Monday, October 20, 2014

Traveling Philly's Past.

I've been very busy traveling this summer for both business and pleasure.  Although the bath remodel in Philly was a design of modern conveniences I often visited houses that belong to another era, making me feel as though I don't just travel between time zones but travel back in time.  On tour at the Court Inn in Newtown, Pa, I found some interesting items.

Take this kitchen that was built in 1740: 

It was one of two kitchens in the Court Inn,  home of the Historical Society,  and both have operational beehive ovens which they use from time to time for events.

My favorite item from the past though was this rope style bed below.  There is one continuous rope going horizontally and then tied at the post and another one going vertically and tied at the post.  It was a nice step up from sleeping on the floor, was easy to store and easy to travel with if need be, making it a very functional piece of furniture.  But not so easy to tighten when the rope became loose with usage.  I don't know what the lone traveler did in a situation like this. This bed clearly requires two people to work the rope.  No wonder they weren't any gyms in those days.  this would be laborious.

I love history.  I spend hours down in Philly taking pictures, walking streets where Franklin, Washington and Jefferson walked.  My next walk through time will be walking the path that Franklin took when he first landed in Philadelphia.  He notes it well in his autobiography, so I have it on my to-do list. 


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Salone del Mobile - A Design and Art Extravaganza

As a kitchen and bath designer I try to attend as many tradeshows as possible to keep abreast of new and innovative products.  In addition to KBIS which is a must for me, I also had the pleasure of attending EuroCucina, The International Kitchen Furnishings Exhibition held in Milan every two years.   Wow!  What a fabulous event!

Salone del Mobile is an international design and art venue that is comprised of five components including: EuroCucina (Kitchen Furnishings Exhibition), & Technology for the Kitchen.   I was attending this event on a double mission - kitchen/bath designer and  writer.  As a kitchen/bath designer my focus was on the kitchen and bath pavilions but there was a whole other side to this event that was just as compelling.

In an article written for the June printed edition of K+BB(Kitchen and Bath Business), I covered many of the innovative kitchen and bath products that I saw at the event.  However,  recently I wrote an article for one of my favorite online designer magazines:  DesignerCircleHq.  This article: Salone del Mobile,  A Show  Within a Show,  is not kitchen oriented but instead addresses some of the other inspiring elements of the event.  Just click on the title to read the article.


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

On Assignment at EuroCucina

As many of you know I was in Milan in April for EuroCucina, the International Kitchen Furniture Exhibition.  EuroCucina is a biennial event where over a hundred International companies debut their newest and most innovative kitchen products within their creatively designed kitchen spaces.  Usually when I attend one of my design events, I write several post relating to the experience but this time I decided to pen my thoughts and ideas for the Kitchen and Bath Business (K+BB} magazine.  K+ BB is one of the most respected and well-read magazines in the industry.  With its excellent articles and eye on trends it is a great resource for design and trade professionals.  K+BB has a online magazine and a printed magazine.  Below is the article that I co-authored with Chelsie Butler, Executive Editor of  K+BB. The article appears in the May/June issue of the printed magazine.  To read the article here you may have to change the zoom size to at least 150% via the Tool bar.


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Monday, February 24, 2014

The Illuminated Backsplash

Backsplash Turned Off
From concept to completion a kitchen remodel can take a few months depending on the complexity of the design, and the size of the kitchen.  At some point in the design process, you'll need to talk about the backsplash. It often becomes a budgetary issue, so a client may choose to  just paint the area. However, there are lots of other options: tile designs(ceramic/natural stone), glass, metals (stainless, hammered copper), granite or other countertop extension up the wall and now there is Luminsplash.

Backsplash Lighting Turned On
Luminsplash is a 3/8" panel that can be ordered up to a 24" by 96" size piece.  The pattern ATI (Advanced Technology Inc.) displayed at KBIS is pictured on the right and is called Subway Tiles.  There is a dimmable light behind the laminate used to highlight the counter area.  This lighting feature offers an even distribution of light across the backsplash.  Of course, an even distribution can also be achieved by under cabinet lighting. This is just another option in the realm of kitchen design.

There are many design patterns available through ATI from which to choose.  Another great feature to this backsplash option is that you can customize your design. You can use a photo of your favorite ocean scene or a cityscape that you love and, since it's a panel, you can also change the scene whenever you want a change of scenery.

I love designing backsplashes and this option makes  a highlighted Tuscany wine scene in a bar alcove off the kitchen possible.