February 17, 2019

Designing a Kitchen for an Older Home

Like many small hamlets in the Susquehanna Valley, Mechanicsburg Pennsylvania boasts an idyllic town center with dozens of charming, older homes. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, our borough features historically significant architecture dating back to both the American Revolution and the Civil War. While not all eighty or hundred-year-old homes In Mechanicsburg are worthy of a historic designation, Mechanicsburg’s older homes still bring happiness to their owners and deserve the love and […]
October 2, 2018

Glass-Front Cabinets Set This Kitchen’s Style

from Houzz by Erin Carlyle on September 26, 2018 Kitchen at a Glance Size: 183 square feet (17 square meters) Location: Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania Designer: elizaBeth Marcocci, CKD of Mother Hubbard’s Custom Cabinetry Photos: Bob Skalkowski Prior to its renovation, this kitchen in an 1879 Pennsylvania home lacked counter space and had no range hood, and the finish on the cabinets was peeling off. There was a large window-like opening in a wall that ate up […]
February 17, 2015

Kitchen and Bath Design 2015 – What’s Hot, What’s Not

Dave Swanson of Reviewed.com was kind enough to interview Maria Stapperfenne and me during the hugely successful KBIS 2015. In his article, Kitchen and Bath Design in 2015—What’s Hot, What’s Not, Dave wanted the NKBA take on design trends for the new year. We were happy to respond by sharing some of the results from the NKBA’s annual design survey.  The first five highlights of the survey include: Transitional and contemporary design continue to rise in popularity The […]
January 22, 2015
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KBIS 2015 Clean, Sleek and Uncluttered

If you love the sleek, uncluttered look of contemporary kitchen furnishings and design, KBIS 2015 had much to share! The contemporary aesthetic is often characterized by uninterrupted visual planes of cabinetry and countertops. Manufacturers at the show featured a number of ways to take clean, crisp and covered to a new level. Sliding doors are nothing new and have always been popular for wide cabinets, sideboards and wardrobes. The mechanics of sliding doors require that […]
March 11, 2014

Top 10 Kitchen Upgrades

Hannah Wigton, writer for Susquehanna Style, spoke with me about the Top Ten Kitchen Upgrades that a homeowner might consider. I thought the article was really well done, and her top-ten list includes: Contrasting cabinetry Old fashioned flooring Carefree countertops Innovative islands Smart sinks and faucets Beautiful backsplashes Low energy lighting Surprising styling All-purpose appliances Multi-tasking tools – Charles Viancin Silicone Lid Susquehanna Style, “Top 10 Kitchen Upgrades”, September, 2013
February 28, 2014

Contemporary style cool in the kitchen

Shari Kuhla, of the Montreal Gazette, brought her take on the NKBA 2014 Design Trends survey in this February 2014 article. In her article, Contemporary style cool in the kitchen, she pointed to 5 trends that she drew from the report. Cool Contemporary Grey Hues Furniture-style pieces Spa-like bathroom Accessibility appeal  
January 31, 2014

The Well-Connected Bath

The NewHomeSource Blog writer Patricia Garcia chatted with me about the growing connectedness of bathrooms. We’re not just talking about consumers using phones while in the bathroom – fixtures, radios and a host of other devices can all be controlled remotely. showers are customizable to each person, shower with sound coming directly from the showerhead lighting in their bathrooms to create different moods high tech toilets medicine cabinet mirror with a TV built into it […]
January 30, 2014

Create a pro-style kitchen in your home

Mary Boone, writing for Zillow and Fox News, penned a really smart article on giving your remodeled kitchen that pro-style look. You’ll note even with a more traditional cabinetry style that you’re likely to find in Hershey or Carlisle, it’s still a great look. Touchless faucets, restaurant-style sprayer, pro-style sink with a deep, wide bowl with flat sides and slightly curved corners LED lighting, layers of light Increasing demand for gourmet kitchens that can accommodate […]
January 19, 2014

A New Sheen in the Kitchen as the Shine of Stainless Fades

NYSE’s Big Stage blog writer, Susan Caminiti, focused in on the changing tastes in appliances.  She asked me what I thought about the new slate of appliance colors coming from manufacturers.  Here are some takeaways from the article. warmer, more family-friendly feel in the kitchen. for those folks who don’t want the look of a commercial kitchen in their traditional home, we’re starting to see some nice alternatives. NYSE The Big Stage, “A New Sheen […]
January 13, 2014

Kitchen Appliance’s New Aesthetic

A little piece by Bloomberg Businessweek on the new aesthetic of kitchen appliances. Caroline Winter is the writer. new aesthetic involves more furniture-like appliances, with rounded edges and handles, less metallic sheen, and sometimes even a little color Stainless steel appliances remain the runaway favorite Bloomberg Business Week, “Kitchen Appliances’ New Aesthetic”, November, 2013