Inside the 2018 Southern Living Idea House in Austin, TX

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Wellborn Cabinet recently visited the 2018 Southern Living Idea House located in Austin, Texas where we have enjoyed being a national sponsor with Southern Living on this annual project for many years.

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At this annual event, the Southern Living team introduced the crew that made this project come to life. The home was made possible by so many brilliant individuals, including architect Christopher Sanders of Sanders Architecture; builder David Wilkes of David Wilkes Builders; and designer Meredith Ellis of Meredith Ellis Design. Wellborn Cabinet, and many other companies who made this project possible, got a sneak peak of the home before it was open to the public. Wellborn Cabinet was honored to be a national sponsor of the home and visit the rustic hills for an up close and personal tour of the home.

Through this post, I would like to (try) and provide you, the reader, with a digital tour of the home and of course, highlight some of the stunning features.

Positioned atop the Northwest Hills in Texas the home features adequate privacy for entertainment and enough closeness to the big city of Austin for its exuberant culture. Upon entering the home, one can’t help but notice the differing patterns and colors; some bold and eccentric, others soft and earthy. After taking in the vibrant color palette and open foyer, the guest bedroom and guest bathroom begin to grab the attention of all who enter.


The guest bathroom is embellished with an exquisite patterned wallpaper, which gives this space a traditional southern plantation vibe. The bathroom is finished with Wellborn’s Premier cabinetry line (Non-beaded Inset, Davenport Square door style featured in Maple). These cabinets are showcased in a Glacier finish. The guest bedroom is painted a rustic, burnt orange and decorated with a plethora of old horse photographs and patterned curtains. The orange tone gives this space a relaxed vibe, a place you’d love to be a guest at.

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The dining room is dimly lit, which accents the green perfectly. The dining table is strategically decorated tying this room together.

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In the heart of the home, with the everything’s-bigger-in-Texas persona, the kitchen certainly has the compacity to entertain many guests. In the south, hospitality is a value that is paramount above all else. The large island and top-to-bottom cabinetry adds storage and help fill the space as well. The cabinets featured in the kitchen are a part of Wellborn’s Premier cabinetry line (Inset, Henlow Square door style featured in Maple). The cabinetry is showcased in Repose Gray (Sherwin Williams 7015). The large lantern fixtures and massive window provides enough light making each and every color pop off of it’s canvas.


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The pantry is off the kitchen, next to the laundry room. It is incased in Wellborn Cabinet’s Premier cabinetry line (Inset, Henlow Square door style featured in Maple). The cabinetry is dressed in Repose Gray (Sherwin Williams 7015). The gray tones in the backsplash and countertop give this area the pop it needs.


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The next room we move to is the laundry room, which is again dressed from top-to-bottom in Wellborn Cabinetry. Again, the Premier line covers the laundry room (Inset, Hanover door style featured in Maple). The cabinetry is in Bleu. The dark tones allow for frequent traffic and hide fingerprints very well. Highlighting another feature in this space, is the pet bowls that pull out with the touch of your foot.

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The sitting room, off of the kitchen/living room, is glowing from the sunlight window. This area is glowingly white and modern with vibrant patterns. The natural light bounces off the white walls and white cabinetry which leads you into the hidden powder bath. The bath is completed with Wellborn’s Premier line once again (Fillers and Molding, featured in Maple). Again, this bath is finished in Repose Gray (Sherwin Williams 7015).

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The master bedroom is on the back of the house, in it’s own cozy corner. It’s perfect for morning coffee and catching up on the family gossip with a loved one. The cozy master bedroom is accompanied by a massive bathroom with a quaint vintage clawfoot tub, that screams old south. This bathroom has a his and her vanity from Wellborn Cabinet. This vanity is from Wellborn’s Premier cabinetry line (featured in Davenport Square Full Over Lay door style and made in Maple).  Going further into the master bath, you are greeted by a gigantic marble tiled shower and a linen cabinet. This linen cabinet is from our Premier line as well, with the Davenport Square Full Over Lay door style. All the cabinetry in this master is finished in Glacier finish.

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The stairs in the foyer are wooden with a sisal runner rug draped over them, allowing for continuous traffic and no wear and tear. At the top of the stairs you are welcomed with an immaculate mural swathed in rich green tones, which ties the foyer and dining room together. The first bedroom off the stairs is a blush pink bedroom with wall-to-wall pink wallpaper, pink doors, and pink bedding. Again, the Texan personality of “go big or go home” is the style foundation of this room. This abundantly pink room is my personal favorite! The bathroom nook is decorated with antique pieces. The bench seat is from Wellborn’s Estate cabinetry line (Non-Beaded Inset, Wellington door style and made in Maple). This bench seat is predictably finished in Pink Shadow (Sherwin Williams 0070).

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Moving across the hall, the “twin” room is dressed in ship-lap material on the ceiling to give this space a tucked away, attic feel. Although this room has twin beds, it is sophisticated due to the vintage antiques and array of patterns. In this bathroom nook, there is a built-in dresser that helps bring in the many color schemes. This dresser is part of Wellborn’s Premier line (Non-Beaded Inset, Davenport door style and made in Cherry). The finish on the built-in is Blush Java (C-460).

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The 2018 Southern Living Idea House tour was inspiring and relaxing! We can’t wait for our Southern Living VIP Party in September! At the VIP Party in September, Wellborn Cabinet hosts a tour for its customers and dealers. Wellborn Cabinet would like to give a special thanks to all who attended and participated in the wonderful trip to Austin. We hope the 2018 Southern Living Idea House far exceeded all your expectations, as it did ours!

For more information on the 2018 Southern Living Idea House, visit


Southern Living Home Summit 2018


Southern Living Home Summit 2018

Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. was honored to be a featured sponsor at this year’s Southern Living Home Summit event located in New Orleans. This yearly event gathers members of the Southern Living Custom Builder Program together to learn, grow and collaborate with other great minds in residential construction and design.

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We were proud to give away $5000 worth of our beautiful cabinetry to one lucky winner!

We would like to thank all who stopped by the Wellborn Cabinet booth to say hello. It was truly our pleasure in meeting you all! 

For questions or original image files please contact Ashley Robinson, Public Relations Specialist at

Inside the 2017 Southern Living Idea House in Bald Head Island, NC.

2017 Coastal Living Idea House - Bald Head Island, NC
2017 Southern Living Idea House – Bald Head Island, NC

Earlier this summer, Wellborn Cabinet was thrilled to attend the open house of the 2017 Southern Living Idea House located on the beautiful Bald Head Island, North Carolina. Wellborn Cabinet, along with many other incredible companies were honored to have played a role in sponsoring this stunning design. The home was made possible by so many incredibly talented individuals, including builder Jeff Sanderson of Whitney Blair Custom Homes; residential designer Eric Moser of Moser Design Group; and interior designer Lindsey Coral Harper. Perfectly situated on the car-free, accessible-only-by-boat barrier island located about 35 miles south of Wilmington, North Carolina, and 70 miles north of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Bald Head Island is a magical little island that proves to be an oasis from the modern-day world full of technology and constant communication. Needless to say, Bald Head Island is a real retreat.
Although the home opened to the public in June of this summer, Wellborn Cabinet had the privilege to host many of their incredible customers to the island for an up close and personal tour of the home last week.

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2017 Southern Living Idea House Wellborn Cabinet customer tour

As many Wellborn Cabinet customers traveled from afar, it was wonderful to see the stress level begin to dwindle among all who attended as we began inching closer to the island. The 20+ min ferry ride is a great way to diminish any thoughts and provoke a more care-free mentality.

Once arriving to the island, the Wellborn customers were driven (by golf carts, of course) to the home which is quietly tucked away between the trees. Once arriving at the home, each customer was given ample time to roam and explore this incredibly stunning design.

Through this post, I would like to (try) and provide you, the reader, with a digital tour of the home and of course, highlight some of the beautiful features.
When first entering the home, the open floor plan of the living room, dining room and kitchen has the eye wondering and bouncing from object to object. The color palette pulled throughout the home is soft yet accompanied by big, bold colors. The massive kitchen feels inviting and relaxed. Here, cabinets by Wellborn Cabinet feel the space. The perimeter cabinets feature Winslow Maple finished in Wellborn’s Divinity paint. The 4 by 8-foot island features Winslow Maple painted in a custom color available through Wellborn’s ColorInspire program (Sherwin Williams 7521 color). Above the island, a large opening in the ceiling helps open-up the room while providing a terrific vantage point from those passing by above.

Living Room - 2017 Southern Living Idea House
Living Room – 2017 Southern Living Idea House
Kitchen featuring Wellborn Cabinet, Inc.
Kitchen featuring Wellborn Cabinet, Inc.

The Butlers Panty provides a vibrant pop of color by means of Wellborn Cabinetry featured in Winslow Maple painted with Vogue Green (ColorInspire Sherwin Williams 0065). The tortoiseshell-style tile completes this one-of-a kind room!

Butlers Pantry featuring Wellborn Cabinet, Inc.
Butlers Pantry featuring Wellborn Cabinet, Inc.

The first room off the kitchen is the master bedroom. Large in design, this master suite is accompanied by a massively stunning walk-in shower. This room features his and her vanities, both of which are Wellborn Cabinet (Henlow Square Maple finished in Welborn’s Porcelain Pewter Paint with a Glaze).

Master Bath featuring Wellborn Cabinet, Inc.
Master Bath featuring Wellborn Cabinet, Inc.

The multiple bedrooms upstairs continue the incredible design style of Harper. The “twin” bedroom features twin beds with the walls covered in ship-lap material. This room has many orange accents which continue into the bathroom. The simple vanity stands underneath a very vibrant green mirror, which uniquely enough matches the green painted floor.

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Upstairs Twin Bedroom
Henlow Square Maple cabinetry by Wellborn Cabinet, Inc.
Henlow Square Maple cabinetry by Wellborn Cabinet, Inc.

After returning from the upstairs bedrooms and outdoor living spaces, it is time to enter the most talked about room in the home, the “monkey” room, AKA “The Crofter Room”. “Crofter” is a peculiar term that describes the golf cart garages on Bald Head Island homes, which in fact turns out to be a great place for a guest suite. This room is covered in the most unique wallpaper in the entire home, quite possibly the entire island. The monkeys on the wallpaper seem to be climbing to chase the banana on the vintage banana chandelier hanging in the center of the room. Oddly enough, the green in the wallpaper paired with the rich blue cabinetry by Wellborn Cabinet truly makes for a unique design. The cabinetry is part of the ColorInspire program through Wellborn and features Napa Maple painted in Turkish Tile Painted Finish (Sherwin Williams 7610).

Crofter Room Cabinetry by Wellborn Cabinet, Inc.
Crofter Room Cabinetry by Wellborn Cabinet, Inc.

The Crofter bath is situated just off the monkey room and is in fact opposite of its counterpart. This bath features a white vanity, white walls and white flooring. This all white vanity is fitted in Cortland Maple finished in Welborn’s Porcelain Paint.

Crofter Room Bath with cabinetry by Wellborn Cabinet, Inc.
Crofter Room Bath with cabinetry by Wellborn Cabinet, Inc.

After leaving the uniquely decorated and designed Crofter room, the Wellborn tour group had in fact completed the grand tour of the home. With a little time to spare before catching the afternoon ferry ride back to the main land, the Wellborn group took the scenic route and along the way stopped to enjoy the ocean breeze as well as a quick stop to see a piece of American history. Located on the north-west portion of the island, the Old Baldy Lighthouse and museum is the oldest standing lighthouse in North Carolina. It has maintained its original form and location for over 187 years! Here, we learned a little about the history of Old Baldy while taking in the breathtaking views the island has to offer.

Old Baldy Lighthouse - Oldest standing lighthouse in North Carolina
Old Baldy Lighthouse –
Oldest standing lighthouse in North Carolina
Wellborn Cabinet staff and customers enjoying the beautiful Bald Head Island
Wellborn Cabinet staff and customers enjoying the ferry ride to the beautiful Bald Head Island
Wellborn Cabinet customers enjoying the beautiful Bald Head Island
Wellborn Cabinet customers enjoying the ferry ride to the beautiful Bald Head Island
Wellborn Cabinet customers enjoying the beautiful Bald Head Island
Wellborn Cabinet customers enjoying the ferry ride to the beautiful Bald Head Island
Wellborn Cabinet customers enjoying the beautiful Bald Head Island
Wellborn Cabinet customers enjoying the ferry ride to the beautiful Bald Head Island
Wellborn Cabinet Staff in attendance at the 2017 Southern Living Idea House
Wellborn Cabinet Staff in attendance at the 2017 Southern Living Idea House
Wellborn Cabinet customer with Angela Wellborn O'Neill and John Wellborn
Wellborn Cabinet customer with Angela Wellborn O’Neill and John Wellborn


Wellborn Cabinet staff enjoying the beautiful Bald Head Island
Wellborn Cabinet staff enjoying the beautiful Bald Head Island

Needless to say, the Wellborn Cabinet 2017 Coastal Living Idea Home tour was inspiring, entertaining and relaxing! Wellborn Cabinet would like to give a special thanks to all who attended and participated in the wonderful trip to Bald Head. We hope the 2017 Coastal Living Home far exceeded all of your expectations, as it did ours!

Additional photos of the home and tour featured below:

2017 Southern Living Idea House Upstairs Bedroom
2017 Southern Living Idea House Upstairs Bedroom
2017 Southern Living Idea House Upstairs Laundry Room - featuring Wellborn Cabinet, Inc, - Bishop MDF with a Classic Drawer Front, in a ColorInspire, Dormer Brown Painted finish, SW 7521
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Bishop MDF with a Classic Drawer Front, in a ColorInspire, Dormer Brown Painted finish, SW 7521
2017 Southern Living Idea House Master Bedroom
2017 Southern Living Idea House Master Bedroom
2017 Southern Living Idea House Upstairs Porch Seating
2017 Southern Living Idea House Upstairs Porch Seating

For more information on Wellborn Cabinetry featured in the 2017 Southern Living Idea House, visit

For more information on the 2017 Southern Living Idea House, visit



Neutrals to Power Up Home Decorations

Ask any expert interior designer and they will tell you that color is powerful enough to change the entire look and feel of any space. Thus, deciding your home’s color palette can be an overwhelming chore. However, with good planning, you can find the colors that can perfectly display your concept and style.
Trends in color change with time. For instance, 2017 is marked with economic downturns, intercontinental and international conflicts and wars, the housing crisis, and more. These events have shaped the taste in color and design of people. Homeowners are searching for the hope which is reflected by their choice of bright hues like acid yellow and crimson. However, they also crave for security and comfort which is shown with blends of neutral colors.
Although space completely filled with neutrals can appear boring, the right amount of it can permeate posh and sophisticated charm. As the founder of Color Turners, Dennis Turner, says, neutrals flourish and will continue to do so. They can be the perfect companions of bright colors or can be blended together to create monochromatic schemes.
So how do you power up your home decorations with neutrals?
Kick Off With Brown

Estate cabinetry by Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. Davenport Square Maple, Drift

Wellborn Cabinet, featured in Houzz Kitchen Photos
Color forecasters see brown keeping its reign as the go-to color of almost any industry, from fashion to interior décor. However, in 2017, there is a shift from chocolate brown to lighter browns like that of cinnamon and mocha. These tones can be creamy and smooth. Thus, the room can envelop you in its coziness.
Reinvent Gray

Napa Maple, Dove Slate & Willow Slate, Bristol Hickory, Oatmeal Slate

Wellborn Cabinet, featured in Houzz Kitchen Photos
Though brown seems like interior designers’ neutral color favorite, it has recently been surpassed by gray. The color covers a large range of hues, from charcoal to hematite. Its charm is mainly with its ability to give pearlescent and metallic accents. Gray is also a versatile shade, so it can blend with any hue to create a modernized them and conjure a relaxing vibe. All you need is a touch of gray paint on the wall and the trick is done.

Embrace the Beige

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Wellborn Cabinet – Beige – Slate Kitchen

Wellborn Cabinet, featured in The Beige House
Neutral colors like beige give that classic warm yet energizing aura. Beige goes well with other neutrals colors but can complement bright colors as well. It is easy to mix and match with it. It has that traditional lightness that makes it the perfect color foundation.


About the Author
Ethan Johnson—Blogger and Home Improvement Enthusiast


Ethan Johnson has headed several blog sites including Man of Family. His main passion is woodworking and DIY home improvement projects. He shares all his experience online and continually aims to find the latest and most effective techniques and strategies to make better DIY projects.

New England Renovation

When thinking of an overall home remodel, the thought seemed overwhelming and quite daunting to Myra Muir, a nurse in the already overwhelming bustling city of Boston. As you can imagine, nurse Myra spends most of her days away from her home. When time allows, Myra finds her happiest of times to be in the kitchen with her two golden retrievers, Maisy and Casey

The home, a custom built New England Colonial style home built in 1994 still displayed the 23-year-old oak cabinetry. Having been the sole owner of the home, the homeowner, now considering retirement, wanted to give her home an updated and fresh look. Friends suggested she start with the kitchen, best bang for your buck, they said. Myra agreed.

With a kitchen remodel decided on, Myra contacted Wendy Ditcham of Wendy Ditcham interiors, to begin the task of updating and modernizing the home in which she loves. After much conversation, brightening up the kitchen was the number one priority for this remodel.

“It seemed dark, dated, cluttered and did not have a good length of uninterrupted counter space. It was chopped up by the nearness of the range to the sink”, Wendy explained. “I felt it would be important to incorporate more counter space, considering the kitchen did not offer an island.”

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For the remodel, cabinets from Wellborn Cabinet were purchased through John DiSalvo at PrideCraft Cabinetry in North Andover Massachusetts. The Cabinet’s chosen were the perfect choice to provide the charm and sophistication Myra desired. She chose painted Glacier Java cabinets because she liked the idea of a warmer white with the stain in the grooves to give a nod to the country aesthetic in the rest of the home.

Wendy suggested moving the range around the corner by using a non-venting hood to take advantage of the interior wall. “By moving the range, we were able to get that long uninterrupted run of counter space desirable for food prep” said Wendy. Additionally, Wendy wanted to lighten the cabinets, take them up to the ceiling to avoid the awkward gap and use a farmhouse sink to maintain the country character that fits with the setting of the home.

Additionally, Wendy took the subway tile up to the ceiling around the window. This technique draws attention to the beautiful view into Myra’s already stunning garden.

Collage of Myra Muir and her dogs

Removing the cabinet “valance” above the sink and the fabric valance on the window and leaving the window undressed also allowed the homeowner to appreciate her green thumb.
After all is said and done, Myra Muir appears to be a happy renovation customer! The home in which she loves is ready to sustain the next 23 years of life and love!

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The Smart Kitchen Transformation

What has happened since the time of your grandmother’s kitchen and basic appliances to add more value and make a homeowner’s life easier? Refrigerators and the average kitchen appliance can do more today for you than ever before.

As you look to build, renovate or update a kitchen for your real-life needs, it is time to do some homework on the type of technology now available in kitchen appliances and gadgets. Not only can such technology and upgrades increase your enjoyment of your kitchen but they can help save you money, support a healthy lifestyle, and bring families closer.

Get the scoop on the useful kitchen technologies on the market to make a homeowner’s life more convenient and save them money over the lifetime of their use. Even at the time of the sale, smart kitchen improvements can really make a difference in the minds of tech-savvy buyers, making your home stand out among the competition.

Entertainment Centers - Media Life Furniture Cabinet by Wellborn Cabinet, Inc.
Entertainment Centers – Media Life Furniture Cabinet by Wellborn Cabinet, Inc.
Entertainment Center - Media Life Furniture Base by Wellborn Cabinet, Inc.
Entertainment Center – Media Life Furniture Base by Wellborn Cabinet, Inc.
Charging Station Insert by Wellborn Cabinet, Inc.
Charging Station Insert by Wellborn Cabinet, Inc.

A Digital Hand for the Home Cook

Some people haven’t mastered cooking, and that’s fine. In fact, new kitchen gadgets have come out to make it easy to cook meals perfectly. Never serve a tough chicken breast or ruin a salmon filet again, thanks to the Pantelligent Smart Frying Pan, a device that does all of the timing for you. It checks the temperature of a cooking meal and tells you when it is done, which can be a godsend for cooks distracted by children and phone calls. It works with the Pantelligent app to give you the details you need, enabling meals to be cooked to perfection with minimal risk. This is only one example of how an unassuming kitchen necessity has been transformed to work with today’s digital technology.

The Internet of Things or IoT is a wonderful change coming to homes and kitchen applications. It seems like there are apps for anything that can add value to gadgets and appliances around the home. A Prep Pad is another tool and home gadget that gives you the nutritional details you want to make healthier meals and achieve health goals. A little tech help for healthy eating is a welcome and convenient addition to the kitchen.
Apps and IoT are helping your mother’s frying pan, food scale and other kitchen gadgets do more than one would have ever thought possible. It is not only these basics that have received a technological overhaul seemingly overnight. Samsung’s Family Hub Refrigerator transforms an unassuming refrigerator into a digital command center, communicating with family members while organizing groceries and tasks. Larger
kitchen appliances like refrigerators have went and become smart but the reach of smart technologies have penetrated further into the sophisticated development of a wide variety of kitchen appliances and gadgets. It appears that a smart tech revolution has finally occurred to the all things kitchen. As Stefano Marangoni, founder of Thingk, said:
“A couple of years ago, we understood that the home appliances market was not involved in the cultural revolution that, thanks to Steve Jobs, changed the hi tech world. So, we started to work to propose on this market segment high quality materials, very good design and an essential, modern user interface, using several types of detectors (touch, gesture etc).”

It is not only novel kitchen gadgets but other necessary appliances in the home that have been transformed. Whirlpool, a recognizable brand, makes smart appliances to save energy and improve efficiency with washer and dryers. It looks like smart tech will be making its way to every room in the house.

Enjoy Your iKitchen

As iPads made their way into the kitchen, innovators looked to capitalize on potential applications, marrying digital technologies to the most basic of kitchen gadgets and appliances. Go beyond looking up a recipe with a tablet or smartphone and understand that the digital devices in our lives can now support the needs of home cooks and families across America in new and innovative ways.

Author: Guest Blogger

Preston Guyton REALTOR®
Broker in Charge/Managing Partner, CRG Companies, Inc.
7717 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29572

Construction, Real Estate and Green.

Ways to Make Your Bathroom Look Bigger Through Cabinets and Storage

The bathroom is many people’s comfort zones. Evidently, it will not be called comfort rooms if it is not. Many prefer this part of the home to be as spacious as possible, but, the reality is, most often than not, this room compensates to the lack thereof.

Fret not! You don’t really need to knock down some walls to expand the room. One of the most common techniques—and the most functional one too: proper cabinet and storage placement.

Here are some tips for your mind to think your bathroom is bigger than what it really is:

Choose/Paint the cabinet doors monochromatic with the lightest shade possible.

Following the theme of your bathroom, choose cabinets that goes and blends in mono-chromatically. If it’s possible, go with the lightest shade possible. The color white (or light colors) reflects light, be it natural light from the sun or supplied by lighting fixtures. If the light touch cabinet surfaces, it will bounce back, making the room seem brighter, hence bigger and more spacious. If you want to trick your mind into thinking that your bathroom is actually bigger, install white tiles, paint your walls and your ceilings white.

If you have wooden cabinetry, opt for using lighter woods as opposed to dark colored woods.  A light colored wood will allow for more light to reflect off of surfaces and will not make the room look more cramped than it already is.

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Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. featured in the 2014 Southern Living Idea House

Stay with the same tone and color.

If white is not your thing, you can choose any color to paint your bathroom. But, keep in mind that the lighter it is the better it would be for the illusion of a much spacious room. Try to keep the decor in one shade. According to experts, painting everything with a unifying color will make those unusual shapes disappear, and the space will visually expand. “It cuts down on the number of transitions and planes intersecting, therefore creating a cleaner, more expansive upper space in the room,” they advise.

Keep in mind, though, that even monochromatic dark shades will make your bathroom look smaller, so going as light as possible is the best way to go.

Place cabinets strategically.

Think of the spaces in your bathroom that you don’t usually go to—say for example, above the doorway. Typically, the space above a doorway is vacant.  Especially, if you have higher ceilings than the minimum clearance you can install decorative storage shelves to house bath tub salts, scrubs etc. You can also use the shelf for storing extra toilet paper and cleaners to free up valuable storage area below the sink

Maximize vertical space.

Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. – Elegant Bath Collection

Consider having cabinetry built to extend up to the ceiling. Adding color at a vertical height will cause the eye to go up and therefore enlarge the bathroom space and feel. It is also a wise use of the space above head, which will not make you feel cramped inside the bathroom.

Consider open storage cabinets.

Open storage shelves trick the mind that it is not occupying as much space as possible, because the eyes see what’s beneath it. At the same time, it allows owners to use it as a display rack, as well as to keep the necessities in a decorative manner. But, keep in mind that if you decide on open storage for your bathroom, you should be mindful of clutter and adding too many items on the shelves.

Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. featured in the 2016 Southern Living Idea House
Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. featured in the 2016 Southern Living Idea House


About the Author:


James Coleman – Senior Director of Relations and Business Development of Luxury Commercial Bath

James Coleman is the Senior Director of Relations and Business Development of Luxury Commercial Bath, and the President of DIRECT Show Flooring. Luxury Commercial Bath has been proven a leader in the Hospitality Bathroom Remodeling Industry and aims to provide the best services for bathroom remodeling in the hospitality industry (director which involves hotels, restaurants, bars, etc.).

A Guide To Choosing The Right Door Style For You

Recessed panel door styles, often referred to as Shaker, are one of the most popular cabinet styles.  Loved by many homeowners because of its simple clean lines and sharp squared edges. Wellborn Cabinet has the perfect door to suit this style “Prairie”, which transcends all 3 Wellborn Cabinet series: Select, Premier, and Estate.  It is available in a multitude of wood species, stain colors, and painted finishes. This door style comes with a slab style drawer front for the purist approach and more modern look, but Wellborn Cabinet does give you the option to change the drawer front to a five-piece configuration consisting of recessed center panel. Therefore the drawer and door would come in the same profiling for a seamless classic look.

Prairie door style in Cherry with a Caramel stain
Prairie door style in Cherry with a Sienna stain and Charcoal glaze








One advantage of the Prairie door style is that it blends in perfectly for almost all types of decors. Whether you have a classic country kitchen, an airy farmhouse kitchen or a modern chic bathroom, this cabinet will fit right in. Change the wood species to Oak or Hickory for distinct texture and graining, providing a welcome transition from the surrounding surfaces.

Paints and Stains

Recessed panel door styles, like the Prairie, Hancock, Bristol and Bishop to name a few, come in a wide variety of painted, stained, and glazed color hues to choose from. However, if you have your heart set on that special paint color, then no need to worry because Color Inspire is the custom paint program just for you. If Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore or Valspar makes it, you can get it.  Creating endless possibilities for the perfect space to be yourself.  Color plays a major role in the style of the space, so discover the choices offered.  Glacier white is an especially popular color right now, but don’t be surprised to see painted Bleu and Willow or stained Drift and Shadow for those island accents.  A paint finish allows the cabinet to retain its timeless classic style. The only downside is hairline cracks showing up at the joinery, over time as the wood shrinks and expands.

ColorInspire kitchen (SW Espalier 6734) featured in Wellborn’s KBIS booth (2016,2017)

Finish Techniques

Wellborn Cabinet offers 8 different finish techniques that can be applied to the cabinetry to give it that special touch in completing the overall look of the space. Antiqued is cabinetry aged with care.  Its features include rub through on the corners, small dents and worm holes, and burnishing.  Cottage enhances the cozy country charm by adding splatter marks.  Seaside feels light and breezy on painted finishes with burnishing to the corners and dry brushing with Slate glaze. These finishes give the cabinet a slightly stressed and aged finish. The wood goes through a sanding process after which a special glaze is applied on the surface. Because of the added steps involved in techniques, you can expect to pay a slight up charge to achieve the look.

Vanity Sink Drawer Base / Finish Technique – Antique

Alternatively, we are seeing less use of the Thermofoil door styles, like Nantucket and Newport, since painted finished have become more popular. A high-quality foil is pressed to a MDF substrate under intense heat.  The resulting cabinet has a light texture and is very durable.  Thermofoil cabinets are best for the bathroom because they can withstand high-moisture environments. The risk with using them in the kitchen is damage from heat. The foil tends to yellow when exposed to prolonged use of heat.

Finally, there is 24 -step superb finishing process, called Wellguard, that all stained doors and drawer fronts are subject too.  From hand selecting the finest woods to start, hand applied stain, 3 coats of sealer, all baked-on with a UV curing/ drying process.  Wellborn Cabinet takes great pride and care with the finishing of their wood products to ensure a superior product.  The process has been tested against 17 common household chemicals and food products with the long-lasting results.


Choose Your Style

Whether it is the kitchen, bathroom or bedroom, your choice in cabinetry will greatly determine the resulting overall room style. Consider carefully the door style, color and finish you choose for your cabinetry. T

Read more about shaker style cabinets by our friends at Sebring Services.

About The Author


Written by Bryan Sebring of Sebring Services, located in Naperville, Illinois. Sebring Services provide bathroom remodeling, kitchen remodeling, and basement finishing design-build services.

Islands in The Stream

Wellborn Cabinet, Inc.

Is your kitchen lacking storage? Style? How about seating? Needing a pop of color?

If you find yourself answering yes to any of the above questions, have you considered adding an island to your kitchen space? If you already have an island, have you considered an ‘island makeover’?

By adding or updating your kitchens island, storage space can be drastically increased, additional seating can be added as well as the opportunity to transform your space from simple and uniform to bold and exciting!

Additional storage can be achieved in the form of increased drawers, accessories, pull out shelves, etc. Likewise, a creative twist can be added with a play on color and textures.

Here are a few creative island ideas that will add storage, style and extra seating to totally transform any space from boring to bold!

Additional Storage 

An island can be beneficial to your kitchen design for many reasons, including the potential to increase available storage.

Below, two beverage coolers, a microwave and a warming oven were added to this kitchen island.

Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. HGTV Dream Home – 2009
Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. Estate Collection

Style Watch

If you have the luxury of building or remolding your home, consider turning your island into the focal point of your design. The below islands were given series style and creativity, with the help of Wellborn Cabinet cabinetry.

Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. Estate Collection, Echelon – 2014
Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. kitchen featured at KBIS 2016
2014 Palmetto Bluff Idea House. kitchen overall
Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. Palmetto Bluff Idea House – 2014
Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. Nature Collection Kitchen featured at KBIS 2017

A Place to Gather

‘The Kitchen Is The Heart Of The Home”

Many families find themselves gathered in the kitchen laughing and enjoying life together. Turn your island into a place to gather by including an island that provides room for seating.

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Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. Southern Living Ideal House – 2016
Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. Residential Home – 2013

The key to creating the perfect kitchen island for you and your family is planning. Use every square inch effectively and you’ll be surprised at how your kitchen space can be transformed into the beautiful design of your dreams!

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5 Home Improvement Projects That Pay Off Big

Not all home improvement projects will reward your time and money equally. While some may pay back big dividends, other remodels could actually reduce the resale value of your home. Choose to make enhancements which are highly sought-after by buyers, so they’ll confer the added benefit of raising the market value of your property.

Consider the five home improvements we recommend below if you’re keen on turning your home into an even better investment.

  1. Front Door Finesse

When prospective buyers check out your building, they can’t help but notice the front door. Installing a new, steel door will not only make the premises seem more attractive, but it will also strengthen your home’s overall security. You may be able to boost the energy efficiency of your house with a new unit as well because old doors tend to leak air through crevices in the molding or the actual material of the door itself.


  1. Keep the Kitchen Current

Most people spend a lot of time in their kitchens preparing food, eating meals and just hanging out with their close friends and family. Therefore remodeling the kitchen space is something many homeowners put at the top of their list.

2014 Palmetto Bluff Idea House. kitchen overall
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Depending upon budget, you can start off small with new sink faucets, lights and appliances. If you have the budget to do more, consider new cabinetry. Updating cabinetry has proven as a solid investment when remodeling your home. A beautiful kitchen is a surefire way to boost the enjoyment you get from your home as well its overall resale value.

(For more information on upcoming kitchen trends, click here)

SL Idea House 2016, Designer designer/architect, Bill Ingram
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  1. Siding Replacement

Just as your front door sets the tone for anyone who enters your house, so does siding for anyone who looks at your building from the outside. Today’s siding solutions often come with lifetime guarantees, so you’ll get a long-lasting upgrade to your home’s exterior when you spring for new siding. Siding doesn’t demand much maintenance, and it serves as a protective layer atop the outdoor surfaces of your house.


  1. Boost Your Home’s IQ

The features now possible with would have seemed farfetched just a few short years ago. From lights that turn themselves on and off to wireless thermostats that “remember” to regulate temperatures, smart home technology can make your residence more comfortable and more responsive to your needs. They also cater to security-related concerns, because with the addition of a video surveillance system or doorbell camera, you’ll be able to see who comes to visit you before opening the door.


These products are more affordable than they have been in the past, but it’s still important to choose equipment that’s secure and reliable; otherwise, the hassles of operating the machinery may in fact decrease the enthusiasm of potential purchasers.

  1. Deck or Patio Installation

Outdoor home improvements provide an expansion of your living spaces at a much lower cost than a custom addition would. With the right deck or patio, you can establish a location for enjoying nature without subjecting yourself to the full force of the elements. Their reasonable price tags and broad appeal among buyers of all kinds make decks and patios some of the most cost-effective ways of heightening the charm and allure of homes.

Almost everything you do to your property will have an effect – either positive or negative – on its market value. Select the home remodeling projects you embark with care, and you’ll thereby satisfy your wish to live in enviable surroundings while also setting yourself up to earn a nice profit when it’s time to sell.


About the Author:

Beth Kotz is a freelance business writer specializing in new technology and homeowner finance. Beth earned a BA in Communications and Media from DePaul University in Chicago, IL, where she continues to live and work.