Super Bowl Party Central

by Becky Gamble on January 26, 2015 @ 11:18am

in Home Trends,Kitchen Design

Super Bowl Party Central
Kitchen with large center island built of cherry cabinets highlighted by white marble counter and floor tile

For the Perfect Storm of Food and Fans

Football aside, Super Bowl Sunday will be the occasion of a record-breaking number of home parties, with food consumption second only to Thanksgiving.

While 12 hours of programming will be devoted to the game over the weekend, action on the field will only fill 11 minutes, stretched out over four hours between kickoff and final whistle. Even with instant replays and mind-blowing commercials, that leaves a lot of time for visits to the buffet.…

Kitchen Designers Must-Have Specialty Cabinet
pullout recycling and trash bin in black shaker cabinets

We surveyed our kitchen designers to find out which specialty or storage cabinet they feel should be in every kitchen. What they said? As pros with tens of thousands of projects under their collective belt, they agreed: the must-have specialty cabinet is:

The Pull-Out Trash Cabinet!

Several of the designers polled felt the 18-inch pull-out trash can and recycling center is so important, they recommend it in every kitchen, including those being built on tight budgets.…

Renovation of Minneapolis Tudor Home
1950s kitchen with pink painted cabinets and pink flowered wallpaper

Evylin Seeley’s 1950s Florida-Themed Pink Kitchen

She was a holdover from an older, grander age, defying time in her Minneapolis Tudor home, two blocks from Lake Calhoun. Somewhere back when World War Two was news and not history, she had taken an exotic and flamboyant design taste and covered her walls and ceilings with wallpaper: flamingo-pink palm fronds, green and gold bamboo, a Chinoiserie-style mural in black and turquoise, and painted woodwork to match. And in all the years that followed, in the incredible gulf of time that separated World War Two from the advent of Facebook, she sat in her home and changed not an inch of the décor.…


How to Create a Home Office

by Becky Gamble on January 13, 2015 @ 11:36am

in Design & Planning,Newsletter

How to Create a Home Office

The home office is becoming a standard feature in home design. When creating an office space in your home, consider what role it will play. Will it be command central for a small business? A space for an occasional work-from-home day? An organized space for paying bills and keeping up on correspondence? Maybe you are looking for a quiet place to work on a literary project. Your design will depend on your requirements, resources, and style.…

Get More from Your Kitchen with Built-In Storage Cabinets

Storage, a classic kitchen design problem, is not simply a matter of cubic feet of cabinet space, but of how that space is organized. Incorporate carefully chosen built-in storage cabinets and organizers into your design, and you may dramatically improve your kitchen’s functionality. Your choices will be based on your cooking style, your space and your budget. Ask your designer to recommend features that will provide the most benefit for your unique needs. Here are some of our most popular storage solutions

Pull Out Spice Rack

Tall Pantry Cabinet.

January: Best Time to Start a Kitchen Remodel

You’ve barely recovered from the holidays, and are still trying to reorganize your kitchen and your house to accommodate new appliances and dishware. Your budget is broken. So, the last thing you should be thinking about is remodeling your kitchen. Or is it? In fact, this is the perfect time to begin the planning stage for your remodel. Consider:

Problems revealed during the holidays are fresh in your mind. Entertaining, baking and 10-minute meal preps point up problems with your current setup.…


Quick Tips: Kitchen Organization

by Becky Gamble on December 31, 2014 @ 8:00am

in Kitchen Design,Newsletter

Quick Tips: Kitchen Organization

Post-Holiday Requirement: Find a Place for Everything

Are you looking for homes for all those new appliances and holiday dishes? Before buying more giant tubs or triple stacking your glass baking pans, give your kitchen an organizational makeover. You may find space you didn’t know you had. Here are a few tips to get you started.

Tall Pantry Cabinet with Roll-Out Shelves

Identify OOPS—Out of Place Stuff

After years of waiting for my husband to finish with the toaster so I could reach a coffee mug, I moved the mugs to the other side of the sink.…


Chaos has Benefits

by Becky Gamble on December 15, 2014 @ 7:45am

in Design & Planning

Chaos has Benefits

Why is Your Busiest Season the Time to Start a Remodel Notebook?
Stress Reveals a Kitchen’s Shortcomings

You may be thinking about remodeling your kitchen in the coming year. Maybe you will start planning after the busy holiday season, when you’ve made gift returns, stocked up on bargains, and worked off the holiday pounds.

That schedule is fine, with one exception. There is no time like the busy present to start a journal of what doesn’t work!…


Pantone Names Color of the Year for 2015

by Becky Gamble on December 5, 2014 @ 2:23pm

in Newsletter

Pantone Names Color of the Year for 2015

Meet Marsala, Pantone’s pick for the 2015 Color of the Year. Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, describes the color in terms that immediately make us think of the kitchen: “Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness.”

At CliqStudios, we love this color. It is a perfect reason to add a little 2015 sparkle after the holiday decorations come down!…


How to Install Kitchen Cabinets

by Becky Gamble on December 4, 2014 @ 1:43pm

in Newsletter

How to Install Kitchen Cabinets

A Challenging Project for the Committed Do-It-Selfer

Are you thinking of installing your kitchen cabinets yourself? This is a project where you want to make sure you get it right! Know where to start, how to level, and when to tighten the screws.

Cabinets that are not level or not properly attached present a host of problems. There is the countertop that appears level, but eggs and apples roll right off the edge. There are the well-built cabinets, installed a few degrees off straight, which appear to have crooked doors.…