National Kitchen and Bath Month – Getting Started

As a salute to National Kitchen & Bath Month we will feature a blog post everyday with tips, tools and more to assist you along the way as you enhance the beauty, livability and value of your home.

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Tools to help you choose your own style!
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Guides to help you beginning to end!
Tools to help you set a budget range and planning!
Tools to help you set a budget range and planning!
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Links to find the right professionals for you!

So join us everyday as we help you discover your style!

 

Houzz Call – Cabinetry Creations with Wellborn Cabinet

Houzz is an excellent tool for our industry – a wonderful place to showcase your work and gather potential leads & share your customer reviews.

I love to share some of the Wellborn Cabinet Creations I find as I review the site weekly. This week I just had to share a kitchen designed by Cecile Cote – a precious design featuring our Hanover Maple Door Style finished in Glacier White. Even though the color scheme is basically all white – there is a softness about the space  – maybe the open cabinets, maybe the soft colors of the decor or the warm toned wood flooring – whatever it is  – it’s inviting and simply perfect.

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This bright, modern kitchen designed by Nassau Suffolk Lumber’s Cecile Cote features Wellborn Cabinet’s Hanover shaker-style door in Glacier White.

Gray: Edition 1: Too Many Color Stories to Tell

One of the hot hues right now is Gray – cool gray – warm gray – medium gray  – just gray! As we “work/play on Pinterest” we found a calming and quite enchanting gray comrade  – Orange……  And we thought we would share a few of our fun finds. Enjoy!

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Check out our latest Gray  – Willow (Available with Bronze and Slate Glazes)

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Come Home to Style at Nantucket South

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Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. is proud to announce its partnership with Hoffman Media on the NANTUCKET SOUTH home located in Mountain Brook, Alabama. Hoffman Media established and maintains several nationally recognized magazines such as Cooking with Paula Deen and Victoria.

Wellborn’s cabinetry is beautifully featured throughout the home. Rooms include the kitchen, pantry, laundry/craft room, master closet and bath, and upstairs baths.

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Simple Details Command a Grand Design – Beam Work, Dark Stained Hardwood Floors, Bench Seating and a Revived Farm Table with our cabinetry create a one of a kind kitchen! Shown:Glacier White on our Melrose Maple Inset Door Style.
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Door Style: Bridgeport
Species: Maple
Finish: Sage Mocha

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Each room will be featured in the magazines and issues listed below.

 CELEBRATE: September / October Issue featuring craft room  November/December   featuring dining area/wet bar

COOKING WITH PAULA DEEN: September/October Issue featuring kitchen

 COTTAGE JOURNAL: Winter Issue featuring all rooms

SOUTHERN LADY: November/December Issue featuring kitchen

TASTE OF THE SOUTH: December Issue featuring pantry

VICTORIA: November/December Issue featuring  master closet/bath

Stay tuned for more images & video from Nantucket South!

Deep or Shallow?

By: Denise Butchko

We’re not talking about personality here – we’re talking about the shelves in your closets and storage spaces. 🙂

When people show me closet spaces – they often feel compelled to “use every inch”. So whether the closet is 24” deep (standard depth for a reach-in closet) or 38” deep (space left over that a builder turns in to a closet), they want shelves that are as deep as the closet itself. Bad idea.

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“Big Black Hole”

Extremely deep shelving is not only more expensive, but it creates what I refer to as “the big, black hole”.

If you want to remember it with a rhyme – deep shelving “increases cost and things get lost”.

Here a couple rules of thumb:

-The deeper the shelf – the farther apart the shelves should be spaced.

-Small items work best on shallow shelves. An ultimate luxury is being able to see every item that’s on your shelves. So if we’re talking about your pantry, let’s avoid having 37 cans of tomato soup with expiration dates from 2007 hidden behind today’s juice box purchases.  Think: open door – look at shelf – find needed item – grab and go.  Closets aren’t gardens – we don’t want digging.

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Remember this rhyme about deep shelving – “increases cost and things get lost”

-Larger items can work on deeper shelves – things like pillows and blankets or furniture cushions.  But be aware – the deeper the shelf – the greater the propensity for the client to overload the shelf. The added weight could be a service call waiting to happen – so reinforce those deep shelves whenever possible.

So here’s to making your closet designs more effective. And if you’d like to keep learning more, join me in the platform of your choice so we can connect!

Google+ Community – Marketing Interior Design 

Facebook – Butchko&Company

You Tube  – Denise Butchko

What’s that you say? You don’t have a platform of choice? Oh my! Check out some insights on any of mine and get rolling. You’re “burnin’ daylight” as Dr. Phil would say.

About our Guest Blogger: Ms. Denise Butchko

By merging a unique background of custom storage design and marketing, I’m able to share great, industry specific tips to help you with your business, whether that’s designed solutions or social media marketing guidance. I’ve been designing closets for over a decade and serve as a judge for our industry “Top Shelf” Design Awards. I’m also a member of the first graduating class of Registered Storage Designers through the Association of Closet and Storage Professionals. I love teaching and sharing – in person and online – and look forward to connecting with you, so join me on any (or all) of my social profiles.

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And if you’re looking to go deeper in to closet design – I’ve got your solution. I’ve created the FIRST EVER INDEPENDENT closet design course – ON LINE!

If you’re wanting to learn about closet design, or become better at closet design – this the opportunity for you to make that happen!

https://ruzuku.com/courses/458/signup

Shoe Storage As Command Central

By: Denise Butchko

Shoe storage – and the location of shoe storage – is always at the top of a clients’ list when it comes to designing their closet space.

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So here’s what I recommend after figuring out where to store over 5000 pair of shoes (it’s really closer to a million, but who’s counting?) during my career as a closet designer:

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While it’s true that we (women) may decide on the shoes we want to wear and then build our outfit around that, the shoes are typically the last clothing item we put on.

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So I design from the perspective of last on – first off (because shoe’s are typically the first item of clothing we remove when we get home). That translates to having some shoe storage close to the entrance of a closet space so it’s easy to put those shoes back where they belong (instead of kicking them off on the floor and having them be in the way).

One of my favorite ways to do this is to use a configuration called “Half and Half” (coffee, anyone?). That is a short hang rod with shelving above it.

First of all, as a woman of great height (61” in all), I love being able to easily see and reach the items I wear the most.  It’s that 80/20 rule.  This section often becomes “command central” because the garments and shoes that you grab most of the time live in this section for easy access.

If the return wall is too shallow in a walk in closet to allow for hanging right by the door – then use a full column of shelving and it can be used for either all shoes – or shoes and folded items that are worn most frequently.

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So here’s to making your closet designs more effective. And if you’d like to keep learning more, join me in the platform of your choice so we can connect!

Google+ Community – Marketing Interior Design 

Facebook – Butchko&Company

You Tube  – Denise Butchko

What’s that you say? You don’t have a platform of choice? Oh my! Check out some insights on any of mine and get rolling. You’re “burnin’ daylight” as Dr. Phil would say.

About our Guest Blogger: Ms. Denise Butchko

By merging a unique background of custom storage design and marketing, I’m able to share great, industry specific tips to help you with your business, whether that’s designed solutions or social media marketing guidance. I’ve been designing closets for over a decade and serve as a judge for our industry “Top Shelf” Design Awards. I’m also a member of the first graduating class of Registered Storage Designers through the Association of Closet and Storage Professionals. I love teaching and sharing – in person and online – and look forward to connecting with you, so join me on any (or all) of my social profiles.

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Just Say “NO” To Shelves Below

by Denise Butchko

The closet consultation conversation often begins with the client saying: “And I’d like some shelves for shoes on the bottom”. If you’ve designed a dozen or more closets – you’ve heard this request from a client.

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Maybe it’s time for a change!

Just because you were raised with storing your shoes on the floor underneath the single hanging rod that existed inside your reach-in closet DOES NOT mean it’s the best practice to employ today.

And just because you see it advertised that way does not make it a good idea either.

Typical hanging garments average 24” in depth. That means when they are hanging on a hanger inside your closet, they occupy about two feet of space.

I’m willing to bet that NOT ONE of you reading this has feet that are 24”.  I don’t even think Shaquille O’Neal has feet that big.

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So what that means is that if you put shelving underneath hanging, you’ve got to clear your clothing out of the way to be able to see what’s on that shelf. You’re looking down into the darkness to find your black shoes.

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Makes perfect sense….Right?

Makes sense to me.

Make finding your shoes as difficult as possible.

How about the opposite?

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Bring your shoes into the light.

Best practice in the closet industry is to bring those shoes into the light (pretty high minded of us isn’t it, outwardly worshiping shoes in such as a way as to allow them prime location in our closet space).

Yes, you can put 24” deep shelves below your hanging, but if you do that, those shelves should be pull out shelves or you’ll never remember the items that get pushed to the back on this deep of a down low shelf.

If you want drawers under hanging – that’s an option but standard industry drawers are 14” and 16” deep – so your hanging will “hang out” (and not in a cool way) over the standard drawers and block your access.  It’s also a bit more difficult for people who are petite to reach that higher rod – so it’s not a design practice I ever put in to play.

So you either put shelving above a short hang rod or do an entire column (or stack or section) of shelves to accommodate any items you would normally store on shelves – be it jeans, t-shirts and yes – even shoes.

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Use Shelving to create areas for T-shirts, jeans and linens. It’s up to you!

And how do you keep learning these wonderful insights and tips so your designs become more effective and your sales increase?

Join me in the platform of your choice so we can connect!

Google+ Community – Marketing Interior Design 

Facebook – Butchko&Company

You Tube  – Denise Butchko

What’s that you say? You don’t have a platform of choice? Oh my! Check out some insights on any of mine and get rolling. You’re “burnin’ daylight” as Dr. Phil would say.

About our Guest Blogger: Ms. Denise Butchko

By merging a unique background of custom storage design and marketing, I’m able to share great, industry specific tips to help you with your business, whether that’s designed solutions or social media marketing guidance. I’ve been designing closets for over a decade and serve as a judge for our industry “Top Shelf” Design Awards. I’m also a member of the first graduating class of Registered Storage Designers through the Association of Closet and Storage Professionals. I love teaching and sharing – in person and online – and look forward to connecting with you, so join me on any (or all) of my social profiles.

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Grey Is The New White?

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Why grey?

The color has been surfacing as an increasingly talked-about color in home finishes lately. And I have a few ideas why.

To its credit, grey gives a softer-than-white contrast from the bold power choices of turquoise and yellow that are trending as popular in home decor and maybe we’re looking for calmer, relaxing hues to surround our family’s hearth.

Whatever the reason, designers are looking at grey as an increasingly popular choice for home finishes. And the product designers are giving us more options when it comes to the shades of grey. At the Kitchen & Bath Industry ShowWellborn showcased their new shades of grey including Willow.

While some designers say ‘grey is the new white,’ it’s not exactly taking over white in market share or popularity. But it’s a hue that might be perfect as a backdrop for your next remodeling project.

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Dream Kitchen Makeover #8 Begins Today

Enter the Dream Kitchen Makeover giveaway for a chance to win your Dream Kitchen! One grand-prize winner will receive a check up to $12,000 for his or her own Dream Kitchen! Entrants may register online at www.wellborn.com.Social Media Image No purchase necessary to enter. Entrants must fill in all required fields. All contest registrations begin on July 1, 2013 at 12:00:01 am and end November 30, 2013 at 11:59:59 pm.

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