Interior design offers so many options that sometimes it becomes downright confusing. We sifted through several categories and came up with a “Wish List” that will help guide your decorating desires.
BY CHARLYNE VARKONYI SCHAUB
1. Cook’s kitchen
If you love to cook like I do, you crave great appliances like a fashionista craves a closet full of Jimmy Choos and Louboutins. This Thermador Professional Series Collection pushes all the right buttons. The built-in, side-by-side refrigerator is large enough that you won’t need a backup in the garage. The wall ovens are installed with a warming drawer. The 48-inch range comes with dual fuel steam. The built-in microwave is available in traditional or convection. Prices upon request. Available at Coral Springs Appliance Center, 3500 Coral Ridge Drive, Coral Springs, 954-752-3880, www.csappliances.com.
2. Comfortable sofa bed
Sofa beds have gotten a bad rap. Many weren’t comfortable to sit on and even less comfortable to sleep in because of the metal support bar that you could feel across your back. No more. I fell in love with American Leather’s Comfort Sleeper when it was introduced at the High Point Market several years ago, and improvements have made it better than ever. The 5-inch-high density foam mattress is designed without the metal bar or sagging springs. For an extra charge it is available with the popular Tempur-Pedic mattress. It provides more mattress in less floor space, which means you can select a smaller sofa that works better in apartments or condos. Prices upon request. Available in several styles and in six sizes from cot to king at Sklar Furnishings, 6300 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, 561-862-0800, www.sklarfurnishings.com.
3. Beautiful bath
This remodel, designed by Allied Kitchen & Bath, makes me crave a new bathroom. The wow factor comes from the iridescent glass mosaic tile by Trend Glass (about $30 a square foot), the emerald green glass vessel sink from Oceana ($800), the matte-gold Italian faucet by Aquabrass ($1,200) and a custom floating vanity ($2,350). Available at Allied Kitchen & Bath, 616 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 33311, 954-564-1611,
4. Stately wall covering
Trove’s new August wall covering puts a spin on former royals for those who can’t get enough of the royal way of life. Past female monarchs of Denmark, Japan and Greece are displayed in a collage of posed postures. It sells for $13-$16 per square foot in five colors and can be ordered in silver, a new matte foil. Available to the design trade at Holly Hunt, Miami Design District, 3833 NE Second Ave., Miami, 305-571-2012, www.hollyhunt.com.
5. Hip cover-up
Larry Laslo, the New York designer who also has a home on Palm Beach island, puts his distinctive touch on everything he creates. Laslo’s new Artisan Collection for Robert Allen is inspired by his lifelong passion for everything handmade and his favorite works of art. Textures range from a rich pleated velvet to an unstated linen jacquard. Laslo calls it “jewelry for the home.” Pablo’s Passion, pictured, sells for $69.95 a yard to the design trade at Scalamandré Showroom, 2868 Pershing St., Hollywood, 954-929-4900, www.scalamandre.com.
6. Modern statement
Sometimes what we really want is a wall covering that goes beyond paper or paint. A new product line, Motivo and Supremo, is made from easy-to-clean Caesarstone, a quartz product that is heat resistant, non-porous and stain and scratch resistant. The Motivo Crocodile design, available in white or black slabs, uses a patented manufacturing process to create the embossed 3D effect. Motivo Lace is a more elegant option. Another interesting choice is Supremo Swan Lake, a more classic look that features a shimmering pattern. Prices upon request. Available at Marble of the World, 6001 Powerline Road, Fort Lauderdale, 954-745-9700, www.marbleoftheworld.com.