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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

Giving Wood a Second Life

Posted on January 25, 2019

“There isn’t a piece of reclaimed wood that I wouldn’t or couldn’t try to use,” said Normandy Designer Karen Chanan.  Reclaimed wood isn’t just for rustic spaces – its beauty makes it versatile for many different design styles.        Mixing and matching with existing wood finishes is one of the benefits of reclaimed… more

Oak Park Remodel for a Growing Family

Posted on August 17, 2018

It can be difficult to live in a small, outdated space. But add young children into the mix and it gets even more complicated. This was the case for a growing family in Oak Park. With two small children, they were in desperate need of a functional kitchen and updated first floor bathroom. To get… more

How Pinterest and Houzz Can Help Plan Your Remodel

Posted on June 7, 2018

Are you on Pinterest? How about Houzz? Even if you aren’t socially savvy, these tools can be extremely helpful when planning a home renovation project. Here are tips from Normandy Designer Karen Chanan on how to make the most of these platforms. Pinterest and Houzz have very similar concepts. Once signing up, you can create… more

Kitchen Remodel or Vacation? Which One of You is Right?

Posted on April 27, 2018

You want a new kitchen… he wants a grand vacation in Hawaii. Now what? It can feel like the longest and most frustrating debate you’ve ever had with your spouse. She has been wanting a new kitchen for almost a decade, and he thinks the one you have now is perfectly fine.  But more importantly… more

Fun with Cabinetry Feet

Posted on October 23, 2017

A beautiful kitchen is all in the details. One way to step up your design is with cabinetry feet. These feet come in different shapes, sizes and styles to help enhance your space. If you are interested in learning more, here are a few ideas from Normandy Designer Karen Chanan to get you started off… more

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

Getting a Good Grip on Cabinet Pulls

Posted on June 14, 2017

In addition to picking out a cabinetry style for your kitchen remodel, you’ll also need to decide on hardware. In addition to assisting in the process of opening and closing your drawers, cabinet pulls can also add to your overall design. While there are a variety of pull styles, Normandy Designer Karen Chanan has two… more

Kitchen Ideas: Options for an Island End Cap

Posted on April 13, 2017

Kitchen islands are an extremely popular request, most often desired for their prep space, seating and storage. However, while many concentrate on the island shape, material and color, there are other details to dress up its design. One such option is embellishing the ends. Here are some insights from Normandy Designer Karen Chanan on how… more

Preserving a Vintage Feel in a Newly Remodeled Space

Posted on March 21, 2017

While an older home offers plenty of character, oftentimes the layout is no longer practical for today’s modern family. The good news is that when the time comes to remodel, there are plenty of options that will allow homeowners to maintain the charm and integrity of the home, while adding useful updates that will improve… more