Tag Archive: kitchen

A Heart Warming Kitchen

Posted on February 14, 2019

The owners of this 1930’s home in Park Ridge loved the classic charm of the house but didn’t love the functionality of the outdated kitchen. Being a family that loves to cook, they knew when they bought it that they wanted to change the kitchen. “The overall footprint of the kitchen needed to be adjusted,”… more

Toe Kick Drawers are the Cabinets You Didn’t Know You Needed

Posted on January 29, 2019

Cabinetry defines your kitchen, and storage is usually at the top of everyone’s list. So it’s no surprise that you want to squeeze every last bit of functionality out of your layout. Toe kick drawers are probably one of the best kept storage secrets and something to consider, especially if you’re working with a small… more

Sorting Through Countertop Choices

Posted on January 25, 2019

The countertop is an essential part of the kitchen; it’s where all the action takes place and sets the tone and feel of the space. There is almost an endless selection of materials, styles and finishes to choose from, so Normandy Designer Liz Reifschneider weighed in on a few of her favorites. “People are always… more

Professional Design Tip: Mixing Stained and Painted Cabinets in the Kitchen

Posted on May 30, 2018

Ask Normandy Designer Lisa McManus and she’ll tell you there are plenty of scenarios where it makes sense to mix stained and painted cabinetry in your kitchen. You can opt for a painted perimeter and a stained island or vice versa. Either way, it can do a lot of good for your kitchen and your… more

Kitchen Remodel for a Mid-Century Modern Home

Posted on May 23, 2017

When completing a kitchen remodel, it is important to consider the current architecture of your home. Just ask Normandy Designer Lisa McManus, who completed this recent kitchen remodel on a mid-century modern home in Kildeer. “You always want your finish materials to keep in line with the space,” said Lisa. “In this home, the mid-century modern… more

Naperville Home Remodel Gets Personal and Functional

Posted on February 17, 2017

Your home should reflect your personal style and fulfill the needs and activities of your family. If it doesn’t, it may be time for a remodel. This was the case for a Naperville family, who wanted to update their first floor and master suite to suit their tastes as well as add a home office… 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

Top Kitchen Trends for 2015

Posted on January 9, 2015

The New Year has arrived, and with it comes the question predicting the top kitchen trends for 2015. With a host of classic favorites and new concepts for kitchen remodeling this year, our design team weighed in on what they expect to be popular for 2015.  Here are elements they feel will be among the… more

The Evolution of Kitchen Cabinetry Solutions

Posted on January 8, 2015

In today’s kitchens, homeowners are interested in incorporating features that add convenience and ease to their lifestyles.  With cabinetry selections, you are provided with a variety of solutions for making life in the kitchen much more enjoyable and creating a space where everyday items are readily available. “With cabinetry, homeowners have the flexibility to create… more

A Kitchen Ledge With A Stylish Countertop Edge

Posted on August 6, 2014

When selecting kitchen countertop treatments, it is important to remember that each style of kitchen has its own unique components, which help them stand apart from other styles.  “The kitchen countertop edge can add the smallest of detail, but still create such a strong impact on the overall look and feel of your kitchen,” says… more

Incorporating A Beverage Center Into Your Kitchen

Posted on January 29, 2014

Including a beverage center in the kitchen, or close to the kitchen, has been growing in popularity since the kitchen has become more of a gathering space.  “A beverage center is definitely becoming a must-have for homeowners that entertain,” says Normandy Designer Leslie Lee.  “It’s a great tool for spreading out the traffic flow, allowing… more

Top 2014 Kitchen Trends

Posted on January 10, 2014

A new year brings new kitchen design favorites among homeowners and the design industry.  While some carried over from 2013, there’s plenty of new elements that people are excited to incorporate into their kitchens in 2014.  We asked our design team what they expect to be popular this year… Quality products; people want to remodel… more

Top Three Countertop Finishes

Posted on December 11, 2013

“When selecting a countertop, you not only have to pick a material you like and the color, you also have to pick a finish,” says Normandy Designer Laura Barber.  “The top three finishes (in order of popularity) that I’m seeing in the industry are: 1.  Polished.  This is going to be the most common, having a… more

Low Divide Kitchen Sink Benefits

Posted on December 4, 2013

“Low divide kitchen sinks, called “Smart Divide” sinks by Kohler, essentially give homeowners the best of both worlds in kitchen sinks,” says Normandy Designer Stephanie Bryant.  “They’re designed for washing large pots, pans and skillets with long handles, but still offer the divide for the times you don’t need to fill the entire sink with… more

Kitchen Pot Filler Faucets

Posted on October 16, 2013

If you’re one that does a good deal of cooking, then incorporating a pot filler into your kitchen design is something that you won’t regret. This convenient fixture will quickly become one that you won’t know how you ever lived without.  Gone are the days of lugging a heavy pot filled with water from the sink… more

Help Us Find The Next Normandy Design Star!

Posted on February 15, 2013

We’ve been growing by leaps and bounds and we are looking to add several talented designers to our award winning Normandy Design Team.  To help us in our search, we’re looking to our fabulous network of clients, friends and industry partners to help us find talented designers to join our team. Our designers work closely with… more

Design Inspiration

Posted on February 25, 2011

Normandy Designer Gary Cerek meets with clients every day who are looking for him to take their design ideas and bring them together in a beautiful addition, a new kitchen, or major renovation.  But sometimes the toughest part is how to get started.  Gary discusses some of the ways his clients have found inspiration, and… more