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Archive for April, 2017

Tips from the JWH Team: Easy Updates


Ready to make some quick kitchen updates, 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 easiest 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 to a traditional coffered ceiling. For maximum impact, tin-ceiling tiles can be painted to fit 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!

House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2017


JWH and House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year!

We are excited to share that House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year 2017  will feature JWH Custom Cabinetry.  As the 4th design project with Jon De La Cruz,  Jennifer Howard is honored to be part of this San Francisco project.  This spectacular kitchen is the main feature of the San Francisco Decorator Showhouse. The show is open to the public April 29-May 28, 2017.  Moreover, this show benefits the students and programs of San Francisco High School.  

The annual House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year issue will hit the newsstand September 19, 2017.  Grab your copy early, before they run out!  This issue features the projects of top designers and deserves a spot on your coffee table.

Jen and Jon Del Cruz x House Beautiful's Kitchen of the Year

Celebrating Kitchen of the Year!

The Design Team:

JWH Design and Cabinetry has collaborated with Jon de la Cruz on this year’s Decorator Showcase. Jennifer Howard worked carefully to reflect Jon’s artistic goals, and together they found the right balance of form and function. Remarkably, JWH Custom cabinetry was shipped from PA to CA in 6 weeks.  This achievement is due to an incredible team effort!  

Other sponsors of the Kitchen of the Year include Thermador, Lutron, and Bliss Haus.  These trend-setting companies will introduce exciting new products. For instance, the beautiful new Thermador 60″ steam range is an addition to their family of products. Moreover, it will be a highlight for visitors during opening weekend who want to sample the goodies!

The Bliss Haus display on open shelves will have you aching to organize your pantry.  In conclusion, a gorgeous display of storage, both practical and environmentally friendly, that will work beautifully for most families.

It becomes easy to control all your electronics from the iPad on your counter. Plus, Lutron works easily for your new construction projects as well as kitchen renovations.

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