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On limestone backsplashes and contests…

Limestone Tile Backsplash

Apologies for the radio silence. A very busy work load and a family illness have kept me out of the loop. What do I have for you today? Backsplash Design This is one of my recent designs, a limestone back splash with a quartzite counter, cherry bases and white painted wall cabinets. My favorite part: […]

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Industrial Trends

Rejuvenation Hardware Tolson Faucet

A few months ago I was interviewed about steampunk design and industrial trends by a Canadian site HPAC (Heating Plumbing and Air Conditioning) and in typical fashion, promptly forgot.  But I found it and thought for those of you drawn to industrial accents in your home, you might find this of interest. Out with the […]

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New Cambria Galley in San Francisco

Wine (1)

Last week, I was invited to attend the grand opening of Cambria Quartz’s new San Francisco Galley. Located in the SoMa district, off the corner of 8th and Bryant, it’s a large 2-story brick and beam building. I arrived early with another designer to this, but it really was a lucky shot… Inside, the party […]

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A note on grout

Tile backsplash

One of the challenges of design is that products and materials and construction methods are always ever changing. For you and me, it means to be wary of new product + limited reviews + actual real life scenarios. Case in point: A few years back, I switched grout to a higher grade grout that is […]

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PSA: If you like curry…

By Sanjay Acharya - en-wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0,

(Note to subscribers: Missed the Wednesday deadline so here’s the pre-weekend edition. Happy weekend to you!) Do not select white or light-colored cabinets for your kitchen (or at least be forewarned!) If you’ve been following along on my Facebook page, you may have already seen this, but I thought I would expand on the subject […]

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600th Post!

HAPPY 600th

I was a bit startled to discover that this makes my 600th post since I started blogging.  If you’d told me back then that I’d one day write that many…well, I would have laughed, to be honest. In any case, I think it deserves a celebration — or at least an acknowledgement from me that […]

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