Category Archives: kitchen design

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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Dream First; Getting it Your Way

Excuse me for sounding like a Burger King commercial but when it comes to designing your kitchen, looks is not the only thing to focus on. I know that it is very important to get the right look but it is equally important to get the position of storage ideas exactly where you will need them while you cook, work and entertain in the space. I find that most people want to rush this process or that they are working with someone who does not focus on this important design segment. This is such an integral part of our process to unravel 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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Picking The Perfect Kitchen Sink For Your Custom Kitchen

A major part of any kitchen renovation is choosing the right sink. A kitchen sink needs to do more than just look nice. It has to stand up to years of use and wear. Kitchen sinks are made in a variety of different materials to fit virtually any style and any budget. Below are a few examples of the most common styles of sink being used today. Installation Methods Kitchen sinks can be installed in a variety of ways, but they mainly fall into two different camps: drop-in and undermount. Their names are fairly self-explanatory. Drop-in sinks fit into a…

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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 Corner Sink Kitchen; Waste of Space or Not?

Having been in the kitchen industry for 40 years now and a designer for 37 of those 40, I have found the corner sink in the kitchen to be a tough sell. I have to admit, though, it has been easier in the last 15 years or so. Why is that you might be asking? It all comes down to change, and change is a hard thing to swallow for many. It also applies to the fact that we are programmed to accept what is normal in life. The kitchen sink has been under the window on an outside wall…

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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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Mixing Styles in Today’s Kitchen

Today’s fashion in our homes have taken a turn for simplicity. Warm earthy tones combined with classic lines have consumers thirsting to remodel their spaces. The kitchen is the most costly and interrupted room to remodel but people feel a need to entertain and go back to the days of family bonding in the most used space in the home. Function is the main reason for the do-over but I have seen a trend towards warmth and love, especially with the Gen X’s. I think they all lived a hectic life being brought up by us Baby Boomers that they…

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