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It’s Element-ary! How to Incorporate The Four Elements in Your Home.

By: Danielle Clockel

The four elements of earth, fire, air, and water were used by the ancient Greeks as a way to simplify life’s complexities. Nowadays, we often refer to them in terms of our personalities. For example, maybe you identify with the free-spirited nature of the wind, or are passionate and fierce like fire. Whichever one speaks to you, here are some ways to really get in your element at home.

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Photo courtesy of Femina.

Filling your home with plants is the best way to immerse yourself in earthy goodness. But what if you don’t have a green thumb? We love pressed plant art as a way for everyone to celebrate their earth element roots in a clean, modern way.

Fire.

Photo courtesy of Frerik Hylten-Cavallius.

There’s something so comfortingly primal about fire. Grand fireplaces and outdoor fire pits are amazing to gather around, but not everyone has the space for them. That’s not an issue for petite ethanol-burning stoves. These little guys are perfect for feisty spirits in any size abode, especially since they don’t produce smoke.

Air.

Photo courtesy of Studio KO.

This is an easy one: just open up! Open any doors and windows you can and get some air flowing through your home. That feel of a gentle, calm breeze — what can be better? How about standing amongst flowing sheer window panels like some sort of goddess? Yes, that.

Water.

Photo courtesy of Pinterest.

Ceiling mounted rainwater shower heads. Floor inset soaking tubs. These are amazing ways to turn your morning (or evening) shower into a luxurious submersion, but what else? Match your floor and walls in a cool blue handmade tile to channel the experience of swimming through a beautiful lagoon every time you bathe.

Natural elements in the home, regardless of which specific one they reflect, make a space feel grounded, intentional, and authentic. And of course you can mix several elements in one room — whatever speaks to you!

Timeless Design: An Oak Grove Kitchen

By: Shelby Adamson Pawlak

We recently had the opportunity to design a kitchen remodel for an endearing young family in Atlanta’s Oak Grove neighborhood. To accommodate their growing size, they needed storage and workspace, and quality materials to build it all. Our goal was to create such a space in their sprawling ranch home without it feeling compartmentalized, with a timeless style that would delight them for years to come.

A quartz countertop with minimal surface movement is beautiful, yet still durable for any food and beverage spills. A natural stone, Carrara Bella marble, creates a timeless backsplash without taking over the budget. As a contrast to these lighter accents, we painted the cabinetry a daring, chalky black.

We had some fun mixing metal finishes, choosing matte black for the faucet and brushed brass for the hardware and light fixtures.

But the piece de resistance is definitely the shelving suspended from the ceiling. This creates more dining space without sacrificing storage, and holds its own as a beautiful feature to display china and pottery. Its design is clean, delicate, and just the right touch of ornate.

This family deserved style, and we nudged them just enough to think outside the box and not be afraid of something unexpected and different. Functionality was key, but we’re also proud of the unique touches that make their kitchen a showpiece of their home.

Design Matchmaker: Waterworks and Ken Fulk

By: Danielle Clockel

Love is in the air! We’re constantly finding designers, vendors, artists, and artisans to crush on, and sometimes a pair comes along that seems meant to be. This week we’re drooling over top notch kitchen and bath fixture supplier Waterworks and fearless interior designer Ken Fulk. Ken’s designs are fun and eclectic in the most sophisticated way, with a focus on the details. His color and material choices are unparalleled. Let us introduce you.

Photo courtesy of Dering Hall.

What do we love more: that curvy spiral staircase or the graphic black and white chevron tile floor? Together they compliment each other in a dance of natural tones and materials with dramatic contrast.

Photo courtesy of Dering Hall.

Talk about BOLD. Is a room with fierce green walls and ceiling plus metallic gold dining chairs and brass bar cart too much? In this case: nope! This room is one big, sumptuous feast for the eyes. Whew!

Photo courtesy of Dering Hall.

What a swoon-worthy mix of styles. The geometric, grid-like floor and minimalist-yet-elegant chandeliers give a modern touch to the grandeur of the two story chartreuse panels and glossy black reception enclosure.

We know, you’re totally in love, right? Who could possibly pair with such a unique and high quality combination of colors, materials, and styles? Introducing Waterworks…

 

Photo courtesy of Waterworks.

Wooden handles? A subway and square tile backsplash? Together?? Where have you been all our lives?

Photo courtesy of Waterworks.

All the contrast. All of it. White tile next to black tile. Horizontal neighboring vertical. Staggered vs straight. Bringing it all together is glamorous brass accents, including an industrial-inspired regulator knob.

Photo courtesy of Waterworks.

This screams practical luxury. It’s just a shower, right? Oh but there’s black iron doors! And a wall of marble! We love the attention to detail and quality of materials in a space that’s meant for rejuvenating but often gets put on the back burner.

Ken Fulk, meet Waterworks. Waterworks, Ken Fulk. We think you’re a match made in design heaven, with your dedication to quality and keen eye for making even the smallest details special. If you haven’t joined forces on a project yet, we hope you do in the future!

Our Picks: 2016 Kitchen and Bath Trends.

By: Elisabeth Paulson

January is all about observing and predicting trends, or what’s “on trend” as we like to say. Pantone has come out with blush and blue as the colors of the year, but before we jump on board with them we’d like to celebrate these sultry and sophisticated concepts for kitchens and baths. Lurking in the shadows, we can’t wait to get moody in 2016.

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HEX-PLOSION! We love every detail of this bathroom but this playful-yet-sophisticated hexagon tile floor has us applauding the design risk. The bronze shower head and over-sized asymmetric mirror looks effortless (happy accident? Never!).

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Photo courtesy of Amber Interiors.

DRAMATIC TILE WALLS: Speaking of tile trends, we are seeing more and more deep dark hues as wall treatments in bathrooms and kitchens. When in doubt? Go all the way up (or down).

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Photo courtesy of Remodelista.

BLACK FITTINGS: We are so happy that black finishes have returned to the mix, only more sleek and modern. Clean lines against this gorgeous stone have us wanting/needing to shower off.

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Photo courtesy of My Unfinished Home.

BLACK APPLIANCES: The design buzz is all about tinted stainless steel and we understand why. We took this one step further (and more decadent for the serious cook) with our aspirational favorites from AGA. We are pretty thrilled with how this incorporated many of our favorite trends (caustic floor tiles, dramatic backsplash) in a mixed-modern approach.

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Photo courtesy of Mad About the House.

WALL LIGHTING: Get off the ceiling! With so many sculptural and multi-valence lights out there, break away from your typical ceiling peninsula lighting and try something new, you wallflower, you.

Happy 2016! We couldn’t be more thrilled to try out some of these textured, inky and contrasting kitchen and bath trends.

Stone Cold Style.

By: Danielle Cornely

When you think of concrete, a warm and welcoming living space might not immediately come to mind. However, this versatile material can add both industrial edge and smooth serenity to a home.

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This baby block concrete tile pattern creates visual interest behind the simple lines of a double sink.

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A small accent piece, like this pendant light, can add just enough edge to a tame room.

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A simple concrete mantel acts like a picture frame for your fireplace.

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Concrete tubs: smooth, cool, serene. Perfect for helping turn your bathroom into a spa-like sanctuary.

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Be bold, do an entire wall. Pair with warm wood tones to keep the room from looking sparse and cold.