Category Archives: kitchen design

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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Come Home To The Experience Of A Wood Palace Kitchen

The history of Wood Palace Kitchens isn’t what you might expect from a successful kitchen design company. There was no great fanfare. No million dollar investors. Wood Palace isn’t the offshoot of a major corporation looking to break new ground. No, Wood Palace Kitchens is the labor of love of Tim Holick, a skilled craftsman who grew his company from a garage-based project for family and friends into one of the region’s most trusted providers and installers of quality kitchens, cabinetry, and counter-tops. In 1976, Tim began undertaking small projects for friends and family. A countertop here, and set of…

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Keeping Up With Kitchen Decorating Trends

A Simple Way To Keep Up With Kitchen Decorating Trends Each year interior decorating trends change, furniture styles change, appliance styles and even appliance colors change. The changes stem from the colors and styles that come out of the fashion industry which introduces new trends each season. Although interior decorating trends change a little more slowly than fashion, you want to be sure your decorating doesn’t become dated before it’s time. So how do you stay up to date and keep your style fresh and updated?  There is an easy, fun and inexpensive way to keep your kitchen up to…

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Beach Blanket Bingo Summer Home

I’m sure you all remember the movie back in the 60’s with Frankie & Annette. This home on the water reminds me of that fun and colorful movie. It’s a home that as soon as you walk in, you smile. Our clients style for the home was beach of course, since it is right on the water. The beautiful blue and green colors throughout the very open floor plan home give you a calming effect that you want from an ocean home. I love the fact that the outside walls are mostly occupied by windows and doors. It gives the…

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The Evolution of the Baby Boomer

It is increasingly more popular for all of us Baby Boomers to purchase a new existing home and update the kitchen within a few years of move in to match our new lifestyle. It is also prevalent to me at this age that my life has evolved so many times according to the changing events of children and life in general. I can remember like it was yesterday when my daughter Gina was born. We really didn’t do much of traveling or going out like we were used to before she was in our lives. I have to assume that…

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Transformational Design

When I look back at this project for this month, transformational was the first word that popped into my mind. I can still remember my first meeting with the Fullers at their home in Seekonk. I asked my typical questions to get an idea what they were thinking and dreaming about. After all of my questions were answered, Mary Ellen and Bob specifically told me that they were game for any ideas or thoughts from me. Those words are what every designer dreams to hear from their client when starting out with a new project. Well, let me tell you…

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The Sliding Barn Door in Today’s Kitchen/Pantry

I often talk about Transitional styles in my blogs. Transitional styling has taken over the home scene for quite a few years now, especially in the kitchen. Transitional styling is a mix between traditional and modern styling. More often than not, though, farmhouse styling has been being mixed in to give the space a more clean-lined rustic feel. This new look reminds me a lot of the Tuscan Farmhouse style that has been popular for years, but it’s is a little more refined. The apron-front sink has been a favorite item to lend to this look for many years now,…

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Traditional Meets Modern

Our clients had your typical 80’s oak kitchen and decor. Worn out cabinets, 30″ stove, vinyl floors, blue laminated counter top and the famous 80’s round open shelves. Good storage was lacking, and the old drawers and doors were not working well. The dated look of the kitchen did not reflect the family’s current taste. For a woman who likes to cook and entertain, her kitchen just did not work for her. The first meeting was all about the look and the appliances that she had been longing for. Beautiful stainless appliances that boast a stunning Fisher-Paykel built-in fridge helped…

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Transitional Ocean Retreat

When our clients decided to build their retirement ocean home, the kitchen had to have a sense of community. Kids, grandchildren, friends and family gather a lot at their home. A small cottage home was torn down and turned into a dream retreat. We had lots of fun working with them and coming up with some good ideas to house their family during summer and holiday get-togethers. The kitchen was drawn on the plans as a u-shape and island. There would have been plenty of cabinets in the kitchen but no egress to the outside deck unless you went through…

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New Home in the Pine Hills

When one of our clients made the decision to build her home on one of the cottage home streets at the Pine Hills in Plymouth brought her to Tim to help with the design of her kitchen and baths. Her taste is mostly transitional, blending simple traditional and Tuscan together. With help from Susan Fiore of Susan Thomas Design, Tim helped them bring their taste to life with the right selection of cabinetry. She likes the look of real wood that has a “chunky” look to it. After many visits to the showroom, she fell in love with the Churchill…

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