May 15, 2019

ISLAMORADA — A kitchen or bathroom upgrade literally can light up a homeowner’s life, says interior designer Janet Wood.

Custom cabinets now come with drawers that illuminate the contents, then self-close, points out Wood, a partner in John Rudolph Designs in Islamorada.

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Interior designer Janet Wood points out features of a custom kitchen cabinetry display by Wood-Mode, a luxury line now offered locally by John Rudolph Designs in Islamorada.

“Buyers certainly can order cabinets without lights or other features,” she said. “But once they see the fun stuff, they often don’t want to take it away.”

The interior design showroom, open for two years at The Galleria Plaza at 80925 Overseas Highway, features Wood-Mode Fine Custom Cabinetry’s made-to-order installations in several different styles, materials and a choice of hardware.

“Everything is custom and it’s better than it ever was,” Wood said. “Property values go up when you do the kitchen and bathroom.”

Rudolph specializes in using AutoCAD (computer-aided design) software to create a plan that will allow cabinets to be tailor-made for the available space.

“People are able to walk through their new room on the computer and visualize it, rather than going through several sets of drawings,” Wood said. “We want people to be able to see it, which they haven’t been able to do before.

“Everybody is getting back into the cooking thing, so features like quartzite countertops and large oven hoods are popular.”

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A custom kitchen display from Wood-Mode Fine Custom Cabinetry, a luxury line now now offered locally by John Rudolph Designs in Islamorada, features a quartzite countertop and backsplash, a large oven hood and illuminated drawers. The showroom features artwork exclusively by Florida painter Julia Kelly.

Wood-Mode, located in central Pennsylvania, has a nearly eight-decade history. Many of its cabinetmakers have followed their families into the profession, the company says.

An ordered custom cabinet can be delivered to the Florida Keys within 12 weeks, Wood said.

The Upper Matecumbe Key showroom also handles several lines of indoor furniture suited for the islands, as well as outdoor furnishings with cloth material cushions guaranteed for five years, Wood said.

“We’ve established accounts with manufacturers that people used to have to drive to the mainland to see,” she said. “Our repeat business has been very good.”

Wood’s designer touch extends to window treatments and rugs. The showroom walls are adorned by Julia Kelly paintings, Wood’s favorite Florida artist.

A second showroom is on Plantation Key at mile marker 86.

For more information, call 305-395-2041 or visit johnrudolphdesigns.com.

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