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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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Designers: What NOT to do when working with trades

How to pick a remodeling company

How does the old saying go, “If it was easy, everyone would be doing it?” In this post, Construction Allowances: Are yours enough?  I was taken to task by someone who thought I’d been a bit harsh on contractors (I hadn’t meant it to be but, hey, some writer I am!) They thought I should […]

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A Reader Asks: Oak or Alder?

Photo credit: Crystal Cabinets

I am planning on painting my mid eighties kitchen cabinets.  I am aware that the oak grain will show slightly, but can accept that rather than replace cabinets that I still like.  However, the upper cabinet door are cathedral style which will scream 80″s,  My thought was that I would replace those doors before the […]

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Construction Allowances: Are yours enough?

Kelly in the Kitchen

You’re getting this topic today due to me poking into too many forums, and it’s this: Allowances that are provided by many contractors and home builders are simply not high enough to buy the materials that the homeowners want. Here’s a very typical scenario: You tell your contractor/builder of choice that you want a new […]

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The #1 way to make your clients happy

Now you've done it.

So what’s been happening in Kelly-land lately? Well, I had an instance of a tradesperson not following up and wanted to chat with you about it. It all started when I called a plumber I’ve worked with for years and asked him to come out at his convenience for a small issue I was having […]

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A thought about kitchen appliances…

Quiet on the (kitchen) set!

Dear Appliance Manufacturers, large and small: I purchased a new toaster. It beeps, a high shrill sound when the toast is done. So does my dishwasher. My refrigerator beeps when the water filter needs replacing or I leave the door open too long. The oven beeps when it reaches its programmed heat. The microwave beeps […]

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