Clever is as Clever Does

I am always impressed when I see a thoughtful solution to a tough design problem or a creative approach to a standard design. I always look carefully at designs whether in a magazine, a home or a showroom. I like to see what makes them ‘tick’. In looking at some of the entries in the recent Waypoint Living Spaces Showcase Your Space design contest I found several interesting solutions that I thought I would share with you.

Under Stair Storage

Waypoint's style 650 in Maple Cream Glaze

Waypoint's style 650 in Maple Cream Glaze. Photo compliments of Premiere Floors Inc.

A leak in the basement led to a total lower level remodel. Premiere Floors Inc. of Sterling Virginia came up with a design for storage that follows the line of the stairs up to the first floor.  Using a combination of wall cabinets (with and without doors), a book shelf and a drawer base, a unique solution is created that makes the most of an often unused area. It’s all finished off with a wide angled top that acts as a handrail. The interesting thing is that more and more space becomes available under the steps  as the stairs go higher, some cabinets can even be recessed.

While the job wasn’t completed when this shot was taken…the hardware wasn’t installed yet, the concept was worth sharing.

When Architecture Gets in the Way

Waypoint's style 720R in Maple Cream Glaze

Waypoint's style 720R in Maple Cream Glaze

Sometimes architecture just gets in the way. That’s what happened in this kitchen. A structural beam running along the cathedral ceiling really posed a challenge to Universal Factory Direct of Portsmouth NH. Instead of just using shorter cabinets, stacked wall cabinets were paired with a shorter Wall Corner Cabinet creating a niche perfect for a decorative item.  A good solution to a tough problem.

While this job wasn’t completed when this shot was taken…the hardware wasn’t installed not the top molding yet, the concept was worth sharing.

Making Every Detail Beautiful

Waypoint's style 611 in Maple Auburn Glaze

Waypoint's style 611 in Maple Auburn Glaze

When you have a kitchen this beautiful, even the area under the snack bar is important. After all it’s at eye level when sitting in the adjacent space. The designer at Veigl Custom Homes didn’t overlook a thing on this project. A combination of decorator matching doors, fluted fillers and carved corbels make the back of the peninsula nothing short of magnificent. Even the baseboard shows off all the detail it deserves.

Corner Window Challenge

Waypoint's style 720R in Cherry Chocolate

Waypoint's style 720R in Cherry Chocolate

I’ve seen many corner kitchen windows in my day. It’s another case where architecture can get in the way because you are almost obligated to use a corner sink. Changing window locations is often all but impossible.

What I liked about this solution done by KSA Kitchens of Purcellville VA is the shelf added to the window area. You’ll also notice that the windows are casement (crank out) style which makes opening them a good bit easier than double hung windows.  The dishwasher is correctly placed with a cabinet in between it and the angled sink base. It’s an often overlooked detail that does take a bit more plumbing but allows for the user to have adequate floor space to stand when loading the dishwasher.

Design is always in the details and these clever solutions prove that point.

Connie Edwards CKD, CBD, Waypoint Living Spaces

The Office of Your Dreams

Waypoint's style 410S in Maple Espresso

Open and closed storage in this built-in credenza gives flexibility to the user.

With its clean and crisp lines, this work space  would be a dream in an professional office but it could work just as well as a home office.

A sawhorse-type desk is backed by a built-in  credenza  with lots of possibilities. The whole area is a lesson in stacking cabinets. The towers , provide open book shelves as well as closed storage on the bottom and clear class inserts in the upper layer.

Even the main work surface is a combination of stacked wall cabinets and a drawer base.It has an overall height of just over 40”. Which works with today’s trend of stand up work stations as a healthier way to work. As a side note, standing all day instead of sitting like we’ve done for decades, isn’t as easy as it seems. Yes, it will burn more calories and perhaps keeps us more alert but it takes practice (and sometimes coaching) to learn how to stand correctly for long periods of time.

The computer can be connected to the television screen and the accent panel behind is painted in a sightly deeper hue to set it off.

Connie Edwards CKD, CBD, Waypoint Living Spaces

Three of my Favorite Painted kitchens

There’s no question about it, painted cabinets are a top trend setter. My own kitchen is in Maple Linen and I just love it. So it just made sense to look up some beautiful painted kitchens to share with you.

Waypoint's style 610D in Maple Cream Glaze

Photo compliments of Cranbury Design Center

I love the fresh look of this first kitchen (above) in Waypoint’s style 610D in Maple Cream Glaze. Cranbury Design Center of Hightstown NJ is the design firm that did this spectacular project. One thing that caught my eye was the nice balance between the mullion door cabinets on the right and the space around the hood which I really like. I was also interested in the various back splash treatments. Most of it is subway tile but marble is used right behind the sink. Below the hood is a framed mosaic treatment.  Three looks combined to give great interest. The clean lines and simple elegance of the cabinetry are a great foil for the heavy top molding and beautiful light fixtures.

Waypoint's style 720R in Maple Hazelnut Glaze

Photo compliments of Allhouse Kitchens

The owners of this home (photo above) were Hurricane Sandy victims. They took a tragedy and turned it into a dream remodel of their home. When it came to the kitchen they wanted a cabinet with a plywood option that also had all the needed decorative components to give them an ornate Tuscan look. Waypoint and their style 720R in Hazelnut Glaze was just the perfect choice and Allhouse Kitchens of Keyport NJ did the amazing design work.

From the ornate island with its carved corbels and paneled back detail with under molding lighting to staggered height wall cabinets this Maple Hazelnut Glaze kitchen is a beauty. Paneled arched valances top off the area over the sink and the cooking alcove.  Pantries balance both ends of the design and provide all that extra storage we all want. There are details everywhere you look.

Waypoint's style 620D in Maple Cream Glaze

Photo complements of dRemodeling

As often happens, major remodeling follows the purchase of a new house and that’s just what happened to this Pennsylvania family. (See photo above.) The kitchen in the home they just purchased didn’t meet their needs or their design style so they contacted dRemodeling of Philadelphia.  The homeowners were looking for a vintage, classic white kitchen in addition to opening up their space to allow for a more universal design. And that’s just what they got. I love the timeless subway tile and updated school house lights that add to the flavor.

White has always been a classic finish and its current popularity is amazing.

Connie Edwards CKD, CBD, Waypoint Living Spaces

And the Winner is…

Recently Waypoint Living Spaces held a design contest for its dealers. Called Showcase Your Space the contest had three categories: kitchen, bathroom and other living spaces. The judges made their selections based on creativity, originality and use of decorative accents and details. Before and after photos were part of the submission and with over 250 entries, the competition was fierce. Here are the winners:


Waypoint's style 720R in Maple Butterscotch Glaze

Photo compliments of Creative Kitchens, Inc.

Creative Kitchens, Inc. of Point Pleasant, West Virginia was the winner in the Bathroom category with this spectacular master bath. It has a serene Mediterranean feel. I especially like the repetition of arches and carved corbels. The door style is 720R in Maple Butterscotch Glaze.

His and her vanities, separated by a lowered sit-down makeup area finally got the husband back in the master bath. He’d been using the hall bathroom before the remodel because there just wasn’t enough space for both of them.  Now there is and who wouldn’t want to be in this room? Careful space planning provided storage for everything they both needed.


Waypoint's style 610 in Maple Cream Glaze

Photo compliments of Lifestyle Space Design

This spectacular room has more to it than meets the eye and was designed by Lifestyle Space Design of New York City. Believe it or not, the cabinetry (in style 610 in Maple Cream Glaze) helps create a combination dining room/bedroom and office for their design business. Not shown is a table on wheels that serves as a work surface during the day and changes to a dining table in the evening.  Also not shown is a Murphy bed that converts this 12’ x 13.5’ room to a bedroom at night. Such is life in a New York apartment…the tight spaces bring out the best in design


Waypoint's style 720R in Maple Linen

Photo compliments of Zelmar Kitchens & More

Before photo


Zelmar Kitchens & More of Orlando Florida won the first place slot in the kitchen category. And its small wonder.  Just take a look at the before photo to see the extraordinary changes. The angled wall in the original kitchen didn’t change but wow did the rest of the room.  I was particularly fascinated to see that the soffits (a drop down box that fills the space between the wall cabinets and ceiling) were shortened so that taller (42”) wall cabinets could be installed  A row of utility cabinets next to the wall ovens provides loads of storage and the contrasting island is right on today’s trend of mixing finishes.
The cabinets are Waypoint’s style 720R in Maple Linen which kept the room light and bright but the mitered door style is beautifully detailed …just like this wonderful kitchen.

Connie Edwards CKD, CBD, Waypoint Living Spaces

Bedroom Built-ins are an Unexpected Delight

It may be one of the least expected places to find built-in cabinetry. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that I love built-ins. Almost anywhere.It’s just that you rarely find storage like this in a master bedroom.

Built-in cabinetry can be customized to individual preferences.So the tall cabinet can be used for shoe storage or a place to store folded tee shirts and sweaters. Whatever works best.

Waypoint's style 730S i Cherry Chocolate

Waypoint's style 730S in Cherry Java gives a contemporary look to these built-ins.

Wall cabinets (increased in depth to 24”) are stacked on top of drawer bases. The drawers would be great for socks and underwear and the deep wall storage could easily hold purses and folded jeans. The low cabinets create a room divider and hold the television….at a perfect height to watch favorite bed-time shows.  I love the bit of glass too. It gives a spa-like feeling.

Built-ins make the most of space and best of all… they never have to be moved to clean behind them!

Connie Edwards CKD, CBD, Waypoint Living Spaces

Mise en Place…Everything in its Place

Mise En Place, pronounced mee-zahn-plahs, is a French term for the practice of assembling everything to prepare a meal before beginning to cook. That’s why professional cooks and our favorite television chefs always have tools lined up, pans in place, vegetables chopped and eggs cracked in tiny glass bowls all ready to be dumped into the batter at the perfect moment. It’s not all about keeping to a schedule…they really work that way.

Called ‘The Meez’ by some cooking professionals, this concept is occasionally considered the way to plan a work project too and I guess that makes sense. Nothing beats having everything you need on hand before you begin a project of any kind. Whether in the office or at home, being prepared with all the necessary tools and supplies makes any job more manageable.

So it only makes sense to organize your cabinet interiors and drawers too. There are many options to choose from and here are just a few.

Waypoint's style 650S in Maple Honey

The lazy susan is a trusted stand-by and still is one of the best ways to use a corner.

Waypoint's style 750F in Cherry Java

A double drawer unit with a scalloped Roll Out Tray gives lots of storage options.

Waypoint's style 420T in Cherry Spice

Vertical storage for trays and cutting boards are a great idea. I also like storing them over wall ovens and even refrigerators with dividers.

Waypoint's style 750F in Maple Cream Glaze

A drawer knife organizer protects the blades and keeps everything in easy reach.

Waypoint's style 750F in Cherry Java

Peg-style dish storage makes it easy to see the contents.

Waypoint's style 612D in Cherry Java

Slim pull out storage units can hold everything from canned goods to cleaning supplies.

Waypoint's style 750F in Maple Cream Glaze

A beautifully organized kitchen!

Connie Edwards CKD, CBD, Waypoint Living Spaces