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Sep-5-13

Intricate Beauty

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Intricate Beauty

 

Beautifully elegant, this kitchen’s rich cabinetry and island is accented by gold and copper accents, only adding to the rooms opulence.

Sep-5-13

Stay Light and Bright

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Stay Light and Bright

Reflective surfaces, such as ceramic tile and stainless steel, subtly amplify the effects of natural and artificial light, thereby making the kitchen seem larger. Plus, adequate lighting improves functionality. Undercabinet lights come in handy while cooking, and pendant lights add ambiance to meals served at an island or peninsula.

Aug-5-13

Bar With a View

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Bar With a View

Designer Gail Drury defines the movement and flow of this open kitchen with a set of two islands. A horseshoe-shaped island with a sweeping counter atop a stone base provides bar seating and a bird’s-eye view of the prep area. A second island houses an oven and large work counter, allowing the cook to interact with guests while preparing the meal. Photo Credit: Drury Designs/ Designer Gail Drury

Jul-21-13

Modern Cottage Ideas

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Modern Cottage Ideas

This kitchen has all the hallmarks of vintage cottage style: bin-style pulls, exposed hinges, inset flat-panel cabinet doors and drawers, open plate racks, and glass doors in some of the upper cabinets. The comfortable familiarity of the cottage look cleverly disguises modern amenities and functions: Custom drawers hold double dishwasher drawers to the right of the sink, vertical storage keeps trays and baking sheets in order, and extra-deep drawers stash cereals and snacks. An island made out of rustic alder stained to a rich, dark finish and topped by honed black granite anchors the clean white cabinetry and subway-tile walls.

Jul-21-13

Classic French Flair

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Classic French Flair

Gracefully lilting S-curve moldings and cabriole legs are hallmarks of French design, rooted in Louis XIV furniture. Here the relaxed S curve shapes the mullioned doors of upper cabinets. Carved cabriole legs support the farmhouse sink as if it were a piece of furniture and help blend it in with the base cabinets. The island boasts characteristic French accents as well: Reeded molding bands the top edge, and the sinuous corner corbels are carved with traditional shells and bell flowers. The island’s soft blue paint was sanded, crackled, and glazed with raw umber for an antique patina.

Jul-9-13

large brightly lit kitchen

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large brightly lit kitchen

This large brightly lit kitchen was a joy to design by the interior designers. With lots of room to work in, your kitchen can be a place to cook as well as entertain in. Your guests will be happy with the island countertop and cupboard space in this kitchen.

Jul-3-13

Transitional Kitchens

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Transitional Kitchens

A tiered island with a two-seat dining top is the centerpiece in this lengthy kitchen. The pear-green-colored soffit gives the room an extra shot of color.

Transitional kitchens include elements of both traditional and contemporary design. Eclectic in nature, they mix natural and man-made materials as well as finishes and textures.

Jun-26-13

The Social Kitchen

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The Social Kitchen

Very large islands kitchen and the demise (or at least the very reduced capacity) of the table in the kitchen. Our kitchen designs are incorporating large island(s) that can accommodate cooking, prep work and dining. The area previously reserved for the breakfast table has been replaced with a sitting area in the kitchen. The large over-scaled island provides an area for your kids to spread out their homework and projects and still give mom and dad a place to prepare the meal in a social and spacious manner.

Apr-19-12

Kitchen Island Ideas Using Stone

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Determine the kitchen island’s use and amount of traffic it will bear before selecting a stone countertop. The stone should be laid on top of a solid, even base to prevent it from cracking. The base must support approximately 18 lbs. per square foot of stone. If the island is a flat surface without a stove top cooker or a sink, the choices of stone widen. Otherwise, select a stone that is impervious to heat and water.

Marble

  • Marble is one choice for an island surface stone. Bakers prefer it for its cold inner temperature. The colors of marble vary, and most slabs contain veining that adds to the complexity of the marbling. Marble is at the higher end in cost of stone. To ensure the exact marble patterning you desire, select your preferred slab from a slab yard. After sealing a marble countertop, wipe the surface clean after every use to prevent staining.

Granite

  • The most versatile countertop in terms of color selection, granite colors range from dramatic reds to brilliant blues to deep blacks. A granite slab is laid in a few pieces, depending on the island template, with seamless butting between the slabs. A slab is costly and must be professionally installed. Purchase the slab at a slab yard where you can select the exact piece of granite as two slabs are never alike. Granite is also available in modular pieces that are smaller than slabs and less expensive or as granite tiles. Tiles are the least expensive forms of granite and can be easily installed as a “do-it-yourself” project.

Quartz

  • Quartz crystals are luminous and come in almost every color. When pulverized and mixed with resins for hardness and binding, quartz becomes a vibrant stone countertop. Most quartz compounds have antibacterial agents added. Quartz is only available in slabs and is as expensive as granite. It is heavier than granite and must be installed professionally.

Concrete

  • Concrete countertops are either poured on site or molded in a factory and brought to the location. It is a complex process but, as the popularity of concrete countertops increases, more purveyors are becoming proficient in designing and installing the stone. Concrete has the advantage of being poured into any shape or design, and colors can be added to the mixture prior to pouring. Concrete is heavy and must be custom-made and installed. A concrete countertop must be sealed frequently.

Soapstone

  • Similar to marble but with a high concentration of talc in its composition, soapstone’s weathered patina is more akin to slate than granite. Colors are limited to gray, white, charcoal and dark green. It will scratch but is resistant to stains and heat damage. It is an ideal stone if a sink or cooktop are nearby. Soapstone is nonporous and does not need to be sealed. An application of mineral oil heightens the finish of soapstone and ensures an even darkening of the stone.

Slate

  • Slate has a low absorption rate, which makes it one of the most durable stones mined. It resists stains and bacteria and is fireproof. The matte finish and uneven surface make it an unusually attractive stone for use as a countertop. Slate can be purchased in a slab or as tiles that are butted when installed. Slate does not need to be sealed, and the color can be heightened by applying mineral oil.

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