Design Seed Archives

Gail handpicks an set of Design Seeds for the site each month, scroll through archived monthly for your own seasonal inspiration!



One of my favorite cabinetry companies is Vision Woodworks, a local Seattle custom cabinet maker.

While specializing in fine cabinetry construction, Vision Woodworks provides the complete package with built-in specialty cabinet lighting and functional hidden features that serve all the needs of today’s kitchens for families with busy lifestyles. Seeing is believing – enjoy the video!

This family with twin boys wanted a larger home with a much bigger yard within their existing school district. After many years of research and shopping they purchased a 20 year-old home.

This house has great bones, some rooms only required paint and new flooring, others received a partial remodel and a few of the rooms where given a total make-over. All walls were refreshed with new paint, oak hardwoods refinished a deeper color and many of the oak built-ins were refinished with either paint & glaze or a dark stain. The master bath and kitchen received that greatest amount of remodeling attention.

So many are trying to get rid of yellow oak that is throughout their homes – this project is a perfect example of how to modify while preserving the original structure.



The new Obsidian interior by Jenn-Air

Opens your eyes, every time you open the doors!

jenn-air built-ins

The Obsidian interior is now offers a dramatic new addition to the line-up of built-in refrigerators from Jenn-Air. The interior is dramatically illuminated by LED lighting placed throughout the interior. It minimizes shadows and reflects against the black finish to dramatically display ingredients while gently building in intensity to create true theater lighting.

Much more than just a dazzling display, the technology of the twin Fresh Climate Controls keeps food at optimal freshness. A dual evaporator system creates two distinct, independent climates for enhanced food preservation, adjusting for optimal temperatures, humidity levels and freezer environment.


The advanced design and styling extends to the drawers with soft-close technology that ensures a quiet, gentle closure and a tight seal. Glass shelves accented with brushed aluminum trim appear to float with an open, refined look, providing enhanced visibility while making foods and beverages easy to see and locate. Absolutely gorgeous!

The all new Obsidian is now available in four models – see for yourself and learn more!

Appliance Discovery of the YEAR!!

urban-cultivator-thumbThis week while touring the latest and greatest new appliances coming onto the market in late 2014, I found the most amazing new appliance and have to share it with you. The residential Urban Cultivator is an all-in-one indoor home garden. You get to grow organic herbs and small veggies in your kitchen effortlessly in perfect growing conditions 365 days a year. The Urban Cultivator is launching now in the US market in Seattle first!


Gail will be touring the Kohler factory!


visit the Kohler website

Gail was been invited to the 2014 Kohler Experience, a week long event (August 25-29) in Wisconsin. This was a unique opportunity to tour the Kohler Co. factory and Design center.


visit the Sub-Zero website

Gail was been invited to the 2014 Sub-Zero/Wolf Experience, a week long event (August 25-29) in Wisconsin. This was a fantastic and unique opportunity to tour the Sub-Zero/Wolf factory and Design center.

Creating an entryway appeal

entryway inspirationIt’s Summer! And design can include creating a new look at your front door. At this home, the dark green front door was painted a soft blue while the bare wooden bench to the left was painted a deeper blue. The addition of a jute rug and three ceramic pots (in scale with the entry) filled with lots of texture and a dash of color give a welcoming feel. Is the entry to your home inviting and friendly?

New Refrigerators: What will they think of next? This summer GE launched their all new Café Series Energy Star French Door Refrigerator with a Hot Water Dispenser! We are used to access to cold water on the door and now GE makes it easy to have hot water on the door! Let me know what you think? Is this going to take off and be adapted by other manufacturers?


When we start working on the design of a remodel project one of our first questions is, “What do you want the focal point to be?”. With this kitchen remodel the client’s answer was, “the view”. With enlarged windows in this all new kitchen, the view definitely eye candy!

Provanti Designs - Kitchen Window-AFTER
Kitchen Window-AFTER