An Amazing Kitchen


An amazing kitchen. That’s what everyone wants, right? You’re no exception, I’m certainly not and neither are my clients. But, what makes a kitchen amazing? Great space planning for one, to get the most efficient use and storage out of the space. Innovative finishes and appliances. Where do you turn for such information? I hope you turn to your interior or kitchen designer.  For me, it’s a trade show called KBIS. The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) was held in Las Vegas this past January and displayed  thousands upon thousands of square feet of the latest and best products on the market or to come onto the market this year. I love attending trade shows.  As a designer, how better to gain access all at once to all the wonderful products out there so I can discern which one may be best for my clients or current projects?

Do you love a gray kitchen?  This is beautiful Photo via House Beautiful

Do you love a gray kitchen? This is beautiful Photo: House Beautiful

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Photo: Architectural Digest

A current project of mine in Ohio involves a kitchen mini renovation.  When I say mini, it means we will renovate parts of the kitchen and some aspects of the existing kitchen will remain.  In this instance, the custom cherry cabinets will remain and we will replace countertops, appliances, backsplash tile, lighting and a gorgeous new farm style sink that I found along a back wall at KBIS2015!

Here’s the amazing sink I found at KBIS2015. I just ordered it for my client! Photo: Patti Johnson

Also on the list is a new exhaust fan for above the cooktop which we are replacing with either another drop in or a slide in range. When it comes to kitchen exhaust fans, I must say, I originally yawned at the idea of visiting a show room recently in San Francisco while on #BlogTourCali with Modenus to Zephyr.  Zephyr is celebrating  10 years with renowned designer Fu Tung Cheng.  Fu tung Cheng is an acclaimed designer who specializes in designing and working with concrete.

Moving right along, what’s exciting about hood fans? We know we need them, but really? Well my perception changed during that visit to the Zephyr showroom.  Not that the fab dinner and cocktails didn’t help, however Zephyr demonstrated the power and silence of their exceptional product.  Walking by a long display of hood fans, I wondered, well, why don’t they turn them on? They were all ON.  Not a sound, no jet taking off in your kitchen, no shouting for everyone to come to the table above the awful sound of the dreadful greasy hood fan.   A piece of paper held up to the fan and stayed there convinced me they were running quietly.  They also had some kicker styles. You can also learn more about Zephyr here.

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Zephyr put out a large welcome sign for the designers on the BlogTour. Photo: Patti Johnson

 

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Photo: Patti Johnson

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The Padova Photo: Zephyr

Fu Tung Cheng

Read more about this talented designer here. Photo: Zephyr

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Posing with Fu Tung Cheng at the Zephyr Event Photo: Chasen West

Fu Tung Cheng signed a copy of his latest book Concrete at Home for each designer that attending the Event at Zephyr that night during Modenus Blog Tour.

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In his newest book, Fu Tung Cheng talks about how he began working with concrete as a medium in homes that later evolved and developed into a partnership with Zephyr. Photo: Amazon

Thanks for stopping by Chatti Patti Talks Design, I will be posting photos from the Kitchen renovation now taking place. I hope this post made you stop and think about what makes an amazing kitchen in your opinion, be sure to let me know a in comment!  See you soon~

 

Steamy in California

Talk about a steamy trip to California! What an amazing trip from Los Angeles all the way north to San Francisco to take in the beauty of A Well Designed Life as well as participate in one.  October’s #BlogTourCali by Modenus  treated all to a indescribable day with @Mrs_Steam aka Martha Orellana of Mr. Steam aka Feel Good Inc. Yes, that’s the name.

Did you know that there are at least 40 Benefits of Steam Therapy? One benefit for sure was being on a bus headed up Highway 101 to Santa Barbara to the Bacara Resort and Spa for an amazing day of yoga, steam, facials and a delicious lunch.

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First we had to warm up for all the great things that lay ahead of us that day. Yoga was wonderful by the ocean. Photo: Chasen West

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Highly recommend visiting Bacara when in the area! Photo: Patti Johnson

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Our fearless leaders, Martha Orellana and Veronika Miller of Modenus lead us to A Well Designed Life. I am so grateful to have been a part of it.And no, the guys did NOT accompany us into the steam room. Girls only! Photo: Patti Johnson 

Tala Bath & Body essential oils, clays, scrubs and soaps are derived from the Moroccan landscape and produced locally. Tala Bath & Body Argan Oil is good for your skin. It nourishes and soothes, helping your skin combat environmental damage and other aging factors. Tala Bath & Body transforms the steam shower experience into an exotic sensual experience where steam meets the timeless scents of Morocco. Photo: Mr. Steam

A Well Designed Life incorporates more than just a single element of living. It is about mind, body and soul.  To begin a day with friends traveling to a posh resort such as Bacara, having a yoga session by the ocean in the sunshine, experiencing a a steam room and high quality facial products amongst friends then being served a delicious lunch on the rooftop was definitely a well designed day in my life to be sure!

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STEAMTHERAPY™ by mr. steam may be the only true therapy you need! Photo: Mr. Steam

According to Wikipedia: A Turkish bath or hamam (Turkish: hamam, Arabic: الحمام, ḥammām‎) is the Turkish[1] variant of the Roman bath, steambath, sauna, or Russian banya, distinguished by a focus on water, as distinct from ambient steam.

In Western Europe, “Turkish bath” as a method of cleansing and relaxation became popular during the Victorian era. The process involved in taking a Turkish bath is similar to that of a sauna, but is more closely related to ancient Greek and ancient Roman bathing practices.

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Conversation is always as yummy as the food with this group to be sure! Photo: Chasen West

 

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YUM~ Photo: Patti Johnson

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DOUBLE YUM~ Photo: Patti Johnson

 

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TRIPLE YUM~ Photo: Chasen West

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Big THANK YOU to Mr. Steam who generously helped sponsor this trip and provided  products to use from their new line TALA, available from premier Mr. Steam dealers.

Thank you for stopping by Chatti Patti Talks Design.  Disclaimer: Even though this is a sponsored post, I only agree to endorse products that I approve of and have experienced.  I sell Mr. Steam units to my clients and can recommend them with ease!

 

 

#BlogTourCali – Westedge Design Fair

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As mentioned in previous posts, BlogTourCali; A Well Designed Life ascended upon the Westedge Design Fair in Santa Monica, California this past October, anxious to see the latest and greatest. This design event on the West Coast is similar to the AD&D Show in NYC.

Attending Design Trade Shows is a highlight of my year, for so many reasons, foremost being the opportunity to personally view a curated collection of top shelf products in the industry, selected by the experienced professionals in the industry. Here’s a link to learn more about the Who’s Who behind Westedge Design Fair.

I can honestly say that on several occasions that I have specified products on projects that I had only just seen at such a fair! The exposure to many national and international companies that just may not make it to your local showroom, let’s say in OHIO, well, I find it extremely beneficial and I just know that there will be some products that I saw and was subsequently impressed with in Santa Monica that will likely end up in one of my future projects! And all thanks to Modenus,  for a Well Designed Life #BlogTour and our wonderful sponsors of which Westedge Design Fair was one.

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Check out this amazing spiral glass staircase!

 

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Need to add that very special staircase to heaven? Call Marretti, or better yet, call Patti Johnson Interiors! We’ll make it happen.

 

And of course the Italian firm Marretti will cause your steps to appear as if they are floating. You can view their site here.

 

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Sun Valley Bronze had a beautiful display of their hardware. Jewels for your home.

Another fun part of BlogTours or attending national or international design trade shows is of course, ah-hem,  the very social aspect. It is all about social media to a degree. I was able to see many other people in the industry that I have met through the years. One of the exhibitors was Black Crow Studios, a specialty wall covering company and you can view their amazing products here.

You are hereby encouraged to visit the links in this post to see for yourself the amazing products!  Thanks for stopping by, all photography by Patti Johnson