What is your Design Style for Kitchen Countertops?

Nature meets couture

Caesarstone is introducing seven new colors for Spring/Summer 2015. These new additions to the Caeasarstone Classico Collection elevate your personal style with surfaces inspired by nature and industrial design, giving your project the ultimate in form and function.

Modern classic

The colors in Caesarstone’s exquisite Supernatural Series combine the beauty and complexity of natural stone with the superior quality and durability of Caesarstone for classic style and lasting strength. With incredible depth and astonishing clarity, these new colors were designed to be modern classics.

Industrial revolution

Taking the raw trend of industrial design to new levels of practicality, the Caesarstone innovative Concrete Series gives you the coarse look of concrete with the durability of quartz for even greater design possibilities.​

What’s Your Caesarstone Design Style?

Whether your design aesthetic leans toward the classic or the contemporary, Caesarstone’s new colors will give you more freedom to create the look you want.
Caesarstone has created a simple, quick and easy Caesarstone Design Style quiz to find out which new addition to Caesarstone Classico Collection is the perfect match for your personal style.
If you are into Elegant and Classic check out the following color:

5130 – Cosmopolitan White

photo credit: Caesarstone - Cosmopolitan white

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Caesarstone – Cosmopolitan White

 

How to determine if a Quartz countertop will work in your Kitchen

When you are considering a quartz material for your kitchen remodel, there are lots of options to choose from. However, if you are looking for durability, beauty and the best bang for your dollars, you have to take a long hard look at quartz material for your countertop. Although, Quartz is not a new material, it is however, front and center in the modern kitchen countertop design and other countertop surfaces in the home such as a bar top, kitchen island and bathroom vanities.

Let’s take a look at some of the compelling reasons that make a quartz countertop the material of choice for unique, quality and design inspired countertops in a home.

Durability of material.
Quartz is a very strong material. Since quartz is a man-made material, it is made by combining naturally quartz materials and polymer resin. These ingredients together, form a virtually hard material that can handle just about anything that you can put on it, in a kitchen. When you compare quartz to granite, you will find that granite only contains 40-60% quartz, which means that granite is more porous than quartz, hence can be more easily damaged than quartz.

Safety of Material. 
Homeowners that love to cook and entertain will just love how safe quartz countertops are because it is non-porous and has anti microbial properties. This is a great feature because the quartz countertop will not allow that harmful bacteria to linger, from raw or food that is left on the counter during food preparation.

Easy to Care for and Maintain.
The maintenance of quartz countertops is super easy to clean with only soap and water. There is also no need to to seal or polish the quartz material like you need to with other natural stones such as marble and granite. The quartz countertop in your kitchen is virtually a near worry free experience. Of course this does not mean that you can go out of your way to abuse it, however, with normal use and wear, it will look beautiful for quite a long time.

Variety of Color Options and Choices.
When you choose quartz countertop for your home remodel project, you open up the world of possibilities. You can have solid colors, multi colors, blended colors and even custom colors.  This is all possible because quartz is engineered material as opposed to being found in nature, like a natural stone.

I would be remiss, if I did not mention some of the disadvantages of quartz material. The adage that you get what you pay for, definitely holds true for quartz, since it is often more expensive than exotic granite or marble. A quartz countertop also does not do so well with very high heat, so you must be careful with hot pots and plates. If you use common sense and a trivet on the quartz countertop when handling hot items, your quartz countertop will last a very long time,

There are several makers of quartz, but one maker, has impressed me quite a bit in the last year with their quality and unique designs for quartz materials.  This is none other than the American family owned company Cambria, based in Minnesota. Their colors and styles and quality are not duplicated by any other. Seeing is believing, take a look at some of the beautiful new colors in the photos below:

Cambria - Color: Devon  Quartz Countertop

Cambria – Color: Devon
Quartz Countertop

The Cambria Color Devon is a versatile neutral color that works well in a modern kitchen. The consistency of the solid color gives balance to the surroundings in the room.

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Cambria – Slab Color: Devon Quartz

The Cambria Langdon Countertop is a multicolor that works well in any kitchen style. The pattern has movement, but is a very consistent pattern that will blend nicely in any kitchen style.

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Cambria – Color: Langdon
Quartz Countertop

 

Cambria Langdon

Cambria – Slab Color: Langdon Quartz

 

If you are looking for something very dramatic and bold for your quartz countertop, look no further than the Cambria Cardigan Red. The color is bold, lively and definitely carries an exciting element of intrigue.

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Cambria – Cardigan RED SLAB

 

 

Modern Farmhouse or Apron Front Sink for Your Kitchen

Have you ever wondered if a Farmhouse sink or Apron sink is right for your Kitchen?  One of the primary reasons for the uncertainty is that they typically were of a certain type of construction and looked only good in a Country style Kitchen.  Unfortunately, this country theme is not for everyone, but some people still wanted the Apron Front type of sink.  If you are one of those people, your prayers have been answered. You can have a transitional kitchen and have a stylish looking Apron Front sink, made of cool looking fun material.

Take a look at a few stunning Apron Sinks that will totally blow you away with the stylish looks and features. They are surprisingly affordable and not too pricey.  I am sure they will fit in just about any kitchen remodel budget. Enjoy fawning all over these exquisite farmhouse sinks!

Vigo Farmhouse sink

Photo credit: Vigo Farmhouse sink

 

Vigo Farmhouse Sink – 30×22.25

The manufacturer Vigo delivers top quality and unique design in this 30” stainless steel farmhouse kitchen sink. You can find this sink on Amazon for $429.00

Features of this ultra modern looking Farmhouse sink made from stainless steel:

  • Elegant and functional drain grooves included
  • Fully undercoated and padded with a unique multi-layer, sound-eliminating technology, which also prevents condensation
  • Exterior Sink: 30″ L x 22.25″ W
  • Basin: 9.875″ D x 18″ W x 28″ L
  • Overall Sink Depth – Top to Bottom: 9.875″
  • Overall Product Weight: 50lbs

 

NATIVE TRAILS -Pinnacle-FARMHOUSE SINK

NATIVE TRAILS -Pinnacle-FARMHOUSE SINK

 

NATIVE TRAILS – PINNACLE FARMHOUSE SINK

You just have to love this modern twist on the Pinnacle Farmhouse sink from Native Trails. It is divine with the hammered front look to the design. You can find this sink for about $2,350.00 online at Faucet Direct.

  • Single basin design provides maximum workspace
  • Covered under Native Trails’ limited lifetime warranty
  • Constructed of copper
  • Undermount installation
  • Center drain location provides optimal drainage capability
  • All hardware needed for installation included

Product Specifications:

  • Height: 10-1/2″ (measured from the bottom of sink to the top of the rim)
  • Overall Width: 22″ (measured from the back outer rim to the front outer rim)
  • Overall Length: 33″ (measured from the left outer rim to the right outer rim)
  • Basin Width: 17″ (measured from the back inner rim to the front inner rim)
  • Basin Length: 28″ (measured from the left inner rim to the right inner rim)
  • Basin Depth: 10″ (measured from the center of basin to the rim)
  • Installation Type: Undermount
  • Weight 50 lbs
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NATIVE TRAILS_Zuma- APRON SINK

 

NATIVE TRAILS – ZUMA APRON FRONT SINK

Native Trails really pulls out all of the stops on  this new slant on the Apron front kitchen sink with the Zuma kitchen sink. This contemporary sink has a front design that is angled. It is reminiscient of the commercial kitchen with the extra large wide open basin.  This remarkable noteworthy sink is definitely transitional, being that it will fit in modern or traditional styled kitchens.  The Zuma  apron front sink is exquisitely made from recycled copper. This sink can retail for about: $2,350.00 on  Wayfair.com

APRON Weights & Dimensions

  • Height – Top to Bottom: 10.5″
  • Length – Side to Side: 33″

Additional Weights & Dimensions

  • Exterior Sink: 33″ L x 22″ W
  • Basin: 10″ D x 17″ W x 28″ L
  • Overall Sink Depth – Top to Bottom: 10.5″
  • Overall Product Weight: 49lbs

 

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KRAUS – DOUBLE BOWL FARMHOUSE APRON SINK –
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This delightfully sleek farmhouse sink by Kraus will add an elegant touch to your kitchen. The Kraus stainless steel sink is made from 16 gauge T-304 stainless steel for maximum durability, the farmhouse sink creates a contemporary look for the kitchen. Extra-deep basins accommodate large dishes with ease. The clean lines and apron front design complement any décor, from traditional to transitional to modern. All Kraus kitchen sinks are equipped with top-level soundproofing and protective Stone Guard coating, which reduces condensation and further dampens sound. The corrosion-resistant surface is further protected from rust and oxidation by a meticulous finishing process. Commercial-grade satin finish and gently rounded corners make maintenance as simple as wiping the surface with a damp cloth. You can find this sink online for about $479.00 on Wayfair.com

Product Details:

  • Installation Type: Farmhouse/Apron
  • Material: Stainless steel; Brass
  • Product Warranty: Limited lifetime

Dimensions:

  • Exterior Sink: 35.9″ L x 20.75″ W
  • Basin: 10″ D
  • Overall Sink Depth – Top to Bottom: 10″
  • Overall Product Weight: 55.3lbs

Click on the following to read more:

A Farmhouse Sink by any other name – Native Trails Blog

How to Choose the right kitchen sink or faucet  – Donco Designs

Choosing Marble Countertops for Your Kitchen

Black marble kitchen countertop

Black marble kitchen countertop

If you are thinking about a kitchen remodel, you will need to consider what type of material you will be using for your kitchen countertop. If you have not made up your mind as to the material, just yet, marble is something that you should look at. The texture and the feel of marble is by far one of the greatest experiences when shopping for your kitchen countertop material. If you ar doing a small kitchen remodel, you may get away with a remnant piece of marble. If you have a large kitchen, you will need to look at full slabs that will accommodate your kitchen countertop requirements.

When a kitchen countertop is made from marble, it has that element of sophistication and beauty to the room. Besides the elegance and the beauty of a marble kitchen countertop, a marble countertop is heat resistant and can handle hot items real well. [Read more…]

Hot New Kitchen Products

Photo credit: Siematic

Photo credit: Siematic

If you are in the market to update your kitchen with a state of the art world class kitchen?

Don’t settle for boring in your kitchen remodel.  You want to make your kitchen look worth every penny of your hard earned dollars… Take a look at the the following hot new products that are simply sensational additions that will make your kitchen remodel be the rage and envy of all of your neighbors and friends… [Read more…]

Dream Kitchen Design Ideas from Celebrity Kitchens to make your kitchen more fun

Celebrity Kitchens Ideas to make your kitchen more comfortable and Enjoyable

If you love to cook and entertain then you will enjoy feasting your eyes on some magnificent kitchen that are kitchen lover’s dream.

Every issue of Architectural Digest features pages of inspiring designs from the homes of the rich and famous.  This month’s issue is no exception.  Featured Writer, Leslie Anne Wiggins, highlights several kitchens in the slideshow article, Perfect Kitchens for Holiday Cooking and Gathering.

One after another they are just breathtaking. Unfortunately the average homeowner, does not have the unlimited funds of most of the kitchens featured in the slideshow, however, there are so many elements that can be used even in a modest kitchen remodel or kitchen renovation project.

Take for instance the High Gloss Kitchen cabinets in the following photo from Architectural Digest. This kitchen was decorated by Francis Sultana features an updated kitchen in a 19th Century London triplex.  You can steal the look by using Acrylic High Gloss Cabinets with a monochromatic color. Add a wood floor or faux wood floor using Porcelain wood planks that resemble the real thing.  You can Add track lighting relatively cost effectively. For the countertops you can use a nice quartz with a color shade close to the cabinets to give you that monochromatic look and feel. Top it off with a sleek stylish kitchen faucet and a stove top instead of a standard range with oven at the bottom.

Photo credit Architectural Digest

Photo credit Architectural Digest – Designer :  Francis Sultana

In the following kitchen, home of John Legend and Christy Turlington, Designer Don Stewart of Desiderata Design used beautiful teak wood cabinetry and stools by Emmerson Troop in this elegant yet simple 1960’s home to create more space in the kitchen/dining area. [Read more…]

Moen Hits a Home Run with New Kitchen Faucets

Have you seen the new Moen kitchen faucets?  If not, you are in for a real treat…

Four new Moen kitchen faucets really come to the forefront of great design, style and functionality. Don’t take my word, have a look at these faucets for yourself and you will fall in love with these sleek new designs.

We all know that a kitchen faucet is a necessary standout feature in any good kitchen redesign or kitchen remodel.  However, style has to also be met with functionality of the end user in the kitchen.

Here are four Moen kitchen faucets that exemplify kitchen trends worth mentioning for that dream kitchen we are all looking to create.

photo credit: Moen STO kitchen faucet

photo credit: Moen STO kitchen faucet

STO – Kitchen Faucet

Let’s start with the Moen Sto – kitchen faucet. The STO faucet is sleek, sexy and streamlined.  It is a perfect complement for the contemporary kitchen. This modern faucet comes in chrome, Spot Resist Stainless, and the new stand out color  “Matte Black”. The STO faucet has a hybrid design that is somewhat square and cylindrical, which are must have features in a contemporary and modern kitchen design.

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Kitchen Countertop Styles and Trends

granite-island-and-marble-countertop-kitchenA kitchen countertop can establish the overall look of your kitchen remodel and design, so it is important to choose one that will best work with both your stylistic taste and the level of activity within your space.

Granite, Quartz, Marble and Recycled Glass are all top choices for a kitchen countertop that is meant to stand out and get attention. There is no need to settle for a boring countertop, if you can have one that is beautiful and can last for years to come with proper maintenance.

If you want to get creative with your kitchen countertop, you have options such as stainless steel, concrete, and butcher block, however,  one thing to keep in mind is the upkeep and maintenance.

When deciding on your countertop, first consider what will be your theme you are looking for in your kitchen.  Is it traditional, contemporary, modern, or transitional.

Next consider the colors you have to work with and want to bring out in the kitchen countertop. Are you looking for beige, white, black, gray, green, blue, etc… All of these colors can be accomplished with the right kitchen countertop selection.

Kitchen-Island-Contemporary-KitchenOne thing important to note is that your overall look depends upon you and your taste preferences.  There are several new kitchen countertop trends every year, but you have to make the decision what is ultimately important to you in your kitchen.

Quartz Countertops

Quartz countertops are almost maintenance free. Isn’t that wonderful? The engineered quartz countertops can resist stain, acid, scratches, and are heat and impact resistant. Since the surface of the quartz countertops are not porous surface, there is no need to seal them like natural stone countertops.

 

Granite Countertops

If you are looking for the all time favorite kitchen countertop, look no further than a granite kitchen countertop. The granite countertop remains one of the top choices for most homeowners, since they provide that high end look for a kitchen remodel and also are great surfaces for prepping food. Since granite  is a natural stone, there is a variation in the stone’s pattern, which adds to the appeal for most homeowners and granite lovers.

 

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Marble Countertops

Marble countertops are considered as a luxury look and finish in the stone family. Two of the most popular marble choices are the gray-toned Carrara or Calacatta marble. This stone provides a nice high end look for a kitchen, but requires a lot of upkeep and maintenance.

 Stainless Steel Countertops

Stainless steel kitchen countertops provide a more industrial look and feel to a kitchen.  The stainless steel surface coordinates with any color and is super easy kitchen countertop to keep clean.

 

 

Glass Countertops

Glass countertops are super sleek and sexy for a kitchen countertop. Since glass is versatile and can be cut into various shapes and sizes, with varying textures the options are limitless. One thing to keep in mind, is that a glass kitchen countertop is more expensive than other kitchen countertop options, however, the modern look is streamlined and also easy to maintain.

Click on the following links to read more on kitchen countertops:

Kitchen Countertops – Remodeling Basics – Donco Designs

Kitchen Remodel Design Tips – Donco Designs

How to Create Your Gourmet Kitchen: Bring out your Inner Chef

Gourmet Kitchen Designs

When you think of a gourmet kitchen, you visualize one that has the style and layout a professional chef would use. This would include state of the art “professional” grade appliances and easy to clean exteriors that would resemble a kitchen in a restaurant.

If you are like most “foodies”, you enjoy watching famous cooking shows like Hell’s Kitchen or cooking shows on HGTV or the Food Network like “Chopped”,”The Barefoot Contessa”, “Iron Chef America”, “Everyday Italian”, or “30-Minute Minute Meals”.  Maybe you are a fan of one of the famous TV Chefs such as Chef’s like, Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis, Gordon Ramsey, Ina Garten, Guy Fieri, Anthony Bourdain, Rachel Ray or Nigella Lawson. It is not uncommon for someone to want a kitchen that has the flair of a TV Chef’s kitchen.

When planning a gourmet kitchen remodel one should look at the overall space first and map out where the best angles are for “zones”, such as:

  • Preparation Zone – How food will be prepared
  • Cooking Zone – Where meals will be cooked
  • Clean Up Zone – How clean up will be accomplished
  • Serving Zone – How food will be served

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