Kitchen and Bath Design Expert: Lori Carroll
Committed to providing unsurpassed excellence in design, Lori Carroll draws on an outstanding education and notable experience in both residential and commercial design. With a BS degree in Interior Design from the University of Arizona and instruction at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, Lori’s advanced qualifications are evident. As a Professional Member of the American Society of Interior Designers since 1989 and a member of the International Interior Design Association, Lori continues to keep updated on current industry developments. An extensive portfolio of both local and national award-winning projects further demonstrates her talent.
Starting her career as an interior designer at a local Tucson furniture store by assisting clients in selecting home furnishings, Lori went on to establish and become president of Interline Design Group, which for many years was recognized as one of the leading interior design firms in the city. In 2000, the business evolved to become exclusively Lori Carroll & Associates. This transition helped to shape the studio into a more wide-ranging business, with the capacity to assist in every phase of remodeling and construction for both residential and commercial projects. Continuing to build on a long-standing foundation of selected manufacturers and suppliers, exclusive options are always available to assure that every design is unique.
From a primary vision to the last detail, Lori Carroll & Associates remains committed to excellence in design and service.
What do you see as the top Kitchen and Bath design trends for 2009?
- Incorporating flexible recycling into your overall kitchen design.
- Touch lift technology is a trend that is helping to elevate the functionality of the kitchen.
- Unique and customized storage is allowing kitchen’s to become more functional and personalized to the end users needs. Well organized space is very important.
- Quartz countertops are becoming more unique and advanced with their design as well as being constructed with at least 50% pre-consumer glass content.
- Typical vanities that are incorporated in bathrooms are being replaced by the furniture elements, whether they are custom designed or purchased and retrofitted.
- Incorporating LCD televisions into the surface of the bathroom mirror.
- The product lines being introduced to the market for green design – sinks, toilets, accent tile, and countertops.
At the Kitchen and Bath industry Show this year, many sophisticated, innovative new appliances and products were unveiled. How do you see the increase in smart kitchen and bath appliances making life easier for homeowners?
[Kitchen and bath appliances and products will be] more technically advanced while saving energy and natural resources.
Where do you find inspiration for your designs?
New products and materials presented by suppliers, as well as the surrounding landscape in the Tucson area.
What advice would you give to homeowners considering a kitchen or bathroom remodel?
Create their wish list and hire a professional kitchen and/or bath designer to assist with their project.
Tell us about your favorite kitchen and/or bathroom design project?
Recently I designed my favorite powder room, a fairly small space, which incorporated a natural agate stone floating vanity top, gold leaf wall tile, and custom metal wall element with low voltage lighting to properly illuminate the overall design. Truly stunning.
In your personal kitchen or bath – what is the product(s) that you can’t imagine living without?
Bathroom – steam shower – a must!!
Imagine designing your dream kitchen or bath. What style would it be? What products would you use?
- Contemporary style, clean & simple. Incorporating unique use of materials and finishes.
- Viking and Grohe
Green design is an important consideration for many homeowners. Do you have advice for homeowners who want to “green” their kitchen or bathroom?
Research products that are available to incorporate into their projects, such as flooring, countertops,, plumbing fixtures, appliances, or hire a professional kitchen and bath designer to assist and simplify the process.
We’d like to thank Lori Carroll of Lori Carroll and Associates for generously sharing her expertise and design advice.
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