Tag Archive: Jennifer Runner

Kitchen Remodel Decisions: Overlay vs Inset Cabinetry

Posted on March 13, 2017

When it comes to choosing kitchen cabinets, there are many decisions to make. Aside from determining the color, door style and hardware, you’ll also need to pick between overlay or inset cabinetry. In order to better understand how these styles are different, here are some observations from Normandy Designer Jennifer Runner Cross, AKBD. “With a… more

Normandy Design Team Earns Nine Remodeling Excellence Awards

Posted on January 27, 2016

We are proud to share that Normandy is the recipient of nine Remodeling Excellence Awards from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) of Greater Chicagoland. These prestigious, annual awards are presented to Chicago-area remodelers who have produced high-quality interior and exterior renovations. These nine awards represent the work of Normandy Designers Laura Barber,… more

Kitchen Design, with Message Center and Landing Zone on the Side

Posted on September 29, 2015

For many families, the kitchen is not just about preparing and enjoying delicious meals. It also functions as a central hub for activities like completing homework, juggling calendars and sorting mail. However, more often than not, kitchens are missing an area to host important notes and papers– drastically increasing the odds of having to stick… more

Master Suite Retreat

Posted on May 28, 2014

“The Master Suite is often used as an escape, your own personal sanctuary, and there are combinations of design elements that can be used to make this space even more relaxing and serene,” says Normandy Designer Jennifer Runner, AKBD. “The elements that are most widely used to make a big impact include color, lighting and… more

Designer Finds from KBIS 2014

Posted on February 7, 2014

Normandy Designer Jennifer Runner, AKBD just wrapped up her visit to the massive Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) 2014 in Las Vegas and shared some of her recent finds.  While this trade show has elements for both kitchens and bathrooms, two of Jennifer’s favorites from the show focus on the bathroom shower. Kohler’s popular… more

Color Matched Congratulations

Posted on May 31, 2013

One of Jennifer Runner’s fabulous clients sent her a flower arrangement to say “Thanks” for all the design work she’s done for their upcoming project, and as a “Congratulations” for her recent National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) 30 Under 30 win.  Jennifer was flattered by the gesture, and quickly realized that she and her… more

New Universal Design Approach Gaining Industry Interest

Posted on April 30, 2013

Normandy Designer Jennifer Runner recently won a “30 Under 30” award presented by the National Kitchen and Bath Association, which also got her special access at KBIS 2013, one of the biggest kitchen and bath trade shows for industry professionals.  Part of the trip to KBIS included her “30 Under 30” group giving a presentation on how universal… more

Pros and Cons of Marble Countertops

Posted on April 9, 2013

Marble countertops are an absolutely stunning natural stone, but do the cons outweigh the pros for choosing it as countertops in your bathroom?  Let’s start with cons:  marble is one of the softest natural stones, meaning it can stain and etch easily.   Like most natural stones, marble needs to be sealed once or twice a year…. more

Normandy Designers Give New Meaning to “Collecting Hardware”

Posted on January 25, 2013

The Normandy Designers recently attended an awards ceremony for the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Greater Chicagoland chapter, and left with almost every single award!  There were eighteen “Remodeling Excellence Awards” were handed out, and various Normandy Remodeling Designers received an astonishing seventeen of them.  The designers were thrilled to have their hard work recognized… more

“Jennifer Runner is Awesome!”

Posted on October 24, 2012

It’s always nice to know that when people work with us on a remodeling project, they tend to love our staff as much as their new space.  One of our talented designers, Jennifer Runner, recently received another letter from a Naperville client praising her expertise and design skills.  It was so sweet we couldn’t help but share it! “Jennifer Runner… more

Normandy Designer Helps Prepare Design School Grads

Posted on August 17, 2012

Normandy Designer Jennifer Runner has been asked to return to her alma mater, The Illinois Institute of Art – Schaumburg, to participate in a Mock Interview event for the current Interior Design students.  After the interviews Jennifer conducts with students, she will select one student to come shadow her for a day at Normandy!  “I… more

Awards by the dozen

Posted on December 28, 2011

We’ve been fortunate to have completed some beautiful remodeling projects for our clients this year, and while we suspected that many of these were truly exceptional, we weren’t quite prepared for the overwhelming response that we recently received from our peers. This year, as in prior years, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Greater… more

Shades of Gray

Posted on November 14, 2011

Have you noticed the color gray popping up more and more?  You’re not imagining it, the color gray has become a design force to be reckoned with.  In this video Normandy Designer Jennifer Runner, AKBD discusses the popularity of all the shades of gray.            

Master Suite Makeover

Posted on April 4, 2011

These homeowners had a master bathroom adjoining their master bedroom, but something wasn’t quite as it should be…it wasn’t quite ready to be called a “master suite”. A “master suite” evokes ideas of tranquility and personal sanctuary where you can recharge your batteries and soothe your mind. But what if your current master bedroom/master bathroom… more

Bathroom Remodeling Color Trends

Posted on March 28, 2011

Jennifer Runner, AKBD and Designer for Normandy Builders discusses the most common color trends she’s finding in today’s bathroom remodeling projects.