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Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Kitchen Trends Spotting with Susan Serra, CKD

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Design thought for the day – I just love certified kitchen designer Susan Serra’s attitude toward trends:

Copyright Susan Serra 2013

You know what’s cool about blogging for a long time? Getting to meet bloggers online and then in person. Every now and then I have the great pleasure of meeting someone I’ve known online for years.

Copyright Susan Serra 2013

I think I bumped into Certified Kitchen Designer Susan Serra online about eight years ago, following her kitchen design blog. We later became Facebook friends and I always felt like I knew her, but it wasn’t until yesterday at Coverings in Atlanta that we actually got to meet in person.

I am now kicking myself for not getting a picture of the two of us, but the reason I bring up Susan is because before heading off to Coverings this busy lady was down in New Orleans covering The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, a.k.a. KBIS. She carefully documented all of the trends she spied down there and shared them with the world in right here.

Copyright Susan Serra 2013

Susan spills everything from what’s hot in hardware and finishes, cabinets and colors, appliances and layouts, even styles for different types of people from different generations. She’s even thrown in the kitchen sinks, and plenty of accessories for it! She’s figured out the useful ways to curate and interpret the trends practically, has photographed miles of products and even included some gorgeous shots she took of New Orleans that make me long for a trip down there.

If you’re thinking of remodeling your kitchen or just want to give it a low-budget refresh, the meticulous slideshow she’s put together will inspire you. Take a little work break and check it out.

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Monday, June 28th, 2010

Inspiration Monday: Yellow, White, and Touches of Gray

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This week Lindsey and I were talking about yellow, gray and white as our color palette inspiration. Yellow, black and white has long been a favorite color combination of mine, but lately I’ve been noticing a range of grays taking over, from soft light grays to pewter to charcoal. This softens everything up a bit. To ramp up the drama, replace all pewter grays with some shiny silver. Alright, I am passing the baton over to our product expert Lindsey, who will show us how to get the look.

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Monday, June 14th, 2010

Inspiration Monday: Primary Colors

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Well, it took me awhile to get inspired today. Atlanta is about 20 degrees hotter than Hades right now, and it’s made a slug of me! Lately I’ve found myself clipping out a lot of red, blue and yellow and chucking them in my inspiration box. Here’s the board that resulted when I threw them all together:


One look I love in modern design is a neutral palette with a few accents in primary colors – a few pillows, a painting, a vase of sunflowers. They can give a room a perfect graphic punch.

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Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Organization Tuesday: A Super-Duper Office / Using Tumblr

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I was cruising around on tumblr yesterday (it had been awhile) and I found this gorgeous office in my favorites. I am not sure where credit is due, but it seems the first person to blog it was gigimelo. NEW NOTE: Thank you to Victoria, who knew exactly whose office this is! It is where the creative magic of Tif Fussell happens. Check out Tif’s work at dottie angel. Buy it on Etsy!

So, Organization Point #1: A Gorgeous & Neat Work Environment. This is a beautifully organized workspace. I am not quite sure what’s going on in that bottom shelf on the right, but I like that there is one little messy element. That magazine file on the desktop can hide a multitude of sins and serve as an inbox without messing things up. I can’t quite tell what is in the Catherine Holm casserole dish, but it sure looks neat and organized. I would not have thought to use a casserole dish that way. I’m sure it would get a lot more use on my desk than in my kitchen. The drawers in the vintage desk provide plenty of space for everything to be tucked away. Also, check out how organized the art arrangement is. With everything lined up neatly like this in a similar color palette, you could hang pages from a lovely glossy and it would look fantastic!

Organization Point #2: Using tumblr. Does anyone out there use tumblr? What do you use it for? For those of you who don’t know or don’t care to blog, you may find you really enjoy tumblr. It’s kind of like tweeting but with photos, at least for me. It is also a very simple way to dip your toes into blogging, as it certainly isn’t all about photos. That’s just what I use it for. Anyway, you can peruse everyone’s blogs right on the site in one easy feed, and mark your favorite posts. You can also re-post those that you like.

So, how does this help you get organized? The result is that you can create style files of your favorite images. You can also tag them. For example, when I want to look at inspiring black and white designs I’ve been collecting, I can go into my own tumblr blog and search “black and white” and they’ll all come up in a wonderful stream (here is mine if you want to see what I mean). The catch is that you have to be an obsessive compulsive tagger to make this work. Overall, it’s the perfect spot to store all kinds of inspiration and ideas. If you do post to tumblr, please remember to give credit to publications/websites/blogs/photographers if you are using their images.

Here are just a few of my favorite design people to follow on tumblr (tumblr has even informed me that they are among my “tumblr crushes” because I mark their images as favorites the most often!):

The Brick House

Yvestown

Design Evolution (this post Michelle wrote is how I found out just what the heck tumblr was in the first place – seriously, how does everyone keep up with the latest and greatest web tool? It’s ridiculously overwhelming!)

The Beautiful Soup

My Farmhouse

P.S. Doesn’t this office fit the color palette from yesterday? It does a much better job than I did, and it wasn’t even trying!

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Monday, March 15th, 2010

Charley Inspired Office

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O.K., this was my first time using Polyvore. I am so bad at it that I had to take a screen shot of my collage as I have yet to figure out how to import it directly into the blog beyond making some sort of badge down the side. So, I barely scratched the surface and couldn’t figure out how to get the blue color on at least one wall, which is a must. I have also been trying to play around with Pantone softward, but so far the only thing I can do is make a palette. So, without further excuses, here’s the postcard again:

Here’s the Pantone Palette:

Here’s the collage:

It needs a lot of work and editing, but I told you I’d give it a shot, and I don’t have all day ;). Oh, I think if you go to this link, you can see where to buy everything. I didn’t stray too far from Design Public, West Elm, and Circa Lighting. In fact, I think those might be the final three places where you can find everything above.

By the way, I’m an idiot at technical stuff, and Polyvore was super easy to get the hang of. Obviously, I’m still learning, but you should try it – it’s a great way to collect all the stuff you want in one place and check out what it all looks like together.

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