It feels like yesterday I was roasting last year’s turkey and cannot believe the holiday season is here again. This Thanksgiving, we hope you enjoy spending time with those you love and building memories that you will never forget. I have a hunch that many memories this season will take place in the kitchen.
From everyone here at CCW, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.
Bob and Kathy Cavanaugh were looking to design a space that would function as a work environment, while providing kitchen storage. The goal was to create a decorative piece that would be multi-purpose without having a kitchen feel. Our designer Amy was onboard for the project and completed some renderings for the Cavanaugh’s to finalize their design. The Brookhaven cabinets in maple went best in their home and a cider finish was added for accent. In the top glass cabinets, lights were added to provide a warm ambience to the room. For Kathy, the bottom cabinets were installed with roll out trays for additional kitchen storage. The library was also constructed to display treasured ceramics and store books.
From the renderings to the completed project, checkout the pictures below:
With the economic meltdown of the housing market, it came as no surprise to me when I read this article yesterday on Yahoo.
Yahoo News – Study: Amid housing slump, home sizes shrink
The article focused on how homes are beginning to shrink in size. The average home today is 2,100 square feet – down from 2,300 square feet 3 years ago. I think people are realizing that certain rooms in the home may not be as practical as planned and are looking for more functionality. Who really needs a den, living room and formal sitting room in one house anyway?
From my experience, I did have a large home that was nearly 6,000 square feet. Although the house had enough space to fit almost every resident of East Greenbush, I tried my best to make it a home; but when my family wasn’t together and scattered throughout the two floors, my home just became a house. Families are meant to laugh, argue and cry together (preferably laugh) in a home. Sure it’s great to have tons of space, but having a smaller home keeps the family closer together and is more practical for them to enjoy.
Another downfall for having a larger home is that there’s more to clean and maintain. As the “maid” of my large home, I can attest to this!
Earth friendly products continue to increase in popularity as appliances become more energy efficient and products are manufactured with less impact on the environment. When it comes to cabinetry, Wood-Mode has been recognized as leaders in the green building movement for its manufacturing processes. You can also find great countertops like Treenu which is made from tree pulp and recycled paper.
Forget the Joneses and keep up with the Jetsons. Technology has come a long way in the kitchen and appliances are incorporating unique features like high-definition televisions in refrigerators and halogen surface lights in ventilation hoods. Induction cook-tops also continue to impress because no heat is wasted as energy is supplied directly to the cooking vessel.
White and Black
Life should be colorful, but should your kitchen? As more kitchens are designed with all white or black cabinets and countertop, homeowners are turning to a crisp, polished look for their home.
Porcelain Tile Planks
When it comes to flooring, don’t be square and consider planks made from porcelain tiles. Tile is great because of its durability for being fire, stain and moisture resistant. With the improvements made in recent years, this decorative choice allows you to experiment with colors and tones that offer a warm look of wood floors.
Life is easier in the kitchen when you can open a cabinet and find what you’re looking for. Today’s convenience options such as slide-out interior drawers, tilt-out bins and pull-down faucets can make the Lazy Susan feel like work!
When it comes to home renovations, customers always ask which countertop would be best for their home. They’re looking for excellent quality, durability, something that matches their overall design and taste, keeping in mind that countertop is also an asset in their kitchen or bathroom. From granite to soapstone to quartz, countertop comes in a variety of styles and colors. My personal favorite is granite because the colors and combinations are always unique.
You can click the chart below to help choose the countertop best for you:
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Thank you to everyone for coming out last night. I couldn’t have hoped for a better evening with friends who truly made it a remarkable event for CCW. I also hope no one forgot to grab a sponge on their way home!
Our CCW Sponge
Also, I have been feeling a little guilty and want to apologize to anyone I didn’t get to speak with last night. The showroom was just filled with so many wonderful people that even though I tried to circle the room as much as possible, I hope no one was overlooked!
And for those of you who were unable to make it, a special thank you goes out to our designer Justina for carving that extraordinary pumpkin!
The CCW Pumpkin
I just cannot believe it is November! It feels like yesterday we were creating the designs for the Saratoga Showcase of Homes. With the cooler weather and the start of November, the season that I hold close to my heart begins: the holidays and a time to celebrate family and friends. These final two months of the year always put me in the mood to surround myself with people I truly care about. That is why I’m looking forward to our fall cocktail party at CCW. We’ve been honored to have had the opportunity to work with, learn from and get to know so many people this year. For some time now, I have wanted to bring many of our clients, contractors, realtors and designers together for one special evening. It’s very rare to have everyone under the same roof and I’m looking forward to catching up with so many wonderful people.