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Kitchen and Bath Design

Kitchen and Bath Design: A Guide to Planning Basics

by Mary Fisher Knott

The all-in-one reference to designing stunning and functional kitchens and baths

Designing for today's kitchens and baths requires technical savvy, a keen eye for aesthetics, and perhaps most important of all, the ability to coordinate efforts across many disciplines. Kitchen and Bath Design simplifies these complex decision-making processes with a comprehensive strategy for achieving kitchen and bath designs that successfully integrate beauty and practicality—while meeting client expectations. Fundamental design basics are covered, along with a host of important issues that designers must consider when conceptualizing these specialized rooms, such as ergonomics, codes and safety requirements, proper lighting and ventilation, flooring, cabinetry, countertops, wall surfaces, and more. Some of the topics that appear in this book include:

  • A detailed introduction to construction, plumbing, and electrical basics
  • A systematic approach to incorporating “green,” energy-conscious design
  • An overview of crucial design elements, including pattern, texture, line, form or mass, color, space and light, and sound
  • The latest building codes and manufacturers' guidelines

Written by Mary Fisher Knott, a leading expert in interior design, Kitchen and Bath Design uses three-dimensional drawings and corresponding photographs to deliver valuable information that is critical when it comes to planning, designing, specifying, estimating, building, pricing, or evaluating a kitchen or bathroom. Whether they're working on a new or existing space, professional designers can apply the lessons learned from this current andaccessible resource to masterfully take on all kitchen or bathroom projects—from the simplest to the most highly challenging.

Candice Olson Kitchens & Baths

Candice Olson Kitchens and Baths

by Candice Olson

Popular TV star Candice Olson shows you how to create your dream kitchen and bathroom

Kitchens and bathrooms are the most commonly renovated rooms–and also the best investment with the highest payback value upon resale. This book is chock full of tips, inspiration, and ideas from popular TV star Candice Olson, whose designs have wowed fans around the world. Brimming with hundreds of full-color, before-and-after photos of Candice's stunning room makeovers, the book gives advice for choosing colors, materials, and furnishings to make any space shine.

Divine Design Tips for the Kitchen & Bath from Candice Olson

1. Taking the time to plan for adequate lighting in any space is critical, but never more so than in the kitchen and bathroom. Just spend some time really evaluating your lighting needs. What elements of a room do you want to play up? Aside from a central ceiling fixture, consider task lighting under kitchen cabinets, wall sconces on each side of the bathroom mirror, or accent lighting to play up stunning artwork or furniture pieces.

2. Today’s kitchen and bath tiles come in a never-ending array of colors, but there is one thing you should remember when selecting tiles for showers or kitchen counters. Simply put, unless you’re going to take the time to wipe down the shower every day, stay away from dark tiling.

3. In this era of environmentally friendly design, the lowly dimmer switch has come a long way! Today you can purchase dimmer switches that can be pre-programmed to automatically change the lighting level in a room. With the touch of a button on the wall or the click of a remote control, different lighting levels can be called up.

Candice Olson is one of North America's leading professional designers. Her long-running television series, Divine Design with Candice Olson, has been seen by millions of viewers around the world. She has appeared on such shows at Today, The View, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. In 2005, Candice launched the Candice Olson Collection, her own successful brand of licensed product lines, including upholstered furniture, fabrics, wallpaper, lighting, case goods, and bedding. Her first book, Candice Olson on Design, has sold more than 200,000 copies. Her new show, Candice Tells All, debuted on HGTV in January 2011. A native of Calgary, Alberta, Candice lives in Toronto with her husband and two children.

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Following are comments from the applianceguru:

In Kitchen and Bath Design author and design professional Mary Fisher Knott offers up a comprehensive primer on Kitchens and Baths. This book would be an terrific reference for anyone embarking on a major kitchen and/or bath project.

Candice Olson Kitchen and Baths by Candice Olson is a fun book to review some of the kitchens featured on Olson's TV show and get some great tips on your project. Olson puts her many design talents to work in her popular show and this book is a compilation of many of her most successful and creative design solutions.

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Stylish Kitchen Appliances

Do you want to get new kitchen appliances? Do you like stainless steel, but want something a little different? Take a look at these options. They’re trendy and can add a clean design element with the pops of stainless steel.

The stainless steel accents give the appliances a classic, clean look with a splash of elegance. Also, the options of the appliances in black and white are very classic choices that you will be pleased with for years to come.

The black and white gives you a wide range of kitchen design options. Add any cabinet, backsplash, or countertop color and they’ll go with everything!  A bold red tile for a backsplash and dark wood cabinetry with the black appliances–can you picture it? What about a light, ocean mixed blue backsplash and buttercream painted cabinetry with the white appliances?  The design elements are endless!

If you want an updated look in your kitchen, but aren’t looking for the all stainless steel appliances, then these are perfect for you! Visit our website for more information on these particular appliances or leave us a comment.

Choosing a Kitchen Designer

Kitchen Design

Tips on selecting a designer for your new kitchen.

Do some research on what you want in a new kitchen. You have to have a starting point, so before you get involved in the process of picking a kitchen designer do a bit of due diligence. Visit a few model homes. Check out a few supplier showrooms. Pick up some magazines with kitchen plans. Start making lists. Think about how you want your new kitchen to work. What do you like and not like about your existing kitchen? You want to be able to articulate to a potential designer your vision for your new kitchen.

Ask for recommendations. If you see a kitchen you like, ask who the designer was. If you have a supplier you trust, ask them if they know a good designer. Try to get good recommendations for three kitchen designers, and make appointments with them. Here are some questions you will need to ask

How long have you been in business?

What are your qualifications and education? You'll want to know if they are a member of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers), NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association), or NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry), and what certifications they've earned.

How do you work? This is a general question, but it gives the designer a chance to talk about their business from their perspective rather than just give you rote answers to your questions. You may learn more this way than with a specific list. If they don't expand on this you'll want to follow up with the questions below:

  • How are your fees determined? What are the payment options? Will you provide cost breakdowns and options?
  • Can you provide references?
  • Can I see pictures of kitchens you've completed?
  • How would the project be scheduled? When would it start and how long will it take to finish?
  • Can I have a copy of your standard agreement?

You'll want to be able to choose among designers, and pick the one who you feel that you can work with best. It's not only a matter of costs, or initials behind the name. You need to be comfortable with this person. It's a working relationship.

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A Plan to Buy New Appliances

How to Plan Your Appliance Purchase

Kitchen Plans

Sometimes appliance buying can be a time-consuming and complicated process. If you're planning a new kitchen, it's going to take a while to cover all the bases.

On the other hand, when your washing machine breaks down and you've got a houseful of dirty laundry, purchasing a new washer might be a very quick matter indeed.

Maytag Washer

Maytag Front Load Washer

Either way, here are some tips that will help your process go more smoothly

  1. Establish your timeline. How long can you get by without that washer or refrigerator? Once you have settled on a deadline, work backwards. Let's say you can give yourself 3 days before you want your appliance delivered. That means that you're going to need to purchase something that is in stock locally. This will narrow your search. Be sure that your appliance salesperson is aware of your timeline. Even if this is a planned purchase for sometime in the future, you should have a schedule.
  2. Do a needs analysis. You know you need a washer, but do you want a front-loader, top-loader agitator model, or top loader HE washer? If you're planning a new kitchen, you will have quite a list indeed. Be sure to consider all the possibilities. Have you always wanted a built-in coffee maker? If so, your designer or contractor needs to know that very early in the process to make sure that the wiring and water is in the right place.
  3. Do some research. Most people find a little internet research can be helpful. Arizona Wholesale Supply Company even has an online catalog that you can browse through different brands and different product categories to see what is available. Click here to go directly to the online catalog: Arizona Wholesale Supply Appliance Catalog.
  4. Prepare before you shop. When you're ready to visit your appliance showroom do a little preparation. It will save you a lot of time. Do you know your cutout dimensions? Height, depth, width? What are your electrical or gas requirements? Your sales associate will need some information to help you select what is right for you. If your list is extensive, you should call ahead for an appointment.
  5. Seek professional help. It doesn't cost anymore to get advice from the experts. In Phoenix, Tucson, or Scottsdale call or visit Arizona Wholesale Supply Company:
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Make a Statement with Granite

Take a well-designed kitchen and add a luscious slab of hand-selected granite and kick everything up a notch.

By choosing a slab with personality such as this one, the countertop and backsplash add the dramatic touch that make this space stand out. The movement of gold through the light and dark greys of this granite turn the surface into a work of art.

If you are planning a kitchen, bath or bar counter like this one, a careful selection of granite can make the space come to life. Notice how the stainless steel pops against the darker grey and the wood cabinets tie in with the gold. This granite choice pulls both elements together to create an integrated whole.

With Arizona Wholesale, you have the opportunity to select your own granite slab. To choose the best option for your home, bring samples of any surrounding finishes, including cabinets and your metal surface choice. You may have selected your granite based on the samples, but once you see the full slabs, don’t feel obligated to stay with the same type. You may find that another choice that you never considered before captures your attention. That’s the advantage of looking at full slabs before you make your final selection.

Color, contrast and pattern combine to create the finished look of your granite. Because of cut requirements, it’s hard to say what part of the pattern will appear on what section of your final installation. But with a good choice, your home will shine with the power of this versatile and beautiful stone.

Take a look at our countertop options for more ideas!

Home Decor – White Kitchens

White kitchens look so clean and crisp. In any style white cabinets look fresh in a kitchen. You can pair them with light counter tops for a very airy space or ground them with darker counter tops and floors.  White cabinets can be paired with a number of counter top materials and flooring for innumerable design options in the kitchen. Think of white kitchens as blank pages waiting for your personal touches.


The brightness of white cabinets can be balanced with a darker counter top as seen in this transitional kitchen. The darker stone counter tops stand out against the expanse of white cabinetry, drawing the eye to the island.  Stainless steel appliances work with the darker counter tops to ground the predominately white kitchen.


The neutral nature of white cabinets mean you can bring in your own personality in accessories, counter stools, and accents. While the cabinets and island in this kitchen lean more toward transitional style, the stools at the island are contemporary. Adding another personal touch is the collection of chickens that perch atop the cabinets.  Both of these personal design features could easily be switched out and the room would feel very different.


Adding a few pops of color can also keep a white kitchen from feeling too sterile. In this kitchen, the chickens add color and pattern. A bowl of citrus or fresh flowers in a vase could also be used to bring in color. Even a colorful striped runner between the island and cabinets would add pattern and interest.