Kohler :: Design With A Vision

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, then you know that I am a full-fledged interior designer (before I became a full-time design blogger). There were a lot of nights that I made the trek into Atlanta to attend the Atlanta College of Art before it became SCAD (six months shy of graduating before finishing at Vanguard). I can hand draft (and prefer too), read blueprints better than I can my handwriting, and I see the world in terms of balance, symmetry and scale. So when I have a chance to use my hard-earned education, I will. So let’s go back to Spring 2014, I received an e-mail from one of my favorite P/R firms out of NYC, Sharp Communications, and the team of Josh Schoenfelder (Lauren and Kate). Josh wanted to see if I would be interested in designing a vanity with Kohler and then installing it in our home. Well….I thought about it for less than an NY minute, and never looked back. (I do want to mention that one vanity morphed into an entire bath outfitted with fabulous product from Kohler). The opportunity to partner with the leader in kitchen and bath fixtures and furniture was a chance to not only flex my design muscle, but upgrade our builder grade bathroom with cutting edge product and luxury bath cabinets constructed from premium hardwoods. Collaborating with Kohler is a great honour, and with boxes of product filling our garage, I feel like an (overly) excited child eagerly waiting to open her much anticipated Christmas presents. We are a few weeks away from the demo, and have signed on a fabulous contractor, purchased our tile (our master is going to be swathed in Carrera marble, hexagonal tiles for the shower floor, 12″x24″s and subway for the shower walls). All of which will be upstaged by the Kohler vanity, fixtures and lighting. Yes, lighting. Kohler has included every last lavish detail in the Tailored Vanity Collection (you can view the product brochure here) http://kohler.dirxion.com/tailoredvanities/app.php?RelId=6.1.8.2. It’s an opportunity to choose your exterior, choose your interior, choose your top and coordinating components. They have made it easy to customize your bath from a stunning array of choices, for Mr. B and I the challenge was making a decision since we both had our vision of what the master would look like. Typical marital discord over design choices, sound familiar? In the end we chose a 72″ dual sink vanity from the Poplin Collection in Woolen Oak complete with custom drawer dividers, his and hers. Mine has a roll out appliance tray, make-up tray and drawer dividers. Mr. B. chose the side mount power strip and drawer dividers (we’ll share the appliance tray). From the inside to the outside we customized our vanity to reflect the way we live. Kohler has created a collection that is not only “thoughtfully designed”, but beautifully tailored. The vanity is topped with a Solid Expressions top (field trimmable) in white, which will pair beautifully with the Carrera. I love contrasts and the warm woods, paired with subtly veined white marble will transform our bath into a luxe and stunning sanctuary complete with custom features courtesy of Kohler. I want a bath that feels sleek and chic, and this pioneer in kitchen and bath fixture has afforded us an opportunity to create our dream bath including a designer commode, automated shower controls, towel racks, matching vanity mirrors and sophisticated lighting. Kohler’s Tailored Bath Collection truly has something for everyone from cottage style to urban chic, offering an array of choices.

If you followed my personal tour of HGTV’s Urban Oasis 2014  (www.urbanoasis) then you know that Kohler is a sponsor, the baths are resplendent in Kohler product http://www.us.kohler.com/us/Bathroom-Vanities-&-Console-Tables/category/1018351/429204.htm, and all are stunning. I’m so excited to have my readers be a part of this transformation from the demolition of our old master to the “afters.” I’ll be sharing the process from start to finish including tips on how you can build your dream sanctuary. We are even video taping the renovation to document our progress every step of the way and sharing it online. Now for the pictures showcasing some of the product we’ll be using in the transformation, I’m even biting the bullet and using wallpaper in the toilet area (if any of my former clients are reading this I know I’ve always said “no”to wallpaper in a bath, but it’s going to be in the separate toilet room). It’s time to make bold choices in our bath.

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Our Vanity is from Kohler’s Poplin Collection, and we chose the finishes, the inside, sink and top allowing us to customize our choices…

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I’ll be sharing more of our selections in the coming weeks as the Master-bath progresses…I want to give a huge thanks to Kohler for making all our Master-bath dreams come true…For more information about The Tailored Bath Collection visit http://kohler.dirxion.com/tailoredvanities/app.php?RelId=6.1.8.2

As a side note: we received product as compensation for our collaboration and blog posts, but as always the musings and opinions are purely my own.

Until next time,

BE INSPIRED. BE AMAZING.

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HGTV Urban Oasis :: Part 2

Here is Part 2 of the tour with Lindsay Pumpa, HGTV Urban Oasis Interior Designer. Lindsay is a delight, not only was she hand-picked as the Urban Oasis designer, but she has a portfolio of work that is truly stellar (www.lpumpadesigns.com). Based out of Florida she has been the lead on the last three houses. She is engaging, talented and funny. Which was just what I needed after getting caught in a torrential downpour that was taking place outside this sanctuary. While she looked picture perfect, I looked like I had stuck my hand inside one of the Jonathan Adler light fixtures, and the electrical shock went straight to the top of my head. So you’ll notice that there are pictures of me with Lindsay suspiciously missing. I’ll be taking a rain-check on any photo opportunities.

Part 2 is all about the back of the residence, the one that is accessed by walking down a long hallway accentuated by bold horizontal stripes running down its length. An added treat was the custom artwork painted by various Atlanta talent lining the walls. The lucky winner will have their own personal art gallery of sorts housed inside this haven of luxury. Our next stop was the Master-bedroom whose walls are bathed in the richest tones of plum. This space reflected Lindsay’s love of a neutral foundation and layers of sumptuous texture, paired with modern furnishings and sculptural accents. Of course, what Master wouldn’t be complete without a fully equipped wet-bar perfect for cocktails or breakfast in bed all while enjoying the million dollar views. Quiet niches for relaxing, a leather wrapped bed to envelop you in modern comfort or a soothing colour palette all define a room that is designed for luxury living. Off the bedroom is an ensuite bathroom with state of the art fixtures, a Kohler (www.Kohler.com) shower with automated controls, and a soaking tub (also Kohler) overlooking the vibrant city of Atlanta. I do want to give honourable mention to the state of the art toilet, which was not only a full functioning bidet, but also had lights, a music stream and remote controls. A man’s dream commode wouldn’t you say? From here Lindsay and I made our way to the guest room, the first thing I noticed was the stunning sculptural light from AllModern, and the geometric pattern painted on the wall that skillfully mirrored the pattern of the rug. The painter was genius because it is a unique and eye-catching focal point (if only I knew his name I would totally share). This room is playfully wrapped in sophisticated neutrals and bold pattern, defining city chic. The Oasis was designed to ensure that the lucky winner is indulged and pampered. Like most who have entered, I am hoping that I will be the lucky winner enjoying this residence of sumptuous living complete with signature amenities of the five-star Mandarin Oriental. Yes, I even made sure to get to know the doormen, after all they’ll be seeing me a lot in the future. A girl has to dream, and it might as well be big, right? I want to thank the HGTV Design Team of Lindsay Pumpa, Jack Thommason and Gary McCormick and Kristin Alm from Scripps Networks for being such gracious hosts. Also, special thanks to AllModern (www.AllModern.com), one of the sponsors who provided all the stunning furnishings and accents that you’ll see here. And lastly don’t forget to enter for a chance to win- visit HGTV.com/urbanoasis. The giveaway runs through October 10th. P.S. If I don’t win and one of my readers happens to be the “lucky one”, can I at least get invited over for champagne and caviar?

Here is a video I produced highlighting the tour, and more pictures for your viewing pleasure completely uninterrupted and without any of my snazzy graphics…I’ll be adding a bunch of photos to Pinterest later today with tons more images…

For a video tour of the residence click the arrow above…

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I didn’t get a good shot of the entire Master-bedroom so I borrowed an image from HGTV. From the plum coloured walls to the millionaire views this space is designed for your enjoyment and relaxation..

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Luxe seating covered in plush lambswool, this space is all about luxury from the luxurious fabrics to the fully equipped wet-bar.

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The masterbath was huge and stunning. The tan and cream colour palette was the foundation for the basket-weave floor tile and the completely automated steam shower.

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A standalone tub, perfect for soaking the day away…

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Punchy geometric patterns from the floor to the wall…

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One of my favorite features the Foscarini Allegro Ritmico suspension light with a cool price tag of $5,063. from AllModern.

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Quite a line-up from the horizontal stripes to the stunning pendant lights…

I hope you enjoyed the tour, the pictures simply do not convey how beautiful this residence was…but if you win I suppose you’ll be able to see for yourself.

I’ll be posting more pictures this weekend on a Pinterest Board here: http://www.pinterest.com/bolickinteriors/hgtvs-urban-oasis-2014/

Check back on Monday to find out about our project with Kohler, it’s going to be gorgeous! Of course we are so excited to be partnering with this leader in the kitchen and bath industry.

Until then,

BE INSPIRED. BE AMAZING.

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The HGTV Urban Oasis 2014 :: Part 1

About a month ago I received an invitation from Scripps Networks to attend the Local media day for the HGTV Urban Oasis 2014 at the Mandarin Oriental in Atlanta. Of course, I RSVP’d and left it up to the gods that day whether or not I would make it out of the house. As luck would have it the forecast called for rain, hmm….galoshes or Tory Burch wedges? Well, those of you who guessed the wedges know me so well. After changing several times, I wondered should I go? I’m late anyway (surprised?), but then I would miss an opportunity to see the Urban Oasis without having to fight the crowds. So did I make it? Yes, my dominant design gene kicked into hyper-overdrive (as did my car) and off I went into the sunset storm clouds. It was so worth it, I came back laden with over a hundred usable images taken in just less than 30 minutes, and an overwhelming desire to re-do our home in merchandise from All-Modern (www.AllModern.com) and you’ll soon see why. Let me give you a little background on the “Oasis.” First of all it’s located in the luxurious Mandarin Oriental (http://www.moreresidencesatlanta.com) in Atlanta; the name alone evokes an era where bellman held open polished brass doors, and white gloves epitomized a high standard of service conducive to sumptuous living. The Mandarin caters to the enjoyment of comfort and pleasure, and the lucky winner of this home will have 24-hour room service and concierge, and if that doesn’t entice you to win the sweepstakes then perhaps living in a $1.5 million 2000 square foot residence will. Located on the 37th level, you are greeted with sweeping vistas of Atlanta and impeccable design by Jack Thomasson, HGTV Urban Oasis Home Planner and Lindsay Pumpa, HGTV Urban Oasis Interior Designer.
Location, location, location. Right in the heart of Buckhead, but don’t let the address fool you because even though the Mandarin is nestled amongst Highrises, the location of the residence assures sweeping views of one of the greenest cities in the US. Fully furnished with pieces from AllModern the Urban Oasis combines the convenience of city living with modern and streamlined design. With privileged access to the residence with Jack and Lindsay as my tour guides, I was not only impressed with the views but the thoughtful design. From the completely hidden walk in pantry to the open concept floor plan this residence is perfectly equipped for entertaining at home or quiet evenings by the marble faced fireplace. This striking residence was designed to be a true “oasis” for the lucky winner. For contest details visit HGTV.com/urbanoasis

Now for the pictures…P.S. We are now adding video so let me know if you like our newest addition to The Ace of Space Blog…since I visit a lot of show-homes, I thought it would be an easy way to give my readers a 360 view of the spaces. So enjoy…

For our video preview of HGTV Urban Oasis just hit play in the video above and enjoy the scenery!

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Marble mosaics create a focal point, and the waterfall island sets the tone for this streamlined and modern space.

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A close-up…

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Casual dining highlighted by a pair of hammered sconces…

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An open space concept with 11 foot ceilings, create a feeling of spaciousness in this sleek and sculptural space.

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Rich textures against a neutral backdrop…

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The stunning tufted rug grounds this space highlighting the neutral palette. The sculptural elements and furnishings are from AllModern. www.AllModern.com

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Impressive views from the windows and hallway…

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If I were sitting on the sofa, (which I was) this would be the perfect spot to enjoy a fire, a glass of wine and toast to my incredible luck at winning this striking space (yes, I’m a dreamer).

Until tommorrow…I’ll share the rest of this luxurious Oasis.

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As always,

BE INSPIRED. BE AMAZING.

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