Mr. Jackson
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Drab to fab!

“Those butcher-block counters? Turns out, they were just planks of lumber made to look like the real thing. Then, there was the electric stove — touted as a space-saver — that was barely big enough for a Thanksgiving turkey. By the end of its service, it had just two working burners! So, after seven years of plenty of everyday cooking (including two-plus years of living intense pandemic life), we bid adieu to the original floor plan, cabinets, and appliances to renovate the kitchen of our dreams. Ready for the big reveal?” Click here to continue...
What Distinguishes Modern From Contemporary Kitchens?

What Distinguishes Modern From Contemporary Kitchens?

When it comes to choosing between a modern and contemporary kitchen, it’s easy to confuse the two. Both feature clean, smooth appearances with minimal detail and adornment. Unlike farmhouse and rustic, both modern and contemporary are defined by sleek lines in predominately white and black. But these kitchens don’t preclude color. Color is used to accessorize or accentuate small or minor features. The difference is how each style incorporates it. Here’s what differentiates the two: Contemporary kitchens embrace the latest in technology, materials and trends to create an “of the moment” look. Modern has more emphasis on form and structure by installing smooth surfaces like concrete and steel. You’ll see strong horizontal lines with lots of open space and a strong architecture.  Key features to look for in contemporary are: Under mount sinks with minimalist faucets Cutting-edge appliances that include smart kitchen technology Flat-panel cabinetry and creative backsplashes Innovative island designs and waterfall counters Dramatic lighting While modern kitchens are similar, here you’ll find: Concrete for flooring, countertop surfaces and even on the walls Glass sheet or stone slab backsplashes that run continuously Recessed and integrated lighting and if using pendant lights, ones with clean lines Frameless cabinets with flat-panel doors Minimalists faucets in polished nickel, chrome and matte black White is a popular choice for both but is used differently. For example, a contemporary kitchen will have crisp white walls with colorful cabinetry or an eye-catching backsplash. Modern may use the same white but is more likely to include subtle neutrals and black. Here brighter colors usually show up in the form of accessories. Both styles emphasize a...

Move Over Tuscan: 10 Kitchen Trends for 2024

“Kitchens are no longer just functional spaces for preparing food—they’re the heart of the home, where style meets utility and personal tastes can be expressed through design. Every year sees new kitchen trends emerge, and 2024’s kitchen trends reflect a blend of modern practicality, colorful character, and timeless elegance. From appliance garages that streamline storage to the resurgence of classic checkerboard floors, these trends are set to transform the kitchen into a space that’s as aesthetically pleasing as it is functional.” Click here to continue...

Cabinets & The Minimalist Trend

Recently, “less is better” has taken interior design by storm. As a simple, streamlined style it creates a sense of order and calm, especially to hard-working rooms like kitchens. It’s also adaptable to a wide range of decorative styles when it comes to cabinetry. Usually shaker cabinets come to mind and the materials you choose can range from industrial chic to mid-century modern. Currently one of the strongest trends is to work with luxury woods and finishes. Whichever way you go, complete your kitchen by selecting high quality appliances, lighting and hardware. The bare-bones look of minimalism shines a spotlight on every component of the space. That’s why it’s critical to make sure each element can withstand the scrutiny. It may require more thought and planning than other decorative styles and we’re here to help! Renovation projects offer the best opportunity to create a minimalist design that reveals the intrinsic beauty of spaces, materials and furnishing, by stripping away unessential elements. We design kitchens that function best while preserving the cool and serene atmosphere that people desire these days.    ...

How to update a small kitchen

“You may want to find out how to update an outdated small kitchen if you’ve looked around yours and felt it needs a refresh. It’s easy to bring it into the modern day with the right techniques. We’ve spoken with interior designers to find out what you can do, from fresh coats of paint to layering luscious lighting.” Click here to continue...

What You Need To Know About Under-Cabinet Lighting

Home owners are “personalizing” and turning to placing lights beneath their cabinets for more atmosphere. If you decide to go that route, here are a few things to keep in mind to get the best effect without creating problems. LEDs are the best option for under-cabinet lighting for a number of reasons. They produce the least amount of heat, provide good lighting for activities and come in a variety of colors. Traditionally more expensive, costs have come down considerably recently. This, along with their long life makes LEDs a good choice for the long term. Fluorescent lights are almost as energy efficient as LEDs but they do produce more heat.  Another option is Xenon lights that emit some heat but they can be dimmed to create an attractive, warm glow. Halogen lights are still possible but the heat they throw off can affect food or drinks stored above them. When selecting lights to go under your cabinets, determine what kind of effect you want but keep in mind what you plan to store in each of those...

Cabinet Color Scheme For Kitchens In 2024

“If you are looking for an easy way to update your kitchen in 2024, you might want to start with painting your cabinets and updating your kitchen fixtures to match. Never underestimate the power of a great kitchen cabinet color palette. The right color combination can transform your kitchen into a warm, welcoming space. But, with so many options to choose from, finding the right paint color for your kitchen cabinets can be overwhelming and frustrating. Pinterest is a great place to find inspiration if you are out of ideas. One of the trending cabinet color schemes from Pinterest is taupe, gold, and black.” Click here to continue...

Customized Cabinetry For The Home Office

Most often when we think of cabinets, kitchens and bathrooms are first to come to mind. Now that home offices are included in most home designs, the ability to organize and store important items like documents, laptops and iPods is more critical than ever. Whether an official place of work… the room where household tasks such as bill paying take place… or the location where kids do homework… office cabinetry influences both the appearance and function of whatever activity is performed. In spite of how much we do electronically these days; items like pens, paper, paper clips, staplers and staples, scotch tape and stamps still need to be handy. Knee drawers that fit below the desk surface are the ideal place for these accessories. Take it a step farther by adding dividers. Depending on how many files you have to have on hand, you have a choice of cabinets with single or double width drawers. For those who have less paperwork, a single door file drawer with a knee drawer on top may suffice. When it comes to a place to store a brief case or attaché, cabinets with pull-out drawers are ideal plus give you easy access.  Built-in dividers allow for multiple items and if papers within are sensitive, the addition of a lock increases privacy and protection. And don’t forget cabinet hardware. Depending on how cozy or formal you want your office to be, knobs and cups versus handles make a difference. Homey offices are made casual with cup drawer pulls or knobs where it’s easy to add a little bling or whimsy. Formal offices might call...

The Kitchen Hardware Trends For 2024

Designers always stress how important the little details are in interior design. In the kitchen, many people will focus on the cabinet colors or picking out the right slab for the countertop. That often means that small details like hardware aren’t considered as heavily. However, kitchen hardware can add the finishing touch that makes your kitchen look more customized while adding personality to the space. While smooth finishes were the go-to choice in previous years, textured and matte finishes are gaining more popularity. “The combination of matte finish and texture adds depth, visual interest, and a touch of luxury to any kitchen,” David Mason, founder of Knobs.co, tells The Spruce. Click here to continue...