We Build Value Into Every Wood Palace Kitchen

Value is usually equated with money.  It is most often defined as the monetary worth of something or the market price.  Something may have a high monetary value and cost a lot or be a bargain because its value is good in relation to its cost.  At Wood Palace, we look at value differently.  In addition to value for the money, we build value and our values into every Wood Palace Kitchen. Value in terms of quality. We have the highest quality standards for every kitchen no matter what the price point. Value as an asset in your home. We…

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Listening Is The Key To Great Kitchen Design

Have you ever noticed how GOOD it feels to be really listened to? It’s impactful, particularly when the listening goes beyond just the words you’re speaking. That kind of listening conveys respect and promotes positive relationships of all kinds. That’s the kind of listening we practice at Wood Palace Kitchens. Rather than selective listening where people hear the other person’s words, but focus on what it means to them and what they are going to say next, our focus is on our clients and what they are saying. We are curious, open and listen as much to what a client…

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Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

I love the Strawberry Salad at Panera Bread, so I decided to make a version at home that’s been a big hit! Ingredients: Salad 2 heads romaine lettuce 1 cup sliced strawberries 1/2 cup blueberries 1 small can mandarin oranges, drained 1/2 cup chopped, roasted pecans Dressing 6T mayonnaise 1/4c milk 2T white wine vinegar 6T sugar 2T poppy seeds Instructions: Chop the romaine and heap into a salad bowl.  Top with the sliced strawberries, drained mandarin oranges, blueberries and pecans. Combine all of the dressing ingredients in a bowl and whisk well, or, combine in a mason jar and…

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Cottage Home Living in the Pine Hills

We are on our 17th year, working with clients in the Pine Hills in Plymouth. Over 3,000 homes were scheduled for this community years ago and they are expanding into more space for many more homes. It’s been a fun project over the years for us, and design and high living is the fiber of these beautiful and larger homes. Over the last 8 years, Pine Hills has adopted the “Cottage Home” into their neighborhoods. Reminiscent of the cottage style homes of New Orleans, they are a beautifully crafted smaller home with a smaller lot size. So many Baby Boomers…

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Do You Love To Cook? Enter Our Recipe Contest

We’re Looking For A Few Good Recipes! At Wood Palace, we like food. We blog about it, have a weekly radio show about it called Food-A-Holick, enjoy preparing it and of course enjoy eating it. Each year we send our clients and friends some of our favorite recipes in a recipe card collection. This year we would like to give you a chance to submit a recipe for our 2017 collection. Enter Our Contest So, we are sponsoring a recipe contest beginning July 10th, 2017 and running through August 31, 2017. The grand prize winner will receive a $250 American…

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Good Design Includes Storage and Functionality

When you are thinking about a new kitchen, it is important to remember that good design includes a mix of design features for storage and functionality in addition to achieving the look you are going for.  It is relatively easy to dream about the look of your new kitchen, the finishes, the colors and so on; but you should also think about the functionality you need to make your kitchen a place you enjoy working and entertaining in.  Taking a little time to think about storage and functionality will give you a kitchen that not only looks beautiful, but will…

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Grillable Veggie Burgers

Easy, grillable veggie burgers with just 10 ingredients (give or take a spice)! Flavorful, hearty and perfect for summertime grilling. Hearty enough to please meat-eaters and vegans alike! Author: Minimalist Baker Serves: 5 Ingredients 1 cup (155 g) cooked brown rice* 1 cup (120 g) raw walnuts (or sub bread crumbs) 1/2 Tbsp grape seed or avocado oil, plus more for cooking 1/2 white onion (~55 g | 3/4 cup), finely diced 1 Tbsp (~8 g) each chili powder, cumin powder, and smoked paprika 1/2 tsp each sea salt and black pepper, plus more for coating burgers 1 Tbsp (12…

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Cape Cod Downsize

So many baby boomers are selling their larger homes and moving into a cozy beach home on the Cape in the Cape of good Cod. Falmouth was this couple’s choice to retire in this Cape Cod Downsize. The kitchen was the typical outdated ’80s kitchen. Light oak with a raised panel door were the rave in cabinets back in the ’80s. Unfortunately nobody wants it in their homes anymore. Not only was it outdated, but the layout didn’t work either. Being clients of Wood Palace over the years, they came back for their 3rd kitchen remodel when they did their Cape…

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Choosing Colors To Decorate Your Kitchen

Decorating starts with color.  Choosing colors to decorate your kitchen is no exception.  It is one of the most important aspects of planning a room.  It can make or break the finished look and it is the most challenging for most people because the number of options are overwhelming.  Color affects us visually, physically and emotionally.  There is a whole psychology about color and many books have been written about it.  You can choose a color based on the function of the room, to match the furnishings, based on an inspiration piece or photograph from a magazine.  You can even…

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Kitchen Lighting

Don’t forget to think about the kitchen lighting you want in your kitchen.  Many people make the mistake of putting one ceiling mounted light and expect it to illuminate the room.  There is nothing worse than dark spots in your kitchen when you are trying to read a recipe or prepare food. Besides, who wants to work in a dark and gloomy place when they can have a light and bright space?  There are four types of kitchen lighting to consider for your kitchen.  Not only does kitchen lighting illuminate, but it also helps to decorate and accentuate. Ambient lighting….

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