Is there a space in your home just begging for a bench?
You can use kitchen cabinets to create a cozy snuggle spot in a bay window, a shoe bench for your entryway, toy storage in a kid’s room, or a breakfast nook. Build the bench from drawer and door units, or create a storage chest with a piano-hinge top. Add a matching beadboard seat back and some colorful cushions, and you have it—storage, seating and a focal point, all in one project. Our designers are masters at combining cabinet units to create custom benches.
The irresistible window seat bench
A natural landing place for guests and the after-school crowd, a kitchen window seat simply shouts, “Come in and stay a while.” Typically dominated by hard surfaces, a kitchen welcomes …
The Transformation Begins
In this series, I am following one of our CliqStudios kitchen designers through her remodel project, from start to finish. This post describes the phase where Tessa and Jake’s cabinets were delivered and the old ones torn out.
An important rule of kitchen remodeling: do not tear out your cabinets until the new ones are delivered, inventoried and inspected, and you have a temporary kitchen in place. It was an exciting day when Tessa took this picture and knew she and Jake were ready for the transformation to begin!
Tessa and Jake kept their temporary kitchen plan to a minimum—a Pizzaz pizza cooker on a small living room c table. They would also leave the sink hooked up until the last minute, and the refrigerator …
Personalizing Their Space
In this series, I am following one of our CliqStudios kitchen designers through her remodel project, from start to finish. This post describes how Tessa created a design that is both functional and personal.
When Tessa and Jake decided to go forward with a new kitchen, they knew it would be the one and only time they would remodel that space, so it was important to get it right. Tessa has a passion for cooking and feels strongly that the kitchen is the heart of the home. It was time to for her to apply her talents to her own design.
When laying out the design, Tessa began with fundamentals—landing spaces next to the cooktop and refrigerator, a good work triangle, and carefully planned storage. She chose …
The Kitchen Designer Looks at Her Own Space
In this series, I will follow one of our CliqStudios kitchen designers through her kitchen remodel, from start to finish. In the following post, Tessa and Jake discuss the scope and direction of their project.
Tessa has designed more than 10,000 kitchens since 2001. When she and her husband Jake bought an aging house, naturally a new kitchen was first on her mind. She reluctantly agreed with Jake, however, that it would have to wait a few years while they dealt with more pressing issues.
They were in the house less than three weeks before Jake came totally on board, agreeing they needed to remodel the kitchen NOW.
Their first priority was to improve function. Idiosyncrasies of the 1960-era construction and design …
Search out the dark spaces in your kitchen. None, you say? How about that corner base carousel? Do you really know what has fallen behind? And does the counter-top task lighting stop short of the corner, leaving a shadow in the back? Is the glare from the counter-top lighting so irritating when you sit down that you turn it off? In new construction, remodeling, or updating of a kitchen, careful attention to task and access lighting will generally provide high value for a modest investment. Below are some suggestions.
Dimmer switches mean dual-duty. Add a dimmer switch to your under-cabinet lights or island pendant and you have suddenly gained warm, inviting ambient lighting for dining or evening hours.
Direct counter lights toward the wall. Under-cabinet or track spots are a …
Is your kitchen a gathering space, a work site, or an expression of your personal style? The typical kitchen serves those purposes and possibly more. No one lighting solution will fill the bill. Instead, you need a tiered solution that can singly or in combination provide overall ambiance, light a work area, or spotlight art and fine dishware. Wire lighting for each purpose on a separate switch, add a dimmer, and illumination can be fine-tuned to any occasion.
Achieve a sense of harmony by selecting light fixtures to complement other features in the room. In the image above, pendant lights reflect the style and color of the faucet and cabinet hardware while clear globes enhance the light, bright effect of the mullion cabinets.
Elegance is in the details. Trim molding …