According to dictionary.com, the definition of a #shelfie is a picture of a shelf, especially a bookshelf that shows off someone’s books, movies, art, collectibles, special belongings, etc. So, what makes custom shelfies better than a regular shelfie? The art of the shelfie is already so personal. Designing a shelf custom made for you takes personalization to a whole new level.
In addition to wood species and stain color, our 8 Anvil™ metal coatings can be applied to any shelf for a truly unique look. Charlotte Lucas Interior Design selected our Anvil™ Magnum metal finish for the custom Ash wood shelves pictured.
Additional Shelf Features
Our shelving system introduced new innovative features not yet available in the industry today. some of those features include side-to-side adjustability, tolerance for out of flat walls or studs, high strength magnetic mounts for easy attachment and removal.
Shelf Lighting Options
Light up your shelfie with our integrated LED lighting options. Lighting options include 3k Warm White or 4K Cool White and preinstalled white or smoke diffusers. Lighting is custom sized for each shelf, making installation easy.
A Sapele Mahogany Kitchen Island Counter designed by Darcy Niland of Darcy Niland Design for a new kitchen. Darcy stated, “Packed full of charm to match the original house, this kitchen took months of planning and was worth every minute of it.”
About the Designer
Darcy Niland is a native of northwestern Pennsylvania, proud Penn State graduate with a background in real estate finance. She lives in Fayetteville, New York with her husband and three children. Darcy discovered her passion for design while remodeling the Niland Family’s current home and lake house properties. She spent months poring over design ideas, researching layouts, and sourcing materials which eventually led to the sketching of initial design layouts and meticulously overseeing the construction process to make sure every detail came to life. It was the love of seeing a space with potential and watching it transform that led to the start of Darcy Niland Design.
Darcy Niland Design works with clients on projects of all budgets and sizes, commercial and residential, with a focus on layout and function of a space. She brings the same passion and attention to detail to her clients’ projects as she does her own, actively collaborating while offering counsel and guidance in order to create beautifully designed spaces to fit each client’s individual style and needs.
In the case of this project, the client felt very strongly about incorporating a wood countertop as a design element but often felt unsure of her decision. I try to help the client focus on the details that are important to them at the start of the project and help them to navigate through the decision process while keeping the overall design in mind. While going the more traditional route and carrying the quartz countertops throughout the kitchen would have simplified the process, we decided to focus on the wood countertop and make that the focal point of the design which truly elevated the space and gave the client the warmth she was looking for.
A beautiful kitchen in Rancho Peñasquitos, California features an All Heartwood Walnut Half Pastore Top designed by Margaret Dean, NKBA at Design Studio West.
About the Designer
Margaret has been designing and building kitchens, baths and more for over 25 years. She has won many awards for her work and accolades from her clients. Her clients are very appreciative of her creativity, expertise and thoughtfulness and come back to her time and time again. Contact Margaret by email at email@example.com or by phone at 858-454-9133.
Cooks are happier when all used items are within reach and counters are free of clutter. The shallow backsplash shelf in this design allows for efficient prep in a small kitchen. The clients are tall and can easily access the upper cabinets.
Other Items, Comments or Advice: When using a cool pallet, wood adds warmth and comfort to a space. In a kitchen or well used area, it is imperative the wood can withstand basic affronts such as spills and splatter. I advise other designers to check out Grothouse woods with the “Durata” finish. My clients are amazed at the resilience and cleanability of the products. I’m always confident that Grothouse will supply a superior product and that my clients will be exceedingly satisfied.
Have you ever noticed where family and guests naturally gather in your home? I bet most of us would answer with, “around the kitchen island.” Today, kitchen island is the ultimate expression of the kitchen’s move from the back of the house to the center of the home. Often times, it acts as a replacement for breakfast nooks and kitchen tables. So what elements create gathering kitchen islands?
Gathering Kitchen Island Elements
First and foremost, the most gathering-friendly kitchen island countertop material is wood. Wood is a naturally warm material, and thus is also an inviting material to cozy up to.
“There is no material that compares to the warmth and comfort natural wood surfaces give to a kitchen,” stated designer Lisa Brosius of Boxwood Design.
Another key element in creating an island for gathering, is having both standing and seating room. Incorporating both is important, so guests that would prefer to stand have plenty of room without those who want to sit getting in the way of each other.
Did you know a kitchen island can be more than one tier? How clever is this two-tier kitchen island designed by Kitchenscapes? One area is distinctly for seating, more like the kitchen table, and behind it is more seating, with an adjacent counter for standing room, entertaining and more.
“This is a family that loves to cook and entertain so we incorporated their large commercial range flanked by perimeter quartz countertops, and a gorgeous walnut butcher block end grain countertop section. This is matched alongside by flat grain walnut pedestal table with built-in seating and storage,” stated the designer of this two tier kitchen island, Bianca Fathauer of Splendid Home Design.
A home designed by Ellen Lopez of El Design Studio was inspired by a Coastal palette and elegant styling. Ellen collaborated with Grothouse to design a series of wood and metal countertops and accessories for various rooms in the home. Ellen thoughtfully selected every detail to tell the story of the homeowner, the architecture and the homes location on the North Shore and the picturesque view of the Long Island Sound.
The homeowner is a cook, so the kitchen was designed not only designed for show, but most importantly functionality. The kitchen island features a custom stained Curly Figured Maple wood counter. Finished with Grothouse exclusive Durata® finish in matte sheen, this counter is completely waterproof and perfect for seating. A custom edge profile and two expanded corners add drama to the counter’s design.
“The custom-figured maple wood countertop by Grothouse with its rich, dark stain adds to the elegance and provides depth and strength to the space,” stated Ellen.
A custom Argentum Anvil™ metal finished range hood sits beautifully above the island. The nickel silver tones of the Argentum metal finish complement the crystal chandelier above the eat in kitchen table.
The kitchen table was also crafted by Grothouse, composed of an Ash wood tabletop and an Argentum Anvil™ Metal Finished table base – designed to match the range hood.
Built custom for the base shelf of the pantry was a custom stained Ash wood counter. The counter provides space for storage and is sealed with Durata® waterproof and permanent finish in matte sheen.
The Dining Room Buffet Server
The mood of each room changes subtly, while similar elements were woven together to keep the story connected. In doing so, a custom stained Figured Maple counter, matching the kitchen counter, was crafted for the buffet server in the dining room.
A Walnut Wood Home Bar Top was designed by Lauren Tolles of Maison Birmingham for an English Manor in Birmingham, Michigan.
About the Designer: At a young age Lauren developed a passion for all things design, and went on to pursue a career in both architecture and interior design. By establishing Maison Birmingham, Lauren is able to fully engage both of these interests as she utilizes her technical expertise as an architect to take her innovative designs to the next level, making each space truly unique.
Designer Tip: “By embracing the original architectural character of this English Manor we were able to create a new functional kitchen that feels like it has always been there.” – Lauren Tolles of Maison Birmingham
A spacious, contemporary kitchen designed by Jacob Evans Kitchen and Bath in collaboration with Wildman Chalmers Design and Brenda Friday Design. The kitchen island features a custom Saxon Wood Island Countertop and Drawers.
Saxon Wood Island Countertop and Drawers
Saxon Wood is the first of a series of specially curated woods, hand selected and sourced exclusively by Grothouse. Custom designed for this island is a Saxon Wood counter top that features waterfall legs. Six drawers were also crafted in Saxon Wood for the kitchen island end. The drawer fronts were strategically built to ensure the grain matched from left to right, giving it a strikingly unique and beautiful appearance.
A beautiful cottage with a smaller, yet smart, layout for relaxed lakefront living was designed by Todd Wiley, Senior Designer of TruKitchens. The space features a Walnut Dining Room Bar Top custom crafted by Grothouse.
About the Designer: Todd Wiley, TruKitchen’s Senior Designer, has been working in the industry for the past 25 years. His passion ignited in college when he started working for a builder and cabinet shop owner. Realizing that he had to immerse himself in the industry to learn, he took a job at local shop on the Lake Michigan shoreline. As his passions grew, he moved on to Standard Kitchen Distributors where he continued to master the trade. This experience gave him the exposure to the systems and process that he was searching for. Feeling like there was more to learn on the design-end of the business, Todd then spent 7 years at a Cascade based design shop. For him, this experience gave him what he needed to further pursue his passion and open his own design shop, which is where he is today.
Designer Tip(s): “The dining area bar sits along an interior wall that faces out to a beautiful lake. The mirrored backsplash below eyelevel feels like a window pulling natural light into a potentially dark corner of this open main floor layout.”
“The inset cabinets in a clean line door style and unique custom paint color paired with the wood countertop blend cottage and contemporary.”
Cabinet Manufacturer:Grabill Cabinetry in custom paint match on inset Lacunar door style
Other Items, Comments, Advice: Interior design by Vision Interiors, Builder is Devries & Onderlinde Builders, Architect is Visbeen Architects, Photography by Ashley Avila Photography. Click here for additional project information!
The Grothouse team had a blast at KBIS 2020. There was no shortage of inspiration, remarkable products, outstanding booths and talented designers. Not only did Grothouse craft pieces for two renowned booths, one booth even won best of show!
The Wellborn Booth
Grothouse crafted a Wenge half parsons table for the classic contemporary, sleek kitchen display designed by Darcie Miller in the Wellborn Cabinet booth. The inspiration for this design was trendy, basic and affordable. Frameless cabinets combined with glossy and matte finishes and wood accents.
The parsons table served as a peninsula in the kitchen display. At 3 inches thick, it was finished with the exclusive Durata® Waterproof permanent finish.
During the show, Wellborn hosted a presentation by master designer Matthew Ferrarini, who spoke about this year’s hottest design trends.
Pictured are Jeannine Price and Jennifer Kell of Grothouse.
The Monogram Booth
Industry Rockstar and renowned designer Richard Anuszkiewicz brought a fresh take on cutting-edge design in kitchens for Monogram Appliances. The booth featured four distinct spaces, each with their own themes and all with one goal: to challenge the status quo. A big element in the kitchens was the return of the kitchen table married with cooking elements. Learn more behind the design on Kitchen & Bath Design News. It is with much sincerity we wish Monogram and Richard a huge congratulations for winning Best of Show!
The Grothouse Table
Grothouse crafted a custom table; featuring a handplaned Wenge base. The tops, however, were split. One side featured a handplaned Wenge top.
The other side features stainless steel countertops that are integrated with two brand new appliances Monogram introduced at the show. The apron is also stainless steel.
There are Anvil™ metal finished accents on the apron and between the two surfaces. Overall table size was a massive 5’ x 12’-6”.
During the show, Monogram had the table decked out with beautiful charcuterie by Board & You.
The Grothouse team had a great time and enjoyed a get together with customers from the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.
One of the hottest kitchen design trends in 2020 will be incorporating metal accents into designs. Grothouse makes it easy to add metal accents on any piece we craft with our Anvil™ line of metal finishes.
What is Anvil™?
Anvil™ is our proprietary line of metal finishes. In other words, we take any solid surface, wood or composite substrate, and coat it with a finish that consists of real metal particles. When the metal finish is applied to the surface, it looks as if the surface is made of real metal. Just like real metal countertops Anvil™ is a real living finish and will naturally patina over time like real metal should.
Why is Anvil™ the preferred choice over real metal countertops? Sheet metal products cannot be designed for curved profile applications and complex shapes, however, when a surface is made of wood or composite substrate, the design possibilities are limitless.
Another perk to Anvil™ finished surfaces is that they are naturally warm to the touch, since they are made of wood, and comfortable to lean on, have a cup of coffee or enjoy a martini. Metal countertops are naturally cold to the touch. In addition, wood helps to quiet a room. Real metal countertops tend to add to the noise.
Anvil™ Metal Finishes
There are 8 different colors available in the Anvil™ line, each representing different metal types: Axel, Kratos, Ferrum, Medallion, Exodus, Magnum, Palladium and Argentum.
Brass and copper will be especially popular metal colors this year. For a copper look, you’ll want to go with Kratos. It even oxidizes like real copper. For a brass look, Magnum has the perfect luxe warmth.
“Grothouse Anvil™ metal finished surfaces are ideal for designers looking for a high end, unique product,” states President, Paul Grothouse. “With designs trending towards a marriage of varied materials, the Anvil line offers unique and versatile new design options.”
Riftsawn White Oak wood shelves were designed by Matthew Quinn of Design Galleria for this butler’s pantry. To make the shelves stand out, Matthew selected the Anvil Magnum metal finish for the shelf edges. (And now we want floating shelves with metal edges, too!)
How classy is this Anvil metal range hood designed by Michael English of Teakwood Builders? It stands out beautifully against the white cabinetry, creating a focal point.
Who wouldn’t want to cozy up to this curved bar designed by Distinctive Design LLC? A composite substrate coated with Anvil Ferrum metal finish. It also includes 22 faux metal rivets to give the design some edge.
Matthew Quinn designed a Walnut wood table to feature Magnum metal edging around the table top and the table base. By adding a metal accent, this table radiates luxury.
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