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The Popularity of Natural Wood & Stains

Stained finishes enhance the unique characteristics inherent in each door and drawer, bringing out the natural beauty of the wood grain. Pictured above on oak cabinets, contrasting stained finishes give this kitchen loads of rustic contemporary character. Tolani oak cabinetry in an Amaretto stain, meets Tolani in a Pecan stain via plain square posts on the island and corner [...]

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The Connected Kitchen

In the Connected Kitchen, Plan for Tidy Charging Space and Device Storage Today’s average household has six connected devices. Some have 15 or more. And while many devices are small (smart phones, tablets, laptops), you need to manage their power and connectivity – especially in the kitchen, where so much of living takes place. Think of all we now do online in the [...]

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Two Cooks in the Gen Y Kitchen

In the Gen Y Kitchen, It Takes Two (Two Cooks, That Is)Are you a Millennial? Do you call Y your Generation? If so, you’ll likely be re-shaping and re-outfitting your home for many years to come. And you probably won’t want your mother’s kitchen. You’re creating ways to live that are uniquely your own.Yet many of today’s kitchen floor plans, [...]

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7 Ways to Avoid Renovators Remorse

Never sacrifice walkway clearance to accommodate a bigger island; 36” is the minimum for clearance. Being able to move freely through your kitchen is much more beneficial than have a larger island. Check appliance specs and clearances. Make sure your refrigerator doors will not hit walls when opening, or provide obstruction to cabinets and other appliances.

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Easy 'Out of the Box’ Cabinetry

Easy to Select, Easy to Install, Easy to Love As I consult with homeowners on their kitchen and bath designs, they sometimes express the wish to build their new cabinets from mixed and matched pieces. They believe this piece-by-piece approach will lend a more customized look. But then, when installation time comes, the homeowners can be dismayed to find a lot of [...]

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4 Ways to Customize Your Kitchen Remodel

With the right wood type, door style and finish, your kitchen remodel can be the highlight of your home. But if you’re looking for creative ways to customize your kitchen, and match its aesthetic to the rest of your home, Merillat has solutions for you. Here are 4 ways to add a personal touch when [...]

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Buying an Island

At the heart of your cooking space; these multi-functional kitchen assets can enhance both utility and design.  What You Need to Know About Kitchen Islands Kitchen islands complete the kitchen triangle for number of kitchen shapes, to make work stations much more efficient. It is a value-add for a kitchen remodel. It makes clean-up faster, food prep easier, and socializing effortless. An island [...]

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3 Great Reasons to Choose White Cabinetry

Kitchen fads may come and go, but white kitchens trends seem to never go away. A timeless look and universal appeal, that is great for homes of all ages, sizes and styles. Here are the 3 top reasons why white cabinets are a popular choice. 1. DESIGN FLEXIBILITY White kitchens can act as a blank canvas for [...]

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6 Key Reasons to Consider Wood Grain Foils

The “Relatable Modern” Style of the  Lanielle Slab Door with Wood Grain Foil Have you considered slab doors and drawers for your kitchen or bath cabinets? How about a slab door with a wood grain foil? It’s a design pairing that can lend an appealing Modern style – bold, but not out there – across projects and generations. Call it “relatable Modern.” A [...]

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How to Make Today’s Popular Kitchen Layouts Work

The U-Shape Kitchen, also called a ‘Horseshoe,’ is perfect for those who enjoy dining-in. It offers a lot of counter and storage space for preparation and cooking. This design utilizes three walls for kitchen space, and should have 10ft between walls before it’s a feasible option. At the right kitchen size, it can be a very efficient design to have [...]

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