Deb Bayless - Design for Keeps

(630) 738-0657
www.design4keeps.com

Services Provided
Expert kitchen & bath design; kitchen cabinet dealer; info@design4keeps.com
Monarch cabinetry - http://www.houzz.com/pro/aaronjesse/monarch-cabinetry
Dura Supreme Cabinetry - http://www.houzz.com/pro/durasupremecabinetry/dura-supreme-cabinetry

Areas Served
Glen Ellyn, Wheaton, Downers Grove, Naperville, Lisle, Elmhurst, LaGrange, Carol Stream, Geneva, Westmont, Hinsdale, Oakbrook, Schaumburg, Chicagoland suburbs and DuPage County

Typical Job Cost
$10,000 - $30,000
kitchen cabinetry only


Business Description
Specializing in kitchen & bath design, Deb Bayless, an award-winning designer, believes everyone deserves to live in beautiful surroundings. Specialized rooms like these complicate the ever important elements of design like scale, proportion, and symmetry. Well-thought design, or "percolated" design, is not only good, it's important! Let's talk . . . in your home without the need or expense of a showroom business model . . . and see what calm, organized and cozy spaces can do for you.

Certification and Awards
1st Prize Small Kitchen October 2013
NKBA Midwest Chapter
1st Prize Large Bath October 2013
NKBA Midwest Chapter
Best of Houzz 2013, 2014
NKBA Certified Kitchen and Bath Designer, CKD CBD
Chicago Kitchen and Bath Designer
Best of Houzz 2013 & 2014
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You can get a banquette or booth made by CityLiving Banquettes & Booths in Chicago. They ship nationwide and will build whatever size and style you want. Visit their website at www.citylivingdesign.com or call 312-335-0711.
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What a great resource! Thanks for making us aware.
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Meg b
Thanks so much Deb! I purchased the Worldly Grey and I think it looks great! I am working on priming now. I'll post a pic when I'm done. Thanks so much for your advice.
September 8, 2014 at 7:16PM   
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Awesome! Can't wait to see.
September 9, 2014 at 9:23AM   
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This wood top happens to be knotty alder to match the cabinetry. Most any wood will work, however, it pays to consider how much or how hard you will work at that surface. Maple and oak are harder woods and won't be as easily damaged. However, small dings on a wood top can be rectified - see the following post:

Was recently reminded by a client of a quick and easy fix to dents in your hardwood floor - you know, when you drop that heavy bottle on the floor (!) - what to do to fix that dent - http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-fix-dents-in-wooden-floors-furniture-with-an-iron-166696
September 1, 2014 at 9:25AM   
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sooneralumom
Thank you for your advice. I'm considering a wood desktop for our current remodel and wanted to keep it in line with granite prices. It's in a mud room and I like the idea of a more casual look of wood. Floors are porcelain tile. Your work is lovely.
September 1, 2014 at 10:57AM   
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Deb Bayless - Design for Keeps
Thank you for the compliment. If you are a little more of a diy-er, you can go to your local wood specialty lumber provider and see if they will fabricate your wood top. Give it a clear coat finish and you're ready to go.
September 1, 2014 at 11:12AM   
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Deb Bayless - Design for Keeps
Vermont is known for soapstone. This particular vendor offers both slate and soapstone, apparently. Slabs vary in color so I am sure you can find a blue-grey. Perhaps they can source material to a fabricator near you (?).
http://www.vermontstructuralslate.com/applications/counter-tops

Also, there are sealant waxes available now that keep the color consistent over time and have a great feel to them.
http://www.realmilkpaint.com/soapstone-sealer-wax.html
September 1, 2014 at 10:14AM        Thanked by sbsantare
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Woodstock Soapstone Company offers soapstone countertops and sinks: http://woodstove.com/countertops

They primarily make soapstone stoves (I own one), but also fabricate countertops.
Great people to work with.
September 1, 2014 at 10:21AM        Thanked by sbsantare
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Deb Bayless - Design for Keeps
Winter in Paris looks to be a beautiful color. Kudos for doing something other than white.

I love the accent here of the dark blue/gray of the soapstone. You could paint the walls a lighter shade of the Winter in Paris and then add window treatments, seat coverings, etc. with this darker accent. Would be lovely.



This designer used Sherwin Williams "Agreeable Gray" with "Chantilly Lace" as the trim color. Very serene. http://www.elizabethburnsdesign.com/blog/2014/5/7/paint-colors-myrtle-house
September 1, 2014 at 10:00AM   
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indianpatti
What color are your countertops? I would go with a white ... a very light grayish white or even a vanilla white would look nice.
September 1, 2014 at 10:08AM   
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So glad to hear you want window treatments!!! Fabric makes a world of difference in softening rooms and adding as little or much color as you want. I would add a roman shade along these lines and position it up high so the windows look like there are taller - more in line with the wall cabinet height.
August 21, 2014 at 11:22AM      Thanked by Debbie Zimmer
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Deb Bayless - Design for Keeps
Love this corner picture from the Parade of Homes - perfect in your situation. The only issue with inside mounts is it would bring everything back down to a petite size and look dwarfed by your 42" tall wall cabinets.
August 21, 2014 at 4:37PM      Thanked by Debbie Zimmer
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Jarret Yoshida Inc.
Def roman shades. But the top should be closer to the ceiling, like 4" or so. Will make the room feel even higher.
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Shutter Shack
Curtains behind the sink?? Maybe not the best idea due to splashing water, grease,etc.
I like full length or cafe style shutters.
The louvers provide excellent light and privacy control.
The louvers are easily cleaned.
You can match the cabinets or use a white tone.
I like 2 1/2 or 3 1/2 inch louvers.
Feel free to forward your photo to info@shuttershack.com
Good luck.
Bruce
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August 22, 2014 at 7:57AM   
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Deb Bayless - Design for Keeps
I say go for it! Two thoughts though . . . why such a deep soffit above? I'm assuming the ceiling height isn't overly tall and that seems a little top heavy. Also, having not seen your inspiration picture and not sure of your finish materials, I would want any transitions (edges) between materials (tile, wood, drywall) to be well thought. Will be amazing, I'm sure!
August 21, 2014 at 11:16AM        Thanked by cmd75
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Deb Bayless - Design for Keeps
I think what's bothering you is a matter of proportions. Your inspiration photo shows the fireplace much lower to the ground by 8-12". Maybe your steps are too tall and the firebox too high off the ground. The soffit could be a mere 3" deeper (looks deeper in your picture) and it looks like your recessed cans are not placed equidistant to the edges of the soffit. You'll want the lights to "wash" that plane nicely. Also, I'd probably remove the vertical members to the right and left - just interference. If you needed to store a cord of wood or other items, then you'd need those. Hope that helps.
August 21, 2014 at 11:32AM        Thanked by cmd75
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Deb Bayless - Design for Keeps
For the least amount of work, I'd remove the right and left vertical pieces; and possibly cut back the soffit from the right so it lines up with the right edge of the firebox section like your inspiration picture.
August 21, 2014 at 2:32PM        Thanked by cmd75
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Jenny Sutton
Just checked back to see the outcome - can't wait for the reveal!
September 2, 2014 at 9:26AM     
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Hi cmd75
How did it go with the designer? Did he or she give you some good ideas and direction? I wont go so far as to ask what the outcome is at the risk of all of us chiming in again. But at least do you have some piece of mind about it?
September 7, 2014 at 3:45PM   
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This is a quartz countertop by Hanstone, color is "Victorian Sands" .
August 21, 2014 at 12:24PM   
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The Kitchen Place
Thanks Deb....that's what I thought. I have a client looking at Victorian Sands and her cabinets look very close to your photo. It's beautiful. What I like about the Victorian Sands, is that you can pull gray, white and cream colors from it and it has a touch of an orangey color that go well with the cabinet finish. It's in a pricier color group from my fabricator...so she is also contemplating a very similar color/pattern by Viatera (Solar Canyon).
August 21, 2014 at 12:54PM     
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Deb Bayless - Design for Keeps
Yes, your curb appeal is lacking here. Fortunately, there a few simple fixes that will greatly improve things. The addition of shutters, adding color to the front door, and/or painting the mullions out in a dark color will improve the front. I would also beef up the support columns, keeping them smooth as they are or adding panels to the posts. Clear out the climbing shrub to the left of the palladian window and invest in a good landscaping plan. It doesn't have to be elaborate - pick a direction like one of the following pics. You could line the walkway - remember to plant shrubs a good 24" off to the sides because they will grow and you don't want them to crowd the walkway; or add rounded beds to reflect the curve of your window. Another option would be to play on the shrubs you have with several "tiers" as your lawn drops down - see pic. Would be very dramatic. Looks like you may have a tree to the left - good! Perhaps build a bed around it with understory shrubbery and perennials.
August 21, 2014 at 11:07AM   
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Tiered Lawn
August 21, 2014 at 11:08AM   
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groveraxle
If your grass looks like that for much of the year, I'd get rid of it entirely. I think the house itself is quite attractive, and a good landscaping would show it off.

I'd also beef up the porch posts.
August 21, 2014 at 12:35PM   
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groveraxle
No grass, a lot of hardscape, front patio:
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Deb Bayless - Design for Keeps
Ahhh . . . I can see what you mean by cramped. However, it can be very much improved with color, or rather, the judicious use of color. The 2 white refrigerators means white should be a component for sure. Check out the attached kitchen - white and dark brown cabinets with a light wall color. The pop comes in the floor carpet squares - would certainly take attention away from your linoleum - and the open shelving with colored dishware. Maybe add some lights like the picture below and you're in business.
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makaloco
I'm sure getting one of the fridges out of the kitchen would help, but it's hard to make layout suggestions without seeing the kitchen from other angles and in a floor plan, even a hand drawn one. I can't even tell where the range is. Is that it peeking out from behind the fridge in the second photo? If so, yikes!
August 18, 2014 at 2:21PM   
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Deb Bayless - Design for Keeps
Still a little hard to discern from the photos, but is that a black range to the left of the refrigerator on the right in the photo? And, is that the refrig that would be moved? If so, perhaps at that wall you could add a small rounded countertop for 2 stools? your color scheme is now more black and white if the 2 appliances are black and fridge white. Maybe add a pop of red or retro accessories.
http://blog.design-seeds.com/tag/black/ might provide some inspiration also.
August 18, 2014 at 2:24PM   
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Dytecture
Be careful about resale when reducing the number the bathrooms.
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Deb Bayless - Design for Keeps
Very good point. If one of the bathrooms is essentially the master bath, perhaps converting that to a shower-only bath and keeping the tub in the other might alleviate your frustration with 2 small baths. Updated and classic materials will take you out of the 1950's as well.
August 18, 2014 at 12:17PM     
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I think the black "wood" floor would be perfectly acceptable. It would be more of a monochromatic look with the added texture, of course, which will keep it from looking institutional. The white countertop is a good idea. Not sure if this is a powder or full bath, but you will have other accessories and lighting that will break up the black. Go for it!
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Phase Five Interiors
I would suggest at least a slight contrast between the floors and your vanity to add interest. Visually it may look heavy if the floors are the same color as the vanity. You may want to lighten the floors to a dark gray or have a vanity with legs to visually separate the two.

Good luck!
August 18, 2014 at 12:30PM   
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Yes, I would rotate the table and position it closer to the single window. If you can continue with the bench idea and wrap it as an "L" under all of the windows that will keep the table further away from the sharp corners that are definitely an issue - especially for toddlers. They could then scoot in from the right as they approach the table also helping to avoid the sharp corners. The table would then line up roughly with your shelving unit/cart and adult visitors can perch there while you are cooking.

With the track light fixture, you may be able to swap out or add a different fixture to it depending on the total wattage rating. A pendant fixture would add a nice element centered over the table and make it read more appropriately in the new location. Otherwise, looks like you have some charming features in the arch and bookcase. Good luck.
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