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The Baltimore-Washington Chapter of the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), in partnership with Home & Design magazine, invites you to enter the annual Kitchen & Bath Design Awards competition. These awards recognize work by the finest kitchen and bath design professionals in Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia. Award-winning projects will appear in Home & Design’s Summer 2023 issue.

Deadline for submissions: November 18, 2022

Entry Submission
The entry submission process is completely online. To begin, click on the link below to access the awards portal. If you already have an Award Force account, you can use your existing login. If you are new to Award Force, please create a free account.

NKBA membership is not a requirement for participation in the Kitchen & Bath Design Awards competition.

  • NKBA Member = $50 per entry
  • Non-member = $100 per entry
  • No fee for Students

Winner and Special Merit honors will be awarded in each category unless judges deem an award is not merited.

  • Kitchen & Bath Entry Categories
  • Small Kitchens (under 18 linear feet of countertop)
  • Medium Kitchens (18.1 to 25 linear feet of countertop)
  • Large Kitchens (more than 25 linear feet of countertop)
  • Outdoor Kitchens
  • Best Student Design (kitchen or bath category)
  • Specialty Rooms (spaces containing elements of kitchen and bath design such as pool houses, mudrooms and entertainment centers with bars and cabinetry)
  • Budget-Friendly Kitchens (under $50k)
  • Small Baths & Powder Rooms (under 50 square feet)
  • Medium Baths (51-71 square feet)
  • Large Baths (over 71 square feet)
  • Budget-Friendly Baths (under $25k)
  • Best Before & After (kitchen or bath category)

Click here to see more information or to begin your entry.

Support
Please contact Jerry Parks at [email protected] with any questions regarding the entry process.

“My number-one trick is combining high and low contrasting materials to create drama. I love a dark wall with a limestone surround to make the
fireplace stand out.”

—Bonnie Ammon, Bonnie Ammon Interiors


“If the budget allows us to change out the fireplace mantel, we like to use natural stone of all kinds. For an existing wood mantel, we might change the surround tile and hearth materials. Sometimes a fireplace can become a star with only paint and a great piece of artwork or a mirror hanging above it.”

—Jason Claire, Interior Matter


“We love a classic fireplace with paneling and painted moldings. White paint is always a good choice, but we also love using an unexpected color. Styling the mantel with sophisticated accents and a whimsical touch helps complete the look.”

—Jamie Merida, Jamie Merida Interiors

PHOTO: Stylish Productions


“There are lots of ways to accentuate a fireplace: paint, architectural details, stone, mantel details and more. As the fireplace is typically the centerpiece of the room, I try to make it a superstar.”

—Laura Fox, Laura Fox Interior Design, LLC


“Don’t just focus on the fireplace; incorporating the whole wall into the fireplace design will draw the eye and create a focal point. Full bed stone, marble slabs and mother-of-pearl mosaic tile are my favorite materials for fireplace surrounds. I love a hand-hewn timber floating mantel or painted wood with brackets on paneling—or no mantel at all when you are going sleek and modern.”

—Cathy Purple Cherry, AIA, LEED AP, CAS, Purple Cherry Architects


Barbara Hawthorn, Barbara Hawthorn Interiors

 

PHOTO: Kenneth M. Wyner Photography


Melanie Whittington, Whittington Design Studio

 

PHOTO: Helen Norman


Laura Hildebrandt, Interiors by LH

 

PHOTO: Angela Newton Roy Photography


Joyce Pearl, Interior Concepts, Inc.

 

PHOTO: Geoffrey Hodgdon Photography


Josh Hildreth, Josh Hildreth Interiors


 

Sponsored by the MBIA, this annual awards program honors architecture, construction and remodeling projects in the greater Washington, DC, area. A full list of 2022 winners follows, along with photos of a number of award-winning projects.

Custom Contemporary Home
  • from 4,000-4,500 square feet
    GOLD—Elie Ben Architecture, LLC; Builder: Castlewood Builders
  • from 6,000-6,999 square feet
    GOLD—Sandy Spring Builders, LLC; Architect: GTM Architects
Custom Traditional Home
  • from 4,000-4,999 square feet
    GOLD—Claude C. Lapp Architects, LLC; Builder: AIP Builders, LLC
    GOLD—Studio Z Design Concepts, LLC; Builder: Lock 7 Development, LLC
  • from 6,000-6,999 square feet
    GOLD—Castlewood Consulting, LLC; Architect: Raoul Lissabet Architect, AIA, LLC
  • from 7,000-7,999 square feet
    GOLD—The Block Builders Group; Architect: GTM Architect
    SILVER—Castlewood Consulting, LLC
  • from 8,000-8,999 square feet
    GOLD—Sandy Spring Builders, LLC; Architects: GTM Architects/ColePrevost
  • from 9,000-9,999 square feet
    GOLD—Studio Z Design Concepts, LLC; Builder: Sandy Spring Builders
  • greater than 10,000 square feet
    GOLD—Studio Z Design Concepts, LLC; Builder: PCS, Inc.
Custom Accessory Structure
  • GOLD—Jeffco Development; Architect: GTM Architects
Other Category—Marriage of Styles
  • GOLD—Castlewood Consulting, LLC
Renovation
  • from 1,000-1,999 square feet
    GOLD—Castlewood Consulting, LLC
  • from 3,000-3,999 square feet
    GOLD—Cabin John Builders; Architect: Colleen Healey Architecture
    SILVER—Elie Ben Architecture, LLC
  • from 6,000-6,999 square feet
    GOLD—Sandy Spring Builders, LLC; Architect: GTM Architects
  • from 9,000-9,999 square feet
    GOLD—Studio Z Design Concepts, LLC; Builder: O’Neill Development
  • greater than 10,000 square feet
    GOLD—Francis Development
Speculative Home
  • from 3,000-3,999 square feet
    GOLD—Francis Development
  • from 5,000-5,999 square feet
    GOLD—Mid-Atlantic Custom Builders
  • from 6,000-6,999 square feet
    GOLD—Laurence Cafritz Builders; Architect: Studio Z Design Concepts, LLC GOLD— Foxhall Homes; Architect: GTM Architects
  • from 7,000-7,999 square feet
    GOLD—Claude C. Lapp Architects, LLC; Builder: Rollingwood Builders
    GOLD—Mid-Atlantic Custom Builders

FAR EAST  Textile designer Lisa Fine is drawn to patterns that conjure India’s rich colors and delicate botanical motifs. Her latest collection speaks to that inspiration with Zahra, a floral print on a cotton-linen blend that comes in five colorways; Madder Red/Teal is pictured. lisafine.com

PILLOW TALK  Ann Gish, maker of elegant bedding and decorative pillows, has created Majorelle, named for a botanical garden in Marrakech. The line of embroidered linens depicts arboreal motifs in lush green hues. Find at Rue IV in the Washington Design Center. anngish.com; ruefour.com

LAP OF LUXURY  Clarke & Clarke’s Botanical Wonders collection is ripe with floral and botanical motifs emblazoned on sumptuous jacquards, embroidered velvets, linens and linen-cotton blends. A sofa in Waterlily linen is pictured with lavish pillows from the line. Find at Kravet in the Washington Design Center. kravet.com

VIVA ITALIA  La Vita Giardino, a collection of performance fabrics by interior designer Alessandra Branca of Casa Branca, celebrates decorative motifs prevalent in her native Italy. The four reversible patterns and single solid are weather-, stain- and fade-resistant and come in four colorways; Giardino Nero is pictured. casabranca.com

WORLD’S END  Ancient cave paintings depicting the flora and fauna of Central American rainforests inspired The Vale London’s Mighty Jungle. Printed on cotton in four colorways (Midnight is pictured), the pattern is part of the World’s End Collection, available at Rue IV. thevalelondon.co.uk; ruefour.com

FRESH FIELD  Interior and fabric designer Mally Skok has teamed with Stout Textiles on the Capricorn collection, a line of six cheerful, colorful florals, ikats and suzanis conceived and handpainted by Skok. The fabrics come in 100-percent cotton and linen-cotton blends. estout.com

TERRA FIRMA  Virginia designer Lauren Liess’ Habitat Collection for Architessa includes the Terra series of terracotta tile, handmade and hand-painted in the U.S. Patterns range from florals and botanicals to Infinity Square (pictured), a geometric interplay that creates undulating diamonds on the wall. architessa.com

 

ORGANIC OEUVRE  Exmore, Virginia-based New Ravenna celebrates nature with a new mosaic collection called Biome. Organized by ecosystem—tundra, aquatic, forest, grassland and desert—the line includes artful motifs in a range of finishes and textures, from polished to honed, tumbled and pillowed tile. Pictured: Amaranth from the forest series. newravenna.com

HANG FIRE  Handcrafted in Portugal, Theia’s earthenware tiles are pressed, fired and painted according to centuries-old techniques. The company’s collections range from classic to cutting-edge contemporary. Gaudí, a rosette design based on crocheted blankets, comes in 26 colorways, including yellow sun (pictured). theiatiles.com

MOORISH STYLE  Walker Zanger’s Andalucia Collection evokes traditional Moorish architecture with arabesques, filigree-like details and other classical motifs. Handmade in the company’s Mexico factory, the glazed-terracotta line features Fez—a floral design rendered in hexagonal forms. Available in five hues, from Blanco Matte (pictured) to Azure. walkerzanger.com

CAFÉ COOL  Conceived by Ini Archibong for Knoll, the Archibong Collection of bistro tables and chairs channels a light, feminine spirit via a slender profile. The round and square tables complement side and armchairs in a selection of bold and neutral hues. knoll.com

CLASSIC FORM  Handcrafted in Richmond of high-performance aluminum, the Virginia Bench with X Back by McKinnon and Harris brings classic form to the garden with its gently curved arms and tapered legs. Find in two-, three- and four-seat versions, with or without cushions; a range of powder-coated finishes is available. mckinnonharris.com

FINISHING TOUCH  Ethimo teamed with Spanish design brand Studiopepe to create Bulbi, a line of six concrete planters in a range of sizes and geometric shapes perfect for mixing and matching. The vessels’ rough surfaces and earth tones conjure a connection with nature that inspired the collection’s name. ethimo.com/en/collection/bulbi

COCKTAIL TIME  Dometic MoBar 300 S, a mobile beverage bar, carries the party outdoors with a single-zone refrigerator; a roto-molded basket that keeps drinks cold; and dry storage for napkins and accessories. Constructed with professional-grade stainless-steel; larger and smaller models are also available. dometic.com/mobar

FRESH FABRIC  The Serena Dugan outdoor collection features five of the textile designer’s signature patterns, updated with new performance fabric and a fresh, vibrant color palette. Bahia, a palm leaf design inspired by the lush foliage of Brazil, is pictured in the Ivy colorway, one of three. serenadugan.com

SOFT SELL  Nicoya, an outdoor fabric collection by Romo, embraces soft, textural wovens and solution-dyed acrylic velvets that are durable and colorfast. Twelve designs range from geometrics and stripes to colorful, small-scale patterns, houndstooth and tapestry-style motifs, all in a wide choice of colorways. Find at the Washington Design Center. romo.com

GAME DAY  The weather-resistant Tangent Pool Table from JANUS et Cie boasts a powder-coated-steel frame on iroko-wood legs with a playing surface of solution-dyed acrylic made to withstand an exterior setting. A Tangent Cue Rack of the same materials is also available; both can be finished in black or white. janusetcie.com

PIPE DREAM  René, a line of door and cabinet hardware by Maison Vervloet, was born when designer Jean-François D’Or noted that his tobacco pipe would make an excellent shape for a door lever. His clean-lined collection is made of solid brass and aluminum; a handle and key escutcheon in a blue anodized-aluminum finish are pictured. vervloet.com

HANDLE WITH CARE  Ashley Norton architectural hardware, handcrafted of solid bronze and brass, includes interior and entry handle sets and cabinet and appliance knobs and pulls. Pictured: an assortment of brass entry-door hardware finished in hand-brushed Burnished Brass—a recent addition to the company’s finish options. ashleynorton.com

HIGH PERFORMANCE  Andersen Windows & Doors recently improved the performance of its A-Series windows—part of the brand’s Architectural Collection.
The new PG Upgrade option gives the windows a PG70 performance rating, thanks to hidden structural reinforcements that don’t affect their aesthetic. andersenwindows.com

DOOR PRIZE  The Masonite Performance Door System seals fiberglass exterior doors against water and air with a number of design enhancements: square edges for a seamless fit; a self-adjusting sill that prevents leaks; and weatherstripping and corner pads to fill gaps. Three new Shaker-style panel designs are available. masonite.com

WOOD LOOK  Jeld-Wen’s Auraline True Composite windows and doors are made from a wood-fiber-and-synthetic-polymer composite that delivers a high-end look for less. Low-maintenance, scratch-resistant windows and patio doors are energy-efficient and require no paint; they come in a range of operating types, finishes and hardware. jeld-wen.com

SCULPTURAL FORM  Rocky Mountain Hardware teamed up with Robert A.M. Stern Architects to create Oasis, a hardware collection showcasing organic shapes in solid-bronze door and cabinet knobs, pulls and levers. Pictured: the Raleigh door lever in polished White Bronze, one of 12 available finishes. rockymountainhardware.com

LIGHT SHOW  Marvin’s smart, operable Awaken Skylight is the first skylight to offer supplemental lighting. Adjustable LEDs can be set to mimic natural conditions throughout the day. The windows can be opened on all sides; hidden perimeter screens keep out no-see-ums and debris. And they’re controlled by an app or smart-home device. marvin.com

ON ROTATION  The sleek VPivot door by Italian brand Viva rotates open on hidden pins, seamlessly integrating with the wall when closed. Doors—made of oak or Canaletto walnut—can measure more than 16 feet in height and six-and-a-half feet in width; find in multiple matte and glossy finishes. vivaporte.com/en

 

NATURAL BEAUTY  CALI’s GeoWood flooring fortifies a layer of real bamboo or hardwood with a limestone-composite foundation, which makes the product water-resistant and easy to install. Manufactured with sustainably harvested species, the floors have ultra-low VOC ratings. The full line includes four bamboo and nine hardwood finishes; Capistrano Oak is pictured. calibamboo.com

ITALIAN STYLE  Laurelhurst, a new porcelain collection by Ann Sacks, brings seamless elegance to indoor and outdoor installations. One of the line’s five patterns, Peggy Glossy (pictured) pays homage to classic terrazzo; its 24-by-48-inch tiles feature round and chunky stones in a field of black. annsacks.com

CEMENT THE DEAL  Sartoria’s Decorata cement-tile collection casts timeless motifs in a modern light. Made in Italy, the line includes a dozen designs in matte finishes and neutral palettes featuring soft punches of color. Also suitable for walls and outdoor installation. Pictured: Decorata 08 in Grigio. sartoria.design

STONE AGE  Made in Italy, Ceramiche Refin’s Prestigio Travertino porcelain surfaces boast veining and tonal variations that mimic the look of natural stone. Find in decorative mosaics and large slabs that can be used indoors and out; the tile comes in Beige (pictured), Bianco and Grigio. refin-ceramic-tiles.com

SMOOTH MOVE  DuChateau’s Vernal engineered-hardwood collection presents smooth, clean surfaces with minimal knots and cracks. Made of European oak, the line includes seven finishes, from American Walnut to Bois Fumé and White Patina (pictured). duchateau.com

GEOMETRY AFOOT  Inspired by hand-selected floorboards from an old railway station in the Scottish Highlands, Karndean’s Korlok Select vinyl flooring approximates the subtleties of wood grain. Among several colorways is Texas White Ash (pictured), which boasts a stylish herringbone pattern. karndean.com

HAPPY FEET  The Tender ceramic-tile collection by Spanish maker Cevica lights up any room. These ceramic tiles—either as solid shades or in playful graphic patterns—run the spectrum from colorful turquoise, ochre and sky blue to edgy black and white, offering endless design combinations. cevica.es/en

CUTTING EDGE Architessa’s Metal Matrix porcelain line imparts sleek iridescence. The collection’s mosaic, brick and large-slab tiles deliver an array of installation options. Six hues range from Platinum (pictured) to Graphite. Made with 12-percent pre-consumer recycled content. architessa.com

TOUCH OF WHIMSY  The Pyppe collection by Utu Lamps imparts an Art Deco sensibility to pendants, chandeliers, sconces and more. A tube of lacquered metal links to a travertine cylinder via a polished or satin metal arm. Find in
17 colorful hues; the Pyppe Single II pendant is pictured. utulamps.com

WARM GLOW  Get that fall feeling with the Autumn Light Pendant from Holly Hunt, part of a collaboration with JMW Studio, a Paris-based glassblowing atelier. The free-blown glass sculptures feature a tonal filigree that conjures the warm glow of the season through opaque glass. Find in a range of sizes and shapes. hollyhunt.com

OVER THE MOON  Canadian lighting and furniture studio hollis + morris draws inspiration from the night sky with The Ellipse. Cradled in a trio of metal frames, three frosted-acrylic disks lined with LEDs are angled to resemble the phases of the moon. Available as a pendant or floor lamp (pictured). hollisandmorris.com

SCULPTURAL EFFECT  The Meridian Pendant by Arteriors mimics the movement of a mobile sculpture. Discs of seedy slump glass are suspended from a mount of antique-brass iron. The discs, which encase LED rings, pivot so users can direct light as desired. arteriorshome.com

 

NORDIC NOTE  With matte-white metal shades and beechwood accents, Spanish lighting brand Mantra’s Looker collection sounds a Nordic note. Designed in chic, casual style by Santiago Sevillano, the fixture comes in three- and five-light pendants (pictured) and as an adjustable study lamp. mantrailuminacion.com

INNER GLOW  A woven-steel mesh shade brings an industrial feel to Hammerton’s handcrafted Uptown Mesh collection. An artisan-made, cast-glass, LED-lit diffuser forms a centerpiece in the fixture, available in a silver, gold, brown or black finish, and as a sconce, pendant (pictured), semi-flushmount or chandelier. hammerton.com

GRAY MATTER  Made in Buenos Aires, Franz Viegener fixtures are known for their architectural forms and chic finishes—including the new Satin Greystone. The brand’s fittings are now available in this silky graphite option, which is fingerprint-proof and scratch-resistant. Sold at Konst Union. franzviegener.com; konstunion.com

SIDE BY SIDE  This faucet in Newport Brass’s Aylesbury Collection features a single up-and-down handle mounted beside a graceful spout. Constructed of solid brass, Aylesbury fixtures come in 24 finishes; Polished Chrome is pictured. newportbrass.com

DECO STYLE  Graff’s new Topaz Collection celebrates the avant-garde Art Deco era with jewel-shaped handles, gently curved spouts and hexagonal bases. The Widespread Lavatory Faucet comes in seven finishes, including
Vintage Brushed Brass (pictured). graff-designs.com

FALLING WATER  Brizo’s new Frank Lloyd Wright collection pays homage to the architect with distinct design features—from cantilevered spouts to side-stream water flow—that defy convention. Pieces are available in six metal options; the Widespread Lavatory Faucet in Polished Nickel is pictured. Find at Ferguson. brizo.com; build.com

BRASS TACKS  Crosswater London’s Union collection marries an industrial edge with solid brass construction. Shown in Unlacquered Brass, the Single-Hole Basin Faucet features a lever handle and finely knurled detailing. Available at Konst Union. crosswaterlondon.com​; konstunion.com

SPA DAY  BainUltra’s sculptural Celestia 6233 soaking tub is the first to be offered in the brand’s new surface material, FineStone. Comprised of refined minerals and pure liquid acrylic, the nonporous product offers extra insulation to keep water warm and also makes the vessel hygienic and easy to clean. bainultra.com

 

VINTAGE EDGE  California Faucets has expanded its Descanso Series with two new handle options that evoke 1930s industrial style. The spinoff includes a lever and a wheel handle (pictured); the latter comes in a powder-coated matte black or red finish. californiafaucets.com

MINIMALIST TABLEAU  Designer Christian Werner masterminded Duravit’s L-Cube bathroom furnishings with sleek lines and spare details that promote relaxation and wellbeing. The collection includes multiple vanity styles along with mirrors and open-shelf elements that store essentials in easy reach. Available in a variety of finishes. duravit.us

CLASSIC PROFILE  Inspired by pre-War American architecture, Waterworks’ Riverun collection debuts 56 streamlined bath fixtures. The fittings come in nickel and brass with optional matte-black accents, along with other special finishes. Pictured: the Two Way Diverter Valve. waterworks.com

GILDED AGE  Colorado-based Vitraform has added a new finish option to its handcrafted sinks: 24-karat gold. A full-time gilder on staff applies multiple, two-square-inch sheets of gold by hand, either creating custom motifs or covering the entire basin. vitraform.com

GENTLE CURVES  Designer Philippe Starck pays homage to the sea with Soleil by Starck, his new collection of washbasins, tubs and toilets. A simple, organic silhouette distinguishes the wall-mounted commode (pictured), featuring an antibacterial ceramic glaze and a soft-close lid. duravit.us

Our Experts

Wilma Bowers Bowers Design Build  |  Fritz Eisenbrandt Eisenbrandt Companies  |  Carolyn Elleman Case Architects & Remodelers  |  TJ Monahan, AIA BOWA  |  Sean Mullin, AIA Anthony Wilder Design/Build


What upgrades deliver the most bang for your buck?

“For resale, the best bet is curb appeal—that transformation from ordinary to amazing.”  — Sean Mullin

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“Starting a project is expensive, so the more you do, the better the value. Don’t focus on dollars at the expense of time and emotion.”  — TJ Monahan

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“Many people rarely use their formal dining and living rooms, yet feel cramped in the kitchen and family room; recreating these spaces allows for a customized approach to each homeowner.”  — Wilma Bowers

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“Kitchen and bath updates. Heated floors, double vanities and recessed cabinets are always popular in the bath.”  — Fritz Eisenbrandt

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“A tankless water heater saves money and space. And it has no limitations since it heats the water as it goes through.”  — Carolyn Elleman


Share an ingenious storage solution you’ve come up with.

“Window seats with storage, hidden panels in walls or behind closets for valuables. We once built a secret office behind a wall.”  — Wilma Bowers

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“We like making something look like it’s not what it is. In a recent project, the door to the pantry looked like a cabinet.”  — Sean Mullin

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“We added a spice pullout by the kitchen sink and stashed the sink clutter there. The Top rack is for sponges, the bottom holds cleansers.”  — TJ Monahan

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“Under-stair storage. We recently stored the cat litter box there, along with a cubby for the dog.”  — Carolyn Elleman


What items do you recommend salvaging prior to renovation?

“Rely on the expertise of your remodeler when it comes to what’s worth saving. Appliances may not be meant to be reinstalled. And some building materials may not match your new ones.”  — TJ Monahan

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“Salvage door knobs and handles; they might be crystal or brass—hard to find and expensive. There are companies that will bring them back to life.”  — Carolyn Elleman

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“We recommend keeping solid wood-paneled doors and quality wood flooring that can be refurbished.”  — Wilma Bowers

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“From a supply-chain standpoint: Hold onto your appliances so you can use them while waiting for new ones to come in.”  — Sean Mullin

Our Experts

Shawna J. Dillon, ASID, NCIDQ Snaidero DC Metro  |  Jennifer Gilmer, CKD Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath, Ltd.  |  Tracy McGuinness, CKBD Kitchen Encounters  |  Larry Rosen Jack Rosen Custom Kitchens  |  Julia Walter Boffi Georgetown


How do you mastermind a small-space kitchen?

“Select a quiet cabinet style and finish and forgo handles, grout lines, moldings and trim to give the impression of space.”  — Shawna Dillon

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“Try not to overcrowd. Shallow-depth base and tall pantry cabinets work Best. Choose recessed LEDs over hanging or surface-mounted fixtures.”  — Larry Rosen

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“Consider a small sink with a cover that doubles as a work surface. Cabinets can sit on the countertop with bi-fold doors that open to create additional workspace.”  — Jennifer Gilmer


Favorite kitchen faucet?

“We like brands with multiple matching functions: main faucet, water filter, accessories and a secondary faucet for a prep sink.”  — Julia Walter

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“Choose a single handle with a pullout spray. A high arch will make it a focal point and easily clear tall pots.”  — Tracy McGuinness

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“A gooseneck with a pull-down spray. They are tall, allowing room to work, and complement any setting.”  — Larry Rosen

Our Experts

Bonnie Ammon Bonnie Ammon Interiors  |  Iantha Carley Iantha Carley Interiors  |  Josh Hildreth Josh Hildreth Interiors  |  Jamie Merida Jamie Merida Interiors  |  Skip Sroka, ASID, NCIDQ, ICAA Sroka Design, Inc.


What high-low combo is easy to pull off?

“Make an inexpensive find into a lamp, then splurge on the shade. Lamps are the jewelry in a room.”  — Josh Hildreth

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“You can spend less on accessories and lighting. But be careful where they go so they don’t look cheesy.”  — Iantha Carley

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“I framed 15 kids’ watercolor pictures and hung them amid luxe furniture in complementary colors. It took the art to a new level.”  — Jamie Merida


Name your go-to neutral or bold paint hue.

“I love hot pink; if you use it right it isn’t too feminine. Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace is a crisp white that is a great backdrop for color.”  — Bonnie Ammon

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“I use pale colors as neutrals. Man on the Moon by Benjamin Moore is warm with a cream cast.”  — Skip Sroka

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“I love Farrow & Ball’s Charleston Gray; it’s soothing, with a hint of purple. I’m about to paint my front door in it.”  — Iantha Carley


Tips for playing with pattern

“I mix Motifs of different scales and combine them with solids to break things up visually. I Use one dominant color to focus the eye.”  — Bonnie Ammon

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“You should have one exciting, multi-color print with two-toned supporting patterns. Mix in a textural pattern too.”  — Josh Hildreth

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“Playing with pattern is intuitive. Remember to edit; don’t get messy and overdo it.”  — Skip Sroka

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“I’m a big fan of pattern play, but the balance has to be there. Big, bold florals may go with a small paisley.”  — Jamie Merida

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“I love mixing lots of patterns—but you have to know when to stop. Start largE and work your way down in scale.”  — Iantha Carley

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