Trending Now: Organic Shaped Bathroom Hardware

Most artists pay homage to nature as their ultimate design influence and inspiration source. As a lover of all things originating in nature; organic shapes, textures and patterns always excite my spirit. These attributes are the core of this new collection of bathroom hardware grabbed that brings the outside in with elegance and simplicity.

These knobs follow the form of smooth and etched rocks as well geometric shaped rough gemstones.  The collections come in two versatile finishes, burnished brass or nickel, to accommodate contemporary tastes.  If this is you,  visit Waterworks for more information.

 

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Images ©Waterworks, Petra and Isla Collections respectively.

A Summer Superfood Indulgence

Summer heat seems to increase our appetite for treats such as ice cream, yogurt and other sometime unhealthy tastes.  I am a proponent of eating food that both fuels and nourishes you with as much guilt-free, satisfying taste.  If you share this philosophy, then you probably consume superfoods often.  Superfoods are nutritionally dense foods that include some nuts, fruit and meat.

Recently, I stumbled upon the following really easy recipe for a delicious and exquisitely beautiful summer superfood treat:

~Crack open a few coconuts into halves with a hammer.

~Freeze them while you prepare the ingredients.

~Select from a range of toppings. This recipe has  chai seeds, strawberries, kiwi,  homemade granola, hemp seeds and coconut flakes.

~Sprinkle edible flowers as a finish.

~Dig in with a spoon.

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All images © Amazebowls and DesignLoveFest. Recipe from Amazebowls.

Modern + Sustainable Wood Floors

Floors establish the comfort, functionality and style in a space. They can serve as the unifying back drop or the focal point of a room. Ultimately, we desire our floors to look beautiful, feel comfortable and perform for the long-term.

Over the past few years, the flooring industry has expanded past tile and carpet to manufacture hybrid options such as tiles that look like wood along with a new generation of laminated wood. These new designs underscore consumers appetite for wood flooring options. The trajectory for wood flooring is moving to more advanced and authentic manufactured hardwood floors to salvaged century-old barn wood. There are two flooring companies specializing in wood products that have caught my interest. Their artisan-designed wood floors answer consumer’s thirst for premium aesthetically pleasing styles with long-term performance and made with a sustainable core.

One collection is by a US-based company that manufactures engineered tongue-in-groove hardware with a natural oil finish; a finish that becomes more beautiful over time. These FSC®-Certified hardwood floors are available in a variety of sizes with proprietary stains. Cork and bamboo options are also options. These narrow to wide planks are applicable for both floor and wall installations in residential and commercial spaces.  If you need a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) solution, you can receive points with this flooring.

My second recent favorite is from Canada via Belgium. Salvaged barn wood is refinished in a variety of colors and styles, including their absolutely elegant metallic finishes such as the one in gold below. Their wood contains all the beauty and charm of aged wood that is applicable for modern to traditional design and construction.

If your home needs a flooring update and you want to explore the styles and options available to you, just reach out here. We can discuss how these gorgeous floors with timeless appeal and modern performance can work for you.

 

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Photographs from top, left and right: natural oil-finished Whitehall flooring, Bamboo Tavern Strip, Travertine Cork, salvaged woods and metallic wood (c).