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…

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…

‘Long Live the Frittata!’

‘Long Live the Frittata!’  August is a month to be relished.  The finest month of the summer vacation trifecta, we all know August is the month we can truly rely on for ‘summer-like’ weather.  This is the month Minnesotans work their hardest to cram in every little summer activity that they missed due to a…

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…

IS A HOUSE A HOME WITHOUT A PET?

  IS A HOUSE A HOME WITHOUT A PET? According to the American Pet Products Association, US families will spendmore than $50 billion on their pets this year.  Much of that will be on health care; however, a good portion will be for ‘creature comforts’ – but not for you!  It turns out that almost…

Embrace the Original ‘Green’! (Kermit got it right!)

Embrace the Original ‘Green’! (Kermit got it right!) March 20th may mark the official declaration of Spring, but Northlanders know ‘Spring’ is not official until we see those first luscious shades of green sprouting from the earth.  The 20th is merely a calendar date since Mother Nature is never predictable in our neck of the…