Category Archives: kitchen design

When You are Looking for Down Home Reality in your Kitchen

In today’s economy, more and more people are looking for the best deals that they can find to help stretch their money. Good deals are a good thing unless you sacrifice quality or sacrifice what you are truly looking for. It’s easy to compare prices on the same model car or TV.  When it comes to cabinetry and counters, there are way too many manufacturers and designers to pick from that vary tremendously. I recently had a client walk into our showroom looking for a quote for her kitchen. She was honest from the beginning and let me know that…

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Kitchen Islands:Size Does Matter!

Ever walk into a kitchen and say to yourself: “Hmmm, something doesn’t seem right here.” Could it be that either the island was designed far too big for the space? Or conversely, was it made too small for the room? It is interesting to note the “feeling” we get deep inside directly correlates to the design of the space. Yes, size does matter. It is very important for a trained designer to look at the overall room and consider the proportions. In addition, looking at the traffic patterns of the area is also very important. This is what a professional…

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BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS:

It is something we do everyday and we probably don’t even realize it. It’s not just something we try to build between two people looking for that someone special to spend the rest of their life with. It’s also between a mother/father and their children. In addition, the relationship between siblings and friends are important to build a circle of trusted loved ones. I think we can all agree that trust is the main ingredient in a relationship. You know: someone who has your back. What about building those other relationships? Are you asking yourself: “What other relationships?”? How about…

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TRUSTING YOUR KITCHEN DESIGNER

When remodeling a kitchen, the project can vary in size depending on how much you are changing. It can be anywhere from changing your hardware to gutting the kitchen and replacing everything from the flooring to the hardware. Most likely this is not something you do everyday. A professional kitchen designer does. Therefore, it would make sense that they would have more experience. Just like any other profession. That doesn’t necessarily mean they are all the same. Everybody has a kitchen of some sort, right? Everybody cooks in their kitchen, right? Do we all have the same taste in food?…

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Man/Women Design Differences

When designing, surveys show men tend to use angles whereas women use curves when transitioning from one area to another. Men seem to like the hard edges of an angle. Angles have the straight linear lines that appeal to them. Women, on the other hand, like a softer approach. Curves appeal to women because they lead your eye around the room softly. Just take a look at cars. As an example, a Hummer is very square, whereas, a VW Bug is much more rounded. Trucks appeal to men because they are square and big (signifying power). Women are not as…

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Kitchen Cabinets: an aha moment

Ever wake up one day and say to yourself “you know this place really needs sprucing up.” Everyone has that wake up moment. I recently had that moment and I do this for a living! I am so consumed with helping clients with their needs that my own needs are put aside. That “aha” moment usually comes when you are about to give a party and things just look tired. Okay, what do you do now? Do you read all you can via the internet? Do you watch HGTV? Do you ask your friends what to do? Hmm, sounds like…

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What’s Hot In The Kitchen

One word: Organization How your kitchen space is designed and organized has a huge impact on your life. As an example, if the cooking utensils are located across the room from the range, you will spend precious time retrieving them. Not only are you wasting time, but you become frustrated. Another example, wouldn’t it be nice to have the spices next to the counter where you prepare the food to be cooked? Or right next to the cooktop if you are the type of cook that adds spices as you go? Let the space help you get through your day…

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Remodeling Tips

Remodeling in your home does not have to be an excruciating experience when the right steps are taken. There are many people who are deciding to remodel for the first time so finding the right people becomes more important. Most remodeling ideas start when a specific need arises for either more space, function or to beautify up the room.  A lot of my clients are usually sitting around their table or island when one says; “Boy, we really need to do our kitchen over but where do we start?” The key to that statement is the end, “Where do we…

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CHOOSING YOUR CABINET HARDWARE

Believe it or not, this step of the kitchen remodel project can be a tad bit overwhelming. Based on the common questions I hear from my clients, I know you’re probably thinking a couple of things right now. “Do I have to use the ones that come with the cabinets?” or “What goes on the doors, handles or knobs?” or “How do I know which color to choose?” Before I answer, keep this in mind. Think of kitchen cabinet hardware as being the “Jewelry” of the kitchen. Jewelry is worn to complement and complete the outfit. Outfits and kitchens are…

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2013 Color Trends

When looking at color trends, I like to start with the major paint companies. These companies spend a lot of time and money researching for a few years in advance. Here is what I found: At Benjamin Moore, the belief is that our economy’s gradual move away from the recession will be a driving factor in color selection, with eyes drawn to softer, more lighthearted pastels that speak of optimism and the promise of new beginnings. “The palette is shifting from super saturated and strong hues to softer, lighter pastel shades,” said Sonu Mathew, ASID, IIDA and senior interior designer…

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