birdseyestyle is a fresh set of kitchen and bath inspiration from our lead interior designer, Barbara Schmidt. It’s Scandinavian modern to Mediterranean shores to a mod, masculine approach to setting up a swank bar in your home. Explore and shop below, and soak up more stories on our blog and our Instagram feed.


There isn’t a hotter trend than the farmhouse style in residential design. Barb's take on this style is a twist of warmth inspired by baking bread and fresh pastry pies. Warm hickory floors blended with a patterned star tile grounds the kitchen space that features chocolate and white crisp cabinetry topped with black and white quartz countertops centered with a classic stainless bridge faucet. This is a space where you create and share all those celebratory meals for decades to come. Memories are made here. This is where the heart of the home resides encircled with America’s heartland.



After black and white, the next hottest color trend is a blue. From navy to royal, blues are the second most popular colors for baths after white. The reason is the feel of water—blue as with the seas. The inspiration here came from little fishing villages on the Mediterranean. Lots of blue, patterned encaustic tile, vintage flow blue pottery, chrome fixtures, Turkish towels and sea glass. Barb also included classic Italian marble and white marble flooring with just enough patina to feel old world. And a little in the beach sand thrown in for good measure.



Bar mixology is a magical trend of powerful potions blended together in a smoky textural space that can be built into a man cave or sophisticated urban loft environment. Barb was inspired by men’s suiting, sleek copper tones with loads of texture from ombre felting to carved travertine and rustic split wood flooring. Matching bar and kitchen faucets coordinate the modern open floor plan featuring mid-tone cabinetry washed with a black glaze and topped with mica flecked jet countertops and sexy black lacquered accents.


gray all day

Gray All Day started out as a neutral story that turned into a texture story. Barb was so in love with the idea of mixing mirrored beveled glass with matte finished grey cabinetry that she twisted everything into a style she calls Organic Regency. There are a lot of hard working elements here including an industrial faucet, quartz and solid surface countertops and a pewter charger. You'd find in all these monochromatic pieces in her kitchen today. This soothing space is all grounded with a vintage inspired limed oak flooring that is one of her favorite floors of all time.



What if you could start with a giant open factory space as your residential loft? We'd start with trying to warm up the open space with woods and textural tile. Then keep everything else modern with lots of white and touches of charcoal like the matte black faucet. Industrial lighting? Sure—keep it simple and custom. Barb would also add a nod to cement with something even better: grey quartz countertops and solid surface that will wear better than concrete for your kitchen island and perimeter cabinetry. And what about those woods—how about that gorgeous custom slab wood cabinet door and timber oak flooring? Yes to both!


Scandinavian modern

So do you pronounce "hygge"? With gah? And a hoo? It means Scandinavian (Danish and/or Norwegian) coziness essentially. What it means for design is to clear the clutter and create an environment where you can partake in life’s pleasures. So how do you design that into a kitchen? White washed pine floors, warm woods, lots of white tile and countertops with a stainless simply designed faucet. Everything has a purpose here and nothing goes to waste. Ground cherries are saved and dried for the winter season while mini barrels of pickled fish ferment in the corner.



Seafoam green? Yes, if it’s mixed with a touch of gold and then it’s modern again. The two selected cabinet styles are modern and traditional for the Florida Keys colonial vibe that Barb's grown to love. White countertops that have just the right amount of texture mix with golden touches for a thoroughly modern master bath. The honed surfaces of the mosaic tile and pottery bring a clean, rustic, outside element indoors. Grey flooring is a subtle wood tone that almost looks like washed stone and keeps everything light and airy. For that spa feel there’s a hand shower that delivers six functions of water therapy for the soul. Soothing, isn’t it?


modern Provence

This kitchen was inspired by three different eras: the 1940s, the 19th century and today. The idea was to create a mod provincial kitchen that would have a country garden attached. It’s an eclectic mix of refined custom cabinetry, parquet floors, carved marble and herringbone glass tile. There are mid century shapes, pewter, garden grown vegetables and loads of counter space for preparing all those organic meals. Primarily a neutral space, the sparkle of the quartz counters builds an upscale surprise in this French country design.




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