DEKTON by Cosentino: Innovating How We Think of Surface Materials

Carmen NatschkeSpotlight: Decor & Furniture


Last year, during the Kitchen and Bath Show (KBIS) the brilliant engineering minds at Cosentino (You may know them for another wonderful surface material, Silestone.) gave the Blogtour New Orleans team a sneak peek at the new and groundbreaking surface material DEKTON that they had developed.  The entire Blogtour team was immediately smitten with the beauty of the product, and … Read More

10 Home Decor Trends for Kitchen & Bath Designs for 2015 – 2016

Carmen NatschkeDecor by X, To the Trade: Design Shows & Events

Kitchen Trends 2015 dekton by cosentino kitchen counter surface trend spotted at Rifra Eurocucina | The Decorating Diva, LLC

The 2014 I Saloni design fair in Milan was brimming with gorgeous and evocative illustrations of what’s next in interior design trends for kitchen and bath.  Many of the following home decorating trends, I believe, will be strong for the latter portion of 2014 and will be an integral component of bath and kitchen design in 2015 through 2016. 1. Model Silhouettes … Read More

Milan Design Week: BLANCO America’s ATTIKA’s Debut at Acheo Showroom

Carmen NatschkeShowroom Style, To the Trade: Design Shows & Events

acheo showroom milan BLANCO Attika sink | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Milan is a city renowned for its beautiful, sexy and stylish citizens, and it came as no surprise that BLANCO America  debuted its equally beautiful, sexy and stylish stainless steel ATTIKA kitchen sink in the heart of Milan’s Brera design district.  Surrounded by beautiful people, exquisite culinary delights and the best vinos Italy has produced, the BLANCO Attika made its … Read More

Smart & Sophisticated Storage Solutions from Clever Storage by Kesseboehmer

Carmen NatschkeShowroom Style, To the Trade: Design Shows & Events

clever storage showroom 1

One of the highlights of Milan Design Week was visiting the well-appointed showroom of Clever Storage by Kesseboehmer and taking in the numerous innovative and ergonomic organizational storage solutions for kitchen and bath that they offer. As one who truly appreciates well organized and efficient use of space, I was delighted to see each and every useful and functional Clever … Read More

Secret Gardens: Venetian Palazzo Garden of Contessa Anna Barnabo

Carmen NatschkeExteriors by Design, Glamorous Gallavanting

Capped statue venetian garden of countess Barnabo palazzo | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Venice is a city of sumptuous beauty, rich history and secrets hidden behind elegant palazzo walls. One of those hidden gems of Venice is the exquisite garden at the palazzo Cappelo Malipiero Barnabò  on the Grand Canal. The verdantly lush palazzo Barnabò  garden was designed by the Contessa Anna Barnabò, and has been featured in several garden design books and … Read More

Venice by Heart and Soul

Carmen NatschkeGlamorous Gallavanting

JoAnn Locktov Memories of Venice | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Venice – A  Tour Led by the Heart and Soul There are times in life when one must refuse to accept the conventional wisdom. To steadfastly reject the way things have always been done.  Those are the powerful moments when we realize that we must trust our heart and soul to guide us.  With that in mind, as you plan … Read More

2014 BlogTour Milan & Venice: Dreams Do Come True!

Carmen NatschkeThe Insider

BlogTour 2014 Venice & Milan Design Week - Salone del Mobile | The Decorating Diva, LLC

“You’re invited: BlogTour Venezia…no wait, Milano…no wait, Venezia AND Milano” screamed the email subject line as I hurriedly scrolled past email message after message. It didn’t register right away. No, my brain was on deadline overload. Scrambling to wrap up an editorial project for a client and bone-tired after working for hours on end without a break (Oh, and lest … Read More