Guest Blogger and Brand Ambassador: Alena Capra of Alena Capra Design

In August 2015, Robern invited me to participate in their Designing Spaces Campaign where I would be given an opportunity to design a space featuring the newest products by Robern to be launched in January 2016 at KBIS.

My vision was to integrate a warm modern look with accents of fun textures and patterns. With the idea of a his and hers space in mind, I added a bumped out area of the wall that divided the two Balletto vanities and AiO cabinets with audio, creating a nice division and adding to the aesthetic design of the space. I wanted the Balletto vanities and AiO cabinets to take center stage in this design: to be framed by the tile, and defined by the center bump out wall.



I was inspired by Balletto's sleek, effortless design and rose to the challenge to craft a dramatic, contemporary black-and-white setting with transitional touches that truly complemented the vanity's style. I loved the bold finish of the Balletto in black and knew I wanted to do a black and white bath to really pop the vanity out. The matte black leg option also was something I envisioned to be strong, and beautiful against the all black and white look for the space.

I added the two all-black Balletto vanities juxtaposed against black and white ANN SACKS Selvaggio mosaic. I then framed out each of the vanity backdrops in black brick tile with white veining to make the contrast really pop.

I chose ANN SACKS tiles for my design to provide the perfect backdrop for the Balletto vanities to stand out. Originally, I was going to use a larger size tile in a mix of grey/black/white colors and textures, however, I found the perfect fit when I saw the ANN SACKS Selvaggio mosaic in Safari Bianco Nero. The natural stone mosaic created such a fun black and white printed look and I love the clean lines of it as well.

The frame around the Selvaggio mosaic is ANN SACKS Nero Marquina marble, bringing a little of the black color back in to frame out the tile. With the slight white veining of the marble, it gave a little style to the overall look, without overwhelming. The honed finish of the brick tile also tied in the matte black leg of the vanity.

For the faucet, I desired a classic look with clean lines. To that end, I chose the KALLISTA Per Se Basin Faucet set in chrome with black crystal lever handles to complement the space's predominately black and white color scheme. To complete the room's design, wall art and an area rug were chosen to play off the look of the mosaic wall.

I love how the space came together as a cohesive whole with the drama of black and white, and a mixture of polished and honed finishes on everything in the design. I have learned so much from this experience about how Robern continues to create unique, beautiful and functional products for the bathroom.

The Balletto vanity holds so much storage than meets the eye. To some, lots of storage means a huge piece of furniture that's bulky and unattractive, but to Robern, storage is utilized in a beautiful product, and in every area possible, in the most functional way!  Add that with the AiO cabinet that has speakers built into the cabinet and is bluetooth enabled and you have a sleek, effortless design that makes sense.

Alena Capra is the owner of Alena Capra Designs, an award winning, interior design firm based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She is a graduate of both the University of Miami, and the Metropolitan Institute of Design. Alena has more than 13 years experience as an interior designer, and is also accredited through the National Kitchen and Bath Association as a Certified Kitchen Designer and a Certified Bathroom Designer. She has completed numerous interior design projects from South Florida to New York.

Her design expertise has been leveraged by various Home & Design shows around the country as a speaker, and her work has been published in many national and regional media outlets. She has also won several national design awards for her work as well, including the 2015 Cosentino “Bath of the Year,” and Second Place in the Small Bath category of the 2015 NKBA Design Competition.  Most recently, Alena was named one of four finalists, in the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s “Professional of the Year” Award. Alena has also participated in several Design Showcases, including “Design for the Stars” at the Miami & Fort Lauderdale Home Design and Remodeling Shows, DCOTA’s “Around the World in Four Rooms Showcase”, and the inaugural Coverings “Installation & Design Showcase” in Orlando. Alena serves as the 2016 Industry Ambassador for Coverings, the largest global tile & stone exhibition in North America. She is also a Brand Ambassador for Robern.

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