We have been amazingly still and quiet over here at our North Hills location’s blog page- mostly because we have been chugging along to help create a collaborative blog for Kitchen & Bath Galleries as a whole. Check out the new blog page at kbgblog.com and see what you think!
We will still post here from time to time, especially if we have news or an event exclusive to this location, but the main blog will be updated on a much more regular basis. We hope you will enjoy it!
We like to think of the kitchen sink as an anchor. Regardless of your cooking and cleaning style, your design preferences, or your current stage of life-whether you’re washing wine glasses or baby bottles- the fact remains that you will spend a good deal of quality time with your kitchen sink. So choose wisely!
Today we begin a series of round-ups of a few types of kitchen sinks that we have used in our own projects. We’ll start with the apron-front/farmhouse style. This type of sink is installed in our showroom’s front window display, and is one of our customer favorites. We like it because in addition to its aesthetic beauty, it’s a real workhorse in terms of functionality and durability. We also appreciate its flexibility- farm sink styles range from rustic to sleek.
We are frequently asked how to pick the perfect countertop material for one’s lifestyle. This is a great question to ask when thinking of renovating a kitchen or bathroom! Every countertop material has its own characteristics, and these characteristics should be considered every bit as much as the look. HGTV has a helpful article breaking down the basics in comparing materials before finalizing your choice of countertop. We are always happy to answer questions here in the showroom, but for a quick reference guide, click the link below!
Cleaning is always a hot topic around the new year, and our most frequently asked question for our showroom newsletter is always about how to clean the products we sell. We came across this fun site offering a playlist designed to bring out and motivate your inner Merry Maid…
To help ring in a sparkly clean new year, we’ve also included a few tips for taking care of your tcabinetry and appliances below:
CABINETRY: Fine cabinetry should be treated as you would treat fine furniture. For ordinary cleaning, wipe the cabinets with a soft, clean cloth dampened slightly with water. Dry immediately with another clean, soft cloth. For more thorough cleaning, use a clean cloth dampened with a solution of mild dishwashing soap and warm water. Be sure to dry thoroughly- excess moisture is one of the worst enemies of any finish! Be sure to wipe up spills promptly with a clean, soft cloth. Avoid using harsh detergents, abrasive cleaners, or ammonia. Waxes or polishing compounds are not usually recommended because over time, they can cause build-up making a hazy, streaky appearance.
STAINLESS APPLIANCES: For light cleaning, you can “wash” the stainless with a cloth soaked in warm water, and dry with another cloth or towel. You might also consider adding a drop or two of vinegar. Fingerprints can often be removed with simple glass cleaner such as Windex. Cleaners made specifically for stainless steel, such as Stainless Steel Magic, are also good for stain removal and overall polishing.
In the past year, the NKBA- National Kitchen & Bath Association- has started producing its own newsletter for homeowners considering kitchen or bath projects. It’s easy to subscribe too, only comes a handful of times per year, and its advice can certainly be trusted.
Here’s a link to their Spring 2011 issue, which includes a great article about designing with children in mind….whether they your own kids, grandchildren, or just frequent visitors!
Our design team has experienced four new family additions in the past two years, so children are always on the brain over here! 🙂
Geometric tile is sparking a new trend in backsplashes these days! Tile can be an inexpensive way to spruce up your space with style. Repetition of geometric shapes in subtle colors gives a fun yet sophisticated look. Check out our brand new backsplash in our showroom!
Also, for more ideas check out some of our favorites below!