Author: Rose Ott

dfda67b1cecc9d5c31529b0250c9d53e4641bb99_1000 Reported from Home and Textiles Today Las Vegas – The long domination of traditional design in kitchens and bathrooms has given way to transitional and contemporary styles in North American homes. The 2015 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends report from the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), released yesterday, found that transitional designs are now tops, with contemporary running a close second. More than 400 designers participated in the study, which was conducted online in late 2014. "This report is so valuable because NKBA members are on the cutting edge of kitchen and bathroom design," said Maria Stapperfenne, NKBA president. "It gives us the point-of-view from the specialists who are on the front lines creating beautiful and beautifully functional kitchens bathrooms every day." White is the most common color scheme for both kitchens and bathrooms – although kitchens with multiple color schemes are emerging. In the bathroom, the leading hues are white and gray – specified by more than 70% of the survey’s respondents. Half think gray will continue to run strong in 2015, although a notable number of designers pointed to purple, lavender and lilac as trending.

As this year draws to a close, I thank you for your business and friendship and wish you a wonderful new year filled with abundance, joy, and treasured moments. Cheers! May 2015 be your best year yet! ...

Flooring solutions made of real hardwood are popular in both residential and commercial interiors. If you are new to the world of wood flooring and you are unaware of your various options, this guide aims to bring you up to speed. Floorboard Options – Solid and Engineered There are two types of real wood flooring. One which most individuals are aware of (complete whole wood) and an alternative which was only introduced to the market around 10 years ago. Solid Wood Flooring – In this case each floorboard is made from 100% whole wood. It means that the floor is extremely strong and you can sand and refinish it later in its service life. This makes solid wood flooring popular in residential settings and especially in commercial interiors where generally speaking floors are subject to greater wear and tear so it makes sense to fit the stronger more hardwearing solid wood flooring. solid

IMG_6905 I love reading blogs and shelter magazines with intricate recipes and beautiful photos of meals and desserts, lovingly prepared and I dream of the day where I can spend hours doing just that. But because my schedule is so limited, anything I make has to be easy and quick (and of course delicious otherwise the critics in my house wouldn't touch it and it would all be a big waste of time!) This recipe for apple crumb is simple, absolutely delicious and literally takes ten minutes to prepare with 30 minutes to bake. On this crisp, fall morning, my son is home from college for the first time and he will wake to the smell of fresh apple crumb hot from the oven.

How very appropriate October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, as I recently shared that two of my family members, my mother-in-law and sister-in-law, were both diagnosed with breast cancer this year. They are both finished with treatment, are doing well and I am happy to...

Take a look how we repurposed a contemporary bedroom unit into a more transitional piece to accommodate Carole's new Master Bedroom in Manhasset. By pulling the existing pieces apart and adding molding, paint and hardware, we created a beautiful new piece that barely resembles the...