Happy St. Patricks Day!

Green is not only for St. Patricks Day – it’s for your home, too! This rich, vibrant jewel tone green is making a major statement in 2017 and it’s time for you to make a statement as well!

In honor of St. Paddy’s Day, we put together a collage of some of our most beloved green items that you can easily incorporate into your home. If you have a dull, neutral space, even adding a piece of art with a pop of green is one simple way to transform the vibe of the room.

So what do you think? Are you ready to incorporate gorgeous green into your space?! Let us know! P.S. If you want to start in baby steps, try adding a green succulent and see how you like it!

The 411 on Farmhouse Sinks

If you’re on the lookout for a new kitchen sink and have a little bit of flexibility in the dimensions, capacity, and cost then you might want to consider a farmhouse sink for your new home or to replace your old kitchen sink. The simplicity of a single, deep sink is very attractive and is the key element in its design. Although they are our favorite, there are some important things you should know about farmhouse sinks that no one talks about!

Here are a few things to think about…

#1 – Farmhouse Sinks Take Up Space

Farmhouse sinks are plenty deep (making it hard for a tall person to bend down and do dishes!)

Keep in mind: the fact that farmhouse sinks are so deep translates into lost space below the sink

Plan on as little as 12-inches in height of free space under your new farmhouse sink.

You might just as well plan on relocating everything that is currently under your old sink to a new location to make room for the new apron-front sink.

As for width, farmhouse sinks typically range from 20 to 36 inches wide. So make sure your cabinetry can accommodate that.

 

#2 – Prepare for broken dishes
Even though accidents happen in any normal kitchen, there might be more than usual if you have
a farmhouse sink.

Because they are designed with extra sturdy and durable materials, glasses and plates shatter really easily when dropped in the sink.

It would be a good idea to invest in some break-resistant dishware or just not put any dishes in your sink at all to avoid accidents!

 

#3 – They show everything 

While other sinks like stainless steal tend to hide grime and wear-and-tear, a white farmhouse will show it all.

You will need to clean it more frequently, so opt for baking soda! It will make your sink look brand new again.

Not only will dirt be more visible, but scratches, too.

If you cook with a lot of iron pans, you should be very cautious about scratches in your sink. An easy way to avoid scratches is to purchase a rink rack to put at the bottom of your sink. This will keep pots, pans, and other dirty items from ruining your beautiful sink!

 

#4 – Types of Material For Farmhouse Sinks

White farmhouse sinks are most commonly made of fireclay or porcelain.
Fireclay: Fireclay sinks are made of clay, which is heated to an extremely high temperature that makes the sink hard and durable. It also gives the sink its beautiful high shine. The durability of fireclay means that it is resistant to scratches and chips and is easy to clean.

Porcelain: Porcelain sinks are a ceramic material, again heated to high temperatures, although not quite as high as fireclay. They look similar to fireclay sinks but are less expensive. Porcelain sinks are not quite as durable as fireclay and are more prone to chipping and discoloration.


Some other options…

Copper
Vitreous China
Stainless Steel
Slate
Granite
Soapstone
Acrylic
Fiberglass
Enamel over Cast Iron

 

We hope this helped you in your search for a new sink! Do you have a farmhouse sink? Let us know about it and send us a picture!

Shemer Art Center Event

Raegan Ford Interior Design team participated in helping bring awareness to the Shemer Art Center by creating a centerpiece for their event “Shemer Honors.” Shemer Honors is a new art gala created to benefit Shemer Art Center and also celebrate the successful career of artist, Angela Tassoni.

salvador-daliSix interior design firms in the Phoenix area joined forces to support the event and show off their talents. The Designers each drew an artist theme and color to start designing their table and centerpiece. Our artist theme was Salvador Dali, our design team decided to put a positive spin on his dark surreal art with our unique centerpiece that consisted of melting watches, eggs, butterflies, and a rose. Known for his use of symbolism from in his dream worlds, these symbols were often repeated throughout his works of art.

Melting Watches: The famous melting watches represent the omnipresence of time, and identify its mastery over human beings. These symbols represent a metaphysical image of time devouring itself and everything else.

The Egg: The egg Is a favorite symbol used by Dali. Given the duality of a hard exterior and soft interior, Dali links the egg to pre-natal images and the intra-uterine universe, and thus it is a symbol of hope and love.

The Butterfly: The Greek work “psyche” meant soul and butterfly. The transformation of the pop into a butterfly and the enormous variety of color and lightness of a butterfly fascinated Dali.

The Rose: To Dali, the rose symbolized as dealing with female sensuality. Red is associated with passion and can also be associated with death and decease. The rose is a symbol of love and passion.

Dali also had an enormous influence in the fashion world. One of his iconic surrealist fashion designs was the shoe hat that was a collaboration between Dali and the Italian Chanel designer Elsa Schiaparelli .

We say hat’s off to the amazingly influential artist Salvador Dali for his individuality, imagination and creative genius! Continue reading “Shemer Art Center Event” »