Designing Your Ultimate Kitchen Pantry

Storage, storage and more storage! Designing Your Ultimate Kitchen Pantry. Pantries open design options for the kitchen by gathering everything in one handy location. As cooking has become more family oriented, storage, storage, storage has become the battle cry of clients working on a new kitchen. The need for well organized storage options has become of prime importance for today’s busy life style. Here are some great ideas to consider when designing the ultimate kitchen pantry for...

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6 Pro Tips For Designing the Perfect Home Office

Pretty and practical ideas for designing a home office Big or small a well-designed space can do it all. Whether you are commander-in-chief at home, running a home based business or just need a spot to collect the mail and pay bills, a home office may be just what you need. With some basic considerations, you can have an inviting place which will reflect your personality while still giving you a true working space. Here are my tips to create a warm practical work space. Location: Where do you...

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Designing Your Outdoor Kitchen

How to create your own backyard oasis We have welcomed warmer weather here in the northeast and daydreams of backyard living and entertaining are finally here. An outdoor kitchen not only extends your living space, it is the height of luxury for entertaining friends and family. Whether you are looking for a sleek stainless steel cooking area or a full kitchen complete with pizza oven and tepanaki grill, having a plan will get you on your way to a fabulous outdoor space. There is more to...

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Cement tiles: Hot new trend in home design.

What Makes Cement Tiles Special Emerging trend or here today gone tomorrow? Cement tiles aren’t a new invention, their development can actually be traced back to 19th century France. In fact, there are many examples of 100-year-old cement tile installations that still look great today. Cement tiles are gaining in popularity because of the stunning designs available. Not only are they beautiful but they are an eco-friendly option due to the materials and the production itself which does not...

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Design Essentials For Creating Well Functioning Mudrooms

Let’s Talk About Mudrooms! Whenever I sit with a client to discuss their kitchen projects, one question comes up more than others: Where can we put the mudroom? With active lifestyles and an ever increasing need for storage, requests for practical and pretty mudrooms are on the rise. The dictionary defines mudroom as “a room in a house designed especially for the shedding of dirty or wet footwear and clothing and located typically off the kitchen or in the basement.” Families with children or...

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What to know when choosing Interior Paint for your home.

What to know when choosing interior paint for your home Need a little pick me up for your home?  A new coat of paint is a great way to freshen up your rooms but how do you know what type of paint to choose? There are several important questions to consider as well as creating a plan of action before you begin. Here are some pro tips I have learned from Michael O’Brien of PaintTek Quality Painting Inc. To prime or not to prime? That is the question. Before you can choose the paint, you need to...

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Color and Technology Lead the Way in Luxury Kitchen and Bath Renovation

Must Have Luxury Design Trends and Products for Kitchen and Bath Early each year The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) team up to present the latest trends and products to the home remodeling industry. This January I attended the combined KBIS/IBS Conference where color and technology lead the way in luxury kitchen and bath renovation. Color and Technology Lead the Way in Luxury Kitchen and Bath Renovation Blue white and gray...

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Pro Tips For Working With a Remodeling Contractor

You are ready for your remodel. What comes next? My blog Choosing the right design team for your remodel gave you a great check list to find your remodeling team. You are ready to start your dream project. You have gotten your referrals, you may have even seen the work preformed by the team you want to hire but how do you insure a smooth remodel?  Here are my pro tips for working with a remodeling contractor. How do you know what to expect from the remodeling team you have hired? Managing...

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How To Clean Kitchen Cabinets

Peter Rymwid Photography Care and Cleaning: Do’s and Don’ts Because the kitchen is the most hard working room in the home a weekly wipe down should not be ignored. Cleaning your cabinets is easier than you might think. Most high quality cabinets are manufactured with a catalyzed finish which will require no future maintenance beyond periodic cleaning. Since you have invested in your kitchen and want to keep it sparkling, here are my pro tips on how to clean kitchen cabinets. Let’s...

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Must-Have Storage Solutions For A High Performance Kitchen

A Place for everything and everything in it’s place Whether you have a large kitchen with multiple islands or a cozy apartment sized space, the right storage solutions are so important to make sure all of your kitchen items have a home. Working with a Certified Kitchen Designer is the best way to insure your kitchen is functional and beautiful. A great designer will include the must have storage solutions your kitchen will need. The difference between a junk drawer and an organized...

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