Kitchens

Why Panel a Refrigerator with Wood Appliance Panels?

A refrigerator is often the largest and most prominent appliance in the kitchen.  Over the last years, appliance manufacturers have made great strides in the overall look and styling of these appliances, but they still are massive, rectangular boxes that can dominate the room.

Mar 31, 2020
New home kitchen design with dark stained oak combined with white painted cabinetry.

"One of the most important features of this new home is the relatable and comfortable kitchen," explained kitchen designer, Megan Dent of Mingle Showroom in Plymouth, MN. "The kitchen is the hub of activity for this family of four and having a welcoming space where everyone feels "at home" was of top priority.” 

Mar 03, 2020
Author: Karen Wistrom
How to Create a Tropical West Indies Kitchen Design inspired by tropical British Colonial homes

For those who favor a traditional, tropical kitchen design theme, the iconic elements of the "West Indies" design style offer a sumptuous visual treat! It's a historic look that's outlasted centuries. Its intricately carved moldings and corbels are a signature look.

Feb 12, 2020
A Modern Twist On Hickory used in Interior Design. Hickory Wood Cabinet Color Sample in Red Stain

Due to its distinct grain pattern and wild color variations, hickory is typically used to create a cabin or rustic theme within a home. Designer Sandy Kloncz wanted to create a design palette that included hickory in a more modern, updated look.

Feb 04, 2020
microwave oven

The science behind the microwave oven was developed just after World War II, but the appliance that most of us use today did not start to become a standard in the home kitchen until the 1970s. The first microwave oven was introduced in 1955 by Tappan Company, with a price tag of $1200 (in 1955 dollars!).

Jan 28, 2020
Author: Sandy Kloncz
Kitchen & Bathroom Design Tips: Quartz Counters VS. Granite Countertops

A remodel is any homeowner’s opportunity to make a big impact in the way they feel about their home – it’s a time to make dreams into a reality. Generally speaking, cabinets and countertops are the absolute focal points of the kitchen – they occupy the most visual space, and they set the tone for style which anyone can then complement with wall colors, appliances, and decor.

Jan 21, 2020
Author: Brad McCarthy
Flush Inset Appliances

Kitchen design trends continue to remain strong in Transitional styling, however, over this past year I have noticed a small shift navigating towards Mid-Century Modern and soft Contemporary style in kitchen designs. Due to this shifting change towards more modern design features, you may have noticed more and more appliances are being integrated or hidden in kitchen designs.

Dec 17, 2019
A rustic kitchen design with a casual style and gray stained knotty alder cabinets.

This Seattle kitchen was designed and built by the original homeowner. Needless to say, neither design nor building was his profession. The new homeowners knew they could not do the updates alone reached out to designer Molly McCabe, AKBD, CGP, CAPS of A Kitchen That Works, LLC for her expertise.

Dec 10, 2019
Kitchen Design 101: The Single-Wall (Straight) Kitchen Layout

The kitchen layout is the shape made by the arrangement of the countertop, major appliances (i.e. kitchen sink, range and refrigerator) and storage areas. The layout and floor plan create the kitchen’s primary work triangle, which is the path that you make when moving from the refrigerator to the sink, to the range when preparing a meal.

Nov 19, 2019
Kitchen Love Stories: A Family Redesigns their Life by Redesigning Their Kitchen

Married couple, Eric and Marissa Shipe purchased their Virginia home with the initial intent to immediately remodel the kitchen. They loved the home, but there was no way they could live with the kitchen layout. It had to be the first thing to go. Marissa spends hours in the kitchen.

Nov 05, 2019
Dura Supreme Kitchen painted Linen White

It isn’t often we get a full house project to write about, so when this project came across my desk I just had to share it with you all!  This home’s interior design was put together by Tricia Tidemann of Mingle Design Studio and Showroom.  The home is new construction in Orono, MN on Lake Minnetonka. The homeowners were looking for an east coast shingle

Oct 30, 2019
Author: Sandy Kloncz
Kitchen Design 101: The G-Shaped Kitchen Layout

The kitchen layout is the shape made by the arrangement of the countertop, major appliances (i.e. kitchen sink, range and refrigerator) and storage areas. The layout and floor plan create the kitchen’s primary work triangle, which is the path that you make when moving from the refrigerator to the sink, to the range when preparing a meal.

Oct 22, 2019
How to Create an Urban Loft Style Kitchen Design. Showing a warm colored modern lofty kitchen in an urban appartment.

No longer the exclusive refuge of artists and college students, the loft has become a popular, edgy abode in metros across the globe.

Oct 15, 2019
Three Tips for Converting to an Open Concept Kitchen Design floor plan. A bright white and spacious open floor plan kitchen with a cooktop in the kitchen island.

The open-concept floor plan is a sought-after design in today’s homes; it’s beautiful, practical and makes a home look spacious!

Oct 08, 2019
Author: Brad McCarthy

This modern farmhouse kitchen features a beautiful combination of dark blue painted and gray-undertone stained Hickory cabinets that’s sure to be an eye-catcher.

Oct 03, 2019
Author: Sandy Kloncz
Kitchen Design 101: The U-Shaped Kitchen Layout

The kitchen layout is the shape made by the arrangement of the countertop, major appliances (i.e. kitchen sink, range and refrigerator) and storage areas. The layout and floor plan create the kitchen’s primary work triangle, which is the path that you make when moving from the refrigerator to the sink, to the range when preparing a meal.

Sep 22, 2019
Design 101: How to Create a Craftsman Style Kitchen. A arts & crafts inspired kitchen remodel with a hand-crafted wood hood, quarter-sawn red oak cabinets, a small square tile mosaic backsplash and intricate crafted details like corbels, motifs, arched valances, and more. Cabinets crafted by Dura Supreme Cabinetry.

The key to creating an authentic Craftsman kitchen is embracing those details that embody hand-craftsmanship and hand-joinery. 

Craftsman Interior Design Style, get the look! Dura Supreme Cabinetry

Sep 10, 2019

The kitchen layout is the shape made by the arrangement of the countertop, major appliances and storage areas. The layout and floor plan create the kitchen’s primary work triangle, which is the path that you make when moving from the refrigerator to the sink, to the range when preparing a meal.

Aug 27, 2019
A 1940s home with a kitchen remodeled with white painted cabinets, white counters, modern stainless steel kitchen appliances, and a dramatic white backsplash with a fun pop of pattern.

The homeowners of this much-loved 1940s Minnesota home knew that their growing family would soon outgrow their existing floor plan. With the help of designer Tricia Davis of Mingle and Chris Easterday of C.R.E.

Aug 20, 2019
Close up of a kithen sink and industrial styled kitchen. Replacing old plumbing is important when remodeling the kitchen.

The decision to remodel your kitchen is an exciting one, but getting started can feel overwhelming. You’ll need to decide if you’re doing a complete overhaul, or just tackling specific projects that will make a big impact.

Aug 13, 2019
Author: Brad McCarthy
Kitchen Design 101: The Galley Kitchen Layout

The kitchen layout is the shape that is made by the arrangement of the countertop, major appliances and storage areas. The layout and floor plan create the kitchen's primary work triangle, which is the path that you make when moving from the refrigerator to the sink, to the range when preparing a meal.

Jul 29, 2019
Light blue painted cabinetry with a personalized custom paint match finish.

Color is the driving force in most design projects.  

Color can drive mood, affect energy levels and have cultural connections. This kitchen below definitely has an upbeat, energetic vibe.

Jul 10, 2019
Author: Sandy Kloncz
A Cottage Styled Mood Board Combining Cabinet styles with paint colors and countertop, flooring, and hardware samples

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.

Jun 25, 2019
A dream kitchen with white painted cabinetry and a breakfast nook with gray cushioned seating.

The house hunting process is an exciting one, but it can mean focusing on the big picture and making compromises along the way. The remodel process, on the other hand, is your opportunity to shine and make every detail - big and small - into a beautiful reality in your dream home.

Jun 18, 2019
Author: Brad McCarthy
A beautiful example of a rustic, Mountain Resort styled kitchen design with Dura Supreme Cabinetry

Soaring mountain peaks, rugged terrain, and old pine forests appeal to a large audience of outdoor adventurers.  Regardless of whether your mountain experience includes skiing, fly-fishing, hiking or lounging by the fireplace, the majestic grandeur and awe of the mountains have inspired a unique, architectural style.

May 21, 2019

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