Installation Stories: Making Waves
Aiming for an open space, clean lines, natural light and a pop of color, Designer Fernanda Conrad of K&W Interiors worked closely with her clients on their kitchen renovation, that features our Wave tiles in Naples Blue. We're sharing more about this Alaska-based designer and this project below:
A bit about Fernanda:
My style can be described as...1970s eclectic with a modern edge.
My design philosophy is...Function over form. Authenticity over perfection. Details are never just details.
I got my start...At K&W Interiors
I find inspiration in...Nature! Alaska has such a beautiful scenery layered with textures and color hues impossible to overlook.
I can't live without...Coffee!
My best design advice would be...Your home is an extension of yourself and where you are in life. Life is never stagnant, embrace the changes, make them yours.
I love tile because...It provides color, texture, and shape to any room.
My favorite Fireclay color is...Oh, I cannot pick just one! My top three choices are Mustard Seed, Hunter Green, and Vintage Leather.
Tile Shown: Hunter Green.
Now, on to the project...
How did you hear about Fireclay? Who here helped you, what did you enjoy about the experience?
I stumbled upon Fireclay on Instagram. I had the pleasure of working with Sabrina Fine. She was incredibly helpful sending samples my way, talking me through the different shades of turquoise I needed, and I loved how much attention she paid to the details. It's super important to me to make sure the details are never overlooked; and from the thickness of the tile, to finding the perfect trim pieces, she was on top of it!
Can you tell me about the space? Is there any story behind it that you want to share? What did it look like before? What did you change?
This was a very special project to me because it is one of those homes that gives Anchorage character. This house has been in my client's family for generations, and it was crucial to me to maintain its beauty while updating the look.
Before the remodel the kitchen was small, divided into two small spaces with a dropped ceiling. We knocked down the partition wall, embraced the vaulted ceilings, and redesigned the kitchen layout with new cabinets, countertops, and wood flooring to match the existing floor.
All images: DMD Real Estate Photography
How active were the homeowners in the process?
They were very involved and a true pleasure to work with. They had a clear vision of what they liked and what they wanted an were very active in making choices for both, the design and the finishes.
What type of look or aesthetic were you going for?
I was looking for a clean lines, open space, and abundant natural light with a pop of color.
How did you come up with your color scheme and design?
I built the design around the client's favorite color, turquoise. Since it is such a prominent color, we picked white and gray as 'neutral ground' for the cabinetry, and added sparkle with the countertop.
The cabinetry shape we picked is very linear, so we picked the Wave shape to soften the look of the room.
Tile Shown: Wave in Naples Blue.
How did the installation process go? Did you face any challenges? Did you work with an installer or contractor?
I worked with Michael Kessler, a contractor from Allright Remodel. We met multiple times to go over the design and always kept in touch as the materials were installed. His work is impecable and made it super fun to bring my design to life.