As homeowners begin to look into a renovation, they may decide a complete makeover isn’t necessary. Or maybe they would like to update just particular feature to enhance a room’s look. For the bathroom, if a renovation isn’t on the table, consider these 4 simple updates to recreate your space.
Update Your Floors
Add value and style to your bathroom floors. Porcelain, ceramic and natural stone continue to be super popular with homeowners and designers. Also you’ll get the most added value with an almost dollar for dollar investment.
Exchange Your Shower Head
Should you sell your home, even the simplest detail plays a role. Therefore, minor updates shouldn’t be avoided. By switching out your shower head, you can turn your shower into an oasis. Consider a rain head for its dollar for dollar return on investment.
Install New Lighting
Lighting makes a huge impact in a room creating the ambience you desire. Instead of glaring, blinding lightbulbs above the sink, install task lighting. These lights can be recessed into the ceiling, or even select a pendant or sconce fixture to help illuminate the mirror. Track lighting also continues to be a wonderful option, providing lights to sit along a track on the ceiling or wall. You can adjust their position to shine wherever you want.
Switch Out Your Sink
With so many tasks taking place around the sink, why not update it for a look that appeals to the eye? Not only can sinks be fun, but also they can introduce luxury into your bathroom. Simple details like a new shiny chrome faucet and porcelain handles can add a lot of value to your home. Integrated sinks, in which there are no edges or hangovers from the countertop to the sink, continue to be a homeowner’s favorite. Also, vessel sinks are a creative way to bring life and uniqueness into the space.
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Tagged bathroom, bathroom design, Bathroom Lighting, Budget Renovations, Ceramic Floors, Countertop, design, home, Home Renovations, porcelain tiles, Shower Head, Sink, Trends, Vessel Sink Ideas
As we continue sharing our holiday wish list, you’re gonna love these indulgent products for the bathroom.
GROHE Rainshower Cosmopolitan
For modern bathrooms, products that combine the latest design styles with high performance features are a must! The GROHE Rainshower Cosmopolitan handheld shower spray provides the luxurious feeling that will have you taking longer baths. From its chrome finish to four superb spray options, this piece will create the perfect shower to refresh, relax and rejuvenate!
Myson Electric Towel Warmers
Feel decadent every time you step out of the shower to dry off with a cozy, warm towel. This model from Myson Electric Towel Warmers provides a safe, reliable heating element that easily mounts to the wall. It’s stainless steel finish will look great in any bathroom while remaining energy efficient. Best of all, the product comes with a three year warranty in case of any manufacturing defects.
5th Avenue Egyptian Cotton Luxury Bath Towel Set
Woven in Egypt from the finest Egyptian Cotton, these towels from 5th Avenue are designed to wrap you in the kind of luxury found in most exclusive spas. These durable towels are deep-looped and densely stitched for optimal quality. They make the perfect gift for someone or keep a set for yourself!
DreamLine Majestic Jetted & Steam Shower
With its superb craftsmanship and unique materials, the MAJESTIC shower demonstrates true luxury. Designed to be installed against tiled walls, the model includes a rain top brass shower head, two recessed roof lights, six adjustable body jests and a designer shower head. The integrated steam controller includes On / Off / Time / Temperature settings for full steam adjustment and provides control access to lights, FM radio and MP3 sound functions. We love that its built in water management system lets us control the water temperature. Whether used for a simple shower, jet massage or steam bath, the MAJESTIC jetted and steam shower enclosure truly is….majestic!
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Tagged Bath, bathroom design, Egyptian, home, Majestic, Myson Towel Warmer, Shower, Tech, Towel set
Yesterday our designers shared what they wanted this holiday season for their living rooms. Today, see what they want in the kitchen!
When it’s winter, the sun sets early, the winds are cold. There are days when you just want to be snuggle under a blanket indoors. However, we all still crave natural lighting and lots of it! With LLumar Windows you can keep your home lit naturally and safely. Their products block more than 99% of all UV rays which helps preserve the color of your furnishings, fabrics, curtains and other materials. Also, you’ll save up to 40% on your energy bills while enjoying the outdoor views.
Pumpkin Cranberry Nut Bread
Is there anything better than the smell of fresh baked bread throughout your home? Here’s a tasty recipe from Epicurious that will put any fruitcake to shame. This bread is the perfect combination of flavors for the holidays. It’s even better when you share with your friends and neighbors!
Vintage Kitchen Aid Mixer
Has there ever been a better kitchen appliance for the home? These rare, yet exquisite, vintage mixers from Kitchen Aid are built to last. They’re the perfect tool for baking cookies, cakes and more. With its strong motor and classic beehive glass bowl, this mixer looks great in either an industrial or farmhouse kitchen.
Liebherr SBS 246 Refrigerator
Innovative is the word to describe this refrigerator. Liebherr is recognized worldwide for their refrigeration and freezer technology. From its stainless steel finish to LED lighting, this model sports features that will have you staying in your kitchen more often! Our team loved the built-in wine cooler for storing our favorite Pinots and Chardonnays.You’ll enjoy the Biofresh feature that provides the perfect climate for keeping foods fresher while retaining more of their nutritional value. Food can actually last up to three days longer. What makes this appliance even better is that it is Energy Star efficient!
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Tagged Christmas, Cooking, Holidays, home, kitchen, Kitchen Aid Mixer, Kitchen Design, Liebherr, LLumar Windows, Recipe, Refrigerator, Vintage
If you’re planning to design the kitchen of your dreams, be sure to keep our designers’ essentials in mind.
When space allows, having an island in the kitchen is essential. Not only is it the social center of your space, but also an area to prep food, eat, serve or complete tasks. Islands can also provide additional storage and functionality for maneuvering within zones in the kitchen.
Cabinets play an important role in the kitchen for storing dishware, pots, pans, appliances and more. However, you don’t want your kitchen to have only top and bottom closed cabinetry. Add some flavor to the heart of your home with glass door cabinets and open shelves. These features are great for showcasing your favorite items in the kitchen.
Every kitchen should have a hook that ties the room together and pulls you in. This could be a backsplash, an ornate oven hood or even a fancy chandelier over the island.
Friends and Family
No kitchen is complete without the people who matter most. Whether you invite your neighbors over for a glass of wine or enjoy a delicious meal with your family, it’s because of them we build memories that last a lifetime!
As most of you already know, we had the privilege to work with our friends at Witt Construction for the Saratoga Showcase of Homes. We worked on the home located at 61 Granite Street and provided the Brookhaven cabinetry in several rooms of the home, including the kitchen and three bathrooms. Not only did the home win the “Realtor’s Choice for Luxury Home,” but also “Best Luxury Master Bathroom”!!
The winning master bathroom, was created with his and hers vanities separated by a middle bookcase and TV cabinet. Our designer Anna wanted to create a spa like feel with rich, dark cherry cabinets. However, she wanted the cabinetry to be simple and compliment the light Carrera marble and soothing colors. At the client’s request, storage was a must. Anna designed the vanity with a large center bank of drawers which resembled a Victorian apothecary.
For the powder room, we created a rustic piece that was like an antique washstand. By using a black distressed finish that was similar to the kitchen island, we were able to tie the rooms together. However, CCW wanted the piece to also stand on its own in the home so a different door style and furniture details were used. The white vessel sink really pops off the color of the black countertop. It continues to enhance the rustic feel in the room as it relates more to a wash basin than to a standard sink.
Lastly, the second master bathroom on the second floor had to be equally stunning. As you enter the bathroom, we planned for two vanities, each on either side of the door. The vanity on the right was to be used as the main sink and faucet area, while the one to the left provided the perfect amount of space to sit or apply makeup. The home had beautiful heart pine floors on the first floor, so we incorporated Heartwood Maple cabinetry into the vanities. We felt this would be a great option to continue with the rustic theme throughout the home. It also added a warm feel with lots of color variation.
Remember there’s still time to tour the home as the showcase runs this Saturday and Sunday from 11am-5pm each day and also the following weekend at the same times. Be sure to check back on our blog next week as we share the details of the kitchen!
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Tagged bathroom design, cabinetry, cabinets, Design Trends, home, Luxury Master Bathroom, Rustic, Saratoga Showcase of Homes
The Hinrichsens, a family of four and a pet dog named Cleo, were in need of a kitchen renovation. The kitchen in their old farmhouse had become a bit claustrophobic and was far too modern for their vintage home. The previous remodel had been completed 10-15 years prior. With experience in historical preservation and a love of antique style homes, Anna was thrilled to work with the family to design their dream kitchen.
When renovating older homes, you have to work within a certain frame of dimensions. In this particular project, the ceilings were very low at 88”H and the structural beams on the ceiling were 6”H. This would mean that the wall cabinets could only be 28”H. We decided to create an “unfitted” kitchen with three different door styles and finishes. The island and the refrigerator area would each look like pieces of furniture that were added to the kitchen over time. The island looks like an old loved and used Shaker table, while the refrigerator and pantry look like an old built-in closet or cupboard. For the main kitchen wall and base cabinets, Anna recommended a soft white washed finish called Vintage Country Linen to make the space feel larger and more airy. The inset cabinetry door style, Madison Raised, was selected to match the detail of the wainscot panel already underneath each window. Each piece of hardware – from the exposed barrel hinges, to the cup pulls that look like they had once been painted but time and use had worn most of it off, to the HL hinges and entry door handles on the refrigerator – were carefully selected to help recreate a vintage look in the kitchen, with a blend of American country that the Hinrichsens desired.
Since the ceiling height came to 88″, it would be difficult to find an integrated built-in refrigerator that accepts custom door panels. Fortunately, we discovered the French door Liebherr refrigerator. The pantry was matched to the refrigerator exactly, which meant a custom overall height, special sized drawers, and an oversized upper door. We used a custom 6”W beadboard on the side of the unit which would have been common on an old built-in cabinet from the 1800s. We then repeated the 6”W beadboard on the backsplash of the L-shaped kitchen to add continuity.
The clients knew that they needed a large family-sized microwave in the kitchen, so it became a challenge to find a location that would make sense functionally and aesthetically in the space. The solution was to create a hutch next to the new windows. The microwave was located in the center of the kitchen so it could be easily accessed, and mounted at the perfect height to be easily used.
To complete the vintage look, Anna included many details that would compliment the kitchen. She noticed the original ceiling beams had a small bead on the bottom of each side of the beam and used that as the main repeated detail throughout the kitchen. It was incorporated around the frame of each inset door and drawer, the bead board backsplash, and the bead along the bottom of the crown moulding mounting board at the tops of the wall cabinets. The main kitchen counters were topped with a gorgeous waxed soapstone highlighted by the large white farm sink and the cross handled gooseneck faucet.
Lastly, every kitchen needs a stunning focal point…in this kitchen, a large walnut edge grain butcherblock island countertop! The worn edges of the distressed black island cabinets pick up on the rich wood color, making the table style island the centerpiece that a farmhouse kitchen deserves.
Anna, this may be one of my favorite kitchens you have designed. The level of craftsmanship, detail and creativity in this renovation is just spectacular! Go Anna!
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Tagged Brookhaven Cabinetry, Countertop, design, home, Island, kitchen, Renovation, Soapstone, Vintage Kitchen, White Kitchen
Back in October 2011, the Molinari’s stopped into out CCW showroom to discuss vanity cabinets. They had been considering a bathroom renovation for a while and were looking for a more modern feel for their space. Our designer Ray was more than thrilled to show them several designs.
Each of the Molinari’s wanted something different for the bathroom vanity. While Cynthia preferred shallower drawers, John wanted deeper drawers. Ray designed the happy compromise with deep drawers in the main sink area and shallow drawers in the dressing area. To achieve a unique, airy and modern look, Ray suggested that the cabinets should float by removing the bases and adding lighting under the cabinetry.
In addition to the bathroom vanity, there was also an American Standard EverClean Air Bath. The EverClean Air Bath is a luxurious air massage system with an antimicrobial additive that prevents the growth of mold and mildew in pipes. The bathtub looked beautiful mounted underneath their granite platform which was surrounded by custom made Brookhaven wainscot panels. It also went well with the lights Ray had installed beneath the cabinets enhancing the bathroom’s ambiance. Another design choice the Molinari’s selected was to have the bathroom cabinets at the standard kitchen cabinet height, providing more storage space.
From the modern airy style to wainscot panels, bravo Ray for designing this luxurious bathroom!
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Tagged American Standard EverClean Air Bath, Bathroom Vanity, Bathtub, cabinetry, cabinets, design, home, Living, White Vanity
From Danze to Kohler, the pull-out kitchen faucet has been all the rage in the design world. Both homeowners and designers have moved away from the standard faucet with a detached side spray in favor of pull-out models that integrate the two functions into a single unit.
According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, 14 of out every 15 designers who designed a kitchen over the final three months of 2011 incorporated a pull-out faucet. The look is a modern and sleek faucet that works well with any style. Today, you can find a contemporary pull-out kitchen faucet in a variety of finishes, including chrome, brushed nickel, satin nickel, brass, colors and more.
Homeowners also enjoy its functional purposes for cleaning and cooking. It has never been easier to fill pots. Simply pull the faucet head out, hook it on the side of the pot, and go! Then when full, just slide it over, no lifting it out of the sink. And unlike similar pull-down models, there is less splashing.
If you’re renovating a smaller kitchen, pull-out faucets are an excellent choice where a high arc would overwhelm. They are also great when you have limited height to work with due to above-the-counter cabinetry.
Posted in Convenience, Design, Island, Kitchen, Trends
Tagged design, home, kitchen, Kitchen Sink, Modern Kitchen, Pull Out Faucets, renovations, Trends, Water
In kitchen design, gray continues to be a wonderful color choice that adds an attractive dimensional layer to any kitchen. Many kitchens we have designed for homeowners have a layering effect of different color stains for the wall cabinets and island. Today, gray is growing in popularity as the overall color scheme in the kitchen.
Nothing spells dignified like the color gray. Known as the ultimate neutral tone, midway between white and black, gray makes an excellent choice for a kitchen color that is sleek and refined. Traditional gray cabinets show a high level of sophistication, and are often found in high-end kitchens and expensive homes.
If you’re looking to design a modern kitchen, gray makes an excellent choice. However, the use of gray in a traditional style kitchen will make it appear more transitional and updated in appearance. Overall, I find the look to be timeless because a classy gray kitchen never looks dated. And unlike white or black cabinets, they’re easier to clean and care for.
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Tagged cabinetry, Color, Gray Kitchen, home, kitchen, Kitchen Design, Modern Kitchen, Traditional Kitchen, Trends
Earth Day is Sunday, April 22nd and we are reminded that each of us has the power to reduce our impact on the environment. We encourage you to participate and make others aware of the environmental issues seen throughout the world. Make a difference by taking part in these simple actions throughout the home:
- Turn off the water when you brush your teeth
- Wash your clothes in cold water and use the short cycle
- Turn down your water heater
- Recycle and reuse plastic grocery bags…better yet, bring your own cloth bag to the market!
- Convert your household light bulbs to LED
- Purchase a filter for the kitchen faucet and cut back on water bottle usage
- Use your laptop over your desktop computer
- Take shorter showers
- Turn the lights off when you leave a room
Let your friends and family know that the small changes they do will have a huge impact on this wonderful planet we all call home.
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Tagged bathroom, Earth Day, Earth Day 2012, Energy, home, kitchen, Save Energy, Water