Bathroom Trends!

3. Classic Whites

White subway is best used with a light color grout like gray or white.  Especially in the bathroom because it is easiest to clean stains caused with mold and soap residue. 

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Brass fixtures give your bathroom a sense of luxury. It’s not the flashy brass of the 1980s. The current brass is softer, duller, and warmer. Here are 5 ways to use it in your home.

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2. Smart Storage

Practical storage will never go out of style. Whenever possible, take advantage of vertical space and take your cabinetry up the wall. 

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1. Mediterranean-Inspired Design

Glitz meets Old-World style in these tiles inspired by ancient Mediterranean countries like Spain, Morocco and Portugal. The look elegantly combines the charm of hand-painted terra cotta with modern metallics. 

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Pacific Northwest Homes to Die For!

Kurt Cobain's Home

This beautiful 1902 home is situated in Leschi, a block from Lake Washington. With a Zillow estimate of around $7 million, it is still a fairly modest residence considering Kurt's rockstar status and lifestyle. With four large bedrooms, 5 baths, and sprawling custom landscape, 

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West Highland Drive

This sprawling 7,000 SF home is located in Seattle's Queen Anne neighborhood, surely doesn't fit the normal Craftsman styles we see in the Pacific Northwest. Built in 1906, it's ornate details and beautiful architecture attract neighbors and tourists alike.

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Seattle Ward House

Built in 1882, the Seattle Ward House located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, is one of the oldest homes in Seattle. It's gorgeous Victorian Gothic architecture is preserved beautifully. Initially the home was located in Seattle's First Hill neighborhood and was moved to its current location after the city threatened to demolish it and it was purchased by a lawyer with a love for historic architecture who paid to have it relocated. It currently stands proudly- reminiscent of times passed.

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Sam Hill House

If you haven't had the opportunity to pass by Seattle's notorious Sam Hill House, you're missing out. It is still one of Seattle's most expensive homes, with lavish finishes and architecture. It features soaring Pacific Northwest views and interiors to die for!

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Raymond Ogden Mansion

Located in the Madrona neighborhood, the Raymond Ogden Mansion was designed by Joseph Coté and built in 1913 as the residence of surgeon Alfred Raymond. It was later the residence of Myron W. Ogden. The gorgeous, unique brick Colonial Revival is also known as the "Belvedere" or as the Myron Ogden House. 

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4 Beautiful Foyers

Your foyer is the first room in your home that makes an impression to guests that visit. It's the best way to express your style, sophistication, and welcome your guests into your space. Many people forget to put thought into their foyer design, but studies have shown that a good first impression sets the tone for your guests right off the bat. On that note, here are some gorgeous foyer designs to get inspired by!

All White Interiors: Clean & Timeless

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Well, it's been a long winter-- but we are on the cusp of Spring, I just feel it! It's that time of year when you want to freshen up your space- making it brighter, airier, and uncluttered. Which is why I thought it would be fun to share some gorgeous white interiors to inspire you!

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This beautiful neutral color palette features white in a classic, timeless manner. In the 90's, we were so afraid of white walls, but rest assured-- you can have a gorgeous space with a mostly white color palette that is as sophisticated as it gets!

Implementing metallics and fresh plants is an easy way to pull together a white color palette. There is something so fresh and inviting when designing with this scheme. Another beautiful perk of a neutral color palette, is that is emphasizes the beautiful details of your home's architecture.

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All white color palettes work in both traditional design as well as modern, contemporary design. There is something so clean about a white palette- a look that has never and will never go out of style!

If you have a smaller space, a white color palette will make your space look larger. White reflects light, which gives your space an open, bright, airy feel. 

 

Ultra Violet: 2018 Pantone Color of the Year

Rich and pensive, Ultra Violet is reminiscent of existential energy, the mystery of what the future holds, and the new discoveries of the past and present. It reminds us of the night sky, dark but endless, full of mystery.

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Why Pantone Chose this Color

With everything happening in our world at the present moment, Pantone color researchers thought it necessary to remind ourselves of our sheer presence on earth and the vast endlessness of our atmosphere. Ultra Violet is cosmic, rich, and timeless.

Our Favorite Ultra Voilet Uses in Interior Design

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1. Using rich purples make a bold statement as an accent. This gorgeous bedding truly brings forth a timeless, rich look to this elegant bedroom. Rich purples tend to pop when placed in an otherwise neutral color scheme. 

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2. Even the tiniest purple accents in a space can make a very bold statement. This otherwise very white bathroom stands out with just the pop of color of its hand towel. 

3. Ultra Voilet in Commercial Design. There's no doubt the guests who visit this elegant restaurant will never forget the gorgeous, sophisticated upholstery on the dining chairs. What a statement!

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Ultra Violet in Fashion

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Reminiscent of the Victorian Era followed by the 1920's rich purples always manage to make a fashion comeback. We are seeing this beautiful hue in every aspect of the runway, from hair color to couture. The beauty of this otherwise considered feminine color is that it truly works for both genders and truly makes a haute statement!

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ELLE Decor: What's Trending for Fall 2017

What we're seeing a lot of for fall design trends consists of organic decor, eclectic old timey products, and vibrant color schemes. 2016's gray palettes are starting to fade away (no pun intended) as more saturated colors are being seen on the forefront.  According to ELLE Decor, warmer color palettes are becoming very popular.

Beautiful bright green and blue color schemes are making their comeback, and we're seeing boldly painted furnishings, wall colors and decor that really make a statement coming to fruition on the design front. One timeless way into which you can implement a timeless look is through collecting old novels and stacking them under your favorite decor pieces to create height and weight.

A fun way to jump into fall trends is by implementing old fashioned pieces into your space. We love scouring antique stores and rummage sales to find the perfect piece for a focal point. This old wall sconce is a gorgeous piece that would look beautiful in any room in the home. 

Warmer colored metallic pieces are all the rage in the design world this year. Bronzes, brass and golds are being seen in both designer commercial and residential spaces. You can implement this look through the use of throw pillows, accessories, and lighting. 

Why Handmade Designs Are the Bee's Knees

There's nothing quite like having company over and receiving compliments on a unique decor item you have in your home. Owning a piece of handmade craftsmanship is like owning someone's true passion and skill. Being the only one in the world with their unique design has its specialness, too. 

It's all the rage at Highpoint this year to own live edge tables and other furnishings reminiscent of their prior organic state, and we can see why. These beautiful unique pieces are not only a conversation piece, they are elegant, timeless, and well, natural.  Finding a local artisan who can design these beautiful products isn't always easy; you can however, find unique pieces that aren't custom made for your space all over online. Gotta thank technology!

There are unique pieces like the ones pictured above that are both elegant and timeless and won't break the bank . You can find crafts like these at your local art fairs and farmers markets. Etsy is a great place to find unique artisan pieces as well.

Living in the Pacific Northwest allows us to find pieces of artisan work reminiscent of our natural surroundings. Driftwood frames like the one pictured above are a beautiful beachy way to bring the outdoors in.

Having a unique piece of handmade craftsmanship is not only a special way to add a focal point to your space, it helps support your local craftsmen as well!

Brass is Back! Where We're Seeing It in the Design World

Remember when brass was considered dated, old and 80's-90's? Well, this is no longer the case. We thought we would never see this shiny metallic make its comeback, we were wrong, and it's made its comeback stronger than ever! We're seeing it applied to all surfaces, large and small in some of the most elegant ways.

Accessorizing with brass and gold colors truly makes an elegant statement against the current color palettes that are trending. While we remember seeing brass hardware against forest green and burgundy backdrops in the 90's, we are now seeing it paired in conjunction with beautiful blues, grays, and even orange hues.

It's not just shiny, polished metallics we are seeing on the forefront. Rustic metals reminiscent of earlier years. Beautiful lighting fixtures, photo frames and accessories with aged finishes make for an elegant timeless look and will never date themselves as time progresses.

Plumbing and cabinet hardware are definitely leaning towards the warmer metallic tones and we can see why. This gorgeous bathroom fixture truly makes a statement that is classic, sophisticated, and elegant.

Color Trends of 2017- What's Haute

Vibrant blues and warm colors are what's trending in the design world, according to ELLE Decor and we can see why. The more saturated a paint color is with white trim or details, the more it seems to pop and the more intense of a focal point it creates.

As you can see in the above interior, a vibrant complementary color scheme really makes a statement that is both elegant, sophisticated and timeless.  We're seeing brass and gold as accessories make their return to the design front, and they pair beautifully with the color schemes that are trending.

Warmer color palettes consisting of reds, browns and oranges are making their comeback as well. While the common gray interior is still very popular, we are seeing the design world take a turn into warmer schematics and colors.

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Vibrant blues and greens reminiscent of color palettes in the 1930s are debuting on the design front. Peacock color schemes are trending and make a gorgeous statement in all types of interiors. 

Peaceful Bedroom Retreat

I recently had a client just outside of Seattle who was looking to brighten and refresh her bedroom space. It’s been said that when you wake up in a clutter free, fresh, calming space, it can set the tone for the rest of your day. It was with this project that I kept this in mind, wanting to create a tranquil, peaceful, and zen-like place for my client to retreat to whenever she deemed necessary.

The previous bedroom was simply decorated, with a neutral, yet cool color palette. While this bedroom had an overall calming feel to it, the space needed just a bit of TLC to really pull it together.  The beautiful roof line of this home adds visual interest to this bedroom, and the simple baseboards and paned window details provided the perfect clean palate to work with.

A fresh, bright and clean color palate is the perfect way in which you can create a calming, restful, and peaceful bedroom space. The beauty of using soft colors is that it is timeless, classic, and approachable while maintaining a richness that will carry over for years to come.

Serene Master Suite

My clients had recently moved from California and desperately wanted to remodel their 1970’s master bathroom so to take advantage of the magnificent view of south Puget Sound. The large bathroom had a Jacuzzi tub, double sink vanity with small cabinet drawers, an enclosed shower and toilet and a walk-in closet that all simply needed to be updated and redesigned. My clients preferred a shower over a tub so we made the focal point of the room the view and designed a large shower adorned with three shower heads and stone pebbles on the shower floor in front of an 8’ x 8’ window. They also wanted to bring the natural colors of nature into the space so I created a color palette of warm green, tan and beige colors. A new linen cabinet was designed and the vanity countertop is a Seafoam green granite. Other design features include inset medicine cabinets with wall sconces on either side, a new half wall that provides privacy for the toilet area, a large walk in closet with new build in cabinets and the same tile as in the bath area, an exterior retractable window shade and double pocket doors to the master bedroom really make the space feel like a hotel en-suite bathroom.