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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Palm Aire – Granite Install using a Crane

Pompano Granite Install - Crane 8

On a daily basis we have the wonderful opportunity to create beautiful before and after renovation projects for our customers. There are times when we have to create an out of the box solution for a Pompano Beach remodel project. Check out this video of a granite install that we had in Palm Aire – Pompano Beach, Florida that involved the use of a crane to bring the granite countertop upstairs to the condo.

Thanks to the wonderful guys at Ability Cranes we managed to get this done without a hitch. Our super talented granite fabricators at Alpha Marble and Granite were up to the task and delivered another fantastic granite countertop that was perfectly installed and fabricated.

I can’t thank the clients enough for allowing us to really work outside the box on this Palm Aire project to deliver a granite countertop with no seam in the peninsula. I loved this project and smile every time I look at pics from of the custom Pompano Beach granite countertop. [Read more…]

Vintage Kitchen Ideas for Inspiration

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Photo by Better Homes and Gardens

When I think of a vintage kitchen I think of something that is very old, yet something that is worthy of preserving. In kitchen design, the term vintage kitchens can mean a lot of things.

First lets look at the definition of vintage from the dictionary.  Merriam Webster, states that vintage relates primarily to wine and is an altered form of the French word vendage, meaning “the grapes picked during a season.” It also has a second definition for vintage which states: a period in which something was made or was begun. (Interesting new tidbit). [Read more…]

How to Make Your Small Kitchen Feel Cozy but Not Crowded

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A small kitchen can definitely present a design challenge, but you can still manage to make your kitchen the hub of your home even if there is not a lot of square footage to work with. By carefully choosing your furniture and getting creating with storage, your kitchen will feel comfortable and not crowded. Here are some simple tips for assembling your small kitchen and dining area in such a way that it will feel larger than it actually is and be as functional as it is well designed.

High Dining Room Tables

A high dining room table leaves you more floor space for additional furniture, or just room to walk around in the space. Rather than getting a low sitting round table, consider a high-legged rectangular table that can be pushed up against one wall when it’s just family, or moved into the center of the room when you need to seat a few more guests. A table with a leaf is another good opportunity to conserve space with your table on a daily basis – you can add the leaves on holidays or other events, and remove them when it’s just a family dinner. Vendors like offer a variety of high tables.

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