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Crazy for Copper: Will this booming design trend keep its luster?

March 30, 2018 | 1

Oh, copper. Improving the lives of humanity since the dawn of time.

No, really.

Copper is the oldest ore known to mankind. It was actually discovered almost 13,000 years ago!

Copper has held many uses over the years, from spiritual ceremonies and medical procedures to jewelry, currency and even for its health benefits. The ancient Egyptians, for example, viewed having copper as a symbol of wealth and status in their society.

While copper may not be quite as revered these days, we certainly can’t get enough of the warm, metallic glow of a copper-accented kitchen. Check out these amazing copper-style ideas for some inspiration for your home decor.


Copper Sinks

The United States Environmental Protection Agency lists copper sinks as having antimicrobial qualities. Studies show that up to 99.9% of all bacteria is killed within an hour of making contact with a copper sink. Amazing, right?























Copper Backsplash

A copper backsplash can provide a striking backdrop for your kitchen. And don’t forget about copper’s anti-microbial qualities. This kitchen backsplash is most likely clean enough to eat off of!


Copper Pipe Shelving

Pure elegance with an industrial spin. What could be better?
























Copper Appliances

From range hoods to stoves, copper appliances are in vogue right now and make great statement pieces in your space.





Copper Countertops

Enjoy the burnished glow of copper countertops in your space – and those antimicrobial qualities don’t hurt, either.
























Copper Light Fixtures

Copper light fixtures can make a great accent piece for your kitchen, or tie in nicely with other copper accents in a space! The skies the limit in terms of styles and sizes available.






















Copper Hardware & Fixtures

Copper sink fixtures can add a bold flash of color in any kitchen or bathroom. Copper also makes gorgeous drawer pulls for cabinets and drawers!


























Copper Accessories

Love the copper style trend but unsure how its going to hold up over time? Purchasing copper accessories for your kitchen can help add that warm, metallic flair you want without potentially hurting your homes re-sale in the long run.























The Verdict

While copper has a great track record in terms  of it’s usefulness to humanity, the jury is still out on whether or not copper will hold its appeal for years to come or if it will join the ranks of other misguided style trends (think 80’s pastels and 70’s wood paneling).   The fact remains, however, that using copper accents in your home will instantly elevate everything around it. So use it at your own risk.

A Modern Farmhouse Kitchen

February 6, 2018 |

These days, it seems farmhouse style is everywhere in interior design.

The classic style ranges from country chic to polished sophistication at its most refined, and photos of farmhouse style flood pinterest and instagram feeds. The internet, it seems, can’t get enough.

And neither, it seems, can the team at dRemodeling! We were thrilled when we came across a recent kitchen remodeling project which challenged our designers to come up with the perfect blend of farmhouse and modern style. And may we just say, we think they pulled off the combination beautifully.

The Entryway

White barn door

A gleaming white barn door with vintage black hardware sets the stage for this modern farmhouse marvel

The Cabinets

White shaker cabinets

Stylized white shaker cabinets with chrome hardware: classic sophistication with a touch of modern. Hello, dream kitchen.

The Island

A slate-grey seated island plays beautifully off an otherwise all-white kitchen. The details in the wood are a callback to classic farmhouse style.

The Kitchen Nook

Eat-in nook, glass pendants

A cozy eat-in nook with built-in storage seating is the perfect addition to round off this amazing project.

The verdict is in, and we absolutely loved this kitchen! It manages to look at once sleek and contemporary, while maintaining the warm and inviting atmosphere the farmhouse style so beautifully lends itself to.

To see more projects like this, like our Facebook page or check us out on Houzz!

Bringing History into Your Home: Vintage Industrial Style

November 17, 2017 |

No doubt you’ve seen elements of the latest design trend in stores, magazines, and perhaps even your own home, but you may not have known exactly what to label it.

The Ballroom at the Cork Factory Hotel. Photo courtesy of Cork Factory Hotel.

When my fiancé and I were hunting for the perfect wedding venue, we trucked to and fro touring many spaces, much to his detriment. We had our, “eureka” moment, much to his relief, in a former factory and immediately snagged the space.

At the Cork Factory Hotel, we were greeted by a sprawling, brick building complete with too many windows to possibly attempt to count and an old factory stack loomed overhead. The history of the building lingered in the air. We were sold. But we had a difficult time explaining the style to our family and friends. It wasn’t a traditional country club, grand hotel, rustic barn or garden party soiree. A style that has no name? Our design team here at dRemodeling had no trouble classifying the style and have been seeing it slowly spread from former factories into everyday homes: Vintage Industrial.

Turns out, the Vintage Industrial style hearkens back to the hustle and bustle of the Industrial Revolution, when the factories were full and efficiency was king. These buildings were constructed with a unique utilitarianism largely dictated by safety concerns and the lack of newfangled technology like electricity. A plethora of uncovered windows flooded the space with abundant natural light, perfect to complete their tasks.  The fear of fire led to open floor plans, flat roofs, simple decor and a raw space consisting of exposed brick, ductwork, beams and piping.

Vintage Industrial Kitchen. Photo courtesy of

Fast forward to the early 20th century when engineers and inventors merged artistic and scientific values. This, “intelligent furniture” was comprised of items from their original resources. These pieces were stripped of everything superfluous, thus only leaving raw elements as the building blocks of furniture, fixtures, and overall design aesthetics. The style then made the jump from warehouse to office space due to its economical practicality.

In more recent times, long-abandoned factories and warehouses were finally given new purposes and new life. Former factories and warehouses in urban areas converted to hip, loft-style condos led to the rise of, “industrial chic” design. It’s no surprise that this no frills, edgy look slowly trickled into both commercial and residential spaces. The look is simple and clean with a focus on function, which is a reflection of the olden workday life and the machinery used.

But how can you incorporate this urban style into your own home? The designers have some quick tips to take your space:

  1. Unmask The Illusion 

Your foundation IS the foundation of this style. To achieve this behind-the-scenes look, consider exposing wood beams, piping, ductwork and brick in your space.

  1. Reinvent The Wheel

Think outside the box and make creative use of materials. Try using vintage lockers to solve storage problems or old piping and wood scraps to create custom, DIY shelving.

Vintage Industrial dining space. Photo courtesy of

  1.  Go With The Flow

Create an open floor plan. Need more definition? Let industrial pieces define the

purpose of each space.

  1. Keep It In neutral

Fill the space with subdued and muted tones that let the materials in the space speak for themselves.

  1. Mix It Up

Combine equal parts cold concrete, textured brick, weathered wood, and lustrous metal. Stir well.

As for me, now that I know more about Vintage Industrial style, I’m thinking about incorporating some elements here and there in our own home. How about you?

Give us a call at 215-848-4444 to get started with one of our fabulous designers and replicate this look in your own home!

In the meantime, check out these great industrial pieces for kitchen and bath:

Vintage Industrial Style in the Kitchen. Photos courtesy of

1. Industrial Wooden Rustic 6 Light Kitchen Island Lighting Fixture

2. Industrial Stand Alone Paper Towel Holder

3.Neo Industrial Island Light, Rubbed Bronze

4.12″x12″ Industrial Cityscape Metal Mosaic Tile, Single Sheet

5.VIGO All-In-One 33″ Camden Stainless Steel Farmhouse Kitchen Sink Set

6.18″x24″ Fasade Hammered Backsplash Panel, Oil-Rubbed Bronze

7. Stockholm Industrial Modern Solid Wood Round Dining Bistro Table

8. Hickory Hardware Pipeline Collection Black Nickel Vibed 128Mm Pull

9. Industrial Iron Trolley

10. Harper Dining Chairs, Set of 4

11. Distressed Black Metal Cabinet With 4 Doors

12. Four Hands Element Industrial Bar Cart

Vintage Industrial Style in the Bath. Photos courtesy of

13. Cite Industrial Stool, Gunmetal

14. Industrial Iron Straps Cloche Etagere



1. Industrial Style 3-Light Vanity Light, Bronze

2. 12″x12″ Industrial Aluminum Mosaic Tile, Fresh Brew

3.Kohler Highline Pressure Lite Toilet Bowl, Black

4. Ridgeview Towel Bar

5. DreamLine French Corner Shower Enclosure, 34.5″x34.5″

6. Industrial Pipe Toilet Paper Holder With Shelf

7. Metal and Stoneware Soap Dish

8. Bainbridge Corner Bath Vanity, Burnt Oak Finish

9. Global Views Linked Mirrored Tray, Brass, Large

10. Concrete Soap Dispenser, Natural Concrete

11. The Tintagel 68″ Cast Iron French Bateau Tub With Drain

12. Industrial Pipe Bathroom Hardware Set, BLACK













Seeing Is Believing: Behind-The-Scenes At Waypoint’s Cabinet Factories

October 31, 2017 |

Our design team takes you on a tour from the rolling hills of Virginia and Maryland, to the rolling assembly lines of the Waypoint parts and assembly factories.

As designers, we strive to stay up-to-date not only in the world of interior design, but also in sales, marketing, new products, and new technological innovations for our industry. We are driven by the desire to create and are constantly searching for new outlets of inspiration.

So when the dRemodeling design team was invited to the Waypoint Living Spaces training and factory tour, we became driven to create the desire for our office manager to approve of the 3-day trip across Winchester, Virginia; Columbus, Maryland; and Allegheny, Maryland. Waypoint is a premiere cabinet manufacturer line that dRemodeling carries here in our showroom. Where better to achieve inspiration and advance our technical knowledge than to be immersed in the rolling hills of Virginia and Maryland and the rolling assembly lines of the Waypoint parts and assembly factories?

Our designers, Stephanie, Devin and Allison, enjoying the view at Rocky Gap State Park.

We shared this trip and learning experience with other designers and dealers from Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  Going into the experience, we were unsure of exactly what to expect.  We were hoping that we would have the opportunity to finally meet some of the Partner Team face-to-face and also get a better understanding of their management process.

But we were most excited to see how all of the cabinetry pieces come together as we toured the facilities including the 1 – Winchester, Virginia headquarters where all of the orders were processed, 2 – Cumberland, Maryland factory where the unfinished wood pieces were profiled, constructed, and finished into the doors and face frames that would then be shipped to the 3 – Allegheny, Maryland factory where those pieces were assembled into the cabinetry boxes and shipped out to the consumer.

Hello To Headquarters 

We started off our trip at their Customer Service hub in Winchester, Virginia – a 3.5 hour drive from Philadelphia. We were introduced to the key members of the Partner Team and were finally able to put a face to the names that we contact almost daily to inquire about the status of our cabinet orders. The team was so welcoming!

They started with an icebreaker to get the conversation flowing, which throughout the trip could have included anything from a history of apples in Winchester via a PPT presentation, to a casual discussion of a local rock climbing spot in Cumberland called Seneca Rocks – truly fascinating stories – look it up if you are interested, but we digress. Understanding how they are able to manage and handle 350 +/- calls and 750 +/- emails a day provided me with a new perspective and appreciation for the short hold time (Goal of <60 seconds), and email response (Goal of < 4 hours). All of the calls and emails were monitored on a digitally projected screen, so everyone on the floor could track and monitor them.

They walked us through the building, explaining each department’s role. Walking through the sea of cubicle-like desks all personalized and decorated with photos, plants, etc., you could tell everyone was working hard and genuinely enjoyed their job. But what impressed us the most was their commitment to great employee interactions. The team of employees at Waypoint were not only coworkers, they were family!

From there, we reviewed the Waypoint Website, Ordering System, and Marketing. A Specialist from the Partner Team introduced us to Waypoint’s Online Style Quiz and Cabinet Visualizer. This is a fun and interactive tool that helps us narrow down a client’s design style. It is definitely a great tool we will start incorporating while working with our clients.

Under Construction In Cumberland

The second day, we visited the door and face frame assembly factory in Cumberland, MD. The sheer scale of the building was a marvel in itself, covering 9 acres under roof, let alone all the processes that were in place to maintain cleanliness and organization.  In fact, our feet were killing us by then end of the tour, even with comfy shoes on!

The organization was beyond compare. Everything had a place, and was clearly marked with color-coordinated (for lack of better descriptor) chalk outlines on the floor. Oh yeah – that orange trash can is supposed to go in that orange, trash-can-shaped outline of the floor. This walking tour gave us a once-in-a-lifetime view as if we were on the, “How It’s Made” show on the Science and Discovery channel.

We saw the process for profiling, constructing and finishing the doors and the face frame of the cabinets first-hand. The finishing process for paint and stain was also fascinating to watch – all done mechanically by undulating and rotating machines for a “factory finish.” We ended the night at a new location, the beautiful Rocky Gap Resort located on the Rocky Gap State Park. Getting to marvel at the neighboring mountains and lakes enveloped in fall foliage was an unexpected perk on our Waypoint journey.

Assembling In Allegheny

Design Inspiration!

We watched a quick safety video and we were off to the 2nd tour! Upon entering the doors, we walked through some of the plant’s inventory (would you believe only a 3-day supply of cabinetry is stored here) and on through to their assembly lines. From this point on, our jaws never ceased to close.This facility took all of those parts and pieces and assembled, packaged and shipped to the consumer. It was pure amazement to watch these employees construct a full-blown cabinet under 10 seconds while handling 400 degree adhesive glue!

Amidst immense rack aisles of finished doors, employees were offloading the packed doors in a seemingly unorganized fashion. However, we later learned that this was a thought out system – each door had a scannable tag that was recorded into a numbered and coded slot, allowing all of the doorstyle and finishes to be loaded into the most available slot.

This detailed system allowed the pickers (picking doors for an assembly) to be guided by an audible system to the oldest available door in the racks, while not being crowded together in the same area. After the cabinets were assembled, they were boxed and loaded into the trucks guided by labels indicating their load order and stackable location in the truck – finally they are shipped!

Shipping Back To Philly

Overall, we were very impressed by the facilities and management of the Waypoint Living Spaces brand. This trip was definitely an eye-opening experience. Throughout the process we were able to see first-hand the commitment of all of the employees to the quality of both their service and products. We think that the personal face-to-face communication with the Waypoint Partners has given us the insight to better communicate our ideas and issues with them for our clients, and getting the firsthand look into the construction process will allow us to better educate our clients. Waypoint strives for quality, their goal is for value. They offer a limited selection of products, but the products that they do produce, they have down to a science.

 Visit us in our Showroom at 4229 Ridge Avenue  or give us a call at (215) 848-4444 for more info on Waypoint cabinets or remodeling your home!

Shower Systems For an At-Home Spa

October 24, 2016 | 2

Who doesn’t want to end their day at a spa, relaxing their worries from the day away? What would happen if we told you that we can bring the spa to your home? There are a number of different shower systems that can provide you with the same relaxing, peaceful feeling as if you just ventured out to the spa!

Shower Heads for Anyone

In looking at shower heads and systems, there are a number of different types: standard wall-mount, top mount, sliding bar, and handheld.

  • A standard wall mounted is directly mounted to a wall in the shower and is typically installed at a height specific to the client’s preference to allow for ease of use while showering. A shower head can range from simple design to elaborate.
  • A top-mount shower head is affixed to the ceiling in the shower and usually best accompanies a rainhead shower to give the full access of bathing in a rainforest!
  • A sliding-bar shower head allows for each user to adjust the shower head height based on their personal preference along a wall-mounted base.
  • A handheld shower can be in addition to the wall-mounted shower head, where it can be removed or stationary depending on client preference as well.

In terms of finishes, typically all shower systems are available in polished chrome, satin nickel, and antique bronze.

Wall-Mounted Shower Head

In the simplest form, a shower can contain a wall-mounted shower head and temperature valve as pictured:

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This allows for a shower head to distribute water and a temperature gauge to have the user turn the dial to the desired temperature and water pressure.

Handheld Shower

A tier above a simple shower head and temperature gauge, an additional item can be added for better utilization from the user, a handheld shower. A handheld shower can be installed in addition to a shower head. This handheld shower can be of great use to clients with children, pets, or just for easier use of water distribution. A handheld shower can exist on either a bar where it has the option to move vertically or can be affixed to a stationary bracket, respectively.

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A popular option for the handheld shower is to have this affixed to the wall with either a stationary or moveable bracket and have an overhead rain head shower:

Alternate Nozzles and Sprays

In further upgrading your bathroom getaway, a shower can have alternate nozzles and sprays for steam and alternate water distribution.

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Feeling Overwhelmed?

We understand choosing the right shower experience can be overwhelming with all of the different options available, so here are a few items to think about to help narrow down the options:

  • Think about your dream shower/bath experience and make it come to life!
  • Adjustability to all users of the shower is key, so if you are on the fence about choosing between a stationary or removable handheld shower, go for the adjustable option so each user is able to customize their spa-like experience
  • If you see a product that breaks your budget, try to narrow down what specific features you like about that fixture and look for those features in alternate models below your budget

Overall, coming home after a hard day’s work is most rewarding if your bathroom space helps you to relax and separate yourself from daily life. So why not have the spa treatment in your own home?