Kitchen & Bath Design News

AUG 2018

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Other trends evident in the winning designs that were cited by the judges included: • Enormous attention to details in order to present a cohe- sive, finished space. • Plants or 'living walls' in the kitchen, and outdoor ele- ments in the bath, including outdoor soaking tubs or show- ers where possible, or bringing the outdoors in, where not. • Creative ideas for hiding bathroom windows in cases where they could not be relocated. • The kitchen being treated as interior architecture. • Layered patterns and textures, done in moderation with complementary patterns and textures to create visual interest. • More gold tones and mixed metals. • Interesting applications of tile in the kitchen (verti- cal backsplashes) and bath (unusual tile patterns and combinations). WINNING ELEMENTS When choosing the winners, each judge brought his or her own unique perspective to the process, and often, the judges fell in love with different design elements within the same space. For instance, in the first-place kitchen design in the Kitchens $100K to $200K category, Salerno loved the cleanness of the design, Frees loved how the designer wrapped the ban- quette seating around the area and Derrick was impressed by the volume of cabinets that provided storage for everything. In the second place winner of the same category, Grubb cited the planks on the doors with the different tones and chrome banding, and says, "I think this is applicable to modern farmhouse – I like that they didn't clutter it with hardware." Stoffer, by contrast, loved the mirror stainless detailing on the drawers and how completely "on trend" the whole space was. In the Master Baths Over $50K category, the first place de- sign captured Otten's attention in part because "the sight lines are incredible." Grubb loved the detail of the vanity and the wrap-around leg, while Salerno cited the "thousands of hours" of work that clearly went into the design. In the second place design, Frees noted, "The window view of the tub is unbelievable," while Salerno viewed the make up vanity as "a very cool element," and Grubb loved the light fix- ture. Stoffer also pointed to the functional elements, explain- ing how she could see the appeal of the two toilet rooms. In the powder room category, Derrick gave the first place winner "a 10 for originality" while Frees loved the wall treat- ment in the second place winner. But while each judge experienced the spaces differently, they all agreed that good design is multifaceted, taking into consideration not just beauty and function, but also how the design elements work together to create something fresh and exciting that also serves the needs of the homeowner. On pages 44-79, KBDN shares expanded coverage of all the winning projects. For more insights from this year's judges, visit ▪ TREND: GOLD TONES Designed by Sandra Diaz-Velasco, EOLO Design TREND: MIXED MATERIALS Designed by Heidi Piron, Heidi Piron Design & Cabinetry TREND: PATTERNS & TEXTURES Designed by Lori Carroll and Alexander M. Burch Lori Carroll & Associates TREND: CEILINGS AS A 'FIFTH WALL' Designed by Mark Weiss, Weiss & Associates TREND: BRINGING THE OUTDOORS IN Designed by Michael Hetherman, CKD, Willis Photo: Jay Greene Photography Photo: Juan Pablo Estupinan/Eugenio Wilman Photo: Klaus Moser Photo: Jon Mancuso Photo: Christian Garibaldi August 2018 • 43

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