High-end Appliances

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High-end Appliances While style drives interest in the high-end appliance segment, innovation is also a factor, according to Cynthia Crego of Siano Appliances. “The latest trend is eco-friendly appliances that offer intuitive user applications,” she says. “Buyers want green features with measurable benefits. They are looking for a return on investment in the form of energy or water savings. Steam cleaning and auto convection conversion are functions that are eco-friendly and save consumers time.” According to Carla Taylor of Hermitage Lighting Gallery, there are two main factors in high-end appliances. “First is the ‘look’— whether the homeowner wants the pro …

custom comfort

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When a couple sets out to create the home of their dreams, everything has to be perfect. So when a home situated on the banks of the Harpeth River south of Franklin grew from the ground up, its owners wanted it to fit the land on which it sits and be expressive of their love of the country setting. Evocative of farmhouses that grew organically to hold generation after generation of a family, this home is less than a year old. But its flagstone porches, beamed living room, and spaciousness speak of generations at work. The approximately 12,000 square foot …

kitchen design trends

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kitchen design trends While kitchen design trends continue to encompass styles from traditional to contemporary with something for every taste, but industry observers say preferences seem to be for either contemporary dark cabinetry or white cabinets. Amanda Sweeney of Just Design This says she has noted a growing trend toward simplicity in appearance with more interest created through colors and textures.  

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 …