Monday, July 30, 2012

Center Bathtubs Take Top Billing

By:  Shawn Gauthier (Courtesy of Houzz)

Whether you're going for drama or just a clear footpath,
setting your tub in the middle of your bathroom can be just the ticket
The layout of a bath in the center of the space is usually configured one of two ways: The tub is placed either between two vanities to create a separation and clear walkways to the sinks or smack dab in the middle of the room for dramatic effect. Either way, the look adds definite style and a sense of luxury.
Dividing two vanities with a bathtub provides spaces with a sense of equilibrium. Plus, if you share your bathroom, the tub in this layout almost acts as a room divider, giving each person a sense of individual space. Extra room between the vanities and tub in this example offers a spot for towel storage.

Carrying the same backsplash across the vanities and bathtub creates cohesion among the different elements.
For a classic feel, choose a freestanding tub.  These types of tubs lack the flat edge and storage of built-in units, so consider incorporating a table for bathing supplies, towels or a glass of wine.

Placing a tub in the center of the room creates a dramatic focal point. This, of course, is best achieved with beautifully designed tubs.

An intricate tile design and a unique shape allow this central tub to truly stand on its own.

A circular tub makes a perfect focal point in the middle of this space.

When coupled with a eye-catching light fixture, this contemporary tub design deservedly takes center stage. A nearby table is a functional accessory.

A more traditional style also commands attention when placed in the center of the bathroom.

Taking advantage of views is another reason why designers will place the tub in the middle of the room. Sure, you could put the tub against the wall, but why not the center of the room if that’s the best vantage point?

Winding down with a long soak is surely much more enjoyable when you have a beautiful view to take in.

A central window is a more soothing focal point when seen from a central tub.

A centrally located tub can allow the focus to be on a beautiful piece of artwork too.

If you have a narrow bathroom, a tub between tha vanities may provide a better footpath than if the tub were against the wall.

Some layouts allow for additional furnishings. Placing the tub in the center of this bathroom freed up wall space for a bench and two armoires.


Perhaps your bathroom is already equipped with a shower, but you long for a tub. If your space is large enough, you may be able to avoid a larger renovation by sticking the tub in the center.

Let Cabinet-S-Top help you design the perfect layout for your bathroom.  Stop by our showroom located at 1977 Medina Road, Medina, OH or give us a call to set up an appointment 330-239-3630.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Be Bold. Be Original. Be You.

(Courtesy of Kohler)

Color is back, in a big way. We’re seeing bold colors in everything from fashion design to industrial design to interior design and more. Why? Because color lets us show off our personality and stand out from the crowd. Because color immediately grabs hold of our attention and doesn’t let go. And because color makes us incredibly, giddily, beamingly happy. 

If color makes you happy, why not get creative with it in the kitchen? Jonathan Adler, potter, designer, and lead judge on Bravo’s Top Design, recommends peppering every room in the home—including the kitchen—with little surprises and exclamation marks of color. “It’s the surprise factor that makes color work,” he says.
According to Adler, there’s nothing better than a colored sink to bring a kitchen to life. Even better, he says, “These colors work in just about any kitchen color palette to add a little punch.

Kohler's rolling out four, new and vibrant colors. Here's the palette:

The colors are Greenwich Green:

Piccadilly Yellow:

Annapolis Navy:

and Palermo Blue:

These KOHLER Colors Featuring Jonathan Adler are available on three different kitchen sink styles:

 and the KOHLER Colors Featuring Jonathan Adler are available on three different bathroom sink styles:

So what do you think? Is there room for this kind of bold color in your own home?  Let Cabinet-S-Top help you add a little punch to your kitchen or bath.  We are located at 1977 Medina Road, Medina, OH.  330-239-3630

Monday, July 16, 2012

Discover the Pull of Microwave Drawers

by: Rachel Grace (Courtesy of Houzz)

More accessible, less noticeable and highly space efficient, microwave
drawers are a welcome newcomer in kitchen appliances

Microwave drawers are sweeping our nation's kitchens for good reason. With a capacity of approximately 1 cubic foot, the average undercounter microwave drawer fits in seamlessly with the rest of your cabinets while opening up prime real estate above your stovetop or on your countertop.

Microwave drawers are conveniently located at hip level, allowing for much safer handling. Marketed towards families on the go, they're installed at an accessible height for children and equipped with safety locks for homes with toddlers.

As the countdown to my own kitchen renovation continues, it looks as if I'll be adding another appliance to my wish list. I love to tuck things away, so it seems a built-in streamlined microwave drawer is the perfect solution for us.
Take a look at these examples:

The short end of a kitchen's island typically goes unused. The 24-inch microwave drawer oven is a smart use of that space.

Put a microwave drawer next to the oven, so once a dish is defrosted in the microwave you can pop it right into the oven.

Standard microwaves have a hinged door designed for right-handed cooks, but microwave drawers open wide, allowing easy access for everyone.

A clutter-free work surface is high on my priority list. By tucking the microwave under the counter you've freed up prime countertop real estate.

While this country kitchen is large, the appliances (including the microwave drawer) are centrally located, allowing for efficient food preparation.

Viking's Undercounter DrawerMicro Oven beautifully matches the Viking 48-inch Dual Fuel Range in this kitchen.

By installing a microwave drawer, the designer was able to specify a contemporary exhaust hood in place of an over-the-range microwave with ventilation.
Original historic touches like wide plank flooring and exposed beams enrich this updated cookery. With the microwave hidden at the end of the large island, you're able to notice the architectural qualities rather than the appliances.
Rather than eat up wall cabinet space, this

microwave drawer tucks easily into typically

unused space on the kitchen island.

What about you? Do you love to tuck things away?  A built-in streamlined microwave drawer is the perfect solution.  Visit Cabinet-S-Top at 1977 Medina Road, Medina, OH.  We can help you select the microwave drawer to match your kitchen.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Designer's Touch: 10 Tidy Laundry Rooms

by: Shane Inman (Courtesy of Houzz)

Whether you are washing, drying, sorting or folding, your laundry room is bound to get a lot of use. But is yours being used to its full potential? Since most laundry rooms are on the small side, the key is to maximize space and function. Whether you're lucky enough to have a full laundry room, or you have a washer and dryer tucked into another room, these helpful tips are sure to save you space.

1. Master craft. If you have the space, incorporate an arts-and-crafts station into your laundry room to keep things neat and clean. Wrap a gift, glue together your child's school project or prepare a package for the mail — multitasking while doing household chores was never so easy.

2. Top secret. Install organizational baskets and bins inside your cabinet doors and drawers. Secretly maximize laundry and garbage storage so you have more time to get to it. No one will suspect that you have so much to do.

3. Shelving smarts. Evenly install shelves above your washer and dryer or over your folding station for well-dressed organization. Martha Stewart would be so proud!

4. Pedestal perfect. Ensure an ergonomical and smooth-running operation in your laundry room by building a pedestal for your washer and dryer to eliminate those awkward and painful bending motions.

5. Pressed to impress. Install a wall-mounted ironing board as a simple space-saving solution to any compact laundry room.

6. Double duty. Adding a desk (either freestanding or built in) allows you to double up on daily chores. Sit comfortably while paying bills, making chore lists and planning dinner for the week, all while paying attention to the laundry.

7. Pooch parlor. If you have extra space, extra dollars and extra pets, think about adding a doggie washing area in the laundry room. It's the perfect way to clean everything from clothes to paws.
8. Stackable solutions. Front-loading washers and dryers can be stacked to maximize usable space — a great solution for cramped condos and small apartments.

9. Fabric softener. Don't have a dedicated laundry room? Incorporate a washer and dryer into any room by concealing them behind fabric curtains. This is also a great way to camouflage outdated appliances.

10. Make a splash. Backsplashes aren't just for kitchens now — they're a great way to ramp up your home's design style by carrying your overall esthetic into the laundry room. Add a punch of personality by installing your favorite material above your sink, washer and dryer while you save your walls from water damage.

At Cabinet-S-Top, we have design professionals who can shed light on the how to make your laundry room sparkle and shine.  Stop by our showroom located at 1977 Medina Road, Medina, OH (Route 18 between I71 & I-77) and we'll help your sort out the details for your laundry room.