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Ways to Hide Your Kitchen Appliances

Over the years, kitchen design and available options have gone through a significant evolution. Your choices in products, appliances, and beautiful countertops and tile are unbelievable. One of the biggest areas of change has been storage options. In this article, I wanted to focus primarily on ways to store your appliances.

Have you heard of or seen an appliance garage? You can put your things away and out of sight in a creative and visually streamlined look. In this example, the cabinet goes to the countertop level, and you slide the appliances out when needed, or click here to see an example with built-in slides.

Here is an example of a vertical lift cabinet door to hide away your appliance:

Wall Appliance Garage

Find the perfect kitchen cabinetry on Houzz

This traditional French kitchen has plenty of space and a place for everything in this over-sized cabinet. If you don’t have space for a large cabinet, consider using the idea and adding one on a smaller scale. The goal is to have a place for everything you need in your kitchen. I love the pull out drawers:

Photo by The French TraditionDiscover kitchen design ideas

If you have a kitchen with a blind corner cabinet, consider adding a tray mechanism to enable easy access to the recessed area:

KITCHEN BLIND CORNER WITH TRAY CABINET

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Consider adding a lifting arm to an existing cabinet for your mixer with this product from Rev-A-Shelf:

Redesign Right, LLCIf you need any creative ideas for your kitchen design or picking out colors for your paint, backsplash, tile or flooring, call Debbie 610.955.8202 or email, and we can get to work making your kitchen dreams come true!

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram. Featured image from Marc Coan Designs on Houzz.

6 Kitchen Lighting Styles and Trends

To have the optimal lighting in your kitchen, you need the proper combination of task, ambient and decorative lighting. It’s important to have the light you need when you need it and ensure that space feels comfortable and not like an operating room when you want warm, soft light. In this article, I would like to focus on over sized decorative fixtures that are popular in kitchen lighting showrooms. The unusual aspect of this trend is that it creates drama in an area of the house that is usually drama-less in décor.

Be prepared to be inspired and wowed! If you are looking for a new light fixture for your kitchen or planning a remodel, you will have no problem finding the look you love. Create an IdeaBook on Houzz and save the photos you like for future reference.

Style:  Farmhouse

Style:  Industrial

Style:  Modern

Style:  Transitional

Style:  Contemporary

Style:  Traditional

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If you need help pulling a kitchen design together, choosing a color for your tile, backsplash, flooring, or countertop, call Debbie 610.955.8202 or email for a consultation.

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram.

5 Kitchen Backsplash Trends

There are many unique kitchen backsplash ideas available now, and I wanted to highlight some of them for you. If you have ever watched the HGTV show, Fixer Upper, you are familiar with the white subway tile in a farmhouse kitchen. Though a clean look, it may not be for everyone. Check out these 5 fabulous ideas:

1. Unique tile patterns:

This kitchen takes colored glass tiles and creates a herringbone pattern, adding interest to the wall and sleekness.

Looking for a tile that’s distinctive, check out this scallop pattern:

Or this fun pattern with emerald green cabinets is stunning:

2. Wider and longer tiles:

The trend is headed toward larger sized tiles that are longer and wider, in sizes such as 4×8” or 4×12”.

Photo by Eric Aust Architect

3. Painted Glass Backsplash:

Have you heard of this? If you want a sleek look and no grout, this is an attractive option.

An example of a backsplash with large glass tile:

4. Quartz backsplash:

5. Wood-like tile backsplash:

Redesign Right, LLCWhen redoing your kitchen, or adding a backsplash, it may feel overwhelming with all the choices available to you. My recommendation is to use Houzz as a tool and create IdeaBooks of kitchens you like. If you need help picking a color palette for everything in your kitchen, paint, countertop, backsplash, and flooring, Redesign Right can help! Call Debbie 610.955.8202 or email to set up a consultation.

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram.

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Kitchen Trends and Remodeling Ideas

Contemporary Kitchen StyleIndustry leaders such as Houzz and NKBA run surveys from the prior year tracking trends in Kitchen-related projects. If you are planning a remodeling project in your kitchen, it’s good to understand these trends especially if you are considering selling your home in the next several years.

The 2017 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study reported:

  • The style trend is away from traditional and contemporary is the most popular across all age groups. Modern and Farmhouse designed kitchens are on the rise among the millennials. (For a review of the difference between a Modern and Contemporary style, click here.)
  • Durability is what people want! People love the look of marble and want the durability of a quartz countertop. Porcelain flooring is preferred for its look and durability, though wood is rated highest for the way it looks.
  • This note is an interesting takeaway from the study: “A third of homeowners report leading a healthier lifestyle after a kitchen renovation, from eating more fruits and vegetables to preparing more meals at home.” Click here to read the full article on Houzz.

Trulia, an online real estate resource, predicts 2017 will see an increase in Matte Appliances in place of the classic stainless steel look. Click here to read more about Trulia’s home predictions.

Remodeling cited an interesting statistic worth noting in 2016. A minor kitchen remodel of $20, 842 had a resale value of $15,560, and the cost recouped when sold 74.7% of the investment (this is specific to the Mid-Atlantic area of the U.S.) If you have a timeworn kitchen, remodeling is a sound investment in your home. Young new home buyers are looking to move into a house with an updated kitchen; they do not have the time or money to take on the project and will walk away from an outdated kitchen.

To read a summary of the ten overall kitchen trends that the National Kitchen & Bath Association expects in the coming year, click here.

According to Forbes, satin brass fixtures are the way of the future. I believe this is a function of taste and what you like. The point here is that new products with new finishes are frequently coming out, which is fantastic for all us! Incorporate what you like and the colors you like to see. Though many of the trend reports indicate that white and gray for wall color and cabinet color are highly trending, you simply may not like that look. Surround yourself with what you love, and your kitchen experience will be happier!

To offer you beautiful kitchen ideas and offer you some inspiration, click here to view my Houzz Ideabook.

Redesign RightIf you are starting out in this process, the Kitchen & Bath Association offers online planning guides to direct you at the beginning of this project, click here to download them. If you would like help ensuring that the wall color, cabinet color, backsplash color and flooring color work together call Debbie 610.955.8202 or email for a Color & Decorating Consultation. Let’s get you the kitchen of your dreams this year!

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, and .

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KBIS 2017 Award Winners

kbis-2017-award-winnersEach year the KBIS (Kitchen and Bath Industry Show) is held in January where they display and discuss new products and innovative ideas. During each show awards are won Best in Show for both Kitchen and Bath products. It’s fun to watch these trends as they will become available to everyone or affect the products sold. As an Interior Decorator, I like to be aware of the possibilities! Also, it is fun to see the exciting innovation in this field since the kitchen and bath are two areas of the home we spend lots of time in each day. The winners for 2017 are:

Best in Show and Best in Kitchen:  Gold is for GEOLUXE

Information from KBIS:

“SCG Group created GEOLUXE, a superior surface covering product which overcomes the disadvantages of natural marble while remaining true to its prestige and aesthetics. GEOLUXE is inspired by the same metamorphic processes which produce marble. It’s best described as a “Pyrolithic Stone” and is made from 100% mineral based materials. GEOLUXE is a uniquely advantageous product, offering all the classical elegance of natural marble along with easy maintenance and heat, acid, and scratch resistance.”

To learn more about this product go to GeoLuxe.

Best of Bath:  Gold is TOTO for NEOREST AC Dual Flush Toilet with Actilight

Information from KBIS:

“TOTO’s intelligent NEOREST AC Wall-Hung Toilet offers auto open/close & auto flush; an integrated Washlet personal cleansing system; & in-bowl catalytic deodorizer. It’s Actlight Cleansing Technology with Pre-Mist, and eWater+ offers a unique titanium dioxide and zirconium glaze on the bowl’s surface activated by the UV light in its lid. Its high-efficiency Tornado dual-flush system consumes 1.28-gpf for the full flush and 0.9 for the light. Its in-wall tank system saves up to 9” of space.”

To learn more about this product go to TOTO USA.

Best of Bath:  Silver is for The Copper Shower Kit

Information from KBIS:

“The simplest description of the product is a Copper Shower Kit.The kit will include multi-piece pure copper trim parts and panels to be assembled and installed as a shower/tub enclosure around a bathtub or shower.The installation is incredibly simple, and the design of the trim parts allow for panels to be installed easily even in unplumbed, unsquared installations by the professional or DIY’er. Copper is a great product for any bathroom because of its anti-corrosive and anti-microbial properties.”

To learn more about this product go to The Copper Shower Company.

Best of Kitchen:  Silver is for The Galley Dresser

Information from KBIS:

“This award-winning, hand-made collection of fine kitchen furniture was created exclusively for The Galley Workstation® by acclaimed Chicago-based designer Doug Durbin. Durbin is renowned for his Bauhaus approach to thoughtful design, creating harmony between function and art in kitchen architecture. The Galley Dresser is available in 4 sizes, 13 hand-selected high-gloss finishes, nine custom hardware finish options, including four signature finishes by Doug Durbin, and is completely hand-crafted.”

To learn more about this product go to The Galley Dresser.

This week the voting occurs for the show’s People’s Choice Awards, stay tuned, I’ll put out a post announcing which fantastic product was selected! View the KBIS winners in total by clicking here to visit my Pinterest board of 2017 winners.

Redesign RightIf you plan to take on a renovation or a room makeover in 2017, give Debbie a call 610.955.8202 or email for a consultation to determine the flow of the room, color, and décor.

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, and .

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Kitchen Remodel Planning, Ideas, and Cost

kitchenMy last decorating article, “2016 Kitchen Trends” focused on the trends you will see in kitchen design this year. This week I would like to concentrate on cost, options and resources. Use this article as a tool to assist you in creating the kitchen of your dreams!

The first step is coming up with a kitchen plan. Create a list of the features that you would like in a new kitchen. Look at the top six kitchen layouts to give you a perspective of the different kitchen arrangements. Click on the topics below and get started with your planning:

  • Plumbing Work: Will You be doing any plumbing work? Click here for an excellent article from Angie’s List to help you with picking a plumbing company.
  • Electrical Work:  Get some great advice from the experts at This Old House by clicking here.
  • Kitchen Cabinets:  Keep in mind that they can take 4-6 weeks for delivery. If you are considering custom cabinets that order could take up to six months. Click here for information on choosing stock cabinets.
  • Kitchen Counter:  Click here for an article on the different counter top options.

Kitchen Flooring:

Interested in experiencing the design process before you meet with anyone? Or perhaps you wish to do the work yourself with help – to select which visual planning tool you would like to try out click on the links below:

Redesign RightHave fun with this process and take your time to ensure that you make the right choices. Having fresh eyes visit your kitchen space and suggest ideas is worth the investment. Kitchen designers will often see details that you would not think of because you are accustomed to your kitchen. If you need help with your color selection or redesign, give Debbie a call 610.955.8202.

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .

2016 Kitchen Trends

KitchenHave you been dreaming of a new kitchen or would you like to change some things in your kitchen? In my next two articles, I will be focusing on that very topic. This article will concentrate on the trends that you will see in 2016, and my next article will focus on remodeling and renovation resources. Here are some of the trends you may wish to incorporate into your kitchen redesign:

  • An integrated kitchen to living space continues to be a goal for everyone. This area is a multi-purpose space where people cook, eat, entertain, do homework-crafts-school projects, and work on a computer.
  • Multiple Work Zones are critical going into 2016. Two sinks offer greater flexibility and allow more individuals to be in the kitchen at one time working independently in two separate areas. Smart spaces that include storage for everything, charging stations for phones, computers and tablets and an organized drop-zone where everyone knows where their keys, mail, etc. reside in an organized orderly manner.
  • White continues to be the dominate color in kitchen cabinets, and you will find soft, muted color palettes in tones of charcoal to shades of white. The back splash will be similarly colored to coordinate with this color scheme. You will see more Nordic Designs that include color palettes of white or light wood with clean lines and functionality. There will be less strong contrasting designs, more texture-on-texture.
  • Well-lit cabinetry is the name of the game! Long gone are the days of dark cabinets, pantries, and counter tops. Adding recessed can lights along with the cabinet lighting offers maximum task lighting and installing the ability to dim the counter top lights can provide a warm glow and ambiance when you are not working in your kitchen.

If you are in the “thinking” phase of the kitchen redesign, you will want to look at many different kitchen design options and decide what you like and want in your kitchen. I always tell people to come up with a list of things you need and would like to have in your kitchen. If you prioritize this list, it will help you when you determine your budget, which I will discuss in more detail in my next article. Look through photos on Houzz and create an IdeaBook of your own where you can store ideas for reference. Click here to view kitchen photos on Houzz. Or if you are accustomed to using Pinterest, create a board for your Kitchen Ideas that you can set up as secret (if you don’t want to share with the Pinterest community.) Click here to view some kitchen photos on Pinterest.

Redesign RightIf you need help with your redesign or color selection, give Debbie a call 610.955.8202 or fill out the online interest form.

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .

2016 Kitchen and Bath Industry Winners

KBIS 2016 Winners I always love to hear about the home products that come out of the annual KBIS (Kitchen and Bath Industry Show) show. This year’s winners are fantastic! Just when you thought they couldn’t possibly do something unique with a kitchen faucet along comes a surprise that will amaze you! Here is the rundown of the Best of KBIS winners:

Electrolux has designed a washer that can get those tough stains out while being efficient and easy to use.

This faucet created with 3D printing is stunningly beautiful! Click here to view the product information.

This bathroom vanity is a modern crisp-lined vanity that has a clever way to store items without pull-out drawers or requiring vanity-top space. Check out how you can keep small items out of sight with this stylish bathroom vanity by clicking here.

This collection of lovely ceramic tiles is unique and inspirational! I love this quote, “…this sequel is inspired by 1970’s Glam, Art Deco and Neo-Egyptian architecture—transcending the boundaries of the kitchen and bathroom.” Find out more about these stunning tiles at the Walker Zanger website by clicking here.

This under-the-counter refrigerator can fit any counter height, and I love that it has tiered storage and retractable drawers. I wish they had this when my kids were little for all of those things that they used frequently!

To view photos of the winners and find out more information about the KBIS winners visit my KBIS 2016 Best of Products board on Pinterest by clicking here.

2016 is shaping up to be a very fun and exciting design year! If you are in need of a home makeover, need help with colors, or thinking about selling your home in 2016 give me a call 610.955.8202 or fill out my interest form by clicking here. I also offer a 5-day hands-on Interior Redesign and Home Staging training class if you love home decorating and want to start your own business, click here to learn more.

Redesign RightBy Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .

Award Winning Kitchen Ideas

Kitchen RenovationLast week my decorating post focused on Luxurious Decorating Ideas for your Bathroom Makeover or Renovation. This week I wanted to show you some of the fabulous award-winning kitchen products from the recently held 2015 Kitchen & Bath show.  If you are considering a kitchen makeover or renovation, this post will help stir those creative ideas and get you going!  If you would like to see pictures and links to the products, visit my Pinterest board, 2015 KBIS Product Winners, by clicking here.  Here are the kitchen winners:

Best of Show:  LG Hausys, TechTop Wireless Charging Surface – This is an amazing and innovative product!  Your kitchen countertop can act as a charging station without cables or plugs!  You simply place your phone on the station that is embedded in a solid surface or quartz surface and your cell phone charges wirelessly!  How fantastic!  Think of all those times you forget to plug your phone in, problem solved!  Click here to learn more about this product and LG Tech Top.

Best of Kitchen Gold:  Brizo, Articulating Faucet – This faucet has the functionality of an architect lamp with a pull-down ability, and the spray wand is easily docked and undocked for maximum functionality.  To learn more about Brizo and their kitchen faucets, click here.

Best of Kitchen Silver:  Brondell, Integrated Faucets – This faucet integrates a water filtration system into the faucet!  Convenient and very nicely designed, no special requirements and it fits in the existing faucet space and does not require that you install a separate faucet for the “pure water”.  Click here to read more about Brondell, Inc. and their water purifying systems.

People’s Choice Awards:  Second Place:  Liebherr, HCB 1060 – This is a 24″ integrated refrigerator and freezer tower that claims to keep food fresh up to three times longer.  To read more about this company, click here.

People’s Choice Awards:  Third Place: Wilsonart LLC, Wilsonart Quartz – This company has been in the surfacing business for 50 years, and they offer beautiful and affordable alternatives to granite and other stone surfaces.  Based on their website, there are many design options and this product is easy to maintain, click here to read more.

redesign rightFor further inspiration, click here to read about the 17 Top Kitchen Design Trends from HGTV. The kitchen today needs to be functional and serve many purposes.  It needs to fit many roles as a place to cook, to serve, to eat and do homework and crafts.  If you find you are struggling with this project, call Debbie at 610.955.8202 to schedule your consultation!

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .

Time to Replace your Kitchen Countertop

iStock_000003819074LargeLast week I focused my decorating post on renovating or changing your kitchen cabinets.  This week I would like to focus on replacing your kitchen countertop.  Though granite has recently been the go-to option there are many beautiful options available, and I would like to highlight some unique ideas in this post.

Soapstone

Soapstone is a natural stone that is not porous, will not stain or emit radon, will not etch, requires no sealer and has a lovely natural looking finish.  For a review covering the advantages of soapstone over granite, click here.

Man-made Solid Surface

These products are durable, and practical made from non-porous materials, resisting stains and bacteria.  The original solid surface products, Corian®, is available in many colors, click here for the available colors.

Quartz

Non-porous, scratch and stain resistant and does not need sealants.  They come in a variety of color combinations and perform well over time.  For a comparative study done by Caesarstone® of quartz compared to granite, laminate and solid surface, click here.  Another popular source of quartz is Cambria, click here for their inspiration gallery.

Recycled Glass

Consider an eco-friendly product, one example made by Vetrazzo is comprised of 85% recycled glass, 15% white cement.  It is durable and more resistant to surface damage than natural stone.  To see a gallery of products from Vetrazzo, click here.  Another, green option is ECO by Consentino and is manufactured from 75% recycled materials such as mirror, glass, porcelain, earthenware and vitrified ash.  The color options are beautiful, click here to view their photo gallery.

Laminate

I know what you’re thinking, “Laminate!  Has she lost her mind?”  The laminate options of today are not what our mothers had!  If you think laminate countertops are no longer in favor, think again.  They offer a durable and affordable option to kitchen counters.  There’s a whole new world of products available along this line.  A new surface using nanotechnology, which is durable, resistant, and self-healing!  Seriously, to repair you place a wet paper towel on the scratch and use a hot iron and it looks as good as new!  Read more about nanotechnology in regard to countertops and product information from Arpa Industriale by clicking here.

Accent Pieces

There are many options out there that you can read about such as stainless steel, copper, zinc or hardwood, but they are not maintenance free and require work.  For that reason, you may consider using as an accent piece countertop for an island or side counter rather than the primary work space in the kitchen.  Another idea is to create a custom design in your accent piece by using tile.  What I like about this idea is that you can create your individual design and have a look that is unique to you and your home!  To explore this idea and read a how-to on this potentially DIY project; click here for instructions from Bob Vila.

Logo-JPEG-1If you need help with selecting a color combination or design plan for your kitchen renovation, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com!

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .