What's Your Secret to Culinary Success?

Everyone has that one or two tricks that they swear by with certain dishes – tricks that make your recipes the best!

The one secret I believe in is Organization. It’s key to any of your culinary adventures.

Having every tool you need in reach when you need it.

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Adequate Storage Space for current and future cooking needs or trends.

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With the correct planning even multi-user kitchens can be organized to fit the needs of every cook that uses the space.

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Do you know where the baking center is located in the cabinetry below?

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Great design works for you when you need it and looks fabulous when you don’t.

Stop by our booth at #KBIS2014 Booth number 1963 to learn more.

2013 Design Contest Winner: Katrina Hosea – Other Rooms: Honorable Mention

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Designer: Katrina Hosea

Dealer: BeeTree Homes, Jacksonville, Florida

Problem: A kitchen that didn’t function well for entertaining. If you sat at the island, guest could
not maneuver behind you. The breakfast nook was small and could only house two and it also
blocked the view of the water. Client had a challenge with refrigerator location, when you
opened the door, she would hit the kitchen chair.
Solution: We removed the breakfast nook and squared of the back of the house, we removed the
exterior wall opposite the bar area and extended the kitchen 4 feet into the covered lanai.

Problem: One entrance two and from kitchen thus preventing a flow for entertaining; and also preventing lighting from entering the kitchen.
Solution: We created an opening between the kitchen and dining area, to allow for cross lighting,
and it allowed for a better flow for entertaining When we went into the covered lanai we also
gained two feet to widen the current entrance from 26 inches to 40. This helped immensely.

Problem: Client was downsizing from a 6,000 house into a 2600 sq ft zero lot line home on the
water way. She was so concerned with the lack of cabinetry storage.

Solution: The exterior wall that we bumped out allowed us to have a larger walk way for a bar as
well as it created an extra 18 inches. We designed a cabinet that was reduced depth that would
house her cook books, designer glass wear and serving platters for entertaining.

Problem: Client wanted china hutch but the view of the waterway was so spectacular and were I
placed the kitchen sink caused a problem with her viewing a wall or cabinets.
Solution: I designed a wall that allowed for access to the water view and storage. I ordered
peninsula cabinets void the glass doors on the back. Installed plexi glass on the back and placed
the cabinets over a frameless window. Now, the client has storage and a view.

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2013 Design Contest Winner: Glen Lumia – Other Rooms – 3rd Place

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Designer: Glen Lumia

Dealer: Creative Design Construction, Northvale, New Jersey

Design Goals and Details: We had a blank canvas to work with in designing the bar for our clients, as it was incorporated in a full scale renovation of the basement. The focal point of the space features a custom wet bar with raised granite to create a dramatic space for entertaining family and friends. It includes a beverage center, ice machine, and plenty of additional seating for guests. The bar features the Hanover door style in Cherry, highlighted with an Espresso finish. We incorporated glass upper cabinets to show off the client’s stemware and achieve the modern vision the client’s hoped for.

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Wellborn Cabinetry in the Houzz

Not sure if my Houzz Addiction has reached the “Pinterest Level” but it’s pretty close….. One of the most enticing aspects of Houzz is how beneficial of a marketing tool it is for our industry and our dealers. More and more of our dealers share with us how actual leads are generated from the site, and that’s refreshing news for us all to hear.

So here’s our salute to a few traditional projects that caught my eye this week.

Enjoy.

2013 Design Contest Winner – Bathroom – Honorable Mention

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Crystal Kennedy

Pacific Northwest Cabinetry

Milwaukie, Oregon

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2013 Design Contest Winner – Bathroom – 2nd Place


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Deborah Esborn

George Davis, Inc., S. Yarmouth, Massachusetts

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2013 Design Contest Winner – Bathroom – 1st Place

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Beth Atherholt

Fiderio & Sons, Meriden, Connecticut

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2013 Design Contest Winner – Small Kitchen – 3rd Place

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Katrina Hosea

Bee Tree Homes, Jacksonville, Fl

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2013 Design Contest Winner – Small Kitchen – 2nd Place

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Designer: Crystal Kennedy

Pacific Northwest Cabinetry – Milwaukie, Oregon

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kitchen of the day….

Hanover Hickory Door Style with Medium Finish with Classic Drawer Front and Rose Hall Square Hickory with Slab Drawer Front with Sable Finish.