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Sunday, July 20 2014

Size, seating height, all those appliance and storage options ... here's how to clear up the kitchen island confusion

Houzz Editorial Staff
 
The kitchen is one of the most complicated spaces to design in a house — and figuring out how to design an island can be confusing for homeowners. Houzz's discussion boards are full of users asking for help on how to decide on a kitchen island size.

While there's no set formula for figuring out how to size an island, some measurement guidelines can help. Kitchen designers Thomas Ahmann and Steve Justrich offer good advice for planning your kitchen island, starting with asking yourself six basic questions.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Posted by: Mimi Price taken from Houzz AT 10:25 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, July 01 2014

Powerful powder rooms 

It’s hard to take a look at Pinterest or Houzz these days without coming away with dozens of new ideas for a stylish powder room. Have you noticed? Tiny bathrooms covered in wallpaper or chic tile designs seem to be everywhere.

This bathroom from a Harlem apartment, for example, has both:

The bathroom below, in design couple Kate and Andy Spade's home, features a simple but visually interesting vertical striped wallpaper. The end result is a mix of feminine and masculine details that come together for a clean, traditional look.Steven Sclaroff | Kate and Andy Spade

This powder room by Lilly Bunn packs more of a punch with a royal blue splatter paint wallpaper and contrasting red details:splatter

The same apartment in the Upper East Side of New York features another small bathroom for the couple's daughters that feels large and bright with the addition of cheery blue and green wallpaper and a simple white tile:

Upper-East-Side-by-Lilly-Bunn_09

Much of what you'll find on Pinterest or Houzz is fairly feminine, but here and there a stylish powder room will pop up that's not overtly girly.

This black tiled beauty is sleek and modern and full of style:

black tile

The chevron wood flooring adds another dimension of cool, while a vintage mirror over the sink keeps the space from looking too modern.

Here's another bathroom that features black tile. These owners clearly aren't minimalists, adding a red patterned wallpaper and ornate gold frames and mirrors. A similar but less busy look could be achieved by painting the top walls a solid color and adding a frame-less mirror. 

Overall, the black tile feels unexpected and a nice change of pace from the white subway tiles that have been popping up everywhere:

Not to say all white tile is boring -- quite the opposite. The dark grout in this bathroom in House and Home is a great contrast and gives the space a modern but calm vibe:

And if in doubt, or too nervous to make a change quite yet, stick to the basics with white paint and decorative details like a houseplant or Turkish towel. Simple but beautiful.

Posted by: Jessica Lipscomb for Walter Price Design Build AT 02:57 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
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