Tag Archive: kitchen design

The Foundation of Your Renovation: Defining Your Style

Posted on June 20, 2017

When meeting with a Normandy Designer about your renovation, they will want to get a feel for your personal style. Why? It is important for the details in the design to reflect your tastes. But for many, it can be hard to articulate an actual style.  That being said, Normandy Designer Lisa McManus has some… 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

Common Kitchen Design Mistakes that Need Fixing

Posted on July 14, 2016

Prior to a renovation, kitchens are often in need of more than new cabinetry and countertops. Typically, the space also requires some forethought to the layout and overall functionality.   Normandy Designer Leslie Lawrence Molloy, CKD has insights on some of the most common kitchen design issues that owners are struggling with today. “Whether it wasn’t… more

Classic Meets Playful for this Victorian Kitchen Remodel in Hinsdale

Posted on April 8, 2016

The homeowners of this 1920’s, Victorian foursquare style home shared a love of classic architecture and antique finds, collected over many years in their travels throughout Europe and the U.S.   So when it came time to remodel their kitchen, they knew that maintaining a unique and vintage style was important. But because this busy family… more

Kitchen Layout and Design Go Hand in Hand

Posted on February 25, 2016

In most cases, a kitchen not only needs a fresh look, but a new and well-planned layout. This was the case in this outdated oak kitchen, which was lacking in both storage and style. The homeowners called upon Normandy Designer Leslie Molloy, CKD to transform their kitchen into an efficient and beautiful workspace. “The homeowners… more

Where to put the sink if your kitchen doesn’t have windows?

Posted on February 9, 2016

When a kitchen remodel is done right, numerous details that come together to make up a beautiful interior. A few of these particulars include lighting, cabinetry, layout and color palette. “There should always be multiple focal points in the kitchen,” said Normandy Designer Christopher Ebert. “This includes windows, range hoods, decorative cabinets, changes in cabinet… more

Kitchen Remodel Insights: Independent Spaces for your Cooktop and Oven

Posted on October 21, 2015

When it comes to making the most of your kitchen remodel, it is all about tailoring the space to fit your needs. This includes the placement of your cooking surface and oven. In the past, a traditional range was an appliance that combined these two elements in the same space.  In reality, separating these into… more

Kitchen Designs get a New Spin on the Lazy Susan

Posted on October 20, 2015

The Lazy Susan has long been converting awkward corner cabinets into functional storage space. But in recent years, there has been an increase in the number of options available to maximize the storage potential of a wide variety of corner cabinets. Beyond the original pivoting shelves for your kitchen cabinets, you can now add trays… more

Induction Cooktops are on the Rise

Posted on October 8, 2015

There are many choices when it comes to a stovetop, with the most recognizable options being gas and electric.  However, another option that is growing in popularity is induction. “Induction cooktops have been available for decades and are actually very popular in Europe. However, they are just now gaining momentum here in The States,” said… 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

A Weekend Getaway Helps You Prep for Your Remodel

Posted on July 28, 2015

Does your idea of a fun Date Night include browsing through tile shops or looking at fixtures as you and your spouse discuss what “could be” in your new kitchen or bathroom?  Then you may be the perfect candidates for a quick weekend getaway to nearby Kohler, WI. Just a 2 hour drive north of… more

Spice Up Your Kitchen Storage

Posted on July 24, 2015

Finding the right home for your spices within your overall kitchen design can be a detail that’s easily overlooked.  Fortunately, there are a wide variety of options for spice storage, and their relatively small size makes them prime candidates for capitalizing on otherwise lost or under-utilized space. Location is a key determining factor in choosing… more

A New Generation of Appliance Garages

Posted on June 30, 2015

When you think of appliance garages, do images of roll-top louvered doors come to mind? Despite their practicality, appliance garages fell out of fashion for a long time, largely because they instantly dated a kitchen and did very little to enhance the design aesthetic of the space.  But fans of these handy spaces will be thrilled to… more

Stained and Painted Cabinets: Now in Color!

Posted on March 31, 2015

Combining stained and painted cabinets in the same kitchen has been popular for over five years, but one of the more interesting developments in this trend is the addition of color to the cabinets.  Up until recently, most of the painted finishes in these combo kitchens had been white, but color is gaining ground as… more

1950’s Ranch Becomes “Forever Home”

Posted on February 27, 2015

After recently purchasing their single story La Grange home, these empty-nesters worked closely with Normandy Designer Leslie Lee to accomplish their remodeling goals. This 1950’s ranch style home was designed to reflect the ever-changing tastes and lifestyles of these homeowners and their ability to age comfortably in their forever home. The existing rooms were reconfigured and remodeled… more

Pops of Color Can Be Slight, With Decorative Pendant Lights

Posted on January 15, 2015

Today, homeowners enjoy having multiple layers of lighting in order to have more flexibility within their space.  Whether it is in the kitchen or in a casual setting, different moods and tasks call for different light fixtures. “Pendant lights are a functional targeted task light that can further enhance the style of the space,” says… 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

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

Open Shelving Pros and Cons

Posted on September 23, 2013

Open shelving is one of those design elements people tend to either love or hate, so if you’re one that loves them – this article is for you.  “Going with open shelving provides an opportunity to break up the look of cabinets upon cabinets in the kitchen,” says Normandy Designer Kathryn O’Donovan.  “They’re great for introducing… more

AAUW Home Tour Features Remodeled Normandy Home With Latest Design Trends

Posted on September 17, 2013

Preparations for the 62nd Annual AAUW (American Association of University Women) Home Tour are coming together, and this year’s tour promises to be a highlight of the Hinsdale area fall calendar.  The Home Tour will feature five spectacular homes, including a home with a recently remodeled kitchen and bathroom that incorporates some of the hottest trends… more

Ideas To Make Your Kitchen Layout Work For You

Posted on June 3, 2013

Thinking back to the last time you were browsing through pictures of kitchens, it’s safe to say that you noticed the colors, style and so on, but one of the most important elements of a kitchen is often overlooked – the layout. “Every family uses their kitchen differently and needs a layout that will work for… more