Thursday, 30 March 2017

NEW Cambria Designs!

Introducing 8 Artful NEW CAMBRIA Designs.

James River Kitchens is proud to be Vancouver Island’s Premier Dealer of Cambria quartz.  We not only see all the latest and greatest products first, but we also get the best price on this amazing product, for your benefit!

Like paintings on a wall, Cambria’s new designs express themselves with eloquence and distinction. Each is a masterpiece in its own right with unmatched style and elegance.

And of course, like all Cambria designs, this stunning beauty comes with incredible durability and easy-care convenience for your home. In 3 of the Cambria Collections, prepare to be amazed by these exquisite and unique designs.


Elegant and flowing, this calming design features
a soft-gray background with end-to-end linear white
threads that weave a lasting tribute to the village
from which it takes its name.


A velvety gray-marbled background provides a calm
canvas for dramatic white flowing veins that intertwine,
creating imperial movement and depth.


A new spin on classic marble, a neutral white
background is infused with subtle gray veins and
regal gold and purple sparkle that recall the majesty
of court during the reign of Queen Anne.


Intricate black and white splashes and veins fade
across the surface, creating a slight ombré effect,
reminiscent of crumbling stone structures that
stand in testament to days gone by.


A white foundation is infused with robust black
marble veining, creating a striking abstract effect
where opposites definitely attract.



Soft swirls of warm cream and beige are accented
with shimmering gold and crystal-white veining to
create a gracious and welcoming effect.


Warm and nurturing Earth tones of taupe, white,
and robin’s egg blue-green blend organically in
striking variation and glistening streams that prove
not all masterpieces hang on the wall.


 Click for SKYE


Vibrant blues, greens, and grays dance with white
veins that mimic the white caps found off the rugged
shores of Skye.

Twisting and turning with intense,
multi-dimensional patterns, this dynamic design presents
an unprecedented reflection of nature in all its glory.

Come into our Kitchen Showroom for a first hand glance at these
beautiful new designs!

Are you excited for your renovation yet?

508 Herald Street, Victoria BC | 778-265-0700

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Thursday, 23 March 2017


“The kitchen is the heart of the home. For many, it is the central hub where meals are created, guests are entertained, stories are shared, and loved ones stay connected. No matter where your day takes you, your kitchen will always be waiting for you when you get home.”                                                                                                                                                                                      
Whether your taste runs to the simple or the stately, the richness of dark wood or the cheer of a sunny yellow, the perfect style for your kitchen is out there. There are so many things to think about when choosing your cabinets. Hand-sanded and hand-rubbed stains, soft-close doors, full extension drawers, extensive use of sustainable hardwoods, door style, color, material and more.

Our suppliers range from local custom craftsmen to larger producers. All have been vetted based on their commitment to quality and taking the time to do the job right – using old world artistry to create your dream kitchen and home.

Our kitchen cabinet selection ranges from
EUROPEAN, FACE FRAME & INSET styles. But what is the difference between these you ask?

EUROPEAN style are frameless cabinets that are crafted with the finest quality materials and workmanship. This type is all about contemporary elegance, with a distinctive smooth look and minimal shadow lines.
European cabinets feature the crisp and clean look of simple, smooth, unbroken surfaces. Cabinets and drawers fit almost flush creating a contemporary design particularly when paired with modern touches like stainless steel or glass.
Clean & Contemporary.

FACE FRAME cabinets provide just enough reveal to emphasize the stately lines of this ageless look, that draws from the strength and beauty of tradition.

Urban to Country. Craftsman Cabinetry.

offers old school furniture-style cabinetry that features inset doors that close flush within the cabinet frame.
The result is a classic, timeless “furniture” look.
⟵Refined. Elegant. Traditional Cabinetry.

Our partners at 
DeWils Custom Cabinetry are a family owned and operated facility with years of experience and cabinets that are out of this world. Our staff are trained in this beautiful product and even experienced a live tour of this breathtaking 200,000 square foot facility, to see first hand where all the magic happens. Let us help to incorporate some of that magic into your home!

508 Herald Street, Victoria BC | 778-265-0700

Thursday, 16 March 2017


One thing that every kitchen has in common is a corner, or corners. Scary, hard to reach, items get lost, dark and dusty, flimsy shelves, creaky metal, hard on your back corners!

How can this be a good idea when designing a kitchen! With so many options for the Lazy Susan these days, here are our 4 favourites, for Lazy Susan solutions that we know your going to like…

1.  The Push Through:

From the outside this looks like a regular lazy susan, but this isn’t called the Push Through for nothing. With one quick push of your hand, the doors go inside the cabinet and rotate with the shelves, then close the doors automatically on its own. The metal pole and shelves make this a solid and sturdy solution for larger pots, pans and appliances.

Perhaps you have pets or little hands grabbing at everything and need a quick bag of flower or can of soup from your corner cabinet. This is not only modern in looks, but functionality as well.


2.  Corner Recycling Centre:

With the ongoing need to reduce, reuse and recycle, we have an option to ensure that pesky corner is being utilized to its full potential. Why not add your recycling or garbage centre here? This is a conventional, easy and tidy way to keep organized at home. If a pantry or closet is not an option, move your bins to the corner and create more space somewhere else for cans and appliances.

3.  CORNER Pull Out Drawers:

What could be more convenient, easy and accessible than corner drawers! When closed they simply blend in with the base cabinets. You can have one large pull out, or four, whatever suits your needs.

With a full extension drawer, you can utilize the entire drawer without the hassle or rummaging, plus it looks really unique when opened!
3.  Corner Pull Out Drawers,
Showroom Video

4.  Le Mans Square Corner Cabinet Pull-Out:

This final option not only has a fancy name, but a fancy appearance and fantastic functionality.

With it’s sturdy metal base and kidney bean shape, the Le Mans corner pull out does just that, it pulls right out into your kitchen! No more reaching inside the cabinet. Simply pull it out, grab your small appliance, pot or pan and push it right back in. It’s literally that simple. Ideal for a “blind corner” with one door on one side.

4.  Le Mans Square Corner Cabinet Pull-Out,
Showroom Video

The Lazy Susan is still a very important part of your kitchen design and needs a bit of thought when designer your new or renovated space. Take note of what you would like to be stored in there and visit a kitchen showroom to get the best guidance and knowledge first hand with that kitchen corner! Make sure to accessorize your kitchen cabinets and drawers in the planning stages and improve convenience in your day-to-day kitchen.

Thursday, 9 March 2017


2017… it seems like the more out of the ordinary things are these days, the better. But that doesn’t mean it is something that will stand the test of time in the design world. 

We all have different opinions about what we think looks good or is in style or has trending staying power. This year is no different for some pretty fun and innovative trends to spice things up in the kitchen department. As Kitchen Designers ourselves, we have picked out a few of our favorites. 
And it just so happens, that we had ALL of these in our showroom first!

If ample storage is taking up the space for upper cabinets, (in a pantry or drawers perhaps), then simply install some shelves and paint them to match your existing cabinetry.
Many people think they must spend all this extra money to buy fancy bowls and vases to put on this new open shelfing concept. WRONG. This extra storage can be used for small appliances, regularly used drinking glasses, your favorite art pieces, or that old piece of china that doesn’t match anything else. Adding in graphic wall paper, tiles or painted glass is another way to make your shelves pop.

Perhaps you need some more greenery in your kitchen and want to grow some herbs. Go to a used home store or garage sale and have fun with eclectic pieces around your house! Open shelving is a modern and fresh look for any kitchen and has enough design power to last for years.

With so many options for door styles, it can be hard to choose just one type of cabinet. From wood, MDF, thermofoil, glass, painted, stained, light, dark, flat panel to shaker style, the list goes on an on… The good news is you don’t have to choose just one!

Playing around with color, texture and door style is a fun way to design a kitchen and keep everyone in the household happy. Many do light cabinets on the uppers and darker for the base, to enhance the height of the room, but switching that around works too. Even having an island a completely different style is a great way to give your space dimension and depth. 


Appliances have been the hit of the party for many years already. So when a standout stove is center stage in a kitchen, it demands a range hood with equal star power. This not only adds an immense pop of design flare, but you can also add storage for spices and small dishes if room allows. 


Hardware can be something to upgrade for under $100!  What a better way to change your kitchen design, than adding in some gold accessories, that are easy to install and inexpensive.

Metals in general have made a huge comeback into our home designs. Play around with different shades of gold, such as rose gold or brushed or metallic. This adds warmth, class and just that touch of modern you are looking for.
We like to think that with a combined 30 years of experience we kind of know a think or two about what a kitchen needs for success and what won’t last past the season. But knowing before someone even walks in the door, that just because we like it, some people won’t.

So our job is to simply point out what is currently trending, ask you as many questions about your design taste as we can to help, and let you do the rest.

Be inspired by trends, not persuaded. 

Thursday, 2 March 2017


It all starts with a dream. You saw that kitchen on HGTV and wanted to have one just like it. But nah, you can’t afford that, where would you find anyone to help you achieve that? And where would you ever get all those amazing features they have? Well, let us tell you… it’s easier than you think!

What is it about that kitchen that makes you say WOW and I WANT THAT and HOW DO I GET THAT?  Those tiny, yet large, beautiful, unique, functional, well planned, game changing details.

From extra storage, hardware, soft close drawers and doors, dovetail drawers, the height of upper cabinets to overall style. These decisions can take weeks to sort out with the added pressure/inspiration from TV, magazines and social media that make you change your mind 100 times.

Some things to consider when designing a kitchen, is how you move around your space and what type of cooking or entertaining you do. What is missing that you need?  It could be lack of storage, more drawers, higher cabinetry, a new counter top or maybe an entire revamp of the layout. Trusting in a Kitchen Designer, to answer all these tough questions is vital for your reno.


Yes, they are beautiful, but accessories are what make your kitchen WORK for you, keep you organized and add a little flare to your space. Toe kick drawers, pull down shelves, closet door pantries, pull out spice racks, the list goes on and on...

Recycling centres are a key aspect of any new kitchen or reno and need more space, not to mention an area designed just for compost. There are also many options just for lazy susans these days, it deserves its own blog post! (hmm!) From corner drawers, to self closing doors, the lazy susan aint so lazy after all!


Before putting the designing to rest, go into a kitchen showroom and open all the drawers, doors and corners to see what hidden gems are hiding for you to discover.


Choosing hardware shouldn’t be something done at the beginning stages of a design. This is something that can be added to the final plans to complete the space. But there is more than just color that needs to be considered.
With so many options for hardware out there, it must come down to how you use your kitchen first, then sort out shape and style later. Do you need a larger handle for opening and closing? Maybe you have weak hands and need a bigger space to grab onto. Perhaps a small knob would be best for uppers and larger handles for the base and larger drawers. It’s okay to mix and match to suite the cabinet and of course your style and needs. Do they match your existing appliances and lighting?
Always trust in a professional installer to mount the hardware correctly, accurately and securely. If done incorrectly, this can cause damage to your cabinets and look very sloppy in your home. 


You know those commercials where it shows 2 people arguing and slamming the kitchen cabinets and drawers, but they never seem to make a sound! Well that is a standard in any kitchen design here at James River Kitchens. Soft close drawers and doors are just another small detail with a big impact.

Another key detail is having full extension drawers. This means when you open them, they come all the way out, not just ¾ of the way. Giving you access to all those items at the very back and utilizing the entire drawer.


What is your favorite style? That can be a hard question to answer, but coming up with a concept at the very beginning can save so much time later on and get you focused on completing the space quicker!

Traditional  |  Country  |  Transitional  |  
Rustic  Contemporary  |  Arts & Crafts  | Old World

Scan your home for other items that grab your design taste. Flip through your coffee table magazine, walk through Ikea, try going online to Houzz or Pinterest for added inspiration. Or maybe you watch a lot of HGTV and have multiple styles. But seeing and touching a competed kitchen can make all the difference.

Visiting a Kitchen Showroom is vital for any project, for a taste of what is currently trending, options for door styles and of course seeing an entire kitchen completed for the whole picture. You may be surprised to find you don’t like those white cabinets as much as you thought, after all.