Exotic Stone & Gem Kitchen Countertops

Exotic Stone & Gem Kitchen Countertops

Something Truly Special

If standard countertops simply won’t do for your kitchen or bathroom, there are distinctively beautiful alternatives available. Exotic stone, gemstone, precious metal and other matchless options allow you to choose a kitchen or bath countertop that will be as rare as it is beautiful.

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Kitchen Tables - Essential to Every Design

Kitchen Tables - Essential to Every Design

Kitchen tables are an essential feature of every design scheme. 

The focal point of shared food and socialisation. If the kitchen is the heart and center of a home, the table is its key element, offering vast design potential.

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Schmidt Cabinet Company

Schmidt Cabinet Company

The Defined Home welcomes Schmidt Cabinet Company to our showroom. Schmidt Cabinet Company is USA based in New Salisbury, Indiana. Family owned and operated since 1959.  We chose Schmidt Cabinet Company based on the unmatched quality and craftsmanship they have produced for over 50 years.

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Are You in Transition? The Transitional Kitchen

Are You in Transition? The Transitional Kitchen

Transitional style is coming into its own as a favorite kitchen design.

The reason? Transitional style has universal appeal — it takes a trend-defying approach to design that’s cozy, elegant and ensures a great return on your investment.

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The Defined Home introduces SouthernStone Cabinets

The Defined Home introduces SouthernStone Cabinets

The Defined Home, as designers and purveyors of specialty kitchen and bath cabinetry, are implementing a new standard of luxury, design, quality and craftsmanship to the Southwest Florida area. We are thrilled to introduce Clearwater, Florida-based SouthernStone Cabinets, as one of the product lines featured in our Showroom. 

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Why Does a Color Create a Trend?

Color offers us a visual language which, through a variety of shades and intensities, can be used to convey feelings and emotions.
By following the rules of design – which never leave anything to chance – we can see why a particular shade of color can create a trend, inspire fashions and breathe new life into a room.


When the color is right, it makes the environment which surrounds us a more pleasant and comfortable place to be.


How do you choose the right shade while making sure it is on trend? You may not be aware that color trends come in cycles: a single color which is used heavily in one season tends to become repetitive and boring over time, which is why we then start thinking about shades we have not seen for a long time.

Although tastes in color used to change every ten years, nowadays it happens more frequently: colour shades and intensities are replaced every five years.

In the famous Pantone charts, it is easy to distinguish between basic colours (white, neutrals and grey) and saturated (or accent) colors, which have shorter cycles in fashion terms.

Right now, brown shades are on trend, having almost replaced black, cream, beige and all colours evoking the natural world.

The return of the multicoloured looks typical of the '80s, featuring halftones and unsaturated shades and boldly reflecting the look of environmentally friendly products made from recycled materials.
Nevertheless, the maxim is – and will remain – rational daring: even when you choose the most nonconformist combinations and the most audacious colours, bear in mind that for perfect colour alignment, logical colour matching is a must, in order to avoid excessive clashing.

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Assessing Needs for a Bath Remodel

Peter Rymwid

Peter Rymwid

This tub has an in-line heater and sits in a river-rock-filled, drained fiberglass pan. A wood-textured porcelain tile floor follows the gentle curve of the tub and rock path.

By: Kristen Hampshire

We need more space. That’s one thing most everyone can agree on when evaluating their current bathroom. And if the home is older, there likely is very little elbow room in the ‘ole water closet. “The typical shower in the typical house built 20 years ago was probably a 3x3 foot or 3x3.5 foot size, and it’s just not large enough,” says Ken Perrin, president, Artistic Renovations, Cleveland, Ohio.

Another point most people identify as a key driver for remodeling the bathroom is the desire to update. The old bathroom looks—well, old. “Ninety percent of the time the bathroom is outdated,” says Brian Johnson, principal, Collaborative Design Architects, Billings, Mt., referring to his clients’ impetus for remodeling. “The fixtures are outdated. The tub is too small. They say, ‘We’ve put up with this for 15 years.’” Chances are, how you are using that bathroom now and the way you’d like to use it after the remodeling is done are different. Sure, the basic activities will still take place there, but there’s probably something missing in the current design or layout that is bugging you.

Unlike a kitchen remodel, where you have one room to focus all your design efforts, your bathroom renovation depends on which bathroom you are remodeling. The space layout and appliances/fixtures you choose for a master bath will be very different from what you want for a powder room.

As you start planning your project, identify the bathroom you want to remodel and take some time to consider your lifestyle and how the bathroom fits into the picture. Consider how you’re using it now and what you want this remodel to accomplish. The Day in the Life of Your Bathroom Questionnaire will help you assess the activities that take place in your bathroom and how the room is stacking up to your needs.

After completing the Day in the Life of Your Bathroom Questionnaire, consider what bathroom features you need and want, your priorities and the life expectancy for the bathroom. Will you grow old in the home, or is this an update to freshen up the space? Think about what you want the bathroom remodel to accomplish and fill out the Bathroom Goals Worksheet. You’ll use these exercises to create a roadmap to a successful bathroom renovation.

Once you get a better idea of your remodeling plan, explore bathroom designs that suit your needs and lifestyle. Whether you’re remodeling a master bath into a spa retreat or punching up a powder room to impress guests, find inspiration in these common bathroom types:

 

Cabinetry for your bath... Stop by The Defined Home Showroom located in the Design District Downtown Naples at 470 Tamiami Trail, Naples, FL 34102 - (5th Ave. N & US41)

 

Furnishing Between the Kitchen and the Living Area

The "business card" for your house

For some years now increasingly demanding lifestyles have been shaping how we live in our homes. Simple but functional furniture is more and more often required not only for the kitchen but also for the living area.
Fueled by the elimination of architectural separators this process has influenced the design of both spaces, transforming the kitchen into a sophisticated space with prestigious wood, glass and chrome details, and modifying the style and purpose of some living room elements (book cases, storage furniture, shelves, etc.) to adapt to this new lifestyle.

Materials

The meeting of these once very distinct worlds is most visible in the materials.

The smooth and flat wooden cabinet doors of modern kitchens highlight the aesthetic potential of wood. Combined with other materials like Femix steel or glass, they create refined contrasts.

In the composition on the left, materials are the undisputed stars of the kitchen and living room: Tussah Walnut with its elegant vertical grain for the large cabinets, Malé White Fenix NTM for the island worktop and base units, and slatted Nabuk Oak for the breakfast bench top. The same finishes and materials are also applied to the “Fluida” wall system for a truly eye-catching ensemble.

Borderline modules

In a synthesis of style and function some pieces were designed to play the role ofinterface between the kitchen and living area, incorporating characteristics that satisfy the needs of both the spaces: the "Fluida" wall-system project witnesses the  “natural transition” in furniture, which links rooms together, opening and closing them, with divisions and continuity.

Furniture becomes architecture, free-standing partitions separate rooms with subtlety, establishing links between the various functions.

Decorative storage shapes

Though the operative zones are concentrated in the kitchen area this is no longer necessary for storage areas.

Seeing that in the majority of modern apartments there is never too much space, the most up to date kitchens often have a special range of closets which break from the kitchen and discreetly blend into the living area.


In the open space layout, furniture and matching fittings form a single design scheme, with functions and placings mixed and matched; here, the living area composition (one of the three different options available) offers continuity with the low cupboards in the kitchen for added integration.

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A Little Bit of "Swing" in Your Kitchen!

Scavolini Flux Swing 

Scavolini Flux Swing 

Design & Style = Scavolini

Pure shapes, clean-cut styling, perfect balance of volumes and shapes for an clean-cut styling modern design

The new Flux Swing designed by Giugiaro Design entails a dynamic kitchen concept, elegant and functional.

Straight lines meet curved lines creating an effective balance of components, volumes and proportions thus producing, an exclusive and stylish setting.

For those who love clean-cut styling, innovative solutions and highly sophisticated and contemporary design, this project for kitchen furnishing is the ideal answer.

Distinguishing features

The special shaping of the doors and joining elements, the exclusive integrated built-in hood, the Slide tape-like element that merges the kitchen with the living room, the perfect silhouette of the breakfast counter and peninsula...they are some of must-haves of Flux Swing

Corner joining elements:

Scavolini Flux Swing

Scavolini Flux Swing

Curved base units and wall units with push-pull opening concealing practical swivel baskets.

Alternatively, a corner joining element for curved base units can be inserted to maintain the continuity of the worktop.

The Slide tape-like element:

Scavolini flux swing

Scavolini flux swing

The Slide element, with its sculptural appeal, designs an unprecedented sliding effect which drops from the wall units and embraces the living room base units, repeating the silhouette of the peninsula and end units with tilted doors.

Shaped elements:

Scavolini flux swing

Scavolini flux swing

 

Interesting new features are the shaped elements that introduce the special graphic design of the model:

- shaped elements on either side of the hood to reiterate the styling trait of Flux Swing and create unexpected storage space (flap opening), while joining the appliance with the wall units to perfection

- the open-fronted larder unit with curved end unit fitted with glass shelves, as well as the silhouette of the breakfast counter with end base unit with a shaped door, which also features the same practical components

-  the new shaped island along with the exclusive curved end units, enhance the uber-modern design.

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