bathroom trends

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bathroom trends        Bathroom lighting has changed as much as any aspect of the home in the past decade. Simple vanity lighting is no longer enough for many homeowners who seek the same flattering and helpful layering of lighting for effect, tasks, and ambiance.      Bathrooms in master suites continue to echo the trend toward spa-like spaces, according to the   experts. “Today the master bathroom is definitely the ‘retreat zone,” says Jackie Cox of Chris’s Custom Cabinets. “It’s where we can go to pamper ourselves after a long day. Each master bathroom should be designed to give the homeowner some …

custom cabinetry

custom cabinetry        Custom cabinetry can be built locally to fit your space and needs, but many kitchen designers utilize factory built cabinets designed for a custom look.      “The obvious advantage of custom cabinetry is that you can get exactly what you want,” says Shannon of Hantel Kitchen & Baths.       “I prefer a manufactured custom cabinet over a job-built custom cabinet because of the quality of the finish.”      Billy Williams of B. Williams Design says, “Ninety percent of what I do is custom cabinetry. Not only do I use local custom cabinet makers, but I actually design the …

Kitchen and Bath Designer Profiles

Anna Aycock — Brentwood Company Name: Designs by Anna Aycock/Tuscan Homes, Dino Elefante Describe your enthusiasm for kitchen/bath design:  I love kitchen and bath design, particularly remodels. I have been a designer for over a decade, but my personal experience remodeling my own kitchen three years ago ignited my passion for kitchen and bath design. What is your kitchen/bath design background: My kitchen/bath design background comes out of several years of experience in walking thru the design process, both new construction and remodels with my clients. I am also ASID Allied. Dino Elefante builds and remodels custom homes because he wants to …

Countertop Trends

Countertop Trends Selecting your countertops is like putting the frosting on a cake.  The experts have differing views of today’s popular countertop materials, but whether you crave granite or have fallen in love with the look of quartz, there is no shortage of options available. Carolyn Campbell of Carolyn Campbell Interiors says, “Countertops are the hardest working element in your kitchen. Strength and resilience are the greatest priority, but countertops must be hygienic and easy to clean. The best ones resist the abrasive effect of cleaning and will not absorb the stains from food, vinegar, and oil. If possible use one …

Kitchen Cabinet Trends

Kitchen Cabinet Trends While furniture looks remain popular, according to area cabinet experts, some agree that there is some movement toward less decorative details. Jeff Hayden of Chris’s Custom Cabinets agrees that the latest trend is toward designs with small amounts of decorative treatments. “They’re not so formal,” he says. “We all want a kitchen that is liveable but we still want them to have their own distinctive character. We always put the homeowner’s signature in the design process.” Noting two trends in the local market is Shannon Erwin with Hantel Kitchens & Baths. “I am seeing a contemporary look with a sleek, clean look. This is usually seen with dark wood …