Fresh & Light Traditional Kitchen in the Fox Valley

We had great fun collaborating with a local designer on her own home recently! In her words “I feel design peace about my kitchen again.” The beautifully appointed kitchen has a precisely fitted feel. Each panel, door and pilaster were deliberately proportioned. Several key display areas present the homeowner’s heirloom salt glazed stoneware and china collections in a well organized and tasteful manner. Calacatta by Neolith. […]

White Traditional Kitchen in Wheaton, Illinois

This kitchen for a family of five in Wheaton, IL combines the amenities of a high tech kitchen with all the warmth and storage to meet their daily needs. This space has clearly defined areas, which all blend seamlessly together. Open for entertaining, yet perfect for small family gatherings, this bright white kitchen provides a welcoming hub for this home. […]

Arts and crafts styled kitchen in Wheaton Illinois paired with asian themed tea image.

Quarter Sawn Oak Makes The Cut

Quarter Sawn Oak has a rich history in American furniture and cabinet making. Catalog companies such as Sears and Montgomery Ward sold and distributed the first “American Style” of furniture to the masses beginning in the late 19th century. However, the affordability, usefulness, and generous supply of Flat Cut Oak (also known as Plain Sawn or Flat Sawn) has led […]

Trend Report: Open Shelving

On the fence about open shelving? If you flip through any lifestyle magazine lately, open shelving abounds in kitchen design, mirroring an old world-esque kitchen of our ancestors where the kitchen served much more as function than fancy. Plates, pots, and bowls were always at the ready, displayed front and center for convenience. Many homeowners today cringe at the thought […]

Large family friendly kitchen in St. Charles Illinois PB Kitchen Design Geneva IL

A family-sized chef’s kitchen in St. Charles, Illinois

The layout can make or break a kitchen design when it comes to establishing a hospitable vibe and maintaining high function. This existing kitchen, while sufficient in size and counter space, was not conducive to the amount of activity that happened regularly in this energetic family. A considerable amount of time socializing and cooking was always happening, and the PB […]

Dark Kitchen Geneva Custom Italian Pewter Island Geneva IL

Bespoke Kitchen in Geneva, IL – Dark, not stark proves popular

White has persistently dominated the kitchen design scene, but the stark hue is not always for everybody. Mitchell Parker, home design journalist and Editor on Houzz, featured three kitchens in his recent article, How Dark Can Your Kitchen Go?, including a Geneva, Illinois, project by the PB Kitchen Design Team. Senior Designer, Dave McFadden, turned the homeowner’s modest square footage […]

PB Kitchen Design DIY Tips

4 things to consider after watching renovation shows

The list of rehab shows is endless. On one hand, clients can become more familiar with products and styles. However, such programming can also present some challenges. Designers need to reconcile the reality of budgets and timing with what clients see in a one-hour start to finish made-for-TV home renovation. Here are four tips on what to consider and expect […]

PB Kitchen Design Traditional White Kitchen with island

Kitchen Camouflage: Integrated Refrigeration

There is an appliance for everybody no matter what your needs in the kitchen, but many are drawn to a cohesive layout in terms of fluidity with custom cabinetry. Sub-Zero and Wolf has been a leader in residential kitchen appliances since 1945. Known for bringing state-of-the-art tools to domestic kitchens, the Wisconsin-based company is still impressing designers and homeowners alike […]

LED Lighting Kitchen Design PB Kitchen Design Geneva Illinois

LED Lighting in Kitchen and Home Remodeling

Allan Phillips, Lighting & Home Automation Specialist and Houzz Contributor in Brisbane, Australia, has seen the evolution of lighting over the years. In his recent article, 8 Things You Never Knew About New Lighting Technology, Phillips talks about elements of modern lighting design that you may not realize existed, and how our PB Kitchen Design project in Naperville, Illinois, fits […]

PB Kitchen Design View from Mudroom Scandinavian Style

Vertical Real Estate: Maximizing Your Laundry Room

The PB Kitchen Design Team recently received press in the laundry and mud room categories from the Houzz Editorial Team! In the article, The Hardworking Laundry Room: A Place for Brooms and Mops, Houzz Contributor Becky Harris explains that it doesn’t take a lot of real estate to give brooms and mops a designated home, if you have the right […]