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Check Out Trends and Products from 2018 Kitchen and Bath International Show

The Kitchen and Bath International Show (KBIS) is the biggest show of the year for kitchen and bath designers and manufacturers. It took place in Orlando last month and the product offerings were pretty hot — especially if you’re into modern and contemporary design. Here’s a round up of the best kitchen and bath trends and products from KBIS 2018.

Show winner: Grid faucet by Kallista

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The striking design and black finish, which was a big show trend, earned this faucet the KBIS Best in Show prize. Image: Kallista

Walker Zanger Liquid Forms Tile

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The tile manufacturer hosted the inaugural Kaza Design Competition in search of the best and most innovative new tile design and the winner was this Liquid Forms, by architect Aybars Asci, now available as part of the Kaza design collection.

V-Zag Glass Shower Door by Vanessa Deleon for Coastal Shower Doors

Part of the Coastal Shower Doors Insider Series, the V-Zag features a chevron pattern with gold on the glass panels.

WineSteward Wine Dispensing System by Vinotemp

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The WineSteward, a wine cooling and dispensing system that keeps wine fresh for 45 days, can be integrated into kitchen cabinetry.

Verdera by Kohler Voice Activated Mirror

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The Verdera has built-in Amazon Alexa technology so you can voice activate the lighting, send it commands and stream music much like you could in any other Alexa device.

Electric Marble by SICIS

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SICIS has figured out how to take ordinary marble and insert bold colors like fuchsia, turquoise, gold and silver into the material.

Expanding Table Mechanism by Richelieu

A brilliant idea for those with limited space and counter area. Richelieu created this sturdy and elegant-looking stowable counter surface.

NikolaTesla All-In-One Cooktop by Elica

A cooktop designed for the true minimalist, this surface by Elica not only cooks but also extracts smoke, eliminating the need to have an overhead hood.

Essence Interchangeable Color Faucet by Grohe

If your mood and style change often, you’ll like the new addition of color to the Essence faucet collection by Grohe. It’s easy to swap out the color to update the look of your sink on a whim.

DXV Modulus Bath Suite

The items in the Modulus Collection by DX are all contemporary, interchangeable, floating in design and modular so homeowners can create the bath suite of their choice.

 Professional Series Range by Bertazzoni

The Professional Series features old-school chronograph dials and the most vibrant yellow, orange or red finish you’ll ever see.

Vale Hardware by Belwith Keeler

Belwith Keeler has been making hardware for 125 years. The Vale knob was first introduced in its 1953 Modern Hardware catalog. New finishes were introduced at KBIS to update the classic design.

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Office Design Envy: Awesome Office Spaces at 10 Brands You Love

There are certain brands we can’t live without – they’re part of our every day lives in so many ways! Do you ever wonder where all the magic happens? Well, we can tell you that amazing things happen in amazing office spaces – and we’ve got proof. Here are some well-known brands and their cool office design, bound to enduce some office envy.

1. Etsy Corporate Headquarters, Brooklyn

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The Etsy reception features a living wall of plants and large, dramatic pendant lights. Image: Etsy

If you’re an entrepreneurial crafter, you probably owe Etsy a muffin basket. We thought Etsy’s offices would be one giant yarn-bomb experiment, but we’re impressed with their elegan, collab-friendly office spaces. Here’s more:

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There are plenty of areas throughout Etsy’s office spaces to get your craft on. Image: Etsy

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The Green Library may be he coolest hangout in the Etsy Corporate Headquarters, featuring a wall of plants and a hanging basket chair. Image: Etsy

2. Nike NYC Offices

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Nike’s NYC offices are sleek and industrial. Image: Nike

Yes, there’s a big “swoosh” – it’s on the rooftop. But besides the signature swoosh, there are little nods to their sports origins, like the mosaic of Michael Jordan in their cafeteria (below).

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The Nike cafeteria. Image: Nike

3. Airbnb Headquarters, San Francisco

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A living wall of green plants is both stunning and helpful for interior air quality. Image: Gensler

Airbnb has revolutionized how we travel, and make it possible to stay somewhere other than a hotel – and their workspace reflects this. The meeting rooms look more like camping tents than office cubicles.

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Camping-style workspaces and meeting rooms. Image: Gensler

4. Apple Park Headquarters, Cupertino

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A contemplative space with a view in the new Apple Park headquarters. Image: Apple

The spherical building has been top secret for some time now. It’s finally complete — and the views and office design are breathtakingly minimalist. Rumor has it some employees are uncomfortable with the sparse and open office spaces. But the lack of visual clutter is probably incredible for unleashing your creative side, distraction-free.

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The organic yet minimalist furniture was created by Naoto Fugasawa. Image: Apple

5. Beats by Dr. Dre, Los Angeles

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A giant wall mural of Los Angeles is the focal point of the main work space area. Image: Bestor Architecture

They may be owned by Apple, but they definitely don’t look like it. Gold stairwells and lacquer red meeting areas are just a few of the tricked out office design features in this cool office space. Two industrial buildings were renovated to create the space where audiophiles and hipsters come together.

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Whiteboard walls allow creatives to scribble ideas on the wall on the fly. Image: Bestor Architecture

6. Google Offices, New York City

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The ceiling panel in the meeting area projects images and video overhead. Image: Interior Architects

Google has offices around the world, and they’re all pretty creative. In fact, Google’s Zurich, Switzerland location took real ski gondolas and converted them into hanging cubicles. But the NYC location might feature the coolest office design, complete with hammocks for “hanging” out.

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Tech companies are famous for their perks. This bright and sunny space with hammocks is a unique one. Image: Interior Architects

7. Amazon Corporate Headquarters, Seattle

Designed to be part of the community, the Amazon offices in Seattle feature indoor and outdoor spaces. Image: NBBJ

A recent renovation updated Amazon’s Seattle offices to offer more work and lounge areas. An open floor plan optimizes flow and allows for workers to drift throughout the day while working.

Industrial cool tones and steel are offset by vibrant reds and oranges. Image: NBBJ

8. YouTube Work Space, Los Angeles

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The main lobby area of the YouTube workspace located just south of Los Angeles in Playa Vista. Image: YouTube

Most of the office spaces in this article are off limits. But if you have at least 10,000 YouTube followers, you can access their workspace for your production needs. According to their website, “YouTube Space LA contains large production stages, green screens, cameras, lights, sound gear, electrical and grip equipment. We also offer post-production resources ranging from private editing suites to voice-over recording booths. It’s all available at no charge if your channel has at least 10,000 subscribers.”

YouTube creators have access to 41,000 square feet of work and office space. Image: YouTube

9. Pandora Radio, Oakland

Each booth lights up when occupied. Image: Studios Architecture

The Oakland headquarters feature a DJ booth and plenty of spaces to work, meet and hang out, like the “RADIO” themed booths above.

Pandora Radio Oakland offices reception. Image: Studios Architecture

10. LinkedIn, San Francisco

Bright, airy and vibrant in white with bold color accents. Image: Interior Architects

The San Francisco office designed by Interior Architects was such a hit that LinkedIn asked them to execute their NYC offices, too. Allegedly there’s a hidden speakeasy somewhere in the office spaces, but they’re not telling.

Polished concrete floors add an industrial and low-maintenance vibe to the NYC office space. Image: Interior Architects

Which of these office spaces is your favorite?


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Modest Size Modern Interiors That Flirt With Feature Walls

You don’t need to have bags of space to live comfortably in style. This collection of four apartment tours has interiors that are all of modest proportions but that each have their own fabulous attributes. A large dose of their design boosts come from a scattering of small feature walls that either stand alone or butt up against each other for contrasting effect. Some are bespoke partial dividing walls that separate and conquer. By picking out small sections and dividing up wall space, a limited area is broken in a way that makes it appear larger, and rooms that were once devoid of architectural features become packed with interest.

Visualizer: Z.Design architecture  

Our first home design, with an area of 66.3 square metres, is the most minimal of the four. Despite its minimalist aesthetic, the home still shows character through an installation of wood that extends from across the floor to cover an entire wall behind the television in the lounge. This feature wall brings a lot of warmth to the scheme, which is otherwise made up of large areas of white and scattered grey accents.

This transparent modern coffee table design keeps the area looking spacious, and shows off the wood tone beneath. Below the TV a concrete hearth brings a hint of industrial style to the scheme.

The sofa is of a modular design that allows for fluctuations in layout. It has deep seats but a low back and no armrests attached, which prevents the large piece of furniture from appearing too bulky for the small space. Behind it a section of concrete ties in with the hearth opposite.

In contrast to the wood covered lounge, the kitchen and dining area are decorated completely white. White floor and walls, white kitchen units and white table and chairs.

Behind the white table and modern dining chairs, a pillar of concrete breaks the stark white canvas.

A small dining table light creates an interesting feature as it ascends the wall beside the eating area.

Minimalist kitchens work well in an open plan layout as they always look clean and uncluttered. This plain white handle-free design benefits from some soft lighting located underneath the wall cabinets.

White panels make up the backsplash in the kitchen and extend all the way up to the ceiling. The effect of this treatment is that the matching white cabinets appear as though the are extruding from the wall.

The bedroom is of an incredibly unique and bespoke design, where a platform bed manifests almost like a drawer that has been pulled directly out of the wall. A huge spherical bedroom pendant light glows like a full moon above it.

At the head of the bed a glazed panel is installed as a transparent dividing wall. On the opposite side of this clear divide a study area has been created, where a computer desk and chair is pushed up to the glass. A generous built-in closet covers the back wall from floor to ceiling.

From above we can see how the extended side of the platform bed and the white linear desktop complement one another. The bedside table is of a contrasting circular design, which matches a nearby pouffe and the overhead orb pendant shade.

The minimalist bathroom has a pure white scheme.

Just a couple of wooden accents pepper the look.

Designer: Konzept Architekci  
Visualizer: Nika Buzko  

Modest size apartment design number 2, covering 42.4 square metres in Krakow, Poland, introduces a strong accent colour that is used liberally around the space.

Green inspiration has been taken from beyond the windowpane, and the black window frames inspire dark notes throughout the scheme too.

A black slatted wall and botanical artwork blends the indoors with the outdoor view.

The breakfast bar is backed with a green glass panel and the home entryway is an emerald hallway.

In the master bedroom suite a green headboard has been softly lit along its edge beneath a circular wall design.

Botanical art appears in this space too, continuing the theme.

Although not huge, the bathroom fits double bathroom vanity sinks and a walk-in shower.

An interesting lighting feature extends up one wall and across the ceiling.

Visualizer: Mottu  

Our third tour is a modern concoction of grey, white and beige.

Concrete elements add an edgy feel to a cosy palette.

Just a singular small accent wall painted in a warm colour transforms an icy space.

Sliding doors are a good idea for small spaces, so that they do not encroach on limited floor space upon opening.

Cool concrete over the bathroom floor is juxtaposed by a warm beige ceiling.

A white vanity unit extends to include a set of drawers at one side for storing cosmetics, toiletries and spare towels. A wide full-length mirror on the door visually doubles the space.

Visualizer: Mariya Alferova   

Our last home is a tiny studio apartment that has a strong monochrome theme running through, lifted by a good dose of rustic wood tone.

Beneath two industrial dining pendants, a wooden bar table runs directly into a wall decorated with chalkboard paint. The treated wall makes a handy place for scribbling grocery lists and meal plans.

The kitchen is just three grey units and two wood shelves that are matched by a wooden countertop. A console with a geometric patterned front provides extra interest and divides the cooking space from a desk area.

Four industrial bar stools provide a very sociable eating area in the tiny kitchen. Mirrors on the opposite side of the room reflect the kitchen to help the living space appear larger than its actual proportions.

A partial dividing wall has been created with a combination of vertical wood slats and horizontal shelves.. These let the natural light flow through from the lounge window into a second home office area. String lights provide ambient lighting over the lounge wall, which becomes a bedroom by night.

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A Car Lover’s Ideal Home In Hong Kong

This high-end home is something quite out of the ordinary. Created by Millimeter Interior Design, the 435.0 square metre house in Hong Kong is a car lover’s dream. It comes with a glass box garage that can be viewed from the living room as though the car was just another piece of lounge furniture. Despite its motor motivated design, the rest of the place is light and tranquil with a clean crisp style. White walls and a light wooden flooring are a staple in this space, with hardly a dash of colour present. The overall look is inviting and surprisingly warm despite its stark surrounds and generous room proportions.

Instead of going for the obvious industrial-chic concrete staircase, the designers have opted for iron stairs that allow a less obstructed view of the homeowners treasured car in it’s glazed garage. The staircase also connects with the look of an angle bracket feature wall, which holds a huge flat screen television – the only item in the room that competes for attention with the motorists prized possession.The Lamborghini is raised up on a concrete stage, a feature which runs along into the living space too, linking the two spaces together.

The main lighting in this living area is all recessed into the ceiling for a minimalist look. A unique coffee table in front of a long grey sofa appears as though it is a multitude of separate articles sprouting directly out of the floor, like flowers from the earth, but it’s an interlocking design balanced on multiple legs to give this effect. Vases of white flowers on the table and a nearby plinth add to the organic influence. A low level side table flanks the four seater sofa, displaying a small selection of family photographs and art.

The living room is a highly minimalist design, but the length of the sofa suggests this is a friendly sociable space. A heap of scatter cushions ranging through a monochrome spectrum of black, grey and white make this a cosy place to crash out and watch a movie or enjoy a game.

A glazed wall that runs off the glass garage at a right angle reveals a zen garden, which runs alongside the driveway into the house.

After passing through the long living room you will find yourself in a spacious kitchen diner. The white dining table runs directly into a black central island. Suspended over the six place dining table are two oversized white pendant lights to flood the huge area with plentiful bright light. On the opposite side to the kitchen a bank of bespoke storage units conceal any household clutter whilst allowing a couple of opportunities to display a selection of treasured items and a limited book library.

A second kitchen space reveals a minimalist design of flat-fronted handle-free white and stainless steel cabinets. A stainless steel backsplash bridges the gap between the white base and wall cabinets, whilst the metal units are full height larders and house the fridge and freezer. Lighting in the kitchen is the same recessed ceiling spots used out in the living room, plus LED strip lighting that runs beneath the entire length of wall mounted cupboards.

Going upstairs a glass balustrade allows natural light to flood through over the treads. It also allows us to see directly through into the home office area of the master bedroom at the top.

The master suite comprises of a walk-in closet, an ensuite bathroom and an open study area that has a breathtaking countryside view. The desk is a large and chunky L-shape layout that cuts right across floor to ceiling windows; clear glass legs let the the light and stunning view to be enjoyed to its fullest, from sunrise to sunset. Heavy taupe curtains can be drawn around when nighttime finally falls. On the opposite side, cupboards fill the horizontal and vertical space. A cut through design makes way for display shelves to hold more books and pictures. A solitary black ergonomic desk chair sits in command.

At the opposite end of the bedroom is the sleep space itself. A tall grey headboard anchors the bed in position. Low simple bedside units keep the look uncluttered. A chrome swing arm wall lamp provides reading light over each side of the bed.

The display shelving along the centre of the home office cabinetry harbours its own lighting, which gives just enough of a soft glow to gently showcase the contents of each well organised cubby. A couple of plants placed on the desk top bring a little of the greenery inside from the countryside view beyond the glass.

The walk in closet conceals the homeowners collection of garments behind closed doors. The space also incorporates a dressing table that has been accessorised with a bright yellow ceramic Chinese drum stool – the first and only pop of strong colour in the entire home. At each side of the dressing table there is a column of handy shelving.

The master bathroom suite holds a twin vanity arrangement, made up of two contemporary pedestal sinks of a cuboid design. The basins are situated in front of a window, so the two vanity mirrors have been hung from the ceiling line. Glass doors and screens to either side transparently section off a shower area and a WC.

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The 4 Most Common Living Room Mistakes (and How to Fix Them)

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Are you making any common living room mistakes? If so, we have the fixes you need. Image: Susan Hoffman Interior Designs

These days, the living room is one of the most important rooms in the home — and also the breeding ground for some of the most serious interior design mistakes. Luckily, whether the issue is sofas lining the walls or ignoring aesthetics in favor of strict functionality, most of these problems also have a fairly easy fix.

If you think you may be guilty of one or two living room mistakes, keep reading. We’ll show you how to identify the issue at hand, explain why it doesn’t work, and teach you how to make the necessary changes to bring your design to the next level. Sometimes small tweaks make all the difference.

Keep an eye on the proportion of your furniture. Image: Thayer Design Studio

Misunderstanding proportion

Proportion is one of the key elements of interior design. Essentially, this concept boils down to the way in which items in the room relate to one another. Ideally, each component of the room varies in shape and size to keep things visually interesting, yet still come together to make the space feel properly unified.

To do this, most designers make use of the golden ratio. This equation says that furniture arrangements are most aesthetically pleasing when kept to a 2:3 ratio. Take the picture above as an example. You’ll notice it features a coffee table that’s two-thirds the length of the couch and a couch that’s two-thirds the width of the area rug. Aim to mirror these proportions in your own design.

You probably won’t have to break out any rulers to pull this look off. Use your perception to find the proper proportions. As you arrange your space, pay close attention to how these set-ups make you feel. If something feels “off,” play around with the arrangement until you feel more at ease. At that point, your proportions will likely be in order.


Be sure to create a seating arrangement in your layout. Image: Suk Design Group LLP

Phoning in the layout

We’ve all seen a living room or two where all the furniture is pushed up against the walls, leaving one cavernous space in the middle of the room. While this initially may seem like a great way to make the room feel bigger, it ultimately leaves the space feeling off balance. It also vastly limits the amount of usable space.

In this case, rather than using the walls as your guide, your goal should be to create distinct groupings with your furniture. Start by picking a focal point for the room — such as a fireplace, some built-ins, or even a sizable TV screen — and build your arrangement around that point.

Most living room designs will center around this main grouping. However, that doesn’t mean it has to be the only one. If you have enough space to create an area that has a secondary function — like a reading nook or work desk — arrange those items in a grouping of their own. The important thing is that every piece of furniture feels as though it was purposefully placed to work with the rest of the items in the room.


Layer design elements to build visual interest. Image: Marie Flanigan Interiors

Neglecting your layering

These days, living rooms are some of the most-used spaces in our homes. They’re where we go to kick back, relax and unwind after a long day. However, as these rooms have become progressively more “lived-in,” they’ve also fallen victim to prioritizing function over form to the extent that the space ultimately feels incomplete.

When your space is lacking that aesthetic touch, effective layering is the key to bringing it back to life. A complete design is made up of a combination of the following elements:

  • Wall coverings: Paint, wallpaper
  • Flooring: Wood, carpet, vinyl
  • Furniture: Beds, chairs, tables
  • Textiles: Pillows, blankets, area rugs, bedding
  • Lighting: Overhead lights, table lamps, ambient features
  • Wall hangings: Photos, artwork, mirrors
  • Decor items: Flowers, coffee table books, tchotchkes

Your best bet is to look around the room and take stock of any layers missing in your design. Then, over time, make an effort to include them. As you add items, be sure to choose items that come in a variety of shapes, sizes and textures, so you’ll also see the benefit of additional visual interest.


Unity will make your look come together. Image: Peter Eskuche, AIA

Forgetting about unity

Sometimes, our living rooms can become collections of the design elements we’ve collected over the years rather than a single, definitive style statement. Whether it’s a result of combining households or several moves, a touch of unity is usually all it takes to pull even the most eclectic design together.

In this case, color is your secret weapon. Take a second to look at the photo above and notice how the vast majority of items fall within the same color palette. Even if you’re not a fan of matching that much, adding a few coordinating shades can help pull the room together. Barring color, you could also use pattern or texture to create a common thread.

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Use our advice to fix these common living room mistakes. Image: Catherine Staples Interiors

Now that we’re spending increasing amounts of times in our living rooms, their design has taken on a greater level of importance. With that in mind, we believe it’s time to move beyond some of the faux pas that have plagued these spaces for years. We’ve outlined some of the most common living room mistakes and how to fix them. Read them over and take a keen eye to your own interiors. Sometimes a few small changes are all that’s needed to completely refresh your look.

What are your thoughts on these living room mistakes? Can you think of any others to add to the list? Share them with us in the comments below.

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