In the Kitchen 2016: Backsplash Trends

As part of the our preparation for the upcoming move to our new showroom at The Shoppes at Memorial Villages, the Cabinets & Designs team is working on designs for the new space. We’ve been looking at some of the latest trends for the kitchen (and beyond) including what’s new from Kohler, tips on lighting design, and what’s trending in countertops for 2016—including the cool, modern look of glass countertops. Continue reading

KBIS 2015: A Peek at Maria’s iPhone Favorites

Screen Shot 2015-01-07 at 11.46.54 AMWhen Cabinets and Designs President Maria Frank returned from KBIS 2015 in Las Vegas, she was full of inspiration—and her iPhone was full of pictures of the products and ideas that inspired her! We recently sat down with Maria to sneak a peek at her amazing photo gallery and to learn about a few of the items that caught her eye.

“There is just never enough time to see everything I want to see!” exclaimed Maria as she scrolled through her photo array, pointing out some of the many highlights from her visit. “Naturally the dogs at the Wood-Mode booth were adorable—people were just lined up to take a selfie with the dogs.”

Maria was referring to the PAWSitive Partnership Wood-Mode has developed with the Susquehanna Service Dogs organization, which raises, trains and places service dogs to assist individuals with disabilities. As part of their new Pet Parlor display at KBIS, Wood-Mode had four service dogs-in-training on hand so attendees could take selfies with the dogs; for every selfie uploaded Wood-Mode donated $5 to SSD. We can’t wait to find out the grand total, and we applaud Wood-Mode for supporting such a worthy organization.


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Several appliances caught Maria’s eye at KBIS, including the 24” Frost-Free Freezer from U-Line Corporation. “You never see freezers that small, so it really stood out,” explained Maria. “That unit is all about integration and customization.” Maria also fell in love with a French door oven by Viking, and noted that GE also has a similar model for those on a budget.

“I also love the little gadget-y solutions,” Maria confessed as she pointed to her photo of the Docking Drawer, a UL-listed in-drawer docking station that is a simple and elegant solution to today’s high-tech lifestyle. Another handy little device was the Majig Light Puck Light Jig from Richelieu—an innovative little jig for installing under-cabinet lighting.

We’ve only scratched the surface of the best products and trends from KBIS 2015. Check back with us during the month of February for more of Maria’s favorites, and a list of this year’s “Best of KBIS” winners. Don’t forget to connect with Cabinets and Designs on Facebook, Twitter, and Houzz!


C&D Social Media Review

One of the exciting aspects of the growth of social media is the way it enhances our ability to connect with clients, building and remodeling professionals, and design enthusiasts. It doesn’t seem like that long ago that just having a website felt exciting and cutting-edge, and yet now we’re instantly trading photos and sharing articles with just a few taps on our smartphone screens—not to mention we can Tweet or Facebook with our favorite celebrity home builders, remodelers, and interior decorators! We hope you’ll join Cabinets & Designs online, and share your home remodeling and design passion with us.

Cabinets & Designs on Facebook

‘Like’ Cabinets & Designs on Facebook for daily updates on all things home remodeling. We will share the latest industry news, as well as our favorite photos and articles of the latest trends. Of course we venture outside the kitchen and bath—to your bedroom, the garage, even the yard!—anytime the aesthetic inspires us.


Cabinets & Designs on Houzz

Are you subscribed to receive the Cabinets & Designs newsletter? This month we wrote about what huge fans we are of the interior design website and app Houzz. One of the most popular new apps to emerge in the area of home remodeling and design, Houzz offers home design enthusiasts, homeowners, and home improvement professionals the chance to meet and interact. Houzz users are seeking design ideas, product information, advice on current and future projects, and professional reviews. Visit Cabinets & Designs on Houzz and tell us what designs inspire you.

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Cabinets & Designs on Twitter

If you follow Cabinets & Designs on Twitter you know that we love to share the most stunning photos of creative home design we can find! And, more importantly, share your favorite finds with us.

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Cabinets & Designs on YouTube

Visit Cabinets & Designs on YouTube to get a video tour of our showroom, view a multi-part interview with our founder, David Steffan, Sr., and learn more about our products from our design staff.

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Cabinets & Designs on Pinterest

Find it, love it, and pin it with Cabinets & Designs on Pinterest! You can browse our design boards, meet our team, learn more about our products, and even get a sneak peek inside some of our parties and events! We also love to share recipes for everything from the healthiest produce to the most sinful snacks; it’s all about moderation.

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We can’t wait to connect with you online! To connect with Cabinets & Designs “IRL” (that’s “in real life”) stop by our showroom at 4200 Westheimer, Suite 102.


Cabinets & Designs’ Maria Frank Chairs GHBA Education Committee

Cabinets & Designs Wood-Mode HoustonWe have had an exciting few months interacting with our local building, remodeling, and design communities here in Houston and along the Gulf Coast. In May, Maria reported on some of her memorable highlights from KBIS in New Orleans; on June 20th, Cabinets & Designs was on hand for an industry mixer with online home design and décor resource, The Red Vault; last week we were pleased to announce that we were the recipients of Wood-Mode’s 2012 Master Award.

Continuing with the theme of community involvement, we also have some news about our Vice-President, Maria Frank. Maria was recently elected to the Greater Houston Builders’ Association Remodelers’ Council as the Education Committee chairperson.  Her role as chair of the Education Committee is to promote GHBA/NAHB education programs, working in conjunction with the GHBA’s Director of Education. The Education Committee awards a quarterly scholarship to a remodeler in an effort to further foster learning within the GHBA, and the Leo Meerman Scholarship to a remodeler council member or immediate family member to further their education.

Maria Frank Continuing Education InvolvementIn addition to her role as Education Committee chairperson, Maria is also on the garage sale committee. Proceeds from the annual garage sale are used to fund the Remodelers’ Council annual charity projects with non-profit organizations; this year’s sale will be held on September 21st & 22nd at the Reliant Center. The charity project will be with The Beacon Day Center, which assists Houston’s homeless and others facing hard times with private lavatory and shower facilities, warm meals, laundry services and case management. Last year approximately $18,000 was raised! We definitely look forward to this wonderful annual event.

It’s truly an honor to be part of such an active professional community. We invite you to interact with us—like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter, for all the latest news in building, remodeling, and design.

Welcome to the New Cabinets & Designs Website

Cabinets & Designs recently revamped our website, and we hope you enjoy the fresh new look. In addition to the crisp new visual, we know that you will find the new site to be easy-to-navigate so you can find all of the information you are looking for in just a few clicks.

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Contact Us

All the information you need to contact the Cabinets & Designs staff can be found on our home page, in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. Click on this area and be redirected to a contact page where you can send a request online, as well as to sign up for our monthly newsletters and special offers. You will also find the email for our sales team displayed on this page, as well as a convenient map to our Westheimer Road location.

Cabinets & Designs: Get to Know Us

There are several areas of the new website that we have dedicated to helping get to know our staff, and our work, better. The goal of these sections is to give you a peek at what Cabinets & Designs has done for past clients, as well as what we can do for you and your home.

  • Portfolio: Our portfolio page is designed to give you an idea of how customized cabinetry can give your home a one-of-a-kind look, while also suiting your family’s individual needs.

  • Videos: Peruse our selection of videos to meet our staff, tour our showroom, and learn about cabinetry with our designers.

  • Testimonials: We are proud of the work we have done over the years, and we are so pleased to have so many satisfied customers share their experiences with us.

Cabinets & Designs: Interactive

Cabinets & Designs has embraced the use of social media! We love to interact with designers, builders, and other home renovation and remodeling professionals online via Houzz, Pinterest, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and our blog. Our city of Houston has a vibrant social media scene, and we are excited to be a part of it!

This was just a brief tour of the new website, and there is more to see—from Meet Our Staff and FAQ, to Product Info and Cabinetry. We hope you’ll stick around and visit for a while!