Welcome to Kitchen Views’ Designer Blog

Kitchen Views at National Lumber is a kitchen & bath design company with seven unique design showrooms. From contemporary to traditional cabinetry, countertops, decorative hardware and more, our designers will even come to you. We serve the Greater Boston area and all of New England. This blog has been dedicated to offering you the best kitchen remodeling advice from our design experts here at Kitchen Views.

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Check List for Kitchen & Bath Remodeling

Brandy Souza of Kitchen Views

Kitchen Views at National Lumber enjoyed hosting our first EM NARI Networking event on April 16 along with co-host Allstate Glass. Two of our PRO Force salesmen, who specialize in working with remodelers, were there discussing current building projects.

Steven Kaitz, owner of National Lumber at the EM NARI Networking Event

Steven Kaitz (right), owner of National Lumber at the EM NARI Networking Event in the Kitchen Views showroom, Mansfield, MA

Many demonstration areas were available, including:

•  Allstate Glass frameless glass shower enclosures and back-painted glass backsplashes

•  Schrock and Dynasty representatives showed our vignettes of their cabinetry products and answered questions

•  Häfele introduced their new cabinet lighting that is installed in our two new kitchen vignettes

•  John Gendron, one of our Mansfield designers, introduced our new cabinet re-facing program

•  Closet Factory showed their new finishes for custom closet products

Look for more photos in our Facebook and Google+ albums.

The night was filled with food, drinks and fantastic company. We had big winners too! Nancy from Masters Touch won a gift certificate to Closet factory. Dave from Home Repairs Carpentry in Norwood won a gift certificate to Allstate Glass, and Dave from Miller Construction won a Häfele tool kit and gift certificate for their product line.

But the biggest winner is the EM NARI scholarship fund. Annually, a scholarship is awarded to an immediate family member of an EM NARI member who is a high school graduating senior who has been accepted as a full-time student to an accredited college or university in any program of study. Thanks to everyone who attended we collected $800 for the scholarship fund.

Builders had a chance to see many of the new products going into kitchens now. Many of them feel the market for remodeling is strengthening. Adding these products to any renovation is sure to add value to a customer’s home.

Mike McDole speaking to a guest at the EM NARI Networking Event

Mike McDole, National Lumber’s Senior Vice President of Sales, speaking to a guest at the EM NARI Networking Event in the Kitchen Views showroom.

We are looking forward to another networking night! We invite you to check National Lumber’s website Events page, national-lumber.com/events, periodically to see what’s coming up.

In the meantime, we invite you to visit a National Lumber location near you to find out about the PRO Force Remodelers program. Feel free to visit a Kitchen Views at National Lumber showroom and speak to one of our designers about your next project.

Brandy Souza
General Manager of Kitchen Views

Brandy Souza has been promoted to General Manager of Kitchen Views

NATIONAL LUMBER PROMOTES FROM WITHIN

Brandy Souza has been promoted to General Manager of Kitchen Views

Brandy Souza

Mansfield, MA – March 3, 2014 – Continuing a tradition of promoting from within the company, National Lumber has proudly announced the promotion of Brandy Souza to General Manager of Kitchen Views, their cabinetry and design division. Souza will report directly to company President Manny Pina. 

Brandy began her career interning for Paul Brent, a world renowned seaside architect and artist. After her internship she went to school and worked for a general contractor, Rex Spencer, where she drew plans and managed residential projects. She loves working with materials that remind her of beach vacations, both Miami exciting and Cape Cod relaxing. She draws from her ability to design a kitchen to meet specific needs of her clients and bring their dream kitchen to life. She combines her technical expertise with a fine eye for design and a commitment to customer satisfaction.

Brandy Souza has been with Kitchen Views since 2005, starting as a designer in National Lumber’s New Bedford location. She has consistently shown strong leadership and a determined attitude to improve every situation with tact and graciousness. Her amazing design acumen is demonstrated in her work creating Kitchen Views’ lovely and comprehensive Warwick showroom. Most recently Brandy designed stunning updates for the flagship Kitchen Views showroom at the Mansfield headquarters. Brandy is expected to continue Kitchen Views’ promise of exceptional customer service, leading by example.  Attending Design and Construction Week, the combined 2014 IBS and KBIS show in Las Vegas, Brandy was recently commended by clients for her delightful hospitality and expert guidance through the KBIS portion of the show.

A sought after expert for her design and materials expertise, Brandy has been interviewed and quoted in articles for Boston Home Magazine, New England Home Magazine, Rhode Island Monthly’s Annual Home Design issue and others. Brandy enjoys sharing her expertise through articles posted on the Kitchen Views blog.  With readers from around the United States, and many followers in England, homeowners are drawn to Kitchen Views for the product knowledge and design insight provided. Her posting on design trends for 2014 was picked up on Twitter by several industry sources.

The Ultimate Open Concept Shower Enclosure

Glass clarity impacts the ambiance of open concept bathroom design, and Kitchen Views strives to bring you the best advice for selecting the materials that make our designs a reality. Kitchen Views only deals with vendors that are the best in the business. For kitchen or bath glass solutions, we recommend Allstate Glass for their quality products and friendly staff. They are available to answer any questions regarding your project.

Ultra-Clear Shower & Steam Enclosures from Allstate Glass

Allstate Glass low-iron "Ultra-Clear" glass close-up

Allstate Glass low-iron “Ultra-Clear” glass close-up

Just when you thought ALL glass was clear — compare the standard “clear” glass you see almost every day to this low-iron, “Ultra-Clear” glass and you’re in for an ultra-clear surprise. Growing more and more popular, particularly in high-end homes, ultra-clear glass is fabricated by reducing the iron to increase light transmission and reduce the greenish tint in clear glass that is visible when viewed from the edges.

Allstate Glass low-iron "Ultra-Clear" glass shower enclosure

Allstate Glass low-iron “Ultra-Clear” glass shower enclosure

This Canton homeowner loved the idea of maximizing the natural light in his new bathroom with an ultra-clear glass shower enclosure and chrome hardware. Contact Allstate Glass to learn how you can bring more light and clarity into your bathroom with an ultra-clear glass shower or steam enclosure!

Click here to see our brochure that is available through the Kitchen Views website.

Brittany Shellington
britt@allstateglassco.com
781-248-4683 cell

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KBIS 2014 Items of Note from Brandy Souza

Brandy Souza of Kitchen Views

I enjoyed attending Design and Construction Week February 3–6, the combined 2014 IBS and KBIS show in Las Vegas, with some of our top customers. It was a terrific opportunity to show them the latest products and trends, plus enjoy the fine food and hospitality of Las Vegas.

Style trend to note – most of the displays show flat or recessed panel doors. Raised panel is no longer in demand.

Omega display at 2014 KBIS of TURILLA cabinetry

Omega display at 2014 KBIS of TURILLA cabinetry

I want to mention that Omega now has stainless steel inset doors. They are inset into a wood frame which would prevent the doors from sticking during high humidity levels like wood doors.

Omega display at 2014 KBIS of CALDERA cabinetry with some flip-up doors.

Omega display at 2014 KBIS of CALDERA cabinetry with some flip-up doors.

We also checked out the flip-up door. It has a mechanical device so that when a button is pressed, the flip-up door automatically closes. This is great for shorter people who can’t close the flip-up door once it is open as the handle is too high.

Masterbrands SOHO Thermofoil Woodgrain Silt and Custom Aluminum Framed Doors

Masterbrands SOHO Thermofoil Woodgrain Silt and Custom Aluminum Framed Doors

Our time at the show flew by quickly. Since there is so much to see, it helps to have a plan or at least a list of top things to see. If you’re a builder interested in attending next year, you may want to consider going for an entire week so that you can enjoy all that Las Vegas has to offer, and spend maximum time on the show floor.  Until then, or for homeowners looking for inspiration, we hope that you’ll visit one of our Kitchen Views showrooms to see our cabinetry vignettes that display a wide range of styles.

Contact Kitchen Views at 1-508-DESIGNS (337-4467) to arrange a personal consultation with a designer who will guide your design journey to a new kitchen you will enjoy for years to come.

Brandy L. Souza
Assistant General Manager
Kitchen Views at National Lumber
120 Welby Rd, New Bedford, MA 02745
Office: 508-990-8020 x3163
Fax: 508-742-1498
bsouza@kitchenviews.com

Arctic cold weather is keeping us indoors

Keeping cozy together by a warm fire

With days more of arctic cold forecast across New England, many of us will be keeping cozy indoors. To help pass the time, Kitchen Views has several PDFs of our design magazines available on our website at http://www.kitchenviews.com/magazine/index.html. You might also like to look through our True Stories section and see videos of our clients talking about their design journeys with Kitchen Views.

Welcome 2014 Design Trends!

Brandy Souza, Kitchen Views at National Lumber

If you’re looking for kitchen design inspiration, below is a list of my favorite trends for 2014. Remember, you can subscribe to receive Kitchen Views blogs via email. Look at the top of the right-hand column to find the place to sign-up. In the weeks to come, we’ll be discussing these trends and providing inspiring photos.

1) Transitional design is growing in popularity. Even with traditional design having a strong arm here in New England, consumers want  sleek, clean lines rather than a great deal of detail in the doors.

2) Neutrals, which have played a large role as wall colors, have now jumped into kitchen cabinet finishes. Greys, grey/whites, putty and tans are now preferred colors over pure white for cabinets.

3) Large single bowl sinks still reign king, but now with more interesting materials and textures. Copper, polished chrome, fireclay and soapstone are a few fun finishes consumers are putting in their kitchens.

4) Glass mosaic backsplash is sold everywhere now, but the 2014 twist is to have a single pane of glass with the back painted in any accent color you wish. It is easier to keep clean as it has no grout lines, and it is a sleeker look.

5) Access to Wi-Fi is a must for the kitchen area. More consumers work from their islands, look up recipes on their kindles and they are checking their favorite social media pages over coffee in the morning.

6) Multiple refrigeration is key for the many different diets consumers are following in their homes. From Paleo, Vegetarian, Vegan, to Gluten free and my personal favorite, wineo, you need to plan for different ways to preserve foods. Different humidity levels are key with vegetables and grains while light and temperature are critical to wine and cheese.

Contact Kitchen Views at 1-508-DESIGNS (337-4467) to arrange a personal consultation with a designer who will guide your design journey to a new kitchen you will enjoy for years to come.

Brandy L. Souza
Assistant General Manager
Kitchen Views at National Lumber
120 Welby Rd, New Bedford, MA 02745
Office: 508-990-8020 x3163
Fax: 508-742-1498
bsouza@kitchenviews.com


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