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Kitchen Remodel Goes for Heavy Metal Glamour

Posted on July 19, 2017

From the marble backsplash to the crystal chandeliers, this Arlington Heights kitchen remodel has a straightforward sense of glamour. Shiny pops of metal also appear throughout the space. As a result, this transitional kitchen is classic and captivating, but with a slight edge. Obvious reflective metal elements include the cabinetry hardware, stainless steel appliances, polished… more

Balancing Natural Light and Storage in Your Kitchen Remodel

Posted on July 17, 2017

When completing your kitchen remodel, the size of your space can impact your overall storage and natural light capabilities. Here are some helpful insights from Normandy Designer Leslie Lee on what to consider when deciding between installing additional cabinetry or a window. “In general, putting cabinetry in place of windows will result in more storage… more

Mudroom Flooring Do’s and Don’ts

Posted on July 13, 2017

As expected, mudrooms have the propensity to get a little messy. This area, found near an entryway, is where dirty or wet footwear are removed and stored. Of course, this makes choosing the right flooring of utmost importance. Here is some guidance from Normandy Designer Jennifer Runner Cross on choosing flooring that will withstand all… more

What is Grain Matching?

Posted on July 10, 2017

If you have an eye for detail and prefer a natural way to add beauty and interest to your kitchen remodel, consider gain matching your cabinetry. Here are some insights from Normandy Designer Ashley Noethe on this unique design idea. “When we talk about grain, we are referring to the pattern of lines found on… more

Barn Door Basics

Posted on June 26, 2017

Think about the doors in your home. While they provide entrance or privacy to an enclosed space, many often forget that they can add to the overall aesthetic. One door that doesn’t disappoint is a barn door, which adds interest and drama. If this style door is in line with your tastes and preferences, here… more

A Fresh Take on Display Cabinets

Posted on June 21, 2017

Glass-door cabinets have always been a popular choice for showcasing fine china, canisters or other decorative items. However, it looks as though metal mesh inserts are also finding their place in the today’s kitchen remodels. This new and refreshing design idea offers plenty of options when it comes to materials, color and style. Here are… more

The Foundation of Your Renovation: Defining Your Style

Posted on June 20, 2017

When meeting with a Normandy Designer about your renovation, they will want to get a feel for your personal style. Why? It is important for the details in the design to reflect your tastes. But for many, it can be hard to articulate an actual style.  That being said, Normandy Designer Lisa McManus has some… more

Getting a Good Grip on Cabinet Pulls

Posted on June 14, 2017

In addition to picking out a cabinetry style for your kitchen remodel, you’ll also need to decide on hardware. In addition to assisting in the process of opening and closing your drawers, cabinet pulls can also add to your overall design. While there are a variety of pull styles, Normandy Designer Karen Chanan has two… more

Defining Down Draft Ventilation

Posted on June 9, 2017

While not as glamorous and choosing a backsplash, countertop or cabinetry, ventilation is an extremely important part of your kitchen remodel. Proper ventilation is critical because it helps remove smoke, steam and grease, keeping your kitchen clean and safe. Most of the time, ventilation is overhead, incorporated through a range hood. However, there is another… more

Custom Cabinetry Furniture Pieces

Posted on May 30, 2017

Kitchens and bathrooms in many homes are outfitted with standard or semi-custom cabinets.  They provide function, are attractive, and are relatively reasonably priced.  But when a standard size or shape doesn’t fit the need, it’s time to take a step up, into a fully custom cabinet. Custom cabinetry breaks free from the limitations of simple… more