetry lines we are able to choose our finishes - not limited by the manufacture chosen materials. 

Feel the innovation of creating combinations according to your taste: materials, color, textures including matte to glossy.   By combing the unique materials and mixing in your personality we will achieve that distinctive look you are seeking. 

 

Segue offers an extensive library of both natural and engineered exotic veneers.  Decorative panels in Lacquered Surfaces which showcase High Gloss to Super Mattes. Crystal like gloss with the highest resistance to scratches and discoloring. 

Seeking the European Unmistakable Form and Function - then you have to see what we can make for your in America. Ovation Cabinetry is 100% customization and offers more finishes, door styles, cabinet sizes, with the finest in design with over 20 years of award winning confidence.  Contact Signature Designs Kitchen Bath to learn more about Ovation Cabinetry the American solution to your contemporary dream kitchen.

 

 

 

 

 

Interior Design is all about the details and the Finishing Touches

Your home's interior design makes a statement and its one of the first thing people notice as they visit. Having a door that is handcrafted by expert artisans is a distinctive way to express your individuality. Its an amazing way to make a statement in a special room like your powder room. 

Interior Design Custom Doors

Our recent project in Rancho Santa Fe has a particularly distinctive set of interior doors paired with lush wall coverings to create the perfect interior design finishes for this home. Successful design could not be more evident stay tuned for more photos from this custom home in Rancho Santa Fe. 

Luxe Interiors + Design Magazine San Diego - Orange County

Luxe Interiors + Design Magazine: thank you

Its one of landmark moments in your career that you cherish. I could not be more excited to be in the July/August 2016 issue featuring our Dream Master Bathroom in Luxe Magazine.  

DREAM MASTER BATHROOM

 

 A busy professional husband and wife team purchased a home in Carmel Valley for their family and were in desperate need of a spa get-away. The cramped shower and over-sized tub were disproportionately-sized for the space.   

We removed the built-in fireplace in the original configuration, thus freeing up space for a considerably larger new shower. The expansive shower is now a dream come true with a bench long enough to lie down on, three different types of showerhead, and hidden niches to hide the mess.

The shower features natural stone-look porcelain tile that offers beauty, variation, and sustainable attributes without the maintenance of real stone. The shower is adjacent to the windows, which provides the shower with essential light.

 Center stage is the free-standing tub surrounded by a multitude of small windows, flooding the room with natural light, the true focal point of this bathroom remodel.

 Signature Designs Kitchen Bath - Bonnie Bagley Catlin

Luxe Magazine Signature Designs

Coming Soon! Little Italy Commercial Office for Finest City Homes & Loans

We have just completed another amazing design, this project is for a returning client, the owner of Finest City Homes and Loan. We are excited to be transforming his office space from a non-discript commercial office in Little Italy to a sleek modern real estate office that will be a contemporary hub for his staff and clients. 

We are using stand sit desks, which is the perfect solution for those who are looking to outfit their entire office, but don't want the hassle of a clunky crank desk, or the risks associated with electric standing desks. The desk lifts from sitting to standing in just seconds.  If you have a project that needs to be remodeled or transformed, please give us a call to set up your consultation at (619) 733-6540 We do more than Kitchens and Baths Visit www.signaturedesignskitchenbath.com   #SANDIEGOINTERIORDESIGNER

 

European Kitchen - Modern Mix Made in America!

Featured here is a kitchen renovation recently completed featuring #OvationCabinetry, Modern Luxury made in America!  No need for overseas freight charges! Handless and Channel with Plywood Box Construction Available. 

This sleek, kitchen abuts a modern mix of glass wall cabinets and high gloss laquer flat paneled cabinetry with the focal point directed to the intricate mosaic tiles the homeowner fell in love with. The best appliances for the chef of the home nothing less than Subzero Wolf. 

Finishing off this modern mix kitchen is Cambria waterfall countertops, offer stunning quartz countertops for your dream kitchen. Cambria made it possible for this client to start their project earlier with their special financing. 

Ovation Cabinetry offers contemporary beveled furniture quality rollouts and interior drawers

Ovation Cabinetry offers contemporary beveled furniture quality rollouts and interior drawers

The dining area is enhanced with hammered metal table with abundance of windows with perfectly paired swivel chairs to share as you take on the day.

Custom Ovation Cabinetry at Signature Designs Kitchen Bath San Diego  for complete home cabinetry and design needs. Interior Design firm specializing in Custom cabinetry and design with superior quality and customization.

If you have a project that needs an award winning professionals attention, please give us a call at (619) 733-6540 Visit To Make An Appointment with us to learn more.

www.signaturedesignskitchenbath.com

Safe Water For Those In Need

Kohler Opens A new Signature Store in Culver City this week. Wonderful products perfectly displayed what an inspiration.  Well that was just the beginning for Kohler. 

Kohler has partnered with World Vision to launch a water mission to bring a clarity program that delivers 99 percent pure water containment free safe drinking water to 3rd World Countries. “Our goal with KOHLER Clarity is to provide a filter extremely efficient at creating safe drinking water that also becomes a fixture of convenience and dignity in a home,” said Mike Radloff, Senior Project Manager-Water Technologies. “Kohler engineers and designers love a challenge and have high standards. In two years, we’ve been able to bring together teams around the world to use our expertise in plumbing to develop and bring to market this solution.” 

This wonderful filter can purify up to 40 liters of water per day which is enough drinking water for a typical family and cost less than 1 cent per person per day to operate.  The filter can be easily replaced at the end of its usefulness. What a great thing to offer clean water for everyone. Approximately 1.8 billion people are affected by unsafe drinking water worldwide. 

What a great cause, we at Signature Designs Kitchen Bath have decided to become a partner with Kohler and World Vision to help the growth of clean water. Every month we will be donating towards this worthy cause, why not join us to support this global problem!  

A New Breed of Designer Tiles

Designer and decorative tiles have become more indulgent, more luxe and the desire to make a strong statement with this material is in high demand. So when it comes to updating your home and only the latest and greatest will do, take note of the following roundup of dynamic new tiles that will transform your lifestyle.

Tired of bland, boring shower tiles? Try something different! Circles in stone mosaic create a consistent, repetitive pattern that ties in with the geometric details in the sconces, cabinets and bench. A chunky marble chair rail molding frames this mirror. Not only will a mosaic in the shower make your bathroom pop, it's a timeless creation that will never make your bathroom look dated. 

Forward Fashion and Unusual Tile Patterns add to your space
Below is a A fearless geometric dark and light pattern created by a mix of two simple tile shapes (diamond and square) arranged in an over sized, full-of-movement design.

Whether you’re looking for a traditional feel or perhaps a revolutionary modern look, we will help you find the right tile for you. 

European Cabinets Made in American with High Tech, Precise Automation.

Ovation Cabinetry offers a wide range of custom modern European kitchen cabinets along with a wide selection of kitchen door style finishes including solid wood, high gloss or matte finishes, laminates, wood veneers, and stainless steel finishes.  

The feature that sets Ovation Cabinetry apart from other cabinetry made in Germany or Italy are a few things.  One feature is that you have the option to have full depth cabinets. European cabinetry made over seas actually has a 3/4 box depth standard, this can be shocking when you see your cabinets arrive if you have not been told about the construction differences. Another added feature is that you can have plywood boxes made from the finest 3/4 maple veneer interiors with NO overseas freight cost to get it to your home. Granted there will be some freight but it is at a 1/4 cost to receive your cabinetry and they are made in America.  

Segue’s cabinet is constructed with 3/4-inch plywood and natural Maple veneer interiors. The box has mortise and tenon joints and matching wood veneer edgebanding on all front edges. Tops and bottoms are 3/4-inch plywood. Backs are 1/4-inch plywood with 3/4-inch hanging rails. Integral finished ends are available or for a more European style, gabled ends are an option.

We design European contemporary kitchen cabinets that accommodate today’s common needs of storage, practicality, and style along with the highest quality. Ovation cabinetry sources materials from responsible supplies always come from FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified sources and are E1, with low formaldehyde emissions from their chipboard components. Standard Ovation kitchen would include features such as soft closing kitchen cabinets.

Signature Designs Kitchen Bath believes creating the perfect kitchen, bath and home takes more than just vision and creativity; it requires a genuine interest in bringing our customs's aesthetic needs to life in a practical modern way. We are dedicated to creating custom details that make each project a unique reflection of your personal style, living the LUXE lifestyle. 


IT'S MORE THAN A REMODEL, IT'S YOUR HOME .....LIVE DISTINCTIVELY
 

 

Understanding Custom Cabinetry and What That Means

If you’re planning a new kitchen, bath, entertainment center or other room in which quality and craftsmanship will play a major role in your home then it is essential to understand the definition of cabinetry basics.  First off, custom cabinetry is defined as cabinetry which is built to the particular specifications, wants (such as color and style) and needs of the homeowner. That can be done locally or not as locally as cabinetry is constructed based on plans and drawings, not on the proximity of the customer to the manufacturer. Many homeowners aren’t aware that in addition to the integrity of the construction, the outer finish of a cabinet is what truly distinguishes its quality, value and longevity. Despite popular belief, a local shop most likely can’t provide the quality and custom product with lasting value.

Medallion Cabinetry - Loxley White Icing Cabinetry

Medallion Cabinetry - Loxley White Icing Cabinetry

onstruction methods can vary dramatically with custom shops just as they can with factories that mass produce modular. It can be seen in the quality of the material types, sizes and fasteners that go into the construction. On the surface it may appear that using a local cabinet shop creates an advantage by eliminating the middle mad and gives the homeowner easier access to the source but that is simply not true.

Ovation Cabinetry Custom Color. 

Ovation Cabinetry Custom Color. 

ost custom shops install the cabinetry unfinished, minus the doors and drawer fronts and may even finish the cabinets on site.  Unfortunately the water based finish will not hold up like a kiln dried wood with a conversion varnish baked on in a controlled dust free environment.  In California there is a CARB law (California Air Resources Board) that states you cannot use certain glues or finishes in the state of California, the result is a less durable water based finish that can be applied by local cabinet shops.

When it comes to the finish it starts with the kiln drying. The secret in a cabinet’s longevity and ability to hold up to daily wear and tear lies in its manufacturing process. The kiln drying is the defining line for both construction and finish. Because kilns are large, expensive machines, they are afforded only by large manufacturers.

Most local custom cabinet builders follow a finishing process that involves sanding a piece of wood, staining it once, applying two layers of top coat and drying it before the piece is assembled to the rest of the cabinet. The problem with such a simplified technique is the finish can easily flake off, scrape, dent and stain, no matter how intricate the design and details are, and despite what could be a rich, colorful and visually appealing exterior. Considering the fact that cabinetry has to endure so much wear and tear in a typical home, the durability of the finish is no trivial matter

 

By investing into these million dollar machines a uniform color is achieved by toning and spray-staining the wood, the investment into these machines clearly makes the difference in how your cabinetry will stand the test of time in your home. The wood is then baked again before a catalyzed sealer is applied. A hand sealer is wiped on, speck distressing is applied and matte or standard sheen varnish is sprayed on to create lasting durability and beauty. Next, a catalyzed oven-baked varnish top coat with ultraviolet screen inhibitors is put on to provide maximum resistance to scuffing, moisture, dents, fading from UV rays and most household chemicals. Surfaces are cleaned, an optional glaze is hand applied, and an additional finish coat is administered. The wood is baked one last time to seal in everything, followed by a final layer of top coat. 

Handless Cabinetry 

Handless Cabinetry 

 

The moral of the story? The next time you shop for new cabinetry for your kitchen or other area of your home, Consider the integrity of the finish itself, which can tell you a lot about the expected lifespan of one of the most significant home improvement investments you’ll ever make. 

When a customer asks me this question (usually in response to how high my prices are) I hand them a pre-printed index card with this on it: "Custom" means "built to project-specific dimensions, standards and specifications". We are designing and building to suit a specific situation/space for a specific client in a specific home or office.  "Stock" means "one size fits all, what you see is what you get". The storage cabinets available at local big box stores are an example of "stock" cabinets.This has always worked, and it clearly demonstrates the difference between us and the big-box stores.

At Signature Designs Kitchen Bath we partner with the finest cabinetry manufactures to offer you the customization's and warranties you expect for your home. 

Inspired Rooms

York Wallcoverings have inspired rooms with their timeless designs, andwe are proud to offer the many collections of York Wallpaper. Looking for trendy wallpaper designs? Look no further than the collections offered by York Wallcoverings. 

Just a few of York's designer wallpaper collections include Ashford House, Antonina Vella, Carey Lind Designs, Georgetown Designs, Inspired By Color, J. Chesterfield Studio, Park Place Studio, Ronald Redding Designs, Ronald Redding Contract, Sure Strip, The Carlisle Company, York Designer Series, Barbara Becker and Candice Olson.
 

Can't find what you are looking for? We can help you select the right wallpaper for your home. . Official #Yorkwallcoverings Dealer........ Call us toll free 619-733-6540

Home of the Year 2016 - Kitchen Designer Bonnie Bagley Catlin

Local winner of HOME OF THE YEAR 2016 San Diego Home and Garden Lifestyles Magazine featuring this great kitchen remodel located in Balboa Park California. Please call Bonnie at Signature Designs for your inspiring design 619-733-6540 and if you have any remodel projects that needs to be done.

This young couple has a creative back ground, one being an actor and the other being a teacher who inspires others. They now enjoy a new historical home with amazing touches of modern styling and comforts. The home was designed by renowned architect Irving Gill in 1905 and is on the historical register but it only applies to the exterior of the home. The brick pillar is an original feature from the home's turn-of-the-century stove, and architect Kim Grant managed to design a workable layout around it in order to keep it. The window casings were built to replicate the original Douglas Fir windows as seen on Gill's original plans, and all the molding was redone in his signature flush style as well. The central feature in this kitchen is the Yellow Italian Bertazzoni Range with a single herringbone tiled back splash. The cabinetry is a light gray paired perfectly with a dark "graphite" gray island, and industrial vents at the toe kick enhance the overall look.

All tile and slab selection for the design was done at Stones Unlimited, Inc. (with help of Andrea Bosforo).  Photos by Jon Upson Photographer.

Storage Solutions

We all spend a lot of time in the kitchen : cooking & baking combined { that usually takes place at the island } . I find that the more I organize the Kitchen, the easier it's for me to get things done ... & faster too. 

The 3 things that can solve most storage issues

  1. Cabinets: trays dividers, rollouts 
  2. Drawers: cutlery, spice storage
  3. Shelves: open, pantry 

How to organize these spaces is up to individual preference ... based on what gets used frequently & what doesn't. Here are some great ideas & very inspiring pics of various organizational & storage solutions

Kitchens that have the open shelving & storage, gives you storage space with a casual yet modern flair. 

Good rule of thumb when creating your shelves in your pantry follow the sizing above.

Good rule of thumb when creating your shelves in your pantry follow the sizing above.