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There is never a dull moment as we create our new lifestyle. We have been busy exploring new things, trying different food and working up our stamina for our upcoming hike in Glacier National Park the first part of September. Our newly found favorite hiking spot is Catalina State Park just about 5 miles from our home. 5 AM sunrise hikes help us beat the heat. Here is a recent picture of one of our favorite areas in the park.
Although we have found time to play and enjoy our new surroundings, project work must go on. Several months ago we told you about our project here in Tucson at Dove Mountain. If you missed that post or want to read it again here it is: http://marysherwoodlifestyles.com/design-inspired-by-the-mountains-of-the-southwest/. We are still working on additional furnishings and finishing touches. Here is a sneak peek of a few of the areas as they are coming together. (Please remember they are not finished and the photography if from my phone).
The living room fireplace wall is expansive with 20′ ceilings and great built-ins around the fireplace. The client wanted to bring in more light and color. The bookcases did not have lighting. The dark wood shelves and rich mocha brown walls did not work in the scheme of lightening things up. First the walls were painted with Benjamin Moore Monroe Bisque. I thought the back off the bookcases needed some oomph! I found this beautiful Candice Olsen wallcovering by York to add just the right amount of light, texture and sheen. Next came the installation of LED ribbon light strips on the underside of each shelf. WOW-what an impact. We are still working on the accessories. We used many of the owner’s glass art pieces. The placement and assortment will be tweaked and added to as we proceed. I will elaborate more on the fabrics, rug, etc. in a future post when I have better photography and the shelves are FINISHED.
Here is a small area which we bumped up a notch or two with another Candice Olsen wallcovering by York. This pale “aqua/teal” textured wallcovering set the tone for the rest of the bedroom fabrics, accessories and rug. We were lucky to find the accessories we used here in the owner’s stash. The only thing new in the niche is the wallcovering. Just goes to show what an impact wallcovering can have.
Here are close ups of these stunning wallcoverings. The pictures really do not capture the depth, sheen, texture and detail of these wallcoverings.
That is all for now. So much more to come.
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Recently we completed a wonderful master bath suite renovation which included this amazing “closet to die for”.
Here is the picture of the “before” closet desperately needing some organization.
The highlights of this closet installation include the double stack of jewelry drawers, the pull out ironing board with electrical outlet, and the deep and shallow drawers, long/short hanging, and lots of shoes shelves (not shown).
No more will you need to guess whether your slacks are navy or black. Other lighting features include the remote motion sensor that turns the LED lights on as you walk into the space. The LEDs turn off automatically after 3 minutes without motion. Four recessed can lights provide general illumination and are controlled by a dimmer switch.
Here is the finished project with “HIS” and “HER” sides!
What do you think?
Do you agree this is a “closet to die for”?
More to come on the bath of this master suite.
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We have several custom closet designs on the drawing board for clients. As I was researching closet accessories I found a few that I would like to incorporate into our next closet project.
All closet customization should include the following:
- Long and short hanging rods
- Drawer storage, shallow and deep
- Shoe storage (and lots of it)
- Open shelving for odd size items
Now comes the fun part…The closets accessories! They will make keeping your closet organized a cinch! Here are a few of my favorites:
What are your favorite closet accessories? Join the conversation. Send us pictures if you like!
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The 2014 Kitchen and Bath Show in Las Vegas exceeded all expectations. For the first time the International Builders’ Show (IBS) and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) co-located to create Design and Construction Week. This is one of the world’s largest gatherings focused on new ideas, products and technologies for designing, building and remodeling homes. An estimated 70,000 people came to Las Vegas for this show.
Here are a few of my favorites from the show.
Technology based items were everywhere from blue tooth enabled key locks to docking stations for all our electronic gadgets. The new KEVO deadbolt locking system was amazing. Programming the entry into your house for workers or guests from anywhere with the use of your smart phone is just one of the many functions.
New cabinet organization products are always of great interest at this show. Pullout details in upper and lower cabinets make full use of interior cabinet space. Cut-out roll out shelves in a vanity cabinet insures easy access and better space utilization.
New LED lighting options were everywhere. We have been using LED fixtures for about two years but we learned a few more tricks about incorporating lighting in all the nooks and crannies of cabinets. My favorite was interior lighting for cabinet drawers and a Lazy Susan base cabinet. With LED’s you will never be without light in hard to see interiors. I am really a fan of this technology. For more lighting tips checkout our blog: http://marysherwoodlifestyles.com/brilliant-ideas-that-dont-leave-you-in-the-dark/
Many appliance manufacturers returned to this show with some great new products. Induction cooking surfaces, steam ovens and many “smart” control features were the highlights. With Thermador’s steam and convection oven you can cook a moist, golden brown 14 lb turkey in just 90 minutes. This would surely make holiday food prep easier! I also love the Thermador Freedom Full Surface Induction cooktop. This cooktop allows you to place four pots or pans anywhere on the cooking surface and adjust the heat to the size of the pan. The Wine Station by Dacor would be a wine enthusiast’s dream come true. There is perfect temperature controls for up to four bottles of your favorite vino.
Of course it was not always all work and no play!
Let us know if you would like more information on any of these innovative new products! How would you use these new products? What is your favorite?
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Everyone always loves “before” and “after” shots of project work. I searched the archives of thousands of pictures to show you some of the kitchen projects we have done over the years. Some of these projects go back about 10 years but still seem almost timeless today. When a project can stand the test of “style” time you have done your job. Yes, cabinet finishes, countertop preferences, backsplash tile trends and lighting are constantly changing. But it was amazing to me see how many of these kitchens still work today.
If you know your comfort zone (of style and color) when planning your kitchen it will be something you can enjoy for many years. Good planning is the key. There are lots of options to consider. Making the right choices are critical. Working with a knowledgeable kitchen designer can insure your kitchen will easily stand the test of “style” time.
Let us work with you to fine tune your likes to create your style!
Show us pictures of what is in your kitchen or “dream” file that illustrates your style!
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Check out this video of a recent kitchen project! Stay tuned for the bloopers at the end! It’s my favorite part!
This kitchen is a beautiful example of using a neutral color palette with a pop of color. We developed the plan for this kitchen based on these three goals:
- Improve the style and layout of the space.
- Update the appliances and fixtures.
- Enhance the appearance and function for casual dining.
The neutral color palette developed around the Cold Spring granite countertops. The perimeter cabinet finish of Polar White w/Slate Glaze and the island finish of Black were the perfect compliments for this granite.
Once the kitchen construction was complete we added decorative glass accessories to the lighted upper cabinets for the pop of red to spice up the room.
We hope you enjoyed the video!
Let us know if we can work with you to add some updating and spice to your space!!!
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Ever long for an amazing closet like Carrie’s from Sex and the City? Although it is meticulously designed and organized, a “Big” part of the appeal is the use of lighting.
In the world of lighting, under cabinet lighting in kitchens have come a long way, baby! Many different options have been introduced over the last 30 years. It started with cool, “grayish” fluorescent lighting which provided illumination but did not enhance the color of food. Halogen and Zenon lighting became the next lighting of choice. These bright “white” lights make colors pop and culinary creations sparkle. One detriment to their use is the heat gain and the replacement cost of the bulbs. Both problems have been solved with the innovation of LEDs, but why limit its use to the kitchen? Here are some unique applications we found at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) this past week in Chicago.
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Lake Gaston is a great place to live! Living on the lake attracts lots of family and friends which provide lots of reasons to entertain.
In this project, to help our client entertain in style, we updated this wet bar.
We replaced the standard Formica countertop with this gorgeous piece of glass, then backlit the countertop with warm LED lighting. We added a ceramic and glass mosaic tile backsplash to complete the look. The results are stunning!
Whether you’re looking for a conversation starter or it’s just time to update your wet bar, man cave, or even your counter down at the dock, this is a great way to transform a countertop into a unique component in your design.
How would you incorporate a backlit countertop into a project?
Let’s hear your ideas!
Happy lake living!