Kitchen Design


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Latest Kitchen Storage and Design Options

My monthly perusal of kitchen remodeling and kitchen design trade magazines gives me new ideas for items and processes I can incorporate in my clients’ kitchen designs. Here are four …

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Kitchen Design Challenge: Traditional Tract House With Awkward Kitchen Footprint

How many times have you seen large upscale production type homes with high ceilings, chair rail moldings, a spacious master bedroom suite, 3-car garage, and an excess of diagonal angles …

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Amissville Colonial Home Kitchen Remodel

What to do with a “builder grade” kitchen whose footprint is awkward and poorly planned? I received such an inquiry from a retired couple, Jan and Michael late last summer, …

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Kitchen Design Trends for 2016: The Kitchen Pantry

As promised, here is the second part of my blog about 2016 kitchen design trends. Today’s topic is the evolving nature of the kitchen pantry. Pantries: Becoming More Beautiful Without The Laundry Room! …

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A Chef-Worthy $50,000 Kitchen Remodel

I was honored to be invited to contribute to the Trulia real estate blog recently on the topic of how to get a chef-worthy kitchen on a $50,000 budget. According …

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Kitchen Remodeling Success Tip #2: Timeframe

An important consideration in every kitchen remodeling project is your timeframe. You may have a high sense of urgency to complete your kitchen makeover as quickly as possible so as …

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How to Set a Realistic Kitchen Remodeling Budget

When I meet with a new kitchen remodeling client, one of the first questions I always ask is, “What is your budget for your kitchen remodel?” This is a tough …

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New Kitchen Storage Accessories — KBIS 2015

As we know, the point of any kitchen cabinet storage accessory is to make life easier for the end user. Unfortunately, in my opinion, some tend to be “space wasters” …

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KBIS 2015 in Las Vegas Part Two —Color, Finishes and Form

As promised, here is the second article about what I learned and observed at the Las Vegas 2015 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) and International Building Show (IBS). Today, …

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Choosing the Best Color Scheme for Your Kitchen

Choosing the best color scheme for your kitchen is one of the first and most important elements that must be addressed in the course of every kitchen remodeling project. The …

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Quick Low-Cost Ways to Spruce Up Your Kitchen for the Holidays

I recently had the honor of being quoted in the Chicago Tribune as part of a larger article, Last Minute Home Fixes for the Holiday. The impending arrival of holiday …

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From CPA to Expert Kitchen Designer: Sandra Brannock’s Career Path

As human beings, decision making is an essential skill.  Unfortunately, when we enter college right out of high school, we are required to plan our future careers without the benefit of the insights we …

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Kitchen Remodeling Arlington Virginia: Tudor Home Restoration Project

Getting to Know Paul, Tom and Their “New” Old Home Last January 2014 (just before we had that wicked polar vortex descend upon us), I was asked by Commonwealth Restorations …

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Selecting Kitchen Finishes: Which Comes First, Cabinet Color, Countertop or Tile Backsplash ?

I liken the title of this article to the chicken or the egg proverb. During the remodeling process, most meticulous homeowners become stuck during the finish selections process. They assume …

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Reston Townhome Kitchen Remodel by Expert Kitchen Designs

In September 2013, one of my top-notch renovation builders, Tom Miller of Miller & McIntyre, asked me to assist his clients, Cathy and Mike, with a kitchen design for their …

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Kitchen Design Trends in the Washington DC Metro Area

As 2013 draws to a close, I took a few moments to review all of the kitchen projects I had designed during the past year to see if I could …

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How to Choose a Kitchen SInk

When you begin to think about your kitchen remodel, is the choice of kitchen sink foremost in your mind? If you are like most people, probably not. Because kitchen sinks …

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Budget-Friendly Arlington Condo Kitchen Remodel

Mara and Suzanne are returning clients of Expert Kitchen Designs who wanted to update the small kitchen in their Arlington condominium before renting it out. I was first introduced to …

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This Week’s Inspiration: “Kitchen Centric” by Mick De Giulio

Yesterday I had an appointment with another kitchen designer in Northwest D.C. It was a collaborative appointment, mainly to discuss the planning of his new showroom. He lived in London …

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7 Reasons Why You Should Hire Expert Kitchen Designs for Your Kitchen Remodel

Throughout my life, in everything I have undertaken, I set the bar high. And when I achieve my goals, I move on to the next one without much grandeur or …

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