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Welcome back everyone! I hope everyone had a fun-filled, restful holiday season. Now that your guests are gone, the decorations are packed away, and you’re not out battling all those crazy holiday shoppers, I bet you have a lot of time on your hands and empty space to fill – or perhaps you’re having the opposite problem and have no place to put your stacks of presents!

If 2013 has you itching to complete a project in your home, look no further: we have plenty of beautiful designs to get you inspired no matter what room or budget you have in mind.


For many families, the kitchen is the heart of the home. Take this year to treat your kitchen to a makeover, whether it’s a small project like repainting your cabinets or doing a complete remodel job. Don’t forget to give your dining room some love in 2013, too!

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The National Kitchen & Bath Association announced the winners of their 2011 Design Competition. According to David Alderman, 2011 NKBA President and Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer, “they represent the finest in function, personalization, innovative-thinking and beauty.” Check out the jaw-dropping designs that took home awards for Best Kitchen, Best Bathroom, Best Small Kitchen and Best Small Bathroom. And be sure to let us know what you think of them.

NKBA 2011 Design Competition Winner Best Kitchen

This refined kitchen includes wide pine wood flooring paired with natural limestone flooring and walls, mahogany cabinetry with mesquite cabinet center panel accents and typhoon green honed granite countertops.

NKBA 2011 Design Competition Winner Best Bathroom
The magnificent tub sits in a river-rock-filled, drained fiberglass pan. A wood-textured porcelain tile floor follows the gentle curve of the tub and rock path.

As if those designs weren’t impressive enough, see how the winners of Best Small Kitchen and Best Small Bath packed constrained spaces with effortless style.

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Erin’s post the other day about her quirky kitchen faucet has had me looking at plumbing fixtures a whole new way.

black wall bathroom

Photo: Ashley Tonner

A soaking tub on such a grand scale as this one could not possibly have a wimpy little faucet, now could it? Yet, the industrial-sized fixture manages to be sleek and unobtrusive in this modern space. If I had a bathroom as spa-like as this one, I might find it hard to make it out the door every day.

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If you’re planning on remodeling your kitchen or bathroom in a couple years, you might want to keep an eye out for the winners of the 2010/2011 National Kitchen & Bath Association Student Design Competition. More than 300 students from design programs across North America submitted floor plans and renderings for a high-rise condominium unit in downtown Chicago. Here’s a look at the winning designs that took first place.

  • 1st Place – Kitchens: Mary Anne Jarrell, Seminole State College

NKBA 1st Place Kitchens: Mary Anne Jarrell, Seminole State College

  • 1st Place – Bathrooms: Alexis Cannariato, Brigham Young University

NKBA 1st Place Bathrooms: Alexis Cannariato, Brigham Young University
By the way, the NKBA is now accepting entries for the 2011/2012 NKBA Student Design Competition. The new round calls for kitchen and bath designs for a 19th century Federal Style Row House.

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