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Before & After: Kitchen for a Cook

Posted by Dianne Aucello on Sat, Apr 08, 2017 @ 12:11 AM

This client is a married couple who realized that their current 2 bedroom home was going to be too small with the expected birth of their second child.  They looked for other move in ready houses but they were too expensive and they knew they would miss their neighborhood.  Instead, they decided to renovate and add an addition on to their home.

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Tags: before & after kitchen remodel

Kitchen & Bath Show Trends 2017

Posted by Dianne Aucello on Tue, Feb 14, 2017 @ 08:56 PM

Last month, I attended KBIS, the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show at the Orange County Convention Center, in Orlando.  Combined with IBS, the International Builders Show, there was 600 exhibitors with 2100 displays, within 2,100,000 square feet!  Attended by 100,000 people, the show reveals the latest products and trends from kitchen & bath brands.

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Tags: cabinetry, kitchen, quartz, cabinet, cabinertry

Modern Farmhouse Kitchen

Posted by Dianne Aucello on Fri, Dec 16, 2016 @ 05:34 PM

This Arlington home was built in the early 1900's with a horrible kitchen.  The clients wanted to update their kitchen to gain more counter top space and have the ability to entertain.  Construction included recapturing a corner area of their kitchen to complete an L shaped configuration.



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Tags: cabinets, kitchen cabinets, cabinertry, inset cabinets, farmhouse style, farmhouse kitchen

Black & White En Suite Remodel

Posted by Dianne Aucello on Mon, Nov 14, 2016 @ 12:31 PM

We recently finished adding this En suite bath in a 1880 Victorian home.  Houses this old started with outhouses in the back yard, and eventually had a single indoor 5' x 7' bath installed.  Today's families want quite a bit more from their baths, both in quantity and in style!

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Tags: ceramic tiles, bathroom, bath faucets, glass doors

Back Bay Kitchen Renovation

Posted by Dianne Aucello on Tue, Jul 05, 2016 @ 03:11 PM

This Back Bay brownstone had a very small and dated kitchen.  The owners also felt that the kitchen's layout made it hard to use, and that there were too few working surfaces.  They often used the kitchen at the same time, bumping into each other and tripping over their dog.  To maximize the amount of available space, I gutted the existing kitchen and made lots of changes to the layout.

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Tags: cabinetry, kitchen, cabinet, countertop, storage

Future Trends in Bathroom Furnishings

Posted by Dianne Aucello on Tue, May 31, 2016 @ 10:18 PM

Household bathrooms have undergone a transformation from practical necessity to a spa, the haven for your personal care.  They have been revolutionized to integrate functionality and form, practicality and aesthetics.  Plus, more than a little personality.

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Tags: bathroom vanities, bathroom ideas, bathroom, bathroom designs, Kitchen & Bath Trends

Coming Soon to a Kitchen Near You

Posted by Dianne Aucello on Wed, May 04, 2016 @ 12:33 PM


I recently returned from attending the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan, Italy, the hottest - and largest - international furnishings expo in Europe.  Now in its 55th year, the Salon del Mobile.Milano covers over 37 acres (!!) and draws in over 300,000 attendees, reflecting an unprecedented level of attention on high-quality kitchens, baths and furnishings.  The expo hosts several concurrent forums, of which I attended EuroCucina, which spotlights the International Kitchen Furniture Exhibition and the International Bathroom Exhibition.

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Charging Stations for Kitchens

Posted by Dianne Aucello on Sat, Jan 16, 2016 @ 12:36 AM

Your kitchen probably has served many more activities beyond food preparation, dining and clean up.  The growing surge in electronic devices has added more functions.  While the kitchen has always been the regular "go to" place for homework, which is now done online, now we also receipe search and bill pay online. Laptops are left to charge overnight on the same kitchen counter that holds the car keys.  A new kitchen needs a dedicated space for these added functions.

Here is a solution - include a cabinet drawer charging station in your new kitchen!  Keep everyone's devices organized while charging, and convenient to take on your way out the door.  Read More

Tags: kitchen, cabinet

Pet Friendly Kitchens

Posted by Dianne Aucello on Sat, Nov 28, 2015 @ 08:16 PM

Renovating your kitchen is one of the biggest investments of your life.  Why not accommodate it for all members of the family?  Personalize your cabinetry with pet friendly features, such as food storage, bowl areas, spot for a bed, crates and gates for everyone's safety.  Planning for these items strategically within the remodeling will not only save space, but will enhance the future appearance of the kitchen while preventing an obvious view of pet products.

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Cooking for Two Kitchen Renovation

Posted by Dianne Aucello on Fri, Oct 02, 2015 @ 11:48 AM

Cooking for two can be a bit tricky if your kitchen lacks working space. You both need space to prepare, eat and entertain together. Whether you’re a foodie who can rival the talents of a gourmet chef, or your partner’s a social butterfly always entertaining guests, chances are you’re likely to literally step on each others’ toes without adequate work space. This Melrose kitchen renovation faced that space challenge. 


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Tags: kitchen cabinets, kitchen, kitchen remodel, kitchen cabinetry