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22 Apr

Living Small: Blanco Culina Mini


441623_CULINA-MINI_SNSince I’m developing a real love for innovative faucets, I thought I would share this beauty from Blanco with you. Perfect for small space dweller the Culina Mini has all the function and performance of the full size Culina faucet. The sleekness of this fixture caught my eye, along with the tangle-free closed coil with magnetic spray holder. Which shows that everyday function was at the forefront during the development. The elegant design of the Culina Mini also makes it picture-perfect for open space floor plans. I’m kind of sad that it’s only avalible in a Polished Chrome or Satin Nickel finish. I would have liked to have seen it in a Polished Brass finish. Especially for an open floor plan concept. Yup, I’m still addicted to that brass. None the less, if you are looking for a professional kitchen faucet that’s just the right size for your small space I suggest checking out the Culina Mini by Blanco…Happy Decorating Small Space Lovers!


19 Apr

DXV by American Standard


blogtourtubAs I promised, I’m back to tell you why I was hanging out in this tub. During the BlogTourNYC I had the pleasure of touring the new DXV showroom in New York. DXV is a new luxury bathroom and kitchen brand that showcases the 150 year history of American Standard. The DXV line has over 70 exceptional products designed and influenced by the history of the most significant design movements. The collections have been divided into four general movements which included, Classic {1880-1920}, Golden Era {1920-1950}, Modern {1950-1990} and Contemporary {1990-today}.

DXV1During the tour and presentation I got a close look at all four collections. What really impressed me in each collection was the design of the faucets.

DXV3All were very intricate with a great deal of attention being paid to function. The designs were smooth with a simple rhythm and sexiness about them. Each faucet was luxury at my finger tips. I then imagined having children and seeing their tiny little finger prints all over my beautiful faucet, which made me kind of sad. But then I thought, “Hey, this is one fixture I would actually like cleaning”.

DXV2Now on to my great new love. The Lyndon freestanding tub. The second I saw this beauty I just had to get in. And once I climbed in I let my imagination run away with me. Below is a concept sketch of the bathroom I daydreamed about while pretending I was actually soaking in this prized piece.

dxveditThis tub evokes a rich Zen like quality to anyone who gets in. It was very calming and wrapped around me as if I were receiving a warm reassuring hug. In my mind I could just see this tub taking center stage and I kept thinking brass, waterfalls and flowers. All of which would strip my stress away and carry me off to a dream world. Yup, that’s how I felt in just the minute I was actually in the tub. I can just imagine how it would feel if I truly had a place to put it. If you are looking to create a rich Zen bathroom in your own home, check out my design board below. And if you are looking to renovate a kitchen or bathroom any time soon make sure to check out DXV and American Standard. For all my small space dwellers the Fitzgerald suite is for you. Small in size but big on style…Happy Decorating Everyone.


1. Yellow cherry blossom wallpaper 2. Lyndon Freestanding Soaking Tub 3. Mosaic Subway Wall Tile 4. Loft Round Mirror 5. Brass Waterfall Bathroom Faucet

14 Apr

Prizer Hoods Debuts Customizable Hoods



With its long standing tradition of providing luxury hoods for the serious home chief, Prizer Hoods has unveiled their new line of customizable hoods. With over 750 colors, 15 custom metals, 10 textures, 42 profiles, and distinctive trim options, Prizer’s new hand crafted hood line has positioned itself as the go to product line for clients looking to create a kitchen that is uniquely theirs.


During the Architectural Digest Home Design Show this past March Prizer Hoods with the assistance of Kim Lewis outlined the 2014 kitchen trends. Many of you may know Kim as the lead designer of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” but as someone who has never watched the show I’ve come to know her as an energetic designer with a great passion for design. Here are a few color trends Kim and the Prizer Hoods team has forecast for Kitchen Design in 2014.


- Neutrals: This year, gray is the superstar of the neutrals family. Lewis calls gray the “softer side of black.” Not to be forgotten, black continues to speak to the high-end homeowner looking for the feel of an industrial-style design.


- Muted Tones: The “soft as a feather” look lends itself to the color used sparingly theme. This pallet includes white on white, tone on tone and light, airy looks.

-Vagabond Style: Rich in color and heritage, this combination is inspired by lands far away and is perfect for the homeowner that appreciates color and the story it evokes. Deep Moroccan jewel tones like spicy hot pinks and rich emerald greens are popular for those who love to accentuate a neutral kitchen with pops of color {you can see the radiant orchid hood to the left in the picture above}.

Lewis also hinted at the return of brass. I’m a big fan of this trend and can’t wait to see its continued development in design. So, what color trend would you like to try in your own design? I’m a traditional girl at heart but I’m really liking the hints of gray from an industrial standpoint….Happy Designing Everyone!

prizer5Can you tell home much fun we were having at the Prizer Hoods booth? The talented Inside Style design team made up of Marc & Jill Abelman strike a pose.

08 Apr

Ruskin Series for Rutt



During BlogTourNYC I got to have a firsthand look at the Ruskin Series for Rutt by designer Scott A. Stultz. The Ruskin series was unveiled at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show and designer Scott Stultz was on hand to give us a very informative talk about the design principles behind the new series. Steeped in tradition the new cabinetry collection has focused not only on the history of design but also on what captures us emotionally. I found the design of the new series to be well thought out with a keen eye towards function and practicality.


One of my favorite pieces is this drawer designed especially to house dinnerware. As most of you know I have dishware addiction that I don’t plan on kicking anytime soon. Stacked as if it were designer steam trunks, the cabinet full of drawers is perfectly made to store any fine {or not so fine} china.


In the booth the collaboration between Miele and Rutt was on full display. The contrast between the brilliant white finish of the Miele Whole Bean Coffee system and the deeper wood tone of the Rutt cabinetry showed how these two company’s products flow flawlessly together. If you would like to see more of the Ruskin Series for Rutt you can view more here or check out the video below…Happy Designing Everyone!

07 Apr

Miele Introduces Truffle Brown



I got so much great information and inspiration from attending the Architectural Digest Home Design Show, which took place March 20-23 at Pier 94 in New York. One of the top trends I took away from the show is “colorful finishes”. And the award for that trend goes to Miele, who introduced their latest hue Truffle Brown which was displayed on several of their new Combi-Steam Ovens. The oven itself is quite impressive. Designed to combine the power of steam and convection technology into one appliance, Miele aims to bring the gourmet experience into our homes. To tell you the truth, I’m not a big fan of cooking. I subscribe to the “semi-homemade” philosophy and would gladly marry Sandra Lee in two seconds flat just to get her to cook {and make cocktails} for me. When it comes to ovens the only two things I care about are, the food that come out of said oven and how glam it looks in my kitchen. So you can see why the sleek design matched with the beautiful Truffle Brown finish of this oven has absolutely won me over. And with the rousing return of brass finishes on hardware I can just picture how super glam my kitchen would be with this oven in it taking center stage. Unfortunately I live in an apartment and can’t have the appliances or finishes I would like. If I could, the sketch below shows how I would be incorporating Truffle Brown into my kitchen design. Lots of white cabinetry with brass hardware and accent pieces. I would keep it light and airy so the truffle brown finish really pops…How would you design your kitchen to feature this fabulous new finish?…Happy Decorating Everyone!

TruffleBrownKit“Lots of white cabinetry with brass hardware and accent pieces”

miele4“I needed a mani but I just had to show you how fab the brown and brass combo looks”

mieletb2“Display on oven”

mieletb3“display of oven in truffle brown finish”

04 Apr

Kelli Ellis



I’m so excited to interview the lovely and talented interior designer Kelli Ellis. I don’t use the word talented lightly. Kelli is a TV personality, camp counselor, celebrity interior designer and now author. Her new book “Do I Look Skinny In This House?: How to Feel Great In Your Home Using Design Psychology” is currently on the book shelves and available for purchase at Amazon.com. I can’t wait to curl up with this paperback and discover new ways on how to turn my home into a heaven. I hope you enjoy the interview and don’t forget to pick up a copy of Do I Look Skinny In This House?…Happy Reading Everyone!


TP: You are so busy and have your hands in several different cookies jars {ie designing, design camp, new book, tv and more}, what advice can you give on juggling it all?

KE: Time management! I have particular days I work on my different projects. Aside from a shooting schedule I do not control, I plan my meetings, client meetings, computer days and shop days accordingly. And of course, the trusty list! Without my daily lists I couldn’t get to all the facets of my life.

TP: I know you probably get this question a lot but I just have to ask, what is Design Psychology and how did you get into it?

KE: Design Psychology is the “why’s of design. Learning to design your home in a meaningful way and understanding “why” you adore certain colors, styles, and decor is more important than knowing where to place furniture in a room. Understanding the principles that create ambiance, feeling, and mood in your home are key to creating your ideal haven. It began with my curiosity as to why my clients would have such strong visceral reactions to certain styles and decor. I wondered what made some people “love” a design and others “dislike” another. I authored the Design Psychology Coaching program offered through the Spencer Institute for life coaches and designers to become Certified Design Psychology Coaches.  It’s nearly impossible to change someone life without changing their surroundings. Most Life Coaches do not train in design, and most designers do not train in psychology, so I bridged the gap. Then the book was born, as I wanted to share the process with everyone.

TP: What was it like to create the Design Psychology Coach Certification program for the Spencer Institute?

KE: The program was an awesome discovery for me. Through a ton of research, exploration of environmental psychology and history of design, I really enjoyed creating this program. I am very proud of this program and my students have done amazing things with the certification and their clients. We come together on as a group, engaging in discussions and support.

TP: I Love, Love, Love the title of your new book. How did that manifest?

KE: Ha! We wear our homes like we wear haute couture, and put them on display for all to see. So voila, Do I look skinny in this house? It is something I would ask my husband if I could try on my own design!

TP: How nervous are you about the book launch?

KE: I am not nervous, just excited! The book is a light look at how we as a culture have transformed simple walls, a window and a door, a shelter, to our havens in which we love to thrive.

TP: What is the one thing you hope readers take away from “Do I look skinny in this house?”

KE: Through the exercises in the book, my readers will look at the items in their home in a whole new way. Readers will learn to look at their homes the way they did when they first moved in, with love in their eyes. Readers will learn a bit about color therapy, light therapy, and the all important 3 F’s – function, flow and feel. Enjoy!!