Monday, May 8, 2017

6 Bathrooms Freshen Up With Farmhouse Style

by Brenna Malmberg

Take a look inside to see the handy features
and classic pieces that help define these bathrooms

Farmhouse style has made a name for itself in the bathroom. You have the claw-foot tub, the earthy color palette, and the handy shelves and stools dotted around the room. Together, these farmhouse-style features create a soothing, collected-over-time feel that can make almost anyone want to sink down into a warm bath and relax. 

Let’s take a look at six bathrooms that highlight different elements of farmhouse style. Add one feature to refresh your bathroom, or soak all of them up to create a full-on farmhouse bathroom in your home.

1. Say yes to open storage. Simple wooden shelves hold bathroom essentials and a blooming orchid in this home in Savannah, Georgia. The exposed brackets — painted white like most other elements in the room — and the cafe curtains add another touch of country charm. 

Along the side of the shower, interior designers Victoria Holmes and Lana Salter created a ledge that gives the homeowners even more open storage. The slim ledge is big enough to hold a wooden body brush and a few potted plants.

The farmhouse style continues in this space with white-paneled walls, subway tiles and the star of the show: a claw-foot tub. 

2. Stash the towels on hooks and stools. Farmhouse style is all about keeping it simple. On that note, Rebecca Zajac of Design by Numbers gave a Las Vegas couple two big hooks on the wall for their towels. The hooks are simple but meet the couple’s needs.

Next she added a rustic wooden stool. It brings in a natural texture and functions as a side table to the tub.

Drop your gaze to the floor under the stool legs, and you’ll find 2-inch hexagonal tiles, a feature that gives a nod to the client’s love for vintage style, Zajac says.

3. Give something old a new life. Farmhouse charm oozes from this antique family storage unit that a Georgia couple repurposed as bathroom storage. The coat of seaweed-green paint updates its aged finish and makes it stand out against the tan and white colors surrounding it. 

The cabinet also keeps with farmhouse style by having open shelves on the upper part. Here the couple displays family photos right alongside fresh towels.

4. Perk up the walls. An earthy palette — full of whites, tans and greens — inside this California home echoes the colors outside the window. Beyond color, architectural designer George Bevan of Bevan + Associates added horizontal paneling to counter the high ceiling in the small space.

Spikes of green also protrude from the wall. Those are air plants arranged over the tub, giving the room a bit of nature inside. 
5. Go with a classic. A cast-iron claw-foot tub steals the show in this Canadian home. The homeowners decided to splurge on it, along with the stand-up faucet, says interior designer Bethany Van Hecke. 

The classics continue in the shower. Beyond the glass walls, floor-to-ceiling subway tiles complete the rest of that washing space. 

6. Open up to the idea of a barn door. Nothing says farmhouse like having a barn door lead to the bathroom. 

These handy homeowners wanted to save on this feature and decided to do it themselves. They found the door at a salvage yard; it had come from an old dairy farm in Ohio. Then they found the materials for the door’s track at a local tractor supply company, wallah, they had a working barn door for their farmhouse bathroom.

Looking to capture the farmhouse style in your bathroom remodel? Stop by Cabinet-S-Top and meet with one of our expert designers to get started. Located at 1977 Medina Road, Medina, OH 44256 ~ 330.239.3630 ~

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Kitchen Design Secret: Why You May Want a Separate Cleanup Sink

by Moorea Hoffman

A cleanup sink plays a distinct role in the kitchen.   Here’s what to consider when planning yours:

There are good reasons to have two sinks in your kitchen. Having two properly placed sinks improves kitchen workflow, allows multiple cooks to work in comfort simultaneously, and prevents dirty dishes from getting in the cook’s way.

Recently, I made the case for two sinks
 and described considerations for the prep sink, where you wash, chop, peel and prepare the meal. This story focuses on what you’ll want to think about when planning the other important sink: the cleanup sink.

Why Have a Cleanup Sink?

In a nutshell, the cleanup sink is for washing dishes, pots and glassware. It’s for cleaning up! But why do you need a dedicated cleanup sink? Because readying a meal and cleaning up afterward are two separate processes that should be physically separated. That’s how restaurants do it — the person busing tables wouldn’t dare enter the chef’s domain, after all — and the same strategy works beautifully at home.

Creating a Cleanup Zone

In order for your cleanup sink to function properly, you’ll want to surround it with the proper tools and equipment. First, the sink needs to have counter on both sides — ideally at least 3 feet per side, 2 feet at a minimum. This is necessary so that dirty dishes can move, assembly-line style, from one side to the other. Second, you should place wall cabinets or alternative storage around the sink so that plates and glassware have a home close by.

Third, you definitely want to have the dishwasher next to the cleanup sink, and your trash pullout close at hand. Finally, you should have a drawer nearby for storing silverware. 

Once these items surround your cleanup sink, you’ll have created a well-functioning cleanup station — mission control for setting the table and cleaning and putting away the dishes.

What to Consider

There is no one-size-fits-all approach when selecting your cleanup sink. Instead, your decision will come down to your needs, preferences and priorities. Be sure to have a conversation with your kitchen designer about how you wash the dishes, or think it through if you’re acting as your own designer — these details are really important for making the best choices!

Case in point: I designed a gorgeous kitchen, and when I stopped by to see the client after the remodel, I noticed an ugly dish rack cluttering up her stunning counter. Had I known that she hand-washed items often, I would have suggested a double-bowl sink, with one side for washing and the other to hide the dish rack.

1. Choose Bowl Number

One of the first decisions you’ll want to make about your cleanup sink is whether you want one bowl or two. When everyone washed dishes by hand, double bowls made a lot of sense. But today many people use dishwashers so powerful that rinsing dishes beforehand is not required. If you’re not hand-washing or pre-rinsing, do you really need two bowls?

Single-bowl sinks have a few advantages. They fit large items while taking up a minimum of counter space. They also fit the modern lifestyle, where hand-washing is often done with running water (instead of a full bowl of soapy water followed by a rinse). Single bowls also allow you to choose from the popular apron or farmhouse styles, which are typically just one bowl.

If a double-bowl sink makes the most sense for you — maybe you’ll be hand-washing your grandmother’s china frequently — you may want to consider a model with unequal bowl sizes, as shown in this photo, to get maximum width in the large section.

Tip: People have different preferences, but if you do choose two bowls, I recommend that you place the garbage disposal on the larger side. That way, you’ll be able to soak your casserole dish, then dump out the food bits directly into the disposal.

2. Get the Right Width

No matter how many bowls you prefer, your cleanup sink should be wide enough to soak platters or lasagna pans. Single-bowl sinks are commonly 30 to 36 inches wide, while double-bowl sinks are frequently 33 to 42 inches wide. You may want to bring your favorite large dish along on your sink-shopping trip to be sure it will fit inside your chosen sink. If space in your kitchen is limited, I recommend choosing a single bowl so that you have the greatest amount of continuous sink-basin width.

 3. Make a Wall-Facing Sink Work

Where in your kitchen should you place the cleanup sink? My philosophy is that great views or social kitchen islands are best used as the prep space, rather than the cleanup space, because you’ll likely spend more time prepping than cleaning up.

As a result of prioritizing the prep sink, the cleanup sink will often face a wall. That’s OK, because there are a number of design strategies that can add to a wall-facing sink’s function and style.

If you already have abundant storage, consider eliminating the cabinet above your wall-facing cleanup sink entirely. Standing with a cabinet in your face is no fun, and the cabinet can get in the way of cleanup tasks. Instead, this space can be a great spot to hang art, create display shelves or make a feature of your beautiful backsplash.

If storage is needed above the sink, make it higher than a standard 18-inch backsplash or shallower than a standard 12-inch-deep wall cabinet. I usually opt for open shelves for frequently used items, or glass-door cabinets for items you don’t use often. Whether you choose shelves or cabinets for this space, they should be only 8 to 9 inches deep. 

Tip: Be realistic about how open shelving or glass-fronted cabinets will look in your everyday life. Do you mind doing the work to keep things neat, or will your display end up a jumbled mess? A good compromise might be frosted or textured glass, which gives you an open feel without creating a focal point out of mismatched coffee mugs.

Also, consider the height of the person who uses the cleanup station the most. If the person is tall, you may need additional headroom or a higher counter. If the person is short, be sure the necessary shelves can be reached. Some European dishwashers like Bosch or Miele have adjustable heights, making it possible to lower the counter for the comfort of the person who washes the dishes. Still, while customizing counter height improves ergonomics, it may not be a wise decision if you plan to sell your home in less than 10 years.

4. Create a Clear Path to the Table

The cleanup sink and zone should be relatively close to the primary eating area. Also, the path that dirty dishes take to the cleanup sink should be relatively short and not pass through the cooking prep zone. This makes both setting and clearing the table easier.

5. Plan for Organized Storage

One benefit of creating a dedicated cleanup sink (and surrounding cleanup zone) is conveniently organized storage. When all bowls, silverware, glasses, cups, plates, napkins and storage containers are housed together in the cleanup zone, every task — from setting the table to unloading the dishwasher — is easier and takes less time.

So be sure you have sufficient cabinetry nearby — whether a traditional cabinet or an alternative, as shown in this kitchen. Here, we wanted to maximize the view but couldn’t give up storage. So instead of placing two wall cabinets on both sides of a tiny window, we used an 8-foot-tall, 2-foot-deep cabinet with rollout shelves. Not only did we make the most of a beautiful view, but we gained storage as well.

Cabinet-S-Top, 1977 Medina Road, Medina, OH  44256 ~ 330.239.3630

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Medina County Renovation Tour


We are excited to be a part of the 2nd Annual Renovation Tour. The Tour includes eight of the top, locally owned home renovation stores in Medina.  Stop by our show room to learn from the experts and attend one of our mini-seminars.  Tours all day.  Free gift for every visitor!

Friday, March 3, 2017

12 Must-Haves for a Designer’s Dream Bathroom

by Yanic Simard

If he had his way — and a rich person’s bank account
— here’s how he’d put together his ideal bathroom space

What does it take to build a dream bathroom? To me, 12 things and a little imagination. These are what I think would make the ideal bathroom escape, and I included some tips for how to bring some of them into your real-life bathroom right now.

1. Elegant tile. One of the best parts of designing a dream bathroom is the chance to use lots of luxurious tile. Whether you love a bold pattern, sumptuous stone or just crisp classic white, floor-to-ceiling tile gives a bathroom a sense of polish and luxury.

My personal dream bathroom would have large-format stone tiles (20 by 30 inches or bigger) to create a virtually seamless effect, as shown in the above photo. However, you can get a lot of impact by applying a coveted tile to just the floor (generally the smallest “wall” in the space) and using plain subway tile elsewhere, as shown here. It’s a beautiful look on a balanced budget.

2. Quality essentials. Let me be clear: My dream bathroom doesn’t just look pretty — it works well and is built to last too. While plumbing essentials like the toilet may not be exciting items to invest in, using good-quality pieces will reduce the risk of messy leaks and will save you the task of having to rebuy in a few years’ time.

For me, the over-the-top high-tech gadgets are unnecessary. I don’t need a toilet that can talk! Simple gleaming white porcelain fixtures with elegant clean lines suit nearly any bathroom and stand the test of time.

3. A statement pendant. Call it a pendant; call it a mini chandelier: A hanging light fixture in a commanding (but not overbearing) size makes a bathroom feel incredibly grand. The scale of such a light always feels so much greater in a relatively small space, such as a bathroom, than in an open-concept dining or living room. This factor makes a statement pendant one of the best ideas to steal on this list, as you can get a lot of impact for just a little splurge.

For a light that feels like a mini chandelier rather than a more modest pendant, go for a diameter of 18 inches or more. For a sizable bathroom, 10 by 10 feet and beyond, start at 24 inches or even 36 inches to suit the scale.

4. A character-rich vanity. This one was definitely a tough choice. I love the simplicity of a streamlined modern vanity, but there’s also something transformative about a furniture-style vanity, especially one with shapely legs or curvy feet in a beautiful wood. It packs a heap of personality and gives a bathroom an unexpected twist — skipping a typical vanity for a vintage furniture piece can be a total design and recycling win-win.

Whichever way you go, the vanity is a very important piece for defining the style of a dream bathroom, so you should put some thought into yours.

5. Layered lighting. Even in my dream bathroom, my statement pendant can’t be expected to do all the heavy lifting — or should I say light lifting? To make your space, and particularly your mirrors, well-lit, you need a good layered lighting scheme. Using lights that glow from beside, above or behind the mirror will light your face properly so you don’t miss a spot during your morning routine.

Don’t forget to add a small, water-safe recessed light or two in the shower to brighten the area and make it feel bigger. Every inch of your dream bathroom deserves to be well-lit and photo-ready.

6. A custom shower stall. Think shower stalls are only for minimalist homes with no space for a bathtub? An elegant shower, sans tub, can be a beautiful, luxurious part of a more traditional or transitional home as well — it all depends on how you style it. You can stick to minimalist lines, or use molding, rich tile and elaborate hardware to bring some traditional grace and strike the right balance for you.

For my dream bathroom, a glass shower door is a must. Sparkling glass keeps sightlines open so the room feels clean, breezy and extra expansive.

7. A luxurious tub. Having a stand-alone shower in my dream bathroom doesn’t mean I can’t have a tub too! Few things say “luxury” more in a bathroom than having a free-standing tub.

Whether you have the square footage for a separate tub and shower or not, you can make your bath feel extra luxurious by adding a small stool to act as a resting place for a book, candle or glass of wine. A perfectly fitted tub tray will keep essentials even closer.

8. Elegant storage. No matter how big your dream bathroom may be, you’ll probably want to squeeze in as much storage as possible. Walls in a bathroom often can be partially opened to work in useful storage niches and medicine cabinets.

Use open shelves to add some storage without closing in a room. Where you do need a closed storage closet, try a mirrored door front to create the illusion of a bigger space while providing a useful full-length mirror.

9. A slab-stone feature wall. Feature walls aren’t made just in living rooms and bedrooms with paint or wallpaper. In a bathroom, a slab-stone wall treatment dramatically calls attention to a tub, vanity or other key detail. The statement of rich mirror-matched stone is absolutely breathtaking, and it contrasts nicely with sleek porcelain.

To make sure all eyes are on your beautiful feature wall (whether it be slab stone, tile or another interesting material), wash the wall with light from a discreet LED strip tucked directly into the ceiling or hidden in a cove and cascading out.

10. A touch of nature. Bathrooms tend to have lots of hard surfaces and shiny finishes, which can sometimes lead to a cold and impersonal feeling — but not my dream bathroom! My perfect bathroom would have an element of natural plant life to maintain a sense of warmth and welcome.

Whether it’s a bouquet of freshly cut flowers, a hardy potted plant (such as a moisture-loving orchid) or a floral motif, a touch of nature helps make the bathroom feel like a truly welcoming part of a home.

11. In-floor heating. Laid underneath the tile or even under the subfloor, in-floor heating trades morning cold feet for a luxurious sense of warmth under the toes.

In-floor heating can actually be fairly practical, as having the heat radiating from below (rather than having so much of it circulating in the empty space over your head) helps a room feel much warmer. You can also selectively apply it to the areas where you tend to stand, such as beside the vanity, to save costs. Plus, it’s completely hidden, so it’s a technology that can work for even the most traditional styles.

12. A beautiful view. Lastly, for my perfect dream bathroom, I really think I need one last thing: a beautiful view to reflect upon while I take a relaxing soak. 

After all, my dream home would have views onto a lush forest or the stunning beaches of Miami; it would be beautifully secluded so no one else could see in. From my dream bath I could gaze out on nature and dream about … well, my next dream room, of course.

Ready to create your dream bathroom? Contact Cabinet-S-Top at 330.239.3630 ~ 1977 Medina Road, Medina, OH  44256 ~

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Appliance Inspiration

Looking for inspiration to create your dream home? Here are some of the appliance innovations that inspired us at the 2017 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show:

Black is the Next Big Thing
Black stainless steel continues to grow in popularity as kitchen designers and consumers look for an alternative to the dominating stainless steel. Many appliance brands have now developed warmer blacks that look cutting edge yet neutral enough to suit transitional or traditional kitchens.

Growing in Intelligence
There continues to be progress with appliance manufacturers feeling their way into the Internet of Things and smart-home trends. This year at KBIS, we saw a few new options for implementing existing popular technologies such as Amazon Alexa voice commands or added wireless connectivity for remote control. Imagine looking inside your refrigerator without opening the door, being able to use a remote control to monitor your laundry or a dishwasher that reorders detergent before it runs out!

Decreasing in Size
With urban dwelling and smaller-house living on the rise, appliance manufacturers are catering to tighter kitchen footprints by offering more compact versions of some of their popular models.

Our customers will have lots of new choices in appliances and more this year. If you are interested in learning more about the latest trends in kitchen and bath design, please give us a call at 330.239.3630 or visit our showroom at 1977 Medina Road, Medina, OH 44256.

Friday, February 10, 2017

What's Trending in the Kitchen and Bath World

We just returned from the 2017 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), which is our industry's largest trade show, featuring more than 600 companies displaying their latest and greatest.  Here are several of the cabinet and countertop trends that turned our heads and are likely to wow you as well.

You're going to see more color options for faucets and handles in both the kitchen and the bath. We've already seen gold, rose-gold and bronze tones make a comeback in recent years, but more manufacturers are hopping on this train, and some are going in a direction that's a little warmer or less shiny. In addition to these hues, there's a rise in gunmetal and matte-black finishes. The black in particular we saw recently in some of the mid- to high-end European markets, so it's no surprise that the U.S. is catching onto this.

The New Fineline Lavido is an assortment of modular trays storage boxes, dividers, and holders providing enhanced customizable storage.
Innovative storage was a dominant trend we saw at KBIS. Numerous manufacturers are making kitchens more functional and easy to use.  We saw creative wine storage options, drawers in drawers, toe-kick drawers, matching SKUs for door inserts that help organize knives, utensils, cutlery and other kitchen gadgets. There are so many bells and whistles that will expand the functionality of your kitchen space!  

Kitchen cabinet manufacturers understand that many kitchen islands serve multiple purposes.  One of our manufacturers unveiled a floating island that doubles as a home office. The island featured power, USB connectivity, file storage and space for a printer all hidden underneath a movable countertop that can double as an eating area or working desk.  We even saw drawer inserts designed to hold Keurig coffee pods.

Oversized drawers as long as 72 inches lined in leather or accented in leather were featured throughout the show. Use of mixed materials - leather, stone, wood and metals  - is an emerging trend that provides our clients with an almost unlimited array of options to make a distinct design statement in their homes. 

Our customers will have lots of new choices in paint colors this year as many manufacturers are offering some hot new colors not only in cabinets, but also in sinks and faucetry.

Grey is still hot with many cabinet manufacturers. Several were showing different twists and shades of grey at the show.  Many of the new greys had a purplish tint. Use of pops of color with blue/green, mustard tones and brownish reds were quite popular.

Another stand out trend was interior cabinet lighting. It has definitely grown up.
Rectangles were the predominate shape with loads and loads of floating shelves.  Many of the displays incorporated the use of planters within home interiors. 

Not a new trend, but certainly on the rise, LED-integrated mirrors are being offered by most everyone as they allow for a cleaner look in bathrooms. Wall sconces, bath light bars and ceiling fixtures aren't necessarily going away, but people are beginning to consider how impractical overhead, too-high-up or too-far-on-the-sides light placement is for grooming purposes (due to shadows cast on the face).

One of our major countertop partners had a wowing display of new products.  One display featured a customized gas burner that can be integrated directly into the counter without needing a glass or stainless surface. 

We returned from KBIS with many, many ideas that will help you create a dream home.  If you are interested in learning more about the latest trends in kitchen and bath design, please give us a call at 330.239.3630 or give visit our showroom at 1977 Medina Road, Medina, OH 44256