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Neutral Accents

Author: Shawndrea Corbin
Issue: June, 2013, Page 30

Smooth Operator BLANCO has expanded its SILGRANT II sink collection with a new color called Cinder. A mix of black, gray and brown is combined to create the smoky neutral hue. Eight additional colors and more than 20 shapes are offered. The line is crafted using a Hygienic+Plus surface that is said to be safe for food prep and act as a shield for dirt and bacteria. Available at Central Arizona Supply, Scottsdale, (480) 922-9191,
Natural wonder Wood flooring has long been prized for its timeless beauty, but its susceptibility to moisture and traffic damage has restricted its use to certain rooms of the house—no more. Walker Zanger’s new tile line, Nature, solves the problem by mimicking the look of time-weathered wood combined with the versatility of porcelain. Colors include Honey, White, Grey and Brown. Find it at Facings of America, Scottsdale, (480) 222-8480,
Unchained This tan indoor-outdoor rug from Cost Plus World Market features an interwoven chain motif in cream. Available in an array of sizes, the rug also comes in a black-neutral
colorway and a pale-blue “driftwood” option. Its hand-tufted polyacrylic fibers make the rug durable for high-traffic areas and easy to clean. View the store’s rug options at

Bow WOW New York-based Waggo was formed with the goal of “creating fashion-forward, durable and functional products for man’s (and woman’s) best friend.” This ceramic treat jar was hand-dipped with a chalkboard band that can be customized with its furry recipient’s name. Dishwasher-friendly and FDA-approved, it can be ordered through bungalow, Scottsdale, (480) 948-5409,
Book Review Written by New York Time’s-hailed “paint guru” Eve Ashcraft, The Right Color (Artisan, 2011) claims to be the definitive guide to color and paint in the home. It is the first book for Ashcraft, who is noted as having assisted Martha Stewart in the creation of her initial line of paints.

Ashcraft discusses shade variations and color combinations for every room of the house and offers trade secrets. She also includes tips, such as how to make a small room appear larger and how paint can be used to address and rectify architectural shortcomings.

Laid out as a step-by-step manual, the book guides readers from beginning to end, covering color testing, paint prepping and documenting finalized color schemes. The author writes, “[This book] will show you the how and why of color and, more important, help you discover who you are in relation to color, because that is ultimately the only way to find the right colors for you.”
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