Happy Holidays from CHW

All of us at CHW would like to wish you and your family a very happy holiday season! With all the hustle and bustle this season brings, remember to take some time to relax and enjoy family time. The kitchen is a great place to do that! Whether it's baking cookies with the grand-kids or having a family meal around the table, we can help you make your kitchen the heart of your home... just contact us today to set up a free consultation to learn more, or discuss your next project no matter what room it may be.

Also Like Us on Facebook and learn what the current trends are, as well as information on cool products and yummy holiday recipes.
PLEASE NOTE we will be closed the week of Christmas.
Don't hesitate to schedule an appointment for the New Year in advance!

Open Kitchen Shelving Is A Design Trend But Is It Right For You?
One trend in kitchen remodeling that has been gaining in popularity in recent years, with both designers and homeowners, is open kitchen shelving. Open kitchen shelving is a great way to display cherished pieces... holiday or non-holiday. It also keeps often-used items within reach and allows a stunning backsplash tile to shine through. But open shelving is not for everyone. Those who dislike it say that dust and clutter are significant problems. Others feel that open kitchen shelving is a wonderful addition in the kitchen. It can create a stunning visual focal point and enhance your design. So who's right? Let's take a look at the pros and cons of open kitchen shelving and you can decide if it's right for you.

*The Pros*
The biggest advantage of open kitchen shelving is its ability to open up the kitchen visually. While traditional cabinetry can create a stark, solid look, open shelving can lend a fresh airy look to your kitchen design.

Open shelves are also a great place to display treasured pieces, artwork, cookbooks, or frequently used ingredients like pasta, rice, or cereal in colorful canisters.

Open kitchen shelving is also a great look if your taste runs toward a more modern or contemporary kitchen style.

*The Cons*
They can look “Busy”: Sure, access to all of your kitchen items can be convenient, and a lack of upper cabinets can make your kitchen look brighter and airy. However, if you're not organized, having all of your kitchen items exposed can look busy, cluttered and frankly, a quite messy.

No Privacy: If you have chipped dishes, dirty appliances, or unattractively packaged food, with open shelving there's no place to hide. Who wants to look at cereal boxes all day? It's definitely something to consider when weighing your options.

Maintenance: Open shelving is exposed to indoor air and as a result will need more frequent dusting and cleaning.

Creating a “Hybrid Design” For Your Kitchen
One option that many designers and homeowners have embraced is a “hybrid” design that incorporates both open shelving and upper cabinets into their kitchen design. With creative planning, it's possible to have the best of both worlds, without the downsides. Work with us to think outside the box and combine the features you love about both options into your kitchen design.

You can also customize upper cabinets doors with glass inserts to create a more open look without losing the functionality.

The bottom line is that whether you choose traditional upper cabinets, open kitchen shelving, or a combination of the two, it's a personal style choice. Look at your budget, needs, aesthetic, lifestyle, and kitchen layout when making your decision. Looking at these elements of your remodel is essential to ensure you end up with the storage features that enhance the aesthetic beauty and provide the functionality you want in your new kitchen.

Contact us today as we will work closely with you to help you choose the perfect storage options for your new kitchen!
Product Spotlight!
You can finally check off your favorite sports fan from your shopping list. Our product spotlight this month is Holland Bar Stools which has just about anything you can dream of for your favorite fan. Whether it is a pool table, grill cover, clock, stool, bar table, etc... They make it with your favorite team's logo! CLICK HERE to see if your favorite team is listed. And if your a military veteran, they also have licenses for the branches of the military so you can show your pride, too. See all they offer HERE. Then Contact Us for pricing or to order your custom piece today! They also has a a full line of wood and metal chairs and stools to compliment any kitchen or gathering space. To see a full line catalog click HERE.
any Holland Bar Stool purchase until December 20th!
Mention the code HOLLAND when you order!
This Month's Feature Recipe
Pull-Apart Cheesy Christmas Tree
Oh cheesy tree, oh cheesy tree... This makes a great appetizer for your holiday party!

1 lb. refrigerated pizza dough
Egg wash (1 egg whisked with 1 tbsp water)
7 "string cheese" mozzarella cheese sticks
1/4 c. melted butter
1/2 c. finely grated Parmesan
1 tbsp. Thinly sliced basil
1 tbsp. chopped parsley
1 tbsp. chopped rosemary
Marinara, warmed (for serving)

  1. Preheat oven to 450°. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut mozzarella sticks into 1” pieces and set aside.
  2. On a floured surface, divide pizza dough into two pieces. Stretch and roll each piece of dough into a long rectangle, then cut dough into 2” squares (you’ll need 33 total).
  3. Wrap a dough square around each piece of mozzarella, forming a tightly sealed ball. Place balls seam-side down on the baking sheet in the shape of a Christmas tree (they should be touching). Brush egg wash on dough balls and bake until golden, 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, whisk together melted butter, Parmesan and herbs. Brush on baked pizza balls. Serve warm with marinara for dipping.

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1819 Two Notch Rd
Lexington, SC 29073
Ph: 803-520-6837