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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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Gotta Love Glass!!

I’m loving this product!

In my never-ending quest for sustainable products, I discovered this gem of a company!

If you’re looking for a sustainable yet gorgeous alternative for your durable surfaces, Look no further!!  Icestone is a fabulous product made here in the U.S.!  It is made from 100% recycled glass and comes in more than two dozen  different colors!  This company is one of 20 worldwide to receive  Cradle to Cradle Gold Certification, a very prestigious award meaning their product has no V.O.C.s,  and it can be re-purposed or fully recycled at the end of its usefulness. They are also NSF51 certified which means they are dedicated to creating healthy products!

Check out some of  their colors!

Or visit their website www.icestone.biz to view their design portfolio.

Not only is Icestone completely sustainable, carcinogen-free and gorgeous, but it is extremely durable!!

Use Icestone for:

  • kitchen countertops
  • bathroom vanities
  • shower walls
  • tabletops and bartops
  • fireplace surrounds
  • flooring

I’m sold!

Sophia LaMarca CID

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A Passion for Chairs

Sophia La Marca

Okay, remember how I said I had a few weaknesses?  Here is weakness number two!  Chairs!! I love them!  A fabulous chair will stop me dead in my tracks every time!  Chairs can add so much personality to a room!  Yes, they can be functional too, yawn… but I’ve got a trade secret for you.   A great chair can even make a room look fabulous when it doesn’t go with everything else!

Check these out!

Contact us for more info on any of these beautiful chairs!

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Lamps, Pendants, and Sconces “Oh My!”

Okay, I admit it, I have a weakness!  Alright, I have more than one, but in this case it is for light fixtures… I can’t resist a beautiful lamp!  There is just something about a cool light fixture that can really make a statement in a room!  Obviously, with a great lamp you gain the moody effects of the ambient lighting , but there are also so many different shapes, colors and styles to choose from!

Check out a few of my favorites!

Calais Chandelier Black

Silver Plated Wall Sconce

Tuxedo Chandelier

Chrome w/ White Ceramic Table Lamp

Silver Plated w/Eidolon Krystal Glass Table Lamp

Boulevard Chandelier

Chocolate Chrome w/ Brass Table Lamp

Brushed Nickle w/ Red Glass Table Lamp

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For more information on any of these fabulous fixtures feel free to contact me!

Sophia LaMarca

CID

(Owner/ Designer)

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