Category Archives: Favorite Products

Geometric tile

Geometric tile is sparking a new trend in backsplashes these days! Tile can be a cost-effective way to spruce up your space with style. Repetition of geometric shapes in subtle colors gives a fun yet sophisticated look. Check out this recently installed backsplash in our North Hills showroom!

For more ideas check out a few more of our favorites below!

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New crystal collection from Atlas

Check out the gorgeous and sparkly Legacy Crystal collection from Atlas Homewares. The square knob has been featured on Candice Olson’s Candice Tells All.

Atlas Legacy Collection

We have always been a fan of crystal and glass cabinet knobs. Whether used in the kitchen or in the bathroom, they add just the right touch of beauty and elegance. Available in various finishes, styles, and price ranges, they are an easy eye-catcher to dress up your cabinets! Attached are a few of our go-to favorites, along with a couple photos of how we have used them in our kitchen and bath designs. As you can see from the kitchen photo, you do not have to commit to using the crystal/glass knobs everywhere; you can mix them in with pulls, latches, cup pulls, etc. as long as the finish coordinates. So pretty!


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Spotlight on…Wood Countertops

There is no denying the beauty of natural wood, and wood countertops can bring a warm, rich feel to the kitchen. And with such a large selection of species, wood can adapt to a varity of styles and color palettes. The main concerns we hear from clients are related to durability and maintenance, many of which depend on how you choose to finish your top. While there is no “right or wrong” answer, it’s important to educate yourself about the options so that you can decide what’s best for you.

Three common finishes for residential wood tops are mineral oil, varnish, and Waterlox®. Mineral oil is applied to the wood top prior to installation, and then you as the homeowner will continue to apply periodic coats to the countertop once it’s installed. Mineral oil is food safe and cost-effective, but does require routine maintenance. Mild scratches or burns can be removed with sand paper, and if substantial damage occurs, the entire top can be rebuffed and refinished. The varnish finish is similar to what’s applied to cabinetry or furniture, and takes the responsibility off you for maintaining the top. You simply clean with a soft cloth and try to avoid repeated moisture. The varnish finish is an additional cost, and major damage will usually require professional help. Waterlox® penetrates the wood fibers and acts as a top coat to protect the wood. This finish will be applied prior to install, and future coats (the manufacturer recommends once or twice a year) can be applied by the homeowner, although it is not as user-friendly of a process as the mineral oil. Waterlox® has a brighter sheen than the other choices and can alter/tint certain wood colors.

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Also be sure to check out our Pinterest page– we have recently added several pins of amazing wood tops!

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New Viking D3 Series

Check out the New Viking D3 Series.  This 30″ Range is available in Dual Fuel and All Gas Configurations.  Features include 5 Burners(18k btu high burner), 3 Year Warranty, Convection, and Full Extension Racks.  Available in Stainless and 21 other Exclusive Viking Colors.  Pricing After Rebate:

Dual Fuel: (Stainless) $3,199.00 (Color) $3,449.00

All Gas: (Stainless) $3,099.00 (Color) $3,399.00

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A few photos from KBIS!

Last week we had the opportunity to attend KBIS- the annual kitchen and bath industry showcase. This year’s show was held in Chicago, and McCormick Place was bursting with amazing booths full of the latest and greatest products. Trends we observed….lots of crystal and glass (faucets and tub fillers, cabinet knobs, cabinet door inserts), black accents, much more copper than we expected (sinks, hoods, etc.), and of course, facinating ways to incorporate technology into kitchen and bath spaces. After scoping out the show, we also visited the Merchandise Mart, where we saw beautiful cabinetry vignettes as well as very cleverly disguised Subzero refrigerators.

We are excited to pick up a few additional product lines after seeing them at the show, and can’t wait to apply some of what we learned and saw. Enjoy a few of our pics below!

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