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Subway Tile – A Classic Not a Trend

Posted on April 29, 2019

Subway tile – it’s timeless, classic, affordable and has been a staple of kitchen and bath designs for decades. Its ability to complement any color palette or material selection means you can choose something that will remain flexible for your home’s future. But what can be done to keep it looking fresh and unique? A… more

The Modern Day Butler’s Pantry

Posted on March 26, 2019

Could your kitchen benefit from a butler’s pantry? If you are looking for a way to elevate your kitchen and make it work for you, you may be interested in adding a butler’s pantry to your wish list. It’s a buffer zone between the kitchen and dining room acting as a storage space, wet bar and… more

Why You’ll Love Having a Second Fridge

Posted on January 2, 2018

It’s always a good idea to add a second refrigerator for drinks, just ask Normandy Designer Leslie Lee. “A second under-counter refrigerator can benefit just about anybody,” said Leslie. “Even if you don’t entertain, it’s nice to take some pressure off your main fridge. You can take all of your drinks out, and open up… more

How to Entertain for the Holidays without a Dining Room

Posted on November 20, 2017

So many people are afraid of getting rid of their dining room – even if they only use it to entertain a couple of times a year. It’s easy to see why you might want to take over your dining room to make your kitchen bigger, but this time of year with all the holiday… 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

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

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

Column Consultation: Incorporating Columns into Your Design

Posted on May 9, 2017

Columns can be an integral part of your home’s structure. However, that doesn’t mean that they can’t be a beautiful design element too. Whether incorporated into your basement, living room or kitchen design, here are some tips from Normandy Designer Leslie Lee on creating a perfect pillar. “When working on a renovation, oftentimes there can… more

Kitchen Design Ideas: Refrigerator Armoires

Posted on August 9, 2016

Refrigerator armoires are used to help disguise your refrigerator and freezer as a piece of furniture and can be customized with panels to match the aesthetic of your kitchen. However, there are a few fundamentals to consider before including one in your kitchen remodel. Here are some insights from Normandy Designer Leslie Lee that should… more

Kitchen Floorplan Basics: What is the Work Triangle?

Posted on June 14, 2016

In order for your kitchen to be considered functional, it needs to have a proper layout. One floor plan fundamental is an effective work triangle, which is the relationship between your cooktop, refrigerator and sink. “Creating an effective work triangle is a wise rule to follow,” said Normandy Designer Leslie Lee. “Arranging it properly will… more