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Thinking About a Kitchen Renovation? Read this…

We’ve all heard the kitchen renovation horror stories – friends and family who decided to renovate their kitchen and are full of warnings about going over budget, or taking far longer than they originally planned. But it doesn’t have to be that way and in our experience, more often than not everything works out on time and on budget. Have you been pouring over issues of House & Home for months and scrolling through thousands of images on Pinterest as you consider finally taking the leap and renovating your kitchen? Here are a few things to keep in mind that will help to keep you set a realistic budget and stay on track… Put a pin in it They say [...]

April 6th, 2017|0 Comments

The Devil is in the Details – Especially with Kitchens & Bathrooms

They say the devil is in the details, and when it comes to renovating and remodeling kitchens & bathrooms, it's even more true. Kitchen and bathroom designs especially are a precise art, where every inch counts in creating a highly functional space. If you're considering tackling your upcoming renovation or remodeling on your own, there are a lot of details that can make or break your project. But don't let that scare you! There are lots of resources available to help you as you plan, or you can work with YouNique at any stage, from design to renovation - start to finish. There are so many things we take for granted when it comes to design. It makes sense, since when something is [...]

March 18th, 2017|0 Comments

The $10,000 Dream Kitchen Sweepstakes!

Here's how to get the most out of your kitchen makeover! A $10,000 kitchen makeover is best for someone who plans to spend more than just a few years in their house. Focus less on what potential buyers might want in a kitchen and think more about what your dream kitchen should include. Most people put off what they want to do with their kitchen for too long, and with kitchen sweepstakes win, you can really invest in what your ideal kitchen would have. Nevertheless, everyone cares about value. While custom-ordering cabinets is can be very cost-effective and this is also where you can personalize the detailing. Want ornate French country or Queen Anne-style moldings? Here's where you can take [...]

February 18th, 2016|0 Comments

What is Transitional Kitchen Design?

Anyone who's been thinking about remodeling or creating a kitchen for more than 10 minutes has come across the term "transitional." It's a popular term in design circles, but what does it really mean? Transitional designs are somewhere in between traditional and modern styles; they bridge the gap between the two, borrowing from each aesthetic. What it yields is an environment that is warm and welcoming, unfussy but incorporating classic components . Most of my designs would be described as transitional: some read very modern, others more traditional -- and yet they are all wildly different from each other. So while almost everything is up for negotiation when designing a transitional kitchen, here are some of the style's hallmarks, as [...]

March 30th, 2015|0 Comments

THE ULTIMATE CHEF’S KITCHEN

Eric Ripert is a chef of many talents. His Midtown Manhattan jewel, Le Bernardin, consistently garners four-star praise from the critics, while his PBS show Avec Eric gives viewers a global glimpse into the world of haute cuisine. He's authored four cookbooks, appeared on Top Chef, and had a recurring role on HBO's Treme, as himself. Now, Ripert is adding kitchen designer to his impressive resume. Recently, the chef teamed up with the German kitchen design firm Poggenpohl to create the ultimate home kitchen from a professional chef's viewpoint. Ripert's designer kitchen makes the island the center of the action; maximizes efficiency; and even includes a spacious wine refrigerator. Epicurious spoke with Ripert about the essentials for a kitchen, from [...]

March 30th, 2015|0 Comments

European Kitchen Cabinets

Europe has been the world's capital for trend, design, class, sophistication, culture, nobility. This is the birth place of world renowned masters of the arts in music, architecture, science and fashion. What would the world have become without European influence? The region has infused,in all of us the idea of class and sophistication. Carpe Diem. Indeed, Europe has inspired every person in everything that's done and thought about. European style and design influenced the style of garments, shoes, accessories, architecture and believe it or not, even the kitchen cabinet designs! Yes, this is how important Europe and European design is. The most coveted kitchen cabinetry inspiration comes from the intricacies of European design. It is to no surprise than European [...]

March 21st, 2015|0 Comments

Kitchen and Bath Remodeling: Choose Cohesive Colors

From cabinets and paint to backsplashes and flooring, there are a lot of opportunities within your kitchen and bathroom to add a punch of color. But how do you put together a scheme of colors that look good together? With so many colors and shade variations, it can be a challenge, but what a great challenge that is.   Boston-based interior designer Jean Courtney revels in the complexity of putting together a color-rich palette, especially in a kitchen. "White cabinets? No problem," she says. "But I think you're missing an opportunity if you don't introduce some color somewhere else in the room."   But which color -- or colors? That seemingly simple question drives homeowners to stare at paint [...]

March 12th, 2015|0 Comments

Modern Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen cabinets that hold and store pots, pans and other kitchen equipment have been the mainstay of any kitchen, throughout the ages. However, with new developments, kitchens and kitchen cabinets have also evolved to cater to the new age homeowner. Modern kitchens, as a rule, allow much more storage than the kitchens of the past. The cabinets are built to put stores away from view, in the recesses of the cabinet. This helps them to be securely stored, without standing out as eyesores. It should be acknowledged that cabinets offer versatile and generous storage. Large sliding doors allow easy accessibility. There should be ample space inside the cabinets, to store the various jars and cans. It is recommended to use [...]

March 12th, 2015|0 Comments

Undermount Kitchen Sinks – Elegant and Easy to Maintain

One of the newer trends in kitchen design is the undermount sink. The sleek, uncluttered look of modern kitchens called for a more cutting edge sink. As new, more sophisticated counter options became available, the design of the kitchen sink has also evolved. An "undermount" sink is fastened to the underside of the counter top material and appears suspended below the counter. Available in stainless steel or a wide variety of man made materials, an undermount style makes any kitchen look elegant and modern. Older laminate counter tops required careful sealing from water to prevent damage. In older kitchens, most sinks extended above and curved over the counter top material. This design, called an "overmount", allowed a strong seal between [...]

March 12th, 2015|0 Comments

Kitchen Granite Countertops For a Beautiful Kitchen

Do you want your kitchen to be up to date with the latest trends and fashion? You can make this possible with granite countertops. Kitchen granite countertops are one of the most valuable additions that you can make in your kitchen. For the past couple of years granite countertops have made a mark in the home market. They have become more affordable and one of the hottest trends for remodeling projects in the home specifically for the kitchen. The best thing about using kitchen granite worktops is that they are very reliable. If they are installed properly they can last for a long period of time. The fact that they do not get scratched easily makes them easy to maintain. [...]

March 12th, 2015|0 Comments