Q & A with Interior Designer Ariana Lovato of Honeycomb Home and Design

California based Interior Designer Ariana Lovato has made a big name for herself in the design community. As Owner and Principal of Honeycomb Home Design, she has always had a spark for design and all things creative. Recently named an NKBA 30 under 30 during this year’s KBIS she has a keen understanding of kitchen and bath design and brings a distinguished edge to interior spaces.

Ariana’s talents were on full display in a kitchen renovation that was selected as an honorable mention in Top Knobs’ inaugural Design Board Contest. This dreamy farmhouse kitchen was carefully crafted with love after a fire had destroyed the owner’s original home. We had the opportunity to delve into Ariana’s design decisions, creative inspirations and much more during a special Design Board Member Spotlight Q & A.

TK: Tell us about the kitchen and how it fulfilled your client’s plans for their home.

AL: This was a whole house re-build. We completely redesigned this home from the ground up due to a devastating house fire. My clients are elderly so I worked mostly with their daughter who lives in Houston, TX. We corresponded mostly via Zoom and email to make their decisions. We designed the single level home to accommodate their large family with a big open floor plan, a large kitchen island and butler’s pantry, 4 bedrooms, 4 baths and a spacious master bath.

TK: Which Top Knobs hardware did you use for this project?

AL: I used the Ascendra pulls and knobs in Sable in the kitchen and also in Brushed Nickel in the Master Bath.

TK: Tell us what made you choose Top Knobs hardware for this design?

AL: We wanted a sturdy piece of hardware but did not want to compromise on style. I found the Ascendra collection and I fell in love! The Sable finish was the perfect contrast to the white cabinetry in the kitchen. We used the brushed nickel in the master bath against the stained wood cabinetry.

TK: Did you run into any challenges with this specific project?

AL: The plans that my client had drawn up by their previous architect yielded a much more craftsman style home. My client was wanting more of a modern farmhouse style, so we had to make some changes to the exterior and interior as we went. That was challenging, but I think we did a good job of incorporating the touches they were looking for.

TK: We’d love to know more about you and your design firm can you tell us more about your background?

AL: My name is Ariana Lovato, Owner and Principal Designer of Honeycomb Home Design. Honeycomb Home Design is a full-service Interior Design firm located in Pismo Beach, CA. I grew up on the coast and moved to Los Angeles to attend FIDM for Interior Design after high school. I moved back home upon graduating, earning a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of LaVerne, and worked for designers, builders and even in the tech world for a start-up company before branching out on my own in 2016.  I had been moonlighting for a couple years and had a small savings and a whole lot of determination. Design has always been a passion of mine and I love working with my clients and making them happy.  Our design aesthetic is based upon our client’s tastes, but we always try to streamline and modernize finishes to highlight architectural details. Now, we have a team of 3 designers and usually work on about 15-18 projects at one time.

TK: Where do you turn to for new ideas and inspiration?

From other designers. I also love Kelly Wearstler, Vanessa DeLeon and House of Bohn’s work.  I also find inspiration from travel. Earlier this year my trip to Malaga, Spain fueled my passion for handmade tiles!

TK: Which design trends are you most excited about in 2020?

AL: Terrazzo!! It is everywhere right now and I am not mad about it!

TK: What’s the best interior design lesson you have learned?

Pay attention to scale. It’s one of the fundamentals of design but it is so important especially when you are playing with patterns. Also, double-check your measurements. That was not a fun lesson to learn but it had to happen. From a business perspective, I would suggest to hire out the things you are NOT good at (i.e. bookkeeping), but I encourage everyone to know how to read a balance sheet and a profit and loss sheet so they can do their own check-ins.

View more of Ariana Lovato’s work here:

Website: www.honeycombhomedesign.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/honeycombhomedesign

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/honeycomb_homedesign/ or https://www.instagram.com/ari.lovato_/

Photography provided by Ariana Lovato and Marcel Alain Photography

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Top Knobs Celebrates 25 Years With Grace

Top Knobs is celebrating 25 years of excellence. Tkick off the milestone year, Top Knobs will unveil its new collection, Graceat the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Las Vegas, February 19 through 21, at booth: N2763. 

“Grace is a celebration of our most popular designs over the past 25 years,” states Christine Zimmer, Top Knobs Product Manager. “We’ve taken some of our most successful pieces, stripped them down and crafted a collection of hardware that is nothing short of spectacular.”  

Within the 5 boroughs of New York lies a treasure trove of streets and neighborhoods that exemplify a timeless sophistication that draws people in. That ageless beauty is what inspired the new designs. The Grace collection is comprised of 276 pieces in 6 series: Barrow, Henderson, Kent, Pomander, Minetta and Riverside.     

“We wanted to deliver a collection to our loyal customers that would showcase some of our finest pieces, only reinvented to translate into more modern-day designs,” states Zimmer. “Grace is, without a doubt, an extraordinary collection that embodies an aesthetic that will be relevant for years to come.” 

Top Knobs is proud to enter 25 years of business with Grace.  

Brass decorative hardware adds sophistication to French countryside inspired kitchen

Top Knobs helps blend simplicity and sophistication in a French countryside inspired South Carolina kitchen featured in Better Homes and Gardens Beautiful Kitchens & Baths.

Brass Top Knobs hardware in French Countryside KitchenIn Charleston, Elizabeth and Mark Barnette sought after a simple and nostalgic design for their open concept kitchen. As a result, the couple opted for subtle white walls, cabinets and appliances to mimic a low country style.

Brass Top Knobs hardware in French Countryside Kitchen

One most noteworthy element is the brass accents included throughout the kitchen to lend the design a personal touch. Top Knobs Cup Pulls from the Somerset Collection and Somerset Weston Appliance Pulls in Polished Brass Finish were selected and act as the perfect statement against the white cabinetry.

Brass Top Knobs hardware in French Countryside Kitchen

Want to find out more about this kitchen renovation? Read the full story written by Kimber Mitchell and photographed by Brie Williams in the Spring 2017 special edition of Better Homes and Gardens Beautiful Kitchens and Baths.

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Top Knobs Featured in Six Winning KBDN Design Awards Projects

The inaugural KBDN Design Awards winning projects featured today’s top kitchen & bath design trends, and Top Knobs cabinet hardware took center stage! Featured in six winning projects, Top Knobs helped contribute to the expansive storage capabilities and beautiful metal finishes that were common in so many of the winning projects seen below.

screen-shot-2016-09-14-at-4-19-53-pmIn the Kitchens Over $100,000 category, a 440-sq.ft. wood themed kitchen by Stimmel Consulting Group, Inc. in Ambler, PA took the silver prize. The kitchen featured natural, earthy elements and reclaimed barn wood for an out-of-the-ordinary natural look. The reclaimed wood custom cabinets were finished with Brushed Satin Nickel pulls from Top Knobs for a clean shine that left the kitchen with a modern look and feel.


screen-shot-2016-09-14-at-4-30-10-pmPreviously a horse carriage storage shed, the bronze winner of the Under $50,000 Kitchen is a historic building in Crested Butte, CO. The building owners chose to restore the carriage shed and transform it into a vacation cabin rental with a modern twist. Light colored cabinetry complete with Top Knobs Pewter Cup Pulls off-set the darker elements of the room, including a reclaimed oak floor and backsplash.


screen-shot-2016-09-14-at-4-42-17-pmIn the Kitchen Showroom category, Nar Bustamante Fine Carpentry in Carmichael, CA took silver for using new materials in a distinct way. Nar Bustamante was challenged with using corporate approved colors to achieve a warm, luxurious and modern look while showcasing his clients’ stoves and stone. Pewter Pine cabinetry added a contrast against the white and stainless appliances which were completed with Top Knobs Mercer Tab and Appliance Pulls.


screen-shot-2016-09-14-at-4-45-57-pmNar Bustamante Fine Carpentry also took home the bronze in the Master Bathrooms under $30,000 category for their minimalist bathroom project. The owners of the bathroom wanted to take advantage of the natural light in the shower area while still ensuring their privacy. This natural light spills over into the bathroom vanity which is made up of pure white quartz and rift white oak, finished off with Aspen and Europa pulls from Top Knobs.


screen-shot-2016-09-15-at-9-09-28-amAlso a bronze winner in the Master Bathrooms under $30,000 category, designer Sara Lee devised a new floor plan that expands the owner’s bathroom by nearly 30 square feet. The zen inspired bathroom featured a standing tub with a waterfall faucet and a separate shower space. A custom vanity topped with marble granite and a widespread faucet was completed with Oil Rubbed Bronze pulls from Top Knobs.

 


screen-shot-2016-09-15-at-9-14-49-amLast but not least, Nar Bustamante Fine Carpentry won another bronze award in the Powder Room category. The unique space combines a rustic, industrial and luxury look to create an eclectic design. The room features a mix of reclaimed wood, steel and modern fixtures including a vanity made up of a reclaimed wooden slab. To complete the rustic look, the vanity includes Top Knobs 3″ Bit Pulls in Patina Rouge.

Congratulations to all of the winners, and thank you for using Top Knobs! To view the complete list of winning projects, check out the August issue of KBDN Magazine here.

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