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Brandy Souza Promoted to Vice President of Kitchen Views

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Brandy Souza – Vice President of Kitchen Views at National Lumber

Mansfield, MA. Jan 27, 2017 – Continuing the tradition of promoting from within the company, National Lumber is proud to announce the promotion of Brandy Souza to Vice President of Kitchen Views. Souza will continue to report directly to the company President, Manny Pina.

Brandy began her career interning for Paul Brent, a world renowned seaside architect and artist. After her internship, she graduated with a degree in Architectural Design and Construction Technologies and began working with general contractors, designing homes and managing residential projects. She combines her technical expertise with a fine eye for design and a commitment to customer satisfaction.

Brandy has been with Kitchen Views since 2005, starting as a designer in National Lumber’s New Bedford location. In March 2014, she was promoted to General Manager of Kitchen Views. She has consistently shown strong leadership and a determined attitude to improve every situation with tact and graciousness.  Her amazing design acumen has been demonstrated through the beautiful and state-of-the-art Kitchen Views’ showrooms across New England.

Brandy is a member of the NKBA and on the editorial board for Kitchen and Bath Business Magazine. A sought after expert for her design and materials expertise, Brandy has been interviewed and quoted in articles for Boston Home Magazine, New England Home Magazine, Rhode Island Monthly, Design New England, and more. Brandy enjoys sharing her expertise through articles posted on the Kitchen Views blog. With readers and followers from around the world, homeowners are drawn to Kitchen Views at National Lumber for the product knowledge and design insight provided.

National Lumber has been serving the New England area since 1934. Now in its third generation, this family owned and operated company is led by co-CEO siblings Steven Kaitz and Margie Kaitz Seligman, and company president Manny Pina. With divisions that include Kitchen Design, Engineering, Drywall, Installed Insulation, Millwork, and Truss & Wall Panel Manufacturing, National Lumber is qualified to provide building solutions to those in New England and beyond.

Call Manny Pina at 508-339-8020 x5629 or visit national-lumber.com for more information.

2016 Design Trends Move Toward Versatility

Brandy Souza, Kitchen Views General Manager

Homecrest dark gray cabinetry and white counters

HomeCrest Cabinetry

2016 Design Trends Move Toward Versatility

Trends are developing toward elements to make kitchens more versatile – from how the space is used, to how it is decorated. Technology is making its way into kitchens with items such as Tech Top by LG, which charges your cell phone, exercise tracker, or portable speaker automatically.  The wireless charging transmitter is embedded into the countertop surface, so when you put down your device it can be recharging while you do other things nearby, such as prepare and eat meals.

The popularity of white cabinetry is being challenged by gray stains and paints. This neutral color comes in a range from lighter to darker, works well with other neutrals, and enhances a wide range of accent colors.

Look at new finishes for hardware such as brushed bronze, rustic oil rubbed finishes and polished finishes that complement a wide array of design styles. Selecting a finish that doesn’t show fingerprints easily would be a good choice for busy households.

Single level islands have become the most popular because they comfortably sit people of different ages and sizes, while offering a comfortable height for meal preparations.

The popular choice of material for countertops is moving away from granite that requires surface maintenance to keep it sealed, to quartz that is gaining ground because it carries warrantees, is non-porous and has a high resistance to stains. Quartz comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns, but white is the trending choice of color.

By designing the layout with versatility of tasks in mind, your kitchen will be ready to handle both the constant and the changing needs of its occupants. By selecting cabinetry, countertops, and decorative hardware that are the most versatile colors and finishes, your home will remain stylish for many years to come, with only simple changes to appliances and accessories as needed. Trusting an experienced designer to guide your selections will give you the best return on your investment.

Brandy L. Souza
Designer & General Manager
Kitchen Views at National Lumber
120 Welby Rd, New Bedford, MA 02745
Office: 508-990-8020 x3163
Fax: 508-742-1498
bsouza@kitchenviews.com

What is a Transitionally Modern Kitchen?

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Transitionally modern – what does that name mean? In many homes, a fully modern kitchen may appear out of place, while a traditional style kitchen may not have the modern amenities that today’s homeowners demand. Blending traditional and modern design elements creates what is called a transitional style.

Here is a Narragansett, RI kitchen designed by Warwick, RI designer Lisa Zompa which shows an example of transitional cabinetry.

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From this picture, you can see how these cabinets have both the modern clean lines along with traditionally styled decorative moulding. There’s a modern gas-powered stovetop, but it doesn’t look out of place. Over the stovetop, the sand tone backsplash features pale blue tile insets. Backsplashes are a more modern element, but here it ties the design together by adding visual interest without being overpowering. The stove hood is the focal point in this space, with a shelf providing a perfect place to display decorative items.

The island is particularly interesting. It’s made from cherry wood but the stain color – known as “porch swing” – is meant to mimic driftwood. This adds to the beach-side charm of the kitchen. The large island can comfortably seat four, making it perfect as a casual dining area. On the seating side of the island, there are cabinets used for storing occasionally used items such as glassware and seasonal items.

Another major element of transitional kitchens is that they tend towards an open concept design. This is especially true in this kitchen. There is a bookcase on the end of the driftwood-colored island, which makes for a natural transition from the kitchen to a comfortable seating area around the fireplace (not pictured here). Having a place to display favorite items, such as books and knickknacks, allows the residents to add their personalities to the space, another transitional design element. There’s also a casual dining area adjacent to the kitchen.

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By integrating traditional design elements into modern layouts, transitional kitchens retain the charm of an older space while also giving you a kitchen that has modern convenience.  Transitional kitchens contain a great deal of detail. Whereas completely modern kitchens tend towards a more minimal and functional look, transitional kitchens allow for a great deal of design space while losing nothing as far as function.

Kitchen Views designers are experts at blending traditional and modern design elements. Whichever you prefer to lean towards, our designers can find the solutions so you can build and enjoy your dream kitchen.

Brandy L. Souza
General Manager
Kitchen Views at National Lumber
120 Welby Rd, New Bedford, MA 02745
Office: 508-990-8020 x3163
Fax: 508-742-1498
bsouza@kitchenviews.com

Accessory Options for Cabinetry

Accessory Options for Cabinetry
by Brandy Souza

If you haven’t explored the world of kitchen cabinetry lately, you may not know about a few interesting options available from some of our cabinet manufacturers. Here are several examples of interesting cabinetry and kitchen accessory options you may want to consider during your next kitchen upgrade.

Schrock Tablet Holder

Schrock Tablet Holder. Image © Schrock Cabinetry, Fair Use

Tablet Holder

Mounted under 12″ deep wall cabinets, there are pull-down acrylic tablet holders which are moveable forward or backward with a slight side to side rotation. Typically, these holders have cut-outs for a charging cord. There are other types of tablet holders that can be mounted under counters, as well.

Schrock Power Pod

Schrock Power Pod. Image © Schrock Cabinetry, Fair Use

Power Pods / Charging Station

This pop-up accessory telescopes up from the countertop approximately one foot for access to electrical sockets and USB ports for your electronic devices. It helps eliminate the need for awkwardly placed power outlets and gives you a convenient charging spot for your mobile devices.

Schrock Wall Message Center Cabinet

Schrock Wall Message Center Cabinet. Image (c) Schrock Cabinetry, Fair Use.

Wall Message Center

This cabinet is only 3″ deep, 12″ wide, and fits at the end of your wall cabinets. It includes a magnetic whiteboard for family messages; key hooks, pencil holder and fixed plexi shelf fronts for your miscellaneous gadgets.

When you start to design your next kitchen with Kitchen Views, consider these accessory options to help organize these modern necessities.

Brandy L. Souza
Assistant General Manager
Kitchen Views at National Lumber
120 Welby Rd, New Bedford, MA 02745
Office: 508-990-8020 x3163
Fax: 508-742-1498
bsouza@kitchenviews.com

Innovative Cabinetry Options

Brandy Souza, Kitchen Views General Manager

Innovative Cabinetry Options
by Brandy Souza

Innovative solutions for utilizing every possible storage area have been around for a few years now – long enough to prove they work. But not everyone has heard about them. One of the benefits of working with a professional kitchen designer is that they know about an array of options that you may not have considered. Since you are investing in remodeling, you can have a kitchen upgrade with their guidance, not just a facelift. Think about including these ideas in your new kitchen.

Corner drawers in bistro kitchen

Corner drawers in bistro kitchen. Image © Kitchen Views

Corner Drawer Base Cabinet

For an alternative to the Lazy Susan (some love them, others don’t), this cabinet has three drawers that pull out at a diagonal from the corner. The drawer fronts being either diagonal or at 90 degrees ‘L’ shape. This built-in storage can take full advantage of corner cabinet space that may be otherwise under-utilized.

Toe kick drawer

Toe kick drawer. Image © Kitchen Views

Toe Kick Drawer

Customers have used toe kick drawer options for storage of all kinds, from placemats and trays, to kids’ coloring books. These drawers can be placed in islands, as well. Storage is always at a premium in any kitchen, and this may be an otherwise unutilized space.

Swing out corner shelves

Swing out corner shelves. Image © Kitchen Views

When you start to design your next kitchen with Kitchen Views, consider these options as you ponder the placement of roll-out trays, glass doors, wine racks, spice pull-outs, etc. You may find some room for these and other innovative storage and utility options.

Brandy L. Souza
Designer & General Manager
Kitchen Views at National Lumber
120 Welby Rd, New Bedford, MA 02745
Office: 508-990-8020 x3163
Fax: 508-742-1498
bsouza@kitchenviews.com

Technology to Transform Our Lives at KBIS 2015

Brandy Souza of Kitchen Views

The KBIS show of 2015 was filled with plenty of brands we know and love. All our favorite brands have clearly embraced new technology and used it to make our lives easier. The one take away from this year’s Kitchen and Bath show was that technology is king. Here are my notes from the KBIS 2015 show that demonstrate how technology, design and function come together to better our lives.

Kohler’s Touchless Flush Toilets — just when you thought a heated seat was the best invention added to toilets, now we don’t even have to touch our toilets to flush them!

Kohler Touchless Flush Toilet

Kohler Touchless Flush Toilet

Tech Top by LG — this was really cool. Just place your cell phone, exercise tracker, glucose meter, heart rate meter, or portable speaker on the LG Viatera or HI-MACS counter surface and your battery will automatically charge! Check out their website http://www.lgtechtop.com/ to get the details and demo.

Tech Top by LG - diagram

Tech Top by LG

Viking Incognito Induction Warmer — this product installs under any counter surface and cooks through it with induction technology.

Viking Incognito Induction Warmer signage

Viking Incognito Induction Warmer counter closeup

Viking Incognito Induction Warmer counter closeup shows no visible signs of the technology

The Viking Professional French-Door Double Wall Oven — this design gives a modern, commercial look to your oven. It matches the current French-Door refrigeration trends and allows users to open using one hand. Perfectly designed for ADA needs. The large convection fan with bi-directional movement allows maximum airflow and excellent cooking results.

Viking Professional French-Door Double Wall Oven

The Viking Professional French-Door Double Wall Oven is perfectly designed for ADA needs

MasterBrand Cabinetry — Omega, Dynasty and Homecrest — these are our favorite cabinet lines and they can be used anywhere. Laundry, mudroom, and craft room are just a few possibilities!

Laundry cabinetry

Lots of storage keeps your laundry area organized

mudroom cabinetry

A mudroom never looked so good before! Everyone has everything they need ready to go out the door.

craft area cabinetry

An organized craft area provides everything you need within easy reach

Visit a Kitchen Views showroom and meet with a designer to add these great features to your dream kitchen, or any area of your home.

Brandy Souza, General Manager of Kitchen Views

Brandy Souza has been promoted to General Manager of Kitchen Views

NATIONAL LUMBER PROMOTES FROM WITHIN

Brandy Souza has been promoted to General Manager of Kitchen Views

Brandy Souza

Mansfield, MA – March 3, 2014 – Continuing a tradition of promoting from within the company, National Lumber has proudly announced the promotion of Brandy Souza to General Manager of Kitchen Views, their cabinetry and design division. Souza will report directly to company President Manny Pina. 

Brandy began her career interning for Paul Brent, a world renowned seaside architect and artist. After her internship she went to school and worked for a general contractor, Rex Spencer, where she drew plans and managed residential projects. She loves working with materials that remind her of beach vacations, both Miami exciting and Cape Cod relaxing. She draws from her ability to design a kitchen to meet specific needs of her clients and bring their dream kitchen to life. She combines her technical expertise with a fine eye for design and a commitment to customer satisfaction.

Brandy Souza has been with Kitchen Views since 2005, starting as a designer in National Lumber’s New Bedford location. She has consistently shown strong leadership and a determined attitude to improve every situation with tact and graciousness. Her amazing design acumen is demonstrated in her work creating Kitchen Views’ lovely and comprehensive Warwick showroom. Most recently Brandy designed stunning updates for the flagship Kitchen Views showroom at the Mansfield headquarters. Brandy is expected to continue Kitchen Views’ promise of exceptional customer service, leading by example.  Attending Design and Construction Week, the combined 2014 IBS and KBIS show in Las Vegas, Brandy was recently commended by clients for her delightful hospitality and expert guidance through the KBIS portion of the show.

A sought after expert for her design and materials expertise, Brandy has been interviewed and quoted in articles for Boston Home Magazine, New England Home Magazine, Rhode Island Monthly’s Annual Home Design issue and others. Brandy enjoys sharing her expertise through articles posted on the Kitchen Views blog.  With readers from around the United States, and many followers in England, homeowners are drawn to Kitchen Views for the product knowledge and design insight provided. Her posting on design trends for 2014 was picked up on Twitter by several industry sources.

KBIS 2014 Items of Note from Brandy Souza

Brandy Souza of Kitchen Views

I enjoyed attending Design and Construction Week February 3–6, the combined 2014 IBS and KBIS show in Las Vegas, with some of our top customers. It was a terrific opportunity to show them the latest products and trends, plus enjoy the fine food and hospitality of Las Vegas.

Style trend to note – most of the displays show flat or recessed panel doors. Raised panel is no longer in demand.

Omega display at 2014 KBIS of TURILLA cabinetry

Omega display at 2014 KBIS of TURILLA cabinetry

I want to mention that Omega now has stainless steel inset doors. They are inset into a wood frame which would prevent the doors from sticking during high humidity levels like wood doors.

Omega display at 2014 KBIS of CALDERA cabinetry with some flip-up doors.

Omega display at 2014 KBIS of CALDERA cabinetry with some flip-up doors.

We also checked out the flip-up door. It has a mechanical device so that when a button is pressed, the flip-up door automatically closes. This is great for shorter people who can’t close the flip-up door once it is open as the handle is too high.

Masterbrands SOHO Thermofoil Woodgrain Silt and Custom Aluminum Framed Doors

Masterbrands SOHO Thermofoil Woodgrain Silt and Custom Aluminum Framed Doors

Our time at the show flew by quickly. Since there is so much to see, it helps to have a plan or at least a list of top things to see. If you’re a builder interested in attending next year, you may want to consider going for an entire week so that you can enjoy all that Las Vegas has to offer, and spend maximum time on the show floor.  Until then, or for homeowners looking for inspiration, we hope that you’ll visit one of our Kitchen Views showrooms to see our cabinetry vignettes that display a wide range of styles.

Contact Kitchen Views at 1-508-DESIGNS (337-4467) to arrange a personal consultation with a designer who will guide your design journey to a new kitchen you will enjoy for years to come.

Brandy L. Souza
Assistant General Manager
Kitchen Views at National Lumber
120 Welby Rd, New Bedford, MA 02745
Office: 508-990-8020 x3163
Fax: 508-742-1498
bsouza@kitchenviews.com

Welcome 2014 Design Trends!

Brandy Souza, Kitchen Views at National Lumber

If you’re looking for kitchen design inspiration, below is a list of my favorite trends for 2014. Remember, you can subscribe to receive Kitchen Views blogs via email. Look at the top of the right-hand column to find the place to sign-up. In the weeks to come, we’ll be discussing these trends and providing inspiring photos.

1) Transitional design is growing in popularity. Even with traditional design having a strong arm here in New England, consumers want  sleek, clean lines rather than a great deal of detail in the doors.

2) Neutrals, which have played a large role as wall colors, have now jumped into kitchen cabinet finishes. Greys, grey/whites, putty and tans are now preferred colors over pure white for cabinets.

3) Large single bowl sinks still reign king, but now with more interesting materials and textures. Copper, polished chrome, fireclay and soapstone are a few fun finishes consumers are putting in their kitchens.

4) Glass mosaic backsplash is sold everywhere now, but the 2014 twist is to have a single pane of glass with the back painted in any accent color you wish. It is easier to keep clean as it has no grout lines, and it is a sleeker look.

5) Access to Wi-Fi is a must for the kitchen area. More consumers work from their islands, look up recipes on their kindles and they are checking their favorite social media pages over coffee in the morning.

6) Multiple refrigeration is key for the many different diets consumers are following in their homes. From Paleo, Vegetarian, Vegan, to Gluten free and my personal favorite, wineo, you need to plan for different ways to preserve foods. Different humidity levels are key with vegetables and grains while light and temperature are critical to wine and cheese.

Contact Kitchen Views at 1-508-DESIGNS (337-4467) to arrange a personal consultation with a designer who will guide your design journey to a new kitchen you will enjoy for years to come.

Brandy L. Souza
Assistant General Manager
Kitchen Views at National Lumber
120 Welby Rd, New Bedford, MA 02745
Office: 508-990-8020 x3163
Fax: 508-742-1498
bsouza@kitchenviews.com

Grand Reopening of Mansfield, MA Design Showroom!

Brandy Souza, Kitchen Views at National Lumber

Kitchen Views in Mansfield, MA is celebrating their grand re-opening on October 25th from 5pm-7pm. Can’t wait until then to see the new showroom? Then take a trip to 71 Maple St and check out our new displays (map & directions). We are now the largest kitchen showroom in the area. Check out our new Schrock vanity displays, our new finishes in Dynasty, our fabulous white inset Greenfield cabinets, and schedule some time with our designers to make your dream kitchen a reality.

Kitchen Views, Mansfield, MA Showroom - Schrock Vanity with Chandelier

Mansfield, MA Showroom – Schrock Vanity with Chandelier

We are also offering extended hours on Thursday nights (until 7PM) starting October 11th to accommodate everyone’s schedule. Visit us on the web at www.kitchenviews.com to view our designers’ portfolios. Be the first to see 2013 trends now! From new paint colors to countertop materials to cabinet hardware, you will be ahead of the trends and still meet your budget. The kitchen is where everyone is during the holidays; why not make it a place you love to be?

Kitchen Views, Mansfield, MA Showroom - Schrock Kitchen with Silestone Countertops

Kitchen Views, Mansfield, MA Showroom – Schrock Kitchen with Silestone Countertops

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Brandy L. Souza
Assistant General Manager
Kitchen Views at National Lumber
120 Welby Rd, New Bedford, MA 02745
Office: 508-990-8020 x3163
Fax: 508-742-1498
bsouza@kitchenviews.com


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