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7 Ways to Make Your Kitchen Holiday Party-Ready

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Nov 14, 2017

Original Post 11/10/2015 | Updated 11/14/2017

Time and again we see that the kitchen is the heart of the home. So as we near the holiday party season, you may be looking at your kitchen and wondering how it can work better when you're the host. Entertaining comes with its own set of challenges and needs, and if you have guests over often, it may be worth while to adjust the form and function of your kitchen to account for a crowd rather than simply for your immediate family. The seven ideas below are some great things to consider to make your kitchen holiday party ready.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

Project Spotlight: Shaker Style Kitchen Remodel

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Nov 7, 2017

The goal of this Western Hills residential kitchen remodel was to create an open flow between the kitchen and the living areas beyond. The homeowners were also ready to get away from the white cabinetry to a design with a richer color and texture. A better working triangle was also a goal, in addition to making a kitchen that felt welcoming while still providing ample space for completing tasks.

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Topics: Kitchens

Kitchen Range Hood Design

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Oct 24, 2017

There are a lot of pre-made range hoods on the market, and each brings its own style to your space. It can also be the case that a custom solution captures the character and style of the kitchen remodel better than any out-of-the-box option. Working with a designer to find the right kitchen range hood design can be a rewarding check off of your new kitchen, so it's important to understand the various questions that will come up. Here we outline 4 things to consider when looking at kitchen hoods.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

5 Dramatic Before & After Baths

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, Oct 17, 2017

Remodeling a bathroom is a great way to instantly improve a home. There's something rewarding about having a fresh, new private space that feels like a luxury no matter what the budget was. A bath redesign is a great opportunity to rework the functionality of your space to match your current needs and lifestyle, and can be a great way to add your own character and style to your home. Here are 5 dramatic before and after baths remodeled recently for your inspiration.

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Topics: Bathrooms

Interior Stonework Design Ideas

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Oct 10, 2017

Updated: 10/10/17 | Original Post: 6/14/16

Using stone as an accent inside the home is a popular design choice. That natural look and texture of stone juxtaposed with interior decor creates a casual look, but also injects the timelessness of a rustic architectural statement. It's not a one-size-fits-all option, however, and there are several ways to apply it that can drastically change the finished look from one option to the next. Here are some interior stonework design ideas you should know when choosing interior stonework for your home.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Lower Level, Fireplaces

Project Spotlight: Contemporary Craftsman Kitchen in Montgomery

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Oct 3, 2017

When your tastes favor a contemporary look, a traditional, simple, brown kitchen can almost feel like someone else’s home was grafted onto yours. That’s how the homeowner of this Montgomery Contemporary Craftsman kitchen felt before swapping the cabinets out for a new crisp white space in this remodel.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

How to Determine Your Home Design Style

Posted by Christina Temple on Tue, Sep 26, 2017

Do a Google search for "find my design style", and you'll find a plethora of style quizzes. Most of them ask you seemingly random questions that will either hit your style spot on, or be humorously off the mark. While these quizzes can be a fun pit stop on the way to remodeling your home, understanding what style preferences you have isn't something you should leave in the hands of an internet quiz. Fortunately, there are some key places to look and questions to ask that can get you the answer a lot more accurately.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas

6 Traditional Design Elements for Kitchens

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Sep 19, 2017

Updated 9/19/2017 | Original Post: 10/21/2014

Traditional-style kitchens are sophisticated and classic. Traditional design incorporates architectural features from the European Old World countries, Mexico and colonial America. Elegant craftsmanship, embellishments and refined details are important. If you love the look of a traditional home, here are six traditional design elements for kitchens to consider in planning a kitchen remodeling project.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

Trends in Smart Home Automation

Posted by Eric Hertzfeld on Tue, Sep 12, 2017

With all the technology already integrated into our daily lives and routines, it's no wonder that smart home systems are rapidly becoming a wish list item for many homeowners. The ability to control the way our homes operate through intuitive and innovative apps or interfaces can have a positive impact on many areas of our lives and the ways in which we use our houses. Keep reading for some of the ways smart home automation can be added to your home.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Lighting

Project Spotlight: Stylish Dual Master Baths & Walk-In Closet

Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, Sep 5, 2017

Mixing traditional style with a rock-n-roll attitude, this Indian Hill remodel brought a cohesive and eye-catching design to four separate spaces, turning the master suite into an enviable destination in the home. Bold but curated selections in tile, counters, and hardware work in tandem with the classic and traditional bones of the cabinetry. This project encompasses dual master baths, a walk-in closet & dressing room, an a hallway that connects the spaces and adds additional closet storage.

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Topics: Bathrooms

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