What's Your Shade of Gray?

What’s your favorite shade? Gray is a versatile hue that can be used on walls, floors, furniture and cabinetry in every room of your home. It doesn’t discriminate with decor either; gray can flow with modern, traditional, transitional or eclectic designs.  Just a few images below to get your creative juices flowing on Gray and where it could work for you!

For Your Kitchen Cabinets………

DoveDove – Available March 17, 2014

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For your Living Room Media Center or Refreshment Bar……

dove-slateDove with Slate Glaze – Available March 17, 2014

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For your Dining Room Hutch……

dove-bronzeDove with Bronze Glaze – Available March 17, 2014

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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 – 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 – Honorable Mention

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Mike Donzanti

Universal Supply Co., Hammonton, New Jersey

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Houzz Call featuring Royal Complete Home

This week our Houzz Call features our dealer Royal Complete Home located in Sunny Marathon, Florida – – a wonderful, creative group of people – When in Marathon come have a cup of tea or coffee with them and see all your options for your new kitchen!

Deep or Shallow?

By: Denise Butchko

We’re not talking about personality here – we’re talking about the shelves in your closets and storage spaces. 🙂

When people show me closet spaces – they often feel compelled to “use every inch”. So whether the closet is 24” deep (standard depth for a reach-in closet) or 38” deep (space left over that a builder turns in to a closet), they want shelves that are as deep as the closet itself. Bad idea.

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“Big Black Hole”

Extremely deep shelving is not only more expensive, but it creates what I refer to as “the big, black hole”.

If you want to remember it with a rhyme – deep shelving “increases cost and things get lost”.

Here a couple rules of thumb:

-The deeper the shelf – the farther apart the shelves should be spaced.

-Small items work best on shallow shelves. An ultimate luxury is being able to see every item that’s on your shelves. So if we’re talking about your pantry, let’s avoid having 37 cans of tomato soup with expiration dates from 2007 hidden behind today’s juice box purchases.  Think: open door – look at shelf – find needed item – grab and go.  Closets aren’t gardens – we don’t want digging.

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Remember this rhyme about deep shelving – “increases cost and things get lost”

-Larger items can work on deeper shelves – things like pillows and blankets or furniture cushions.  But be aware – the deeper the shelf – the greater the propensity for the client to overload the shelf. The added weight could be a service call waiting to happen – so reinforce those deep shelves whenever possible.

So here’s to making your closet designs more effective. And if you’d like to keep learning more, join me in the platform of your choice so we can connect!

Google+ Community – Marketing Interior Design 

Facebook – Butchko&Company

You Tube  – Denise Butchko

What’s that you say? You don’t have a platform of choice? Oh my! Check out some insights on any of mine and get rolling. You’re “burnin’ daylight” as Dr. Phil would say.

About our Guest Blogger: Ms. Denise Butchko

By merging a unique background of custom storage design and marketing, I’m able to share great, industry specific tips to help you with your business, whether that’s designed solutions or social media marketing guidance. I’ve been designing closets for over a decade and serve as a judge for our industry “Top Shelf” Design Awards. I’m also a member of the first graduating class of Registered Storage Designers through the Association of Closet and Storage Professionals. I love teaching and sharing – in person and online – and look forward to connecting with you, so join me on any (or all) of my social profiles.

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And if you’re looking to go deeper in to closet design – I’ve got your solution. I’ve created the FIRST EVER INDEPENDENT closet design course – ON LINE!

If you’re wanting to learn about closet design, or become better at closet design – this the opportunity for you to make that happen!

https://ruzuku.com/courses/458/signup

Just Say “NO” To Shelves Below

by Denise Butchko

The closet consultation conversation often begins with the client saying: “And I’d like some shelves for shoes on the bottom”. If you’ve designed a dozen or more closets – you’ve heard this request from a client.

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Maybe it’s time for a change!

Just because you were raised with storing your shoes on the floor underneath the single hanging rod that existed inside your reach-in closet DOES NOT mean it’s the best practice to employ today.

And just because you see it advertised that way does not make it a good idea either.

Typical hanging garments average 24” in depth. That means when they are hanging on a hanger inside your closet, they occupy about two feet of space.

I’m willing to bet that NOT ONE of you reading this has feet that are 24”.  I don’t even think Shaquille O’Neal has feet that big.

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So what that means is that if you put shelving underneath hanging, you’ve got to clear your clothing out of the way to be able to see what’s on that shelf. You’re looking down into the darkness to find your black shoes.

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Makes perfect sense….Right?

Makes sense to me.

Make finding your shoes as difficult as possible.

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Bring your shoes into the light.

Best practice in the closet industry is to bring those shoes into the light (pretty high minded of us isn’t it, outwardly worshiping shoes in such as a way as to allow them prime location in our closet space).

Yes, you can put 24” deep shelves below your hanging, but if you do that, those shelves should be pull out shelves or you’ll never remember the items that get pushed to the back on this deep of a down low shelf.

If you want drawers under hanging – that’s an option but standard industry drawers are 14” and 16” deep – so your hanging will “hang out” (and not in a cool way) over the standard drawers and block your access.  It’s also a bit more difficult for people who are petite to reach that higher rod – so it’s not a design practice I ever put in to play.

So you either put shelving above a short hang rod or do an entire column (or stack or section) of shelves to accommodate any items you would normally store on shelves – be it jeans, t-shirts and yes – even shoes.

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Use Shelving to create areas for T-shirts, jeans and linens. It’s up to you!

And how do you keep learning these wonderful insights and tips so your designs become more effective and your sales increase?

Join me in the platform of your choice so we can connect!

Google+ Community – Marketing Interior Design 

Facebook – Butchko&Company

You Tube  – Denise Butchko

What’s that you say? You don’t have a platform of choice? Oh my! Check out some insights on any of mine and get rolling. You’re “burnin’ daylight” as Dr. Phil would say.

About our Guest Blogger: Ms. Denise Butchko

By merging a unique background of custom storage design and marketing, I’m able to share great, industry specific tips to help you with your business, whether that’s designed solutions or social media marketing guidance. I’ve been designing closets for over a decade and serve as a judge for our industry “Top Shelf” Design Awards. I’m also a member of the first graduating class of Registered Storage Designers through the Association of Closet and Storage Professionals. I love teaching and sharing – in person and online – and look forward to connecting with you, so join me on any (or all) of my social profiles.

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"Beyond Emerald: Interior Colors" from Arcadian Home!

Hello, everyone! It’s Mari from Arcadian Home blog, a wonderful online place to find lots of decor inspirations. I’m so happy to be here visiting Wellborn’s blog, That’s My Style, to share a guest post about color. In addition to lots of color, in the images we’ve chosen, you’ll also see some cool contemporary lamps, floor coverings and much more.

Recently, the folks here at Wellborn did a post they called “Our Emerald ‘Color of the Year’ Tribute. That inspired us to go a bit further with “Beyond Emerald: Interior Colors” to share some of the lovely hues that are inspiring us right now. Please enjoy!

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What a beautiful bedroom this is—dressed in pure white and verdant green. It’s so fresh and exciting with lots of crisp detailing on the bed.

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Here, chartreuse is the color star in a white living space filled with light. I love the great mix of seating in this room and the intriguing wall of art.

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Right now, we’re seeing more and more handsome interior designs with dark walls like this living room enveloped in deep green.

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In 2011, Honeysuckle Pink was named Pantone‘s Color of the Year and remains a favorite for many of us who love pinks in general and this one in particular. The space above uses Honeysuckle to great effect. The slipper chairs are chic pink perfection while the same hue is seen again in the entry hall beyond—on wallpaper and the pretty little foyer light.

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Wide splashes of pink are not for everyone. Here a pale room inspired by Benjamin Moore‘s Lemon Sorbet gets little pops of Honeysuckle. It’s a lovely look, don’t you think?

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That soft yellow hue is pulled into a traditional bedroom as an accent to Color Marketing Group‘s 2013 Color of the Year called RE-BLUED—a great pairing.

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I’m fascinated by watery blues, especially dark moody tones like the one chosen for the upholstery on this modern tufted headboard—a compelling and sophisticated color

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No matter what the color trends are at the moment, white is always in favor. Here, a stunning canopy bed with deeply tufted tall headboard is lovely in white with touches of pale gray. Wouldn’t this space be perfect for a weekend breakfast in bed? Perhaps served on contemporary decorative trays? Images  1 | | | | | 6

What do you think of these emerald spaces? Leave us your thoughts below and be sure to visit our website for more beautiful home decor, lighting, and interior ideas!