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TREND ALERT: DARK CABINETRY

Everyone has heard and seen the timeless style of an all white kitchen; the cabinetry and countertops a pristine bright color that opens up the room and continues to be a mainstay in traditional and contemporary styles alike. Recently, newer and bolder hues have been dominating designs in the kitchen and bathroom design world. Rich

WHAT ARE RENDERS ANYWAY?

In the early stages of kitchen and bathroom design the term “render” tends to get thrown around quite a bit. But what are these and how are they helpful in helping to create a design vision? Here is where the term will be explained. Renders are computer generated images that are created in a design

SEMI PRECIOUS STONE SURFACES

With quartz all the rage in recent years; and continuing to trend, it’s worthwhile to take a look at another surface option available on the market that creates a statement within a newly designed space. Semi-precious stone surfaces are hand cut and bonded in slab form in order to create a product that can be

TREND ALERT: DARK COUNTERTOPS

Every so often countertop brands will create new colors based on the latest trends with a nod to timelessness. Instead of the traditional white, marble like or solid color; dark, rich and dramatic hues are starting to steal the countertop spot light.   These dark colors come with a considerable edge in the world of

VARYING COUNTERTOP THICKNESS

The kitchen design is done, finishes have been selected and the surface material has been chosen. Now the questions stands; at what thickness should a new countertop surface be? When it comes to quartz surfaces; the standard thickness is three centimeters in order to accomodate the everyday use of a common countertop surface. As of

TREND ALERT: QUARTZ FINISHES

Throughout the past year there has been an increased interest in “rough” or “raw” surfaces in the world of quartz. What is the difference between these surface treatments in comparison to the standard polished and honed? Polished is the most standard quartz surface: easy maintenance, glossy finish and the ability to help open up a

RANGE HOODS

The range hood; an often overlooked appliance once shopping for a kitchen remodel begins. Believe it or not, this appliance has many options available to it’s presentation and versatility in your new kitchen. The point of a range hood is to help circulate the air properly from what emits off of the cooking surface. The

DECORATIVE HARDWARE CHOICES

After weeks of browsing multiple showrooms and deciding what countertop, cabinetry, storage solutions and finishes are essential in creating your dream space; you realize that there’s one more step that has been overlooked. The Decorative hardware! Although it doesn’t seem like an essential thing to keep in mind when picking out various options for your

TREND ALERT: HONED SURFACES

While looking at new countertops in 2019, you’ll probably stumble across more surface finishes then the standard polished as there are a variety of countertop finishes such as: honed, polished, and raw. Although each countertop line may call these finishes different things, they are for the most part, very similar across countertop brands. In this

DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: MICHELLE RAYMER

AKB Chicago Designer Michelle Raymer 20/20 Design’s “Expert Choice” Winner “Being able to maximize the rendering capabilities helps set our design services apart from others. Just about every client I work with tells me how invaluable it is to be able to see exactly how their kitchen will look, as many people have a difficult time visualizing