Modern Farmhouse Kitchen

   Whether you call it Modern Farmhouse, Modern Country, or even Modern Rustic, the words immediately bring to mind warmth and comfort, family and food. There are elements of the farmhouse style that can be easily adapted to almost any design style. (Thank you Joanna Gaines!)    “It’s a desire that’s resonating in kitchens across America where, after years of cold stainless steel and brushed nickel, the simple warmth and comfort of the farmhouse style is coming barreling back into favor.” Start with clean and simple cabinetry (think classic, like ‘white … [Read more...]

Trendspotting: Colorful Grout

With White-on-White kitchens ruling the kitchen design world, many designers and homeowners are looking for ways to inject a little color and character into their kitchen color palettes. White cabinets, white countertops, white backsplash tile – where’s the personality? According to Bryan Anthony, Houzz Editorial Staff, they may have found the answer abroad: colorful grout! Here are 7 brilliant examples: Is Colorful Grout the Next Big Trend in Tile Design? A small detail with a huge impact, today’s colored grouts come in a rainbow of colors: Test a few shades, and see which … [Read more...]

Creating Your Kitchen Color Palette

Congratulations on planning your new kitchen! Hire a kitchen redesign specialist to help you get the kitchen you've been dreaming of. Now you need to choose all your colors and patterns…. But where should you start? Work from the bottom up… Flooring  First decision: the flooring. Keeping your existing floors? That was easy! However, we often see the need for new floors as one of the reasons for a remodel. And the flooring doesn’t stop in the kitchen – this new material often runs throughout the first floor, and needs to coordinate with other living spaces. This is why a homeowner often … [Read more...]

Brilliant Kitchen Storage Solutions

Like the icing on the cake, these storage options can elevate your kitchen! Waste Basket Cabinet Keeping trash and recycling at hand but hidden away, this is our most popular cabinet upgrade. Corner Lazy Susan Without the center pole, today’s Lazy Susan offers great access to those hard to reach corners. Small Appliance Storage Having a place to hide away small appliances is great for achieving that uncluttered look!   Knife and Utensil Storage A sleek option, keeping your most often used utensils right at hand. This type of base pull-out storage comes … [Read more...]

The Kitchen Island – Designing the Family Hub

As a kitchen designer, I was very interested to read a RICKI study that researched some of the features that homeowners would most like to have in their Kitchen Islands. The findings were predictable: storage, seating, prep areas, etc. What the study didn’t mention was the way that the island becomes the family hub. Many of us did not grow up or start our families with an island in our kitchens. We had no idea what a family nerve center an island becomes. Of course islands are great for cooking, and offer a place where family and guests can all participate in food prep. After all, … [Read more...]

3 Reasons We LOVE this Laundry Room

Why have a humdrum laundry room when you can make a statement?   Cutting Edge Design Here is a great use of open shelving mixed with open storage cabinets and aluminum-framed glass door cabinets. This keeps this small room feeling open and bright. Modern Cabinetry The Hardin door from Kemper Distinctive Cabinetry gives a contemporary take on a classic raised-panel door. The use of dramatic angles and sleek lines make this transitional style feel totally modern, yet allow it be flexible. Designer Color Palette A blending of many different elements creates this … [Read more...]

Introducing: The New Neutrals

Delightful New Designer Colors for Your Kitchen We have loved white painted kitchens for years now, and when we were feeling a little braver we switched to soft gray or warm cream tones. More and more Designers and homeowners have been turning to custom colors to create a personal and unique look.  A look that is not identified with a “current trend”.  The cabinet companies are reacting to this desire with ever expanding offerings. Decorá Cabinets has expanded their Color Collection. Developed in tandem with Sherwin Williams, this offering of 30 colors is carefully curated for their … [Read more...]

Kitchen Design: Putting Together a Kitchen Color Palette

Colors and patterns – where to start? This article is a bit wordier than usual, but this topic can be complicated, and you can easily feel overwhelmed. Here are some of the ways we get the discussion headed in a productive direction. We suggest that you start collecting pictures, and put together an inspiration folder. This helps us identify the elements that appeal to your personal taste. Once we determine the vision you have for your kitchen, we can help you put together a cohesive palette. Bring in samples of any existing materials that we are working with (like flooring … [Read more...]

Kitchen Design: Choosing a Backsplash

A Backsplash Guide The good news: It’s time to choose a backsplash. The bad news: It’s time to go backsplash shopping. There is such a wealth of styles, colors, and materials to choose from the decision can be daunting! Here are some guidelines and tips from cleaningenious that will help make the task easier. Choose a kitchen color palette Before you start choosing specific colors and finishes, it is essential to have the big picture in mind. I recommend that my clients put together an idea book on Houzz, begin a board on Pinterest, or start saving magazine pictures. These … [Read more...]