A rustic point of view……..
Character Cherry finished in Light shown here on Vienna Inset – Do you love it or hate it? (maybe hate is too strong a word – dislike it) 🙂
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.
Adequate Storage Space for current and future cooking needs or trends.
With the correct planning even multi-user kitchens can be organized to fit the needs of every cook that uses the space.
Do you know where the baking center is located in the cabinetry below?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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There were a number of goals to this space. We need to create a study that could accommodate
both her and him, provide lots of storage and allows him views out the back of the house towards
the water even when privacy is needed.
The study was designed with built ins flanking each of the shorter walls while leaving space in the center for a desk for him. On the side walls we created a desk area for her, lots of file drawers and storage for all the items they have. This was finished with light rail and bullet lighting to provide undercabinet lighting for the countertops.
The ceiling was lined in stain grade v-groove wood boards in a barrel so we added Wellborn
crown to each wall run and hid ambient lighting behind it to illuminate onto the ceiling. The rich,
Sable finish offered a nice contrast to the knotty cedar on the ceiling and let the cabinets stand
out. The client wanted a desk to match the cabinets so a freestanding desk was created with base
cabinets and a Wellborn wainscot panel. We finished off the desk top with a Wellborn top and
applied the edge molding in the field giving the whole room a cohesive look.
This week we spotlight the talent of Audra Lamb ASID, with Sunset Tile and Bath who won big in 2010-2011’s Design Contest in the Bath Category.
Design Mission: Create a more contemporary Master Bath for the McNail Household without adding more space or breaking the bank.
Design Mission Statement:
This Master Bath’s builder grade configuration limited possibilities of elongated vanity as well as tub area. Reducing the vanity size allowed for enlarging tub platform and installing a tile surround.
The customer wanted to allow for a taller tub splash due to the roman tub faucet being modified into a wall mount diverter and spout.
The counter top backsplash was incorporated into the tub splash by continuing the travertine ogee molding and tumbled mesh to create a cohesive look through the bath.
In order to give the customer and more contemporary look, Prairie Maple cabinetry with a Sienna finish was used and allowed the bathroom to have balance between the light and dark finishes.
The drawers were upgraded to wood dovetail drawer boxes to give the customer a higher quality finish, but still keeping the cabinet economical.
The shower layout was reconfigured to allow the customer to incorporate and shower bench connecting with the tub platform.
• The customers incorporated an adjustable shower arm to allow for customization between their different heights.
• We used natural travertine tiles in two colors and multiples sizes to give visual interest without being overwhelming in their space.
• We also incorporated a frameless heavy glass shower enclosure with clear glass to allow for easy visibility of the new tile patters as well as increasing the feeling of a larger bathroom.
The large format mirror was also replaced with two custom framed mirrors to give a more inviting look to the vanity area.
A slab travertine counter top with under mount sinks gave a neutral look to the vanity area and made the cabinetry more of a focal point in the room.
Mission Accomplished – Great Work Audra!
Audra Lamb, ASID
Sunset Tile & Bath
James Stratton of DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen is a Dream Kitchen Designer and a Wellborn Design Winner!
James entered his “Townhome Treasure” in the (Large Kitchen (>42 sq ft of Countertops) Type: Remodel) Category and won.
We are proud to share his work with you! Enjoy the images and his design statement below.
When you walked into this Townhome you were faced with an outdated and cramped kitchen.
The customer wanted her guests to be greeted by a bright, “up to date” space which incorporated a warm classic style.
Now, as you enter this townhome you are drawn into the sophisticated, modern kitchen with its touch of European styling.
The diminutive space and placing of skylights made opening the kitchen difficult. By expanding the room into the laundry room both obstacles were overcome. The washer and dryer had to be placed inside the kitchen which created a blemish to the design.
By “hiding” the washer and dryer behind matching Wellborn cabinetry customized bi-fold doors, a balance and continuity was established which ultimately contributed to the design of this space.
With the extensive choices of door styles and accessories that Wellborn offers, cabinets that were oak and ordinary were replaced by Monterey Maple Cabinetry finished in Glacier. This made a homely kitchen come to life with sophistication and warmth.
White tile countertops were replaced with beautiful granite.
Using the colors in the granite a distinctive backsplash in a three-dimensional design was an artful addition, a pleasing change from the plain blue and white tile backsplash that existed before.
The design of the workspace is redefined by changing a closed “u” to a more open design.
The island has an elegant 6cm OG round over edge, giving prominence to the black granite composite under mount sink.
The heated tile floor provided a literal warmth which allowed the customer to function a little easier on those cold winter mornings, as opposed to the vinyl floor which existed before.
Recessed lighting, classy pendants and natural skylights created general and task lighting which made
a dreary kitchen more brilliant and workable, and added to the panache of the design.
Attention to detail was followed all the way down to the hardware on the cabinet doors in a collaboration of different
This created a customized look, which the client loved!
Designer: James Stratton
DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen Photographer: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
Floating Shelves are a great modern way to achieve more display or storage space without a lot of anything else. You know it’s really not floating right? ….. 🙂