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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Crossville Tile at KBIS2014

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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Bosque Wood Tiles by Ann Sacks is FSC certified and low VOC sealers – ECO-thinking

 

  • 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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Island Designs on Houzz

Friday adventures at work usually include creating the weekend social plan and searching for any new trends, products or Wellborn Cabinet projects on Houzz. There’s a lot of gorgeous designs out there, if you have designed any projects with Wellborn Cabinet make sure that you mention that in your description and keywords when you upload on Houzz, we would love to share your work!

Today on Houzz my main goal was to find as many unique islands designed with Wellborn Cabinet as I could within a reasonable time frame (of course) I mean really how long could a person actually stay on Houzz?

Now matter how unique or beautiful an island is – if it doesn’t serve the purpose for which it was designed it can be an eye sore or just in the way.

Several things to consider before designing a space with an island:
1. Is this your first island? Will this island create a new traffic pattern in your kitchen? Will that change be comfortable and convenient for the users of the space? (Maybe your designer can mark off the floor with tape to illustrate your new traffic patterns – just so you can visualize the space better.)

2. What activities will you use your island for?
*prepping, cooking, cleanup and gathering spot
*do you need water or power for hand-held appliances or for built-in appliances?
*do you need a seating area?
*Your activities can dictate the overall dimensions of the island – Will you need different heights at your island?

3. Storage
The island is a wonderful space to claim extra storage for your kitchen, a place just the children’s snacks or a great place to store items for guests – – easy access & easy to find.

These are a few of the things to think about and consider before adding an island to your kitchen design.

We hope you enjoy our island selections from Houzz.

 

Houzz Kitchen of the Week – Coast Design Kitchen and Bath

The Houzz Kitchen of the Week is from Coast Design Kitchen & Bath in Mobile Alabama, a timeless traditional kitchen that flows elegantly with the interior design of the entire home.

The cabinetry is from our Estate Collection – Cabinetry Name is Rose Hall Maple Beaded Inset with our Creme Mocha finish.
Personalized design details – from wall cabinet mouldings to legs – top to bottom this kitchen packs punch.
Lit wall stack cabinets create a wonderful warm glow that fills the whole room.
Flutes, legs and an open bookcase create an inviting island for cooks, diners and observers.
A mantel hood can be beautiful and work hard  – – – from the moulding detail, arch valance, to the side columns that contain storage area for spices and other cooking necessities – – – in love with it all!

Entertaining Ideas for Small Spaces

Entertaining Ideas for Small Spaces

Small Spaces can pack a punch with the correct design attention. The television area offers plenty of storage with upper cabinetry and lower drawer bases without taking away from the beauty of the design. Wainscoting adds architectural character and space division and depth to a narrow living space without you even know its happening. Rethinking every corner in your space… Instead of letting the space go to waste – add bookcases, storage and a desk area to turn a dull corner into a productive quaint area in the home.

Make Room for More Media

Media Centers and Gathering Spaces are evolving with Technology – no longer do you have to gather around the television in a central location to watch your favorite show……you can access television shows, movies, videos, etc. anywhere in your home depending upon what you have equipped your home with from cable, satellite and wireless internet…… While these advancements are pretty phenomenal this is changing how we interact with our family and even socialize with guests.

When designing these spaces it’s important to take into consideration the old and new for a collective balance of technology for all to enjoy.

A central located television is still a wonderful way to enjoy your favorite shows or movies together on the weekend when you finally have time to sit down and take a break.

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Provide adequate seating for the media center but also provide seating & surfaces for other tasks on laptops, tablets, etc. So all can still be in a central location and you are able to still be close to each other.

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When Space is precious and every inch counts design spaces that can serve several functions for all in your home.

Entertaining, Working and Storage have all been covered with ease in this space.

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Embrace technology and the convenience that it can bring but remember what is truly important and that’s time with family and friends!

Antigua Baking Center: a must have for 2014

Every attendee that came into our booth at KBIS went straight for the big, bright doors on our baking set – it’s like our designer Karen Salyer could read minds at this years KBIS show. People wanted to see something different but they also wanted something that felt authentic, nostalgic…….  a relatable design….. or maybe they just wanted to feel excitement about something they already loved… baking…..

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I personally love good design and with good design in a kitchen  – a cook can do wonders – your steps become almost that of a perfectly choreographed dance and you are the star  – with your extras (interior accessories planned perfectly) stealing the spotlight only for a few seconds here or there…. but in the Wellborn booth this year  – Antigua was the star.

An eye-catching exterior that beckons you to the beach or our booth  – the Antigua door style is a lovely faux louver style door but with Antigua there’s no faux style – it’s all real!

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Organization cuts down on Frustration: A well planned space is a joy to prep, cook, eat and clean in.
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The Little Drawer That Could: A single drawer can do multiple tasks – from storage to prep work (cutting board) you don’t skimp on ingredients so don’t skimp on your space.

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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.

Banquette Seating Made to Fit

Stylish design ideas can create a style all your own and a space you can live in.

Banquette Seating from Wellborn is a great way to utilize space for diners, blend different types of seating in one area, offer storage options below the seating and create a consistent design theme throughout your space.

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Wellborn Wainscoting weaves a design theme through a space gently without being too much or too little….. just enough……

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So it’s time to create your style and a space you’ll live in and love for years to come!

Closet Design with Denise Butchko – Shoe Storage – What's Your Pick?

Cubbies Aren’t Just a Chicago Baseball Team – Or Are They? So what do baseball and Chicago have to do with design?  Well, with baseball, I’m not sure yet.

But in reference to design, the answer is a lot. There’s ton of great design and architecture in the windy city and fair amount has been driven by famed minimalist architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. If you’ve ever heard the saying that “less is more” – it came from Ludwig.  761615993279b4921105864fb68cc191

Being a Chicago gal, his philosophy and mine are quite harmonious. So, while embellishments are beautiful and I really appreciate and admire the look of a space (say, kitchen or closet) that has base and crown moldings and columns and detailed designs on the doors and drawers, I love simple.

And if you boil down simple into designed closet solutions, in my book, shelves are better than cubbies. They’re also more functional and space-saving than angled shelves.

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And here’s the “science” (Butchko science, that is) behind that:

Lots of people see – and then want – angled shoe shelves.

I can see why.  They’re pretty.  They also allow you to see more of your shoe at a glance, which is a plus.

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The counter sides to pretty are:

-Angled shoe shelves are more expensive than flat, adjustable shelves

-Angled shoe shelves take up more space than flat, adjustable shelving

-Angled shoe shelves can pretty much just be used for shoes – and perhaps magazines – and who stores magazines in their closet? (If you do – I do NOT want to hear about that!)

So if you need to maximize every inch – and/or the client thinks they will re-sell their home in the next five years – I recommend flat, adjustable shelving.

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Regarding “Cubbies” (unless you’re referring to that Northside Chicago baseball team) – the short answer is that I am not a fan. I’m all about being organized (and have said for years that an organized life is easier to live) but cubbies are “over organized”. When shoe styles change and now you have wedge sandals – you can only fit one per cubbie. And what else can you store in those cubbies?

Don’t say magazines. And don’t say “world series titles” either (although in reference to the Chicago Cubs, there’s plenty of space for that!).

I’ve done one – count em – one – master closet with shoe cubbies in my +ten years of designing and that was because the client absolutely insisted.

Just because an idea looks like a good one doesn’t always mean that it is.

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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Kitchen Remodel of the Day

This beautiful 1930’s Tudor home had charm throughout but the kitchen just wasn’t functional for them. The kitchen had been remodeled in the 50’s and updated in the 80’s and didn’t provide the storage, countertop space or flow they wanted. But with this age and style of home they wanted something that fit the home well and looked like it had always been there. We got to work!

Problems/Challenges:

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  • Kitchen was tight cramped.
  • They couldn’t fit a full size fridge in and didn’t have any countertop space around the range.
  • Not enough storage.
  • Lighting was poor throughout.

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  • The eat in nook while full of character – was too small for their family of 4 and closed off the space. They still wanted an eating area in the kitchen.
  • They loved the leaded glass doors and wanted to find a way to incorporate that into their new kitchen
  • Wanted pantry space.

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  • It was important to keep with the character of the home during the remodel.
  • The kitchen houses 3 doorways, all of which felt very tight and cramped especially since it is a major thoroughfare.
  • A place for a built-in microwave off of the countertop and for wine.

 

Solutions:

  • Opened up the eat in nook to the rest of the kitchen making both spaces feel larger and bringing more light into the kitchen.

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  • Modified the depth of the built-in in the hallway to allow for the range wall to recess, effectively expanding the kitchen.
  • Expanded the openings into the dining room and the hall and repeated the arches seen in the rest of their home.
  • Hanover Cherry Light cabinetry provided a rich warm wood that compliments the style of the home well. Simple Shaker details and crown were used to complement existing woodwork in the home.

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  • A narrow, furniture island provides a great work space and extra storage while not looking too bulky
  • Removed the soffits to bring the cabinetry to the ceiling providing more storage in the space
  • Leaded glass door cabinets on either side of the window retain the character of the old kitchen

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  • Added a shallow pantry with open display area for extra storage that doesn’t look heavy.
  • An angled pantry between the kitchen and nook provides extra storage without infringing on the dining space.

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  • Efficient storage space was important in this kitchen – we added blind corner pullouts, spice racks on the doors, pullouts, a wine rack, garbage pullout and even a compost bin on the back of the sink cabinet door. Tray dividers above the refrigerator organized their trays, platters and casserole dishes.

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  • Under cabinet lights and recessed can lights throughout illuminate the entire area.
  • Messouri Black granite countertops and hand-made subway tile finish off the classic look in their kitchen.

When the project was finished the clients were thrilled with the feel and function of this new kitchen in their old home!

Designer: Crystal Kennedy
crystal@pnwcab.com
503-652-1268

Photographer: Shannon Butler
photoartportraits@gmail.com
503-891-9354