A Little ‘Bling’ & Some Other Things

A Little ‘Bling’ & Some Other Things   Trends have always influenced the decisions we make about the products we choose… be it food, fashion, cosmetics, automobiles or home design.   Sometimes it is hard to determine if a current trend represents a ‘whim’ verses an idea that has evolved as the result of improved technology…

Built-In Furniture – The Workhorse of Your Home

Built-In Furniture – The Workhorse of Your Home   The renowned architect, Le Corbusier (1887-1965) once referred to housing as a ‘machine for living’ … an ‘industrial product that should include functional furniture’.  I’m not sure any of us want to think of our homes as ‘machines’ but we all can appreciate the need for…

KITCHENS – EURO-STYLE

KITCHENS – EURO-STYLE   I think it’s impressive that Duluth is both an international seaport as well as home to an international airport! The fact that we are connected to so many worldly destinations has prompted thoughts of Europe and a desire to visit again, which led me to think about European kitchens and how,…

The Perfect Island

The Perfect Island   As a professional kitchen designer I receive many interesting requests from my clients when discussing the redesign of their spaces … but the one request I hear most frequently is, “Do you think we could have an island in our new kitchen?”   There is a good reason for this frequent…

CREATING A ‘BETTER’ LIGHT BULB

  CREATING A ‘BETTER’ LIGHT BULB In 1879 Thomas Edison received a U.S. patent for a carbon filament electric light bulb that far exceeded the performance of many earlier versions created by other inventors, and the incandescent light bulb, as we know it, was born.  Today, over 85% of the lighting in our homes is…

THOUGHTS ON FOOD, COOKING & MOTHER EARTH

  THOUGHTS ON FOOD, COOKING & MOTHER EARTH A frequent discussion when homeowners are upgrading their kitchens focuses on ways to conserve resources – be it through using earth friendly materials, water conserving fixtures or energy efficient appliances. Many products are clearly labeled to help consumers make wise decisions, such as the ‘Energy Star’ rating…

Time to get Cozy

Time to get Cozy Since the beginning, fireplaces have been a central feature of our homes.  Whether a one room hut or a palatial residence, the hearth has been crucial to our survival as the only source of heat for warming our bodies and cooking our food.  Even after the introduction of central heat and…

FROM ‘NOT SO BIG’ TO ‘RIGHT SIZE’

  FROM ‘NOT SO BIG’ TO ‘RIGHT SIZE’  The average American home size has more than doubled since the 1950s. Each decade since the post- WWII housing boom has seen a 25% increase in the size of houses.  According to the National Association of Home Builders, the average house built in 1950 was 983 sq…

Oh Duluth! How I love thee…

  Oh Duluth! How I love thee…   There are so many things to love about Duluth!  Located on an amazing lake, our city is rich in history and offers a vibrant culture in the arts, theatre, music and academia.  Add the endless recreational opportunities – both indoors and out – and you have the…