The tiniest of nuances are what truly make any given product great. It's always the exceptional care and attention to detail that set one brand apart from the next, and this notion was especially evident to us as we toured EuroCucina at Salone del Mobile with BlogTour Milan. Notably, in a category where it can be challenging to differentiate and create new and exciting changes, Blanco - a luxury European kitchen sink manufacturer since 1925 - is clearly leading the pack from an innovation standpoint. It was quite remarkable, their sinks were in what seemed to be virtually every high end showroom as we walked the vast EuroCucina floor. Just take a close look and you'll see why.

For three generations, Blanco has quietly and passionately elevated the standards for luxury sinks, faucets and decorative accessories. Proud of its European heritage and award-winning German engineering, this company is steadfastly committed to their tradition of high quality and innovative design.


Blanco is the brand of choice in the luxury sink and faucet category for its unparalleled quality and an inspirational breadth of design possibilities and has proven that the sink is far more than a mere functional element in the kitchen. To them, it's all about the details, and we couldn't agree more.

BlogTour Milan Sponsors | ModenusBLANCO AmericaGessiClever Storage by KesseboehmerDekton by CosentinoNational Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).

Image Credits | BlancoKrista Nye Schwartz & Tami Ramsay of CLOTH & KIND, Holly Phillips of The English Room

Applique from Holland & Sherry

Details: Embroidery from Holland & Sherry | CLOTH & KIND

We are total and complete suckers for the littlest of details, which is why we are big old fans of the Holland & Sherry showroom. They carry so many of our favorite to-the-trade lines, plus their own line is divine. Like the exquisite Nara applique shown above - how amazing is this?!

We are also immensely appreciative of the fact that their website (relaunched and improved as of today) shows such incredibly detailed photos of each textile. It's this kind of attention to detail, both in their product and in the care they have taken to put together such a fantastic online resource that differentiates them from the rest and keeps designers like Tami and me coming back over and over again. Oh, and we also just adore our rep in Chicago - Michael Madalinski (hi, Mike!)

Who else out there in the design world is doing a great job at the tiniest of details? There are many, we know, and we'd love to hear your input.




Living Room | Chandelier

How impressive are the details of Oly Studio's beachy Jenny chandelier? I've had a long time love affair with this light fixture, which has only intensified since I had it installed in our master bedroom.

Wanting to know more about its beauty, I checked in with Oly and found out that the shells are all natural Capiz from the shores of Indonesia. Each piece of shell has 10-12 tiny hand-drilled holes which were strung together by hand to create perfect rows of glimmery iridescence that make up the majority of this fixture.

The effect of the light bouncing off of the shells when it's illuminated is simply stunning, not to mention the fantastic shadows that it casts on the ceiling. Jenny proves, once again, it's all about the details.

The Teeny Tiny Kind


As if on cue, I received a package in the mail yesterday from my dear friend Rasheena. She always seems to know right when I need a pick-me-up. I had just gotten news from our builder that our move in date had been pushed back (yet again) and was in such a funk about it. I know it seems trivial, but I've been waiting for nearly a year and a half to move into this house. All the while planning every detail and slowly but surely breathing life back into it. So when I reached in the mailbox and found the loveliest little package from Rasheena it made me smile. I knew it would be good before I even opened it because she has such a genuine knack for noticing details about a person and finds incredibly thoughtful ways of showing you she remembers. It's a quality that I most admire in her and it's made me realize that far too few people actually possess this skill. So, anyway, inside the package was a darling little ampersand stamp along with this handwritten note. She, of all people, knows far too well how I agonized over just the right font for the ampersand in CLOTH & KIND. Yesterday, it was this itty bitty package that was everything to me.

Katie Leede & Co.


I first saw this blissful bedroom, designed by Katie Leede & Co.,  in Veranda magazine. It's one of those images that I keep coming back to over and over again to admire (hmmm... now that I think about it, I wonder if it has anything to do with the color palette). Anyway, I always say that it's the details that make any well-designed room. Two things that strike me about this space are the custom upholstered headboard in the designer's own Papyrus fabric and the oversized Capistrano seaweed print. Everything else in the bedroom seems to make way for these two elements to shine. And do they ever.

Gratitude + Tin Nesting Cups


Anyone who follows me on Facebook or Twitter probably already knows that I'm having a big old pity party for myself today. I'm in bed with the flu, achy from top to bottom and pretty much just plain miserable. Getting sick sucks, doesn't it? It's like nature's way of forcing us all to take it down a notch and just. chill. out. So, even though I've been feeling like absolute death today, slowing down has allowed me to appreciate the simplest things. Like my dear husband who went in to work late so he could get the kids up and ready for the day (thanks, hon!) or my amazing babysitter who brought me chicken noodle soup or my kids who drew me special "get well soon mommy" pictures. And so now, at just after 5 pm, I'm happy to say that the pity party is officially over and I'm just feeling grateful for the people in my life who love me and take such good care of me.

All of this reflecting on the simple things in life made me want to share this with you today. This uber simple set of tin nesting cups is so well designed, and so purposeful that it just makes me love it.