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Cyndi Kohler

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Asian-Influenced Design

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, May 26, 2015

There's a lot to like about Asian design, so it makes sense that home interiors across the globe often look to oriental cultures for inspiration and influence. As with any specific style, Asian design can be achieved with a handful of key elements. For the greatest impact, these elements should be implemented in the construction and finishing of the space, rather than just decor. Here are 4 ways to achieve Asian-influenced design in your project.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms, Kitchens

Islands and Peninsulas in the Kitchen

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Mar 31, 2015

The addition of an island or peninsula to your kitchen is a great way to maximize space. Additional storage space, work surface, and space for seating are all welcome enhancements that can come with the inclusion of either feature. The possibilities for design, function and layout are nearly endless, including the potential for universal design considerations, making it easy to find an island or peninsula that perfectly suits your needs.

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Ideas for Kitchen Hoods

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Jan 20, 2015

A fun way to add character to your kitchen is with a kitchen hood. Whether you want to disguise it or make it a focal point, there is a way to perfectly transform your kitchen using a hood. Here are some ideas for both contemporary and traditional designed kitchens.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

5 Design Elements That Define Transitional-Style Kitchens

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Nov 11, 2014

Transitional design mixes both traditional and contemporary elements. The mix may vary but there are five design elements that generally define the style of Transitional kitchens. These elements include cabinets, wall color, tile, stainless steel and stone and geometric forms used in counters, lighting, accents or furnishings. Here are some examples that show how these design elements define a Transitional-style kitchen.

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Topics: Kitchens

6 Design Elements That Define Contemporary-Style Kitchens

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Sep 23, 2014

The beauty of Contemporary-style kitchens is found in their sleek clean lines, geometric forms and function. When planning a Contemporary-style kitchen, kitchen design professionals often rely on natural elements such as wood and stone, as well as manufactured materials such as stainless steel and glass, to create the Contemporary-style look.  

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Topics: Kitchens

Smart Bathroom Storage Cabinet Design Ideas

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Sep 9, 2014

Bathrooms are often small spaces and storage is always a priority in bath design. When remodeling a bathroom, it is important to plan and to be creative with bathroom storage cabinet selections and placement. The planning process begins by making a list of all the things you want to store in your cabinets such as towels, grooming supplies and appliances, soaps, cosmetics, clothing and even cleaning supplies.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms

8 Kitchen Pantry Cabinet and Shelf Ideas That Solve Storage Problems

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Aug 26, 2014

One of the main objectives of a kitchen remodeling project is to create functional storage. A kitchen pantry cabinet is often high on the list of essentials when homeowners remodel their kitchen. There are many design options for pantry cabinets. You can use shelving designed expressly for contents, inserts to help optimize storage capacity, pullouts for easy access, or open shelves. The advantage of a pantry cabinet is that it is a place to organize items that you want to have at hand and keep them out of sight.

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Topics: Kitchens

9 Features to Consider When Remodeling a Half Bath or Powder Room

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Aug 12, 2014

A half bath or powder room is often a challenging remodeling project. The space is generally small and used by guests as well as family members. When remodeling a half bath it is important to consider both function and aesthetics. Since a half bath is small, it may be a place to splurge to create a welcoming space in a home.

Here are nine features that you may want to consider when remodeling a half bath or powder room:

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Topics: Bathrooms

Contemporary Kitchens: One of the Hottest Trends in Kitchen Design

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Apr 15, 2014

With the busy lives we lead, it’s no wonder that more homeowners are finding a contemporary-style kitchen meets their needs. Once considered bland and sterile, today’s contemporary kitchens are bold, stylish and showcase modern appliances. They are also functional and easy to maintain which, according to the 2014 National Kitchen & Bath Association Design Trends Survey, makes them one of the hottest trends in kitchen design.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens, Room Colors

The Best Bathroom Design Trends for 2014

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Feb 11, 2014

The bathroom design trends we expect to see in 2014 focus on comfort, aesthetics and detail. Small half baths and powder rooms are becoming more inviting for guests. Master bathrooms are being designed as a private retreat with optimized space and spa features. Walk-in showers are customized to better fit the space in a room and to provide more comfort for users.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms, Walk-In Showers