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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

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

6 Tips for Creating a Functional Laundry Room

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Aug 15, 2017

Updated 8/14/17 | Original Post 9/18/2012

Laundry is one of the essential chores we all do, and a well-designed laundry room is an asset in any home. In the past, the basements seemed to be the perfect spot to hook up a washer and dryer. The mechanical considerations were easily handled, but the inconvenience of dragging everything downstairs (and back up again) never quite made those considerations feel worth it. Today, homeowners are creating laundry spaces that better meet their needs on any floor of their home. Careful planning, prioritizing efficiency, and regular maintenance now allow for many more possibilities. Here are 6 tips for designing a functional laundry room.

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Topics: Laundry Rooms, Lighting, Storage

Trends in Pendant Light Fixtures

Posted by Christina Temple on Tue, May 23, 2017

Pendant lighting is often used as the jewelry of a room. Since these types of lights come in a huge variety of styles, sizes, colors, and more, it's easy to use them as doses of personality in a room. This is especially useful in a kitchen, where cabinetry and counters tend to create a neutral foundation. Despite the wide variety of options available, pendant lights, like most items in design, do go through mild trends. Keep reading to find out the trends we've noticed in recent years.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens, Lighting

Home Exterior Lighting Ideas

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, Apr 12, 2016

Chances are good that when you dream about your home's ideal exterior, you aren't automatically thinking about lighting. It's not the most glamorous aspect, especially next to new landscaping and beautiful outdoor living spaces. When the sun goes down, however, without lighting on the outside of your home, all those wonderful exterior spaces (and all that effort to improve them) are lost to the darkness.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Lighting

Our Most Popular Kitchen and Bath Design Blog Posts in 2015

Posted by Eric Hertzfeld on Tue, Dec 29, 2015

"Best of" lists are an end-of-year tradition. We look back at the year that has been to help us see a possible direction for the year yet to be. For our part in this New Year's tradition, we'd like to take a moment to look at the 5 blog posts we've shared here that you found the most helpful or relevant in your journeys to remodel your homes.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms, Kitchens, Lighting, Room Colors, Countertops

The Five Changes That Will Transform Your Kitchen

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Sep 29, 2015

Most kitchen remodels rely on changes to any combination of 5 primary categories. Updates, large or small, to any one of these areas offer the potential to refresh the kitchen, making it good-to-go for the next ten years. Whether you're making changes to these items as part of a larger kitchen renovation in which you are also changing the floor plan, or you're looking to make the space a bit more up-to-date without going into full-blown construction, these changes can go a long way.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens, Lighting, Countertops

3 Types of Decorative Kitchen Task Lighting

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Jun 30, 2015

Functional kitchens require a fair amount of lighting, the most important of which is task lighting. Light directed toward food prep, cooking, eating, and cleaning areas provides for a safer environment, but in general just makes it easier to see what it is you're doing. Task lighting can be achieved in a variety of ways, but in some instances, a decorative light fixture can do the trick. Here are the 3 types of decorative fixtures we see most often.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens, Lighting

2015 Designer Trends in Bars, Entertainment & Dining Room Displays

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, May 12, 2015

In 2015 while visiting The Merchandise Mart in Chicago, our designers have taken note of three exciting trends they believe are worth keeping an eye on. While these trends all fall under the category of "cabinetry", their applications extend into more than just a row of cupboards in the kitchen. Bar design, living room entertainment centers, dining room display, and more, are all areas of the home that these new designer trends might find a place.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Home Remodeling, Kitchens, Lighting, Storage

How to Select Bathroom Lights and Mirrors

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Dec 31, 2013

If you’re planning to remodel a bathroom or build a bathroom addition to your home pay special attention to illumination. Bathroom lights and mirrors can create dynamic effects. When selecting lights for a bathroom consider light sources, functional lighting and aesthetics. Mirrors play into the design because they are an important element in a bathroom, reflect light and can add architectural detail.

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Topics: Bathrooms, Lighting


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