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European Inspired Kitchen in Classic Navy Blue and White Color Scheme

European influence in color and design led the kitchen design trends at the 2017 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show. Elegant, luxury kitchen design from Signature Kitchen Suite. Contemporary, European influenced design in dramatic hues had a very strong presence at this years' KBIS. This was one of my favorite kitchen designs employing saturated navy hues complimented with cool silvery finishes on sculptural cabinet hardware. Luxe materials meets high tech ...

2017 LUXURY TABLEWARE TREND: PAINTERLY EFFECTS

Luxury dinnerware brands from all over the world set out their best tablescapes at the  Ambiente design fair in Frankfurt, Germany this winter.  One predominate design direction that appeared on the tables of luxe labels was patterns or prints executed with painterly strokes.

Alfonso Architects’ Hidden Grotto in the Heart of Florida

Acqua Pietra, translated literally from the Italian means 'Water Stone', but another more fitting  interpretation of the Italian  'pietra' is 'jewel' or 'gemstone'. And, a jewel in the very heart of Florida is what internationally acclaimed Tampa-based architect  and artist Alberto Alfonso of Alfonso Architects, Inc has designed at the  Acqua Pietra spa located at the Streamsong Golf & Spa resort in Streamsong, Florida. Wall plaque at AcquaPietra spa with ...

Global Gardens: 5 Countries, 7 Captivating Courtyards

The beautiful hidden garden courtyard of Palazzo Capello Malipiero Barnabò in Venice, Italy. Mediterranean and Moorish influenced courtyard with container garden and manicured hedges at the historical Deering Estate in Cutler Bay, Florida, United States. Hidden patio/courtyard garden in Oppenheim, Germany with a priceless view to the iconic gothic style church, Saint Katherine which is elegantly framed by the patio walls covered in climbing ivy vines and accented ...

A Gift of Light in Miami Beach’s Art Deco District

An early evening stroll amongst the iconic architectural structures that comprise the famed Art Deco district of Miami Beach yields exquisite vintage postcard scenes of hotels and restaurants set against a watercolor-inspired sky awash in the soft, golden tones of the setting sun and accented with subtle hints of blues and greens. The sky high above the Shore Park and Pelican hotels subtly shifts from a light gold to ...