York Blues…

Many decisions go into a kitchen remodel or building a new home, and we understand that it can be overwhelming for our clients. At Dovetailed Kitchens, we try to simplify the kitchen design process by providing a clear, consistent timeline. We measure the space, have a chat about our client’s needs and aesthetic preferences, draw up what we’ve discussed, and get approval from the homeowner. The cabinets get installed a few weeks after we get approval. Countertops are then templated and ordered. Appliances get installed, counters and backsplashes go in, hardware is added, and in a few weeks, you’ve got yourself a brand new kitchen!

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We thought we would show you a little bit of this process using the perspective drawings of one of our favorite recently completed kitchens. This charming blue and white kitchen on the coast in York, Maine, features stainless steel appliances, white inset cabinets, a white tile backsplash, and a floor plan that maximizes space. Kitchen Designer: Scott Purswell, CKD; Interior and Residential designer: Wayne Rawley; Photos: Anna McFerrin

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How is that for a before and after? From the page to cooking with grandchildren in a few months.

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Another great touch in this charming kitchen is the granite topped seating area, perfect for grandchildren or a glass of wine with friends.

Whimsical details like the mosaic tile bird, blue knobs on the Thermador rangetop, antiqued bronze pulls and the homeowner’s Oriental inspired accessories give the all white kitchen personality.

So there you go! You’ve seen some of our perspective drawings, right next to the real thing. It’s always rewarding for us to see kitchens come to life, and we try our hardest to make the decision process an exciting, rewarding time for our clients.

Happy Thanksgiving from Dovetailed Kitchens and this adorable blue and white York cottage. We hope you enjoy this holiday season with family and friends…

As always, you can find this project on Houzz.



Modern Meets Rustic in this Barn Remodel

Lately, we have been intrigued by the idea of adaptive reuse. So when we were asked to join Futuro Construction on a total gut and remodel of an 1850’s barn into a modern family home, we jumped at the opportunity!

Here are some before pictures to give you an idea of the sheer scale of this remodel, so that you can better appreciate the final product.



We loved watching a modern, cohesive and eco-friendly home emerge from beams and sawdust.

For their kitchen, the homeowners chose sleek, gloss white cabinets and unobtrusive appliances. Aesthetic balance was key, so that the exposed original beams and two story high ceilings remain the focal points.

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Minimal, full-overlay cabinetry, a wine rack custom built from repurposed wood from the barn, and a show stopping, full length chartreuse tile backsplash provide the perfect amount of character and color.

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Look at those impressive beams!

Here are a few more shots of the rest of the house…

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Antique chairs, modern art, steel cables, wooden beams, white walls and industrial pendant lights. Yes, please!

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What a great space! We are thrilled to have been asked to contribute to this barn remodel. The homeowners and contractors at Futuro Construction were a pleasure to work with and we are proud to have our name associated with this project.

As always, you can find us on Houzz.

Gorgeous Grays in a Family Kitchen

We are excited to show you one of our latest projects, a gorgeous gray kitchen for the coolest family around. The kitchen features Knotty Alder Crystal cabinets with a beaded inset, Quartzite counters, a farmhouse sink, gray tile backsplashes, brushed nickel bin pulls, a built in wine refrigerator… the works! We also love the industrial, Edison bulb lighting fixture the homeowners picked out.

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White Quartzite Counters


Built in wine refrigerator

Center Island

Center Island

Hood with crown moulding

Hood with crown moulding

Farmhouse kitchen sink

Farmhouse kitchen sink

Brushed nickel cup pulls

Brushed nickel bin pulls

Minimal brushed nickel door pulls

Minimal brushed nickel door pulls

The owner's industrial pendants

The owner’s industrial pendants


To do work like this always makes us proud, but we are especially pleased to have been able to provide a kitchen these delightful homeowners take pride in too.

To see more work, visit us on Houzz.

Working on any fun stuff?

“Working on any fun stuff?”

I love this question, often asked by friends in the business.  It’s code for “really fun stuff”…not necessarily big or expensive or flashy.  Translation:  “Are you working on any interesting, challenging, cool stuff that inspires you and that you’re really proud of and want to talk about?”

I also love it when I’m able to say, “Well, as a matter of fact…”  I’m afraid I see way too much out there on the web and in magazines that looks like someone is trying really too hard.  To be different, to be outlandish, to be loud, these are not the central purposes of good design.

Truism:  My best work is done with my best clients. (They have taste, listen, react, push back, relent, compromise, trust)  More pictures to follow on this “Fun” project…

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“My Tiffany lamp is pretty alright, but it’s glass blocks a lot of the light and the bulb keeps needing replacement!”

Expectations.  Not always, but often, I find it a bit disheartening to be the first showroom that people visit when they are shopping for a new kitchen.

The messenger is not killed but is often discounted, not to be revisited.  I’m not the first person to say this, but for the most part, you get what you pay for.  The obviousness of this is boring.  If you want a green, 4 door sedan with good gas mileage (automotive metaphor), what does this cost? Almost ANYTHING!  If you want me to price you a Mercedes hybrid, I will.  But there are many options that you will be happy with long term!  Just saying.

And, one of the thrills of my job is to get the most bang for the buck!  I was born in Atlanta but must have had some ‘Yankee Thrift’ chromosomes in there somewhere.  Just watched a PBS show on ‘Finding Your Roots’, so I know it to be possible…

This not your mother’s kitchen! (unless you want it to be)

“It’s not about the bow, it’s about the Indian”    I used to follow a couple of very sweet blogs written from NYC and based on what they were cooking in their tiny “inadequately” sized kitchens in NYC.  Clearly, the taste of the food coming out of a small kitchen is unaffected.

Think about the size and lighting of many (most) of the kitchens that we grew up in… Often, it was 1 light in the middle with room for some cabinets and appliances…period.  It tasted fine.

Neither the skillet, nor the fresh garlic, nor the steel cut oats, are concerned with the size of the room in which they are prepared.

Not a great insight, but a useful reminder…

“Reviews are helpful, but make sure it wasn’t posted by a nut”

A ‘shopper’ walked into the studio the other day.  She announced to me that she had done her web research, knew of my product lines, and that one of them had some ‘negative buzz’ on the internet.  Yikes!  Slightly embarrassed and taken aback, I asked her to tell me what she had heard and where she heard it.  She gave me the websites and I began to research.  What I discovered is that the complaints were all about the dealers, and were not cabinet issues.  Relieved, we talked again about this particular line I use often in my designs.  In fact, I’ve used it in hundreds of kitchens for over 15 years.  Don’t blame Toyota if the mechanic didn’t repair your brakes properly the first time.

The rest of the story:  I’m currently installing her beautiful kitchen in her beautiful home using that wonderful cabinet shop.

For some laughs, google this:: ‘Yelp Reviews read by Actors’     Hilarious.