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Kitchen Case Study: Update and Integrate

This is what we're dealing with, view out the back of the townhouse
This is what we’re dealing with, view out the back of the townhouse

 

 

One of the perks (not twerks) of my job is that I get to work in lovely homes on the beach. ¬†If I’m having a “design panic moment” all I have to do is look out the window at the ocean and all is well. ¬†This townhouse project came to me as a referral and is actually a winter home on the ocean in Delray Beach. ¬†This homeowner is a potter with a keen eye for design and finishes.

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Tip #3: Where can I save money and what items are worth the splurge?

Many of our clients begin kitchen remodeling projects in the summer. ¬†Kids are out of school and our commitments tend to be less (for some of us) in the summer months. ¬†Today’s client query is one that I hear a lot. ¬†Naturally we all want to get the most for our money in all our investments but where can you save money in a kitchen remodel and what items are worth the splurge?

The answer to that is largely subjective as we all have differing needs and priorities.  That said, there are some principles that should never be compromised and those include efficient use of space, safety and the best quality you can afford.

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Du Verre, The Hardware Co., Sustainably Beautiful

As a designer I’m always on the look out for products that will make my kitchens one of a kind. ¬†Sometimes the necessary functionality of cabinet boxes can be redundant. ¬†As much as I tell clients “less is more”, I can’t fight the fact that most of us have lots of stuff and we need our storage, dammit! ¬†One way to add a little¬†artfulness¬†is with cabinet hardware. ¬†Du Verre The Hardware Co. is one of the companies I discovered on the Modenus Blog Tour New Orleans. ¬†Then, you know how you learn about something and then all of a sudden it seems to pop up everywhere? ¬†That’s what happened to me and Du Verre. ¬†Whilst writing about the¬†NKBA design winning kitchen below I discovered that the hardware used was none other than the Forged 3 Collection by, you guessed it, Du Verre!
sports Forged 3 handles by Du Verre in satin nickel finish.  Photo by Evan White
Du Verre Hardware is a design leader for original, contemporary hardware.  Made from recycled aluminum, Du Verre is environmentally friendly.

Forged3, up close and personal
Forged3, up close and personal

Co-Founder, CEO and Creative Director Gina Lubin teams up with innovative designers such as Clodagh to create truly unique and artful collections that can be considered sculpture with a function. Clodagh, who worked on the Primitive, Stacked and Tribal collections, is known for intelligent use of materials and natural elements. ¬†One hallmark of contemporary design is minimalism yet there has to be enough. ¬†“Clutter can undermine serenity, but minimalism should not be self denying”, says Clodagh.

Primitive collection by Du Verre is the result of a collaboration between international designer Clodagh and Du Verre's own Gina Lubin
Primitive collection by Du Verre is the result of a collaboration between international designer Clodagh and Du Verre’s own Gina Lubin

 

The Rio collection by Du Verre, one of my favorites.
The Rio collection by Du Verre, one of my favorites.

Marcel by Du Verre
Marcel by Du Verre

Lotus by Du Verre,
Lotus by Du Verre,

Available die cast finishes include Satin Nickel, Oil Rubbed Bronze polished chrome and more. ¬†Each collection varies. I love that these are all as pleasurable to look at as they are to touch. ¬†If you’d like to experience Du Verre in person, click here to find a distributor in your area.
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