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Building Character Back into a Hinsdale Tudor

Posted on November 8, 2017

The homeowners of this Hinsdale Tudor wanted a kitchen that reflected the character and traditional style displayed in the rest of their home. As it stood, their current space was dark and drab with a disproportionate amount of stainless steel. The master bathroom also left a lot to be desired – it was small and… more

Arlington Heights Kitchen Expansion

Posted on November 1, 2017

Formal dining rooms are not for everyone. In the case of this Arlington Heights renovation, the homeowners opted to gain extra square footage in their kitchen by expanding into their dining room. However, removing the dining room didn’t mean that they had to give up extra seating when entertaining. Here’s now Normandy Designer Liz Reifschneider… more

Fun with Cabinetry Feet

Posted on October 23, 2017

A beautiful kitchen is all in the details. One way to step up your design is with cabinetry feet. These feet come in different shapes, sizes and styles to help enhance your space. If you are interested in learning more, here are a few ideas from Normandy Designer Karen Chanan to get you started off… more

Selecting Showerheads and Sprays

Posted on October 18, 2017

During a bathroom remodel, a new showerhead is typically in order. However, it is important not to make a decision at random. Instead, you need to consider all of your options and determine what will be effective for your shower space and your needs. Based on common questions, here are some insights from Normandy Designer… more

What Decorative Lighting Does for Your Bathroom Remodel

Posted on October 4, 2017

While not the primary source of lighting, decorative lighting is just as important – whether that be in a small powder room or large master bath. To better understand this type of lighting and why it is needed; here are some insights from Normandy Designer Jennifer Runner Cross, AKBD. “Lighting should be looked at in… more

Customizing Your Shower Niche

Posted on September 22, 2017

Shower niches come in all shapes, sizes and styles. It’s really up to you how to utilize this space, which typically holds body washes and shampoos. These niches can be hidden or become the main focal point. Either way, here are some creative ideas from Normandy Designer Liz Reifschneider. First things first, it is important… more

A Well-Balanced Kitchen

Posted on September 20, 2017

Balance is an integral part of a kitchen design. In order to have balance within a space, proportion and scale need to be taken into account. Here’s some perspective from Normandy Designer Karen Chanan on how proportion and scale work together to impact your space. “Proportion refers to balance between design elements, while scale refers… more

Aging in Place: How to Prepare Your Home

Posted on September 11, 2017

For many, finances often come to mind when planning for the future. However, a safe living situation also needs to be taken into account. If it is preferable to grow old in your home, here are some ‘aging in place’ insights from Normandy Designer Maury Jones. “As we get older, our style of living changes…. more

What to Consider When Major Appliances Fail

Posted on August 28, 2017

“Appliances are an important part of your kitchen design, so before you go out and buy them, it is best to talk with a designer,” said Lisa. “The sizing and location really matter, so if you want to change either of these things, it is probably a good idea to consider remodeling.” “If you are… more

Bathroom Remodel: How to Make Your Bathtub the Focal Point

Posted on August 25, 2017

A strong focal point adds interest and draws the eye of the viewer. When it comes to your bathroom, one way to capture attention is with a free-standing bathtub. In order to properly execute this design idea, here are some bathtub focal point pointers from Normandy Designer Jennifer Runner Cross, AKBD. “Free-standing bathtubs are extremely… more