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

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

Sandra Brannock, Expert Kitchen Designer

Sandra Brannock, Expert Kitchen Designer

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, I touch upon my impressions regarding color, finishes, and form trends. All four at the show were combined in different ways perhaps described best as: the rustic with the sleek, the industrial with extremely polished, something vintage with something brand new, commercial styles morphing into residential. Of course, my blog below could never capture every impression made upon me. But all below made significant impressions on me making them all “blogworthy”.

Kitchen Color Trends

Neutrality is Still “In”
Would you be surprised if I told you that the palette of neutral colors gray, white, and brown are still going strong? And that this palette consistently appears in cabinetry, countertops, and flooring-—the three main building blocks of any kitchen?

A neutral color palette remains, at least at for now, de rigueur.

At the show, almost all kitchen (and bathroom) vignettes featured these neutral color schemes. They dominated the “canvas” and, then, on occasion, bright “pops” of color would be introduced in the space, such as a tile backsplash or a single furniture piece in a bold color such as red or orange.

The guideline followed is: fixtures that are not easily changed remain neutral in color. If color vibrancy is needed, it is found in items that are changed more easily, such as these stools:
ORANGE STOOLS

Finishes

Hardware — A Slight Surprise
For metal finishes such as decorative cabinet hardware, pulls, knobs and the like, the standard polished chrome and nickel, brushed nickel, black, oil rubbed bronze types were displayed in booths as always.

What made a bold “new” entrance was something that most have considered forever in the history books: antique and polished brass.

The pulls and knobs on display this year were not in their traditional form, but rather presented in contemporary or modern ones:
brass pullbrass hardwarebrass hardware on cabinetsSimply by changing the form, but not the finish, the whole feel is transformed. Applying this concept to almost anything sheds light on how something old can be new again.

Appliances — The Continuing “Go To” Finish

stainless refrigeratorAs for appliance finishes, if you heard a rumor that stainless is going “out”, this is not entirely true. It is true that more and more appliance manufacturers offer “panel” ready appliances — meaning you can have a matching cabinet panel made to make the appliance look like the front of a cabinet. But, outside of this option, stainless is still the most popular appliance finish. Although there continue to be a few appliance manufacturers, Viking, La Cornue and Big Chill, to name a few, seeking to distinguish themselves with bold vibrant colors, the standard “go to” is stainless. It remains so because it is neutral in color.

Engineered Quartz Finishes

raw concrete CaesarstoneCaesarstone, an engineered quartz countertop manufacturer from Israel, displayed some of its new finishes that mimic concrete: Raw Concrete, Sleek Concrete & Fresh Concrete. They also have improved their “art imitates life” with their Concetto series. If you are one who needs color, take a peek at this:

caesarstone profondo

Laminates

Another “wow” at the show was revealed to me when I explored Lab Designs’ booth. Incredible samples of high pressure laminates, one after another, were displayed, and many I had ever seen before. Some of these laminates were so compelling, you wanted to touch and feel them — because they had a 3-D quality to them.

honey cayman rattan laminatelaminate sage

Tile: Art Imitates Life

If you are in the mood to stretch your creative brain even more, the tile industry is not lacking for material to help you do so. Tile has truly become “art”, and the choices are infinite for anyone wishing to expand their options to be creative. A few examples:

Kitchen wood tile floor example

Porcelain Tile with Wood Finish

In the world of porcelain tile, the wood look is exploding. These tiles actually have “grooves” that look like the characteristics of real wood.

Weathered Concrete Tile

Weathered Concrete Tile

Another hot trend: tile that looks like weathered concrete. This trend is due to the industrial/commercial look that is making its way into residential interior design.

And then, if you are tired of tiles offering repetition with 90 degree angles, you can enter the world of Ann Sacks. Below is a photo of Sakura tiles which create an Asian inspired wall.

tile mural

Form

If I had to assign a “gender” to the type of form trends I saw at the show, I would say without hesitation: masculine.

  • Countertops—thick, simply in form in edge detail, often 6 cm thick.
  • Kitchen sinks and faucets—straight, linear, minimalistic
    Cabinetry—rustic or sleek. Less details.
  • Hardware—minimalistic with right angles. Some outright “rustic.”

Stay tuned for my next and last article on the show. This one will cover new storage solutions for the kitchen.


Sandra Brannock, Owner, Expert Kitchen Designs

Sandra Brannock, Owner, Expert Kitchen Designs, Virginia

Sandra Brannock designs beautiful, timeless, functional kitchens that reflect your personal style, within your budget. She helps discerning homeowners throughout Northern and Central Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC get the kitchen of their dreams and select the perfect cabinetry, fixtures, flooring, lighting, and appliances to make their dream kitchen a reality.

Call Sandra today at (703) 801-6402 to schedule a kitchen remodeling consultation. Sandra will help you get the most value out of your kitchen remodeling budget and ensure that all the details of your kitchen renovation proceed smoothly, on time and within budget.

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

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

Sandra Brannock, Expert Kitchen Designer


Sandra Brannock, Expert Kitchen Designs

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 gain as we mature.

Throughout my various careers I have observed that high school and college students (at least in my experience) are not encouraged to study or do what you love or taught that if you love what you do you will be on your path to “greatness”.

During my first two years of college, I had a hard time deciding on a major. Initially, I chose a pre-med course of study. But after completing the basic course requirements in chemistry and biology I lost my enthusiasm. I did not understand exactly why. All I knew was that I felt somewhat “listless” about doing what I was doing every day.

Instinctually, I began investigating business majors. Accounting caught my attention because of its practicality and because it was the essential “language of business”. I enrolled in Accounting 101, learned a bit about its practical application, and decided to take it all the way by obtaining my BS in accounting.

My First Career: Accounting

In my senior year, the major public accounting firms visited the George Mason University campus to conduct screening interviews for entry level positions at their firms. I interviewed in depth with three firms at their offices in Washington, D.C. My favorite was Ernst & Young (E&Y). They hired me as a first year staff accountant in their audit division at 1225 Connecticut Avenue. I later passed the CPA exam and continued to practice at E&Y for almost four years.

Initially, public accounting was a terrific learning experience. I learned how to “work and play” hard with others. I had 20 other peers in my “class” from local universities which contributed to great camaraderie and competition. But as time went on, again, I found myself feeling lackluster for the constant “black and white” required day-to-day work.

A change was required. I thought, erroneously, that if I pursued a position in private accounting, I would be more rewarded in terms of job satisfaction.

I made the decision to leave E & Y with no job prospects on the table. To make ends meet, I temped for a few accounting placement firms. During this time, I found a position as a financial reporting supervisor for a privately held homebuilder. Almost two years later, I was recruited for a position as an assistant controller for a publicly held construction company.

The end result of my private accounting experience led me back to the exact same place when I left E&Y: I enjoyed accounting for a few hours at a time, but found myself completely uninspired beyond that. In a nutshell, it essentially did not fit my personality.

From CPA to Wine Sales Rep

I began to explore another avenue. As an alumnus, I was able to take the Myers-Briggs test at George Mason University, a 2-3 hour personality assessment test. Lo and behold, my profile fell into a category somewhat on the other spectrum from accounting: I was an E-N-F-P (extroverted-intuitive-feeling-perceptive). The test also summarized the areas for which I would be best suited: education, sales and service. Suddenly, I recognized why I had been unhappy. I recognized that my intuition was correct—that I needed to engage in a career more suited to my personality. Now I felt energized and extremely motivated to begin another career chapter.

I decided I would pursue sales first. I literally “threw” myself “out onto the pavement” and began exploring sales positions no matter what they were—as I figured this process would educate me and get me closer to my end goal.

Initially, I was not inspired by the positions I investigated—mainly because the positions were “hard sell” types. Then one day I stumbled across a Washington Post help wanted ad for a wine distributor sales representative. The company was family owned –small — located in the warehouse district of Alexandria. It paid much less than I was making as a CPA. Commissions only with a small territory to start, but the ad said, “If you love to learn, this is for you.”

I had nothing to lose. So I sought out the interview, and then spent a day with a sales rep in his territory. I found myself extremely stimulated even though I knew nothing about wine. I was far from a “wine aficionado”. But because the products were so diverse and changed from year to year, it became obvious that this business was anything but “routine”. They hired me. I learned a tremendous amount about wine, and by default, all things culinary and gastronomic. I felt totally alive, excited and enthusiastic about the business. And that is how I began my career in sales.

$1.25 Million in Wine Sales to Restaurants and Wine Shops

Seven years flew by. My last year there, I sold $1.25 million worth of wine to restaurants and specialty wine shops. My closest client relationships were with the owners of the specialty wine shops. They were extremely particular and higher maintenance than other clients, but I thrived when working with them. My sales work centered on sharing and tasting wines with them and understanding what was important in their business. Accordingly, I wanted to make sure that when I came to them with a new wine, I came to them with something of value that would “fit” their needs.

Listening to Clients: My Key to Success

This brings me to a fundamental principle I hold highly in my business practice always: A universal truth for me in designing kitchens is that it is always about listening to your client … carefully. Unfortunately, at the end of seven years of selling wine, and because I listened to my clients, I witnessed a market shift in my clients. They wanted more boutique-type wines. The company I was working for, as good as they were, had a different market focus—a focus that did not align well with my clients’ wine preferences and needs.

I recognized, reluctantly, that it was time to shift gears again.

Initially, I was going to go work for a well-respected wine importer in the “boutique” end of the business. But that did not work out. I had already left my original company, so I was not sure what to do. But as the saying goes, “things happen for a reason.”

Career #3: Saddle Fitting

At the time, my hobby was horseback riding. One day while I was trying to fit a saddle to my horse it occurred to me: how do you know when your saddle correctly fits your horse ?

I went to the local tack shop, brought multiple saddles back to my horse and put them on him. But the answer to the question of what defined proper saddle fit eluded me.

I began researching all things related to saddle fitting. I discovered that the Society of Master Saddlers in England had an answer to my question. Boldly, I contacted the Society and asked if I could visit and learn about saddle fitting. Initially they put me off. I continued to persist, and finally, it was arranged. I bought my plane ticket and planned my 2-week trip in October 1997 to meet and work with Ken Lynden-Dykes. Ken was the senior lecturer of the Society’s Qualified Saddle Fitters course (at that time, they only allowed UK residents to take the course). He was extremely generous and gave me a basic but fairly thorough introduction to saddle fitting.

We traveled throughout the English countryside performing saddle fit evaluations. Throughout our trip, he learned how serious I was. He became my mentor and made a few trips to the U.S. shortly after I started my business, Grand Prix Saddle Fitting. He observed my implementation of the 7-step method he taught me and provided constructive feedback.

Over the next several months as I continued to practice, what unfolded for me was amazing. I discovered horse owners everywhere who had been in the dark and did not know how to get help. I placed small ads in local horse publications. Clients responded saying, “I am so glad you exist!” and “I don’t know what’s going on with the saddle on my horse.”

Friends and Family Thought I Was Crazy

In the meantime, on the personal side, my friends and family were very concerned about my new “career” path. How could I cast aside my previous professions for … saddle fitting?? Who in their right mind would pursue such an endeavor?

Nonetheless, because I believed so fiercely in the cause, I soldiered on. I enjoyed being out in the stables, meeting horse owners and their horses of all types. I enjoyed eliminating their frustration by demonstrating, on the spot, how a saddle should fit their horse. And, the ultimate reward was to see their horse “move” better while being ridden, and to have the horse owner exclaim: “Wow! What a huge difference!”

A New Talent for Design Emerges

Happily, I did this for seven years. Ah, the “seven year itch”. I became a bit bored. Oh no, time to make another change. By now I realized the familiar signs of discontent. I could not visualize myself saddle fitting for the rest of my life. I began to tap into another aspect of my personality that had not been fully explored.

Since a young girl, I have always had a passion for organizing rooms and experimenting with color. I used to change the paint color in my bedroom regularly—and would often shift the furniture to see what “felt better”.

During my saddle fitting days, I purchased an old 1937 farmhouse. A hovel it was, and all thought I was undertaking a daunting project when I bought it, as it was such a mess — but I had a vision for how it could be improved. Now, as a testament to my insight from back then, over the years, people have visited and said, “Wow, what a transformation!”

Transforming Spaces Energizes Me

So in short, transforming spaces energizes me. When I reflected about what should come next in a “design” career, obviously the question became: what kind?

I had a friend in California who had changed her career from wine into kitchen design. She shared with me a bit about her transition. This filled up my “gas tank”, and I literally knocked on the door of a kitchen and bath showroom, introduced myself, and announced to them “I’ve never professionally designed a kitchen but I would like to learn.” I was hired shortly thereafter!

Career #4: Kitchen Design

I spent the next four years working for the kitchen and bath company. I learned CAD (computer aided design). I made mistakes. But I made a lot of clients happy.

My happiest clients were the ones that wanted my advice on the whole project, but the showroom did not embrace this business model. They wanted me to “sell” cabinets, countertops, appliances, and anything related. The truth was my added value was mainly in the design, for which I was not patently paid.

I decided it was time to create my own venture. I wanted to be a consultant who assisted homeowners with kitchen design and then the how and where to spend their dollars on their kitchen remodel.

I began my company, Expert Kitchen Designs in 2010. As the owner of my own company, I am not under pressure to sell any particular line of products. My clients feel comfortable in their exploration and enjoy the remodeling process. They are educated and therefore feel confident, not pressured, when they make their decisions every step of the way.

I love working with odd kitchen spaces, as difficult as they may be. I enjoy thoroughly letting my clients express themselves, their wants and needs, and guiding them through the entire process up until the very end. I get to use so many parts of my brain, both the left and right, so I never feel like I am “stuck” doing one thing all day long.

Tying It All Together to Serve My Clients

Looking back on my career path, there is nothing I’ve done that I regret. I think all of it is relevant to what I do today. Accounting is relevant because when you do design, you have to use numbers. You have to pay attention to technical data. You have to be precise. So that experience obviously has been key.

The wine business introduced me to the culinary, and the latter happens in the kitchen. So indirectly, the wine business gave me a direct connection to kitchen design through cooking.

Saddle fitting taught me that, no matter what business you are in, it is all about balance and paying attention to details, spoken and unspoken. Balance is key and pervades almost every aspect of our lives. Including kitchens!


Sandra Brannock, Owner, Expert Kitchen Designs

Sandra Brannock, Owner, Expert Kitchen Designs, Virginia

Sandra Brannock designs beautiful, timeless, functional kitchens that reflect your personal style, within your budget. She helps discerning homeowners throughout Northern and Central Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC get the kitchen of their dreams and select the perfect cabinetry, fixtures, flooring, lighting, and appliances to make their dream kitchen a reality.

Call Sandra today at (703) 801-6402 to schedule a kitchen remodeling consultation. Sandra will help you get the most value out of your kitchen remodeling budget and ensure that all the details of your kitchen renovation proceed smoothly, on time and within budget.

Why I Love Pennville Custom Cabinetry for Kitchens

Why I Love Pennville Custom Cabinetry for Kitchens

Sandra Brannock, Expert Kitchen Designs, Northern VirginiaI recently had the pleasure of participating in a video commercial for Pennville Cabinetry. You can learn why Pennville Cabinetry is my top choice for custom kitchen cabinetry when you watch the video below. I am standing in a beautiful Pennville Stanford Collection custom kitchen that was completed a couple of years ago. It is absolutely gorgeous and the total example of what Pennville does with a lot of value. When I was first introduced to Pennville, I thought they would be like any ordinary cabinet company until Mark showed me the finishes and the construction and the door styles. My mouth fell open. I fell in love. This is the most incredible product I work with today.


Who would not want to cook in this kitchen? It is where everybody wants to be. Family and friends can gather around this inviting and beautifully designed kitchen for meals, enjoy themselves, connect and share and love.

One of the reasons I love to work with Pennville is their ability to add some personal custom touches to the cabinetry. We have a pantry cabinet here that they were able to inscribe for the homeowner with her own inscriptions, one saying goodies, one saying bread. Another thing that Pennville does is combine the cabinets so that they look seamless and like they were meant to be there forever.

This is a very clever way to use space on the side of a tall cabinet. We basically made this little secret compartment where keys and another items can be stowed away in a secret place that is very nicely concealed top and bottom.


Sandra Brannock, Owner, Expert Kitchen Designs

Sandra Brannock, Owner, Expert Kitchen Designs, Virginia

Sandra Brannock designs beautiful, timeless, functional kitchens that reflect your personal style, within your budget. She helps discerning homeowners throughout Northern and Central Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC get the kitchen of their dreams and select the perfect cabinetry, fixtures, flooring, lighting, and appliances to make their dream kitchen a reality.

Call Sandra today at (703) 801-6402 to schedule a kitchen remodeling consultation. Sandra will help you get the most value out of your kitchen remodeling budget and ensure that all the details of your kitchen renovation proceed smoothly, on time and within budget.

Reston Town Center Kitchen Remodel

Reston Town Center Kitchen Remodel

How do we get those cabinets and appliances up those very narrow stairs?

Sandra Brannock, Expert Kitchen Designs, Northern VirginiaSeveral weeks ago I blogged about how to pick finishes for a kitchen. The kitchen referenced in that article is located in a large 4-story townhome right next to Reston Town Center in Northern Virginia. This townhome has extremely narrow staircases that do not easily accommodate the 100” tall oven and Sub Zero refrigerator cabinets the client wanted so that the kitchen could be “all that it can be”.

If you do not think ahead about entry and exit points for the delivery of new kitchen appliances, you can become quite unnerved on the day they arrive!

Thankfully, our careful advance planning prevented a panic attack.

Delivery Day

The cabinetry for this kitchen had been ordered 12 weeks earlier. Finally, the “big” day — delivery day -— arrived. I left early in the morning to drive directly to Reston, Virginia to meet the Pennville Custom Cabinetry truck and Brannock Built contracting crew.

Pennville Custom Cabinetry truck

Pennville Custom Cabinetry truck

Upon my arrival, the Pennville truck was there. It was a generous 43-foot-long tractor trailer truck equipped with “air ride” technology to ensure a safe, smooth, and secure ride for the kitchen cabinetry inside.

The first few cabinets were unloaded off of the truck. As expected, each was wrapped carefully with a its own blue quilted blanket for additional protection during transport. Nevertheless, as the cabinets were unloaded I still braced myself for possible damage just before examining them (a normal OCD trait of mine).

Thankfully there was no need to worry — after all, this was top-of-the-line Pennville Custom Cabinetry! Pennville cabinets take longer to engineer and build (right now, a 12 week lead time), but in the end, when you run your hands over the finish and view them in the sunny daylight, their exceptional high-quality construction makes them worth the wait. Pennville goes the extra mile to ensure that each cabinet is dimensionally correct and exemplary in its final form. In my experience, I have never seen a cabinet company with such high quality control standards. For discerning clients, Pennville cabinetry is always my top recommendation.

forklift

Forklift

So what came next? Well we knew that most of the cabinets could fit easily into the narrow stairway up to the kitchen. For the larger cabinets and 42″ Sub Zero refrigerator, we had planned to use a different, albeit unconventional, means to transport these into the client’s home. We used a fork lift-—this exact one:


Lazy Susan transport

Lazy Susan transport

The one cabinet we did not anticipate needing a forklift delivery method was…the square corner lazy susan! Glad we were prepared.

sub zero in windowNext, we brought in the Sub Zero refrigerator. Yes, it came in through that window.

Other large cabinets making their way through the window....

Other large cabinets making their way through the window….

Plus a few other cabinets . . .

These pictures document our how our advance planning prevented last-minute delivery issues. We examined all the steps and logistics that could present a problem during delivery, and by doing so, we were able to carry out this phase of the kitchen remodel successfully and with minimal stress.

Here is the contractor, Guy Brannock who, after everything made its way into the house, is very happy that all of our preparation paid off. Bravo Guy!

Mission Accomplished!

Mission Accomplished!


Stay tuned for the next phase: the installation process.


Sandra Brannock, Owner, Expert Kitchen Designs

Sandra Brannock, Owner, Expert Kitchen Designs, Virginia

Sandra Brannock designs beautiful, timeless, functional kitchens that reflect your personal style, within your budget. She helps discerning homeowners throughout Northern and Central Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC get the kitchen of their dreams and select the perfect cabinetry, fixtures, flooring, lighting, and appliances to make their dream kitchen a reality.

Call Sandra today at (703) 801-6402 to schedule a kitchen remodeling consultation. Sandra will help you get the most value out of your kitchen remodeling budget and ensure that all the details of your kitchen renovation proceed smoothly, on time and within budget.

Reston Townhome Kitchen Remodel by Expert Kitchen Designs

Reston Townhome Kitchen Remodel by Expert Kitchen Designs

Sandra Brannock, Expert Kitchen Designs, Northern VirginiaIn 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 Reston, Virginia townhome. For years, Cathy and Mike had lived with what I call “a problematic kitchen,” where the existing layout does not function up to today’s kitchen design standards.

Built in the late 1970’s, the client’s townhome reflects the typical architectural style found in Reston. Casement windows and minimal detailing exist throughout the home. The dining room is open to the living area. The staircase upstairs and downstairs is open.

In contrast, the kitchen footprint offered little in the way of contemporary kitchen function. Too many entries into the kitchen eliminated the option of making the smaller wall spaces usable for any meaningful kitchen function. Also, a large 3’x2′ HVAC chase projected into the kitchen; unfortunately, the cost to relocate it would be exorbitant. There was one long wall that offered promise, although it was still too short to house all essential kitchen functions in compliance with NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association) guidelines.

After our initial meeting, I left their home thinking, “How am I going to pull this off without doing a standard “pull and replace?”. (In case one doesn’t understand that term, a “pull and replace” refers to “pulling” the old cabinetry/fixtures/appliances out and then “replacing” them with newer models. In short, it is an easy way to improve the appearance of a space but it may not improve its function to the fullest degree. This is not a practice I choose to follow as it does not add as much value in the long run other than aesthetic improvement.)

I was not discouraged though, and I knew the answer would come when I started drawing a new kitchen design plan.

After a few hours drawing on my 2020 CAD, I was finally rewarded. I crafted a space that excited me, and I hoped would excite my clients and Miller & McIntyre just as much. Within a week, I met with everyone again and presented the new kitchen design to them.

They loved it!

Before and After

The picture below shows how one corner of their kitchen looked before we embarked on the kitchen remodel.

Reston Townhome Kitchen Before remodel by Expert Kitchen Designs Amissville VA

Reston Townhome Kitchen Before Remodeling

As you can see, the original kitchen had no functional space other than “clutter collection. The front door and kitchen entries were very close to one another. When homeowners and guests arrived through the front door, a cluttered kitchen greeted them front and center and there was no “foyer” where one could set down their umbrella or hang a hat.

Here is how the same kitchen corner looks after the redesign:

Reston townhome kitchen corner redesign

Same Kitchen Corner After Redesign

Can you tell this is the same corner?

Unlike its “ghost”, it is now clean, aesthetically pleasing and, best of all, functional!

How We Did It

First, we made two structural changes:

  1. We relocated the poorly placed existing kitchen entry five feet leftward, and
  2. We added a window on the sink wall to allow more light into kitchen.
Reston Townhome Kitchen Design

3D CAD Design by Expert Kitchen Designs

 

Reston VA Townhome Kitchen CAD Design

Townhome Kitchen CAD Design

The first change was essential. This made the “clutter” corner more functional and enabled us to easily install a slide-in electric range on the peninsula for a seamless look.

We also achieved one important goal in the kitchen redesign by equipping one side of the kitchen with a functional workspace,thereby relieving all the pressure to combine them all on one long wall. An added plus is that this setup allows the cook in the kitchen to converse with those seated at the peninsula, making the space not only functional but an inviting place to socialize as well.

Now that we relocated the cooking area, we could improve the opposite kitchen wall by adding a much needed window. This created a visually appealing focal point for the sink. Also, we anchored each end of this long wall with tall functional items (left to right):

  1. a narrow broom/storage closet and a 36” counter-depth french door refrigerator on one end, and
  2. a pantry with pullouts and microwave on the other.

What contributed to the finishes?

We chose Benjamin Moore “White Dove” with Brubaker Kitchens Cabinetry from Lancaster Pennsylvania.

The countertops were Soapstone.

We chose a very soft green for the walls, Sherwin Williams “Celery”.

Need an Expert Kitchen Design?

If you have a “problem kitchen” that needs a redesign, call me at (703) 801-6402 or email me at Sandra[at]expertkitchendesigns.com to discuss your situation. I can advise you on ways you can get the kitchen of your dreams! There is always a way to fix a problem kitchen with the right design.


Sandra Brannock, Owner, Expert Kitchen Designs

Sandra Brannock, Owner, Expert Kitchen Designs, Virginia

Sandra Brannock designs beautiful, timeless, functional kitchens that reflect your personal style, within your budget. She helps discerning homeowners throughout Northern and Central Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC get the kitchen of their dreams and select the perfect cabinetry, fixtures, flooring, lighting, and appliances to make their dream kitchen a reality.

Call Sandra today at (703) 801-6402 to schedule a kitchen remodeling consultation. Sandra will help you get the most value out of your kitchen remodeling budget and ensure that all the details of your kitchen renovation proceed smoothly, on time and within budget.