Skinny Showers with Style: The cave-like cubbies of yesteryear are long gone


For those of a certain age, a stall shower conjures up images of prefab metal boxes that made showering feel like you were spending time in a high school locker. They were strictly utilitarian and nearly as dark. Maybe they conserved water, because we certainly didn’t want to linger in them any longer than necessary. [...]

The Light Stuff: A good lighting plan melds form with function


When it comes to lighting your kitchen and bath, you should mainly consider efficiently lighting certain areas, often referred to as “task lighting,” along with the appearance of the fixtures. Although canister lights, inset into a ceiling, are an efficient way to light an entire space, relying solely on these tend to make the room [...]

Kitchen & Bath Design: Taking the timeless approach


Jumping on board with the latest design trends in wall color or accessories is a fun way to make a room’s décor feel modern. But because many of the elements in a kitchen or bathroom are designed to last decades, it’s a smart decision to go with a timeless look. While rethinking a trendy matte [...]

Building a Better Laundry Room: 5 ways to make an arduous task less difficult


Location, Location, Location When you consider how much laundry is generated in and around bedrooms, it’s a mystery why laundry rooms have been typically located in the basement, which is as far away as possible from where the laundry actually accumulates. Thankfully, home designers and homeowners are now placing them near bedrooms. If your home [...]

Kitchen Cabinets 102: Finishes, Pulls & Add-Ons


Last week in our Kitchen Cabinets 101 blog post, we talked about the big picture. In this post, our focus is on the details. What stains, paints and glazes are available? How can you add character to cabinet handles and knobs, and functionality with such things as sliding shelves? Let’s take a closer look. Paints, [...]

Kitchen Cabinets 101: A breakdown of terminology and options


If you’re remodeling a kitchen or building a new home, cabinetry will likely be your single largest expenditure, so it’s important to research the many options before deciding what best fits your kitchen’s overall décor, your needs and your budget. Custom, Semi-Custom & Stock While the term custom is self-explanatory when it comes to kitchen [...]

Mini Kitchens with Major Functionality


If you live in a space-challenged condo, it’s quite likely that you have a microscopic kitchen that leaves much to be desired. But careful planning of the layout and the cabinetry, paired with “apartment size” appliances, will change everything. Hire a kitchen designer who is trained to utilize every available inch of floor space, and [...]

Turn All That Clutter into an Organized Workstation


As you walk through the door at the end of the workday, your arms are likely loaded with bags, mail, a cell phone, a laptop, keys and who knows what else. If you find yourself standing in the middle of the kitchen every evening with no idea where to put all this “stuff,” you probably [...]