Housetrends Cincinnati June 2020







Beamed ceilings add a rustic touch to this white kitchen in a new condominium.



The custom range hood is a focal point of the kitchen in this Mason home.

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Located on Miami Road, Hampstead Park is a short walk to the restaurants,

shops and entertainment options in Mariemont’s village square. And that’s by


“Owners of our residences have purchased a lifestyle, not just a condo,” says Rick

Greiwe, principal of Greiwe Development. The developer intentionally selects properties

that are within a block of town centers so that “the community is the condo

owner’s amenity,” he says.

For this couple, the location was a key selling point, and a unit on the third floor

sealed the deal. Beyond offering beautiful views of Mariemont’s historic buildings

and mature trees, the 10 and 11-foot vaulted ceilings and expansive windows

“make it feel so much larger,” the homeowner reflects. ➻

1 The white kitchen maintains a classic

aesthetic, with furniture-like cabinetry

accented with corbels and finished with an

off-white glaze. 2 The exterior design of

the building is a modern take on English

cottage design and was inspired by the

neighboring Albert Place, which was built

in 1924. 3 The oil painting over the dining

room’s sideboard is by local artist Karen

Rolfes. 4 “The sofas and drapery in the

great room definitely set off the color

scheme,” the owner says.

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A downtown St. Petersburg penthouse features a contemporary black and white eat-in

kitchen. An intricate mosaic backsplash serves as a conversation starter. The theme continues

from the backsplash to the black lacquer bottom cabinets and waterfall edge white

quartz countertops. »

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It can be tricky business selecting the right light

fixture for a room. Thousands of options make

the process overwhelming. A plethora of styles

and sizes in various metals, fabrics, bulb counts and

glass—tinted, etched, frosted or clear—make you

second guess yourself, sometimes even after the

purchase has been made.

This Urchin fixture

by Varaluz is inspired

by the simple,

geometric-shape of

sea urchins with

their telltale barbs.

Available at

Is the one from the big box store good enough, or

should you splurge on the special order creation that

caught your eye?

While many of us would lean toward playing it safe,

it appears that those who have the courage to power

things up and make a statement with lighting are setting

the stage for a show-stopping look. Like a great piece of

art, a standout fixture can really draw the eye and set

off a space.

We’ve collected some striking entries from past issues

of Housetrends, as well as some of our favorite manufacturers.

We hope they’ll help you narrow down the field

when you are selecting your own finishing touch. And

if you are hankering for even more choices, go to

and search: statement lighting. ➻

Photo by Daniel Feldkamp

The Oktopus ceiling lamp by

Cattelan Italia features chrome

or black chrome metal arms and

transparent glass lampshades.

Available at

Photo courtesy of Cattelan Italia


A three-light pendant

with hand-applied gold

and silver layered leaf

finish and graceful glass

beads surround a classic

frame in the Chanelle from

Progress Lighting, New York.

Available at,,

Photo by Daniel Feldkamp

This Larmes pendant by

ET2 Lighting features row

upon row of clear oversized

teardrops, mounted on an

extended polished chrome

base. Available at

Photo by Robin Victor Goetz, RVGP, Inc.

This Laurelhurst light features

a streamlined metal cage

for a classic yet updated

industrial-inspired design.

Photo by Craig Thompson

With a satin nickel steel frame, the Cellini ceiling

lamp by Cattelan Italia, features a graceful lampshade

made up of nickel-plated aluminum chains.

Available at

Vertigo, by Corbett

Lighting, is an

intertwining collage

of circular handcrafted

rings fused

together to create a

contemporary look.

Available at keidel.

com ➻

Photo courtesy of Cattelan Italia

Photo by Craig Thompson

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Custom designed

chandeliers add a perfectly

Tudor touch to this

Columbus kitchen.

Photo by Daniel Feldkamp

Photo by Daniel Feldkamp

The Shayla collection by Kichler

features cut crystals suspended

on a polished chain bringing

subtle sparkle to a space.

Available at,,

Photo by Scott Pease

Stacked wood veneer strips form a billowy,

cloud-like structure in Link from LZF Lamps.


Photo by Justin Sheldon Photography

“The Cincinnati market

is still enjoying great

price appreciation given

the tight inventory.”

- Ellie Kowalchik

Q: Are we headed towards a housing crisis due to the

recent economic instability?

A: The prior downturn occurred when we entered 2008

with already high levels of housing inventory. The

housing sector enters this recession underbuilt rather

than overbuilt. That means as the economy rebounds,

housing is set to help lead the way out. In fact, most

economists predict that housing will not be affected by

recent economic changes, however we have yet to see

any consequences of COVID job losses on our housing

inventory. History proves that most recessions do not

negatively impact housing prices.

Photo by Justin Sheldon Photography


Ellie Kowalchik, a real estate agent with Keller Williams Pinnacle Group, leads the top ranked Move2Team.

A multi million dollar producer and company sales leader, she holds the advanced designations of Seller

Representative Specialist, Certified Residential Specialist, as well as e Pro with a focus on technology. She was also

named one of America’s Best Real Estate Agents by RealTrends in 2018, 2019 & 2020.

Have real estate questions you’d like to see answered in a future edition of Ask the Expert?

Give Ellie a call at (513) 536-6831 or email her at


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Home bars showcase top shelf design


Think back to your 20s—do you recall your favorite watering

hole? It might have been a dingy dive bar or maybe it was a

trendy neighborhood pub. Either way, it was the Saturday night

hangout where you and your friends spent countless hours talking,

laughing and philosophizing. That bar was where friendships

were created and memories were made. F Just because your

responsibilities have changed over the years doesn’t mean it’s last

call for a great time. Rather than going out and paying a cover

charge, consider making new memories in the comfort of your

own home. From traditional English pubs to Las Vegas-inspired

ultra lounges, these home bars should help inspire you to create

your new weekend hotspot. ➻

A unique twist on the traditional pub, this home bar in a Cincinnati

home, built by Artisan Estate Homes, LLC, features neon crown

molding accents, hanging light fixtures above the bar and undermounted

lights below to highlight the mosaic tile insets. The monochromatic

color scheme adds a modern touch to the space.

Photo by Robin Victor Goetz / RVGP, Inc.


5 Kitchen Trends

You’ll See This Year

2020 KBIS proves to be big on color and style

Portrush quartz from Cambria


Every January, the who’s who in the kitchen and bath industry gather together to unveil

the latest products and design trends for the coming year. This year’s Kitchen and Bath

Industry Show (KBIS) did not disappoint. Here are five design trends we are expecting

to dominate in the kitchen this year. ➻

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Queensbury quartz from Cambria

Countertops resemble

works of art

Industry powerhouses like

Cambria and Neolith are

offering even more seductive

slabs aimed to take your

kitchen into the stratosphere.

Cambria’s new Queensbury

features bold gray veining,

while Portrush embraces

color, infusing navy and gold

veining into the soft white

background. Meanwhile,

Neolith is taking advantage

of the design industry’s

obsession with marble by

launching Calacatta Luxe,

which embodies all the alluring

attributes of this soughtafter


Calacatta Luxe polished from Neolith


Saffron refrigerator by True

Aspire cabinetry collection from Wellborn

Estate Series cabinetry from Wellborn

Color is the new neutral

Industry experts are hoping you will

break out of the neutral zone and add a

splash of color to your kitchen. Appliance

manufacturers, like Forza and True, are

embracing color as an alternative to stainless

steel. Cabinetry manufacturers like

Wellborn are also offering more transitional

and contemporary cabinet lines

in a rainbow of splashy colors. Whether

you’re drawn to pale blue or spicy red,

you are sure to find a color that embodies

your personality and style. ➻

Blue 36-inch Pro-Style range from Forza

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Thatcher by Elements Collection, Jeffrey Alexander

Estate Series cabinetry from Wellborn with BlueStar appliances

Graze kitchen faucet from Kohler

Hardware and faucet design

are more important than ever

Cabinet hardware has moved well beyond simple knobs

and pulls. Manufacturers like Jeffrey Alexander are

embracing curves and chunky pieces that stand out

from the crowd. Even the shape of your faucet is contributing

to the design of the kitchen. The elegant curvature

of Kohler’s new Graze faucet makes it the perfect

fit for either traditional or contemporary design.

Tanz kitchen faucet from Isenberg


Neoroc farmhouse sink from Kohler

Farmhouse is going a little modern

Chip and Joanna Gaines brought farmhouse

design to the masses. After dominating for a

few years, farmhouse design is switching it up

a bit. Farmhouse sinks, like Kohler’s Neoroc,

are diverting away from the traditional design

and getting a little more daring. Other elements,

such as lighting and stone, are embracing

a modern look, bringing the beloved design

into the new decade.

Industrial enters the ring

Be prepared to see more of this edgy look

this year. Industrial design is all about

exposing the natural, raw elements in a

space. Think brick or wood paired up with

mixed metals and concrete. Shiny steel,

such as stainless appliances and chrome

plumbing fixtures, like the new Tanz kitchen

faucet from Isenberg, bring a hint of

coolness to the warm, earthy materials.


Cambria Howard’s Kitchen Studio, Keidel,

Neal’s Design Remodel; True Custom

Distributors; Wellborn Neal’s Design

Remodel; Kohler, Ferguson, Keidel Whole

Home Remodeling; BlueStar The Appliance

Loft, Howard’s Kitchen Studio; Forza

Howard’s Kitchen Studio

Modern Farm fixtures from Kohler

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