Designing Our French Inspired Kitchen and Bath: The Kohler Store

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Greetings everyone!  Things have been progressing behind the scenes as we continue to design our French inspired home.  As you might have already noticed; we have been on a short break from blog posting. We have been working our way through some unforeseen design obstacles.  The bidding process has again resumed and we too will now pick up our blog postings right where we left off.

Today we want to share a few photographs from a recent trip to The Kohler Store in Glenview, Illinois just outside of Chicago.  For those of you interested in visiting, you can find the Kohler Store at:

The Kohler Store (Chicago Area Locations)
1180 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Glenview, IL 60025

For your added shopping pleasure, you can also visit the Abt showroom right next door!  See our trip to the Abt showroom, home to all appliances and electronics.

Back to The Kohler Store.....

Who is ready to take a loooonnnnngggg soak in this tub?  I think I could sit in this white porcelain Kohler beauty for the rest of the nigh…

French and European Inspired Staircases

Greetings everyone!  I hope today finds you doing well! 

Before I go too far today I have to say that there are a lot of HomeGoods fans out there!  Our last two posts have featured some of our own HomeGoods finds.  You all must enjoy seeing HomeGoods finds because the posts have been visited at a staggering rate.  If you missed either one, you can still see them here:  Ralph Lauren Canisters  and our Ralph Lauren Lamps.


Today's "Which is your Favorite"; Staircases.  Like so many other things, it's all in the details.  From the railing to spindles and steps, each gives a staircase its own unique character.


CHOICE 1
I have to say that we have become a huge fan of Phoebe Howard's work.  She pays so much attention to details.  Everything feels so simple and elegant.  Favorites on this staircase are the iron triple spindles and the simple black iron railing with scrolled ends.  We also prefer seeing individual steps when looking at the staircase from the side.  Can you say put me in our new home?

CHOICE 2
This staircase features beautiful double iron spindles.  Love how the staircase curves down into the foyer. This space has several European features from the half circle roman arched front door, to a quarter circle arch opening leading down the hall.

CHOICE 3
These next two photographs are of the same staircase.  Really like the warm feel of this curved staircase.

CHOICE 3
Again looking down from the above staircase.  Such a grand staircase with a variation of curves and platforms.

CHOICE 4
We want to have a unique staircase going down into our basement.  Again one goal we have for our new home is that we want it to feel old world.  To do that, we want to incorporate stone on the staircase leading down into the basement.  This spiral staircase would be perfect for descending down into an old basement.  So interesting to see the individual stone steps pivoting on a central point.

CHOICE 5
We have had this photograph in our "inspiration" file for some time.  Highlights of this photograph are the stone walls as you descend down into the basement.  It gives the feel of walking down into the foundation of an old home.  The wood beams and stone floor makes it look like you have entered a basement hundreds of years old.
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CHOICE 6
Beautiful curved staircase with iron spindles.
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CHOICE 7
Favorites of this photograph include the stone arch wall over the entrance to the staircase.  Like how the fireplace has also been integrated into the same wall. 
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CHOICE 8
This colonial inspired staircase is just gorgeous.  Love the simple wood spindles and "floating" appearance of the staircase.
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Do you see one of these in your home?  Which is your favorite?

Don't forget to also check us out on Facebook.  There you will find video links to materials, products, and techniques we plan to utilize when we build our new home.

On Saturday we will be in Chicago to tour the Bentwood Kitchen Showroom.  Can't wait to share what we find!

Thanks as always for stopping by!

Tonya and Rob

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