Most Kitchens will have a least one corner to deal with in the design layout.
Coming up with a creative solution for what to do with these corners can be a challenge for the Kitchen Designer.
With homeowners wanting to maximize the square footage of their Kitchens, blanking off the corner is not a viable solution.
Read on to see multiple options for customizing the corners in your Kitchen Designs to set your designs apart.Continue reading “Options for Corners in Your Kitchen Designs”
A Kitchen does not exist without countertops.
And one of the biggest complaints consumer have about their existing Kitchens is a lack of counter space.
As a Kitchen Designer it is your responsibility to develop a design for your client’s Kitchen that provides adequate countertop space.
But, it is not just about increasing the countertop area in a room, it also means putting it in the correct places.
Read on to learn all the ins and outs on planning countertops in your Kitchen Designs, and check out a FREE giveaway to help you out at the end of the blog!Continue reading “The Importance of Kitchen Countertop Guidelines”
Wall cabinets can be found in most contemporary Kitchen Designs.
Yes, there is a trend to removing wall cabinets in today’s Kitchens, or replacing them with floating shelves, but the wall cabinet is still one of the best storage units in Kitchen Design.
There are also options when it comes to specifying the wall cabinets for your Kitchen Designs.
Check out my Top 10 Kitchen Wall Cabinets and get inspired to experiment with this aspect of your design.Continue reading “The Top 10 Kitchen Wall Cabinet Options”
Most designers have studied the Elements and Principles of Design when getting their design degree or diploma.
The Elements: Space, Line, Shape, Texture, Light, Color and Pattern are the tools the designer uses to create the visual enviroment.
The Principles: Scale & Proportion, Balance, Rhythm, Emphasis and Harmony are the basic rules for achieving the goals of design.
When I take on a design project, the Elements and Principles of Design always play a part in achieving the look I am after.
Read on to see how the Elements and Principles of Design played a big part in the design of this project.Continue reading “Case Study: Kitchen Design Inspiration from the Square”
Last week I had the pleasure of joining DESIGNER DISCUSSIONS on Clubhouse, to contribute to their discussion on “What is it like to hire a business coach?”
We had a great chat on the topic and as a Business Coach myself, I wanted to share some of it with you.
As an FYI, DESIGNER DISCUSSIONS convenes a Clubhouse Room every Friday at 12:30 PM CDT.
Check them out individually online and don’t forget to dial into their Clubhouse room on Fridays, or pop by their Facebook page for more information.
If you would like an invite to Clubhouse, reach out on my contact page and I’ll arrange to send you one.
So, should you consider hiring a business coach for your Kitchen Design Business?Continue reading “Do You Need to Hire a Coach for Your Kitchen Design Business?”
Many years ago I purchased an acreage where I took up gardening.
I must admit I became a bit obsessed and by the end of my 5 years on the “farm” I had a 200′ by 200′ vegetable garden, a small orchard, a berry garden, a herb garden and multiple flower gardens.
With an abundance of produce being produced from the acreage, I needed to figure out what to do with it all!
This is when I learned how to preserve my harvest through home canning.
And being a Kitchen Designer was a great asset for planning the storage of my canning equipment and bounty.
Now with so many people taking up the art of canning due to the global pandemic, knowing how to plan a Kitchen to accommodate this trend is an asset.
Read on to get inspired to help your canning clients design the Kitchen of their dreams.Continue reading “Designing a Kitchen for the Home Canner”
The backsplash area is usually not the first place Kitchen Designers think about when developing a storage plan for their client’s Kitchens, but maybe it should be.
Reviewing my pics from Milan Design week along with a few other examples, got me thinking about this lost opportunity.
Read on to see how you can start utilizing this space for storage in your Kitchen Designs.Continue reading “Incorporating Backsplash Storage into Your Kitchen Designs”
I have been talking to a lot of Allied Professionals in the home design industry lately, and the post-COVID Kitchen has been a hot topic.
Something I have found interesting is how often the Closed-Off Kitchen has been creeping into the conversation.
When I began my design career, the Kitchen was a room that 9 times out of 10 was closed off from the rest of the home.
If the room was an eat-in Kitchen that was a bonus!
Most of the renovations that I designed in the early years remained within those 4 walls with better function of the space a top priority for clients.
With Design Professionals starting to talk more about the Closed-Off Kitchen I thought it would be fun to revisit some of my past solutions.Continue reading “Revisiting the Closed-Off Kitchen”
Open shelving has become very popular in contemporary Kitchen Design.
It can serve may purposes including breaking up a run of closed cabinetry, providing a place to display collections, filling in an awkward space or just allowing homeowners to see what they have for easy retrieval.
As Kitchen Designers we need to understand the purpose for including open storage before we randomly place it in a Kitchen design.
This post will discuss a variety of open shelving options to help you decide the best approach for your client’s Kitchen design.Continue reading “The Best Open Shelving Options For Your Kitchen Designs”
A large part of my private design business includes Kitchen and Millwork design for high-end spec homes.
I love the process of working with the developer to design a home that meets the needs of his buyer persona and sells for top dollar.
One particular developer that I work with purchases older homes in established neighborhoods and converts them into desirable luxury homes.
Read on to see how this home’s design developed into a spectacular West Coast Contemporary!Continue reading “Kitchen Design Case Study: West Coast Contemporary”
One of the reasons I founded VESTABUL SCHOOL OF DESIGN was because of this question:
Jan, How can I become a Top Kitchen Designer?
My answer is always:
Have a passion for learning!
When I look back on how my career evolved, it was all about a systematic approach to learning everything I could about the profession.
The following is the steps I took to become a Top Kitchen Designer.
I share it to show you that there is a lot to learn in this profession, but also to encourage you to start your own design career journey.
Read on to see the steps I took and the key learnings I gained at each stage, and how following a similar path will put you on the right track to excel as a Kitchen Designer.
And remember, I’m hear to help you with your journey!Continue reading “What Does It Take To Become A Top Kitchen Designer?”