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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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QOTD: “Before you renovate….”

My copy on my desk...

Where QOTD means Question of the Day instead of Quote of the Day. I have two items to share today: Can you answer this question? I’ve been asked the following: We are thinking of doing a post on Nightmare Stories that we may pitch to a magazine. The answer to the question, “Before I renovated […]

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What excites you about your remodel project?

This was a specialize corner unit to access every inch.

I’m currently mired in challenges lately: overstressed folks all around, busy schedules, and a lot of work. I was looking online for something to inspire you, and even there it’s filled with stories about projects gone wrong, and people not showing up, or whatever scare story is out there to sell ads. It’s all first-world […]

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Traditional Home Great Kitchens 2015

Great Kitchens 2015 front cover

Traditional Home Great Kitchens 2015 is out. There’s a lot of drool-worthy photos and details from the latest appliance trends to kitchens to entertaining to summertime recipes. I need to make the “Peach and Graham Upside-down Cake” (page 37 — don’t look if you haven’t eaten yet!) You also might spot yours truly: I was […]

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