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11
Aug

How to Find the Right Color Palette for Your Kitchen Design

You’ve seen many pictures of kitchens that look amazing with pops of color. They have a personality and it works perfectly together. You may have never thought that yellow would be a great accent color to your kitchen until you saw a remodel on your favorite TV decorating show.

With a rainbow of colors to choose from, it’s no wonder many people shy away from the decision and go with the ever-safe white kitchen. Surely your neighbor has one, so why not learn how to take those first steps towards adding a little color to your kitchen.

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04
Aug

6 Ways to Use Reclaimed Wood in Your Kitchen

Reclaimed wood, is recycled wood that has been salvaged from a diverse range of sources. Barns, warehouses and factories are some of the most common sources, because there is a prolific supply of sizable pieces. But even old fencing, barrels, and rail cars can be broken down and repurposed.  Reclaimed wood is growing in popularity for many reasons other than just being an environmentally responsible choice.

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28
Jul

A Kitchen Everyone Can Use

With an aging population that wants to stay independent, designers are seeking ways to keep people cooking comfortably and safely for as long as possible.

Most of these ideas, though, work well for everyone.

Many adaptive design elements are so desirable that they are becoming popular in general. Have you ever spilled hot soup or dropped a plate while reaching up into your microwave to take something out?

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21
Jul

Pros and Cons of Open Plan Kitchens

We have been asked to do many more open plan kitchens these days.

Eight out of 10 clients who are redoing their 15 to 20-year-old kitchens tell us they are tired of being closed in and working in a limited space.  We find the biggest solution to this is to either remove completely a non-load bearing wall between the kitchen and dining room, or open up a wall and make a pass through so the kitchen is visable to the next room—whether it's a dining room or other type of room.

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14
Jul

Simplifying the Countertop Decision

Countertops are one of the hardest decisions our clients make, simply because there are so many good choices today. 

In the past laminate was in almost every kitchen, and it wasn't that attractive. Today there are several more materials to choose from, not counting the variations of engineered materials such as quartz.

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07
Jul

Dated Kitchen Gets New Life for the Holidays

This family lived with the original kitchen that was 13 years old and builder's grade. The oak cabinets were dated and the layout didn’t work well.  The kitchen was uninspiring and lackluster; the owners were ready for a change.

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30
Jun

5 Ways to Downsize Without Hating Your New Kitchen

Many of our clients come to us because they are moving to a smaller home or townhouse where space is limited from what they’re used to. Maybe their kitchen was 15 by 20 feet, and now they only have a 10-foot-square room.

These clients are worried about storage, and fear that their lifestyle, especially their ability to cook the way they’re used to, will be impaired. It doesn’t have to be. Bigger is not better, because you can always get more usability out of the space that you have, especially with professional design assistance.

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23
Jun

What's the Lifetime Value of Your Kitchen Cabinets?

A metric that is well known in the fashion world I think applies to kitchen design as well. It's cost per wear or (CPW).

It means that when you consider how much you want to spend for a major purchase, you divide the price by how many times you will wear it, approximately, to see how much each wearing will set you back. That's a more meaningful metric than the total price. 

CPW tells you the value of your purchase, not just the price tag, over its lifetime.

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16
Jun

Perfectly Painted Cabinets in Wall Kitchen Take the Stage

This dreamy, creamy white kitchen with a U-shaped peninsula design is suited to handle a crowd with style and ease.

The elegant oil-rubbed bronze hardware matches the chandeliers and the faucet, providing a rich contrast with the off-white cabinet doors and drawers and backsplash. The backsplash is definitive proof of subway tile's versatility; off white, distressed to look as if it belongs in a European cafe, it is nothing like the bright glossy white tiles you see in New York's tunnels and delis.

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09
Jun

Dog-Friendly Kitchens for Hungry Hounds

Millions of Americans count their pets as beloved members of the family.

As you redesign your kitchen, don't forget about your pets. Dogs, especially, have needs that impact your kitchen's design. We talk about those here and considerations for feline friends in another post.

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