Many of our modern materials have been lucky accidents and laminate is no exception. In the early 1900s, Formica became a brand while searching for a new insulation for wiring. Layers of paper were tightly pressed together, i.e., laminated, to form thin, rigid sheets that were then adhered to a wood substrate. By the late 1920s, new printing techniques provided a way to print texture and colors onto the laminates.
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While gazing into my 2020 design trends crystal ball, I definitely did not see this coming! Warm woods, natural materials, and interesting lighting being used in interiors, yes. Meeting with clients virtually rather than physically in their homes, nope.
Fortunately, thanks to virtual technology, I can work remotely on your interior design projects. Planning and design are key elements in any renovation. Listening to your goals and understanding how you use your space helps me to design a space that works best for you and your family. While we are all safe at home realizing all the ways our spaces could be improved, it’s a good time to move forward on those long-imagined projects.
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Textures. Patterns. Colors. Shapes. These are some of the essential components that go into creating an interesting living space. What brings all of those elements together? Fabric. The fabric I love working with is linen. This natural fiber has great texture. It’s not sheer, but it allows light to filter through. Linen holds color in a way that other fabrics do not. I love the way linen looks and feels – in drapery, clothing, and bedding.
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New state-of-the-art stainless steel appliances from SubZero and Wolf became the springboard for introducing contemporary elements to an existing traditional West Newton kitchen. When my client’s refrigerator and dishwasher needed replacing, she seized the opportunity to make some transformative changes to her kitchen – adding a 48″ SubZero Pro refrigerator freezer with a glass insert in the door, a Wolf range, steam oven and warming drawer – all with stainless steel fronts to add some fresh, contemporary elements. Continue reading “True as Steel: Stainless Elements Contrast with Traditional”
Old bathrooms, especially master baths, present some of the most challenging space puzzles. Think of fixture placement, storage and counter expanse, and circulation in and out of the bathroom. Sometimes the solution for designing a functional bathroom is to take space from an adjoining closet or bedroom. Often it means taking away a doorway or moving fixtures to a better location to create a dream bath for a client.
Here is how we repurposed the space within the same footprint in a Newton bathroom, just by creating a new layout.
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