“The sink and the faucet are often the central focal point of the kitchen, so why not make a bold statement with a distinctive faucet?” asks Carolynne Arnold-Plowman, who designed this rustic kitchen. You can easily find a graceful new spout for under $100, but if you want the matte black finish used in the kitchen shown here — which is among the boldest and trendiest looks in hardware and plumbing fittings right now — be prepared to spend more, at least $250. And you may want to swap out the rest of your hardware to match, bringing you closer to $500.
Originally, this historic home's backyard contained a swimming pool that was damaged beyond repair, so after filling in the pool, homeowners wanted a fresh, new look. Designers helped the homeowners come up with a color concept, and began work on their New Modern design by defining entertainment spaces. In one corner, a custom barbecue pit with a concrete island makes the space perfect for grilling. In another, an intimate conversation corner welcomes guests. A putting green is the focal point of the space, but the central living space is this elegant sitting area created from sustainable furniture that matches the couple's eco-friendly lifestyle.
Opt for hide rugs in high-traffic areas, like foyers and hallways, because they can stand up to the hustle and bustle. “I love to use hide rugs in foyers and hallways. Since hides are natural animal skin, the material is incredibly durable and cleanable. Hides can be made into rugs in a variety of patterns that include checked, striped, chevron and even circular patterns. This striped hide rug was an ideal choice for this large, central hallway. We custom made it to size and only included white and gray colors which gives the rug some variety, but still allows it to have a neutral and soft effect, says Claire Paquin of Clean Design Partners.
When specifying upholstery for a beachfront house belonging to an active family, designers Betsy Burnham and Max Humphrey of Burnham Design opted to cover all the furniture in indoor-outdoor fabric. "Every piece is done in Sunbrella fabric — even the pillows and the custom area rug underneath. Outdoor fabric was the perfect choice for this room, which is "command central" for TV-watching and game playing.” And, they note, “In terms of the furniture plan, sometimes it’s dramatic to do fewer pieces and keep the scale large of each and bold; that’s the case here. We selected the largest sectional we could fit in the space and made sure it was super deep and comfy. We paired it with a large upholstered ottoman, which serves double duty as a coffee table and great place for everyone to kick up their feet.”
This entry joyfully foreshadows what's in store for our journey through the Blehm family home. We're immediately introduced to the family's four central themes: a love of art, bold colors, custom solutions and the use of classic black and white. When the foundation is understated, as is this entry's wallpaper, it creates an opportunity to layer on the fun. Angela worked with a local carpenter to design the statement making red lacquered cabinet. The door style was inspired by Angela's favorite ceramic planter and is in perfect harmony with the iron pickets on the staircase to the left. It is clear the paintings and accessories were all intentionally chosen and placed. The relationships between shapes, finishes and even the primary colors create a beautifully balanced entry vignette
Entertaining was the homeowners' main focus when discussing their redesigned home, so designers made sure to create spaces that fit the homeowners' social lifestyle. The kitchen is no exception. Plenty of counter space above the lower cabinets and on the large kitchen island makes food prep and serving a breeze, while plenty of cabinet space means that storage is not an issue. With entry points to the outdoor spaces as well as the newly created built-in bar connecting the kitchen to the living room, this room is the central hub for the couple's entertainment focused home-no matter which space in which they choose to meet their guests.