Italian yacht builder teams up with Hong Kong interior designers to create bespoke “floating villas” for wealthy Asians



a view of a city next to a body of water: Aerial view of the Marina Club in Discovery Bay in Lantau, where the developer has pledged to turn its marina into “Hong Kong's most exclusive” superyacht club. Photo: Roy Issa


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Aerial view of the Marina Club in Discovery Bay in Lantau, where the developer has pledged to turn its marina into “Hong Kong’s most exclusive” superyacht club. Photo: Roy Issa

An Italian luxury yacht builder has partnered with Hong Kong-based interior designers to create new bespoke “floating villas” targeting the wealthy in Hong Kong and Asia looking for an alternative form of holiday homes.

In an attempt to attract more buyers, the builder Sanlorenzo will be working with Hong Kong-based Steve Leung Designers to infuse luxury residential designs into the compact space of a yacht in an attempt to redefine and elevate the lifestyle among the region’s millionaires.

The new partnership will bring Leung and his team’s expertise to the rest of Sanlorenzo’s range of yachts through their “design to measure” style, according to Sanlorenzo, a shipbuilder founded in 1958 and based in Ameglia in northern Liguria region.

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“Yacht design has long been dominated by a Western lifestyle approach, which is very different from the way we live in Asia, especially in China,” said Leung, an architect and interior designer whose firm was engaged in the Novotel City project in Tung Chung and the Orchard Residences luxury apartments in Singapore, among others.



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Hong Kong architect and interior designer Steve Leung is teaming up with Italian yacht builder to create

Simpson Marine Group, which represents Sanlorenzo in the regional yacht markets, has doubled its sales in Asia this year, including nine yachts by the Italian builder in Hong Kong. They contributed more than 60 per cent of the group turnover, according to its managing director Mike Simpson.

The pickup suggests the economic crisis from the Covid-19 pandemic has not done much damage to the wealth of the richer segment of the population. The number of millionaires in Hong Kong rose 22 per cent this year, while China’s billionaires have this year rebuilt their net worth to the size of the Russian economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Leung has previously designed the interiors for Sanlorenzo’s SX88 yacht, which measures 27m in length with four cabins with en suite bathrooms. It features a flybridge with barbecue facilities, while the indoor area has a traditional Chinese round-table dining area.



a boat sitting on top of a table: An interior of Sanlorenzo's SX88 yacht. Photo: Steve Leung Designers


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An interior of Sanlorenzo’s SX88 yacht. Photo: Steve Leung Designers

“During the entire design process of shaping a villa-like yacht, we reimagined the spatial configuration of the yacht based on the owner’s lifestyle, utilising the yacht mainly as a ‘floating space’ for social entertainment,” said Leung. “We also added a subtle Asian touch, especially in the seating zone of the living and the dining rooms, ensuring a comfortable capacity for big groups’ gatherings.”

Leung hopes the venture can establish another new take on the yacht design by integrating international lifestyle with local cultural features, to attend to local tastes.

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Designers reimagine New England ski house decor to create a modern ‘man cave’ up north

Josh E. Linder and Thomas Henry Egan III liken reaching Rangeley, Maine, to a trek to the North Pole. The designers, principals of Boston-based Evolve Residential, drove up in Linder’s hybrid right before the pandemic to install the finishing touches on a client’s new home. “It was a long, slow ascent up a mountain on black ice with fresh powder on top,” Linder said. “We didn’t see any other cars, just a tractor carrying logs barreling at us.”



a living room filled with furniture and a fireplace: evolve-residential-rangeley-maine-mudroom


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It turns out there is a less precarious route; reassuring given the region gets an annual snowfall of 200-plus inches. Linder and Egan’s clients, a Cambridge family of five, purchased the four-bedroom home last year, primarily to take advantage of the snowmobiling trails that crisscross the area, which also boasts a series of lakes. “The views are showstopping,” Egan said. “There are towering pines, and everything is covered in snow.”

The house, however, was nothing special. Although nestled in the trees on a hill, the structure itself was essentially charmless. “It was a 1980s developer house in the most pristine natural setting,” Linder said. The first step was to remove the unsightly pressure-treated wood deck, which wrapped from front to back. To replace it, Egan designed a wide, covered front porch inspired by the Adirondack-style cottages that dot the area. “It needed a defining architectural feature,” he explained. “Now it looks homey and warm.”

The revamped façade, now stylish and welcoming, set the tone for the interior scheme. While the whole family convenes here from time to time, the husband, teenage sons, and their friends visit most often. The directive was that the rooms feel relaxed. The décor was not to echo that of the stylish summer home the firm designed for the family on Massachusetts’ South Coast. “We had to reinvent the concept of a ‘man cave,’ ” Egan said.

The question became how to infuse their signature vibrancy into spaces that felt laid back and approachable. “It had to be tamer overall — less colorful and not too primped,” Linder said. The solution was to embrace the color blue and lean into natural materials, including fir, birch, leather, and jute. “Navy can go in many directions, but at the end of the day, it’s a masculine color,” Egan said. “The house had to be comfortable for men from the moment they entered.”

Knowing everyone would enter from the side door, the designers turned the mudroom area into a cozy place to hang out. Two George Smith chairs that came from the wife’s parents are at the ready in front of a cast-iron wood stove against a new stacked-granite wall. The storage — baskets and hooks and a live-edge wood bench — happens behind them. “You can relax on the chairs while you warm your feet; it’s not just a repository for wet clothing and shoes,” Egan said.

In addition to dressing up the space with local stone and woodwork painted Benjamin Moore’s “Hale Navy,” the designers

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House Democrats to unveil bill to create commission on ‘presidential capacity’

Trump responded to Pelosi’s initial comments on Thursday by tweeting that “Crazy Nancy is the one who should be under observation. They don’t call her Crazy for nothing!”

Pelosi has repeatedly questioned Trump’s mental health and suggested that he needs an “intervention” from family members and White House advisers.

Pelosi suggested again on Thursday that the medications that Trump is taking for COVID-19 are causing mental impairment and erratic behavior.

Two days ago, Trump tweeted that he had instructed his aides to stop negotiating with Pelosi on a pandemic aid package. But then hours later, Trump called on Congress to pass piecemeal measures like aid for the airline industry, an additional round of stimulus checks and additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program to help small businesses.

When asked during a Bloomberg TV interview on Thursday if she believed Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinOn The Money: Trump gambles with new stimulus strategy | Trump cannot block grand jury subpoena for his tax returns, court rules | Long-term jobless figures rise, underscoring economic pain Trump works from Oval Office six days after COVID-19 diagnosis Trump gambles with new stimulus strategy MORE had the authority to negotiate a coronavirus relief package on Trump’s behalf, Pelosi said, “The president is, shall we say, in an altered state right now.”

“There are those who say when you are on steroids and, or if you have COVID-19 or both, that there may be some impairment of judgment. But, again, that is for the doctors and the scientists to determine,” Pelosi added.

Trump was hospitalized at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center from Friday to Monday and received numerous therapeutics to treat COVID-19. He was also, at times, placed on supplemental oxygen.

Trump has released numerous videos recently stating that he is feeling better. He said Thursday morning in an interview on Fox Business that “I feel perfect. There’s nothing wrong.”

At least 34 White House staffers and other contacts have been infected with COVID-19 in recent days, including several who attended a White House ceremony announcing Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, on Sept. 26.

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2LG Studio founders create garden pavilion with a “touch of Beetlejuice” for their own home

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Interior designers Jordan Cluroe and Russell Whitehead, founders of 2LG Studio, have built a white-stained timber pavilion with a circular cutout window in their back garden.



Garden pavilion by 2LG Studio


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Garden pavilion by 2LG Studio

Designed during the coronavirus lockdown, the pavilion was the final element of Cluroe and Whitehead’s five-year renovation of their own home in Forest Hill, southeast London.



a bench in front of a tree: 2LG Studio has built a pavilion in the founders' back garden


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2LG Studio has built a pavilion in the founders’ back garden

“It was time the garden had our attention and we wanted to create something that could be a focal point, but also unite the inside of our home with the outside,” explained Whitehead from 2LG Studio.

“Our home has been our passion project over the past few years – it’s been the catalyst for so many of our product design collaborations over the years, so it felt natural to extend that out into our garden. It has given the garden an incredible sense of space and it draws you outside,” he told Dezeen.



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The pavilion has an enclosed dining area

The simple pavilion was built across the rear end of Cluroe and Whitehead’s garden on a timber platform reached by two steps.

A seating area with two sofas occupies one side of the deck, while a dining area enclosed by a structure made from slats of British-grown larch is on the other.



a chair sitting in front of a window: It is made from white-stained timber slats


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It is made from white-stained timber slats

Cluroe and Whitehead washed the slats with an eco-friendly stain to give the timber a white shade that allowed the woodgrain and pink tones of the larch to remain visible.

A circular cut out was created to provides views back to the house from the dining area and, along with the white tones, be reminiscent of the house in the film Beetlejuice.



a bench in front of a building: A circular cutout visually connects the dining area with the house


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A circular cutout visually connects the dining area with the house

“We have always been obsessed with the white house in Tim Burton’s 80s classic, Beetlejuice, so we wanted to give a nod to that with this design,” said Whitehead.

“The circular cutout window, large scale trellis and whitewash finish gave us our touch of Beetlejuice at the bottom of the garden, whilst keeping it in line with our own design style.”



The cutout was informed by the house in Beetlejuice


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The cutout was informed by the house in Beetlejuice

Cluroe and Whitehead designed two small tables and a wall-mounted disc from onyx offcuts found, via a video call, in the warehouse of stone company Solid Nature. The pink hue of the onyx is meant to complement the white timber structure.

A pair of 3D artworks by Atelier Bepop were also hung on the structure’s back wall.



a large purple umbrella: Whitehead and Cluroe designed a pink onyx table for the deck


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Whitehead and Cluroe designed a pink onyx table for the deck

“In keeping with the ethos of our home interior, we wanted to reach out to our design community and make some new connections

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Create The Luxurious Bathroom From Your Dreams

As people’s tastes evolve, luxurious bathrooms are becoming more and more popular. Just a couple of years ago, people were delighted with a standard clean-lined bathroom with a beautiful feature wall over the bath or shower. Nowadays, the request for luxurious fixtures, fittings, bathroom materials, and lighting is higher than ever. People realized that the bathroom isn’t just a functional room in the home, but a space to unwind and ease the day’s tension, so the demand for more massive shower places, luxury whirlpool baths, inset TVs, and other gadgets and appliances skyrocketed in recent years.

With careful planning and close attention to detail, a luxury bathroom can be created in any home. It doesn’t matter if your tastes and preferences are traditional or contemporary, luxury bathrooms are all about creating a space where you unwind and truly relax at the end of a long and stressful day. Read along to find out how you can create the most luxurious bathroom of your dreams.

The Cost Of A New Luxurious Bathroom

Before we dive into the design materials and elements, it’s only right to dedicate a short paragraph concerning the cost of a new bathroom. On average, the price of a modern luxurious bathroom ranges between £7,000-£15,000 depending on the design elements that you want to implement. While you convert your old and worn-out bathroom into a luxury one, you can always reduce the project’s overall cost by merely reducing the most expensive design elements of your new lavish bathroom.

Large Space Is A Must

To begin with, ample space is practically a must if you want to create a luxurious bathroom because if you operate with a wide area, you will be able to design your bathroom pretty well. Almost every lavish and high-end bathroom is quite roomy. Having all of that extra space provides a feeling of being in a tall, lightroom, something that easily makes you feel relaxed. The majority of people won’t remember how wide a particular room is, but they remember the sense of space that the place gives them.

In case you have enough room for this project, work with a professional bathroom architect to decorate it accordingly, and make an illusion of spaciousness to prevent it from feeling cluttered or claustrophobic.

Luxury Materials And Stylish Bathroom Furniture

While you design your luxury bathroom, don’t neglect the fact that luxurious materials are vital. It’s always worth investing in high-end materials like solid wood and stone to add a sophisticated and smart look and feel to the bathroom. Because of their quality, limestone, marble, and travertine are trendy choices for luxurious bathrooms. To achieve a seamless finish, you can use the same material, such as marble tiles – for both the bathroom floors and walls.

Since storage is one of the most critical elements of every bathroom design to ensure complete space functionality, you can go with wood or white gloss bathroom furniture finishes because they come with timeless appeal. Consider all bespoke conditions that

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Country Garden Forest City Released the Ecological Development Action Plan to Create a Green and Ecological Future City

JOHOR BAHRU, Malaysia, Sept. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — On 21st September, Country Garden Forest City published Forest City Ecological Development Action Plan, which outlined the mission of Forest City ecological development, and clearly defined the goals and targets of eco city development, operation and management in phases. Following this plan, Forest City will carry out green infrastructure development as a foundation, leverage on high-tech industries to enhance urban economic development, and eventually become a green and vibrant city with diversified industries and cultures. On the same day, Forest City Eco Museum Phase 1 exhibition hall was officially opened. 

Forest City Eco Museum

The Forest City Eco-Museum, which is located beside the beach of Forest City, is open for public today. The eco museum adheres to an open concept and breaks through the limitations of traditional museums. It integrates outdoor greeneries, ecological corridor, seagrass conservation areas, exhibition halls and laboratories into one system, and creates an immersive experience for the visitors with a real scene eco system.

Phase 1 of the museum, comprising of an exhibition hall, a laboratory building and part of the eco corridor, have already been completed. Over 100 biological samples are displayed in the exhibition hall to showcase the rich marine ecosystem around Forest City, its sustainable development mission and the environmental protection achievements over the past years. The laboratory will be used as a research and education center to facilitate the R&D and educational works of the research institutions and universities around Forest City. Meanwhile, phase 2 construction has started while phase 3 is under planning.

Forest City Eco Museum Phase 1 Exhibition Hall

On the same day, Forest City published Forest City Ecological Development Action Plan which outlined the goals and targets of eco city development, operation and management from the start of project development in 2014 towards the future. Following this plan, Forest City will carry out green infrastructure development as a foundation, leverage on high-tech industries to enhance urban economic development, and eventually become a green and vibrant city with diversified industries and cultures.

The newly published Forest City Ecological Development Action Plan encompasses three phases, for each phase, there will be a set of development indicators set out from the areas of “Industry, City, and People” in urban operations.

Phase 1, from 2014 to 2019, is the basic stage of the urban green ecosystem development, applying environmental concept throughout the urban planning, development, construction, and city operations. Forest City has never stopped its investment in green development, from the environmental assessment at the beginning of project, to multiple environmental measures such as the set-up of double layer silt curtain during the reclamation work, the establishment of enterprise-level environmental management system, mangrove conservation via satellite sensing and daily patrols, seagrass conservation and hydrological dynamic monitoring, just to minimize the environmental impact during the development. Forest City has also established long-term cooperation with research institutions and universities to carry out scientific monitoring and analysis of the natural environment around Forest City, providing scientific support for effective recovery and maintenance of the ecosystem.

Since 2016,

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Create a moon garden, perfect for night viewing – Entertainment & Life – Austin 360

Under the moonlight, white flowers can beam, while bright foliage stands out. Such a moon garden can glimmer in the evening — as a calming and relaxing retreat.

A moon garden — designed to be appreciated especially in the darker hours — is a sacred space for Deena Spellman, 63, of Cedar Creek.

When she walks over to enjoy her moon garden, “everyone here knows if I’m there, it’s off-limits,” says Spellman, owner of Bastrop Botanical Gardens, an organic garden featuring native plants and more, including the moon garden.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac explains: “A moon garden can be enjoyed from dusk to dark — by the light of the moon … with flowers that open in the evening, plants that release fragrant scents at night, and silvery or textured foliage which is visible. … White flowers glow in the dusk.”

“It’s visual; it’s very soothing,” says Spellman, who created her moon garden about 15 years ago and uses it as a place to meditate.

“Moon garden” is a general idea open to some interpretation.

“I think of moon gardens simply as evening and night-time gardens,” says landscape architect Carol Feldman of Richardson. “For me, that includes white blooming plants that show up in moonlight. This can also be extended to some blues and lavender-color blooms.” In addition, that would include blooms that look interesting at night, she says, and “plants that attract moths and other night-time wildlife.”

If she were designing a moon garden, she says, she would likely also use plants with gray and variegated foliage, such as Texas sage, artemisia and snow on the prairie.

Other plants that would work well include kidneywood, American clematis, white mistflower, silver ponyfoot, blackfoot daisies and Mexican plum tree, says Paula Stone, of the Fredericksburg chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas. Of course, “nothing says ‘moonlight’ like a giant datura (angel trumpet) blossom,” she says.

In addition, large groups of plants together work well. “A mass of white flowers simply has a better chance of having an impact than would the same white flowers scattered about. Remember, you are looking for plants that show up at night; one blossom here and there will be swallowed up by the darkness,” says thespruce.com, which offers gardening advice and more.

However, a moon garden doesn’t have to take up a large area.

“You don’t have to design a whole garden this way. Just pick an area of the garden suited to sitting out in the evening with a clear view of the night sky,” suggests the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

“Depending upon the space you’ve got to work with, you can create an intimate area … where those sights and visuals can be enjoyed,” Spellman says. Her space has a symbolic shape: a half-moon. “Underneath the trees, it’s a very sweet spot.”

She also suggests finding a location that receives afternoon sun and has an open area to see the moonlight.

“We’re using white flowers of all shapes and sizes,” Spellman says. She

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How to create an elevated interior, tips from a designer

Decorating a home has long been a favourite activity of many amateur interior designers. And no more so than during the COVID-19 pandemic have our homes become places of refuge, providing solace and simultaneously acting as home offices. It’s a lot to ask of a space that just a few months ago wasn’t quite so involved in our functioning. Now the question is how best to elevate every room?

Making an interior sing isn’t hard. In fact, with a few clever tweaks it’s completely possible to elevate a home in a matter of steps. From using books as props to investing in antique and vintage accessories, there are a few simple adjustments anyone can make to their space in order to add instant value and intrigue. Below, interior designer Joyce Downing Pickens shares her top tips for ensuring a home reaches its utmost potential — with little investment.

Fresh flowers are key

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“I can‘t tell you how much putting some time and effort into a good floral arrangement makes on the elevation of your space,” Downing Pickens shares. “Even dried florals can be a low maintenance way to bring your space to the next level. If you do go faux, make sure to find a supplier that does really good quality options to ensure that they remain sophisticated.”

Neutral colours in this bedroom inspire elegance. Picture: Jenni Kayne
Neutral colours in this bedroom inspire elegance. Picture: Jenni Kayne

Texture via textiles

It’s all about the textiles. Embrace the seasons and use textural pieces to your advantage, says Downing Pickens. “By just swapping out your pillows and throws on your sofa, you can make a huge difference in your space. Try to look for vintage textiles with lots of texture and pattern but with muted colours.”

“I think people have a tendency to go cheap on pillows, but in my opinion, they are more important than the sofa! Pillows can make a more inexpensive sofa look elevated.”

A great bookshelf can add style instantly. Picture: Jenni Kayne
A great bookshelf can add style instantly. Picture: Jenni Kayne

Well read

“Nothing makes for a chicer space than a well-read inhabitant,” Downing Pickens attests. Choose something that represents your personal interests and look for copies with aesthetic covers and spines. “As a designer, I love niche design books. Some of my favourites are Cezanne‘s objects, Cy Twombly Gallery, Axel Vervoordt, and Handcrafted Modern.

Pretty patterns and good textures make all the difference. Picture: Amy Bartlam
Pretty patterns and good textures make all the difference. Picture: Amy Bartlam

Unique accessories

While it might be tempting to go mass market when investing in home accessories, Downing Pickens warns against. “Big box stores sell these items for completing your space but they almost always fall flat. The individuality and richness of a vintage accessory can make a space and complete it to perfection,’ she says. Suggesting heading to a local flea market or vintage store instead, the designer confirms the item will have “a much better story behind it” when it’s something chosen and cherished.

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Create a fall pocket garden bursting with fiery autumn colors

Japanese maples differ in size, but all end the season in a blaze of color.

Japanese maples differ in size, but all end the season in a blaze of color.

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Japanese maples, burning bush and other autumn wonders should be putting on a show this week and garden centers and nurseries are filled with bargains.

If you want your own view of autumn splendor, consider adding a fall pocket garden to the landscape. As your new plants mature and the fiery autumn colors return year after year from your fiery new fall garden, you’ll remember 2020 with at least a few warm thoughts.

Many fall events may be canceled due to coronavirus, but you’ll have a beautiful homecoming just outside your window and score better yardage if you tackle this design challenge and celebrate that nobody can cancel the beauty of the fall season.

Start with a focal point: Japanese maples for the win

For a small garden or if you have limited space, start your autumn theme garden with one of the Japanese maples or Acer palmatums. The Dissectum types of Japanese maples have finely divided or dissected leaves and this makes them slow growers with a delicate appearance. It also means you won’t need to rake up the leaves once they fall as they quickly decay and improve the soil without smothering the plants below.

Look for varieties with spectacular fall color such as ‘Orgeola’ with fiery orange red foliage on a 6-foot tree or one of the similar varieties offered in Western Washington nurseries this month. Fall is a good time to buy and transplant Japanese maples.

For something different, grow a Sourwood tree

If you want to grow beyond Japanese maples for a small tree with autumn color, search out the sweet color and form of a Sourwood tree or Oxydendrum arboretum. This tree has four seasons of interest with fragrant bell-shaped flowers, seed capsules that hang on the tree all winter, and fall color that may have the neighbors calling the fire department — this tree is that hot.

The only garden gossip on this autumn beauty is that it has shallow roots so it does not like to grow in a lawn or have shrubs planted beneath its graceful branches.

Add more foliage and berries with lower shrubs

I like the brilliant purple berries of Beauty Berry or Calicarpa. The graceful, arching branches show off metallic purple berries in the fall and the colors work well with Japanese maples. You can add the flaming orange or yellow foliage of barberries, scarlet leaves of the Euonymus alatus ‘Burning Bush’ or any of the Nandina ‘Heavenly Bamboo’ that come in various sizes and leaf colors.

Look for fall foliage shrubs turning color in your neighborhood. This will give you more ideas for creating your autumn dream team.

The goal here is to huddle up these complementary team players (the shrubs) around the star of your fall garden (the focal point tree) by arranging them behind or in front of your focal point.

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How To Create a Kitchen With a Soul, According to Home Design Experts


Of all the rooms in the house, the kitchen may evoke the warmest emotions. After all, it’s here that people gather with family and friends, to share food and good company. It’s no wonder the kitchen is often called the heart of the home—and that it’s a key selling point, promising a great lifestyle.

But kitchens also run the risk of being cold and soulless. What’s the point in having top-notch appliances if no one actually wants to hang out and use them? Like food, a kitchen needs to have a certain depth—let’s call it soul.


“A kitchen with a soul is a unique space that provides comfort, warmth, and a sense of peace,” says Ron Woodson of Woodson & Rummerfield’s House of Design in Los Angeles. “These are spaces that honor one’s personal style or the original time period in which a home was built.”



A few personal touches that both move you and reflect how you live are key to achieving this effect. These design elements can really allow the kitchen’s soul to shine, and to make its effects felt throughout your home. To bring out the soul of your kitchen, try the following tips.

Use materials to tell a story


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Every kitchen has a story to tell. Woodson recommends mixing different textures and patterns that complement the existing color scheme.

“We associate natural stone, wood, and other materials found in nature with soul—they add warmth and bring life to a space,” Woodson says. “Luckily, you can still get the same look of natural stone with ultradurable alternatives. For countertops and flooring, I love Dekton Laurent by Cosentino. It makes such a bold design statement, yet it’s ultradurable and impervious to heat, scratches, and stains.”


If you’re not in the market for a full kitchen remodel, add warmth and character to your space by displaying a collection of cutting boards crafted from different material like wood ($138, etúHOME), marble ($89, CB2), or slate.

Laurie March, home design expert and host of The House Counselor on HGTVRemodels.com, says this is one of her favorite budget-friendly tricks.

“They double as functional art when leaned against, or hung on, the wall, and truly step up your hosting game when presenting a beautiful spread for your guests,” she says.


Respect the bones of the space

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A soulful kitchen will always emphasize the room’s good bones, or unique architectural touches.

“I always research the era the home was built in and try to pay homage to it in some way, whether through paint colors or decor style,” says Woodson, who co-founded the nonprofit organization Save Iconic Architecture.

March says for spaces craving more architectural detail, add faux ceiling beams, which can quickly and affordably transform the look of a space.

“They can also give you the

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