Fanciful Fruit Salsa – Yum!

Fanciful Fruit Salsa – Yum!   As a professional kitchen designer and Home Economist, I have a unique connection to the kitchen … and like many of my clients, for whom I’ve had the pleasure of designing fabulous kitchens … I, too, am a ‘wannabe’ chef! Harvest time is the crème de la crème of…

De-bunking Some Renovation Myths

  De-bunking Some Renovation Myths   After a few ‘sleepy’ years of deferring home improvement projects, you might find yourself among the folks who are ready to initiate a long delayed project.  Whatever you are considering – be it a kitchen renovation, family room addition or landscaping … don’t allow yourself to experience anything less…

What Color?

What Color?   We recently received a collection of new color samples from one of our cabinetry suppliers.  They have determined ‘grey’ to be a popular finish for some time to come and have formulated a dozen variations of finish in this shade for their line of custom cabinetry. On another front, in January, Emerald…

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…

Best of Houzz 2013

The Duluth News Tribune published this article on March 4, 2013. Houzz, an online platform for residential remodeling and design, announced the community’s 2013 picks for Best of Houzz, a homeowner-to-homeowner guide to the top architects, interior designers, contractors and other residential remodeling professionals in the U.S. and around the world. Among the winners was…

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…

The Color of Love

  The Color of Love A CERTAIN SHADE OF RED has always been my favorite color.  Throughout my life I have surrounded myself with it – and not just with clothing.   Growing up, my bedroom had red carpeting. When Bob and I married, red was the ‘accent’ color at our wedding.  As newlyweds, we purchased…