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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Roller Shades with a new Twist for Window Coverings

In the Interior Design Trade one gets continuously introduced to new products and one always takes a step back to look at new products more critically.Roller Shade with a new Twist One of my more creative Vendors introduced to us the old fashion Roller Shade with a new Twist. He took the Product and technically enhanced it to a more consumer friendly window shade product, added some very exciting color ranges, different styles of fabrics and one almost can’t imagine that it is the old fashioned roller shade which covers the window in a very new twist. I call it a minimalist decorating approach with very respectable results.
At present time we can offer over 200 different roller fabric styles and colors which should satisfy even the most demanding consumer. Some more details can be found at our website in the Roller Shade Gallery, which is a Sub-Category of Window Shades. Looking forward to hear what you think. 

Monday, January 29, 2007

Choices of Kitchen Counter Tops

One of the most discussed and important choices in Kitchen Design is the choice of selecting the right Counter Top. From a Design Point we have many Products to choose from. In many cases it is also a Budget as well as a functionality Question. I will list here some of the most common Counter Top Choices with my own Pro/Cons issues.

Granite Counter Tops

Granite as a Counter Top is of course in most Kitchens the Material of Choice. It comes in a myriad of Colors from all over the World. Granite is composed of minerals such as quartz, feldspar and mica therefore making it durable and highly scratch resistant.

Pros: many colors to choose from, adds value to Kitchen, holds up great to heat, a natural product; Granite has a more custom and unique look;

Cons: it requires maintenance, which means periodic sealing; as with any natural product color range can vary greatly; depending on the stone it can get quite expensive;

Marble Counter Tops

Marble is not often seen in Kitchen as it is more porous than Granite and a softer material. In some Kitchens it is used in the Baking Area. Like wise as with Granite there is a large choice of colors out there.

Pros:Great colors available and to choose from, adds value to Kitchen, holds up great to heat, a natural product;

Cons: it requires regular maintenance like Granite which means sealing; it is a softer product and I personally would not recommend it in the Kitchen as a Counter Top, even though I love it for a Bathroom or Powder Room Counter Top; as with any natural product color range can vary greatly; depending on the Stone selected it can get quite expensive;

Engineered Stone Counter Tops

This is the new Kid on the Market and has been quite successful in the use as a Counter Top in the Kitchen. Available Brands are DuPont Zodiaq, Cambria Quartz and Silestone;

Pros:wide range of colors available and to choose from, gives the look of a natural Stone Counter Top, holds up to heat; easier to take care than Granite or Marble; stain resistant; holds up quite well to heat too; Color ranges do not vary that much than with Granite and Marble, therefore what you see on the sample material is what you get;

Cons:some colors or finishes are equal price like a Marble and Granite Surface;

Solid Surface

Solid Surface Material can be cut, formed, inlayed, carved, routed and thermo formed to create unlimited designs and shapes. The vast color choices in combination with the flexibility of solid surfacing material make design options endless. Solid Surfacing material is also available for sinks of all different shapes and sizes are also available to create seamless-looking counter tops;

Pros:It is non-porous and resists staining because liquids can’t penetrate. Scratches, nicks and cuts can easily be removed with ordinary abrasive cleaners; easy to clean and does not require any sealers;

Cons:scratches easier than some of the previous mentioned Counter Top Materials; not heat resistant; can be moderately expensive too;

Ceramic Tile

Ceramic Tile for a Counter Top is used, as it is mostly inexpensive, durable and easy to clean. Available in many Colors and Qualities. Even though a Counter Top Tile installation requires some basic knowledge it can be done by resourceful homeowners;

Pros:wide range of colors, textures and design possibilities; it can take hot pans;

Cons:depending on the tile the surface can be uneven; it can crack or chip easy; if not done professionally with the correct Materials, Grout lines can become stained after a while;


Laminated Counter Tops have been around already for a long Time; know for the many color variation and material imitations, the choices of materials never end. It is one of the cheapest ways of using it for a Counter Top.

Pros:a great choice for budget Projects; easy to maintain; lots of colors and textures;

Cons:seams to show; one will have a hard time to repair scratches or chips; when using a more sophisticated front edge or design it can get pricey too;

Concrete Counter Top

Concrete for the Kitchen, its not used only for the foundation of your house; It is new it is different. Concrete Counter Tops are made to order and the Fabricator adds the Pigments before it is poured into custom molds. Concrete is extremely durable and with proper care it can last a lifetime.

Pros:available in many colors and shapes; it looks unusual in Kitchens as with any new product;

Cons:hot pans may be set down for a short time, but don’t leave it there for a long time; Even though it is sealed, spills should be cleaned up soon; Cracks and Chips can be repaired by a combination of a Concrete Filler, Sealer and Sanding.

Wood or Butcher Block

Hard Maple, Red Oak, and Teak are the recommended hardwoods for counter tops. It does add a beautiful warm look and is also available in a wide range of colors and finishes. It is warm and inviting, a completely different material and appearance compared to a Stone Counter Top.

Pros:can be sanded and re-sealed;

Cons:it can be damaged by water and stains; scratches and cuts must be sealed; higher maintenance than other counter top products

Stainless Steel Counter Tops

Mostly used in the commercial Environment, it slowly finds its way into today’s residential Kitchens. It is a practical Counter Top as it is impervious to water, durable, easy to maintain, and can handle heat. One should always try to select a brushed stainless steel surface as it hides scratches and smudges (“wears”) better than a highly polished one.
Stainless Steel Counter Tops are a great complement to stainless steel Appliance Fronts and giving you a professional look.

Pros:easy to clean with non abrasive cleaners; takes hot pans; does not stain;

Cons:scratches and dents; on the expensive side;

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Bamboo Flooring available in HAND SCRAPED Finish

Bamboo Flooring an Environmentally friendly Natural Product is now available in a Hand Scraped Finish. Bamboo Flooring has come a long way since its introduction in the USA. Bamboo Flooring in HAND SCRAPED Finish
Gone are the days when it was only available in a natural blond finish and of questionable quality.
Throughout the years the Production and Finishing of the Product has been more and more refined. Bamboo Flooring starts now to play also a larger Role in today’s American Floor Covering Market, as more and more Customers become more Environmental friendly. China which is relatively poor in Wood Resources has adapted already early in using Bamboo Flooring, as it is a Country rich in Bamboo resources. Further, Chinas utilization of bamboo covers thousands of years. 

Sunday, January 21, 2007

One Furniture Frame with Endless Possibilities

One does not have to face the hassles and up-charges of trying to get a manufacturer to use the customers choice of fabrics (COM). No settling for a stock piece of furniture only to to wait for to be stripped and rebuilt locally. furniture frame We have simplified the decision-making process, giving you infinite, but manageable, option. Whether you choose one of our beautiful in-stock frames, or literally configure your own frame design from the ground up with us, you’ll have a wonderful blank slate to start a creation. By starting with a raw frame - unfinished and not upholstered - you’re free to design to your specification.


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Charming Loveseat for the Garden: Dala by Dedon

17 Apr 2014 at 8:58am

The latest addition to the Dala Collection by Dedon is this charming loveseat with ample room for two to snuggle up on the patio. Or by the lake, or on the balcony, or out by the pool. Like the rest of the collection, the frame of this garden bed is built using expanded aluminum and woven with Dedon's proprietary ecological fiber, made from a mix of recycled food and drink packaging. Isn't that neat? Designed by Stephen Burks for Dedon, the collection keeps growing as its popularity soars. And it's easy to move around to take full advantage of the sun - the loveseat is set on rollerblade castors and glides almost effortlessly. And it's extremely lightweight. The removable table swivels and is perfect for holding that tall cool drink. Can't you imagine curling up on this loveseat with that special someone? Summertime, and the living is easy -- with the Dala Collection.

Bathroom Sink in a Box: Hidden by Makro

17 Apr 2014 at 8:36am

A powder room hidden in a box - what will they think of next? Hidden, by Makro of Italy, was designed by Giulio Gianturco. The box is made from thermo treated wood in Hemlock finish - both nautical and reminiscent of the travelers' trunks of times gone by. The sink basin is Corian«, the taps stainless steel. There's a light, a plug, a drawer and a mirror with a magnifier - what more could you ask for? Perfect for a make-up station or a hidden sink in the bathroom. When closed, Hidden becomes an elegant box, highlighted by the fine wood grain. Even just as a box, it's gorgeous! But imagine the surprise when your guest lifts the top and finds the perfectly contained wash station. And the best part? Closing the lid means you hide any mess - the fastest clean up in the world!

Retro Kitchen with 1950s Flare: St. Louis by Marchi Cucine

15 Apr 2014 at 9:33am

From Marchi Cucine of Italy comes this stunning retro-look kitchen, dubbed St. Louis, and new for 2014. Isn't it just peachy-keen? Made of lacquered woods, this kitchen stands up to the fine quality that the Marchi Group is known for, world wide. The rounded corners and pastel colors are such a flashback in time - we can just see the 50's family, gathering around for a meal. But at the same time, it has a modern flair -- isn't it just a little bit Jetsons? And aren't those rounded-corner windows in the cupboards just charming? And we love the porthole windows on the oven, with it's mesh screens. This room just screams Buddy Holly, Elvis and the gang. What a blast from the past. Time to pull out your grandmother's recipe for macaroni and cheese and get cooking!

Astonishing Faucet with Clear Glass Spout: Axor Stark V

13 Apr 2014 at 2:08pm

It's like a science lesson and a stunning bathroom faucet rolled into one. Until it is turned on, it's another glass faucet spout. And then, the magic begins. When the mixer is turned on, a water vortex is created -- and sent rushing up the glass spout where it cascades out like a waterfall. And you can see the whole thing. In a partnership between Hansgrohe and Axor, the Axor Starck V was born(designed by Phillip Starck). The incredible faucet is available for regular drop-in sinks and vessel sinks (as a single hole installation) as well as a two hole installation. No matter which you choose, you'll spend a lot of time watching the mixer create the vortex of water and send it along for your use. A transparent process, and one we have never given much thought to, will now endlessly fascinate you. It's almost a shame to hide it in the bathroom!

'Origine Du Monde, Maybe!' Chair by Italo Rota for Meritalia

7 Jun 2010 at 11:54pm
meritalia-chair-source-du-monde-1.jpg It?s a chair that brings ?creature comforts? back home. Dubbed the ?Origine Du Monde, Maybe!? chair, this unusual, ultra-modern chair was design by Italo Rota for Italian furniture house Meritalia. The soft hues complement the plush cushions perfectly, forming what the designed has described as ?uterine sensuality.? The cushions are made of memory foam which, in keeping with the obviously maternal theme of the design, reminds us of protection, rest and the future. The base is made from polished aluminum, irregular in shape, just like the chair concept as a whole, If you like unique, one-of-a-kind pieces, this is a must-see! Check it out at Meritalia. meritalia-chair-source-du-monde-2.jpg

Artwork Radiators by Caleido

14 May 2010 at 12:10pm
caleido-radiator-therme-1.jpg Is it a radiator, or is it artwork? These cool modern radiators by Caleido are both! The Therme home radiator is an masterful swirl of brilliant hues reminiscent of watercolor. For more-modern tastes, the Geiger radiator features a computer-generated design set on a sleek, black background. The elongated rectangular shape is easy to incorporate among your existing artwork, or let it steal the spotlight and feature it as an art piece all on its own. These cool radiators are by Karim Rashid, who stayed true to his signature funky style. These new radiators made their debut at Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2010. Fore more info visit Caleido. caleido-radiator-geiger-1.jpg

Funky Furniture by Bruehl - Coupole and Morning Dew

7 May 2010 at 12:03am
funky-furniture-bruehl-3.jpg This new funky furniture by German company Bruehl is inspired by natural forms with an ultra-modern edge. Featuring the ups and downs of mountaintops with an abstract twist, the Coupole sofa and armchair (pictured above) by designer Kati Meyer-Bruhl feature a curved back and armrests and a delicate body clad in fabric that?s heaven to the touch, available in white and sky blue. The Morning Dew chairs (pictured below), also by designer Kati Meyer-Bruhl, are inspired by tulips, with their graceful petals forming the back and arm rests. A soft seat in an irregular shape beckons. This modern flower-inspired chair is featured in vibrant rose and white upholstery, as well as red-and-white plaid. Combine the Coupole and Morning Dew lines for a fun living room or a funky family room. Visit Bruehl for details. funky-furniture-bruehl-1.jpg funky-furniture-bruehl-2.jpg funky-furniture-bruehl-4.jpg funky-furniture-bruehl-5.jpg

Outdoor Armchair Ibiscus and Sofa Meridienne by Moroso

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moroso-armchair-ibiscus-1.jpg The grand finale to the epic Moroso M?Afrique collection sends it out with a bang! As the final pieces of the outdoor furniture line, the Ibiscus armchair and the Meridienne sofa by designer Dominique Petot make a style statement that screams: Big! Bold! Beautiful! The design consists of wild shapes and even wilder woven patterns if you can imagine that. These vibrant red, brown and white patio pieces echo the shape of a traditional British armchair and lounger, with armrests and a high back to recline into. Frames come in the choice of natural or lacquered steel. Check out this cool outdoor furniture line at Moroso. moroso-sofa-meridienne-1.jpg


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