5 PICKS FROM CRATE AND BARREL by Caroline Wilding

Winter is in full effect which means lots of cozy snow days spent inside.  I was walking through the Crate and Barrel in Cherry Creek the other day and wanted to share a few items that I loved in person and am considering for my own house. Hope you are all keeping warm!

  Wilder Dinnerware , $40.95 for a 4 piece place setting at  Crate&Barrel . What I like about this set is it looks organic and earthy and comes in a beautiful neutral color. The mug is a larger, more practical size than most dinnerware sets out there. 

Wilder Dinnerware, $40.95 for a 4 piece place setting at Crate&Barrel. What I like about this set is it looks organic and earthy and comes in a beautiful neutral color. The mug is a larger, more practical size than most dinnerware sets out there. 

 The  Wilder Low Bowl  is a nice larger bowl that would be perfect for stews, risotto and pasta dishes. 

The Wilder Low Bowl is a nice larger bowl that would be perfect for stews, risotto and pasta dishes. 

 Lastly, the  Wilder Serving Bowl  is a standout piece in this dinnerware collection. I love that it's taller and narrower than most serving bowls. 

Lastly, the Wilder Serving Bowl is a standout piece in this dinnerware collection. I love that it's taller and narrower than most serving bowls. 

  Miguel Highball Glass  has a slight green cast due to it being made of recycled glass. It's thick and heavy and the perfect, generous size for water. It also has a handmade organic feel because every glass is slightly different in size and shape.

Miguel Highball Glass has a slight green cast due to it being made of recycled glass. It's thick and heavy and the perfect, generous size for water. It also has a handmade organic feel because every glass is slightly different in size and shape.

  Square End Grain Cutting Board  is a perfect size for chopping or using as a cheese board. I like that it is thick and made of end grain which will make it stronger and last longer. In the store the wood looked dark and rich like a walnut, which is my favorite wood species.

Square End Grain Cutting Board is a perfect size for chopping or using as a cheese board. I like that it is thick and made of end grain which will make it stronger and last longer. In the store the wood looked dark and rich like a walnut, which is my favorite wood species.

 The  Dakota  dining table and bench really stood out to me due to its minimal design and the live-edge detailing. The white oak wood is a fantastic middle tone color and the two pieces together look refined and organic. I would put some sheep skins on the bench to make it more comfortable, but otherwise love the white slip cover chairs and vase that are styled with this collection.

The Dakota dining table and bench really stood out to me due to its minimal design and the live-edge detailing. The white oak wood is a fantastic middle tone color and the two pieces together look refined and organic. I would put some sheep skins on the bench to make it more comfortable, but otherwise love the white slip cover chairs and vase that are styled with this collection.

  Lakin recycled teak dining table  is just lovely in person. The combination of the recycled teak wood and metal legs strikes a perfect balance, and I could see putting this table in a variety of interiors spanning from mid century to farmhouse. It comes with expansion leaves so this table can be made to be 119" for a large dinner party.

Lakin recycled teak dining table is just lovely in person. The combination of the recycled teak wood and metal legs strikes a perfect balance, and I could see putting this table in a variety of interiors spanning from mid century to farmhouse. It comes with expansion leaves so this table can be made to be 119" for a large dinner party.

STYLISH RUGS UNDER $500 by Caroline Wilding

With my son getting closer and closer to walking, every room in our house has become a family-friendly space. His sticky fingers, muddy feet, and exorbitant amount of drool test our furniture on an hourly basis. I want my son to feel comfortable exploring our house, so for now I am sticking to furnishings that can withstand an active baby without sacrificing style.

Most of our house has wood floors, so I’ve been on the lookout for reasonably priced, good looking area rugs. Here are some of my top picks- not all are completely family friendly, but the price is right. I’ve also listed three that are over the price point, but I just couldn’t resist!

   
  
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    This leather dressage rug by  CB2  is a great durable option for high-traffic areas due to its color, material and flat weave. I love the black edge and tassels on either side of the gray center, giving it a crisp and edgy feeling. Also, the price is great for the large sizes at just $314 for the 9x12. It would be great for an entry/foyer location, and could work well under a dining room table as well.

This leather dressage rug by CB2 is a great durable option for high-traffic areas due to its color, material and flat weave. I love the black edge and tassels on either side of the gray center, giving it a crisp and edgy feeling. Also, the price is great for the large sizes at just $314 for the 9x12. It would be great for an entry/foyer location, and could work well under a dining room table as well.

   
  
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    Jute rugs are a great option for more laid-back and casual interiors. Their neutral color allows you to add almost any color to the pallet. Of the many weave patterns available for jute rugs, I like this basket weave from  World Market  that comes in seven different sizes at a great price point. I can see using this in a family room or living room. While durable and forgiving, this rug is not ideal for furry friends who love to scratch or owners who like to lounge on the floor.

Jute rugs are a great option for more laid-back and casual interiors. Their neutral color allows you to add almost any color to the pallet. Of the many weave patterns available for jute rugs, I like this basket weave from World Market that comes in seven different sizes at a great price point. I can see using this in a family room or living room. While durable and forgiving, this rug is not ideal for furry friends who love to scratch or owners who like to lounge on the floor.

   
  
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    I don’t know a designer that doesn’t (at least secretly) love  Nate Berkus for Target  home items. I think he makes some stylish rugs, and you can’t argue with a Target price. Plus, his rugs feature natural fibers—a must-have for durability in climates that test floor materials to the max. I love this cream textured wool rug (7x10 for under $250). The subtle texture and neutral color fit a huge range of interiors and look like an inviting, cozy sweater. The light cream color doesn’t quite pass the family-friendly test, but I would happily put this rug in a living room or bedroom.

I don’t know a designer that doesn’t (at least secretly) love Nate Berkus for Target home items. I think he makes some stylish rugs, and you can’t argue with a Target price. Plus, his rugs feature natural fibers—a must-have for durability in climates that test floor materials to the max. I love this cream textured wool rug (7x10 for under $250). The subtle texture and neutral color fit a huge range of interiors and look like an inviting, cozy sweater. The light cream color doesn’t quite pass the family-friendly test, but I would happily put this rug in a living room or bedroom.

   
  
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    Another  Nate Berkus for Target  shout-out is this alternating flat woven and tufted rug with a subtle diamond pattern. It is also made of natural fibers, and would hold up in more high-traffic areas better than its cream counterpart, due to the contrasting, darker colors. The 7x10 size comes in below $350 making it a great lower-cost option. I would love this for a living room or bedroom.

Another Nate Berkus for Target shout-out is this alternating flat woven and tufted rug with a subtle diamond pattern. It is also made of natural fibers, and would hold up in more high-traffic areas better than its cream counterpart, due to the contrasting, darker colors. The 7x10 size comes in below $350 making it a great lower-cost option. I would love this for a living room or bedroom.

   
  
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    The hide rug in our living room is one of my favorites due to its durability. We’ve had it for over five years and it still looks new—quite the feat considering our one-year-old spends so much time on it! Hide rugs can be swept like the regular floor, and nothing really sticks to or stains them. This option from  One Kings Lane  comes in right below my $500 limit.  I love its organic, luxe texture and brindle color. The mixture of brown, ivory, black, and grey tones allows it to go with a wide variety of colors and styles meaning it will still be able to be useful if you change things up in the future.

The hide rug in our living room is one of my favorites due to its durability. We’ve had it for over five years and it still looks new—quite the feat considering our one-year-old spends so much time on it! Hide rugs can be swept like the regular floor, and nothing really sticks to or stains them. This option from One Kings Lane comes in right below my $500 limit.  I love its organic, luxe texture and brindle color. The mixture of brown, ivory, black, and grey tones allows it to go with a wide variety of colors and styles meaning it will still be able to be useful if you change things up in the future.

OVER $500

   
  
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    I love adding vintage elements to interiors. You can usually buy vintage pieces in much better quality and craftsmanship than what you can find new for the same price, and they add a lived-in patina to an otherwise sterile space. The only problem with vintage rugs is finding the perfect size to fit a larger room. I like this vintage striped Kilim from  One Kings Lane  because it has a laid-back vibe and natural color that will compliment a variety of styles. It also comes in a generous size that could work for a smaller living room.

I love adding vintage elements to interiors. You can usually buy vintage pieces in much better quality and craftsmanship than what you can find new for the same price, and they add a lived-in patina to an otherwise sterile space. The only problem with vintage rugs is finding the perfect size to fit a larger room. I like this vintage striped Kilim from One Kings Lane because it has a laid-back vibe and natural color that will compliment a variety of styles. It also comes in a generous size that could work for a smaller living room.

   
  
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    LA-based design studio Commune can do no wrong in my opinion. I am loving this rug that came out of their latest collaboration with  West Elm . It has a graphic and strong pattern, but offers a welcome fresh take on the Moroccan Souk rug that has had its long time in the sun. The smaller sizes come in below $500, but getting one big enough for a family room or living room is requires a bit of a splurge.

LA-based design studio Commune can do no wrong in my opinion. I am loving this rug that came out of their latest collaboration with West Elm. It has a graphic and strong pattern, but offers a welcome fresh take on the Moroccan Souk rug that has had its long time in the sun. The smaller sizes come in below $500, but getting one big enough for a family room or living room is requires a bit of a splurge.

   
  
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    I love this  Colca Rug  from West Elm despite it being a little bit of a Cosby sweater. Because it consists  of muted /neutral tones and a geometric pattern, it would be an interesting layering piece in an office or living area. I love the fringed edges and the versatility this color pallet allows with a variety of styles.

I love this Colca Rug from West Elm despite it being a little bit of a Cosby sweater. Because it consists  of muted /neutral tones and a geometric pattern, it would be an interesting layering piece in an office or living area. I love the fringed edges and the versatility this color pallet allows with a variety of styles.

CABINET PULLS PART THREE: LEATHER AND METAL by Caroline Wilding

With cabinet pulls there is an opportunity to add a sensual, elevated experience to your daily life. I have always tended toward real materials, particularly my favorite combination of brass and leather. That being said, don't put a leather cabinet pull in any wet area or a place where your hands might get dirty (bath, kitchen, wet bar) as it would easily stain in and you won't be able to sanitize them. I think these pulls are perfect in a master closet, high-end retail spaces, a furniture piece or office environments.

Here are a few I am obsessing over lately. The Leather Recessed Pull by Made Measure is sleek and minimal- it has an understated elegance and adds the perfect tactile element. The other pull is the Kennaston Drawer Pull by Rejuvenation. I love the combination of metal and leather and the minimal, timeless design of the pull. 

The sources are courtesy of my pal Evan Gist at ArtKraft in Denver: 

 Made Measure Leather Recessed Pull with Brass Core, Color: Black.

Made Measure Leather Recessed Pull with Brass Core, Color: Black.

 Made Measure Leather Recessed Pulls with Brass Core, Color: Saddle Tan.

Made Measure Leather Recessed Pulls with Brass Core, Color: Saddle Tan.

 Rejuvenation Kennaston Drawer Pull, Color: Satin Brass.

Rejuvenation Kennaston Drawer Pull, Color: Satin Brass.

 Rejuvenation Kennaston Drawer Pull, Color: Oil-Rubbed Bronze.

Rejuvenation Kennaston Drawer Pull, Color: Oil-Rubbed Bronze.

KITCHEN DETAILS FOR MODERN LIVING by Caroline Wilding

The kitchen is the heart of most homes. It's where the groggy morning moments happen and the celebrations end. With the open-concept home being in fashion, the trick to a kitchen that ties a home together becomes how to keep it from becoming visually overwhelming. The sink or counter that never has a dirty dish laying on it- just a lofty goal when life, time and just not being able to do it all get in the way?

I think that good design plans for real life and takes those imperfections and creates an elegant solution. It gives us a break rather than adding to our ever growing to do list. 

 This is a great area for those appliances that clutter up a counter as well as a breakfast station, housing the coffee maker, toaster, water kettle, coffee/ tea and the mismatched collection of travel mugs. If you don't want to see it you just close it up- instantly the space is pristine. In order to achieve this you need heavy duty pivoting pocket door hardware such as this one by  Knape and Vogt .

This is a great area for those appliances that clutter up a counter as well as a breakfast station, housing the coffee maker, toaster, water kettle, coffee/ tea and the mismatched collection of travel mugs. If you don't want to see it you just close it up- instantly the space is pristine. In order to achieve this you need heavy duty pivoting pocket door hardware such as this one by Knape and Vogt.

 This is a similar concept to close up the visual clutter. The full height sliding doors take all the appliance screens, appliances and objects and hide them so the space is serene and put together when not in use. To achieve this look you can utilize one of the  Hafele  HAWA system sliding door hardware sets and track. Hafele makes many sliding door hardware options depending on the door dimensions and weight. I like to recess the track so the bottom is flush or slightly recessed in the ceiling for a clean look.

This is a similar concept to close up the visual clutter. The full height sliding doors take all the appliance screens, appliances and objects and hide them so the space is serene and put together when not in use. To achieve this look you can utilize one of the Hafele HAWA system sliding door hardware sets and track. Hafele makes many sliding door hardware options depending on the door dimensions and weight. I like to recess the track so the bottom is flush or slightly recessed in the ceiling for a clean look.

 The sliding back panel behind the cooktop can house the oils, spices and tools for cooking in a handy location. You can achieve this detail by utilizing hardware such as this  European Style Sliding Door Hardware from Rockler .

The sliding back panel behind the cooktop can house the oils, spices and tools for cooking in a handy location. You can achieve this detail by utilizing hardware such as this European Style Sliding Door Hardware from Rockler.

LUXE GOLD LIST by Caroline Wilding

Our founding principal architect Caroline Wilding is on the Luxe Magazine Gold List, and she has the plate to prove it! If you haven't checked out Luxe Magazine lately their new format and layout is looking amazing. Check out the project that was designed by Caroline and featured last year, the Donner Residence, in the September 2015 issue.

HILLTOP BATHROOM REMODEL by Caroline Wilding

We recently finished the renovation of a small master bath in the Hilltop neighborhood of Denver. The client's primary request was a deep soaking tub in the existing 8' x 8' bathroom. Although this master bath has a small footprint, we designed a lot of storage so it would function well and not look cluttered. To that end, the ArtKraft built custom medicine cabinet above the vanity goes all the way to the ceiling providing ample product storage. The medicine cabinet has outlets, shelves and hooks inside so their hair dryer, electric shaver/ tooth brush can be plugged in and stored away and don't clutter the counter. There is a narrow floor to ceiling cabinet across from the toilet with a built-in hamper and room for toilet tissue and other storage. The vanity has a combination of drawers and doors for even more storage. I love the earthly and timeless palette of this bath which incorporates natural limestone, walnut wood, satin nickel and linen. 

Tile: Arizona Tile: Silver Beige Vein Cut Limestone on Walls, Ivory Basaltina Porcelain on floor

Fittings: Fortis Scala in Satin Nickel Finish from Ferguson

Sink: Kohler from Ferguson

Cabinets: Custom grain matched walnut veneer with clear matte finish by ArtKraft.

 An overall view of the bathroom showing the beautiful grain matched walnut cabinets with routed finger pulls and vein cut limestone.

An overall view of the bathroom showing the beautiful grain matched walnut cabinets with routed finger pulls and vein cut limestone.

 A detail of the material palette: walnut, limestone and linen.

A detail of the material palette: walnut, limestone and linen.

 A detail of the Fortis fittings. As a side note, adding a bunch of fresh eucalyptus into your shower creates a wonderful spa experience as the aroma comes out with the steam. Also, it just looks pretty.

A detail of the Fortis fittings. As a side note, adding a bunch of fresh eucalyptus into your shower creates a wonderful spa experience as the aroma comes out with the steam. Also, it just looks pretty.

 Corner detail showing the shadow reveal turning the corner on the custom walnut vanity.

Corner detail showing the shadow reveal turning the corner on the custom walnut vanity.

 Overall view showing the entire pallet: limestone, linen, satin nickel and walnut wood.

Overall view showing the entire pallet: limestone, linen, satin nickel and walnut wood.


CABINET PULLS PART TWO: METAL by Caroline Wilding

TAB PULL:
If installing a routed finger pull isn't possible, my go-to is a metal tab pull (or edge pull). It has a minimal visual effect so it doesn't detract from the design of the cabinetry, it doesn't protrude as much as other pulls, and can be very cost effective.  Almost every hardware manufacturer makes a version of these, from Ikea to Sun Valley Bronze, so there are a variety of price points and ranges of quality. I also like that you can find them in almost any finish.

This one is by Amerock and available on My Knobs, retails for only around $5 a pop!

 Amerock 3" Edge Pull in Satin Nickel.

Amerock 3" Edge Pull in Satin Nickel.

I love the idea of adding some warmth through pull hardware. Brass accents have shown up everywhere these days, but I am obsessed with the satin copper finish that Schoolhouse Electric offers in the Midvale and T Pulls. I think any of the three offered finishes would be a timeless choice for a kitchen or bath.

 Schoolhouse Electric Midvale Pull shown in all three finishes: Natural Brass, Matte Bronze and Satin Copper.

Schoolhouse Electric Midvale Pull shown in all three finishes: Natural Brass, Matte Bronze and Satin Copper.

 Schoolhouse Electric T Pull shown in all three finishes: Natural Brass, Matte Bronze and Satin Copper.

Schoolhouse Electric T Pull shown in all three finishes: Natural Brass, Matte Bronze and Satin Copper.

 Schoolhouse Electric T and Midvale Pulls shown in action, Finish: Satin Copper.

Schoolhouse Electric T and Midvale Pulls shown in action, Finish: Satin Copper.

Here is one more pull that I have been crushing over by 12th Ave Iron. You rout out a notch into the cabinet drawer/ door and install it into the void. I like that this pull is flush and offers a little peek-a-boo into the drawer- I think it would look great in the Bronze finish on a darker finish cabinet. It adds a masculine/ industrial element to any cabinet or furniture piece.

 12th Avenue Iron Center Roll Cabinet Pull in Bronze Finish.

12th Avenue Iron Center Roll Cabinet Pull in Bronze Finish.

A big THANK YOU to Evan at ArtKraft for giving me the sources on these!!

CABINET PULLS PART ONE: ROUTED FINGER PULL by Caroline Wilding

I believe poetry lies in the details of our the environments we build for ourselves. Details like what you touch and how materials come together are the language of architecture. I think no detail is too small to consider, and seeing as there are millions of cabinet pulls to choose from I wanted to do a mini-series of posts on my favorites and the ones have have caught my eye lately.

My favorite pull for Construct clients is a routed finger pull where the pull is routed out of the drawer/doors themselves. I prefer this detail for a number of reasons- it has a clean/ minimal look, it doesn't add ornamentation to the cabinetry, and it won't detract from the finish of the cabinets. In a kitchen with many drawers and doors, ornamental pulls draw too much attention to themselves and the design results in an overly busy appearance. It's flush (doesn't stick out past the face of the cabinet) so there is nothing to scratch your hip or knee when cozying up to a cabinet or furniture piece. Finally, it creates strong horizontal lines that make the cabinets look very tailored.

Below are two examples of routed finger pulls. You can do them in a contrasting material as shown in the first image with the walnut wood pull/ white cabinet, or match the finish as in the second image for a more subtle look. 

 Walnut routed finger pull with contrasting white cabinet face.

Walnut routed finger pull with contrasting white cabinet face.

 White gloss cabinets with matching finger pulls.

White gloss cabinets with matching finger pulls.