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The Work Life Balance Office

Posted on June 10, 2019

This home office has the ultimate layout for getting work done and feeling comfortable in your own home. It’s perfect for late nights and early weekend mornings when everyone is still asleep. Everything from the file cabinets to the desk placement has been planned out making it efficient, allowing you to focus on the task… more

Curated Kitchen

Posted on May 23, 2019

This kitchen is not just another pretty face. Underneath its splendid surface, it’s hard working and designed for you to roll up your sleeves and feel fabulous doing it. The subtle yet elegant details and warm hues create interest without being too flashy. It’s the perfect space to feed your family, or host a fabulous… more

Modern Day Chic Kitchen

Posted on May 23, 2019

A contemporary kitchen with subtle elegance will never go out of style. This kitchen blends modern design with other styles, including industrial elements, for a look that’s current and sleek, but not sterile. The curated fusion between both styles works absolutely beautifully, allowing you to play off both aesthetics depending on your taste. Normandy Designer… more

The Launch Pad

Posted on May 14, 2019

A great mudroom is not just a place to hide your stuff; it’s about making the mad dash out the door less maddening. This well-designed space makes the best use of storage with custom carpenter built cabinetry allowing all family members a spot for their needs, down to the family pet. That mountain of shoes… more

The Park Avenue Kitchen

Posted on April 25, 2019

If kitchen eye candy is your thing then this is your kitchen. It ups the ante in the glam department using custom detailing and jaw-dropping elements and it’s as functional as it is beautiful. Normandy Designer Kathryn O’Donovan designed this kitchen with a sunny atmosphere and spacious layout to accommodate both gathering and cooking. “The… more

Paris Kitchen

Posted on April 19, 2019

Classic and modern live happily ever after in this kitchen. It is tres-chic and Normandy Designer Kathryn O’Donovan made sure it had the romance of vintage Paris with the cosmopolitan feel of a bustling city. This pretty Parisian-inspired space presents chef-friendly conveniences in sophisticated old-world forms. “This kitchen is a showstopper for me,” said Kathryn. … more

Design Definitions: Plain Sawn, Quarter Sawn and Rift Sawn

Posted on March 23, 2017

Quarter Sawn, rift sawn and plain sawn are technical terms to describe how the tree trunk is cut. These three options are common when selecting cabinetry and flooring for your home remodel. Here is a breakdown of each method and their results, including how wood grains appear on surfaces. Plain Sawn – Also known as… more

A Reflection on Reflective Surfaces

Posted on January 5, 2017

What’s old is new again and mirrors are back in a big way. Whether incorporated into a kitchen or bathroom, many are selecting shiny, reflective surfaces to add some extra sparkle and style. “A reflective surface can elevate your space to a higher degree of sophistication and glam,” said Normandy Designer Kathryn O’Donovan. “Additionally, it’s… more

Glamorous, New Traditional Kitchen Remodel

Posted on April 28, 2016

These Hinsdale homeowners loved to cook and entertain their family. Therefore, when their appliances and cabinetry started to fail, they knew it was time to call upon Normandy Designer Kathryn O’Donovan to whip their kitchen back into shape. While a remodel was crucial, a new footprint in the space also needed to be addressed. “The original layout… more

What are Distressed Cabinets?

Posted on January 28, 2016

There are a variety of ways to tailor your kitchen cabinetry to your taste, and if you prefer a vintage inspired look, distressing can be a great selection for your home. Distressing is a process that gives cabinets an old and weathered appearance. There are many different distressing techniques that can be used to create… more