5 Questions to Ask When You Decide Tile over Tile?

I get you. It is going to be a really big mess if you decide to demolish the original tile flooring.  And you might  do some research work and find out that it is possible to install tile over tile. Well, based on the guideline of ANSI A108 — the Installation Standard Specification for Ceramic Tile, the  general requirements for tile installations, A108.02 4.1.1 states:

“All surfaces shall be structurally sound, clean, dry and free of oily or waxy films and all foreign matter.  Concrete surfaces shall be free of form oil, curing compound laitance, and cracks.”

That  said, there are still conditions that you are able install tile over tile, but here are 5 questions you need to answer before you take this strategy:

  • Did the old installation fail?
  • If so, what was the cause of failure?
  • Was it an installation or structural problem?
  • If it was properly installed, is the membrane still well adhered and able to perform its job to support the new installation?
  • Did it survive the demolition process intact?

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9 Bath Trends from KBIS2019—Series 2

Hi guys, here is our series 2 take-aways from KBIS2019 —we are going to highlight 9 trends in bath from what we saw at KBIS2019.  There are are tons of new colors, new finishes, new technologies, new designs…In order  to illustrate how cool all of these new things are,  we will incorporate a lot of visual effects here.  So, we would apologize here first  if you feel there are just too much of them.  Anyway,  it’s time to grab  a cup of coffee or glass of wine, sit back and just  enjoy.

  1. Color, color, color. You may just see either white or beige for lavatory sink finish options  in your local home improvement stores, but definitely not here in KBIS:IMG_4699.jpgThese lavatory sinks are made out of fireclay and stain-resistant. We love these warm tones which give design more options, specially for making a statement in the powder rooms.

 

3. Heated bubble massage tub:

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Heated bubble massage  is far more gentle and soothier  than the regular whirlpool jet massage. Everyone needs this at end of the work day.

 

4. Creative LED lighting application

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LED lighting underneath the tubs and toilets to create visually floating effect.
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LED Lighting on top of the toilet cover.
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LED lighting in the lavatory sink.
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LED lighting backlit mirror.

5. Product for small space design.

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How neat!   You will fall in love with this whole petite-size set if you happen to have a small bath to work with.

6. Intelligent technology

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LED lighting, music, the warm air underneath the toilet…things cannot get any better. It’s a night club in the powder room.

7. Digital shower

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You can choose whatever the spray patterns from your smart phones.

8.Maxmism design

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When we talk about the technologies, here is the design.

9. Minimum design with a classic touch.

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sleek, modern yet very detail-oriented.
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golden trim around the toilet seat–such a nice touch.

In case you haven’t read our series-I take-aways from KBIS2019, here is the link

Cool Technologies from KBIS2019 Series 1–Sous Vide cooking

It has been 2 weeks since the closing of KBIS 2019.  There are just so much information we got from the show and it does take time to digest everything.  Meanwhile, I read some articles about trends from the KBIS show. Yes, there is a sea of  info out there.  I think that may be a good approach if I just share some cool technologies and ideas  that really blew me away in a series and really go deep on each topic rather than writing kind of general for everything.

So, today , I will share one take-away— Series 1 from KBIS2019Signature Kitchen suite‘s new feature for the residential range cooking—Sous Vide. First of all,  from what I learned, this built-in Sous Vide feature might just be exclusive to Signature Kitchen suite Duo 48″ by now.  And  I am sure that other brands will catch up soon.  Second, if you are just like me, never heard Sous Vide before, don’t worry. We are going to learn this new way of cooking together here.

Ok, well, the words of Sous Vide, not surprisingly is a  French term for “under vacuum”.  Sous Vide  is a method of cooking in which food is placed in a plastic pouch or a glass jar and cooked in a water bath for longer than normal cooking times  at an accurately regulated temperature. The temperature is much lower than normally used for cooking, typically around 55 to 60 °C (131 to 140 °F) for meat, higher for vegetables. The intent is to cook the item evenly, ensuring that the inside is properly cooked without overcooking the outside, and to retain moisture” —quote from Wikipedia

Simply put,  sous Vide is to cook your vacummed and sealed  food in a water bath with a precisely controlled and lower than regular temperature(the lower temperature can retain nutrients better).  You might already  experience the evenly cooked and juicy steak from one of Michelin-rated restaurants and wander why ? Yes, this is the result of Sous Vide cooking —their secret weapon to guarantee that the food will NEVER be over-cooked. Of course, Sous Vide is not a new concept for commercial cooking and of course they have all sorts of gauges to make it happen.  But now, Signature Kitchen suite just introduced  this cool way of cooking to residential cooking .

So how does Signature Kitchen Suite built-in Sous vide work?

 

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There are 4 steps:

STEP 1

Fill your water bin to the recommended level and set your temperature and time to your desired doneness.

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Step 2:

Season according to the recipe and seal your food in a high-grade bag with the vacuum sealer we’ve provided as a gift-with-purchase with your product registration.

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Step 3:

Place the bag into the water bath and cook according to your desired time and temperature. Don’t worry, it’s nearly impossible to overcook food with sous vide.

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STEP 4

Remove from the bag and finish on both sides with a quick sear on a cast iron skillet on our Ultra-HighTMheat gas burners, or on your gift-with-purchase induction grill plate over the dual-zone induction burners.

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Here is the video that you can learn the importance of Sous vide:

https://www.signaturekitchensuite.com/us/our-story/sous-vide#sous-vide-steak

 

By the way, Signature Kitchen Suite won Best of KBIS – Kitchen Gold for the 48-inch Dual-Fuel Pro Range with Built-in Sous Vide! And here is the big party they hosted on the show:

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A Kitchen Event

When we  just came back KBIS a week ago, we were really blown away by some of the innovations in the show.  After all, the kitchen is the fastest growing sections among the whole home improvement industry.  We always see some of the coolest things in kitchen from pro cooking appliances, range hoods, to refrigerators, faucets, countertop, smart technologies, lightings, etc…   Although  I am still working on the blog of KBIS 2019 (hope soon I can publish it), we were invited   to a  local trade kitchen showroom industry event several days ago, and actually were  able to see  some newer trends and technologies in the showroom that resonate what we saw from KBIS2019.   This kitchen showroom is not that big but quite modern, neat and sleek even with a luxury walk-in closet and some cool technologies.   Ladies, who doesn’t love a stylish, open and airy walk-in closet with a lot of bells and whistles?!!! And last but not the least, we had professional chefs working in the kitchen and making some yummy gourmet foods.  Here are some of our wonderful moments from this beautiful night!

 

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Fresh flowers always make guests feel so welcoming!  I just love these saturated colors! They create a cheerful mood and beautiful moments.  It is always such a good idea to have some fresh plants and flowers in kitchens.  They make everyone happy and enhance the appetites!
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Hospitality! A stylish cheese platter is always a great idea to host a party in kitchens.
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What an eye-candy!
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Floral art

 

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Here comes our pro chef!  One of the things when we cook at home is that  we can always use fresh veggies and other ingredients…

 

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Yummy and beautiful!
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The kitchen is quite modern and sleek. Yet I like how the showroom styled the food with wood trays –very organic, warm and welcoming ..

 

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Pretty and organic!

 

Here are some cool things in the kitchen area:

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Touch-to-open sliding cabinet door! How cool it is! specially when you have a tight space, this type of doors can be a great idea!
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Miele Coffee machine—How neat it is! The coffee station incorporating  a compact coffee machine in the kitchen is quite trendy in 2019.  It’s convenient and very handy.  Who wouldn’t love the coffee aroma in the earlier morning in our own kitchens?
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Here is my espresso just made from Miele coffee machine!

 

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Time for some desserts

 

 

 

 

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Yummy and pretty!

 

Well, after being through all of those  above kitchen experiences, I think everyone just cannot wait to create a pretty live-in kitchen for ourselves or host a family/friends get-tother event soon in the already-pretty kitchens.  After all, it is a life style!

Ok, let’s continue our beautiful evening by walking to the rear of the showroom.  Wow,  here is the large walk-in closet:

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Love the central island and above chandelier and of course the lovely tufted leather bench.
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What a nice touch to be able to see your jewelries on the top island surface.
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Here is the overview walk-through
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Obviously, I don’t have any problem to just chill out here for the whole day!

 

Tile Trends 2019 II

Hello, everyone, here is our part II tile trends in 2019.  If you haven’t red the part I, please click here to learn more 

 

I  recently attended Daltile designer event for the showcase of new tile products.  I feel it is pretty amazing specially I can find the local manufactures who custom-made such fashionable and cool design tiles right here in our backyard.  Here are 2 of trends I observed from the showcase:

  1. Moroccan tile influence : Moroccan tiles are famous for its hand-made quality, its uniqueness,  fun patterns and craftsmanship. People start to bring these vibes to machine-made ceramic tiles with lower cost and much-faster lead time. Here are some samples I found  from the showcase:
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Don’t you just like this  fashionable vintage color pairs : sky-blue and bright yellow in such a playful Moroccan-style geometric pattern.
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Do you notice the chiseled edge? It’s quite boho and organic. I think these tiles can make a very adorable counter backsplash. Again, the pop of yellow make me feel cheerful.
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This tile design is one of my favorites. I love the muted neutral color palette. This pattern can be quite classic and modern at the same time. It truly can make your kitchen stay timeless.

2. Color, color, color : there will be more bold colors for tile design in 2019.  I did a lot of grey tile projects in the past several years and I am open to some fashionable and bold colors.

I found coral and red at the showcase. The colors do make me feel excited:

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This coral tiles will be perfect for a guest bathroom—warm and inviting.
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What do you think of color of red. This red tiles will make a strong statement in a powder room.  I specially like the textured surface.

We will be in KBIS 2019 next week, please follow us on our Instagram story for more trend findings.

Tile Trends 2019 I

I like to use tiles for my projects since tiles are one of surface coverings that are super easy to clean, no off-gas and add interesting design elements to any  interior space. If you are planning a renovation project this year, you may want to know what are the trends for tiles in 2019.  Here are 5 trends I summarized by looking through the new designs on internet and trade shows:

Trend 1–While the large-format size tiles are getting larger, the revival of the small format floor is real this year. Small-size tiles with fashionable colors and irregular shapes truly give the design more fun and flexibility.  I used to choose large-format tiles for our statement powder room design (see below), but now, I choose 3″x8″ sky-blue tiles for one of our newest powder-room projects:

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Large-format tiles we used for a powder room with mosaic insert 8 years ago

Check out before-and-after video and see how we incorporate small-size hand made tiles with hand-painted wallpaper for this powder room design.

And here are are more small-size tile applications:

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Trend 2— Geometric Accents:

There are two main inspirations that are quite fresh for 2019. Art Deco, organic inspired graphic design, and simple lines or un-pretentious geometry.

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To be continued

5 Ways to Streamline Furniture Customization Process

 

Often time, when we try to furnish the room, we just cannot find that right piece to fit the space, match the current interiors, add piece of personality  and have all of the bells and whistles clients want.  This, then, will be the perfect moment to customize whatever the pieces we need. Sometimes, the process can be really tedious since we have to make prototypes and get approvals from the clients.   And of course, the clients usually have their budgets.  For the following project  we did, the client has dark brown wood cabinets in her kitchen—kind of cookie-cutter style.  .  We had a very hard time to find the right bar chairs for the island. She wants something light, elegant yet very cool.  So we decided to customize the chairs for her.  We have two purposes on our minds before we started the jobs: 1) Light up the dark brown kitchen cabinets 2) Add a touch feminity.  We tackle the issues by focusing on creating the shape of bar chairs and searching the right fabric.  we chose sky-blue performance velvet for the chair fronts and rose embriodery silk for the back.  The clients really like the end result.

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We are creating the bar chair prototype.  The shape of the bar chair is cute and playful, which ease off the seriousness of the dark brown wood cabinets create in the kitchen.   The chair can be rotated and the large  seat area offer extra comfy.
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Whimsical rose emboidery  blue silk adds a touch of  elegance  to the dark kitchen.
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The end result that the client falls in love with.  Yes, we do the floral arrangement too.

 

 

There are 5 take-aways from tones of the projects we did to streamline the whole furniture customization process:

  1. Always keep eye on vendors’ offers and options to simplify the custom-made work.
  2. Understand exactly what clients want and their top priorities.
  3. Develop good relationship with local workrooms and stay with ones who are able to  understand and express your ideas better.
  4. The finishes and fabric of custom-made pieces are always very important.  They will either make or break the jobs.  So the key thing is always to look for and learn the new fabric and finishes out there.
  5.  Be inspired all the time.  the inspired mind can create magical.

 

If you are interested in our interior design service, please contact info@khkdesignsinteriors.com

5 Principles to Re-paint your Kitchen Cabinets

How do you like painted kitchen cabinets?

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In case you just want to have a quick make-over of your kitchen, re-painting your kitchen cabinets might be one of the fastest ways to achieve this goal.  However, there are some principles you can follow to make the result of your painting job  look good. Here are 5 principles in the aspects of prep, tools, kinds of paints, paint finishes, coatings…

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5 Under-rated Appliances You Should incorporate into Your Kitchen

If you are thinking how to make your kitchen more efficient, more supportive for healthy eating and more fun for entertaining, here are 5 underrated appliances you definitely should consider to incorporate in your kitchen project: click here for detail

 

 

8 Ways to Update your Home with Budget

Remodeling is always a such a daunting job for most of home owners.  There are so many factors you have to consider.  Here are 12 ideas can pay them off in the long run.

  1. Paint walls.  A fresh coat of paint can breathe new life into a space, tidy up faded walls, and works to set the stage for the look and feel of the room.

 

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2. Paint the front door.

Curb appeal is everything, a fresh coat of paint, polished hardware, and a tidy porch will catch the eye of buyers every time.

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3. Paint kitchen cabinets

The kitchen is the heart of the home and the place where family and friends hang out together all the time.  The instant make-over of your kitchen is to paint those cabinets.   Paint can work wonders on everything, and kitchen cabinets are no exception.  If you like kitchen and colors, here are some inspirations.

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Click here to lear how to paint kitchen cabinets

4.  Invest in architectural details such as millwork and trim.  The moldings and frame always give a home a sense that it is ‘finished’ and can make people feel that the space has been carefully constructed with quality.

Alyssa Kapito, Holiday House 2017, NYC.
Alyssa Kapito, Holiday House 2017, NYC.

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