We’re all familiar with the message printed on the rear view mirrors of our cars: “Objects in the mirror may be closer than they appear.” Knowing that the cars behind us are closer than they seem affects the way we drive. The same principle applies when remodeling a Naples home. The actual deadline for starting your project may be closer than you think. What is the real timeline of a project—how long does it take?
If you like the latest trend in larger tile sizes, you’ll love the newest innovation. What about a tile just over 3 ft. x 9 ft. (1m x 3m)? Unbelievably thin and available in a spectrum of colors and finishes, this new product can be installed on floors, walls, or ceilings.
Developed and manufactured by Laminam, a company known for innovative materials and unique technology, this tile is so thin it can be cut with a glass cutter. That’s right, no saw required. And, you’re not going to believe this part; it can be installed over existing tile. Yes, OVER existing tile. So, you can save on demolition labor and avoid the dreaded dusty mess of tile floor removal. Of course, this isn’t a DIY installation product, you’ll definitely want to work with experienced and trained installers on this one.
Crossville, an American based company, has partnered with Laminam to distribute this great new product to the US market. Check out the website LaminambyCrossville.com to find out more.
Wow! Season is in full swing down here in Naples, and with all the hustle and bustle getting time for educational seminars is tough. I am so glad Nichole, Wanda, and I were able to make time to meet with Mary from Antolini last week.
You will often hear designers refer to cabinet hardware as the “jewelry”. Coordinating your hardware to match your faucet, tile or appliances is a good way to add the finishing touch, that completes the ensemble. Like jewlery, cabinet hardware comes in an array of styles, colors and designs. Finishes that were once popular such as polished brass are now being replaced with new chrome, brushed nickel and bronze hardware.
After spending years in the kitchen and bath industry I can easily give you the top ten things I hear most often from clients. The number one topic when dealing with the master bathroom is……Drum Roll Please……..Do we really need to keep a tub?
Lyndsey Davis, Interior Designer
NCIDQ Cert #025575 IDS
How best to explain the design-build process . . . here’s an example: I planned my own wedding just a few years ago. I did the research, browsing every bride magazine in print, and has a stack of “must haves” a mile high. I compile a list of people to contact and services needed . . . the florist, the caterer, the location arrangements, the list begins to resemble a book. Many of the items and service providers are specific to weddings, things I just don’t need on an everyday basis. Therefore, I’ll have to educate myself on provider reputations, quality of work, reliability, etc. I don’t want to find out a florist can’t deliver 2 hours before the wedding. In order to complete the necessary arrangements in time, I will have to give up every spare minute of my life for the next 6 months. And this is supposed to be a joyous time???
Ok, I’m finally convinced. LED lighting IS an acceptable alternative to our old tried and true Edison light bulb (standard incandescent). This is not a statement I make lightly (no pun intended) and I can’t help but feel a little guilty over ditching my, up to now, favorite light source. Feels like the end of an era. But the incandescent bulb is an energy hog, with 90% of energy used generating heat and only 10% actually creating light, there had to be a better solution*.