Kitchen Remodeling Ideas

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Aug 052011

By  Tom Kraeutler

If home is where the heart is, kitchens are clearly one of the vital organs that convert a house to a home. Not surprisingly, kitchens are also among the most popular home-remodeling projects tackled each year.  With a few new kitchen remodeling ideas you could also add value to your home. Technology has stepped in to make products more effective and attractive.  Even more, technology helps you sort through all the kitchen remodeling choices and help you decide what you want.

Cabinet Choices. Kitchen cabinets are the first product choice you will need to make in your kitchen, and the style you select will set the tone for the entire kitchen design.  Different colors and styles impact different spaces.

Cabinet refinishing or repainting can be less expensive options for kitchen remodeling, but they are not as easy as painting a room, so be sure to understand the application process. A simpler updating solution is replacing the cabinet door and drawer pulls with some of the new funky artsy designs. The hottest cabinet and drawer handles include copper-finished tree forms or Verde geckos adorning both traditional and modern cabinet styles.

Replace the Kitchen Countertop. Kitchen countertops create bold decorating statements and become the feature point of the room. From basic to luxurious, changing just the top is a fairly simple kitchen remodeling idea that can be completed in a short time frame with little impact on family life.

Kitchen Appliance Overhaul. When a kitchen looks outdated, it’s often because of older appliances and not just the infamous avocado green. Just like cars, appliances reflect the style of the day and changing or repainting them can make a kitchen appear 20 years younger, especially if you repaint the walls to match the new colors.

Kitchen Faucet Fixups. New faucets can also make a nice feature in an otherwise dreary looking space. Faucets replacements are also fairly simple plumbing projects.

Cool Kitchen Floors. New flooring alone can really change the look of a kitchen and can be installed with little impact on family life. You can choose from a bold design choice or a traditional style floor to help complete your kitchen remodeling idea.

Visit Cabinet-S-Top at 1977 Medina Road, Medina (330-239-3630) to see what is available.  We use design tools to help you mix and match styles, finishes and prices until you find one that meets your tastes and budget.  If you are looking to update your cabinet hardware Cabinet-S-Top is offering a Back to School special on Cabinet Decorative Hardware.  Buy 3 Get 1 FREE of equal or lesser value.  Expires 8/31/11.

Betty Nairn

Company: Cabinet-S-top, Certified Kitchen Designer, GM
Phone: 330.239.3630

Vessel Sinks, A Must for your Bathroom

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Jul 152011

Courtesy of Article Alley

In the last few years, vessel sinks are becoming the in-thing for the bathroom.  When making decisions for the bath, a vessel sink makes for a very aesthetically pleasing fixture as well as providing the functionality you’d expect.   Possibly the main reason why more and more people are installing vessel sinks is their artistic appeal. They really can be works of art. They are available in all shapes, like a rectangle, bowl, to the downright weird. You can buy them in all kinds of materials, from basic porcelain, elegant bronze, to lavish marble. Moreover the colors are endless. You can choose from an entire range of colors to white or black, you name it. Or maybe you want a sparkling clear vessel sink; then you can install a vessel sink produced out of crystal or glass.

Vessel sinks make for a nice departure from the standard vanity or basin. Instead of being molded into the counter or drop mounted, vessel sinks sit on top of the counter and are plumbed directly through. This makes for a very unique looking bathroom t reatment. With all the great choices for vessel sinks, not only will you have a unique design element in your bath, but you’ll also be able to fit it in with virtually any décor choices you want. Being able to have a custom vessel sink means that any shape or style you’re looking for can be had.

A popular choice is the glass vessel sink because it looks highly impressive and expensive.   An advantage to installing a glass vessel sink into your bathroom is the fact that cleaning them is very simple.  Just wet a cloth with a detergent solution and wipe them off, it’s as simple as that. Since glass does not have any pores there is no chance for any bacteria to hide in them. This is one of the main advantages of the glass vessel sinks over their porcelain counterparts.

Installing a vessel sink in your bathroom is a way to have a totally unique home design element that will be functional and give you the artistic flavor you want.  Cabinet-S-Top can help you choose the right vessel sink for your bathroom to impress your guests.  Act now to receive a FREE Solera Glass Vessel Sink with a Bathroom Renovation ($1,000 minimum purchase) – offer expires 7/31/11. Cabinet-S-Top is located at 1977 Medina Road, Medina, OH 44256.  330-239-3630.

Betty Nairn

Company: Cabinet-S-top, Certified Kitchen Designer, GM
Phone: 330.239.3630

New Remodeling Trends For 2011

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Jan 102011

New Remodeling Trends For 2011
By Lori Gilder

Interior architecture and design is a continually evolving industry. Just like fashion, we can’t help but notice the ever-changing design trends of the season particularly when magazines, newspapers and television shows keep us abreast as to what’s hot and what’s not from one year to the next. Technological advancements together with popular culture tend to set the stage for these new trends in the home design industry. Implementing every newest craze into your home renovation or design project isn’t what’s important – the goal is to incorporate those trends that have the staying power and that become the new lifestyle standard without ever appearing dated.

Whether you’re building a new home, renovating a charmer, or adding some extra space, homes are becoming smarter, smaller and simpler. Easy maintenance, high quality materials and integral smart systems make for an easy transition for the changing family. In many instances homeowners are adding some extra space in order to meet the needs of aging parents (or for themselves “aging in place”) and re-designing their home’s overall layout by incorporating subtle Universal Design principles. Creating more open and flexible floor plans with wider doorways, main floor master suites, and user-friendly kitchens and baths are becoming increasingly important to the Baby Boomers.

Kitchens are the core and heart of the home. And the truth of the matter is according to a recent survey conducted by General Electric, 60% of homeowners are eating out less and spending more time dining at home – and more than half of them are actually cooking six to ten meals per week for friends and family. This speaks to the overwhelming trend in creating the entertainer’s kitchen that is well designed, impeccably detailed and beautifully appointed. So if you’re one of those serial entertainers and are planning a kitchen renovation, then it’s time to transform your kitchen into the hottest new restaurant in town!

The current scene is definitely green. You can go all the way and completely reduce your carbon footprint or simply introduce energy-efficient windows, lighting, appliances and tank-less water heaters in your home renovation project. Utilizing recycled and sustainable products has never been easier to incorporate into your home remodeling plans. Keep in mind that the green scene is here to stay and eco-friendly homes are important to Baby Boomers and GenXers alike.

This is a new era in the home building and renovation industry. Keeping abreast of the home renovation and design trends and incorporating these new standards into your project – will keep your home in good standing should you ever decide to sell.

For help in implement these trends into your next remodeling project, call Betty Nairn, Certified Kitchen Designer at Cabinet-S-Top, 1977 Medina Road, Medina – 330-239-3630 or

Betty Nairn
Certified Kitchen Designer, GM
Cabinet-S-top – Fairlawn Team
Work Phone: work330.239.3630

What Colors Will Be Big in 2011?

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Dec 152010

What Colors Will Be Big in 2011?

Courtesy of Jennifer Brite

According to Mythic Paint, next year’s palette will offer warmth and an ethnic influence.  The last weeks of the year are often a time of family gatherings, holiday shopping and general merriment. But those in the design industry also know this is also the time many color forecasters analyze what’s happened in the past year to gain some insight on future trends.  Mythic Paint, a manufacturer that specializes in a variety of no-VOC offerings, has compiled insider knowledge gleaned from experts and designers to predict the hottest colors of next year. While no one can truly foretell the future, the company’s insights will surely provide inspiration in your projects for months to come.

Coral—Perfectly paired with blues and golds, coral adds warmth to any room, particularly as an unexpected accent in a bathroom.

Green—Green’s popularity soared in 2010, and 2011 will be just as kind to the versatile color, which works in just about any room in the house.

Yellow—Influenced by Mayan culture and folktales, sunstone gold will be one of the many Native American influences on color next year. Yellow adds a nice burst of color to the home but can be too bold for some. A lighter shade may work for the color shy.

Gray—Gray will be a go-to color in the coming months because it complements any other color. Gray even goes with gray.

Blue—Blue has a split personality. It can trigger feelings of sadness (hence the phrase “feeling blue”), but it’s also the most relaxing color. Icy blue is set to be the dominant shade in 2011.

Red-Cast Blue—Red-cast blue looks like a very deep royal purple, with red and blue undertones. Adding a bit of drama to everyday decors, the color is set to shine next year.

Betty Nairn,  Manager

Cabinet-S-Top, Inc.

1977 Medina Road

Medina, OH  44256

P:  330.239.3630

F:  330.239.4530


Nov 122010

Amy Nixon will be holding a monthly floral workshop in the new Vermilion studio! Our first workshop will be creating a Thanksgiving centerpiece for your dinner table! We’ll be using a pumpkin as a vase and filling it with flowers, fruit and feathers for a beautiful fall arrangement! Class fee includes all supplies needed to create the centerpiece and refreshments for the whole class. The fee is $75, and the centerpiece is yours to take home after the class. Come join a wonderful group of ladies for a fun class! Sunday, November 21st at the Vermilion studio from 2:00pm-3:30pm and Monday, November 22nd at the Avon Lake studio from 6:00pm-7:30pm. Email for more information or to register for the workshop. December’s workshop will be a Holiday Tablescape centerpiece!

Company: Amy Nixon Events, LLC

Decorating Trends for the Holidays…

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Nov 112010

At Willow House we inspire you to celebrate your personal style!  The Holidays are upon us and with that anything goes this season …so have fun!  Here are just a few tips to inspire you into action!

Buy one item at $39.96 and you can get an additional item up to $39. 96 50% off!

 BIG Ornaments …A few years ago, the trend was to decorate your tree with tons of very small ornaments. Now things have swung in the completely opposite direction. This year, go big! Hang several very large bulbs on your tree, skip the tinsel and keep the rest of your tree decorations to a minimum. Voluminous Christmas ornaments that are eight inches in diameter or more are your best bet—the bigger the better.  For a little funk, you have to check out our Holiday Hanging Trio – a set of large tin ornaments to decorate your tree, mantle or outside with!

Unique color schemes…  Skip red and green this year and explore new color schemes when creating your tablescapes, decorating your tree, or putting up other holiday decorations. Silver and blue offers a contemporary winter feel, while purple and green offer a regal look.  Our Prism Ornaments or Brilliant Glass Ornaments offer high style with a classy, vintage look too (another hot trend)!

Rich textures…When decorating your home this holiday season, don’t forget to dress up your couches, chairs, and other furniture. Add throws and pillows and slip in colors with rich textures such as velvet, suede, and faux fur.  Add our Oversized Scrollwork Throw to take off the chill!

Natural elements…Bring a little bit of nature into your Christmas decorations, and we don’t mean just the tree. Create centerpieces, wreaths, and other decor with twigs, pine cones, wood, cotton, and natural materials.  Find these pieces in your yard – easy decorating!  My favorite this season?  A slice of wood to add to the tablescape.  Love our Hawthorne Hurricane filled with pine cones – so simple and elegant!

Display Holiday Cards…Do you love the annual flurry of holiday greetings, but not the tumbling mess it creates on the mantel? Our Decorative Card and Photo Display is perfect for organizing those cards, while offering beautiful style as an iron wall art piece.  Attach to a door and hang two together with the connector – or take both pieces and hang from ribbons in a window.   Truly this piece can be used year round in your home to hold pictures, invitations and notes too!

Willow House is the new home décor company, created from the foundation of the two companies Southern Living At HOME and Entertaining at Home.   At Willow House we can help you transform your home or office space to be uniquely yours.  Contact me to receive your own Inspiration Book or to schedule a Design Party in your home or workplace.    

Happy Holidays!  

Company: Founding Executive Director,
Willow House (Southern Living at HOME)

Phone: 440.965.4284 or 440.320.3468