Susan King, Glasshouse, shares some of the many ways to utlize glass in ways you may have never thought of:
At Glasshouse, we have had a lot of fun experimenting with our clear textured glasses and colored glasses. We can silver the back for a mirrored affect and can also antique the silver for an aged affect.
It’s great on a piece of furniture or a ceiling for example. We have also painted the back of the clear glass with metallic paints to achieve a gold leaf, platinum or copper affect. This can be beautiful when the glass has a sandblasted design in it also.
Green Wood Milling Co. is an industry pioneer in salvaging natural materials that would otherwise be chipped into landfills. Collected materials are repurposed and transformed into wood beams, boards, fireplace mantles, rustic custom-furniture and other wood products. We also strive to be a leader in eco-friendly business practices and use renewable energy as well as power-saving equipment and tools when possible. We work to engage the community in building a greener tomorrow.
New Braunfels Downtown Design District is excited to announce their first ever downtown design stroll! It will be held Thursday, September 20, and the third Thursday of every month from 5 - 9 p.m.; so don't despair if you can't make it to this one. All seven shops will be open later hours for these events and each will have their own separate events and happenings. This downtown design stroll is not only a premiere event, it marks the grand opening of Adele Kerr & Company's showroom!
Wooden countertops. We're seeing more and more of them being installed in kitchens. It can definitely cause one to do a double take when you see wooden countertops paired with tiled flooring versus the more traditional look of non-wooden countertop paired with wood floors. When it comes to wood countertops, people are excited at the possibility and the look may appeal to them, but they are hesitant as to the downsides of what having these countertops could mean. We brought in a Design Guide Texas expert, Lynley Serratt, Palmer Todd, Inc., to give us some insights on the pros and cons of wooden countertops.
· Wood countertops offer a wide range of choices because you have the option of choosing the species of wood, the color and stain and the grain orientation. You can even choose to use reclaimed wood to bring some eco-conscious choices into your kitchen design.
· The popular assumption about wood countertops is that they are installed for “show” and that the people who want them in their space must not really use their kitchen. This is not always true. Many large families with heavy activity install and enjoy wood surfaces.
Morrison Supply Company is the leading wholesale distributor of plumbing, HVAC and builder products in the Southwest. Founded in 1917, Morrison now operates approximately eighty locations in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas and Louisiana. The company also has more than thirty showrooms where homeowners, builders and designers can personally select from a vast array of fine plumbing products, appliances decorative hardware and bath accessories.
Photos by Jill Broussard
While the heart and soul of the home remains the kitchen, its look continues to change as current trends and innovative layouts redefine what is “modern” and improve what is “traditional.”
One major shift in kitchen style is an open plan layout, which connects with the surrounding rooms. Design professionals see a shift away from the kitchen being confined to a single, enclosed room separated from the other main rooms in the house. Even high-end condominiums are incorporating more connectivity between the main rooms and the kitchen.
“The kitchen is the center of every home,” said Angel Calderon, sales manager of Poggenpohl. “A beautiful living space enhances quality of life. Our philosophy is to treat the kitchen as a room for living.”
Photo courtesy of Cosentino
There is a plethora of beautiful, solid, surface counter options, from which the design professional can choose. However, there is a new philosophy, which demands responsible consumption and an awareness of our environmental footprint.
In this time of ecological awareness, Cosentino has introduced to the market the leading eco-friendly surface.
Within the past four years, Eco by Cosentino has emerged and has peeked the interests in both residential and commercial specs. This product embraces sustainability, design and quality in a new category of recycled surfaces.
More than a showroom, the Cosentino Center is designed to support, promote, and educate architects and designers by integrating distribution facilities with product display areas, meeting spaces for designers to bring clients, classrooms for continuing education, and fully functioning kitchens and event space for demonstrations.