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Your Guide to Kitchen Storage Solutions

Kitchens serve many different functions, from simple meals to extravagant events to just being a household hangout space. Creating smart storage solutions means your kitchen can be inviting and open while also holding all of your necessary equipment! Mike Lotz,… Read more »

Oct 08, 2021

Kitchen

Kitchen Backsplash Material and Design Ideas

While certain kitchen elements, like cabinets and countertops, are often selected for their timelessness, kitchen backsplashes are a great opportunity to showcase your style. At Bluestem, we love personalizing this section of the kitchen because backsplash design can really make… Read more »

Mar 25, 2021

Kitchen

Bluestem’s Guide to Butler’s Pantry and Auxiliary Kitchen Design

It’s a well-known fact that kitchens tend to become the gathering place of the household. Who’s to say if it’s the aromas coming from Sunday dinner (meatloaf!), the inherent coziness, or even the proximity to snacks, folks seem to come… Read more »

Mar 18, 2021

Kitchen

Key Kitchen Design Trends: Embracing Your Personalized Kitchen Style

For most homeowners, updating their kitchen is at the top of their renovation list. As the central hub of the home, kitchens have to pull double duty as both a utilitarian and a beautiful space for families to spend time…. Read more »

Sep 16, 2020

Kitchen

Kitchen Countertops: When You Don’t Want the Same Old, Same Old.

During remodeling planning sessions, we’re often asked what kind of surfaces are the best, and homeowners assume the choice is between granite and quartz. But depending on your needs, style preferences, and budget, there’s a there’s a whole world of… Read more »

Jan 31, 2020

Kitchen

Granite vs. Quartz: Weighing the pros and cons

“What do you think, quartz or granite?” This is one of the questions our team often hears before homeowners begin a kitchen remodel.  So, what’s best? When choosing between these two smart and beautiful options, naturally what’s most important is… Read more »

Oct 12, 2019

Kitchen

Thinking of a Kitchen Remodel? The Plan is the Thing.

By Mike Lotz | Kitchen Designer and Cabinetry Specialist When I meet with a new kitchen design client, the first thing they usually say is, “we need to redo our kitchen, but we don’t know where to start.” They can see… Read more »

Jun 27, 2018

Kitchen

Our Kitchen Remodel Is Featured on Houzz!

Thank you, Houzz! Houzz has selected one of our kitchen remodels as a featured Ideabook on their website this month! Collaborating with the homeowner, designers Timothy Ferraro and Tamatha Miller integrated diverse elements in this bright and beautiful kitchen and… Read more »

Dec 15, 2017

Kitchen

Counterintuitive: Microwaves Don’t Need to be an Eyesore

In most kitchens, the initial plan involves the placement of the sink, range and refrigerator. Microwave placement options tend to be an afterthought, and while it shouldn’t take precedence over the major components, it does need some early consideration. The… Read more »

Feb 28, 2017

Kitchen

Tiny Kitchen Has It All … and now an award too!

Our beautiful Southwest Minneapolis kitchen project was named a 2017  Regional Contractor of the Year Award WINNER!  See complete before and after pictures with floor plans here.  Get design ideas and inspiration. A Southwest Journal article also featured this kitchen in… Read more »

Feb 01, 2017

Kitchen