Another highlight from BlogTourVegas was visiting the New American Home, built by Blue Heron and designed by Blue Heron’s interior design consultant Miquel Hutton. The home was AMAZING and the two most interesting facts?
1. The home has a net zero electrical usage, thanks to a superior insulation package, passive solar design, LED light fixtures, Energy Star appliances, and an 15 kW photovoltaic array.
2. The home is the ultimate in modern luxury yet surprisingly, done on a “budget” with mostly off the rack items.
The bar with the adjoining wine room was one of my favorite spaces in the home. Backlit onyx panels and standard metal pipes drilled with round holes created the wine display. A Mohawk Karastan carpet from the new Smart Strand Silk Forever Clean line, comfortable leather chairs and a geometric shaped table is the perfect tasting spot. I could move right in, couldn’t you?
Recently, I was asked by Terrys Blinds to share my thoughts on design for their Designer Insight series. Terrys Blinds are made to measure blinds based in the UK. We connected on Twitter (ah the power of social media) and I was honored to be asked.
Check out my Designer Insights below.
Thank you so much Terrys Blinds for including me in your designer series.
Even before I headed out to KBIS with BlogTourVegas, my husband and I have been researching about switching over to an induction cook top when we update our kitchen. We currently have a small counter top version purchased off Amazon so that we could “try it out”. You can see it is just for a single pan and sits right on top of our island.
Shortly before I left for the show, one of our BlogTour sponsors, Thermador, send out a box for the bloggers containing some goodies (swag) as well as literature relating to their newest products. We immediately went right to the chapter on theFreedom Induction Cook Top. Once at KBIS I was so excited to see it “in person”.
Freedom Induction cook top: Linda Holt Photo
Here is a photo from the show display. This is the frame-less induction cook top installed in an island (which is what we will do) and it was paired with the Thermador down draft vent behind it (also what we will do).
The Thermador induction cook top is everything we are looking for; sleek, beautiful and amazing technology. What’s so great about it?
1. There are no boundaries or set “burners” meaning the entire surface acts as the cook top. You can place the pots and pans in any configuration and the surface “knows” exactly where each one is and will heat them up accordingly.
Freedom Induction Cook Top
2. should you decide to move anything to a different position, the cook top remembers the heat setting, shape and size of the moved pot or pan and will automatically readjust to the same temperature shape and size at the new location.
3. Once the cookware is placed on the cook top there is instantaneous and precise temperature control, making it as responsive as gas.
4. The surface area will accommodate a 21-inch x 13-inch pan with the
largest cooking surface in the industry
5. The surface is made from transparent ceramic glass, which allows
for the integration of the color touchscreen
6. At 36 inches, it’s the largest cooking surface in the industry
The Freedom induction cook top is without a doubt going into our kitchen once we pull the trigger and start with the renovation. I just hope it happens soon!
Ever since the early 90’s when granite began to replace laminate for use on counter tops, it seems as if there was no turning back. Recently I had the opportunity to revisit laminate, first during BlogTourNY and now again more recently, during BlogTourVegas. Wilsonart is one of the generous sponsors of BlogTour and Modenus and during the the BlogTourNY trip I learned some really interesting facts about laminate and wrote about it here.
More recently while on BlogTourVegas I saw them again at KBIS. Wilsonart has partnered with healthy life style expertDanny Seo on some innovative new designs and I must say, I think he hit it out of the park. Thanks to Seo, I came away with some great ideas and inspiration for laminate use even beyond counter tops.
Look at this fun colorful accent wall made out of laminate strips. I love the wood tones mixed with the fresh turquoise and orange colors. Besides being eco friendly, laminate is a fraction of the cost of tile or stone.
Wilsonart: Linda Holt Photo
I love this artful arrangement of geometric cubbies Seo created. So fun in a kitchen or office work space.
artful storage idea with laminate: Linda Holt Photo
Wilsonart also makes a chalk board laminate. Seo used it both alone on the wall and also incorporated into the back of a craft center storage unit.
Chalk board laminate: Linda Holt Photo
Linda Holt Photo
The other exciting news we learned at KBIS is that Wilsonart has just introduced a line of solid quartz surfaces. Now partnered with the laminate they have something for every budget and style. The quartz colors and patterns are beautiful with everything from classic black and white to a variety of colors and patterns.
One that I was particularly drawn to is called Mehndi. It is a warm taupy gray color with copper veining running throughout. (at KBIS I observed neutrals warming up and trending away from the cool grays)
Mehndi from Wilsonart
Wouldn’t this quartz look gorgeous as a kitchen counter or bar top with a copper sink or maybe a rose gold faucet?
I was very inspired at KBIS seeing so many ideas for affordable and eco friendly customization.
Wilsonart has made what’s old new again and what’s new beautiful and on trend.
My husband and I both agree that the person who built our house either had the worst taste or else walked into the local home building supply store and said, “I’ll take the cheapest and ugliest tiles you carry”. Don’t get me wrong, I love lot’s of things about our home but the tiles are seriously not our style. (imagine fleshy pink, magenta swirls and pebble textured mint green tiles.) Now if only our builder had chosen tiles by one of my favorite tile companies, Walker Zanger.
Walker Zanger was one of our sponsors for BlogTourVegas and I have had a crush on their tiles for ages. Last week I gave you a sneak peak for Friday’s Photo of some of my favorites and today I want to share even more. One of my favorites is their new line called Sterling Row. Inspired by menswear, Sterling Row is created using both porcelain tile and marble. Walker Zanger notes that the “designs are inspired by elegant fabrics, the richness of burnished leather and the luxuriously appointed shops of the finest tailors in London”.
Don’t you love these patterns? Not only to make a statement on the floor but look how great this pattern looks on the wall in the booth display.
Sterling Row Linda Holt Photo
During KBIS, they also debuted their Robert A.M Stern line of tiles. This line was a collaboration between Walker Zanger and the Robert A.M. Stern architects. The collection reinterprets classic design and elements including the ionic column and a new spin on the classic subway tile.
A.M. Stern collection
A.M. Stern collection subway tile
Both collections are beautiful and I urge you to check them out as well as all their unique tile collections here. Now if I can just pick my favorite to banish my fleshy pink, magenta swirls,and pebble textured mint green ones.
You know your product is a hit when 20 designers from BlogTourVegas walk into your booth, ooh and aww and run around taking photos of everything in sight. That is what happened when we visited one of our BlogTourVegas sponsors Walker Zangerat KBIS.
I have been a huge fan of Walker Zanger tiles since I first saw them and their new introductions did not disappoint. Below is a composite I made of a few of my favorites.
Walker Zanger at KBIS
My next blog post will be a bit more in dept about Walker Zanger along with more photos of their newest tiles. Today is a little sneak peak of what’s to come.
Color friends take note…is this the end of the cool gray trend? More on that topic in my next post.