New Fabric Collection – Coastal Colors inspiring calm and peaceful interiors

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Light and Airy Fabrics to inspire beautiful window treatments

Beautiful windows start with stunning fabric selections, timeless, classic and livable.

From warm, inviting tones to soft, blue-grey hues, Fabricut’s Vignettes – Volume XII collection features a variety of prints, wovens and embroideries. This season, we’re introducing seven new color palettes in classic and contemporary designs.

Which Kitchen Sink Design works best for your family?

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Kohler Smart Divide Porcelain Sink

Kohler Smart Divide Porcelain Sink

When remodeling our kitchen four years ago the current sink design trend was large single basin sinks or farm sinks touting that all your pans and cutting boards can easily be cleaned within the one large basin. Shortly after using this large single sink we realized the huge waste of water and energy to clean this sink regularly is excessive. Since then we recommend the newer smart divide sinks as the solution to one large sink. A double basin sink with one smaller sink for easy tasks and one larger basin for when needed with a low divider allows easy cleaning of larger pans or cutting boards when required. Kohler was first with the low divide sink in porcelain with graceful curves as pictured above and one of our favorite clients loves her new sink. We think this is one of the prettiest and most functional sinks available today.

Large single Bowl, graceful curves

Large single Bowl, graceful curves

Stainless Steel option we used in our home, nice curves for easy cleaning, entire sink must cleaned every time.

Zero Radius corners - not easily cleaned

Zero Radius corners – not easily cleaned

Stainless Steel sinks are wonderful for ease of maintenance and longevity and are now being manufactured with smart divide options, however we have not found them with small and larger basins, just equal width basins. The current design trend for sinks are 90 degree corners or zero radius; it boasts a newer avante-garde styling – just looking at these square corners is distressing. Kitchen sinks clean easier with gracefully curved corners – the cleaning brush travels around the corners. The thought of hitting a square edge corner is not comfortable. Our belief is that zero radius sink trends will be short lived once homeowners start cleaning these sinks and realize they get stuck at the corners.

Smart divide with 2 equal sinks, Stainless steel farmhouse styling

Smart divide with 2 equal sinks, Stainless steel farmhouse styling

The kitchen sink is used non stop daily for many tasks and functions. Selecting the right shape, size and number of bowls is personal and subjective to your design sense and how you would like it to function. Using a single large basin for every task is wasteful of precious water resources and the energy expended to heat the water. Cleaning the sink is a non stop activity – curved corners makes your life easier. Having used zero radius sinks in a church setting preparing homeless meals our belief is these square edged designs should remain in commercial applications and homeowners should consider all aspects of cleaning, water and energy usage before they finalize their selection.

Porcelain sink options

Cast Iron with soft curves Kohler’s Smart divide

Color and Lighting and Your Aging Eyes

Color and lighting are both critical aspects of designing for senior living spaces. Alesha Churba is a top consultant and Aging in Place professional. This overview is a great summary when it comes to planning spaces for Mom and Dad or anyone with eyesight issues. Enjoy!

Color and Lighting and Your Aging Eyes

Color and lighting are both critical aspects of designing for senior living spaces. Alesha Churba is a top consultant and Aging in Place professional. This overview is a great summary when it comes to planning spaces for Mom and Dad or anyone with eyesight issues. Enjoy!

Summer Fabrics – Crisp, Clean, Refreshing Design Ideas

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new from Kravet – coastal colors: blues, white and creams

New fabric fashions for inspiring window treatments and upholstery selections, blue colors still prevail as homeowner’s favorite providing a calm livable quality to any space. Think bedrooms, family rooms or any space you wish for a relaxing retreat from the non stop world we live in.

New exotic collection from Kravet
New fabric fashions for inspiring window treatments and upholstery projects. Blues still very much in demand for home furnishings.
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New design patterns from Fabricut
Handsome new collection with coordinating floral, stripes and Ikat patterns.
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New sheer fabric designs from Kravet
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