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5 Elements of an Artful Kitchen

Summer projects are in full swing in South Florida!  In fact it’s the height of the busy season for most design professionals here.

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Glass Reflects History and Looks to the Future

The thing I love about glass is that it constantly reinvents itself and that is the secret to staying viable in all economies. Glass has been around thousands of years,  first found in the Mesopotamia region, it’s main component is silica. It’s been so useful throughout history because it is so versatile in its uses.  By nature it is sterile and non pourous which makes it an excellent choice for holding food and beverages. Read more

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The Rest of the “Hot Pepper” Kitchen Story

Happy new year peeps! Back at the drawing board this week after a nice holiday break. I got a lot of annoying little things done AND spend a little time in the studio but that’s another story. Last post I told you about my dream kitchen. I don’t know about you but I’m still dreaming and that was just enough to pique my interest. The lovely Shannon Pepper of Shannon Pepper Design in New Zealand, YES, New Zealand (who knew they were rocking such awesome design down under?)  Read more

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WALKER ZANGER WOWS NKBA MEETING!

Walker Zanger Showroom in Cypress Creek, Florida
Walker Zanger Showroom in Coconut Creek, Florida
I already see some interesting possibilities!

One week ago I had the pleasure of attending the first South Florida Chapter NKBA meeting of 2013.  I was fired up by motivational speaker  Dawnna St. Louis   and her presentation about how to give your clients what they really want.    I’m looking forward to more great events this year and to working with the enthusiastic board on the communications committee.

Kind of like an art gallery for tile...
Kind of like an art gallery for tile…

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Dawnna lights a fire (and check out those awesome shoes!)

Not only was it fun to get together once again with all my old kitchen friends but the beautiful venue was an added treat.

We met at the amazing Walker Zanger showroom in Coconut Creek Florida.  Walker Zanger is filled with designer eye candy!  As soon as I walked in I felt an irresistible desire to explore every nook and cranny.  Then I decided, if I were to do that, why not nab a tour guide?  I found just that in Branch Manager, Drew Rust.

Branch Manager, Drew Rust gives the grand tour
Branch Manager, Drew Rust gives the grand tour

He explained that Walker Zanger has been around about 61 years beginning as a maker of marble tops  evolving into a chain (15 ) of designer showrooms offering all types of tile and stone slabs from around the world.  Their products can be seen at the Bellagio in Las Vegas as among many other notable locations.  The showroom featured beautiful examples of glass, marble and all the usual materials we’re used to seeing tiles made out of.  So I asked him, “what’s new”?

This is what's new, reclaimed Balinese teak tiles.  This is the "penny tile" version.
This is what’s new, reclaimed Balinese teak tiles. This is the “penny tile” version.

Some more of the AnTeak Collection at Walker Zanger
Some more of the AnTeak Collection at Walker Zanger

 

He promptly introduced me to the AnTeak Collection which is, you guessed it, tile made out of teak!  It’s new, gorgeous and can be used in both flooring and wall applications.  In addition to this they are working on a surface treatment that will allow it to be used on shower walls!

 

Gorgeous, I can see a border out of this.  The white field tile makes it pop!
Gorgeous, I can see a border out of this. The white field tile makes it pop!

The offerings at WZ are upscale to be sure but the nice thing is that often a little goes a long way.  Consider a border or an accent tile and you could get a lot of bang for the buck.  Sometimes less is more.  Speaking of budgets, WZ does offer some more affordable options as little as 2.50 per square foot.

These interesting three dimensional tiles are designed by Michael Bergman, known for his "old Hollywood moderne" style.
These interesting three dimensional tiles are designed by Michael Berman, designer for Studio Moderne Collection.

The price is right for this interesting tile that can be used on floors or walls if you want that 1000 year old look.  I happen to think it's very interesting and Bohemian, no?
The price is right for this interesting tile that can be used on floors or walls if you want that 1000 year old look. I happen to think it’s very interesting and Bohemian, no?

 

Hours are Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30.  You are welcome to have a look around but bring your designer if you want to seal the deal.  I’m sure Showroom Manager Deanna Dolfi would be happy to show you around!

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