November 15th, 2019

  Do you have plans to remodel an existing kitchen? If so, lighting is something you should consider as carefully as the other items that go into making up a new kitchen, such as your appliances, cabinets, flooring type, and color scheme. Just as a healthy meal must be balanced, so does your remodeled kitchen require the right balance of lighting to accomplish the work you do in that space, from meal prep and cooking to homework and list-making. Three different types of lights –…

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October 28th, 2019

The kitchen style I get asked for most often is “Shaker”.  Homeowners see it in magazines, on design-themed websites and tv shows — pretty much everywhere — and they like what they see and want Shaker for their own remodeled kitchens. And, as the lead designer at Craig Allen Designs, I’m happy to help them get what they want. But what is “Shaker” exactly? One thing I know for sure is that “Shaker” as a design style is so popular that, more than 150 years after the Shakers…

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October 15th, 2019

white cabinets

While trends in kitchen cabinets come and go, the need for cabinets remains. You don’t want your new kitchen to become dated prematurely.  You want to stay informed about what’s trending in cabinet finishes when considering a kitchen remodel.    “All In” On White We all know that all-white kitchens have been a “thing” for many years. Even today, white cabinetry remains popular. White is the color associated with health, cleanliness and freshness – the very qualities…

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September 25th, 2019

The number of available kitchen countertop materials today is greater and more diverse than ever. Your choices for a countertop includestone wood paper glass quartz concrete solid surface laminates.How to choose?  Quartz When interviewed, Craig Teitsma of Craig Allen Designs said: “In my years as a kitchen designer, quartz is by far the most popular countertop material I’ve had homeowners ask for. It’s also the one I mention when clients ask me for my…

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September 15th, 2019

updated kitchen

  Swapping out kitchen cabinet hardware can make an immediate impact in a room. From sleek and modern to classic and ornate, door and drawer hardware pulls together a room’s overall design and adds the crowning touch to a newly remodeled kitchen.  The details in a new kitchen, such as the cabinet hardware, make a huge difference in achieving a certain look or style. To understand the impact that hardware can have, it’s helpful to look at it as an accessory, like a piece of…

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