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…

BANQUETTE SEATING: MAXIMIZE FAMILY TOGETHERNESS IN THE KITCHEN

  BANQUETTE SEATING: MAXIMIZE FAMILY TOGETHERNESS IN THE KITCHEN Comfortable seating at a table is commonly requested in my kitchen re-design projects.  Families desire a space to gather for meals, playing games, doing homework, and just hanging out.  All too often, however, the space available is too small to adequately accommodate a table and chairs,…

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…

WINTER HAS ARRIVED! EMBRACE THE WARMTH!

WINTER HAS ARRIVED! EMBRACE THE WARMTH!   The warm days and cool evenings of Autumn have transitioned to winter… and the urge to settle indoors and embrace the coziness of our home’s interior beckons.  Sweaters and sweatshirts come out of seasonal storage, long pants replace shorts, and the menu shifts from lighter fare to hearty…

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…