Kitchen Design: We Want More Storage!

Custom Entryway/Mudroom Storage Cabinets We all love storage options, and with cabinetry we can create beautiful storage that fits perfectly in every area of your home, and coordinates with any décor.  This superb little entryway is our most pinned example of creative storage. This piece offers a spot to sit, and both open and closed storage spaces. So, not only do we have hidden storage but also great decorative opportunities. It is built wall to wall, to create a custom look and kept shallow so it won't interfere with traffic. The … [Read more...]

Kitchen Design: Kitchen Inspiration

Bringing the Outside In By Sue LeVee, Kitchen Designer I just spotted this picture making the rounds again on Pinterest. Over the past few years, this picture has popped up a number of times - it's a great design, and an eye-catching photo.   I actually have the original in my personal "inspiration" folder. It's from the Fall 2009 Chicago Tribune Magazine. The North Shore home that is featured is beautiful throughout, but the original 2 page spread of the kitchen is amazing.Full-overlay cabinets in a simple Shaker style allows the view outside the window to … [Read more...]

Kitchen Design: Making an Impact with Lighting

In my next life, I think I’ll be a lighting designer. It is amazing to me the drama that lighting can create. When we are planning a project, we always think of the obvious elements – the flooring, the cabinetry, the wall color, even the fabrics. What about lighting? We tend to think of lighting as a functional item; we plan for lighting the way we plan for electrical outlets. Sure we need task lighting, (count up the cans for the ceiling), but let’s think a little bigger… For a small investment, the payoff is dramatic. A commonplace kitchen becomes a show-stopper, and a designer dream … [Read more...]

Kitchen Design: News from KBIS 2014

By Sue LeVee, Kitchen Designer When we are planning a project, we always think of the obvious elements – the flooring, the cabinetry, the wall color, even the fabrics. What about lighting? We tend to think of lighting as a functional item; we plan for lighting the way we plan for electrical outlets. Sure we need task lighting, (count up the cans for the ceiling), but let’s think a little bigger… 2014 National Kitchen & Bath Association Design Trends Survey forecasts kitchens with simple lines, good storage and special places for electronics and pets.  Consumers will be cleaning … [Read more...]