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  • Single Bowl vs. Double Bowl

    Top designers weigh in on the merits of single and double basin sinks

    Single Bowl VS Double Bowl

    Since the invention of the kitchen sink, homeowners and designers have been debating the merits of a single bowl vs. a double bowl. On the one hand, a double basin makes washing dishes a snap – one side serves to hold soapy water and dirty dishes while the other side is reserved to keep them clean. On the other hand, single basins can be real space savers (often coming in a wider range of sizes than their divided counterparts) and they can be roomier for washing pots and pans. We could make endless arguments for both sides but the truth is it comes down to personal preference. Need some inspiration to make your choice? See below for some of our favorite single and double bowl installations and hear what some of our favorite designers have to say about each.

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  • Swedish Country Meets California Cool

    Design Inspiration from Ulrica Wihlborg

    Ulrica Wihlborg

    In 2012, after 16 years of interviewing celebrities for People magazine cover stories, Ulrica Wihlborg moved from Hollywood to a quiet coastal town in Sweden with her husband and three young children. “I had to give up a career I had loved for many years, and my circle of friends, and the year-around California sunshine,” says Wihlborg. “What ‘saved’ me was actually the planning of the interiors of our new home.”

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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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  • Native Trails Talks to HGTV Designer Leanne Ford on her quirky design aesthetic and finding creative inspiration everywhere.

    “Design isn’t precious. Try new things.” -Leanne Ford

    Designer Leanne Ford

    HGTV’s “Restored by the Fords” follows the Ford siblings as they restore unconventional older homes in their hometown of Pittsburgh. Leanne lends the projects her delightfully quirky design aesthetic and her brother Steve brings his construction expertise to the table. The result is a binge worthy series that brings to life Leanne’s motto “The difference between weird and wonderful is good design.”

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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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  • Meet Pearl: You’re Going to Love Her

    5 Reasons to Fall for Our One-of-a-Kind White Finish

    Farmhouse Quartet Design by Nancy Blandford, featuring Farmhouse Quartet

    Since the introduction of our NativeStone® sinks and tubs in 2014, they have been available in three finishes: Ash, which provides the traditional mottled gray color you think of when you think of concrete; Slate, a much darker gray, nearly a charcoal; and Pearl, a one-of-a-kind white finish that is practically perfect in every way.

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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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  • 8 Trends in Kitchen and Bathroom Sinks

    Kitchen and Bath Trends  

    Now that we’re halfway through 2017, the ever-evolving kitchen and bathroom design trends that will define and enliven our industry this year have taken shape. As we reflected on our time spent at kitchen and bath trade shows as well as our many conversations with industry experts, shelter magazine editors, consumers and interior designers, eight trends in kitchen and bathroom sinks emerged.

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  • Nickel, Perfected.

    A Hammered Nickel Sink; Perfectly Luxurious, And Perfectly Livable

    Mojito Bar Prep Sink Mojito bar/prep sink in Polished Nickel

    A nickel finish sink? So beautiful, yet so many questions! How is this finish achieved? How does it hold up? Is it easy to maintain? How does it compare with stainless steel? Why would I choose Native Trails’ nickel over a traditional stainless steel sink or another luxurious alternative?

    The short of it - Yes! Our nickel is extremely durable and super easy to maintain. Due to the hammered texture, it is incredibly forgiving. Those nicks, dents, and scratches that occur during everyday use make a stainless steel sink look beat-up over time. But with Native Trails, they are practically invisible in a hammered Brushed Nickel sink, or in a Polished Nickel sink coated with MetalProtect®, our new sealer.

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  • What Every Lover Should Know About Copper

    5 Things to Know About Copper & Love


    For everyone who has ever sunk deep into a copper bathtub and felt like a god or goddess, there’s a reason why—and it’s not just because copper naturally conducts heat and radiates luxury. Continue reading

  • 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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  • 9 Ways to Upgrade Your Laundry Room

    Tips for creating a functional and swoon-worthy laundry experience

    NativeStone Farmhouse 2418 utility sink in Ash NativeStone Farmhouse 2418 laundry/utility sink in Ash

    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

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