There are many factors that are driving the trend toward more people Aging-in-Place at home. First and foremost, people simply don’t want to leave their home if they can help it. Most people find the idea of staying in their home a far more appealing option than the alternative. Most people would rather alter their existing home to accommodate their changing needs as they age than move to an assisted living facility, downsize or relocate. It’s understandable that for many aging adults, the idea of leaving the place where they have built a life, a family, and a community of friends and neighbors is not appealing at all. The idea of moving can also be daunting, especially if we’re not feeling physically up to the task. In fact, the prospect of having to essentially start over and to re-establish oneself in a whole new environment can be downright overwhelming.
Yet, as we age, we are often faced with physical limitations or other challenges that make staying at home difficult, without modifications. However, Aging-in-Place design offers solutions that can help people achieve their deeply felt wish to stay at home.
Below we review a new custom home we designed for one of our clients that illustrates some of the Aging -in-Place kitchen and bathroom design features that enable people to stay in their homes but with improved accessibility, comfort, and safety.
Now is a great time to remodel your bathroom or kitchen with Aging-In-Place features to support you comfortably now and into your future! Call us at (410) 643-4040 to make an appointment with our kitchen and bath designers and to view our showroom and consult with our experts to design the just-right features that will allow you to stay in your home indefinitely.
There is an old adage that black is the queen of colors. Afterall, it’s really a mix of all the colors in one, and as such, it’s the ultimate neutral, goes with everything and is known for bringing elegance and sophistication to any pairing. Black is also an incredibly versatile color that can either be styled Classic or Contemporary. It can be grounding to quiet other colors or it can assume the center drama in a design. While it’s not that black was ever out of fashion, per say, we are seeing much more “black magic” in the home right now after a long love affair with white. From black window frames, to ebony cabinets, smoky black sinks, to matte black cabinetry, hardware and lighting, BLACK IS BACK!
Here are some beautiful examples of new kitchen and bath trends that highlight the versatile range of how to use black in kitchens and bathrooms.
With soft French curves, the Cairn® kitchen sink offers transitional style to suit contemporary and traditional kitchens alike. Cairn is made of KOHLER Neoroc®, a matte-finish composite material designed for extreme durability and unmatched beauty. Richly colored to complement any countertop, Neoroc resists scratches, stains, and fading, and is highly heat- and impact-resistant. The Self-Trimming® apron design makes it easy to retrofit existing 36″ cabinetry that has a false drawer front, requiring only a simple rough cut.
Signature Hardware’s Thaine Antique Black Copper Double-Slipper Pedestal Tub
Welcome high-end design into your master bathroom with the Thaine Antique Black Copper Tub. A true statement piece, this bathtub features a patina fused to the exterior to create a smooth, dark finish within the metal. The rolled rim allows the polished interior to be showcased on every curve of the double-slipper design. Bold yet functional, the Thaine has plenty of room for you to sit back and enjoy a luxurious soak.
The Natural Brass finish on Kichler’s Linara 5 light linear chandelier, is like jewelry to the Matte Black metal slatted shade. A refreshing twist on contemporary and mid century modern décor.
Signature Hardware’s Radke Mahogany Vanity in Shoreline Gray features hardware options including Satin black shown here.
We think the black finishes on this VIGO Elan Adjustable Frameless Shower Door is a showstopper! Made with VIGO’s proprietary RollerDisk™ Technology, this door has built-in adjustability to ensure that it is a perfect fit in your shower. Flex-Sizing™ and SmartAdjust™ Technology ensure that your shower door will remain level despite inevitable shifts that occur as homes settle. This door features resilient tempered glass to prevent dangerous splinters and shards. With the option for right or left-side installation, the VIGO Elan is as versatile as it is sturdy. Stainless-steel hardware outfitted in a 7-layer plated, rust-free matte black finish completes this one-of-a-kind design.
If you want to incorporate a few touches of black but not sure how, Moen put together some great advice in their blog.
Let’s face it. A bathroom or kitchen renovation or remodel can be expensive. You don’t want to make a mistake, but it’s easy to do given all the dozens of mechanical, design and selection decisions that one has to make during the process. To really feel confident about pulling off black in your kitchen or bathroom design, we encourage you to check in with our design experts who are ready and waiting to help you design your new space and to assist you in making the selections that ensure your bathroom has a good balance and is executed thoughtfully to avoid costly errors. Call us at (410) 643-4040 to make an appointment with our kitchen and bath designers and to view our showroom!
As we turn the page into not only a new year, but also a new decade, you may be thinking about a fresh start with a bathroom renovation project that will bring your home into the “20s”. With that in mind, you might be searching for design inspiration and we are pleased to be the source for your fresh intel!
Below we explore three of the hottest designs emerging from bathroom design and manufacturing tastemakers.
Floating vanities like this custom frameless one by Woodharbor bring a modern, weightless aesthetic to keep the bathroom looking light and airy despite the dark door front color. Lighting beneath the vanity illuminates the floor and provides more safety during trips to the loo in the middle of the night.
Ahhhh-mazing Shower Experiences
Real Rain from Kohler brings the exhilaration of a summer storm to the shower. The look and feel of natural rain is accomplished in numerous ways. First, an innovative sprayface design has a unique nozzle geometry that simulates rain by adjusting the size of the water drops. The rates at which the drops fall is also varying and random, just like in a true rainstorm.
To recreate the feel of a growing storm, the shower is designed with a water reservoir that relies on gravity rather than the typical pressurized spray to shape the water, using 775 concave nozzles to start the storm off slowly and then build. The pitter patter of drops grows in intensity as it swells into a warm summer storm. Finally, to capture the moment the sky opens up and the rain truly pours down, the on-demand Deluge feature releases the water in the reservoir, soaking the bather in an extravagant flood of water. Watch the video!
New Cabinets & Mirrors with Task Lighting
Personal grooming is an important part of daily life. Many tasks considered essential to proper hygiene and appearance take place in the bathroom, in front of the mirror – oral care, skin care, hair care, applying makeup, hair removal, etc. And appropriate lighting is crucial in this space. Kohler addresses this need directly with the launch of its new Verdera lighted cabinets and mirrors that bring true grooming task lighting to the bathroom. The Verdera enhanced cabinet features the option of a flip-out flat mirror or magnifying mirror, along with slow-close functionality to eliminate slamming.
The Verdera lights are compatible with most LED dimmers to give you even more control over your lighting experience, including pairing with Amazon’s Alexa system.
So how do you ensure that your bathroom design is classic enough to stand the test of time but still incorporates enough modern style to be distinctive? This is where kitchen and bath designers like us can really benefit you! We can help you decide on selections that will help you strike the right balance between classic and trendy to help you ensure you don’t make an expensive mistake. Give us a call (410) 643-4040 to set up a consultation. We are as excited about your project as you are!
Hosting Thanksgiving dinner can be a huge undertaking. There is so much to consider – from making sure you have enough room to store incoming dishes to ensuring guests are comfortable and have plenty of snacks and drinks on hand. And most importantly, getting all the food to the table simultaneously, with hot food hot, and cold food cold. Having your kitchen equipped to handle it all can make or break your Thanksgiving meal’s success. Kitchen innovators like Miele and Wolf are cranking out futuristic Jetson-esque designs that really think outside of the traditional (oven) box. Below are three design innovations that really give us the “gimmies” and address the need for convenience, speed, beauty, and flexibility so you can prep, cook, and clean like a pro!
Miele’s Combi-Steam Oven is versatile enough to be the only oven needed in your kitchen. Creating appetizers, soups, fish, meat, vegetables, side-dishes or dessert individually or as a complete meal in one cooking process is always an easy task . As a fully fledged steam oven, it cooks foods delicately without the need for added oils and butters. It is also equipped with various oven functions including Convection Bake as well as operating modes such as Surround, Intensive and Broil. It shows its skill in Combination Cooking – a combination of moisture and blower heat for perfect results, particularly when baking and roasting. In other words, your turkey will get that golden-brown and crackling skin but with tender, juicy meat on the inside! Yum.
This hood can be installed over an island or against a wall for greater design flexibility, an appliance meant to blend in, instead of stand out. On Thanksgiving Day (and really every day) you want to keep your kitchen heat, smoke, steam grease, and odor free. That means you need good ventilation! This ceiling-mounted hood by Wolf has a seamless design for a flush, concealed look that’s a perfect match for modern kitchen designs where minimalism reigns. And if you have ever struggled to turn on your fan only to nearly burn yourself on the range, you’ll love the ADA compliant remote control for this one. What’s more, the two LED light bars with two brightness settings on this hood provide additional workspace lighting!
The new ProfiLine Dishwasher from Miele is the fastest Miele dishwasher to date. It’s the perfect solution if you want to have all the convenient features of a residential Miele dishwasher, but with a much faster cycle time. The ProfiLine dishwasher is not only easy to use, but will clean your dishes in only 24 minutes! Some other features we love about this product are the 3D+ Cutlery Tray that accommodates oversized cooking utensils like ladles, carving knives, and mixer attachments. Flex Care ensures the gentle treatment of your fine china and crystal with glass and cup holders in lower basket. After a long day in the kitchen on Thanksgiving, you’re going to breathe a sigh of relief and really get in the spirit of gratitude by eliminating another hour washing and drying those fragile heirlooms by hand!
314 Design Studio is proud to work with the leading kitchen and bathroom brands. Give us a call 410-643-3444 to schedule your no-cost consultation with our designers to discuss how we can help you bring your dream kitchen to life!
Design fact: Brass is back! If you love new design takes on old standards, you’re going to love what’s been happening with brass for the home.
314 Design Studio’s Lisa Brown gives us a look at 4 areas where brass is making a comeback.
“Yes, we are now mixing brass with stainless steel appliances!,” says Brown. This mixing of metals provides a subdued touch of luxury to the most popular gathering space in your home—making it a chic new spot for impromptu kitchen cocktails.
You will also find the look of brushed brass as accents on drawers and cabinets in the form of pulls and knobs.
Brown adds: “Soft gold tones such as brushed and matte brass are back in vogue—color of gold!”
“Gold is showing up in every style … from Traditional to Contemporary! It is starting to peek out from all rooms of the house!,” Brown says.
“Brizo, Moen, Kohler and all the hot names are showing up with golden highlights…is it a sign of the times?”
Lisa Brown (ASID)
Lisa is an Interior Designer with a bachelor’s degree of Fine Arts from UMASS Amherst and more than 20 years experience designing distinctive spaces. Her work has been featured in Annapolis Home Magazine.
Her background in interior design ensures each detailed varied taste in design is carefully thought out. These tastes add a unique dimension to the creative ideas she brings to the drawing board. From early 20th century historic, the mid-century modern, current minimalist movement, and blending these styles into a space that is exciting, technologically up-to-date, interesting, and comfortable. Deeply ingrained in her, Lisa reveres historical preservation and understands how to breathe new life into spaces while honoring their historic design.
Have a design question for Lisa? Email or come visit her at the 314 Design Showroom!
The time has arrived! It’s what we’ve been waiting for all winter; the chance to be outside and dwell. For many this means enjoying an outdoor kitchen/living space created specifically for their needs— to suit a specific type of outdoor personality. If you are in the planning stages of creating an outdoor kitchen or looking to spice up your current configuration, may we suggest taking the following quiz? Which of these outdoor personas sounds most like you?
The Home Chef
Your outdoor kitchen is every bit as inviting and functional as your indoor kitchen. You won’t cut corners when it comes to quality appliances just because you can’t use them every day of the year. Your collection of event-specific aprons is second to none. You receive daily deliveries from Amazon pantry.
Must-Haves: Durable, reliable appliances. A design scheme that allows you to cook and entertain at the same time. (Photo courtesy of Steve Silverman)
You’re a regular at the annual spring home show, a curator of marinade recipes, you appreciate the efficiency of a silicone basting brush and love making the neighbors jealous with the smoky delights of your grill. You’re never happier than when you have a crowd of guests around you, drooling as they await their first bite of juicy, melt-in-your-mouth pork butt, ribs, chicken or steak or those outdoor BBQ favorites – brats, hamburgers and dogs. For you—it’s all about the grill.
Must-Haves: The proper grill, easy access to grilling space, and room to move. (Photo courtesy of pitboss-grills.com)
The Creative Cocktailer
You let your guests know that dinner’s at 7, but the cocktails start pouring at 6. You scour Pinterest for creative and refreshing concoctions and have a hilarious collection of cocktail napkins that express your festive life philosophy. You love to color coordinate your drink stirrers with your dinner theme, you have a monogrammed ice bucket and you possess the ability to deliver a smashing toast at a moment’s notice.
Must-Haves: Cozy seating for clever conversation, counter space for a garnish keeping and dicing, wine fridge, under the counter ice bin, ample outdoor barware storage. (Photo courtesy of Pinterest)
The Fresh Fish Phenom
You’re hooked on catching it and cooking it up yourself. However, cleaning it makes your better half wince. Your array of crab pots, seafood mallets and lobster hammers is unrivaled on your cul-de-sac.
Must-Haves: Extra sink, dedicated counterspace, extended dining table. (Photo courtesy of JWT Associates)
Come in and discuss your “Outdoor Kitchen Persona” with us and we’ll help create the perfect space for you! Call 314 Design Studiostoday to schedule a no-cost consultation (410) 643-4040, or feel free to drop-in at your convenience; we are located at 314 Main Street in Stevensville, MD 21666 and open from 8 am – 4 pm, Monday through Friday.
Utility. It sounds like such a stiff word, but the truth is, utility can lead to flexibility. Utility and flexibility are two highly desirable attributes when it comes to kitchens, especially when it comes to your kitchen sink. Now, if that has you thinking about overwhelming stainless steel boxes with clunky faucets, think again. Today’s next-level kitchen sinks have solved the utility vs. beauty conundrum with models that are highly efficient and look great. (Photo courtesy of faucetmag.com)
Design has evolved significantly from just having a basic porcelain rectangular hole and a standard tap in the kitchen counter. Everyday life today demands a lot from your kitchen. Luckily, we have so many conveniences that help expedite meal planning and prep time. We even have a variety of ways to make meals in 30-minutes or less, but what good is that if the mess takes an hour to clean up? Un-think your sink by remembering it does more than wash dishes and hands. Keeping prep confined to the sink area makes clean-up of leftover meal ingredients much easier and streamlines washing of non-dishwasher items such as steak knives and specialty glassware.
More Is More
If you have ever felt limited by a sink you chose for style underestimating what you would actually need it for, you are not alone. And sometimes even a standard double-bowl sink has its drawbacks. So if you are building or planning a re-model, take some time to assess what you need from your sink. If you’re the family that does most of the big dinner/holiday hosting, you may wish to consider a model that offers more.
While many current kitchen plans do boast an additional sink in an island across from the main sink area, you may wish to reconsider how placement affects the utility and efficiency of this area. The option above locates that extra sink right next to the main sink, but does so beautifully so the area does not look overwhelming but functional; clean and well organized. Being able to hide dirty dishes from guests under the covered sink portion is also an enormous benefit!
Specialty & Lifestyle Options
Innovations have allowed homeowners to choose from a variety of accessories that turn what once was a place to just wash dishes into a total meal prep, clean up, and entertaining center.
Your kitchen design professional can provide the latest news on kitchen sink and workstation innovations. Call 314 Design Studio today to schedule a no-cost consultation (410) 643-4040, or feel free to drop-in at your convenience. Visit us online at www.314designstudio.com
Whether you’re looking to add some posh to your powder room or amp-up your main or master bathroom this year, bathroom designers are at the ready with their predictions of what’s new and what’s cool.
The Moody Truth: White bathrooms are always on trend, but you may be surprised to learn that in 2019, bathroom style is moving to the dark side. But to do it right takes some finesse. If you’re already a fan of bold design but have been a bit timid about how to make it work in a bathroom, bathroom interior designers in the know say now’s the time to go for it. And the bolder the better, like this all-black bathroom. Going dark and sultry is a great way to achieve the high-end, indulgent experience that’s trending for 2019.
Prime Personal Pieces: Unique statement pieces will remain a hallmark of inviting bathroom design in 2019. This trend may be the perfect solution to finding a creative way to showcase a family heirloom that you just love but don’t have a place for, or for that sweet flea market find you just had to have. Today’s most eye-catching bathroom vanities are those that once had another life—perhaps as a turn-of-the-century washstand or even a mid-century modern dresser. Just think of the possibilities!
Beyond Shelving: One thing every homeowner wants is a bathroom with lots of storage. Satisfying this need without having the bathroom look like a product salon or a wall of drawers can be a design challenge. Voila! Enter the storage ledge. This covert, slim and sleek vanity style does double duty as both a design element and a clever clutter keeper. So keep that deodorant and blow dryer handy—just don’t keep it on your countertop.
The Tex Mix: Porcelain. It’s beautiful—and for some it’s the one and only bathroom material out there. And the thought of swapping that out for other textures like concrete and plaster is…brrr; right? Not so, say bathroom designers who are warming up these colder materials by combining them with warmer woods. Incorporating concrete sinks into a wood base and framing the room with natural light makes this functional and durable vanity modern and fresh, not grey and dreary.
Statement-Making Mirrors: Another great way to inject your personal touch into your bath or powder room is to display a show-stopping mirror. What’s awesome about this option, is just that—the options are endless. And with some imagination, you can even use the mirror to be the design inspiration for the entire room.
Ready to make some beyond-basic bathroom upgrades? Call 314 Design Studios today to schedule a no-cost consultation (410) 643-4040, or feel free to drop-in at your convenience.
If yours is the home that everyone visits for Thanksgiving dinner, you are well aware it’s going to be a long day filled with cooking, serving and cleaning. Imagine a Thanksgiving that affords more time for conversing, socializing and bonding with your loved ones. Through innovation and smart kitchen design, you don’t have to just imagine…because smart design can help you save precious time from prep to clean-up!
Challenge #1: Finding it all
Get smart about storage. Consider carefully not only how much cabinetry you have, but how it will be configured—the ratio of that all-important lower cabinet space, with upper and vertical spaces. In other words, ask your design specialist about the latest innovations in storage that go beyond just having lots of drawers and cabinets. Using various spices to create all your special holiday recipes? Searching through a carousel can be tedious. Find them faster with a spice drawer inset kit that keeps them at your fingertips and placed so they are easy to read and grab. Smart design can also help out in those Thanksgiving moments when your hands are too full or wet and you can’t easily open a drawer or cabinet. The latest in auto-open technology allows you to open cabinets and drawers with just a gentle nudge and then close them with just a slight touch. You may also want to consider this feature for cabinets in those hard to reach places; like where that heavy-duty, but seldom used, roasting pan is stored.
Challenge #2: Timing is everything
Get double the lovin’ from a second oven—and have everything warm and ready to be served at the same time. No easy feat when you have a single oven, unfortunately, and when you consider that big juicy bird is already taking up all the room. And you can forget about adding side dishes or dishes that require different cooking temperatures. Who hasn’t had this holiday hosting problem? Having that second oven is a sensible solution that could come in handy throughout the year. Think about how nice it would be at Christmas cookie baking time, or when you’re really getting your Julia Child on and trying your hand at a soufflé and a rack of lamb simultaneously. And if you have more than one cook in your kitchen, this option actually becomes more of a necessity.
Challenge #3: The cocktail hour
Consider a two-tier or dual level kitchen island so you can be still be in all-out prep mode while your island is pulling double-duty by providing serving and/or buffet space for cocktails and those all-important pre-meal appetizers. And while the lower level is serving, the upper level provides visual relief from the whirl of activity going on at countertop level. Entertaining aficionados may even wish to consider keeping guests from your kitchen’s hustle and bustle by planning a separate area within your kitchen space to include a dedicated cocktail serving and gathering station, complete with a wet bar, wine fridge, multi-level counters and convenient seating. If the party’s always at your house, why not consider this first-class hosting option?
Challenge #4– Large roaster pan vs. small sink
Once waged, this battle is seldom won without porcelain scratches and the spillage of wayward rinse water. Fortunately, beautiful and functional larger sink options abound and have become increasingly popular. From farmhouse-style sinks to sleek, 32-inch long by 17-inch deep inset stainless styles with apron front detailing, there are larger options to complement any kitchen design. Another wise choice is to add a second smaller or prep sink with a garbage disposal to your kitchen island for ease of workflow and quicker clean-ups. You can also place that second sink in a butler’s pantry (more info coming in our monthly newsletter) or in that separate cocktail area mentioned above.
Are you up for a kitchen remodeling challenge? Call 314 Design Studios today to schedule a no-cost consultation (410) 643-4040, or feel free to drop-in at your convenience.
No doubt if this is your situation, you have had more than your fair share of sandy or muddy dog paws to contend with. Fortunately, with a few enhancements and tips, your bathroom can be ready for any dirty dog that comes its way. (Photo courtesy of Consumer Affairs.)
Here are 3 ideas to help make bath time for “Bowzer” more of a breeze!
1. If you’re building a new home or are already considering a bathroom, laundry or mudroom remodel, you might want to use the opportunity to install a dedicated dog wash station. Your designer will work with a plumber to install the proper basin or shower pan, drain and fixtures. A tile professional can help create a practical yet polished surround for your pet’s bathing area.
One of the first things you will want to consider when creating your plan is the size of your dog. If you have a large dog, a step-in shower is your best option. If you are a small dog lover, you will want to have a more tub-like design that you either lift your pet into or build steps or a ramp to help them easily access the tub. (Photos courtesy of The Bark, Home Channel TV, Pets Best and Houzz.)
If you go the step-in shower route, it should be outfitted with at least a curb to keep water from splashing out. If you have a very well behaved dog you may be able to skip installing a glass or other type of panel to control splashes, but experts generally recommend adding a short shower curtain or glass wall.
Talk to your home designer about incorporating storage aspects into the design above and aside the shower area so everything you need can be easily accessible.
2. To make your pet’s bath time a safe and happy shared experience make sure to include a rubber mat in the bathing area and a non-slip rug for those wet paws, as dogs tend to be fearful of slippery surfaces. (Photo courtesy of The Dogington Post.)
3. To make your existing tub more pet friendly you can affix a clip to the wall to help tether and keep your dog more stable during bathing. You can also install a flexible hand-held shower head or an adjustable height sliding shower head. Some sliding versions adjust low enough for your dog to feel like he has his own personal shower. (Photo courtesy of Total Living Concepts.)
Ready to make your bathroom more pet-friendly? We’re here to discuss your ideas. Call 314 Design Studios today to schedule a no-cost consultation (410) 643-4040, or feel free to drop-in at your convenience; we are located at 314 Main Street in Stevensville, MD 21666, and open from 8 am – 4 pm, Monday through Friday.