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What “Wood” You Choose?

Throughout history, wood has been utilized for many different things; think, the nomads used wood to build tools to hunt and today, we find wood in so many different forms. We use wood for tools and structures, all the way down to the very paper and pencil you use to write with everyday. In our world of kitchen and bath design, we use wood as flooring, decorative wall features, countertops, cabinets, and more. There is so much to learn about the various wood species and their different traits? What’s suitable for my design? How do I choose between maple and cherry? Well, you’re in luck, because today we cover these questions and will discuss the some of the many wood species out there!

Cherry

Cherry is a wood species you’ve probably heard of, and one that we use on occasion. It has a rich reddish-brown color tone, can easily be stained or painted, and it can darken over time when exposed to sunlight. It’s also a hard durable wood with closed, even grains. Cherry was used in many colonial designs.

Maple

Maple is the wood species we use by far the most. It’s very versatile, and because it’s light in color tone, almost white, it can easily be stained or painted. It’s also hard and durable, with subtle closed grains. Maybe you’ve seen maple before, because it’s commonly used in bowling alleys!

Walnut

When we use Walnut, it almost feels like a special occasion because walnut has such beautiful qualities! Walnut has various shades of brown shown in its streaks, and it’s hard and durable. It’s a great wood species to utilize if you want to have a statement piece such as a hood, or these tall display cabinets shown below.

Alder

Alder is naturally light in color tone and also known to accept stains and other finishes quite well. It also has a straight and even wood grain, giving it a nice texture. Check out some of the various alder samples with different stains below.

Teak

What wood species is essentially resistant to decay and rot? Well, teak is! Teak is known to be durable, strong, and has an ease of workability. Its coloring is typically golden to medium brown. Teak is often used in areas with moisture, such as a bench in the shower, or in outdoor cabinetry. See our outdoor kitchen in teak below!

Ash

There are many types of ash available, and they are all known to be strong and durable. Typically, in it’s natural state, ash ranges from light yellow to red and also takes on stain very well. Check out this fun flat cut ash in mercury from Elmwood.

Red Birch

Birch is used in many industries due to its versatility, and you can find birch in cabinetry, furniture, and flooring. Birch is hard and close grained, and also takes on finishes very well. As the name states, red birch is reddish in color tone.

Bamboo

Bamboo is technically not a wood, rather it is in the grass family! Although cabinets are typically made of some sort of wood, Bamboo is gaining more and more popularity in the cabinetry and flooring industries due to its eco- friendly qualities (it can grow up to three feet a day!). Natural bamboo is pale yellow in color and takes on stain very well.

IPE

IPE is an extremely hard and durable wood species. This wood is not suitable for cabinetry, but it can be used in exterior applications, flooring, and countertops. It does vary in color from reddish-brown to yellowish-brown. Here you see IPE being utilized as a butcher block on a kitchen island -it’s a perfect surface to do your chopping!

Poplar

A versatile wood that has many uses, and is also used in cabinetry! This wood is typically light cream to light brown. It’s also straight grained, with a fine even texture. See poplar wood in the bathroom below!

Rift Cut Oak

Oak is known to be durable, light brown in color, and have an open grain. Rift cut is the method of cutting the oak to allow for the grain to be accentuated. The mid-century modern kitchen below has rift cut oak in it’s natural color.

 

Now, the question remains…What WOOD you choose?

 

First Friday Feature: May

The state of this master bath was forcing our clients have to take turns to use it because it was so small and cramped. Not to mention, this bath was dated, dark, and screaming out for someone to come fix it. Well, enter our designer, who tirelessly worked with our clients to come up with a new layout where they could age in place (hello, curb-less shower!) and also enjoy.  The main goals for this space was to increase efficiency by creating a larger master bath that could fit two sinks and a walk-in shower, incorporate the washer and dryer nearby, and also creating a space that was aesthetically pleasing. Want to learn more? Well, continue reading below!

Let’s check out how the space looked like before…

Cabinets and Countertop

To start, our designer set on a goal to add some brightness to the space, and one way of doing so is through the color of the cabinets. So, this bath features dual height Ultracraft cabinets in a maple wood, Shaker door style, and an Arctic White painted finish.  Because of the non-porous qualities of quartz, it is a great option for bathroom spaces. In this space, we have a 3cm Cambria quartz in Parys complete with a matching splashlette.

Tile

Now for the fun part! Inside the shower we have an Arizona 3×6 H-Line in Denim Glossy in a brick lay up the walls. The shower floor is a Daltile 2×2 Keystone in Castlerock and the shower accents in the shampoo boxes (vertical lay) and up the bench (diagonal lay) is a Hirsch Glass Linea mosaic in Ultraviolet. Lastly, the main bath floor features a brick lay 12×24 Exquisite tile with a Chantilly finish from Daltile. We love how each of these coordinate to create a calming effect through its various blue and beige tones.

Fixtures

Now it wouldn’t be a bath without fixtures! The vanity sinks are a Toto Dantesca in Cotton paired with faucets from Kohler Artifacts in Polished Chrome. The shower control, shower head, shower arm, and rain shower are from Hansgrohe in Radiance with a Chrome finish. Other fixtures include: toilet paper holder, towel rings, towel bars, and robe hooks from Kohler Purist in a Polished Chrome finish.

Laundry Nearby

There are many benefits to having the laundry near the master.  For one, clothing garments tend to land either in the master bedroom or master bath. So, having the laundry close is excellent for efficiency purposes!

May The 4th Be With You

Ever wonder what kind of kitchen your favorite Star Wars character would sport at home? Never fear, because we have [most] of them covered! From your favorite Jedi, to the biggest rebel, we showcase some of our designs with their counterparts from a galaxy far, far away…

Yoda – “Size matters not.”

A little space can really pack a punch, just like everyone’s favorite little green Jedi, as long as you do it just right. With the earthy tones paired with the perfect shade of green to match both his skin tone and light saber, the color combo here is spot on. We also incorporated a small but impactful eating area, so if he forgets to turn the stove off, the Force doesn’t have to work extra hard when chowing down on dinner.

 

Obi-Wan Kenobi – “Patience. Use the force. Think.”

Obi-Wan is a simple man – I mean he spent all that time by himself on Tatooine without blinking an eye! But nobody can say he doesn’t have style. We pair him with this classy, clean, and stylish tuxedo kitchen. He’s a no fuss kind of guy with want for little, but definitely deserves something with flare. We can totally see meetings with Qui Gon Jinn going splendidly here over a quick snack.

Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader – “I do not fear the dark side as you do.”

Little Ani was always a little ahead of himself and growing up he always put his feelings before his thoughts. However, this kitchen has both emotional impact and functional consideration. Although his backsplash may have included some storm trooper heads, the customization is still there. The metallic and colorful accents on this black backdrop just screams ‘Sith Lord approved.

Padmé Amidala – “But my place is with my people.”

Queen, Senator, Wife, Mother – Padmé was [and was supposed to be] a lot of things. She deserves a kitchen that suits all of her higher level needs, and speaks of her passion and lifestyle. This homey space has plenty of room to cook and entertain so she could easily host some of her favorite members of the Galactic Senate, and a few select Jedi, anytime she pleases.

 

Jar Jar Binks – “Mesa day startin pretty okee-day with a brisky morning munchy…”

Also hailing from Naboo, we have another personable person – excuse me, Gungan – from Naboo. He may get on some people’s nerves but he’s got spunk. He’d fend well in this kitchen that sports clumsy proof stainless and wood countertops, but brings in a palette of creativity that reflects his colorful personality. Naboo would embrace those hanging pot racks – Jar Jar and Padmé can pull them off for sure.

R2-D2 – “BEEP!” [“The City’s central computer told me!”]

First, off, that quote is real, so we had to pick a kitchen that is also close to the city center here in Dallas, and boy is it stunning. The simple palette, classis design, high tech Sub-Zero/Wolf appliances, and a mix of different shapes, this kitchen is perfect for this little guy. A bonus? An extra matching mudroom to store anything else that he may need – like wine! Maybe oil in his case, but you catch our drift.

C-3PO – “I suggest a new strategy, Artoo…”

Odds are, his different approach works, and that’s the fun kind of kitchen he would definitely be caught in. Simple palette, fun shapes, plenty of gold accents, interesting surprises, and a bold statement – wait, are we still talking about him, or the kitchen? Either way, we think he would approve of things like the mechanical elements and the mimicked patterned floor to match his friend, “Artoo.” Chances of likeness? 100%.

 

Luke Skywalker – “I’m not going to Alderaan, I’ve got to get home…”

Like this kitchen, Luke belongs to a whole new generation of style. He wasn’t trained classically, but still gets the job done. He’s got his own style, and plays a little with light and dark. His kitchen would obviously need to have some of those similar aspects as a part of the design, and what better than a bold black splash, unique design, and double duty sink action. Sometimes he needs all the prep work [space] he can get!

Princess Leia Organa – “Aren’t you a little short for a stormtrooper?”

And a short storm trooper would need a little help around this beauty – we’re talking about the kitchen, people! A stunning person deserves a stunning kitchen, both inside and out, and these two are the perfect match. From the subtle jewel hints to the bright palette, it sure is a show stopper. But don’t be fooled by the soft exterior, there are some clever things behind these doors.

Han Solo – “Chewie, we’re home!”

When he isn’t on the Millenium Falcon, Han would definitely have a nice casual space to cook and entertain in. The wood tones are a pleasant change to the pilot seat, but the exposed stainless and updated splash give a hint of his more “industrial” ways. Everything else? Simple and easy going, just like Han himself. And that little nook in the back for extra storage? Perfect – but don’t tell us what he stores there!

Chewbacca – “AAARARRRGWWH!” [“I’m cold!”]

As different as Chewie is, he’s simply classic, so his kitchen would definitely reflect him to the tee. A little traditional, but with a lot of warmth and wood tones, he would thrive in this rustic kind of look. With room to spread out and a big island to host a few of his closest friends, this earthy palette really suits his needs, and gives a little token to home – a tree covered planet.

Kylo Ren – “I will fulfill our Destiny.”

And Kylo’s real destiny is to be the owner of such a breathtaking kitchen (in our opinion). The luxe look here showcases some black stunners outlining art deco inspired pieces, and a gorgeous custom hood that even Kylo couldn’t pass up. He would certainly appreciate each and every detail in this design, and his luxe attitude would appreciate the look.

 

Rey – “I think I can handle myself.”

Our little Rey of sunshine – or close enough – comes from the little dessert planet Jakku, so the palette was really the ode to home here in her style. Simple, well ahead of her years [in design], and classic, the overall schematic of this kitchen is perfect for her. Bright, clean, with just a “pop” of something special also hits the nail on the head for Rey’s personality.

 

BB-8 –  “BOOP?” [“Can I come with you?”]

This little guy is literally always on the move, so his space would need to be classic, long lasting, and really stand out while making him the star of the show. We think we found the perfect match with this monochromatic neutral theme with just a pop of color. And do those lights look familiar? They remind of us of not only BB-8 himself, but also some similar pendants at C-3PO’s place! Droids sure have style.

Jyn Erso – “This is a rebellion, isn’t it?”

Rebel she does, and no there’s way that she doesn’t add that little extra kick when designing her dream kitchen. Black and white create such a classic story, but red – red is the color of rebels, and boy does this kitchen of hers scream “yes!” The punches of red, with the personal green hardware *and her, ahem, eyes* are right up Jyn’s alley. Big personality in a small space.

 

In conclusion: What character do you want to visit for dinner?!