Kitchen & Bath Design News

AUG 2017

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Texture Trilogy LORI CARROLL Lori Carroll & Associates, Tucson, AZ Tasked with creating a one-of-a-kind fireplace that would act as a stunning focal point to the master bedroom suite, designer Lori Carroll of Lori Carroll & Associates began by looking at the material issues. In this case, a trilogy of materials – silver quartzite, smoke black transparent metal and honed interlocking tiles – became the centerpiece of the bedroom, adding sophistication, textural interest and a unique, three-dimensional aesthetic. According to Carroll, the goal was to create something simple yet stunning that would serve as a main focal point in the room. Paired with built-in shelving, this feature became an anchor for the master suite furniture arrangement. The floor-to-ceiling design was inspired by the home's cool grey color scheme and offers a modern, luxury aesthetic. Tile choices included Crescent Interlock Quartz Silver, Extreme Metalworks Smoke Black and Extreme Metalworks LCA #10. Command Center CARRIE GALLO Ember & Brune, Montgomery, IL When designer Carrie Gallo was approached to rethink a client's cluttered, "catch all" bedroom/ office – a room with an identity crisis – she proposed a bold new space that would use specialized storage to function as a multipurpose laundry room/home office/craft room/home- work center/cleaning equipment storage space. By removing a closet area, the designer was able to use every square foot of space to add order, purpose and beauty. One of the challenges of the project was finding balance – balance between open storage and practical storage space, between materials with durability and easy maintenance, and between his and her tastes. The countertop – salvaged pine from a local 130-year-old home – required six coats of stain and topcoat, but it adds both aesthetic appeal and practicality. Outlets were added along the countertop and inside the cubbies for phone and tablet charging, and can lights were installed to illuminate the work surface. The room also got a storage overhaul, with open corner shelving, two specialized tall cabinets for cleaning supplies, file storage, a trash roll-out, pull-out storage and individual "in-box" cubbies and laundry basket storage for each family member. SILVER BRONZE Photo: Jon Mancuso Photography Photos: Kari Firak August 2017 • 79

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