Celebrating Success in Real Estate – Making RealTrends ‘The Thousand’ and ‘America’s Best’ List Again!

Caroline Dinsmore & Co has once again achieved a remarkable milestone by being included in the prestigious RealTrends “The Thousand” and “America’s Best” rankings! 🎉

Under the exceptional leadership of Caroline Dinsmore, our team has consistently demonstrated expertise and achieved outstanding success in the real estate industry. This recognition is a testament to our dedication and commitment to delivering exceptional results.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our clients and partners for their continued trust and support. Your confidence in our services has helped us attain this remarkable recognition.

None of this would have been possible without the dedication and hard work of our exceptional team. Each member of Caroline Dinsmore & Co has played a significant role in our success by providing unparalleled service and personalized care to our valued clients.

We would also like to thank RealTrends for their meticulous assessment and recognition of industry leaders. Their commitment to highlighting excellence in the real estate profession inspires us to strive for even greater heights.

As we celebrate this achievement, we reiterate our commitment to providing exceptional real estate experiences and exceeding our clients’ expectations. Caroline Dinsmore & Co will continue to deliver unparalleled service, expertise, and integrity in all our endeavors.

Thank you for your continued support and trust. Together, let’s keep making real estate dreams come true! 🏡🎊

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Caroline W. Dinsmore: Top 25 Bay Area Realtor

Realtor Caroline W. Dinsmore Makes it to the Top 25 Realtors in the Bay Area

Veteran realtor and entrepreneur Caroline W. Dinsmore continues to reap the rewards of her hard work in the past 30 years after having been included in the Top 25 Realtors in the Bay Area based on her 2021 sales volume in the real estate industry. Apart from this, she was also named one of the Leading 100 Realtors, which includes all real estate agents from the Carmel Valley through the Wine Country. These exceptional achievements cement what Caroline has been passionately doing throughout the course of her illustrious career in real estate – helping clients find their dream homes.

Making it to the top 25 realtors list did not come easy at all. In 2021, Caroline’s company, The Caroline Dinsmore Group, was still recovering from the blows of the pandemic. It was also the same year when she faced a life-threatening ordeal that tested her faith, character, and will to survive. Known as a no-nonsense and resolute person, Caroline found the strength and courage to survive and lived to see all her hard work acknowledged.

“The fact that I sold as much real estate as I did in 2021 when I was literally dying is absolutely insane. Against all odds, I survived,” Caroline revealed. “Now, my team and I are thriving. If we hadn’t put the processes in place when we did, there is no way the business could have stayed afloat. It’s a story of perseverance, pain, suffering and finding joy, happiness and success again.”

Indeed, Caroline exemplified what it means to be truly resilient. Despite the pandemic and the disease that almost took her life, she managed to make an explosive comeback in the business and continued to serve her clients diligently. Throughout her career in the industry, Caroline and her team have sold hundreds of homes. Over the years, she has successfully developed a solid team of hardworking and highly motivated realtors who share her passion and dedication to succeed. In time, The Caroline Dinsmore Group became known for its unparalleled customer service to each of its clients.

“It’s an honor to guide our clients through some of the biggest decisions and transactions of their lives. Real estate is so much more than buying or selling homes. It’s about developing a relationship with our clients, advising them on all their options throughout the process to help them make the best decisions for themselves, as well as helping them build long-term wealth through real estate,” Caroline shared.

The California-born and raised realtor is proud of her roots. She is a direct descendant of William Rufus Wheaton, one of the founding fathers of American baseball. Caroline completed her BA degree with honors in History at the University of California at Santa Barbara. She moved to Europe and found herself teaching English in Spain for several years. She eventually found herself going back to America and dedicated ten years of her career to the tech industry. Caroline first worked at Oracle and, after some time, moved to Webex.

It was the time she spent in Silicon Valley that developed her superior business acumen and other necessary skills to develop The Caroline Dinsmore Group and make it one of the leading real estate companies in the country today. The fact that she was able to successfully navigate her way through the 2008-2012 US financial crisis speaks greatly of her passion and determination to make it.

Without a doubt, Caroline deserves her most recent recognitions, a success story that everyone can truly learn from.

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Always Have Hope

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How Caroline Dinsmore Overcame Health Issues and Built a Successful Real Estate Business

Caroline Dinsmore, the founder of The Caroline Dinsmore Group has not let any obstacles hold her back. In this interview with host Debbie de Grote the CEO and Co-Founder of Forward Coaching, Caroline shares her inspiring story of overcoming devastating health issues and building a successful real estate business through diversity and perseverance.

Overcoming Adversity with Hope and Perseverance

Caroline's journey to success has not been an easy one. She faced a series of health challenges that could have derailed her career. But instead of giving up, she focused on hope and perseverance. She believes that having a positive attitude and never giving up are the keys to success.

Building a Successful Real Estate Business Through Diversity

Caroline and her team have consistently ranked as one of the leading real estate teams on the San Francisco Peninsula since 2013, according to RealTrends. But that's not all. She has also been recognized as one of the Top 25 Realtors in the Bay Area by The San Francisco Business Times based on 2021 sales volume. Additionally, Caroline was included in The Leading 100 Realtors per Luxe SF, which encompasses all agents from the Carmel Valley through the Wine Country.

Caroline attributes her success to diversity. She believes that having a diverse team with different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives has been critical to her business's success. By embracing diversity, Caroline has been able to serve a wider range of clients and provide exceptional service that sets her apart from other real estate agents.


Caroline Dinsmore's story is a testament to the power of hope, perseverance, and diversity. Despite facing health challenges, she built an amazing business that consistently ranks as one of the leading real estate teams on the San Francisco Peninsula and nationally. By embracing diversity and never giving up, Caroline has achieved incredible success in the real estate industry.

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Top 10 Realtors To Look Out For In 2023

The world of real estate is a cut-throat industry where only the best of the best succeed. It takes a unique combination of skills, knowledge, and personality to become a top realtor. Caroline Dinsmore is one of those individuals who has risen to the top of her profession. Recently, she has been recognized by the NYC Journal as one of the Top 10 Realtors To Look Out For In 2023. Let’s take a closer look at Caroline Dinsmore’s journey, what sets her apart from others, and how she has become a rising star in the real estate industry.

Caroline Wheaton Dinsmore: A Fifth-Generation California Native and Real Estate Mogul

When it comes to buying or selling real estate in Silicon Valley, there is one name that stands above the rest: Caroline Wheaton Dinsmore. As the founder of The Caroline Dinsmore Group | Engel & Völkers, Caroline and her team of experts have a combined 28+ years of experience and have sold hundreds of homes. Their dedication to providing unparalleled customer service and expertise in the real estate market has earned them a well-deserved reputation as one of the top real estate teams in the region.

Caroline’s roots run deep in California, as she is a fifth-generation California native who was born and raised in Burlingame. Her family’s lineage includes one of the founding fathers of American baseball, William Rufus Wheaton, who was also one of the first California pioneers. Caroline is proud of her family’s history and continues to carry on their legacy through her work in the real estate industry.

After earning her BA degree with honors in History at the University of California at Santa Barbara, Caroline decided to broaden her horizons by moving to Europe. She spent several years teaching English in Spain before returning to the States and entering the Silicon Valley tech industry. Caroline worked for 10 years at Oracle and later at Webex during the dot-com boom and bust. This experience gave her a solid foundation to hone her business acumen and develop the necessary skills which have helped her build a thriving real estate practice in the competitive Silicon Valley real estate market.

Caroline’s success in the real estate industry is a testament to her hard work, dedication, and expertise. She has a deep understanding of the Silicon Valley real estate market and is always up-to-date on the latest trends and developments. Caroline’s team of experts works tirelessly to ensure that each client’s transaction is handled with the utmost care and attention to detail. Whether you are buying or selling a home in Silicon Valley, The Caroline Dinsmore Group | Engel & Völkers is the team to trust.

Caroline’s commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction has earned her numerous awards and accolades throughout her career. She has been recognized as a top producer by Engel & Völkers and has been named one of the “Top 100 Women of Influence” by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. Caroline’s success is a testament to her passion for real estate and her dedication to her clients.

In addition to her work in the real estate industry, Caroline is also a dedicated member of the community. She is involved in various local organizations and charities, including the Burlingame Historical Society, the Burlingame Education Foundation, and the Peninsula Family Service. Caroline’s commitment to her community is just one more reason why she is so highly respected in the Silicon Valley region.

Caroline Dinsmore’s inclusion in the NYC Journal’s Top 10 Realtors to Look Out for in 2023 is well-deserved. Her exceptional skills and dedication to her clients have earned her a reputation as one of the top realtors.

In conclusion, Caroline Wheaton Dinsmore is a true California native and a real estate mogul. With a deep understanding of the Silicon Valley real estate market, combined with her passion for excellence and customer service, Caroline and her team of experts are the go-to source for all of your real estate needs in the region. So whether you are buying or selling a home in Silicon Valley, trust The Caroline Dinsmore Group to provide you with unparalleled expertise, dedication, and customer service.

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Socials Insider Awards Caroline Dinsmore Woman Of The Year

Social Insider officially announces Caroline Dinsmore as the winner of the "Woman Of The Year" 2022 award; in the real estate category.

The prestigious “Woman of the Year” award for real estate goes to Caroline Wheaton Dinsmore, and Socials Insider is thrilled to announce the news.  The founder of The Caroline Dinsmore Group is being recognized for her incredible resilience, determination, and activism in the field.

The official announcement was first made by Socials Insider on March 8, 2023.

The accolade is being given in acknowledgment of Caroline’s passion for real estate and professional achievements. Socials Insider recognizes various individuals each year who have made a positive social impact in their lives and the lives of others.

Another reason Socials Insider has chosen Dinsmore, is due to her professional determination. Socials Insider spokeswoman Kelsie Cromwell states “Despite Dinsmore’s personal health challenges, Caroline and her team managed to sell hundreds of homes, guiding clients through some of the most important decisions and transactions of their lives. Her experience navigating the 2008-2012 Financial Crisis provided her with valuable insights into real estate that undoubtedly helped her clients in the complex Silicon Valley market. This is why we are proud to announce her as our pick for ‘Woman of The Year’, in real estate category.

Socials Insider is proud to officially announce Caroline Wheaton Dinsmore the Woman of the Year, This is because of her accomplishments, her passion, and her professional dedication. “Her story is an inspiration to us and others who are going through hard times, and it shows how important it is to be strong, determined, and work hard to be successful.” – Socials Insider

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Caroline Dinsmore & Co., Affiliates with Coldwell Banker Realty

The team operates in Silicon Valley

San Carlos, Calif. (Jan. 2023) – Coldwell Banker Realty in Northern California is pleased to announce that Caroline Dinsmore & Co., led by real estate expert Caroline Dinsmore, has affiliated with the company’s Redwood City-San Carlos office. The team was formerly affiliated with Compass.

As a top performing real estate group, the team consistently appears on the prestigious Real Trends America’s Best rankings. The team is often recognized as leading real estate professionals in the local market, in 2022 earning a spot on the Top 25 Realtors in the Bay Area by San Francisco Business Times and recognition on The Leading 100 Realtors by Luxe SF. With the operational support of her team, Dinsmore closed over $102.7 million in real estate sales in 2021.

With a combined 30 plus years of experience, Caroline Dinsmore & Co. has sold hundreds of homes throughout Silicon Valley and has helped clients successfully navigate various market conditions. The team’s passion for providing extensive expertise and unparalleled customer service ensures each client is guided with the utmost care.

As team lead, Dinsmore applies her leadership skills and business acumen that she acquired during her previous professional experience in the Silicon Valley tech industry. She has strong community ties in the area, as she was born and raised in Burlingame. Additionally, she is a proud, direct descendant of one of the first California pioneers and one of the founding fathers of American baseball, William Rufus Wheaton. Dinsmore’s deep roots in the local market translate to comprehensive market expertise for her clients and team.



“Developing relationships with our clients and advising them on how to best navigate the real estate market remains our top priority. With Coldwell Banker’s longstanding reputation of supporting agents and providing world-class tools, we can invest more time to providing a high-level of customer care to every one of our buyers and sellers.”

Caroline Dinsmore, leader of Caroline Dinsmore & Co.

“Caroline and her team are known for their superior market expertise and amazing service they provide their clients. We are excited to welcome Caroline Dinsmore & Co to Coldwell Banker and look forward to supporting their continued business growth.”

Alan Scearce, regional vice president of Coldwell Banker Realty in Northern California


About Coldwell Banker Realty

Coldwell Banker Realty in Northern California is one of the largest residential real estate brokerages in Northern California and serves the markets from Carmel to Tahoe. The company has approximately 56 offices and about 4,000 affiliated agents. Real estate agents affiliated with the company are independent contractor agents and are not employees of the company. Coldwell Banker Realty is owned by a subsidiary of Anywhere Real Estate Inc. (NYSE:HOUS), the largest full-service residential real estate services company in the United States. For more information, please visit CalBRE #01908304.

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Caroline Dinsmore

What inspired your career journey?

I was in tech for 10 years prior to getting into real estate. I always loved the idea of being in real estate and having a more flexible schedule. More importantly, as a woman, I didn’t like that there was a glass ceiling hovering over my head when I was in tech. I knew I was smart enough and a hard worker. So if I took the leap and started my own business, I knew that if I failed, I only had myself to blame. And if I succeeded, I could pat myself on the back.

What do you find most satisfying about your work?

Helping others. Seeing my clients’ faces light up when they find their dream home. Conversely, knowing my sellers always get the highest possible price with the best possible terms.

What motivates you in your life?

My “why” for the past 15 years has been my kiddo. She is on the autism spectrum and has taught me a lot about neurodiversity—the challenges and gifts that come with it. I’m her biggest fan and fiercest advocate.

Tell us about your own health challenge?

I almost died from a severe biotoxin illness brought on by an uncommon gene I have but my story will help change the way we approach health care. It will also help countless people who are suffering from chronic illness like MS, autism, lupus and auto immune disorders

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NorCal Compass team jumps to Coldwell Banker

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Top performing Northern California-based real estate team Caroline Dinsmore & Co. left Compass and affiliated with Coldwell Banker Realty.

The team, led by Caroline Dinsmore, featured in RealTrends’ America’s Best Real Estate Professionals in 2022, closing more than $102 million in sales volume in 2021. Other team members include Director of Operations Shelby Lovecchio, Transaction Coordinator Kate Maria and Marketing Analyst Rob Jimenez.

“With Coldwell Banker’s longstanding reputation of supporting agents and providing worldclass tools, we can invest more time to providing a high-level of customer care to every one of our buyers and sellers,” Dinsmore said in a prepared statement.

The team’s combined experience spans more than three decades. Dinsmore’s professional career includes a four-year stint at Compass and another four years at Sotheby’s International Realty. Prior to these companies, she was a Realtor at Keller Williams and at Coldwell Banker Realty. The team has sold several homes in Silicon Valley. Dinsmore, a fifth-generation California native, was born and raised in Burlingame, which the statement says helps her navigate the community and understand the market.

“Caroline and her team are known for their superior market expertise and amazing service they provide their clients. We are excited to welcome Caroline Dinsmore & Co to Coldwell Banker and look forward to supporting their continued business growth.” said Alan Scearce, regional vice president of Coldwell Banker Realty in Northern California.

In a similar move last month, residential real estate team McNair Group, which was also formerly affiliated with Compass for four years, rejoined Coldwell Banker Realty’s Northern California unit. The team, which has been featured in RealTrends + Tom Ferry The Thousand
and America’s Best rankings, is led by Billy McNair and focuses on Menlo Park, Woodside, Portola Valley, Palo Alto, Los Altos, Redwood City and Atherton.

The Northern California branch serves markets from Carmel to Tahoe. Currently, Coldwell Banker Realty has approximately 56 offices and about 4,000 affiliated agents. It is owned by a subsidiary of Anywhere Real Estate Inc.

In December, Ryan Gorman stepped down as Coldwell Banker CEO and Sue Yannaccone, president and CEO of Anywhere Brands, expanded the portfolio of brands she oversees to
include Coldwell Banker.

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Spring Decor Ideas – 6 beautiful ways you can decorate your home for spring

As we slowly leave behind the shady days and hibernation of winter, it is the perfect time to focus on spring decor ideas, and how you can give your home a joyful refresh for the season.

Color, pattern, and lightness of materials are some of the key decorating ideas to focus on for spring decor ideas. Introducing floral and botanical prints, as well as styling with plenty of fresh foliage and beautiful spring flowers is also important, establishing a synergy between the inside and out.

We’ve spoken to the experts for their top interior design tips for bringing a springtime feel to your home decor. From simple accessory additions to transforming a feature wall, start your interior seasonal shift with our collection of spring decor ideas.


Swap Over Your Soft Furnishings

A quick, easy and inexpensive way you can transform a room to feel fresh and colorful for spring is to style your space with new soft furnishings, such as pillows, cushions, blankets and throws.

Mary Jo Major, founder and principal designer at Rise Interiors, ‘you can never go wrong with floral pillows or pillows that have brighter colors than you normally have out. For a big impact, switching up one or two pillows with pops of pink or patterns that pull from nature to automatically make the room feel different for springtime.’

When styling your soft accessories for springtime, Molly Mahon advises, ‘I find a room full of textures, layers and colors exciting and uplifting and for this reason, I love to mix, match & pile my cushions high. As a guide, the best-sized cushions are 50x50cm for sofas, 60x40cm for beds, and small little frillies for armchairs and gifts.’

Reserve soft furnishings in thicker, cozier materials for winter and use lighter materials with brighter color palettes or floral and botanical printed designs for spring.


Focus On A Feature Wallpaper

For a spring decor refresh, wallpaper ideas are an easy way to turn plain walls into a celebration of the season by adding instant pattern and color. Turn to floral room decor as your first option.

‘Nature-inspired wallpaper is a great way to achieve the biophilic look for spring,’ says designer Tom Kennedy from wallpaper and fabric brand Divine Savages. ‘Introduce flora and fauna in abundance, with delicate shades of pastel pinks and peppermint green to create a botanical statement that’s perfect for the season.’

Keeping the background of the wallpaper white is a wise move for brightening naturally dark room. Brooke Wilbratte, Founder and Lead Designer at Texas-based Tribe Design Group says, ‘If a room is feeling dark and dingy in the spring sunshine, we paint the ceiling and trim our favorite white, Swiss Coffee by Benjamin Moore. It works well in every home we have put it in.’

For the full effect, complement the wallpaper with colorful furniture and an eye-catching floral display, like in this room which features a beautiful V&A wallpaper design by 1838 Wallcoverings.


Lighten Up Your Window Treatments

We pack away our heavy winter clothes once the days get warmer and brighter, so let’s use the springtime shift as a catalyst to switch our homes’ ‘closets’ to something more appropriate to the season.

‘Ditch the dark and heavy winter drapes and change to lighter curtain ideas in pretty tones for spring,’ suggests Andréa Childs, Editor of Country Homes & Interiors magazine. ‘Not only will you add a pop of color to your scheme, your curtains will shift in the breeze if you leave the window open, bringing a fresh and airy feel to your room.’

‘Replace heavy window treatments with lighter-weight fabric, or take down the curtains altogether in public rooms to let in as much light as possible,’ suggests Mary Beth Christopher of MBC Interior Design, located in Manhattan Beach, California.


Fill Your Fireplace With Foliage

When you don’t have a fire lit, your fireplace can soon turn from a focal point to an eyesore. The easy fix is to give it a spring makeover, with fresh foliage or flowers – and gorgeous artwork or a feature wallpaper that draws the eye for all the right reasons.

‘Style your mantel with a piece of artwork with soft pastel colors such as pink, blue, and lavender to bring in the spring season. It can be an abstract painting or floral print,’ says interior designer Alice Chiu, principal of Miss Alice Designs in the San Francisco Bay area.

Add a vase of flowers on the hearth, to cover the space where the fire would be. And indulge in some spring mantel decor ideas too.


Refresh Your Artwork

Too often, paintings and photographs become permanent fixtures on our walls – and when they stay the same, we tend to stop noticing them. But just like an art gallery will put up a new exhibition to generate excitement, you can shift or swap your artworks to bring a new visual dimension to your interior decor. For an even faster fix, buy a new print online and display it in your existing frame.

‘Your art can definitely reflect spring, too,’ says interior designer Rosanna Bassford of Eggshell Home, based in the San Francisco Bay area. ‘Change out or rotate your artwork with pieces that reflect what spring means to you. It can be a bright, happy color, a subject or a place.


Decorate With Potted Plants And Flowers

Bring uplifting greenery and florals inside with vases of flowers and houseplants, as well as style your outdoor spaces with flower baskets, potted plants and containers.

‘When spring flowers start blooming, I love to pick them up at the market and sprinkle them throughout our homes in vases,’ explains Brooke Wilbratte, Founder and lead designer at Texas-based Tribe Design Group.

We love this versatile Fluted Planter from Serena & Lily, which can be used both indoors and outdoors to house beautiful botanical displays; ideal for on a console or dining table, or for use outside beside a front door or on a balcony, terrace or patio.


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We’re calling it: The ‘Emotional Support’ Kitchen is 2023’s Biggest Design Trend

There’s no denying that since the pandemic, how we use our homes and how they make us feel has really come into sharp focus.

And this focus is sharpest when it comes to designing a kitchen. It is, after all, the heart of the home, where many of spend the most time. And while it has to be functional, and of course we want it to be beautiful, it’s got to make us feel good too.

So, how to create a kitchen design, through color choices, layout, materials and lighting, that appeals to our emotions, positively?

We think this Lay On Classic & Urbo kitchen designed by Sam Hart, Senior Design Consultant, at Roundhouse London captures the spirit of the ’emotional support’ kitchen. Below, we explain why this is more than just a kitchen trend but a permanent shift, while Sam explains her design choices.



Choosing a dark kitchen color might seem counter-intuitive but it is cocooning and atmospheric, perfect for kitchens you mainly use in the evening, and especially for dinner parties, though we would advise that you need to ensure kitchen lighting is well planned for it not to feel gloomy. Think warm bulbs and shades.

‘This kitchen is painted in Farrow & Ball(opens in new tab) ‘Studio Green’. When applied to a surface, the rich pigments respond extraordinarily to all types of light. The deep green hue appears almost black when the room is dimly lit,’ says Sam.

‘The purpose of using a color like this on the walls and cabinetry is to create a cocooning feeling. In the evening time, the rich hue creates the perfect atmospheric backdrop for hosting drinks. While during the day, the rooms large paned windows allow enough light in to avoid the space from feeling claustrophobic and the greenery from just outside is echoed within.’



Antiqued and warm metallics aren’t just glamorous looking; they also add a touch of welcoming warmth to a kitchen. This is a must if you are choosing a dark or cool color for your kitchen units, walls or flooring.

‘The signature antique brass metal wrap island is real brass sheet material which is folded and welded to the shape of a door. The patination is created by a light acidic formula being hand applied to create an individual hand-crafted finish. Once this effect has been created on the surface it is sealed with a clear lacquer,’ says Sam.

‘The patina created using this method gives the warm brass a beautiful texture, character and the feeling of aging over time; elements that are essential for creating a comfortable home.’



Kitchen countertop ideas are a dominant feature, so they have to be alluringly beautiful. And there’s no doubt that the textures, patinas and colors within natural materials make us feel more enriched than anything man made ever could.

‘Using natural stone is a great way to create opulence in the kitchen. The nuances in the stone make each slab unique. The veining in each slab showcases a myriad of colors that can be introduced in other design elements to pull together the scheme.

‘In this case the pink and golden tones in the Leathered Taj Mahal Quartzite are complemented by the warm brass and intense green. The leathered effect enhances the tactile, organic qualities of the stone.

‘The shark nose edge detail makes the impressive slab look neat and elegant. This delicate detail helps to balance the industrial quality of the brass on the island to create a structure that looks like a beautiful piece of furniture in the room,’ says Sam.



Curves make a space feel more welcoming, plus they are practical because they free up the space that hard corners take up. Curves also soften a space visually, which is a must in a room that’s dominated by hard and often shiny surfaces that are the opposite of comforting.

‘Hard functional lines are unavoidable in a kitchen space, however there are ways you can incorporate rounded edges to soften the look and feel of the room. This building was originally a ship master’s house, dating to the 1700s, which is why the back wall is curved. Sam has designed a rounded bar at the end of the island to mirror the shape of the bay windows,’ says Sam.

‘Not only does this create an interesting feature, but it’s practical – no bumping into pointed edges as one moves around the room!’



Natural materials, such as wood, always makes a room feel warmer. They cry out to be touched, and again soften those hard, shiny materials so prevalent in kitchen design.

‘The beautiful warm wood parquet flooring in this kitchen helps the space to feel more like a room. Gone are the days of clinical tiled flooring in kitchens! The kitchen is often the central hub of the home, with many spending most of their time here – it’s important that they are comfortable spaces that feel like a continuation from the rest of the house,’ says Sam.

‘Not only does the addition of wood create warmth, but the pattern creates interest and contrast against the other textures in the room such as the brass and veining in the natural stone. It’s a beautiful way of adding interest.’



Kitchen layout ideas have flexed fundamentally.

‘Open plan kitchens had their moment, however in recent times homeowners have had a change of heart,’ says Sam. ‘The desire for a kitchen separate from the living space is becoming more and more popular. Those who are a keen cooks wish to try new recipes in peace, and parents that work from home want a quiet space away from the communal family area to catch up on emails.

‘The perk of having a separate kitchen space is that the room becomes a retreat of sorts – a place to read a book and have a glass of wine, or read the paper with your morning coffee. Using lavish materials such as patinated brass and natural stone help create a luxurious, serene feel further helping to make the room feel like a sanctuary.’

We can only agree – we think open plan has, to a degree, had its day, though we love the flexibility of broken plan rooms, which offer the best of both worlds, and which can, in many cases be retro-installed.



Think about how a beautifully designed room makes you feel: Happy? Inspired? Moved? This is an example of ’emotional design’, in other words, design that is created to evoke a response. This needn’t be complicated when applied to your own home: just consider what colors, textures and shapes you find pleasing and include them in your rooms, though know that some elements that humans love are universal. For example: darker, warmer colors make us feel cossetted and safe; natural textures are more pleasing to us than man-made; and soft curves are more alluring than hard lines.