Hard Beauties: Cambria Surfaces at 2013 KBIS

Carmen NatschkeTo the Trade: Design Shows & Events

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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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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

mr.steam: Infusing Luxury, Serenity & Well-Being in Each Shower

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After a whirlwind tour of New Orleans with the BlogtourNOLA team and two jam-packed days running around the design behemoth that is High Point Market, all I could think about was how much I wish I had a mr. steam steam spa equipped bath at home. My body was aching, I was depleted and exhausted – and my mind kept … 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

Du Verre: Sculpted Hardware That Inspires

Carmen NatschkeSpotlight: Decor & Furniture

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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.

Inspired by New Orleans Ironwork

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GARDEN DISTRICT Garden District: Blue Lace Ironwork New Orleans. Garden District:Madonna and Child Ironwork New Orleans. Garden District: Asian Influenced Ironwork New Orleans. Garden District: Simple Ironwork New Orleans. Garden District: Ironwork at Ann Rice’s Former House New Orleans. Garden District:Ironwork Details Lafayette Cemetery New Orleans. Garden District: Rusted, intricate ironwork Gate Lafayette Cemetery New Orleans. FRENCH QUARTER WAREHOUSE/ARTS DISTRICT MAGAZINE STREET

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

Exploring New Orleans with Blogtour NOLA

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Architectural delights in the French Quarter swathed in colors rich in history and beauty. Buildings adorned with lace-like iron work balconies dressed with spring flowers on Rue de Chartres in Jackson Square. Fortune-tellers divining futures. Jazz band preparing to entertain the crowds. Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France, also called St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square. Courtyard lunch at … Read More