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White Kitchen Renovation in Longmeadow

White Kitchen project with White cabinets and white granite counter tops in expansive kitchen

This island was designed so the whole family could sit and eat breakfast or lunch together.

Ten years ago when this Longmeadow family moved into their home, the kitchen had a dated style that they always hoped to update. Later having three young boys and two large dogs, their kitchen and dining space became not only outdated in style but also lacked the function needed for their growing family. The kitchen had very little counter space and a confined cooking area that was disjointed from the dining room. Because the dining room was removed from the kitchen, the family naturally gathered around the smaller eat-in table which further crowded the kitchen. Lisa Scheff Designs was brought onto the project with the goal of designing a more functional and modern white kitchen within the existing footprint of the home.

The Dining Room is Now Open to the Kitchen

We opened up the wall between the kitchen and dining room, and moved it into the dining room just a bit to allow for the expansive kitchen island.

Lisa first widened the opening by removing most of the wall between the dining room and the kitchen, making an immediate impact on both the feel and the function of the space. The dining room no longer felt disconnected from the kitchen and both the line of sight and the flow of traffic in these areas improved dramatically, causing the space to feel much larger than it had previously.

Round Island Where the Family Can Gather

This round island is the perfect place to gather for meals, but we also made sure to light the space well so that the boys could also gather there to do their homework.

An over-sized island acted as a beautiful statement piece in the center of the kitchen. The island combined a rectangular counter height area for food preparation along with an attached circular island at bar height which serves as a central gathering place to dine in the kitchen. An island of this size is typically impossible to top with one continuous slab of stone. However, using these two connected pieces provided the desired length without any visible seams in the granite. Additionally, the raised circular design of the seating area creates a more intimate gathering space for family and guests.

Now This Space is Much More Open

The open flow of this room with numerous work surfaces allows the family to be together in one space while working on a variety of activities.

“The round eat-in island is perfect for our family,” comments the homeowner. “Instead of all facing the same direction, we are actually able to face each other when we are sitting around the island. And, when I’m drinking my morning coffee at the island, I can now see directly into the living room and dining room and can keep an eye on everything happening in house.”

Plenty of Storage in This Custom Island

Notice the additional breakfast bar overlooking the family room designed specifically so the kids would stop bringing snacks onto the sofa.

To maximize the family’s comfort and efficiency in this space, tile flooring was installed over radiant floor heating. The tile flooring will not only be durable enough to withstand heavy traffic from their family and two dogs, but also will conduct and radiate the heat most efficiently. Lisa Scheff Designs unified the space with a tranquil color palette and natural materials. Neutral colors and classic finishes ensure that this kitchen will be in style regardless of the current trends. As the finishing touch, red accessories and custom bar stools were used to bring in a fun pop of color that reflected the family’s lively personality.

This Kitchen Is Full of Function and Personality

Even the family dogs have something to love about this new space with heated floors below this beautiful wood-look plank tile creating a cozy place to lounge.

“This white kitchen was made for OUR family from top to bottom,” comments the homeowner. “That’s how I know that we will love it for years to come!”

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Hunter Douglas Shades

Window shades not only bring style to a window, but control the amount of heat in your home as well.

Here’s how to keep your home warm in the Winter and cool in Summer with Hunter Douglas shades.

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Vignette® Roman Shades

It’s a scientific fact that heat is attracted to cold. Without energy-efficient window treatments, as much as 50% of a home’s heating and cooling energy can be lost.

Vignette® Tiered™ Shades


  • A reduced light gap on either side of the shade helps retain heat inside the home.
  • The insulating quality of the shade and liner prevents heat from escaping.

Tiered Architella® Roman Shades

  • An extra layer of fabric on the back of the Tiered™ Architella® shade forms air pockets that trap air, creating added insulation against outside temperature and noise.
  • Unwanted heat from solar energy is reduced as well, keeping the home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

Silhouette in four seasons room

Silhouette® Window Shadings

Just as sunscreen protects skin from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays, Silhouette®Window Shadings protect room interiors to increase the lifespan of valuable possessions.

Here’s how:

  • Provide ultraviolet protection. Sheers and vanes combine to provide up to 88% ultraviolet protection with the shading down and the vanes open; and 99% with the vanes closed.
  • Enhance natural daylighting. Sheers disperse sunlight deep into the room, reducing the need for electric lights to brighten rooms in Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall.
  • Reflect solar heat. Exterior white sheer and vanes reflect the sun’s heat, reducing solar heat gain.

Child Safe Shades by Hunter Douglas

child safe shadesThis revolutionary Hunter Douglas operating system uses a retractable cord mechanism to raise and lower the window shade. A constant cord length means there are never any long, dangling cords to detract from the appearance of the shade. These child safe shades by Hunter Douglas are ideal for child and pet safety.

Silhouette® window shadings have introduced the UltraGlide® 2 Click and Walk Away™ operating system. UltraGlide 2 offers convenient retractable cord operation that will lower and open the shading with just one click. It truly provides added convenience and promotes enhanced child safety. Check it out in this quick video.

How to Make Your Room Cooler

Heat Camera Duette Architella photo

Wow! It’s going to be a hot one in New England this week.  My weather app said Longmeadow, MA, will hit 93 today, stay above 90 through Friday and come close to hitting 100! It’s certainly a heatwave. So, today I am writing about how to make your room cooler in a heatwave. My first thought is that during these summer days, our clients are so thankful to have Hunter Douglas insulating shades.

Look at the heat loss from the house on the left in the dead of winter.  If in the winter, these windows are leaking heat, think about all the cooling loss that happens in the summer.  Duette Architella® honeycomb shades provide superior insulation keeping the hot air out in the summer, and your air-conditioned air in. This is key for saving money on your energy bills.  Take a look at the window below.  On the right, the window is bare, and heat is escaping.  Look at the insulation in the right window.

Heat Camera Duette Architella photo

At Hunter Douglas is an industry leader in making a big energy savings difference at the window. In 1985, they invented the highly energy-efficient Duette® honeycomb shadesin response to the energy crisis of the late 1970s. More recently, they’ve introduced Duette Architella® honeycomb shades, which offer superior energy efficiency thanks to their patented honeycomb-within-a-honeycomb construction, and Vignette®Tiered Architella Shades, featuring rear fabric air pockets that trap air and create an extra layer of insulation.

Without energy-efficient window treatments, as much as 50% of a home’s heating and cooling energy can be lost through its windows. All Hunter Douglas window fashions provide window insulation, offering your home increased protection against heat loss during the winter, as well as minimizing the sun’s heat or “solar heat” during the summer. More specifically, here’s how Hunter Douglas products help conserve energy at the window in these three significant ways:

Duette Architella Shade

Insulation

It’s a scientific fact that heat is attracted to cold. In winter months, indoor heating moves toward and escapes through windows to the outdoors, while in summertime, the outside heat flows into your home through these same windows. Many Hunter Douglas window fashions help insulate homes; helping reduce energy consumption, save on heating and cooling costs, and creating a more comfortable room setting.

Solar Heat Control

Our window fashions help to control solar heat (heat generated from the sun) by allowing it into your home in the winter and minimizing the amount that comes in during the summer.The warmth provided by the sun, its solar energy, may be desirable during the winter to help heat your home, yet it can make a room overly hot and uncomfortable while driving up air conditioning costs in the summer. Many Hunter Douglas products are designed to reduce the amount of solar heat that passes through the window, which is known as the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC). The lower the SHGC, the more protected your home is from the sun’s heat. To enjoy the sun’s warmth when desired, simply raise or open the window fashion and invite it in.

Daylighting

Our window fashions enhance daylighting (the use of natural light) by diffusing and dispersing sunlight deep into a room, reducing your need for electrical lighting. Daylighting is the practice of lighting rooms with natural light rather than generating illumination from electricity. With Hunter Douglas window fashions, you can control how much natural light comes into your room. Our sheers and other select styles actually diffuse light as it enters and help to draw it deeper into the room. You can also direct incoming light where it’s needed most by titling the louvers, slats, vanes, blinds and panels. By drawing natural light into a room many of our window treatments reduce your energy needs for other types of lighting.

You don’t want to spend money heating the outdoors. Keep your heat in and the cold out with Hunter Douglas window products!

Without energy-efficient window treatments, as much as 50% of a home’s heating and cooling energy can be lost through its windows. All Hunter Douglas window fashions provide window insulation, offering your home increased protection against heat loss during the winter, as well as minimizing the sun’s heat or “solar heat” during the summer. More specifically, here’s how Hunter Douglas products help conserve energy at the window in these three significant ways:

  1. Insulation: Our window fashions reduce heat flow (both heat loss and heat gain) through the
    windows
  2. Solar Heat Control: Our window fashions help to control solar heat (heat generated from the sun) by
    allowing it into your home in the winter and minimizing the amount that comes in
    during the summer.
  3. Daylighting: Our window fashions enhance daylighting (the use of natural light) by diffusing
    and dispersing sunlight deep into a room, reducing your need for electrical
    lighting.
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Lisa is fantastic. She has an amazing eye and listens to her customer. She is very practical and is excellent at designing without breaking the budget! She is also very talented at looking at design or architectural plans and optimizing all the usable space and making all the space flow for the homeowner. She is down to earth and very easy to work with. I would use her again in a second!

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