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Letitia Little Interior Design
150 Pioneer Trail PMB 119, Chaska, MN 55318
Phone: 952-226-6420
Fax: 952-226-6167
letitialittle@letitialittle.com

Category: Kitchen and Bath

INTERIOR DESIGN TRENDS FOR BATHROOMS

 

I was  recently selecting  bath faucets and sinks for a client project of mine and discovered some exciting new products from Kohler. The following caught my eye.

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Wow! what a way to show off the tub…do it in Orchid.

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Briolette faceted glass bath sink is so beautiful it’s like jewlery for the bathroom.

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I love the elegance of the column design in this updated Artifacts sink spout. Perfect for any traditional master bath.

 

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Pretty in Pink. This Portrait sink is all dressed up with a feminine mirror and pink wall. Benjamin Moore paint.

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Leaf sink by Kohler has a tranquil Zen quality to it. Very crisp and modern.

Letitia Little Allied ASID, CID is an award wining interior designer in Minneapolis, MN. www.letitialittle.com.

Before & After HISTORIC RENOVATION- Vintage Kitchen Part 5

                ASID SHOWCASE HOUSE 2013- KITCHEN/PANTRY- DESIGN COMPLETION

The design vision for this historic renovation kitchen and butler’s pantry has come to life and the clients love it. It has a vintage feel so it fits right in to the old Victorian home, yet it has updated elements which make  it functional and fresh.IMG_3347 - Copy

The kitchen island is set for 3 but it will seat 4 comfortably. The range with its warming shelves is ready to work hard.

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The  custom made valances with their light and airy arabesque pattern  are elegantly casual, and the vibrant peacock prints add just the right amount of color to the gray and white color scheme.

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Another view of the completed kitchen with door into the storage pantry.

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Photos by Page Photography.

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for more info go to www.mspmag.com/hometour.

Letitia Little Allied ASID, CID is an award wining interior designer in Minneapolis ,MN. more info www.letitialittle.com.

 

Before & After HISTORIC RENOVATION- Vintage Kitchen Part 4

               ASID SHOWCASE HOUSE 2013 KITCHEN/PANTRY-CONSTRUCTION & COMPLETION

We are nearing completion of the interior design for the  Kitchen and Butler’s Pantry of this historic Victorian home in St. Paul. Sheree and I are excited to see our design come to life.IMG_2167 - CopyThe wainscoting has been installed and walls and trim have been painted. Now the cabinets are being installed in the kitchen.

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Its time to discuss the design of the faux finish detail on the ceiling with the custom painter/artist, Crista.

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Bob is installing the custom valances for us. And the polished nickel pendants are in over the island.

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Quartz counter tops by Cambria have been installed and so have the appliances. Gas range is by Capital, fridge is by Sub Zero. Cabinetry is outfitted with bin pulls and bracket feet for charm. Center island has been stained in gray for a soft finish. Original  wood flooring has been cleaned up and polished. Wow!

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The arabesque tile “picture” over the sink enhances the vintage cabinetry so perfectly.  We love it all!

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This dinnerware by Edie Rose from Macy’s was too perfect to pass up, so it will have a prominent place in the new kitchen. Watch for the finished design of both spaces in my  next post.

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For more info and to purchase tickets go to www.mspmag.com/hometour.

Letitia Little Allied ASID, CID is an award winning interior designer in Minneapolis, MN. www.letitialittle.com.

Before & After HISTORIC RENOVATION-Vintage Kitchen Part 3

                                 ASID  SHOWCASE HOUSE 2013-KITCHEN/PANTRY-DESIGN PROCESS cont.

The design process continues for the interior design of the kitchen and butler’s pantry  in this historic home in St. Paul.

See below for more design selections for both spaces.

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Elevation rendering of the kitchen wall showing the arabesque tile medallion above the sink.

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This elegant cut glass pendant with glass crystals is the perfect statement for the small butler’s pantry.  It fits the period with out being gawdy.  We love it! Celia by Crystorama.

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The  Cambria counter tops in the butler’s pantry and kitchen are Devon, a deep gray solid which will look beautiful with the Cloud White cabinets.

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The gray wash finish of this delightful counter stool will be the perfect compliment to the gray and white color scheme.Vivian Counter Stool by Gabby.

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I love glass knobs in a tradtional kitchen and this one by Emtek will look fabulous with the glass pendant in the butler’s pantry.

Watch for the next post as we progress thru the installation stage of our project.

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Letitia Little, Allied ASID, CID is an award wining interior designer  In Minneapolis, MN. www.letitialittle.com.

Before & After HISTORIC RENOVATION-Vintage Kitchen Part 2

                                                ASID SHOWCASE HOUSE 2013 KITCHEN/PANTRY-DESIGN PROCESS cont.

 

In designing the kitchen and butler’s pantry for this year’s ASID Showcase House on historic Cathedral Hill in St. Paul, Sheree and I want to honor the architectural style of the Victorian mansion yet create a design that functions for a busy young family.  We start the interior design process with some inspiration from a gray color palette and a linen print fabric.

 

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The soft grays and whites of this color palette are soothing yet sophisticated and because they are neutrals they are timeless and versatile. We chose Coventry Gray, Chelsea Gray and Cloud White for our color scheme. Paints are from Benjamin Moore, a Showcase House sponsor.

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I love the arabesque design of this  new linen print by Kravet. Its open trellis pattern lends itself to traditional or modern interiors. It will look fabulous as tailored valances for the kitchen and butler’s pantry windows.

 

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This traditional style faucet by Rohl makes the perfect historic staetment for the kitchen.

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We were so excited to find these tiles in the arabesque design which repeats the valance fabric. They have a wonderful “old world” crackle finish and will be used as a medallion feature on the backsplash. By Pratt and Larson Ceramics

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The traditional detail on this polished nickel Emory pendant by Quoizel makes it a perfect  choice over the center island.

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The design for kitchen and butler’s pantry is coming together.Top subway tile is Arabescato Carrara marble for the butler’s pantry and the plain white one is by ADEX for the kitchen backsplash.

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For more info on the ASID Showcase Home Tour  www.mspmag.com/hometour

Watch for my next post

Letitia Little Allied ASID, CID is an award wining interior designer in Minneapolis, MN. www.letitialittle.com.

 

 

Before & After HISTORIC RENOVATION-Vintage Kitchen Part 1

                                          ASID SHOWCASE HOUSE 2013-KITCHEN/PANTRY-DESIGN PROCESS

I am once again doing the interior design for a room in the ASID Showcase Home Tour which will run from May 18 to June 9, 2013. This home is located in the Historic Hill Heritage Preservation District of St. Paul, MN and is being extensively renovated into a B & B and private residence. My good friend and fellow ASID designer Sheree Vincent and  I are working on the Kitchen and Butler’s Pantry. I will be sharing our design process on this interesting and exciting project in ensuing posts. So stay tuned for lots of details.

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The house was built on Historic Cathedral Hill in the 1880′s  by Frank and Anna Shepard in the popular Victorian style. Frank and his father David Shepard built the Great Northern Railway for James J. Hill.

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Before shot of kitchen stripped down to the bare bones of what used to be a kitchen and bathroom. The ceiling will be lowered to cover up sprinkler pipes and the back room will be a breakfast room.

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Another view of the kitchen looking towards what will be the butler’s pantry.

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The Victorian style window trim is original to the home and will be given a fresh coat of white. Traditional wainscoting  will be added to the walls to help bring back much needed historic detail.

 

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Every inch of this 320 sq. ft. kitchen is designed for maximum space and function. It has to accomodate a large range and refridgerator,warming shelves, wall oven, garbage/recycle center, center island and pantry as requested by the clients.

 

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The design goal is always to honor the history of a home.  To do that here we added details like bracket feet and crown moulding to the cabinets as well as some glass fronts. Subway tile backsplash lends itself to historic style and  modern sensibilities. Cabinets will be painted white with nickel bin pulls.

Watch for the next post on Design Process.

For more info on the Showcase Home Tour www.mspmag.com/hometour

Letitia Little Allied ASID, CID is an award wining interior designer in the Minneapolis, MN. More info www.letitialittle.com.

 

 

INTERIOR DESIGN TRENDS- Traditional Bathrooms

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TRADITIONAL DESIGN ELEMENTS 

These beautifully updated products are perfect for today’s master bath.

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This free standing, cast iron tub with solid base is a beautiful example of the newest trend in traditional style bathrooms. “Vintage” by Kohler.

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These  handmade tiles by Adex have a special glaze that gives them a unique, yet timeless look.

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I love the slender lines of this graceful faucet  set. The polished nickel gives a crisp updated look to the tradtional  feel. by Moen

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Any one of these beautiful patterned fabrics by Mary McDonald for Schumacher would make elegant window coverings in a master bath; or anywhere else in the home for that matter.

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This graceful rendition of the beaded chandelier would bring any master bath up to date. By Hudson Valley.  Would look fabulous in almost any room.

Letitia Little, Allied ASID, CID is an award wining interior designer in Minneapolis, MN. for more info www.letitialittle.com.

INTERIOR DESIGN TRENDS- Modern Bathrooms

 

MODERN DESIGN ELEMENTS

Here are some exciting new features in modern styling that take bathroom design to a whole new level.

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What could be more modern than this fabulous,  solid surface tub by Kohler? Love the soft angular lines.

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This crisp Black and White design is shown in wallpaper and matching fabric for a well defined modern look. Mojito by Thibaut.s6700[1]

“90 Degree” faucet by Moen is sleek, functional and fun to use. Makes a great style statement!adex tile

Embossed tiles called Geo are so very “mod”. by Adexberkley

Stunning and sleek, this wall sconce in polished nickel with parchment shades is  perfect for any modern interior. by Hudson Valley.

Letitia Little Allied ASID, CID is an award wining interior designer in Minneapolis, MN.

DESIGN TRENDS for the Bath

Thinking of a new bath? Here are some new ideas to get you started.

Simplistic and modern, this Allure tub fauct is the height of luxury for the bath.  by Grohe

 This geometric wallpaper from Warner would be a great backdrop in any bathroom.

Shower head  from Grohe feels like a rain shower.

Create an airy, modern shower curtain with this sheer linen in blue and green stripes from Etamine.

Warm up the bath floor with  a cotton dhurrie rug from Stark Carpet.

Letitia Little Allied ASID, CID is a licensed, award winning interior designer located in Minneapolis, MN. for more info go to www.letitialittle.com.

 

 

 

Eco Friendly Kitchen Design Trends

Environmental concerns are part of most kitchen designs. Energy Star appliances, WaterSense faucets and LED lighting are big considerations. Sustainable counter tops like Cambria and sustainable flooring like cork, wood and bamboo are also good eco friendly choices.

 

This eco friendly counter top by Cambria  in Darlington, is an excellent example of a sustainability.  It is manufactured right here in Minnesota in environmentally conscious ways.

Kalista kitchen faucet by Kohler

Sustainable flooring is prominent in kitchen design. Cork is being considered more and more as is the new linoleum. Porcelain tiles are a favorite choice in kitchens because they look like stone but are less expensive and easier to clean. Wood is still a favorite. “Nature” porcelain floor tile by Greenway.

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