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Tile Tuesday: Parente to Parasol, Old Tradition-New Expression

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Welcome to the second installment of the Tile Tuesday series! If you missed part one you can find it right here. If there is one big takeaway from last week’s post it is that there are two sides to Sevilla, the constant play between old and new. We were able to really dig in to both aspects on our Tile of Spain tour of Sevilla led by architect Gonzalo Cantos. Isabel Parente in her studio.

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The Future Lies Beneath the Counter Top

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They say that what’s inside is what counts. That couldn’t be more true when it comes to some of the newest technology for your kitchen. The counter top is one of the most integral parts of your kitchen. Besides being a major visual element running right through the center, it is also a functional element. Did I say function? How about a counter top that is also a cooktop? Check it out!

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Summer, the Season for Outside Cabinets

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Summer is in full swing! I must confess I’m one of the few who loves a hot steamy Florida summer. Recently I got a call from a potential client with some extra space to fill outside by the pool (lucky them right?) Adjacent to the dining room and tucked into an alcove a new idea sprang to mind! How about an outside wine bar? Concept drawn using Chief Architect X8. Fun right?

Big Trends from KBIS Part II

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Last post I shared some of my kitchen trend discoveries from KBIS2015, the 51st Kitchen & Bath Industry Show held last month in LasVegas. Today I’ve got the scoop on what’s trending in the bath. Gorgeous sculptural free-standing tub by Clark Architectural. I have to say it, personalization is also at the top of the list for bathroom style and function. Great idea!

Natural Stone 101

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Natural stone is sexy. There, I’ve said it. If you want a countertop that makes a unique statement with lots of movement and natural variations I recommend natural stone. Granite is a natural stone that blends perfectly with so many styles. Photo by Mike Spallholz Photography. A big part of your new kitchen investment lies in the countertop material you decide to use. Source.

Tile Tuesday: The Inspiration of Antiquity

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Welcome Tile Tuesday! This is the first installment of a series inspired by my discoveries exploring Seville and Valencia Spain with Tile of Spain. Not only did we attend Cevisama, the renowned trade fair showcasing the best of the Spanish tile industry, we also explored two cities, their history, culture and architecture with two very passionate local architects. What secret is he keeping?

Kitchen Case Study: Tips and Products that Can Bring Your Design to the Next Level

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Designing a kitchen is a bit like solving a puzzle, eventually all the pieces come together and it all makes sense from both a visual as well as a functional perspective. This new kitchen design in Wellington Florida is a great example of that. Today I’d like to share with you an inside peek at the process and how we got from drab to amazing in ten million easy steps. Befores.

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Reinventing White Shaker Cabinets

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There’s a reason why white Shaker cabinets are so hot; it’s because they are so versatile, just like pasta, the final result depends on what you put with it. Not only can you get this style in any price point but you can make it work with your own unique design style. Photo by Michael Hoffmann Spallholz Photography. There’s a flat panel in the center surrounded by a frame.

Museum Inspirations, Italian Style

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There are still a couple of amazing experiences I have not shared from my Milan adventure, as a part of the Blanco Design Council earlier this year. One of them was a visit to the Triennale di Milano Design Museum. The Triennale di Milano Design Museum. This center for contemporary art, architecture and design focuses on Italy’s contribution to all these disciplines. Eye candy at every turn.

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Sisterhood of the World Blogger’s Award

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Recently I had the honor of being nominated by the dynamic and incredible visionary of Boomersmarts, Mitzi Beach. We finally met earlier this year as members of the Modenus Blog Tour Vegas. I greatly admire her sense of style and design not to mention how lovely she is as a person. Mitzi Beach and I meet on the Modenus Blog Tour Vegas. Here goes! I started blogging in 2009. What more can I say?

A Quest for Efficiency Fuels Passion at TecnogasSUPERIORE

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What is hot, sexy, Italian and soon to be gracing kitchens across America? No, it’s not my husband , it’s TecnogasSUPERIORE. I had the pleasure of meeting the new SUPERIORE line during my recent daytrip to Miami. 48″ NEXT range by TecnogasSUPERIORE features panoramic windows and distinctive Italian styling. The ovens are gas convection. Did I mention I was born there? Meet NEXT.

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Frida, Diego and Their Kitchen

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There’s new exhibit in town and I’m excited! Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection & 20th Century Mexican Art from The Stanley and Pearl Goodman Collection opened Wednesday at the NSU Art Museum in Fort Lauderdale. Frida Kahlo’s self-portrait “Diego En Mis Pensamientos” (Diego On My Mind). The exhibit runs through May 31 st. White walls.

Big Tile is the New Style

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I had the pleasure of meeting so many talented professionals last year on my great adventure with Tile of Spain, but that’s another story. Photo courtesy of MS International, Inc. One of the dynamic contacts that I made was Heather Fiore of Contemporary Stone & Tile Design and Stone World Magazines. What do you think? Is bigger always better when it comes to tile?

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Gold and Bold for Your Powder Room

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The powder room is one place where you never have to be shy and it should decked out to impress! Normally I shy away from the pedestal style sink for everyday usage but as an artful, sculptural element it can be the perfect focal point for your Powder Room. Anything metallic is particularly bold and timeless at the same time. I’m sure they succeeded here!

Artisan Shares Creative Vision with Mosaics

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“Mosaic is the art of creating images with an assemblage of small pieces of colored glass, stone, or other materials.” ” -Wikipedia. At the intersection of “skilled artisan” and mosaic art” you will find Ariel Shoemaker. Actually this talented artist found me. She makes original art in a traditional or contemporary style utilizing the ancient technique of mosaic.

Tile Tuesday: In Valencia Art is a Way of Life

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Welcome to today’s installment of Tile Tuesday! The second half of my adventure with Tile of Spain took us to Valencia, location of Cevisama the annual trade show held to showcase the latest innovations introduced by the Spanish tile industry. The City of Arts and Sciences, a stunning example of the new Spanish architecture designed by Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela.

The Art of Ceramics: Innovations with Tile of Spain

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Last week Artful Kitchens hit the road again for a mini-trip to my hometown, Miami. I was excited to re-connect with some of the great people I met earlier this year on my visit to the Cevisama tradeshow (if you missed that, you can read about it here ) with Tile of Spain. I was not disappointed! Mingling before the big Tile of Spain event held at the Miami Architectural & Design Center.

Eva Hesse: The Artist and The Kitchen

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THE ARTIST. The biggest trend in design today is “personalization”, the late painter and sculptor Eva Hesse spoke of personalization before many of us were even born! She was speaking in terms of her art when she said, “It just seems to me that “personal” in art, if really pushed, is the most valued quality & what I want so much to find in & for myself.”

KBIS 2017 Countdown- Newest in Kitchen and Bath Design

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I don’t know about you (actually I might) but I’m ready for a fresh new start so I’m welcoming 2017 with open arms. I’m excited about all the new adventures in store. First up is the always inspiring and exciting Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS). This is promotional banner is a collage of photos from last year’s show in Las Vegas. Can you find me? Where’s Glo?

Tile Tales and Great Resources

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Today tile and all the wacky and wonderful things you can do with it takes center stage. Whether your style is wild and crazy or serene and sedate there are many ways to be creative and many types of tile to consider. Depending on the complexity of the installation it is also a great candidate for the savvy DIY expert. Sometimes less is more, as is the case with the tile installation above.

KBIS2017 Part II- Color Splash!

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This is Part II of my KBIS2017 recap. You can find Part I here. If you’ve read part one you know that I was off meeting old and new friends earlier this month at our big annual trade show known as KBIS2017. One of the best perks of being on Modenus Blog Tour is always the people. What a huge source of friends this whole blog adventure has been for me! Photo courtesy of Felix O.B.

Tile Tuesday: Beauty & Knowledge

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Welcome the the third installment of Tile Tuesday. If you missed the last two you can catch them here and here. The second half of my adventure with Tile of Spain took us to Valencia, the location of Cevisama, annual trade show held to showcase the latest innovations introduced by the Spanish tile industry. When they say “welcome to the world of ideas”, they’re not kidding!

The Best of KBIS 2016

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Another show is in the books and although it’s been a busy week “back at the ranch”, I’ve been dying to share my finds with you right here on Artful Kitchens. Right to Left, Nar Bustamante of Nar Fine Cabinetry, Tom Silva of This Old House, Reva Kussmaul of Eye for Detail and yours truly with moderator Chelsie Butler, Executive Editor Kitchen + Bath Business magazine. Color.

Architecture Inspired Furniture: Brasilia by Broyhill

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I often tout the benefits of designing to the architecture of a building. Integrating your interiors with your architecture makes for a look that is always right. This is the best way to avoid a strictly trendy or out-of-place look. Broyhill Brasilia Danish Style Commode / Night Stand from furnishmevintage.com. If your choices go with the house they’ll never go out of style.

Cambria Celebrates Launch of Two New Additions

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Have I ever mentioned how much I love quartz countertops? If not, I have been remiss. Quartz tops, composed of 93% quartz and 7% resins, are the ultimate in durability, come in a variety of looks and are so easy to care for. What could be better? My favorite brand when it comes to quartz counter tops is Cambria. The event was held at the Pavillion Grille in Boca Raton. Brittanicca by Cambria.

BigTrends from KBIS2015 Part I

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Day two of the Modenus Blog Tour was opening day for the 51st annual Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS). The Bloggers were given an inside peek into many of the booths at the show and as we toured, trends most certainly did emerge. New laminates by Wilsonart are not your grandma’s counters! Photo courtesy of Chasen West Photography. Laminates are enjoying a serge in popularity.

Applying the Elements of Design to Your Kitchen

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Elements of design are the building blocks of art for good reason. They also happen to work when it comes to planning and laying out your kitchen. Whether you are all about luxury or bound to the basics, awareness of these fundamentals can make all the difference. A pleasing combo of horizontal and vertical lines accented by round pendant light fixtures. Photo by myunfinishedhome.com. SHAPE. COLOR.

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Blog Tour Preview

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As you know, I’ll be heading off on Sunday to immerse myself in all the magic of KBIS2015, courtesy of super design site Modenus. This is a HUGE show for our industry and you can be sure I’ll be partying taking careful notes and lots of pics to share with my blog peeps! Toto’s Aquia wall hung toilet blends luxury, necessity and ecology in a most sophisticated way. Who knew?

Getting Creative at Cavastone

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Time to switch from “turkey talk” to tile! Hope you had a great holiday. If you haven’t found the new Kitchens for Living page on Facebook , please check it out and give me some love (ok I’ll settle for a like). Today I’d like to highlight a local resource that you should definitely know about if you live in South Florida. Cavastone is located in Boca Raton.

Spain Takes the Stage at Cersaie 2014

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Tile of Spain, a collective of 90 Spanish ceramic wall and floor tile manufacturers, recently showcased new collections and innovations at the Cersaie 2014 show. Held last month in Bologne, Italy, Cersaie is THE yearly international exhibition of ceramic tile. Porcelanosa – Antique Series. Porcelain floor tile (23X23″) in black. Equipe Ceramicas – Country Series. ″X12.5)

Tips to Creating a Minimalist Kitchen

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For years my husband and I have thought about the day when we’d be able to live small in a big way. That means less stuff and more meaningful moments, experiences and adventures. . The Miminalist Kitchen is clean and uncluttered. Photo by Wilsonart. The suburban life has its advantages and I will certainly miss having the big kids around as well as my morning walk route and garage studio.

Using the Holidays for Kitchen Planning

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‘Tis the season, although definitely not the season to begin tearing your kitchen apart to begin a renovation. However if you’re kitchen planning for the new year holidays can be a very helpful tool. Adequate counter space for cooking, serving and eating is tops! Silestone by Cosentino. Think about it. We are probably using our kitchens the most from Thanksgiving through the new year.

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A Chat with K+BB 2014 Design Award Winner

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Earlier this month trade publication Kitchen & Bath Business Magazine (K+BB) unveiled their 2014 design award winners. Kitchen of the year went to Scott Dresden of Chicago firm , Dresden Design. I love it! He accomplished a masterful blending of traditional with contemporary touches that let you know it’s 2014. Photo courtesy of Dresden Design, Chicago.

Bowled Over by Bolon

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When did I visit Milan again? Oh yeah, April 2014. Time flies. You see the thing is, when you go to these sensory overloading mind boggling trade shows you bring it all home with you in the form of dvds, thumb drives, brochures, samples etc. The Contradiction of Silence by choreographer Alexander Ekman. What an artful way to market flooring! Well guess what? Today’s the day. Back to Milan.

Tile Tuesday: In Valencia Art is a Way of Life

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Welcome to today’s installment of Tile Tuesday! The second half of my adventure with Tile of Spain took us to Valencia, location of Cevisama the annual trade show held to showcase the latest innovations introduced by the Spanish tile industry. The City of Arts and Sciences, a stunning example of the new Spanish architecture designed by Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela. We traveled by train east from Sevilla to Valencia, which is situated on the coast about 300 miles south of Barcelona. Iglesia del San Juan del Hospital is in the heart of old Valencia. So far it’s worked.

Tile Tuesday: The Many Meanings of “Encaustic”

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What is encaustic painting? As an artist, I love the sensuousness of working in the encaustic medium which I discovered in 2008. Encaustic painting involves beeswax, resin and pigments in varying combinations. They are mixed together and applied to a panel in layers which are fused with a torch or heat gun. This is where the name comes from. The Greek work “encaustikos” means to heat or burn.

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KBIS2017 Part I-Thermador Delivers!

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I can’t believe KBIS2017 has come and gone! This year’s event was particularly inspiring as I had the opportunity to see it through the eyes of the Modenus Blog Tour. . This means that I was able to get really in depth knowledge, in particular, from the generous and wide variety of sponsors including KBIS, Thermador, DXV, Wilsonart, Wellborn Cabinets, Metrie and Mohawk Flooring.

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Art Basel Miami 2015: Part I -Art Miami

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It’s hard to believe another edition of Art Basel Miami Beach is in the books. This year I dove in with both feet knowing that really seeing all of Art Basel is the proverbial “unicorn project” My best advice is GO! See what happens. You’ll see what you’re meant to see. Today I don my “art critic hat” to share my experience with you. First stop, Art Miami.

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The Artful Kitchen: Permission to Dream

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Welcome to Artful Kitchens! I have so much to share with you in the world of art and design and especially how you can successfully merge the two to find your own personal style in the kitchen. Thank you to Leslie Carothers of The Kaleidescope Partnership and Brian McDaniel of bkmacdaddy designs for their excellent help! Please share, share, share and help me spread the word! This is step one.

Getting Personal with Thermador

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The Kitchen & Bath Industry show (KBIS) is like Christmas morning for a designer, full of excitement and new discoveries. That’s exactly what my experience was like this year as a member of the Modenus Blog Tour. Not only that, I also had the opportunity to meet and mingle with some truly awesome designers, the rock stars of our industry. New zero clearance Pro-Range by Thermador.