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Hot Trend in Turquoise


A New Design Trend for Springtime

Turquoise is the new design trend for Spring and is making its way into homes everywhere. Beaded details jazz up chandeliers and lamps, colorful ceramic inserts in hardware, and fabulous glass tiles are part of the design frenzy. For all types of looks, this gemstone dates back to Egyptian times as a prized possession.  With renewed popularity and versatility, there are many options to add a pop of color.

Layers of turquoise color brightens this Houzz Kitchen

Bright Kitchen Details in Turquoise (photo by Houzz)

Fun facts from Houzz about the hot color for spring:

“Turquoise is found in only a few places around the globe. Mostly dry areas where aluminum and phosphorus in the soil react with copper in the groundwater are where this opaque stone is born. According to the Gemological Institute of America, the name turquoise comes from its association with Turkey.”

And here are great ways to introduce the splash of color in your home, available for purchase through Houzz:

Chandeliers dripping in beaded turquoise offer an exotic blast from the past. Set the mood for a free-form party with pendants and sconces that reflect that of glamorous bead-curtains. Create tantalizing conversation corners with dazzling turquoise lamps.”

Glass mosaic tile and chandelier featuring turquoise colors

Ideas for materials with turquoise

The small capiz shell chandelier is a bargain!  Note the 12” x 12” x 21” size– it might be too narrow (or too tall) for certain spaces.  But if space and price are right for you, this is a great piece to shed a new light in your home.

Turquoise shells light up this chandelier

Hot Bargain in Turquoise

The Importance of a Factory Finish


Part of every consultation is educating our Clients. The process of kitchen design, the realities of construction, the range of design styles and options, and the important facts about cabinetry construction is dire.  There are certain buzz words that associate with “good” cabinetry. Wood, dovetail, motion glides—most of which are confusing to the Client. Unless these terms correlate to the right context, they remain useless.

Cabinetry Construction: What to Know

All wood cabinetry construction is critical for long-term durability.  The reality is that hinges and hardware just can’t hold tight to particle board sides. After years of normal (or active) use, the particle board will meet the inevitable.  There’s little reassurance having a lifetime warranty on a defective hinge. Eventually, you will be left with a useless handle that lay dangling off a crumbling cabinet side.  Most of the kitchens we rip out and replace represent the era of particleboard cabinetry.  IKEA is still in the particleboard business. Although they make some pretty ads, with pretty cabinets and pretty prices, they won’t be so pretty in a few years…

The other important feature is the finish of the cabinetry.  This is what is protecting the wood of your cabinetry. Therefore, the finish is certainly something you are going to see every day for a long time.  Catalyzed conversion varnish is key because it is the strongest finish available. The latter requires special application in the Millshop. Proper prep, application techniques, ventilation and curing time are all important factors in the process. Once the catalyzed conversion finish is fully cured, usually after another 2-3 months in the home, a Magic Eraser and regular touch ups, should keep a painted kitchen looking great for many years.  This just can’t compete with paint finishes in the field.

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