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Coffee Bar Design Ideas You’ll Love a Latte

Posted on August 23, 2018

Coffee, Espresso, Latte or Mocha… No matter how you fuel up in the morning, we’re serving up some great coffee bar design ideas courtesy of Normandy Designer Laura Barber, AKBD. Read below and make your morning Starbucks run a thing of the past… Here’s what you should consider adding to make the most of this… more

Oak Park Remodel for a Growing Family

Posted on August 17, 2018

It can be difficult to live in a small, outdated space. But add young children into the mix and it gets even more complicated. This was the case for a growing family in Oak Park. With two small children, they were in desperate need of a functional kitchen and updated first floor bathroom. To get… more

Remodeling Tips that Will Work Now and Later

Posted on August 15, 2018

We’re not getting any younger. That being said, it’s never too early to start thinking about aging in place.  You don’t need to wait until your ‘golden years’ to ready your home. There are some smart (and discrete) design solutions you can make now to set yourself up for the future. To help get you… more

Why You Need a Bond and Permit When Remodeling

Posted on August 15, 2018

Before you can start construction on your home addition or remodeling project, there’s some administration work that needs to be done. We’re talking about permits and bonds. And while they may seem like a nuisance or an added cost, they are for your safety and benefit. Here’s some more information from Normandy Designer Jeremy Paris… more

Home Remodeling Tips for the Type A Personality

Posted on August 6, 2018

We’re not going to sugar coat it… Living through a remodel can be messy and disruptive. But, knowing that you’ll have a beautiful new space makes the struggle well worth it. And while remodeling can be a character building experience for anyone, people who otherwise like to be in control may find themselves feeling more… more

When to Pick a Peninsula Instead of an Island

Posted on August 6, 2018

Peninsula or island…? That is the question. These days, it seems like everyone wants an island. But, can a peninsula be a better choice? According to Normandy Designer Amanda Heyland, the answer is yes. Here is when a peninsula makes the most sense. The first step is to find out if a peninsula is a… more

The Suite Life: Five Must-Haves for the Ultimate Retreat

Posted on July 31, 2018

Master suites are a place to recharge and focus on self-care. They can be located on the first or second floor and the design can be anything from modern to traditional.  But, according to Normandy Designer Ashley Noethe, all of the really great ensuites have these five things in common…  Walk-In Closet and Storage– Clutter… more

Vanity Table Tricks to Put Your Best Face Forward

Posted on July 30, 2018

Think about your morning beauty routine… Are makeup and hair products cluttering your bathroom countertops? Are you leaning over the sink to apply your mascara? Do you wish you had better lighting?  If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, we know just what you need… a vanity table. And, according to Normandy Designer… more

Brooke’s Recipe

Posted on July 24, 2018

Not only does Normandy Designer Brooke Voris create beautiful kitchens… She can also cook! Looking for some inspiration on what to make for dinner? Here is one of her favorite summer recipes: Pan-Seared Tuna with Avocado, Soy, Ginger, and Lime. This recipe is from Chef Tyler Florence, host of several Food Network shows. “This is the… more

The Buzz on Kitchen Island Electrical Outlets

Posted on July 20, 2018

When it comes to island design, most think of cabinetry, countertops, seating. These things are important, but there’s another little detail that is often overlooked.  It’s a must-have and it’s probably not what you think… It’s your island outlets. According to Normandy Designer Jennifer Cross, AKBD, here’s why you need them and where to put… more