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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

Solar Eclipse Selections

Posted on August 21, 2017

Many will be watching the solar eclipse today, which will cover about 70 miles of the United States. In honor of this astronomical event, we’ve put together a list of product selections that will put you over the moon. Plus, you won’t even need to wear eye protection to take a look! Elements Eclipse, SoHo… more

Dream Bedroom Makeovers: Normandy Edition

Posted on August 14, 2017

Normandy recently partnered with non-profit Special Spaces to makeover the bedrooms of two Westchester brothers battling an autoimmune disease. The son of a previous client invited us to sponsor this initiative. The entire Normandy team jumped at the chance, excited to utilize their talents and resources to make a difference in the lives of these boys…. more

The Best Way to Organize a Mudroom

Posted on August 7, 2017

A well thought-out mudroom can do so much more than store coats and backpacks. Here are some tips from Normandy Designer Leslie Lee on how to take your mudroom design from good to great. “It’s important to consider all of your storage potential, including seasonal items, sporting equipment and tech,” said Leslie. “Additionally, cubbies do… more

Cabinet Lighting Trends: Tape Lighting

Posted on July 31, 2017

A lot has changed when it comes to cabinet lighting. It used to be that puck lighting was the answer. Now, tape lighting is taking over – illuminating more spaces than ever before. But how does it work and where do you incorporate it into your kitchen remodel? Here are some insights from Normandy Designer… more

Practical, Transitional Kitchen Renovation

Posted on July 25, 2017

These homeowners had a taste of their dream kitchen after remodeling while living on the East Coast. However, moving to Naperville meant that they were back at square one. The kitchen in their new home was cramped, dated and lacked counter space. Ready to remodel again, the homeowners brought in Normandy Designer Liz Reifschneider. The… more

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