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.

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Prairie door style in Cherry with a Caramel stain
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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

On-Trend Transformations

 

Although they’re often the smallest rooms in the house, they’re also among the most essential and most commonly remodeled spaces. When you approach design with both function and style in mind, you can elevate your bathroom to be much more than an afterthought.

While the bathroom is a space where function matters greatly, that’s no reason to skip adding personal touches to the space. From fixtures and decor that reflect your personality to accessories and features that fit your lifestyle, you can incorporate details that make your bathroom as much about you as the rest of your home.

The focal point of many bathrooms is the cabinetry, and the array of products available today make it possible to create nearly any look you can imagine. With an option such as Wellborn Cabinet Inc.’s Elegant Bath Collection, the possibilities are endless. The extensive collection of designer vanity suites, basic vanities and accessories fits a broad range of design aesthetics with an array of popular door styles and finishes.

If a remodel is in your plans, consider these in-the-now design trends to help create a bathroom retreat that blends your individual style with everyday luxury.

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Contemporary style

Whether it’s a desire to capture the classic Zen spa style at home or simply a growing penchant for modern interiors, the bathroom is no exception for those who gravitate toward contemporary design. Cabinetry featuring clean styles, sleek hardware and full overlay doors lend well to a contemporary look. Add complementary lighting and fixtures, and keep accessories and decor simple and clutter-free to round out the look.

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Painted cabinetry

Many a bathroom has fallen victim to monochromatic monotony. Fortunately, these days more bathrooms are getting a fresh look filled with colorful expression. If you’ve considered the cabinetry off-limits before, now is the time to brighten up your bathroom and make a statement with boldly hued woodwork. For a more subtle look, glazed richly toned stains may be the answer. Take another step toward this color-friendly style with neutral painted finishes and paints with glazes. Or go all-in with fully custom painted cabinetry, with Wellborn Cabinet Inc.’s ColorInspire program, that draws from the broad selection of shades from the extensive paint programs of well-known brands such as Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore and Valspar.

 

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Floating vanities

In keeping with the trend toward modern motifs, floating vanities provide a clean, minimalistic appearance in a contemporary design. Particularly in a smaller room, this open, airy look is a stylish alternative to the pedestal sink as it lends an illusion of space while bringing expanded flooring into view. Paired with the proper cabinetry and color scheme, the floating vanity can work equally well in a transitional design.

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Storage solutions

From pull-outs, tilt-ups and roll-outs to hidden outlets, simplified storage is in big demand, according to the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s 2016 Design Trends Report. Keeping clutter off the counter is easier than ever with clever storage solutions such as Wellborn Cabinet Inc.’s accessory base pullouts or toe kick drawers that create an extra place to stow your bath essentials in the space below the cabinet. Another solution to a common problem, the U-shaped sliding shelf wraps around the sink plumbing to hold towels, soaps and hair accessories, providing easy access to stored items while maximizing storage space inside your vanity.

Choose Your Door Design

The type of door overlay you choose for your bathroom cabinetry can make a big difference in the overall look of the room. Determine which door style fits best with your design:

Full overlay doors span over the frame and have a concealed hinge for a clean look.

Traditional overlay doors reveal some of the frame for a classic design.

Inset doors are placed inside the cabinet frame. Some brands, such as Wellborn Cabinet, Inc., offer options like beaded or non-beaded face frames.

 

Find more inspiration and planning tools to create your ideal bathroom retreat at www.wellborn.com

 

5 ways to incorporate accessories into your kitchen

Your kitchen is your happy place. Cooking should be made easy when you have the perfect accessories placed within your cabinetry. Accessories help organize and store all your utensils, pots and pans for your personal convenience. Here are 5 must haves in your kitchen to make cooking as easy as possible!

Knife Drawer

Keep all your knives organized, sharp and ready to use, with our knife drawer kit. The kit has full extension soft close guides that provide full access to the drawer. Have little ones? Our magnetic lock kit is the perfect solution. The lock system does not require the standard keys or keyholes, therefore maintaining the look of your drawer front.

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Base Cutlery Pullout

Every great chef knows that you are only as good as your utensils, but having so many sizes and brands can make them a nightmare to store. That is no longer a concern with this organizer! This pullout comes with stainless steel utensil bins, knife inserts, and a lower shelf for more storage.

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Base Filler Peg Pullout

Utilize every inch of your cabinet space, whether it is behind a decorative filler or in a corner, the peg pullout will make “wasted space” a thing of the past! The removable hooks and pegs on the stainless steel panel provide endless storage customization.

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Spice and Culinary Drawer

Cutlery, spices and knives all in one answer! You can achieve this design by pairing the following: Drawer Cutlery Organizer, Container Organizer with glass containers and a Knife Block Organizer. All of these accessories are available in deep and rich Walnut wood grain.

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Pot and Pan Pullout

This cabinet provides a tiered pullout shelf to add convenience when putting away pots and pans. The pullout drawer, with soft close drawer slides, provides a full visual of all that is in the cabinet, along with easy access to the stored items.

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The next time you decide to design your kitchen with Wellborn cabinets, remember these unique accessories in your kitchen! The next time you are planning a new construction project or remodel, remember to consider these accessories in your kitchen design!

To learn more about Wellborn’s accessories, click on the link below:

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The 5 Smartest Solutions Your Cabinets Need, Now

The word “cabinet” doesn’t exactly connotate technical innovation–but perhaps it should. After all, we’re living in the technology age so why aren’t your cabinets? Below, you’ll find 5 of the smartest solutions for your cabinets and where you can go to get in on the action.

5. LED Lighting

You want an easy way to brighten those countertops, and we hear you! You want to brighten your dark drawers, we hear you even louder! Turn to LED lighting to illuminate every area of your kitchen. Many cabinet companies are manufacturing LED lighting ready solutions with pre-drilled and routed mounting locations for fixtures and wires. LED lighting is also an easy retrofit as well. There are a variety of styles to choose from and they’re all available at your professional cabinet hardware dealers.

 

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4. Drawer Organizers

Keep your stuff stored with style. Drawer organizers come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are designed to keep your clutter more organized. Out of control spice drawer? They have an organizer for that. Lots of charging cords and headphone sets mixed together? There’s a drawer organizer for that too!

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3. Blum Servo-Drive

Do you ever wish you had an electrical opening support system for your cabinets and drawers? Doors and drawers that open automatically with just a light touch or a gentle pull of the handle? Check out Blum (pronounced bloom) self-opening cabinets and drawers, for an elegant must have addition to your kitchen or bathroom.

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2. Glideware

Stacking and scratching your precious pots and pans is annoying. Plus, the one pot or pan you need ALWAYS seems to be on the bottom of the pile. Quit stacking and start organizing with Glideware. These products will not only revolutionize your cabinet space, they’ll also make every single cook in your life jealous.

*This will be available to order: May 2, 2016.

 

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1. Docking Drawer Power Outlets

Is technological clutter overtaking your counter tops? Why not de-clutter with an in-drawer power outlet? Until Docking Drawer, there was not a safe way to install an outlet inside a cabinet or drawer. Now there is a purpose built solution that is listed to the UL 962.a standard. Passing inspections is a snap with long lasting and reliable in-drawer electrical outlets (plus new eye-catching outlet covers in multiple colors) by Docking Drawer.

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About Docking Drawer

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Docking Drawer is the in-drawer electrical outlet market leader offering a full array of ETL Listed solutions charging and powering today’s connected lifestyle. Our simple-to-specify outlets offer a safe and reliable way to add movable outlets inside drawers to keep your home and business organized. With a variety of charge and power applications, Docking Drawer can be installed in kitchens, baths, closets, or professional locker rooms and medical facilities providing an innovative and functional power source with a clutter-free aesthetic.

To learn more about Docking Drawer, check out their website: http://www.dockingdrawer.com/

Wellborn offers several accessories for your drawers, to learn more about each option, check out Wellborn Cabinet’s website at http://www.wellborn.com/

 

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

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

Design Details that Matter

When you’re planning the perfect space we all want to make sure that every detail is perfect… Right? That when someone enters your home they get it… Right?  and they can see how all the pieces fit perfectly together… Right!

I am always in awe of Southern Living Custom Builder Homes and the Southern Living Idea Homes because when I view these homes or I’m lucky enough to attend and see the homes in person it all fits  (every detail) like a glove. Just Perfect!

So enjoy some of the design details that have been spotted in one of the Southern Living Custom Builder Homes from this summer.

Builder: Dillard-Jones Builders, LLC. 

Photographer: Fred Rollison

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Make a Big "Splash" this Summer

This day and time  – anything goes with your kitchen backsplash… from D.I.Y. unique finds to professional works of art – it’s a place to express your style!

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While there are current trends emerging everyday (you will see some in this post) we all seem to have our favorite backsplash material of choice.

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classic beadboard – my favorite

Here’s a little “background on backsplashes” … (A backsplash is the wall space between the bottom of a wall cabinet and/or appliance and the base cabinet and/or appliance. This area needs to be constructed using materials that are easy to clean up from messes or “splashes” that occur during cooking.)

To even shed more light on the subject we sat down with our corporate designer Karen Sayler to get her expert opinion.

  • What were the biggest backsplash trends for this year?  “Backsplashes became more prominent –features with a lot more emphasis on physical and visual texture.”
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  • Has anything surprised you about these trends? “Not with backsplashes becoming more prominent, but the variety of materials being used for this purpose is rapidly expanding, and that is a good surprise.”
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  • Environmental friendly products is this a hot topic for backsplash materials? “There is an attempt at eco-friendly products for backsplashes, but I don’t think we have really seen a product that truly encompasses the complete life cycle of the product yet…or at least not on a mainstream level.”   

 

  • When designing a set for a trade show do you have different requirements or procedures for the backsplash then when you specify when working with a homeowner?Absolutely.  The walls break apart, move, and are transported on semi-trucks half way across the country.  That makes it harder to do more complex designs or to use glass tile.  In terms of glass tile, if there isn’t a back coating on the tile you will see the wall color through it due to how we install the tile versus using a traditional mortar bed and buttering the back of the tile.”
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Tile work at KBIS 2013 getting ready – Crossville Tile

 

  • What do you see trending for 2015? “More diverse materials for backsplashes such as wood, leather, painted glass, translucent materials with led back lighting.  Also there has been a spike in utilizing the striking beauty of natural materials grain patterns (such as a linear grained marble) to create gorgeous “art” work in the space.”
  • Personal question – what’s the craziest material you have ever created a backsplash out of or what is the one trend that you loved? And would still spec. today if you could :0) “Craziest material would have to be some old rough-hewn lumber that I then faux painted with multiple layers and colors.  One trend that I have loved that is a timeless classic is subway tile.  It never goes out of style, and I would spec it today knowing it would be relevant tomorrow.” 

Thank you Karen for your time and sharing your knowledge with us!

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2013 Large Kitchen – Honorable Mention: Crystal Kennedy Pacific Northwest Cabinetry

Design Contests are a wonderful way to share your Wellborn Cabinet projects, gain brand exposure and win some money. $$$

This 1990’s home, while spacious and open, felt like it didn’t have enough storage or countertop
space. It also felt dated with the white tile countertops and the builder grade thermofoil doors
were starting to fall off their hinges! These clients were ready for a modern update and we were
up for the job!

Problems/Challenges:

  • Tile countertops were impossible to keep clean space was used inefficiently – they needed more storage.
  • Cabinets didn’t go to the ceiling, so the tops were just dust catchers.
  • They like the classic white-painted look, but didn’t want the boring look they had now.
  • The island was pretty much unusable with the cook top placed in the center of it and the ventilation didn’t work well.Picture10
  • The walkway between the refrigerator and the island was too tight and made the refrigerator difficult to use.

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  • Wanted the microwave off the countertop.
  • They were tired of the red paint!
  • Love the look of marble, but don’t like the maintenance.

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Solutions:

  • Moved the cooktop to the far wall to get it off of the island and give it better ventilation and a beautiful focal point at the same time.

 

  • Removed the built-in pantry with bi-fold doors and replaced it with a floor to ceiling cabinet with pullouts.

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  • Relocated the refrigerator to the pantry wall.
  • Installed the microwave at a comfortable shoulder height and added pullout pantry storage above and below it.

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  • Prairie Maple Cabinetry finish Divinity is installed stacked to the ceiling.
  • Lit glass cabinetry provides great ambient light and a beautiful focal wall.
  • Under cabinet lights and new pendant lights brighten up the area and add great accents and interest to the space.
  • A functional island the contrasting Prairie Maple Sienna offset the monochromatic white kitchen.
  • The island houses the oven just offset from the cook top.
  • Seating for 2 at the end of the island provides a place for the family to sit and talk while they are working.
  • Matching end panels and arch valances provide simple yet elegant details to the space.

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  • Staining the oak floors to a medium sable tone gave warmth to the space overall.
  • Brazilian Arabescato Quartzite countertops provide the look of a Carrera marble but has the hardness of granite and won’t stain like marble will. It was the perfect solution for what she was looking for.

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  • A soft, warm grey paint on the walls contrasted beautifully with the white cabinetry and complimented the quartzite.

The finished kitchen, while in a similar footprint, changed the way this couple lives in their space
and gives them the updated elegant look and feel they wanted for their new kitchen!

a wonderful job by Crystal Kennedy of Pacific Northwest Cabinetry.

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Southern Living Custom Builder Showcase Home

The 2014 Southern Living Custom Builder Showcase Home by Javic Homes will be open Thursday through Sunday, March 27 through May 4. Inspired by the pages of Southern Living magazine, the West Indies style home is located in the Beach Park neighborhood of Tampa on a waterfront property overlooking beautiful Tampa Bay.

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We are excited and proud to be a National Sponsor for Southern Living Custom Builder Showcase Homes and Cabinet Supplier to this wonderful Home by Javic Homes

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The cabinetry was supplied by Wellborn Cabinet Dealer Traditions Cabinetry in Largo, Fl.

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