Month: September 2018

2012 Appliance Trends: Kitchens

When you consider appliances, you probably think of stainless steel and integrated kitchens. That understanding is about to shift. Take a peek at these 2012 trends and you’ll see inspirations much beyond the bulky, pro-style ranges of the previous dozen years.

Ferguson, a significant high-end appliance, fixtures and lighting retailer, was an beneficial resource in producing this Ideabook, sharing their national predictions for 2012. The IMM LivingKitchen series in Cologne, Germany in 2011 was quite beneficial. Many of the products and tendencies I saw there (as a guest of Blanco, a German sink and faucet manufacturer) can make their way to American shores this year.

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Paul Anater

Higher integration will be coming to a kitchen near you. No longer are paneled dishwashers and refrigerators sufficient for the kitchen that is open.

Ovens, microwaves and other wall-mounted appliances are becoming sleeker, more modular and hug their cabinetry more tightly than ever before. This is strikingly evident in this kitchen which Paul Anater, my buddy and fellow traveler to IMM’s LivingKitchen series, shared in their own coverage of this event.

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High-tech design is just another appliance trend for the new year. Not only are manufacturers bringing the functionality of high-tech gadgets , they also are borrowing their streamlined designs.

This Horizon port hood by Zephyr exemplifies this trend. In reality, Apple Computer designer Robert Brunner designed it.

Logan’s Hammer Building & Renovation

Intuitive touchscreen interfaces will be a significant trend in 2012, according to Ferguson. They have been available in fundamental kind for awhile, but the tablet and smartphone has spread like wildfire to the blower class.

New versions will provide a lot more functionality than just presets, cooking time and mode. Ferguson points to the new Jenn-Air Pro Style Range with recipe memory and recall as one example of this”smart cooker” offerings.

Glenvale Kitchens

Induction cooking has been popular in Europe for quite awhile, but its reintroduction into the U.S. many decades back was slow to catch on. This is likely to be the year it really takes away. There are several reasons why:

• It can decrease your electrical bill and cash-strapped homeowners are taking notice
• Improvements are providing pro-chef level temperature controller
• Their speed is increasingly appealing to time-stressed homeowners
• There is an ever-broadening selection of offerings, such as 30″ and 36″ cooktops, slide-in and free-standing ranges which are easier than ever to operate

Later this year, Gaggenau and Thermador will be releasing brighter cooktops with full surface cooking and placing memory as you proceed your pot and pan from 1 location to another.

Architect Andrew Morrall

Steam cooking, something I fell in love with a few decades ago, will be another significant trend in 2012. Steam ovens have long been popular in big upscale kitchens whose owners value its healthy cooking advantages.

New offerings bring warmth to microwaves, double ovens and even ranges. This dramatically improves the opportunity to design steam cooking into the typical kitchen.

Fisher & Paykel

Fisher & Paykel CoolDrawer

More multi-tasking appliance offerings, similar to this refrigerator/freezer/wine ruler combo, will continue to spike in 2012.

Recent multi-taskers released in 2011 have comprised a built-in fridge with a semi automatic fridge/freezer drawerplus a countertop microwave/steam oven/grill and pro-style range with steam oven. Expect to see more unique and useful combos in 2012.

This is due in part to some value consciousness from homeowners. Interestingly, it’s also due to two contradictory trends: Certainly, the average home is diminishing in size in comparison with the boom-time McMansions and two, the larger, more wealthy homes have a tendency to have big, open”show” kitchens and smaller rear”prep” or”swimmer’s” kitchens. Multi-taskers come in handy for both.

Element Design Group

New venting pretenders will probably cross the Atlantic to American shores this year. Elica, an Italian manufacturer known for whimsical range hoods, is one of the leaders in making these appliances seem like ribbons or sculpture. Neff is a German manufacturer that also generates hoods. The reason hoods such as theirs, and such as Zephyr’s Horizon, are likely to trend next year is that they are ideal for minimalist, open plan kitchens.

Most are slim enough to hide behind the very same panels as the cooktop below. Others just look like something other than a hood reinforcing the room feel to the kitchen.

White will be arriving in sleek modular glass-front appliances later in the new year.

This photograph in last year’s IMM LivingKitchen series in Cologne was part of Miele’s European line. Many of the appliance manufacturers there were showing comparable glossy, glass-fronted whites.

Expect to see these fashions cross the pond after this year. American manufacturers are taking note; based on Ferguson, Whirlpool already has an iPhone-inspired White De-icing services New Haven collection intended for the US market.

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6 Favorite Family-Friendly Homes

Style and child-friendliness are not mutually exclusive. These homeowners have found clever ways to provide spaces for gathering, homework, art, kicking off muddy shoes, corralling jackets and toys and spending some time together as a household. Here are six houses we’ve toured that work for all ages.

Lauren Liess Interiors

1. Pure style in Northern Virginia: Chalkboard paint onto the fridge signifies mom can keep a running grocery list and schedule up high, while tots can draw whatever they like on the underside.

Lauren Liess Interiors

Even more chalkboard paint, this time in green, covers the base of these cupboard doors, while a classic floral wallpaper lion roams on top of it.

Lauren Liess Interiors

Across the room, the big boy bed also serves as a comfy daybed.

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Two Ellie

2. A photographer’s house in Alabama: A fantastic landing place close to the back door is essential when there are two kids under 10 around. This built-in supplies areas such as coats, scarves, mittens, boots, knapsacks and sports equipment.

Two Ellie

The house includes a bright playroom full of toys and soft areas to laze around and read books.

Two Ellie

A significant element of family-friendly design is using a place of honor to hang all that wonderful children’s art.

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Smith & Vansant Architects PC

3. Cozy ranch renovation at vermont: The entry hallway/mudroom you can see peeking through on the right is a fantastic place to ditch snowy garments and mucky boots before entering the house. The formal living area is full of light and soft textures without a too valuable for sticky little fingers.

Smith & Vansant Architects PC

The kitchen provides a place for kiddos to keep parents business while they cook dinner. In addition, it is a wonderful place to do assignments.

Smith & Vansant Architects PC

An awkward box covering the stairs to the cellar was covered with shelves for books and toys along with also a loft overhead, producing the ultimate secret fort for little ones.

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Aesthetic Outburst

4. ’50s ranch at Upstate New York: A household of four enjoys this well-organized and fun home. It has great areas tucked all around for being creative, such as this nice table.

Aesthetic Outburst

I had to throw this shooter in because of these toys on the floor; remember these? I just realized my love of A-Frames began with that tiny house with the green roof.

Aesthetic Outburst

Where would you go first if you’re a tot who desired to get comfy? The VW Bug-ish mattress or even the tipi?

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Lucy McLintic

5. Chic San Francisco 3-story: This house demonstrates that you can design with little ones in your mind without sacrificing style points. This playroom alcove is comfy, present, and offers storage for stashing toys, movies and books.

Lucy McLintic

A bright blue accent wall in this youngster’s bedroom is so fresh and pleasing. Be aware that the major pieces such as the rocker and shelves, and accessories such as the pendant and rug are not babyish or themed. While this child grows up, his chamber will grow with him. It might also easily change into a guest room with a different bed and accessory editing.

Lucy McLintic

Similarly this elegant nursery could grow up in a minute. Reduce the crib as well as the branches and it might serve any function with modern design.

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Echelon Custom Homes

6. Colorful Victorian beach house in Delaware: This seasonal home is bursting with bright colors. It takes risks and leaves the house fun for everyone.

Echelon Custom Homes

Paradoxically, literally F-U-N, in neon lights.

Echelon Custom Homes

A comfy, pink, girly bedroom with a bay window is ideal for summer sleepovers for the owner’s grandchildren.

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Live Boldly: Not Your Usual Christmas Tree

Christmas décor does not have to be the traditional reds and greens and jingle bells of decades gone by. You do not have to abide by the exact same old designs year after year to observe the traditions of the past. Try colours, new techniques and give your house a holiday appearance that reflects you.

Ditch the classic red and green. Forget the dull decorations. Try something new. Let your tree dwell!

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Inject a little life in your area with wild rainbow colours, white branches and lime-green paintings of miniature trees.

Amy Renea

This year my tree moved from a classy show of strand after strand of white lighting into a menagerie of strands. After finding a free box of coloured twinkle lights last summer, I knew I needed to go a little more bold and mad with my tree this year, and it starts with the twinkle lights. Bring the red and pink and purple and lime!

Amy Renea

Another inspiration for the color theme of the tree was an old blouse which had the best colours and the worst match. A couple of cuts of the scissors, a little hot glue and ribbon, and that I had a selection of fairly sweater-wrapped ornaments. They motivated the purchase of more hot pink and lime green ornaments to create my tree live boldly.


Maybe you want to go a different route and ditch the conventional 3-D tree altogether. Merely run a tree outline and insert your introduction bundles to lines strung between the illusory branches.

Flüff Designs & Decor

Perhaps a tree seems out of place with the kind of your house. For a modern alternative, try out a cluster of bamboo filled’around with bunches of greenery. Decorate (or not) as you like.

Kootut murut

Maybe you reside in a very small space a conventional tree could overwhelm. Go ahead and ask for a bough in the local tree farm. (I managed to evaluate several boughs at no cost in the cutting station at Lowe’s this year. Just ask first!) A tiny bit of water and some candy treats create the perfect nest for the Christmas Bough Tree.

Holly Marder

Skip the greenery entirely and make a”tree” out of weathered strips of wood to get a shabby-chic color-blocked tree. Accent the appearance with a color-block garland and collection of white owls to get a straightforward, pulled together look.

When crafting your decor A tree shape that is timeless is not your only choice. This dress form in the Atlanta Home Show is a festive option!

Patricia Benson

Love ornaments, but can’t fit them all on the tree? Hang them from the ceiling! Go bold with big ornaments and stagger the heights. If your ornaments are small, be certain you have a mass level to hang or they’ll look absurd. Bear in Mind, be BOLD!

Amy Renea

Tell usHow are you going to put in just a little boldness and individuality to your Christmas layouts this season? Are you going to put in a dose of unexpected color? Are you going to make warm sweater-wrapped ornaments? Can you ditch the tree altogether?

Share your unexpected, bold holiday thoughts with us at Houzz!

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Colors Shine at High Point Market

I really like rich, saturated and luscious color, and I wasn’t disappointed at Fall 2011’s High Point Market. Colours this year are vibrant and bright. Among my favorite colours is purple, leaning toward the plummy tones. I hope you love purple too, because like it or not, here it comes! If purple just isn’t for you, check out these photographs I shot at High Point this fall to determine which colours are sexy and how to combine them.

If you’re interested in some of the furniture, then click the manufacturer links in each caption to search for retailers around you, or check with your beloved interior designer.

Pangaea Interior Design, Portland, OR

This was one of the very color-saturated screens I saw in the market: rich blossom grasscloth wall covering, paired with citron chairs and a little turquoise thrown in for good measure. Lillian August showroom at Hickory White.

Pangaea Interior Design, Portland, OR

I adored this purple, upholstered couch with orange, white and black! When using lots of color, using a healthy dose of white and/or black gives the room some definition — somewhat like punctuation. Additionally at Lillian August showroom at Hickory White.

Pangaea Interior Design, Portland, OR

Pantone’s color of this year for 2011 is honeysuckle, and it’s used to remarkable effect with black, white and silver in this showroom vignette. These gorgeous pieces were found at Dorya.

Pangaea Interior Design, Portland, OR

Turquoise was Pantone’s color of this year for 2010, and it’s still going strong. Located at Dorya.

Pangaea Interior Design, Portland, OR

Orange is very popular now. I especially like it in this powerful persimmon shade together with soft turquoise.

Pangaea Interior Design, Portland, OR

Gray is favored as a neutral in colors ranging from soft, silvery grays to profound charcoals. Pair it with sun yellow and you have a fresh, up-to-date look. From Vanguard.

Pangaea Interior Design, Portland, OR

Purple was everywhere and on everything! This magnificent chandelier out of Cyan comes in pink or crimson, but purple is now their very best seller.

Pangaea Interior Design, Portland, OR

A modern wingback chair from Selva is sumptuous in deep purple cut velvet. This upholstery fabric would work just too on a very traditional piece.

Pangaea Interior Design, Portland, OR

Warming up to purple, but do not need anything very bright? You might like a more muted colour like this soft, brown purple. It appears particularly sophisticated with gray and silver. From Oly.

Pangaea Interior Design, Portland, OR

If you are timid about color, then utilizing a strong black and white motif will make it possible for you to add a hit of color in as little or large a dose as you feel comfortable with. A patterned rug, persimmon pillows and a couple of accessories pack lots of color-power into this vignette. Lillian August showroom at Hickory White.

Pangaea Interior Design, Portland, OR

If glowing orange is too much, you can tone it down into a soft color and blend it with beige and brown for a very warm atmosphere. At Vanguard.

Pangaea Interior Design, Portland, OR

I could not resist showing you this fairly seat from Taylor King upholstered in a crisp citron color.

Pangaea Interior Design, Portland, OR

If you enjoyed the first room with its raspberry walls and citron chairs, but you just can not bring yourself to go the complete Monty with all of this color, then this fairly lamp might be just right for you. Notice how the pink liner reflects on the citron base creating a beautiful blend of the two colours. From The Natural Light.

Are you using one of these colours in your home?

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Double Duty: 14 Smart Design Ideas

Use layout to make your life easier and cheaper. Before planning your house décor and purchasing any new products, take care to rethink your strategy. Why buy two or three things when one can perform multiple tasks? Simplifying is the best decorating idea. If you’re lacking area in your house, cash in your pocket or just would like to be more intelligent about décor, navigate this ideabook for smart design ideas that will motivate you to produce your own décor work double (maybe even triple) duty.


Leave some space on your kitchen counter for an impromptu home office. Pull up a stool and then get to work.

Bonus: You will have the ability to multitask by making sure you don’t burn dinner.

Gates Interior Design

Need space for a professional? Remove your nightstand and replace it with an elegant desk. You will have space to your publications and a reading lamp in addition to an attractive working space.

Fulcrum Structural Engineering

A wooden trellis within the garage door functions as decoration and can help change the driveway into a fancy patio. Secure a large piece of cloth over the trellis and you’re going to have shade for an outdoor soirée.

Rachel Reider Interiors

This sitting room is cute and smart; the ideal combo. For extra storage, this window seat’s pretty doors hide unsightly items.

Kasey Buick

Turn an unused radiator to some cute bathroom table by adding a piece of marble on top. A neutral shade will hold your light-colored towels and other things discretely.

Webber + Studio, Architects

This really is a relaxing area ideal for reading; all it requires to transform into a cozy dining area is a dining table.

Leonard Grant Architecture

A storage bench provides a place to sit and save things directly in the entryway. After you walk into the door you can sit, remove your shoes and jacket, and have somewhere to hide it all.

Amy Lambert Lee

This nursery’s mirrored chest doubles as a tasteful changing table.

Shades Of Green Landscape Architecture

This fire pit can double as a desk if a cover is placed on top. Any insure hardy enough to hold books or drinks will do.

Take your veggies from the fridge and display them off. Apples, oranges and lemons are particularly suitable for this; get creative and use anything vibrant.

MusaDesign Interior Design

Separate space, shop items and decorate at precisely the exact same time with a room divider such as this one.


Add playfulness to your kid’s bedroom with a super-fun slide. I wish I’d had one of these when I was little.

Solar panels provide shade and a modern twist to this entrance. It’s a genius idea if your entry orientation is proper.

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Smith & Vansant Architects PC

This room divider works as a headboard and a storage unit, including practicality to a cozy room.

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