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Tips from the JWH Team: Easy Updates


Ready to make some quick updates to your kitchen, but not quite ready to commit to a full remodel?  It’s not as daunting as it seems: Small changes can add up to big results. Whether you’re looking to add style, function or a boost of energy to your eating space, these 5 ideas will inspire you to make changes that will have maximum impact on your kitchen.

Before the JWH Update

Before Photo

JWH cabinetry paint finish

Professionally sprayed cabinets

Open Things Up

Make a small kitchen feel bigger by opting for open shelving instead of upper cabinets. If you’re not ready to ditch the cabinets, remove cabinet doors to make a display for pretty plates and keep your most used cookware handy. If you choose this option, you’ll have to work a little extra to make sure you keep your goods organized. Group together similar colors, shapes and sizes to create a streamlined and purposeful look.

Update Hardware

Replacing cabinet knobs and drawer pulls remains one of the most easy and affordable ways to bring new life to your kitchen. If you’re looking for a sleek and modern look go with a polished nickel finish. Satin or antique brass has made a re-entry into design so this could be fun to try.  With all the kitchen hardware choices out there, you’ll find that an upgrade is a simple and efficient way to breathe life into a ho-hum kitchen.  Click “Update Hardware” to see the wide variety of choices from Top Knobs, available through JWH.

Look Up

Ceilings are an unexpected place to add dimension to your kitchen. Add a quick pop of rich color with a fresh coat of paint or install new recessed lighting in various sizes. Instead of using the same old pendant lamps, opt for oversized trendy commercial-grade fixtures for an industrial look. Add some sophistication with a traditional coffered ceiling. For maximum impact, tin-ceiling tiles can be painted to fit to your current color scheme.

Add a Splash

A classic white subway tile backsplash is an inexpensive way to add pizazz to kitchens. For a more exotic look, add a brightly colored Moroccan tile backsplash or iridescent glass in a herringbone pattern. For a dazzling effect, extend the backsplash all the way up to the ceiling. This small but potent change may be just what you need to transform your kitchen in a pinch. Artistic Tile has plenty of ideas to spark your imagination!

Look Down

From installing faux bois floors to slapping on a fresh coat of paint to laying porcelain tile, sprucing up your kitchen floors is a surefire way to give your space a facelift.  For a low-maintenance option select engineered flooring; it’s available in a wide variety of styles and is one of the most affordable options when it comes to installing new floors. Bamboo remains a more eco-friendly and ergonomic flooring choice, while a cork kitchen floor adds a unique texture and a padded feel.

Updates for a JWH Kitchen

Paint, countertops, hardware and lighting give this JWH a new look.

Need help? The JWH Design & Cabinetry Team comes armed with creative design expertise to improve layout, function, flow and long-term value of your kitchen remodel project.  Designing with high-quality custom cabinetry, we can fully execute our creative “out-of-the-box” space planning, interior design and kitchen cabinetry solutions. Contact us today and find out how we can help you realize your kitchen remodeling dreams!

Tips from the JWH Team


6 Creative Kitchen Storage Solutions

There’s nothing quite like opening a cabinet door to grab a dash of kosher salt for your charcuterie, and finding everything is in its proper place. The hallelujah chorus faintly playing in the background, you close the cabinet door and walk away feeling that all is right in the world. When it comes to keeping order in the kitchen, getting a little creative with storage is key. These six simple, effective storage tips will have you on your way to keeping your kitchen running like a well-oiled machine.

Hide appliances and utensils.

It’s the first rule in Kitchen Organization 101: The less “stuff” that’s stored on the counter, the cleaner your kitchen will feel. Hide larger appliances like toasters, stand mixers, and food processors behind an appliance garage door. Stash dishwashing materials behind closed doors. Add a narrow pullout under the sink to create storage space for dish soap, scrubbers, sponges, and towels.

Use hooks.

If you’re a baker, you likely have a few oddly shaped mixing blades for your Kitchen Aid Mixer. For utensils that don’t typically fit into a drawer, save space by hanging them from small hooks inside your cabinet. The idea is to make your life easier by finding convenient ways to access your most-used utensils.

Add storage to an island.

An island serves as an anchor for your entire kitchen, providing extra workspace, storage space, and eating space. To maximize the functionality of your island, include an under-counter beverage refrigerator, deep drawers to store pots and pans, and even a butcher block built into the countertop for knife and utensil storage.

kitchen knife storage

JWH Custom Cabinetry knife drawer

Boost space with baskets.

In the event that you run out of cabinet or drawer space, never fear: baskets are here to save the day! Use the brilliance of a basket to neatly organize towels, snacks, and utensils without adding additional clutter to counter spaces. Artfully arrange fresh fruits in a countertop basket for a twofold reward: more storage space and an aesthetically pleasing enhancement to your eating area.

Add an extra pantry.

Whether your pantry is bursting at the seams with food, or you don’t have a pantry at all, a surprising way to add a storage area is by utilizing the empty space alongside the refrigerator to create a vertical organizer. A tall pullout with shelves allows for added storage space for snacks, spices, utensils, and whatever else you need to stash in a pinch.

Take a Lazy Susan spin.

Despite her name, Susan is anything but lazy. This brilliant kitchen standby has saved the masses from emptying entire cabinets in an attempt to get to an item in the back. A Lazy Susan works wonders for making essentials easy to find. Instead of consigning this spinning wonder to a deep cabinet, add one to the pantry for simple retrieval of kitchen utensils.


If you’re ready for a custom solution to your storage needs,  call the experts at JWH Design & Cabinetry. Our Team specializes in space planning with 20 years of experience designing fabulous kitchens, family spaces, libraries, and baths. Browse our Design Portfolio to see our custom cabinetry projects and let us help you turn your dreams into reality.

Kitchen of the Year 2017


The JWH Team is proud to be part of this major design event! JWH Custom Cabinetry will be a main feature in the beautiful Kitchen of the Year!  Here is the first press release from House Beautiful:


JWH Design & Cabinetry Sponsor

04.06.17  House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year is returning to San Francisco to celebrate its tenth year and will be open to the public from Saturday, April 29, through Monday, May 29, at the 2017 San Francisco Decorator Showcase.

This year’s Kitchen in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco is being designed by Jon de la Cruz of San Francisco’s DLC-ID, who will bring his expert ability for creating modern, timeless and inventive interiors to the showcase. His design will honor a love of food and entertaining, and celebrates the kitchen as the new American living room.

Stay tuned for more updates from House Beautiful and the big kitchen reveal!

JWH Design and Cabinetry is excited to collaborate with Jon de la Cruz on this year’s Decorator Showcase.  Follow us on Instagram for photos and updates.  @jwhdesigns @delagrammar

Southport Beauty Photographed


Kitchen renovation

Flow and function are the main features of the JWH Kitchen.

We spent a beautiful afternoon in Southport CT last week with photographer, Mick Hales, and our lovely Client, capturing photos of her new JWH Kitchen and Master Bath.

A project that started as a renovation unexpectedly became “new construction.”  The footprint of the home provided plenty of space, but critical design details and function were lacking in the architectural plans.  Jennifer Howard and the JWH Team shared their expertise in architecture and space planning to rearrange these spaces.  The layout of the first floor included the Kitchen, Breakfast Room, side entry with Mudroom, Laundry, Desk Area, Walk-in Pantry and Powder Room, as well as the adjoining Family/Living Room and Dining Room.   The first floor Master Suite provided a challenge to accomplish the specific storage needs and “wish list” for this Client, including the double door shower with curbless entry.

The side entry location now makes sense with a clear path to the Kitchen for carrying groceries and letting in the natural light.  Careful planning of the appliances achieved the goals of a dedicated “smoothy station,”  baking area with easy access to the ingredients and appliances, two clean up areas with dishwashers, and plenty of storage for collections of beautiful glass and silver.  The large Island with seating on three sides is a great spot for casual meals and conversation. The details of the JWH Custom Cabinetry were a collaboration with the Client who is an accomplished Interior Designer. The fabulous light fixture over the Island, carefully selected hardware, and gorgeous marble slabs were all handpicked by the Client herself.

Appliances for smoothies

Dedicated spot for making daily smoothies.

“I look at each project as a puzzle that needs solving.  When the pieces come together, everything works.  This is what makes every project fun and exciting for me,” says Jennifer Howard, owner and principal designer.  To view more JWH projects visit , Houzz or call 914-967-6020.


Sunny Kitchen Setting in Larchmont


After a long dreary winter, signs of spring are flowing through the tall windows in this new Kitchen and Family Room addition.  Being a transplant from sunny California, this Client’s request was lots of light!  The 9’0 ceilings with extra tall windows make this possible.  It can be tricky to fit large windows while balancing the need for storage, so the design process involved several different window arrangements.  Here is one of the earlier concept views:

Initial JWH Kitchen

3-d renderings of design concept helps JWH clients make the right decisions for their home.

Cabinetry installation started this week by our JWH Team.  By the end of the second day, the cabinets are in place and ready to be templated.  The 42″ French Door Sub Zero appliance panels are installed with beautiful polished nickel hardware by Alno.

Drilling the cabinet hardware

The steel blue/gray Island is a warm contrast to the white perimeter cabinetry.



The crown moulding will be installed above the cabinetry valance and around the entire room, and  custom color-matched for a perfect finish.  Once the countertops are installed (and these are a beautiful choice, not to be revealed here) and most of the major construction work is complete, the JWH guys will return to install the furniture basemoulding and make the final touch ups.   This happy Client will be cooking in time for summer!

Design Challenges and Solutions


We have been told that the favorite projects at JWH are the ones that require them to “think out of the box.”   In this part of the country, the charming Victorians and solidly built Tudors are known to present plenty of challenges, but sometimes a 1980’s colonial can be just as tricky when it wasn’t designed properly from the start.

In this recent project designed by JWH Design & Cabinetry in Rye, NY, the existing kitchen was actually “in a box.”  A rectangular room with long solid walls, one exterior window, and one doorway to the mudroom, with a cabinetry layout that made no sense.  Even with a big opening to the adjoining family room, nothing about this space worked well.  Check out the challenging “before” photos below.

The dead end cooking area was disproportionate to the room.

BEFORE: the dead end cooking area was disproportionate to the room.

The long walls of cabinetry, away from the work zone, did not add much function.

BEFORE: the long walls of cabinetry, away from the work zone, did not add much function.

Before the Design Team at JWH will even focus on designing the cabinetry, appliances and countertops, they approach the space (and all the adjoining rooms) as a whole.  “Fixing” the space architecturally, whether it is adding or adjusting doorways, increasing windows, or even knocking down walls, is the critical first step.  “Any cabinet dealer can simply replace white cabinets and marble countertops, but this is a disservice to the homeowner,” says Jennifer Howard, owner and principal designer at JWH Design & Cabinetry.  “Improving the architecture of the room first will allow the designs to flow naturally, resulting in a space that “feels” right and functions well for the long term.”

As the JWH Team explores various layout options, the homeowner is presented with realistic 3-d views to help them visualize their new space.  In this case, the windows and new appliances had to remain, but new cabinetry configuration created a fully functioning kitchen with a large island for seating, a separate Bar with an added wine unit, and a generous desk area suited for the kids and mom.  Adjusting one door location and adding another were the simple architectural solutions by JWH that created new flow through the space and thrilled this homeowner.

JWH solution for the main cooking and clean up area

Plenty of counterspace and generous walkways ensures this cook won’t be trapped in their JWH Kitchen.

A better utilization of space allowed the addition of a Bar as well as the Family Desk.

A better utilization of space allowed the addition of a Bar as well as the Family Desk.











With the cabinetry design process now complete, and the detailed shop drawings are “signed off” and in production, the demolition and reconstruction of this space begins.  This Connecticut family will be enjoying their new kitchen well in time for the holidays.  Stay tuned for additional “In the Works” projects.

Posted by C.C. Murray, 2016

JWH Design & Cabinetry




JWH Finalist in “Best of Design” 2016


JWH Design & Cabinetry is a finalist in the 2016 Westchester Home Magazine Design Awards!  The “Best of Design” issue hit the stands this month and features photos and details from the finalists projects.

JWH Best of Design 2016

JWH Nominated for Best of Living Spaces

“It’s an honor to be selected for this category.  The beautiful Kitchen is a main feature, but how the overall space “lives” is what makes it special,” says Jennifer Howard, principal designer and owner of JWH Design & Cabinetry in Rye, NY.  The more challenging the space, the more excited the JWH Team is to orchestrate the transformation.  Working closely with the Client from start to finish, resulted in a space that the family enjoys every day. The remarkable “before” and “after” photos are featured on Houzz.

Winners will be announced Thursday, April 7 2016 at the 5th Annual Awards Ceremony.

JWH Nominated for Best Living Spaces

Truly a “living space” by the JWH Design Team

Custom JWH Home in Rye hits the market!


Designed by JWH Design & Cabinetry

Fabulous new home, designed and built by JWH Design & Cabinetry.

Designed and fully renovated JWH Design & Cabinetry, Sotheby’s has just listed this fabulous NEW 5,400 sf home in Rye.  5 bedrooms, 5 full and 2 half baths, first floor office, second floor laundry,  walk-up playroom on the 3rd floor, and full finished basement will provide plenty of  room for even the biggest of families.  Over 1/2 acre  of level landscaped property, the fenced yard has room for a pool and direct access to a private cul-de-sac. Located at 151 Old Post Road, this home is walking distance to town, train and schools.

Every inch of his home, inside and out, reflects the careful planning, design, and construction expertise of the JWH Design Team.   The custom kitchen features professional grade appliances and JWH Custom Inset Cabinetry in mixed painted and stained finishes.  The apron front sink and polished nickel plumbing fixtures by Rohl, Imperial Danby marble, cabinetry hardware by Emtek, Napoleon gas fireplace, and unique light fixtures by Visual Comfort and Robert Abbey are the high quality details that add instant style and charm to this great family and entertaining space.

JWH Custom Inset Cabinetry, Rohl Fixtures, Imperial Danby Marble and Visual Comfort Pendants

Each of the bathrooms (including the laundry room) feature JWH Custom Cabinetry in unique finishes.  The tile and slab details, fixture selections, and even the coordinated paint colors ensure that this home will appeal to discriminating buyers who recognize taste and quality.

” I treated this project like I was designing it for my family of 5 kids and grandson, and I’m pretty sure it shows in the flow and the function, as well as the creative details,” says Jennifer Howard, principal designer and owner of JWH Design & Cabinetry.    “We are excited by the positive response from realtors and interested buyers.”

Master Vanity

Master Vanity and Walk-in Shower

Laundry Room Cabinets

Color and texture in the Laundry Room

Two other custom projects by JWH Design & Cabinetry will also be hitting the market this sping.  A fully renovated 5800 sf home in the desired Milton school area in a quiet family neighborhood will be completed in late Spring.  And a soon-to-be constructed 4600 sf home on coveted Pine Island, with direct frontage on LI sound, and adjoining bay/dock, will be a totally unique opportunity for the savvy waterfront buyer.  For more information, please email or


JWH Wins Best of Houzz 2016


Rye, NY – JWH Design & Cabinetry has won the “Best Of Houzz 2016” Award for the 4th consecutive year. Only 3% of professionals in the US and North America receive this honored distinction, based on nominations of over 35 million monthly Houzz users.

“We hired JWH based on the excellent reviews,” writes one client about their experience with JWH.  The July 2015 review continues: “We were new to the area and we thank our lucky stars that we came across Jennifer and her team.  Not only did they help design and manufacture the most amazing kitchen we ever owned, they went beyond their duty in helping us create the beautiful home that we love.  If you are thinking of renovating your home, this is the team for you.”

It is the quality and quantity of excellent reviews, as well as the impressive portfolio of completed projects, that sets the JWH Design & Cabinetry Team apart as a top professional in the highly competitive Westchester and Fairfield County markets.  This impressive portfolio can be viewed at as well as on the interactive JWH website:

Keeping our JWH Clients Happy

Positive reviews from JWH Clients win the Best of Houzz Award 2016