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The first of the year is always a great time to make predictions for the coming months. So I was excited to be featured in Better Homes & Gardens with my take on bathroom trends for 2019. Bathrooms are one of the top two most popular requests for interior renovations. And they’re one of my favorite rooms to design, too. Since I was only able to share one idea for BH&G’s article, here’s my take on the top 5 bathroom trends we’ll see this year:

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1. Wood Vanities

As I said in Better Homes & Gardens, I definitely see a trend toward warm woods for vanities. It offers a natural and organic look that keeps the room from feeling too sterile. In the bathroom I designed above, the wood tones balance the white walls and tile backsplash.

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2. Colorful Cabinetry

Last year at the Kitchen & Bath trade show, cabinets were displayed in every color of the rainbow, from blue to red to hot pink. So this trend will start appearing in bathrooms this year and beyond. The great thing about color on cabinetry – as in a kids’ bathroom I designed above – is that it’s easy to change out as your kids get older.

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3. Open Showers

Europeans have used an open shower design for years, but we’re finally starting to see this trend emerge in the U.S. Some bathrooms have a glass wall partition, and others are wide open to the room, like the one I designed above. This “wet room” trend takes advantage of every square inch of space. And it offers the look of a fabulous luxe spa.

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4. Statement Wallpaper

Another great bathroom trend is bold wallpaper design. Wallpapers have come a long way, and today’s offerings are more durable and easier to clean or remove. Big, bold patterns are coming into their own this year in florals, geometrics, and abstracts. Powder rooms and bathrooms are a great place to experiment with a little more drama in your home’s design.

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5. Seamless Transitions

Tile has always been a popular material in a bathroom because of its durability. But in a twist on that look, I’m seeing more seamless transitions with the floor and walls covered in the same marble or stone. As you can see in my project above, the gorgeous tile flows from the wall to the floor. That’s a perfect look for a room known for using lots of water.

Keep these trends in mind as you plan your own bathroom remodels for 2019.

Friday Art: Amy Kaufman
We love Amy Kaufman’s pieces that are installed in our conference room at the studio. Her prints and canvas have a great presence and make a statement in any room. We particularly like the way they are framed and arranged.

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Monday. Items of the week: Wine decanters. I appreciate great wine and I love decanters. Here is a round up of our favorite wine decanters. Any of these would make a lovely gift for a friend or for your own home. Enjoy!
1. Louise Christ Wine Decanter2. Etched Vino Decanters3. Etienne Meneau Carafe No. 54. L’Atelier du Vin Decanters5. Riedel Decanter Amadeo

Friday. Entertaining: Top Patriotic Films. With a nice long rainy weekend ahead what better way to spend it than curled up by the fire watching movies. Here is a round up of our favorite patriotic movies. Enjoy the long weekend!


If one of your new years resolutions is to have more date nights or venturing out more – check these restaurants out that were recently reviewed by SF Chronicle. Looking at their menus just makes me hungry and motivated to book a reservation. Happy 3 day weekend!

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This Emerson modern dollhouse is the perfect home for the modern family. It has six rooms including a living room, kitchen, library/office, master bedroom, bathroom and child’s bedroom. Believe it or not, this house features many extras including mitered-glass corners, two fireplaces, sliding glass doors, solar panels, and recessed LED lights. Finally, the dollhouse is easy on the environment with only non-toxic and lead-free wood stains and paints. Assembly required.
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