The kitchen sink is a workhorse and undoubtedly, the most used fixture in the room. How many times a day do you use the kitchen sink? If you have ever been without a kitchen sink, whether it be for plumbing issues or a remodel project, it becomes obvious that it is an important part of a functioning kitchen.
What about the other 360+ days of the year?
This is the question asked by many a homeowner when contemplating what to do with all of their platters, trays and seasonal items they rarely use. Here are some clever solutions that will save your everyday space from being taken over by these items, yet still make them accessible when needed.
A Toe Space Drawer
Cabinetry is not ALL about doors, face frames and boxes. Cabinetry can encompass all of the other parts and pieces that go into a design such as corbels, shelves and moldings that all help to pull a design together. I am going to zero in on shelves and show some creative, functional and beautiful applications of open shelving to hopefully provide some ideas and inspire your next project!
Cottage styling is focused on carefree living, where every element conspires to create a casual environment for comfort and relaxation. It reminds us of relaxing beach-side destinations; a peaceful waterfront home with windows thrown open to catch the air and the tranquil sound of waves nearby. It's the natural, simplistic, calming design elements that make this style so appealing.
When it comes to cabinetry many people assume that "custom" means they are crafted at a local shop.
I think most people can agree that efficient uses of space are a high priority in how their home is designed and how it functions. Who wouldn’t like an extra foot or two of traffic lane in their kitchen? Who wouldn’t like a staging area for all things coming and going from their home? I mention these two areas because they are high needs priorities for a majority of homeowners.
With so many paint color choices available in Dura Supreme’s Personal Paint Match Program, selecting that perfect paint color can be overwhelming. To help make that decision easier Dura Supreme is offering a collection of Curated Paint Colors in shades that are trending colors for 2017-2018.
One of the most basic features of cabinetry is what type of ‘overlay’ is has. When designing cabinetry, it will be one of the first things chosen- Full Overlay or Standard Overlay. Many homeowners are unaware of the difference between the two.
When the calendar officially says Spring, it’s time to think about spring-cleaning, decluttering and getting organized. If your house is like most, there is probably a drawer or two in your kitchen that could use some organizational help.
When designing a new kitchen, bath, media or mud room one of the first choices a homeowner makes is what species of wood, what style of cabinet and what finish. I’d like to talk about a cabinet style that is often overlooked: cabinets with aluminum and stainless steel doors. These are great accent doors to integrate into a larger design also using wood or another material.
As the beautiful autumn of 2016 is draws to a close that means winter is next! The winter season in the upper Midwest requires a lot of outerwear, including various jackets, mittens, scarves, boots and hats. And those are just the basics. Factor in a winter sports fanatic or two with snowmobile suits or skiing apparel and you have a closetful.
One of the most common items on every homeowner’s wish list is more storage. In fact, I don’t think I have ever met anyone who wanted less storage. The challenge comes in finding more space to accommodate this. Many people cannot add square footage to their space due to physical or budgetary constraints, and so become stuck with what they have.
How many devices in your household require frequent recharging? With multiple cell phones, tablets, and laptops in constant use, finding an out of the way, but still accessible place to keep all those chargers organized can be a challenge.What if you could place all those screens in a drawer, plug them in, and close the drawer while they quietly recharge out of sight?
Just because it’s called a cutlery divider doesn’t mean it can only be used for cutlery. While they are great for organizing silverware or utensils, cutlery dividers can also be used to organize smaller items in almost any room of the home.
Are you a fan of electric or gas cooking or both? What if your preference is gas or induction burners and an electric or convection oven? Is the cooktop and wall oven combination your only option? Many appliance manufacturers offer a dual fuel range that combines the best of both. Gas or induction on top, electric and convection below.
Have you ever gone shopping for something, fell in love with two items, and had to make a choice? How do you decide? One item may be more practical, less costly, a better size or closer to the right color. What if many factors are similar, and the waters of comparison are muddy? Do you flip a coin? Perhaps looking to an intangible factor is in order…
Dura Supreme’s Classic White and Antique White paint are two fantastic finish options in the warm white category. Warm whites have a creamy appearance, the more yellow tint added to the base, the creamier the white becomes.
Let’s take a walk through a typical afternoon/evening for many people…
You come home and instead of tripping over shoes and seeing coats laying all over, everything is in its place in your handcrafted locker-boot bench…
Painted white cabinetry has a timeless look and feel. Using white opens up so many options when it comes to pulling together a beautiful palette for a room. Do you opt for all white, a mix of shades of white, or white with pops of color?
Let’s take a walk through a typical morning for many people…
Imagine you wake up in the morning, head into your bathroom to get ready for the day and you spend the next twenty minutes in front of a vanity with no cord mess or cluttered countertops and everything organized and at your fingertips…
With true brown stains trending in cabinetry finishes, Dura Supreme recently introduced several new stains with decidedly brown undertones that pair beautifully with so many colors. One of the lighter stains introduced into the palette is Toast, light enough to enhance the wood grain, yet rich and warm without being overly dramatic.
Selecting hardware for your cabinetry can be an overwhelming task. There are so many styles, shapes and sizes to consider. However, once you have selected that perfect piece and determined the correct size there is one more key decision that needs to be made. Which finish is going to look best?
Gone are the days of a garbage can under the sink or a freestanding waste receptacle tucked off in the corner of the kitchen. Today every well-designed kitchen should have a dedicated cabinet for the trash and/or recycling. Whether the unit has a single bin or double, this cabinet is opened and closed multiple times a day.
When pondering a kitchen project in today’s world people typically start pinning and creating idea books with images of their dream kitchens. It is interesting to note that often times these images contain inset cabinetry and when you point that out, most people are not even aware of it.
Color is a highly personal preference for most people and although there are certainly specific colors considered "on-trend" or "fashionable", color choices should ultimately be based on what appeals to you personally. As a designer, I am often asked about color trends and how to incorporate them into a newly designed or renovated interior. And although trends and fashion should be taken into