Potting Sheds and Garden Rooms Potting sheds and garden rooms with workbenches are wonderful for keeping your kitchen clean and your green thumb happy. If you love having fresh flowers, veggies, and herbs in the house, we have ideas that make gardening blissfully therapeutic. read more Cindy Crawford Makes Silestone’s New Quartz Colors Even Sexier As if Silestone’s new quartz colors shown below aren’t beautiful enough, Cindy Crawford, supermodel and international fashion icon, is now the global ambassador for the new Eternal collection. read more Leather Kitchen Cabinet Doors and Furniture Leather is very hot this year! See how you can use leather panel inserts to add stunning texture to your kitchen cabinets, countertops, closet designs, and furniture! Leather is perfect for modern or traditional home designs. read more The Making of a Designer Kitchen: A Private Look at the Wood Mode Factory What goes into making a high-end designer kitchen? We thought we’d give you a close look inside one of the best custom kitchen cabinet manufacturers, so you can see the artistry that goes into customizing your designer kitchen. read more Best Kitchen Products 2017 Trends Report See the best kitchen products for 2017 in our annual Kitchen Designs’ trends report. We have so much to share, so grab a cup of coffee and hang out with me for a bit. Here are the top 10 kitchen trends. read more The Stockings Were Hung … by Mario With Care Did you know that Mario Mulea, Senior Designer at Kitchen Designs, hand makes custom holiday stockings and teddy bears each year to benefit local shelters, community churches, and other charities? These are too beautiful not to share! read more
My kitchen renovation is in full swing and what a journey it’s been up to this point – one that I will be sharing in the weeks and months ahead and there is so much to share! I’m fortunate to have a partner in the development of my kitchen renovation and that partner is Cabico Custom Cabinetry, which is sponsoring my kitchen cabinetry. The kitchen is that place where all five senses reside which manifests itself in your thoughts and feelings as the kitchen is used in so many different ways. It’s a place that is more than just a design – it’s an emotional environment in so many ways, don’t you think? When you’re a design professional as I have been for 25 years, you are your own client, and you have catalogs, resources, design ideas and your personal lifestyle needs all swimming in your head AND you’re designing the kitchen for your forever home, that’s pressure!! I know the Cabico brand from the beginning of my career as a certified kitchen designer. At that time, and still today, Canadian cabinetry was known in the industry for its innovation in design and very much so for precision engineering. In fact, Canadian cabinetry was thought to be on par with European cabinetry’s cutting edge manufacturing – or maybe it was vice versa, European manufacturing being on par with Canadian! The point is, I have known and respected Cabico Custom Cabinetry for many, many years and am thrilled to be installing a Cabico kitchen in my home soon. More about Cabico in another post. Let’s talk color!I’m going about this a little backwards, but rather than show you today the colors that I considered, any of which I’d be happy to use and which I will soon show you, I want to show you the color I finally chose (after much back and forth). I want you to see it in context with other shades of whites and grays. The color is Nantucket Gray. BUT, it’s not just any gray. And this is not a gray to think of as a trend color. In fact, it barely looks gray! It’s a highly nuanced, extremely flexible color that I know will stand the test of time. It’s a bit warm, a bit white, a bit gray and a very elegant color. All throughout this post are images of this Nantucket Gray door (my door will be a flat/slab door). Look at the door next to other colors and materials. In some images, the door looks white, and it could look white-ish if you wanted it to. In my kitchen, which I’ll later explain, I don’t expect it to look white, or gray. I expect it to react to natural and unnatural lighting; be influenced by surrounding color and design elements for a look that changes, really, by the hour. I also expect this color to be affected by the parade of Scandinavian Made rugs that I intend to use in the kitchen and change as the mood strikes. I love change and I look forward to seeing how Nantucket Gray changes in color and spirit with all these design and natural design elements working together. That’s the thing to think about when designing a kitchen – you want to have a global vision of how light and design work together. This color, I know, will delight for many reasons. In truth of course, any color and finish is affected by light. But, it’s good to keep that top of mind from the start.And so begins the story of my kitchen renovation, and trust me, there are stories!! I want to hear your stories about how your kitchen changes with light and how you experience it AND how the color of your cabinetry reacts. Wait till you see the other colors I considered! I could have been blindfolded and picked any of them and be thrilled!
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What are Google Helpouts? They are the future – the new way to bring together a homeowner and design expert to talk through kitchen and bath design issues, among many other topics, live over video. A Google Helpout will soon be the most immediate, most affordable, most trustworthy, and best way to find the information you are looking for-NOW, or at a time that can be scheduled at your convenience. Google Helpouts launched last week and I am proud to announce that I am the first kitchen design professional vetted by Google and invited to become a charter expert on Google Helpouts. You’ll find my kitchen design listings here. For those who could not otherwise afford a professional kitchen designer, or who prefer to do a DIY kitchen project, Helpouts are the answer. Helpouts are also a great solution for those who need a second opinion from another kitchen design professional. Homeowners, interior designers, allied professionals or anyone needing information on any aspect of kitchen design can now get answers FAST. I would not be surprised if a smart phone app is on the horizon. At the tile store? Login for a Helpout with me on the spot! I expect that to be launched soon, although I have no advanced word on it. I’ve done several Helpouts, and here are some tips to get the most information from your Helpout. Message me in advance and tell me what you would like to focus on. If you have a plan or images, send them along and the Helpout form will allow you to add images and links. If you’d like to show me your kitchen and you have a laptop or tablet, at the time of our Helpout, you can certainly move the laptop so that the camera captures your kitchen. That’s exactly what my first clients did, complete with having granite samples on hand. The prices are so affordable for all of the Google Helpout experts, it will cost more NOT to engage in a Helpout, risking costly mistakes. Google Helpouts has just changed the course of the kitchen and bath industry, giving instant professional information to anyone at extremely affordable prices. It’s a new day – and a GOOD one for so many homeowners!