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Holiday Kitchen Decoration

Holiday Kitchen Countertop Decoration Ideas Once Halloween passes, it’s time to put your favorite holiday decoration ideas in motion. Don’t leave your kitchen counters out of the plan. With the right touches, you can keep the busy heart of your home festive and functional with a unique countertop holiday decoration. Give your November and December the extra dash of holiday…read more →

The Best Kitchen Countertop Material Options

There are few surfaces in your home that work harder than your kitchen countertops. Even if your cooking style is more take-out than gourmet, your kitchen countertop material will be home to keys, bags, plates, sharp knives, limes and lemons, cleaning chemicals, and other potentially corrosive or damaging substances. These kitchen countertop options are durable and beautiful choices for active…read more →

How to Avoid These Kitchen Design Mistakes

Getting ready to renovate your kitchen? Great! Before you commit to purchasing expensive materials that can’t be returned, check out these common kitchen remodeling mistakes. Don’t Waste Space You weren’t thinking about leaving space in between your upper cabinets and your ceiling, were you? This big kitchen renovation mistake assures your cabinet tops will collect lots of dust. Order taller…read more →

Don’t Make These Bathroom Remodeling Mistakes

Today’s bathrooms are more than functional spaces. Your new bathroom should be as comfortable and spacious as possible, and it should have adequate storage and plenty of ventilation. Avoid common bathroom design mistakes and improve your return on investment with a little extra planning. Ventilation Matters The bathroom is the place in your home where adequate ventilation is a must-have….read more →

How to Treat Granite Countertops

As the most sought-after countertop surface, granite has a well-earned reputation for durability and beauty. Every slab features characteristics, colors and veins that make them unique, even among the same variety. Protecting your granite with proper sealing not only protects this natural beauty but also the look of your kitchen as well as your health. What to Know About Granite…read more →

With A Touch Of The Screen You Can Style Your Kitchen

Whether you’re just starting to think about a new kitchen, or you’re making your final selections, there’s a great tool for you in Swartz Kitchen and Bath’s Harrisburg Showroom. The Merillat Visualize 2 Realize Kiosk is a state-of-the-art interactive brochure. Use the 24-inch, high definition touch screen to walk through a virtual showroom of Merillat products to see styles and color choices…read more →

Shedding Light On Your Kitchen

By Tim Weaver: Don’t overlook light fixtures in your kitchen design. Well placed lighting can help set a mood, draw attention to special features and help you with cooking and serving tasks. Make sure you account for ample lighting in your kitchen budget. In the timeline of a kitchen design, your lighting plan comes after the kitchen layout is determined….read more →

Our Award-Winning Kitchen Designers Share Their Recipes

What goes into an award-winning kitchen? Swartz Kitchens and Baths supplied area builders with the recipe and ingredients for four award winners in multiple categories during the recent Lancaster/Lebanon Parade of Homes. We asked kitchen designers Pam Clements and Kent Neff to share the key features of these award-winning kitchens: Best Of Show, Best Kitchen Division 2– Single Family Home,…read more →

Countertops 101 (Part II): Some strategy and insights

I recently wrote about the types of countertops and their qualities to help you hone in on surfaces that will meet your needs. Here are some additional strategies and insights I’ve gained over the years: Ready for resale? There are many beautiful, inexpensive options in the solid surface and laminate categories that you can purchase to replace worn, stained countertops…read more →

Countertops 101 (Part I): A primer on countertop choices

Don’t underestimate the importance of your countertop choice. Both workhorse and beauty queen, your countertop is always on display providing a place for cutting, mixing, setting down hot foods, serving and even spilling. We’re finding that many customers want to splurge on high-end countertops. But even if you’re on a strict budget, there are many innovative and affordable materials to…read more →

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