Since March 2020, many of us have spent a lot of time in the kitchen. During that time, some of us may look at these cooking and gathering spaces with new eyes... and may prompt more of us to find ways to make our kitchens more warm, practical and beautiful.
Of course I am not immune, even though I only completely renovated my own kitchen a few years ago. Therefore, when I had the opportunity to participate in the International Ceramic Tile Fair in Bologna, Italy (an event called CERSAIE attended by 600 exhibitors and 62,000 visitors) with the US delegation in October, it was a simple Definitely (especially because I have planned to be on the other side of the pond anyway!). Although I like everything in the kitchen, my ulterior motive is to seek inspiration for the kitchen in the Victorian house I renovated in Beechmont and the kitchenette in some apartments. I am transforming it into a long-stay hospitality product (yes, when I’m not While writing, I am decorating and staying!).
And... Wow, I didn't start describing CERSAIE. There is a term called Stendhal Syndrome, in which too much beauty can lead to a feeling of being overwhelmed by all this. This may sound dramatic, but I can assure you that it is true. In large-scale events, I was stunned for three days in the jaw-dropping Italian-designed showrooms, and I was almost beaten. (Side note: Who can tell me how such a small country would have such a huge impact on the design world?)
Although it is a pity that I couldn't completely pull the amazing tiles from the wall and bring them back to the United States, my mission of finding inspiration has been well rewarded. Here are four kitchen remodeling ideas, you can find some products in Louisville-or close enough imitations.
When I saw the tile display, the idea that kept coming to my mind was that it went beyond functional floor or wall coverings. Of course, technically speaking, it is "just a tile." But really? This is art. The most luxurious and beautiful art.
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In many showrooms, we need to look at it twice or more to tell if we are looking at a large art installation or a tile mural. Honestly, it feels more like a museum or art gallery than a trade show. How wonderful it is to think of surrounding yourself with this kind of art! It has been a few years of hard work, and absorbing beauty like this is a form of self-care that I don’t know I need. Maybe you are not ready for the panther mural that fascinates many of us, but think about the tile—its color and texture—as your medium when you redesign your kitchen to open up a world of possibilities. At least, unexpected tile placement patterns (oblique or zigzag) can add interest to the kitchen design.
When was the last time you thought of light pink, sky blue, and soothing green? When it comes to the out-of-control winners at the forefront of color trends, softness, warmth and romance are the name of the game. Although ceramic tiles are technically a hard surface, the happy color brings an organic, almost soft feel to the surface. The tones of mint, sage, and roses are everywhere we see Echoing fashion trends).
Between all these alluring colors, and then drenched myself in soft tones in the cafe designed by Wes Anderson of the Prada Foundation in Milan, I went home directly to Dages Paint Co., 1140 E. Oak St., and chose A light pink, light green and cheerful light yellow color scheme was used to redo the apartment kitchen.
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Let me give you a word: botanical medicine.
If there is one monstera leaf pattern tile in CERSAIE, there will be one hundred. This trend fully illustrates what we are looking for now: quiet and comfortable nature. If you are not ready to establish a relationship with the plant patterns on the tiles for years, then there is a simple starting point. Head to Mahonia at 822 E. Market St. or Forage at Goss Ave. 1201 to find plants to refresh your kitchen.
I am definitely going home to find more green plants to flood my own kitchen. Really, this is a "doh" moment; most of the food we eat comes from plants of some shape or form. Why not allow ourselves to sustain us and provide food with the reminders of the natural world? Or, you can start with lower commitments, such as the tailgate, or if you want to play safely, stick to some green and blue gemstone hues that echo with nature.
Friends: I have seen the future, but I still pick up my chin from the floor. When I saw a chef making food directly on the counter-dramatically firing a dish, etc., I thought all my knowledge of the kitchen was turned upside down.
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He is neither a wizard nor a magician, although he looks alike. He is cooking using an amazing technique that integrates induction cooking directly into the countertop. The heat is only passed through the cookware, so-get this-the counter feels cold to the touch. He chopped up food, lit the sauce, and when he wiped it all clean, it became a kitchen counter that any of us would have. ABKStone's COOKING Surface Prime product is being launched in the United States, and its marketing team told me that distributors can request it, so we may see it in Kentucky in the near future!
Okay, but what if you really want some sweet Italian tiles? In my own search, I found that Louisville tiles carry some products that I longed for after CERSAIE. Florim, Ragno and Panaria are among the product lines offered.
So if you need me, you will most likely find me there. I am dreaming of an Italian-style kitchen.
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