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Kitchen Trends 2015

What are the latest kitchen trends this year?  By the very nature of remodeling and construction, trends don’t change as quickly as fashion or furniture.  The products are built to last a generation or more, yet every year, new products come into the marketplace.

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Kandrac & Kole Interior Designs, Inc. photo credit Emily Followill

Kelly and I were recently invited to speak about design trends at The Cutting Edge 2015  a remodeling education expo in Atlanta sponsored by NARI (the National Association for the Remodeling Industry).  We were honored to be there and happy to share our research along with the NKBA’s (The National Kitchen and Bath Association) Trends for 2015.



1,  Clean with an overall contemporary feeling. A fusion of styles and multiple colors in one kitchen.

2.  European-styled cabinets.

3.  Multiples of appliances in one kitchen.

4.  The rise of steam ovens.

5.  Furniture-look pieces.

6.  Outdoor kitchens.

7.  Fewer standard kitchen tables, replaced by counters or tall gathering tables.

8.  TVs and docking stations.

9. Wine refrigerators.

10. Focus on the user experience, from easy maintenance to accessible design. Considering the needs of all users in the space, including pets.

In terms of color schemes, whites and grays are by far the largest kitchen color being specified, along with beige, bone, black and blues.  What is showing as a large decline is bronze/terracottas, reds and browns.


Traditional kitchen by Tyrone Kitchen and Bath Designers Turan Designs, Inc.

Cabinet finishes growing in 2015 are a painted color, white painted and dark, natural stain.  Declining is distressed, light natural stain and stained and glazed.


Woodmode Pet Parlor

A huge trend for 2015 is storage.  Trash/recycling pullouts, rollout drawers, spice pullouts and storage for dog bowls/food within the cabinets.

Declining are appliance garages and wine racks (not refrigeration).

Kandrac & Kole Sellers kitchen

Kandrac & Kole Interior Designs, Inc. – photo credit Emily Followill

 Cosentino Eco Series Polar Cap Quartz.

Countertops – growing by a large margin is quartz.  We are also still seeing marble, granite, wood, butcher block, and solid surface.

Although, many are still using it, granite is declining in 2015, along with laminate and solid surface.

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Kandrac & Kole Interior Designs, Inc. – photo credit Emily Followill

Backsplash being specified and growing is glass, ceramic or porcelain tile and natural stone.  Declining is painted wall board and laminate.

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Hartman Baldwin Design/Build – photo credit Meghan-Bob Photography

Appliances growing in 2015 are microwave drawers, convection ovens, induction cooktops and steam ovens.  Declining are free standing microwaves.




Refrigerators being specified are french door refrigerators, built-in cabinet depth refrigerators and freezer-bottom refrigerators.  Declining are freezer-top refrigerators and side by side refrigerator/freezers.


Blanco Quatrus R15 Stainless Steel Sink

Sinks – stainless steel is by far the most popular kitchen sink.  Growing in 2015 is granite composite and declining is porcelain enamel and solid surface.


Brizo Venuto Smart Touch 

Pullout faucets continue to dominate the market, while touch-activated faucets and water-saving faucets are showing an increase.  Declining is the standard faucet.

Polished chrome and satin nickel are the most popular faucet finishes with stainless steel showing an increase.  Declining in 2015 is bronze/oil rubbed bronze and polished brass.

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Lighting – LEDs far and away lead in kitchen lighting.  Incandescent and halogen are distant second and third place choices.

The National Kitchen & Bath Association conducted an online survey of all of its designer members late in 2014. A total of 420 designer members responded.

Respondents were asked to report results for the full calendar year 2014 and also to report on which styles and products were increasing in popularity, decreasing in popularity or showing no change in their markets.

I found the research extremely helpful and not too surprising of what we are seeing here in Atlanta.  It’s  a big decision to make when investing in a large project such s a kitchen renovation.  You want to make smart decisions without overspending and keeping resale in mind, but also want to invest in quality products and enjoy the benefits of a beautiful and  functional kitchen.

Feel free to contact us for any of your design and remodel needs!



May 26, 2015   No Comments

Atlanta Food and Wine Festival

Kandrac & Kole has been selected to be featured designers at the 4th annual Atlanta Food & Wine Festival’s Rathbuns’ Watch List Event at ADAC (Atlanta Decorative Arts Center) on Saturday, May 30, 2015.


The event is the brainchild of celebrated Atlanta chef, Kevin Rathbun, and his brother Chef Kent Rathbun from Dallas to create a platform for emerging stars in the culinary industry.

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The event marks the synergy between the culinary and design industries by tying emerging culinary talent with design talent to create unique taking environments that will both highlight and compliment the works of the talent pairings.  Last years event was hosted at ADAC, drew a sell-out crowd, featured absolutely amazing design vignettes and the work of outstanding chefs.

The evening will be a reception-style event with guests exploring the food and beverage vignettes and tablescapes, crafted by the designer and featuring food tastings by the chef.

We are thrilled to be designing the Mixologist space.  Go figure, they thought we would be a good fit for the bar ;).


A huge thank you to the following ADAC showrooms for allowing us to use their furnishings:

Beau Studio

Ernest Gaspard

Logan Gardens

Moattar Ltd.

Southern Design Source


We are also including a custom piece of art from Jay Scott Studios.

Here is just a sneak peek of our color scheme:


The drinks the mixologists have planned include some Campari, Tito Vodka and roses!  We can’t tell you much more than that!

We would love to have you join us.  Tickets sell out FAST, so purchase as soon as you can if you are interested!


May 11, 2015   No Comments

High Point Style 2015

Over the many years of visiting High Point Market, I’ve become obsessed with the styles of the people who attend.   It all started with my first blog – “The Dashing Men of High Point” and then last year with “The High Heels of High Point“.  This past market within being there for 10 minutes, I immediately knew my next topic – “The Stylish Eyeglasses of High Point”.

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Bryan Patrick Flynn – Flynnside Out Productions, LLC

 How many years have you attended the High Point Market?  April, 2015 was my first High Point Market experience.

 What is your role when attending? My main objective in attending Market is sourcing new lighting, casegoods and upholstery. I use a mix of vintage, trade-only and custom to design and decorate my spaces and finding things I’ve never seen before keeps everything fresh.

 What is an ESSENTIAL you must bring to market?  The most important thing to bring to High Point Market is an iPhone charger and/or extra battery pack. The amount of photos taken and the texting back and forth with friends and colleagues to meet up and attend speaking gigs drains the phone quickly. And the last thing I wanna do is miss out on all the fun or get stuck at the wrong place once separated from the squad.

Where did you get your eyeglasses?  My eyeglasses are from OGI and they’re a marbleized army green, 1950s style.

 What is something most people don’t know about you? Most people probably don’t know that I’m a spelling bee champion and that I’m a total introvert. 


Deanne Bronikowski of Design Legacy

 How many years have you attended the High Point Market?  6 years

 What is your role when attending?  It depends if it is before market- then I am mover, schlepper, pillow stuffer.  During market it is Sales Manager for Design Legacy

 What is an ESSENTIAL you must bring to market?  My jean jacket, a great broche to wear on said jean jacket, and great shoes

Where did you get your eyeglasses? In Greensboro, NC at The View—best eyeglass shop and staff anywhere!  Ask for Becky.

 What is something most people don’t know about you?  I love throwing great dinner parties!


Kerry Howard of KMH Interiors

 How many years have you attended the High Point Market? I have been attending High Point market since I was 15 years old.  I grew up in a family that owned furniture stores so my aunt would always bring me because she knew how much I loved the industry.  I guess you could say it was in my blood to be surrounded by beautiful things.

 What is your role when attending?  I attend High Point Market as a buyer for  my interior design firm.  It also serves as a way to gain new product knowledge, and see the latest trends come down the pipe lines.

 What is an ESSENTIAL you must bring to market?  The one essential thing I bring to High Point market is comfortable shoes.  The furniture show is pretty spread all around the city of High Point, and it’s important that you prepare to do a lot of walking.

Where did you get your eyeglasses? I purchased my glasses from Americas Mart building 3 (International Optics).

 What is something most people don’t know about you?  Most people don’t know that if I had not  pursued my degree in design, my back up plan was to be a stand up comedian.  I was afraid I would starve to death, so I followed my first dream of becoming an Interior Designer and I  have not went without a meal as you can see. LOL.


Lisa Mende of Lisa Mende Design

How many years have you attended the High Point Market?  Since I was a baby!!! No really the first time I attended High Point Market was in the 70’s as a student, but didn’t return until the 80’s so I have been going for over 27 years.

 What is your role when attending?  I loved being a style spotter, but my favorite role is as a buyer, I love to shop the market for client’s projects.  I get so excited when I find the perfect piece for a project!  Sometimes my market finds become the inspiration for the design in a new project.

 What is an ESSENTIAL you must bring to market? Comfortable shoes and my rolling attache’.

Where did you get your eyeglasses? They are Corrinne McCormack and I bought them online.

 What is something most people don’t know about you? My middle name is Janelle.


Jeffrey Johnson – Jeffrey Design

 How many years have you attended the High Point Market?   I attended the 2013 and 2015 Spring Markets.  I wanted to go to 2014 Market but not able to due to project timelines.  I highly recommend Designers to make an effort to attend least one market per year.  

 What is your role when attending?  My role covers several areas: it is a refresh interior design course on a yearly basis for my business, focuses strictly on many MFGs in a short period in the Market and provide a better service for clients.  I think it is a great opportunity to meet existing Designers who I consider friends and have such a high respect for them and new Designers on the block.  I am a big advocate in supporting and encouraging Designers to grow and enhance their unique talents in the Design world.  Secondly, I serve as an Inspiration Moderator for G+ Interior Design Community and my passion for taking pictures of furniture and accessories.  It is a great way to give back to Designers in the community that are not able to attend the market.  I share my inspiration with Designers on a global view with the intent to take risks in a new selection of furniture and accessories.   

 What is an ESSENTIAL you must bring to market?  Business cards are critical for Designers when meeting with manufacturers.  Always bring back up chargers for your phone.  Be your authentic self is an important value of your brand.  Take the opportunity to share with your peers what you like at the Market and listen with an open heart from your peers.  Don’t’ be afraid to ask anything.  We don’t know everything as the Market is always changing in how we create the lifestyle for our clients.  We Designers at the Market are here to share, support, and be a cheerleader for others. 

Where did you get your eyeglasses? My eyeglasses are from the Zen Barcelona line sold at the Fashion Optical Dallas.  They no longer carry the line.  :-) People asked what I will do when this one breaks; I already bought two more pairs just in case.  :-)  

 What is something most people don’t know about you?  

 Interior Design is my second career now going on ten years and seven years as a business owner this month.  I spent the first 17 years in Telecom and lived abroad.  Now I design for interior design projects and act as a licensed Real Estate agent to represent clients to buy/sell homes. 
I grew up in Deep South Mississippi of all places in the US.  I was very blessed to have a Mother to see her child as a gift from God. My Mother was exposed German Measles during her trimester pregnancy.   The German measles exposed me hearing loss and no speech.  Mother worked with me for seventeen years to get the right education to learn how to talk and read lips.   Her inspiration is where I got my inspiration today.  The dedication and hardworking engrained in me to how dedicated and hardworking I am personally and professionally.  I can do anything I set my mind to do!  I was born with a gift and very blessed with an incredible and heightened gift of sight – I have the ability to read lips and see things that others don’t see.  

 Holly Phillips of The English Room

How many years have you attended the High Point Market?  16 years but really has evolved in the past 4-5 years as an event I want to stay for a few days vs. a day trip.  It is such fun seeing my design friends. 

 What is your role when attending?  I am always looking for product for clients, new sources and often as a sponsored blogger for vendors. 

 What is an ESSENTIAL you must bring to market? COMFORTABLE SHOES!!!! I swear design is not for wimps.  You need strong feet and often a strong liver to attend all the events. 

Where did you get your eyeglasses? My glasses are SUPER Ciccio.  They are from online but had my prescription put in locally.  I have them in red too.  I love how big and nerdy they are. 

 What is something most people don’t know about you? I want to be a cowgirl.  Really, I want to have a ranch and live with all the animals. I want horses, donkeys, Scottish highland cattle, alpacas and zebras for my short list in addition to my dozen dogs. 


Delia Postell – OMG Orange Marketing Group

 How many years have you attended the High Point Market?  This market was my 1 year anniversary.

 What is your role when attending?  Sales

 What is an ESSENTIAL you must bring to market? Comfortable shoes…you know you’re getting old when that’s your answer!

Where did you get your eyeglasses? Eyeglass World.

 What is something most people don’t know about you? I lived in S. Korea for a year.


Lance Jackson – Parker Kennedy Living

How many years have you attended the High Point Market? 14 years.

 What is your role when attending?  Buyer, exhibitor and Design on High Point Takeover.

 What is an ESSENTIAL you must bring to market?  Good shoes and business cards.

Where did you get your eyeglasses? Ralph Lauren

 What is something most people don’t know about you? I collect vintage design books.


Mitzi Beach 

How many years have you attended the High Point Market? 15 + years.

 What is your role when attending?  1st 10 or so were spent on buying for clients and finding new sources for my design business. The past 5 years have continually been for educational and social events and of course networking plus buying for clients and finding new sources…whew…

 What is an ESSENTIAL you must bring to market?  The expected answer is equipment & etc but truthfully is sexy shoes that are indeed still very comfortable.No Ruth Buzzi shoes for this grandmother!

Where did you get your eyeglasses? Howard Eye Boutique in Wichita, Kansas

 What is something most people don’t know about you?  My twins were a delivery room surprise..no kidding!


Heather Eidenmiller – Director of Brand Development – Bernhardt

How many years have you attended the High Point Market? 15 years.

 What is your role when attending?  As the Director of Brand Development for Bernhardt, I get the pleasure of showing our new introductions to members of the press including bloggers, magazines, newspapers, etc.

 What is an ESSENTIAL you must bring to market?  Besides my glasses? Foot care essentials….Epsom salt, Band-aids, footpad inserts.  Nothing glamorous, but oh so necessary with a 75,000 square foot showroom! 

Where did you get your eyeglasses? Lenscrafters…they actually have some great brands, like these Prada glasses. Plus, we don’t have a lot of optical options in Hickory, NC!

 What is something most people don’t know about you?  I was born in London, England and am a dual-citizen. 


Julia Buckingham – Buckingham Interiors Design

How many years have you attended the High Point Market? I have attended every Spring and Fall Market for the past 5 yrs!  It is so cool to see how it has evolved with each market. 

 What is your role when attending?   I have been fortunate over the years to be involved in many different ways–from Stylespotters, Instagram Takeovers, and leading tours. I love sharing with others my favorite hotspots and finds at Market! I have participated in various speaking panels with my talented designer cohorts from around the country and as a speaker at the Antiques & Design Center. Between these wonderful opportunities while attending High Point Market, I also play my role as shopper and always have my eyes peeled for the latest and greatest in design that I can bring back to share with my team and my clients. 

 What is an ESSENTIAL you must bring to market? A portable phone charger! And of course fabulous heel :) I vote fashion over comfort.  That’s what the HP shuttles are for!

Where did you get your eyeglasses? My glasses were an amazing vintage find!  When I saw them I knew I had to have them.

 What is something most people don’t know about you? I met my husband in Kindergarten and have been happily married for 28 years!  We have the Kindergarten class photo framed :)


Henessy Wayser – French Heritage

How many years have you attended the High Point Market? I have been coming to High Point for 26 years.

 What is your role when attending?  I have been both a buyer for my retail/design store in Los Angeles Richelieu Collection as well as an exhibitor for our  French Heritage products.

 What is an ESSENTIAL you must bring to market?  Comfortable shoes!!!

Where did you get your eyeglasses?  I got my glasses at The View on Elm in Greensboro.  It is an amazing boutique with incredible jewelery, art and unique frames. 

 What is something most people don’t know about you? I love yoga and meditation.


Deb Barrett – Window Dressings Inc.

How many years have you attended the High Point Market? 10 + years with a break in between.

 What is your role when attending?  I originally attended as a retail buyer in my other life and then as a design journalist and most recently as a journalist and designer and décor guide.

 What is an ESSENTIAL you must bring to market?  (Like everyone else- comfy shoes, bandaids and business cards.) Now it’s my iPad it now replaces my camera, journal, sketchbook and Flip.

Where did you get your eyeglasses? Paris at my favorite optical boutique, Theo Abricot on rue Bonaparte.

 What is something most people don’t know about you? I ride a Harley Davidson.

I hope you enjoyed this post and a little bit of insight from some movers and shakers in our business!!


May 8, 2015   5 Comments

It’s Time to Rediscover French Heritage

It’s time to rediscover French Heritage. A fashion forward, environmentally conscience, european influenced furniture atelier that everybody should know about. I was SO excited to be sponsored by French Heritage for the spring Highpoint Furniture Market. I have to admit that in my ten years of traveling to Highpoint, N.C., I shamefully missed this amazing showroom which is tucked away off the main drag on 1638 English Road. 

We had the pleasure of a personal tour of the showroom by co-founder Henessy Wayser and Gary Edge, V.P. of Sales and Merchandising. Henessy pointed out to us that the goal of French Heritage is to create products that encourage “creative disruption” in a space. Passionate and emotional creativity at French Heritage leads to breaking the rules in the products they create.  This approach really spoke to me because I couldn’t agree more that the best designs are born when people are not restricted by rules, categories and trends. 

Take for example the Elliant bookcase in aged oak with a black finish. So handsome I just stood and stared.

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Admittedly, I had a vision in my head that French Heritage only sold heavy, drippy French furniture that my grandmother would love.  I stand corrected – French Heritage offers four categories of furniture that were all AMAZING.  

Let’s drool over the Jacqueline chest in yellow lacquer with a zinc finish top (even the inside of the drawers are lacquered yellow – it’s all in the details my friends).  This piece is part of the Avenue collection.  The Avenue collection is made in Europe and is totally customizable with a CAD drawing provided within 72 hours (just think of the possibilities!). Each piece is bench made in Europe, hand finished with all hardware in sand cast brass. 

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Another favorite of mine is the Garden Party Table from the Maison collection. The Maison Collection is manufactured in Asia (mostly Indonesia) and is in stock in multiple finishes. So all you designers out there – if you can’t wait 16-18 weeks for a customized, original piece and need a lower price point,  here’s another option for you. Each product is still hand finished with the same quality hardware. 

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New to the Maison collection is a table that I am ordering for myself. I’m so in love with the new Parquetry Dining Table.

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Look at the artistry of this hand finished top.

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Details like this hardware caught our eye every step of the way through the showroom.

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The mechanism of this table was impressive – the table smoothly extended with one hand.

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Another impressive note about French Heritage is that each of their wood pieces are forestry certified.  French Heritage has partnered with  Trees4Trees in Indonesia to help fund the replacement of wood consumed in the production of their products.


The Salon collection is French Heritage’s upholstery collection. Each piece is bench made in North Carolina of solid wood and 8-way hand tied construction. Special designer note: each frame is exclusive to French Heritage, imported from Asia but hand finished and upholstered in North Carolina. The hand finishing makes a HUGE difference in the appearance of each piece. 

Of course we tested many and they were VERY comfortable!

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While in Highpoint this market, we went to the opening Gala party of the Junior League of Highpoint Showhouse. Our friend Lisa Mende designed the kitchen and dining area. Lisa featured French Heritage’s Sornin Dining Table in her space. The table is from the Urban collection and had a mid century vibe that mixed well with the contemporary design.

Lisa Mende Interiors

Our friend Kara Cox of Kara Cox Interiors cleverly designed the small upstairs dressing room featuring a customized blue chair by French Heritage. 

Kara Cox Interiors

Photo courtesy of Kara Cox 

Seeing the beautiful French Heritage products in the showhouse reminded me of Henessy’s mention of “creative disruption”. Inserting pieces like these into a design makes you stop and take notice when you walk into the space.

I will definitely keep you updated on French Heritage as we incorporate these beautiful products into our designs. 

You can follow French Heritage on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter

Thank you Henessy, Gary and the team at French Heritage for your wonderful hospitality!  ox Kelly

April 27, 2015   2 Comments

Highlights from the 2015 Atlanta Symphony Decorators’ Show House

Joann and I are off to the Highpoint Furniture Show in just a few hours but I wanted to share with you some of our favorite highlights from this years Atlanta Symphony Decorators’ Show House.  We were honored to have a sneak peek today with our other “press” colleagues. I tell you sincerely, that this was my favorite ASO Showhouse in many, many years.  The design aesthetic throughout the home featured an extraordinary use of color, vintage finds, original art, stunning wallpaper and delectable textures. 

I have to start with the front Study designed by our good friends Lance Jackson and David Ecton of Parker Kennedy Living. As David explained to me the custom made, screen printed Fromental wall covering is “Willy Wonka yummy. You just want to lick it.” Indeed it is.

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Thank you Lance for your stylizing talents and your bravery with color!

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I spy an original piece of art by Kelly O’Neal of Design Legacy.

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Let’s peak in from the gorgeous foyer designed by Loren Audrey Taylor & Carolyn Abrams Taylor


The living room was sexy cool like the designer himself Michel Boyd

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Another favorite space of mine was the Breakfast Room & Den designed by our friend Vern Yip. Vern’s work is very dramatic but still relatable. Notice the light fixtures that are from his brand new collection available thru Stonegate Designs. All of the casegoods Vern used are from Frontgate.  The fabrics Vern used are from his collection for Trend by Fabricut


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You can tell Vern is a perfectionist when it comes to the details!

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Another Atlanta designer we admire is Patricia McLean. Her traditional Guest Bedroom has some fun details like Thibaut wallpaper on the ceiling and painted doors. 



I think every house should have a gallery somewhere – large or small. They add so much personality to a home. This one was designed by Kings Home Furnishings


Designer Melanie Turner’s guest bedroom was beautiful using the homes original wallpaper. 


The feminine bathroom and dressing room swathed in navy designed by Danielle Rollins & Bill Ingram was a luxurious, peaceful retreat (the music piped into the tub). 



Our afternoon ended with a special celebration with friends hosted by Parker Kennedy Living at The Blue Ridge Grill.  Thank you David and Lance for your hospitality and friendship.

Bravo to so many of our designer friends for doing such a tremendous job at this years ASO Show House!


I would love to post more but I have to go pack for Highpoint! The press event was only two hours long. Joann and I really need to go back and take in the beauty and details of this years Show House one more time. The house, Chateau Soleil, is located at 4701 Northside Drive in Atlanta and is open to the public from April 18- May 10, 2015.

Enjoy and Be Inspired!


April 16, 2015   No Comments