Thanks for sharing your "Wellborn Creations" – Keep them coming!

On our Pinterest site we have several boards dedicated to our dealers, designers and home owners.  Our Pinner Designed Kitchens Board is a Collection of great designs from our dealers and designers – check out their sites as well! If you are a Wellborn Dealer and would like to showcase your designs. Just send us an email at blog@wellborn.com

Here are a few of the great designs that have been pinned so far!

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A Jillian Shumard Creation – Milan Maple Light
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Wolff Bros. Medina Showroom
Lauren Pastron’s Elegant Creation
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George Davis Inc. Love the Color Blocking!

Boards like this are a great way to showcase your projects and also a great way to collaborate with fellow dealers and designers!

Can’t wait to see & post more of your work!

Dream Kitchen Makeover Winner!

Winter 2012 Dream Kitchen Makeover Winner

Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. Dream Kitchen Makeover Winner Announcement

Ashland, AL: Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. has successfully launched its sixth consecutive Dream Kitchen Makeover Giveaway and is proud to announce that a winner has been chosen! This is the first of many Dream Kitchen Makeover giveaways that will include open registration allowing each person to enter online on any of Wellborn’s websites.
Beth Hajek of Cromwell, Connecticut was randomly selected out of nearly 10,000 entries as the sixth Dream Kitchen Makeover Winner. Beth will receive a kitchen makeover valued up to $12,000 featuring cabinetry by Wellborn.

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The winning dealer, Fiderio & Sons of Meriden, Connecticut has been working with Beth on ordering her new kitchen prior to being notified of her winning the giveaway. Beth was surprised “ambush style” in Fiderio & Sons showroom on December 5, 2012.

John Fiderio (owner) expressed “We are so happy that one of our customers has won Wellborn’s Dream Kitchen Makeover. We look forward to helping them create the kitchen of their dreams.”
Enter for your chance to win the next Dream Kitchen Makeover Giveaway beginning January 1st! Visit Wellborn.com for the Official Rules and details.

Undiscovered Islands are Waiting…….

Undiscovered Islands are Waiting.......

Or maybe we should say Undesigned islands are waiting!

When an island is wanted by your clients make sure that you have all bases covered. Storage, Appliances, Purpose of island and overall design, etc……

Create an island all their own with Wellborn!

Christmas Decor 101 Front Door Theme

Each year I start with our front door on my festive journey into transforming our home into a Winter Wonderland or like a Christmas gift shop at the local mall…. Either way I delight each year in conjuring up a theme for our “Front Door” – this year I am “theme-less”  so I am frantically scouring one of my favorite sites for new inspiration. www.houzz.com  So please join me as I try to discover my “Front Door” theme for this year!

Inspirational Entrance Number Uno.

I love this Front Door decor from Hydrangea Home because the use of simple items to create an inviting elegant entrance. The Cedar and Evergreen cuttings with the ornaments resting together in the wire planter stand – create a simple look that did not require much money or time – and with the whimsical Snowman Sleigh you have a grand entrance that welcomes all your guests this Christmas Season!

Traditional Exterior design by New York Furniture And Accessories Hydrangea Home
Inspirational Entrance Number Due.
So what if you don’t live where there’s snow or Evergreen free for the clipping….
Try something different like shown here by Other Metro Home.
The traditional Red and Green are exchanged for Turquoise and Dusty Salmon  – the look is still FESTIVE & FUN!
Gives me ideas of mixing Evergreen Clippings with other colors this year…..
Tropical Entry design by Other Metro Home Staging suzanne pignato
Inspirational Entrance Number Trois
Again  – Simple elements create a Grand Entrance! A Great Theme can be carried through-out the entire home effortlessly. So easy to pull the lite Garland through-out the house; stair handrails, mantels, above cabinetry….
The Angel theme can work in every room of the home with such softness that you might just keep them out all year…
And the Poinsettias are perfect as center pieces but don’t forget guest bedrooms and baths for these beautiful reminders of the season. A great take home gift for your visitors.
Traditional Porch design by Austin Interior Designer Dawn Hearn Interior Design
Well I have some great ideas brewing for this year’s Front Door Theme…. I now have too many!
Have fun with your Decorating for the Season!!!

Leftover Love – the continuation of the great meal. Part I

This week is Thanksgiving and each Thanksgiving we have tons of  “leftovers” and I never plan ahead to make sure my crew has their share for the week. This year is different! I have been on a quest to find every type of unique container that will hold enough food so my oven doesn’t have to come back on until Sunday and every recipe idea possible.

Extreme yes!

But also very important! Enjoy!

Kinetic® GlassLock Storage Containers

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nesting Trio from the Container Store

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sterilite – Always great!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sitting Pretty!

You have your new island, peninsula, breakfast nook or getaway!

You have bookmarked thousands of bar stools sites and pinned all the bar stools in the universe but you just can’t seem to make a decision on the right stool for your space.

Well I  have compiled some tips and pictures to help you a little with the decision making process!

First and foremost three things: You will probably repurchase stools before other furniture; consider the space itself and the users of the space! Bar stools tend to take more abuse than any other sitting furniture in the home so don’t be alarmed if you find yourself wanting new stools – sooner after the purchase than expected!

Depending on your space and users you might even want to mix materials and heights to create a space that works for all that use your space but also is your style alone!

Mixing Heights is a great Way to add Interest & allows more people to use your kitchen space!                                       Counter & Table Height Shown Here

Traditional Metal
Contemporary Metal

Tip #1: To ensure just the right bar stools begin by measuring the height of your counter, bar, or table.

Tip #2: Allow between 10 to 12 inches between the bar stool seat and the bottom of the counter or bar.

This will ensure that your bar stool fits under the counter, bar or table and leaves you with plenty of leg room.

Tip #3:    Stool & Bar Heights Guide

24-inch Bar Stool: 24″ stools are the perfect height for a 36″ bar.

26-inch Bar Stool: 26″ stools are the perfect height for a 38″ bar.

30-inch Bar Stool: 30″ stools are the perfect height for the standard 42″ bar/counter top.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Tip #4

There should be about 26-30 inches between the centers of each bar stool.

This gives people enough personal space. When you factor this in with the length of your island, peninsula or table, you will know how many bar stools you can have in that space.

It is also important to think about all the activities that will be occurring in this space!

SPACE is so IMPORTANT!

 

Material Types of Bar Stools

Wood bar stools – (buy wood touch up)

Metal (Steel, brushed steel, chrome, iron) bar stools 

Leather, Suede, Vinyl, Micro-fiber, Stain-Resistant Fabrics or non-upholstered                               (How do you clean?)

Back or Back-less bar stools 

Arm or arm-less bar stools

Adjustable, swivel, tilt or fixed bar stools (Do you need child friendly?)

So many types of materials to choose from                                                                                            remember to first consider the style of your space and where the bar stools will be used.

When it comes to the style of your space – just one simple question:

Do you want the stools to complement the space? or Stand Alone?

Remember bar stools can be great accent furniture pieces not just a place to sit!

Now & Then

Now & Then

The difference between these kitchens is amazing! We have made great strides in kitchen decorating and cabinetry in the last 60 years.

The Ambient lighting, Quartz countertops and lack of wood paneling make these two designs night and day. Add in the multi-height breakfast bar, sleek oven and cook top, designer backsplash area, hidden cabinet hinges, designer hardware, sinks and faucets today’s kitchens really shine.

Hint of history: The first home-use microwave oven that was first introduced by Tappan in 1955, but these units were still too large and expensive for general home use.

NKBA Reveals Top Kitchen & Bath Trends for 2012

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Hackettstown, NJ (February 16, 2012) – More than 350 National Kitchen & Bath Association member designers took part in the 2012 NKBA Design Trends Survey to cite the materials, product types, and styles that they’ve incorporated into their kitchen and bath designs over the final three months of 2011. While broad trends won’t be evident in every local market, the following are 10 overall trends for kitchens and baths across the United States and Canada.

KITCHENS

Cherry Wood  – What’s the future?

Photo courtesy of Wellborn Cabinet, Inc

Cherry wood has consistently been the first or second most popular type of wood for cabinetry, jockeying for the top spot with maple each year. However, designers are slowly shifting away from it. While 80% of NKBA member kitchen designers had recently specified cherry cabinetry as 2010 approached, that figure dropped to 72% last year and fell again to 69% heading into 2012.

No one other wood species is taking that market share on its own, as even maple dropped in popularity this year, falling from 77% last year to 70% now. Instead, a number of lesser-used woods are being specified more often, including oak, which is specified by twice as many designers now (22%) versus two years ago (11%); walnut, which has increased from 3% in 2010 to 9% in 2011 to 13% today; birch, which is now specified by three times as many kitchen designers as it was a year ago (15% vs. 5%), and bamboo, which has doubled from 5% last year to 10% now. While alder is currently specified by 27% of kitchen designers, that figure is down from 30% last year and from 40% two years ago.

Darker Finishes

Photo courtesy of Poggenpohl

Natural kitchen cabinetry continues a steady move toward darker finishes. While light natural finishes have been recently specified by 30% of kitchen designers, medium natural finishes stand at 55%, with dark natural finishes at 58%. Two years ago, dark natural finishes were specified by only 43% of designers.

Photo courtesy of Wellborn Cabinet, Inc

Among painted cabinetry, white continues to be the most popular option, as white cabinets have been recently specified by 59% of NKBA member kitchen designers, while other colors were specified by only 38% of designers. Another trend to note is that distressed finishes are making a comeback. After being recently specified by 15% of designers going into 2010, that figure dropped to just 5% last year, but has now risen to 22%.

Glass Backsplashes

Photo courtesy of ThinkGlass

Although glass remains a niche material for kitchen countertops, it’s been recently used by more than half of kitchen designers as a backsplash material, rising from 41% a year ago to 52% now. This trails only natural stone tile at 60% and ceramic tile (including porcelain), which has been specified of late by some 74% of designers. Even at that high rate, ceramic tile backsplashes are on the decline, as they stood at 78% a year ago and 88% two years ago.

Other popular backsplash materials are granite at 30% and quartz at 20%. The popularity of these materials as backsplashes is due to their high use as countertop materials. Finishing off a granite or quartz countertop with a matching backsplash is quite common; however, the same doesn’t hold true for solid surfaces. While these materials are very popular for countertops (see Solid Surfaces below), they’re seldom used for backsplashes, as they’re specified by just 11% of designers.

LED Lighting

Photo courtesy of Lutron

Energy-efficiency is clearly not a fad, but a real trend that can be seen taking hold in homes across the United States and Canada. Despite the higher initial cost, light-emitting diode, or LED, lighting is proof of this trend. Specified by 50% of NKBA member kitchen designers entering 2010, that rate increased to 54% the following year and has jumped over the past year to 70%. However, compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) aren’t sharing in this trend. Although they use roughly a quarter the energy of an incandescent bulb when producing the same amount of light, measured in lumens, the poor color of the light they produce and the presence of mercury in these bulbs are keeping them out of newly remodeled kitchens, falling from 36% last year to 26% today.

Older incandescent bulbs stand at just 42%, a figure we expect to fall next year due in part to the U.S. ban on newly produced 100-watt incandescent bulbs that went into effect on January 1. A ban on 75-watt incandescent bulbs will go into effect on January 1, 2013, followed by 60- and 40-watt incandescent bulbs on January 1, 2014.

Pull-Out Faucets

Photo courtesy of ROHL

Pull-out kitchen faucets have become established as the dominant type of kitchen faucet. Designers are increasingly eschewing the standard faucet with a detached side spray in favor of pull-out models that integrate the two functions into a single unit. Viewing the large number of new pull-out faucet models at the NKBA’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, it’s clear these units can be seamlessly incorporated into almost any kitchen design style.

While standard kitchen faucets were specified by just under half of designers as 2010 approached, barely more than a third of designers have recently specified them. Meanwhile, the use of pull-out faucets has increased from 88% to 91% to 93%. In other words, 14 of out every 15 designers who designed a kitchen over the final three months of 2011 incorporated a pull-out faucet. These versatile models might also be mitigating the need for pot-filler faucets, which have been recently specified by just 28% of designers, down from 41% two years ago.

BATHROOMS

Medicine Cabinets

Photo courtesy of NuTone

The tried-and-true medicine cabinet had been swept aside in bathroom remodels over the past several years, replaced by decorative wall mirrors. However, as homeowners look for more efficient use of space, most designers are now turning toward medicine cabinets as an effective way to gain additional storage without having to increase the footprint of a room, attenuating the need for separate shelving, cabinetry, or other storage options.

After being specified by 43% of NKBA member bathroom designers leading into 2010, medicine cabinets dropped to 36% last year. However, as we enter 2012, some 66% have recently incorporated a medicine cabinet into a bathroom remodel.

KITCHENS & BATHROOMS

Transitional Over Traditional

For the first time since the NKBA began tracking annual design trends, traditional is no longer the most popular type of design. In both the kitchen and the bathroom, transitional is now the most common style.

Photos courtesy of Wellborn Cabinet, Inc

While the traditional style has consistently been used by roughly three quarters of NKBA member designers in both the kitchen and the bath, that figure fell to 58% in kitchens and 59% in bathrooms this year.

These figures come in just below the transitional style, which is a blend of traditional and contemporary, typified by lines that are simpler than traditional, but a bit more elaborate than contemporary in order to create a modern classic look. Contemporary is the next most common style, up 5% to 52% in kitchens and up 10% to 53% in bathrooms from a year ago. Shaker, arts & crafts, and cottage remain the next most frequently used styles.

Solid Surfaces

Photo courtesy of Cosentino

A year ago, the use of solid surfaces was a key trend in the kitchen; this year, it’s an even stronger trend, and one that impacts both the kitchen and the bathroom. In the NKBA’s 2011 Design Trends Survey, the use of solid surfaces in the kitchen jumped from 11% to 26% from the year earlier. This year, that number has increased again, as solid surfaces have been specified recently by 30% of designers for use in kitchens. At the same time, while granite and quartz continue to be the clear #1 and #2 choices, their popularity has waned just slightly, with granite falling from 91% to 87% and quartz declining just a bit from 71% to 69%.

The same pattern holds true in newly remodeled bathrooms, as solid surfaces have over the past year risen from 26% to 34%, as granite has fallen from 84% to 71%. Quartz’s popularity has dipped over that time from 56% to 53%. Marble is currently the third most popular vanity top material at 41%, up 3% from a year ago. Also notable is the use of glass vanity tops, which has more than doubled over the past two years, from 5% heading into 2010 to 11% today.

Shades of Gray

Photo courtesy of Benjamin Moore

When artfully incorporated into a space, gray color schemes can allow for very attractive, distinguished looks without overpowering a design—the key reason why gray is now used as the backdrop for the NKBA logo. In kitchens, gray was used as the overall color scheme by only 9% of designers as we moved into 2010, but that figure nearly doubled (to 17%) last year and then nearly doubled again (to 33%) this year. Over that time, the use of gray color schemes has risen just as dramatically from 12% to 21% to 40% in bathroom remodels.

Whites and off-whites continue to be the most popular color schemes in the kitchen and bathroom, followed by beiges and bones. Brown is the third most popular color in kitchens and the fourth most popular in bathrooms, just behind gray.

In the kitchen, bronzes/terracottas have risen over the past two years from 20% to 25% to 31%, while greens have increased from 18% two years ago to 32% today. Green was the color trend in bathrooms last year, being specified by 25% of designers, and its use has remained exactly the same this year. Blue has emerged as the fifth most popular color in bathrooms, rising from 23% to 30%.

Polished Chrome is Back

Photo courtesy of Kohler Co.

Supplanted by brushed metal finishes in the past, polished chrome is staging a comeback. After being specified by 34% of designers in kitchens last year, polished chrome has recently been specified by 52% of NKBA member designers in kitchens today. In the bathroom, polished chrome use has increased from 46% to 65% over the past year. At the same time, polished nickel is up from 17% to 25% in kitchens and from 28% to 32% in bathrooms over the past year.

The increased use of polished finishes is clearly coming at the expense of brushed finishes. Over the past two years, brushed nickel is down from 62% to 46% in kitchens and from 66% to 46% in bathrooms. Brushed chrome is down from 20% to 17% over the past year in kitchens, but has increased from 11% to 18% in bathrooms. Meanwhile, over the past year, satin nickel—which lies between a polished and a brushed finish—is down from 64% to 56% in the kitchen and from 57% to 52% in the bathroom.

Only stainless steel has managed to clearly buck the trend away from brushed finishes, as it rose slightly from 46% to 50% in the kitchen and increased significantly from 16% to 28% in the bathroom. Bronze finishes continue to be popular, but dipped a bit from a year ago, falling from 49% to 41% in kitchens, while their use remained flat at 41% in bathrooms.

About the National Kitchen & Bath Association

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is a non-profit trade association that has educated and led the kitchen and bath industry for more than 45 years. NKBA.org provides consumers with an inspiration gallery of award-winning kitchen and bath designs, as well as articles, tips, and an extensive glossary of remodeling terms. At NKBA.org, consumers can also find certified kitchen and bath professionals in their areas, submit questions to NKBA experts, and order the free NKBA Kitchen Planner and NKBA Bath Planner. To learn more, visit the NKBA Press Room or call 1-800-THE-NKBA (843-6522).