05.16.14

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Pretty In Pink

As Dornbracht seeks to refine its product offerings, they have just introduced a new, galvanic finished called CYPRUM.  You can see from the images below, this finish is a beautiful rose-gold finish that Dornbracht has created from copper and 18 carat gold. Thus Cyprum is derived from a Latin word that mean copper.

As you browse through the images below you’ll see how Dornbracht’s faucetry,  in their new Cyprum finish, offers a soft, feminine edge to their contemporary designs.  Read more about the Copper Age and the inspiration for this finish, as well at the history of its origins HERE.

 

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04.17.14

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White on White on White…

written by Cara Highfield in Kitchen | Tile | Trends

Clean, spacious, light, airy….these are all words we hear clients use to describe the feel of their dream kitchen. All of these aspects can be easily captured with a white color scheme.  The use of white will make your kitchen area feel more spacious; no other color can better achieve the feel and appearance of cleanliness than white.

White marble is always on trend, but white cabinets have circled back around into style again and we love it.  Combine those white cabinets with white marble counter tops and a white tiled backsplash and your mission is accomplished. Everywhere you look people are achieving this “clean, light, and airy” feel in fun, different, and interesting ways.  From industrial to traditional, white on white on white is in.

 

 

 


03.17.14

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Nashville HOUZZ Workshops

 

Kenny and Company Nashville so excited to be hosting Houzz again this year. We hope that you’ll join us this Wednesday for two Houzz Educational Workshops Sessions.

 

11:00 am HOUZZ BEGINNER SESSION:

For home professionals, technology tools extend far beyond space planning and drafting. Today, technology is used to communicate more effectively with clients, tell engaging stories about you and your portfolio of work and market your business with scale and efficiency, in the office or on the go. During this session, discover how you can harness Houzz and integrated technologies to do just this – improve business efficiency, reach new prospective clients and streamline communications.

 

12:00 pm HOUZZ INTERMEDIATE SESSION:

This session is designed for professionals who are already comfortable with the Houzz platform and its basic functions and are looking to take their Houzz professional profile to the next level. During this session, we will explore more ways to utilize the Houzz professional profile to boost your exposure and maximize your presence on Houzz. Professionals will also be introduced to some of our Houzz ‘Best Practices,’ which have been developed based on feedback from our users.

 

We would like to thank our event Co-Sponors; California Faucets and BPI Tile. Please take a moment to browse some photos of their products taken directly from Houzz.com

 

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If you have 2 minutes, take them to watch with fantastic time laspe video for some insight to California Faucets:http://www.calfaucets.com/?autoplay=1

 

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Thank you again to our event Co-Hosts: California Faucets and BPI Tile

 

We hope to see you all Wednesday at the Workshop Sessions!

 


03.13.14

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Birmingham Open Houzz

written by Cara Highfield in Events

Kenny & Company is proud to announce that we’ll be hosting HOUZZ for their Birmingham Debut Event.  On March18th Birmingham’s Design community is invited to attend a presentation by the Houzz team to share insights from Houzz’s 3rd Annual Homeowner survey, insider tips, and new features of Houzz.com.

Houzz.com has taken over the design community by creating a website that is not only a fantastic design resource, but also as an avenue for designer and architect to promote their work and share their projects with future clients. When I try to explain this amazing website to the small population that is not currently addicted to it, I simply say “It’s the Facebook of the Design world.”  Houzz is the leading website for remodeling and design and it can be utilized by anyone and everyone.

“From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to get the design inspiration, project advice, product information and professional reviews they need to help turn ideas into reality.” –Houzz

Kenny and Company is excited to help facilitate this event and to be able to bring an amazing experience to the Birmingham design community.

We have carefully selected our top manufacturers to Co-Host this event. Please take time to look at their product on Houzz.com by simply searching their brand name or visit their websites below by clicking on each logo.  Each of these manufactures is well represented on Houzz so take a moment to view some great images featuring their products directly from Houzz.com.

 

Waterworks:

Traditional Bathroom by Millbrook Architects & Designers Crisp Architects

 

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Haussman:

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We hope to see you next Tuesday!


02.11.14

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Let’s Talk about Hex

written by Cara Highfield in Tile | Trends

Hexagonal tile is one of our favorite trends in tile right now. Using hex tile in various colors, sizes and patterns can allow you to achieve a wide variety of styles. Carrera Marble hex can provide a classic look where a white or black hex can help you achieve a more retro extreme. Residentially, Hex has always been used in smaller sizes, but now we’re seeing hex tile make a design statement in larger formats and we’re loving it! Take a look at the gallery of images below to see how Hex tile is making a statement in these homes.

 

Contemporary Bathroom by San Francisco Architects & Designers Hart Wright Architects, AIA

 

 

 

 

 

Click on an image below to view more photos of fabulous Hex Tile installations…

 


01.07.14

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Tile as Art

written by Cara Highfield in Tile

A year ago when traveling for work, I stepped into the lobby of Love-Field Airport in Dallas to catch a flight and was immediately mesmerized by this:

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In real life, you would have done a double take, realized that these people were installing tiny tile pieces to create this breath-taking mural….I literally lost my breath, walked as close to the installation as I could, and just stared.  It was truly amazing. I am always fascinated by anything created with tile, but this was the most intricate, vibrant and vast installation that I have seen in person (created in my lifetime).

I later discovered the artist and found photos of the finished product.  If you have a moment, please take some time to visit the artist’s site and see her amazing tile mural works of art. ( Dixie Friend Gay ) You will not be disappointed. I hope you enjoy these photos and find them as fascinating as I did.

 

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A sneak peak at another impressive airport installation by the same artist:

 

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I am always amazed by tile and the experience that is can create in a space, whether on a bathroom floor or wall mural.

 


12.20.13

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‘Tis the Season

written by Cara Highfield in Featured

Christmas is here; the parties, the presents, the traditions.  As I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, one of my favorite Christmas activities is building gingerbread houses.  Being a designer in a competitive family, I always had to have the best “designed” house, but when my sister married a building science major, we entered a whole new level of competition.  I was building cathedrals and exact replicas of bungalows every year having to go more detailed and extravagant to “one-up” myself and the competition got more intense….finally we changed to making Christmas doe ornaments…and that’s a whole other story.

Anyways, due to my competitive designer streak, I have lost the joy in making gingerbread houses but I do still really enjoy seeing all the amazing edible buildings created by others.  My favorites are always the homes that mimic real architecture.  Here are just a few cool homes I’ve found this year.

 

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Happy Holidays!


12.05.13

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Double the Fun

written by Cara Highfield in Kitchen | Trends

When I was home visiting family for Thanksgiving, I often found myself in the kitchen, gathered around the island, or leaning up against the counter, talking and laughing with all of the ladies in my family. The same goes when I have friends over, I can’t seem to pull people away from my kitchen island. There will be 20 people gathered around the island and only 3 people in the den on the couch….No matter how large the house, or really how small the kitchen, the best gathering spot in the house is always the kitchen.

With the Holiday season upon us, I’ve been thinking that I really need a bigger kitchen and a smaller den…or just a bigger kitchen.  Really, what makes the most sense, especially if you like to entertain or have a large family, is to have double island. You would have more room to eat, cook and gather. I began trying to find some examples and apparently I am behind the trend. Take a glance at some of the beautiful spaces that I’ve found and see how the designers have incorporated a double island into the kitchen without making the room feel crowded. This is something I’ll add to my “Dream Home File” for sure.

 

 

 

 

 

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