You will immediately think something is seriously wrong with me, but a beautifully designed kitchen or bathroom makes my heart skip a dozen beats. I don’t know what it is that has me so excited when I see the perfect faucet paired with just the right type of cabinetry or counter tops, but it just happens and I can’t help myself! So, I kid you not when I tell you that I nearly fell flat on my face the moment I walked into the Kohler Design Center a few weeks ago and saw their massive 3-story interior dedicated to showcasing all of Kohler’s latest products, dramatic design ideas in the kitchen and bath, and the history of Kohler Co.
I was like a kid in a candy shop as I meticulously explored each stunning display! I’m pretty sure I drove my dad and brother insane as I ran from one product to the next declaring my deep love and need for it. Thank goodness I don’t own a home yet, because I would have walked out of that place a very broke individual. Is it wrong to hoard every gold and brass faucet if I have no where to even put them yet?
The Kohler Design Center is located in Kohler, Wisconsin – yep, the Kohler Company has their own village and a magical storied past! It sounds strange, but the Village of Kohler is actually a destination worth visiting. As one of the first planned communities in America, the Village of Kohler boasts the Midwest’s only AAA Five-Diamond resort hotel, The American Club. If golfing is your thing, then take a swing on one of their four legendary golf courses or treating yourself to a relaxing afternoon at the five-star Kohler Waters Spa. Enjoy activities such as dining in one of their 13 restaurants, shopping, yoga on the lake, outdoor adventures, tennis, and so much more. On top of that, the village is surrounded by 500 acres of unspoiled land, 5 miles of the meandering Sheboygan River and more than 18 miles of scenic woodland trails. It’s safe to say that the Village of Kohler is a hidden gem in the middle of “nowhere” Wisconsin.
The Design Center is split into 3 levels. The lower level is a deep dive into the history of Kohler Co. The main level showcases all of the latest products from Kohler, but the upper level is where renowned interior designers get to come out and play! Each gallery focuses on a unique look and style, incorporating various Kohler fixtures for an unforgettable experience that’s overflowing with inspiration! I snapped a few photos (unfortunately with my crappy iPhone, since it was all I had on me during this spontaneous stop in Kohler, WI) of the spaces that inspired me the most. Take a look…
Designer Clodagh incorporates strong principles of Feng Shui and wabi-sabi into this room. In traditional Japanese aesthetics, wabi-sabi find beauty in the passage of time, in imperfection, and incompleteness. It finds beauty in the modest and the humble. This room is meant to evoke thoughtfulness and peace.
The Clerestory Classic
The polished and airy feel of this bathroom is what draws me to it. It starts with the stately white porcelain tub in front of towering beveled glass windows, then flows down towards the faux quilt stitched tiles; seriously, I can’t get enough of those! The cherry on the top is the surrounding white brick walls that make my heart sing!
Jardin du Monde
Designer Laura Kirar has created a magical fairy tale setting with this stunning bathroom suite. Chic brass fixtures and dreamy white marble tiles come together under a thick canopy of greenery and glowing orbs. I could easily spend countless hours soaking in the large tub (not shown) with a good book and a glass of wine.
Hint of Havana
A spirited mix of Havana-inspired colors and midcentury modern aesthetics have me weirdly envious of this bathroom. I’m not really a lover of retro-like style, but this room really does evoke a laid back, joyful feeling of Havana. Again, I’m crushing hard on the matte gold faucet, because clearly I have a thing for faucets. But I also really love just about every element in this room, from the lights to the mirror, the glass partition between the sink and toilet and most importantly, the teal tile.
Kohler products in this collection: Vanity in corduroy teak / Drawer pull in brushed gold / Trough sink / Faucet in brushed gold / Towel bar in brushed gold / Toilet paper holder in brushed gold / Wall-hung toilet
You immediately feel like your are in a cozy blanket when you enter this room. The matte black walls give off this anchoring effect while the bright white adds excitement and uplifting beauty. Again, the freestanding tub calls to me and I’m loving the space saving value that the toilet brings to the room. Can I just say how much I love the idea of a black bathroom? I love how rich it looks!
Kohler products in this collection: (most items are brushed nickel) Memoirs freestanding bath / Floor-mount tub faucet / Wall-hung toilet / Bathroom sink / Sink legs / Sink faucet / Wall sconce / Rainhead / Handshower / Shower barre and teak tray / Shower base
photo credit: Kohler Co.
photo credit: Kohler Co.
An American Designer in Paris
This room has all of my Mad Men meets moody Parisian salon dreams coming true! Reclaimed and rustic woods are seen in the herringbone floor and the live edge countertops. I’m completely drawn to the dark charcoal walls and mixed metals. Also, can someone please tell me where, and how, I can possibly get my hands on a print of an anguished woman ready to dive into a cheeseburger!!! I don’t think I’ve seen anything more amazing!
Featured photo credit: Kohler Co. | Disclaimer: this is not a sponsored post. All opinions and thoughts are my own.