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CES 2015: Cutting-Edge Kitchen Technology Showcased   January 20th, 2015

The 2015 Consumer Electronics Show just ended, and it included some great ideas for today’s leading edge kitchens. Whether you’re a java junkie, a budding chef, or just worried about making sure Thanksgiving dinner isn’t a complete disaster, the technology expo certainly had something for everyone’s kitchen.

Home on the Range

If you like the speed and eff

All About Kitchen Cabinets: Cherry   January 7th, 2015

Who doesn’t love cherry?
With their rich color, fine grain and excellent durability, cherry cabinets evoke luxury and refinement in modern kitchens, and are indicative of a homeowner who cares about quality.
A solid and versatile wood that stands up to wear with grace, cherry is well-suited for many styles of kitchen cabinetry. You can hardly go wrong with this choice, but ther

How to Design a Galley Kitchen   December 17th, 2014

Written by Carol Van Zile, CKD, CAPS
Inspired by the alley way kitchens on railcars and vessels, galley kitchens are ideal for one-cook kitchens and maximize the utility of a long, narrow space.
No eat-in kitchens here —this layout is lean and compact, characterized by two parallel countertops that put all points of the work triangle within arm’s reach.

Many of our first apart…

From Our Kitchen to Yours: Homemade Peppermint Bark   December 1st, 2014

The holidays are fast approaching! Between family dinners, cookie swaps, office parties and of course gifts for teachers, friends and family, life in our kitchens will kick into overdrive.
One of our favorite recipes that is always a hit is our delicious homemade peppermint bark. It’s a holiday classic that’s a snap to make, is beautifully festive and it’s easy to get the ki…

Why You Should Stop Putting Off Your Kitchen Remodel   July 7th, 2014

We know the feeling — you wish you could get started on your dream remodel, but there’s something holding you back.

After the kids leave for college…
Maybe after the holidays…
Next year… after tax season…

So maybe it’s truly not the right time. We’ve been there. But while you’re waiting for the stars to align, the best way you can spend your time is by planning for th…

Kitchen Remodel Trends – What’s Next After Stainless?   June 30th, 2014

Enjoying a longer reign of popularity than any of its predecessors, stainless steel has remained unrivaled as America’s favorite kitchen appliance finish for the past three decades. Its ability to blend effortlessly with any cabinet or flooring made it the go-to finish for everything from fridges to French presses.
Stainless first became popular in professional kitch…

How to Talk To Your Spouse About That Kitchen Remodel   June 24th, 2014

Remodeling is stressful. We know! And that stress is compounded when a spouse isn’t exactly ready or willing to make the big leap.
Maybe they’re not comfortable with the cost, maybe they’re worried it’ll upset their routine. Maybe they can’t imagine getting rid of that wonderful starfish wallpaper… whatever the hesitation, the only way to get everyone on the same pa…

What To Do When You Can’t Afford the Kitchen Remodel You Really Want   May 26th, 2014

It’s hard to tell how much a kitchen remodel will cost, but until you set pen to paper, it’s impossible to know. Many homeowners spend years believing they “can’t afford it,” when they really don’t know what they want or what the true cost will be.
The only way to defeat “price paralysis” is to get a good grip on your current finances and see if your dream remodel is …

Will a Kitchen Designer Understand My Unique Personal Style?   May 20th, 2014

Hiring a designer shouldn’t be frightening, but it’s not uncommon to be anxious about letting a stranger into your life, your home, and your mind’s eye — especially if they have professional opinions!
You may worry that you’ll be judged for your taste or they may dismiss your style — but while no two designers are alike, finding one that clicks with you is essential …

Why Granite “Rocks” as a Natural Stone Countertop   May 12th, 2014

When choosing a countertop material for your kitchen, the discussion often begins and ends with granite.
Natural stone, and granite in particular, topped many homeowners’ lists of most desirable countertop material for more than a couple decades — and its popularity doesn’t seem to be waning.
Granite, like stainless steel appliances, is ubiquitous in modern kitchens b…