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Backsplash Options for Your Kitchen

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Mar 20, 2018

Updated: 3/20/18 | Original post: 3/24/15

The backsplash brings out the personality of a kitchen. Choosing a backsplash for your kitchen is a great way to show off your style. Backsplash styles and materials range from sweet and simple, to elegant and elaborate to coordinate with your tastes. It can naturally tie a design together or become a stunning focal point. If you need help narrowing down some tile design ideas, or just with finding a place to start, keep reading for backsplash options for your kitchen.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

Top 2018 Bath & Kitchen Trends

Posted by Christina Temple on Tue, Mar 13, 2018

Did you have a chance to attend the Cincinnati Home & Garden Show this year? Is your brain swimming with ideas to update your kitchen or bath? If you have a project planned for 2018, there are some exciting new trends emerging. We sent a handful of our designers to KBIS, to see and experience the most cutting edge kitchen and bath products, and technologies. Here are some of the trends they see emerging in 2018.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, National Kitchen and Bath Association

Project Spotlight: Old World Rustic Kitchen in Middletown

Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, Mar 6, 2018

The primary goal of this Middletown kitchen remodel was to create a space that was more open and packed full of function. The homeowner's old world rustic tastes called for a complete style overhaul, which provided opportunities to create a unique kitchen with the personality to match the style of the home.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

Interior Barn Door Ideas

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Feb 27, 2018

Adding quirky or unexpected elements to interior spaces is one easy way to bring interest and character into your home. One option that suits homes in the Greater Cincinnati area well is the use of barn-style doors. There are a variety of interior barn door ideas and installations that can be used throughout your home.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas

Integrated Interior Cabinet Lighting

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, Feb 20, 2018

A trend captivating homeowners this year is integrated interior cabinet lighting. While in-cabinet lighting isn't new, it used to take special electrical work (with the added cost) to install, and therefore hasn't been on the radar of most homeowners until recent years. Now, cabinet makers are designing with interior lighting in mind from the start. With this advancement, the benefits of integrated lighting make it something worth considering for the modern remodel.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Lighting

Before & After Kitchens

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Feb 13, 2018

Sometimes the best way to appreciate the impact of a remodel is to compare the before and after photos. We enjoy taking a look back at the transformations we've made to kitchens throughout the Greater Cincinnati area. Here are five of our favorite before & after kitchens that we hope you'll enjoy as well.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

Project Spotlight: Master Bath in Western Hills

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Feb 6, 2018

Updating the layout was the focus of this master bath in Western Hills master bathroom remodeling project. The chopped up bathroom in the original design was disorganized and cramped, and the look and finishes were tired and dated. The new design starts with a reworked floor plan that makes better use of the available space. Then, a fresh color scheme and several timeless features brings the new master bath into the modern era.

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Our Top 5 Kitchen Design Trends for 2018

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Jan 30, 2018

As kitchen design professionals, each year we assess the recent trends in the Cincinnati area kitchens we created, and take note of what looks to have some staying power into the next several months. This year, we see a continuation of many of the design trends we've been seeing, as well as a few new trends that reflect the modern sensibilities of today's homeowners. We've selected the top five we expect to continue seeing this year.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

Bathroom Vanity Ideas to Consider

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, Jan 23, 2018

Original Post: 8/26/15 | Updated: 1/23/18

The bathroom vanity is an important element in the design of a bathroom. The style, scale, placement, size, and storage of the vanity in your bathroom are all key to the room's function and feel. In many cases, the vanity is a crucial visual focal point, and may even be the only thing really making your bathroom unique or interesting. With so much resting on the vanity, it deserves a good amount of thought and planning in any bathroom remodel. Here are some bathroom vanity ideas to consider when designing a bathroom vanity.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms

Rec Room Ideas for Modern Families

Posted by Mike Hendy on Tue, Jan 16, 2018

The classic American rec room has been a staple of the home nearly since the invention of the finished basement. Since then, a space in the house dedicated to recreation has been a common feature on the wishlist of homeowners. Luckily, the days are gone that the rec room and a musky, wood paneled basement automatically go hand-in-hand. These days, such spaces can be found in all manner of locations, and with all manner of features. Here are a few rec room ideas to consider.

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Topics: Lower Level


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