Monthly Archives: January 2012

Adding the Extra Pizazz to Cabinetry!

StarMark mixing styles

Mix wood, finishes, door styles & hardward for a unique look.

Selecting new cabinetry is exciting but can leave you in a tizzy. You’ve sorted through all of the wood and door styles, finishes, glazes, and storage options but there’s more! Here are ideas to really add that extra pizazz!

Doors: They’re not just wood anymore! I love mixing wooden and glass doors. Glass brightens and makes a space appear larger. Back-light for a major WOW factor! Loads of glass options in textured, etched and patterned. Get really inventive using cut glass and zinc caming—similar to stained glass.

Corner cabinet metal doors

StarMark corner cabinet with metal doors is great use of space.

Another artsy door has wooden mullion strips to divide the glass areas forming a design. Doors with woven metal inserts create a classy or even a shabby chic look. Contemporary aluminum framing with glass might be totally you! Whew!

Hardware: Changing knobs and pulls is easy, affordable and will totally change the look of cabinets. Don’t be afraid to mix ‘n match. Go for it!

KraftMaid zinc caming

KraftMaid door using zinc caming & decorative glass.

Decorative enhancements: Endless possibilities! Crown, light rail and baseboard molding conveys a finished look. Adding legs gives the appearance of fine furniture. Attaching spindles at the end of a peninsula, allows for a countertop extension. Corbels and onlays are great embellishments for an upscale detailed look.

Cabinet hardware

Changing hardware is an easy cabinet update.

Just want to update? New doors, hardware and lighting will breathe life into an old cabinet. It’s hot to mix finishes. Wood stains and paint finishes are fab together. Be eclectic!

Oh my, the choices just keep coming! This is a smidge of what my Modern Supply design peeps use to create snazzy, jazzy kitchens…or baths…laundry rooms…or office/entertainment areas. Come on in and…

Tell ‘em Millie sent you!

StarMark pantry storage

Tons of storage options like this StarMark pantry.

Cabinet door with wire mesh

A cabinet door with wire mesh creates homey feel.

KraftMaid tulip leg

This KraftMaid tulip leg gives cabinetry a fine furniture feel.

KraftMaid onlay

This KraftMaid onlay & crown add a decorative touch.

KraftMaid kitchen

Glass doors with lighting, spindle legs, decorative fillers, onlays & corbels – this KraftMaid kitchen has it all!

Modern Supply Named Supply House Times Wholesaler of the Year

Knoxville, Tennessee, Jan. 16, 2012 — Modern Supply Company, a kitchen, bath, lighting and HVAC distributor, has been selected as the Supply House Times 2011 Wholesaler of the Year. The decision was based on Modern Supply’s willingness and ability to change along with its continued active involvement in the industry and community. Supply House Times is the official publication of the American Supply Association (ASA) serving wholesalers, distributors and manufacturers representatives.

Pace Robinson & Dottie Ramsey

Modern Supply’s CEO Pace Robinson & President/COO Dottie Ramsey

Modern Supply, a 62 year old Knoxville-based company, was established to serve the building, electrical, plumbing and HVAC contractor markets. To help endure the changing economy and downturn in the new housing market, Modern Supply expanded its focus on the retail consumer market through innovative marketing initiatives, streamlined internal processes, greater customer service and inventory control.

“To be recognized in our industry and among our peers as Wholesaler of the Year is an honor,” Pace Robinson, CEO says. “It’s also a testament in the dedication of our staff to work harder in a down economy in order to retain customers by providing the best product expertise and service possible.”

Bob Miodonski, Supply House Times Plumbing Group Brand Leader comments, “We wanted to showcase a company that is a good industry citizen, a company that’s ‘of the moment’ and that has made noteworthy achievements in 2011. Modern Supply’s business strategies and its outside-the-box thinking fit our Wholesaler of the Year criteria. Incorporating Modern’s Millie, a fictional character and spokesperson, in its marketing efforts has broadened Moderns Supply’s appeal to both its trade customers and retail consumers—particularly women. We hope other wholesalers in our industry learn from Modern Supply’s innovative approach.”

“Our mantra is ‘take care of business, take care of people’,” adds Dottie Ramsey, Modern Supply President and COO. “This is what we expect our employees to demonstrate every day and why we’ve been around for 62 years and still going strong.”

View the Supply House Times article: 2011 Wholesaler of the Year.

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A Place to Call Home

Modern Supply helps homeowner with log home kitchen remodeling project
Colonel Andy Jordan and wife Debbie have traveled the world and lived in places many of us only dream of. After a long and successful Army career, the Jordan’s began to think about retirement and where to settle down and call home. An East Tennessee native, Colonel Jordan was drawn back to the Knoxville area with its natural beauty and easy lifestyle and Debbie fully agreed.
Jordan Kitchen before

Before: the log home kitchen with dated appliances & a narrow island.

Jordan Kitchen after

After: Updated with new cabinetry, expanded island & new appliances

The top priority was updating the kitchen. The plan was to replace the dated appliances and relocate the sink and cooktop, keeping the cabinetry. After consulting with their contractor, they realized that repairs would be difficult and patch-work, and new cabinetry was the best way to go.

Jordan corner cabinets

Cabinets with LED lights brighten the corner.

Debbie visited Modern Supply and sales manager-designer Debbie Johnson helped her select products that complemented the coziness of a log home and Jordans’ tastes. “I didn’t have a look in mind, but after Debbie’s visit to measure she made great recommendations,” comments Jordan.

Blanco granite sink in truffle

Blanco granite sink in truffle

Mixing maple cabinetry finishes and quartz countertop colors created visual interest while complimenting each other. The primary cabinet finish was called sand with a brushed grey glaze, paired with Cambria’s Devon countertop and a Blanco sink in truffle. The island was a stone finish with grey glaze, Cambria’s Yorkshire top, and a Blanco prep sink in biscotti. Stainless faucets from Brizo’s Talo collection were selected for their water-saving SmartTouch® Technology.

Jordan kitchen Blanco prep sink

A Blanco granite prep sink in biscotti & Brizo Talo SmartTouch faucet.

Little extras go a long way in highlighting the beauty of the cabinetry. Glass doors with LED light ribbon running along the inside brighten up the corner. Crown molding and light rail were added to complete the look.

Debbie selected stainless appliances and the double oven she always wanted. The sink and cooktop locations were switched in the redesign. The sink was installed below the window and the stovetop relocated to the enlarged island space. The island was already plumbed, making it perfect for a prep sink.

Jordan Island door

A different door style was selected for the island.

A corner nook was utilized by including a beverage cooler, TV, storage and a display cabinet with lighting. A perfect fit!

After: The corner nook

After: The corner converted to a beverage area.

Jordan corner nook before

Before: Corner nook with desk