News from the Las Vegas Kitchen and Bath Show!

February 11th, 2014 by Kathy Barry

Last week I enjoyed Las Vegas and Design and Construction Week.  For the first time, the International Builder’s Show, Kitchen and Bath Show, and the Window Coverings Show were all together in the same place.  I was particularly interested to see plumbing and lighting finish trends.  Kichler introduced a line of copper lighting that was quite attractive.

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While Danze had copper faucets on display.

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Two years ago at the show, I started seeing more brass again.  But it was antiqued, more of a bronze.  This year, however, several (I saw 4 or 5) manufacturers had brass in their line, both polished and antique.  These faucets from Kohler were a bit of a surprise, in both polished and antique brass.  They also had a 24 karat gold plated finish that really gleamed!

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Overall, I would say the finishes are warming up.  I also saw more polished nickel (warm grey) in both plumbing and lighting.  For lighting, oil rubbed bronze works well for the current industrial look in fixtures.  Still plenty of lighting and faucets in oil rubbed bronze but the overall style of lighting fixtures is moving towards a more simple line.  The blackened bronze fixture that might have had decorative scroll work a few years ago now is just gently curved.


Interior Design Budgets

November 5th, 2013 by ifi-admin

Budgets are key to any project but often cause concern. People often fear telling a designer their budget because they fear she will “spend it all.”  Actually, that is probably true, we will.   A designer’s job is to know the client’s budget and do as much as she/he can with that budget.
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Working with an Interior Designer

October 9th, 2013 by ifi-admin

What is involved in hiring an interior designer? Every designer runs their business in their own way. Some designers charge a flat fee based on the size of the project or a price per square foot. Some designers charge a “cost plus” based on their cost of the merchandise and add a percentage for their fee. I have always felt that I wanted to keep my fees as low as possible so I could afford myself!
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Why Hire an Interior Designer?

September 12th, 2013 by ifi-admin

Many consumers are somewhat intimidated by the thought of hiring an interior designer. They worry they’ll lose control of the design, or the budget, and that the finished room may not be to their liking.
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