Thanks for hopping on over to the blog! I hope you all had cozy holidays and are ready to get started with a new year/new decade. I always mean to write to you and say hi and then sit at the screen trying to figure out what to say. I think some people are here because they want design tips and inspiration, others are here because they are thinking about doing a kitchen and are trying to figure out who they want to work with, and others are here because they want to hear about us. Those all sound like entirely separate blogs, and since I never know exactly who I’m talking to, I usually start a post and then wander off to finish other projects. I’ll address all three of them briefly though. Feel free to skip to whichever one interests you.
Looking for Design Inspiration?
I’m also writing for American Farmhouse Style magazine online, where I get to answer decorating and design questions like what are good wood floor colors and how to decorate on a budget. Since a quick online search will give you zillions of decorating tips, I try to make my articles be from a perspective you don’t normally get (kind of like an inside scoop). Just search my name in the search bar and you’ll find articles I’ve written as well as articles others have written that include our work.
Wanting to Redo Your Kitchen?
No matter who you work with or what kind of cabinetry you get, you’ll be done with your kitchen at some point and the only things that are going to matter for years to come are whether the function of your kitchen is good and whether your cabinets are made to last (and by last, I mean look good and function well as they last). Because of this, we work primarily with people wanting really nice-quality kitchens. We offer a completely different experience than other kitchen places and we invest a lot of time into each and every client.
We primarily use Starmark cabinetry, which is top-rated and the most amazing cabinetry ever. It’s custom but generally less expensive than local-workshop-built custom cabinetry and has a lifetime finish and warranty. We do really great kitchen designs and help you through the entire process. Our clients are mostly in the Nashville area but we do have people we’re working with in other states.
Generally people we work with either came to us because they want to work with us specifically or they come because they want Starmark cabinets (most cabinet brands have really bad reviews). It’s hard for most people to wrap their minds around this, but there is a gigantic difference in quality and performance between nice cabinets and mid- and low-lines of cabinets, and there is a lot of junk out there. It’s likely that you will get an exponentially-better product with Starmark than you’ll get anywhere else, and once your contractor marks up cheaper cabinets from builder sources, you’ll end up paying about the same.
There are also a lot of sub-par kitchen designs out there, which we often see when someone brings in kitchen plans from somewhere else. Some of them are not drawn with the proper software and don’t actually translate into a feasible kitchen plan, and others are just low on function and style. Just a word to the wise. Not all kitchen plans and cabinet products are created equal.
We’ve also found that not everyone fits our niche and that’s okay. We’re working on re-branding a little so that everything is clear and concise.
News About Us
For the people who aren’t doing kitchens and are still reading, I’ll give you an update on us since it has been so long! We’ve been in our house for almost five years (I posted our DIY renovations one the blog) and we’re starting to change stuff around again to fit our life and family now.
It’s interesting to see how the way we live affects how our homes should be designed. We’re working on making each space in our home be functional and enjoyable for its intended purpose, and we’re setting it all up to make sure every space gets used. This creates a lot of new fun “experiences” at home, where it feels like a new environment or space even when nothing structural has been done. I love to move (I am happy as a clam buying, fixing up, and selling our own houses every two years) but since we’re keeping our current house, I’ll have to settle for making new experiences within our existing house. For example, we just flip-flopped our dining room with the room opposite (technically a formal living room but it really didn’t have much of an identity) and it feels so new and exciting (actually our kids did it for us when I told them I was dreaming about moving everything around). We’re also doing some bigger projects at home, which I’m in the planning stages for now.
On the Kid Front
We still homeschool as well, which isn’t as hard as people would think. They do a mix of independent work with some outside classes and also help us with smaller construction projects at home or at the shop. Our oldest is developing carpentry skills and our middle child is a very artistic photographer. Our youngest is more into Lego construction than actual construction, but he happily works on home projects in order to earn money to buy Legos. So it all works out okay.
Thanks for following along! I am going to try and post more often this year if I can possibly get away to do it! More American Farmhouse Style magazine articles are coming soon as well, and I’ll let you know when they’re up. If you don’t already follow us on Instagram or like our Facebook page, please click here and follow us. We really appreciate it!