It is very common for homeowners to purchase a new home with the intention of revamping and remodeling right away. Some buyers however, are unfortunately forced to remodel due to unforeseen circumstances. Quick and urgent remodels often require the attention of design professionals who are talented enough to take a drab and damaged space and turn it into a stunning new room in the blink of an eye.
Donna McMahon of Kitchens by Wedgewood in Louisville, Colorado shares her story of racing the clock to remodel a kitchen for a couple who experienced a burst pipe prior to closing. Even under a time crunch, Donna was able to take a modest kitchen and transform it into a beautiful, open space with the help of eye-catching products like a BLANCO SILGRANIT® sink. To see more of Donna’s design and how she achieved it, check out the interview below.
Donna, the kitchen transformation is absolutely gorgeous! What did you find to be your biggest design challenge?
DM: Thank you! The biggest challenge was to work around an existing column/structure which had really hindered the previous kitchen layout. Also we had to maintain the original footprint for the most part. I was able to push the peninsula out about a one foot, which made a tremendous difference of space inside the U-shape area and around the range.
What made you choose BLANCO for your design?
DM: I love BLANCO sinks and always recommend them to clients because there are so many choices. I especially love the SILGRANIT collection because of the ease of maintenance and their color selections. Stainless is not for everyone, and these sinks serve up a big solution in choice and performance!
How did BLANCO help create the perfect kitchen environment?
DM: This is a modest kitchen, and the sink work area is in an exposed section of the walkway to the family room. The award winning BLANCO PERFORMA™ Medium 1-3/4 Low Divide offered the perfect solution for easy concealment with its compact depth and size. The Café Brown color helps the sink disappear into the countertop while giving the user that ease of maintenance by not showing water stains – since it does not require constant wiping or cleaning. Any washed or unwashed items sit deep into the bowls which have that great low section wall. The low divide is a favorite detail about this model, because she has use of two sink sections, but the benefit of feeling like it is one large sink (which works for those oversized items). The homeowners have two little kids and a large circle of friends that they entertain in their new home. They love how the sink items never feel crowded in this BLANCO model!
What helped you to utilize the space in the new design so much better than the original while still keeping the original footprint intact?
DM: I was able to eliminate a blind corner that is a minimally useful cabinet solution. I created enough space in doing that to give the users a trash pullout (eliminating a trash can on the floor), a huge set of drawers to store utensils of all kinds plus a full collection of pots, pans and dishes. Those two units together made a huge difference in a kitchen that did not change its footprint very much.
Did the fact that you were under a time restraint with the remodel have an impact on your design?
DM: No, not at all. I knew this family from a previous project, so we understood how to communicate about needs, wants and possibilities. Also, they trusted me to help them move in the best direction for a better layout. Solving the design predicament was a smooth experience, and it turned out the lead-time for the cabinetry fell right into the reconstruction/renovation schedule!
About Kitchens by Wedgewood
Kitchens by Wedgewood was founded in 1984, and for the past 30 years, the Colorado company has built its reputation on a foundation of fine cabinetry for every room in the home and excellent customer service for every type of remodeling project. Compared to big box stores and other cabinetry companies, they are unique because they build their own line of custom cabinets in addition to carrying leading national cabinetry brands.
BLANCO recently headed to Herald Square in New York City to join in the celebration of the 35th anniversary grand re-opening of the De Gustibus Cooking School by Miele located in Macy’s. The colorful #DG35 Media Event hosted over 220 guests including media outlets, celebrity chefs, friends, clients and partners of the cooking school.
Delicious signature hors d’oeuvres such as Ricotta Crositni, Grilled cheese Tramezzini and Tomato Gorgonzola courtesy of Chef/Co-Owner Gabe Thompson of Epicurean Events were passed throughout the night along with perfectly paired wines courtesy of Banfi Wines. The celebration continued with music and dancing before ending off with a delicious dessert selection! Featured desserts included assorted cookies provided by Milk Bar NYC and a stunning Lemon Olive Oil Cake filled with raspberry jam and vanilla butter-cream courtesy of Chef Thiago Silva of the EMM Group. The four-tiered cake was creatively decorated and modeled to look like the De Gustibus Cooking School and even included such details as the Poggenpohl cabinetry and BLANCO ONE™ sink.
Among the event guests were Celebrity Chef Marc Murphy of the Food Network series Chopped, two time Chopped winner James Briscione and Michelin starred Chef Markus Glocker of Batard. Other event sponsors included Voss Water who provided a “wall of water” for the event, Solex fine foods and Robinson’s Prime Reserve. Urbani Truffles along with Illy coffee and L’Occitane contributed to the gift bags.
BLANCO is a proud partner of the De Gustibus Cooking School and provided De Gustibus with a ONE sink and CULINA™ faucet in the demonstration kitchen in addition to quality STEELART sinks and professional series faucets for the chef’s kitchen. To watch a video of the event, click here.
BLANCO’s state-of-the art kitchen designs are continuously featured on Houzz.com. This trendy design site allows visitors to browse over 5 million interior design photos featuring everything from decorating ideas to home professionals.
Here are a few of our favorite BLANCO kitchen designs now featured on Houzz.
Sleek Contemporary Design
Sea Interior Design remodeled this beautiful mid-west kitchen using the BLANCO DIAMOND™ sink from the SILGRANIT® II collection. BLANCO DIAMOND helped transform this kitchen from a drab 1980s design to a bold, contemporary entertaining space.
A Bold and Bright Kitchen
The Perfect Combination of Warmth and Texture
Modern Flair Heats up This Kitchen
Celebrity Interior Designer Cathy Hobbs, host of Design Recipes on Pix 11 Morning News and finalist on Season 6 of HGTV’s Design Star, completed her renovation of a country kitchen located in a cottage in Upstate New York. The BIG Reveal episode, which aired last week featured a BLANCO CERANA Apron Front Sink as the centerpiece of the beautiful makeover with a GRACE™ Wall Mounted Pot Filler and a MERIDIAN™ Semi Professional Faucet. Cathy Hobbs selected BLANCO elements that both matched the charm of the bucolic setting and added a contemporary refresh to the dated interior – a perfect “traditional meets modern” execution. Other featured kitchen brands include Bosch, Architectural Systems, Zicana, Blanco, Savoy House by Lightsonline.com and Top Knobs. To watch the episode, click here.
Beautiful sinks and faucets require a little TLC every once in a while to ensure they stay clean, efficient and last for years at a time.
BLANCO’s latest how-to videos will help take you step-by-step with in depth tutorials on four different processes needed for kitchen sink and faucet maintenance. Getting an in-depth look from professionals can help make these projects as quick and easy as possible!
BLANCO’s four new how-to videos include:
- How To Clean or Replace a Clogged Aerator – A clogged aerator can be the cause of many common problems including low or uneven water pressure in your faucet. This BLANCO how-to video will help you clean or replace your aerator quickly and easily. http://youtu.be/zpp_yDu47ls
- How to Backflush Supply Lines – another common cause of uneven or low water pressure is a clogged supply line. This BLANCO video will take you step-by-step through backflushing the supply lines in your faucet. http://youtu.be/-PlehStl_eU
- How to Punch a Faucet Hole in a BLANCO SILGRANIT® Kitchen Sink – this how-to video will help guide you or your installation professional to punch out holes on the deck of a SILGRANIT sink to install a faucet or other accessory. http://youtu.be/MkCmGPkd0bU
- How to Replace a Faucet Spray Hose – this how-to video will help you replace a faucet spray hose quickly and easily with just a screwdriver and adjustable wrench or channel lock pliers. http://youtu.be/AY29Uuh4uI8
To view more videos from BLANCO visit our YouTube Channel here.
Cathy Hobbs, host of Design Recipes on Pix 11 Morning News and finalist on Season 6 of HGTV’s Design Star, interviewed BLANCO’s Christy Emens at the renowned De Gustibus Cooking School (located in Macy’s Herald Square, New York) to learn about the different styles of sinks and faucets available from the German brand. The Emmy Award Winning TV Host and Interior Designer’s latest project is the redesign of a country cottage kitchen in Upstate New York which will feature a BLANCO CERANA™ Apron Front Sink.
Surrounded by De Gustibus’ beautiful BLANCO STEELART™ sinks – Christy discusses BLANCO’s rich history across 90 years of operation, including how the brand’s STEELART sinks are handcrafted in Germany. The video also includes a demonstration of BLANCO’s newest stainless steel line, the ONE™ Collection. The ONE Collection features a range of custom-designed accessories that create a dynamic and functional food preparation space based on how you live and cook. The ONE Super Single Bowl shown is the perfect sink for homeowners who love to cook.
The interview comes to a close with Cathy’s final question: what would Christy suggest for the country cottage kitchen design? The CERANA™ Apron Front Sink is the recommended product, which is crafted of durable fireclay material that’s easy to clean. The look and feel of the CERANA sink fits perfectly with the design goals set by Cathy.
To see the entire video, click here.
Hubert Keller is one of America’s celebrities in the cooking world with several successful restaurants and cookbooks as well as a cooking series, Secrets of a Chef. BLANCO’s Design Council recently enjoyed a tour of Hubert Keller’s Secrets of a Chef studio kitchen along with an elaborate tasting menu at his Las Vegas restaurant, Fleur.
At our dinner, we received a signed copy of Souvenirs: Stories and Recipes from My Life by the star chef (Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC ).
Keller’s most recent cookbook doubles as a memoir depicting an intimate look into his life through over 100 recipes, photographs and personal stories.
Souvenirs features countless decadent recipes including one for a delicious Potato, Shallot, and Fresh Herb Pot Pie that is sure to be a definite crowd-pleaser. Check out chef Hubert Keller’s recipe below.
Potato, Shallot, and Fresh Herb Pot Pie
Serves 4 to 6
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled
1 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 cup very finely chopped shallots
3 large eggs
1 cup heavy cream or half-and-half
1 1/2 cups coarsely grated Gruyère cheese, 3 to 4 ounces
1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh, flat-leaf parsley
2 tablespoons finely sliced fresh chives
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
Unsalted butter for buttering the baking dish
Make sure to watch your potatoes and do not overcook them. You want to slice them after cooking.
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Place the potatoes in a saucepan with cold water to cover. Add a tablespoon of salt and bring to a boil over high heat. Boil the potatoes until just tender; the timing depends on how large the potatoes. Do not overcook. Drain, let cool, and slice into 1/8-inch thick rounds.
Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the shallots, season with salt and pepper, and cook until very soft, about 5 minutes. Add a tablespoon of water if the pan becomes too dry. Remove from the heat and set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk the eggs until well mixed. Stir in the cream, cheese, thyme, parsley, chives, garlic, and shallots. Season well with salt and pepper.
Generously butter a 1-1/2-quart gratin dish or pie pan. Spread half the sliced potatoes evenly over the bottom of the mold. Ladle half the egg mixture over the potatoes, and then layer in the remaining potatoes. Fill the shell with the remaining egg mixture.
Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured work surface into a circle 1/8th inch thick and leaving about a 1-inch larger than the mold all around. Fit the pastry onto the top of the pie. Press the edges onto the edge of the dish and crimp the pastry all around. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and 1 teaspoon water. Brush the pastry all over with the egg wash and cut a central chimney through the pastry to allow steam to escape. If desired, with the back of a knife, make some decorative lines through the glaze onto the pastry and use leftover pastry scraps to make decorations. Brush these with the glaze.
Bake the potato pie until the pastry is browned, about 40 minutes. Let the pie rest about 10 minutes before serving.
For the second year in a row, BLANCO participated as one of 4 brands to sponsor “Modenus Talks” held during Design & Construction Week in Las Vegas. During the day-long, design-focused session, held at Las Vegas’ World Market Center – a group of 75 industry professionals including designers, remodelers, showroom owners, media professionals and supporting brands – joined to discuss “The Power of Design: How does design impact emotional and physical wellness of the client”.
The day concluded with the group breaking into teams to tackle a specific design challenge. We were also proud that several members of our BLANCO Design Council were selected for these discussions. The winners of the challenge and transcripts of best ideas will be published after the event by Modenus and we look forward to sharing best design solutions that impact client well being. We are honored to be part of your work and to help you with your daily challenges.
Thank you to Chasen West for the photos.
BLANCO STEELART™ sinks are featured in three stunning penthouse suites situated at the Residences at Mandarin Oriental, with spectacular views of the Las Vegas Strip. The exclusive residences were host to private events for Modenus #BlogTourVegas, press and the design community during Design and Construction Week in Las Vegas.
According to kitchen designer Anne Kramer, of Poggenpohl, the intent was to showcase unique design features in each of the three kitchens. “Our vision is to personalize each kitchen to the homeowner’s needs for entertaining, for cooking, for storage and for lifestyle. Unlike traditional homes, these residences are at the height of the Las Vegas strip. A rarified atmosphere where anything is possible. The kitchen design had to reflect a setting that was warm and comfortable, yet impressive. Of course both the cabinetry, surfaces, fixtures and appliances had to achieve the highest performance whether the owner makes a quick meal, orders in or has a private chef to cook.”
The kitchens included the following BLANCO fixtures:
- Penthouse 4505: BLANCO PRECISION™ STEELART™ sink & CULINA™ professional style faucet
- Penthouse 4501: BLANCO PRECISION™ STEELART™ sink & ALTA™ pull-out faucets, wall-mounted pot filler and RONDO™ Bar sink
- Penthouse 4307: BLANCO PRECISION™ STEELART™ sink & CULINA™ professional style faucet
To get a rare view of these private penthouses, click on the image or link to the video below for scenes from the opening night sponsored by BLANCO, Poggenpohl, Cosentino and Dacor. The theme of the evening, the Art of Performance, highlights how kitchen design can be both functional and beautiful. The theme further emphasizes the detail, quality and engineering each of the sponsors’ products brought to these amazing kitchens… just as a BLANCO STEELART™ sink starts out as a single sheet of stainless and is sculpted by hand into a seamless, stunning, yet hard working design.
In true Las Vegas style, Cirque du Soleil performers along with the sculpture by Richard MacDonald helped to make the evening a spectacular success. Thank you to Daniel Messier and Chasen West for contributing their photos to this video and to KNB-Corp for developing the project with the sponsors and the Mandarin Oriental of Las Vegas.
Welcome to the creativity issue of BLANCO’s Inspirations Magazine – featuring trends, news and ideas for your home.
Social media offers us unprecedented access to creativity all around us. Whether it’s a whimsical iPhoto creation from Instagram artist, Kerstin Hiestermann, a makeover project for the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, a comforting recipe or a beautiful baby inside a BLANCO sink – we celebrate the power of creativity to enhance our lives, our homes and our work. We hope you enjoy it.