Monthly Archives: June 2012

A kitchen remodel – Before & After

Sometimes after a kitchen remodel, you forget the “before” look because the “after” is so beautiful. That’s what this homeowner discovered as she enjoys her newly renovated kitchen.


Before: White cabinets in an L shape constricted the flow.

Kitchen remodel after 1

After: A mix of cabinetry finishes pulled together with a granite countertop.

The Oak Ridge home was due a kitchen remodel. The cabinetry was worn and countertops dated. The homeowner also wanted to change the traffic flow for a more open space. A door to an adjoining room was moved and a pass-through cut for a more open feel. The L-shape of the counter was removed and the sink relocated under the pass-through.


Before kitchen remodel

When selecting cabinetry, the homeowner knew she wanted a light color but looked to the expertise of Modern Supply’s design team for their recommendations. After looking at several options, plans were drawn and selections finalized.

Kitchen after remodel with arched doorway

After: An open arched doorway replaces a swing door

StarMark Cabinetry was chosen for their superior construction, quality of finishes and selection of door styles and finishes. The primary cabinets are maple finished in buttercream with a chocolate glaze. Sounds good enough to eat!

A bit skeptical, the homeowner agreed to the suggestion of a second finish for the island. The same door style was used but in cherry with a toffee finish and chocolate glaze. She’s thrilled with the outcome and it complements the buttercream finish. Both finishes are pulled together with a gorgeous granite countertop.

Kitchen remodel after photos

After: Drab turned to glam!

Little extras add so much in for a more polished look and extra convenience. Light rail below the cabinets help conceal under counter lighting; crown rail finishes the cabinet tops; finished end panels match the doors for a refined look; corner drawer storage; spice racks; utensil drawer; and vertical storage for cookie sheets all maximize space and a finishing touch.

Pleased with the outcome, the family is enjoying the new kitchen and space arrangement. On to the next project…I believe there are workers on the deck today!

Kitchen Island Lighting Tips

A kitchen island is the focal point of the kitchen and deserves their own WOW factor. Dazzling pendant lights add pizazz to your style.

Pendant Lights at Modern Supply Lighting Studio

Pendant lights add color to your space.

Pendant lights are one of my fav fixtures. There’s a ginormous selection of sizes, shapes, colors, and finishes so get your creative on!

Consider your area size when shopping for pendants. Petite fixtures for a small to average size kitchen can provide adequate light and a splash of color. If your kitchen is large, go for the bigger, bolder pieces keeping scale in mind. Don’t overpower—gaudy is not chic!


A mix of pendants and track fixutures create a sleek, curved look on LBL Lighting’s monorail sytem.

Add fun and drama! Multi-tiered Islands can look stylishly funky with pendant lights hanging at different lengths. You can even mix the globe colors or styles. Who says life has to be matchy-matchy? Changing globes is a super easy way to update!

Don’t have an island? Try hanging pendant lights in other areas like over a breakfast nook, sink, buffet or to jazz up a dark corner.


Pendant lighting complement the hardware finishes. From Hudson Valley Lighting, Mansfield collection.

Before installing, think about the area’s function and the height of the primary person using the space. Adjust accordingly. FYI…a dimmer switch is a must-have for ambiance control.

Add lighting glam to your home. Come on down to Modern Supply’s Lighting Studio and gaze at all of your options. You’ll be dazzled at the selection and knowledge of our lighting specialist.

While you’re there…tell ‘em Millie sent you! Modern's Millie Signature color

Pendant lighting