Monthly Archives: November 2015

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Trend Alert: Chinoiserie Chic

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Chinoiserie: the imitation or evocation of Chinese motifs and techniques in Western art, furniture, and architecture, especially in the 18th century. Source Some characterstics of Chinoiserie style constists of: Upturned ends on tables Bamboo furniture Garden Stools Ginger Jars  CHINOISERIE is a French word that means “in the Chinese taste”. It describes a European style […]

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Industry Ed with Richard: Kitchen and Bath Guideline Series

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In this post we will discuss the NKBA Kitchen and Bathroom Planning Guidelines, by first stating the guidelines and then pointing out their importance and giving insight on solutions and practices based on my industry experience. Find out more about NKBA here. The Guidelines (according to the NKBA) Toilet Paper Holder The toilet paper holder should […]

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Trend Alert: Intricate Color Palettes

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  Colors communicate aspects of a personality or brand and have the power to produce psychological and physiological effects.  In the design industry we are noticing a shift towards complex color palettes.  Designers like Kelly Wearstler and Jenny Komenda often are using unexpected color combinations in delightful ways.  Here is an example of a complex […]

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History Lesson: Terrazzo Flooring

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Source The name terrazzo derived from the Italian word for “terraces”. Terrazzo itself originated in the fifteenth century when Venetian marble workers started using discarded marble remnants to make floors. The marble remnants were originally used to surface the terraces around their living quarters, but were also known to be used in churches, libraries, government […]

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Throwback Bathrooms: What were we thinking?!

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Last week we went through throwback photos of kitchens over the years. This week lets look through some perfectly funky bathrooms from the past 50 years! These photos are sure to make you ask “What were we thinking?!” 1950s Many of us are very familiar with the 50’s bathroom, where the tile matches the color […]

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