Kitchens are truly the heart of the home, and we love being involved in designing kitchens for our clients – whether as part of new construction or a remodel. This article highlights not only what buyers are looking for in their home’s kitchen, but also the shift in popular color trends for cabinetry and countertops. We agree that today's homeowners and multifamily developers must consider how to balance light vs. dark when it comes to cabinetry and finishes.  Read the full article here ...

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In a previous blog post I talked about how fashion influences design. In fact, fashion makes a great analogy for many different aspects of kitchen design, and it’s one I use to guide many conversations with our multi-family building clients – especially when it comes to choosing cabinetry.To continue that analogy in thinking about kitchen design in terms of important “wardrobe staples,” I consider cabinetry to be the kitchen’s “little black dress” – something that is a classic, must-have element that serves as a canvas to reflect our own personal style. And, like the little black dress, cabinetry comes in a variety of styles and price points, and can be dressed up or down with “accessories” like hardware, backsplashes and other kitchen elements. So, it makes sense when designing a kitchen that cabinets are an important selection that sets the tone for the entire space. Here are some key considerations that go into that choice:The Style VisionJust like most women choose a little black dress that really reflects their individual style aesthetic, the first decision that guides cabinet selection is the overall design vision for the kitchen. For example, at The Marlowe, a new-construction multifamily building in Chicago’s trendy River...

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We couldn’t agree more with this perspective on the importance of thoughtful design when it comes to renovating and preserving a historic building. It's a privilege and an exciting challenge to be involved with choosing new elements - such as cabinetry - that highlight and honor the history of a property while also reflecting its future. Read on for insights into the historic property renovation process as highlighted in a recent Multifamily Executive article.Read the full articles here ...

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