Kitchen & Bath Design News

MAR 2015

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24 | Kitchen & Bath Design News | March 2015 Winners Circle BEST BATH Luz Marina Selles of Allure Designs, LLC in Gilbert, AZ, took the top award for the Large Baths category, and went home with the award for over- all Best Bath, too. This luxury bath speaks volumes about regionalism in space planning, as well as capturing the widespread desire by homeown- ers for a spa-like space. In this central-southern Arizona home, the designer was able to take advantage of the climate to create a seamless transition from indoor to out. Based on a new space plan, exterior walls were removed, ex- tending the master bath outward, which allowed for a private out- door shower and seating area to be constructed, with materials that fowed contiguously from inside to out. Island Stone's Bird's Egg Blend interlocking slab tile rings the inte- rior room and sets a path out to the exterior shower. Inside the newly formatted bath, a new custom vanity cabinet and make-up area created by Martin's Fine Furniture is balanced by a linen closet and dressing area with sleek, modern lines. A sheltered cubby was created for the Duravit Metro toilet, across from the vanity area where a Kohler Ladena sink was topped with Grohe's Eurostyle faucet. The mix of natural materials, down to the inclusion of a tree growing through the surface adjacent to the outdoor shower, brings the spa-experi- ence home, with many considerations made to preserve the sightlines. Ther - maTru's glass Benchmark shower exterior door allows a continuous vis- ibility, as does frameless glass shower panels from Creative Glass Interior. PEOPLE'S PICK "Jen Hobson from Altera Kitchen and Bath [who supplied the cabi- netry] called and said they loved how the kitchen turned out, and that we should enter [the competition]," says Leslie Kalish, CID, CfYH of LMK Interiors in Lafayette, CA. "I'd brought the client to Jen with our layout and [product] selections, and Jen was fabulous in dialing in all of the cabinetry details." The handsome, airy kitchen of which she speaks is a model of transitional design, taking the overall farmhouse aesthetic and blending it with a casual modernity ft for an active family's lifestyle. The open-plan entertaining space combines a living area with a kitchen defned by a spacious island, housing a Whitehaus farm sink topped by an elegant Rohl faucet. "This kitchen just makes you feel comfortable," ofers Kalish. "I love the juxtaposition of rustic and urban farm; from the 100-year- old barn wood and the large white trusses to the custom steel hood. There are three diferent cabinet colors, two diferent counters and three diferent tile accents, yet the efect is calm harmony." The Dura Supreme cabinetry is paired with soapstone on the perimeter cabinets and Taj Mahal leather granite on the island. Two oversized Hudson Valley pendants illuminate the island work area and frame a sweeping custom ventilation hood. The wood on the ceiling may be a century old, but the modern conveniences are defnitely from this century and include a Fisher & Paykel dishwasher, microwave and range by Wolf, Sub-Zero standard and wine refrigeration units, a Perlick beverage center and an ISE garbage disposal. "We are so excited at the response to this kitchen," she says. In addition to the local and national placement awards in the competi- tion, the kitchen was the Judges' and People's Pick locally, and HGTV. com People's Pick nationally. "It feels amazing to be recognized by your peers and acknowledged for your aesthetic," Kalish concludes. Marrying indoors and out, Luz Marina Selles created a multipurpose haven in her Large Bath design entry – which took not only overall Best Bath, but also the People's Pick for Best Bath. The key to the design is making the indoor texture transition seamlessly to a handsome outdoor shower and relaxation area. The overall efect is the pinnacle of the perennially popular spa bath trend. The crisp, comfortable, farmhouse-inspired kitchen, designed by Leslie Kalish, CID, CfYH, is clearly arranged for entertaining, and with sightlines right for interacting with the chef of the house, the kitchen creates a focal point for everyday family living. Photos: Mike Small Photo: John Hayes

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