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…

KohlercollageA design concept board for our bathroom, showcasing our product from Koher. (1) Our tile choices, using hexagonal & rectangular Carrera & subway tile. (2) A Kohler Hydrorail Shower Column. (3) The focal point of our bath the Poplin Vanity (ours is dual) from The Tailored Vanity Collection from Kohler. (4) From the “Memoirs” Collection a comfort height toilet. I love the elegant architecture of this piece. (5) The wallpaper for our toilet room, “Mr. Blow in Atlantis” from Walnut Wallpaper (It’s a Blowfish, and I have been obsessed with this wallpaper for a very long time). (6) My plan called for three Puritan Sconces from Kohler, two flanking the mirror and one in the center.

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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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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Why I Forgive Restoration Hardware…

Over the 4th we packed the car full of swim toys, new luggage (I retired my well-worn set after it survived the injustices of being relegated to cargo on too many occasions to count), and picnic baskets. Regarding the luggage- I just transfer the contents of one un-packed suitcase into my new leather Bric’s set (a gift), add a few more clean pieces and Voila! If I were a lifestyle or fashion blogger you can bet I would go into great detail along with info-graphics showing you the “how-to’s” of my unique packing system.  By summer’s end, all I’ll have to do is store away the suitcase, no unpacking required.

The Fashionista and I are in the midst of a whirlwind of non-stop travel, most is personal travel with a touch of business mixed in (when I can). Back from Charlotte off to NY on Friday. Even through the hectic pace of the summer, I have actually managed to get work done, if you’re a Mom you know what I mean. Yes, I have used the little snippets of free time to hide myself in the closet (thank goodness the internet reaches the clothing catacombs of our house), the mosquito infested garden (dousing myself with every Citronella product known to mankind), and in the garage sitting on a large bucket of paint. The list goes on and on. So this weekend, with the help of my sister I was able to grab several hours of pure uninterrupted “me” time. I headed off to a mini-shopping mecca in the”tony” South Park area of Charlotte. While sitting inside the culinary paradise of Dean & DeLuca, sipping tea and sampling sugary delectable’s non-stop (another form of working out “hand-mouth, hand-mouth”),  I decided to take a leisurely walk, of which I was under a strict moratorium of window shopping only (imposed by the hubby). Hmm…there is Restoration Hardware. I peeked in. Then I took one step, and another until both feet were firmly planted on the other-side of the door threshold. It’s been years since I actually have done more than look through a window. Why? Because they changed quite a few years ago, and I was never sure how I felt about the new “RH Look.” I’m not a fan of change, and it was such a dramatic departure from their signature look of 5 or 6 years ago (or more) that I moved on. As a design blogger, I feel responsible to bring inspirational interiors, product, and even stores you can’t live without to the masses.

So from time to time, there were little nudges in the form of catalogs, well photographed and curated. Still, no. Then “the stack” came in the mail. If you are in the design field or a preferred customer, you’ll know precisely what I mean. It was heavy, I mean it was “flair up the old hernia heavy.” A stack of admittedly design heaven, that left  you wondering if you should bring it from the mail box into the house using a hand-truck. Don’t get me wrong, I understood the thought process. One large mailing would save money, and trees and cut back on trips to the mailbox. I’m sure they gave it a lot of thought, and since I don’t run a mail room the size of North America, who am I to judge? There were social media dissertations on the size of the mailing, and then there was the “calm” after the “storm.” On Saturday, I forgave them, because after I walked into the store and actually looked around I was impressed. Very impressed. I would even go out on a limb, and apologize for literally judging this book by it’s cover. They have won me back. The store in Charlotte was the equivalent of walking through a show-house, a very livable one. I mean that in the nicest way possible. It was “lord of the manor” perfect.  If I take out my camera on a day when I have a few hours of quiet, then you know I have been duly impressed. Which is my point, the few hours I had of peace and quiet were spent taking pictures and asking questions. The staff were very accommodating and nice, a huge shout there. Taken with my trusty i-Phone, I wanted to share the excitement, and hopefully give you some inspiration, because this company has certainly set the bar. So hopefully Restoration Hardware you forgive me for ever doubting you. You have won me over in a really big way.

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Endless possibilities as far as the eye can see…

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I love map gallery walls, and honestly no one does it better. The heavy pewter-ware creates the perfect table-setting atop the trestle table. Simple is better, and less is more.

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Large pillars, upholstered benches, floating shelving and a quadrefoil mirror and you have the perfect entryway.

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A closer look at the fabulous tables-cape. Cooked goose anyone?

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I took this photo to highlight the gorgeous chandelier. This piece is large and “in charge” whether over a table or hanging over a bed. What doesn’t look better under glass?

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 I love groupings on tabletops, and of course stacking books gives a collection more importance wouldn’t you agree?

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Which gives me an idea, even though this showcases various tablesettings, why not put silverware in urns on the table? This would allow your guests to help themselves from a unique display.

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Artful living…

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This photo is actually from my archives, and I took it when I was in NYC in the Flatiron District, and happened by Restoration Hardware. I loved them all, and thankfully I didn’t have to chose one (how hard would that be?).

Who isn’t inspired by the vignettes in this lifestyle store? Frankly, I was glad that I took a moment to look around, and next year when I get the delivery catalogs full of visual luxe, I’ll definitely be hoarding the stack..

P.S. We will hopefully be posting another “Tastemaker” this Friday, many of our designers are photographing new work and want it to be included. But, we have the line up in place. Good things will come to those who wait.

A Master-bath Update: My Kohler product is beginning to arrive, and soon I’ll be taking you on a renovation journey of our Masterbath, complete with a vanity I designed with Kohler. I can’t wait to show you all the fabulous product from their luxury line that they provided us for our renovation. Thanks also to the team over at Sharp Communications in NYC, specifically Josh Schoenfelder, and Kate Harrington! Over the next two months Casa B. will be under construction, all I have left is make a decision about the tile. So MANY choices…

As always.

Be Inspired. Be Amazed.

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