Opportunity is a word I use almost every single day. What is the opportunity? I believe it is a choice. Whether it is an opportunity to go and measure a project or whether it's an opportunity to help a friend, I must make a choice. Sometimes opportunities present themselves as a problem that I've encountered during a client's project or a crying 15-year-old daughter. Once again, I believe it's a choice.
Webster's definition of opportunity is:OP-POR-TU-NI-TY:
** a set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something:
"we may see increased opportunities for export"
"the collection gives students the opportunity of reading works by well-known authors"
synonyms: chance · lucky chance · favorable time/occasion/moment · time · right set of circumstances · occasion · moment · opening · option · window (of opportunity) · turn · go · possibility · shot · break · new lease on life
** a chance for employment or promotion:
"career opportunities in our New York headquarters"
I think opportunity comes to me every single day whether it's an opportunity to be better a person or the opportunity to grow my business. Maybe it's the opportunity to be more fit or have a healthier lifestyle. Some opportunities are big and some opportunities are small. It's what I make of that opportunity that defines who I am and where I want to be. I saw an opportunity to become a better me in 2015. I completely changed my lifestyle. I worked very hard to exercise more. I overhauled my eating and drinking habits. I saw immediate improvements but over time I shed 50+ pounds. I now have created opportunities. I can run with my girls, I can wear fun clothes, I can do almost anything and best of all, I feel better than I did in 2000!
I also saw opening the new showroom as a huge opportunity. An opportunity to grow my business. I love helping clients complete their kitchen and bath project so that the result is the space they love. I hope that I make the right decisions, that I choose the right leads and that I can build the relationships that will help support my business in the future. I was faced with a huge opportunity this week and I still am not sure if I made the right decision. t quite do it? t see the reward because of the risk? It is so hard for me! I trust that I have done the right thing and hope in the future I don't look back and regret not doing more or being more aggressive. Sometimes opportunity is a jolt back to reality.
The final type of opportunity I see is the opportunity to help others. Sometimes that maybe part of my job but most of all, it is showing kindness and helping others. I used to think that volunteering as much as I could was the best decision. I have now determined that quality trumps quantity. I have limited the groups I volunteer for to my church. I find that I can provide more and in turn, get much more back. I love my Sunday school class and regret not starting to teach when my children were young. t the ones most in need in our society, but I know that I am missed when I am not there and that they are learning about God and His love for them. It is a great opportunity and really makes a difference.
We are all given an opportunity every single day. The opportunity to see the best in every situation. The opportunity to see the best in every person we encounter. Let your eyes be open to what is best, let your heart be open to care for those around you and remember make the most of all your opportunities.
Getting the right cabinet hardware finish for your kitchen
cabinets can make the difference between a good space and a great space. The
right finish offsets other design choices in your kitchen. For example, you can
match your appliances or faucet to your hardware finish to create a
sophisticated, coordinated look. Or you can use your kitchen cabinet hardware
finishes to show off your fun-loving personality, choosing a bright metal or
I would like to highlight the top six finishes we sell at Kitchen & Bath Trends of Kansas.
Brushed Nickel is our most popular hardware finish. This finish is slightly more understated than Polished Chrome. Brushed Nickel compliments almost every color of cabinetry. Not all metal tones look good near stainless steel, but Brushed Nickel does. If you like the look of chrome but find it too shiny, Brushed Nickel may be your answer. The metal contrasts beautifully against cherry cabinetry, a popular combination among many of our customers but is also on display in both our showroom kitchens. This choice is also far more durable than most other metals. If you have young children, Brushed Nickel is among the best finishes to use, resisting fingerprints and sticky hands. Brushed Nickel works well in utilitarian kitchens that still want some style. Avoid placing Silver Satin next to Brushed Nickel, since they’re nearly but not quite the same tone.
Oil Rubbed Bronze
This hardware will stand out well against a light stain. It’s quite dark, and the natural imperfections add visual interest. Oil Rubbed Bronze is also quite strong. Oil Rubbed Bronze looks natural in any area where you’d consider using copper. It lacks copper’s reddish glare, which is appealing to many people. Oil Rubbed Bronze pairs best with classic, rustic, farmhouse and other traditional styles. Just remember, trying to match new Oil Rubbed Bronze pieces to existing ones is a challenge as the patina changes with use.
Black hardware is a strong color that won’t get lost in your kitchen. Black knobs and handles make a statement! They convey boldness and just a bit of sass. The color’s versatility means it can match a number of kitchen styles and is gaining in popularity.
I believe black hardware stands out against white or other light cabinetry, however, I even prefer Black on dark wood or painted cabinets, seeing its simplicity as the perfect way to offset a bold cabinet color.
Black cabinet hardware pairs well with contemporary or traditional designs. My only suggestion is to avoid getting Black hardware if you have very young children, as it is easy to see sticky finger marks.
Natural iron is my favorite and it is what I have in my home. It is a deep gray color that’s reminiscent of primitive hardware. Natural iron finish goes well with a wide variety of styles. The tone of the hardware sometimes appears black, depending what design of knob or pull you choose. I love these wide variances, finding them a charming way to hold visual interest throughout a kitchen. Natural iron works best in a more traditional kitchen. Unfortunately, it’s not bold enough for most contemporary designs. Natural iron sits nicely against cabinetry with a dark stain. It’s also ideal next to a glazed finish, with its rugged finish contrasting beautifully with the smooth. Kitchens that have a classic feel can bump their design pedigree up a notch with Iron hardware. Iron finish will stay in style for years, even if you get the kitchen redone.
Polished Chrome is brassy, bright and helps any kitchen shine. Kitchens often have chrome faucets, hinges and more. Adding chrome hardware finishes gives the room a uniform look. Polished chrome also nicely contrasts with other metals used around the room. Polished Chrome has a modern look, but it’s also conservative. You will find chrome in many kitchens, because it’s such a safe pick. It goes with nearly any cabinet surface. For knobs and handles in the kitchen, many people consider brushed nickel or oil-rubbed bronze before settling on Polished Chrome. Why? Because it’s so sleek and clean. Any room with polished chrome instantly looks sleeker. Modern, contemporary homes tend to favor Polished Chrome. There are a couple of downsides. The first is watermarks from wiping down surfaces frequently and the second is that the hardware oxidizes. This naturally occurs over time, and will only change the color slightly.
Stainless Steel offers a clean and sharp look to your cabinetry. It’s extremely durable. Among the many kitchen cabinet hardware colors, Stainless Steel has one of the sharpest colors. It goes with nearly everything. It best suited in kitchens with dark colors. Stainless Steel hardware stands out. It is practical and familiar to most people. You can use it for handles, hinges or accent knobs. Stainless Steel goes best with contemporary and modern design. Just remember to avoid getting too match-y in kitchens with Stainless Steel appliances.
There so many finishes! More than even I can imagine! Kitchen & Bath Trends of Kansas is proud to carry FOUR different cabinet hardware lines. Each has great options in every price group. Our lines include Richelieu, Top Knobs, Jeffrey Alexander by Hardware Resources and the Pro Series by Wurth. You all really need to stop in soon to look at all our beautiful hardware options!
There are SO many different styles of cabinet hardware to choose from, it's a wonder any of our clients can arrive at a final decision. First you have to select a style, then choose a finish and then determine exactly how and where to place the kitchen cabinet hardware. There are so many steps in the decision-making process, some of our clients just decide to wait. We don’t want you to do that as it protects your cabinet from the extra wear and tear to your cabinet hinges and also the finish. Victoria, Alisha & I love hardware. We think about it as the jewelry of the kitchen. It not only serves a purpose but it reflects your own personality. It’s a great way to exhibit your flair and individuality, and should be viewed as an integral part of the design or redecorating process.
Perhaps the easiest way to start narrowing down your hardware options is to decide whether you want cabinet knobs or pulls. Either type of hardware will significantly enhance the look of your cabinetry. The decision is a personal one, and is based on understanding the advantages and disadvantages of both cabinet hardware knobs and cabinet pulls. Sometimes clients choose based on what compliments their door knob, lighting fixtures or faucet. Once this answer is behind you, you will have more time to spend on finding the cabinet knob or cabinet pull that is perfect for your space. You may even find that you want to use a combination of knobs and pulls. I often use up to 3-4 different pieces of hardware to outfit one kitchen.
I personally love knobs on my cabinet doors. Cabinet knobs offer certain stylistic advantages that pulls can generally not provide. Many years ago, cabinet hardware knobs were simply round pieces of plastic, metal or wood attached to a door to make opening easier. Today, cabinet knobs can be found in thousands of shapes and sizes, colors and styles. Those aiming for a look of classic elegance that never goes out of style can consider innumerable varieties and variations of knobs. Knobs are available in a huge array of finishes and colors, will dress up the cabinetry and add a distinct look.
I personally prefer cabinet pulls on drawers. Just like knobs, cabinet pulls can be found in square styles, rounded patterns and squiggles, among other forms. The design of the handle can also be influenced by its shape, whether it's flat, curved, dangling from a backplate, or cupped. I have found that cabinet pulls are gaining in popularity due to the new, more modern lines of contemporary cabinets. In addition, since they are attached in two places, pulls also offer additional strength and durability for pulling out heavy drawers. I often suggest using large pulls on the cabinet housing the trash can or recycling bins and especially on the pantry doors.
Cabinet hardware knobs and pulls are investments in your space that will last you for years to come. Choosing decorative hardware that you love will enable you to enjoy your room each time you enter it. Don't be discouraged by the overabundance of choices: consider it a wonderful way to add your own touch to the room and have fun making decisions.
Watch for next week’s blog discussing all the finishes and materials available in our hardware lines. The possibilities are endless.
I grew up out in the country near a small town called Dover, KS. Living the country life was always very exciting and adventurous. We had several different animals, cats, dogs, pigs,(pet pig that weighed over 1300 lbs) chickens (very mean rooster), turkeys, goats and even had pet squirrels. We also had a huge garden that we would have to get up really early for to go pick all the veggies and pull weeds. That part wasn’t the best time ever but it taught me that you have to do things in life that you don’t always want to do but in the long run you appreciate every bit of it.
I graduated from Mission Valley in 2000 and that is when I decided to move to Gridley to start my family. I have a beautiful daughter and a very handsome son. They both keep me on my toes every day especially my son. He is so kind hearted and full of love and never slows down. He came to my work the other day and said “Mom you look very beautiful today,” which of course melted my heart. My daughter is exactly the same as him, very kind hearted and very loving. Cares so much about everyone and enjoys her cell phone as much as I enjoy her. She is my best friend and I absolutely love the relationship we have built together.
I started working for Kitchen and Bath Trends in January of 2015. I can still remember my very first day at KBTKS. I was so nervous, scared, excited and worried that I would never remember everything that I was being taught. After a few months, I started getting very comfortable with everything and it made my job a lot easier that’s for sure. I have always had a feel for design and color. My dad has been a painter for 30+ years now and I think it must just be in my blood to know what looks good together and what doesn’t. My favorite part about working for Kitchen and Bath Trends is seeing the smiles on my customer’s faces after their projects are complete and hearing them tell me thank you for all your help you made this a lot easier on me.
When I first started I would definitely say that I love designing kitchens more than I do bathrooms. But in this last year I have been able to do several different bathrooms and I really like doing them too. Onyx Collection has came out with several different colors that have sparkle to them and what woman doesn’t like sparkle. I have a few favorite colors… Pepper, Oyster with Snowswirl sink color (which is displayed in our showroom) and Dove. We recently just finished a bathroom with dove shower and countertop, Dura Supreme Zinc cabinet, Sandstorm Sahara Emser tile 12x24 and Warmly Yours heated flooring. It is absolutely beautiful!
Thank you for taking time out and learning a little more about me. Please come by our showroom in Gridley, KS and allow me to show you several different Kitchen and Bath designs. I promise to make finding exactly what you are looking for an easy and fun process.
Today, I would like to just follow up with why I think you should choose Kitchen & Bath Trends of Kansas for your next kitchen remodel. I can narrow it down to three reasons. When designing your kitchen, we consider you, quality and budget versus expectation.
First and foremost, your kitchen must function. We try to visit with you about what you currently love about your kitchen, what you hate about your kitchen and what you really want from your kitchen. Most people looking to remodel their kitchen really don't have that many things they love about their kitchen. However, it could be just one thing. Maybe it is the window. The window is perfect so let's build this kitchen around the window. Usually it is very easy to learn what it is that they hate about their kitchen. Typically, it's the cabinet door or the color of the countertop or the fact that there's a cabinet door that doesn't open and close quite right. Sometimes it is that they have a peninsula and it completely cuts the kitchen off from the rest of their house. These things are easy to fix. We are going to ask you a lot of questions! We are going to ask how you shop, how you use your kitchen, how you store pots & pans versus paper goods and how you entertain. We must ask the questions so we make sure that you absolutely love your kitchen when we are done. We also are going to ask about kitchens from your past. Did you have a kitchen you absolutely love? How did you do dishes when you were growing up? Is there that one special kitchen you love like Grandma’s or your favorite aunt’s kitchen? What is it that you loved? It really is about you!
Another reason to go with Kitchen and Bath Trends of Kansas is quality. We have been very particular in selecting the vendors we use. We like vendors that we can build relationships with. We love products that are new and exciting. We like vendors who are constantly changing to improve their products. We love bringing these products to you and introducing them into your home. Whether it's a new cabinet door style, affordable floor heat, beautiful countertop surfaces or the innovative galley workstation, we have a lot of products that would be perfect for your kitchen remodel. Our vendors are always updating product lines and improving lead time.
The final topic would be your budget versus your expectation. I have yet to design a kitchen where one of these items didn't have to be compromised. We try hard to determine your budget and work within the scope of that budget. However, we have also found there are things that we can't anticipate and there are also things along the way that you decide you might want to change. Our end goal is that you stay within what is comfortable for you to spend but that we are also able to give you the kitchen you expect and sometimes a little bit more. I love it when I talk to some of my customers and they tell me they love their kitchen. Best of all, they love it because of Kitchen & Bath Trends of Kansas. Satisfying customers is a great feeling.
In conclusion, we love
being creative and designing beautiful kitchens but it must also provide
function. We love helping people solve
the problems in their kitchens. We also
have the best products and vendors that you will ever want to work with. We have built relationships with vendors and
can work through most obstacles through the design process. Most importantly we want to make sure we stay
within your budget and meet your expectation!
I really hope this gives you an idea of who we are and what we want to
do for you! Remember You, Quality and Budget versus Expectation!
Here is our checklist for your kitchen remodel! We really hope this is helpful information. Kitchen & Bath Trends of Kansas hopes to hear from you soon!
Prepare the workspace for deconstruction
You should remove any valuables and all furniture from the work space
You need to cover adjacent room items with drop cloths
You also need to remove pictures from adjacent walls
Remember to change air filters at start and during project (As you learned last week, there will a lot of dust!)
Create a temporary kitchen
Choose a room that has a water source to set up a temporary kitchen
Plan to use a laundry room or bathroom for dishwashing
Remember to set up microwave, blender (for smoothies or margaritas!) and coffee maker
If the weather permits, fire up the grill. Summertime is a great time for burgers and dogs!
Go on a shopping trip and stock up on paper plates, disposable cups, paper napkins and plastic flatware
If all else fails, plan to eat out often. This is a good time to use the gift cards you received at Christmas to your favorite restaurant.
Support your installers
Please provide a work space for the installers to cut and chop.
Remember there will be a lot of dust and be understanding
Understand that we try to maintain a certain time frame, however there is often items that are discovered along this journey.
Please be prepared for changes.
Please designate a bathroom for workers
You should insist on work area clean up every day
If possible, designate a secure tool storage area
Identify parking locations for installers vehicles as well as delivery trucks
Get ready for delivery
If possible, designate a storage area for the products being installed in your home
Inspect all products upon delivery
Contact us if anything seems wrong
Count on us for quick resolutions.
Love it, Love it, Love it
Thank everyone who helped
Prepare for a celebration
Invite your neighbors and friends to a party
Hello everyone! I thought it would be a good time to introduce myself and let you know a little more about me. I grew up in Madison Kansas, (go Bulldogs!) a small little town nestled down in a valley. It is just west of Gridley where our first location is. After high school I attended Emporia State University for four years, where I eventually met Johannah. I was looking for a part time job while I was finishing school and had always loved art so why not spend some time in a design studio? I immediately fell in love. The intricate cabinet work, the feel of a satin finish and the designs of quartz by Cambria. I had forgot all the beautiful things that go into a home.
In November I moved to Overland Park Kansas to manage our new location. Not only was I super excited to start a new adventure but extremely nervous too! I had never lived in a city bigger than Emporia, so Kansas City was going to be a big change. Now I can’t imagine my life any different. I love where I live and I love the area that surrounds it. The buzz of the city has made me feel at home, plus there is always something to do!
Alright back to work. I would like to share with you some of my favorite products!
My first would be quartz by Cambria. They have over 140 design options that are all stunning and are sure to fit anyone’s style. My top three are Princetown, originally designed for the Minnesota Vikings, Ellesmere, and Seagrove. This product is completely maintenance free with no sealing! In our “right now” world thinking about having to seal your countertop every 1-2 years isn’t something on my top priorities list.
My second is anything and everything from Warmly Yours. Not only do they have the best customer service around, and are easy to work with, they have some pretty cool stuff! The heated towel bar is most likely number one. Are you cold after your shower in these terrible Kansas winters? Me too, but instead you could grab that “fresh out of the dryer” warm towel to wrap up in right off the wall! Feet cold on that tile that looked so pretty until you realized you’re kind of a big baby once your feet are cold? Well no worries, Warmly Yours also carries floor heat that can go under almost every surface! If you are like me you forget to turn the vent on before your shower *insert mother yelling at you* and fog up the mirror. Warmly Yours has designed a cool product that you put behind your mirror so it doesn’t fog up, how convenient is that?! No more streaky mirrors here! Just check out their website, you’ll fall in love too.
I have plenty more favorites and could go on for days but that is enough about me. I would love to know some of your favorite products out on the market right now! Do you have any of the products I mentioned above? Come check us out in Overland Park, I’ll show you around and recommend some yummy restaurants close by. Thanks for taking a few minutes to learn a little more about me! Until next time my friends.
Are you ready to remodel your kitchen? Remodeling is an adventure full of challenges! Every person handles the pressure differently. Between the excitement of beginning a project and the excitement of completing a project there lies challenges and a lot of construction dust. The tips below are designed to help you get through your project with a minimum aggravation but still a lot of dust. The best thing to do is remain flexible, be ready to answer a lot of questions and to maintain your sense of humor. Did I mention there would be a lot of dust!?!
One of the first and most important things you can do before you begin your remodel is to be sure of what you want to accomplish and what you're willing to spend to achieve your goal. When I ask what your budget is, I truly need to know. It helps me prepare the quote and establish realistic expectations. We need to discuss what you're willing to spend so I can work with you to make the most of your budget and create a kitchen you'll be proud of.
If you're remodeling to increase the value of your home, be sure to look at the price/value relationship. According to Waypoint Cabinetry website, homeowners in the market for reselling their home recoup on average 81% of every dollar they spend on a remodeled kitchen. That's an excellent return on your investment.
Also remember remodeling is disruptive under the best of circumstances and nothing comes easy. Have I mentioned it will be dusty? Just to ease the process it really helps to be ready. That's why the first step shouldn't be about tarps or runners, but about communication. Discuss the process with your family. Tell them what's going to happen and the approximate duration of the project. Tell them to steer clear of work areas and let them know how to use alternative areas of the home for their day-to-day living needs. This will help eliminate dust in other areas of your home. I did mention it would be dusty, right? If you can relocate your kitchen to a basement area or garage area, it will make life much easier for the contractors and your family. You may just find you like using paper plates and plastic forks & spoons!
And while communications are important in your home, don't forget to advise your neighbors of your project. Making neighbors aware goes a long way towards having their support as you upgrade your kitchen. Construction may disrupt parking and increase traffic around your home. This tends to alienate the friendliest of neighbors. Just a little “heads-up” about your remodel will go a long way. And you know what is the best part of involving your neighbors? You get to invite them over after it is all complete and show off your beautiful new kitchen.
Remember that the last major component of your remodel will be communication with the contractors. If Kitchen & Bath Trends of Kansas is installing your kitchen, we will set the schedule, determine hours of work and assist with many project related details that will maintain sanity in your home throughout your remodel. Safety is important. We insist that our contractors put away all power tools every night to eliminate the possibility of an accident. They also will clean up the dust each night. Yes, there will be dust. Yes, your patience will be tried a time or two. Yes, we will continue to ask questions throughout the process but the results will, without a doubt, be amazing!
Check back next week when I provide you a remodeling checklist!
So, it's been a couple of weeks since I've posted a blog. I've been trying to figure out what I wanted to write about next. I love talking about kitchens and bathrooms. I love talking about projects and how my job can make your home improvement project easier. All I know is that I couldn't quite find the right topic. I'm sure I'll find that topic someday but today I decided to write about the most important part of my life.
My family is the most important thing in my life. I know sometimes they probably don't think they are, but that is not true. Sometimes they think that work comes first and I am sure it does seem like that. I went to a sales seminar last week and it was awesome. The speaker said he wanted to make us better sales people so that we could take care of the things that are most important to us. I believe that should be my family and my faith. He wanted to give us the tools that we need so we didn't have to stay on our phones and work all the time. He felt his job was to enable us to be successful and yet spend that very important time with our families. This helped me to decide I would like to introduce you to my family.
First, I've been happily married for 13 years to my husband Robert. Both of us had been married previously and came into our marriage with two children each. It didn't take long to determine it was difficult to blend the family but we were determined to make it work. I love him very much and he supports me and everything I dream up. I don't believe he's ever told me no. He is strong. He is stubborn. He is loving. He is extremely funny. I don't know what I would do without him in my life. Probably one of his best attributes is his slightly warped sense of humor or maybe it's that he is a better cook than I am. He is the plant manager at my family's business, Countertop Trends. He has worked there for over 20 years and knows just about everything there is about making a countertop.
Next, I'll move to my son RJ. RJ is more like his father than he would ever admit to being. He has the same funny sense of humor. He is just as stubborn. I couldn't be prouder of him. He is 23 and has held the same job since he was in high school. He recently decided to volunteer on the fire department in our hometown. I know time goes fast because it just seems just like last summer when I got to watch him play baseball. Going to baseball or basketball games was the only time that it was just him and I and we could visit. I treasure those times and look forward to watching him start a family. He will be an excellent father.
Next is my daughter Chelsea. She turned 22 on Monday. We have had some rough patches but they are all in our past. I think maybe it's because we both knew a lot and had to learn that we both could be right. In the last year, she has decided to move closer to home and start working for the family business. I'm sure it's not what she planned on doing five years ago but she does an awesome job. She has become an integral part of our business and is leading our customer service team. She is strong. She is beautiful. She is funny. She is nurturing. Whatever she decides to do, she will be successful!
My next daughter Tessa. Tessa is unbelievable. I'm so proud of her and all the things she accomplished. She displays strength even though she doesn't think she does. She is completing her final semester at McPherson College and will be graduating in just two weeks. Last week I had the opportunity to watch her present her senior thesis. She has worked so hard to complete her college education. I know she thinks her senior thesis is the end of this chapter but it's the beginning of a novel. She is amazing and will go to accomplish amazing feats. She is unbelievably strong. She is beautiful. She is brilliant. I am very proud of her...did I mention she is graduating with a 3.92 GPA? She has a huge heart. She loves cats. She is generous. Once again, I can hardly wait to see the places that she will go and the things she will accomplish.
My fourth child is Reed. Reed is 15 going on about 30. As every 15-year-old does, she believes she knows everything. Someone gave me advice today that 15-year-old should move out and be on their own while they still know everything. I had to laugh because that's how Reed is. She has always been that way. She is strong, opinionated and going to take care of everything herself. She didn't need help with anything growing up. She is creative. She is funny. She has a spirit that can't be suppressed. I'm not sure yet where she's going to head in this world but all I know is that we all need to watch out! Once she decides, there is no stopping her and nothing is going to get in her way. Her love for animals will probably lead her into the veterinary field. She is a beautiful, curly haired girl with beautiful brown eyes. I just hope that the troubles that she has coping with stress of being a teenager, don't hold her back from achieving her dreams!
Now I think I left out the fact that I do have five children. I know when I started this I sad that Robert had two and I had two but we didn't think we were busy enough so we added another. Our blended family needed a little sister and her name is Ross. She is 12 and she is perfect. Now I know no kid is perfect but this mother thinks she is! She has just taken all the things that her siblings have advised her on, instructed her about and possibly scolded her over and learned. She rarely does anything wrong. (Excluding the time she decided she was going to walk a mile and a half on the highway to her friend's house outside of town. I think maybe she was seven!) She has been taught a lot about what to do and what not to do by observing and she is so observant. I think the one thing I love about her most is that she always knows when I need a hug or when I need a kiss. I love her impeccable timing and I believe it's because she so observant about her surroundings. She understands how her actions affect others. There is so much that we could all learn from her. She loves sports. She loves her friends. She loves her animals. She loves working with younger children. She has my mother's beautiful blue eyes. I find it hard to believe she is twelve!
So that's my family in a nut shell. I'm sure you can tell that I am a very proud mom. I love my husband and I love my children. So why am I putting this on my work blog? Well that's because I do this all for them. I work late nights. I struggle to make all their events. I truly overextend myself. But what I learned from that sales seminar last week is going to lead me to be a better salesperson and it's going to allow me to be a better mom and a better wife. I'm glad that you took this time to read this as I babble on about the love I have for my children. I hope that what you can take from this is that wherever you are in your life stop and enjoy your children, enjoy your partner and enjoy the ones that you love because they are the reason we all do what we do.
"I want an apron front sink!" I hear this from customers all the time. The first thing I must ask is, "are you changing your cabinets?" You must have a sink base that is either constructed for an apron front sink or it must be modified to fit an apron front sink. The second thing I must ask is, "what countertop surface have you decided to use?" A SOLID countertop such as quartz or stone must be used.
Reasons our customers
want an apron front sink vary. Usually
they just love the look. It is a very
popular trend right now. They are
featured in almost every kitchen photo on houzz. I love them just because I love the vintage
look. I live in a home that was built in
1885 and wish I had a farmhouse
sink. Other customers want them due to
their large size and sturdy construction.
It seems that no
matter how much you like to cook, the farmhouse sinks make cleanup a snap.
The sinks were originally designed to sit slightly to the front of the surrounding cabinets, so that any water flowing down the front of the sink would run to the floor instead of landing on and damaging the cabinets. This is how farmhouse sinks still are typically installed in a kitchen. They also are usually installed just under the level of the countertop so the counter can slightly overhang the sides of the sink, making it easy to wipe water from the counter straight into the sink. Some are simple and others are elaborate, some match and others contrast but it is true that apron-front sinks are popping up in kitchens far from the farm. It's safe to say that farmhouse sinks aren't just for the farmhouse kitchen anymore!
The most popular apron front or farmhouse sink is fireclay sinks. These sinks are beautiful and are available in many sizes and styles. Extra-wide bowls and deep basins make these classic sinks perfect for novice cooks and professional chefs alike. There are a few that even come with an integral drain board. Certain brands are handcrafted from 100 % organic material with an A+ Grade Extra Thick Glaze that provides both durability and shine for the life of the sink. The front of the sinks could be plain, fluted or decorative. There are three basic colors including white, biscuit or black. I usually sell the Kohler or Whitehaus sinks when customers request an undermount sink.
"I want an apron front sink with my LAMINATE countertop!" NOW you can have it. I have found a great apron front sink on the market that can be used in laminate. It is a redesigned version of the farmhouse sink. Unlike the original farmhouse sink, this one sits on top of the countertop and has a space for a tap hole incorporated into it, eliminating the need to have a countertop run around the back of it. The fact that this sink sits on top of the counter eliminates the risk of water’s finding its way down the sides of the sink. This makes for a more watertight, though less authentic, option. It can be used in laminate and wood tops which can’t be used with the traditional apron front.
I had a good friend come to me a couple of years ago, and she said…”I want a copper sink with an apron front!” Copper apron front sinks are beautiful and they are my personal favorite. The copper can sometimes have a hammered finish and a colored patina applied when the sink is manufactured. They also are available with beautiful front apron designs details. They can be simple, basket weave or art-deco. Over time, natural copper develops a beautiful patina as it reacts with the different substances that comes in contact with it. A copper apron front sink is available through KBTKS and looks fabulous paired with quartz from Cambria.
Farmhouse sinks are also available in stainless steel. Stainless steel is affordable, durable and easy to clean and maintain. Stainless steel adds a contemporary twist to a sink that is typically associated with traditional- and country-style kitchens. I have used the Karran stainless steel apron front in traditional kitchens and contemporary kitchens. It is a beautiful sink and is available in three configurations. This will be the sink I put in my next kitchen!
I discussed my favorite options but there are many more. Visit houzz.com to learn more. If you have always wanted a farmhouse sink, be
sure to consult a professional before you purchase. It cannot just replace your current drop in
sink. Yes, I love apron front sinks and
I would love to help you find the sink that works best in your new or updated
kitchen. Just remember the
apron-style sink isn't just for the farmhouse kitchen anymore.
On my drive from Gridley to Kansas City today I was reminded that winter is coming to an end. I hope that today was our last cold morning. It is so gray and dark. The sky is gray, the ponds are gray and even the natural grasses tend to look gray this morning. Winter is a hard time for lots of people as the days are so short and the sunshine is so limited. I know one thing, I am ready to say goodbye to winter and hello to spring. As a designer, I'm encouraged by the pops of color I see that indicate spring's hello.
The first is the color of green, which coincidentally is Panton's color of 2017. I am seeing the green wheat blanketing the fields. Tiny shoots of wheat popping out and starting to grow. I can also see the green hue starting to appear in the trees. They still look dark but you can start to see just a little bit of green. Where the natural grass has been cut back or burned, you can see the new green sprouts coming up. Also in my flowerbed, there are surprise lilies showing their leaves. As a designer, my favorite color is green. I use green in almost every part of my home. I am always drawn to the grays with green undertones. My favorite green design element is Cambria' s Preston design. It is a beautiful quartz design that I would use in a kitchen or a bath.
Another spring color I'm starting to see is yellow. Yellow daffodils are in bloom. Even this week when the snow fell, the bright yellow blooms popped. Unfortunately, the extended cold caused the blooms to wither. Other yellow blooms that show the beginning of Spring is the forsythia bushes. These pops of yellow are always a welcome sight. You know that you'll start to seeing robins return, the Bradford pear trees will bloom and kids start playing outside again. Pops of yellow are probably one of my favorite things to add in my own home. This is especially true during the spring. Yellow makes me think of sunshine and smiles. Yellow also makes me think of beautiful oak cabinetry with a natural finish. My favorite is Jay Rambo' s Rustic White Oak with a driftwood finish. It would create a beautiful kitchen.
The last color I see that makes me believe that spring is coming is pink. There are lots of different shades of pink. As winter continues to say goodbye, we will be seeing more pink. The first thing I saw this week were the peonies popping their heads out of the ground. They are the most beautiful color pink. Of course, as the grow, they turn green and then they give us beautiful blossoms in May. Also, pink is found in the red buds during spring. We are not seeing them yet but maybe next week. What I love most about the red buds is you when you can see them growing among the other trees in the woods. l know that I don't use pink in my designs very often but I'll pick Dura Supremes Tribeca cabinet door with the ruby red finish. I love the display we have in the OP showroom and it makes me want to build a home with a contemporary kitchen! Plus, it is about the same color as the peonies in my yard today.
In conclusion, I'd like to share this quote.
If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. ~Anne Bradstreet
For this reason, I love living in Kansas. I love having seasons even if winter is the hardest to endure. Next week is Spring! Let' s pray for pops of green, yellow and pink and warmer weather. Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring!