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Archive for May, 2015

JWH Renovation Project Featured!


Beautiful Home Renovation in Rye Record

The annual House and Garden section of the Rye Record features a fabulous renovation project by Jennifer Howard and the JWH Design & Cabinetry Team.

Renovated Kitchen and Family Room Photos

A breath of spring in this JWH Kitchen and Family Room

Here is the link to the article and photos, published in the Rye Record, May 19, 2015.

The renovation project started as a dark, cramped, and oddly asymmetrical kitchen and family room areas. However, it soon transformed into an open, inviting and light-filled space for this young family’s enjoyment.

JWH coordinated the project from initial consultation before the home was ever purchased. From the architectural and cabinetry design process, permits, and construction, to the finishing touches! With a client living in NYC with young twins, our ability to offer “one-stop shopping” resulted in a streamlined process from start to finish.

Starting with the right layout is the key to the perfect ending. The peninsula Bar cabinets with double-sided glass cabinets above provide a transition from the hallway into the Kitchen. The best part? No obstruction of the view or the light of course. Now, the awkward angles in the Family Room elegantly hide behind the bookcase and TV unit. The latter instantly brings this 60’s addition up to date, without needing to do any exterior work.

This transitional kitchen with crisp white cabinetry in our Craftsman Series includes stainless hardware by Atlas Housewares, Pental Quartz countertops, and a 1×6″ glossy white glass tile backsplash. Thus, this kitchen design implements both beauty and function. Appliances include a 36″ Wolf range and pro-style hood, Sub Zero refrigerator, Jenn Air microwave drawer, and Sub Zero wine refrigerator.


Ready for Summer!



Jersey Shore Home in the final stages: Just in Time for Summer at the Beach!

Jersey Shore JWH project

New construction on the Jersey Shore features JWH Cabinetry

Our JWH Kitchen for this Jersey Shore home features a 48″ Wolf range with a custom wood hood, 36″ Sub Zero refrigerator/freezer and 30″ Sub Zero tall wine unit. All tied in with 2 Bosch dishwashers and a Sharp microwave drawer.  The oversized cherry Island, shown in a custom dark stain, allows generous space for prep and clean-up. Did we mention that it seats 6? The stools on the sides can be slid into a “niche” and out of the way when not in use. However, the Bar area is also designed for entertaining with plenty of counter space and glass cabinets above.  It also shines in daily functionalities. With a second sink, dishwasher, double trash unit, and snack drawers, this kitchen captures best of both worlds!

The full overlay doors and drawers provide a clean, transitional look.Better yet, they’re well-suited to tolerate the changes of humidity of the nearby ocean. Our durable catalyzed conversion varnish paint finish, prepped and finished in our JWH Millshop, will provide the needed durability in this busy vacation home.

Beachfront cabinetry by JWH

Almost ready for entertaining summer guests in this JWH Kitchen


Raising Our Expectations For Mother’s Day


A treat for working mothers

A vision of relaxation on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day: My Favorite Day

As a crazy busy, full time working Mom (and recent Grandma), I really look forward to Mother’s Day.  The idea that the day is all about “me” is a relaxing thought. The latter is often unrealistic, but, nonetheless,  I’m always optimistic.  My wishlist for the day has always been pretty basic:  a cup of coffee in bed, accompanied by a child-made breakfast, which can range from a bowl of cereal to a plate of cookies, and of course, a homemade card.  Ideally, this is also a day where everyone is nice to me and each other.

As I read this fun article from Houzz (while sitting at my desk at 7:30 am on a tired Monday after a busy Sunday), I wondered if I dare raise my expectations to a more ambitious Mother’s Day.  I am reminded of what we did for my Mom as kids, which started with “watery eggs and burnt toast”, according to her recollections, and included planting the outdoor flower pots.  She was not critical of our color selections and was thrilled to save her nails from the dirt.  This idea greatly appeals to me since I am never in possession of a decent pair of gardening gloves.

Ideas for a Great Mother’s Day 

The other ideas, like helping set up technology, re-organizing a closet and even just relinquishing control of the remote—these made me laugh and might actually make it onto this year’s wishlist.

My oldest son could easily clean up the files on my home laptop and make sure it is syncing with the office computers.  Meanwhile, my second son could make sure the Sonos music system is working on the wireless speakers outside so I can enjoy a sunny day in a lounge chair.  My fashionable daughter would do a fabulous (and ruthless) job weeding out everything in my closet that she hopes to never see me wear again!  My youngest son, who is my biggest helper on a daily basis, would not be horrified at the idea of collecting the “bombs” left by our dog around the yard.

Nothing ruins Mother’s Day more quickly than Mom “stepping in it.”  And perhaps the baby (19 months and into EVERYTHING) would agree to not remove the batteries from the remote and then hide it.  Or maybe we just hide the remote from him.

The perfect ending to the day would be a family dinner. Take out, leftovers, or a gourmet creation by my talented husband—it’s all the same to me, as long as I see smiles of those who make me grateful to be a Mother.

This is who makes me a Mother

The Makings of a Busy Mom

Reclaimed Wood Gets A Second Chance


Reclaimed wood

The character of reclaimed wood offsets the cool metals

Reclaim Your Home with Reclaimed Wood

Introducing reclaimed wood into your Kitchen gives instant warmth and charm to your home.  From flooring to furniture, open shelving and cabinetry accents, to actual beams across the ceiling. The choices of where to add this accent are plentiful, although the recycled resource itself is not. However, many of these older trees are gone and the wood is no longer available.  Younger trees are less dense so the resulting color is unmatched in older trees.

Working with this gorgeous wood in custom cabinetry and countertops is a fun and creative challenge for our Millshop.  The first step is often foraging through old barns in mid-Pennsylvania looking for a hidden treasure.  The longer planks can be used for countertops and wide shelving, while the shorter pieces work well when incorporated into the cabinetry design.

A recent find produced 6 rustic beams that are the perfect finishing touch to our client’s Tudor home.Tudor renovation with reclaimed wood beams

Installing reclaimed wood beams in this new JWH Kitchen