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Design: It’s all in the details…or is it?

BLANCO Meridian faucet

If you can’t tell how busy it is right now, a good indication is that I didn’t post last week for the first time in a long time. So what do I have for you this week? Discussion: Do homeowners really care about the small details? Pros this week were discussing finite details that make […]

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The hidden costs of kitchen remodels

the hidden costs of kitchen remodeling

If you’re like most homeowners just starting to think about remodeling or renovating your kitchen, you figure you have to budget for cabinets, counter, backsplash, flooring, lighting, plumbing and appliances. Some of you might add permits and labor. You’re so not done. One of the reasons kitchens can be more of an investment value than […]

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Atlas Homewares debuts New Slate Finish

Opening kitchen cabinet door, focus on hand opening action

Atlas Homewares debuted a new slate finish collection at KBIS this year that I was waiting to hear about availability before I shared it with you. Slate has a natural beauty that is quietly sophisticated. It’s a great way to introduce an organic element into a space – subtle and understated yet dramatic in its […]

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Planning a remodel: Let’s avoid a common wishlist mistake

Design wishlist 2015

Here’s something that comes up all the time. The homeowners are excited about their project. They’ve been collecting their wish list of everything they want and present it to their contractor/designer/architect. They don’t know how much anything costs. They don’t know that the items they are selecting are in the higher end of luxury. So […]

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Life of a designer: Designer Update

My apologies on the brevity of this post: I’m dashing this off quickly today as work continues to build. We’re busy…as in haven’t enough hours in the day, booked-three-weeks-out busy. Most of the firms I’m talking to in this region say the same. Projects are not only bigger, but there is less of a construction […]

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Tile Spotlight: Lunada Bay Tile


I try when I can to feature West Coast manufacturers and suppliers. In this case, Lunada Bay Tile which is located in Torrance, California. I had contacted Lunada Bay Tile for permission to use some of their photos from their website earlier this month before I received this lovely email: Lunada Bay Tile is proud […]

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