23 10 / 2013
Federal Brace is so excited to have recently welcomed Quintessential Designs in Cabinetry into their Dealership program! Quintessential Designs has been providing amazing service and products in Palm Desert, California for over the last 25 years. Bill Lightner, President and Founder of Quintessential Designs in Cabinetry, founded QDC in order to provide only the best in high-quality and professional design for the home. They specialize in Kitchen and Baths, and their store in the Coachella Valley of California has a team of highly qualified space-planning specialists. They cater to clients across the United States with a great online help service.
Don’t let the name fool you! While QDC specializes in cabinetry for any room of the home, they can do far more than that! Their specialists are gifted in handling all part of a room-planning project, from cabinetry to fixtures and more! They have products ranging from appliances (Miele, Bosch, Wolf, Dacor and more), to countertops (anything from natural stone to stainless steel), plumbing (Kohler, Toto, American Standard and more) and of course a variety of cabinetry aids. Most recently they’ve started carrying products from Federal Brace! We are excited to move forward in our relationship with QDC and to be added to their high-end designs and quality products!
Quintessential Designs in Cabinetry
75744 Dolmar Ct., Palm Desert, CA 92211
16 9 / 2013
Federal Brace is delighted to welcome a new company, Banbury Lane, to our Dealership Program. Established in 1986, Banbury Lane is based out of Calgary, Alberta in Canada. They specialize in high quality hardware including door and cabinet hardware, architectural and external fittings and bathroom accessories. Banbury Lane is proud of the quality service they give; having been in business for over twenty-seven years, they are experienced, knowledgeable and qualified in all areas of both interior and exterior decorative hardware. Offering a variety of brands such as Baldwin® and Rocky Mountain®, Banbury Lane has a beautiful new location in Calgary where you can view all of their products in their showroom. They are also the only Calgary hardware location that offers Sun Valley Bronze® and Cifial® products.
Banbury Lane has received various accolades, such as being nominated for Best Independently Owned Business and Best Retail Experience by their colleagues for the Calgary Choice Awards. The reviews of their customers are important to them, and are always raving about the amazing customer service. Banbury Lane will continue to offer their fantastic service and expansive hardware collection at their new location, which recently opened in mid-August. They are very excited to be able to offer more and expand their business due to the vast showroom at this new locale, and we are more than excited to have them on our team of Dealers!
Banbury Lane, 1301 10 Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta Ph: 403.244.0038
11 9 / 2013
Twelve years ago today… I had just been dropped off at my new school, sat down next to my new friend and started organizing the previous day’s homework. It was Benton’s birthday, so we sang to him and then got started with our reading groups. Once those were finished, Mrs. Thornburgh ushered us all outside for snack. I talked to Stephanie and Richie, my cousin that was in another class, while we sat on the curb under the crabapple trees. A third grade teacher, Mrs. Farmer, came out and whispered to Mrs. Thornburgh and Mrs. Patterson, and suddenly Mrs. Thornburgh was yelling out that break was over early and that we had to hurry into Mrs. Patterson’s room. We were excitedly ushered in (I was mainly excited just because I got to stay with my cousin for a bit longer) and a television was rolled in on one of those mobile carts.
Our tittering voices hushed as Mrs. Patterson explained, with a face like paper, that something terrible had happened. That people were dying. The television was tuned to the news and we watched as footage showed a massive plane crashing into a huge tower, bursting into flames. A bunch of words that I didn’t know were tossed about - hijack, World Trade Center, terrorist, jihad. I got the basic idea, though… people were dying and New York, New York - the city in all those Frank Sinatra songs that my uncles liked to shout out when they were getting rowdy - was burning, crumbling, and falling to the ground.
Several years later, we visited New York. I was a bit older, in high school now, and it was ten years after the horrid deed had been done. We visited the crater that now stood in memoriam of those whose lives had been taken, and saw the pictures of the desolation. We touched the names of those firefighters who had given their lives to save others - now immortalized in black stone. The scene was cold, bleak… it wasn’t comforting, but what happened there was something that lacks all comfort - absolute disregard for human life and an attack on not only a city, but an entire country and the principle of freedom on which it was founded. Today, on the twelfth anniversary of 9/11 (Patriot Day), we remember those who lost their lives and the New York emergency responders who gave their lives to save other people’s lives. The families who mourn their loss are always in our prayers.
21 8 / 2013
21 8 / 2013
Federal Brace is delighted to invite Benson Woodworking Company, based out of New Hampshire, into our network of dealers. Benson Wood recently joined the Dealership Program and has already used Federal Brace products on one of their projects.
Started in 1974, Benson Woodworking has nearly 40 years of expertise in timber framed housing, hybrid housing, and panelized homes. Currently working with a team of 65, Benson has been nationally recognised for their energy efficient and high-performance housing. Their goal is to make durable, functional, and well-built houses and buildings that meet and exceed the customers’ expectations. They’ve achieved this goal, as is shown on their website (www.bensonwood.com) through their many wonderful pictures of houses they’ve constructed.
The above photo is one that they provided to Federal Brace in which they used the Brunswick Decorative Countertop Supports.
With versatility being a strength, Benson Wood is able to cater to residential homes, specialty structures and commercial buildings. Check them out if excellence is desired on your next construction job!
Benson Woodworking Company
6 Blackjack Crossing, Walpole NH 03608
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09 8 / 2013
We missed Around the World Wednesday! Hump Day came and went and we missed the wonderful chance to go to overseas for a few minutes. In its place we’ve decided to take a three day weekend to… (drumroll please) Italy!
I love Italy. And I’m not just basing that off of Mama Ricotta’s food, though it is delicious. I’ve been there and seen the wonderful sights and drank the wonderful wine and eaten the wonderful food. If I had to pick one country to live in that I could never leave for the rest of my life, it might very well be Italy. Or America. (Can we take America and add it to Italy’s culture? That’d be fine by me.) While the Italians are good at painting, sculpture, every other type of art, and wine, one thing they are more than fantastic at is some good cookin’. I’m thinking of some homemade spaghetti with some big meatballs and a little parmesan sprinkled on top… with bruschetta for a side…and maybe a bowl of cheese ravioli. Oh my gosh, I’m salivating.
In order to make all this wonderful food, it’s necessary to have a brilliant kitchen. Not the old-fashioned Italian, old portly lady in a bun stirring a boiling hot pot of marinara sauce, kitchens, but the modern Italian kitchens which have replaced the stone hearths with stainless steel and the tiny fireplaces with grand oven ranges. Italian kitchens are designed so that the chef is away from the traffic flow, yet still part of the crowd in the room. With this in mind, open plan kitchens are often used, so that the cook can have their own space, yet be close to the seating or bar/island area.
As all good cooks know, everything must be at your fingertips, which means lots of cabinetry and shelving for storage. While the Italians have not completely discarded the habit of upper cabinetry, often shelves are taking its place. These shelves allow the cook to see what they need and access it quickly, and also encourage tidier kitchens. Kitchen islands have also become important, and are typically accompanied by a small sitting bar or area. While this doesn’t replace the main eating area, it allows the cook to feel more connected to the others. The main dining generally takes place either in a room that is separated from the kitchen by a half-wall or in a room very close by.
31 7 / 2013
Let’s head over to the great old UK, Great Britain. Maybe check out Big Ben and the London Eye, ride a few double deckers, perhaps even look at the royal baby while we’re there and say hi to Queen Elizabeth. God save the Queen! If there are two things British know, one is how to make a good cup of tea and the other is simplicity. In nearly everything, the British are classy, but simplistic. Their accents are crisp, their uniforms and clean red, and their actors are marvelous. (Hello, Benedict Cumberbatch… even if his name is an absolute mess.) One thing that is extraordinary about Brits… other than the large amount of adorable men… is the simplicity of their kitchens. They prefer simplicity to the bright colors of the French, making their kitchens black, white and steel over pastels or popping reds.
Often the British kitchens combine dining room and kitchen while maintaining a small size, which makes the room feel cozy but not cramped. They maintain the appearance of a sizeable space through the use of clean, light colors (as shown above) and a more open area. Sometimes this “open” area is achieved by eliminating the use of upper cabinetry like the Netherlands (see last week’s blog for more info), and other times by using larger windows.
29 7 / 2013
Welcome to another installment of Federal Brace’s video installation guides. In this instructional the company guides the viewer through the installation of their Luminati Lighted Support Bracket. The Luminati Lighted Bracket was a the People Choice Award Winner at this years KBIS (Kitchen and Bath Industry Show). Check out the video for step by step instructions on installation and assembly instruction of this beautiful support bracket.
24 7 / 2013
The Netherlands, meaning simply the world “Netherlands,” reminds me of Neverland, a mystical land created by J. M. Barrie where people don’t age and Peter Pan flies around wearing next-to-nothing with the aid of some magical glitter. While these may be unrealistic expectations for the actual Netherlands, my hopes remain the same. Just kidding. Dutch people may be fantastic, but as I recall, it was our own North Carolinians that first flew… and we didn’t need glitter to do it. One thing Dutch people are particularly good at is interior design and that is proved in their kitchens. Achieving elegance while conserving both space and retaining simplicity, the kitchens of the Netherlands are something to be envied.
There is a noticeable difference in the kitchens of the Netherlands, something that’s noticeably missing. While most other countries value lots of storage place and use upper level as well as lower level cabinetry to achieve this, the Netherlands largely rely on lower cabinetry and upper shelving. The blankness of the wall space enables more windows to allow in natural lighting and the shelving allows an elegance that blends easily with the other kitchen features and cabinets. This simplicity emphasizes the cleanliness of the kitchen and creates an overall open feeling within the kitchen that can make a smaller kitchen feel much larger.
Cream colors have replaced darker colors or white in the kitchen, which ivory and cream cabinetry creating a light and airy feel. These are often contrasted by darker granite or quartz countertops. Overhead or pendant lighting is preferred in place of under-cabinet strip lighting, since upper cabinets aren’t frequently used. This is in addition to the natural lighting let in by the larger windows. Overall, the abundance of lighting, use of lighter colors and absence of large upper cabinetry adds to an overall feeling of openness and light in the kitchens of the Netherlands.
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22 7 / 2013
Federal Brace has recently welcomed a new dealer - Creative Kitchens based out of West Virginia. Creative Kitchens has been a leader in West Virginia in kitchen and bath design for over 50 years. They bring high quality appliances, cabinetry, and hardware fixtures to your home by teaming up with some of the best kitchen and bath designers in the business. Among the companies they use are top brand SubZero/Wolf, KitchenAid, Wellborn Cabinetry and more!
They have three showroom locations in West Virginia (Huntington, Charleston, and Lewisburg) where their excellent staff can assist customers with any of their design or remodeling needs! Each project they have aided in has been received with much elation, and shows a mastery of craft that only they can provide.
5128 MacCorkle Avenue SE
Charleston, West Virginia, 25304
Contact us at Federal Brace to learn more about our Dealer Program!