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Custom Gradient Mosaic Tile

I’m loving this custom gradient tile from Hakatai as seen in the Drury Plaza Hotel. Hakatai has a gradient tool on their website so you can create your own Gradient tile. Pretty stunning.

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Temple™ Monoblock Faucet

This faucet is available in a number of finishes, like Chrome, Matte Chrome, Brushed Chrome, Antique Brass, and Brushed, Polished or Matte Nickel.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $310
Availability: Buy Temple™ Monoblock Faucet here

In Bruge-old house remodel

The people over at OWI were nice enough to let me use these images which are usually reserved for architectural books. If you’re looking for remodel ideas, you could literally spend hours at the OWI site looking through fantastic homes.

In this Bruge home in particular, there are some very interesting modifications to an old home with modern ideas. This kitchen which is hidden behind a sliding glass door is pretty cool.

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Ikea Kitchen Remodels: Tips

This kitchen photo is taken directly off the Ikea Website from the 2009 catalog. It’s a nice looking kitchen, but it sort of screams “Ikea”–which you want to avoid if you don’t want to look like you live in a cookie cutter home. There are a few things you can do to take advantage of the economy of the Ikea cabinets without making it look like it came from the harbinger of meatballs.

-Take a look over at the NKBA guidelines for kitchen layouts. Not only will this help you stay up to code, but it provides standards for space use, work triangles and safety issues which you may not have considered. I cannot recommend this enough.

-Carefully plan your kitchen based on these guidelines and the space you have available. Use an architectural scale to draw out the floor plan and elevations and review the NKBA standards again to make sure everything is in compliance.

-Order just the wall and base cabinets from Ikea.

-Even though the frosted glass wall cabinets from Ikea look modern, they are a dead giveaway.

-Source drawer pulls elsewhere. These drawer pulls over at Remodelista are a good start.

-Use Silestone, Corian or another solid surface for countertops instead of the Ikea offerings.

-Order your sink and faucets from a local plumbing supply or use this site to locate an economical alternative.

-Use a real floor option, such as tile or real wood. Avoid the laminate floor options available at Ikea.

-Avoid using the Ikea branded appliances.

With that said, Ikea cabinets are the best thing you can buy for the money, and unless you’re on a Bulthaup budget, I’d recommend them hands down.

Hand Glazed Tile

Here’s something I never thought of: glazing your own tile. The owners of this home purchased inexpensive quarry tile along with some glaze and kiln time at a local pottery shop and made these lovely tiles for their bath. I think that would be a really satisfying DIY project.

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Vola Faucet by Arne Jacobsen and woods wallpaper

I would love to use the woods wallpaper in a kitchen. It does seem to be a little ubiquitous right now, but i still think it would look great.

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Purchase Information:

Price: £1,224.00
Availability: Buy Vola Faucet by Arne Jacobsen and woods wallpaper here

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Penny Tile

Penny tile is really quite versatile. It can be used on floors and walls in old homes and new construction alike. It can even be used in both residential and commercial without looking out of place.

I love the look in this home. And, at $5.75 a square foot it’s fairly economical too.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $5.75
Availability: Buy Penny Tile here

Bulthaup b2

And on the other side of the spectrum of affordability, we have the Bulthaup b2 line, which I find completely stunning. I like the two free-standing, austere looking cabinets which hide almost an entire kitchen. One wall could house your oven/stove and sink and then you could have the two cabinets for everything else, allowing you to lighten the visual weight of a kitchen by getting rid of the typical wall cabinets. Additionally, the free standing cabinets almost create a sort of separation without needing a looming wall.

bulthaup gets its visions from the consistent observation of the living and eating habits of people from all over the world. bulthaup b2 is responsive to modern lifestyles, such as single-person or twoperson households, or even “patchwork families”, and is the perfect kitchen for nomads or pioneers in creating a home, living and thinking. . The design was developed in collaboration with the renowned design firm EOOS in Vienna. With their method of “poetical analysis”, the designers take a very special approach to the development of new products. Formative factors of image, ritual and received wisdom are brought together and synthesized. “The result of this cooperation is unconventional, convincing and independent: bulthaup b2 defines the entire kitchen as a changeable system, and is thereby synonymous with the “versatile kitchen of today and tomorrow,” says Gerd Bulthaup. bulthaup b2 will be on display at selected bulthaup partner shops across the world beginning in fall of 2008.

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More information:

View Bulthaup b2 here

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Sorbo Kitchen

I have to say that the options for Ikea kitchen cabinets really make the idea of an affordable, modern kitchen a reality. Here, the Akurum cabinets are completed with the Sorbo doors and Metrik handles.

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Hansen Instant Kitchen

If I lived in a studio apartment I could cope with this kitchen just fine, thank you.

Hansen Living won the kitchen and bath award at the ICFF Exhibition 2004 in New York. This experience inspired the design of the Hansen Living Instant Kitchen. It’s a kitchen unit particularly suited for small, studio-type dwellings.

Place it anywhere, all you need is to hook it up to a water supply and connect the electricity. The kitchen unit contains everything you need: oven, gas jets, electric power, refrigerator and water. To find a suitable name for it was easy: Instant Kitchen.

(Thanks Adam!)

Price depends on size and configuration.

Purchase Information:

Price: $12,000.00-$35,000.00
Availability: Buy Hansen Instant Kitchen here

DURAT Countertops and Basins

These pictures have me thinking about expanding my horizons when it comes to kitchen and bath surfaces.

“DURAT is a solid polyester based material used for custom made surfaces in public and private interiors. It contains recycled plastics and is itself 100% recyclable.

The sophistication of the DURAT material lies in its silky warm feeling and the interesting impression of depth in its finish.

DURAT is extremely durable and can be renewed by slight sanding. The material is very resistant to wear, humidity, and various kinds of chemicals.”

Stained Glass 2″ Luminous Tiles

I recently added some glass mosaic tiles to my kitchen back splash, and the slight reflection of the small squares add such a nice touch. Something to keep in mind if you’re itching to update your own kitchen or bath…

Shown on right: Diamond Tech Glass Tiles – Stained Glass 2″ Glass Tiles in Bright Green Luminous Non-Mesh Mounted Sheets
“These Glass tiles give a luminescent quality to any bathroom or kitchen installation. These tiles are great for walls, backsplashes and pools.”

– Sheet backing: Clear Plastic Front mount
– Sheet size: 12″ x 12″
– Tile size: 2″ x 2″

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Purchase Information:

Price: $26.48
Availability: Buy Stained Glass 2″ Luminous Tiles here

Kohler Karbon Faucet

Kohler’s promoting their new Karbon Faucet, which looks to be pretty impressive.

“With its clean, crisp lines, the Karbon articulating faucet introduces a new geometry of versatile functionality to the kitchen. Intelligently engineered to hold any pose for hands-free operation, Karbon allows you to streamline your work surfaces and workflow. You can extend the faucet fully to fill large pots, lower it into the sink for food preparation and cleanup, fold it compactly out of the way when not in use, or position it anywhere in between. “

Purchase Information:

Price: $925.00-$1250.00
Availability: Buy Kohler Karbon Faucet here

Green Ratings-Refridgerators

I really don’t know what I would have done if my house didn’t already have appliances when I bought it. I probably would have spent at least a few weeks going over all the pros and cons and prices. Or maybe I would have found, where they’ve done all the research for you, including energy efficiency ratings.

Shown above:
Amana® Side-By-Side Refrigerator, (ASD2627KEW), $1649.00
GE – 25.0 Cu. Ft. Side-by-Side Refrigerator, (GSH25JSTSS), $1,199.00

Ikea MUSMIG oven

Despite our occasional visits to Ikea, I have not yet stumbled upon their appliances. But the good folks over at
GrassrootsModern posted this oven, and it looks like an excellent choice for anyone on a budget.

“True convection oven.
Pizza baking.
Convection oven function.
Convection broil.
High and low broil.
Fan defrost.
Thermal oven function.
Continuous cleaning.
Tilting grill.
If the food is not quite done after the set program time, the cooking time is easy to prolong without resetting the oven.
Capacity: 3.1 cu.ft.
1 grid included.
1 fat pan included.
1 enamelled baking sheet included.”

Width: 23 3/8 “
Depth: 22 1/4 “
Height: 23 3/8 “

Purchase Information:

Price: $699
Availability: Buy Ikea MUSMIG oven here

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