Lights, Action And Fabulous Ceiling Lights

I’m on the hunt for three new ceiling lights at Casa B. two for the new Master-bath, and one for the guest room. I’d say the exhaustive search has been going on for at least three years or more. Originally I was going to put a Hicks Pendant in the guest room, then the worst thing that could happen did. It ended up in just about every home that graced the pages of every shelter magazine that I subscribe to and in numerous photos floating around on the internet. I say that with more than a hint of jealousy and frustration. Of course, that meant the search began again (because the Hicks Light went the way of the Schoolhouse Light, every lucky soul has one). I crave the unique and different. The fun side of me wanted to put a disco ball in the guest room, (the only person that really uses it is my mother-in-law and well…let’s not go there). Tommy Hilfiger gave me the idea when I saw one in his Miami Beach home (he can afford to have a lot of fun), but the practical side of me thinks I should keep up the search. Then I went to HGTV’s Urban Oasis and have been obsessing over the ceiling light from Golden Lighting. At over 2K, it’s going to be a very hard sell to Mr. B. However, there are other contenders and yes I am the type that always thinks something better is going to come along (sound familiar?). My pining for the perfect light explains the gaping hole in the middle of the ceiling in the guest room. Not big enough to swallow my mother-in-law, although she says it is. However, it is a reminder that I need to find the ultimate ceiling light. At the very least before January 2015 when I have to reveal the guest-room in Taylor Burke Home’s “Style It Challenge.” Yes, I’m honoured to say that I was one of the five bloggers chosen to participate, and with One Kings Lane as a partner and some serious talent, I’m feeling just a little pressure. We are (happily) required to use the iconic x-bench in a design, we had to pick a room (the guest room is my top choice), and then we reveal it at the beginning of the year. Of the five of us, they’ll be choosing a winner. I’d like to say “game-on”, but all the bloggers are so nice that I’m just thrilled to be picked. Where’s my competitive spirit? Oh, it’s here, it’s just resting for a bit before the push starts.

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Sculptural lighting is so hot right now, and its obvious why. I would gladly use one of  the”Cloud Ball” lights over the guest bed.

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Boca Dolobo has some positively stunning examples of scultural lighting, I dream of the Newton lamp in our guest room. 

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The Cassini light would give the right amount of glam to the space.

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This stunner is number one on my list of lights for our upcoming Master-bath project which is scheduled to start next week…

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Or I may go with brass in the guestroom, who doesn’t love Jonathan Adler?

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This is another option for the Master-bath, it has the right amount of glam and modern sensibility…

Soon, I’ll reveal my final choice…I just have to consult with Mr. B. (just to make him feel part of the process)…Also, we are excited to announce a brand new series starting soon. It’s called “Design Crushin” and we will interview a designer who will reveal their design crush, of whom will be the subject of the next interview and it will be continued indefinitely. It’s going to be fun to reveal each designers crush at the end of each post, and of course I’ll be starting it off with my design crush. I’m waiting to hear back from his P/R person. It’s going to be great fun, and I’ll be sure to keep everyone posted. Don’t forget to follow us on social media for more design inspiration…

As always,

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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.

 

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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