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The Secrets to a Successful Kitchen Remodel

Remodeling Your Kitchen is easy with these key points…

There are breathtaking ways to update a kitchen through a kitchen remodel. The upgrading of kitchen cabinets is amongst the vast remodeling procedures that enable you to save an immense amount of money.

The good news is: you don’€™t need to hire a professional interior decorator or spend huge sums of money to successfully remodel and renovate your kitchen. So, to help you get started, here are some very valuable tips.

Three tone kitchen

Pick a New Style for Your Kitchen

Start by identifying a new design for your kitchen. Ask yourself if you want a sparsely decorated interior space or a rich, multi-layered design with several colors and accessories. You should begin by putting down clearly written goals for your remodeling efforts. It will be a lot easier to make choices later once you are sure of what you want. Sometimes, your kitchen may only require a new wall color which you may have seen in a photo online.

Focus on Functionality

Always place functionality ahead of fashion. What is in vogue today may lose its appeal tomorrow. So avoid those trendy shapes and colors that will soon become outdated.

Kitchen designed by Linda McDougald Design


Upgrade Your Floor

Upgrade your kitchen flooring with a more modern and attractive material. If you don’€™t have the money to upgrade your linoleum floors with tiles or hardwood, then you should at least change the paint. Also, bear in mind that you should change your floor before you fix new lower cabinets.

Kitchen with modern Moroccan tile from Kismet Tile

Renew Your Cabinets

It will be great to change all your kitchen cabinets at once, but if that does not fit into your budget, you can create a new look by replacing the knobs and pulls. Replace them with several trendy options like: shiny or matte nickel, pewter, antiqued copper, burnished bronze or even vintage-look glass. You’€™ll be amazed that this simple move can add a new lease of life into your kitchen and even make your cabinets look new.

Kitchen hardware by Christopher Peacock

Elegant kitchen hardware

Change the Faucets

One way to give your kitchen sink a new look is to upgrade your faucet. You can replace them with a bronze or stainless steel faucet that has nice sleek curves. There are now several new types of innovations that can be added to the standard sink faucet. For instance, you can add touch-sensitive, knob-free faucets, hidden soap dispensers and even detachable sprayers.

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 Choose the Right Sink

How many bowls do you need and What bowl depth and shape do you prefer? You’ll be living with your new sink for a long time, so choose carefully.

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Decongest Your Kitchen

Reorganizing the items in your kitchen can instantly improve its appearance. Do away with the clutter and divide up your kitchen space into three. The first area should be for pre-cooking preparation, the second for cooking and the third for cleaning up. Make sure you store only items needed in each section. Put the rest away in your cabinets and shelves.

Well organized kitchen

Add New Storage Spaces

Your kitchen will look more appealing with additional storage. So install new cabinets very close to the ceiling. But make sure you take measurements and trim the cabinet doors so that they don’€™t hit the ceiling when they are opened.


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Re-organize the Lighting

New lights will add new life to your kitchen. So replace the old flat panel ceiling fixtures with a beautifully crafted chandelier. You can get modern chandeliers with colored or clear crystals. You can also place new lights under the cabinets to light up your sink and your new countertops.


Chandelier in the kitchen

Choose an Appropriate Backsplash

The backsplash behind your sink is another place where you can easily add a low-cost improvement with a notable impact. But make sure you use material that will be functional and enhance your work in the kitchen. Glass and stainless steel are both very easy to clean. But they will get dirty very easily and it will require very frequent cleaning. The biggest mistake I did in my kitchen is that I chose glass backsplash that required constant cleaning.

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Install New Countertop

Transform your kitchen further by changing the countertop. The least cost option is laminate but you may want to consider marble or granite if you can afford them. There are also several other trendy options such as concrete, stainless steel, copper and pewter.

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Hide Your Appliances

This may sound a bit crazy, but you can place electrical sockets within cabinets or right inside one of the drawers. If you are interested in being a little more creative, ask your electrician to put some sockets behind your shelves. In addition, you can fit all your appliances with precision by making the rack and worktop the same height. You won’€™t need to move around much when you need to use your appliances. I have small prep area in my open plan kitchen and this works perfect for me. I put a roll top cabinet, it allows more workable space and looks very cool.


Hide kitchen appliance

Attend to Little Details

When you are implementing your new kitchen arrangement and renovation, you should pay careful attention to the positioning of each item. For example, make sure that upper cabinets are positioned where you can easily reach them without having to climb on a chair. Even though one of the commonly used height measurements for upper cabinets is 4 1/2 feet, you can place them at any height that is convenient for you. Another factor to consider is the position of big appliances like your oven, fridge and microwave oven. Don’€™t place your fridge right next to your oven. The heat from the oven could adverse affect the operation of your fridge.


Kitchen with attention to details

Look for Vintage Furniture

Look out for new items to place put into your kitchen. You can do this easily, even on a budget. Be creative. For instance you can turn a vintage piece of furniture into a new kitchen island. Vintage furniture items make your kitchen look unique. To get nice vintage furniture, you can visit flea markets or attend antique fairs.

Before you attend an antique fair, you need to make some preparation. This is because at these fairs you see so many different types of furniture that could overwhelm you. So create a list of all the furniture items you want and write down their ideal measurements. Even if you don’t get furniture with the exact measurements, you can easily get them modified to fit your desired size. Take a reasonable amount of cash along but be focused and stick to your budget. You should also put on comfortable footwear and be adequately prepared for the weather.


Vintage furniture as kitchen island

Think About Your Needs

A well organized kitchen command center can help your family keep up with day-to-day activities and schedules. The kitchen is the gathering place for your family and friends. Incorporate design elements that makes the day-to-day organization easier.


Successful Kitchen Remodel


Quick Kitchen Makeovers Before You Host Your Holiday Gatherings

Kitchen Makeovers

Are you hosting holiday gatherings this year? Do you feel like your kitchen doesn’t quite look presentable? Even the smallest touches can make a huge difference. So start now – the holidays are right around the corner!

Here are some festive and functional kitchen makeover updates to help you prepare for the busy holiday season:

 1. Get New Countertops:

You can update and enhance your kitchen with a beautiful new countertop – it can bond over your existing countertop, so there’s no messy demolition, and installation is done in as little as one day. So…you can have a new countertop in time for your next holiday gathering! Your family and friends won’t believe it was done so quickly.

2. Replace Cabinet Hardware:

Replacing your outdated handles, pulls and knobs on your kitchen cabinets with more sleek and refined styles is a great way to make them look like new without dipping too deeply into your holiday budget. There are so many different finishes and styles to choose from, and they are very easy install – you can do it all yourself!

3. Add Under-the-Cabinet Lighting:

Installing LED lighting under your kitchen cabinets can brighten darker areas and help show off your backsplash and countertops. LED lighting is long lasting, compatible with dimmer switches for mood lighting, and easy to install. They can also burn cool, making them safer and more energy efficient.

4. Add a Fresh Coat of Paint:

Whether you paint your kitchen the same color or become adventurous and try something new, nothing freshens up a room like a fresh coat of paint. It will make it feel new, cleaner and more inviting for your holiday guests.

5. Add Storage in Creative Ways:

Ease your busy holiday and baking routine by adding a magnetic knife rack and additional shelving to hold your spices, cooking oils and other go-to items for easy access. Utensils can be hung on a rod, a reclaimed wooden rack can be mounted on the wall to store wine bottles and glasses, and pots and pans can be hung from the ceiling on a rod for easy access. You can also maximize unused space by adding additional corner or open shelving for storage. This is a functional and easy way to make space for items that are used often. 

6. Change Seat Cushions:

Reupholstering your chair cushions with a fun new fabric can add a splash of color to your kitchen and instantly boost your décor to a new level. For chairs or stools with loose, tie-back cushions, the purchase of fun, bold colored cushions is a subtle way to add some holiday cheer to your dining area and make everyone feel at home around your table.


7. Add a Beautiful Area Rug:

The placement of an area rug is one of the easiest ways to warm a room and bring instant color to your kitchen. Flat-weave or indoor-outdoor rugs are good choices to protect your kitchen floors and are easy to clean.

8. Window Dressing:

Switching out your standard curtains or valances with floor length sheer curtains can help to tie the space together and give it cozier feel. A small detail such as the tieback or holdback style you choose can really complement the curtain design and add to the overall kitchen décor.


9. Display Cherished Holiday Heirlooms or Accent Pieces:

Dust off your cherished holiday keepsakes and display them on a country hutch or open shelving. Not only is it a special way to share your memories with friends and family, but it gives you the chance to enjoy them throughout the season.


When you are ready for a kitchen remodel, we are here to serve. Happy Holidays from Design Firm!

Details for Your Kitchen Remodel

Kitchen Renovation Inspiration

When it comes to kitchen cabinets, most of us crave custom design. Whether it’s posh crown moldings or ingenious storage solutions, custom design is all about the details. Add a personal touch to your kitchen cabinets with these 10 ideas that bring designer style to the heart of your home.

1. Crown molding. Few things leave designer fingerprints like crown molding does. It can bridge the gap between your wall cabinets and the ceiling, allowing for a seamless transition. In traditional kitchens, it can cap off the design with one final touch of detail.

2. Matching ends. Instead of a flush skin, go with matching panels for your cabinet ends. Like decorative legs, they have a furniture-style look. This type of detail especially thrives in traditional or Mediterranean spaces.

A matching end comes integrated into the cabinet or as a separate piece. You can install your own; just make sure there’s enough room first. Some panels are up to ¾ inch thick, depending on the manufacturer.

3. Decorative legs. From chunky to Mission style, table legs always catch the eye. Place them at the ends of your island or work them into your cabinet layout for a true furniture feel.

In general, legs with detailing are better suited for traditional and rustic designs. Simple, straightforward legs work best with contemporary and modern designs.

4. A splash of color. Neutrals remain the go-to hues to use for kitchen cabinets, so a stroke of green or blue is a daring design choice. It can be a risk that pays off. The effect is a bright and bold design with just the right amount of spice. Your neutrals will also pop, as they do in this contemporary design.

5. Glass door fronts. Whether transparent, frosted or seeded, a glass door front sets the stage for a glimpse of fine dishware and dazzling decor, especially when there are lights involved. This type of display can make your kitchen design open and inviting, which lets you and your guests feel right at home.

6. Corbels. Ornate, oversized and even plain corbels add traditional elegance to an island and kitchen cabinets.

7. Mixed door styles. If you’re stuck between two cabinet door styles, don’t be afraid to use both. Complementary styles can strengthen your kitchen’s overall look, while opposites can produce an attractive transitional design. This kitchen shakes it up with a mix of modern slab door fronts and Shaker-style cabinets.

8. Beadboard. As timeless as black and white, beadboard is perfect for rustic, farmhouse or beach-style kitchen designs. It also adds a smidgen of detail without compromising the simplicity of your design. Use it as the finishing touch for your cabinet ends or find a door style that has it built in.

9. Creative storage spaces. Don’t always settle for cookie-cutter storage options. A custom wine rack drawer is one way to give your cabinets a designer touch (and house a growing wine collection). Other popular options are spice rack drawers, peg pullouts for utensils, and tray dividers for baking sheets. Custom built-ins like these show personality and are a perfect marriage of form and function.

Photo Credit: Larry Arnal

10. Wainscoat panels. Not to be confused with matching ends, wainscoat panels adorn the backs of cabinets. They can dress up the back side of your island and make it look like an authentic furniture piece with the help of decorative legs and matching ends.

-Sam Ferris, Houzz Contributor

Kitchen Storage

Tips for kitchen storage

If your kitchen is like ours, there are lots of cooking tools, appliances, and things to find a home for until they are needed to make your culinary masterpieces. Finding a place for all of these kitchen gadgets can leave your drawers and cabinets a jumbled mess. It can feel like a daunting task to find a spatula. We’ve found some clever solutions to kitchen clutter. Some of them happen in the design process, while others will only require a trip to the store.

Your kitchen is likely the center of your home. The kids work on homework at the table while you cook dinner, the mail gets thrown on the counters, friends hang out, and where backpacks, purses, and work bags find a landing zone on every flat surface. There are ways to organize your kitchen to ensure it remains the productive room it needs to be.

1. Your drawer organizers aren’t just for silverware

Drawer organizers can be used as a host of storage solutions for your kitchen. They can be used for kitchen gadgets of all shapes and sizes. If you get really creative, you can use them for spices, pot holders, even small dishes.

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2. The Cabinet Trash Can

While the trash can is a necessity for any kitchen, it can be unsightly. Your guest don’t want to see, or smell your trash can. Through some design options, one of your cabinets can easily become a storage solution for your trash can.

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3. Corner Cabinets

The corners of your kitchen contains underutilized storage space. Consider adding a lazy Susan, or even corner drawers to your kitchen design. Custom drawer organizers can offer numerous solutions for your kitchen gadgets.

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4. Create a designated workspace

Wether you acquire a vintage secretary from your favorite flea market, or have a work space incorporated into your custom kitchen design, a workstation becomes a place to organize and pay bills, read through homework, and check your daily calendars. Creating a designated space for your projects helps keep your kitchen clean and organized.

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5. The Island

Adding an island to any kitchen multiplies your storage solutions. You instantly have extra counter space for food preparation. Your island can be designed to match, or compliment your cabinetry, or it can be a roll away island that you pull out when it’s needed. Either way, don’t underestimate the storage solutions of the kitchen island.

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6. Pull Out Shelves

Deep set cabinets make stock pot lids, kitchen towels, cutting boards, even small appliances pull a disappearing act. Even worse, you often times have to pull everything out to get to the item in the back. Unnecessary. With the addition of pull out shelves, everything in your cabinets become easily assessable. Custom designed pull-out shelves ensure that the hardware holds up to your daily use.


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7. Shelves

Your dishes don’t have to go behind closed doors. One of the newest kitchen trends is the incorporation of open shelving as a storage solution for kitchens.

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Check out our Pinterests board for some DIY storage solutions, and to see some examples of workstations.







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