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Emily Ellyn Event #2

Posted on Jul 5, 2015 1:42:30 PM

Emily Ellyn, our favorite Food Network Celebrity, shared her great food and wonderful personality with our neighbors in our Palm Harbor showroom last week!  Everyone had a great time - eating and drinking Emily's menu of "Cooking with Beer and Cheese".  A few of the guests helped make the Beer Punch.
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Emily Ellyn Event at S&W Kitchens

Posted on Apr 22, 2015 2:45:02 PM

OMG!  It's Emily Ellyn!  She's really as wonderful in person as on television!  In fact, she's more warm and funny!  S&W Kitchens had the wonderful experience of having Emily cook for us and a few clients in our Longwood live showroom last week.  It was amazing.  She regaled us with stories of her appearances on the Food Network Channel and her other cooking adventures around the country.
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There's No Place Like Home: Art Inspired by Winter Park's Historic Architecture

Posted on Jan 16, 2015 4:36:29 PM


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Topics: historical renovation

Banana River Kitchen

Posted on Dec 1, 2014 3:06:00 PM

One more room - the kitchen was the last room these homeowners had to renovate.  And it was one of their favorite places to gather, with views on two sides of the Banana River just a few feet away.  They wanted a classic look with a bit of a beach/waterfront flair and added space for entertaining.
The homeowners had been remodeling the 70's era home for the past few years on their own. By now they were old hands at the ins and outs of demolition, electrical and plumbing.  They were ready to work hard on their own, they just needed a plan.  
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Topics: kitchen, renovation

Press Release: Joe Steenbeke elected to NKBA Advisory Council

Posted on Nov 4, 2014 9:51:00 AM


Joseph Steenbeke Elected to NKBA Advisory Council of Multi-Branch Retailers

Longwood, Florida, November 4, 2014 – S&W Kitchens is proud to announce that Vice President Joseph Steenbeke has been elected to the NKBA Advisory Council of Multi-Branch Retailers.

Joe will begin his two year term on January 1, 2015.  He will be traveling to Las Vegas in January 2015 for the KBIS   show and to meet with the advisory council.  According to Joe, "the company is excited to be represented on this important advisory council to provide valuable feedback to the NKBA board on issues affecting dealers such as S & W Kitchens"  S & W Kitchens, Inc. has long been a strong supporter of the NKBA and has had at least two company employees serving as officers in the local NKBA chapter for the last 8 years.   The NKBA was established to enhance member success and excellence, promote professionalism and ethical business practices, and provide leadership and direction for the kitchen and bath industry worldwide.  

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Topics: kitchen, NKBA

Renovating a Kitchen with Elise Connor, CKD - The Reveal

Posted on Oct 11, 2014 2:59:00 PM

Marlene & Steve, proud owners of this new kitchen ( read their testimonial in the previous blog), are antique lovers.  They needed a traditional style kitchen and dining room with open concept flow and all the modern conveniences they could get!  
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Topics: kitchen island, kitchen renovation, testimonial, traditional kitchen

Renovating a Kitchen with Elise Connor, CKD – In Progress

Posted on Oct 8, 2014 10:50:50 AM

Often, renovation is stressful because all that you do in the kitchen as a family is now in a chaotic state – eating, cooking and socializing.  Elise and her team did everything they could to make the transition.  The customer, Marlene, got involved in a creative way – she wrote about it while the process was happening!  Her opinions are really the only ones that matter, so we’ll let them speak for us:



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Topics: customer, kitchen renovation, in progress, testimonial

Renovating a Kitchen with Elise Connor, CKD - Planning

Posted on Oct 6, 2014 1:03:00 PM

Sometimes a customer just wants a bit of an update.  Marlene and Steve wanted to reface their cabinets and replace the countertops.  They had built the home in the 1980s.  What designer Elise Connor, CKD saw were some major problems with an over-sized island that blocked the use of many of the cabinets and a pass-through over the sink that did nothing to open the space to family and guests.  In addition, there was almost no prep space - a real drawback for entertaining the quilting club the customer loves!

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Topics: kitchen, renovation, kitchen island, plans, blueprints

European Kitchens Seminar

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 1:08:00 PM

This week S&W KItchens hosted a CEU seminar on European Kitchens, presented by Alison Weidner from Poggenpohl.  It was a wonderful look at how kitchens developed in Europe and how those developments are reflected today in the US and in Europe.

In 1926, Margarete Shutte-Lihotsky designed an efficient, low cost kitchen.  It is referred to as the 'Frankfurt Kitchen' and is considered the first modern fitted kitchen.  Kitchens before this tended to have whatever furniture the homeowner could find or was passed down to them:  a large prep and eating table, a cupboard or armoire for dishes, perhaps a deep tub for washing dishes or food.  Probably, the adoption of reliable indoor plumbing and electricity helped to make a fitted kitchen more practical.

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Topics: beautiful kitchen, Poggenpohl, seminar, functional

The Tale of Two Kitchens… and Two Baths and a Laundry Room

Posted on Sep 18, 2014 1:14:00 PM

Designer Chris Druschel

Two kitchens – a social and a prep kitchen, were the main event in this home renovation but smaller side projects help bring the whole house into harmony. 

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Topics: kitchen, renovation, Designer

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