27
Sep
home design
If asked to describe the perfect home design, how would you respond? At Abbey Design Center, we hear all different kinds of dream home ideas, terms, and designs from homeowners. Though each home design is different and unique, the one common trend we always see it come down to is that people want a home that their family will enjoy living in for years to come.   The “perfect” home, then, is made up of features that fit your family’s particular needs. What qualifies as a good home design hasn’t changed much over time. No matter where you build a custom [...]
18
Sep
Once you’re ready to take the plunge into a kitchen remodel, it’s onto formulating the scope of work and figuring out your preliminary budget. At Abbey Design Center, our remodeling process carefully walks you through these important steps. Budget and scope are intertwined and often go through several changes before the actual design work begins. We also take care of preliminary tasks like contracts and permits, have designers who can help you choose finishes and fixtures, and we even help you set up a temporary kitchen.   After the design is finalized and approved, you can expect your kitchen remodel [...]
11
Sep
creating builder allowances with designer
What are Builder Allowances? Builder Allowances are a set amount of money for individual products that you have not yet picked out. They are included in your contract before selecting the items, and they help in putting together a total price to build your home. If any of the items cost more than what is in the allowance, your house will end up costing more than the contracted price because you will have to pay the difference.   Builder allowances are frequently used in the planning stages for custom homes and common ones your contract may cover are: Cabinets Countertops [...]
03
Sep
bathroom remodeling
Year in and year out, homeowners are updating their bathrooms to a new, more upgraded theme, making bathroom makeovers the most popular remodeling projects. According to the National Association of Home Builders, most of those homeowners use professional help, whether it’s a design-build firm like Abbey Design Center, an interior designer, or both.   If you’re looking to shake things up with some of today's biggest bathroom trends like large showers and spa-like fixtures, look no further than Abbey Design Center. With plenty of available options to choose from, we have everything you need for a beautifully upgraded bathroom. Let's [...]
16
Aug
hideaway
Your basement has the perfect amount of space that can be transformed into an entertainment area with a kitchenette, wet bar, a home theater, a workout room, a guest suite, or even a hideaway for a child’s play area. Abbey Design Center is here to show you functional space is only a staircase away.   Things To Consider: Transforming your basement into a brilliant hideaway is a good investment for homeowners in the Northern Virginia area, considering the current housing market is a seller's market. If you’re thinking of moving in the near future and have an unfinished or uninviting [...]
09
Aug
full bathroom remodel with glass shower door and white tub
Have you ever wanted to add in a shower to your half bath? With Abbey, you can turn your half bath into a full bath in no time! Not only will this add value to your home but it will make your home more functional. Whether you need the additional space for guests or for your own family, it will enhance your home and make life simpler. Converting Your Half Bath First, you'll need to make sure that you have all of the necessary plumbing fixtures. You'll need to have the proper pipes and drains installed in your new shower. You want [...]
30
Jul
transitional kitchen
At Abbey Design Center, we work our hardest to ensure you are absolutely in love with your kitchen space! The kitchen is a very popular spot in the house where most families spend a significant amount of time. Therefore, it’s important to have both a beautiful and functional kitchen. The transitional kitchen is a common kitchen theme that’s becoming more popular as trends go on. It’s a style to be considered for your own home and Abbey Design Center can help with the process! The Look and Feel As the name suggests, this kitchen theme revolves around a traditional look that's [...]
21
Jul
Stone Bathroom
Transforming Your Bathroom Into A Personal Resort! The bathroom is the room where you can relax and relieve stress. With the right design, lighting, and additions you can have a relaxing and elegant space that will help you look and feel better. Choose from a vast variety of faucets, tiles, fixtures, shower systems, and tubs! We only design bathrooms that you would want to make your own personal oasis. Capture The Resort Feel One easy way to capture the spa resort like feel is to plan on a variety of shower heads, like a ceiling-mounted rain shower or a body [...]
11
Jul
Home Theater
Your New Home Theater: Dinner And A Show Like Never Before! A miniature screen; an uncomfortable couch; an overheating laptop. There are many nuisances that can ruin Movie Night, even before the opening credits. But what if your home movie night experience can be just as entertaining as going to the cinemas? At Abbey Design Center, we can transform your basement into a magical home theater where you can entertain guests, lounge in style, and watch the latest summer blockbusters with comfort and convenience. A major remodeling task such as a home theater may sound daunting at first, but we're [...]
05
Jul
Modern Kitchen

While a vintage or timeworn feel appeals to certain homeowners, some prefer a more up-to-date look for their kitchen. Abbey Design Center has the tools and talent to upgrade your outdated theme into a fashionable modern remodel! The modern kitchen revolves around a clean, sleek design with trendy applications, frameless cabinets, and bold monochromatic backsplashes. While there’s no everlasting definition of a “modern” theme – what’s modern is changing day by day! – we can guide you through today’s elements and supply you with the best tips on how to give your kitchen a modern feel.

28
Jun

“Your Future Looks Bright!” – Developing the Perfect Sunroom A lot of home builders in the Northern Virginia area usually recommend a solarium or sunroom as an interior feature for those building a new nest. Despite the room’s name, a four-season sunroom provides benefits all year round! Sunrooms offer a wonderful amount of light during the winter season, which offsets several symptoms of SAD, or the “winter blues”. The natural light provided makes for a brilliant reading nook, a home office, or just your morning quiet space to enjoy that first cup of coffee. Abbey Design Center can provide the tools […]

13
Jun
Farmhouse Kitchen

The Farmhouse Kitchen – a warm spacious style that’s perfect for big families! A kitchen is a place where families can come together and share their passions, experiences, and lives with one another. At Abbey Design Center, we know that a kitchen is more than just another room in your home. We are determined to make sure you have the perfect dining area for your lifestyle and family. Though there are many different kitchen themes and styles, we’ll be taking a closer look at how to capture the warm and homey feel that a farmhouse kitchen provides.   What exactly […]

05
Jun
bathroom storage

Storage is always at a premium in any home, and nowhere is that truer than in the bathroom. All the little odds and ends you use every day, and seemingly nowhere to put it all. Makeup, hairbrushes, toilet paper, towels and washcloths, razors, and first aid supplies. The list goes on and on. No matter what size your bathroom, you can probably use a little more bathroom storage. If a bathroom remodel is in your future, it’s a great time to read about some of the latest innovative storage solutions. Here are 9 great tips on how to add extra storage […]

27
May
a beautiful kitchen that will help increase property value

A Beautiful Kitchen Can Increase Property Value A well-designed kitchen remodel can make or break the sale of your house. Furthermore, an upgraded functional kitchen can make your home irresistible to buyers and increase property value. Depending on the features you choose and how much you spend, a kitchen makeover is one of the best remodeling investments you can make – many homeowners see well over an 80% return. Whether your priority is to design a beautiful new kitchen for yourself or one that will appeal to potential buyers, here’s why it’s a worthy and smart investment.

18
May
gemstone countertops

Gemstone countertops are this year’s luxury item! Here at Abbey Design Center, we love to turn ordinary into luxury. Granite and marble have been the standard for years when it comes to high-end counter tops. One of our favorite new trends in home remodeling is the installation of gemstone countertops.  

12
May

Outdoor Kitchens: The Perfect Summer Remodel With summer just around the corner, a lot of homeowners consider some form of home interior remodeling. While Abbey Design Center provides stellar work in the form of kitchen, bath, basement remodeling and more, we can also spruce up the exterior of your home with some outdoor renovations! One of our remodeling options that are popular this time of year is an outdoor kitchen.  If you’re planning on expanding your kitchen to the great outdoors, there are a few things to consider:   Flooring Sealed paved and concrete works well in regards to durability. […]

05
May
Contractor of the Year Award

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) named us one of their Contractors of the Year!   Contractors from seven regions around the country vie for CotY Awards each year. Judging is based on problem-solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, and degree of difficulty by an impartial panel of industry experts. NARI named 172 Regional CotY TM Winners from the 2017 competition, with 30 team members. Regional CotY Winners advance as finalists at the national level.   We have always held our work to a higher standard, and we’re glad the attention to detail and perfection paid off! Our passion for […]

13
Apr
kitchen expansion

If you live in a smaller home but want to expand your kitchen, you may not want to ruin it by knocking down all of the walls. However, tearing down the walls will make your kitchen expansion beautiful and functional. What your home currently lacks is floor space, storage space and of course kitchen space. With these steps, you’ll be able to maximize your space in no time!   Kitchen Expansion Ideas First, you can consider combining three rooms into one. For instance, to enlarge a 10-by-14 foot kitchen, you can remove the dining room and living room walls. Doing […]

07
Apr
basement lighting options

One of the concerns that some people fail to address when remodeling their basement is the basement lighting. Consider various lighting options when planning out your basement remodel! While there are a hefty amount of lighting options to consider, Abbey Design Center has provided you with the most common and crucial types of basement lighting. Keep these in mind as you transform your basement:

29
Mar
island styles

A kitchen island can instantly make your space more functional. Island styles can include sinks, stove tops, bars and more. The sky’s the limit! The idea is to choose a kitchen island style that fits the overall design of your space. When choosing the perfect island you have to think about countertop surfaces, colors, and accessories. We can help you look at all of the different options and fit the right match for you in our kitchen design center or in your own home!   Kitchen Island Styles If your kitchen has a modern design, you’ll want cool and dark […]

17
Mar
bathroom cabinet options

Bathroom cabinet options will give you an organized and a beautiful bathroom! Abbey offers a wide variety of cabinet options that will help maximize your storage. Bathroom spaces can easily become messy with products, makeup, and various appliances. A good design means plenty of storage to hide all those things that clutter the space!   Bathroom Cabinet Options One type of cabinet style is the furniture appeal. Cabinetry that resembles furniture, with legs and open shelves adds a unique touch to your bathroom. Repurposed hutches and vintage dressers can even be used as vanities to add beauty to your space. […]

07
Mar
home trends for 2017

Home Trends for the New Year With a new year comes new trends. If you’re looking to redesign your home with Abbey, keep these home trends in mind throughout the 2017 year. Discover what’s in and what’s out to avoid making home trend faux pas.

24
Feb
bathroom sink

Bathroom sink styles are something you should consider when remodeling your bathroom. While flooring and shower designs are important, sinks can make a big difference to your space! There are a wide array of sink styles and the right one can take your bathroom to the next level.   First, you have to determine the style of your bathroom. Is it sleek and modern or more traditional? You also have to consider the amount of sink space available. There is no standard size for bathroom sinks. They vary in diameter and length depending on the shape, but nevertheless, most bathroom […]

16
Feb
Technology free rooms

Bring “peace and quiet” back with technology free rooms! Remember the good ol’ days when people stared at the world through a window rather than a screen? Technology has quickly become the crutch on which society functions around, but it’s not too late to bring back some old charm into your home! Ditch the tech and TVs; technology free rooms will bring you peace of mind in no time!   What is a technology free room? Well, exactly what it sounds like! Tech-less living spaces, also known as talking or reading rooms, are popping up more often in homes these days. This […]

10
Feb
Modern Gray Tones

Gray Tones: Beautiful, Not Blasé Gray is a very popular color this season, and it can be used all throughout your home. Installing gray hardwood flooring, gray laminate flooring, or even gray porcelain or ceramic tile flooring will add some extra class to your home! A great space to install gray flooring in your home is your kitchen because it is a space where a lot of people tend to congregate. Gray flooring will give your kitchen the illusion of appearing more spacious and welcoming. If you’re looking to install new flooring, then consider the color gray as it can […]

31
Jan
scratch-resistant floors

Scratch-resistant floors and your pets Scratch-resistant flooring options are perfect for households with pets! The scampering and scratches made by cats and dogs alike can destroy your floors in no time, and fixing scuffs is no easy process. Luckily, our designers have a flooring selection for pet owners that want to enjoy their pets and keep their flooring looking good!   Finding the right scratch-resistant floors for you Abbey carries scratch-proof and water-resistant vinyl, hardwood and laminate flooring options. Our luxury vinyl flooring includes collections that reflect the look of real hardwood, ceramic or stone in a durable material. It will […]

22
Jan
closet design

Closet design styles vary from family member to family member. Each person will have different needs along with different items they need to store. Once you determine what those needs are, you will be able to accommodate for them.   Women’s Closet Design Styles In a women’s closet, you may find accessories galore. This will require proper organization. It’s best to organize accessories so they are easy to find and within reach. For jewelry, consider jewelry drawers divided into compartments for rings, bracelets, and earrings. Next, to the drawer set, a tie rack can display long necklaces to keep them […]

14
Jan
kitchen appliances

Kitchen appliances that are built-in are the latest trend! They will enhance the function of the most popular room in your home. They will mirror the glamor of your overall kitchen aesthetic. It will make your appliances appear slim, crisp and unobtrusive.If your kitchen is missing something and you’re not sure what it is, adding built-in kitchen appliances will make all of the difference. Types of Built-in Kitchen Appliances Rather than having your refrigerator out in the open, build your cabinets around it. You can even install custom door panels that match your cabinets. Your fridge will then blend into […]

07
Jan
marble accents

Marble accents will add pure elegance to your home. The Ancient Greeks used marble to create some of the most glorious architecture in the world, unparalleled in magnificence and design. With Abbey Design Center, you can bring the beauty of marble accents into your own home! Marble accents and marble flooring are both great ways to brighten up a room. With marble, a little goes a long way. You can start by replacing your countertops with sophisticated slabs of marble. Marble flooring also provides a perfectly smooth and elegant look and it’s easy to clean. With marble’s striking grain patterns […]

12
Dec
cold weather flooring

Wake up to warm floors and wide grins with the best cold weather flooring options! As the winter gets colder it becomes more and more important to keep your house warm and cozy. One of the best ways to ensure that your home stays warm and keeps the heat circulating is to have the appropriate cold weather flooring! Mudrooms The weather during the colder months can be quite unpredictable; one moment it’s sunny, the next it’s raining or snowing! It’s very important to think of your flooring during this time and the wear and tear that it may endure throughout the […]

05
Dec
black stainless steel
Black is the new chrome! Brand new black stainless steel appliances are all the rage because they have a smudge-proof finish and make an eye-catching addition to any kitchen! Not to mention, they are also a hybrid of the popular matte black color and every homeowner's go-to appliance style: stainless steel. Black stainless steel is fingerprint proof and is said to be a softer and warmer alternative to traditional stainless steel. These types of appliances are perfect for the more modern kitchen due to their sleek design and contemporary build!   The look and feel of black stainless steel Black stainless [...]
28
Nov
mudroom

Say goodbye to messy floors by installing a mudroom! It’s not uncommon to have people walk around the house with their shoes on. As the seasons change and winter rolls into town, tracking snow, mud or slush becomes a real concern. Even with secluding the outside debris to your front doorway, your home can still look uninviting and be a hassle to clean every day. Thankfully, Abbey Design Center offers an alternative solution to clomping your dirty boots outside on the welcome mat: the mudroom!   What is a mudroom? While the name might not be pretty, that doesn’t mean the room itself can’t […]

28
Nov
rustic kitchen
The rustic kitchen: an enchanting work of art! What does your dream kitchen look like? Do you know the feeling you want your kitchen to evoke but aren’t sure how to put the details into words? Don’t worry; you’re not alone. Many customers come into Abbey Design Center with an idea of what they’re looking for, but can’t quite pinpoint the specifics. Whether you want a kitchen that feels like summer, spring, or something more classic, we can help! At Abbey, we’ll do our best to not only deliver your dream kitchen right to your doorstep but also provide you [...]
14
Nov
bamboo flooring

Bamboo flooring may seem like an illusion at times. It’s actually a type of grass while having a similar look and feel to hardwood flooring. Bamboo grass can live on for years, made from one of the fastest growing plants in the world. If you’re looking for an eco-friendly and durable flooring choice, look no further! Quality bamboo flooring is captivating, affordable, and magnificent – it’s even 160% more durable than oak hardwood floors, which are prone to nicks, scratches and water damage. If hardwood floors don’t fit your budget, just “shoot” for bamboo! What are the benefits of bamboo flooring? One of the main benefits […]

28
Oct
fireplace basement

Add style and warmth to your basement with a fireplace! Winter is coming! Or rather, it’s already here. Everyone is looking for different ways to stay warm and cozy. Warm up in style by adding a fireplace to your basement! A fireplace is a stylish focal point and a great addition when you are remodeling your basement. It can add that extra warmth and coziness that makes your basement the place everyone wants to gather all winter long. Whether it is wood-burning or electric, you can structure the room to make your stylish heat source the center of attention. Different ways […]

21
Oct
kitchen backsplash

Choosing the best tile backsplash for your kitchen: A backsplash is the section of wall behind a kitchen sink or kitchen counter. They help protect your walls from grease stains and cooking oil, and also look fabulous doing so! A tile backsplash adds just the right amount of style to a kitchen. Your kitchen’s tile backsplash acts as a focal point in the room, catching the attention of any guest. Most people tend to lean towards tile as the material for backslashes. It’s easily adapted for different styles, fits most budgets, and also offers a wider range materials to use. Nevertheless, you may be wondering what sort […]

07
Oct
space optimization

Space Optimization – The Kitchen Triangle Are you having trouble with the spacing of your kitchen?  Can you not prepare food efficiently?  Space Optimization is crucial to a kitchen that can be navigated through well without too much hassle.  Believe it or not, there is a formula to your kitchen space!  It is called the work triangle.  The work triangle consists of three main areas: the food storage area, cleanup, and cooking areas.  If these three areas are properly spaced in your kitchen it will make it easier to navigate around your kitchen. The Work Triangle It is important that […]

07
Oct
planning out a kitchen remodel

Here are some old styles that mean it’s time for you to update! Is it time for a change? Remember your grandparents’ colorful kitchen decor. Old styles used to be in, but the times are always changing and so are the styles. It’s out with the old and in with the new. Don’t get stuck in the past. Rustic is out and modern is in. Wood paneling is being replaced by sleek, modern styles such as whites and grays. Ceiling fans are being updated to chrome, matte colors. Cabinets are being refurbished from darkened wood to painted white. 1970s: Older homes […]

07
Oct
Home Theater Design

One look at our home theater design and you’ll never leave! Are you tired of going to the movie theater every Friday night?  Well, we have a solution for you!  Let our designers make a cozy home theater design for you.  With our design team, we can have a theater up and running for you to enjoy with your family.  These theaters can be used for a variety of things, not just films.  Football games for the upcoming NFL season, video games, or even television shows.  The theater will be great for everyone in the family. The Bells and Whistles […]

07
Oct
vinyl flooring

Vinyl Flooring is in and it’s Time For a Remodel! Vinyl flooring is what you’ve been dreaming of and looking for. It’s the allure and style of hardwood flooring without all the maintenance!   Hardwood flooring is notorious for scratching and staining. If you have any children and/or pets, you know this all too well.   Additionally, many people like to cover their floors in a carpet or two in their living and dining areas to make it cozier, especially during the winter months. Areas where the sun touches the hardwood can lighten the wood so the colors on the […]

07
Oct
houzz
My Houzz is your Houzz If you haven't heard of Houzz, you're in for a treat. Houzz is a website that Abbey Design uses to share pictures of projects we've done to offer inspiration to our customers. It's a platform for design and remodeling that brings homeowners and home professionals together. If you are looking to update your home, you can get ideas from things we've done for other people in the area! It's a community that allows us to share our work and to inspire you. Projects We typically post before and after pictures of our remodels. When we're [...]
09
Sep
interior design trends
Interior Design Trends: Escapism When Alice ventured down the rabbit hole she emerged isolated in her own abstract paradise, full of quirky creatures and bright vibrant colors. While the specific destination may vary from individual preference, the concept is something every person desires: escape. A vacation away from a busy life full of meetings, pressed suits, and the omnipresence of technology. Disconnecting and going off the grid is no longer an anxiety, but a luxury – and usually a pricey one at that. Abbey Design Center is here to tell you that you don’t need a summer home or an [...]
09
Sep
barn doors

Mix a little Southern Comfort into your home with barn doors! Rustic, antique barn doors are a great way to accessorize any room! It also adds a classic country vibe to your home. A barn door can serve many purposes in the home. They can be used as partitions, replacements for traditional doors, or even hung up as like pictures as decorations. Connecting several barn doors and staggering them is a great way to divide a room, providing you with the right amount of privacy and style. The most common way to incorporate some of these doors into your homes […]

28
Jul
hands free

New Faucet Designs, Including Hands free for Kitchens and Bathrooms! Have you ever had dirty hands from cooking and had to use your elbow to turn on the kitchen faucet so that you don’t dirty up the handle?  Well, we have some good news for you: hands free faucets help avoid this problem! There are two main models of hands free faucets that allow you to turn the water on without touching them.  These new faucets work by tapping your foot against a switch that is installed below the cabinets in order to turn the water on or off.  This allows the cook to move […]

08
Jul
kitchen islands

Kitchen Islands: A Different Kind of Paradise If you’re looking to remodel your kitchen, kitchen islands are a great way to start. Kitchen islands make your kitchen look larger, efficient and professional. If you’re a cook, you will especially appreciate the extra space. Model your kitchen island around the functionality you need in your kitchen. Additionally, your kitchen island can serve as a cooktop, additional food preparation area, dining area, breakfast bar, or an appliance island with an additional sink or oven. If you decide to get a kitchen island, pick a concept that will work for your kitchen and […]

17
Jun
tile flooring

Tile flooring can be seen in more rooms than just your bathroom! Tile flooring is very versatile. When most people think of tile they automatically associate it with bathrooms. However, tile can have multiple uses. It can be seen all throughout a home in more rooms than just one. From bathrooms, kitchens, living rooms, bedrooms and more, tile will leave a lasting impression on your home. It’s a practical and functional flooring material. It is now being seen in more rooms than ever! Styles and Variations Using tile instead of hardwood or carpet allows for creative design choices. There’s a […]

07
Jun
Staycation Flooring Sale

Make your home your staycation spot! During the summer, people travel to various destinations all over the country, and some all over the world in hopes of achieving the ultimate vacation. What if you could achieve that vacation by staying right at home? A staycation! With Abbey Design Center you can turn your home into an oasis that you never want to leave. Abbey Design Center’s Flooring Sale will help you achieve the ultimate staycation. Carpet pricing starts as low as $1.89 per square foot installed and hardwood pricing starts as low as $6.49 square foot installed. If you’d like […]

06
Jun

Kitchen Organization in 4 Easy Steps Kitchen organization should be next on your to-do list. Is your pantry overflowing? Looking for ingredients for that new recipe you’ve been dying to try, but can’t find them? Try these easy tips to organize your kitchen, fast! Abbey Design Center has hundreds of designs to make your kitchen the functional one you’ve been dreaming of. Utilize all the space in your pantry It’s easy for your pantry to become an overflowing mess. Group items together by shelves or buy cheap storage containers to fill up with food such as snacks, chocolate chips, flour, […]

30
May
man cave

Just in Time for Father’s Day: Create the Man Cave of your Dreams! The man cave. It’s what every man wants. This Father’s Day, give your man a place to escape, a place to watch his favorite sports team in peace. These helpful design tips can help you turn your basement from blah to yeah, and show your appreciation for your man this Father’s Day. Step 1: Decide on a Concept Whether your man is into sports, movies, or just a place to relax, figure out what he’s into. Is he more of a baseball guy? Hockey? Football? Design the […]

23
May
bath remodel

Throw Out the Old and Bring in The New with these Bath Remodeling Tips! A bath remodel can seem like a daunting task. Abbey Design Center has some helpful tricks that will turn your bathroom into the beautiful retreat you’ve always dreamed of. Step 1: Decide what your bathroom is missing. Whether it’s your master bathroom, a half-bath on your main level, or a kids bathroom, there’s always room for improvement with a bathroom remodel. Is your bathroom missing a common element? Does it need a little updating? One easy design trick is to incorporate an element consistent with the rest […]

22
Apr
design trends

New Home Design Trends With a new year come new trends. What’s considered “in” is constantly evolving and there are always new concepts and ideas popping up. If you’d like to update your home but you’re not sure where to start, check out these 10 home design trends that will help you improve your home this year! Top 10 Design Trends Two- tone cabinets. By differing the color of your upper cabinets to your lower cabinets, you will be able to incorporate two different styles into your kitchen in a unique way. Colored stainless steel appliances. Silver shiny stainless steel […]

14
Apr
Vessel Sinks

Vessel Sinks: Pros & Cons Vessel sinks are becoming even more popular these days. They are great ways to add style to your bathroom but they are not for everyone. Read the pros and cons list to find out why. Pros  1) Vessel sinks have the ability to completely hide the sink. Most think of a vessel sink as a way to accent the sink itself, but if you use a glass vessel sink that is wall mounted, it lets you draw attention to other parts of the bathroom.  2) Vessel sinks have so many different styles. There are limitless […]

08
Apr

Should you Select Stained or Painted Kitchen Cabinets? One of the biggest decisions for making your dream kitchen is the finish on your kitchen cabinets. Staining and painting a cabinet are the two main finishes people use but are completely different. Keep in mind, that you should make your decision while also looking at samples of your countertops, backsplashes as well as any other textures and colors in your kitchen to make sure that they all compliment each other. Finishes to Consider: Stain It is often the less expensive option, and more customs cabinet shops offer in-house staining than painting. Stain has […]

22
Mar
current hardwood

Current Hardwood Floor Types Are you getting tired of that old, worn out carpet? Switch to hardwood! It’s easier to clean and adds a modern look to your home. This year there are many current hardwood trends that can help make your home feel brand new. Get acquainted with the trendy stains, finishes, and styles. Look for the one that’s best for you and make the most of your upgrade! Stains Really dark and really light cool tones are in. Now people tend to stray away from warmer red tones. The darkest of dark is a fairly popular hardwood stain. The […]

10
Mar

Have you been thinking about remodeling your home or redoing your kitchen? What about new hardwood flooring or finishing your basement?  Now is the time! During our 27th anniversary sale, you will get the best pricing of the entire year on any or all of these projects and you can take advantage of 18 months of interest-free refinancing! Also, earn up to $1,200 in Visa Gift Cards. For every $2,500 you spend, we will add $100 to your gift card. The sale runs until March 28th so there is not much time left.  If you are interested in scheduling an […]

01
Mar
owner of abbey

Meet Shiva Etessam, Owner of Abbey Design Center Shiva, owner of Abbey Design Center, began the company in 1989 with her husband. The company has grown to 32 employees and they have 2 showrooms in Sterling and Leesburg, Virginia. Shiva and her family immigrated to the United States in 1986 from Iran. They had owned restaurants in their home county and sold them and moved to the United States. Now as the owner of Abbey Design Center, Shiva acts as a successful entrepreneur who runs a company that strives towards customer satisfaction. My husband and I started a flooring company with two of his friends in 1987 and […]

14
May
santec faucets

Santec Faucets provides custom-designed plumbing fixtures that bring refined class to your home Santec Faucets are based out of California. They design and manufacture unique, one-of-a-kind plumbing fixtures. Estate and Designer are the two different product lines that they offer. Abbey Design Center has chosen to become a distributor of these faucets because we are committed to providing excellence and quality to our customers. “Fluid Imagination” – the motto behind Santec Faucets Santec provides a balance between art and technology. Their philosophy is “Fluid Imagination,” which represents their company’s brand image. They believe in the free flow of ideas and that’s what […]

04
May
kitchen flowers

Add a Dash of Beauty in Your Home with Kitchen Flowers! It’s no secret that spring is the most welcome time of year at Abbey Design Center. The green grass, the tree buds; but mostly the color that was missing for so many winter months. And it doesn’t take much to draw our eye in a gray neutral winter. That tiny pop of purple is planted in our minds as just the beginning for what the season has in store, and we can bring that beautiful element into your home with kitchen flowers!   The reasoning behind kitchen flowers Your […]

23
Apr
karastan month

Spring savings start with National Karastan Month! Today begins that twice a year promotion at Abbey Design Center called National Karastan Month. If you are unfamiliar with the promotion, it is the opportunity to save on one of the world’s most exclusive and luxurious carpet and area rug brands. As the only authorized Karastan dealer in Loudoun County, Abbey Design Center has welcomed loyal brand fans from near and far for this semi-annual savings event for decades. Abbey is one of the select few authorized Karastan dealers in Virginia. Our installers have been trained as Karastan Certified Installers. As an […]

07
Apr
spring cleaning messy bike

Spring Cleaning for Northern Virginia Spring has been an aloof guest again here in Northern Virginia. Each time we opened the door to check on its arrival, we were greeted with a mélange of snow, rain, sleet and heavy winds with nary a speck of sunshine. This kept most of us hidden indoors for weeks beyond our liking, but some adventurous types just can’t be contained. They’re out there anyway — planting peas, pruning trees, running races, mountain biking and generally trying to enjoy nature. Loudoun County has much to offer for outdoor activities, but bringing the great outdoors inside […]

27
Mar
kitchen countertops

High-End Kitchen Countertops – What’s Your Preference? The look and feel of stone is so popular, nearly all kitchen countertops we install are either natural stone granite or quartz composites. The natural stone, granite, continues to be the leader in countertop choices at Abbey Design Center, but quartz composites are becoming more popular than ever. Here are some reasons these two are the leading choices for countertops and the features that differentiate them.   Granite Granite is igneous rock formed by the earth. Hundreds of granite color patterns reside in countries throughout the world. Due to supply in the country of […]

24
Mar
abbey customer service
Abbey Customer Service is a Guarantee for Satisfaction! Abbey Customer Service is without a doubt the most important part of our business. We don’t view customer service as a location or a department but something within each of us at Abbey to deliver each day. We display, measure, consult, estimate, sell, create, design, order, prepare, coordinate, deliver, remove, install, construct, comply, fix, paint and inspect (phew!). Indeed, we are a service business.   Communication We believe the hallmark of our service to our customers is communication and meeting our customers’ expectations. Each one of Abbey Design Center's representatives are tasked [...]
09
Mar
Flooring Health Risks
Flooring Health Risks - Lumber Liquidators' Exposed This past Sunday night, the CBS news magazine, 60 Minutes, aired an investigative story about flooring health risks and the illegal levels of formaldehyde in Lumber Liquidators’ wood laminate flooring sold to residents of California. The laminate flooring sold in Lumber Liquidators’ stores exceeds the California Air Resources Board Phase 2 (CARB 2) maximum level of toxic formaldehyde by up to 20 times the allowable amount. The World Health Organization suggests a cap for formaldehyde emissions at 0.042 ppm; the CARB 2 cap is .05 ppm. The CARB regulations are set to become [...]
03
Mar
remodeling company
Selecting the Right Remodeling Company for Your Home If you are considering any type of remodeling job on your home and don’t want to tackle the job yourself, you will need to look around for a remodeling company. But what’s the best way to select the right one for you? By doing your homework, of course. In order to feel comfortable embarking on a project that will occur in your home and affect the look of your home, you will need to invest a little time to make sure you hire the right company. You may have a few companies [...]
27
Feb
Houzz Service Award
Houzz about that! It’s been said, ‘A picture says a thousand words,’ and there’s no better example than the website Houzz. Its amazing remodeling pictures say leaps and bounds about the quality of Houzz' dedication. Additionally, its awards also portray a standard of excellence for any business. Once again, Abbey Design Center is immeasurably proud to win the Houzz Service Award of 2015!   History of Houzz Houzz.com started just a few years ago by a couple planning a remodeling project. They found themselves surrounded by disorganized stacks of magazines, pictures, samples and referrals from friends. They knew there had to [...]
11
Feb
KBIS team
We're back from KBIS! Did you miss us? Our designers are now home from Design and Construction week at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) 2015 held in Las Vegas at the end of January. Now that they’ve had a chance to soak their feet and answer their emails, they are ready to share the plethora of information and inspiration they garnered in 3 days of classes and displays. KBIS 2015 featured classes in traditional and new lighting trends, approaching technical difficulties in challenging design requests, the art of storage, design through virtual visualization, using daylight in design, and [...]
09
Feb
open floor plan
An open floor plan is extremely desirable for many homeowners. They provide an open view and use of multiple rooms without walls dividing the space. But, they are not for every family at every life stage. Some consider an open plan ideal for young families with young children so they can keep an eye and ear on the kids’ every move. However, once those toddlers become tweens, separate spaces become more desirable for time with friends and when they need to be alone to concentrate or study. Let’s review what’s good and not so good about creating or buying into [...]
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