2011 Design Contest Winner for Small Kitchen Design from Maggie Burns

In celebration of our 3rd Design Contest currently in progress (ending June 2013) the Wellborn Blog will be featuring past design winners up until the new winners have been introduced!

Drum Roll please………

Our first post is from the 2011 Small Kitchen (<42 sq. ft. of CounterTops) Design Winner, Maggie Burns with her classy Milan Maple entry. Enjoy!

Design Statement:

The small kitchen in this home felt cut off from the main living area. It had a large refrigerator that blocked easy movement and reduced countertop workspace.

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The client’s main goals were to add seating for four, integrate the kitchen with the living room, and create a fun modern space to entertain in. To help with his budget he wanted to reuse his appliances and keep the wood floors that ran continuous throughout the home.

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With overhangs on two sides, up to four can be seated at one time.

The glass is light and reflective without feeling heavy or blocking in the small space.

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The quartz countertops were specified with a 3” mitered edge, which also reinforced the thick proportions of the stainless trim doors and floating shelves.

Next, the refrigerator was shifted from the middle of the work area, where it blocked movement and used up valuable counter space, to one end of the existing pantry. We reconfigured the pantry and added a new frosted glass French door, which tied in with the satin glass cabinet doors.

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Although the client wanted a modern look, he wanted it to feel warm and inviting, not cold or sterile. He selected Milan Maple cabinets with the Shadow finish. Stainless accents on the vertical hinge and tambour cabinets played off the stainless steel apron sink and cabinet pulls. An Oceanside tile blend that had both gray and amber iridescent glass tiles went to the ceiling on the back wall. The once off center window was balanced with floating shelves creating a dramatic look for this focal wall.

Specialty organizational items such as lazy susans, roll out trays, pull out waste baskets, and cutlery dividers help make this small kitchen function as well as it looks.

If you have designed a space with Wellborn Cabinet within the last year why not enter it today!  You will have the chance to win cash prizes and notoriety having your design work featured throughout All Wellborn marketing!

Click Here to Enter Today!

Designer: Maggie Burns, maggielburns@aol.com, 407-497-8479

Photographer: Darren Iozia Photography & Design, darren@darreniozia.com, 407-913-6103, Owner: Entrant

Wellborn Olde World – a beautiful world all its own.

Create new and interesting spaces with our Olde World Technique.

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Seven unique techniques create a “one of a kind” finish for every piece of cabinetry.

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Elegant Bath Collection – Details to Discover! Details to Delight!

Ascott Designer Suite

Delightful Details from the Elegant Bath Collection. Top to bottom the Ascott Designer Suite has the details that deliver a beautiful bathroom…..

  • 3/4″ Rope columns that frame each base cabinet and tall cabinet
Rope Column Detail
Rope Column Detail
Classic Base makes a Soft Statement
Classic Base makes a Soft Statement
  • 4 1/2″ classic base that creates furniture out of every base and tall cabinet
  • Available in Overlay Door Styles and Inset Door Styles
  • Available in Stains and Paints
  • Available in Cherry, Maple and Oak
Medicine Cabinet with Class
Medicine Cabinet with Class

Details to create your “Dream Bath” today!

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
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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

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Milan Cherry Cocoa Kitchen
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!