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.
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.”
Consider These Bath Trends to Elevate Your Bath This Spring
Lately, on Instagram, we’ve noticed a tale of two bathroom design trends: The rustic bath and the glam bath. While there are some bathrooms that meet in the middle, most tend to lean either one way or the other. Unfortunately, either design style can easily veer off track into cheesy - or gaudy-ville if not completed with premium materials and a design game plan. Whether you want to create a glamorous bathroom—one that conveys you’re of good stock, old money, and high class (even if you’re absolutely none of these things)—or a rustic bathroom that will have visitors convinced there are rolling hills with wildflowers and cattle just outside the window (even if there are only brownstones and designer dogs), we have some tips:
A Hammered Nickel Sink; Perfectly Luxurious, And Perfectly Livable
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.
"Masters of Flip" fans found the show’s hosts, Kortney and Dave Wilson, in the Native Trails booth at KBIS 2017. The husband and wife hosts of “Masters of Flip,” which airs on HGTV and the W Network, are big fans of all things Native Trails – from our sustainably-made products to the skillful artisan craft and our woman-owned company. The Wilsons are beloved by audiences for their tell-it-like-it-is chemistry and stellar home flips, and they have a real-life story that’s practically made for television.
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. Continue reading
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 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 Autumn Dining Table Accessories
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