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“Simple, clean cabinet door styles with light, neutral colors make a great transitional background for your kitchen. This gives you room to be creative in other areas like countertops and backsplashes.” —Lori Shedlock, kitchen and bath designer at Dove Studio Kitchen & Bath

to place the controls for the shower where you can reach them without having to stand under the showerhead while the water heats up.”

—Beth Kooby Sobbott, owner of Beth Kooby Design

“Break up long walls of wood cupboards and drawers with open shelves or glass-front cabinets. This is also a great way to display your favorite dishes.” —Barbara Elliott, co-owner of Decorating Den Interiors/The Sisters and Company

“Do you have a proper prep spot in your kitchen? Or enough cabinet space in your bathroom? Storage and functionality are major factors when you’re designing your new space.” —Christy Tarver, owner of Homes by Christy ATL

“Plan your outdoor kitchen close to your home. The farther away, the more materials you’ll have to carry outside, which means you probably won’t use the space much.” —Pete Wilkerson, partner at Scapes

Headshots photography by (Sobbott) Jeff Herr Photography; (Elliott, Tarver) Sawyer Photography; (Wilkerson) CatMax Photography.

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