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. 00000

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

Du Verre: Sculpted Hardware That Inspires

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duverre hardware drawer

Artistically designed, finished by hand and eco-friendly, Du Verre Hardware elements command attention and make a striking and unique addition to your kitchen and bath. Stunning jewelry to adorn kitchen and bath cabinets from traditional to contemporary. Thinking outside the box – love the use of this Du Verre hardware element as a decorative hook. 00000

2013 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show Highlights

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Kitchen and Bath Industry Show 2013 KBIS New Orleans (383)

DESIGN SPOTLIGHT Striking elegance and glamour in bath design from Ann Sacks and Kallista. Beautiful design pairings combining TOTO bath fixtures and Villeroy and Boch tub and sink. Stunning black Lavastone counter and sinuous kitchen faucet from Rohl. CREATIVITY on DISPLAY at KBIS Brizo’s creative and inspiring bath sink and faucet water fountain display had the KBIS crowds oohing and … Read More

New Kitchen Ideas That Work by Jamie Gold

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“New Kitchen Ideas That Work” published by The Taunton Press

“ Enhancing your kitchen is an investment in your home, and this book is designed to make that investment as smart and stylish as possible.”  – Jamie Gold on her new book New Kitchen Ideas That Work. One of the leading design trends for 2013 we are focusing on here at the Decorating Diva is the desire to cocoon at … Read More

Designer Andie Day’s Holiday Decorating & Entertaining Tips

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Serene, beautiful kitchen design by award-winning designer and Aging-in-Place specialist, Andie Day. The always elegant and stylish, Boston-based designer, Andie Day, shares the following fabulous and chic holiday decorating advice: Whether you envision holidays filled with elegantly decorated rooms or radiating exquisite simplicity the key to success is an organized home. We suggest tackling this sometimes overwhelming task with an … Read More

Creative Freedom that Inspires in Kitchen Design

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What Inspires Me: “Darren Morgan, a kitchen designer based in Ireland, is not only one of the greatest talents in kitchen design I’ve met, but someone who inspires with his willingness to take risks and who chooses creative freedom over security. Surely someone with his vision could get a great job with one of the great design firms in this … Read More

Interior Designer Julie Bova’s Holiday Recipe: Peppermint Ice Cream Pie

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Kitchen Details:  Julie designed this kitchen, in a house located on an incredible horse farm, that proves attention to detail matters. Some of the material details such as the  Knotty Alder,Stone and Butcher block and an elegant Onyx backsplash that reflects the light capture the warm, welcoming nature of this kitchen. At The Decorating Diva, LLC we are quite fortunate … Read More

Design Lust: 3 Poggenpohl Kitchens That Will Set Your Heart Aflutter

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#1 Design Lust:Contemporary, striking and beautifully appointed Poggenpohl kitchen with just the right touch of color (the rich purple backsplash ) makes this design my top pick. Poggenpohl has always held a special place in my design heart, and when I had the opportunity to visit their well-appointed London showroom in September (as a design ambassador with BlogTour London), I … Read More

BLANCO: The Serious Business of Kitchen Design

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 BLANCO Stainless Steel QAUDRIS Kitchen Faucet. High-end kitchen sink and faucet manufacturer BLANCO captured my attention with their stainless steel QUADRIS kitchen faucet which is decidedly modern and minimalist in design, and sports a strong square profile (almost as in homage to the great cubist artists.) . The QAUDRIS faucet is more than an attractive kitchen faucet, it’s also highly … Read More

Kelly’s Kitchen Sync by Kelly Morisseau

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Several years ago I decided to give my kitchen a facelift and set about: pulling magazine pages for inspiration; visiting kitchen and bath showrooms to talk to designers about cabinets, counters and plumbing fixtures; reading how-to do kitchen remodel books from cover to cover; and walking the appliance aisles at the big box stores all with the intention of creating … Read More

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Designer Notes: With this kitchen, it is all about modern, sleek contemporary finishes to play up reflective surfaces. The espresso cabinets are complimented by elongated hardware to create that contemporary feel. Glass paneled pantry doors add a unique feature and another element of reflective materials to the space.  Designer Notes: Contemporary, spa, and zen-like are all words I’d use to … Read More

Layla Altman of Posh Living LLC Shares her Favorite Holiday Recipe

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The Crystal Bud Chandeliers add an elegant, feminine detail to this classic style kitchen design by Posh Living, LLC Crescent Chicken Squares 1 teaspoon salt 1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened 1/8 teaspoon pepper 3 tablespoons butter or margarine 1 (8-ounce) can refrigerated crescent melted and divided rolls 2 cups chopped cooked chicken 3/4 cup seasoned croutons, crushed 2 tablespoons … Read More

Johnny Grey’s 26 Christmas Entertaining & Decorating Tips

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FC kitchen dresser dec 2009

Warm, charming and inviting kitchen designed by acclaimed kitchen designer Johnny Grey. 12 Holiday Decor Tips Create a portable cooking station. Buy a low-height, compact camping gas ring that sits on any surface. This creates an instant cooking space. Most hardware stores stock them for the price of a take-away meal. If you don’t have a hutch or dresser, create … Read More

Designer Cheryl Clendenon’s Guilt-Free Holiday Treat: Low-Fat Key Lime Bars

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 Beautiful, traditional styled kitchen in rich,warm-toned woods designed by Cheryl Clendenon. Award-winning kitchen and bath designer, Cheryl Clendenon, is always on the go whether working on various design projects or attending industry shows. The last time I caught up with her was in Chicago at the National Kitchen and Bath Industry Show – and from there she was off to … Read More

Designer Kelly Morisseau’s Yummy & Nutty Holiday Butter Tarts Recipe

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Kelly M Contemporary

 Contemporary kitchen design by Kelly Morrisseau at Cupertino Kitchen Design.   Kelly Morisseau, kitchen and bath designer, and editor of the witty and informative Kitchen Sync blog, shares her favorite holiday pastry recipe for making what is sure to be a decadent, buttery and delicious holiday treat – makes us wish every day was a holiday. Butter Tarts Recipe (Requires … Read More

Brizo Faucets: Inspired Distinctive Design

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For being a relatively young brand, Brizo, has already left an indelible mark in the highly competitive world of luxury kitchen and bath design. Their kitchen and bath faucets are distinctive, innovative and stylish. Equally striking are Brizo’s advertising campaigns (image above: Brizo ad campaign launched April 2010; image below: Brizo ad campaign 2009). The advertising campaigns were born of … Read More

Kitchen Designer Sarah Lloyd’s Citrusy Holiday Desert Recipe

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Craftswoman Style

  Craftswoman inspired and styled kitchen design by Sarah Lloyd. When we asked our favorite kitchen designers to submit a photo of their most beloved kitchen design project along with a cherished holiday recipe, we knew that Sarah would submit something as cheery, and fun as her personality. And she didn’t disappoint, Sarah tells us, “my recipe is for a … Read More

Designer Jill Seidner’s Favorite Holiday Champagne Cocktail Recipe

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Kitchen design by Jill Seidner Interior Design. Los Angeles based interior designer and contributing writer to the popular design blog, “Material Girls Blog”, Jill Seidner shares her favorite holiday beverage drink recipe –Champagne and Pomegranate Cocktail– along with photos of one of her favorite kitchen design projects from her design portfolio (pictured above). About Jill Seidner Jill Seidner is a … Read More