Trend Alert: Shaker Kitchens

Shaker Maple Java Daybreak Model3 Kitchen1Cabinet styles that can straddle the design lines are in top demand among homeowners wanting a kitchen that can transcend time. Our frameless Shaker door style in Maple, Oak and Thermofoil, as well as our Craftsman door style in Maple, all fill that void. The versatility of the clean, simple lines and recessed panels complement many design aesthetics. According to the NKBA 2014 Kitchen & Bath Style Report, Shaker-style kitchens were reported to be third in growth, following contemporary and transitional, which leaves plenty of room for our Shaker and Craftsman frameless, European-inspired, full access cabinetry. You can view more of our Shaker kitchens on Houzz or Pinterest.


Overused and Under-Appreciated: Today’s Kitchen

DSC_0816Combine classic materials, such as our Maple or Thermofoil frameless cabinetry, and incorporate fresh, on-trend accessories and accents to modernize the kitchen. Designing a modern space with timeless cabinet styles can be both satisfying and fulfilling for the designer and the homeowner. For example, adding aluminum door frames with frosted glass on the upper cabinets not only offer the feeling of openness in the kitchen, they add a design element most kitchens do not have. Not only will the addition of aluminum doors accompanying either our Maple or Thermofoil frameless cabinetry make the kitchen appear updated, it will freshen up the space as it brings life to a room that is typically overused and under-appreciated. Visit Houzz or Pinterest to see more options with Aluminum.

Recipe of the Month: Couscous Stuffed Chicken Breast

CouscousChickenFresh. Light. Healthy. Quick. Tasty. These are the words most busy households use when asked what they want for dinner, but maybe not in that particular order. Tonight, try something a bit different. Try Israeli couscous. A versatile, whole grain-like food made from semolina or wheat flour, it can be eaten hot or cold. And, if prepared correctly, you will win over the toughest food critics: your family. Start with Guy Fieri’s Couscous Stuffed Chicken Breast with Feta, Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Kalamata Olives.

Contemporary Bathroom Trend Alert

Lenox Thermofoil WheatWith homeowner confidence improving, it’s no surprise that 26 percent of homeowners are planning to remodel or add a bathroom within the next two years, according to the 2014 Houzz & Home Survey.  A majority of these homeowners want a space that will incorporate their design aesthetics in a contemporary setting.  As a matter of fact, 68 percent of homeowners specified a contemporary bathroom remodel, surpassing transitional, in 2013, according to the NKBA 2014 Kitchen & Bath Report. The Report also stated that in 2013, bathroom improvements were the top specified job and they are predicted to have the most growth in 2014.

Check out Houzz or Pinterest for images of our contemporary frameless cabinets.

Kids in the Kitchen: Summer Edition

KidsInKitchen.SummerEdition2With the larger selection and availability of fresh produce, summer is the ideal time to introduce new foods, and having kids help with the preparation and cooking provides a sense of accomplishment and desire to try what they prepared. To make the experience enjoyable, start by ensuring the kitchen is organized and well stocked for the multiple sous chefs. Start out with a meal that is fun to prepare and to eat, such as a taco bar or kabobs or grilled pizzas. Make this a weekly tradition and you’ll experience more quality family time.