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Brass’s Big Comeback: JWH Chats with Washington Post


brass makes a comeback

Brass fixtures selected by Carrie Parker Interiors

The Resurgence of Brass

Earlier this month, the Washington Post reached out to Jennifer Howard of JWH Design & Cabinetry about an emerging—or more specifically, reemerging—kitchen design delicacy. Brass fixtures have significantly grown their presence in the modern kitchen, and for good reason.

“The resurgence of brass in home design is bringing a new level of warmth back to kitchens,” says Howard.  

This article by Megan McDonough presents a selection of “splurge” and “save” design options. Selected by Howard and the JWH Team, these design ideas are coupled with both pricing and sources.  They’re fun ideas for homeowners so that they, too, can add a creative touch of brass to their kitchens.

Stainless steel and chrome fixtures in the kitchen have taken a back seat to another alloy.  In comparison to its two-compound cousins, brass proves to be a more durable option. Brass faucets will resist calcium and soft water corrosion. Their lifespan and functionality will exceed that of the ever popular stainless steel and chrome faucets.

Beauty & The Beast

Alongside anchor-strength, aesthetics plays a large role in the reemergence of brass in kitchens. This is why we are now seeing brass fixtures explode onto different facets of the kitchen; breaking the rule of the many traditional kitchen accessories.

The softness of brass subtly reflects a warm environment back into the kitchen. Brass has a richness that plays beautifully with contrast when paired with other kitchen appliances. With a smooth and sleek posture, brass is a brilliant way to splash bits of visual effect throughout an outdated kitchen. Isn’t it ironic how something that has for so long been associated with antique is now revered as a staple in kitchen modernity?

Whether it be cabinet fixtures, light fixtures, or even flashy drink coasters, brass will grab eyes while offsetting tones of a cooler nature; stainless, white, and grey shades. It is no wonder that brass fixtures are currently exploding in home design. With the alloy’s beastly strength and its luxurious glow, this kitchen design delicacy is truly the kitchen’s new beauty and the beast.

JWH Interview for US News and World Report.


JWH Interview on renovations

JWH Interviewed by US News and World Report

Play It Smart

This is not one of the JWH Construction Management Team working hard on this outside deck. But the JWH Team is busy on renovations of all sizes and shapes– from NY to CA.

Given the breadth of experience in new residential construction and home renovations, US News and World Report reached out to Jennifer Howard, owner and principal designer of JWH Design & Cabinetry, for insight into the upcoming trends for renovations in 2018.

The US News Real Estate Section published Maryalene LaPonsie’s “7 Home Renovations to Consider for 2018” on March 9, 2018. Specialists shared their insight suggestions for homeowners. Financial plans and cheap design tips from Jennifer Howard are there to help the vision. Nick Hodapp, an associate broker with Atlas Real Estate in Denver, shares his knowledge on smart planning. Also, Mike Kinane, senior VP of home equity for TD Bank, gave his insight on responsible renovations. Combined, the three specialists share how to save on style and plan accordingly for home renovations.

Planning is Key

Kinane adds that February is the month homeowners start to address financing for their renovations with their bankers.  This adds time to the overall project planning so factoring in these 30 days needs to be part of the project schedule.  He further elaborates on the future of home equity loans for renovations in 2018, offering reassuring advice for homeowners and investors, in the Miami Herald on January 17, 2018.

Unsure about whether to add on to your existing home?  Jennifer Howard says to think twice before bringing in the backhoe: “Working within existing space, as opposed to adding extra square footage to a home, has gained traction over the past few years,” she says. “It seems to be our biggest request right now.”  She believes this makes sense in terms of renovation timing, overall investment, and potential real estate tax increases.

Creative ideas for renovations that improve flow and function, overall aesthetics, AND add value to real estate is the expertise and passion of JWH Design & Cabinetry.  Check out other JWH Before & After projects.




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.

In conclusion, we encourage you to follow us on Instagram so you will be the first to see our most noteworthy photos and updates!  @jwhdesigns @delagrammar

Design Challenges and Solutions


From Boxed Atrocity to Beautiful Kitchen

We have been told that the favorite projects at JWH are the ones that require them to “think outside 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. The story of this beautiful kitchen design will shine a light on this.

In this recent project designed by JWH Design & Cabinetry, the existing kitchen was actually “in a box.” A rectangular room with long solid walls, one exterior window, and one doorway to the mudroom. To add, the cabinetry layout made no sense whatsoever! Even with a big opening to the adjoining family room, nothing about this space worked well.

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.

Taking on the Challenge

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.”

The JWH Team begins to explore various layout options. Meanwhile, 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. Nonetheless, new cabinetry configuration created a fully functioning kitchen. This design suit both the kids and mom. With a large island for seating, a separate Bar with an added wine unit, and a generous desk area, everyone is happy! Adjusting one door location and adding another was the simple architectural solutions that created new flow through the area. The latter 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, the detailed shop drawings are “signed off” and in production. Next, demolition and reconstruction of this space will begin.  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


We Made it to the Finals for the Best of Design Issue!

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 finalist’s 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 the 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 is, however, 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 for the Best of Design 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. Also one of our favorites

Custom JWH Home in Rye hits the market!


Designed by JWH Design & Cabinetry

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

Keeping it Custom

Sotheby’s has just listed this fabulous NEW 5,400 square foot home in Rye. Designed and fully renovated by JWH Design & Cabinetry, this custom home has it all!

A challenge, nonetheless, this five-bedroom, five full and 2 half baths accommodate everyone. The first-floor office, however, offers a quiet place to get some work done. The second-floor laundry lies beneath a walk-up playroom on the 3rd floor. With a full finished basement, this custom home will provide plenty of room for even the biggest of families. The surrounding land is over 1/2 acre of beautifully level landscape. 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, the train, and schools.

The JWH Custom Home

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 are crafted by Rohl. Imperial Danby marble compliments cabinetry hardware by Emtek. The Napoleon gas fireplace and unique light fixtures by Visual Comfort and Robert Abbey are high-quality details that add instant style and charm to this great family/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. Indeed, those who recognize taste and quality, it will be love at first sight!

“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

Upcoming Project Debuts

Two other custom projects by JWH Design & Cabinetry will also be hitting the market this Spring.  Firstly, a fully renovated 5800 square foot home in the desired Milton school area is on the list. This custom home in the quiet family neighborhood will meet completion in late Spring. Also to add, a soon-to-be-constructed 4600 square foot home on coveted Pine Island will be available on the market. With direct frontage on LI sound, and adjoining bay/dock, this property will provide 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, the Best of Houzz Award is truly an honor.

“We hired JWH based on the excellent reviews,” writes one client about their experience with JWH. “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

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.


Cottages & Gardens: Kitchen Trends


This antique farmhouse in Riverside, CT got a JWH Kitchen renovation!

This beautiful JWH kitchen has caught the eye of the Editor of Cottages & Gardens to be featured in this January issue.   This stained dark cherry JWH Kitchen, with Calcutta countertops and stainless appliances, has an appealing “trendy” look to appeal to their readers.  The kitchen looked great enough to be photographed 7 years after being finished for their feature article.  This was a testament to classic design, timeless materials, and excellent quality cabinetry.  Both the homeowner and our JWH Team are proud to be part of this accomplishment!

Space planning is the key to all– and it needs to happen as the first step.  This converted antique barn had all the spaces, but in all the wrong places.   Expanding the footprint was not the right solution since it didn’t actually solve the problem.  Jennifer Howard from JWH Design & Cabinetry was brought in to solve the mystery.  How do you create flow, function and great family living spaces?

Thinking outside the box–literally– was the answer.  Turning the corner with the main part of the kitchen, and connecting to the family/living room, made all the difference.  The narrower portion of the room, previously the main kitchen space, was perfectly proportioned to serve as the “butler’s pantry”  (i.e. snack ares on a daily basis.)  Hidden areas behind the backsplash, that backed under existing stairs, became valuable countertop storage for everyday appliances.  These ideas were well ahead of their time in 2006 and are still functioning beautifully today.  Hint:  this blog has just been updated on 2018!

This family with 4 young children was thrilled beyond their expectations at the time of the renovation.  Moreover, they were impressed when it was photographed and published 7 years after being completed by Cottages & Gardens for the Kitchen Trends issue.

JWH designs beautiful kitchens of all styles

JWH featured for Kitchen Trends in C&G


JWH featured in East Coast Home and Design Magazine


A great design and build project by JWH Design & Cabinetry in Old Greenwich, CT featured in this special issue of East Coast Home Design magazine.