It’s great to have a beautiful new kitchen with the latest cabinet designs, but unless you’ve just purchased a newly constructed home, you’re probably going to have to renovate to create a kitchen that meets your needs. And kitchen renovations can be stressful if you don’t do your homework. There are so many things a homeowner must do to ensure that the kitchen retrofit is completed properly, on time and on budget. Finding a professional kitchen designer whose work you admire, conducting due diligence on the contractor, checking out cabinet and countertop materials and selecting appliances are just a few of the steps homeowners need to take. To learn more about how to avoid stress while renovating your kitchen, check out this recent article in The New York Times, which details some lessons learned by the writer as she set about to modernize a 95-square-foot kitchen in her Upper East Side apartment....

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Some cabinet designs are timeless – white shaker immediately comes to mind – and will always appeal to homeowners and apartment dwellers. But other styles come and go as the years pass by and preferences evolve.  As designers, we travel the world working on projects, regularly attend trade shows to stay up to date on the latest innovations, and scour the internet in search of inspiration and the newest trends. Drawing on our global perspective, we’ve compiled a list of five cabinet and countertop trends that will have staying power in both residential and multifamily kitchen design in the new decade: Blonde Woods Homeowners and renters alike have been growing more fond of lighter woods for several years, but we feel that blonde tones will gain in popularity. They bring a warmth to a space that black and gray tones simply cannot.  Natural walnut, in particular, is being used more frequently by luxury developers for cabinets and built-in furniture. Thermally fused laminate (TFL), a more durable material, allows for replication of the grain and color tones of woods at a lower price point with rigorous consistency. While some walnut species are dark, the actual colors range from a light tan to chocolate. TFL replicates the...

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If you have a sleek, minimalist kitchen, the last thing you want to do is clutter it up with pots and pans, spice bottles, small appliances and tchotchkes that divert the eye from the beauty of your cabinetry. Not to worry, though. There are plenty of ways to organize in, under, over and around your kitchen cabinets. A recent article on Delish.com lays out 16 easy and inexpensive ways to keep kitchens neat and tidy. Read all about it here.  ...

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