Modern mountain vacation home great room

Dreaming of a retreat in the mountains? Let us show you how some of our clients have chosen to furnish and decorate their second homes to fit various tastes and lifestyles.

This rustic modern mountain home is a dream for the entertainer, with generous spaces for socializing.

Great room of the rustic modern house

The other project, the modern mountain vacation home, is a cozy family retreat infused with fun and modern design.

Although these homes share many characteristics, our designer Emily has crafted two distinctly individual homes that cater to different styles. Enjoy!

 

At Six Walls we thrive on keeping current on emerging trends for the most lived in spaces of the home; the kitchen and the bathroom. Visiting the KBIS  (Kitchen & Bath Industry Show), North America’s largest trade show dedicated to all aspects of kitchen and bath design, is one of the highlights of our design year. Owned by the not-for-profit trade association National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), it showcases the latest industry products, trends and technologies, including smart home and outdoor living products.

What we saw

Standout themes from this year’s show were connectivity, color, and mixed metal finishes. It seemed like every vendor found a way to integrate connectivity in a way that makes everyday tasks more convenient and streamlined. Check out the Kohler Konnect Smart Home, which is available as a control pad in the bath or kitchen and as an app on your smart phone.

Image of Kohler smart technology

Kohler Konnect

It works with Alexa and Google and allows you to control mirrors, toilets, bathtubs and showering experiences all through your voice and is customizable to your preferences. Kohler Konnect reaches the kitchen as well with several faucets and water filters available with the feature. Connectivity like this not only elevates everyday experiences in one’s own home, it opens up a huge opportunity for living in place if restricted by age, disability or injury. The AI component also learns from the users’ behavior, and can recommend settings to reduce energy consumption and decrease power while away from home. 

Brace yourself for the high impact of COLOR! So many opportunities for customization with color, no longer restricted to just cabinetry and countertops, colorful choices are now abundant in appliances! Take a look at the image at the top of this post, showing a bold Saffron yellow on the appliances from True Residential, a luxury home refrigeration brand with commercial DNA. Or feast your eyes on the color explosion below from Dacor, offering a range that can match almost any color for your kitchen appliances!

Dacor’s new Pink Appliance color!

Mixing metal has been a coming trend for a while, but now it has really hit big time. Take a look at the new Collezione Metalli by italian manufacturer Bertazzoni, which offers combinations of different metals for knobs and appliance.

The new Collezione Metalli offers decorative details finished in real metals to enhance your Heritage Series range, hood, dishwasher or refrigerator from the control knobs to the finials on the door handles.

Some other fun and functional designs that caught our eyes…

Unique in the market, the Spoke Door Knob by Emtek made its debut at KBIS

Colorful hand basins in unique patterns add to any bathroom design.

 

Best of KBIS

There is also a Best of KBIS award, that highlights innovative products at the show, sometimes shown even before market release! Judged by renowned industry professionals, the goal is to reward designs that combine beauty, convenience and ease in innovative ways, across different categories. We will be presenting the winners in future blog posts, together with our ideas on how to integrate some of the latest trends into your projects. For now, we’ll just tease you with the grand winner, the Kintsu Bath Collection by Brizo. Tranquil contours reflect elegant Scandinavian minimalism, while natural materials and broken geometries channel Japanese wabi-sabi philosophy in this thoroughly luxurious range, which can be tailored with different materials and finishes.

Kintsu Collection by BRIZO

Finally, we couldn’t resist showing you Plum, the winner of the kitchen category. It’s a truly unique wine dispenser, which automatically identifies the vintage, varietal, region, winery and wine of the inserted bottles. Two silent cooling chambers are automatically set to the perfect serving temperature for each varietal. We have one on display in the studio! We’ll invite you come by for a demo and a glass—at happy hour of course & after the coronavirus COVID-19 has passed…

Plum, a unique wine dispenser

 

Six Walls NKBA connections

On our team, both Jennifer Kowalski and Diane Troutman are honored to hold board positions with the local chapter of NKBA, providing them unique training opportunities and insights through solid vendor relationships and industry partners. This benefits our clients in so many ways; from finding the best fit for a client’s need or introducing the hottest “must have” in the industry! We’re excited to bring you more from this fantastic show in future blog posts, please stand by for updates!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Between client meetings, material selections, drawings, and the many other tasks us designers juggle daily, we also like to make time for a Market trip as often as possible! “Markets” are interior design trade shows that showcase furniture, artwork, accessories, and lighting.

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Group picture! From left to right it’s Victoria, Ciara and Bekah

Here at Six Walls, we pride ourselves in being a full-service design firm, meaning we can assist with any design project big or small, whether it is a simple paint consultation or a new home build from the ground up. We like to be a part of the design process from start to finish to provide the best complete outcome for our clients! This requires that we are up to date on all the trends in the industry. Many vendors we love working with have very limited showroom space around the country, so we take the time to visit them at these interior design Markets to gain a better understanding of how the products will work for our clients as well as view their newest collections to stay ahead of the game. Recently Victoria (VB), Bekah (BP), and I (CW) had the exciting opportunity to attend the 2020 Las Vegas Winter Market. We are excited to share some of our feedback from the experience.

What are some new trends you saw at Market?

VB: Not sure it was NEW but I saw a lot of continued design emphasis on comfortable upholstery, most with mid-century flair. Sofas and sectionals still with all rectilinear lines, some lower height backs, others with higher backs / deep seats for reclining and movie watching. BIG trend was for intriguing accent chairs for a space. Not so much the traditional conservative club chair—but a lots of variety: great looking metal and wood frames, sausage roll styles, high-medium-low backs, rounded encompassing shapes of chairs, SWIVEL!

BP: I noticed a more entertainment focused mindset. There were sofas that allowed for more socialization in an open concept space and bar carts/bar accessories in almost every showroom we went into. Another trend I saw was a lot of the furniture and accessories we saw embraced bringing nature indoors. There were reclaimed wood tables, petrified wood side tables and wall décor and using earth tones for upholstery/accents.

CW: Some of the trends that I saw repeatedly at Market were cane, reeded glass, terrazzo, and boucle, and warm tones. All of which lend themselves to the Mid Century Modern design style, which we saw was still a prominent trend overall.

What was your favorite trend?

 

VB: Loved the presence nearly everywhere of beautiful lighting—glass bases with reactive glazes, also same for accessories. Glass with organic shapes and flowing rich colors were everywhere.

BP: I loved the mix of metals, textures and materials. Before, items were strictly silver or gold and now items are encompassing both and are not fitting a standard 1 finish.

CW: My favorite trend was the warm tones that were replacing the extremely cool tones we have seen trending over the last few years. It was extremely refreshing to walk into a space and feel warm and welcomed. I can see this trend becoming extremely popular in the PNW!

What surprised you most at Market?

VB: Surprised and happy for the trend away from rough recycled wood on case goods. While variations in finish / color of woods is still big, the desks, dressers, tables look less rustic and more polished yet still casual. Great hardware. Those fabulous small DRINKS TABLES were everywhere. Such cool accents, and really do add to a space’s visual and textured interest. Every combination of glass / metals / rock / concrete that you can imagine.

BP: I was surprised by the move away from the modern, minimalistic style to more texture and heavily detailed/decorated items. There was a lot of nods from the 40s, 70s and 80s, but in a new way that reflects the now. The upholstery fabrics I noticed the most were boucle fabrics and velvet fabrics with the bold colors of pink, emerald, orange, yellow.

CW: The color! We are seeing more and more color come back into design. For a while it was all very monochromatic, which is still a beautiful palette. However, I loved seeing the bold and subdued colors coming back without reservation.

What was the highlight of your Market experience?

VB: Without a doubt—working through those 3 days viewing thousands of things with my colleagues, Bekah and Ciara. It was exhilarating / inspiring / exhausting and an incredibly fun experience. We have already incorporated found pieces into our current projects!

BP: I really enjoyed being able to sit in furniture items that I’ve seen online. It also was fun to be able to see things in person and be able to spec items for clients. Both Victoria and I were able to sell items to clients just from our market experience and photos.

CW: The highlight for me was experiencing each vendor’s collection in person. So often we are sourcing from a computer screen or a 2D image in a catalog. At market, you have the opportunity to truly experience the products as the clients will be in their homes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out the kitchen of this Sleek and inviting modern luxury development, with quality and style at the forefront from foundations to rooftop. Our designers Jennifer Kowalski and Emily Doden did the design and materials choices for the kitchen and baths of this house, recently awarded the Tribute Award for Best Custom Home by the New Home Council. The project was a collaboration with Taylor Building & Design and McCullough Architects.

Next up will be the bathrooms of this house, keep an eye out for them as they are truly stunning!

 

 

Have you wanted to see our designs in real life? Or do you need some remodeling inspiration? Visit two of our award-winning projects this weekend, and meet the company that built them!

The Remodeled Homes Tour opens up 15 homes in and around Seattle for two days, and tickets are free! We have two projects represented, the East Coast Traditional Remodel (#1), and the Trendy Blue Cottage Kitchen (#13), that have been executed during 2018 together with Potter Construction. Both projects have been designed by Jennifer Kowalski AKBD, our Kitchen and Bath specialist, who will be guiding you at the #1 East Coast Traditional on both Saturday and Sunday.

East Coast Traditional Remodel

Trendy Blue Cottage Kitchen

If you have any questions related to the projects, please reach out to us, and we’ll tell you more!

 

 

 

Wow, time flies when you’re having fun! Winter went by in a whirlwind of activities here at Six Walls, and now spring is here although it’s been taking its time this year. We’d love to share some of the things that have happened at Six Walls since the New Year!

The first, and biggest, piece of news is that Dawn recently moved to Colorado with her husband Matt & son Kyle.  They are busy settling into the life in the Denver area, exploring new neighborhoods and mountain communities for Six Walls to work our magic.  Fear not, dear collaborators and clients! Dawn is heavily involved in our daily operations and in the studio monthly to insure everything continues to run smoothly.

Dawn and Matt in Denver

Dawn and Matt in Denver

Our team has a new member, Ciara White, who joined us as Design Assistant in February (to the right in the picture below). She’s a great contribution to our team, with design and organization skills, a bright personality and new perspective on things. Another person who has stepped into a new role is Saori (to the left in the picture below) , who has gone from intern to Kitchen and Bath Design Assistant, and is at the right hand of Kitchen and Bath specialist Jennifer Kowalski.

Saori and CIara working on choosing samples in our new kitchen display.

Saori and Ciara working on choosing samples in our new kitchen display. In January, we were awarded the Best of Houzz 2018 award for our Customer Service. We want to extend a heartfelt Thank You to our wonderful clients, who keep giving us love and great reviews, and who are the real winners of this award!

elegant and modern homes of the Summerwell development on Mercer Island

We’d also like to point your attention to our Poggenpohl cabinetry and custom quality design work at “Community of the Year”,  Summerwell Homes, which our team is  featured in this article in the Seattle Magazine. These beautiful homes epitomize the modern Pacific Northwest style that is very much on trend right now. They marry clean cut lines, great efficiency and functionality with a welcoming and warm feeling that enhances any home. You can find photos from two of the model homes of the Summerwell development here on our site, in projects “Elegant and modern model home” and “Timeless and Stylish Modern Living”.

Have a great start of the summer!

 

Masthead Mountain view Cottage charm

Curious about what we’ve been up to? Take a few minutes and check out our latest project release, a charming bungalow in Ballard, Seattle, which has been renovated and updated by our Kitchen and Bath specialist Jennifer Kowalski in collaboration with our builder partner Potter construction.

You find the project here

As an added bonus, we also put together a new inspiration board for you from this project. Enjoy!

Masthead for Plugged in event

We have an exciting guest speaking event coming up: Our CEO Dawn Wilkinson will participate on the expert panel of this Luxe Interiors + Design event, talking about how technology is influencing the field of interior design.

The event takes place Thursday, Sept 21st, at Selden’s Home Furnishings in Bellevue. Get more information and save your seat through this link

See you there! 🙂