Quatreau Faucet

by Laura Casey Interiors on November 28, 2016

I recently discovered the Quatreau multifunctional touch screen faucet which I imagine would do just that. It delivers instant boiling, chilled, or sparkling water. Quatreau has safety in mind as it takes a three step touch sequence to activate the boiling water with auto cut off after 60 seconds. The exterior shell of the tap remains cool to the touch to prevent burning.

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Not only does this faucet make your life easier, but it also makes it healthier too. Quatreau’s patented filtration system removes both inorganic and organic impurities (not only pesticides, but petroleum derivatives and chemicals found in some bottled water).

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 Aesthetically, I love the clean lines and it can come in a brushed or polished finish.

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 I can’t wait to install this in a client’s kitchen.

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High Point Market Finds

by Laura Casey Interiors on November 3, 2016

Here’s a peek at a few new vendors we found at High Point Market this fall…

“A fresh take on classic design”, Ave Home out of New Orleans immediately caught my eye.

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Their line revives styles such as French Louis XV, Swedish Gustavian, Hollywood Regency, and Mid Century Modern.

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In the showroom, their Bienville chair was upholstered in fabric designed by one of my favorite artists, Amanda Talley.

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I also love the curved lines of this Ave Home dining chair.

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The proportions and finishes are nice on both of these consoles.

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Robert James Collection is another new source for us which”embraces the juxtaposition between organic textures combined with clean contemporary lines”. Both casual and elegant, I could see their pieces in a city loft or a Hampton’s beach house.

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All furniture is completely customizable and they have a range of finishes to pick from.

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The scale of this mirror is perfect for a great room.

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The lines on this armoire are simple and clean.

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Nima Oberoi had some really cool, different accessories.

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Their “Splash” bowl would look perfect on a circle dining room table or a console.

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I am always on the lookout for tabletop and dining room pieces.

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I was also excited to find the vendor Tempaper. Tempaper manufactures a “self-adhesive, removable wallpaper that is made in the U.S.A. and is lead-free, phthalate-free and VOC-free. Tempaper is perfect for DIY projects including but not limited to: dressers, stair risers, cabinets, bookshelves, drawers and headboards.” Their patterns are contemporary sophisticated are  for temporary wallpaper.

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One great aspect of the interior design industry is that there are always new products and vendors.

As I always say, the High Points of High Point!

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Open Shelving in Kitchens

by Laura Casey Interiors on October 21, 2016

There has been a shift in kitchen design in towards open shelving in place of upper cabinets. When styled correctly, open shelving can add another dimension to a space, however there is a constant need to keep shelves organized. Open shelving allows for easy access to frequently used items and is great for showcasing collections.

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 No surprise here, I love the pop of blue!

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 Stone shelves are a great alternative to painted wooden ones because the paint does not scratch or chip over time.

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 Art on open shelving breaks up the monotony of displaying only dishes or glasses. 

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Another trend you will notice in these pictures is the backsplash material is a solid stone slab.

The veining of the marble is natural and beautiful.

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 Unpainted wood enhances the organic feel of both of these kitchens.

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It’s interesting to see kitchen design evolve.

 

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LCI Project: French Norman Inspired

by Laura Casey Interiors on October 9, 2016

Every project we work on is different because we tailor our designs to suit each client’s unique preferences and needs. I am always excited to start a new project as I often help a client discover their own style. I find French Norman architecture to be very beautiful as it emerged after WWI, following an increase in knowledge of French style and culture. It elevates the charms of the French country house and is incredibly chic.

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Atlanta architect Peter Block‘s French Norman inspired combination of white brick and cedar shingles on the house below is very pretty.

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No shutters or ornate details keeps the exterior simple, yet elegant.

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“Peter Block buildings are thoughtful, comfortable foundations for lasting memories, where luxury exists even in the sparest of rooms.” This is evident in his interiors below.

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Bill Ingram is another southern architect who is inspired by the French Norman style. The steps leading down from the floor and a half windows allow for more interior daylight and a visually interesting exterior.

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 His more modern interpretation of a French farmhouse:

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His all-white bathroom leading outside looks heavenly.

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 We are inspired and hope you are too!

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LCI Summer Likes

by Laura Casey Interiors on May 25, 2016

 

 

 

 

LCI Summer Favorites 1 – ASOS Sandals //  2 – Zimmermann Bikini // 3 – Mar y Sol Tote

4 – Oscar de la Renta Earrings // 5 – Kate Spade Espadrilles

6 – Matouk Beach Towels // 7 – ASOS Hat

Don’t you just love summer?  I’ve posted a few of our favorite summer favorites in a mood board above.

Click on the hyperlinks to go directly to the item’s source. Have a great long weekend!

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Traditional vs. Transitional Kitchen and Baths

by Laura Casey Interiors on May 11, 2016

I try to identify what style of interiors my clients are drawn to as a starting point for their design. Their preference for traditional, transitional, or contemporary/modern dictates the forms and materiality that I use in a room. While modern interiors are easily identifiable, I am often asked what is the difference between traditional and transitional? Below are images of traditional and transitional kitchen and baths to help me explain the two distinct styles.

 

Traditional interiors use classic principles of design, such as symmetry, to set the mood. Architectural details such as molding are more intricate. Neutral, nature inspired colors contrast natural wood elements. Marble is often used in traditional kitchens and baths. Cabinet hardware is more decorative. Faucets and other plumbing hardware are curved.

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How pretty are these blue cabinets?

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The use of marble tile as a backsplash gives the room a traditional feel. 

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Brass contrasts natural wood in this glamorous, traditional kitchen. 

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Accessories like traditional candlesticks reiterate the style. 

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I love the symmetry of the his/her sinks.

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Marble lines the floor and walls of the shower. 

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Michael S. Smith designed this traditional bathroom. 

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A light and airy, traditional bath.

Transitional interiors can be described as clean and timeless. It takes elements from both traditional design and modern design to create an updated, tailored look. There is no excessive molding in transitional interiors; many transitional kitchen and baths have shaker or glass cabinet doors. The cabinet hardware and plumbing fixtures are more rectilinear.

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This transitional kitchen uses a traditional material like marble and applies it in a modern way – on the side of the island. 

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Brass is back in this transitional kitchen.

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The mixture of a formal, brass/glass chandelier and natural roman shades makes this kitchen transitional. 

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French bistro chairs contrast the white cabinets.

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An eclectic lighting fixture hangs over the tub. 

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The cabinet pulls are very rectilinear. 

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Clean lines, no molding on this vanity. 

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Ingenious built-in finger pulls on these flat panel drawers. 

So do you have a preference? Traditional or transitional?

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Monday Fun

by Laura Casey Interiors on April 25, 2016

I love to see a room with some fun, unexpected elements. Bold, unique art is a good way to make a space pop.

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Interesting color combinations and light fixtures help to differentiate a space. I have written about grey + yellow before (yellow with grey or gray). The yellow stools help to accentuate the kitchen and connect to light fixture.

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 Nothing quite like a sputnik light fixture to give an energetic hello.

Sometimes it’s fun to look at spaces that are completely different and offbeat…

The Queen + the hand chair + the coffee table + a dispersion of hot pink.

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I hope your Monday has some fun to it!

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Mint Symposium with Nathan Turner

by Laura Casey Interiors on April 20, 2016

Today I had the pleasure of hearing Nathan Turner speak at the annual Mint Museum Symposium luncheon. The presentation was a complete look at his career and his participation in the TV series Million Dollar Decorators on Bravo. His attitude was fresh, fun and easy going. He was relaxed and he had the audience laughing often, which was the best part. While his style is more bohemian, California casual and eclectic than mine, I loved his happy go lucky personality. It was exactly what I needed mid-week, plus he has a black lab named Nacho so what’s not to love?!

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 For a whimiscal California take on Ralph Lauren Americana style check out his book American Style

He’s got some great recipes and fun table top ideas too!

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