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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

Is a Waterfall Edge Right for You?

Posted on May 23, 2019

A waterfall edge has a striking visual appeal. It’s all about looks and has become a popular choice for kitchen and bathroom countertops. Waterfall edges got their name because, unlike their horizontal counterparts, the countertop “flows” right over the side edges, straight down to the floor. “This look is mostly desired by fans of modern… more

Warm Up To The Idea Of A Warming Drawer

Posted on December 10, 2018

If your family has an on-the-go lifestyle, it may be difficult to find a time when you can all enjoy a meal at the same time. We’ve all been there, a practice runs late or you get that last-minute “stuck at work” call. “Fortunately, the warming drawer makes it possible for families to have fresh,… more

Coffee Bar Design Ideas You’ll Love a Latte

Posted on August 23, 2018

Coffee, Espresso, Latte or Mocha… No matter how you fuel up in the morning, we’re serving up some great coffee bar design ideas courtesy of Normandy Designer Laura Barber, AKBD. Read below and make your morning Starbucks run a thing of the past… Here’s what you should consider adding to make the most of this… more

Vanity Table Tricks to Put Your Best Face Forward

Posted on July 30, 2018

Think about your morning beauty routine… Are makeup and hair products cluttering your bathroom countertops? Are you leaning over the sink to apply your mascara? Do you wish you had better lighting?  If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, we know just what you need… a vanity table. And, according to Normandy Designer… more

A New Shape on Corbels in the Kitchen

Posted on March 9, 2018

Corbels have long been used to add interest and detail in a kitchen. But even though these decorative brackets have been around for ages, their style has evolved. Currently, flowery and overly-ornate corbels are out. Want to know what corbels are in? We’ll let Normandy Designer Laura Barber tell you… “In terms of design, many… more

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

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

Wood-Look Tile on Walls

Posted on May 19, 2017

Oftentimes, there are assumptions on how to use certain products within your home renovation. One such misconception is the use of tile that looks like wood, which is most commonly used only as flooring. However, this design element can also be used elsewhere, including walls and showers. Here are some insights from Normandy Designer Laura… more

Rule of Thumb for Stacked Kitchen Cabinets

Posted on April 25, 2017

When completing a kitchen remodel, many spaces have high ceilings. While a beautiful feature, it is important to avoid selecting cabinetry that will weigh down the space. One idea that helps to provide a balanced look is a stacked cabinet. Here are some insights from Normandy Designer Laura Barber on this particular design decision. “A… more