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January 2020

Wood is fantastic, even for bathroom furniture

By MiaCucina SoFla

If you’re still in doubt about using wood for bathroom furniture, this article is for you! This post examines the pros and cons of the most popular interior decor material, with a collection of photographs to inspire you.

Reflecting on the2019 edition of Cersaie, the Italian trade fair dedicated to cladding and bathroom furniture, we can say that, in spite of the abundance of technical materials with a host of features, wood remains the most admired and coveted material. However, inexplicably, prejudice against using it in bathrooms, which can be damp, is still common. And yet some types of wood have been widely used for centuries to build boats: why are we so wary of using it in bathrooms?

Both solid wood and veneered versions can be used for bathroom floors and furniture (also for accessories, as you can read in this post), if it is duly waterproofed. However, this doesn’t mean that it can be neglected; the surface is more delicate than other materials and requires care.

Let’s think about the advantages and disadvantages, especially regarding bathrooms.

PROS: the unbeatable advantages of wood (in the bathroom, too)

  • warmth: it’s well-known that no other material can give the same sensation to the touch;
  • scent: wood stimulates the nose, besides touch (and in turn imperceptibly absorbs odours over time,);
  • aesthetics: the surface of natural wood is unique and unrepeatable: grain, imperfections, small holes and colour differences are all details that make a wooden surface inimitable.
  • exclusiveness: some species bring unbeatable elegance and value to furniture items, especially when crafted by expert hands.

CONS: the typical aspects of a living material

  • wood changes over time, changing colour (imperceptibly) and shape as it adapts to the degree of damp and light in the room;
  • if not treated, it absorbs water and humidity, with the risk of permanent damage;
  • cleaning requires special delicate products and a little extra attention (e.g. teak needs brushing to keep it intact);
  • it is not the right choice for those who have no time to dedicate to its care.

The Cubik collection, for example, is a collection of bathroom furniture that pays homage to the most natural, almost rustic, species of wood; living matter that tells a story with its surface, knots and grain, connected with the earth and the passing of time.

At the recent edition of Cersaie, an area of the Ideagroup stand displayed this material, presented in compositions featuring different aesthetics and styles.

Rovere Cadore (Cadore oak): one of the latest items in the Cubik collection, Cersaie 2019.

Rovere Cadore (Cadore oak): an oak species typical of the Belluno Cadore area, a material that revives the traditions and passions of a place that has symbolic ties to wood. Intense shades and dark grain bring a classical touch to the minimalism of a modern collection like Cubik.

If you weren’t at Cersaie, here are some pics from our stand!

Rovere Fossile (Fossil oak) for a Cubik top: news Cersaie 2019.

Rovere Fossile (Fossil oak). A strong contrast between fossil wood – whose colour and timeworn look tell the story of a place – and the black steel washbasin.

Rovere naturale (Natural oak): classical, all-purpose wood, suitable for both modern and traditional bathrooms. This photo: a detail of the 45° profile of Cubik drawers.

Oak is one of the most popular species, also in bathrooms, due to its versatility and easy coordination with any interior décor. Classical, modern, Scandinavian or rustic, oak fits harmoniously into any of these ambiences. For example, here Cubik in natural oak appears in a home version for daily use.

Veneered oak with continuous grain match: to accentuate the naturalness of this finish, the grain follows the profile of the bathroom unit (Cubik Collection).

Further inspiration for your bathroom furniture in wood?

Cubik is not the only collection of modern bathroom furniture that highlights the naturalness of wood. Below is a series of photographs showing different species and finishes, which will surely show you the most suitable one for your bathroom.

TEAK: Because teak is particularly durable, it is considered mainly suitable for use outdoors (Do you know it? This post provides information about this type of wood, where it comes from and how to take care of it in interior decoration projects).

Sanded solid teak: one of the finishes available for Sense, a minimal, linear collection that comes in either teak or Fenix, a highly technological material.

Wood or Fenix? Be inspired by the solutions provided by Sense

ABETE (FIR). Fir wood, with its characteristic knots and grain that give a Scandinavian touch to your decor, can also be used for bathroom furniture, including vanity unit tops.

Vintage version of solid fir wood: the vanity unit top by Dogma is perfect for a designer bathroom featuring wood.

Like this style? Take a look at the solutions by Dogma

Dark brown oak: the dark colour gives the oak wood a sophisticated look | Dolcevita Collection (here it is, if it’s new to you)

If you like just the look of wood?

Because wood is a living material that needs care and attention, it’s not what everyone wants. If you appreciate its texture but think a more practical material is better for your bathroom, or want to spend less, there are many valid alternatives with surfaces similar to wood (with the knots, colours and grain of the natural species realistically reproduced). The most popular are wood-effect ceramics and HPL laminates, also used for designer washbasins.

Robust HPL for the Nyù Collection: also available for washbasins, which boast a very realistic wood-effect finish.

Do you think Nyù suits you better? See here.

MAINTENANCE

With regard to maintenance of wooden furniture in the bathroom, just a little more attention is enough to keep them in good condition over time: not intact, but still attractive. Because, as we said, wood is living matter and as such will change with you and your home. It is advisable to always dry water drops and splashes immediately so that they cannot infiltrate the wood. Bear in mind that not all detergents can be used for cleaning: apply a soft cloth with a non-abrasive, neutral detergent in the direction of the grain, followed by a damp cloth to remove residual detergent, and then dry the surface.

 

Article originally posted at Idea Group

Kitchen & Closet: Out with the Old

By MiaCucina SoFla

By MiaCucina.com
Jan 14, 2020

Kitchen & Closet: Out with the Old

It’s tradition to declare “out with the old and in with the new!” as a new year comes to be. It can be cathartic and energizing to declutter, get organized and clear your space, so take advantage of the new year’s optimism to help start fresh. Stepping back and taking stock in yourself and your surroundings can be a constructive way to assess where you’ve been… and where all your stuff is.

But seriously, where is all your stuff? We like to think of “things” in three categories. The first collection is sentimental, the second is necessary/useful, and the third set is “oh wow, how long has it been since we used this?”

The two spaces that tend to accumulate more things than we need are the kitchen and the closet, so we thought we’d give you a few tips to inspire your space refresh.

KITCHEN:

Make it thoughtful

Kitchen space and storage are places in our homes that can often be neglected, but with the right layout and customization, it’s easy to find and access what you need. Details like glass jars instead of cardboard packaging make things aesthetically pleasing to look at. Customizing space to organize drawers and tableware elevates the entire look and feel of your space. Put things within reach. Pay attention to the traffic pattern in your kitchen. Everything should be somewhere that makes sense for your surroundings.

Kitchen by RecordCucine. The finest in Italian Luxury kitchen design. https://www.recordcucine.com/en/

Clear off all surfaces

One of the most satisfying things is to enjoy your sleek beautiful space and decor without the punctuating clutter of a stack of mail, or a stray coat. Unfortunately, one of the easiest places to accumulate clutter is right out in the open. First, clear everything off and put it away in its place. No place for something? Ask the question; “what do I need this for?” If it’s a third cheese grater, it’s time to start a box for donations to give your local charity group.

CLOSETS:

Remember the 80/20 rule

You wear 20% of your clothes 80% of the time. When clearing out your closet, keep that in mind and ask yourself these questions:

  • Does this fit me?
  • When was the last time I wore this?
  • Is it a valuable item?
  • Does it need repair?
  • Is it in good condition?

Once you’ve answered honestly, you can begin to sort through what to keep, and what to donate.

Merchandise like a Boutique

Now that you have current pieces, that fit, and make you feel great when you wear them, it’s time to organize your clothes & accessories. Here’s a tip; organize your clothes and accessories the way you’d see them merchandised in a retail store, instead of by type (pants go here, dresses go there). I like to create my own unique categories and somehow; all of my staples and favorites fit right into either:

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (classic)

Night out in Paris (fun)

Walk in the Park (casual)

or Can’t Live Without (Cashmere wrap with a tiny hole that I walk the dog in)

It’s fun to organize once you define your personal style. A friend of mine uses Renegade Cowgirl, Fancy Lady, Nantucket in Summer, and Boho Beach Babe. Her husband is Soccer Dad, Beach Weekend, Professor on Sabbatical, and C Suite.

Now when I look at my sleek organized closet, I feel like I’m shopping my favorite things versus flipping through hangers thinking I have nothing to wear.

Pro tip:

Do one thing at a time

It’s easy to get instantly overwhelmed when thinking about clearing everything, so we suggest picking one thing to start. Enthusiasm tends to snowball with accomplishment so pick something easy first for more instant gratification. When you clear away the unnecessary, you’ll see your things in a new way.