Natural stone is a beautiful choice for kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities, and backsplashes. Stone slabs showcase Mother Nature’s artistry, as every rock quarried from the earth has its unique color, veining, and pattern. Plus, natural stone has manageable maintenance, exceptional durability and is the gold standard in a luxury kitchen or bath. At Bentwood Luxury Kitchens, we want to share our experience designing with natural stone, as this is an important component of a project, which includes overall aesthetic and cost.
Happy 4th of July Gatherings with Star Power Recipes
At Bentwood Luxury Kitchens, we love to cook and entertain. And right now we are feeling extra grateful this Summer as we gather again with family and friends for Summer Festivities! With 4th of July celebrations this week, we are inspired by seasonal foods, outdoor entertaining, and those closest to us, things that Summer memories are made of. So, sharing some of our favorite recipes seems like a great way to kick off the week! From the Food Network™, we are highlighting 4th of July recipes perfect for the holiday weekend from 3 super star chefs: Ree Drummond, Bobby Flay, and Ina Garten.
What to Consider When Selecting Hardware for Custom Made Cabinets
Decorative Hardware for custom made cabinets has a big impact on the total appearance of a room, and speaks to the overall design and aesthetic. This is an opportunity to ‘go bold' and let the hardware become a star component, or ‘blend in’ and complement the overall design. Most importantly hardware must function well for the homeowner and their lifestyle—from a busy family kitchen to a downtown city loft. We say it should feel comfortable in your hand and easily open your cabinetry and appliances. So, as you are defining your preferences for custom cabinetry, the same should be done for decorative hardware. This component is part of your budget and most likely will take some time to fulfill the order. At Bentwood, we are here to make some suggestions from excellent industry resources.
A Modern Farmhouse with a Historic Past
At Bentwood Luxury Kitchens, we are very excited to share a special Dealer project as well as highlight exceptional people in the business. Since becoming a dealer in 2001, Joy and Jerry Wilkins of Custom Kitchens from Oakland, California have always had a wonderful relationship with Bentwood. Joy says it best here: “Bentwood and Harmoni are our number one cabinet supplier because we’ve built a great relationship and have complete trust in their product and service”. And this is what it's all about for us here at Bentwood. Owner Randy Pittard takes great pride in relationships like these. We feel the same joy and mutual respect when working with the successful industry professionals who embrace our products and execute beautiful projects year after year. See how we collaborated on this stunning modern farmhouse.
Have Your Own Fiesta with Favorite Cinco De Mayo Recipes
At Bentwood Luxury Kitchens, we love to cook and entertain as much as our clients and industry friends. With Cinco de Mayo fast approaching, we are inspired by the beautiful foods, flavors, and passion of Mexican cooking.When we think of Mexican food, Rick Bayless is the shining star chef we love! He's an all-around foodie giant in the world culinary scene. Driven by his passion for tasty Mexican food, his recipes are ‘best in class’. If you have had the pleasure of dining in one of his restaurants, you understand. Here are some classic recipes that you can put ‘your own riff on’ as Chef Bayless would say.
Custom Hoods and Kitchen Ventilation Basics
Finding the right hood with proper ventilation is a necessary key to the success of any kitchen project, and particularly important in today’s open concept environments. Kitchen ventilation options may not seem all that luxurious, but keeping your beautiful home free from odors, smoke, and grease doesn't have to be drab. Here at Bentwood Luxury Kitchens we can explore the best options for your project, making sure both function and aesthetic work together in your kitchen design.
Hunkering Down at Home – Cook from Your Pantry and Feel Good!
This time, we're excited to have Stephanie Karp with Ingrid Baltasi, both from Bentwood of Chicago share their knowledge of cooking and experience in making great home-cooked meals. Let's dig in: Like many of you now, I am working from home today and for the foreseeable future. And since we have gained a couple of extra hours by not commuting, how could we spend that time? For me, the answer is always cooking. It’s my happy time. Making a homemade meal is very satisfying, and right now, this is something positive I can offer up. Best of all, pantry items are a great go-to for the home cook to get dinner on the table with ease!So, whether you did a big shop to fill the pantry or have a plan to shop by need, there are some wonderful staples that most of us have in the pantry, freezer, or fridge. Soups, stews, and pasta dishes are the ultimate comfort food, and although Spring is on the way, there is still a little chill in the air. Here are a few of our favorites we would like to share with you!
Valentine’s Day Sweets for Your Sweet
We've talked about our love of entertaining before, here at Bentwood Luxury Kitchens. This time, our passion for cooking leads us into Valentine’s Day and sharing some decadent recipes for those special someone’s in our lives. Whether you're hosting a gathering or just having an intimate dinner with your loved one, the time shared in your beautiful kitchen is personal and special. We are often inspired by the stellar chefs on Food Network, and they continue to "bring it" to the table around this time of year. From chocolate-dipped strawberries to a romantic French-inspired champagne cocktail, we think your sweetheart will love these recipes.
Beautiful Meal Presentations for Easy Holiday Entertaining
At Bentwood luxury kitchens, we love to cook and entertain as much as our clients and often talk ‘food’ with those who share our passion. Going into the holiday season, we thought it was only fitting to share some of our easy fall meal favorites and go-to recipes for entertaining. Enjoying time with loved ones is what it is really about, not preparing a 5-course meal with perfect wine pairings and being too exhausted to enjoy your guests!
End of Summer Entertaining
As we approach Labor Day, we want to celebrate outside for as long as possible, stretching our ‘al fresco’ season! The end of summer is still a great time for outdoor entertaining. Keep using your outdoor kitchen and patio areas, with refreshing fare to complement the warm and inviting outdoor environment.
At Bentwood Luxury Kitchens, we love to cook, entertain, and enjoy all the seasonal foods of summer. For your last summer gathering, brighten up your menu with these easy recipes and ideas that are a breeze to create while elevating any meal.