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New Looks for Cabinets and Countertops Emerging in 2019

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New Looks for Cabinets and Countertops Emerging in 2019

New products and styles for cabinets and countertops were on display at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, the industry’s biggest event, held in Las Vegas from February 19 to 21, 2019.

Dark colors, wood patterns and thin surfaces are a few of the trends inspired by natural and industrial materials.

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Wood-look patterns have been trending on flooring and wall applications for some time, but it’s new to see them on countertops. Clairidge, shown in this photo, is Cambria’s first wood-look design. It features tan, walnut brown, cream, black and gray in undulating parallel layers that mimic the look of wood grain. The Woodstone collection is inspired by the tones and movement of various wood grains. 

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Engineered Counters Take On Navy 

Multiple manufacturers displayed navy or navy-flecked counters, which marry well with still-trending deep blue cabinets; navy is especially popular as an island-base or lower-cabinetry color. This photo shows Cambria’s new Islington design, which has dramatic navy and other blue tones interspersed with grays and whites. It’s also part of Cambria’s new Black Marble collection.

New Technology Allows for Thinner Engineered Surfaces

Wilsonart introduced ultra-thin countertops in a range of designs: stone and quartz looks as well as wood-look and steel patterns. The European-inspired ultrathin surfaces are one-half-inch thick and can be installed with an undermount sink. The material is a new composite made of resins and paper. 

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Cosentino also introduced a thin surface with a 4-millimeter-thick version of its Dekton product, an engineered material made of glass, quartz and porcelain known for outdoor uses due to its durability and resistance to fading.

Thanks to its new thinner profile, the product can be used on cabinetry doors and drawers, backsplashes and wall cladding in kitchens and baths, as well as on furniture, and Cosentino is hoping designers will start incorporating the product more indoors. Dekton Slim is available in nine colors. 

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Kitchen renovation has greatest potential to boost a property’s sale price

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Kitchen renovation has greatest potential to boost a property’s sale price

TORONTO, JUNE 28, 2018 – According to a cross-Canada survey of over 750 Royal LePage real estate experts, a kitchen renovation is the clear upgrade of choice with the potential to boost a property’s value by more than 12.5 per cent.[1] Both ranking second, a finished basement or a new bathroom has the potential to increase a property’s value between 2.5 per cent and 12.5 per cent, depending on the investment.

“To financially benefit from a home improvement project, you need to keep potential homebuyers in mind,” said Tom Storey, real estate agent, Royal LePage Signature Realty. “While updating a kitchen should increase your sale price, a pool can actually deter families with young children or those who are looking for less maintenance.”

Adding a pool or deck is considered the least worthwhile renovation to increase a property’s value with pricing potential limited to a maximum of 2.5 per cent of the value of the home.

For Canadians looking for more general guidance on where to focus their home projects, the vast majority of surveyed experts recommended interior renovations (95.0%) over exterior renovations (5.0%).

“Curb appeal is important but more time is spent indoors at the open house and that is where buyers typically fall in love with a home,” added Storey. “When renovating with the potential to sell, the most important thing to remember is to use colours and materials that are popular and not too personal.”

The survey showed that prospective sellers are willing to invest less than 2.5 per cent of a property’s value on home renovations prior to listing their home, which represents an investment of up to $15,138 on a property valued at $605,512[2] – the current median home price in Canada.

When asked which generation is the most likely to renovate their home, 45.1 per cent of surveyed experts said baby boomers, as many are planning to sell and downsize. They are also most likely to have the funds needed for a significant renovation.

“Baby boomers run the risk of their property selling for a lower price or languishing on the market for longer than expected if they held their property for a long period of time without updating periodically,” said Storey. “Although many buyers can see themselves making home improvements themselves, its very hard for a buyer to get excited or imagine living in a space that is run down or the decor reflects another generation.”

Popular Home Improvements

About the home renovations ROI survey.

The Royal LePage Home Improvement Survey polled 766 real estate advisors from across Canada, between June 20, 2018 and June 25, 2018. Each respondent was asked to complete an online survey composed of 8 questions on the value of popular home improvements.

[1] Statistic referenced in table Popular Home Improvements

[2] National Home Price Aggregate, Royal LePage House Price Composite, Q1 2018.

This article is curtesy of www.royallepage.ca.

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Gold Leaf Prints of the Human Brain by Greg Dunn

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Gold Leaf Prints of the Human Brain by Greg Dunn

TRULY REMARKABLE ART FORM - DIVING DEEP INTO YOUR BRAIN

“Self Reflected” by American artist/neuroscientist Greg Dunn and Dr Brian Edwards is a stunning series of gold leaf prints of the human brain. Bringing new perspective to the mind, the work bridges the connection between the macroscopic brain and the behavior of neurons through a revolutionary technique called reflective microetching. Gilded with 1,750 sheets of gold leaf, slices of the brain are magnified and the natural flow of neural activity revealed in the play of light across the rich and elaborate surface. Made with a combination of hand drawing, neuroscience data, algorithmic simulation of neural circuitry and photolithography, the project represent a seamless and unique marriage of art and science.

Greg elaborates on the method and motive behind this project:

“Self Reflected animates brain activity with light reflecting off of a golden surface and offers an unprecedented insight of the brain into itself. It reveals an enormous scope of neural choreography occurring in our own minds at the very moment of observation. It was created to remind us that the most marvelous machine in the known universe is at the core of our being. It is the root of our shared humanity.”

 

For more info please visit: www.gregadunn.comwww.brian-edwards.com


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The Whitby Hotel [New York] - WOW!

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The Whitby Hotel [New York] - WOW!

Eccentrically designed with a British influence by founder and designer Kit Kemp, The Whitby is making it’s debut in Manhattan’s Upper Midtown and is the second addition of Firmdale Hotels’ New York portfolio, following the gorgeous Crosby Street Hotel in SoHo.

There are 86 individually designed bedrooms and suites, each with floor to ceiling windows, many with a private terrace and stunning views of the Manhattan skyline. There is also The Whitby Bar and Restaurant, an Orangery, book-lined Drawing Room, private outdoor terrace as well as three beautifully designed private event rooms, a 130 seat state-of-the-art cinema and a fully equipped gym.

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Casa Nostra - Stylish Fruit Store In Barcelona

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Casa Nostra - Stylish Fruit Store In Barcelona

Casa Nostra Fruit Store in Barcelona puts focus on unique display. In this case, fruits are in the spotlight. The minimal interior by Miriam Barrio Studio highlights the colors and forms of food, while white tiles expose the beauty of local products.

The store is divided into two zones – one dedicated to fresh products and the other, storing pre-packed food. Visual identity of Casa Nostra is also intriguing. From sleek typography to beautifully designed shopping bags, the brand redefines the grocery shopping experience.

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Heavenly White & Blue Churreria El Moro [Mexico City]

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Heavenly White & Blue Churreria El Moro [Mexico City]

Churreria El Moro in Mexico City pays tribute to place’s long baking tradition. Serving the best churros and hot chocolate in Mexico, it dates back to 1935. Now, the interior got fully revamped by Cadena + Asociados – a design studio that proposed a simplified, graphic decor.

Following the black & blue color scheme, the look of the churreria is inspired by Art Deco aesthetics that once were popular in the capital. Mosaics add a refined touch to the interior, while minimal furnishings make the whole effect light and unpretentious. Photographed by Mortiz Bernoully.

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