Contemporary Kitchen Dressed in Silestone’s Blanco Maple

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Silestone White Engineered Stone Counter Surface | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Kitchen surface materials are such an integral element in kitchen design routinely used as counters, backsplashes and even custom stand-alone elements like breakfast bar counters and customized kitchen furniture.  I had the opportunity to learn more about the Silestone natural quartz surfaces brand from its parent company, Cosentino, during the 2013 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in New Orleans. The … Read More

Cheryl Clendenon of In Detail Kitchen & Bath

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Award winning kitchen design In Detail Interiors | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Cheryl Kees Clendenon, a California transplant to Northwest Florida, has been in the design industry for eleven years and continues to learn something new every day.  She credits an education in the fine arts for helping to shape her perspective and how she views spatial relationships. Her award-winning designs have graced the pages of over 50 national consumer magazines. She … Read More

Warm Contemporary Poggenpohl Kitchen Design

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Poggenpohl Cabinetry Contemporary Design | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Warm and inviting modern styled kitchen cabinetry by Poggenpohl. Clear kitchen counter bar table with matching “invisible” bar stools and stainless steel appliances make for a contemporary and clean kitchen design with an open, light-filled and airy feeling.

La Cornue Contemporary Kitchen Design by Matthew Quinn

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Modern Style La Cornue Kitchen Design | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Love this kitchen designed by Atlanta-based designer, Matthew Quinn, who I’ve had a long design crush from the first moment I saw the Intarcia bath collection for MTI Whirlpools that he lent his immeasurable design talent to creating. So wonderful to see how Matthew skillfully balanced the more traditional La Cornue range and oven, and farm sink with warm, yet … Read More

7 Small Kitchen Design Ideas

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Large,airy, open kitchen design | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Is your kitchen small? Does it feel closed, dark and cramped? If so then you’ll love these kitchen design and remodeling ideas that will help move your kitchen out of the suffocating darkness and into the spacious light. Add light to the kitchen. The right mix of natural and artificial light will immediately brighten up the space and make it … Read More

Hard Beauties: Cambria Surfaces at 2013 KBIS

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Though several of the Cambria vignettes at the 2013 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show were styled in a more traditional style than is my liking, and to be honest, I had a difficult time overcoming their less than stellar choice of wall coverings, I was able to overlook those style transgressions and focus on Cambria’s beautiful natural stone materials. Their … Read More

Häfele: Beauty in Universal Design at KBIS 2013

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Kitchen and Bath Industry Show 2013 KBIS New Orleans (305)

Spotted at Häfele’s KBIS 2013 Booth Easy access to cooktop for wheel chair bound individuals & ergonomic hardware handles for easy access to cabinets and drawers. Since my first Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in 2009, I have eagerly evangelized for Universal Design and I enthusiastically embrace companies that “really get it” and don’t just give the concept lip-service for … Read More

Svelte Curves & Elegant Surfaces at ROHL KBIS 2013

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ROHL Plumbing Fixtures KBIS 2013 | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Spotted at ROHL’s KBIS 2013 Booth BATH DESIGN ROHL Perrin & Rowe Undermount Bowl (U.2525WH) with Finished Brass Wash Stand with Glass Shelf and Perrin & Rowe 3-Hole Traditional Country Spout Widespread Lavatory Faucet (U.3720L). ROHL Perrin & Rowe Jubilee Collection 3-Hole High Arc Spout Widespread Lavatory Faucet (U.3760L) and ROHL Perrin & Rowe DECO Basin and Pedestal. ROHL Michael … Read More

BLANCO: ALTA Compact Pull-Out with Dual Spray

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BLANCO ALTA white Faucet Kitchen setting | The Decorating Diva, LLC

I’ve been a design fan of BLANCO sinks, faucets and surfaces since my first encounter with them at the 2009 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, and I was delighted to get my first in-person look at their new ALTA compact pull-out with dual spray faucet while attending the “Kitchens Unmasked” event hosted at Nordic Kitchens and Baths showroom in Metairie, … Read More

Poggenpohl: Modern Sensibility & Refined Elegance in Kitchen Design

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Kitchen and Bath Industry Show 2013 KBIS New Orleans (220)

Elegant materials, striking symmetry, and enriching visual interest are hallmarks of the Poggenpohl craftsmanship. Beautiful Poggenpohl cabinetry on display at Nordic Kitchens and Baths showroom in Metairie, LA. As long-time readers know, I adore Poggenpohl designs, and the one pictured above is one of my personal favorites – one that I spotted in London a few years ago.

Silestone: Making it Right in Post-Katrina New Orleans

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One of several homes in New Orleans’ Lower 9th ward designed by world-renowned architects participating in Brad Pitt’s “Make it Right” program. Spanish surface materials company Cosentino has provided their Silestone product for kitchen and bath counters for the homes in the Make it Right program. Happy homeowner welcoming the Blogtour New Orleans team into her home. Thanks to Make … Read More