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  • Why Polished Metals Can Really Make a Space Shine


    The beauty of our polished finishes lies in their ability to work in a variety of different spaces. They can add warmth and interest to almost any kitchen or bath style. Take a look at some of our favorite Polished Nickel and Polished Copper installations and get inspired to shine!

    Polished Nickel Bar Sink "Let's never go back to boring old sinks, agreed? Just kidding - but really, we're so glad we added a little sparkle to this bar area!" @whelandesignhouse

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  • Tour a Chic Modern Farmhouse

    Kelle Contine Interior Design Takes Us for a Turn Around This Masterful Austin Home

    Home at Sunset  

    The 2017 Rough Hollow Parade of Homes – an annual event in Austin, TX that showcases the newest trends in construction, building design, interior décor, and landscape in one of the most vibrant real estate communities in the country – provided designers Erin Judge and Nicki Perez the perfect opportunity to create a one-of-a-kind luxury spec home. Judge and Perez of Kelle Contine Interior Design aligned on a plan for a modern farmhouse with a twist – drawing from a limited color palette, dialing up interest with raw materials, bold tile, textural wallcoverings, sculptural lighting selections, and concrete sinks and bathtubs by Native Trails.

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  • How to Get White Right in the Kitchen and Bath

    An Interview with Designer Kishani Perera


    When Kishani Perera was a teenager, the eclectic bedroom she created for herself landed in a local newspaper feature about cool teen rooms. Today the Los Angeles-based interior designer receives press that is much grander—think Elle Decor, Lonny and HGTV Magazine; but the subject is the same: Kishani’s otherworldly talent for pulling together layered spaces filled with whimsical accents, statement tile and vintage furniture. She has to divorce herself from a lifelong compulsion to collect the latter—read on to hear why.

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  • 10 Wow-Worthy Wet Bars

    These spectacular cocktail-making stations all feature an artisanal bar sink

    Wet Bars

    Though a wet bar is a mainstay in most luxury homes, its design, size and location within the home vary widely. The general compactness of this space—and the loosening-of-the-necktie and kicking-off-of-the-heels that it implies—mean it often becomes a showcase for a designer’s creativity.

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  • 5 Ideas for an Eco-Friendly Vanity Top Makeover

    Palomar NativeStone Vanity Top  

    How to Choose the Best Vanity Top for Your Sustainable Bathroom

    Want to up the sustainability factor of your bathroom remodel? Here are five excellent eco-friendly materials to consider for your new vanity top.

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  • 5 Top Designers On How to Mix Metals

    Polished Copper Sink

    The rules of interior design are meant to be broken, and many of the most inspiring spaces are the ones that have done so with audacity. That said, what if you don’t even know what the rules are? Then, you could likely use some guidance with things like how to mix metal hardware in the kitchen and bath—one of the most common home design queries and a top trend for 2017 from the tabletop to the kitchen and bath. Here, five designers tell you how to get this collected, personalized look just right.
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  • Designer Michel Smith Boyd Tells You How to Nail the Rose Gold Trend in Home Design

    Copper and Rose Gold  
    Designer Michel Smith Boyd Michel Smith Boyd

    Metallic accents define Michel Smith Boyd’s aesthetic. Well, metallics and moody textiles. OK, and layered accessories. Boyd is no minimalist, and he’s not shy about going all out with glamour, even in the most utilitarian of spaces—the kitchen and bath. The Atlanta-based designer, who has appeared everywhere from the pages of Elle Decor to this season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, has become known for artfully mixing metals and spiking his designs with rose gold.

    After Boyd absolutely killed a Palm Springs powder room in the Christopher Kennedy Compound show house during Modernism Week last year—making a rose gold faucet its unexpected centerpiece—Vogue quoted him as saying: “In the world of hardware finishes, rose gold became the new rock star. Entire bath designs have been inspired by and built around the distinctive color. Hardware is literally jewelry.”

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  • One Vanity, Styled Two Ways: Endless Bathroom Design Ideas to Steal

    Tips from Evelyn Eschun and the Toronto Interior Design Scene

    Evelyn Eschun
    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. Continue reading

  • A Contemporary Home Office to Help Maximize Productivity

    Home Office Design and Décor Ideas

    Contemporary Concrete Desk  

    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

  • 6 Tips for Designing a Home That Makes You Happy

    Boston Interior Designer Shares Ideas for Creating Feel-Good Spaces

     Elizabeth Swartz, ASID, Boston Interior Designer, Guest Blogger

    Elizabeth Swartz, ASID

    Guest Blogger


    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:

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  • Asian-Inspired Kitchen

    Expert Interior Design Ideas for Creating a Minimalist, Texture-Rich Kitchen Design


    Charmean Neithart, Charmean Neithart Interiors
    Guest Blogger

    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.

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  • Blinged-Out Wet Bar

    Digs Design Company Brushed Nickel Bar Sink via Houzz

    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

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