Design Trends 2015 :: Kitchens

Yesterday I spent the whole day on a farm, or as they are called in the South-”Plantations.” It was a gorgeous setting, perfect for a wedding (coincidentally that they do a lot of), but my day centered around photography, styling & shoots. It’s going to be the first in our new section called “The Ace of Entertaining.” All about the art of the table-setting and interviews with people in the design industry about how they entertain. So while I was working I was dodging chickens, this rustic/elegant setting wouldn’t have been complete without copper coloured foul roaming the lawns. For some reason unbeknownst to me, I had two that decided to make me part of their “flock.” So with my 3-inch Tory Burch shoes I managed to walk up the rolling hills (followed by my new fine feathered friends), totter on benches to some great shots of the tables-cape, and walk around one of the barns without ruining one of the heels. Careful not to step on one crack. It’s a sport that many women have had to master, and trust me it’s not easy. I’m excited to share the photos with you next week, and finally have the inaugural post finished.

I was 100 miles from home, yet I still managed to finish this post. Being on the “Plantation” seemed like a fitting backdrop and inspiration for this post (okay it’s a farm with food roaming everywhere). Which brings me to the subject of kitchens and the trends next year. When I was in Kohler, Wisconsin a few weeks ago, the result of the poll was shared with us. The questions were some that Bloggers (including myself) had sent in to be part of a survey conducted on over 5K homeowners. The results were intriguing; people do not like white kitchens, which coincides with what is emerging for 2015 -kitchens with color. Kitchens will be bright and bold, or muted tones of greys and blues. Of course, given a choice I would change the colours of our stark white cabinetry without blinking a baby blue eye. Hearing the results of the Kohler poll, had me feeling the pressure to change. Although, have I ever needed a reason? The thought of having a kitchen in cobalt blue doesn’t appeal to me, but muted tones do. If I had a country estate I could even see myself with kitchen cabinets in “colors of the rich and famous,” gentrified tones like Farrow & Ball’s, Oval Room Blue No. 85 or Calke Green No. 35. The perfect “old money” hues. Or if you live in London go visit Plain Kitchen Cupboardmakers for inspiration, and you’ll be “gobsmacked” at some of the colors this eponymous purveyor of all things kitchens has to offer. For the rest of us, I’ll share a few inspiration photos and a link so that you can have a “remote experience.”

Here are some of my favorite kitchens “not white” that will have you reconsidering color…or even wood-tones.

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 via Randy Weinstein

I love the darker wood cabinets against the metal and concrete island. Classic industrial.

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 Via Kathy Kuo Home

A kitchen design inspired by the ocean…deep blue cabinets and tile that mirrors the scales on a fish. Serene & stunning.

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via Fairfax & Sammons (www.fairfaxandsammons.com)

Classic Georgian meets Craftsman.

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 Plain English Kitchens (plainenglishdesign.co.uk)

If you live or are visiting London, this showroom is a must. Located in Suffolk or Marylebone, this company and it’s bespoke kitchens are handcrafted and timeless.

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 via dsignstheinterior

Not only is blue going to be hot next year, but so are the blue cabinets in the background…

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via @redesin

Who doesn’t appreciate a well designed space? The mix of materials is nothing short of brilliant, like the gold finish on the cabinet fronts..

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via kattyschiebeck.com

If you aren’t familiar with the work of Katty Schiebeck now is a great time to check her out (www.somewhereiwouldliketolive.blogspot.com). I would define Katty’s style as warm, vintage, modern with an inspired mix of sleek metals all wrapped up with some serious talent.

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via somewhereiwouldliketolive.com

More signature Katty.

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www.plainenglishdesign.co/uk

My favorite British cabinet company…again. Plain English Designs.

So until next time, when we’ll reveal the fifth and last trend that I love…

As always,

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Design Trend 2015 :: Indoor Gardens

It’s Monday, and already I want to bury my head underneath a pillow before I face the design disasters of last week. You know Project :: Disaster Bath, which now involves cutting a huge hole in our living room ceiling to access the upstairs plumbing? Luckily our bathroom will be downright gorgeous thanks to Kohler (they have truly been our saving grace), it’s what you find behind the walls that’s always a surprise like plumbing issues, or finding out that your shower pan has been leaking forever. But, as with all design related challenges things improve, projects are finished, and the residents of Casa B. will be happy, until the “next one”comes along. Yes, there will be a “next one” this year. That’s right; I decided to bite off more than I could chew. Because along with the bathroom project, I am also re-doing our Guest Bedroom in conjunction with Taylor Burke Home and Cotton and Quill with the reveal on One Kings Lane in January. What could go wrong with that project? Besides the wallpaper falling off the ceiling? How bad would that be?

What’s not bad, is one of my favorite trends for next year. Yes, it’s bringing the outdoors “in.” People want to live in forests, at least if they can fit inside their homes. A dream of mine is to find a house with a conservatory complete with an inside waterfall and a grotto. A tropical paradise right here in Cumming, Ga, sounds a lot like the Atlanta Botanical Gardens (which, unfortunately, isn’t going to be for sale even if I had a Bill Gates sized fortune). Gone are the days of sun-rooms overflowing with tropical greenery planted inside a variety of random & mismatched pottery. We are going to see pocket gardens carefully cultivated in sculptural vessels. Or simple bowls of moss, mixed with other natural elements lending color and texture to a tabletop. As a design blogger & trend-spotter, I have seen some truly inspired uses of greenery, giving a new meaning to the term “living green.” I do consider myself to have a “light green” thumb because plants live in Casa B. for at least a few months before getting destroyed by our resident rescue cat. Of which, obviously feels that she better kill the plants before I do. So in a way we are partners-in-crimes-against-plants.

This year I was extremely fortunate to have met some stars of the botanical world. Such as Tess Casey in NYC, of whom is a floral & plant designer extraordinaire for film and television. In fact, when I have the opportunity to watch television I now find myself looking more at the greenery on set than I do the plot. Time to rewind. I thought I’d share some of my favorites including a gentleman who lives in Germany that I have been following. At least I think he lives in Germany, unfortunately being bi-lingual is not something I own bragging rights to, and I was unable to translate the language on his website. Thankfully, “a picture speaks a thousand words” and his do.

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 It’s all about bringing in a little greenery..or a lot.

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 via Padre Oscuro

He is another one of my Instagram followers, and I followed him back for the reasons pictured above. He has a website (again I think in German), but the photos of his botanical works of art are worth looking at. They remind me of the Japanese art of Ikebana, simple, beautiful  arrangements. Visit www.mooslinge.at

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Photo Sebastian Scutyser

This indoor garden is truly one of the most inspired examples of bringing the outdoors in.

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Via theorangerie.com

Half garden and half  living space. 

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via tendancesconcept.com

This is one of the most brilliant ways to incorporate an herb garden in a kitchen. 

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Via themandarinorientalatl.com

The Mandarin Oriental in Atlanta has some of the most beautiful indoor garden arrangements, as you walk in there is a living wall of greenery. Unfortunately, I am unable to locate the picture, but when I do I’ll post it, but this is certainly an honorable mention.

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 via @thirdaykuwait

This picture is from a person I follow on Instagram, and all his garden creations are truly works of art.  This is one that I’m  particularly fond of maybe because it’s a horse, or maybe because it’s stunning. 

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via @thirddaykuwait

One of his fabulous horse sculptures/planters in a room setting.

I hope you are inspired to bring a little green into your space. The next Design Trend? It’s bringing colour into the kitchen.

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Design Trends 2015 :: Hot Metals

Is anyone out there? At least anyone who isn’t attending High Point Market, WestEdge Design Fair or the D&D Building in NYC? Yes, it’s a busy time of year if you’re a designer or a Design Blogger. Where am I? Right here snug inside Casa B, soaking in the fall weather and enjoying a nice cup of Java while looking out over Greens Pond. Minus sore feet. Okay, that’s not entirely true, because I have been walking up and down three flights of stairs like it was a scene from “Groundhog Day” over and over (bringing up the boxes of tile). Yes, the saga of the bathroom remodel continues, complete with design disasters. All fixable, all aggravating, and all making me wish that I could have drowned my sorrows at the closest Neiman Marcus shoe department. So that’s what is keeping me from attending any of the signature events happening right now. Combine that with the fact that I am in the midst of a hush-hush project (involving a film crew and a network) and you’ll find me grounded right here in Cumming, GA.

As with any “disasters of the design kind,” there is Plan B. It was a week that had me thankful that I became a full-time Design Blogger, as I told someone this week, I love the process of design, it’s the execution that I’m not fond of. So if you are working with a Designer, be kind, because it’s truly one of the most frustrating and at times “thankless” jobs. Everything can and will go wrong, and it does. But, what won’t be going wrong are some of the Design Trends-2015. Like the color blue seen in my last post or hot metals…which will be warmer in the new year including brass or warmer shades of gold. These hot metals will pair nicely with some of the colors trending. Yes, it’s going to be a season of copper, brass and warmer toned golds. Making me wish I had never thrown out my brass accessories from years ago only after I tried to treat them with a solution to make them age (a bad DIY decision). A little can go a long way to giving a room a bit of dramatic flair…so here are some inspiration photos to heat things up in your home…

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Design Board/ Courtesy- Lisa Gabrielson

Lisa sent this to me after I saw it on Instagram. It is the perfect example of how to incorporate gold into an interior space. Of course, you may remember that Lisa was one of my “Top Ten Southern Tastemakers” (Tastemaker Series)this past summer. This designer has natural god-given talent. You can follow her here: lisagabrielson.com

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Photo credit/ Megan Winters

Black and white is the perfect color scheme to introduce a little gold…Megan happens to be the recipient of my latest designer obsession. She pushes the design envelope in a way that is nothing short of refreshing.

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 Via luxemagazine.com

A little gold in an entryway introduces sheer metallic perfection.

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 via theweddingfind.com

I love to entertain (which is why we are starting a new section-The Ace of Entertaining)…this gold table setting is simply timeless.

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via Decorpad.com

Black, gold and drama in this masculine office…

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 Photo credit/ Cetra Ruddy

If you haven’t seen the work of Cetra you must-www.cetraruddy.com. Gold is a chameleon that can also add dramatic flair to light, neutral pallettes.

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via decorizilla.jpg

This kitchen is gold, glossy & sexy…

Stay tuned for the third in the series on Monday…all about what’s cooking in the kitchen for 2015.

As always,

BE INSPIRED. BE AMAZING.

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