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Recent bathroom project- before & after pics

We absolutely adore sharing before and after photos-being a part of dramatic transformations such as this one has to be the best part of our work.

You may see some familiar players in the before shots- the wallpaper pattern, garden tub, and pink carpeted bathroom floors were all cutting edge looks in their day. But that day has come and gone, and these spaces were ready for a clean, polished new look.

The master bathroom, pictured below, was redesigned and now includes a custom shower and drop-in tub, both utilizing slabs of Cambria Windermere, which matches the vanity countertop (new vanity not pictured here- but you should definitely check it out on our Houzz page- linked at the end).

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As part of the master bathroom redesign, the bedroom closets became home to custom cabinetry with tall storage for hanging clothes as well as plenty of drawer and dresser space.

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And we certainly did not neglect this secondary bathroom- custom cabinetry below is the same style as the master vanity, which is a rich cherry finish with a glaze from Crystal Cabinet Works.



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For more pictures of this project (and plenty of others!) please check out our Houzz page!


*The designer on this project was Rima Nasser. You can find more from Rima here.


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Bathroom pics!

As promised, some shots from a few recent bathroom projects out of our North Hills showroom…

We are glad to report that one of our J. Tribble Antiques vanities has found its forever home in this powder bath! Love this handsome fellow! :-)

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Don’t you love the color contrasts of the vanities and countertops in these?

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And check out all the storage and warm color tones in this beautiful bathroom!

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Spend vs. Splurge- Lavatory Faucets

With so many choices available, something as simple as deciding on a faucet for your vanity can seem downright exhausting! Seemingly endless options for style, finish, and price range abound, so we’ve rounded up a quick list of a few of our favorites that fall at various points across the price spectrum.

If you are shopping for a lavatory faucet, be sure to consider the other fixtures in your bathroom and how to best coordinate. Many lines have collections that include lavatory, tub, shower, and accessory options, but with certain lines and finishes, you can pick, choose, and combine.

Love the low-profile look? You certainly can’t go wrong with one of these luxe choices:

Style Moderne by Samuel Heath Polished nickel retails at $2,130

Style Moderne by Samuel Heath
Polished nickel retails at $2,130

Inigo by Kallista Weathered Bronze retails at $2,318

Inigo by Kallista
Weathered Bronze retails at $2,318

Julia by Waterworks Nickel retails at $1,008

Julia by Waterworks
Nickel retails at $1,008

Or get the look for less:

Savina Taps by Jado Platinum Nickel retails at $475

Savina Taps by Jado
Platinum Nickel retails at $475

Highgate by Waterworks Chrome retails at $585

Highgate by Waterworks
Chrome retails at $585

Seabury by Grohe Chrome retails at $384

Seabury by Grohe
Chrome retails at $384

Looking for a higher arc?

Dryden by Delta Chrome retails at $349

Dryden by Delta
Chrome retails at $349

Opulence by Danze Chrome retails at $388

Opulence by Danze
Chrome retails at $388

HansaForm by Hansa Chrome retails at $368

HansaForm by Hansa
Brushed Nickel retails at $484

What do you think? Do you have a favorite faucet to share?

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More completed project photos

Absolutely love the style of the kitchen pictured below….the beautiful glass door inserts, the professional appliances, the gorgeous quartzite on the island…what’s not to love?

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And don’t you immediately feel right at home in this classic kitchen? So many beautiful details and such functional storage space!

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We loved photographing these finished spaces of some wonderful clients! Next up will be some recently completed bathroom projects…stay tuned! :-)

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VISION House Los Angeles featuring Kitchen Craft cabinetry

Love to see our manufacturers proud to embrace more eco-friendly practices. Kitchen Craft is KCMA-certified and continues to make ongoing efforts toward sustainability.

Check out the video below highlighting their participation in the VISION House in Los Angeles, an endeavor put on by Green Builder Media.

Cabinet Design by Kitchen Craft Cabinetry – VISION House Los Angeles


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Friday finds…

Here are a few fun finds for this Friday…apparently we were on a lighting kick. Perhaps an attempt to brighten up this week’s rainy days?

First up are a couple new additions to the lighting collection from Waterworks…



Love the dainty Marley sconce, above. Or check out the vintage style of the new Watt collection, below, inspired by telephone pole insulator covers. Both shown in Waterworks’ beautiful nickel finish.




We were also drawn to the light fixtures in the photos below, recent additions to our Houzz ideabooks.

We love using crystal fixtures in the bathroom! So versatile…crystal can be very traditional, super modern, or anywhere in between.


Love both the pendants and the chandelier in this gorgeous kitchen. And those low-profile bar stools are faves of ours too!


In the mood for more lighting inspiration? Head over to the recently launched Domaine Home website…link below to their Top 10 list for sconces. If you plan on perusing their site, you might want to pour yourself a big cup of coffee first…it’s addicting!!!


Happy Friday!


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More job photos

Quick sampling of completed kitchen projects that we have recently had the opportunity to photograph!

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Meet Rebecca!

This week we are talking to Rebecca Rotella, a designer based in our Cary showroom. Rebecca is easy to talk to and super creative- a great combination to assist you in your kitchen or bath project!

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QUICK BACKGROUND: A Raleigh native, Rebecca joined the KBG team about three years ago, after graduating from East Carolina University. Our temperate climate is a perfect match to Rebecca’s love of the outdoors; she especially enjoys playing tennis, swimming, and running with her dog, Lucy.

HER PERSONAL STYLE: The best word to sum up Rebecca’s style preference would have to be eclectic. Her design philosophy is that there is beauty in every style, and combining the right proportion of different styles gives the room its own unique vibe.

WHAT SHE ENJOYS ABOUT HER JOB: Rebecca is fond of the comparison of design to working on a puzzle where no one ever showed you the front of the box. It’s that element of creating something beautiful out of jumbled parts and pieces that excites and inspires her. When working with a client on a design, she notes that while function is obviously key, her optimal goal is to create a room that makes the homeowner feel happy when they walk in.

HER ADVICE TO CLIENTS: Consider your space and if it really works for you and how you function in the space. And once you decide, make it fun!! Sometimes it may seem that there are so many choices and decisions to be made, but that’s what we are here for!

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Recent master bath remodel

Check out the photos from one of our latest bathroom remodels…gorgeous!

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Meet Elise!

In this second installment of our team member spotlight, we caught up with Elise Hoffman, whose friendly face and easy smile greet you when you walk in the door of our North Hills showroom. Elise started working for Kitchen & Bath Galleries as a college intern, and we were thrilled in 2011 when she officially joined the team!


QUICK BACKGROUND: Elise grew up in Raleigh alongside her four older brothers. Yes, you read that correctly, FOUR of them! This equipped her with an extra large dose of patience, determination, and humor, all which serve her well now! Elise graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, majoring in Interior Architecture.

WHAT SHE ENJOYS ABOUT HER JOB: Elise enjoys staying on top of the latest and greatest in our industry, and can be counted on to let us know what is trending on social media sites such as Pinterest and Houzz. In addition to her space planning and design skills, Elise is also quite gifted at photography, and has become our go-to for taking photos of completed projects. She loves getting to see first hand how the plans on paper have transformed into beautiful and functional living spaces.

HER FAVORITE PRODUCTS: Elise gravitates toward classic materials, from marble countertops to crystal cabinet knobs. She tends to favor product lines that cater to varied styles and budgets while still maintaining top quality products, such as Kitchen Craft in the kitchen or Hansgrohe for decorative plumbing.

IN HER FREE TIME: Remember the part about the four brothers? Well, those brothers of hers have given her several nieces and nephews that she absolutely adores, and she always has a fun story to share of her latest escapades with them! Elise is also quite devoted to running, whether out with her dog or on a treadmill.

HER TOP DESIGN PRIORITY: Functionality rules in Elise’s book. Spaces are for living, after all, and should be both efficient AND beautiful. Elise strives to pair the practical with styles and finishes that represent the clients’ lifestyle, life stage, and personality.

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