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Now + Next: Maria Charbonneaux

What’s Hot Now: Customization on a budget

second Joanna–hacks are huge, and they’re not just limited to furniture and accessories. I’m seeing entire kitchens made from relatively inexpensive stock and flat-pack cabinetry, but you’d never know it from the creative mixing, matching, and modifying people are doing to get a custom look. Lindsay’s IKEA kitchen remodel on the Little House Blog is a great example of this trend. From finding the cabinets’ exact paint match to making a trash pullout from a base cabinet, she discovered so many ways to give her kitchen a built-in look.

Photo courtesy of Lindsay Stephenson of Little House Blog

What’s Next: 

1. Quartz countertops: Granite still remains a popular countertop choice, but solid quartz-surfacing is gaining ground, and I predict more homeowners will see the benefits of this cultured stone. Although the price is comparable to natural stone, quartz is available in a wide variety of colors and textures, it never has to be sealed, and it’s stain- scratch- and heat-resistant.

 

2.     Replacing tubs with showers: With a growing emphasis on universal design, I think we’ll see even more bath remodels with easy-to-access showers replacing old tubs, as well as more products that will make it easier for homeowners to make the conversion.

3. Herringbone floors: Hardwood floors set in a herringbone parquet pattern are hot right now. As the trend continues, I wonder if we’ll start to see the pattern in laminate, vinyl, and engineered wood versions?

  1. Trend I’d Lose: I might be the only person in the world who is getting a little bit tired of bold, two-color chevron.
  2. Blog I’m Loving: Cape 27 and The Hunted Interior are two current faves.
  3. Person I’m Following: Jenny Komenda. I admire her ability to boldly use color and see the potential in just about anything.
  4. Show I’m Watching: The Mindy Project. Besides that it makes me laugh, I love the eclectic vibe of Mindy’s apartment on the show.
  5. Store I’m Shopping: I need rugs in a couple rooms in my house, and I’ve clocked way too many hours on Rugs USA lately. The selection is amazing.
  6. Color I’m Coveting: Navy blue. I actually don’t need to covet any longer because I just painted a wall in my kitchen Benjamin Moore Hale Navy.
  7. Accessories I’m Adding: I’ve been adding a few daintier gold pieces to my jewelry collection, and I’m searching for the perfect watch.

—Maria Charbonneaux, Associate Editor, Kitchen + Bath Makeovers

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2 Responses to “ Now + Next: Maria Charbonneaux ”

  1. Oh, YES! The Hunted Interior is definitely one of my favorite blogs right now too! I love Kristin’s style and DIY’s. xo Kristin

  2. [...] Charbonneaux also remarks on some broader design and cultural trends, including her lack of enthusiasm for chevron color patterns and her appreciation for the blog Cape 27 and The Hunted Interior.  Access the full article here: http://www.bhg.com/blogs/better-homes-and-gardens-style-blog/2013/01/05/now-next-maria-charbonneaux/ [...]