Remodeling Magazine Features Kitchen Storage Solutions from Normandy Designer

Remodeling Magazine coverIn order to create a functional kitchen, it is important to know how the space is used by the homeowners. Normandy Designer Kathryn O’Donovan worked closely with these Lake Forest homeowners in order to create a kitchen that was unique to their needs and was recently featured in Remodeling Magazine for her creative design solutions!

These homeowners, who were avid chefs, needed a space that was ideal for two cooks. Kathryn  created a practical layout with plenty of prep space and storage so that both homeowners could utilize the space simultaneously. Kathryn also added large open produce drawers into the kitchen island, which added a unique design element  and kitchen storage by normandy remodeling designer kathryn o'donovanprovided these homeowners with designated storage to stock fresh ingredients for various recipes.

If you are looking to create a custom kitchen with a functional design, schedule a complimentary consultation to meet with talented designer Kathryn O’Donovan and begin discussing the possibilities!








Burr Ridge Kitchen With Old World Appeal

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The homeowner’s goal for this rustic, European-inspired kitchen remodeling project was to create a soothing space that retained a high-end European feeling. Due to being frequent entertainers and avid chefs, it was important to the homeowners to keep the space open and functional, while introducing personal touches and really making the space their own. “The kitchen area seamlessly blends with the rustic, yet refined, style that is seen throughout the home,” says Normandy Designer Leslie Lee. “A walk through this home, feels like walking through a gorgeous Tuscan villa, and it was important to have the kitchen reflect that same feeling.”

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By adding custom cabinetry full of details, Leslie was able to enhance the old world Italian feel the homeowners were eager to accomplish. Custom molding, cabinetry profiles, pilasters and cabinet feet were added to the space to bring decorative details and visual interest. “Although we added several colors to the space, we were able to maintain a cohesive look with the cabinetry elements that were used throughout,” added Leslie. “The kitchen island pedestal and refrigerator armoire bring a furniture-like quality to the space as well.”

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Along with the tall cabinetry, high ceilings were also a beautiful feature in the kitchen. Leslie took advantage of the height within the space by adding a combination of light fixtures, which further enhanced the functionality and style of the kitchen. “We were able to add recessed can lighting, pendant lights, under cabinetry lights and puck lighting in the open cabinetry,” says Leslie. “The mixture drastically improves the overall quality of light in the kitchen and provides the space with a plenty of options for varying tasks.”

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Accessibility was key to the successful design of this family-friendly kitchen. Lower cabinetry drawers were incorporated for convenience and the kitchen island is the ideal space for cooking, baking and crafts. The radius countertop allows for comfort and safety, while the thick countertop edge compliments the luxurious furniture feel seen throughout.  Spice cubbies were included in the hood space, which reduced visual clutter of the countertop, customized dividers within the island cabinetry drawers and an updated corner hutch with retractable doors and shelving to hide small appliances.


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The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) of Greater Chicagoland, recently awarded Leslie with a First Place 2014 Remodeling Excellence Award for this residential kitchen design.

Industry peers applaud Leslie’s attention to detail and the creative solutions she was able to incorporate into this Italian-Inspired kitchen, and many of her other award winning projects.  If you’d like to have her take a look at your space and discover its potential, schedule a complimentary, in-home consultation with her today!


Color of the Year: ‘Going Green’ With Design

color of the year 2015Because of its beautiful natural and neutral qualities, Benjamin Moore has named their Guilford Green HC-116 the color of the year! We always look forward to sharing the latest in design and we are excited to see that this years color, is a variation of one we know and love. This refined green color can be seen and used in several different applications. Check out some of our favorite ways homeowners and designers worked together to incorporate these subtle shades of green into their varying design features and projects.


1. Kitchen Cabinetry

the green kitchen by normandy remodeling designer karen chanan

2. Kitchen Counter Tops

white kitchen ideas by normandy remodeling designer ann stockard

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3. Kitchen Backsplash

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3.  Bathroom Vanities

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4. Accent Tiles

bathroom accent tile by normandy remodeling designer ann stockard fireplace tile by normandy remodeling designer ann stockard








5. Home Exteriors

the green house designed by normandy remodeling designer stephanie bryant ckd


“Make It Organized” Features Normandy Designer

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Are you looking to create a beautiful space full of functionality? This article from “Make It Organized” Magazine, features an award winning Chicago Condo remodel designed by talented designer Chris Ebert. The article shares how to utilize space to maximizes on storage, and clutter solutions for every design style.

If you are looking to remodel your Chicago condo, schedule a complimentary consultation to meet with talented designer Chris Ebert and begin discussing the possibilities!

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2015 Bathroom Remodeling Trend Watch

Master Bathrooms continue to be near the top of many homeowners’ remodeling lists, but most people embarking on a remodel are choosing to go beyond simply replacing worn-out fixtures for a newer version of the same. Bathrooms are becoming increasingly unique and personal spaces that are tailored not only to the user’s personal sense of style, but addressing the desire to create a relaxing and serene space that can be enjoyed every day. Our designers have weighed in, and here are the Top 10 Bathroom Remodeling Trends they are expecting to be big in 2015:

master bathroom looking into master suite through arch french doors1. Master Suite: Combining the Master Bedroom, Master Bathroom and closet into a single enclave, known as the “Master Suite” provides an opportunity to recharge and refresh at the end of every day.  Homeowners are choosing complimentary finishes throughout these spaces to create a cohesive look throughout all three areas.

2. His & Hers: Vanities with double bowl sinks have long been a standard for creating a his-and-hers bathroom that has great functionality. That concept has been enhanced even further by creating separate dedicated storage for each person, and at times even separating the two sinks entirely to allow for even more personal space while using their respective vanities.

master bathroom shower without bathtub3. Gray: Neutral colors have shifted away from the old standard of beige or white over the years, leaving room for gray to become one of the most prevalent colors seen today. Gray is seen in a range of various tones providing plenty of flexibility for the style and feel of the space.

4. Tile Accent Walls: Glass tile, textural tile or even intricately designed tile patterns can create a striking focal point within the master bathroom.  These tile walls aren’t limited to showers or wet areas of the bathroom and work exceptionally well in smaller scale bathrooms.

5. Rectangular Porcelain Tile: High-end porcelain tile is a more durable product and requires less maintenance than natural stone options, like travertine or marble, and still provides the space with a luxury finish and refined look. The rectangular shape has gained in popularity for its clean look and it’s versatility in creating unique patterns.

6. Large Walk in Showers: With today’s hectic schedules, homeowners are opting for a soothing shower experience where they can still appreciate their spa like surroundings, rather than indulging in a somewhat time consuming bath. Many homeowners are choosing to remove their bathtub all together in favor of an oversized shower.  If this sounds like something you’d want for your home, the general consensus is that as long as you still have one bathtub in the house, it shouldn’t have a negative impact on your home value or ability to sell when needed.

free standing bathtub in nook7. Freestanding Soaking Tubs: While some homeowners opt to completely remove the bathtub from their master bathroom, others are choosing to incorporate a freestanding tub into their space. These tubs provide an enjoyable bathing experience that doesn’t take up too much floor space, and these soaking tubs are able to suit just about any design aesthetic.

8. Streamlined Cabinetry: Transitional and contemporary cabinet styles will continue to be popular. The the clean lines and simplified aesthetic that cabinetry styles such as a slab or simple shaker door provide to the space frequently enhance the soothing, tranquil nature of today’s Master Bathrooms.

9. Pale Gold Tone Fixtures: Much like we’re seeing in the current kitchen trends, warmer metals are making a return in the bathroom.  Mixing and matching both warm and cool metals together is not uncommon, and pairings such as oil rubbed bronze and nickel are becoming increasingly common.

10. Feature Light Fixtures: Chandeliers and glamorous light fixtures have moved into the Master Bathroom for both the light they provide and their ability to solidify the design aesthetic that is being pursued.

If you would like to learn more about how to apply these remodeling trends to your Master Bathroom remodel, register for one of our upcoming seminars presented by one of Normandy’s award-winning Designers.  Or you can browse photos for more bathroom remodeling inspiration, or schedule a time to meet with one of the talented Normandy Designers to create your own spa-like Master Bathroom.

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3.gray white bathroom by normandy designer chris ebert 4.bathroom design by normandy remodeling designer stephanie bryant ckd
5.bathroom design by normandy remodeling designer chris ebert 6.master bathroom shower without bathtub standing soaking bathtub 8.bathroom vanity by normandy remodeling designer stephanie bryant ckd tone master bathroom remodeling trends 10.walk in shower ideas by normandy remodeling designer jennifer runner akbd


Local NARI 2015 Award Winning Design Team

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Each year the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) of Greater Chicagoland holds an awards competition to recognize local NARI members for their exceptional exterior and interior remodeling and construction projects. This year, Normandy Remodeling received 8 “Remodeling Excellence Awards” that were evaluated based on the improvements or addition the remodel brought to the existing structure.

These 8 awards represent the work of 6 different Normandy DesignersStephanie Bryant, CKDTroy PavelkaKaren ChananJennifer Runner, AKBDLeslie Molloy, CKD and Leslie Lee; in the categories of: Residential Bath, Residential Kitchen, Entire House and Residential Addition. These winners were selected by industry experts based on the presentation and impact of “Before and After” photography and project descriptions, which explained how the designers solved existing problems, increased functionality and aesthetics, incorporated superior craftsmanship and innovation, and overcame difficulties that were faced throughout the project.


Normandy Named “Best of Houzz” 4 Years Running

We are excited to announce that Normandy has been named “Best of Houzz” for the 4th year in a row! The leading platform for home remodeling and design,, features millions of professional images of home interiors and exteriors that users can add to their personal ideabooks.  Houzz now has over 25 million users, and we’d like to thank those who helped Normandy Remodeling receive recognition in the categories of:  Customer Satisfaction and Design.

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“Providing outstanding customer service is key to the success of our business and is what has kept us thriving in the remodeling industry for over 35 years,” says Normandy Principal Andy Wells. “Our team works thoroughly to meet both the functional and aesthetic needs of our clients and ensures that they are satisfied with their final project.”

Visit the Normandy Remodeling Houzz page to view recent projects and customer reviews.

Pops of Color Can Be Slight, With Decorative Pendant Lights


pendant lighting designed by normandy remodeling designer leslie lee

Today, homeowners enjoy having multiple layers of lighting in order to have more flexibility within their space.  Whether it is in the kitchen or in a casual setting, different moods and tasks call for different light fixtures. “Pendant lights are a functional targeted task light that can further enhance the style of the space,” says Normandy Designer Leslie Lee. “These decorative elements can create visual features within the room and focal points for the space as well.” The color that is incorporated, if any at all, depends entirely on the homeowner and the style of the space. Because there is such a variation with shape and size as well, many homeowners take this opportunity to add these features in order to boost the interest of the room and add complementary elements.

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home bar lighting designed by normandy remodeling designer leslie lee“Pendant lighting is most commonly found over a kitchen peninsula, kitchen islands or home bar,” added Leslie. “It is important to keep the number and size of the lights proportionate to the surface too, in order to maintain the balance of the room.” These lights are ideal for adding a design feature and slight pop of color to the space. For example, in this contemporary basement, Leslie incorporated these blue pendant lights in order to counterpart the colorful fish behind the home bar. The colors of these glass fixtures are illuminated by the light within and add soft lighting to the room in addition to the visual component.


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kitchen pendant lights designed by Normandy Remodeling design manager troy pavelka



Top Kitchen Trends for 2015

The New Year has arrived, and with it comes the question predicting the top kitchen trends for 2015. With a host of classic favorites and new concepts for kitchen remodeling this year, our design team weighed in on what they expect to be popular for 2015.  Here are elements they feel will be among the top kitchen trends, in no particular order:

  1. Carrara marble white kitchen with island in New Traditional styleNew Traditional: There is a growing preference for the clean lines of a modern kitchen, but the addition of carefully selected details and appointments soften the hard lines to add interest and texture to the room.
  2. Mimic nature: Whether it’s porcelain floor tile or engineered countertops, more manufactured items are taking on the look and beauty of natural elements, primarily natural stone.  The advances in recreating the movement, irregularity and beauty that are found in natural materials have been married with the ease of maintenance in the manmade products, and have grown in popularity with no end in sight.
  3. Pale gold tones & mixed metalsGreen refrigerator: While the shiny brass fixtures of the early ‘90’s may not be back, antiqued and brushed finishes in warm golden tones are taking hold. Mixing warm and cool metals together has become common as people pair differing metals, such as oil rubbed bronze and nickel, in the same space.
  4. Color: Color is being incorporated in cabinetry, backsplash tile, and countertops in a big way. People are renovating their homes to suit their style, and the years of bland beige kitchens have been left behind.
  5. Antique mirrors: Glitz is hot right now with glass tile, glossy cabinets and reflective surfaces remaining popular. Incorporating the old fashioned elements like antique mirrors Butler pantry near the kitchenhelps to create a sense of history in these newer pieces, while still being true to today’s style trends.
  6. Open layouts: Still exceedingly popular, open layouts are in high demand for their flexibility, which works for entertaining as well as daily family life.
  7. Butler Pantries: This staging area near the kitchen, which was a staple of kitchens in the turn of last century, has regained popularity as people find it to be ideal for entertaining and meal prep during a party.
  8. White: While white cabinetry is a classic element, it has retained its appeal and many homeowners continue to opt for this timeless look.  galley kitchen in a Chicago condo with open shelvingDressing up the typical white kitchen with a contrasting island or hutch piece is a way to give white cabinets some personality.
  9. Quality products: People are demanding quality materials for their new kitchen, avoiding anything that may need repairs or replacing in a few years.  Indeed, quality has become the new definition of luxury.
  10. Open shelving: You can’t beat the accessibility of having everyday items right at your fingertips, and open shelving has the additional bonus of making the room seem larger and more airy.
1.transitional style white kitchen with painted gray island 2.Engineered stone countertop that looks like natural stone
3.brushed brass refrigerator handles with red stove
5.Gray and blue cabinetry with antique mirror door insets 6.contemporary style dark stained wood kitchen with island
7.Butler pantry near the kitchen 8.white kitchen cabinets with green tile and countertops
9.Traditional cherry kitchen with black island and green cabinets 10.rustic kitchen using reclaimed timber with open shelving, exposed brick, and distressed walnut island

The Evolution of Kitchen Cabinetry Solutions

In today’s kitchens, homeowners are interested in incorporating features that add convenience and ease to their lifestyles.  With cabinetry selections, you are provided with a variety of solutions for making life in the kitchen much more enjoyable and creating a space where everyday items are readily available. “With cabinetry, homeowners have the flexibility to create a kitchen that works for them,” says Normandy Designer Leslie Molloy, CKD. “Not only are there improved ways to keep the kitchen more organized, you are able to completely maximize the potential of storage space as well.” Standard cabinetry has come a long way with improved design concepts. Pull out shelves and drawers are able to bring kitchen necessities directly to the homeowner with accessibility now more easily than ever. These following cabinetry solutions are just a few ways to take full advantage of the space and organization within your kitchen:

a lazy susan designed by normandy designer kathryn odonovan


Lazy Susan- “The Lazy Susan concept has come a long way in the past few years,” added Leslie. “Rather than acting as one unit, both shelves can now turn independently.” The top turn table is also reinforced with a supporting shelf to add stability and because there is no longer a central pole in the design, you can fit larger household and kitchen items on the shelves as well.

Hidden Corner Shelves: An alternative to the Lazy Susan, pull out shelves designed by normandy remodeling designer leslie leethese shelves pivot outward in order to make items readily available to homeowners, while utilizing an otherwise wasted space. This can be especially useful for homeowners who are aging in place, in order to avoid excessive bending or reachingcorner kitchen drawer designed by normandy remodeling designer ann stockard into under counter cabinetry.

 Corner Cabinet Drawers- These kitchen drawers provide the homeowner with a flexible and organized solution for cabinetry storage. “The drawers remain flush with the surrounding cabinetry design, and again bring items to the homeowner, rather than searching for them in the back corners of the cabinet,” says Leslie.


drawer organizer designed by normandy remodeling designer leslie molloy ckd

Dish Drawer Organizer- This solution keeps dishes secure so they don’t slide around when opening and closing the drawers. Drawer pegs further assist in keeping dishes, pots, pans, Tupperware and lids organized and separated.

Spice Rack Organizer- Spice rack drawers keep items easily accessible and readable due to the angled inserts within. Additionally, narrow shelving and pull outs take advantage of tight spaces within the kitchen and let homeowners reach for their favorite seasonings with ease.

cabinet spice rack designed by normandy remodeling design manager troy pavelka

shallow wall cabinet designed by normandy remodeling designer leslie lee

spice drawer organizer designed by normandy remodeling designer leslie lee






cutlery drawer tray designed by normandy remodeling designer leslie lee

Cutlery drawer dividers- These inserts help separate kitchen tableware and keep the drawer within organized, making utensils effortlessly reachable.

Overall, the kitchen is a space that is designed to fit the needs and wants of the homeowner.  The combinations of kitchen cabinetry options increase the flexibility and functionality of the kitchen, and now more than ever, homeowners are able to fully utilize otherwise wasted space and conveniently have items at their fingertips.