Inspiring Designs

White kitchen transformation

Today we will be looking at a kitchen transformation dreamt up by a designer for her own home.  As a designer myself, I find this type of renovation particularly interesting, because as designers, we are always focused on creating spaces based on others’ needs and turning that focus inward can be challenging.  The options are so numerous because as a designer that is all you look at, day in and

Jun 12, 2018
Author: Sandy Kloncz
Adding a bold backsplash is a great way to transform your room and floating shelves offer a space to display your decor, dishware and more to help bring character to the space.

The kitchen is the heart of every home and it's important to design your kitchen so that it functions beautifully and efficiently.  Your kitchen is not only a reflection of your home, your family and how you use it, but it can also be a reflection of you and your personality.  Here are 10 ways to add your own unique design elements that will make your kitchen more personal and more inviting.

May 29, 2018
Author: Mandi Juskiewicz
Cavachon puppy face

In my discussions with homeowners and other designers around the country, there has been a growing interest and I will go so far as to say demand for designing intentional spaces for pets in the home.

May 15, 2018
Author: Sandy Kloncz
LaCornue stove in a remodeled farmhouse kitchen design with custom gray painted cabinets.

This remarkable kitchen remodel located in Deer Park, IL (Northwest suburbs of Chicagoland) caught my eye instantly as I was browsing through Houzz one day. It’s no wonder that this spectacular kitchen has been gaining an ample amount of attention within the industry, because it is a kitchen that dreams are made of and was 15 years in the making.

May 08, 2018
Author: Danielle Bohn CKBD
Kitchen island seating with a walkway behind the seating area.

When you think about Kitchen Seating Requirements, the first thought is the amount of space needed for each seated person at the kitchen island or peninsula.

May 01, 2018
Author: Mandi Juskiewicz
Dura Supreme cabinetry in Chicago kitchen remodel

I always love a great transformation, and I have a lovely one to share with you this month.  Not only is it a visual transformation, but also a functional transformation.  Before we delve into the before and after pictures, I will set the stage… a busy family of five in Chicago, all of whom use the kitchen space but for different reasons.  The problem arose when those competing tasks overlapped

Mar 20, 2018
Author: Sandy Kloncz
Designing with Pantone’s Color of the Year 2018 Ultra Violet. A Ultra Violet painted kitchen island in Sherwin-Williams Impulsive Purple with Dura Surpeme Cabinetry.

If you haven’t already heard, Pantone announced their Color of the Year for 2018 as Ultra Violet. This inventive, vibrant blue-based purple tone stirs the imagination into thinking outside the box.

Mar 06, 2018
Author: Mandi Juskiewicz
The kitchen sink is one of the main points of the kitchen work triangle.

The work triangle is a design concept that has been around for decades and is a great guideline to use when redesigning your kitchen. Although the topic may seem intimidating at first, it’s actually a simple concept that can help you redesign your kitchen to be more efficient and functional.

Feb 13, 2018
Author: Danielle Bohn CKBD
entertainment center

As Super Bowl 52 approaches, the city of Minneapolis is diligently working to complete their check list of “to dos” to host the game right here in our home state of Minnesota. While many will be flocking to Minneapolis to watch the game at U.S. Bank Stadium, thousands of viewers will be hosting and watching the game from the comforts of their own homes.

Jan 16, 2018
Author: Danielle Bohn CKBD
Dura Supreme Cabinetry on the Houzz Mobile App.

At Dura Supreme, we are always on the search for new and innovative product ideas and applications and we love sharing those ideas with our homeowners and designers.  Here’s a resource we can’t imagine living without … Houzz!

Jan 08, 2018
Author: Mandi Juskiewicz
Washer

Even though the Laundry Room might be one of the smallest rooms in a house, that does not mean it is the easiest to design.  Quite the contrary. Because of all the functional zones needing to be incorporated into a tightly defined space, there can be a lot of challenges. Fear not, I will lay out all the special considerations one should take into account when making a Laundry Room plan!

Dec 26, 2017
Author: Sandy Kloncz
A Modern Farm House Kitchen Designed for Canning Homemade Goods

For someone with a passion for canning and crafting homemade goods, her kitchen layout caused more headaches then enjoyment. This kitchen remodel was much more than improving the day-to-day life, but also to expand and encourage their household’s emphasis on healthy, homemade meals.

Dec 13, 2017
Author: Mandi Juskiewicz

Perched on a hillside with expansive views of the ocean, this vacation home was designed to take advantage of its spectacular surroundings. The kitchen location allowed for a unique backsplash window, which captures a view of the sand and sea.  

Nov 07, 2017
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Dura Supreme's Curated Color Palette 2017-2018

As promised- today I will showcase the other two colors in our Curated Color Palette, with Part 2 of our Curated Palette installment (click here for Curated Palette Blog, Part 1).

Oct 31, 2017
Author: Sandy Kloncz
3 Different Doors: Unexpected sources of inspiration behind each!

For your next project - maybe you are thinking, “I don’t want mine to look like everyone else’s, I want it to be a meaningful space.  Something I can truly call my own”.  Finding inspiration for interiors doesn’t have to be difficult, one just needs to know where to look.  I will give you 3 unexpected places to explore that can help drive your design.

Sep 05, 2017
Author: Sandy Kloncz
Floating Shelf Design idea with Dura Supreme Cabinetry

Cabinetry is not ALL about doors, face frames and boxes. Cabinetry can encompass all of the other parts and pieces that go into a design such as corbels, shelves and moldings that all help to pull a design together. I am going to zero in on shelves and show some creative, functional and beautiful applications of open shelving to hopefully provide some ideas and inspire your next project!

Aug 08, 2017
Author: Sandy Kloncz
A Cottage Styled Mood Board Combining Cabinet styles with paint colors and countertop, flooring, and hardware samples

Cottage styling is focused on carefree living, where every element conspires to create a casual environment for comfort and relaxation. It reminds us of relaxing beach-side destinations; a peaceful waterfront home with windows thrown open to catch the air and the tranquil sound of waves nearby. It's the natural, simplistic, calming design elements that make this style so appealing.

Jul 25, 2017
Author: Mandi Juskiewicz
Dark Navy Blue Powder Room Vanity, Dura Supreme cabinetry

The Powder Room is one of those rooms in a home where you can push the envelope a little further with design. It is already a small space, everyone who enters knows it's a small space, so don't worry too much about trying to make the space feel bigger, it is what it is.  If you are considering re-designing a powder room, here are a few tips:

Jul 14, 2017
Author: Sandy Kloncz
New home kitchen design with dark stained oak combined with white painted cabinetry.

"One of the most important features of this new home is the relatable and comfortable kitchen," explained kitchen designer, Megan Dent of Mingle Showroom in Plymouth, MN. "The kitchen is the hub of activity for this family of four and having a welcoming space where everyone feels "at home" was of top priority.” 

Jun 27, 2017
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A Splash of Turquoise in a White Kitchen with Dura Supreme Cabinetry, Fireclay Tile and Cambria

This well-loved Alaskan home has been in the family for generations but the kitchen felt dark, crowded and no-longer functional. The homeowner desperately wanted a bright, modern space with enough room to entertain. It was time for a remodel, so designer Fernanda Conrad of K&W Interiors was called in for a consultation. 

May 02, 2017
Author: Mandi Juskiewicz
Weathered Wood Makes For a Beach-Inspired Bathroom Design

Travel and destinations can be a perfect inspiration for the design of your home interior because a specific destination can conjure up specific feelings.  For my favorite beach destination, I envision serene, calm horizons, walking across untouched beaches with tumbled stones and scattered driftwood, and the relaxing sounds of waves lapping against the shore.

Apr 04, 2017
Author: Mandi Juskiewicz
Close up of aluminum framed door

When designing a new kitchen, bath, media or mud room one of the first choices a homeowner makes is what species of wood, what style of cabinet and what finish.  I’d like to talk about a cabinet style that is often overlooked: cabinets with aluminum and stainless steel doors.  These are great accent doors to integrate into a larger design also using wood or another material.

Mar 21, 2017
Author: Sandy Kloncz
Extreme Food Enthusiast turns one small kitchen into 2 large restaurant-quality kitchens.

The homeowner of this fabulous double kitchen renovation has a tremendous love for creating homemade BBQ sauces and exquisite dishes. He spends a lot of time in his kitchen and his creations are so elaborate that one kitchen just wasn’t enough.

Mar 07, 2017
Author: Mandi Juskiewicz
Elaborate and dramatic crown molding details at the top of kitchen cabinetry shows the importance of small details in interior design.

“The details, that’s what the world is made of”-  wise words from film director and producer, Wes Anderson. I could not agree more. Designer Charles Eames went a step further with ...

Feb 21, 2017
Author: Sandy Kloncz
Inspired by Nature.  Winter Color Palette Finish Combination from the Colors of a Pinecone

Our surroundings affect our moods. Choosing colors that remind you of positive experiences can not only personalize your space but make it more comfortable. I’ve found as each season unfolds, nature inspires us. Winter is one of the most extravagant shows of nature in my book.

Dec 19, 2016
Author: Mandi Juskiewicz

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