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The What, When, Where and Why of Corbels and Brackets

Corbels and brackets are, basically, decorative architectural pieces that support or enhance another object. While we are usually all about the importance of adding items that totally renovate a room, or add functionality to a space, in this case we call attention to the importance of small details. Just as jewelry adds pizazz to a basic outfit, embellishing the [...]

By | February 9th, 2017|Blog|

Lunch or No Lunch

When you purchase a cabinet, you are buying a piece of furniture for your kitchen. If you want to get your furniture at a discount store, yes, you actually may save a little money. IKEA mass-produces kitchen cabinet sets. The only customization is your choice of size, color and some features. The items that you order, [...]

By | January 28th, 2017|Blog|

The whole story (or, the word according to me)

We asked three different people what the word transitional meant, in terms of room design and style. Like so many things in life, it is all about the interpretation. It is no surprise that we got three different answers. So, we asked our own resident design expert, Pete. Surprise, he also gave us three answers. Transitional design [...]

By | January 21st, 2017|Blog|

Up and Away, The 411 On Kitchen Range Hoods

Unless you are planning a total remodel, the type of range hood you select is largely determined by your kitchen’s existing layout. For esthetics as well as functionality, size matters. Whichever design you choose, be certain that it is at least as wide as the cooking surface it hangs over. A hood that is vented works [...]

By | January 12th, 2017|Blog|

What are your 5 favorite kitchen innovations?

Asking someone to list 5 of the best kitchen innovations is akin to asking someone to choose who they would invite to dinner if they could pick anyone.  The answers depend on one’s frame of reference. The mom of several small children would list a crock pot and unbreakable melamine dishes, while a foodie’s favorite things might include a Vitamix [...]

By | January 5th, 2017|Blog|

Get That Microwave Off The Counter

Your counters are prime kitchen real estate, especially in a modest sized kitchen. Integrating this appliance into your cabinetry lets you reclaim workspace(and quite frankly, is visually more appealing.) The holidays are fast approaching and you know you'll need counter space to cool all those cookies.It is nice to have choices in life, and there [...]

By | December 23rd, 2016|Blog, Uncategorized|

A Door By Any Other Name

Kitchen cabinets add symmetry as well as functionality to a room.  The ideal cabinet will have lasting appeal, be well made, elegant and understated. Like a classic "little black dress", your cabinet choices will serve you best when they have a timeless look. Take sufficient time when selecting a cabinet door style. Cabinetry will take [...]

By | December 16th, 2016|Blog, Uncategorized|

Don’t “demo”. deconstruct. You’ll be glad you did

Congratulations! That new dream kitchen is finally about to happen. Before the contractor schedules "demo" day, consider the alternatives to swinging a sledgehammer and filling a dumpster with shattered and splintered cabinetry. With just a modicum of talent, a little bit of paint, and some new hardware (and maybe a brief session on Pinterest), you'll figure [...]

By | December 11th, 2016|Blog, Uncategorized|

Make Your Cabinets Pop With Add-Ons

An easy way to make your cabinets "pop" is by adding details such as moldings, appliqués and onlays. It adds cost, but gives you the magazine-worthy custom-cabinet look for less than the cost of going with custom cabinetry. Let's look at the various ways to create cabinets that are eye-catching and rich looking with different types [...]

By | December 8th, 2016|Blog, Uncategorized|

This Is One Time When Size Matters

Think S.U.D.S. when choosing a sink size that fits your kitchen. This should be an easy mnemonic  to remember - get it? S. Size most definitely matters, and visually, symmetry is important. The sink should be proportional to the overall dimensions of the kitchen. An open concept, ultra-large space can, and should, accommodate an oversized vessel. A small kitchen plan [...]

By | November 25th, 2016|Blog, Uncategorized|
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