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...]