Posts by Allison Maze
It’s so easy to get swept away by shimmering, scene-setting surfaces — especially when notice-me looks merge with modern convenience. Burn rings from hot pans, evidence of red wine spills, and scratches from sharp utensils are all worries of the past thanks to today’s innovative surfacing materials. Along with a few other journalists, I recently had the opportunity to visit Cosentino’s global headquarters in Almeria, Spain to learn about its leading brands, Silestone and Dekton, and see how they partner time-honored materials with forward-thinking design.
Silestone is a scratch-resistant, non-porous quartz product. Many colors in the Silestone line also feature bacteriostatic protection, making the material a pretty and practical surface option for kitchens, bathrooms, and work surfaces. No germs, no scuffs, no fuss.
Silestone is available in a variety of texture options, from perfectly smooth to a matte finish. Polished Silestone in Lyra on the floor, vanity, and walls takes center stage in this sleek, streamlined setting.
Dekton, Cosentino’s ultra-compact surfacing material, is created by manipulating a blend of minerals and raw materials via an accelerated metamorphic process. High temperatures and pressures mimic the aging process of natural stone over thousands of years to quickly render a remarkably versatile material. Available in a wide range of colors and patterns, its beauty is deserving of the spotlight in a kitchen or bath, yet durable for use on high-traffic floors or staircases. Dekton’s resistance to compression and UV-rays also makes it suitable for driveways, terrace flooring, and exterior cladding.
Dekton’s manufacturing process allows great control over each slab’s pigment and design, making it easy to produce large pieces without showing seams. Aura, pictured on the left, resembles the classic appearance of marble without any of the upkeep.
And finally, take a look at Cosentino’s Prexury line. Constructed from beautiful semiprecious stones and natural materials, Prexury takes its design cues from traditional jewelry-making materials such as agate and amethyst. This luxe material would be an eye-catching addition to a kitchen island, makeup vanity, or dining table, don’t you think?
As if we needed another excuse to beat the winter blues, today Pantone announced its 2015 color of the year — drumroll, please — Marsala! While it’s more subdued than colors of years past, the warm, earthy, full-bodied hue is forecasted to make its way into fashion, beauty, and home furnishings within the next year. In fact, we’re already seeing it crop up in storefronts and makeup aisles, so today we’re sharing a few ways to cozy up your decor with this new color trend.
Nearly-neutral Marsala offers just enough color to pump up a color scheme without overpowering it, which is why it’s so great for layering. Touches of Marsala on the lamp, rug, and pillows comfortably combine with indigo, cream, and wood tones in this living room.
Dare to embrace Marsala’s bolder, more elegant side? Try an eye-catching wall treatment. These red-wrapped walls may look like leather, but they’re actually covered in a stitched red fabric that was glazed and buffed.
If you’re not ready to fully commit to Marsala, start with an accent piece. This white and wood foyer gets a pop of color thanks to the simple addition of a wine-red chair.
Tell us! What do you think of Pantone’s 2015 color of the year? How will you decorate with Marsala?
We asked, Drew answered!
Drew Barrymore — actress, new mom, and creator of the makeup line Flower Beauty — is featured in our annual Stylemaker Issue! We called for beauty questions last week on Facebook, and today we’re excited to share a special video Drew’s made to answer a few of them. Drew was so impressed by your questions, she asked to hang on to them for future Tip Tuesday videos.
Many thanks to Drew and her team for letting us be a part of today’s video. If you love Drew’s style, be sure to pick up a copy of the September issue of Better Homes and Gardens to learn about her new makeup line and beauty tips.
Trend: Black Front Doors
Chic, sophisticated, and strikingly handsome, these black beauties prove an entry door needn’t be bright to be bold. Exterior color is hot right now, and it’s one of the easiest ways to boost curb appeal. But if you quickly tire of flashy hues—or, like me, are horribly indecisive—a black front door may be the perfect match for your home.
There’s something so undeniably elegant about a black front door. I’ve been swooning over dark exterior details ever since a recent trip to Charleston. From stately mansions to small home designs, a dash of black can flatter almost any exterior’s style and color scheme.
Here’s how to give your entryway a polished look you’ll love to see each day.
Accessorize! Like that little black dress hanging in your closet, versatility is a black door’s best feature. With nature’s easy-to-please palette as your backdrop, black offers a dramatic welcome that wears well with every season. Personalize your entryway with coordinating hardware for a classic look, or add style underfoot with a colorful door mat and eye-catching container gardens.
Play up a black door’s elegance with architecture. Layer millwork near the entry or add a portico to give your home a gorgeous focal point that protects visitors from wet weather.
Make a good first impression. Give a black door a sense of warmth by surrounding it with plants and weather-resistant furniture. Outdoor benches and boxed topiaries enhance this coastal cottage’s inviting, stay-awhile personality.
What’s your favorite way to dress up a front door?
- Allison Maze, Assistant Digital Home Editor