Operation :: Kohler Master Bathroom

Next week we begin the total gut of our soon to be utterly fabulous Kohler master bathroom. Our contractor called yesterday and gave me a hard date (next Thursday). So now I’m in panic mode, once the tile is installed there is no time for second guesses, or thirds. We have the tile selection picked out, well sort of. That was until Mr. B. decided that he may not want to go with my idea of a bathroom encased in Carrera. Say what? He’s actually interfering with my dream bath selections? Let’s face it men are in and out of bathrooms unless you are John Stamos, who looks like he spends a lot of quality time in front of the mirror perfecting his pouf. Not so much for Mr. B. for reasons I won’t go into on this post. So it was back to the tile showroom (this morning), I’ll budge on the flooring, but I absolutely will not on the walls and counter-top surfaces, for one thing Kohler supplied us with a positively gorgeous vanity top. Then combine that with the fact that I have dreamed of Carrera subway tile since I took my first baby steps, and you can understand my frustration. In all honesty I’m more concerned with the shower niche in the master bathroom than making any last minute material changes. Yes, I am agonizing over every detail, because unless we move out of state I’m going to be at Casa B. for quite a few more years. So I want it to be a space that I am going to enjoy spending a lot of quality time in…and I can’t wait.

I humoured Mr. B. by making the last and final trip to the tile showroom and with our time constraints I have a feeling that I am going to win this design battle. As most designers know there is a lot you can do with different size tile in the same material, in our case Carrera. So with Herringbone, 12″x24’s,” and subway, the latter of which is going to be an “offset joint” pattern giving the most timeless look, and Herringbone tile on the floor and in the shower niche (I think), I am back to making another flooring decision. In this case, I may have to keep him happy because I want a boat next year. Fair trade off wouldn’t you say? So these are some of the flooring options I’m willing to consider to make my boating dreams a reality in 2015. P.S. As of this moment I have made a decision for the master bathroom floor tile, it was between the two below and I went with honed limestone. Also, stay tuned because next Friday, I’ll give you sneak peek into our progress…


Yes, I found the “one,” it was a difficult choice but instead of the herringbone Carrera, I decided on the limestone…the showroom lighting was not conducive to photos…


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When I was considering Carrera this was one of my favorites, I was obsessed with the hexagonal tile…



Yes, this was almost a reality  including the tub deck encased in Carrera…


Designer/ Steven Gambrel

If I had an unlimited budget, I would have flown in Mr. Gambrel on a private jet and given him free reign on the “Master-bath Project”…


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After seeing the inspiration photos, I’m having second thoughts about the limestone…


Finally, having a functional niche will be a dream come true. Top image-via Lisa Ferguson, Lower image-via decorpad.com

Next week I’ll be in Kohler, Wisconsin for their Bloggers Conference, and I’ll be reporting back on all the latest and greatest in product design from Kohler.

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Until then.



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!


Photo credit/ Vicki Gladle Bolick-The Ace of Space Blog

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…


Photo credit/ Vicki Gladle Bolick-The Ace of Space Blog

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.


Photo credit/ Vicki Gladle Bolick-The Ace of Space Blog

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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The Ace Around Town-Tastemaker Series: Amy Vermillion

amyace1 Wouldn’t it be marvelous if we were all born with a “Designer’s Eye?” One which viewed the world in sophisticated colour palettes, tony tones and could transform even the most unappealing room into one that had timeless appeal. Or better yet could take a multi-million dollar private jet, and voila the interior becomes a deftly curated mix of fine leathers and baccarat crystal. That would be the world of our third “Tastemaker”-Amy Vermillion.

Relocating from Chicago to Charlotte in 1995 this “Windy City” transplant has made an indelible mark on the world of design. Her talent rivals that of some well-known Southern designers such as Suzanne Kasler or Barbara Howard. It’s that”eye” that separates the good from the great, designers from decorators, the rising stars from the “designer du jour.” I have seen many come and many go, and I have no doubt that this uber talent is going to be here for years to come.

I first became aware of Amy several years ago. My sister also lives in Charlotte, and one sleepless night I started reading a magazine that she had laying on a side table “Charlotte Urban Home Magazine,” Amy was highlighted in an article, and of course she stood out (way out).Then as with any evolution, I started following her Instagram feeds, and the rest is history (okay maybe I cyber-stalked just a tiny bit). As a decorator, I was envious of her talent and as a blogger I was in awe. I want to thank Amy for being so gracious, and being such a good sport on such short notice, (and then of all weeks we had technical difficulties in posting, or growing pains as I say. But, we are back).
logoforinterviewsHow would you describe your design aesthetic? AV- “My design aesthetic has been described as clean, tailored, and casually elegant.”

logoforinterviewsYou work on a large number of high-end interiors, do you mix high & low within a big budget? AV- “I am very fortunate that my clients have larger budgets and therefore I have a wider net of resources to choose from.  However, I think there is a misconception out there that just because someone has the money to spend that- they will.  My mother always told me that wealthy people don’t stay wealthy by throwing their money away and I agree with that.  There has to be perceived value in what clients will spend their money on.  Therefore, not every piece I choose is uber expensive.  I have been known to pair a Baccarat chandelier in a room with $40/yd fabric.  One of the private jets I designed has Crate & Barrel wine glasses that I picked out. Also, there is a lot of value based fabric divisions from top fabric houses today and I think combing local tag sales and thrift shops has yielded great pieces!”

logoforinterviewsWhat’s the easiest way to achieve the “Amy Vermillion look”? AV- “I like to keep my upholstery and my large pieces rather simple- in color and texture.  Layering with beautiful art, rugs and pillows provides a richness and an ease for the eyes.  I love linens mixed with velvet–I’m very attracted to opposites mixed together.  Also, editing is very important.  Getting rid of “”clutter-y”” decor helps you see what’s really there.”  As a side note: I do want to mention that Amy was flattered that I considered she had a “look,” but it’s true and I want to clarify my definition-Regardless of what style a designer is working within, the really great ones (like Amy) can transform any space into one of timeless appeal, while reflecting the personality and lifestyle of those who live there. It’s all layered with a subtle touch that I consider a unique “Designers Signature.” It’s that nuance that separates the “good from the great.” Amy falls into the latter without a doubt…


Favorite Colors? AV- “My favorite colors right now are blush (the inside of a seashell), warm stone, rich cream and “”gil-ver”” (not silver, not gold but a little bit of both).”


Do you have a “Design Idol?” AV- “I have current design idols– Alexa Hampton and Jan Showers are among the many.  But I am fascinated (slightly obsessed) with the work of Syrie Maugham and William Haines from the 1920’s-1940’s. The way we used to live is so different than presently and yet some of the lines and looks could be straight out of today’s top design magazines.”

If you could design anywhere in the world, where would it be?

AV- “What designer wouldn’t want to do a villa in Italy or a seaside cottage anywhere?  Actually I think an architecturally rich Moroccan palace would be a ton of fun, and I would really like to do a yacht now that I have tackled jets.  Air and sea I suppose.”


 Where will we see you in five years? AV- “In five years I hope to be doing what I do now–working with amazing clients who trust me and maybe even mentor a bit.  I have been honored to speak to interior design students and new designers in the past and I find that sharing what little bit of knowledge that I have scooped up along the years has been very rewarding.”

I want to thank Amy for spending time with us, it was an honour to have her in the “Tastemaker Series.” Now for a peek into the fabulous world of Amy Vermillion.

Designer/ Amy Vermillion
Chair envy…
Designer/ Amy Vermillion
Layers, and layers of sumptuous texture…
Designer/ Amy Vermillion
Pattern play, and THAT mirror….
Designer/ Amy Vermillion
Neutral tones paired with soothing blues…
Photo courtesy/ Amy Vermillion
Jetsetting…(and just wait…)
Designer/ Amy Vermillion
and this is the inside….I.DIE.
Designer/ Amy Vermillion
Artful displays…
Designer/ Amy Vermillion
and colorways…Luxury, timeless appeal, and gorgeous layers of texture=Amy Vermillion
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Of course if you would like to see more of Amy’s portfolio visit amyvermillion.com or follow her on Instagram for the latest & greatest in the “World of Amy Vermillion.” See you back here on Tues., when I reveal next Friday’s “Tastemaker.” Fingers-crossed that he lets me photograph his new home.
Also, some really, really big news on the design front…we are partnering with Kohler for our Masterbath Re-do! They are providing everything except the tile, I designed the customizable dual vanity, and when everything is shipped and on it’s way, I will chronicle what is going to be a fabulous remodel (a total gut), it’s like Christmas here at Casa B. I want to give special thanks to Josh Schoenfelder (you are the best, and I really, really mean it!)- my guy at Sharp Communications for reaching out to us, it was perfect timing and a perfect partnership! More to come throughout the Summer…
As always,
Be Inspired. Be Amazing.