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Bright Ideas For Kitchen Lighting

Kitchen lighting is essential, and should be top-notch. With the holidays just around the corner, kitchens will be in full-time use… and that calls for some tips and tricks in lighting. Here’s 4 styles of lighting, and how you can layer them all to create the perfect environment for both family and friends!  

Add Some Ambience 

Begin your lighting journey by adding some ambience! Ambience lighting is the base layer of lighting in any room or setting. Ambience should set the mood with a light level that is not too bright nor too low. Most forms of ambience lighting come from the natural light a room has,  before adding in any additional features of light or normal room lights. Some good options to choosing ambience lighting is to first understand the natural light a room or setting provides. Then, if the room has more natural light, choose a lower lveel of light to base layer the room. If the room has less natural light, chandeliers and/or ceiling fixtures are great beginners. Here’s some of my favorites: *link from Wolff Design*  


Approach With Accents! 

Accents, accents, accents! In my opinion, there’s no better way to highlight your kitchens detail than with accent lighting. Whether it’s a china cabinet, artwork or centerpiece, accent lighting can bring a warm glow to the specific features of your kitchen. Some stunning ways to incorporate accent lighting in your kitchen is through track, puck and/or toe-kick lighting. 


Specify Your Space With Task Lighting 

Task lighting has the sole purpose of brighten spaces that are used frequently in your kitchen. In order to strategize where you need lighting most, pay attention to the spaces that you find yourself in most when in your kitchen. Then, it’s time to illuminate! Additional lighting in those spaces will make a world of difference when preparing food or hosting friends and family! My kitchen has task lighting above the stovetop, backsplash and cabinetry! If I can brighten any space in my kitchen, I will! 


Decorate! With Lighting 

Decorative lighting is used to enhance your kitchen design and decor. Fixtures should be set at a scale that compliment your kitchen design and/or decor. For example, if your kitchen tends to be smaller, a larger lighting fixture may overwhelm the area and ruin the mood. Rather, a small lighting fixture would be beneficial, and provie the perfect amount of lighting. Incorporating decorative lighting might be expensive, but in the end, it will ultimately enhance your kitchen’s environment. Between chandeliers to pendant lighting, decorative lighting has a plethora of options to fully display your kitchen’s design. 


Now that you’ve read and can understand each type of lighting, it’s time to layer! Remember when it comes to lighting, less is more!  If you incorporate small aspects of each style of lighting into your kitchen, you’ll end up with ideal lighting and an illuminated atmosphere! 


How To Bring the Outside, Inside

Have you ever had one of those days where you’re stuck inside and just wanna be outdoors? Me too –  especially as fall approaches us. Luckily, I’ve found some of the best ways to make the indoors, feel like outdoors – just keep reading!

Open up the windows for natural sunlight

One of my favorite morning rituals is to open the windows for natural sunlight, not to mention it’s a great way to wake myself up! I suggest buying curtains and window treatments that are light-weight, and getting rid of anything bulky that blocks sunlight! Call attention to the windows that showcase beautiful scenery too! By doing this, your room will be full of sunlight and display the best views of your yard.

Choose Natural furniture

When choosing home furniture, chose natural! Selecting furniture with natural elements will increase your home’s natural aroma feel. One of my favorite, all-natural and stunning pieces of furniture is Native Trail’s Bourdeaux Wall Mount in Oak. By using previous oak barrels from wine-making, Native Trails reused, furnished, and refinished the Bourdeaux into a beautiful wall mount. Not to mention, this wall mount received the Green GOOD Design award in 2013 for its ecofriendly elements. For more earthy furniture, visit: www.wolffbros.com/designcenter

Stone, stone, stone!

At Wolff Design Center, we love stone – in any kitchen or bathroom! Incorporating stone into your kitchen or bathroom will provide dimension, while serving as a luxury.  For those of you who may not love stone, an alternative is using just a bit of  stone in your bathroom or kitchen backsplash. It’s the perfect amount of stone, while still giving off the natural beauty that stone offers. Here’s some stone sinks that we’ve got in stock on our website:

Key Countertop Brands

Native Trails Cuyama Bathroom Sink in Ash

Native Trails Montecito Bathroom Sink in Pearl

Add greenery with plant life

For those of you who cannot commit to taking care of a high-maintenance plant, like me, no worries! Succulents are the perfect,easy-to-keep plant that adds greenery and natural decor to any spot in your home.  Just water every two weeks! However, if you do have a green thumb, planting or picking up floral and/or plant arrangement weekly is another great idea. Either way, adding plants and flowers to your home is one of the easiest, most inexpensive ways to bring those outdoor feelings, inside!

How much wood… would you like to add to your house?

Any type of incorporated wood, whether it’s wood furniture, flooring, cabinetry, or sprinkled within your decor will add a minimalist and organic touch. Wood is versatile and can match many color schemes already established in your home. One of my favorite wood-finished pieces is the Uttermost Claudio Wood Mirror in Light Walnut Stain.  I love the details, Light Walnut stain, and finish! Even the little, natural details, can make a huge difference – both in your home and for the environment.


Choosing what natural elements you want to incorporate in your home is easy! Head on over to www.wolffbros.com/designcenter to create a wishlist and start shopping today!

5 Items You’re Not Cleaning in Your Bathroom, but Should Be:

1. Shower head

You shower and clean yourself nearly everyday, but when’s the last time you cleaned your shower head? Showerheads need a cleansing too! Depending on how hard your water is, showerheads should be cleaned at least once every three months. However, if you have hard water, your showerhead may need a deep-clean more often in order to remove scale and mineral deposit build-up. One of the best ways I’ve found to thoroughly clean my shower head: fill a plastic bag with vinegar, wrap the bag around the head with a rubber band, and let it sit for an hour. After an hour, remove the bag and run your shower for a minute – voila! – your shower head will be squeaky clean.

2. Shower Curtain

Moving on to the outside of the shower – the curtain! All you need to do for a clean shower curtain is throw it in the wash with your laundry detergent and a cup of vinegar (if necessary). It’s just as easy as cleaning your shower head, if not easier! However, your shower curtain should be cleaned more often. Rather than once every three months (which is a good goal), it’s advised that shower curtains should be cleaned once a month. By keeping up with once a month, you will reduce the amount of grime, mold, and mildew and increase your cleanliness!

3. Exhaust Fan

Whatever is up, must come down. Next up (if you have one): your exhaust fan! Exhaust fans have the primary responsibility to decrease moisture and odors in your bathroom by releasing air. Though it can be a chore to reach up to your ceiling and clean it, I’ve mastered a method of using reaching my vacuum toward my fan, and allowing the dust to be captured by the vacuum’s suction. However, I realize that takes a lot of effort. When I’m feeling a bitlazier, I just spray a can of air onto my fan and wait for the dust to hit the floor (a shop vac set to exhaust would do the trick as well). Then, I sweep or vacuum the floor. Thankfully, this job only needs done once a year.

4. Grout

Grout isn’t the easiest, or most enjoyable, part of your bathroom to clean. However, it definately should be done. Grout cleaner is offered by a variety of brands, easily found as a common household cleaner. You may already have a favorite! However, if you don’t, an easy DIY I suggest is to mix baking soda and hydrogen peroxide and apply with a quick scrub. It’s suggested to clean your bathroom’s grout at least once a year. Depending on the grout, it may only need a deep-clean once every other year.

5. Toilet Brush

You clean your toilet, so why not your toilet brush too? Considering the function of this cleaning tool, it only makes sense! Thankfully, this is an easy task. I usually soak mine in bleach for an hour. Then, I rinse it with hot water, andput it back into the holder. Now when you next clean your toilet, you’ll be doing it with a squeaky-clean brush!

If cleaning isn’t cutting it anymore, Wolff Design Centers can help you revive a worn-out bathroom. Schedule an appointment today!

The Hots and Colds of Finding Your Faucet

Updating your kitchen fixtures seems like a simple and easy task. Quick DIY, right? Until you start browsing options.  Suddenly, you realize that you have thousands of choices to pick from, and the options might be overwhelming! Without doing a little research beforehand, your “quick DIY” task will take longer than expected.

Here are some things to think about before you go shopping:

Moen STo
Moen STo

1. Style

Manufactures make different style faucets.  Typical styles are traditional, transitional, and modern, with some companies having a designer style. Designer styles are often luxury, high end pieces.

Once you figure out what style suites you best, you can then figure out how you want the faucet to work. Some options to think about are if you want a traditional faucet or a pullout, handsfree, or pulldown.  Also, consider where you’d like the handle to be located.

Moen Align
Moen Align

2. Finish

Each faucet will be offered in a variety of finishes, or colors. The standard finishes are Chrome and Stainless/Brushed Nickel, however, not all faucets will be offered in all colors.  Black, Oil Rubbed Bronze and Gold may be colors offered in only certain styles. Rose Gold, a trendy new finish, may be limited to a designer style offering. This can make picking a faucet easier or more difficult.

Delta Victorian
Delta Victorian

3. Holes

When replacing a faucet, be sure to note how many holes your existing faucet is using.  If you only have a one-hole faucet, then your options are much more limited.  However, if that is not the case, then your options just grew. With multiple holes, you have the option of a side sprayer, instant hot water, and/or a soap dispenser.  If you opt for a faucet that uses less holes than you have available, you can cover any remaining openings with a plate. Some faucets come with plates of the same finish as the faucet, used to cover up the unwanted holes.

Delta Pilar
Delta Pilar

4. Height

The final thing to consider is the height of the faucet. When deciding, think about the location of your faucet, what is surrounding it, and the distance between the point where water comes out and the bottom of your sink. Is there enough room for larger dishes like pots and pans? Do you have cabinets immediately nearby? Will it obstruct or enhance a window view?

Searching for the perfect fixture can be fun, but it helps to be prepared before you start looking. Visit a quality Design Center where you can look, touch, and often operate installed faucets! You’ll get a better idea of how a faucet might look installed in your sink, or have an expert help you determine your best option.

Ready for a new fixture, sink, or have a remodel project in mind? Consultations are complimentary at Wolff Design Centers. Make an appointment today!

It’s in the Vanity

The average person can spend up to 30 minutes getting ready in their bathroom every morning. By the end of the year, that adds up to around 137 hours—and that’s just for the morning! With all that time spent in one room, it needs to be inviting and easy to manage. After all, nobody wants to spend time in a dark, dingy dungeon. Remodeling can help improve the function of bathrooms in a home. From the master to a half bath, time is spent in all, so they deserve a little love now and then!

One part of the remodel process is updating the vanity or vanities.  Vanities don’t just hold sinks; they are where you brush your teeth, wash your face, do your hair, wash your hands, make faces at yourself, and possibly even do your makeup.  A good chunk of your bathroom time is spent in front of a vanity. So how can you improve your experience there?  A trend that has been increasingly popular is the use of furniture style vanities. 

Fairmont Designs

Furniture style vanities give the bathroom a unique look, allowing you to bring your own style into any type of bathroom. Instead of having the normal box look, you are able to have on offset style, round style, or even both! There are a variety of options when taking this route, which is nice when you are trying to bring your vision to life. Style variety allows the bathroom become its own creative, inviting space.

Jeffrey Alexander by Hardware Resources

While I’m talking about functionality, there is the option to have a wall hung vanity as well.  This option is perfect for when there is limited space in the bath, like in a half bath. Hanging vanities create useable space underneath, and a clean, tidy presentation. They are a great option for minimalist designs.  Corner vanities are also a great way to save space. These help keep the walls open for other uses.

I really like that these vanities also come with matching mirrors.  It saves you the hassle of going store to store to find the perfect mirror that matches the vanity.  If you want to boost the appearance and functionality of your bathroom, consider a unique style vanity like these for your next remodel

Jeffrey Alexander by Hardware Resources
Jeffrey Alexander by Hardware Resources
Fairmont Designs

Visit a Wolff Design Center, where designers like me can help you find the perfect vanity for your new, improved bathroom!

Kitchen Space: Everything in its Place

Last night, while putting leftovers away, I couldn’t find the lids (that I’d just organized) to match the containers (that I’d already filled). Isn’t it frustrating when you take the time to organize a drawer or cupboard and the next day it’s all changed around?  What would have taken me 5 minutes to clean up took 20 just looking for a stupid lid.  Whoever does the cooking should be the one who organizes things, right? Seems fair, but difficult to maintain when you share your living space! I love to cook, but personally, trying to find things in the kitchen can take away from my enjoyment.

Enter every organizer’s dream. Today’s cabinetry is definitely NOT your grandmother’s kitchen. Like these drawer dividers and shelving partitions. How about a pull-out spice rack that fits perfectly next to the range? I’m guessing I’d stop finding the paprika tossed on a pantry shelf. One of my favorite pieces is a slide out shelf with heavy-duty brackets, strong enough to hold my counter-top mixer, but glides the entire unit right back into place (and out of sight) when not in use.

A discreet location for garbage and recycling
Durasupreme Arcadia classic door style
in cherry poppy seed stain

I know where I like to keeps things, but that doesn’t mean the next person agrees. Our homes can be reflection of our style, but they also need to work with us. In my first apartment, the kitchen space was tiny, with minimal cabinet and counter space. Even having a bigger apartment, and now a home, hasn’t alleviated the issues with organization and storage – except now I have more stuff. Sure, my cabinets can fit 12 different styles of pots and pans, but just like in the apartment, it’s a jumbled mess in small square space. The beauty of customizable cabinetry is just that: it can be adapted to fit any size space, in multiple configurations, to serve multiple purposes.

Storage for dish towels, soaps and sponges on one side of the sink,
and spices and built in knife block on the other
Durasupreme Arcadia classic door style in cherry poppy seed stain

I don’t know about you, but I could use a little simplicity in my life. Customized cabinet function might seem like an extravagance, especially when there are already so many customizable options when it comes to kitchen design, and so many ways to take a basic choice and upgrade it! But I do know that one less search for the lid to fit a container, one less broken pin on a shelf holder as I try yet again to make what I’ve got work with what I actually need, one less rearranging of my cabinets to try yet again to find the flow – that sounds like time back, and a whole lot less frustration.

Interested in customizing your kitchen to suit your needs? Contact our Design Center to setup your consultation!

7 Easy, Breezy Tips For Keeping Your House Cold and Your Savings Hot

1.) I scream, you scream, we all scream for… A/C!

My first solution to escape the summer heat is by investing in or updating your air conditioning unit. I’ve talked to some of our salespeople, and though air conditioning units tend to vary in prices, our salespeople believe that they can find is an A/C for almost any budget you are sticking with.

2.) Bring the Heat (Film)

The majority of your home’s heat is entering or leaving through the windows, and there’s no better way to block the heat than window heat film! Heat film is easy to apply, and easily regulates temperatures. What’s more? Heat film also works in the winter to contain your home’s heat, how convienent!

3.) Meet Our (Ceiling) Fans

I am a big fan of ceiling fans… and you should be too! Ceiling fans circulate air to create consistent, cool temperatures while not using heaps of energy. I’ve walked around the design center, and we’ve got plenty of ceiling fan options in store for you at www.wolffbros.com/showroom.html

4.) Exhaust Your Air, Not Your Wallet

Heat is truly exhausting, to you and your savings. Thankfully, exahust fans exist and are essential for trying to decrease heat. Exhaust fans pull out any excess heat in the room they’re installed in. I recommend installing exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathroom, as those rooms tend to get the most heated.

5.) Plant These Bulbs to Grow Your Savings

Incandescent light bulbs, unfortunately, use energy while producing heat in your home. By making the switch to LED light bulbs, you’ll reduce the heat while saving money and energy. Furthermore, when your lights are not in use, be sure to turn them off to spare the heat, energy, and money. Remember, a little flick of the switch goes a long way.

6.) Who Touched the Thermostat?

By installing a programmable or smart thermostat, you will have no problem when people touch your thermostat! Smart thermostats will work to keep your home colder only when you need it so costs are kept lower. I’m currently excited about Honeywell Home’s Smart Thermostat, that can monitor each room’s temperature throughout your home.

7.) Be Kind; Close the Blinds

If any of your windows receive direct sunlight, be sure to close your blinds or pull down your curtains. Yes this task is simple, but it makes a world of difference when reducing heat in your home… especially during the warmest times of the day! Plus, it costs no money, that’s a double win!

A Warm Wolff Welcome

“Supply it and they will come!” – that’s what Harold and Norman Wolff stood by since founding Wolff Bros. Supply, Inc. Since then, Wolff Bros. Supply, Inc. has experienced a journey full of expansion and multiple generations, becoming the business customers seek today.

Brothers Harold and Norman Wolff resided in Medina, Ohio with their beloved family, who owned and operated a dairy farm. Growing up in historical and monumental times, it was shortly after World War II that the brothers desired more income for themselves and their family. So, Harold and Norman bought the dairy farm from their mother, Frieda. It was also around this time in the 1950’s, when the brothers started to raise families of their own. What came next was the heavy decision the brothers needed to decide for themselves and their family: whether to continue supporting their dairy farm and individual families, while slowly rolling into debt, or to go a different direction with the farm and create a new business. Thankfully, Harold and Norman stepped into the field of mechanical trades, providing electrical, plumbing, and HVAC supplies to local contracting businesses. The company was officially founded as Wolff Bros. General Contractors, with Harold as president and Norman as vice president. The brothers began to expand their business into retail, while the company continued to be operated out of an old truck. Such an increase in business led to a need for an increase in space. Rather quickly, the barn became offices, the old hayloft became storage, and the chicken coop became a warehouse. What once was Wolff Bros. General Contractors became Wolff Bros. Supply, Inc. in March of 1965. Wolff Bros. Supply, Inc. continued to develop, bringing on the second generation of Wolffs while turning towards being a wholesale distributor of electrical, plumbing, and HVAC supplies to support local contractors’ needs.

Wolff Bros. Supply, Inc. in Akron, Ohio

Today, Wolff Bros. Supply, Inc. is one of the largest, independent electrical, plumbing, and HVAC distributors in Ohio. Wolff Bros. is slowly shifting into the third generation, with Ted Wolff as president. The corporate branch remains in Medina, Ohio, but the business has expanded into 13 total branches all within Central and Northern Ohio. ​Alongside Wolff’s supply side, Wolff Design Centers are located at 4 of the 13 branches. There, consultants assist in remodeling, renovations, and any other housing projects needed. ​Wolff Bros. Supply, Inc. and Wolff Design Centers are both based around the values of being customer-focused and family-friendly. Wolff Bros. stands 54 years strong in their mission statement:​ “We must maintain a passion to serve the customer. Without the customer, Wolff Bros. Supply, Inc. will no longer exist. We will give the customer premium service at competitive prices.”

Wolff Bros. Supply, Inc. in Medina, Ohio

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