Celebrate Chocolate Mint Day

ChocolateMintDayWe know there are many days to observe throughout the year, but today unites two of the world’s favorite flavors—mint and chocolate—making it the official Chocolate Mint Day. From cookies and brownies to cheesecake and ice cream, chocolate mint goes hand-in-hand. Indulge in your favorite minty, chocolate treat today! And, here’s one of our favorites, combining ice cream, cookies and chocolate: Mint Cookie Ice Cream Cups.

A Small Spacious Kitchen is not an Oxymoron

TriPointeCarizLenoxTsuki1Tsuki2Kitchen1Not every homeowner has a large kitchen footprint, but that doesn’t mean they lack the space needed to prepare meals and entertain. There are simple and cost-effective ways to make a small kitchen appear more spacious.

  • Add glass to upper cabinets to draw guests’ eyes through the cabinets
  • Use complementary, low contrast colors allowing the cabinets to blend with the walls and flooring for fluidity
  • Increase sunlight, if possible, to make the space appear brighter and larger
  • Add height to your cabinets by adding cubbies or secondary cabinets to increase storage space while providing the illusion of higher ceilings
  • Expand the space by incorporating sleek, cleanlines for a crisp and elongated look

Custom Cabinet Look on a Shoestring Budget

RSI_Belvedere_C1-B_0952-4x200You don’t have to spend a lot of money on cabinetry to get a custom look. There are a number of elements you can use to personalize your cabinetry to add pizzazz and interest.

  • Frameless cabinets not only add functional and usable space, they provide an upscale design with full access solutions to reflect any design aesthetic.
  • Decorative accent pieces such as Crown Molding, Light Rails and Fillers provide the finishing touches to any cabinetry. Ranging in style from clean, straight lines to elegant and ornate, use these decorative accent pieces to add dimension.
  • Corbels not only are functional as countertop overhang support, they provide an elegant design element for any kitchen.
  • Posts are commonly used with kitchen islands, but can also be found next to ovens and sink base cabinets to complete an elegant look.
  • Accent Doors are commonly used with the upper cabinets enhancing visual interest. Most commonly used is aluminum, Maple or Thermofoil door frames with clear, textured or frosted glass.

Take a look at our Inspiration Gallery for a variety of ideas.

Bringing Back the Silence with Soft-Close Hinges and Glides

WarmingtonStellanRidgeFallbrookBrandyBathroom3Once considered a basic part of cabinetry, glides and hinges are now a key element when designing a dynamic and functional space. Designed to absorb the impact and prevent doors and drawers from slamming shut, soft-close hinges and glides create the silence every homeowner wants while extending the life of the cabinetry. With a gentle nudge, the soft-close mechanism takes over, gently easing the door or drawer to a closed position avoiding loud and potentially damaging slamming. For a space that not only looks great, but sounds great and feels great, soft-close hinges and glides are a must-have.

The Basics to Choosing Cabinets

WarmingtonStellanRidgeMarquisVanillaBGKitchen4When remodeling is in your near future, you tag, you pin and you like pictures of living spaces that you feel fit your design aesthetic. And, that’s what you should be doing, but remember not all of those pinned and liked kitchens will be able to be incorporated into your kitchen footprint. Consider consulting with a kitchen designer to ensure you have the proper kitchen specification for your dream kitchen. You will also want to ensure the cabinets you purchase are well made and will last you for years to come. Some features to keep in mind include:

  • Full extension drawer glides
  • Drawers with a 75 pound weight rating
  • Shelves that are at least ¾ inch thick
  • Full depth adjustable shelves
  • Full backs on base cabinets (sink bases excluded)