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Incorporating Seating into a Kitchen Island

Posted on April 20, 2017

An island can not only add storage and prep space to your kitchen, but it can be provide additional seating too. However, before you go picking out your stools, it is important to think about how much seating is actually needed, what the ideal counter height is and where the seats will be located. Here… more

Kitchen Ceiling Considerations

Posted on March 22, 2017

Ornate and lavish ceilings have always been a popular enhancement in churches, museums, theaters and libraries. However, now-a-days, beautiful ceilings are not only limited to large institutions. In fact, unique ceiling details are becoming extremely popular in kitchen remodels. If this design element interests you, here are some considerations from Normandy Designer Leslie Molloy, CKD…. more

St. Charles Kitchen Renovated with Retirement in Mind

Posted on May 3, 2016

This traditional St. Charles home boasted over twenty years of cherished memories. However, the kitchen showed its age with outdated oak cabinets and bulky soffits that weighed down the ceiling. But with retirement right around the corner, the homeowners decided it was time to renovate the space and complete their warm and inviting home. While… 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 This was the case in this outdated oak kitchen, which was lacking in both storage and style.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

Adding a Wet Bar into Your Home Renovation

Posted on January 8, 2016

If you love to cook and host dinner parties, it’s time to raise the bar when it comes to your home design. An integrated wet bar near your kitchen and dining area is one way help you become the ultimate entertainer. “The placement of a bar in-between your kitchen and dining room can effectively join… more

Hinsdale Home Show is this Saturday!

Posted on April 6, 2015

Join us Saturday April 11, 2015 at the Second Annual Hinsdale Home Show, presented by the Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce. Normandy Designers will be on hand to discuss your potential home addition, kitchen remodel or home renovation project. Plus, at 1PM award-winning Normandy Designer Leslie Molloy, CKD; will be presenting an educational kitchen remodeling seminar… 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

Galley Kitchen Solutions

Posted on April 30, 2014

“Galley kitchens have a narrow and longer layout with main appliances and countertops directly opposite of one another,” describes Normandy Designer Leslie Molloy, CKD. She adds, “Given their layout, galley kitchens are not ideal for entertainment purposes, which is why open concept kitchen layouts have become so popular among homeowners.” However, there are ways to… more

Incorporating A Bar On The First Floor Of Your Home

Posted on December 31, 2013

“Typically when people are thinking about incorporating a bar or beverage center on the main level of their home it’s because they entertain frequently,” says Normandy Designer Leslie Molloy, CKD.  “While it’s convenient to use the bar as a serving/buffet area if needed for gatherings, the ideal function of the bar is to create a… 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

Casement Windows vs Double Hung

Posted on September 19, 2013

“Choosing between casement windows and double hung windows are really based on personal preference for the most part,” says Normandy Designer Leslie Molloy, CKD. “Casement windows add more architectural detail to a home, which some people are really drawn to.  Also, if you’re a big “open the windows and let the fresh air in” person,… more

Functional Kitchen Island Ideas

Posted on July 23, 2013

Kitchen islands have evolved from a countertop workspace and storage to another truly functioning element of the kitchen that homeowners can utilize.  “By having a kitchen island where there’s some sort of fixture, like a secondary prep sink, or appliance increases the likelihood of the island countertop being used on a more regular basis,” says Normandy… 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

How To Choose The Right Kitchen Backsplash

Posted on February 13, 2013

Normandy Designer Leslie Molloy, CKD shares in the first short video below the purpose of backsplash, and how to choose a backsplash material to fit your style of cooking.  In the second video, she delves deeper into examples of materials and different backsplash trends that she’s seeing.

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

Small Bathroom Storage Ideas

Posted on January 22, 2013

Maximizing storage in a small bathroom is key, but doing it in style can be another issue altogether.  Normandy Designer Leslie Molloy, CKD, was kind enough to share some tips that she uses to create more storage in a small bathroom. “Medicine cabinets are an obvious storage solution, but I’ll take it a step further and recommend… more

Congratulations to Leslie Lawrence Molloy!

Posted on November 6, 2012

Congratulations to our very own Leslie Lawrence on her recent nuptials!  Her destination wedding was absolutely beautiful and all of us here at Normandy wish her all the happiness in the world. On a more practical note, Leslie will be changing her name to Leslie Molloy, although all her original email and contact information will… more

Apron Front Sinks an Increasing Trend in Kitchen Design

Posted on September 17, 2012

Apron front sinks used to be a design element of the past, but in recent years they have been on an up-sweep in the design world.  “They’ve really gained a lot of momentum,” says Normandy Remodeling Designer Leslie Lawrence, “I’m especially seeing an increase of apron front sinks in white kitchens.”  People are using apron front sinks… more