Green Wood Milling Co. is an industry pioneer in salvaging natural materials that would otherwise be chipped into landfills. Collected materials are repurposed and transformed into wood beams, boards, fireplace mantles, rustic custom-furniture and other wood products. We also strive to be a leader in eco-friendly business practices and use renewable energy as well as power-saving equipment and tools when possible. We work to engage the community in building a greener tomorrow.
New Braunfels Downtown Design District is excited to announce their first ever downtown design stroll! It will be held Thursday, September 20, and the third Thursday of every month from 5 - 9 p.m.; so don't despair if you can't make it to this one. All seven shops will be open later hours for these events and each will have their own separate events and happenings. This downtown design stroll is not only a premiere event, it marks the grand opening of Adele Kerr & Company's showroom!
Wooden countertops. We're seeing more and more of them being installed in kitchens. It can definitely cause one to do a double take when you see wooden countertops paired with tiled flooring versus the more traditional look of non-wooden countertop paired with wood floors. When it comes to wood countertops, people are excited at the possibility and the look may appeal to them, but they are hesitant as to the downsides of what having these countertops could mean. We brought in a Design Guide Texas expert, Lynley Serratt, Palmer Todd, Inc., to give us some insights on the pros and cons of wooden countertops.
· Wood countertops offer a wide range of choices because you have the option of choosing the species of wood, the color and stain and the grain orientation. You can even choose to use reclaimed wood to bring some eco-conscious choices into your kitchen design.
· The popular assumption about wood countertops is that they are installed for “show” and that the people who want them in their space must not really use their kitchen. This is not always true. Many large families with heavy activity install and enjoy wood surfaces.
Photos by Jill Broussard
While the heart and soul of the home remains the kitchen, its look continues to change as current trends and innovative layouts redefine what is “modern” and improve what is “traditional.”
One major shift in kitchen style is an open plan layout, which connects with the surrounding rooms. Design professionals see a shift away from the kitchen being confined to a single, enclosed room separated from the other main rooms in the house. Even high-end condominiums are incorporating more connectivity between the main rooms and the kitchen.
“The kitchen is the center of every home,” said Angel Calderon, sales manager of Poggenpohl. “A beautiful living space enhances quality of life. Our philosophy is to treat the kitchen as a room for living.”
Photo courtesy of Cosentino
There is a plethora of beautiful, solid, surface counter options, from which the design professional can choose. However, there is a new philosophy, which demands responsible consumption and an awareness of our environmental footprint.
In this time of ecological awareness, Cosentino has introduced to the market the leading eco-friendly surface.
Within the past four years, Eco by Cosentino has emerged and has peeked the interests in both residential and commercial specs. This product embraces sustainability, design and quality in a new category of recycled surfaces.
More than a showroom, the Cosentino Center is designed to support, promote, and educate architects and designers by integrating distribution facilities with product display areas, meeting spaces for designers to bring clients, classrooms for continuing education, and fully functioning kitchens and event space for demonstrations.
Martha Stewart shares her top 50 kitchen tips. How many did you discover for the first time? You may be surprised.
Sometimes referred to as the heart of the home, the kitchen is a place to prepare, cook and entertain guests. The introduction of the kitchen island has lent more flexibility to the design of the kitchen. Islands help define the kitchen workspace in today's open floor plans by separating the cook from the rest of the room. Whether built-in or movable, islands provide homes for appliances and additional seating, work space, storage and often serve as a kitchen’s hub and social center. The island currently is the single most popular design element in today's kitchen. It offers endless design possibilities and a wide range of choices in styles and materials. Here are some islands that we love and why we think they are so great!
Photo courtesy of BHG
Islands as Statement Pieces – Furniture embellishments in the kitchen
Furniture that is repurposed as an island can provide a dramatic statement to a space. A worn wooden chemistry-lab table now serves as the island in this kitchen. The petite island lends rustic charm and warmth to the kitchen, while an antique red chair completes the look.
Come by and see us today and tomorrow at Dallas Market Hall at booth 313! Thank you, McGannon Showrooms for such an exquisitely designed booth. We've gotten so many compliments. Great to be among a plethora of talented and wonderful design professionals at Metrocon12.
Today, we featured the talented lip print reader, Kathyrn of Pucker Up, who told people their all-around personalities and what tastes and desires they had. What a fabulous time!