America the Beautiful

Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays.  Not only is it usually a long weekend (yay!), but it’s a really fun time to spend with friends and family.  I have fond memories of “writing” my name in sparklers with my aunt as a kid, and of my grandfather making his famous grilled chicken.  More recently, July 4th has meant trips to the beach, pig pickin’, and large gatherings.  And as much as I still like fireworks, it’s even more fun to watch the younger kids react to them.

This time of year also makes me really proud to be an American.  I’m grateful for the many freedoms we enjoy, but I’m also grateful for the uniqueness that comes with this great country.  We’ve got a little bit of everything here, and that’s part of what makes us truly special!

Likewise, here are some red-white-or-blue kitchens, and each is very unique.  It’s a little bit of everything!

Blue

Here’s a fun example of blue and white cabinetry.  It’s very contemporary, but very fun!

via Arnold Schulman Design Group

(photo via Arnold Schulman Design Group on Houzz.com)

How about this one, with a white perimeter and a punch of blue for the island?  The blue accents carry the theme throughout the space.

via Knowles PS

(photo via Knowles PS Architects & Design on Houzz.com)

Or if blue cabinets are too much for you, why not go for some drama on the backsplash?  This kitchen just has simple blue subway tile, but it creates a huge impact.

via Coastal Home Architects

(photo via Coastal Home Architects on Houzz.com)

White

White kitchens are very popular right now, and we are doing them frequently.  How can you not love the clean and fresh feel it gives in a kitchen?  White cabinets are extremely easy to pair with a bright contrast island.  All white kitchens are also very timeless looking, and accessories can be changed on a whim.  We’ve got great examples of white kitchens in most of our showrooms, so come on in!

Here’s a more traditional version with mullions on the glass cabinets, and a decorative hood.

via Houzz (source unknown)

(photo via Houzz.com, source unknown)

Here’s a white kitchen with a contrasting island, and very simple shaker cabinets.  A client brought in this photo as inspiration for their kitchen, and I can’t wait to see it installed!

via Fiorella Design

(photo via Fiorella Design on Houzz.com)

Red

Red is a very bold color, and many people are afraid to commit to such a strong statement.  Red works well when other finishes are thrown into the mix as well to help tone down the intensity a little bit.

Here’s a kitchen I can’t take all the credit for, but one I helped with.  They used a lighter, less intense shade of red for the cabinets, and paired it with a decorative travertine backsplash and black countertops.  I also like the mix of contemporary and traditional elements here!  This is actually where I’ll be spending 4th of July this year!

Red Kitchen 1

Red Kitchen 2

Red Kitchen 3

(personal photos)

Last, but certainly not least, is a contemporary red and white kitchen.  This kitchen was designed by Rebekah Frye, one of our designers out of our Glenwood location.  She used high gloss white on the perimeter, and added interest with a very bright red, high gloss, island!  Isn’t it fun?!  The clients for this project  were also great to work with; one is an artist and many of their pieces were used throughout the house, including in the kitchen.

Contemporary Red and White 1 by Rebekah Frye

Contemporary Red and White 2 by Rebekah Frye

Contemporary Red and White 4 by Rebekah Frye

(personal photos)

Did you notice the red toe-kick area?  What a cool surprise!  Great job Rebekah!

Kitchen and Bath Galleries will be closed on July 4th, but we hope you have a fun and safe holiday with your friends and families!

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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! :-)

13202 VAN 1

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

13202 VAN 4

13210 VAN 2

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?

11354 KIT 5

11354 KIT 6

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

12359 KIT 5

12359 KIT 6

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…

From waterworks.com

From waterworks.com

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.

From waterworks.com

From waterworks.com

 

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!!!

http://www.domainehome.com/top-10-sconces/

 

Happy Friday!

 

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“Nobody puts Baby in the corner…”

Remember that line from Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing?!  It’s the part where Johnny returns to do the final dance with Baby, even after he’s been fired from the resort.   Maybe “nobody puts Baby in the corner,” but in a kitchen, the corners can be one of the toughest places to get functional storage.

So what do you put in the corner?  Anybody have one of those “blind” cabinets where the cabinets sort of overlap at the intersection, and you can’t even see/reach in the back of it?  Yea. Not that.

Pull It Out

One option is to get a cabinet with mechanisms in it that you can pull out.  Sometimes the whole tray angles and pulls out so you are really bringing the stored items out to you.  Or, in this instance, the front racks slide out and pivot to a 90 degree open position, and the back rack slides forward.

Pull Out Mechanism

(photo from crystalcabinets.com)

Make It A Drawer

Have you seen this before?  We can get a cabinet where there is a stack of drawers in the corner!  The drawers themselves come out at a 45  degree angle from the rest of the bottom cabinets.  This one really fools your eye when it’s tucked in, so it might trick any first time helpers or guests in the kitchen when you send them for the ladle.

Drawers in Corner

(photo from crystalcabinets.com)

Recycle It

This is a fun one.  Putting a rotating recycling bin in the corner makes it easy to pre-sort the recyclables before taking them out.  Each bin easily comes off the rotator when necessary, but is sturdy enough to fill up.  Having it here makes it much more convenient than walking to the bin in the garage every time you need to recycle something.  Plus, there’s the added benefit of not having to look at the recyclables piling up on the countertop waiting to go out.

(photo from crystalcabinet.com)

(photo from crystalcabinets.com)

Spin It Around

This is my favorite, because it just makes life so easy.    This is a Super Susan, the much-better-looking-sister of the Lazy Susan.  Notice the lack of the support pole in the center- this one sits (and spins) independently on its own shelf!  Then, it locks in place on its own ball bearing.  This allows you to not only load it up with heavier items than the “lazy” version can handle, but it also means you can fit larger items in there too.

(photo from crystalcabinets.com)

(photo from crystalcabinets.com)

Make It An “Easy Reach”

Getting into the corner wall cabinets is slightly less difficult than retrieving items from a bottom corner cabinet, but can still be frustrating if you’re living with one of the “blind” cabinets previously mentioned.  This cabinet forms a right angle, and the doors are hinged together to open as one.  That way, when you open the doors, you can see…and reach!… items in the whole cabinet.

(photo from HGTV.com)

(photo from HGTV.com)

So, there you have it- just a couple great options for your kitchen corners that don’t involve Jennifer Grey.  Maybe you weren’t “Having the Time of [Your] Life” like the final dance scene in the movie, but that’s it for this post!

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