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Archive for April, 2015

Warm Metals Set a New Trend


Hammered copper sink and satin nickel faucet work well together

Mixing natural copper, oil rubbed bronze, stainless steel and satin nickel–it’s all good!

Home Design Gets Warmer

Warm metals are making a resurgence in home design. Especially updated Kitchens and Baths.  After seeing several years of exclusively polished nickel, satin chrome and stainless steel finishes throughout the home, unlacquered brass, natural copper, and other “living finishes” like oil rubbed bronze are re-entering the design world. Shown in this JWH Kitchen, a hammered copper apron front sink is contrasted with a satin nickel wall mount faucet and hardware, and complimented with oil-rubbed bronze pulls on the chopping block cabinet.

These warmer metals combine beautifully with both warm and color backdrop colors. This offers a clean and subtle look against both light and dark cabinetry, and provide good durability.  The ease and natural appearance of warmer metals offer a beautiful contrast to lighter marbles and rich quartz surfaces alike.

The Trends are Warming Up!

As the design world looks for new looks and new trends—both in fashion and home design—a new idea is usually a remake of an earlier era.  The new look is not a do-over. For example, the square toe or stacked heel will never be exactly the same. This allows us to pull out a carefully stored pair of expensive 15-year-old shoes.  The refinements of an earlier trend are just different enough to be newly appealing. And of course, newly available to the market.

Brass finishes, previously the bright polished version which we have been swapping out of 1980’s houses for the past 12 years, are being replaced with the unlacquered or antique version that gives a softer, time-worn appearance to hardware and fixtures.  Copper finishes, by contrast, are preserved in their shiny “new penny” state as well as their natural aged appearance.  Oil rubbed bronze, one of our favorites, slowly evolves from a subtle dark bronze color to achieving highlights of warm brass in the most used spots.

Copper and bronze kitchen fixtures

This copper double-bowl farmhouse sink, pull-down industrial style faucet and island pendant fixture are all available for sale at

Hot Trend in Turquoise


A New Design Trend for Springtime

Turquoise is the new design trend for Spring and is making its way into homes everywhere. Beaded details jazz up chandeliers and lamps, colorful ceramic inserts in hardware, and fabulous glass tiles are part of the design frenzy. For all types of looks, this gemstone dates back to Egyptian times as a prized possession.  With renewed popularity and versatility, there are many options to add a pop of color.

Layers of turquoise color brightens this Houzz Kitchen

Bright Kitchen Details in Turquoise (photo by Houzz)

Fun facts from Houzz about the hot color for spring:

“Turquoise is found in only a few places around the globe. Mostly dry areas where aluminum and phosphorus in the soil react with copper in the groundwater are where this opaque stone is born. According to the Gemological Institute of America, the name turquoise comes from its association with Turkey.”

And here are great ways to introduce the splash of color in your home, available for purchase through Houzz:

Chandeliers dripping in beaded turquoise offer an exotic blast from the past. Set the mood for a free-form party with pendants and sconces that reflect that of glamorous bead-curtains. Create tantalizing conversation corners with dazzling turquoise lamps.”

Glass mosaic tile and chandelier featuring turquoise colors

Ideas for materials with turquoise

The small capiz shell chandelier is a bargain!  Note the 12” x 12” x 21” size– it might be too narrow (or too tall) for certain spaces.  But if space and price are right for you, this is a great piece to shed a new light in your home.

Turquoise shells light up this chandelier

Hot Bargain in Turquoise

Choosing the perfect kitchen backsplash


Finding the Perfect Kitchen Backsplash 

Choosing the “perfect” kitchen backsplash is often one of the most challenging tasks in a kitchen renovation.  One of the last decisions to be made in the design process, this detail is the finishing touch.  Like adding the perfect jewelry to an outfit, the kitchen backsplash can make or break the look.

This detailed Houzz article identifies the top 10 kitchen backsplash material choices on the market. Stainless steel, glass tiles, stone slabs and even mirror to add “feng shui” to your space. Each material has their pros and cons so it’s important to get the right advice. However, matching the right look and the proper function ensures that your kitchen backsplash will be a well-chosen element for the long term.

This mirrored insert in your backsplash is a departure from the ordinary– but it is practical, economical and looks great.  Reflecting back into the room gives the sense of depth to your space.  Keeping your eyes on little ones behind you is a handy Mom-trick.  And creating good feng shui in your kitchen is always a good thing!

Stacked Subway Tile

Kitchen of the Year backsplash

Natural stone and mirrored backsplash

Mirror for feng shui

For new backsplash ideas, the JWH Team loves to introduce exciting concepts and materials.  Through our 3-d renderings, it is easy to “try on” a variety of textures and colors.   Do you love the simplicity of white subway tile?  Are you willing to go for a full slab backsplash?  and how about all the amazing stone and tile choices in a multitude of shapes and color?  No reason to be overwhelmed– the JWH Interior Design Team will make finding the perfect kitchen backsplash a fun and personalized part of your new kitchen.