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Research your remodel like a pro (even when you aren’t one)

Stop problems before they start.

One of the challenges with kitchen design is the fact that you’re paying a lot of money for items that can make life challenging if they fail or don’t work. Over the years, I’ve seen appliance manufacturers with a rush of bad appliances, cabinet companies with failed finishes, flooring that turns out to be a […]

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#BLANCODreamKitchen Contest

BLANCO contest 2015

BLANCO America is having a design contest. (Sadly international readers, this contest is for US residents only. For my US readers–woo!) Make an original hand or digital drawing of your ultimate dream kitchen with a PRECIS™ Medium Single Sink + Drainer & CULINA™ Mini Faucet & upload the JPEG with a caption below to their […]

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A Reader Asks: Why can’t I raise the counter height?

BLANCO Silgranite II Sink - Photo credit: BLANCO

Hi, ….Well, we met with our kitchen design center today. A few weeks ago when we went to them we told them we would like to elevate ALL counters. I’m 5’9-1/2″ and my husband is 6’4″ ( so now you see why!). Anyhow after speaking with them they gave the cons on elevating all counters. […]

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Would you have an open kitchen?

Another version of the open-plan kitchen

Sunset Magazine raided their 1981 archives for the following photo: an open kitchen concept by Seattle designer, Brian Pacquette. Sure, there’s a few things that could be updated, but really, not much has changed since then. Over the years, it’s been part of a “great room” — kitchen, nook, family room. We’re still arguing open […]

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Design Life: Solar power and Ofuros

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So I’ve been working on a couple of intense projects at the moment that are taking my time. They aren’t my only projects, but they are the largest. One is an entire home, and the other is a master bath/bedrooms/laundry addition. Why am I excited about both? Because the homeowners have allowed me enough allowance […]

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KitchenAid debuts Black Stainless Finish


I’m a few weeks late in reporting this, but KitchenAid has brought out a new black stainless finish option on their appliances: I haven’t seen it in person yet. All I’m thinking is, will it show less fingerprints than stainless and glossy black? Be interesting to find out. There’s not really a mention for it […]

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