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CONTENTS WINTER 2020
expert insight A CLEAN SLATE
WARMTH THROUGH DESIGN
Interior designer Brenda Thompson sheds new light on an artist’s home
Designer Evelyn Eshun on how to increase cozy in an open-concept space
Showcasing creativity and honoring the past with designer Terri Fiori
Kalu Interiors offers an expert forecast on trends to come in 2020
Opening thoughts from Team BDMS
The year of the blues
BEYOND THE ISSUE
Design inspired by a fresh start
Three décor styles we currently adore
Cozy up to our favorite fireplaces
All the ways to stay connected and inspired
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on the cover Interior Design by Brenda Thompson of HouseLift Design; Photography by The Heims. See page 39.
all things floors WHOLE HOME FLOORING
WINTER WARM UP
STAIN FIRST AID
Floor-focused home tour with designer Rebecca Hay
Four ways to warm up your home through flooring
Pairing tile to create unique style in your kitchen or bath
Step-by-step for tackling a red wine spill
Find out which floor is right for you
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WELCOME “Renewal is not just innovation and change. It is also the process of bringing the results of change into line with our purpose.” - John W. Gardner The onset of each season inspires an innate sense of revitalization and opportunity. This winter, these feelings are heightened as we not only approach a new year, but the beginning of a new decade. Can you believe the year 2020 is here? We can’t help but think about how different interior design looked just ten years ago and wonder what 2030 might bring. But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Here and now, we’re delivering inspiration, ideas, and advice to inspire a home that is not only a reflection of your best self, but one that delivers purpose. Step into the creative minds of award-winning designers to discover how to create a clean slate in your home, convey warmth through design, personalize traditional styling, and incorporate the latest trends in interior design. Gather expert insight on all-things flooring as we unveil the secret to warming up your floors, deliver four unique tile pairings, and take a floor-focused tour of a gorgeous model home by Rebecca Hay Designs. Additional features include top seasonal hues to incorporate into your décor, a style spotlight featuring three looks that we currently adore, and a must-see spread of fireplaces that will warm your creative mind and soul. This and so much more await you in the pages that follow. Welcome to the winter 2020 issue of Beautiful Design Made Simple magazine, brought to you by Carpet One Floor & Home.
Warm Regards, Team BDMS
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Year of the Blues
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A Fresh Start
As we approach the first of January, a lovely display of lemons, grapefruit, and oranges takes on new light. No longer is it simply citrus—it’s a vibrant compilation of yellow and orange hues that, together, symbolize happiness, warmth, energy, and excitement. Carry these positive sentiments with you into the New Year and allow them to help you reach your fullest potential. Here’s to you in 2020!
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STYLES WE’RE LOVING From Instagram feeds to our favorite home décor stores, it’s hard to miss the increasing popularity of these three styles we’ve defined as Unrefined Elegance, Modern Take on Old World, and Marble Meets Concrete. Each style is unique in look and feel; we’ve picked our favorite furniture and décor items to help you achieve the aesthetic of your choice in your home.
Equal parts casual and chic, this popular style is built on a foundation of raw, unrefined materials. Sun-bleached woods, woven wools, textured cottons, and natural fibers provide the basis for furniture, flooring, lighting, dĂŠcor, and beyond. The approachable look is perfect for those who prefer a more subdued palette but also appreciate design thatâ€™s rich in texture and detail.
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Modern Take on old world
Characterized by rich pigments, stately design elements, and luxurious textiles, the resurgence of old-world design has begun with a new, modern feel. The bold and worldly look can offer striking contrast and character among more mainstream elements already in the home. Consider incorporating velvet throw pillows, a decorative iron or metal-clad mirror, a grand chandelier, or a handwoven rug to achieve the look and feel of age-old sophistication.
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Marble Meets Although cut from different cloths, marble and concrete are both gaining popularity in the world of interiors. Concrete, a relatively new concept in residential design, is being used in a variety of finishes and formats throughout the home from flooring to fixtures. The unexpected material offers a fresh, surprising aesthetic built to stand the test of time. Marble, while certainly not a new concept in interiors, is popping up in smaller, more attainable formats, like simple, affordable accessories.
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Global Inspiration for Your Front Door
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From stately stonework to modern marble, fireplaces have long been focal points in homes. Todayâ€™s designs offer a wide variety of looks, functionalities, and features. These seven fireplace designs each deliver unique beauty but a consistent sense of character and comfort.
While no longer functional, the brick-like display of colorful stone on this fireplace surround adds depth and interest to the roomâ€™s design.
With a striking marble face and overstated clean-lined mantle, this fireplace is merely modern by itself. However, designer Dvira Ovadia softens its presence by pairing statuesque white beauty with softer surrounding elements. Photography by Stephani Buchman
Showcasing silver cast iron framed by warm, regal wood, this high-contrast design offers a contemporary take on a traditional Victorian design.
FOCAL FEATURE Interior designer Cynthia Soda was the creative mind behind this showstopping, three-sided fireplace. The homeowners can appreciate the marble-clad centerpiece from the foyer, kitchen, living room, and dining area. Photography by Stephani Buchman
Designer Dvira Ovadia kept this fireplace modest, allowing beautiful millwork to take center stage. Built-ins not only offer functional value but act as blank slates where you can display your personal and ever-changing style. Photography by Valerie Wilcox
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Whether you’re tucked into bed, curled up with a good novel, or soaking in the clawfoot tub, this two-sided fireplace will be provide warmth and a comforting glow. Positioned between the master bedroom and ensuite, we can’t think of two better rooms for staying warm and cozy. Design by Dvira Ovadia Photography by Stephani Buchman 30
The organic striations and seamless blend of warm and cool tones within this fireplaceâ€™s stonework create a look that is regal yet understated. Paired with complementary millwork, this living space design by Sara Bederman welcomes guests with open arms. Photography by Stephani Buchman
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FLOORING A DESIGNERâ€™S PERSPECTIVE
Whether you’re choosing flooring for a new home or replacing your current flooring, there are many factors that play into which flooring will be best for each space. You also want to consider how the flooring throughout your home will connect. In our exclusive video interview with interior designer Rebecca Hay, we take a look at the important role flooring takes throughout the home. To start, Hay warns that flooring, while often overlooked, should be one of the most integral elements of interior home design. When working on a whole home project, Hay takes into consideration how all the spaces in the home will be used as well as the final look she aims to achieve. The best place to start is with the primary flooring material in the home. Many times, this is the flooring that will run throughout the main level of the home and usually includes the kitchen, living room, and dining room. Hard surface floors like hardwood, tile and luxury vinyl are often chosen for these spaces for their versatility and beauty. Hay often recommends a quality engineered hardwood. “When you have an open-concept home, it’s really important that you keep that open flow,” shares Hay. This shared flooring across spaces makes the whole are feel bigger.
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GET THE LOOK: Swiss glazed porcelain by Emser Tile radiates sophisticated beauty highlighting the soft veining of natural stone.
With the main flooring chosen, Hay moves on to make smart choices for hard-wearing areas in the home. These include entryways and stairs. Depending on your environment and the amount of traffic your entryways will get from guests and family, you may want to consider a floor that is more durable than what you’ve chosen for the majority of your living space. When it comes to durability, tile is the undisputed winner in Hay’s eyes. She often chooses a beautiful tile for entryways, knowing that it will stand up to shoes, dirt, and debris that are tracked in from outside. When it comes to stairs, Hay recommends choosing a runner to add personality and warmth.
Carpet is a favorite of Hay’s when it comes to flooring for bedrooms. She knows that her clients will enjoy the softness underfoot, the noise dampening effect, and the beautiful look. She often chooses lighter colored carpets and installs them wall-to-wall to make a space feel larger. When it comes to bathrooms, it’s all about the look and feel you want to achieve. For a beautiful, sophisticated master bath, Hay recommends something like elegant marble. For kids’ bathrooms or spaces where you want to show more personality, she loves to go with a porcelain tile with lots of texture and pattern.
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The last piece of the whole home flooring story according to Hay is area rugs. “Area rugs define the space within the home,” she shares. She has always found this step in choosing flooring exciting and loves the way a beautiful area rug can change a space. She also shares a tip for smaller spaces: “the bigger the rug, the bigger the room will feel.” For more details and tips from Rebecca Hay and to see how flooring helps create a beautiful family home, watch our exclusive video available at CarpetOne.com.
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Written by Brenda Thompson | Interior design by HouseLift Design | Photography by The Heims
A CLEAN SLATE
White Dove by Benjamin Moore
Whether found in a home or workspace, calming neutral colors create a place of peace where creativity can flow, which is especially crucial for creatives like artists and designers. Often, an artist tends to create spaces that are busy and colorful, much like their active, bright mind. However, creatives may find themselves better served by natural, neutral elements that inspire abstract thinking by removing visual boundaries and distractions. White walls and light-colored furnishings expand the perceived space, in turn stimulating creative thinking. When we first entered this artistâ€™s home, we were struck by the use of color. Although playful, the scheme was outdated. Our client knew she needed something fresh and was ready for a change. When we suggested going neutral, she readily accepted the change and was prepared to see her home transformed.
Mayonnaise by Benjamin Moore Anew Gray by Sherwin- Williams
This artistâ€™s colorful kitchen got a fresh new look with just a few coats of paint. We painted the cabinets in Sherwin-Williams Anew Gray and the walls in Benjamin Moore Mayonnaise. We stained the island butcher block countertops in a dark color to contrast with the wood floors, also restained in a more neutral wood tone. The island cabinet color flowed well with the neutral color scheme, so we chose to keep the pop of blue. The light, neutral colors of the cabinets and walls contrast beautifully with the dark wood tones. Now the light flows in through the kitchen window and illuminates the cabinetry with a soft glow. The kitchen is an inspiring space that feels bright, peaceful, and relaxing.
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FAMILY ROOM The family room was beyond colorful, sporting yellow walls and busy fabrics. We painted the walls in Benjamin Moore Mayonnaise and the trim and built-ins in SherwinWilliams Anew Gray. We incorporated light, neutral fabrics and contrasting wood and iron accents. The cool blues flow throughout the room from the custom rug to the small details in the accessories. The white walls and fabrics reflect the limited natural light available in this room which also recedes into the background, eliminating visual boundaries. This newly refined palette allows for more mental space for abstract thinking: perfect for the creative mind.
Before MASTER BEDROOM Before, the master bedroom felt outdated with green grasscloth wallpaper, floral window treatments, and old carpet. We painted the walls and trim in Benjamin Moore White Dove and installed a new, lighter carpet. But the showstopper in this room is the wood ceiling. The pine wood in a dark stain creates a gorgeous focal piece that draws the eye immediately upon entering the room. The white walls and lightcolored carpet contrast dramatically with the rustic ceiling, which creates a cozy, encapsulating effect. We installed a new, modern fan to blend in with the ceiling. The custom bed with custom grand sham creates a statement thatâ€™s simple, yet beautiful. We also created a relaxing sitting area with custom leather recliners that face a dresser finished in the same wood tone as the ceiling. All of the neutrals and wood tones in this bedroom make the room feel cozy and fresh. Simple accessories keep the room feeling uncluttered. Itâ€™s the perfect retreat for a creative mind that needs to wind down.
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A CLEAN SLATE
My artsy client decided to transform her kidâ€™s former bedroom into a guest room. So, the mustard yellow walls got a fresh coat of Benjamin Moore White Dove to flow with the rest of the upstairs. An old wooden bed received new life with a few coats of Benjamin Moore Navy Masterpiece, also painted on the walls in the adjoining bathroom. The bedâ€™s custom bedding adds dimension and texture with a warm, welcoming feel. Floating walnut wood shelves were installed to allow use of the unique wall inset. The area rug, with its thick, luxurious pile, visually grounds the bed in the center of the room. We accessorized the nightstands and shelves with unique pieces that add character. Every detail was planned out to tie the space together with color, texture, and personality. These spaces were so much fun to do. My client was easy to work with and also open-minded. As a designer, clients like that make life so much easier! Now the artist has space to breathe, dream, and create.
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DESIGN Six ways to turn up the dial and increase cozy in an open-concept home
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Evelyn Eshun is the principal designer and owner of Evelyn Eshun Design Inc., also known as EStudio, a full service design and decorating company in Toronto providing creative and innovative design solutions.
Open-concept has quickly become the layout of choice when undergoing renovations and in new builds alike. These designs are incredibly efficient, saving precious space on walls and halls, unlike what is commonly seen in traditional multiroom floor plans. Open layouts allow for a natural flow of traffic, and they encourage socialization, which is ideally suited to family life and the occasional party. However, in spite of their popularity and the sheer cool factor of living wall-free, one thing open-concept layouts can sometimes lack is warmthâ€“â€“and that happens to be the one thing I think every home should have. Indeed, when I was tasked with designing this open-concept home, warming up the atmosphere was job one. The homeowners are a busy professional couple who wanted their home to be a restful retreat from the stresses of the day. The house itself sits in a forested setting north of the city, so the external environment was perfectly suited to the cozy interior I had in mind. Here are some surefire ways to crank up the heat in your open-concept space without ever touching the thermostat.
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COLOR Color is one of the easiest and highest-impact ways to change the vibe in your home. Your chosen color palette plays a vital role in how the eye perceives the “temperature” of the room. Light, cool-toned hues will make the walls visually recede, thereby creating the illusion of more space. Pale blues, greens, grays, off-whites, and some neutral colors achieve this look. On the other hand, if your goal is to create a cozy look in your home, opt for dark, warm-toned colors that bring those walls back in. Warm hues like red, orange, mossy green, and grayish-brown all land on the sunny side of the color spectrum and give your space a warm look and feel.
The chosen color palette for this home was neutral, through and through. The clients shied away from anything too bright, dramatic, or overwhelming in any way. One of the goals for the redesign was tranquillity. We achieved this sense of calmness through a monochromatic color scheme and softly textured materials. But neutral doesn’t mean devoid of color entirely. If you want to “dip your toe” in the paint can, so to speak, consider tinting a can of white for a subtle hint of color. Remember: choose something from the warm side of the color spectrum to maintain a warm aesthetic in your space.
WARMTH THROUGH DESIGN
ORGANIC AESTHETIC Organic finishes are another impactful way to offset the coolness of a contemporary, open-concept interior. Hand-scraped wood floors, stone underfoot and on walls, and rustic details and accessories take the warmth even further—echoing a cottage or cabin style that instantly feels like home. If you’re on a budget, some flooring manufacturers also offer quality look-a-like products that deliver the appearance and performance of real wood or stone, but at a fraction of the price. These are worth checking out.
FIREPLACE The fireplace is a natural focal point in any room, drawing attention for the literal heat it gives, as well as its figurative warmth. Mantles beckon with proudly displayed artwork, framed family photos, and collected curios that each tell a story. On the homeowners’ wish list as part of this renovation and redesign was a fabulous fireplace feature wall. The goal was to create an architectural feature. Still, it had to fulfill a practical purpose as well––storage for firewood, personal mementos, and entertainment equipment. We achieved the “wow” factor with a dramatic built-in fashion from an Italian laminate product, which offered durability and a wonderfully rustic look. And speaking of fabulous fakes, the fireplace surround is finished in a cultured stone that mimics real stone. The feature wall boasts an asymmetrical look that lends itself to the casual atmosphere.
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Did you know that light bulbs come in warm and cool varieties? To give your interiors a subtle warm-up, swap out your bright-white light bulbs with soft white ones, which lean toward the yellow side of the color spectrum, and are commonly used in living rooms and bedrooms, where a cozy ambiance is key.
WARMTH THROUGH DESIGN
LIGHT One of the quickest and most impactful ways to warm up your home is with light. Ambient, task, and accent lighting work together to do away with dark corners and poorly lit spaces forever. A layered lighting plan is essential and should include a combination of various light sources, such as pot lights, ceiling fixtures, undercabinet lighting, table and floor lamps, and of course, windows, all working together.
LAYERS As a designer, I love working with layers. This style of accessorizing brings an added dimension to the overall design. Layers have the power to instantly bring interest and warmth to an otherwise cool, perhaps slightly impersonal space. So, go ahead and pile up those colors, patterns, and textures. The colors and designs you choose to include speak to your sense of style and help tell your story. And when it comes to style, layering allows you to stay fluid. You can easily add, subtract and update your textiles with the changing trends and seasons.
Layer area rugs on top of larger rugs or even over wall-to-wall carpets to create an instant “plush” effect. This look works well in bedrooms, living rooms, family rooms, reading rooms, and dens. This layering trend lives by the principle of “more is more.” By the same logic, you can warm up your space by doubling up on your cushions and throws, too. Couches and chairs are the obvious place to layer pillows and blankets, but a bench, footstool or even a quiet corner piled high with cushions invite you to curl up. Especially during the fall and winter months, consider adding layers throughout the main living areas of your home, making them look and feel inviting, welcoming and warm. When spring rolls around again, peel back a layer or two to lighten up the look and refresh your home’s style.
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HEAVY FABRICS Heavier textiles are a great go-to for a warmer look and feel in the home: velvet, thickset corduroy, faux fur, wool, and chunky knits. Swap out your lighter bedding and use richer, textural and weighted sheets, blankets, bedspreads, and accent pillows. The change in seasons also calls for a set of heavier drapes. You’ll create a warmer, cozier look inside your home, and heavier window coverings serve the doubleduty of naturally regulating your home’s internal temperature, giving your utility bills a break. The homeowners love their new space with all the critical boxes checked: tranquil, warm, and practical needs fulfilled. The result is fresh, modern, and welcoming. The neutral color palette, subtle use of textures and patterns, and built-in elements add just the right touches to make this house feel like home. For most of us, home is the place we run to at the end of a long day. It’s where we go to dry off, warm up and shake off the outside world. It’s our greatest escape. Ultimately, the real warmth of a home comes from those who live in it. Of course, some strategic choices and pieces can take a look to the next degree.
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FLOORING WARM UP
Your home is where you can go to escape the elements and when it comes to winter, that means escaping the cold, damp, and frost to find warmth and comfort. Who doesnâ€™t love feeling warm and cozy during the colder months of the year? There are many ways to add that warm, comfortable feel to your home when the temperature drops outside, from adding warm textiles to lighting a fire in a beautiful fireplace, but our floors are often forgotten.
4 WAYS TO WARM UP YOUR FLOORS
Flooring may not be something you think of changing with the seasons, but these flooring tips will help keep your home comfortable year-round and keep your feet warm in the winter.
Area Rug Change Up
Area rugs are the most natural flooring to change up in your home. Whether you add rugs to areas that don’t currently have them or swap sleek rugs for more plush ones, creating softness and warmth underfoot can make a huge difference in your space. Focus on spaces where your feet are frequently touching the floor—the place where you get out of bed, in front of your sofa, and under your dining or kitchen table are all primary candidates for a warm rug. Also, focus on any areas with floors that may be inherently cold, like ceramic tile and stone. A rug in front of your kitchen sink could be just what you need to take the chill out of doing the dishes.
If you’re swapping rugs for the season, you’ll want to make sure that you properly store the rugs you are not using. Be sure to clean your rug thoroughly before putting it away for the season. Roll rugs tightly with the pile on the inside and be sure to store them in a clean, dry place. Wrapping your rugs in paper, plastic, or fabric can help keep out dirt and insects that may harm your rug while it’s in storage.
Layer It On
Just as you add layers to your wardrobe during colder months, you can add layers to your décor. There are many areas in your home where you can add layers, and the floor is no exception. Add a softer plush rug on top of a slim jute one or slip a larger rug under smaller area rugs in your home to extend the warmth a little bit further. Don’t be afraid to mix and match textures to create a layered, cozy look. In addition to actually making your home feel warmer by protecting your feet from cold floors, layers make your room appear cozier and more welcoming. Mina Victory Home Accents Throw Rugs by Nourison.
If cold floors are a concern for more than a few months of the year, you may want to choose a more permanent option to warm up your flooring. Carpet is the obvious choice for warmth underfoot, but for moisture-prone spaces, like kitchens, bathrooms, and basements, carpet is not an option. While tile is durable and waterproof, it is the coldest flooring option. Thankfully, some options will keep your feet warm and stand up to moisture and traffic.
If you’re replacing all your flooring or building a new home, and you want consistent warmth, radiant floor heat could be the perfect option. By heating your home from underneath, you’ll eliminate the need for traditional radiators and enjoy a consistently warm home. Because radiant floor heating is spread evenly underneath your floors, every area of your home benefits from the same consistent heat. That means every corner of your home will be warm and cozy.
Luxury Vinyl flooring—also known as Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) or Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP)—is an excellent solution for providing waterproof, durable floors that are warmer underfoot. Luxury Vinyl floors are made from a durable waterproof core with an image layer that mimics the most popular hardwood and tile visuals. These visuals are extremely realistic. You’ll have a hard time telling the difference, and you will wow your friends and family when you tell them your floors are waterproof durable vinyl.
Radiant heat can be installed under any type of flooring and is also very efficient. After the initial cost of installing radiant heating, you’ll enjoy cost savings associated with this energy-efficient heating option. With radiant heat, you can have tile without the cold, carpet that’s warm and inviting, and hardwood that makes your feet happy.
Hardwood is also a warm option for rooms where you do not want wall-to-wall carpet. With today’s technologies, many hardwood floors are also durable and water-resistant.
Heat from Beneath
From the quick fixes of area rugs to long-lasting warmth provided by choosing the best flooring options for your home and your climate, these four strategies will help your home feel warmer and cozier from the floor up. Maybe this winter you’ll be able to ditch the socks and slippers and enjoy some extra warmth underfoot.
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TILE FOUR PAIRINGS: FOUR UNIQUE LOOKS FOR UNPARALLELED TEXTURE AND DIMENSION IN YOUR KITCHEN OR BATH
tarting with texture is a surefire way to bring your one-of-a-kind personality into your kitchen and bathroom spaces.
Are you drawn toward light, airy neutrals, or do you always seem to opt for basic subway tiles? Do you want to add a splash of energy to your space, but simply can’t get on board with the idea of bright, bold mosaics on your backsplash? We can help you breathe new life into your design by using more than one tile type in your kitchen or bathroom, creating a brand-new, refreshing feel, all while keeping your home on trend. Devising the perfect combination of conventional, polished style with hints of deep-rooted elegance can be a demanding task. To start, consider creating a mood board—a collection of images, materials, and other pieces that work together to give life to a concept. We’ve carefully curated four tile packages to help give you the inspiration you need to get started creating a kitchen or bathroom you’ll never want to leave. Whether you have a small powder room or a considerable master bathroom with all the elements, creating a visually pleasing space with both simple and profoundly textured tiles will emphasize the distinct nuances of your design. Turn the page for four looks inspired by Emser Tile.
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COARSE YET COMPOSED
Start by choosing a tile that draws your eye to its texture, like a mosaic with both smooth and rough pieces. The rough, earthy tile will accentuate raw elements of nature, while allowing you to pair it flawlessly with other tiles. The simplicity of a white or black tile will embolden the coarseness of the textured mosaic while offering a blank canvas on which to add breathtaking decor. Eye-catching on a kitchen or bathroom backsplash, the blue, gray, and white colors in natural tiles will highlight the deep hues in other pieces that would otherwise be an afterthought. Have no fear––choosing more than one visually stimulating tile can still offer clean lines and a fresh ambiance, without feeling overly busy. Selecting two or three textured tiles in both your kitchen and bathroom that tie together can help to create a cohesive home design. You can also opt for a pebble stone mosaic to bring pure tones to the forefront of your design. Prominent on shower floors, you may choose to pair pebble tiles with a smooth mosaic in your shower niche or kitchen backsplash. Manipulating your eyes to the curved lines of these tile shapes will add depth with just the touch of elegance your home deserves.
Divine Poseidon Mosaic
Cassero Black 24”x 47”
Ombre White 6”x 12”
Structure Gray 3D Ledger 6”x 24”
Cultura Spring Mosaic
Albero Ramo 8”x 24”
Logic White 4”x 10”
Vertigo White Chevron 10”x30”
If you’re interested in a simplistic, delicate look, begin with a mosaic in a unique shape, like a hexagon. A basic white mosaic in the six-sided shape will not only allow you to build layers but also encourage definition in other areas of your design. You can pair a shapely mosaic beautifully with wood-look tile to give you the sense of weathered charm and delicacy. The movement in wood-look tile, similar to mineral streaks in genuine hardwood, marries classic white hex tiles with the rustic look of wood. Adding a shower accent from floor to ceiling with a shiny chevron mosaic can further elevate the shape, using the shine of the chevron to complement the hexagon.
Shape White Hex Mosaic
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COOL AND COLLECTED
Dark charcoals can be a tough mosaic to start with, but an arabesque shape makes it easy to incorporate a variety of styles when beginning with such a defined tile style. The sleek, smoothness of the mosaic feels modern and dignified; it’s a dazzling focal point of any backsplash. The structural integrity of the arabesque style suggests light to dark grays and shades of white for the balance needed in a flawlessly designed space. Using these neutrals and adding a textured tile look with a smooth feel is an excellent way to saturate your space with a luxurious and well-composed tone. Uniting these tiles in one design will even instill a
new awareness of space, allowing you to appreciate it for everything that it is––your personalized home. Are you opting for a more organic feel? Base your design around a tile with a combination of textures. The smooth, black marble with the raw, unevenness of the other pieces provokes feelings of nature while supporting larger-scale tile in a more basic pattern. By incorporating stone into your kitchen or bathroom with the use of backsplash, you can inspire a variety of styles like contemporary, modern, and even rustic, merely by changing out linens or fixtures.
Newport Pier 12”x 24” Choice Gray 12” x 24” Newport Pier Mosaic
Myth Black Arabesque Mosaic 62
Structure Charcoal 3D Ledger 6”x 24”
Duomo Bianchi Chevron Mosaic
Equinox Celeste Mosaic
Duomo Bianchi 24”x 24”
Geometric patterns are a top trend in today’s home design world. The triangle shape is just one dazzling demonstration of the trend and can bring attention to the rest of your kitchen or bathroom when installed in a shower niche, as a shower accent wall, or as a kitchen backsplash. Whether you choose a triangle, hexagon, or chevron mosaic, the lines brought to life by these mosaics instill an unequivocally grounded design in your space. Using a classic marble tile on floors or shower walls to reiterate the sumptuous nature of the mosaic will only intensify your overall home design. While choosing one of the packages provided is one way to ensure that you are adding a variety of textures and shades to your vision, these are only a few of the thousands of tiles that can be combined to create a look that is exclusive to your home. Even choosing a few tiles from each of these packages could be the best way to accomplish a tastefully textured, multifaceted look in your space. Remember, no matter what tiles you choose, your home should be a shining reflection of you!
Motif Sky 4”x12”
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LIVING WRITTEN BY TERRI FIORI DESIGN BY FIORI INTERIOR DESIGN PHOTOGRAPHY BY LAURA MOSS
The challenge for this traditional-style family room was to lure this working couple back into their underutilized family room. Their children were now grown with families of their own. They wanted a space that reflected this next phase in their lives. Over the years, the living room had become a catch-all for secondhand finds and hand-me-downs from close relatives. As you enter the home, the living room is located directly to your left, while the dining room is on your right. Visually these spaces needed to be cohesive in style and color palette. Since this space is long and somewhat narrow, we created several conversation areas. The center of the room allows for the larger sofa to be placed opposite the fireplace while the loveseat is angled next to the piano, one that belonged to the owner as a child. The owner’s chest of drawers, located at the front of the room, provides the perfect introduction to the space as we arranged a vignette of a lamp and personal possessions. This particular client shared our design philosophy: if you study a room long enough it should start to tell a story. At the start of our design process, we always ask
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ourselves “how will this design best tell our client’s story?” Then we listen to our clients as they describe their vision for the space and how they intend to use it—how they need it to function for them. With this information, we then study the remaining spaces in the home, so as not to repeat the function or design of the other rooms. Our main objective was to transform this living room into an uplifting, personal area of reflection while showcasing the creativity of the clients’ family and honoring the past. Our clients wanted to use their existing furniture as they were well-made, heirloom pieces. The pieces were in mint condition making them the perfect candidates for reupholstery. We began this project by converting the wood-burning fireplace to gas. Ease of use was important in making this space a destination to curl up with a book. The owners chose not to add a TV above the mantle or anywhere in this room for that matter. The mantle is original to the house and was in perfect condition so a new coat of paint was all that was needed, along with cleaning the brick surround. A new stone hearth replaced the dated polished slate.
PERSONALIZED TRADITIONAL LIVING
We replaced the crumbling plaster walls that dated back to the 1950s. Four-and-a-halfinch crown moldings were applied while the higher and wider base and door moldings add character to the space. The walls were originally painted a pale peach color that held such a high saturation value that it ate up all the light in the space; that color was replaced with a neutral ivory hue. This became the backdrop for what would be layered with pattern and color. As the home is north-facing, in order to maximize sunlight, we treated the windows with vintage-feel, botanical fabric panels in hues of blue, green, and mustard. Natural woven shades add texture; we chose them to allow sunlight to filter into the space yet provide much-needed privacy. Our color story continues with the existing sofa and loveseat. We reupholstered each piece in a soft, tactile fabric with saturated, vibrant blue and green hues. We recovered a beloved Lawsonstyle armchair with a graphic hand-blocked print. It was important to add handcrafted fabrics to this space; both designer and client value the workmanship involved in such fabrics. The pillows dotted about the space continue the theme of nature, and their hues complement the botanical pattern of the window treatments.
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PERSONALIZED TRADITIONAL LIVING
A gilded mirror was installed over the mantle is a nod to the traditional roots of this 1900s saltbox colonial. The horizontal-striped brown and cream custom wool rug was strategically laid to accentuate the length of this space. Two braided woven leather ottomans balance the client’s existing heirloom chest. They are light enough that they easily provide additional seating in a pinch. The story in this space continues with the artwork. Each piece of artwork holds a heartfelt meaning for this client. We reframed the sampler embroidered by our client when she was sixteen years old. The artist behind the paintings is the husband’s recently deceased mother. Each painting tells the story of her struggle with Alzheimer’s. The process of narrowing down each piece (there were about fifty to choose from) began with a conversation about how her style changed as her disease progressed; we arranged the photos based on her descriptions. The accessories in this room incorporate the owner’s love of all things vintage and handcrafted. The one-of-a-kind Bamileke wooden stool found at auction becomes a resting place where the owners can place a drink. As a finishing touch, the hand-carved mushrooms by the fireplace emphasize the artistry of handmade items.
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Interior designers Aleem Kassam and Phyllis Lui offer an expert forecast of top trends for the year ahead.
Written by Aleem Kassam and Phyllis Lui Interior design by Kalu Interiors Photography by Provoke Studios
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TRENDING AHEAD IN 2020
FINISHES, TEXTURES + PATTERNS
In 2019, we saw a massive surge in the number of finish and texture options in home decor products. Gone are the days of matching finishes. Mixed metals and a variety of textures used in one space have been trending and will continue to be a trend in the coming year. Pairing matte and gloss finishes in home decor is very on-trend, but with the industry leaning more toward matte finishes as the primary for the bulk of the items in the home. Matte black has never seen so much attention and will also continue to grow in popularity in 2020. Matte is the new black!
Dimensionally speaking, we believe consumers are also now looking for depth, variety, and interest in their spaces. We are excited to see new tactile woods, wallcoverings with complex textures, and retroinspired fabrics with heavy-woven attributes coming back into the now. These tactile textures are offering the consumer something new, in an updated and very current way.
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MATERIALS With a surge of new products and materials entering the industry almost daily, these trends are finding their way into our homes. On-trend designs are introducing a wide array of materials while also utilizing them in unexpected places, such as tile wall treatments in hallways, wallpaper in bathrooms, and paneled appliances we never thought would exist (stovetops with stone or veneer surrounds are a real thing, and they look beautiful). In 2020, designers will be taking more risks regarding the places we use materials and how we use them. Technology has allowed this vast array of materials to find their way into the most unusual of places. You can now find wood that would usually be used for floors showing up as veneers on wallcoverings, stone on plumbing, or even colored lacquers on our tubs.
COLOR When it comes to trending colors for 2020, think heritage and tradition, but then flip it on its head! Taking historically classic colors and reinvigorating them with brighter tones and hues, we see a vast array of greens, blues, oranges, reds, and yellows, ranging from herbal greens to burning bright reds, saffron yellows to navy blues, and orange peel to aquas. We’re looking for those familiar colors that bring steadiness and ease to our lives, but we’re injecting them with a sense of hope and future to merge both stability and creativity in the colors that will surround us in the coming year. We call these “Modern Color Classics.” These colors take the old and make it new again.
FASHION + DESIGN
When finding inspiration for homes—whether colors, patterns, or textures—we never need to look further than the runways of Paris or New York Fashion Week. With each informing the other, we will not only see the previously mentioned color palettes hit the runway and your hallway, but the patterns, textures, and scales will be brought to higher and more epic levels. From oversized accessories, patterns and motifs that are more substantial than ever, to unusual proportions, we’ll see these elements find their way into our homes. We’ll also see embellishments find their way from our bags to our home accessories. Expect to see unique hardware like buckles and clasps, and even glitzy adornments in unusual places, like on the handle of a faucet. We’re seeing the devil in the details, with savvier consumers on the horizon.
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FLOORING + TILES
When it comes to flooring, the heavy use of pattern and texture is very much on the horizon. Playing with a variety of textures and materials, we love these unexpected details like tiles with heavy linear texturing or patterning. With this trend, speckled terrazzo has made a comeback, and we couldn’t be happier. We are also seeing a variety of patterns, from art deco to ethnic Moroccan and Oriental designs. Mixing and matching these new styles, we’re excited to combine obscurity and interest in the future. In our carpets, we’re looking for more texture, in our hardwoods more variety—we’re seeking out the unique when it comes to finding our footing. Light and natural wood tones will also continue to live in our homes this coming year, paving the way for new scales and patterns such as chevrons and herringbones. Looking outside of the standard linear plank, we’ll seek broader options of installations on our floors at home. Bright and airy floors will dominate 2020, but with high contrast and punches of pattern.
As they have been and will continue to be, wallcoverings will be making their debut as bigger, bolder, and more fabulous versions. Oversized motifs, tropical-inspired vibes, and mural-like coverings (think paneled versus repeated) are very much in the moment. These wallcoverings take traditional murals or themes, enlarge them, treat them with a variety of metallic finishes or contemporary colors, and make them newer and cooler than anything we’ve ever seen before. We’re not only seeing variety in colors and patterns, but we’re also seeing wallcoverings in a variety of materials and textures. So gone are the days of your standard paper or woven coverings. We’re seeing the introduction of wood veneers— paneled and woven, vinyl coverings with dense texture, and 3D panels and tiles made of fabric, wood, and glass. With these strides in technology, we can expect our walls to be taken to new horizons with more possibilities than we’ve ever seen before.
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PLUMBING + LIGHTING + HARDWARE When it comes to metals in our plumbing, hardware, and lighting, we’re seeing the previously mentioned trends move to the forefront. Matte blacks and the continued trend of brass and golds are now offered in even more of a variety in champagne bronzes, English golds, and live brass. We’re also seeing these finishes offered in a variety of tones and textures. While introducing these new colors and finishes to our spaces, we’re also seeing them coexist, even in a single item. We’ve seen more unique options like a faucet with a matte black body and brass handles with knurled textures. We are now seeing more color and variety in finishes everywhere—even on our tubs and sinks.
Mixing metals is very now and will continue to be on trend tomorrow. Say goodbye to the days of matching your plumbing and hardware, because we now have chrome with matte black, brass with nickel, and even darker metal tones coming into play— black chrome, graphite nickel—and the list goes on. Even the new style of door hardware is taking notes from mixed materials with more versatile options and a mix of finishes, suiting both industrial and natural home interior designs. This includes door handles, entrance pull handles, sliding door hardware, kitchen cabinet handles, and a wide range of door accessories. Notably, knurled textures are at the top of the list when it comes to texture treatment, now finding their way into all three categories of plumbing, lighting, hardware, and even appliances. With all this mixing of tones and colors, the texture itself being offered in all the categories is allowing designers and consumers to provide a cohesive element in their spaces through the continuity of texture.
APPLIANCES + TECHNOLOGY
From matte black to new color options on appliance faces and new paneled varieties, appliance manufacturers are finally catching up to the demands of interior designers and consumers alike. Integrating appliances into our kitchens with a “softer hand,” allowing them to more deeply integrate themselves into our spaces, or perhaps stand out more, like pieces of furniture, technology has undoubtedly had its hand in bringing our home appliances into the twenty-first century. With digital controls becoming more central in our appliances, we’re seeing less and less of the oldtimey knob and buttons, while also allowing appliances to integrate further and deeper into our cabinets, reducing the presence of stainless faces and allowing more areas of them to be paneled or integrated. We’re also splitting and defining our appliances’ purposes. From refrigeration to freezing columns, from ovens to steamers, to lower and upper refrigeration that divides food from beverages, the options are becoming endless. Appliance makers are also allowing appliances to live cohesively in our homes with the introduction of gloss or matte black finishes, mixed metals such as stainless and brass, and of course, knurled details to coordinate them with our cabinet hardware. We’re finally dressing up the element of our homes that felt so industrial and naked for so many years. From the inside out, our appliances are not only looking sexier but are offering more features than we ever thought possible. With integrated LCD screens, Bluetooth technology, and even integrated app functionality, we can now interact with our appliances from near or far. Our countertop appliances—from colorful mixing bowls to toasters and coffee machines in brasses or golds—are also taking a fashion-forward leap.
HELP! I SPILLED RED WINE.
It’s one of a homeowner’s most-feared stains. The thought of spilling red wine on carpet has been causing stress since the beginning of time. But make no mistake: the intimidating stain can be tackled if the correct steps are taken in a timely fashion. So sit back, pour yourself a glass of your favorite variety, and sip without worry, because you have Stain First Aid on your side.
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Here’s what you’ll need on hand to make sure you’re prepared for an accidental spill: • • • • • •
Clear dishwashing detergent White vinegar White towels Warm water Sponge Books
CLEANING STEPS 1.
Create your cleaning solution: Detergent: Mix ½ teaspoon clear dishwashing detergent with one cup of warm (not hot) water
Blot up excess spill.
Apply cleaning solution using a damp towel and leave 3-5 minutes.
Blot, don’t rub.
Apply undiluted white vinegar using a damp towel.
Blot, don’t rub.
Apply water with a damp sponge.
Finish by weighing down a half-inch thick pad of white paper towels with books to absorb all the moisture. Leave overnight if necessary.
Note: Not all carpet fibers react the same way when treated for stains. Before proceeding with any of the preceding cleaning procedures, we recommend you contact the appropriate fiber company for their suggested maintenance guidelines. Failure to follow these carpet stain removal guidelines may void your warranty. For more information, please contact your Carpet One Floor & Home retailer.
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FLOORING 101 CARPET ONE FLOOR & HOME HAS THE WIDEST SELECTION OF COLORS AND STYLES AVAILABLE TO FIT YOUR SPECIFIC FLOORING NEEDS. BUT BEFORE YOU CHOOSE, HERE ARE SOME BASIC GUIDELINES FOR DETERMINING WHICH FLOORING OPTION IS RIGHT FOR YOU.
Carpet is a great choice for almost any room in your home because of its warmth and comforting and quiet qualities. With todayâ€™s advanced flooring technologies, carpet is softer, stronger, and more stain resistant than ever before. Carpet comes in a variety of colors, patterns, and styles and is a key design element for your room remodel.
Hardwood flooring has beauty, strength, and character, along with options for every look. From smooth, glossy, traditional strips to wide, weathered planks, hardwood creates a beautiful backdrop for any room. Todayâ€™s hardwood floors are also milled and finished using techniques that require much lower maintenance than in years past.
Vinyl flooring offers an elegant appearance and an enduring value. Modern, cuttingedge technologies and digital design make natural-looking textures and great visual depth possible. Luxury vinyl tile is one of the newest, most popular flooring choices today, offering trendy finishes that closely resemble wood, tile and stone.
TILE Both timeless and trendy, tile can complement any style, ranging from traditional to contemporary. Tile is available in a wide variety of colors, patterns and sizes, allowing for creativity in design. The flooring also resists most spills and is a great option for moisture-prone areas such as kitchens, bathrooms and foyers.
Laminate flooring offers the look of hardwood, tile or stone at a more affordable price point. The unique construction of laminate flooring makes the product highly durable and water resistant and therefore a great candidate for high-traffic and moisture-prone areas.
AREA RUGS Area rugs make a wonderful addition to hard surface flooring, adding a level of protection, along with increased warmth and comfort. Available in a wide variety of colors, designs, and sizes, area rugs can play a major role in a roomâ€™s dĂŠcor.
CONTRIBUTORS BRENDA THOMPSON
Owner and lead designer of HouseLift Design, Brenda Thompson is passionate about helping people love the home they live in through beautiful, functional designs. Known for her warm and inviting style, the Marietta, Georgia-based designer has been featured on HGTV as well as various design publications including Architectural Digest.
Terri Fiori is the principal designer of Fiori Interior Design (FID), a fullservice boutique interior design firm in Wyckoff, NJ that creates beautiful wellness environments. Their mission is to transform their clients’ homes into uplifting places—where everyone, regardless of their age—functions at their highest level. As a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS), Terri and the FID team love designing for multigenerational households and empty nesters.
Fiori Interior Design
PHYLLIS LUI & ALEEM KASSAM Kalu Interiors
Award-winning interior designers Phyllis Lui and Aleem Kassam are the principal designer duo for Kalu Interiors. For more than a decade, this Vancouver-based design firm has become known for focusing on creating thoughtfully curated interiors that enhance and inspire how you live. The firm provides bespoke design services for clientele throughout Canada.
EVELYN ESHUN Evelyn Eshun Design
Accredited interior designer Evelyn Eshun is the principal of Evelyn Eshun Design, a full-service design and decorating company that has been serving the Greater Toronto Area for nearly two decades. With a concentration on custom-designed residential projects, the award-winning designer is known for creating timeless interiors that reflect the client’s aesthetic and lifestyle needs. Evelyn is also a regular contributor to local and national design publications.
REBECCA HAY Rebecca Hay Designs
Principal of Rebecca Hay Designs, Rebecca is known and celebrated for her work and appearances on various acclaimed HGTV shows. With a focus on quality and craftsmanship, Rebecca and her team design beautiful, functional spaces, creating a signature blend of traditional and contemporary interiors.
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