While in Vegas on Modenus Blogtour last month, Joann and I spent a special evening touring The New American Home sponsored in part by Mohawk Industries. The New American Home is built to showcase the latest cutting-edge building technology, products and materials available in new home construction.
This was one of those homes where I had to just stand in one spot and silently take it all in. Sigh….. if only……
Every room (literally) opened to the outdoors. You could step out onto this courtyard from the family room and kitchen. Complete with large screen tv, fire pit, comfortable seating and mini pools – it was so peaceful.
The flooring throughout was exquisite – a mix of Mohawk and Karastan rugs with Walker Zanger tile. I think people forget that they can very easily have a rug bound to a very specific size in a carpet pattern that they love. So many times we walk into clients homes and the area rug is way too small. Take a clue from these photos and customize your rugs!
The layering of textures and colors was gorgeous in this contemporary home on a hill overlooking the lights of Las Vegas.
The team at Mohawk did an amazing job illustrating the technology behind Karastan SmartStrand Forever Clean advanced carpet fibers. A SmartStrand carpet sample was submerged in a massive glass of red wine, pulled out and blotted with a white towel. The entire room of design bloggers gasped at how easily the red wine damage was removed.
March 2, 2015 1 Comment
photo image Fabricut
We were there with 20 other interior design bloggers who were attending the Design Bloggers Conference in Atlanta to celebrate the new fabric and trim collection. We received the new fabrics and trims just a few weeks ago and have already incorporated this collection in about 4 projects!
Vern’s inspiration comes from his world travels and background in architecture. We were shocked to find out that he double majored in Chemistry and Economics at the University of Virginia, was about to attend medical school and then changed his mind and went to Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and got a masters in management and architecture.
Vern and his partner Craig were extremely gracious hosts!
They spent a lot of time walking us through their home and it was heartwarming to see how personal it was. As you walk in the front door, straight ahead is this beautiful picture of Vern’s mother.
Behind this is a magnificent staircase…
As you go up the stairs you are greeted with this wall of framed family photographs.
Along with the many personal photos throughout the house, the vast collection of art is exceptional. This piece called The Raft of the Medusa from Pictures of Chocolate is by Vik Muniz, one of Vern’s favorites artists who does photographic representations of work using ordinary objects such as sugar, thread, chocolate syrup and garbage to create bold, deceiving imagery.
As we went from room to room, the fabrics and trims in the new collection are used throughout. One of my favorites below is an asian, global/ethnic print shown in blue and is also available in black, grey, haze, orange and red. It was in the children’s family room/playroom along with an adorable, actual photo of their 4 dogs. Craig owns Wagalot, a service that includes doggie daycare, boarding, grooming, training, dog wash and special events.
Meeting their children was also a highlight of the evening. They were waiting to greet all of us at the front door when we arrived.
I couldn’t help taking a selfie with each of them!
After our tour and the kids went to bed (they were so well behaved), we sat down for a decadent meal and interesting conversation.
Here are a few more of my favorites from the collection:
photo image Fabricut
The tapes and trims are easy to work with and are so reasonably priced. The fabrics are whimsical, yet practical.
Above photo images Fabricut
There really aren’t words to describe this experience and the hospitality we received. Vern and Craig not only opened their home to us but their hearts as well.
A special thank you to Rebecca Creal, Trend Managing Director and Vice President of Sales and Jen Yeung, Marketing Specialist for Trend.
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March 1, 2015 No Comments
Can a toilet improve your quality of your life? Absolutely, and that is what I learned after attending KBIS 2015 with BlogTour Modenus. TOTO was one of our sponsors as we attended the leading premier event for the kitchen and bath industry.
photo Chasen West Photography for Modenus
I love attending these events because as Kelly and I believe “You don’t know what you don’t know”. It’s hard to break away from our work when we are extremely busy, but we really can’t afford NOT to experience this type of learning. This is what allows us to stay educated, inspired and on top of our game. We are only as good as what we are exposed to!
Being immersed in the TOTO brand was very eye opening for me. I love a company that stays innovative and puts people first. Toto has become the world standard of excellence for a quality bathroom experience.
photo image TOTO
The founder, Kazuchika Okura had a vision in 1912, before public sewage systems were widespread in Japan. After seeing more advanced systems overseas, he was intent on establishing a ceramic sanitary ware laboratory to develop healthier and cleaner living spaces!
The Toto Motto – created in 1962
“Take pride in your work, and strive to do your best”
Quality and Uniformity | Service and Trust | Cooperation and Prosperity
photo image TOTO
One of the products that we spent a lot of time learning about were washlets. Washlets are a highly advanced system in hygiene and comfort.
While a TOTO washlet may look like an ordinary toilet seat (and it does fit onto any toilet seat) – it’s inner workings and features offer incredible comforts and cleaner living.
1. Heated seat
2. Built-in bidet
3. Automatic open/close lid
4. Auto flush activated by sensors
5. An integrated wand to release a warm, soothing stream of aerated water and is the ultimate in hands-free hygienic cleansing.
photos image TOTO
In addition to all of the above, TOTO strives to act responsibly as a corporation and are actively involved in several community based projects. They have a long history supporting Habitat for Humanity and made significant product donations over the years.
Needless to say, we are big fans!
February 28, 2015 No Comments
Take a new look at Wilsonart – you will be surprised! If you know the name Wilsonart, you might think of laminate countertops – like what you had in your first apartment or in an older home. Not anymore. This is the beauty of making the investment to visit industry shows like KBIS (the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show). While on our Modenus Blogtour to Vegas, we spent a good bit of time with our friends at Wilsonart and boy did we learn a lot!
One of my favorite products was the Wilsonart chalkboard and marker board laminate. Think about the applications for this – a kitchen wall, arts & crafts room, a classroom or daycare, a restaurant or conference room. This product comes in 4’x8′ sheets and requires very little maintenance.
Wilsonart is still known for their laminate surfaces – made stronger and more durable than ever with their AEON performance technology. However, this isn’t the laminate you have in your memory bank. Check out some of my favorites.
Think about laminating a kitchen or tv wall with this Antique Wood laminate.
I love the Blooming Grove design – so great for a happy laundry room or kids bathroom.
How about the Coffee Beans in a matte finish for the backsplash of a coffee bar?
As we saw in person, the options are endless and SO MUCH FUN.
I love the Mehndi semi translucent quartz – a mix of taupe and creme with gold veining.
If you saw our article in The Atlanta Journal Constitution, you know that brass is back. Imagine the Mehndi quartz paired with this Visual Comfort natural brass lighting by Alexa Hampton in a bathroom. Divine.
The bottom line is this – think outside the box and be creative. Wilsonart can help you make it happen. I had so much much fun looking at the Wilsonart Pinterest boards for inspiration. The folks at community furniture.com made it happen. So can you!
February 24, 2015 No Comments
Top Knobs are more than just cabinet hardware. They are the jewelry that completes the outfit!!
photo image Chasen West Photography for Modenus
Celebrating 20 years of inspiring beauty, Top Knobs specializes in fine decorative hardware for the kitchen and bath. As an interior designer, I value their exceptional craftsmanship and attention to detail. The architectural details and the weighted feel is immediately apparent in each piece that is hand-finished. Every door handle, pull, hook or fixture is completely sealed and finished. On top of all that, Top Knobs offers an exclusive lifetime warranty. How great is that? They have over 4,000 kitchen, bath and closet designs. Here are some of my favorites:
photo image Top Knobs
The Aspen II Collection - Each piece is hand cast from 90% recycled bronze and hand-finished for a beautiful, elegant style at an affordable price. The 43 products are available in three plated finishes: Polished Chrome, Polished Nickel and Brushed Satin Nickel.
photo image Top Knobs
February 23, 2015 No Comments