SSPW Took a traditional fireplace area and turned it into a natural stone masterpiece with a floating granite shelf. We also incorporated a mahogany cabinet with glass shelves and a moving mechanism that will allow our clients to move a family portrait back-and-forth and be able to access their cabinet from. Please review the pictures.
It is the last day tomorrow to come check us out at the ideal home show. We are in booth 1908. Also we won second place for creative design in our very first booth at the show!
We had our first practice for all three teams second and third grade, fourth and fifth grade, and our sixth and seventh grade team tonight. All three practices went great I have a bunch of good kids this season and I think we're going to have a lot of fun.
Join us this weekend March 27-29th at the Southern Ideal Home show at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex. The home show features vendors from all over the US showcasing products related to everything from home and garden to food and wine.
Come see us in our beautiful new booth #1908
The Southern Ideal Home Show
BELGARD GARDENS & AIDP DESIGNER ROOMS
Professionally landscaped gardens. Designer Rooms created by the Association of Interior Design Professionals and dramatic displays designed to inspire.
BUILDING & HOME IMPROVEMENT
Everything to build, remodel, renew and improve the home.
Learn about the latest technology in environmentally friendly building and remodeling products.
KITCHEN & BATH
Appliances, cabinets, hardware, fixtures, granite, tile and tubs. Everything for creating the perfect kitchen and bath.
Accessories, furniture, flooring, lighting, window treatments and accents that personalize a home.
LANDSCAPING & OUTDOOR LIVING
Landscape professionals, lighting, irrigation, tools, power equipment, outdoor furniture, sod, decorative concrete, horticulture for sale and more.
TASTE & TRAVEL
Food and wine to sample and buy, plus destination information
Trend #1: Refacing Kitchen Cabinets
Do you want a fresh look for your kitchen cabinets, but don't want to go through the hassle of actually replacing them? Good news: Kathleen Donohue, an award-winning designer with Neil Kelly Designs, says that refacing cabinets - not replacing - is in. Donohue says this trend is in because people are watching how they spend their money. And since refacing is the process of just changing cabinet doors while maintaining the original cabinet structure, it's a much less expensive option. And when it comes to cabinet refacing, think simple and sleek, says Donohue.
"When refacing cabinets, a clean, simple contemporary look is winning out, both from an updating standpoint, and a trend to eliminate unnecessary clutter and fussy details that equate to high maintenance and complicated living - both unpopular trends," says Donohue.
Trend #2: Stone and Solid Countertops
Are you dreaming about a gleaming new countertop to spruce up your kitchen? Consider quartz countertops, which experts say will be the material of choice in 2013 due to its durability.
"Stone countertops are losing ground to quartz composite countertops that are no-maintenance and the closest thing to bullet-proof countertop materials available today," says Donohue.
Florida-based kitchen and bath designer, Patricia Davis Brown, says another reason for quartz's popularity is that it has less fussy patterning than granite.
But quartz isn't the only trendy material for counters in 2013, according to Mark Fies, board of directors member for the Metro D.C. chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.
Fies says more homeowners are asking for concrete countertops to create a custom and eye catching look. "With concrete you have endless colors to choose from, the ability to shape the surface as you see fit, and you can even embed materials and/or designs right into the surface," he says.
Trend #3: Hardwood Floors
Are you thinking about replacing your worn and ripped kitchen linoleum with gleaming hardwood floors? Good, because our kitchen experts agree that hardwood floors remain a hot kitchen remodeling trend for 2013, with a few new developments.
For example, "I am starting to see lighter shades of wood floors again - something that hasn't been seen in a while," says Chappaqua New York interior designer, Cami Weinstein.
And Brown sees the same trend in Florida. "The washed wood floors are back but, with a twist - wider planks and hand scraping, giving a beachy feel," she says.
But hardwood floors can be a lot of work in terms of both installation and maintenance. Luckily, there are some options to give you that classic wood floor look - without the hassle.
For example, Goldberg and Donohue are seeing a trend in hardwood-looking floors made from durable and easier-to-install materials, such as engineered wood flooring, which is made from a plywood base with a real hardwood veneer.
"Engineered wood continues to be popular, but so is porcelain tile that looks like wood, with less maintenance and better water tolerance," says Goldberg.
Trend #4: Stylish Sink
Adding a stylish sink can drastically change the look of your kitchen. So what will be trending in 2013? Fies says the answer is deep bowl sinks. "Deep bowls are still the rage," he says. "Although there are endless possibilities with today's sinks, our homeowners want large, deep sinks to accommodate their larger pots and pans. The debate between single or double bowl is still in full effect, but we tend to see homeowners choosing the one bowl option." After you've decided on the style, the next thing to consider is the material of the sink. And in terms of what will be trending for 2013, Weinstein believes stainless steel sinks will be hot due to their durability and flexibility. "They just look great for a very long time and work with both modern and traditional cabinetry," he says.
Trend #5: Appliances
If you've been thinking about investing in new appliances, this could be the year to justify buying that commercial stove. According to Weinstein, incorporating commercial-style stoves and other useful built-in appliances in kitchen remodeling projects is a hot trend for 2013.
"Commercial stoves and stainless steel appliances continue to be used and enjoyed," she says. In addition, features that save homeowners time and space are becoming increasingly popular. "One of her favorites is a hot water dispenser. "They are great for a quick cup of tea, hot cocoa, or mixing with boullion cube for a stock," she says.
Adding to that concept, Goldberg says kitchen features that do double-duty and save valuable kitchen space are also must-haves for 2013.
This includes microwaves that double as second ovens and warming drawers, and refrigerators with convertible drawers that can act as the fridge, freezer, or wine fridge.
"Multi-taskers that serve more than one need are hot," says Goldberg.
Trend #6: Mixing Cabinet Colors
Is dark brown too bland, but red too vibrant? Will white cabinets turn a dull shade of gray after the kids put their hands on them? If you can't decide on a color for your kitchen cabinets, never fear - our experts say it isn't just one color that will be trending in 2013, but rather a combination of colors. "Homeowners no longer need to choose between white, medium, or dark tone cabinetry," says Fies. He adds that a variety of colors will provide visual interest, and can immediately give your kitchen an updated, modern look.
So what are some ways you could incorporate a combination of colors into your own kitchen?
"I am starting to see kitchen cabinetry painted in shades of cream, taupe and gray, often mixing in a darker wood for an island or the lower cabinets," says Fies.