Kitchens

Our motto is “A passion for design. A design for your passion.” And, simply put, kitchen remodeling is our passion. Our designers have experience designing for any style, any size and any budget. Whether your particular problems include an odd space, a lack of storage, outdated appliances, a limited budget or multi-generational users … we love a challenge and will create a beautiful, functional, unique kitchen that will reflect your passion… where food and fun are perfectly integrated.

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Eat-In Island

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The clients wanted to make the kitchen more accessible to the rest of the house, while still maintaining a separation from the formal dining room. They were adding a sliding exterior door in the dining room, so were willing to give up the door to the kitchen.

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After
The sliding door was added in the dining room, and two new doorways (with gentle arches) in and out of the kitchen were added. The sink was relocated to take advantage of the views, and the overhanging shelf makes space for casual dining for three. The countertops are laminate, and the cabinetry is Cherry with a light stain.

Contemporary with Stainless Steel

Before
The homeowners love contemporary design and wanted a larger, lighter, more modern kitchen, with space for guests to relax.  The kitchen ended at the dishwasher, but there was room in the adjacent dining area for expansion.

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After
The designer extended the kitchen, and moved the cooktop to vent to the outside – using a custom Zephyr stainless hood- and surrounded it with spice pull-out base cabinets right and left, and utensil drawer and pot and pan roll-outs beneath.  The soffit was removed, and recessed lights added, plus a contemporary fixture above the new island with seating for 3 guests.  The dishwasher was moved to the corner. Glass display cabinets and a new, lighter hardwood floor completed the transformation.

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Kosher Kitchen

Before
Although the room was a good size, this older kitchen did not meet the needs of the homeowners, who kept a kosher kitchen and entertained often. There were not enough cabinets, and the doorway to the left led to a little-used mud room.

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After
Storage was needed! The Morris Black designer increased the wall cabinets to full height, added a second dishwasher, and opened the doorway to the mudroom in order to wrap cabinetry around the corner and add a full-sized freezer to the expanded mudroom. The opposite wall contains a second range. The cabinets are cherry in a golden finish, topped with stacked molding in a soft green. Granite tops were chosen, with stainless steel appliances and a bamboo floor. Now the multiple family cooks have room to work, and the dishes needed for large-scale entertaining are more accessible.
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Colorful Contemporary Kitchen

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This kitchen belongs to a stylish and creative homeowner who, when a door fell off one of her cabinets, fashioned a cardboard replacement until the remodel could be completed. She wanted a second oven, the range moved from the island, and more countertop space.

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After
By moving the refrigerator to the opposite wall, the designer gained enough space to give the stove and sink walls plenty of countertops. The frameless maple cabinets now extend to the ceiling, and are trimmed in black to match the appliances, the pulls and the granite countertops. A second oven was added to the new island. A bold blue tile was an artistic choice, and the room now matches the modern décor in the rest of the home.

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Classic Traditional  Renovation

Before

The homeowners came to our Lehigh Valley showroom, saw the Tuscan display with its creamy white paint and traditional styling, and knew they had found their kitchen.  They also wanted to remove the faux brick alcove, increase the countertop space, make room for dry goods and small appliances, and create a space for cookbooks.

After
The designer included all their Wish List – plus open shelves with a beadboard back for display and cookbooks, a niche for the phone, pantry cabinets for storage, and a custom mantel hood and mural over the cooktop as a focal point. The kitchen includes the corbels, raised panels, turned legs and stacked crown molding they love, and the creamy paint brightened the space. Bonus: they opted for a heated floor for a truly warm and sunny Tuscan kitchen!

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Traditional White Kitchen

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This u-shaped kitchen with a fake brick wall was outdated. The double wall ovens were across the room, with no place nearby to set down a hot casserole. The peninsula partially blocked passage to the kitchen.

After
By moving the appliances, the Morris Black designer increased the width of the room enough to add a small eat-in island for casual dining. The cooktop is on the island, with a pop-up downdraft eliminating the hood. The traditional white cabinets were extended to the ceiling and topped with deep crown molding. An appliance garage was tucked into the corner. A tile floor and Corian countertop in neutral colors counterbalance the cheerful red walls.

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Tuscan Kitchen

Before
After a vacation trip to Italy, the homeowners fell in love with Tuscany and wanted a Tuscan kitchen. The kitchen stove was in a corner near the family room and the wife requested a pass-thru to the family room and more cookbook storage.

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The designer used the classic Tuscan arch to open the doorway into the family room and angled the stove area so the homeowner could converse with her guests. The island was expanded into the eat-in area and with enough seating for both guests and family dining. The arch was repeated in the custom wood hood and in the bookcase, both in Walnut to match the Signature cabinetry. Granite tops and a tile backsplash complete this Tuscany-in-America kitchen.

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Transitional Kitchen Addition

Before
This kitchen was too small, too dark and too outdated. The homeowners were willing to sacrifice the patio, shown outside the sliding door, in order to expand the space.

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After
The white pillar, which the new eat-in island is designed around, marks the former outside wall of the home. The kitchen wall was bumped out 10 feet, allowing the designer to add a generous pantry and to build-in the existing refrigerator. The maple cabinets were extended to the ceiling and topped with double contrasting molding. The range was tucked into a corner at right, and an open bookcase and Cambria quartz countertops finished the space.

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Colonial Kitchen Addition

Before
The kitchen was small, with not much countertop space, and the owners are a young family and needed more space. They were ready for an addition.

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After
The new space includes plenty of room. The wood-trimmed beam, designed to mimic a fluted column, marks the former exterior wall. The island in the foreground contains a farmhouse prep sink and space for casual family dining. The refrigerator and freezer are hidden in the cabinets to the left. The far wall features a new brick fireplace flanked by matching mullion glass built-in china cabinets with broken pediment tops, and a second farmhouse sink. Raised panel doors and beadboard trim add to the colonial ambiance.

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Sophisticated Modern

Before
The space was not large, and the homeowners were looking for more countertop space, a prep island, in an updated, more modern style.

After
Rich cherry cabinets and dark countertops contrast with the light wood floor. By moving the range to vent to the outside, a double-sided island cabinet with a prep sink was added. The new stainless steel canopy hood opens the space and allows the decorative tile backsplash to serve as a focal point.

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Cheery Cherry Kitchen

Before
The kitchen before had one wall with all the appliances crowded together, with a soffit limiting the height of the wall cabinets.

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After
By moving the doorway to the dining room, the refrigerator could now be moved to another wall, which opened the space and allowed more room between the sink, dishwasher and stove. The table was replaced with a custom island, topped with granite to match the countertops. Restful neutrals were chosen for the backsplash, and a comfy heated floor was installed beneath the tiles.

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Philly Condo Remodel

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The white laminate cabinets in this 1980’s condo did not fit the sophisticated urban homeowners. They were ready to remove the wall to an adjoining room to make more space.

After
The Morris Black designer doubled the size of the room, and added a sleek modern kitchen with plenty of storage. The sink wall (background) has the dishwasher, granite countertops and backsplash that meets the wall cabinets. The extra-wide food prep area includes a gas cooktop with a downdraft and room for two to dine in.

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Classic Biscotti Kitchen

Before
This homeowner loves to cook and entertain, but her cramped and outdated kitchen wasn’t working. The aisles were narrow, and guests seated at the too-wide island bumped the hutch with their chairs.

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After
Subtle changes made a big difference. The designer moved the microwave to the appliance wall and relocated one of the ovens to the island, making room for cookbooks. The island was narrowed, and the cabinets behind it were recessed to keep the aisles clear. A lower table was added to the island, giving the petite homeowner a comfortable height to work. Yorktowne cabinets painted Biscotti teamed with a neutral tile floor and granite create a classically timeless look.

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