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Kitchen Design Should Blend Functional Elements with Beautiful Design

There are a lot of ways to gain extra storage space and functionality  in your kitchen without loosing any of the beauty of the design.   Consider these ideas, when you are in the planning stage, so you can have your kitchen designer include them  into the plan. Continue reading

Carrara, Italy. It’s actually a place.

On a recent trip to Italy, we took a detour and visited the town of Carrara, where the famous Carrara Marble has been chiseled from the mountains, for centuries.   I found it fascinating to see this gorgeous stone in it’s original form, out of the earth, and follow it to the point of being in a kitchen, in Jacksonville, Florida. Continue reading

Bathroom Design Trends for 2014

As recently as a few years ago, traditional styling in the bathroom represented three quarters of new bathroom renovations.  However, this year we are seeing quite a large shift towards contemporary, more spa like designs that are easy to maintain.  Research done by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) shows that traditional  designs are now trailing contemporary designs by as much as 68 percent.  That’s a huge shift in a relatively small amount of time. Continue reading

Gain Storage and Functionality without Compromising a Great Kitchen Design

There are a lot of ways to gain extra storage space and functionality in your kitchen without losing  any of the beauty of the design.   Consider these ideas, when you are in the planning stage, so you can have your kitchen designer include them into the plan. Continue reading

New Trends in Appliance Finishes

Although stainless steel appliances are still the favorite in kitchen design, trends are starting to go to a more furniture -like look.  As kitchens continue to be the focal point of the home, people are wanting a softer look, that integrates better with the rest of the look and feel of the home.   Rounded edges and handles and a less metallic sheen is what you can find in Whirlpool’s new White Ice Collection.  This finish is described as “white, with soft cues of metal”.  It is an attempt to offer an alternative to stainless that is a bit more modern and fresh.  Another alternative  is GE’s Gray Slate finish.  A soft gray that is far less fingerprint susceptible than it’s more industrial looking predecessor, and definitely worth looking into, if you are looking to update your appliances. Continue reading

The Advantage of Quartz Countertops vs. Natural Stone?

Many people are confused about the durability of all the different types of counter tops, in the market today.

As a rule of thumb, marble, though exquisite in its natural beauty, is your least durable; then granite; then, the very popular, quartz products. Continue reading