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Inspired Living – SW Interior Design

SW Interior Design principal Sue Williams recently shared her wealth of architectural and design knowledge on the Jamaica Observer’s Inspired Living: The New Aesthetic For Extraordinary Homes And Retreats webinar. SO churns over a few of those gems prior to sipping Champagne at Villa Rosa:

“… Jamaica does inspire people. It’s very much an island of personalities who’ve started a love affair with Jamaica. Our clients do remain the main influencing factor within all of our projects. They’ve become invested in Jamaica as it’s struck a chord; it fills the need, it stills their souls and this immediately gives us a connection and an understanding. A reinterpretation of the elements that have caught their attention together with the appreciation of their needs add character, soul and individuality to each property we complete…

…Jamaica has benefited for decades from the development of luxury winter and holiday homes like those of Tryall and Round Hill; Content, Rose Hall, Jamaica Inn, Frenchman’s Cove, San San Port Antonio offered in the ’50s and ’60s a simple island elegance. A heyday where luxury was exploring seas by canoe, hills with binoculars, dancing downtown to live bands like Yellow Bird and Banana Boat, and purchases at local craft markets. With this island infatuation design and designer were influenced by locally produced island elements… Carved and turned furniture, forged brass, straw rugs, art and hand-printed fabrics became slip covers, curtains, bikini cover-ups, and evening caftans. It was a creative mix of design…

…Local knowledge guides architects to capture the island breezes, avoiding direct sun, ensuring privacy. Property lots were larger, villa designs smaller, louvred windows with wide verandahs and fanciful peaked shingled roofs, Caribbean-style…

… It is very important to us to recognise and reinterpret and develop this history. Understanding the foundation is important to the

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Zephyr Shares How to Design a Delectable Kitchen for Entertaining at Home

Take Advantage of Fun Technology

Kitchen appliances can prompt a party state of mind just as easily as a cheese board and a favorite playlist. The new Roma Groove Wall by Zephyr is a kitchen ventilation hood with built-in Bluetooth® speakers that streams music from any Bluetooth®-compatible device. It offers functionality such as playing/pausing music, skipping tracks, or changing the volume directly from the hood itself using the built-in Bluetooth® controls. With its quality sound, powerful performance, and striking contemporary design, Roma Groove turns the kitchen into the ultimate listening lounge.

Embrace a Convivial Layout

Opening the kitchen to adjoining spaces and opting for a kitchen island helps spark connection. An island range hood, such as the Lift Downdraft by Zephyr, is a space-efficient solution that rises to the occasion with a touch of a button. It discreetly hides behind the cooktop, range top, or range and once powered on, Lift elevates to an 18-inch rise. When the home chef is finished cooking and the air is ventilated, Lift retracts out of sight with a push of a button.

Bring the Bar to You

No need to venture out for a perfectly chilled chardonnay or a refreshing Pilsner. If there is limited space in the kitchen, consider carving out a bar in an underutilized area such as an island end, a built-in kitchen desk, or an underused closet. Presrv™ Panel Ready Wine & Beverage Coolers are another option that blend seamlessly into existing under-counter cabinetry. Oenophiles should look for a wine cooler with precise temperature control, air filtration, protective glass and dual zones for whites and reds.

Take the Party Outside

Extend your kitchen into the backyard for a staycation-style vibe. From elaborate outdoor kitchens to intimate patios, the 24″ Presrv™ Outdoor Beverage Cooler transforms any size space into

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Stay-at-home design: Bright gathering spaces and moody nooks for study and work

Jacquelyn Burke and Jeremiah O’Connor finished reading the Harry Potter books to their son and daughter, ages 7 and 8, during the COVID-19 shutdown this spring. The 18-month marathon took place in the tucked-away space at the top of the stairs (no, not underneath) next to the kids’ craft table. The 42-square-foot reading or “nap nook,” as the family calls it in honor of its somniferous effect, boasts a window seat made from a twin mattress wrapped in tweed, built-in bookshelves, and soot-colored shades. It’s painted in Sherwin-Williams Basil, a cozy shade of saturated green. “We’re a family of readers who love to be home,” Burke says. “It was important that the rooms be comfortable.”

Burke, an attorney who traveled frequently pre-pandemic, also wanted their Milton home to be stylish and clutter-free. She hired interior designer Sarah Scales to pull it together. Absorbing ideas from images of rooms imbued with dark, moody colors that Burke admired in British design magazines, Scales presented a concept that encapsulated it all. The gathering spaces in the core of the home would be bright and light, punctuated with brief moments of color that echo those in the retreat spaces, which are done in deeper tones. “She loved the idea of going from bright white spaces to darker adjacent rooms,” Scales says. “We repeated colors for visual connection.”

The entry and dining room are crisp and spare, but polished. “It looks elegant but not untouchable,” Burke says. That the room sits at the heart of the house is not by happenstance. “We wanted one central table, not a formal dining room off in the corner,” Burke says. By that reasoning, the couple also skipped the ubiquitous breakfast nook. Architect Diane Lim, who designed the New England-style farmhouse on a lot ceded from the property of

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7 Kitchen Design Trends for 2020

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With COVID lockdowns, we’ve all been spending more time in our kitchens than ever before. With many restaurants closed during the spring and early summer, the kitchen has truly made a comeback as the heart of the home.

As we head into the fall and winter, many people are thinking about what the coming months have in store. More time in the kitchen? Spruce up your place by taking inspiration from these seven kitchen design trends we’re loving in 2020!

#1 Back In Black

No, black isn’t just an accent color any more. When paired with dark wood floors, gold fixtures, or dazzling white countertops, black kitchen cabinets can be true showstoppers. We’re loving this bold, moody look!

#2 Burst of Color

If jet black cabinets aren’t up your alley, try adding a burst of color to your kitchen. Bright blues and electric hues limited to a single area (think: the base of your kitchen island) can bring a vibrant energy into your kitchen. When opting for a bold burst of color, consider keeping other cabinets, countertops, flooring, and walls neutrals.

#3 Look, Ma, No Hand(le)s

Can’t settle on the right modern look for your kitchen cabinet hardware? Who says you need any hardware? We’re loving the trend toward handle-less kitchen cabinets. Today’s premium cabinet manufacturers use some remarkable technology for effortless push-open cabinets that eliminate the need for any external hardware.

#4 Gild It All

Gold sinks, gold faucets, gold backsplash, gold pendant lamps…. gild it all! Pair gold with white countertops, dark cabinets, or light natural wood textures for a trendy look that’s not going away anytime soon.

#5 Appliances That Pop

No, appliances don’t just come in white, black, and stainless steel. Spunky teals, rich jewel tones, and whimsical pastels are all making a comeback in the

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Christina Anstead Tries a Totally New Kitchen Design: Will It Catch On?

Christina Anstead of “Flip or Flop” fame has made a name for herself with her modern coastal designs. But as is clear from her new show, “Christina on the Coast,” she doesn’t always stick to her signature styles. How does she do outside her comfort zone?

In the latest episode, “Boho Flair,” Anstead is working with Sabrina and Miguel, who want her to design the kitchen and living room in their Anaheim Hills, CA, home. They have a healthy renovation budget of $70,000, but their project comes with an unusual challenge. With some areas of the house already renovated, Anstead has to match the existing boho style so her upgrades won’t seem out of place.

While boho is not Anstead’s strong suit, she’s game to give it a try. Here’s how she manages to mix and match decor styles, which might inspire some ideas in your own abode, too.

Matching kitchen cabinets and floors: A new trend?


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This all-wood look is beautiful!

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In an effort to match Sabrina’s artistic style, Anstead decides to take a design risk we’ve never seen her take before: She plans to refinish the kitchen cabinets to match the new wood floors.

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These cabinets match the wood floors perfectly!

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“In order for all the wood to work, all the stains need to complement each other,” Anstead says. “Otherwise, it’s going to feel random.”

When the cabinets are finally finished, the look is incredible. It’s certainly a lot of wood for one kitchen, but it looks great.

Go for paneled appliances

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This refrigerator blends right in with the cabinets.

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With refinished cabinets that match the wood floor, Anstead has firmly established a boho look. Still, she decides to take the look one step further by paneling the fridge with the same material!

“This

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