An Island Oasis In Your Kitchen

The kitchen is one of the main areas in the home where people gather or entertain. A kitchen island can become a centerpiece for social activity.

Many of our kitchen designs include an island, and you may not realize how many options there are available for kitchen islands.

Some things to think about are what you want to use the island for, whether it will be a prep space, an eating area, provide additional storage and if you want a sink or appliances included.

An island needs to go with the flow of the kitchen. In this Connecticut home, this large island has curves to offer more space around it and different levels that allow stools to be tucked in under the counter. It also has an extra sink, which can be used to wash vegetables, fill pots or drain pasta closer to the stove.

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This large island has an extra sink, a steamer, plenty of prep space and seating.

You don’t have to have a large kitchen to have an island, for example in this Fifth Avenue apartment, a smaller square island provides an eating and prep area. The stools can provide additional seating, a great space to sit for breakfast or a quick snack.

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This small island offers prep space and a spot to sit for a snack.

Islands also reflect the style of the kitchen. This modern kitchen island has a waterfall counter, that flows down one side for a dramatic look. It has two pendant lamps to provide light and stools that tuck under the counter.

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This waterfall counter island makes a statement in a modern kitchen.

Think about lighting, whether you want a larger pendant lamp, multiple smaller lamps, or a few medium-size lamps. With multiple smaller lamps, they can hang at different levels, creating an interesting look. Another option is a longer, hanging tray with candles. The style of the lighting is part of your overall look, whether you prefer a more modern or traditional style. The size of the island will impact how many lights you want as well.

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This kitchen island has one larger lamp above. Consider lighting options as part of your overall kitchen design plan.

Another consideration is if you want seating at the island, and the height you prefer. The basic choices are table, counter or bar height. This square island has chairs, which may be preferred for younger children or if you use the counter for work and are sitting for longer periods.

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This large kitchen island has chairs that provide a pop of color.

Kitchen islands provide storage, with cabinets and drawers, and can include a wine fridge or wine storage area or dishwasher. When designing the island, consider if you want to include these types of items that may need plumbing or electrical connections as part of the design. It is important to work with a designer to make sure this is taken into consideration as part of the planning for contractors.

Contact Holzman Interiors for a free interior design consultation. Your kitchen is an important part of your home, you want it to be welcoming and functional. We can help you achieve that.

Showroom Highlights Many Design Options

When designing a new kitchen or bathroom, it can be hard to visualize what types of cabinets or finishes would work best in your home. Holzman Interiors welcomes clients to their new showroom in Stamford, Conn., to see many options in Dura Supreme cabinetry.

Visitors to the showroom can see different styles of cabinets for kitchens, or vanities for bathrooms, as well as a wide selection of faucets, tiles, sinks and countertops. The showroom, located at 63 Harbor View Ave., in Stamford, features Tile America backsplash options and tiles.

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Visit Holzman Interiors showroom at Tile America in Stamford, Conn. It features a model kitchen and many examples of different cabinets, backsplash options, countertops, faucets and more.

To help keep your kitchen organized, Dura Supreme offers different drawers, such as ones with dividers for silverware or kitchen tools, or knife blocks within a drawer. A new option is a toe-kick drawer, designed for installation in the toe space of any straight cabinet, adding additional storage space. A touch-latch mechanism is included, so a simple touch of the toe will open the drawer.

The wide drawer can be used to store cutting boards, baking sheets or table linens for example. This type of solution can add more storage space without adding more square footage.

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A kick drawer can offer more storage space in a usually unused spot. The latch easily opens with a touch of your foot. Photo credit: Dura Supreme Cabinetry

New colors and finishes

Dura Supreme Cabinetry has recently introduced several new finish options. The new cabinetry finishes include six new stains and two new paint colors, along with new options for specialty finishes Stain/Glaze, Paint/Accent, Paint/Glaze, Patina and Heirloom finishes. Overall there are 40 new color options being added to the Dura Supreme finish palette.

New stains include rich browns and grays. New finish colors include Toast stain, Cappuccino stain, Cider stain, Java stain, Smoke stain, Shell Gray stain, Linen White paint and Cashmere paint. With different tile and countertop options these stains can match beautifully with stainless steel appliances.

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Dura Supreme Cabinetry offers many different colors and finishes for their cabinets, which can be used in kitchen, bathroom or living room designs.

Weathered collection

Reminiscent of softly weathered wood, Dura Supreme’s Weathered collection of finishes looks as if it has been exposed to years of sun, wind and rain. Like an old drift fence, tumbled driftwood, or seasoned barn planks, each of the Weathered finishes portrays wood that has been exposed to the elements. The Weathered Finish collection includes an array of colors that evoke images of sun-bleached driftwood, charred campfires or time-worn dock planks.

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This is an example of a Weathered finish on an island with Dura Supreme Cabinetry in our Stamford, Conn., showroom.

Glass cabinets trends

Dura Supreme also has recently updated its cabinetry glass to target trends in kitchen and bath cabinetry. New updates include white and black back-painted glass options, leaded glass doors, and a new collection of mirror options for both framed and mullion cabinet doors.

The largest update to Dura Supreme’s glass program is the new mirror section. Choices now range from beveled mirror, antique mirror, gray mirror, bronze mirror and standard mirror.  Mirrors have been used as a decorative accent in home interiors for a long time, however, incorporating the reflective and airy look of mirror within cabinetry as an emerging trend.  Mirror used within cabinetry doors (behind mullions or simply in place of a glass door) is another wonderful way to add light within a kitchen.

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A bathroom vanity and mirrored storage cabinet shown in our Stamford, Conn., showroom.
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Open shelves and a glass cabinet door are contemporary kitchen options on display in our showroom in Stamford, Conn. Come visit to be inspired in your design choices!

If you are looking for inspiration, make an appointment with Holzman Interiors and we can show you the many different options available. We can schedule a free consultation. Contact us at 212-685-5797 or e-mail julie@holzmaninteriors.com

Our showroom is located at Tile America, 63 Harborview Ave., Stamford, Conn. Stop by and visit to learn more about what we offer. To contact us there, call 917-837-9948.

Holzman Earns Best Of Houzz 2017 Customer Service Award

Houzz Inc., the leading platform for home renovation and design, announced the community’s picks for Best Of Houzz 2017, a homeowner-to-homeowner guide to the top home builders, architects, interior designers, landscape pros and other residential remodeling professionals on Houzz from cabinetry or roofing pros to painters.

An annual survey and analysis of the community of more than 40 million monthly users is used to tabulate the results.

Holzman Interiors was awarded the 2017 Customer Service award. This is the fourth year in a row Holzman Interiors has earned this highly competitive award.

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“We are so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality.”

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of recent client reviews. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award.

Holzman Interiors Principal Interior Designer Julie Holzman said she was honored to receive the customer service award for the fourth year in a row.

“We work closely with our clients to provide them with the best experience and help them achieve their design dreams,” she said. “We are so touched by their positive reviews. We look forward to continuing to add to our client base as well as working with existing clients on new projects.”

To see Holzman Interiors profile and hear more from Julie in her own words, visit http://www.houzz.com/pro/julholzman

A “Best Of Houzz 2017” badge appears on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz. Winners will be announced globally throughout the month.

To see the most popular designs: http://www.houzz.com/best-of-houzz-2017

About Houzz
Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish, online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality.

Finding the Perfect White

White kitchens are a popular choice for many, but you may not realize how many different shades of white are available for kitchen cabinets.

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This stunning white kitchen, designed by Holzman Interiors, has custom cabinets by Dura Supreme. Dura Supreme offers many shades of white for cabinets.

Holzman Interiors is an authorized Dura Supreme Dealer, which means we use Dura Supreme Cabinetry in our designs in kitchens, baths and beyond.

Dura Supreme offers many options in styles and colors, with painted cabinetry being a popular choice, as well as classic and timeless.

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This is a modern take on the white kitchen trend, designed by Holzman Interiors.

According to Karen Wistrom, Vice President of Marketing for Dura Supreme Cabinetry, “White painted cabinetry is a classic choice and works with so many different style preferences, from traditional to transitional and contemporary.  Although white paint is the most popular choice, homeowners and designers are designing with shades of white and gray to blend beautifully and seamlessly throughout an entire home.”

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Homeowners can choose different shades with Dura Supreme’s new personal paint match program. Through this program, the company partners with Sherwin Williams to offer more than 1,500 colors in the paint palette for cabinetry. Wistrom said white and shades of white are the most popular choices, but in bathrooms or for a kitchen hutch, homeowners may select a more dramatic color choice.

For the paint match program, the Sherwin Williams color is selected and then a cabinetry paint sample is created for Holzman Interiors to review with our client. Once the color is approved, Dura Supreme builds and finishes the cabinetry for a custom look.

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As designers, we are often asked about color trends and how to incorporate them. Although trends and fashion can be considered, they should not be the only deciding factor. Being able to select the perfect shade of white that complements the countertop and tile and works well in specific lighting can be more difficult than you think, but with these custom choices it makes the process much easier.

Contact Holzman Interiors for a free consultation and to find out more about how Dura Supreme Cabinetry would work in your home. To see some of what Dura Supreme offers, go to www.durasupreme.com

Metal Finishes Elevate the Look

Finding your favorite finishes to highlight the look you have chosen is an important part of the design process. Although it may seem like a small detail, making sure accents, such as faucets, pulls and lighting, are all coordinated, can elevate the overall look of a room.

In this modern bathroom, gold finishes on the faucet, shower head and tub spout coordinate with the chandelier, wall sconce and cabinet pulls, bringing the whole look together. A dish for jewelry and small porcelain containers on the sink add gold accents for a sophisticated look.

Offset on the white tile walls, the shiny finishes create a rich look without being too overpowering. In a smaller space, such as a bathroom, making a bold choice is important to give the room personality and make a design statement.img_6583-1

You want to think about how the finishes you choose will look against the color of your sink or tub, backsplash and countertops.

If you like this look, you can choose polished gold for the shiny finish, or brushed gold for a matte option. Gold is versatile, it can accent a modern look or a more period bathroom, such as French countryside.

Holzman Interiors can help you look at the bigger picture and how metals work in your overall design plan, whether you like contemporary or a more eclectic look.

Metals in the kitchen can add a luxurious feel. Consider the backsplash and countertops, as well as appliances, when picking your faucets, lighting and cabinets to create a finished, coordinated look. It’s no longer just about silver, there is a whole spectrum of metals to choose from, including black, bronze, nickel and gold.

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Burnished metals can bring a warmth to the kitchen, such as a polished silver finish for faucets, cabinet and drawer pulls. Metal floating shelves create a modern, open look. They can be used to showcase dishes or display a collection, such as paperweights, or can be used to shelve cookbooks.

 

In this kitchen, the silver hood and oven is complimented by silver cabinet knobs and drawer pulls on the dark wood cabinets.

img_6497-1You can mix metals, depending on the look you want to create. For example, some kitchens have lighting with silver finishes, and then darker metal, such as bronze or black, on the cabinet or drawer pulls. Take into consideration whether you have white or dark wood finish on the cabinets as well, and whether the you want the metal accents to match or provide a contrast for a more modern look.

Mixing different metals can add interest and different layers to a design, but you want to have an overall strategy in mind.