Clever Kitchen Upgrades

Fresh colors and textures for a functional kitchen style (Family Features) For avid cooks, seasoned hosts and busy families, the kitchen is likely the center of daily life and a place where both form and function are of the utmost importance. This high-traffic space generally influences the design of the rest of the house, especially if the home has more of an open-concept layout. The colors and materials used in the kitchen normally set the tone for the rest of the home. When it comes to considerations like finish and materials, kitchen cabinetry trends are shifting toward colored cabinetry and …

Countertop Trends

Above: Clairidge by Cambria (from Woodstone Collection) Quartz continues to be popular as the countertop material of choice, according to industry experts, although home decorators and designers still are known to select their personal favorites, whether that’s marble, granite, soapstone, or some other natural stone. According to Kate Fudim of Beth Haley Design, “More and more customers have heard of quartz and are open to using it. When it was first being introduced, some clients may have thought it was interior to other countertop finishes, but now most people appreciate it.” She adds, “Marble is timeless and basically will never …

5 top trends for your kitchen in 2018

It’s your home’s focal point. The site of some of your best moments and the base of operations for entertaining — it’s your kitchen, and no room in your home is more valuable. A magnificent kitchen defines a home, and bringing your kitchen to this level means capitalizing on today’s top trends. Many of the trends that will define kitchens for the year appear first at KBIS, the kitchen and bath industry convention held every year in January. More than 600 brands attended this year’s event, and here are the five trends that stood out from the show and are …

3 Ways to Throwback Style

When it’s time for a bathroom or kitchen upgrade, some of the greatest inspiration may come from another time entirely. Some of the most on-trend styles of today are actually throwbacks to bygone eras. Learn how to make your updated spaces pay tribute to re-emerging trends and add your own modern touches with these three new-again looks. Retro-Modern A retro-modern design is unique in every way, with elements transitioning from the historically unfitted 1920s to 1950s charm and eccentricity. The result is a space that represents many eras and design styles, and the kitchen is the perfect space to bring …

Ask A Designer: What Will Bring Style to My New Home?

What Will Bring Style to My New Home? Q. I have a house that was built a few years ago. It has a nice floor plan, but there is no trim and there are no interesting windows. What can I do to give it a more substantial look? I want it to look “designed” not just decorated with pillows and things. On the other hand, I can’t afford to rip up perfectly good floors and walls. I want something more than paint, but less than a remodel. What suggestions might you make?—K.J.

Green Design: Looking Toward the Future

Green Design: Looking Toward the Future It’s inevitable, we all get older.  And with age comes certain restraints that may challenge us in the everyday normal residential kitchen.  It’s always a good idea to keep in mind the future when renovating or designing a new kitchen.  By concentrating on a few specific areas, your kitchen can be designed to be accessible for the future without sacrificing a beautiful design! We are not all built the same, so why should all our counter heights be the same?  When designing a kitchen with accessibility in mind, it is a good idea to …

May/June 2013

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About the Cover This kitchen reflects many of the trends designers say are popular now—sleek contemporary cabinets and an understated look found in open spaces. The glass mosaic tile back splash adds texture and polish, while scaled back accessories finish off the look. Photo courtesy Carla Taylor of Hermitage Kitchen Gallery. For information visit the hermitage kitchen gallery. Like us on facebook!  Click here

Ellen Cheever: Kitchen Designer

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Ellen Cheever: kitchen designer Ellen Cheever, a national authority on kitchen and bath trends, has spent the last 37 years redefining the kitchen and bathroom, and offers some interesting insights as to how kitchens have evolved and what’s in store for the future. Recently in Nashville for a continuing education seminar for members of the local chapter of the Association of Interior Designers and the local chapter of the National Kitchen & Bath Association, Cheever took time to discuss trends. She clearly visualizes kitchens today as they are designed to fit one of five demographic groups she’s identified, and discusses the open look …

Aging In Place

aging in place Aging in place is the phrase that’s been coined to refer to the many ways homes are being modified and services are being offered to allow homeowners to live in their homes longer—and is becoming a popular concept as the Baby Boomers begin reaching retirement age. According a recent survey by the National Association of Home Builders, of those making aging in place modifications to their homes, 18 percent are in the 55-to-65-year-old age bracket, while 16 percent of those having such work done 65 years or older. The Nashville area has its own group of experts in …