Celebrate National Kitchen and Bath Month

Celebrate National Kitchen and Bath Month with these novel trends!

Wood floors in the kitchen help bridge continuity between spaces when used throughout an open floor plan design.

Wood floors in an open concept kitchen - Chester, Maryland -custom build by Lundberg Builders
Wood floors in an open concept kitchen – Chester, Maryland -custom build by Lundberg Builders

A lovely master bath has always held a high court in a list of homeowners’ top desires, but today, as we are spending more time at home, homeowners are raising the bar to spa-level status.

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This huge walk-in spa shower features a rain head with separate hand held body wand, luxury marble tile wall, full length shower bench, pebble tile pan and shower niche shelf.

As the holidays arrive, homeowners are Thankful for smart storage solutions!

This kitchen was designed to conveniently and brilliantly hide all the dishes, pots, pans, cutlery and appliances behind a polished and organized wall of gloriously crafted custom cabinetry. 
This kitchen was designed to conveniently and brilliantly hide all the dishes, pots, pans, cutlery and appliances behind a polished and organized wall of gloriously crafted custom cabinetry.

Kitchens designed for the Cocktail Hour and the nightcap

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Wet bars designed to elevate the host or hostess to barista status officially elect the kitchen as the rightful gathering place for guests and hosts to start an evening off with cheer. Stocked with prized wine selections, martini, champagne and decanters collections, this designated hot spot, makes an event of homemade whiskey tasting.

Custom-designed places and spaces are our specialty! Call 314 Design Studio to schedule a no-cost consultation (410) 643-4040. Visit us online at www.314designstudio.com.

Bathroom Trends 2020 – Part 2

Designing a new bathroom or updating an old one is an exciting but detail-oriented process.  Below are some of the trends we are seeing in bathroom designs this year.  All photos are from 314 Design Studio’s recent projects!

This contemporary bathroom features a glass enclosed shower with a glamorous glass tile feature shower wall, sleek floating double vanities and modern linear vanity lights.

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Dramatic powder rooms are all the rage this year.  They frequently feature a vessel sink, show stopping light fixtures, unexpected wallpaper or a bold paint colorUnique faucets and framed mirrors finish the look for a bold and memorable statement.

The process of selecting flooring, title, cabinetry, vanities, mirrors, showers,  baths, toilets,  faucets and finishes can be overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be. Working with our bathroom designers, you can even have fun and enjoy the process while eliminating a lot of the worry.

This bathroom features a number of trends we are seeing this year. Mixing matte and high shine finishes give a monotone bathroom design a rich, luxe look by playing with texture. This recessed and tiled niche is a much more sophisticated look than an aftermarket shower caddy would. Display all your high quality shampoo and body washes with pride.

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This crystal vanity pendant light bounces light off the glass tiled shower wall like  bubbles in a champagne glass! Note in the mirrors’ reflection an indulgent towel heating rack!  Wood look porcelain tile flooring, includes radiant heat below to keep toes toasty on cold winter mornings.

With a bathroom designer by your side to guide you, you don’t have to worry about forgetting important items, measuring properly, ordering the just right materials and quantities, construction considerations, and project management.

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Freestanding soaking tubs continue to trend this year. All you have to do is to choose what style. Do you like the traditional look of a retro clawfoot tub, or do you prefer an Asian-inspired contemporary look like this one above?

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This contemporary bathroom has a soothing earth-toned palate, featuring dramatic marble flooring and walls, glass tile vanity backsplash, double floating vanities, unique his and her triangle mirrors, recessed vanity lighting, and lantern-like wall sconces. A jetted tub with an ultramodern and vogue linear curved faucet completes the alluring design.

We are thrilled to assist you in making sure your bathroom design will meet your needs, budget and style preferences, while creating a pleasing overall design that you will love for years to come. Make an appointment today!

Live Safely and Comfortably at Home with Aging-in-Place Design

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.

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Kitchen located on the main level of the home. This kitchen has built-in cabinetry that can not only hide small appliances and outlets behind closed doors, but also includes lower than countertop height drawers for ease of access from a wheelchair.
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Appliances are situated within the center island and at a lower height for wheelchair access. Stovetop (not pictured) is an induction cooktop  as a fire preventative safety feature. Only the pots intended for use will activate the heat, while a pot holder, should it accidentally fall onto the burner, would not. The rooms have wider doorways and enough turning room in the hallways for wheelchair turning.
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This master bath features grab bars, variable height countertops, wheelchair accessible “roll-in” curbless shower and vanity, walk-in tub with fast fill/drain, lower electrical switches drawers and toilets, and non-slip flooring.
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This pretty rustic-modern bath features a floating countertop for wheelchair “roll-in” room.

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.

Back to Black

Kordan's finish and form are inspired by a cocktail shaker in a sleek matte black finish. Mix it up how you like with wires that can be adjusted during installation: in perfect linear synch, in a pattern or in random heights.
(Photo Courtesy of Kichler.)

 

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.

Cabinetry

Coal SuperMatte kitchen | Products by Northern Contours, Design & Styling by TC Studios
Coal SuperMatte kitchen | Products by Northern Contours, Design & Styling by TC Studios

 

Sinks

Powder Room built by Lundberg Builders. Interior Design by Laura Hodges Studio features a black smoky glass sink.
Powder Room built by Lundberg Builders. Interior Design by Laura Hodges Studio features a black smoky glass sink.  See it featured in Home & Design Magazine 
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Carin Farmhouse Apron-front sink – Photo courtesy of Kohler Co.

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.

Tubs

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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.

Lighting

 

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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.

Hardware

 

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Photo Courtesy of Signature Hardware

Signature Hardware’s Radke Mahogany Vanity in Shoreline Gray features hardware options including Satin black shown here.

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Photo Courtesy of Vigo Industries

 

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.

Design Inspiration

If you want to incorporate a few touches of black but not sure how, Moen put together some great advice in their blog

And here are blogs from Signature Hardware on “How to Use the Look in Your Kitchen Design”  matte black bathroom and matte black kitchen!

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! 

 

 

2020 Bathroom Trends: Part 1

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 

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.

Product Line: Woodharbor Custom Frameless Door Style: REGENT Drawer: SLAB Edge Shape: UNIQUE Finish: TEXTURED MELAMINE, KONA Dealer: HC REMODEL & DESIGN
Product Line: Woodharbor Custom Frameless
Door Style: REGENT Drawer: SLAB Edge Shape: UNIQUE Finish: TEXTURED MELAMINE, KONA
Dealer: HC REMODEL & DESIGN

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!

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Kohler Real Rain Shower

 

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.

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Kohler Verdera lighting
Kohler Verdera lighting

 

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!

 

Kitchen Innovations You’ll be Thankful For!

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 Combi-Steam Oven

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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.

Wolf 6″ Ceiling-Mounted Hood – Stainless Steel

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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!

Miele ProfiLine Dishwasher

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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!

Lisa Brown’s Fall Kitchen & Bath Trends—And All That Brass!

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.

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Photo credit courtesy of Kichler Lighting LLC

Appliances

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Atlas Stainless Steel Farmhouse Sink in Matte Gold. Photo courtesy of Signature Hardware.

“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.

Hardware

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Hardware by Top Knobs, Chareau Collection in Honey Bronze finish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!”

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Hardware by Top Knobs, Grace Collection in Honey Bronze finish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lighting

“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.

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Bath Fixtures

“Brizo, Moen, Kohler and all the hot names are showing up with golden highlights…is it a sign of the times?”

Lisa Brown (ASID)

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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!

Take the Outdoor Kitchen Quiz!

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.

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Must-Haves: Durable, reliable appliances. A design scheme that allows you to cook and entertain at the same time. (Photo courtesy of Steve Silverman)

The BBQ’r

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.

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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.

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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.

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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 + Beauty: Next-Level Kitchen Sinks

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)

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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.

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One sink; numerous functions. Prolific sink series photo courtesy of KOHLER.

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.

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This fireclay kitchen sink offers a colander add-on for easy rinsing and draining of food and a custom cutting board that offers a convenient surface for prep and cleanup. Photo courtesy of Bocchi.

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

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The stainless steel sink above provides a washing, rinsing and drying area; especially practical for after-party cocktail and wine glass clean up. Photo courtesy of FRANKE.

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.

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Enhanced sink workstations are available for the most discerning of home chefs. These smart designs can then be re-configured for the entertaining portion of your evening. Photos courtesy of FRANKE.

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

The Beyond-Basic Bathroom Refresh: 2019

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.

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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!

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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.

storage ledgeThe 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.

concrete bathroomStatement-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.

statement mirrorsReady 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.