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KITCHEN TRENDS

Sophia La Marca

Sophia La Marca

Ahh the kitchen…. Our favorite room in the home! And why wouldn’t it be? It’s where we gather with our families and friends, where we indulge in all kinds of culinary creations! It’s where the conversation and laughter happens, and it’s where memories are made. The kitchen is most definitely the heart of the home!

Because of this, we need the kitchen to convenient and effortless. We need it to flow so that people can move freely as they perform various tasks, we need it to be open so that we can gather in a relaxed and casual way, and we need it to be warm and inviting!

So what are the latest trends that help us to accomplish all of our desires for that perfect kitchen?

This year we are seeing neutral finishes in cabinetry, counter tops and flooring. Clean, modern designs are big with warm touches pulled from nature. Natural elements still play a big role in design as the eco-conscious trend continues. Whites, off whites and grays take center stage in cabinetry, and the beauty and simplicity of natural quartz counter tops have become a favorite of designers! Warmer hardware works well with this trend as we are seeing more iron, copper and brass. Wood flooring or new “wood look” porcelain tile are big, as well as natural stone to keep the look warm and inviting! Built in and concealed appliances are essential in keeping the kitchen clean and uncluttered!

Here are some of my favorite kitchens this year!

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“Natural stone look” laminate is a great affordable option for counter tops! by Wilsonart

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Love this natural kitchen with reclaimed wood cabinetry and floors, and stainless island counter top!

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Up the” Wow” factor! Try dual apron front sinks flanked with beautiful sconces! Gorgeous!!

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A corner sink can work well for that hard to use space!

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These industrial light pendants really punch up this island!

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Black counter tops are still on trend in a white kitchen warmed up with wood flooring! Beautiful!

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Vintage hardware takes center stage in this fabulous kitchen!

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Glass doors on the cabinetry really open up this smaller kitchen!

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Gray cabinetry is a huge trend this year! Love it!

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A perfect blend of tile work, fabrics and hardware in this gorgeous traditional kitchen!

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Painted mullions – A great way to infuse color into your white kitchen!!

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Love the full mosaic tiled walls!

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Splurge on great fixtures to really make an impression!

Large islands create a gathering space for conversation, food prep or simply mingling!

Large islands create a gathering space for conversation, food prep or simply mingling!

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COASTAL CALM

Sophia La Marca

Sophia La Marca

I will admit I am a sucker for all things coastal! Since I live by the sea I tend to gravitate toward design elements inspired by the sea! It’s only natural, right?

Soft linens, light colored woods, colors which hint of the sun, sea and sand… Ahhh, I can feel the waves washing over my toes!

I know, I know, coastal inspired design is soooo overdone, but I have yet to encounter a single person who doesn’t appreciate and instantly relax in a well designed coastal inspired room and  it will never go out of style! So please bear with me and my self indulgence as I share some of my latest finds.

Keep it simple and sophisticated!

  • Keep it organic by incorporating reclaimed woods, metals like zinc, and glass in your furnishings
  • Think about using Limestone or Quartz for countertops
  • Utilize natural linens and cottons for window treatment and upholstery fabrics. I prefer to keep the main fabrics soft in whites and creams and accent with colorful pillows and a custom chair or two in great print! A couple of slip covered pieces will add to the relaxed atmosphere!
  • Search for interesting artwork in bright colors inspired by the sea, sun and sand or perhaps find a local photographer who specializes in black and white images of your coastal town and have them framed in driftwood frames!
  • Keep walls soft: Some favorite paint colors are Dunn Edwards Riverbed and Your Bluff, Sherwin Williams Jogging Path and Sandbar; Also consider covering the walls in a grasscloth.
  • Find interesting light fixtures in clear or vintage glass, reclaimed metals or woods.
  • Reclaimed oak wood floors are beautiful, Throw down area rugs in a colorful flat weave or a natural jute, sea grass or sisal.
  • Accessorize with vintage glass, natural wood or rock elements and coastal plants
  • Keep it clean and uncluttered!

 

Now breathe in that salty air, kick back, relax and enjoy!

Branch out with Agates and twisted woods!

Bring the outdoors in with twisted woods and Agate!

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Perfect Harmony!

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Assortment of vintage glass jars in colors from the sea!

Round Oak tables! Clean and sturdy!

Round Oak tables! Clean and sturdy!

Bring in some color with this nature inspired artwork!

Bring in some color with this nature inspired artwork!

Succulents in a Shell!

Shell planter filled with succulents!

 

 

Reclaimed Oak Stool! Love it!

Reclaimed Oak Stool!
Love it!

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Reclaimed Wood Square Dining Table!

Reclaimed Wood Square Dining Table!

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Whale Pillow, Adorable!

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Framed Sea Fan, classic and elegant!

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Love this mirror!

 

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Framed Sea Fan in Blue!

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Love these terrariums!

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Wild about Wallcoverings!

 

 

Need a new look for your interior, but tired of the plain old painted walls?  Express yourself and kick it up a notch with

wallpaper!!

Today’s papers are much different than what we saw even just ten years ago.  They are meant to really make a statement with bold, eclectic patterns and textures!

Check out some of my favorites! GB56550-1

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The design strategies are endless!

There are textures that mimic wood grains, brick, cork, metals even crocodile!

Use  wallpaper on the ceiling or try a paintable paper for that truly custom look!

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Call for a personal consult and I will help you express your personal style with wallpaper!

Sophia LaMarca CID

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How to bring Spring into your home!

Each year around this time as I wander through the neighborhoods, I am newly amazed and inspired by the beautiful colors around me!  Color has such a profound effect on our moods, our energy levels, our motivation levels!  It’s the same every spring, yet the feeling I get always seems new!  That is when I get the urge (and many of us do) to infuse my home with fresh spring colors!

Bright green, Tomato Red, Citrus Orange, Lemon Yellow, and Creamy White…..

It’s so easy to do!  A quick coat of paint, an assortment of throw pillows in bright colors, a new bedspread, colorful artwork, or fresh blooms on the mantle!  These are all easy and affordable ways to infuse your home with color and energy!

But don’t stop there!!  Carry the feeling through to your patio or veranda by adding fresh blooms to your flower pots, tossing a few throw pillows on your patio chairs or hanging outdoor drapes from your patio deck which complement your interior decor!  Consider adding a splash of bright color with a shade umbrella in one of Sunbrella’s many beautiful colors!  Sunbrella makes some truly amazing fabrics in beautiful colors and patterns.  You might even consider using an outdoor fabric (super durable and easy to keep clean) on interior upholstery in rooms that get a lot of sun.

So, go ahead!  Infuse your home with lovely, energizing spring!

Sophia LaMarca C.I.D. Owner/ Designer

 

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