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Guest Blog Post: Lofty Visions

Editors Note: We are excited to welcome Guest Blogger Corey S. Klassen, CKD, CBD who shares the design process behind a space he created to showcase American Standard’s DVX Collection; their new luxury fixture collection.

I want to take you on the journey to create a true coastal-inspired living environment: Lofty Visions for DXV by American Standard.

My vision for the space I wanted to create was a Vancouver Gastown loft with a hint of New York’s Chelsea area’s crispness. As I am keenly aware that the subconscious and physical environment influences much of my designs, I returned to my favorite spaces like Revolver or Old Faithful Shoppe, where there is a certain mix of wood, brick, old-world patterns, and a new design aesthetic of “perfectly imperfect” or the maker-culture. This, in turn, became the crux of my design inspiration.


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An initial rendering of the space.


As I started my quest, I found it was not easy to edit and curate my selections. But as I built the scheme it became clear to me that in order to select the material and finishes pallet and convey the design aesthetic for the space that I was going to need a lot of tile. Lots! In many shapes, scales, sizes, and even materials – and it was going to be everywhere. Before long I had decided, with clear certainty, that I wanted a mix of structural patterns (like wood and marble) in play with geometric patterns like circles, hexagons, squares, and the twist of a double-helix all set in a naturalistic and relaxing space.  I was on the hunt for the perfect set of materials to make the space sing with coastal-like forests that surround the West Coast.


Floor plan for the bathroom

Floor plan for the bathroom


Elevation for the bathroom

Elevation for the bathroom


It was the Anteak Tile  from Walker Zanger, that started it all and I was out of the gate running before I truly realized what I was creating. I played with scale, shape, and repetition and the penny-tile created a pattern play that I was searching for. Its warmth and depth were a perfect match for the cool crispness of the Soho Hexagon Mosaic and traditional 6th Avenue 3” x 6” in a half off-set pattern.


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Don’t be fooled by thinking it is a simple “subway” pattern, because it is not stacked, but rather, an equal offset of each capped by a perfect rail molding and base shoe to divide the room in half. That horizontal line is extremely relaxing to the eye and a design trick that is an oldie but a goodie.
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Finished space featuring Walker Zanger tile and fixtures from DXV by American Standard

Adding on the Nature Collection Grey Woodgrain tile on the floor added length to the room and it slopes right into the steam shower and linear drain without interruption. This is the perfect tile for this application and why not go vertical? I always find it interesting to use a floor tile on the wall because it maximizes the visual connection of the horizontal surfaces to the vertical surfaces and balances out the visual interest in all the other wall surfaces.
Walker Zanger’s Nature Grey Porcelain 8”x47”, Soho White Hexagon and 6th Avenue 3”x6” field in White Gloss.

Walker Zanger’s Nature Grey Porcelain 8”x47”, Soho White Hexagon and 6th Avenue 3”x6” field in White Gloss.

 The intensity and vigor of which I completed the tile pattern drawings proved to me that I had success on my hands. The bath became a space, or rather a play, on just the right amount of industrial with the right amount of chic.
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Walker Zanger Soho Hexagon with  6th Avenue Rail and 3″x6″ in White Gloss

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View of the finished space and inventive mix of textures

The perfect tile selections by Walker Zanger always make a bathroom!

You can see more of Corey’s work at his website Corey Klassen Interior Design.


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Guest Blog Post: A Kitchen Transformation

Walker Zanger is  thrilled to welcome Sacramento based Interior Designer Kerrie Kelly to our blog with a guest post about her stunning kitchen remodel for an active family.

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Timeless but fresh, this newly designed classic kitchen is the perfect setting for an active family that wants to embrace their individual aesthetic. The home owners were looking for enhanced functionality,  more space, and an updated look.  Our team designed a cabinet layout that was full of storage and hidden organization.


Kerrie Kelly planning the new look.

Before the transformation – Kerrie Kelly planning the new look.



Kitchen transformation in process – Custom design island and cabinetry.


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Transformation complete – a stunning new kitchen that is beautiful and practical.


Custom X-base island details, Silestone counter tops and Walker Zanger’s gorgeous Helsinki Silver Dusk Chevron marble hand-set back splash complement an over sized banquette that welcomes friends and family. While the family requested simple finishes, they still wanted a classic designer look and that is exactly what they got! With timeless coloration paired with approachable luxury through detailed lighting and finishes, the final product was just what this family was looking for.

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About Kerrie Kelly
Sacramento interior designer Kerrie Kelly founded Kerrie Kelly Design Lab in 1995. She is an award-winning interior designer, author and multi-media consultant. She has authored two books: Home Décor: A Sunset Design Guide, published by Oxmoor House, and the newly released My Interior Design Kit, with Pearson Professional and Career Education. Discover more about Kerrie Kelly and Kerrie Kelly Design Labs at www.kerriekelly.com




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