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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!

ELISE PIC

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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Recent finds on Pinterest

Rounding up a few of our recent faves on Pinterest….this week, we were drawn to the way each of these kitchens utilizes glass cabinet doors in the wall cabinets.

whimsy glass

originally pinned from bhg.com

The mismatched cabinet hardware is what grabbed us here, but do love the glass cabinets on either side of the sink.

leaded glass cabs

originally pinned from pinsforyourhome.com

Leaded glass is often thought of as heavy, but has a much lighter look here.

glass doors and drawers

originally pinned from housebeautiful.com

Loving the mirrored drawer fronts to go with the mirrored doors!

glass cabs 2

originally pinned from flamant home interiors

So much to love about this kitchen…glass included!

glass cabs 1

originally pinned from bhg.com

Glass cabinets are a great opportunity to add color and show off your collections. Would have been a shame to hide all this behind solid doors!

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Meet the Team Monday- take 1

Getting to know our clients is one of the most enjoyable aspects of our job…and we want to give you the chance to get to know us as well! We are kicking off a new blog series to introduce you to our varied team of professionals, spotlighting a different member each week. It only seemed right to start out with someone who has been a fixture on the Kitchen & Bath Galleries design team from the very beginning… Desi McAlister!

Desi

QUICK BACKGROUND: Desi is originally from High Point, North Carolina, and attended design school in Asheboro. When she made the move to Cary, she worked with TCR Cabinets, the company that eventually merged with Crenshaw TV & Appliance to form Kitchen & Bath Galleries. Desi currently works as a senior designer out of our Cary showroom.

WHAT SHE’S KNOWN FOR: Desi has been featured in numerous publications and articles, and has earned the respect of local builders and customers alike for her close attention to detail and absolute dedication to her job and to her clients. Desi enjoys meeting the challenges that come with creating the perfect design the client envisions while also achieving their idea of the perfect price as well.

HER FAVORITE PRODUCTS: Desi’s personal style is modern to contemporary, and emphasizes function without sacrificing design. She loves mixing countertop surfaces, such as natural stone with concrete, stainless steel, or glass.

IN HER FREE TIME: If you know Desi, you know there is not much of that! When she has the chance, she does love to head to the beach…although you will probably see her in the passenger seat finalizing a drawing or chatting on the phone with a client all the way down and back!

HER ADVICE TO CLIENTS: Don’t be afraid to give your designer an idea of your budget. We can design anything but if we don’t have an understanding of where you would like to be financially we may be headed in the wrong direction to begin with, or we might come up short.

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Handful of recent bathroom projects

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A home for the microwave

Where oh where to place the microwave….such a handy little guy, allowing dinner to be ready in five minutes flat….definitely deserving of a good spot in the kitchen. A spot that is functional, easy to access, and not necessarily a focal point. So where should it go?!? Here are a few places we have put them…where would you place yours?!

Above the range

Above the range

In tall cabinets

In tall cabinets

Under the countertop

Under the countertop

In wall cabinets

In wall cabinets

Appliance stack

Appliance stack

Microwave drawer below countertop

Microwave drawer below countertop

On a shelf

On a shelf

 

 

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Couple of recent job photos!

Organizing some of our completed job photos! So fun to see the after pics….one of the best parts of the job! Here are a couple from a kitchen project completed last year- beautiful inset cabinetry with marble countertops.

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12312 KIT 4

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The master bath…tub

Saturdays are always fun days in the showroom. The pace is more relaxed and the phones are reasonably quiet, and we get to focus on having good conversation with the folks that meander through the store. There are a few questions that we have come to expect at some point most every Saturday… one is usually regarding the feasibility and durability of marble countertops (which we LOVE for certain applications, and will certainly delve into that one in another post), and another is whether it’s okay to have a master bathroom without a tub.

The answer of course depends on your circumstances; in many cases, we have removed tubs from masters and used the space to create luxurious showers and house extra storage. As long as there is a functional tub in a secondary bath, the master tub can be made optional. There is much to gain in a larger shower, and with our busy lifestyles, the tub sometimes does very little other than collect dust!

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Custom shower

However, we certainly do not want to be too quick to dismiss the tub. Tubs are often the visual centerpiece of the room, and can provide a much-needed retreat after a hard day. There are many features available in tubs, often referred to as hydrotherapy. Benefits can include pain relief, skin softening effects, and stress reduction.

The decision of whether or not to include a tub in your master bathroom renovation is one that should be carefully considered, and one that we are glad to help you work though.

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The farm sink

Selecting a kitchen sink is a big deal! The sink has always been the icon of the kitchen, and a very hard worker. Even though must of us aren’t standing at the sink for hours washing dishes anymore, a lot goes on at the sink… it can multi-task from meal prep to baby bath in minutes! Farm sinks- also called farmhouse sinks or apron-front sinks- are a popular choice with timeless appeal. They are also surprisingly versatile and can fit into a wide variety of design styles and budgets.

The classic white farm sink is often made of a material called fireclay. Fireclay sinks are made from a unique clay fired at extremely high temperatures, and they are known for their strength and durability. Scratch resistant and beautiful makes for a great combination.

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Photo from job by KBG North Hills

Stainless steel is another option for a farm sink, and can transition the classically traditional look into a contemporary feel. Stainless steel in general is a popular material choice for kitchen sinks, as it is functional, appealing, and creates a clean look to match stainless steel appliances.

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Photo from job by KBG North Hills

 

Other materials used for farm sinks include enameled cast iron, copper (see brushed nickel copper sink below), and bamboo.

Photo courtesy of Native Trails

Photo courtesy of Native Trails

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Don’t forget the EXPO is this weekend!

2013 Expo Video

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Expo Seminars

Here are the details of this year’s Remodeling Expo seminars. Lots of helpful information presented by an array of experts- don’t miss!

 

Saturday, January 19, 2013

9:30 am Remodeling Your Bath 101 – Freys Building Company

 

10:00 am Lynda Loveland with WRAL-FM Radio and a The Tarheel Foodie

Cooking Demonstration in Wolf Kitchen

 

11:00 am Custom Cabinetry in the Manufacturer’s Arena – Derek and Hugh Tackett

 

11:30 am Steaming in the New Year – How Steam Cooking Can Help with your New Year’s Resolutions  –  Miele Kitchen

 

12:30 pm Healthy Cooking with Pampered Chef  – Viking Kitchen

 

1:15 pm Kitchens & Baths – Part of Modern House Renovations and New Home Construction  –  Beaman Bldg & Realty  –  Viking Kitchen

 

2:15 pm Window and Door Replacement – Todd Gillespie – Viking Kitchen

 

3:15 pm Maximizing Energy Efficiency with Your Window Coverings – Ted Browne with Gotcha Covered

 

Monday, January 21, 2013

 

9:30 am Remodeling Your Kitchen 101 – Freys Building Company- Viking Kitchen

 

11:00 am Cookin’ with Kitty Kinnin of The River 100.7  –  Cooking Demonstration in Wolf Kitchen

 

1:00 Steaming in the New Year – How Steam Cooking Can Help with your New Year’s Resolutions  –  Miele Kitchen

 

2:00 Kitchens & Baths – Part of Modern House Renovations and New Home Construction-Beaman Bldg & Realty –  Viking Kitchen

 

3:00 Healthy Cooking with Pampered Chef – Viking Kitchen

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