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My biggest takeaway from attending KBIS 2013 was the “30 Under 30” presentation. For the first time, the NKBA brought 30 exceptional young professionals under the age of thirty to KBIS. The group of “30 Under 30” were divided into three groups, and were tasked with researching the “showroom of the future,” the next generation of Universal Design, and the overall direction of the kitchen and bath industry.
Here we have Maria lounging in Kohler's new VibrAcoustic Bathtub. You can literally feel the music while relaxing in this tub! These strategically placed transducers will provide the most beneficial effects to the body.
Now that we’re in the middle of April, KBIS really is just around the corner. We are ready for our New Orleans adventure, where we will be reconnecting with colleagues and meeting new friends, as well as learning all we can about the latest trends and innovations in the kitchen and bath industry. That event host National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) is celebrating its fiftieth birthday is icing on the cake, and will surely bring an added level of excitement to the event!
As we move into April our excitement over KBIS—the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, being held April 19-21 in New Orleans—is really starting to grow. There is a lot to look forward to at KBIS, and we are looking forward to bringing back fresh new ideas for our clients.
Our friends at Wood-Mode Fine Custom Cabinetry have recently updated their website and we think it looks absolutely fabulous! The new layout is gorgeous, and the navigation is even more intuitive and user-friendly than the previous version. We love that Wood-Mode’s commitment to high-quality customer service and flawless design extends even to their own website, and we would love to give you a mini-tour of their “new look.”
The team here at Cabinets & Designs is so looking forward to our annual trip to the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), being held this year in New Orleans. Several members of our staff will be traveling to the Big Easy for the show, April 19-21. We look forward to this trip every year, and it is very exciting that it will be held so close, and in such a wonderful city. We love New Orleans!
If you are not familiar with the Houston Habitat for Humanity ReStore, it would be our pleasure to introduce you to this wonderful program. The ReStore is actually a home improvement store that offers new and like-new building materials; open to the public, shoppers can enjoy the experience of shopping for their new home—for materials like furniture, paint, cabinets, appliances, and more—while benefitting from deeply discounted prices. Proceeds from the sale of these household items go toward Habitat for Humanity’s mission of eliminating substandard housing in our city.
The next best thing to a total kitchen makeover is a reorganization of your kitchen; reorganization makes your kitchen feel new, but can be done on a smaller budget. Making small changes can yield big results, so let’s take a look at some of our favorite ways to get more out of what you already have in your kitchen.
Their outstanding reputation and longevity speaks for itself. By moving with the times, all the while remaining rooted in their core values, Wood-Mode has been a trusted name in cabinetry for over sixty years.
Looking ahead for 2013 we are already seeing trend predictions emerge for home renovation and design. The trick to incorporating trendsinto your home is two-fold:
We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year, filled with delicious food and quality time with family and friends. Everyone at Cabinets & Designs enjoyed a restful break, and now we are back, ready to help our clients redesign kitchens, baths, and everything in between!An interesting phenomenon occurs around the holidays, perhaps because we are doing so much more cooking—high-volume cooking, at that—and entertaining than usual. Many people are inspired to make changes to their kitchens during and after the holidays. Why?
‘Tis the season for gift giving! The holidays are fast approaching, and you may be feeling the pressure to find the perfect gift. Whether you are looking for stocking stuffers, small gifts to round out the big-ticket items already on their way, or you just need help finding a few high-quality host/hostess gifts to keep on hand for parties, we have some suggestions we hope you will love!
As hard as you work in your kitchen, it’s important to have a kitchen that works hard for you in return. The only way to accomplish that is to design a kitchen which accurately reflects, and supports, your lifestyle. A huge, sleek, modern kitchen with the highest-end appliances is great … unless you hardly ever cook! A cozy kitchen with an eat-in breakfast nook is perfect … unless you entertain frequently, and use the kitchen as an extension of your entertaining space.
White kitchens have surged and resurged since the dawn of kitchen design. Kitchens became the “heart of the home” in the 1920’s and have only continued to grow as the most used room in the home. Over the years, white kitchens have gained and seemingly lost popularity only to regain it a few years later. I believe they have established themselves on the list of lifelong trends. If done right, a white kitchen is classic and timeless.
Your home should reflect your personal taste, but it should also be as functional as possible. When we are seeking design inspiration—be it through magazines, websites, or in consultation with designers—it is important to remember that a home should be at least as livable as it is beautiful.
Social media is such a great way to share design ideas and find new inspiration. Here at Cabinets & Designs, we love using social media to connect with our clients and potential clients; have you liked our Facebook page, followed us on Twitter, and checked out our YouTube channel? We love to hear from you via these channels to answer your design and renovation questions, and to share information with you about what is going on in the industry, as well as in our showroom.
This is the time of year when people start thinking, “Boy, it would be great to have a brand new kitchen to entertain in during the holidays!” If you start now, you may have the finished product in time to show it off at a New Year’s Eve or Super Bowl party!
David Steffan, Sr., is the founder and president of Cabinets & Designs. Mr. Steffan sat down with his daughter, Maria, and asked him to reflect on the last forty years in the kitchen and bath industry. In this interview David Steffan—affectionately known as “Senior”—shares the story of how he got his start in the kitchen and bath industry, and how that led him to open Cabinets & Designs some forty years ago.
This month Cabinets & Designs is celebrating our 40th anniversary. We are so honored that so many Houstonians chose us—decade after decade after decade after decade!—to make their homes more beautiful and functional.
As we continue to celebrate our 40th year in business, the Cabinets & Designs staff invites you to stop in to see our showroom and speak with our staff to learn how we can help you transform any room in your house. Whether you are looking for a dream kitchen for entertaining guests, or an elegant, relaxing bedroom where you can escape from the rest of the world, the team at Cabinets & Designs can help.
Your new kitchen is finished—now what? All those beautiful, gleaming surfaces; the glowing hardwood cabinets; your shiny new countertops—they are begging you for a celebration! Showing off your newly renovated home is your right, after all of that hard work. In fact, show it off more than once:
Have you heard of the Greater Houston Builders Association? The GHBA is a trade association whose members are involved in the development, homebuilding, and remodeling industry across seven counties. The Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA) was chartered in 1941 and for over seventy years has developed a network of government, community, and public relationships designed to enhance the business climate for its members, while at the same time providing quality obtainable housing for the community. The GHBA is the largest home builders association (HBA) in Texas and the fourth largest in the U.S. Currently the industry employs 60,000 people and generates upwards of $3 billion to the local economy. The GHBA is an integral part of the Houston building and remodeling community.
In order to best serve our clients, the team at Cabinets & Designs is always striving to stay ahead of the industry curve. By maintaining ongoing training and education, keeping up with the latest trends and innovations, and growing our professional networks, we can deliver the best in design, service, and products to your home.
Another one of our favorite “can’t miss” exhibitors at KBIS is Sub-Zero/Wolf. The leading manufacturer of American-made, luxury refrigeration, freezers, and wine storage units, Sub-Zero is the industry leader in product design in both its built-in and integrated lines; Wolf is the premier maker of ranges, ovens, cooktops, and grills, and was among the first companies to introduce the convection oven into the residential market. You can take your own tour of Sub-Zero/ Wolf’s virtual trade show booth, which is an online representation of the trade show environment; experience the company’s appliances, view videos, and learn product details with this incredible online tour. When you’re done with the online tour, stop in and see us at Cabinets & Designs, where we exclusively feature Sub-Zero/ Wolf in our showroom.
If you are passionate about design and beautiful living, you should be reading Luxe Interiors + Design magazine. Providing both local and national resources for design, decorating, architecture, and renovation, Luxe Magazine has been showcasing sophisticated design and architecture for a national audience with digital editions dedicated to urban and regional destinations around the United States.
Of all the exhibitors we see each year at KBIS, Kohler is consistently one of our favorites. Did you know Cabinets & Designs exclusively showcases Kohler sinks and faucets in their showroom? When you visit you can see the beautiful design and impeccable detail that Kohler brings to every product they manufacture.Kohler in the BathroomLet’s take a look at a few of the bathroom products featured by Kohler at KBIS 2012. Kohler recently introduced their VibrAcoustic® technology on all nine models of their Underscore Bath line. Described as “technology-based sound therapy” the line focuses on complete body relaxation through the hearing and feeling of sound vibrations through the body. This is both a luxurious innovation and a great option for anyone seeking at-home therapeutic solutions. The sound system is so good that you can use VibrAcoustic for your stand-alone audio system.Along the same lines of luxury-meets-therapy, the Underscore line is also building on the current trend of heated surfaces (think flooring, toilet seats) by introducing baths with Bask™ heated surfaces. These heated surfaces offer adjustable temperature control, and provide a warm surface area for a bather’s head, neck, and back.Kohler in the KitchenKohler knows that universal and transgenerational design in kitchen and bath is trending. Their new ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant stainless steel Vault kitchen sink addresses the need for practical solutions, and delivers it with a sleek, high-end design aesthetic. The sink can be installed as self-rimming or undermount, allowing for great versatility in remodeling.Kohler has created a new, instant fan favorite with their Octave™ kitchen sink. Both chic and practical, the Octave sink has deep double bowls with a unique curved basin that accommodates large pots and pans. The design also features an intuitive accessories bundle that homeowners will appreciate, such as stainless steel bottom basin racks and a stainless steel sponge caddy.To see more of the work Kohler presented at KBIS 2012 visit the Kohler KBIS 2012 Press Room, and to see Kohler products up close and personal, visit the Cabinets & Designs showroom today. We will soon be featuring the new Whitehaven™ Self-trimming® under-mount single-bowl sink with the short apron by Kohler—a truly stunning new product for your kitchen. This streamlined, versatile, farmhouse-style sink will compliment any décor, and lends itself particularly well to remodeling projects; the shortened apron allows for installation on most new or existing 36-inch standard cabinetry, and the self-trimming design requires only a simple rough cut. Stop by our showroom to see what Kohler can bring to your life.
Cabinets & Designs kitchen designer, Grace Coffman, and Wood-Mode Factory rep, Tom Steffan, just returned from KBIS in Chicago, where they saw all of the very latest and the very best in all things kitchen and bath. Grace and Tom reported back to us all of their favorite highlights and the hottest trends that they found at KBIS. We look forward to the KBIS industry show every year, because of their focus on forward-thinking, innovative products and design, and we already can’t wait for next year’s KBIS in New Orleans!
It’s no secret that many of our favorite countertop products come from Silestone by Cosentino, and we always look forward to what they will bring to the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) each year. Silestone products are the perfect combination of form and function. Silestone is created by using natural quartz, which is intrinsically hard and resilient. As the only countertop with bacteriostatic protection a Silestone by Cosentino countertop guarantees maximum hygiene on its surfaces. Silestone is the only countertop to feature the combination of the following:• Built-in Microban protection• National Sanitation Foundation Certification• GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certification
Consumer demand for a professional cooking experience at home is at an all-time high. Homeowners are building new homes and remodeling existing homes to create kitchens with restaurant-quality capabilities. The demand for restaurant-style kitchens in homes includes both function and form, as homeowners seek industrial-style design aesthetic and high-end appliances that deliver high-performance results.
During the process of a kitchen renovation, choosing a new countertop is often one of the most difficult and important decisions a homeowner will face. We have had clients confess that selecting the right countertop involved months of research to find the perfect one. This week we are going to take a look at countertop materials, and discuss creative ways you can implement countertops outside the kitchen to enhance other rooms in your home.
We are all so excited for the upcoming Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, to be held in Chicago on April 24-26. This is one of our favorite industry events of the year, and we are always excited and inspired by the opportunity to share with fellow professionals.
With the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) just around the corner, we have been looking forward to seeing what’s new in kitchen and bath design for 2012. Many of our favorite vendors will be on hand, showing their latest designs at the industry’s most inspiring, interactive showcase. We love KBIS because it’s where we find the latest trends, the newest products, the practical solutions, and of course, our colleagues who share our passion for design!
It’s no secret that we are huge fans of Wood-Mode fine custom cabinetry, and as Houston’s #1 Wood-Mode Exclusive Lifestyle Designs Showroom we always look forward to seeing their latest innovations. Wood-Mode recently introduced walnut into their family of cabinetry options, and we could not be more pleased. Walnut is a popular finish, and for good reason; walnut is a strong, durable wood that is also lightweight—perfect for cabinetry. In addition, walnut has great finishing and woodworking qualities which finish nicely. Prized for veneer panels, furniture, doors, and cabinetry, walnut lends warmth and richness to any room.
You may have noticed a bit of a theme running through our blog posts this month. We’ve talked about the importance and impact of buying American, and learned more about how to find green products and environmentally-conscious companies that make them. The same concept underlies both of these previous topics, and that concept is quality. Specifically, we know that our clients are seeking the highest quality craftsmanship when it comes to achieving the home of their dreams. We respond to that desire by giving our clients access to high-quality products made by responsible, established companies.
Opaque paints are growing in popularity among homeowners who are remodeling their kitchens. Our line of Brookhaven cabinetry gives you the most beautiful, varied options in paint colors; in addition, the paint is applied and the cabinets finished in an intensive, multi-step finishing process which results in more durable wear.
We have noticed a trend among both our new clients, and our repeat customers: the desire to buy American. More than ever before our clients are coming in to start projects, and asking how they can invest in their homes while also investing in American-made products. These people know that when we buy products made in America we are supporting manufacturing, and manufacturing is the cornerstone of a solid economy. Part of being an educated consumer is knowing the impact of what we buy on our economy, from the local to the national level, and making informed decisions that benefit our lives, our home, and our country.
Are you itching to give your kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom a new look? If you don’t have the time or the budget to start a major remodeling project right now, you can still achieve a big impact by making small changes. Here are a few of our favorite tips for freshening up any room of your house with small, relatively inexpensive changes.
Here at Cabinets & Designs the concept of “multigenerational” is an important one. From a design standpoint we have talked about multigenerational and transgenerational design before; it’s sometimes referred to as universal design as well.
After completing my internship and graduating earlier this year, I became the newest member of Cabinets and Designs, Inc.
We spend so much time thinking about “what’s next” when it comes to our kitchens, but have you ever wondered, “What came first?” The evolution of the kitchen concept has taken place over hundreds of years. What was once a room hidden from view, and used primarily by servants and house staff, is now often a focal point of our homes; a place where we not only allow guests to roam, but use as the centerpiece of our family gatherings. To illustrate, let’s take a brief look at kitchens through a decade progression:
It is interesting to see how the industry is working towards making the kitchen more accessible to multiple cooks by providing several work areas. One way is integrating the latest trend in refrigeration which is modular refrigeration drawers. Refrigeration is being moved around the room to better serve the cooks in their work areas.
Have you been thinking about remodeling your kitchen, but you have been waiting for “the right time”? One of the best reasons to remodel your kitchen lies in the long-term investment value. A kitchen remodel has traditionally been one of the best interior remodeling projects in terms of “ROI,” or return on investment. This consistently high ROI, combined with our current Brookhaven promotion which can save you up to 50% off either your wood finish or door style, means that the right time for your kitchen remodeling project is now.
It means weeks of take-out and paper plates, workmen and dust. However, the pay-off for the upheaval is THE KITCHEN OF YOUR DREAMS. Imagine the joy of preparing your family holiday feast in your newly remodeled kitchen. No more tripping over each other, room for all your extended family and all your seasonal or fine china? Though it seems far away, if your kitchen is to be ready for this holiday season, the time to start is now.
Grace Coffman has been in the design industry for over nineteen years and worked with Cabinets & Designs for the past four years. Her experience, talent and attention to detail make her an asset to the team. Grace took some time to answer a few questions so that you could get to know her better. Enjoy!
Cabinets & Designs wants to wish a very happy birthday to designer Robert Crellen, who recently turned 80 years young.
It’s time for the installation process to begin! Elation or trepidation? When our homes are under renovation or construction it can be a frustrating experience, but there are many ways to navigate the difficulties and make the process smoother for you and for your family. Before installation begins, a bit of prep-work will help you figure out how to create a comfortable living environment for your family, and working environment for the men and women who will be working on your home.
When it’s time to remodel your kitchen or bathroom, choosing appliances and fixtures can be a hugely overwhelming task. What better way to navigate through the myriad of choices than to consult with experts? We’ve asked Mark O’Brien and Beth Bryan Maley of Morrison Supply to share their expert opinions on these topics; read on for their professional insights:
We have exciting news about new products from Silestone by Cosentino! Silestone is an industry leader in natural quartz surfaces, providing customers with the most beautiful, highest-performing products on the market. Strong, scratch-resistant, anti-microbial, durable, and attractive, Silestone by Cosentino surfaces will enhance any room in your home.
Some of our favorite products from the 2011 Kitchen and Bath Design Show (KBIS) were products by Kohler, a leader in kitchen and bath products. Kohler combines design, functionality and sustainability, and offer a beautiful array of choices in terms of color and finishes, and of course they offer the highest of quality. In a recent blog on KBIS Grace shared her thoughts on the Kohler Elevance Rising Bath Wall, a stylish bath that is on-trend with the latest in universal and transgenerational design.
Attending industry shows is always exciting, and this year’s trip to the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show proved both productive and creatively stimulating. KBIS is the world’s largest international trade event dedicated exclusively to all aspects of kitchen and bath that specifically serves kitchen and bath dealers, designers, architects, remodelers, wholesalers and custom builders. Many of our favorite brands and designers were on-site, showing off their newest, most innovative products. Wood-Mode was out in full force, further expanding on their tradition of combining beauty and quality performance; never sacrificing style for substance, or vice-versa, Wood-Mode offers the best in contemporary and traditional styles to suit any home.
According to Transgenerational Design Matters, the concept of “transgenerational design” means: The practice of making products and environments compatible with those physical and sensory impairments associated with human aging and which limit major activities of daily living. We think you can take the concept of transgenerational design a step further, and apply it as it pertains to homes in which multiple generations live and use the same space in different ways. How can you design your kitchens and bathrooms so they are safe for children, functional for parents, and usable by grandparents? TDM Principles says it best: “In short, transgenerational designs accommodate rather than discriminate, and innovate rather than replicate.” Let’s talk about that a bit further...
Maggie Grants has been in the Kitchen and Bath Industry for over 20 years. She passed the National Kitchen and Bath Association Certified Kitchen Designer Exam in 1989. Maggie’s kitchen designs have been featured in the September 2008 issue of Houston House and Home and various other publications. Maggie contributed to the design and layout of Cabinets & Designs’ beautiful showroom.
Whether it’s hot dogs and hamburgers, a “low and slow” brisket, or a load of vegetables from the farmers’ market, everything tastes better when it’s cooked on the grill. Here in Texas barbeque is practically an art form, and because every artist wants to work with the best tools, this week’s blog is all about the best in indoor and outdoor grilling—complete with a recipe from professional “barbeque artist”, Chef Garth Blackburn, Executive Chef of Sub-Zero/Wolf.
In last week’s blog we talked about some of the latest interior features for cabinetry. This week we’re talking about pantries: styles, features, options and the specialized storage and organization they can offer you when designing--or redesigning--your kitchen.
A beautiful new exterior isn’t the only design improvement you get when upgrading cabinetry; advancements in interior design features have improved efficiency, organization and accessibility for interior cabinet spaces. From kitchen remodels to home offices and media rooms, modern cabinetry can offer you improved space utilization in just about any room in your house. In the Bedroom
All finishes are not created equal. Multiple hand and machine sanding and oven-baked drying operations are used on every finish to insure long-lasting quality and durability. Wood-Mode/Brookhaven use a process of wetting the wood to raise the grain, along with one-and two-step hand staining, producing deep colors with enhanced wood grain and beauty. Uniform color in the wood is achieved with toning and spray staining applications. Catalyzed sealer, hand-sealer sanding, spec distressing and catalyzed matte or standard sheen varnish spray operations are used to create lifetime durability and beauty on our stained custom cabinet wood products. Wood-Mode’s catalyzed oven-baked varnish top coat with ultraviolet screen inhibitors provides maximum resistance to scuffing, dents, moisture, UV fade and most household chemicals. The opaque finishes receive high quality sealer, primer and catalyzed color coats to insure beauty and lifetime durability. An extensive hand-sanding operation is performed between each spray application. A multi-step hand-buffing process creates the smoothest, richest patina imaginable.
The theme of this year’s Kitchen and Bath Industry Show is “Collaborate. Innovate. Inspire.” These three aspects of home design will be explored in detail by trade and industry partners, April 26-28 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. KBIS is the largest international trade event focused exclusively on every aspect of kitchen and bath design, and that caters specifically to kitchen and bath dealers, designers, architects, remodelers, wholesalers and custom builders. Described as “the ultimate destination to discover the latest products, designs, trends and education that industry has to offer, the show boasts:
When you are designing a new space or redesigning an old one much of the fun is in picking out your new “stuff”: new cabinets, furniture, and decorative notions. It can get a little tricky when it comes to your design; where to put these things to optimize form and function? It’s important for space to have flow cohesion contributes to an aesthetic sense of continuity. The goal is to maintain a cohesive look while allowing each space to have its own identity through distinguishing characteristics. Let’s use a clothing analogy, where your entire living space is your “outfit” and each room is an individual piece of clothing or an accessory: you want your kitchen (a sweater) to go with the living room (your jacket) but you want to be able to distinguish one from the other; for each to be distinctive, but taken as a whole they create a total look. We’ve compiled a list of tips to help you achieve line of sight between rooms in your home. Read on:
We have received so many great questions on our ASK THE EXPERT page on our website that we thought we would share them with you. We figured if one person had a question, surely someone else would be wondering the same thing. We hope you find our answers helpful and informative.
For many of us the kitchen is the real “family room” of our homes. It’s important to remember that when kids spend time in the kitchen, safety is important. That doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style for safety. This checklist of suggestions can help you incorporate kid-friendly features into your kitchen space. Use these ideas to help you create an accessible space that is safe and comfortable for users of every age. Keep the kids safe and make them feel like the kitchen is theirs, too, with these kid-friendly kitchen tips.
Is your kitchen the heart of your home? If your kitchen is where you gather with family and friends we know how important it is to you that it always look its very best. And that is where we come in! At Cabinets and Designs we are committed to helping you update your kitchen and to make the remodeling process as easy as possible. So let’s bring the conversation back; specifically, back to backsplashes.
We’d like to thank everyone that came out for the Sugarland Home & Garden Show this past weekend. We were lucky enough to have a prime location near the entrance. On Saturday over 2,000 guests attended the show and on Sunday, 1,500 guests. Cabinets & Designs proudly showcased our new door samples including metallic finishes, knotty alder, and an artisan crackle finish. Wood-Mode’s DVD played featuring the history of the company, how the cabinets were made, and different themes from traditional to contemporary. We also had our design software, Chief Architect, running to show floor plans and perspectives of recent and upcoming projects.
Sometimes remodeling can seem like a daunting task. We at Cabinets & Designs have come up with a variety of projects to suit any level of ambition.START SMALL… Even small changes can have a big outcome.
Wood-Mode and Brookhaven offer a wide variety of door styles, finishes, and mouldings to create the perfect look for your space. Design theme collage boards are used to help clients narrow in on their style. The themes include traditional, transitional, and contemporary choices for any room in your home. The American Traditional theme features a raised panel door which is classic in traditional style. Queen Anne legs, pediments, egg and dart and dental mouldings are used to accentuate the time-honored look. Burnished brass pendants and sconces top off the design. The cherry wood and pewter glaze give it a slightly worn look providing depth and sophistication to the cabinetry. The American Traditional theme is the epitome of elegant, old-world style.
The architect Ron Mace, often considered to be the father of “universal design”, coined the term in the 1980s and defined it as “the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.” Mace believed in his idea so much that he launched the Center for Universal Design at North Carolina State University and began putting it into practice. At first the focus was universal design for public areas. The first universal design options for the home were regarded as ugly or institutional. Today, this couldn’t be further from the truth. With interest growing in the area of universal design, manufacturers are designing useful, attractive products that meet the needs of everyone in the home. Architects, builders, and designers are embracing these exciting and beautiful options. Universal design choices can now blend seamlessly into home interiors, not calling attention to themselves, yet making designs more functional and comfortable for all.
At Cabinets & Designs, we’re all about making your kitchen a comfortable, functional, enjoyable space. However, around the holidays, no matter how great your kitchen, you may need a little extra help with your holiday meal. To that end, we’ve found some helpful gadgets to ensure your Thanksgiving meal is easy to prepare and tasty to eat.Inject a Little Flavor: Baste your turkey from the inside out with flavor injectors.Sur la Table has two items for this task: 1-The traditional flavor injector comes with a graduated window for easy measurement, and a needle that stores in the syringe when not in use. 2-The iSi® Gourmet Whip Plus includes two tips for flavor injecting, but is a versatile tool that creates hot or cold foams, creams, soups, sauces, batters, and beverages. The Turkey Cannon from chefsource.com can be filled with wine, beer, soda or any liquid of your choice and placed inside the cavity of the bird. It is described as “beer can chicken on steroids.”For Perfectly Roasted Turkey: Now that it’s flavored, make sure it is moist on the inside and crispy on the outside with these gadgets.
While driving by a pumpkin patch on the way to work, I started thinking about my favorite Halloween memories. Somehow, they all involved being gathered with my family in the kitchen. Whether carving pumpkins on the kitchen table with my dad or roasting the seeds with my mom, we were always in that heart of the home. So, when I arrived at Cabinets & Designs, I started asking my coworkers about their favorite halloween memories. Surprisingly, the answers were all similar: memories of early childhood halloweens, helping their parents prepare in the kitchen. So, to get you in the halloween spirit, we’re sharing some of our favorite memory making halloween tips and treats.
October is traditionally the most popular month for homeowners to renovate their kitchens and bathrooms. That is why the National Kitchen and Bath Association has designated it National Kitchen and Bath Month. To celebrate, throughout the month, Cabinets & Designs will share some of our favorite tips, tricks (and treats), and inspiration.
You can “Go Green” and “Save Some Green” just by changing your cleaning supplies. While there are specially formulated eco-friendly cleaners on the market, you probably already have some of the best in your fridge or pantry. Here are a few of our favorites:
We’ve decided to share some of our favorite green gadgets for your kitchen and where you can find them.Wood-Mode’s Recycle CenterWood-Mode makes dividing your recycling easy with their four compartment recycling center. This one unit has sections for paper, glass, plastic and aluminum.Bamboo Cutting BoardsBamboo is all the rage for those seeking a renewable, sustainable alternative to wood. Some of our favorite bamboo items for your kitchen are from the Malibu Company. This company uses the Moso strain which yields a durable bamboo tube, 16% harder than maple wood. It is a fast growing bamboo, no reseeding is required and all parts of the plant are used.GreenPanThe GreenPan is the first environmentally friendly non-stick pan. Conventional non-stick pans and cookware are coated with PolyTetraFluoroEthylene, a synthetic substance which starts to degrade at temperatures over 260 degrees. GreenPan’s non-stick surface is made of Thermolon which can be heated to 450 degrees. It also uses fewer toxic chemicals and emits 50% fewer green house gas emissions during production. You can find a wealth of information about the environmental benefits of this product on the GreenPan website.Hand Crank Coffee GrinderSave electricity and boost your morning workout by grinding your own coffee. The Bodum grinder holds enough coffee for an 8 cup coffee maker.Hand JuicerHand juicers use no electricity and preserve the nutrients in your beverage. The citrus juicer is probably the first to come to mind. However, manual crank-style juicers are perfect for wheatgrass or carrot juice. Best of all, if a storm knocks out your electricity, you can still enjoy the health benefits of fresh juice.Owl Electricity MonitorThe Owl electricity monitor is the perfect kitchen gadget for getting real-time information on your home’s overall energy use. You’ll know at a glance how much electricity you are using, what it is costing you, and your home’s CO2 emissions.Water Powered ClocksThese clocks use the electrolytic power of water to generate enough energy to display the time on a digital face. Best feature, you can even use the water cell for fresh flowers to brighten your kitchen!Filter AeratorsLow-flow aerators are the easiest, most cost-effective way to reduce your home’s water consumption by 50%. They are available at any hardware store and screw easily onto your existing kitchen faucet.Induction CooktopsThese are the most energy efficient cooktops on the market. Electromagnetic elements allow the cooktop to heat almost instantly and perfectly evenly. They are so fast, they can even boil a pot of water in 3 minutes.WaterWeek Water BottlesThese reusable water bottles come in five different colors so you have water ready for every day of your work or school week. Just fill with water at the beginning of the week, pop the bottles into the included tray, and place in the fridge. You’ll no longer feel guilty about throwing out hundreds of plastic bottles a year.One of our other favorite stores for green products is Crate and Barrel. They have a great selection of bamboo, recycled paper napkins, glass, and other eco-friendly products.
This month, we’re dedicating our blogs to the Earth. In September, we’re all about going green and celebrating the products committed to the environment. We’re starting with one of our favorite products, Silestone by Cosentino. Silestone products qualify for points toward Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for builders, companies and individuals. In addition, Cosentino has a long history of environmental responsibility. Both you and your builder can feel good about using Silestone Quartz in your home.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a Lifestyle Showroom is worth a thousand images. Our lifestyle showroom is where your vision meets innovation, and design begins. Cabinets & Designs is Houston’s largest showroom currently displaying cabinetry and related products for every room in your home. We showcase kitchens, bathrooms, dressing rooms, study/office areas, entertainment centers, and wet bars. While we do have hundreds of pictures and samples to inspire your design, we most enjoy witnessing your surprise when you encounter our many ingenious interior cabinet storage options. Here are a few of the surprises you’ll find in our Lifestyle Showroom:
As Father’s Day approaches, pictures of Dad grilling steaks while drinking a beer with his buddies spring to mind. However, newer generations may be replacing this quintessential image with a more sophisticated version of Dad: placing the finishing touches on a Boeuf Bourguignon while sipping a wine from the accompanying region. We’ve noticed that men have become more involved in their kitchen makeovers, and think it’s because they are spending more time in the kitchen. We have a few theories as to why:The kitchen has become the heart of the home. Contrary to popular belief this has not always been the case. In the early and mid-twentieth century, kitchens had a utilitarian function and design, serving as a “work-place” for stay at home moms. When the work was done, the family gathered in a separate, aptly named, “family room.” However, as women entered the workforce and household chores became divided more equally between the couple, kitchens grew to accommodate families working together. The kitchens became large enough for two or more cooks, enabling men to help their wives prepare the family meal. In addition, the once separate family room became integrated into the kitchen design, allowing children more time with their busy parents. In modern constructions, a large percentage of space is dedicated to these multi-functioning kitchen/dining/family rooms; and an equally large percentage of time is spent there. It’s no wonder Dad feels more comfortable in the kitchen.Men love gadgets. As a result of the expanded size and function of the kitchen, they became more technologically advanced. Large screen TVs, easily viewed while cooking, mean Dad never has to miss the big game while helping out. Computers integrated into the front of the fridge or in the cabinetry allow him to follow along with a cooking demonstration in real time, anytime. While performing these tasks on large, professional-grade ranges from names like Wolf, make him feel like a professional chef.Men follow trends. Let’s face it, men want to be cool. The rise of cooking shows and macho celebrity chefs probably has much to do with men hitting the gourmet aisles in the supermarket. The panache of the Galloping Gourmet has been replaced by the bravado of Gordon Ramsey coupled with the excitement of game shows. Shows like Iron Chef have turned cooking into a sport, a competition, and men do love sports. Many of these shows, such as Top Chef, emphasize the pairing of food and wine, and restaurants often have pairings on their menus. Cigar bars have given way to wine bars, and men have followed suit. Instead of humidors filled with Monte Cristos, men have begun collecting rare wines, housed in refrigerated storage units from Sub-Zero. Keeping up with the Joneses means keeping up with their wine collection.Of course, the reason may be as simple as women love men who can cook. So, this Father’s Day encourage Dad’s love of fine food and wine; but, remember, even the best chefs like a night out.
Kitchen cabinets add definition to your kitchen and also help in maximizing utilization of available space. This comes in handy particularly if you have a habit of keeping your kitchen chock full of supplies at all times. Cabinets will play an even bigger role in keeping your kitchen organized if you have a smaller kitchen with limited available space. There are two main kinds of cabinets that you can have in your kitchen, with face frames or frameless. Both will serve you well, but frameless cabinets have some significant advantages over cabinets with face frames. These include:
When planning to revamp your kitchen, remember to pay special attention to cabinets. When planning to revamp your kitchen, keep in mind that custom cabinetry can transform your entire space, and increase the value of your home.Choosing the perfect custom cabinetry to match your kitchen décor is not an easy task. You need to consider the construction, color, and design of the cabinetry. Here are some pointers to help you choose the perfect cabinet for your kitchen.Making sure the designers know what they are doing
Are you planning to get a new countertop for your kitchen? Why not go for a quartz countertop this time? These countertops are made of slabs of quartz bonded together with a special type of epoxy resin. The result is a high durability countertop that goes great with any kind of kitchen décor. If your old wooden countertop has been showing signs of age, it is high time you replaced it with a much better alternative.Here are the top 5 reasons why you should get a quartz countertop:
The kitchen might just be among the most difficult spaces to organize, but it is certainly not unconquerable. In this article we will show you how the application of some simple strategies will transform even the most badly organized kitchens into the most well organized ones. The most important principle that one should keep in mind while organizing any space is to discard stuff that is not required. A lot of us have the tendency of keeping items that we don't use and probably never will, so even if these things are in a working condition they are effectively useless and taking up unnecessary space. It's a lot better to donate such items to people who might use them.