This is what we call a Transformation!

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Totally transforming a space can be a daunting task, one that requires vision and a healthy dose of pluck. The photo above is from a massive historic renovation in downtown Raleigh’s Cameron Park neighborhood. The 1920 home was originally built as a duplex and saw the years pass in various states of disrepair. It was most recently home to nine friars who used the house as a dormitory of sorts. The original kitchens had been long gone (and truthfully, who knows what shape they were after the house was a fraternity for several years!). The  new homeowners crossed their fingers and embarked on the historic renovation. Their goal was to maintain the historic bones of the house while adding in pops of modern touches. The home now reflects their style and lends itself to entertaining, which is de rigueur for this family.

The homeowners turned the outdated kitchen into a butler’s pantry and wet bar. Feast your eyes on the transformation!

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Featured items from Hansgrohe and Environite.

Designer’s Touch Transforms Master Bath

This 1970′s ranch home needed a master bathroom facelift. The challenge was to take the existing master bath, which by today’s standards is very small, and turn it into an oasis for the homeowner. To create the master suite, designer Kathy Lynn Gariboldi of reInvented Spaces combined the square footage of two existing bedrooms to create a spacious master bedroom, walk-in closet, and expanded master bathroom. The client envisioned a calm, serene space that blended classic traditional with a fresh, modern twist. Kathy Lynn, along with the building expertise of Blue Ribbon Construction, delivered the oasis the homeowner was looking for.  Check out the transformation! DSC00423 DSC00424 DSC00425 DSC_6891_edited-1 DSC_6430_edited-1 DSC_6446_edited-1 DSC_6683_edited-1 DSC_6887_edited-1 Share your design story with us. You too could be featured right here!

Color is Making a Comeback

 

Children’s toy kitchens are colorful, whimsical mini versions of our own kitchens. Yet our grown up kitchens, stripped of accessories and knick knacks, are often a sea of beige. We tend to shed color and embrace neutrals as we get older. We go for practical over punch. Cream, beige, white, brown, and all shades of blah in between. At least the days of avocado green and mustard yellow are over. For those of a certain age, you know what we mean, right?

These days color is making a comeback resplendent in all shades of Crayola 64. Take Environite recycled glass countertops for example. We can create shades in all sorts of hues to match the mood of your space.

Kitchen color has evolved, and there are many more options out there today beyond tile and paint colors to add pop to your home. Even appliances are going bold. The Blue Star of ranges we carry comes in 192 colors. That is not a type. 192 colors. Imagine the boost that could give your kitchen. And if patriotism sparks your design inspiration, how about a Bertazzoni range in red?

 

Go bold with color, and your friends will be green with envy.

 

 

Accessorize Your Space

In the world of fashion, accessories make or break an outfit. The ubiquitous little black dress would be bland without that perfect string of pearls or a kicky statement necklace. A dapper gentleman in a blue suit would be pretty staid without a dash of color lighting up his tie or pocket square. Accessories are key.

The same principal holds true in interior design.

Custom kitchen cabinets with ordinary drawer pulls would detract from the overall look of your kitchen. A fantastic powder room sink would flop with generic plumbing fixtures. On the other hand, a simple sink can be transformed by a unique faucet. Plain bathroom cabinets can be elevated from boring to chic by just the right hardware.

Don’t overlook the details. Accessorize, and remember that beauty is in the details.

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2014 Kitchen Trend Spotting

Friend of Design Milk, Susan Serra, shared 2014 kitchen trends with Design Milk readers. Here are a few of the trends in modern kitchen design Serra has observed…

Perfect Imperfection

While clean-lined cabinetry is a trend, it will be juxtaposed with rich texture. That texture can be brought in through the flooring, backsplash, hardware, and lighting which reflects the popularity of personal expression.

 

Intuitive High Tech

Appliance technology is a big one for 2014. Consumer familiarity with the tablet and touch technology has been integrated into a number of new appliances.

Farmhouse Sinks Offer More Than Country Charm

Farmhouse sinks have been all the rage for a while. They peppered the pages of design magazines and made us all covet a charming country kitchen. Well, like everything else, the farmhouse sink has evolved, offering more style options than the traditional country charm.

Native Trails has a line of farmhouse sinks to suit many design aesthetics. They say it best themselves: “Classic farmhouse style + Modern sensibilities.” The company is committed to leaving a small ecological footprint and uses artisans from around the world to craft beautiful sinks from sustainable materials.

We carry this line of farmhouse sinks to meet the needs of homeowners with a sense of modern flair or traditional warmth. These sinks are available in gorgeous copper and hammered nickel. A Native Trails farmhouse sink could be the shining star in your kitchen. Now that shows just how far the lowly, utilitarian sink has come.

 

NEW! The Glendale Pendant

In their own words, Hudson Valley Lighting had this to say about the new Glendale lighting fixture.

The launch of the Sputnik satellite in 1957 captured the world’s imagination, dawning a new era of design innovation in the race to reach the stars. The Sputnik chandelier embodied this spirit of modernity and became an icon of mid-century style. Our Glendale pendant revives the innovative spirit of Sputnik by suspending the signature starburst within a crisp, black, textured iron cube to create a play of stunning effects. The capsule shape of the tungsten filament bulbs offers smooth respite from the striking linear motifs. Extending the starburst’s sleek metal rays to anchor points in the cube’s inner corners allows the chandelier to float within a darkly outlined space.

 

The Glendale Pendant is available in three different sizes and two finishes:

Aged Brass (AGB)

Polished Nickel (PN)

 

What do you think of the Glendale?

NEW! Baby Tuna

LAUFEN introduced the latest addition to the award-winning ILBANOALESSI One vanity collection during Salone Del Mobile in Milan earlier this year. Affectionately known as ‘Baby Tuna’, the new collection features the vanity in two smaller sizes.

Designer Stefano Giovannoni created the new Baby Tunas, available in a warm gray or white LCC (Laufen Clean Coat) finish that are perfectly scaled down to add another option to the overall bathroom design.

Tips for Buying Kitchen Appliances

Houzz contributor Christine Tusher shared 6 questions to help you shop for appliances. Here are a few of our favorites…

shown above: Bertazzoni Rangetop

What’s a good guideline for BTUs?

Pay attention to the range of BTUs among all the burners. You’ll want some burners that get down to a low simmer of about 3,000 BTUs and perhaps one burner that gets all the way up to 12,000 for boiling a large pot of pasta or stock.

Wondering where to get started or have specific brand questions? Feel free to contact our Appliance Specialist, Paul Mertens, today – pmertens {at} wilkinsonsupplyco {dot} com.

 

shown above: American Range 30″ French & Chef Door Double Oven

Do I really need a double oven?

If you like to bake or entertain, then yes, a double oven is a worthwhile investment. But if you have a small family and don’t have people over very often, you can likely make do with a single oven and a microwave convection oven.

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