I recently returned from a trip to Las Vegas for the 2015 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS). As a newbie to both Design Happens (first post!) and homeownership (first house purchased last year!), I was doubly excited to check out the latest kitchen and bathroom products to hit the market. The sheer amount of beautiful fixtures and finishes on display was rather overwhelming, but a few particularly glitzy and colorful items caught my eye. (What can I say? I’m drawn to shiny things.) If you’re looking for an update with big impact for your kitchen or bath, consider these four striking ideas:
You know those people who have to touch every silky shirt or fluffy blanket while shopping? I’m one of those, which made it hard to tear myself away from the tile work on display at KBIS. While the colors were largely neutral – lots of grays, khakis and creams – the styles were anything but bland with tons of texture, intricate patterns and lustrous metallic finishes. Must. Touch. These looks would add instant drama to any kitchen or bath.
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Garden design by Botanical Decorators
Attention design lovers and do-gooders! You gotta see this house.
The Washington, D.C. Design House is on a mission to showcase designer talent and help bring healthcare to children in need. The Design House got its start in 2008 as a one-time exhibition for designers to raise money for a local charity by showing off their work. The showcase was such a success, it was made into an annual event, and they raised more than $1 million for Children’s National Health System in just six years! Pretty amazing, huh?
Now they’re back for their 7th year with a spectacular house filled with bold blues and cool greys. Every nook and cranny (inside and out!) of the 2014 house has been personally crafted by top area designers, so each space has a unique look but still flows seamlessly into the next.
Entry Garden by D&A Dunlevy Landscapers, Inc. | Facade by Rill Architects
See inside the Design House!
You know how you can live with something and think it’s great for years then one day you look at it and decide that it has to go — stat?! Well, that was me and the shower curtain in my guest bath. When I originally bought the Waverly “Norfolk Rose” shower curtain in 2007, I was going for a cozy cottage look and it fit the bill perfectly. Fast forward to 2014 and — while my taste is still traditional — my color preference has shifted to grays and blues and I like my patterns a little more graphic. Thus, the hunt for a new shower curtain commenced.
Here’s a peek of my guest bathroom before:
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Can you guess which flooring type belongs in this bathroom?
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You guessed correctly if you chose option C. Designer Brian Patrick Flynn replaced traditional cabinet hardware with elegant door knockers for an easy, budget-friendly way to give the vanity a custom look.
We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Martha C. is the winner of this month’s HGTV magazine, a notebook and HGTV Gardens plant markers. Congrats!
Check back next Wednesday to decorate a new space.
Last week, the HGTV.com, HGTVRemodels.com and DIYNetwork.com crews headed to New Orleans for The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS). Put a bunch of industry nerds around beautiful new kitchen and bath products and, well, we gawk. As someone with contractor-grade bathrooms in a rental, I was swooning over the newest bathroom trends. Just the thought of a rain shower head makes me giddy.
From smart technology to chic new hardware, check out my favorite bath discoveries at this year’s KBIS.
Ann Sacks. Just … Ann Sacks.
Ann Sacks Tile & Stone
The Ann Sacks Scribe Collection featuring the etched herringbone tile backsplash was like walking into my dream bathroom. The backsplash was then paired with a black Italian marble vanity and flooring for a classic, glamorous look that was irresistible in person.
The Ann Sacks Chinois by Robert Kuo Collection feels soft and traditional, but the glazed tiles actually feature lines and patterns inspired by the Song and Tang dynasties.
If you’re seeking crisp lines and geometry, the ASC Modern Collection is for you. Circles, diamonds and squares all encompass these glazed tiles that feel balanced and simple.
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Carrot cake is one of my favorite spring desserts — it’s comforting, homey and just a little bit spicy. (Also, there is cream cheese frosting.) This Moroccan-inspired bathroom’s palette is like the design equivalent of the beloved cake: It not only matches the warm, neutral tones, but the worldly accent pieces, modern geometric tile and striped curtains add just enough spice to this mostly-neutral space.
Moroccan Bathroom :: Carrot Cake
I think I will have one of each: one inviting bathroom, one slice of cake. How about you?
Get more color palette inspiration from our previous Tuesday Huesday posts.
San Francisco Bay-area designer Kriste Michelini uses tile to create a divide between the wet and dry areas of the bathroom. She frequently experiments with unique combinations of tile and uses various tile shapes in the same marble material to create a sense of infinite space.
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This marble bath is pretty exquisite, yes? It’s very Lisa Vanderpump if you ask me.
If you’re like me and this summer’s (crazy!) record-breaking high temps have you looking for a weekend project that won’t cause you to break a sweat, then I have just the project for you: reviving your bathroom’s stained grout. Don’t worry, this is WAY easier than it sounds, costs less than $20 and no grinder or chisel is needed.
My sad bathroom floor before. This is the original 1950′s tile and, although you can’t tell, is a beautiful Robin’s egg blue.
When Bob Dylan said “everybody must get stoned,” he wasn’t singing about this fieldstone-tiled bathroom by Karen O’Brien of KOB Interior Design, but he should have been, because I think everyone ought to see this. Incredible, no?
Those walls! The curves and the fieldstone tile give this bathroom a warm, rustic feel that’s balanced perfectly with the glamour of the tub and chandelier. I’ve been seeing more stone as tile lately (see also: this supercool backsplash on Pinterest), but this scale is so dramatic. I’d almost welcome a hard day, just to have an excuse to come home and soak in this tub. Fieldstone, take me away!
[Via: Pinterest, House of Turquoise]
I live in New York City where square footage is at a premium, so I’m always on the lookout for clever storage solutions. The cabinet under the sink in my bathroom is bursting at the seams and there’s almost no counter space left, which makes this Over-the-Faucet Shelf very appealing to me.
Very crafty, Walmart! Now city dwellers will no longer have to carry all their personal grooming supplies into their tiny bathrooms every morning in travel toiletry bags that they store in their hall closet. (Not that I do that. Not at all.)
I’m a sucker for a nice bathroom. I know a lot of people care more about kitchens or bedrooms or living rooms, but for better or for worse, I’m a bathroom stickler, and it’s been the make-or-break factor in almost all of the apartments I’ve rented. If this gorgeous bathroom by Blanca Sanchez of Halo Design Interiors was in a rental, I’d be all, “Where do I sign? Give me the keys!”
The whole space looks clean, calm and inviting — so, pretty much everything you’d want in a bathroom — but the romantic twinkle of the overhead lighting is what pushes this over the top for me. I can imagine spending a lot of time here, relaxing and daydreaming in the tub, and “stargazing” at the celestial patterns and shapes on the ceiling.
Seeing this gorgeous ikat tile by New Ravenna Mosaics reminded me of those old commercials for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Like, “You got your ikat in my tile!” “You got your tile in my ikat!” Fortunately, I think ikat and tile are two great trends that taste better together, if you will.
I adore this for a funky yet elegant powder room like the one shown, or an accent wall anywhere, really! Then again, I’m a sucker for tile, so I could be biased. (See my bio below.) What do you think? Do you wish you had walls — or even just a backsplash — like this?
A few days ago, I thought I had found the coolest tile floor ever. A few days ago, I might have been wrong. Because I just spied this PLAID TILE FLOOR on Houzz, and my life is forever changed.
Look closely, rub your eyes, squint, and then pinch yourself like I did. I cannot believe this is tile, and not carpet. I also cannot imagine the kind of patience needed to lay down such a work of art. A doff of the cap to you, Andrea May!
I’ve shared with you our master bathroom progress, and although we have yet to finish the big projects in that space (I’m talking to you, Sauna!), we decided to tackle a few smaller projects in the mean time. It’s the tiny transformations that can make a big impact, yes?
I see a DIY waiting in the pipeline... pun intended!
I’ve written before that I always enjoy nontraditional accessories, and when I spotted the above galvanized conduit pipes and fittings at the hardware store, I knew I had the perfect future project in mind for them:
Surprise! A TP holder!
I think our little DIY adds the perfect touch of industrial design to our soft, Scandinavian bathroom. But, of course, we didn’t stop there…
Recently, I had a conversation with my boyfriend about the design world’s overreliance on the word “sexy.” Of course, there are perfectly legitimate uses for it, I just fear it’s becoming a too-convenient shorthand (like “pops of color”) to convey meaning. I’ve tried to limit it in my vocab, but how else to describe the Italian luxury house Bisazza’s new bathroom division, Bisazza Bagno? Because this collection is way sexy. That gleaming gold. Those clean lines. The jewel-like washbasins. Seriously.
The bathtubs have hidden storage compartments and some of those sinks even have lamps and magnifying mirrors built right into them. I swoon! Spanish designer Jaime Hayon is responsible for the collection’s sleek, sensual, ’30s-glam-meets-Scandinavian look (Glamdinavian?). Therefore, he is also responsible for turning me into a “sexy”-spouting hypocrite. (Thanks a lot, Jaime!)
Jewelry storage is a huge problem for me. I have an overflowing jewelry box, an overloaded jewelry stand, and several jewelry catch-alls that are at capacity. So you know I’m swooning over this bathroom by Molly Luetkemeyer of M. Design Interiors Inc.
I love the idea of bringing all your baubles out in the open, and turning them into an arresting (and easily accessible) display. I’m also digging the way that a lot of the colors in the beads complement the colors of the bathroom itself. Hesitant about taking over an entire wall? This DIY jewelry organizer is another charming way to show off your charms.
The tagline for these wooden Laguna bathtubs should be: “Soak in some natural beauty while you soak in the bath.” Worried about the logistics? The tubs are made from highly-compressed wood that’s been saturated with resin, so you don’t have to fear water damage or, ah, splinters in your delicate bits. And sailing enthusiasts, take note! These tubs are crafted by experienced yacht builders, which gives them that same feeling of luxury and class.
The rich color adds warmth to any bathroom, and the sleek, sculptural form reminds me of something you might see in the Wharton Esherick Museum. Bath in Wood of Maine also makes some elegant free-standing double wooden tubs that would be perfect for couples. Timber for two, please!
We all know that colorful decor can make an significant impact in spaces like the living room, kitchen and bedroom. But what about bright, bold hues in a white bathroom?
House to Home :: Photographer Nick Pope
Rainbow-inspired decor, from the elegant chandelier to the striped basket and towel, brightens up this neutral bathroom from House to Home. While not a French empire-style chandelier like the one featured in this space, Urban Outfitters‘ candelabra-style Gypsy Chandelier is equally fun and decadent with its multi-colored acrylic jewels. And at $159, it’s a steal.
Finally a great excuse to save all your wine bottle corks: upcycling them into a bath mat.
My tiled bathroom floor is currently devoid of a bath mat because I can’t stand the wet spots that occur on a rug after you step out of the shower. Slippery tile isn’t a great option either, so something like this cork mat is a great solution. There’s a handy-dandy tutorial on CraftyNest if you are inspired.