Kitchen & Bath Design News

DEC 2018

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December 2018 • KitchenBathDesign.com 31 PERFECTLY IMPERFECT For Thomas, functionality is always the prin- cipal focus, with comfort, luxury and visual excitement following closely behind. She is keenly aware of the fact that, in a family setting, perfection is impossible: Spaces are meant to be lived in, and life – especially life with kids – is messy. Embracing the imperfections of fam- ily life and the rich stories those imperfections tell is crucial to Thomas' design process. One particular whole-house remodel in Laguna p erfectly illustrates Thomas' practice of celebrating the stories a home can tell. The project included a kitchen and three bathrooms, and the scope of work involved opening up the kitchen layout and finding space in small bathrooms. Thomas and her team created some drastic changes within the rooms, but were also careful to salvage old cabinets and other elements – "[merg- ing] new features with old," according to Thomas. LOOKING TO THE FUTURE Not content to rest on her laurels, Thomas is constantly striving to increase awareness of her brand. "We have been growing our brand through a greater social media presence: LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram have given us a platform for an audience to engage with us and get to know our story," Thomas explains. "We are also promoting our projects through a PR company that focuses on interior design. I think all our efforts have strengthened our presence, our name recognition and certainly our visibility. Word of mouth is still leading our success in finding and signing new clients." Additionally, Thomas' plans for the future of her business involve making improvements to their design process and building more structured client relationships. Her 2019 New Year's resolutions for Courtney Thomas Design involve "[making] a stronger, clearer case for our concept to completion services – [helping] our clients, current and future, understand the importance of our early and consistent involvement in seeing their project through its many phases and decisions. We want to be part of the decisions during build and during final furnishings." ▪ For this subway tile backsplash, CTD inserted cranberry glass and chrome mosaic tiles intermittently throughout the brick-lay pattern so that the backsplash would highlight the colors in the island's counters. PUT HÄFELE'S DECORATIVE HARDWARE IN YOUR SHOWROOM AND RECEIVE ADDITIONAL DISCOUNTS! Online & Livechat: www.hafele.com/us Phone: 800.325.6202 Email: experts@hafele.us THE WHOLE WORLD IN YOUR HANDS Brushed brass. Oil-rubbed bronze. And all else to enhance the beauty of your everything. Häfele is the world's source for decorative hardware—and it shows in our collections across a wide range of on-trend fi nishes, sizes and other options. So whether you're outfi tting furniture and cabinetry, casework or appliances, look to Häfele for all your decorative hardware needs. AMEROCK Revitalize Collection Circle No. 15 on Product Card

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