Example of a color path

One important element with any design project is the development of a "design path" (or "color path"), that creates a coherent, well-planned look for the entire space.  Oftentimes this is called a "color board" and all the swatches, finishes and fabrics are laid out together to see the entire room (or entire home) and how all the design elements coordinate and work together.

Jun 15, 2015
Author: Karen Wistrom
Kitchen color palette. How to Create Color Schemes for your Kitchen Remodel

One important element with any design project is creating a "design path", or "color path", that creates a coherent, well planned look for the entire space.  Oftentimes this is called a "color board" where all the swatches, finishes and fabrics are laid out together to see the entire room (or entire home) and how all the design elements coordinate and work together. 

May 18, 2015
Author: Karen Wistrom
2015 Kitchen and Bath Design Trends

Every year The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) surveys their members of kitchen and bath designers across the United States and Canada. Their responses provide insight into design trends that will take hold in the kitchen and bath market in 2015. While broad trends won't be evident in every local market, the following are the top 3 overall trends for kitchens and baths.

Mar 30, 2015
Author: Anonymous (not verified)
Kitchen Design to Complement Entire Home in Puget Sound, Washington

Nestled along the waterfront, this home near Puget Sound in Washington had a disjointed interior that did not take advantage of the beautiful and expansive views of the water.  When the homeowners were ready to remodel, they contacted Vawn Greany of Collaborative Interiors (Mercer Island,WA).

Mar 23, 2015
Author: Karen Wistrom
Kitchen Wall Cabinets for Corners

Cabinets for corners in the kitchen are typically a diagonal, square (pie-cut) or blind.  Is one better than another?  That depends on several factors including the amount of space available, the functionality you prefer, and the overall look you are trying to achieve.

Jan 05, 2015
Author: Wendy Anderson
A Dramatic Update in a Vintage Space

When empty nesters, Bill and Anne, decided it was time to downsize they became the new owners of an almost perfect condo oozing with vintage charm.  The one exception in this beautiful space was the outdated, poorly laid out, small kitchen.

Nov 03, 2014
Author: Wendy Anderson
A Kitchen Island For a Couple who loves to Cook and Entertain Together

Originally a lumber and millwork warehouse overlooking the river in Oshkosh WI in the late 1800s, this historic building was converted to loft condos in the 1980s.  By now, the finishes and materials were dated and with the existing small, tight galley kitchen, Dennis and Nancy were ready to remodel and create a kitchen that better suited the beautiful window views and their love of cooking and

Oct 20, 2014
Author: Karen Wistrom
Kitchen Stories. A contemporary kitchen design with bold color choices.

A bold pop of color complements a contemporary loft design in Michigan.

Oct 06, 2014
Author: Anonymous (not verified)
Kitchen Story. A Kitchen Design Collaboration with Beautiful Results

"The original kitchen was SO expansive, the homeowner felt "lost" in her kitchen with too many cabinets and an inefficient layout that had her walking all over the kitchen to cook a meal.  And the sad thing was, she loves to cook but did not enjoy spending time in her old kitchen," explained Tara Hutchens, CKD, CBD of Splash Kitchens and Baths in LaGrange, GA.

Aug 18, 2014
Author: Karen Wistrom
Breakfast nook idea with a wine rack cabinet and additional storage. Dura Supreme Cabinetry Banquette Seating.

With the kitchen being considered the heart of the home, it's no surprise that one of the most requested items for a new kitchen is a place for family and friends to gather.  Often times designers are asked to include a seating area incorporated into the kitchen island or peninsula.  However, that is not the only option.

Aug 04, 2014
Author: Anonymous (not verified)
Warm and Inviting Contemporary Kitchen Design featuring Dura Supreme Cabinetry

Some consider "warm and inviting contemporary" to be an oxymoron when in fact, sleek, modern contemporary design can be just that, warm and inviting. 

Jun 17, 2014
Author: Karen Wistrom
Hardware Guidelines. Should it be a knob or a pull?

Cabinet hardware, although a small part of the whole project, still requires some serious thought as to style, finish and placement on the cabinetry. Should it be a knob or a pull?  Should the finish match the faucet or appliances or should it complement the cabinetry finish?  Exactly where on the doors and drawers should they be located?

Jun 09, 2014
Author: Wendy Anderson
Light Rail-It's Not Always about Trains. Light Rail Molding Tips for Kitchen Designs

Light rail molding today is typically used under the wall cabinets to conceal the under cabinet lighting and/or to add a decorative element to the overall design.  We offer two specific styles of under cabinet molding, Light Rail Classic and Light Rail Transitional, but there are multiple moldings that can be used creatively at the bottom of the wall cabinets to add that extra design detail.

Sep 09, 2013
Author: Wendy Anderson
Measuring spoons

This on-the-go family of four had very specific requests for their new kitchen. Dondi Szombatfalvy, CKD with Bella Domicile, in Madison Wisconsin, worked closely with the family to design a beautiful space that encompassed all of their organizational priorities.

Aug 19, 2013
Author: Wendy Anderson
Time to Go Appliance Shopping!

When you are considering a kitchen remodel the first thing that I recommend to people is to go appliance shopping.  Make your list of appliance must haves as well as the “that would be fun to have” list.  The reason that  this is a good first step is often times the appliances will drive the layout and design of the kitchen.

Jul 08, 2013
Author: Wendy Anderson

Many of today's appliances have decorative handles that protrude well beyond the front of the actual appliance. This has been true for a long time with ranges and refrigerators. These appliance handles can project out anywhere from 1 ½ inches to 3 1/4 inches.

Jun 17, 2013
Author: Wendy Anderson
Common Styles & Options for Corner Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen corner cabinets in both walls and bases can be divided into three distinct shapes, diagonal, square corner, and blind. They are often difficult to access completely although there are several internal accessory options that can make these cabinets more functional. Lazy susans or some type of swing out are the most commonly used.

May 27, 2013
Author: Wendy Anderson
Contemporary Craftsman Kitchen Remodel Reveal

After months of designing, planning and installation - my new Contemporary Craftsman inspired kitchen is finally complete! Overall the process of remodeling my kitchen has gone fairly smoothly.

Apr 29, 2013
Author: Anonymous (not verified)
Kitchen design by  Rob Gurski with LJ’s Kitchens & Interiors of Mount Pleasant, MI featuring Dura Supreme Cabinetry

The role of a good kitchen designer is to listen to the needs of the homeowner and provide creative and beautiful solutions that fulfill those needs.  Rob Gurski with LJ’s Kitchens & Interiors of Mount Pleasant, MI lis

Apr 22, 2013
Author: Karen Wistrom
Single Hole Faucets and Undermount Sink Close Up

With popularity of single hole faucets and larger undermount sinks for both the bathroom and the kitchen there are some design and functionality things to consider when determining the placement of the faucet.

Mar 25, 2013
Author: Wendy Anderson
Cabinet assembly in a kitchen remodel.

Now that the old kitchen cabinets and countertops have been removed, the electrical and plumbing work has been completed, the flooring has been patched and repaired, and the new appliances and cabinetry have been delivered, it's time to begin the cabinet installation!

Mar 18, 2013
Author: Anonymous (not verified)
Kitchen Remodel Story: Demolition!! Now the Fun Begins!

After months of dreaming about and planning for my new kitchen, we are finally ready for my favorite part of the process - DEMOLITION!

Mar 12, 2013
Author: Anonymous (not verified)
Purging Process. Keep Toss Donate

Now that the design and planning stage for my new kitchen is complete and the products are on order you might think I get to sit back and wait for the installation phase of the project to begin. Unfortunately, there are a few things that I as the homeowner am responsible for taking care of prior to beginning the installation phase.

Feb 25, 2013
Author: Anonymous (not verified)
backsplash tile

Now that the design for my new kitchen is done, it's time to focus on the cabinet details and the color palette. I decided to create a Contemporary Craftsman inspired kitchen which would flow with the rest of the home's architecture, design and materials.

Feb 04, 2013
Author: Anonymous (not verified)
Kitchen Design Process. Kitchen Layout Drawing.

The design process begins by selecting which appliances I would be incorporating into my new space. As a designer, it's hard to design a space until you know what appliances will be used. For example, designing a space around a separate cooktop and oven is significantly different than designing for a freestanding or slide-in range.

Jan 14, 2013
Author: Anonymous (not verified)