Back-splash

Let me start with full disclosure: I love back-splash and I have strong opinions concerning what works and what doesn’t.

First let’s talk functionality. All the steam, heat and grease around a cook-top are not very friendly towards wallpaper or wall paint. It just makes sense to install something that withstands the humidity and is easy to clean. When considering materials, remember the more porous the tile, the more difficult it is to clean. This is one reason why solid glass back-splash has become so popular. It also looks amazing!

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Now for design. In my mind, the most important determining factor for the color and style of your back-splash is your counter-top. For example, if you have any granite surface, other than solid black, I would never suggest a patterned tile. The vein texture and color variation in the granite is interesting enough on its own and will fight any pattern in the back-splash. Different fabric patterns, think paisley and stripes, can work well together as long as the colors blend…not so with tile and counter-top. In most cases, I suggest steering away from patterned tile full stop. It is trendy and can easily date your kitchen. But if it is something your creative juices are insisting on, be sure to pair it with a solid color counter-top.

Probably my favorite option is glazed subway tile. Timeless, easy to clean, classic…it works with just about any style, design and counter-top.

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For a more recent trend, consider metallic options. Go ahead and have fun with different shades and finishes from brushed stainless and oil-rubbed bronze, to antique brass and stamped tin.

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Back-splash plays an important functional role in your kitchen but also adds a great deal to the aesthetic and design. I just love a warm tiled niche behind the cooking area.

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Ray

 

Fall is in the Air: Time to gather around the fire pit

Fire pits, or outdoor fireplaces, date back thousands of years. Originally nothing more than pits in the ground to control flames, they were especially popular with nomadic cultures. Today fire pits range from simple metal bowls to elaborate, illuminated structures of stone or brick.

The American Society of Landscape Architects report that fire pits are the #1 requested design feature by far…and why not? They provide a hospitable, warm gathering place to enjoy conversation and a glass of wine well beyond Labor Day. In fact they can extend the use of your backyard to Thanksgiving…even in chilly Albany!

Constructing a fire pit into your landscape can be a simple, inexpensive addition or a more complex renovation…either way grab some s’mores fixings and offer a toast to the cool nights of autumn.

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A stunning curved rock wall frames the space, with natural boulders surrounding the flames

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Uber cool fire table with extra warmth at additional seating

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Interesting take on the traditional circular shape

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2014 Parade of Homes

CCW recently celebrated winning Pinnacle Home – Best Kitchen at the 2014 Parade of Homes and I just wanted to share some additional images of this amazing home on Saratoga Lake. I could not be more proud of our involvement in helping create such a stunning residence!

Enjoy!

Ray

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Wood-Mode Plays to Rave Reviews at KBIS

The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) is always an exciting time for Wood-Mode to introduce new ideas, products and manufacturing capabilities.

Check out this review on the blog: Simplified Bee:

http://www.simplifiedbee.com/2014/03/wood-mode-cabinetry.html

Happy Summer,

Laura

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2014 Parade of Homes Awards Announced

Last night, the CRBRA hosted the awards dinner for the 2014 Parade of Homes and I am very proud that CCW and Witt Construction won for Pinnacle Home Best Kitchen!

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This was a very special project and a very special home with a magnificent open floor plan and sweeping view of Saratoga Lake. Natural stone and reclaimed wood were used to bring the beauty of the surroundings into the home and the heartwood maple of the cabinets was finished with a lightly distressed matte brown with black glaze. This spectacular kitchen/great room truly defines the casual elegance of modern family living.

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It’s Time to Grill

To me, summer means many things but one of my favorites is taking the cooking outdoors! Nothing could be finer than a fresh piece of fish, burgers and steaks or farm fresh veggies on the grill.

Check out these “best of” lists from the BBQ Guys

For best gas grills:

http://www.bbqguys.com/content_content_17152.html

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For best charcoal grills:

http://www.bbqguys.com/content_content_6656.html

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Finally, I leave you with a scrumptious and healthy BBQ recipe from the sublime Tree Restaurant at The Lodge at Woodloch. So pour a glass of white wine, fire up the grill and enjoy!

Grilled Mahi Mahi with Garden Herb Chimichurri

Ingredients for Mahi Mahi (two servings)
2 mahi mahi fillets
3 tablespoons lemon juice
salt and pepper, to taste

Ingredients for Chimichurri Sauce (makes about 1/2 cup)
1/2 cup of parsley, large stems removed
4 cloves garlic
1/2 cup cilantro
1/4 cup oregano
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
salt and pepper, to taste
1/3 cup olive oil

In a blender or food processor combine all ingredients for chimichurri. Puree until finely blended.

Pour lemon juice over fillets and season with salt and pepper. Grill fillets for 10- 15 minutes, or until fish is pearly white and flakes easily with a fork.

Remove and top with chimichurri sauce.

Happy grilling, happy summer!

Laura

 

2014 Parade of Homes

Mark your calendars to enjoy an early summer week-end touring the beautiful homes featured in the 2014 Parade of Homes. First Two Weekends in June–May 31, June 1, 7 and 8th from 11 am to 5 pm parade-of-homes-banner Be sure to stop by Witt Construction’s gorgeous home overlooking beautiful Saratoga Lake at 83 Brown Road, Stillwater and BCI Construction’s Loudon House Condominiums, Unit 1E at 6 Schuyler Road, Loudonville.

CCW is proud to have partnered with these builders and designed the mill-work throughout both these residences.

For additional information on the Parade of Homes:

http://www.capitalregionparadeofhomes.com/

See you at the Parade!

Laura