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Creating an Open Concept Kitchen

If you live in a home that was built twenty or more years ago, chances are that at the top of your must-have list is a desire to open up the kitchen to an existing living or dining space. The days when kitchens were seen primarily as a utilitarian space are long gone. Today many view the kitchen as the center of the home for both daily living and entertaining. If you’re looking to improve the integration of your kitchen […]

Re-imagining the Kitchen Pantry Cabinet

If you’re like most homeowners, there’s never enough storage space for food items and other consumables in your kitchen. At a time when Costco and Sam’s Club have redefined the notion of “buying in bulk”, finding a place to store and easily access cans, cartons, bottles and boxes can be a challenge. “Kitchen pantry” tends to be the catch-all phrase that suggests where these goods are stored in a kitchen. As we’ll discuss, this isn’t your grandmother’s kitchen pantry any […]

Super-Sized Tile Is In For All Kitchen Surfaces

Susan Bady, writer for the Professional Remodeler magazine and website, was kind enough to quote me in her article, Miles of Tiles.  Susan speaks to the trend of large format tile being used in typical areas, such as on the floor, but also on backsplashes as well as under cabinetry. One of the more typical installations for glazed tile is on a kitchen floor.  However, the newest sizes and styles of tile can make your floor anything but typical. New […]

Pro-Style Design Cues Appearing on Affordable Appliances

Not so long ago if you wanted to feel the pull-weight of a four-foot bar of solid stainless steel when you opened your refrigerator, Sub-Zero, Thermador and a handful of other Super Premium appliance brands were your only choice. As the popularity of these items accelerated with their appearance on every luxury home and cooking show, mid-level brands swooped in to adopt these pro-style design cues. As Keith Berry suggests in his USA Today article, “When it comes to appliances, […]

A Wine Lover’s Space on Any Budget

Nothing suggests luxury living more completely than a wine cellar. Images of redwood racks along the walls holding dozens or perhaps hundreds of bottles can transport your imagination to a top New York restaurant or Northern California winery. Here in Pennsylvania, despite the state’s arcane liquor laws, there is strong interest in spaces and dedicated rooms that focus on the grape. When clients ask me, “how much does a wine cellar cost?” I smile and suggest that there’s no limit […]

Kitchen and Bath Design 2015 – What’s Hot, What’s Not

Dave Swanson of Reviewed.com was kind enough to interview Maria Stapperfenne and me during the hugely successful KBIS 2015. In his article, Kitchen and Bath Design in 2015—What’s Hot, What’s Not, Dave wanted the NKBA take on design trends for the new year. We were happy to respond by sharing some of the results from the NKBA’s annual design survey.  The first five highlights of the survey include: Transitional and contemporary design continue to rise in popularity The affection for sleek, European cabinetry continues Multiple […]

10 Home Design Trends to Ditch in 2015

Ilyce Glink, writing for CBS Money Watch, was kind enough to ask for my opinion on trends that are on there way out in 2015.  Along with two other contributors, Kerrie Kelly and Amy Yin, Ilyce came up with a top-ten list in her article, 10 Home Design Trends to Ditch in 2015.  My contributions to the article include: Desks in kitchens Microwaves above the kitchen range Whirlpool tubs Ten years ago over half of the kitchens in our Central Pennsylvania […]

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KBIS 2015 Clean, Sleek and Uncluttered

If you love the sleek, uncluttered look of contemporary kitchen furnishings and design, KBIS 2015 had much to share! The contemporary aesthetic is often characterized by uninterrupted visual planes of cabinetry and countertops. Manufacturers at the show featured a number of ways to take clean, crisp and covered to a new level. Sliding doors are nothing new and have always been popular for wide cabinets, sideboards and wardrobes. The mechanics of sliding doors require that one door overlap another in […]

Kitchen Corner Cabinet Storage Solutions

Virtually every kitchen has one, and yet most homeowners wish they didn’t. What am I referring to? The dreaded corner cabinet! Corner cabinets, especially base cabinets, are often called the Bermuda Triangle of the kitchen. It’s where mono-tasking appliances, football-shaped cake pans and anything else not used frequently finds its final resting spot. Technically, it’s understandable why corner cabinetry has gotten such a bad reputation. First, a person’s comfortable reach is a bit under two feet. To touch the farthest […]

8 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Remodeling Professional

Media Planet offered me the opportunity to share my thoughts on the questions that a consumer should ask before hiring a remodeling professional. Here is my list for the 8 questions to ask before you sign on the bottom line. 1. Who do I need to hire? 2. Are you licensed? 3. Are you insured? 4. What do you charge for an estimate? 5. What kinds of guarantees do you offer? 6. Who will supervise my project? 7. How do […]