If you’re a "Masters of Flip" fan, you’ll be glad to know you can find the show’s hosts, Kortney and Dave Wilson, at the Native Trails KBIS 2017 Booth #S4608 on January 10 at 2:30 p.m. Continue reading
Tips from Evelyn Eschun and the Toronto Interior Design Scene
In a sea of similarity, Cuzco bathroom vanity is frequently spotlighted as a unique option, and now its versatility and star power is more evident than ever. In “Evelyn’s Double Take,” Toronto designer Evelyn Eshun’s regular feature in Canadian Home Trends magazine, she dreamed up two completely different bathroom designs with one common denominator: Cuzco, by Native Trails.
Over the years, Cuzco’s design, which is anchored by a matte black steel base, has evolved so that the freestanding vanity is now available in six different sizes and with either Carrara marble, hammered copper or brushed nickel insets (not to mention the variety of undermount, flushmount, and vessel sinks and countertops that can be used to customize it). Evelyn’s designs made use of the vanity in Carrara (which received an honorable mention for DPHA Furniture Product of the Year in 2015) and another in Brushed Nickel.
Have a look at her two designs and her tips for recreating them in your own home:
The Classic Elegance Bathroom
In this elegant design, Evelyn sourced the 24” Carrara marble vanity and a Native Trails nickel sink. “Finishing the vanity with a Carrara marble countertop and a hammered nickel sink creates the perfect balance between contemporary and vintage styles,” she says.
Evelyn’s advice for creating a bathroom that puts an elegant spin on a contemporary space:
- The Hana vessel sink and simple square mirror sets a vintage tone.
- A Laminam porcelain slab with a Calcutta marble look creates the perfect backdrop, adding drama.
- The Venty faucet has subtle curves for a soft, feminine feeling, and an eight-inch spread brings added formality.
- Open storage under a sink gives an open look, perfect for small spaces.
- Enhance your décor with baskets that double as added storage.
- Add moisture-loving tropical plants to any interior to bring life to a room, and/or arrange a selection of handpicked wildflowers in vases for a humble décor accent.
The Modern Lodge Bathroom
In Evelyn’s next design, which she calls “a decidedly artisan-crafted look that is warm and inviting,” she sourced Native Trails' 24” Brushed Nickel vanity. “To create the more rustic, masculine look I focused on natural and textural elements,” she says. “I chose hammered nickel details with a honed, black granite countertop for the Cuzco vanity.”
Evelyn’s advice for achieving a rustic, masculine bathroom:
- The lightly polished solid granite counter is durable and simple, allowing the handcrafted concrete vessel sink to shine.
- Wood flooring as a wall treatment adds natural texture and brings instant warmth.
- The Paradox faucet contrasts against the other more textured and matte finishes in the space.
- When choosing your faucet, ensure that you can easily fit your hands underneath and that the water hits a spot which discourages over-splashing.
- Baskets in a natural finish bring a spa-like feeling to the area while providing an easy storage solution.
- Layering a wood mat over a terry towel allows water to be absorbed while creating an attractive border.
- Broad-leafed tropical plants add a handsome and sculptural look to any space.
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Home Office Design and Décor Ideas
Last year, 24 percent of employed Americans did some or all of their work at home. This shifted focus, with more thought than ever being put into the creation of fun and efficient home office designs. This also means that what was once an unused alcove in the family home, now becomes a hub of creativity and productivity. (This can be all the more challenging when our attention spans are so easily affixed to social media, or the laundry awaiting in the next room.) Here are some expert office design ideas for a workspace that will keep you on track and show ’em who’s boss—even if the only one around to witness your professional achievements is your dog. Continue reading
Boston Interior Designer Shares Top Ideas for Creating Feel-Good Spaces
How do you get a house to really look and feel like your home? Design and decorate your rooms so they look like people really live there and be invested in your home emotionally as well as financially. My focus in the 30-plus years I’ve practiced interior design has been on designing rooms that change the way people experience their homes.
Here are some of my top tips for creating a home that makes you happy:
How to Reflect Your Style with the Latest Looks, Finishes and Features
“Don’t go thinking that just because your builder put in the big, wide mirror that it looks good, because it doesn’t,” says Dallas-based interior designer Carla Aston. This begs the question: If those enormous bathroom mirrors are out, what’s in? “Tall, slender mirrors that accentuate ceiling height and look luxurious,” says Aston. Also trending: mirrors in metallics (so glamorous) and reclaimed woods (so natural), round mirrors (so minimalist) and ornate or globally inspired mirrors (so eclectic). In other words, mirrors are now intended to reflect your personality as much as a piece of art might. Continue reading
Style Guide: 10 Essential Accessories for Your Dining Table This Autumn
Leaves are tumbling from the sky, and temperatures are growing crisp enough to leave your windows open at night. You may have already invited a pumpkin-related ingredient into a recipe, and you’re likely to invite family and good friends over for brunch, a Halloween party, perhaps even a Thanksgiving celebration. Continue reading
Forget Everything you know about the Dining Table
What’s the easiest way to bore your dinner party guests? Sit them down at a dining room set. You know, one of those stuffy setups where the walnut chairs coordinate perfectly with the walnut table, giving off an air of meh and blah with a side of playing it safe. Continue reading
Expert Interior Design Ideas for Creating a Minimalist, Texture-Rich Kitchen Design
Charmean Neithart, Charmean Neithart Interiors
When my clients requested a modern Japanese-inspired kitchen, I was thrilled. It’s rare that someone asks for that, and I really like doing something that you don’t see anywhere else. Plus, I once lived in Tokyo for a year and know the aesthetic—and I love it for its whimsy and its minimalism. This style of design is more about what you take out than what you put in.
Tips for creating a functional and swoon-worthy laundry experience
Once stuffed into the garage or basement along with all the other things you want to hide away, your laundry room is likely capturing more of your attention lately. If you’re contemplating ways to maximize its impact in your home, you’re right on trend, as this room has joined the list of spaces that homeowners want to be both functional and show-off-able. According to ThisOldHouse.com, we spend an average of eight hours doing laundry each week—and together are responsible for washing, drying, and folding 35 billion loads of laundry annually—so why not devote effort to improving this time-consuming experience? From snazzy sinks to storage solutions to how-did-I-ever-live-without-this-before extras, laundry rooms are decidedly more swoon-worthy these days. Here are nine trends that will make you want to call dibs on laundry forevermore. Continue reading
Palomar Vanity Top with Integral Sink and Trough 48 recognized as “outstanding examples of Green Design”
Native Trails recently received 2016 GREEN GOOD Design Awards for two of its bathroom sinks, Palomar Vanity Top with Integral Sink and Trough 48. This is the fourth year Native Trails has been selected as a winner in this prestigious annual international competition. Palomar Vanity Top with Integral Sink is handcrafted of NativeStone®, the company’s innovative blend of cement and natural jute fiber. Trough 48 is a hand-hammered 48-inch copper sink, ideal for larger bathrooms. The sink is artisan crafted and forged of high-quality recycled copper, bringing modern functionality to this classic material.
Glam up Your Wet Bar with a Brushed Nickel Bar Sink
A wet bar is one place in your home where you have all the permission in the world to be unabashedly glamorous, which is precisely what’s so satisfying about this bar designed by Digs Design Company of East Greenwich, Rhode Island. (The compact symmetry of this space also helps make this bar feel just right) Continue reading