From bright kitchen nooks to in-home libraries, these impactful interiors and outdoor spaces in Chatham left a lasting impression on us in 2023
Photography by John Michael Simpson
Fresh Air Designs President Mary Kate Bedell shares her predictions for home design trends that will take center stage in 2024:
“We will see more kitchen design focused on the wellness of the homeowners and the food they prepare,” Mary Kate says. New appliances can aid in a more healthful lifestyle, too; Mary Kate notes combi-steam ovens and refrigeration columns are popular choices.
“This is still a big client request, to design and install long-lasting materials so they will have a long life span, which includes less replacement,” Mary Kate says. When it comes to intentional waste solutions, she says her customers often want more options for recycling and composting in designs.
Making active spaces quieter continues to be on trend, including soft-close features for cabinet doors and drawers. “More appliance manufacturers are reducing their sones,” Mary Kate adds. Sones are a measure of loudness that can be applied to household units like range hood fans, air conditioners and dishwashers.
They’re here to stay. “Islands are still on the top of most homeowners’ wish lists, if the space allows,” Mary Kate says. Islands are the center of the home, and with the advent of many built-in and under-the-counter appliances (think microwave and refrigerator drawers, steam ovens and trash compactors), there are endless possibilities for customizing an island.