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The Suite Life for Sisters

Posted on July 12, 2019

There are two little girls in Winnetka who are definitely living the Suite Life. Normandy Designer’s  Troy Pavelka and Kathryn O’Donovan created a “sister suite” above the garage that gave these girls their own bedrooms, a hangout space and their very own bathroom to share. There are some special touches to this bathroom that keep… more

Simple and Fresh White Kitchen

Posted on July 12, 2019

A kitchen has to run smoothly to be livable (and likeable). “The original kitchen was outdated and on the smaller side,” said Normandy Designer Vince Weber. The young homeowners wanted to take full advantage of their space to fit their busy lifestyle.” First up, we needed to get a little more space. “They wanted a… more

Family Approved Galley Kitchen

Posted on July 8, 2019

Open living is the hot trend right now, but it is not always an option for everyone. “For this young family, they wanted to open up the kitchen into the family room. But I established early on that the HVAC system servicing the second floor was housed in the existing wall between the rooms, and… more

The Clever Ledge

Posted on July 2, 2019

Sometimes a ledge is just what you need for form and function above your bathroom vanity. “Ledges are basically found space in your bathroom,” says Normandy Designer Ashley Noethe. “I love the way they keep everyday items at hand while keeping your countertop clutter free.” They can be deep or shallow offering a variety of… more

Outdoor Lighting to Compliment Your Home

Posted on June 25, 2019

Not all outdoor lighting is created the same, and it requires more than just putting up a wall light and calling it a day. To create ambiance, it’s all about choosing the right type of lighting fixture for your home. Whether you have a small bungalow or a stately Victorian, your home has a distinctive… more

Patio Doors that Connect to the Outdoors

Posted on June 24, 2019

Now that patio season is here, are you thinking of how to make the most of your outdoor space this summer? Take a close look at your patio doors. Are they showing their age? Maybe it’s time to swap out your old doors for a brand new set. Replacing your patio doors can give you… more

Dress Up Your Windows

Posted on June 24, 2019

Window boxes are the underrated secret weapon of curb appeal. These seemingly simple additions are the perfect touch that makes your façade one that passers-by won’t forget. Here are some helpful tips for installing gorgeous window boxes, taking the outside of your home to the next level. While most people avoid being too matchy-matchy for… more

Top off your Kitchen with Style

Posted on June 14, 2019

Everyone wants a bigger kitchen, right? So why not consider adding a vaulted ceiling to your plans? It will make your room feel much larger and spacious and give it an element of grandeur. A vaulted ceiling makes a room more visually interesting and will cap off your kitchen with pizazz. “A vaulted ceiling can… more

Keep your Kitchen Appliances Hidden but Handy

Posted on June 13, 2019

Disguising your appliances is a simple yet significant way to instantly make your kitchen feel more organized and elegant. Many appliances can be somewhat of an eyesore and take away from an otherwise beautiful design. As open concept kitchens are becoming the norm, camouflaging your stainless appliances will help make the space more cozy and… more

A Cabinet on the Side

Posted on June 13, 2019

That bare spot on the end of your kitchen cabinets is more useful than you think. A slim cabinet can be just the thing to make the most of those odd corners in your kitchen. It can be used for anything that is small, odd-sized or flat. “A side cabinet works best on the end… more