From kitchens and bathrooms to lower levels and additions, people are remodeling interior spaces to fit their lifestyle. Thanks to sites like Houzz and Pinterest, homeowners can stockpile ideas for their upcoming home remodel, while smart phones and advanced technology have made the communication process (almost) a breeze.

Kitchen Craze

Though some homeowners are requesting a little more definition of space when it comes to a kitchen remodel, an open concept — with personal updates — continues to top wish lists. “It used to be that everyone followed the same trend or two,” says Elizabeth Rishel, CKD, owner/designer of Orion Design. “Now, people are getting more and more comfortable with their own ideas and embracing them.” Granite countertops have become standard in the industry, but, according to Elizabeth, quartz is becoming extremely popular because of its low maintenance. And, though homeowners tend to be more money-conscious these days, they don’t skimp on luxury appliances like wine refrigerators.

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Color Forecast


KCH&G Palettes are globally influenced by different cultures, nature, art, music, energy, and the list goes on and on. But, no matter the color, there’s room for it in every style.

This year, the color forecast –– across the board –– is centered around a peaceful homecoming –– with, of course, a favorite accent color here and there. These refreshing palettes will turn your home into a calming retreat, the one place where you can breathe a sigh of relief and leave daily stresses at the door

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Creative Homeowner

Bathrooms: The Smart Approach to Design


 One of our bathroom remodels was featured in "Bathrooms: The Smart Approach to Design" You can purchase the book at Home Depot or Amazon.

Learn to think like a design pro to get the bathroom you've always wanted without making the types of mistakes that cost money or leave you less than thrilled with the result. Bathrooms: The Smart Approach explains everything you need to know to take the process from the earliest planning stages through understanding how to select and arrange a floor plan, how to shop for cabinets, vanities, tubs, sinks, and showerheads; choose tile, flooring, and finishing materials, and pull together a one-of-a kind look. More than idea book, this is a step-by-step approach to the process of design.

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Mass Realty

Timeless Interior Design Trends: An Interview with Elizabeth Rishel of Orion Designf


Tell us a little bit about your company and its foundation.
Orion Design Inc. is a residential interior design firm specializing in kitchen and bath design, space planning and interior architecture. In the end you can find our work throughout the home. Good design drives Orion Design and knowing that the inspiration for any design starts with the homeowner or client.

What are some of the services your company provides?
Design consultation, space planning, full kitchen and bath design, interior architecture, etc. Full service residential design firm. Providing professional documentation (plans and contract documents) for full remodeling projects.

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Save Room For Design

Green with Envy


Certified Kitchen Designer Elizabeth Rishel was looking up appliance specs for a client on the GE Monogram website when she stumbled across an announcement about the 2014 Kitchen Display Competition. Her decision to enter the competition paid off! Elizabeth’s entry – “Green with Envy” – took the grand prize. She won $10,000 and a trip to Louisville for the 140th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs the first Saturday in May.

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GE Appliances

Winning Monogram® Kitchen Design Sure to Make Cooks “Green with Envy”


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – April 30, 2014 – Certified Kitchen Designer Elizabeth Rishel of Shawnee, Kan., was looking up appliance specs for a client on the GE (NYSE: GE) Appliances website when she stumbled across an announcement about the 2014 Kitchen Display Competition. Her impulse decision to enter the competition paid off. Rishel’s entry—“Green with Envy”—took the grand prize. She won $10,000 and a trip to Louisville for the 140th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 3, as a guest of GE Appliances.

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Spaces for Life: So, what are people doing with their kitchens and baths these days?


“So…what are people doing these days?

This may be one of the most common questions I hear! It is also my least favorite! Let’s face it, no matter how much you intend to invest in your kitchen or bath remodel, chances are good it will be an expensive undertaking. With that being said… the answer is people are doing what they love! I like to say that kitchens and bathrooms are like dogs. They look like their owners!

This does require some bravery. You have been told time and time again to keep your home universally appealing for resale. If you are planning this remodel in order to sell your home or plan to sell soon, then this is good advice. Otherwise let’s make it fit you and your family’s needs and taste!

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Remodel Rewind


 A kitchen gets a secod upgrade - this time by a professional - attaining style and substance.

Sometimes a remodel is not a good thing. Such was the case when Elizabeth Goltz Rishel, certified kitchen designer and owner of Design by Orion, first encounted this 1924 Tudor home with a 1980s-style kitchen. "The previous owners did a lot of DIY projects and cut a lot of corners," she says. "The homeowner wanted to honor the original home designed by architect Edward Buehler Delk, AIA and bring the kitchen back to that style."

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KCH&G Color

Orange Pop


The young-at-heart owners of this Fairway residence have a great perspective on their home and it's space, says designer Elizabeth Goltz, CKD, of Orion Design Inc.

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Consumer Reports

Bathroom Remodeling Guide Trends and Costs


The master bathroom is supposed to be your own private escape—a place to pamper yourself, to preen. So why are you always in such a hurry to leave yours? Maybe it’s the pink-and-white tiles. Or the perpetual beads of water on the ceiling. Or the way the entry door slams into the toilet.

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Consumer Reports

Bathroom remodeling guide: Dos and don'ts


An expertly remodeled master bathroom will provide years of pleasure and comfort. But do an amateur job and you’ll be reminded of the fact every day. It’s a tricky space, unfortunately, with lots of moving parts crammed into a tight footprint, not to mention the volumes of water ready to exploit any and all leaks. Setting a budget and planning ahead are two ways to keep your project on track.

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Real Life Kitchens & Baths

Money Matters: Budget Basics


Used with permission from Kitchen + Bath MakeoversTM magazine, (C)2011 Meredith Corporation, All Rights Reserved.


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Kitchen and Bath Ideas Magazine

Wish List


Used with permission from Kitchen and Bath ideas (R) magazine.  (C) 2009 Meredith Corporation.  All rights reserved.


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Baths with a Bang


Baths used to be the smallest rooms in the house, a place you were in and out of in a rush rather than somewhere you’d escape to. They were utilitarian, with no flourishes or luxuries (unless you count the rubber ducky). Today is a different story, with many expansions, inventions and amenities, from his-and-hers vanities, built-in cupholders and accent tile that steals the show. Here are five that speak to a new era of design.

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KMBZ News Radio 980

Living Large with Karen Mills


Elizabeth was interviewed by Karen Mills with the focus being on bathroom trends.

Give it a listen! click here

(Originally aired on September 27th and also featured Paul DiMeo from Extreme Home Makeover)

Kitchen and Bath ideas Magazine

Great Escape


Used with permission from Kitchen and Bath ideas® magazine. ©2011 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

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