Countertops

Marble Countertops Are Built To Last

Marble Countertops Are Built To Last

Although granite countertops continue to be the most popular choice in the kitchen, marble is also a great option if you seek an all-natural stone option. One of the biggest deterrents to using marble as a countertop material is its high price tag. Experts also recommend applying a sealant to […]

Delta Faucet Outlines Emerging Kitchen Trends

Delta Faucet Outlines Emerging Kitchen Trends

Although most of the activities and presentations throughout Delta Faucet’s 2010 Media Day revolved around products and installation, the event also included sporadic discussions of current and upcoming trends. Being a fashion- and decor-minded person, I enjoyed hearing about how Delta tracks fashion, interior decorating and other trends that influence […]

Thoughtful Changes Enhance Small Kitchen

Thoughtful Changes Enhance Small Kitchen

Sometimes a renovated kitchen doesn’t have to mean breaking down walls and relocating to a different spot in the house. When I spotted this kitchen reno on CasaSugar I thought it was a great example of smart, small changes on a tight budget. The homeowners chose custom panels for our […]

DIY Kitchen & Bath Help with Design in a Bag

DIY Kitchen & Bath Help with Design in a Bag

Do you have strong feelings in regards to your kitchen or bath design but don’t have the budget to work with a professional designer? Or do you just know what you like when you see it but don’t have the time or patience to spend picking out color palettes and […]

Paper Counters

Paper Counters

That’s right. Paper. They really have figured out a way to recycle everything for kitchen surfaces. PaperStone products are FSC-certified and made from 100% post-consumer recycled paper. Sound crazy? Here’s how it works: “Made from recycled paper that has been saturated with our proprietary PetroFree(tm) phenolic resins and selected natural […]

Ways to Make a Small Space Kitchen Work

Ways to Make a Small Space Kitchen Work

Being a designer, I am always so intrigued by kitchens and baths when I am traveling or visiting homes. On my latest Manhattan vacation, I was lucky enough to stay with friends in their beautiful Upper East Side condo, where their kitchen served great function in the space allowed. Now, […]

Out Of The Box Kitchen Design

Out Of The Box Kitchen Design

When designing a kitchen, it’s so important to think out of the box. Literally, your cabinetry arrives in a box. The cabinetry body is of boxes and doors but what can you do with that? Plenty! A kitchen designer can help you create unique looks by mixing and matching cabinetry […]

Most Popular Kitchen Counter Goes To…

Most Popular Kitchen Counter Goes To…

It’s still granite! In a recent article from Consumer Reports, granite accounted for 56 percent of kitchen counter sales in the last year. This surface shows no signs of slowing in popularity. Quartz (Caesarstone and Silestone) and laminate (Formica), each with 13 percent of the countertop market, trail granite in […]

Bamboo Block Countertops from Teragren

Bamboo Block Countertops from Teragren

While admiring my friend’s kitchen in her apartment over the weekend, I gushed about her butcher block countertop. She politely corrected me that her counter was, in fact, bamboo. One company that is spot-on with the bamboo trend is Teragren. They offer an alternative to traditional butcher blocks checkerboard patterns […]

Pedal To The Metal

Pedal To The Metal

If you’re looking for something a bit more flashy than porcelain and glass for your kitchen backsplash, give recycled metal tiles a try. I was recently reminded of the cool folks at Eco Friendly Flooring thanks to SFGate. They’ve got a great gallery of kitchens and living spaces that have […]

Prepare a Peanut and Nut Free Kitchen: Clean Countertops

Prepare a Peanut and Nut Free Kitchen: Clean Countertops

Maybe you or a family member just found out that you have a severe nut allergy. Or it could be that you’ve been living with it for years. Now that a kitchen remodel is on the horizon, you’re beginning to wonder which materials are safest for food allergies. Countertops are […]

Tiling Made Easy Sans Mortar and Mastic

Tiling Made Easy Sans Mortar and Mastic

Installing a tile kitchen backsplash or shower surround is one of the most popular do-it-yourself projects, but mastering the tile application process can be frustrating and full of trial and error. We love products that make our projects easier and the Bondera Tile Mat Set certainly fits the bill. Bondera […]

Where to Spend: Kitchen Remodel, Part Two

Where to Spend: Kitchen Remodel, Part Two

If you followed the first installment of the Hollywood Hills kitchen remodel, you know that Steven and Melissa saved a lot of money buying previously owned and gently used appliances on Craigslist. But the couple’s dictum has always been, “pay retail where it counts.” Here’s where they splurged: 1. Cabinetry […]

Lessons from Joan Rivers’ Kitchen

Lessons from Joan Rivers’ Kitchen

I feel differently about Joan Rivers since the New York Times ran this piece about her kitchen. I am finally at peace with her cat eyes and screeching on the red carpet after realizing that I kinda like her home – especially her kitchen. The home is an 84-acre estate […]

Countertop Comparison Guide from The Pioneer Woman

Countertop Comparison Guide from The Pioneer Woman

Countertops are, arguably, one of the most important features of a kitchen. Without countertops, there’s no prep or storage space and no spot on which to cluster jars, bowls, appliances and other kitchen must-haves. Yet selecting countertops can be tricky, especially because there are a multitude of materials that can […]

Consider Recycled Glass Countertops

Consider Recycled Glass Countertops

Does your kitchen need a facelift? Swapping out countertops and cabinetry can have a more dramatic (and instantaneous) aesthetic effect and is possible even on a limited budget. If you haven’t yet found inspiration in our countertop overview, steer your trusty Internet browser toward apartment mecca (the Midwest addition) and […]