Pet Lovers: Create a Unique Space or Your Four-Legged Friends

Keep you pets in mind next time you make a home improvement, and give them the space they deserve!

Are four-legged friends part of your family? Most of the time they are treated as if they are, so don’t they deserve a space to call their own? People make decisions on building and remodeling all of the time; however, most often the four-legged family members are not included in the plans. What if you could create a design that included pet friendly features that are not only beautiful but functional as well? Cabinetry is a wonderful way to provide pet friendly function to any room. There are three categories to keep in mind when integrating your pet into the design of your next home improvement. Pets, like humans, need a place to be bathed, to sleep, and to eat. These are three spaces that can easily be incorporated into rooms of your home while disguising their purpose.

Bathing

Whether your dog is large or small, having a space to keep them clean is a necessity for year round grooming. Also, by giving them their own space, you are no longer having to fork up your sink or bathtub. One perfect place to include a pet grooming area is the laundry room. This is a room that is often hidden to guests and lacks carpet, which makes it the ideal place for bathing animals.

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Sleeping

It’s pretty common that pets have their own bed, but is it just lying out in the living room floor? Why not incorporate an area for their bed to stay out of the way and in a pleasing aesthetic? A living/entertainment space or the kitchen is perfect for getting dogs and cats out of the way and in their own cozy corner!

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Feeding

Our four-legged friends have to eat just like humans! Create them an area for their food and water bowls to stay where they are out of the way of daily commotion. Feeding stations are perfect for the kitchen, laundry room, and other rooms of the home.

Cabinetry is a wonderful way to provide storage for all rooms and all needs, including pets, while making a room look spectacular. Although including animals in the plan can sometimes take a little customization, with Wellborn Cabinet, Inc.’s You Draw It Program, nearly anything is possible! No matter the size or personality of your fur baby, you are sure to find just what makes them happy!

Do your pets a favor and keep them in mind when building your home or doing your next remodel. For more ideas on how you can include your pet in the design of your home, go to www.wellborn.com.

Cool off your pet this summer with these fun ideas!

  • Check out Pinterest for some wonderful recipes on making “pup-sicles” that your dog will love!
  • Invest in a baby pool, or build one yourself for lazy poolside days with your pup!
  • Be sure your furry friend has plenty of shade to relax on those long hot summer days!
  • Install a doggy door! This way they can came and go as they please!

Ashley Robinson, Public Relations and Social Media Specialist

arobinson@wellborn.com

Contemporary Design-Make It an Open Invitation

What comes to mind when you think of contemporary? Is it the distinctive element of hard, sleek lines? Maybe it’s the neutral, black, or white color palette that is often seen? Sometimes these characteristics along with others can make a space feel cold and off limits.

A home is a place that should feel welcoming and comfortable. So, what if you love contemporary design but want to make it more inviting for friends and family? Let’s check out a few ideas that can transform your contemporary rooms into a relaxed environment that makes everyone feel at home!

Lighting

Lighting is an element that really has an impact on the environment of the room. Natural lighting is always a plus, so pulling back a few draperies can make a huge difference to your contemporary space. Lighting knocks off the coldness of a room’s environment, so let the natural light shine on those sunny days!

Warm Tones

Contemporary designs do not have to be painted black or white. In fact, a distinctive characteristic of contemporary designs is the horizontal lines which come perfectly through wood grains! A warm toned stain on top of a beautiful wood grain is the perfect way to create a contemporary design while creating a cozy environment!

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Color

Sometimes a pop of color is all a room needs to offer an open invitation to family and friends. The color can come through accessories such as pillows, picture frames, dishes, etc. That one accessory can be what attracts the eye of guests when they walk into your home which drives them to that room.

Aroma

Factors other than just aesthetics can make a room welcoming. Remember walking into your grandparents house and smelling fresh apple pie which takes you straight to the kitchen? The same can be said for a candle or fragrance that adds a pleasing aroma to the room.

Convenience

While convenience may not seem like a visual difference when it comes to the environment, it is definitely something that makes people gather in a space. Convenience, whether it is through technology, organization, etc., adds a pleasant element to the room.

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Open

Contemporary designs in open spaces are a huge plus when it comes to creating an environment that people gather in. Not only does it mean more space, but it means a larger design which can incorporate convenience factors such as technology.

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As you can see, several factors can be taken into consideration when trying to give contemporary spaces a welcoming aesthetic for guests! It goes beyond visuals, so think outside of the box on ways you can make your home the go to place for the next neighborhood get together! Even having a cozy area makes family want to gather more frequently! Try out some of these tips in your contemporary spaces!

Ashley Robinson, Public Relations and Social Media Specialist

arobinson@wellborn.com

How To: Use Cabinetry to Create Your Own Unique Space with You Draw It

There are so many ways that cabinetry can transform a home for reasons such as organization, storage, and function; however, what if your cabinetry did these things while giving your home a touch of your own personality? Unique cabinetry can take on roles such as color, technology, and almost unlimited options for customization. Your home is just that, a home. It’s time that it is a place that is unique to your individual personality!

To create your unique space, visit our Dealer Locator to find a dealer near you!

Customize with You Draw It!

Maybe you want a unique item for your home. Maybe it goes beyond cabinetry. Our You Draw It Program makes almost anything possible! From custom hoods to benches and everything in between, you are sure to find something that will be unique to your home!

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PET LOVERS!!! How about a special place for your fur baby? Not to mention this phenomenal pull out table!

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Whatever your personality is, remember you are not only limited to accessories. Cabinetry can transform your home to be uniquely you!

To begin creating your customized cabinetry through our You Draw It program, click here for a Wellborn dealer near you!

Color

What is your choice on color? Do you like the safe and calm of neutrals? Maybe you want to go all out with a color that is sentimental to you? Which ever displays your individuality, let it shine in your home.

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Maybe color isn’t enough… maybe you should incorporate your hobby! Check out this awesome custom baker’s pantry! 

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If you like neutrals but would like to add a splash of color, these furniture piece hutches with bead board back panels may be just for you!

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Technology

With the ability to have technology as such a large part of our everyday life, why not take advantage of it? Technology can make even cabinets function more conveniently! Imagine the space that can be saved by being able to take advantage of the storage in those upper cabinets.

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With Pinterest and over sites rising in popularity, the use of devices such as iPads are being used for recipes! How perfect would this docking drawer be in the kitchen? You can charge devices and keep them safe!

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 To create your unique space, visit our Dealer Locator to find a dealer near you!

Ashley Robinson, Public Relations and Social Media Specialist

arobinson@wellborn.com

Which Is Your Style? Inset Or Overlay?

Although you may have determined what your design style is, do you know what makes up that style? Is it a paint or stain? Is it defined by a little or a lot of detail? Is it inset into the face frame or does it overlay the face frame? Today, let’s talk about that last factor, inset or overlay.

The two type of overlay styles are traditional overlay and full overlay. Traditional overlay sits on top of the face frame exposing part of the face frame while the full overlay sits on top of the face frame and covers it completely.

Inset, however, sits inside the face frame. Inset often adds more detail to cabinetry because it can be beaded or non-beaded. If the inset cabinet is beaded, it contains a small gap that is cut into the face frame lining the cabinet door that adds detail to cabinetry (see photo below). The other element of detail that can come along with inset is the option of a barrel hinge or concealed hinge. Inset is seen as a classic look that will last for generations.

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Harbour Door Style shown in Inset (beaded)
Harbour Door Style shown in Full Overlay
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Harbour Door Style shown in Full Overlay
Harbour Door Style shown in Full Overlay

                          

Rose Hall Square Door Style shown in Traditional Overlay
Rose Hall Square Door Style shown in Traditional Overlay


Rose Hall Square Door Style shown in Inset
Rose Hall Square Door Style shown in Inset non-beaded
Rose Hall Square Door Style shown in Inset
Rose Hall Square Door Style shown in Inset non-beaded, concealed hinge
Wellington Door Style shown in Full Overlay
Wellington Door Style shown in Full Overlay


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Wellington Door Style shown in Inset (beaded)
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Hutch: Wellington Door Style shown in Inset beaded, barrel hinge

From the options above, do you prefer Inset, Traditonal Overlay, or Full Overlay? Do one of the style standout to you among the rest?

For more information on choosing your cabinet frames, check out this information from Better Homes & Gardens! http://ow.ly/LbbEW

Ashley Robinson, Public Relations and Social Media Specialist

arobinson@wellborn.com

Designs and Styles of Kitchen Range Hoods

Designs & Styles of Kitchen Range Hoods

Designing a kitchen can be fun and overwhelming at the same time. It’s exciting to customize your kitchen to your own desires and needs, but it can also make your head spin to think about all of the options available to you. The following post tries to break down the designs and styles of kitchen range hoods to help you make your kitchen decorating decisions.

Mounting Styles

Range hoods are classified by how they are mounted in the kitchen. Range hoods fall into one of the following styles:

Wall Mount Range Hoods: These are mounted on the wall in the kitchen, right above the cooking surface. Ducted wall mount range hoods ventilate air to the outside of the home through ductwork. It’s common for a telescopic chimney to hide this ductwork.

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Under Cabinet Range Hoods: These are also mounted on a wall in the kitchen and above the cooking surface. These are small units that fit directly beneath a kitchen cabinet. They take up less space than a wall mounted range hood, and they may ventilate air using ductwork that runs through the ceiling or the wall of the home.

Island Range Hoods: Island range hoods are mounted from the ceiling above a cooking surface on a kitchen island. These also include a telescopic decorative chimney to hide the ductwork. It’s common for island range hoods to become the main focal point of a kitchen design because of their position in the room.

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Photo from Range Hoods Inc. Customer

Insert Liner Range Hoods: An insert liner range hood is a small model that is often covered up with a decorative range hood exterior. Insert liner range hoods can be hidden from view because of their size and the fact that the controls are on the bottom of the unit. These models usually come with lighting, just like other range hood models. Also, they may fit where an under cabinet range hood model would not.

Design Styles

In addition to mounting styles, range hoods differ stylistically. There is a range hood design out there for any kitchen type.

Copper Range Hoods: Copper range hoods add personality and warmth to a kitchen. The strapping and rivets create a rustic feel. These also fit in well in Tuscan kitchen designs.

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Photo from Range Hoods Inc.

Stainless steel: Most of the range hoods in the photos in this blog post have been stainless steel range hoods. Stainless steel is a great material for kitchen range hoods because it’s durable and it contributes to clean design.

Exterior range hoods: The possibilities are endless when it comes to custom range hood exteriors. You can purchase or create an exterior to cover an under cabinet range hood or an insert liner range hood. (See the example of an insert liner range hood above.)

Tempered Glass Canopy: Tempered glass adds another dimension to the kitchen design, and it looks great on both wall mounted range hoods and island range hoods. This can make a big splash on an island range hood, which can become the focal point of the kitchen design.

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Photo from Range Hoods Inc

Range hoods remove heat, grease, smoke and smells from the kitchen during cooking. As the above examples show, the range hood can accomplish this job in style. Choose a range hood model that matches your personal style and your overall kitchen design scheme.

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Open Shelving- Is It For You?

The idea of designing spaces using open shelving has its pros and cons. For some people, it is so aesthetically pleasing to a room that the cons are not a big deal. Let’s take a minute to discuss the pros and cons and determine if open shelving is right for you. Below are a list of the positives and negatives of open shelving in a kitchen.

Pros

  • Allows storing items as well as displaying them at the same time
  • Makes a room look and feel more open (especially if the room is small and/or the cabinets are dark)
  • Convenience of finding and getting to items
  • Cheaper than wall cabinets
  • Personality is present on every shelf

Cons

  • Dust can be an issue if the items on the shelves are not used daily
  • Visual clutter (some people don’t like the look of items displayed for everyone to see)
  • Organization needs to be somewhat kept up (This may be a good thing because it forces you to stay organized!)

Below are kitchens that range from a lot of open shelving to minimal open shelving. What’s your style?

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What about an island that doubles as a table? The seating makes this kitchen an inviting room.

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As you can see, open shelving can be as heavy or light as you like. It adds a sense of personalization and character to the kitchen. What are your thoughts on open shelving? Do the pros outweigh the cons? Maybe open shelving would be a better fit for another room in your home. Whatever your thoughts, it is definitely something to consider.

Ashley Robinson, Public Relations and Social Media Specialist

arobinson@wellborn.com

Whole Home Design Solutions

Whole Home Design Solutions is a way to use cabinetry throughout the home in ways that may seem unconventional. Cabinetry provides storage and beautiful aesthetics while lasting.

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What room in your house do you need storage in? How about which ROOMS in your house do you need storage in? Maybe a better questions is what room don’t you need storage in? Let’s face it, there needs to be some type of storage in every room of the home.

Cabinetry is a long term storage solution that just happens to be beautiful at the same time. With Whole Home Design Solutions, your cabinetry can be cohesive throughout your entire house while providing storage solutions for a lifetime. Let’s take a look at the different rooms that cabinetry transforms into a functional masterpiece.

Mudrooms

Upon entering your home, you need a place to hang jackets, sort mail, lay your keys, and take your shoes off. Proper storage in the mudroom is crucial to prevent cluttering the rest of the home with daily items.

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Bedrooms

Everyone needs storage in his or her bedroom. Kids need a place to store toys and adults need a place to display memories through pictures and souvenirs. Storage like what is shown below is perfect for all ages and adds value to the home.

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Closets

Have you ever bought a new shirt at the end of summer because it was on sale? Then you put it away for next summer, and when summer rolls around you have forgotten all about it because you can’t find it in your monster of a closet? Yeah, me too. Closets are one space that need storage and organization… and LOTS of it! Check out these closets below. Which one would you choose for your own?

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Craftrooms

We all need our own unique space to get away! For some, that space is a craft room!

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Garages

Men, here is a space for you, too! Storage in the garage can often become cluttered, but with cabinetry like this, it is easy to give every tool its own place!

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Offices

Home offices most definitely ALWAYS need storage and organization. A beautiful home office may even help with a little inspiration. Give your home office a touch of your own personality!

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Bathrooms

One common thing that all bathrooms share is the need for storage. Why not make them look fabulous at the same time? These are both two needs for every bathroom. What good is a bathroom if it looks great but lacks storage?

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Laundry Rooms

Laundry room organization is crucial to actually keeping the laundry clean! Why not make it beautiful as well?

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Entertainment/Living Rooms

Cabinetry provides the perfect storage for media, books, and decorations! Also, it alone can transform the look of a living area. Take a look below at how two different cabinetry finishes pull together the look of the room.

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Dining Rooms

Being able to have cabinetry in the dining room allows you to match it to the kitchen! With the trend to have open spaces, using coordinating cabinetry in the kitchen and dining room really pulls everything together.

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Pantries 

A pantry can be designed to be strictly a pantry, or it can be designed to do a little more. Check out these pantries below. Do you like the idea of having a breakfast area/bar in the pantry? Or, do you like a pantry to be only a room for storing items such as canned goods, food, etc.?

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Kitchens

With so many sizes and styles, the possibilities are endless!

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With Whole Home Design Solutions, cabinetry can be cohesive throughout the home! Also, don’t forget about how it looks incredible!

Ashley Robinson, Public Relations and Social Media Specialist

arobinson@wellborn.com

Islands- The Heart of the Kitchen

Islands. Aren’t they all great? Hawaiian Islands, Fiji Islands, …Kitchen Islands! Yes, let’s talk kitchen islands. Islands are designed for all different reasons; however, they all share the common purpose of being the heart of the kitchen. Not only are they physically the center of the kitchen, but they are also a place where family and friends can gather. Today, let’s discover the different functions for islands and how each of them fulfill their own role as being the heart of the kitchen.

Furniture Piece Islands

Furniture piece islands may not incorporate functions such as cooktops and sinks, but they do add character and aesthetics to the kitchen. Typically, furniture piece islands have the ability to fit in smaller kitchens because of their size. They often provide the perfect element of charm to a kitchen. Below are a couple of islands that add a finishing touch to each of the spaces they occupy.

This beautiful custom island is the rustic charm of this kitchen.
This beautiful custom island is the rustic charm of this kitchen.
This island, characterized by its unique storage solutions, stands out among the other cabinetry.
This island, characterized by its unique storage solutions, stands out among the other cabinetry.

Islands Made for Function

Some islands are designed with a greater purpose than just desireable aesthetics. Cooktops, sinks, and so many other functions can be incorporated into an island. This allows for preparing food while entertaining guests. It also frees up some of the surrounding countertop space. Below are a few islands that were definitely designed with function in mind while still looking fabulous at the same time.

This island is PERFECT for this large kitchen! A cooktop, storage, and beauty all incorporated in one piece!
This island is PERFECT for this large kitchen! A cooktop, storage, and beauty all incorporated in one piece!
This butcher block countertop allows accessible heights with the push of a button! How cool of an island would that be? Perfect heights for chopping, serving, and everything in between!
This butcher block countertop allows accessible heights with the push of a button! How cool of an island would that be? Perfect heights for chopping, serving, and everything in between!

Islands for Seating and Entertaining

How about an island with functionality AND room for everyone? Due to the trend of open spaces, many islands are being designed with seating incorporated. This brings family and friends together multiple times throughout the day for different purposes whether it’s a meal, snack, homework, or family game night. Take a look at these islands with seating! Which is your favorite?

Unconventional seating for this island makes for a beautiful, relaxing space. Perfect for morning coffee!
Unconventional seating for this island makes for a beautiful, relaxing space. Perfect for morning coffee!
What about an island that doubles as a table? The seating makes this kitchen an inviting room.
What about an island that doubles as a table? The seating makes this kitchen an open invitation.
A cooktop, sink, storage, AND seating all in one! This island has it all!
A cooktop, sink, storage, AND seating all in one! This island has it all!

When picking out your kitchen, decide what purpose you want your island to serve. Is it to add a little charm to the room? Is function your desire? Maybe you want your kitchen to be a space that everyone gathers in? Whatever the purpose, remember that the island is the heart of the kitchen!

Ashley Robinson, Public Relations and Social Media Specialist

arobinson@wellborn.com