Tuesday, February 24, 2015


by Elle/Splendid Habitat

The Best of the Kitchen & Bath Industry gathered in Las Vegas last week to reveal what’s new at the KBIS 2015.  I want to share with you some of my favorite innovations from this show that you’ll want to look for as they make their way to retailers in your neighborhood this year. The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show is North America’s premier annual event dedicated to the kitchen and bath industry put on by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).

1.  Smart Countertops

Wireless charging countertops.   Soon you’ll be able to place your phone on the counter and charge!  The TechTop by LG Hausys  embeds wireless charging technology into surface so you’ll be able to charge your phone or tablet on any surface imaginable without tangling cables or outlets.

2.  Smart Toilet

No more middle of the night stumbles to a cold toilet seat.  Soon you can have a warm heated toilet that beckons you with light!  The LumaWarm is an energy-efficient toilet with 3 adjustable temperature settings and a long-lasting and illuminating blue LED nightlight.  The LumaWarm heated nightlight toilet seat is a one of a kind innovation by Brondell inc.

3.  Efficient Oven – Time

The Viking Professional Turbo Chef Double Oven has advanced, high speed cooking technology that cut your cooking time dramatically.  This oven will brown, sear, roast, and caramelize to perfection fifteen times faster than conventional ovens.  The technology boast over 200 patents and has been proven in over 130,000 commercial kitchens worldwide.

4.  Convenient Oven

You may want to checkout this too Viking Professional French Door Oven It’s gorgeous and easier! I know these items are true luxury because of the price, but they’re gorgeous innovation and I had to include them. 

5.  Smart Thermostats

Something I need – Program your thermostat save money from the convenience of your smartphone via wifi.  The 4iE Smart WiFi thermostat from Warmapps™ proclaims it learns how you use your heating and the unique way your house reacts allowing it to automatically suggests ways for you to save energy.  For example: what temperature you should set for when you’re not home and when you can turn the heating off early.  The program is controlled with your smartphone via wifi, using the company’s app.

6.  Motion Controlled Faucets

Did you know the sink faucet is the most used product in the kitchen? STō® pulldown kitchen faucet with MotionSense provides hands-free convenience at the sink in a sleek contemporary style.  Moen boast it’s a new generation of MotionSense faucet featuring water temperature control at faucet handle in this intuitive design.

7.  Custom Countertops – Designer or Design your own

How about a malachite or greek key countertop? Jonathan Adler’s new collection of solid surface countertops collaborates with Formica.  

Want to design your own countertop? Create a one-of-a-kind pattern with Formica Envisualizer™ design platform.

8.  Custom Cabinets Pullouts for your Pet

Store pet food perfectly with Pet Parlor drawers & doors tailored to an owners’ individual needs byWood-mode.com.

9.  Custom Pullouts for Kitchen Organization

Pull-out Pantry cabinets by Wood-mode allow you to perfectly customize your storage needs.

Transform pot & pan storage with Glideware pull-out storage cabinetry – An Awesome addition to any kitchen.

10. Contemporary Hardware for Doors, Drawers and Sinks

Top Knobs – Aspen II collection of decorative hardware for doors and drawers is hand-cast from 90% recycled bronze and plated in polished chrome, polished nickel and brushed satin nickel finishes.

Decadent, dark and totally awesome the Kallista For Loft Basin Faucet Set by Michael S Smith features exquisite European black crystal handles crafted with precision cut facets  set on nickel silverplate.  Reminicent of the design aesthetic of the 1920s it’s dramatic and romantic bathroom essential.

At Cabinet-S-Top, we feel its our job to stay on top of the trends so we can help you create a kitchen or bath that is current and will stay the test of time.  Stop by our showroom located at 1977 Medina Road, Medina, OH  ~ 330.239.3630 ~ www.cabinet-s-top.com

Monday, February 16, 2015

Four Predictions for Design in 2015

from Drury Design

We’re six weeks into 2015, and now we’ve had the time to see which design trends for 2015 are really taking hold! This year, for kitchen design and bathroom design, we’re seeing a variety of fun design trends that homeowners are incorporating into their home renovations.

Here are four kitchen and bathroom design trends that have captured our eye so far this year

Modern Trends in
Kitchen Design

According to a recent National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) Design Trends Survey, contemporary kitchen design is enjoying a resurgence in popularity. Contemporary design will be the fastest growing kitchen style this year, and 62% of survey respondents said contemporary kitchen design is trending upwards after ending 2013 in second place. Other modern kitchen features that are becoming popular include touch-activated faucets or electronic (no touch faucets), LED lighting, energy-saving appliances, and docking and/or charging stations in the kitchen.

Shades of Blue in Interior Design
Ready to spruce up your interior with a new coat of paint or two? Consider a shade of blue! Blues, aqua, and teals are all trending right now for interiors. These colors are classic shades that will stay popular for a long time, and they’re also a lovely accent when paired with white painted cabinetry, another trend that’s still very popular. Shades of blue also mix well with other colors, whether you’re going for a fun, light-hearted look (bright shades of teal and sunny yellow for a sunroom, for example) or a more timeless color scheme (such as navy blue paired with a light grey).

Graphic Tiles
Brightly colored and patterned tiles don’t have to be used only for decorating your outdoor patio anymore; now, we’re seeing graphic tiles move indoor more and more in a perfect marriage of graphic design and interior design. Printed tiles in bold geometric patterns, elegant damask, and tribal or ethnic patterns are on-trend right now, and we’re also seeing a continued interest in large format tiles with lots of texture.

Natural and Organic Design
The trend toward all things “green” is still going strong. Gen Y clients are especially savvy about the environment and are always on the lookout for new products that have the look they want but are still environmentally-friendly. Bamboo, which is a renewable product, is especially popular in both kitchen or bathroom cabinetry and flooring.

Of course, with any “trendy” design idea, the difficulty lies in incorporating the trend in a classic way so that your kitchen or bathroom renovation will stand the test of time. 

Cabinet-S-Top can help you identify the trends that you’re drawn to and implement them in your home in a timeless design.  Stop by our showroom located at 1977 Medina Road, Medina, OH  44256 ~ 330.239.3630 ~ www.cabinet-s-top.com

Monday, February 9, 2015

Medicine Cabinets: Should You Get a Recessed or Wall-Mounted Style?

by Karen Egly-Thompson

Here’s what you need to know to pick
the right medicine cabinet and get it installed

More than a storage place for aspirin and toothpaste, a medicine cabinet greets our reflection in the morning and ushers us to bed at nighttime. It’s the go-to for most of our everyday needs and a must in the bathroom.

Despite medicine cabinets’ utilitarian function, selecting one may not be as straightforward as you might think. Recessed cabinets look great but might require more work than you bargained for. Wall-mounted options are easier to install but can take up much-valued space. Here’s help for figuring out which approach and style are right for your bathroom.

Recessed Cabinets 

Pros: A recessed cabinet saves space and is typically more aesthetically pleasing, as it ties into the surrounding architecture versus jutting out. Recessed cabinets also meld well with both traditional and contemporary bathroom schemes.

Cons: A recessed cabinet is much more labor intensive than a wall-mounted one and probably will require a carpenter and other tradespeople, such as a plumber and an electrician, if you have to reroute pipes and wires. Thus it may cost more.

Another disadvantage of a recessed cabinet is that the front mirrored surface is a couple of inches farther away than that of its wall-mounted counterpart, which can be challenging for petite folks or people with vision problems.

Ideal installation: A recessed medicine cabinet is perfect for a bathroom renovation project, because a considerable amount of construction is already involved.

Requirements: A recessed cabinet will need to have a framed box inside the wall to fit the model’s required dimensions on all four sides. Adding framing to accommodate this is a rather involved job. 

If your recessed cabinet is planned for an existing wall, you (or a carpenter or contractor) should first open up the wall to see what’s behind the surface. Do this before you buy the cabinet.

A recessed cabinet cannot have any obstructions behind it, such as electrical wires, plumbing supply lines or non-load-bearing studs. If any of these are encountered, they probably can be rerouted, at a cost.

However, load-bearing framing and venting pipes are difficult and perhaps impossible to relocate. If you have those, you’d have to select a different location for the cabinet or get a wall-mounted one.

For this project,  the 30-inch-tall Craftsman medicine cabinet was designed to fit between two studs that measure 16 inches center to center. The recessed portion of the cabinet is 14½ inches wide and nestled in the opening between the two studs. It’s installed by framing it to the two adjoining studs. The frame overlays and covers the opening.

It’s important to note that older homes may have different on-center stud dimensions, and in that case would require extra framing.

This custom installation includes two recessed medicine cabinets integrated into a mirrored wall. A push-to-open mechanism on the cabinet doors eliminated the need for door pulls and allowed the consistency of the mirrored surface to be highlighted, rather than its being visually interrupted.

Wall-Mounted Cabinets 

Pros: A wall- or surface-mounted cabinet is easier, because it doesn’t involve opening up and digging into a wall. A wall-mounted cabinet is perfect for either an existing or a new bathroom, and can even be a DIY project.

Cons: The cabinet protrudes from the wall instead of being flush with it. Some consider this not as aesthetically pleasing as a recessed cabinet. Also, variety is limited by the constraints of the cabinet design.

Requirements: If you’re tackling this project yourself, you just need to make sure you screw the medicine cabinet into a minimum of one wall stud. 

Cabinet Styles

Once you figure out whether to wall-mount or recess your cabinet, you’ll need to select a style. Medicine cabinet designs generally are traditional, contemporary or transitional in style. Let your home’s architecture or your personal preference be your guide.

Traditional. While many traditional-style medicine cabinets are framed in wood, other details — such as beveled mirrors, decorative molding, hardware and the surrounding architecture and finishes — play an equally important role in giving the cabinet a traditional look. Most traditional cabinets reference a Victorian style, although others, such as Craftsman-inspired styles, exist.
 This custom built into a side wall of a traditional bathroom. Successfully executed, it looks original to the house.

Contemporary. For a sleek, modern look, go with a frameless medicine cabinet. Frameless mirrors are also easier to clean, because there are no edges to capture dust or paper towel lint. However, the edges can be sharper than framed alternatives, so be extra careful about using frameless designs if you have small children or anyone with vision challenges in the house.

Here five frameless medicine cabinets have been placed together to create not only a lot of storage but a nearly seamless mirror surface.

This design takes a different approach: Two Robern medicine cabinets are paired on a glass block wall. Since the glass wall isn’t a support surface, the cabinets are supported (and wired) from above and below. Integrated vertical lighting provides valuable task lighting.

Transitional. Metal-framed medicine cabinets jockey effortlessly between traditional and modern styles. Depending on their surroundings, they can take on a retro or even an industrial look. 

This Keuco cabinet is hinged horizontally rather than vertically. It also has mirrored sides, fluorescent lighting, power sockets and a sliding cosmetic mirror. 

This custom designed medicine cabinet to be recessed in a custom-built 1½-inch painted wood frame that projects out from the wall. This system features a fixed mirror flanked by two Robern M series frameless cabinets. 

While the sleek style of the medicine cabinet itself is quite modern, the wood frame adds a traditional touch to blend with the more formal subway tile and Carrara marble finishes.

There’s always room for something off the beaten path. Here is an unusual approach by hiding this medicine cabinet behind framed artwork. This customer purchased a medicine cabinet with a mirrored door and attached a picture in place of the door.

Built-in outlets are great for electric razors, hair dryers and the like. Outlets hidden behind closed doors also create a nicer look than ones visible on a wall.

If you’re looking for a medicine cabinet with power, make sure the outlet has a GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) if it’s located within 36 inches of a water source (which is likely, considering its bathroom location).

For assistance in choosing the correct medicine cabinet for your bathroom, stop by Cabinet-S-Top's showroom located at 1977 Medina Road, Medina, OH 44256 ~ 330.239.3630 ~