Kitchen Design Academy-News Gazette # 122

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Love color? Here is how color can influence a home buyer!

Light blue bathroom
Light blue bathroom

When it comes time to sell your home, you might consider making some changes to make it more appealing to buyers.

According to a new analysis by Zillow, paint colour should definitely be a change you consider.

After analysing more than 32,000 listing photos of homes that have sold across the US, Zillow came up with a list of the colours that performed the best.

For example, homes that are painted “greige,” a shade somewhere between light grey and beige, tended to sell for $US3,496 more than similar homes in brown or tan.

“Colour can be a powerful tool for attracting buyers to a home, especially in listing photos and videos,” Svenja Gudell, Zillow’s chief economist, said in a press release. “Painting walls in fresh, natural-looking colours, particularly in shades of blue and pale grey, not only make a home feel larger, but also are neutral enough to help future buyers envision themselves living in the space. Incorporating light blue in kitchens and bathrooms may pay off especially well as the colour complements white countertops and cabinets, a growing trend in both rooms.”

Here are Zillow’s findings on what colours to choose (and which to avoid):


  • Blue (light blue to soft grey-blue): home sold for $US1,809 more on average
  • Yellow (straw yellow to marigold): home sold for $US820 less on average


  • Blue/purple (light powder blue to periwinkle): home sold for $US5,440 more on average
  • White/no colour (off-white or eggshell white): home sold for $US4,035 less on average


Blue bedroom
Blue bedroom
  • Blue (light cerulean to cadet blue): home sold for $US1,856 more on average
  • Pink (light pink, to antique rose; often found in kids rooms): home sold for $US208 less on average

Dining Room:

  • Blue (slate blue to pale grey blue; navy blue also found in dining rooms with white shiplap): home sold for $US1,926 more on average
  • Red (brick red, terracotta, or copper red): home sold for $US2,031 less on average

Living Room:

  • Brown (light beige, pale taupe, oatmeal): home sold for $US1,809 more on average
  • Blue (pastel grey, pale silver to light blue, periwinkle): home sold for $US820 less on average



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Are those plates to be eating off of? Nay!* They are vent covers. Retractable vent covers. Customizable vent covers. I bet you’re saying to yourself “self, I’ve always wanted to customize my vent covers, and self, this is my big opportunity.” And you’d be right. Available in like 5 billion colors and designs, this is the Ventware system.

With the Ventware “Seasons of Change” system, you’ve got both the best in retractable kitchen vent systems AND “a whole new paradigm for kitchen appliances – unparalleled customizability.”

This system is made of a ceramic faceplate and removable filter behind the vent. Cleanable in the dishwasher, switchable for every season.

*If you really wanted to eat off these, I bet you could. By all means, if they’re clean, use them. One of my favorite things to drink water out of is a mason jar. It just tastes better. Who am I to say you wouldn’t get a kick out of eating liverwurst off of the vent cover? Just do it.

Designer: RKS

Ventware Seasons of Change by RKS






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Trends from Milan, 2017

This new sofa system is guaranteed to provide the typical Linteloo “feel good factor”. It is a sofa that combines maximum comfort with a multitude of personalisation options. Available in two depths, various sofa and armchair designs can be arranged into large lounging areas, including open modules with only one armrest that allow for personalised sofa designs. Creating a strong visual effect, removable large back and side cushions are loosely placed on the frame, softly bending over both sides, creating a contrast with the frame’s clear, straight lines. Highline sets new standards in comfortable seating.

First Sofa by Massimo Castagna for Gallotti&Radice
Dama, coffee table | Tetris, coffee table | Tama Crédence, sideboard | Twelve, coffee table | Lou, pouf Fante, coffee table | Epsilon & Epsilon Sola, pendants | First, armchair | Twelve-Day bed, day bedThis is a compact sofa that features smooth and rigourous lines which generates a glamorous and intimate space. The Gallotti&Radice 2017 release emphasises detailed materials and finishes, new upholstery, and lighting solutions have been added to provide a thematic journey.
2. Curry
Audrey Sofa by Massimo Castagna for Galotti & Radice

Another brave colour trend at this year’s Milan Design Week was Curry. Rich in ambience and depth, this shade sits on the boundaries of a warm yellow and mustard, and sometimes borders on burnt orange. We saw it in every material from paint, velvet, cottons, glass and wool, often sitting alongside pink interiors. It’s not a colour for everyone and may cause 70’s ceramic flashbacks. For those that are daring, this colour is fantastic in the Gallotti&Radice sofa or for a subtle hit add a beautiful glass vase from Arcade.


Mama Bowl by Arcade
0417 by Studio G&R for Galotti&Radice


This small armchair oozes sophistication while still being on-trend for 2017. It comes in a range of finishes and fabrics but why go past this beautiful warm curry colour. A perfect addition for an existing lounge setting, bedroom or study.


3. Forrest Green

Bring the outside in with forest green or a grey-toned green, seen regularly amongst many brands showcased at this year’s Milan Fair. This organic hue can be used as a neutral within an interior easily mixing with existing colours within your home, or if used on a large scale it creates rich moody quality. Block with wood, pink and neutrals to create a Scandinavian style room or add warm-toned metallic accessories and finishes for a plush environment.


Jacques High Back Armchair and Ottoman by Rodolfo Dordoni for Minotti
Aplomb by Lucidi Pevere for Foscarini

Thanks to the exploration of the expressive potential of cement,  the Aplomb project has focused from the outset on material as its main driver, opting for colours that would bring out its strong presence and its typical irregular surface. This year Foscarini added brick red, sand yellow and olive green to their existing Aplomb colour catalogue.

4. Wine
Jacques Setting Collection by Rodolfo Dordoni for Minotti

Merlot, Cabernet and Pinot Noir, these grape tones are sure to warm your house from the inside out. Bought through in accessories and accents at this year’s Fair, Wine added a sophisticated pop of colour to neutral settings. Dare to stand out this season with a voluptuous Moooi Boutique Botero Sofa, where the warmth of the colour matches the organic shape.


Boutique Botero by Marcel Wandres for Moooi

A new tenderness is born into the boutique collection, a cosy embracing look with a warm heart in textile and colour. The sofa’s armrests are skilfully modelled and accurately stitched into a sofa, curvier figure than ever before.

5. Deep Blue
The Veteran’s: S Chair by Tom Dixon
Blue is always ‘in’. This year’s tone is seen in Deep Blue – somewhere between sapphire and royal.
A modern classic shade, it’s crisp and fresh used within Tom Dixon’s Veteran chair range 2017 release. A sure thing, this trend will not date and will bring you into 2018 in style.


Zliq Sofa, by Marcel Wanders for Moooi

Zio, lounge chair & footstool, coffee table and dining table | NR2, pendant | Biophillia Blue Black, broadloom carpet

Moooi introduces a new 2-seater version of the popular Zliq sofa.


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The Jackalope Hotel – Victoria


Now, one would not expect a luxury hotel and winery in Australia to pick the jackalope as its mascot but Melbourne-based hotelier Louis Li did just that. The Jackalope Hotel is situated in Merricks North on Mornington Peninsula, an hour’s drive from Melbourne, and its concept, design and overall experience justifies its name in a number of whimsical ways.

Surrounded by its own vineyards and on the site of an 18th century Federation cottage, the hotel incorporates the past but in a strong, contemporary design language that seeks to create a visual statement but without disturbing its natural environs. Designed by Carr Design Group the hotel appears as a large monolithic structure from afar, covered with charred wood and a black metal skin that prepares approaching visitors for concept within.

The entire experience revolves around the idea of alchemy, and how different ingredients can be mixed to create something new and precious. This mystical pursuit is embodied in the image of the jackalope, whose magical nature is celebrated with a seven-meter-tall sculpture by Emily Floyd and UAP — a black toy-like form that greets visitors at the hotel’s front entrance.

The hotel’s 46 rooms range from 38-square-meter “Terrace” studios with outdoor views to 85-square-meter “Lair” suites that include a kitchenette and their own dining area. Black and grey dominates all the interiors, illuminated with shiny details of gold, silver, bronze and copper. The all-black background also functions as a neutral canvas for the several art installations and signature design pieces scattered throughout the hotel. In the rooms, black Japanese-style soaking bathtubs promise many hours of relaxation, based very much on environmental responsibility, as the Jackalope collects rainwater in seven large tanks, as part of efficient sustainability strategies integrated into the design right from the start.

Jackalope Hotel /Carr Design Group

Jackalope Hotel /Carr Design Group

Jackalope Hotel /Carr Design Group

Jackalope Hotel /Carr Design Group

Jackalope Hotel /Carr Design Group

Jackalope Hotel /Carr Design Group

Jackalope Hotel /Carr Design Group

Jackalope Hotel /Carr Design Group

Jackalope Hotel /Carr Design Group

Jackalope Hotel /Carr Design Group

Jackalope Hotel /Carr Design Group

Jackalope Hotel /Carr Design Group

Jackalope Hotel /Carr Design Group

Jackalope Hotel /Carr Design Group

Jackalope Hotel /Carr Design Group

Jackalope Hotel /Carr Design Group

Jackalope Hotel /Carr Design Group




Melbourne Play Of Materials


Built by Inarc Architects, the novel three-level terrace was made for a couple wanting to downscale to a deluxe inner-city sanctuary. The strong rectilinear lines of the architecture is blended by a sophisticated play of materials, textures and shapes, under-propped by an earthy colour palette.
Doherty Design Studio was tasked to complete interior planning – design and furniture selection – to create a luxurious inner city retreat. Mardi Doherty sure does have a great eye for detail and her bespoke detailing on her joinery never fails to disappoint. The interior successfully melds the bold rectilinear form of the architecture though a refined play of materials, textures and forms. The muted earthy tones creates a sense of warmth throughout the terrace. Natural light was also vital when creating this masterpiece along with a link to the garden and a strong importance on entertaining.
Upon entering, the home exposes a abundantly layered material assembly of: ceramic tiles, mirror, fluted glass, mirror, terrazzo tiles, light and dark timber veneers, stone, timber-lined ceilings and oak floors. To draw the area together, sculptural forms, statement pendant lighting, timber wall sconces and a muted colour scheme was used. The chief design principles upstairs comprised custom cabinetry, detailing and curved mirrored forms.
My hat goes off to you – Doherty Design Studio and Inarc Architects for creating such a beautiful space that oozes perfection.

Fitzroy Residence/ Doherty Design Studio + Inarc

Fitzroy Residence/ Doherty Design Studio + Inarc

Fitzroy Residence/ Doherty Design Studio + Inarc




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