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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.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Tile: An Interview with Ryan Fasan

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Before we get too crazy with the art here (I’m so sure we will!) I wanted to share some solid info about tile from the man who knows it best, Ryan Fasan. I had the pleasure of meeting “THE tile man” on my recent trip to the trade show Cevisama with Tile of Spain.

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A Tile Tale Inspired by Life and Process: Meet Guy Mitchell

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Handmade products are one of the easiest ways to create an artful kitchen. In fact there was a whole turn of the century style devoted to that concept. The Arts and Crafts movement (1880-1910) was a reaction to the industrial age of machinery and mass production.

The Big Move Part III: Demo,Design & The Reason Why

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It’s Friday and time for another installment of The Big Move. Thank you so much for all the great feedback on parts I & II You can catch up right here in case you missed them. If you subscribe to the blog that will never happen again.

An Artful New Adventure!

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Let’s face it, things change. As we navigate those twists and turns of fate we can only hope to move forward, seeing new things with a fresh eye. Like it or not, change is a constant. You can dread it (understandable) or you can choose to embrace it.

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KBIS2017 Part III-Exploring Surfaces

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This is Part III of my KBIS2017 recap. You can find Part I here and Part II here. Ok where were we? Ah yes, I believe I promised you something to do with rhino poop and a surprise inside the shower.

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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.

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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.

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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.

On the Road in New York-ICFF, Art & Great Food

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This year my birthday coincided with Design Week so I thought what the heck, it’s time for another On the Road episode, this time to the Big Apple for ICFF. The International Contemporary Furniture Fair was held at the Jacob K. Javits Center May 20-23 and is known as the North American platform for Luxury […] Read more.

The Big Move Part V Progress Not Perfection

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It’s time for Part FIVE!!! I know how patiently you’ve all been waiting for this new installment of The Big Move. It’s been a challenging week including a meltdown that turned a Phase two project into a Phase NOW situation.

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The New Farmhouse Kitchen

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If you’re a die-hard traditionalist the trend towards contemporary and transitional design may leave you feeling lost for fresh new inspiration in the familiar classic look you love, but no more! Island legs are simple but still read farmhouse.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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Quartz VS. Quartzite Countertops: Make the Right Choice for Your Kitchen

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One of the things I love about my job is that I get to shop. Let’s face it, I live vicariously through my clients. A question that has been popping up a lot lately on my shopping excursions is, “what is the difference between a quartz vs. quartzite for countertops”? . .

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Zen Vanity for the Powder Room

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This gracefully elegant vanity is the epitome of simplicity and minimalism. . WOOD L – SLAB PEDESTAL & BRONZE ZEN VESSEL by Stone Forest. . This natural sculptural vanity features the “live” edge of a tree bark.

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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.

Modern Tradition: The New Farmhouse Sink

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I have been away a little longer that usual but I have not forgotten my dear blog reader peeps. Let’s just say I suddenly find myself as busy as a dishwasher on Thanksgiving! Speaking of cleaning, I thought I’d show you some kitchen sink loveliness today.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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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!

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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).

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.

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The New American Home, Inspired by the Possibilities

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In some ways, although it was all fantastic, the Modenus Blog Tour saved the best for last. On our final day we made a trip to Henderson, Nevada to visit The New American Home. The New American Home, photo courtesy of Chasen West Photography.

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Spanish Style 2015

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As you are reading this I’m probably winging my way across the Atlantic, heading to the Passport to Creativity 2015 event courtesy of Tile of Spain.

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5 Things To Do Before Remodeling Your Kitchen

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A new kitchen can be life changing. The process of obtaining one definitely is! Make no mistake, it’s stressful and expensive but it can also be fun and adventurous, with a little preparation.

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.

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.

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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?

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Materials at Play- ICFF South Florida 2018

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Every now and then it’s fun and inspiring to venture away from the drawing board to get out and about. I didn’t have to travel far for my latest adventure which took me to the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) Florida.

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.