Tag Archive: kitchen ideas

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

Chicago Kitchen Turns from One Century to the Next

Posted on February 11, 2016

Built in the early 1900’s, this turn of the century kitchen was small, lacking storage space, seating and cooking zones. While it had gone through a few cosmetic changes over the years, it was long overdue for a major overhaul and Normandy Designer Stephanie Bryant, CKD was brought in to do the job. “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

Purr-fect Spot for Cat Bowls

Posted on August 14, 2015

Pets are treasured members of the family, and as such have a special place in our homes.  So when planning for a new kitchen, this family made sure to incorporate the needs of their cat, just as they would for any other member of the family. “Each person has a designated place to eat or… more

What is the Difference between Cooktops and Rangetops?

Posted on August 7, 2015

There are a wide variety of kitchen design solutions that would make a cooktop or rangetop the right solution for your kitchen, rather than a traditional stove. For example, if the kitchen has multiple work zones, or multiple ovens, it may be practical to separate the cooking surface from the oven below. While cooktops and… more

Getting a Handle on Kitchen Faucets

Posted on July 7, 2015

Kitchen faucets come in various styles, colors and options. One option to consider when choosing a kitchen faucet is whether you prefer a single handle or double handle faucet. One may argue that there is no difference between the two and that a faucet is a faucet.  In actuality, there are significant differences between the… 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

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

Turn Your Sample Door Into Home Décor‎

Posted on November 21, 2014

During the remodeling process, one of the steps homeowners need to go through is selections, where they choose the design elements for their project.  After completing their kitchen remodeling project with Normandy Designer Vince Weber, these homeowners decided to reinvent their cabinetry sample door, and create a unique piece for their newly remodeled kitchen. The… more

Stucco Range Hoods In the Kitchen

Posted on October 3, 2014

Proper ventilation is one of the most important elements in any kitchen, but just because your hood is a workhorse, doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful.  Range hoods come in a wide variety of materials, shapes, sizes, and styles.  In addition to their aesthetic contributions, they help to conceal the blower, which removes the cooking… more

Mixing Stained and Painted Kitchen Cabinetry is a Winning Recipe

Posted on August 8, 2014

Mixing stained and painted finishes in the kitchen is a remodeling trend that’s been popular for several years, and shows no signs of fading any time soon.  “Introducing multiple finishes in the kitchen allows you to create contrast, enhance the visual interest of the space, and break up the potentially monochromatic look of the kitchen,”… 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

5 Tips For Preparing Your House For A Kitchen Remodel

Posted on December 13, 2013

A successful kitchen remodel is definitely more of a marathon than a sprint, but the transformation is worth it.  Your dream kitchen is waiting at the finish line, and we’ve got Normandy Designer Leslie Molloy’s 5 tips to prepare for the construction phase. “I don’t think anyone can ever be 100% ready to have strangers… 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