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here, two tones of grey are used....leaning towards a beautiful grey-green on the base units

this kitchen is bright and airy in a putty grey thanks to white accents on the crown molding and countertops

with the palest hints of blue in this grey, this kitchen could have appeared to be too cool, but warm wood tones ensure a cosy finish

Again using a putty grey color, the open cabinets on the back wall are painted white on the inside to brighten things a little

here white walls, tiles and countertops keep things crisp.

whatever shade of grey you choose, they are all beautiful.  Current and clean like White, Grey is definitely the "New Shade of White"!

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As true as it is with any outfit, your kitchen can look dramatically different just by changing out the accessories.  

There are many folks who grow tired of their kitchen, yet there's nothing functionally wrong with it.  It's dated or simply boring.  

People tend to 'refresh' their kitchen by replacing countertops and cabinet knobs and pulls.    

...that's when sometimes changing out the hardware is just what is needed!

Here are some amazing knobs that could often be confused for 'jewelry':

with shimmering crystal in the center, this polished nickel knob refracts the light and draws attention!


either of these would add a bit of whimsy to an otherwise tired laundry room.


Seaside theme in mind for bath?  these would be just the thing!

    how about some seaglass?  These are dreamy!!

...or perhaps you're more nautical:

 ...these are a more subtle nod to that style.

this one is a new take on the standard drawer 'bin pull' that's been around for a while now...and would look great with either a small round nickel or glass knob for the cabinet doors!

's a cute idea for the kitchen drawers.  (they come in spoons and butter knives, too!)

  ...I love these...perhaps not in the kitchen or bathroom, but how cute would they be on a child's dresser??

Here's an example of the hardware completing the look.  I wouldn't use these pulls for the entire room, but I love the statement they make on one furniture piece

this one is gorgeous.  If they don't work on the cabinets, I might just wear them in my ears!!

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At the beginning of each new year I think it's important to take a look back and a step forward.  Look back to see the things you've accomplished and a lay a critical eye on what needs improvement.  Make a plan to change the things around you that bother you the most and become determined to make a step forward in the direction you'd like to go.  

The same goes for your surroundings.  Now is the perfect time to consider your next home project!  

Here are some tips on planning your next rennovation:

Step I:  Make a big wishlist

Wish lists can easily be divided into two categories: ones that have been edited down to only what is reasonably attainable, and those that dream big (big, in this case, means “wonderful,” not “big” as in “big house”).

Some wish lists are resigned to defeat: “I’d like to have a (fill in the blank) unless you don’t think we can work it in.”

Others wish bigger: “I want a bright sunny space, with a fireplace and a window seat, with wonderful views, where I can sit and read and sip coffee and see the kids playing in the backyard.”

Only two things can happen with a wish list: Either you don’t get everything you hope for, or you don’t get everything quite the way you thought you might. But you won’t get anything different from what you have now if you don’t “wish big.”

Give your entire wish list to your designer.  Make it their challenge to fit it all in or help guide you in determining which elements are mandatory and which are negotiable.

Step II:  Be Unconventional

Boring, cookie-cutter houses happen when you’re unwilling to try something truly personal.

Don’t be afraid that neighbors won’t invite you for cocktails anymore if you don’t use the range with the big red knobs.

If you really don’t need each of the kids’ bedrooms to have its own bath, don't feel the need to build them anyway because that was what everyone else has.

It’s hard — really hard — to break out of the status quo when you’re building or rennovating a home because there are so many people happy to tell you that you can’t do that … it’s too unconventional.

But of course you can.  Remember:  No one is going to clean that extra bath or make you breakfast every morning; that will be on you; make sure you love it!

Step III:  Look in unconventional places for ideas

Everyone’s looking at the same TV shows, the same magazines, the same model homes for ideas.

Is it any wonder that so many houses look the same?

Try a few totally illogical sources of inspiration:

Are you thinking of remodeling your kitchen? Try leafing through the pages of a book about log cabins.

Building a new home? Study old barns for a while.

Tweaking a bath? Have you seen what they’re doing with sailboats these days?

Break out of the mundain by looking in places you don’t expect to find ideas, and you’ll soon find your imagination revved up.

Step IV:  Find unusual homes; talk to their owners

Lots of blogs and websites catalog unusual and unconventional homes; you might have stumbled on to some as you surfed the Internet for ideas.

Did you quickly move on, thinking, “Nah, that’s not what I had in mind”?

If you did, you might have missed an opportunity to learn something new and break out of your slump. You’ve already heard the same thing from the same people too many times already, so why not hear from someone completely different?

People who build unusual homes are often more than willing to talk about them and about how they came to choose the unconventional. Try tracking a few of them down and ask, “what were you thinking?”

They’ll probably tell you.

Step V:  Take your time

A lot of people are going to try to push you into a new house or a room addition project as quickly as possible. They want to get you to a decision, now.

But you’re going to change your mind about the scheme you’re working on several times before you settle on a final design. And that’s good. In fact, the more design concepts you explore (especially early on) the better. The more options you give yourself, the more likely you’ll come up with something special.

Work with someone who understands your needs and really seems vested in your project.   This is a big thing you’re doing, and you don’t want to wish later on that you’d taken more time with it.  Make sure that you do it once, how you like it--no regrets.  Remember: this isn't a haircut that will grow out in 6 weeks.  You have to live with it for some time to come.

Do your homework:  make sure  you've seen all of the various options available before finalizing your plans.

Give yourself permission to try something different. Before long, everyone will be listening to you!

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Okay, if you've ever done any research on kitchens in depth, you've no doubt seen articles that describe, among other criteria, the "work triangle".  

Even Wikipedia has a page for it!  In it, they describe it as:

"The kitchen work triangle is a concept used to determine efficient kitchen layouts. The primary tasks in a home kitchen are carried out between the cook top, the sink and the refrigerator. These three points and the imaginary lines between them, make up what kitchen experts call the work triangle."

...and the National Kitchen & Bath Association, the leader and considered expert in Kitchen Design, explains it this way:

Like this:  

"Distance Between Work Centers: In a kitchen with three work centers*, the sum of the distances between them should total no more than 26 feet. No leg of the work triangle should measure less than 4 feet nor more than 9 feet."

...they also state that, "No major traffic patterns should cross through the work triangle."  ...and that can be really tough to avoid in most spaces.  In today's homes, the kitchen is the "heart" of the home; everything revolves around it, and everyone gathers in it.  Making sure that the flow of traffic and all main thoroughfares avoid the triangle is difficult, to say the least!

There are also more "cooks in the kitchen" and more non-food related tasks that take place there, too.  How do you adhere to all the regulations that make it efficient and still have it flow properly?  

Let's step back a moment and take a breath!  Take a survey:  what tasks do you perform in your kitchen?  In mine it's everything from cooking to homework to barista to tending bar!'s important to determine what's to be done and where it can be done prior to organizing the plan.

Okay, so this is NOT my kitchen.  Mine is not 20' x 30'.  But you can see how organizing your tasks can really sort the placement of things and effect the flow of the space.  

I love the "coffee station at the same end of the kitchen as the seating (especially with the refrigerator drawers in the island for my cream!)  this enables the homeowners to have a quick breakfast on a weekday without opening up the entire kitchen.  cups, glasses and even cereal could all be stored at this end of the kitchen and you're in and out in a flash on busy mornings!  

...but I think the "prep" area is mislabeled...I would definitely call this the clean up area.  I prefer a larger sink for clean up than prep, and it's a bit far from the main fridge.  (of course, you could put food that needs to be prepped in the island refrigerator, but I'd rather use if for the cream and condiments because it's so close to the seating)

(I would probably rather the "bar" sink be a prep sink and placed a bit more towards the "buffet" so I have space to spread out.)

...I'd also reverse the location of the fridge and the wall ovens so that I can easily move a hot item out of the oven and onto the adjacent countertop, as opposed to turning into a main walk area to put in on the "buffet" behind me.

Lastly I'd add some storage behind the island for the kids backpacks/textbooks so we can set the habit of doing and storing homework in the same place every day.

...but I think you start to see my point:  there's a LOT going on and if we can organize it properly everyone can get in and yet still stay out of each other's way.  

...and on the subject of getting in the way, here's another concept:  a triangle for everyone!

This image, thanks to Architectural Graphic Standards, shows the beauty of designing with the clients in mind.  
Here is a kitchen in which two people have expressed an interest in cooking at the same time.  Having separate zones for each means that they are never a hindrance to one another, even in what is really a very small space!

Here's a great plan that doesn't use additional sinks or refrigeration to achieve multiple zones; it simply achieves it by thoughtful placement!
 A double bowl sink with the dishwasher left serves as both the "clean up" area to its left and the "prep" area to its right.  The proximity of the refrigerator and microwave is key, too, as this allows a non-cook to access both items without interrupting the cook, but I would probably place the refrigerator where the pantry is (by the entrance) with the microwave on that side of the island.  This would enable the chef to grab food, prep and cook in a "consecutive" work pattern.  ...And the "bar" is on the back side of the same island, so entertaining can flow smoothly.

So you can see how important it is to know how you will work in a space before the plan is laid really helps to put all the 'puzzle pieces' together!

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I'm always impressed when someone can take a tattered old item and reuse it in a creative way. ...better than recycling, which typically involves reformulating the materials from an item, upcycling involves slight modification in order to come up with an entirely new and useful purpose for that item.

When looking at old kitchen items you might have on hand, there are beautiful, unique ways to incorporate them into your new kitchen!  Here are some wonderful examples:

Great reuse of some standard old hand mixer beaters!!

Here's a clever way to utilize an old bottle....add a pour spout and add some dish soap!

...and just about anything it seems can become a clever pendant:

great use of old silverware:

here's one that pays homage to Andy Warhol:

Grandma's cookie cutters would work well for this one:

...and even broken china can be incorporated into the plan:

Have any old crystal or glass decanters?  Here's a great way to repurpose them:

...and here's a clever reuse of some whisks that would work with even the most contemporary designs:

...even box graters get into the act....I love how the light gets refracted out of the tiny holes of the grater:

Here's another that shows the cool effect of the light refraction:

Even a teapot looks adorable when repurposed as lighting:

Speaking of tea....tea cups are adorable here as they conceal the under-cabinetry lighting:

...but that's not all you can do with teacups:

...and let's not forget those spice jars, here are a few unique ways to elegantly store and showcase your herbs at the same time:

here's another use for the old utensils:

and yet another:  

This one is truly amazing:  reused tin can lids seamed together to create a fabulous (and durable) table top.

There are so many original ideas to use old cast aways, I don't think I'll be putting anything curbside for a while!
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Check out the second version of a glow-in-the-dark road by Daan Roosegaarde, of Studio Roosegaarde. This time, with a twinkling, bicycle path that’s inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s famous painting, The Starry Night.

Like his other Smart Highway, the bicycle path consists of thousands of twinkling stones that charge during the day, powering it enough to glow at night for eight hours.

It was constructed to celebrate the start of the Van Gogh 2015 international theme year, and runs through van Gogh’s birthplace. It’s one-of-a-kind and opened in Eindhoven this past November.

You can see Daan's version of "A Starry Night" in his design.

Pretty amazing!  Would love this for our neighborhoods' bike path!  Amazing how good design can be so inspiring...and motivating!!

check out this video for more:
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Okay, Thanksgiving is over, and it's time to move on to the next holiday!  While the carcass from the bird was simmering in a stock pot for the turkey soup, I began to haul up the decorations for Christmas.  First came a few large pre-lit trees to flank the front door.  Once lit, I think it helps me get into the spirit a little more.  (Yes, I'm quite a "Grinch" about Christmas until AFTER Thanksgiving.  I really hate how rushed it all feels these days....won't listen to Holiday songs, or look at the Winter decorations at the stores (up WAY too soon in my opinion!)until December... and typically it's so mild right now that it's hard for me to even consider it to be winter.  Thankfully, it did snow a bit last week, so that definitely helped!

So, I thought I would share with you some clever ideas for turning ordinary items in your home (mainly your kitchen) into decorations for the season.  Here are a few of my favorites; hopefully they will help you get in the spirit as well!!

I love this one.  So simple, but a bright burst of holiday cheer!

Turn some unused pitchers into mini topiaries.  I think they'd be great with fresh Rosemary, too, so I could use them for cooking...

These are actually napkin rings with bows hung from the knobs on the upper cabinets.

Have a hutch?  or open shelves?  This would work perfectly.  I love the linens hung behind the glass doors to provide a backdrop for the wreath.

Here's a cute look to dress up the kitchen sink window.

A candle converts an old inverted bundt pan into a classic holiday look.

Clever use of pretty cupcake bakeware here...

...and even the smallest of packaging can have a big impact!  I think I have some of these trees downstairs in my son's train set...

Whatever you have at home can be the perfect vehicle to start your holiday motor running!

Happy Holidays!
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As a child, I can remember vividly being sequestered to the "KIDS TABLE" at holiday time.  After helping Mom and Grandma cook and bake and set a beautiful table for the adults, I was handed my plate (one of the mis-matched every-day melamine ones!) and sent packing down the hall to the Kids Table.  There I would sit with my brother and my cousins (all boys!!) where they would talk ad nausium about Cars, Trucks, Legos, and all things BOYS, while I would hear the sounds of laughter and merriment at the adult table, longing for the day when I would get to sit with them.  

SPOILER ALERT:  It wasn't all that it was cracked up to be.  Once I finally got there, I found that their brand of humor was over my head and primarily boring to my young adult ears...but alas...

So I thought I'd start out early and gather some ideas for the kids that will be sequestered at my home this year so that they do not feel left out or unappreciated.  I have learned over the years that when the kids are occupied and happy, the adults have a little more time to relax and enjoy their meals...and here are a few ideas I've gathered:

Get a sheet of simple craft paper for the table cloth.  (I plan on taping it down so that little legs don't get caught up in it)

the best things about craft paper is that it can go out with the recycling when you're done...but in the meantime it can be host to your kids' works of art.

Here's another idea:  Copy and paste if you like!  Great for keeping the kiddos busy once they're done playing with their food!

This is a beautiful centerpiece if you think the kids won't knock them over:

I also thought this activity would be nice:

You can find instructions here:

...and after the big meal is over, I'm STILL a firm believer is keeping the kids busy  :

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

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So you've decided to redo  your kitchen....won't it be nice to have all the things you've been wanting finally installed in your home??  

But wait!  Before you can get to the "AFTER" photo, you have to endure the "DURING" phase, which no one seems to go over much in the planning of the new design.

Here are some things to keep in mind as you progress through the project:

>As hard as we try, it will, at some point, be necessary to be without the comforts of home (at least in your kitchen).  ....and as these necessities are removed from your kitchen, it's good to have a back-up plan:

If possible, try and create a "temporary kitchen" within another location of your home.  You may be without running water in the sink, but some things will still be usable, such as a coffee maker, toaster oven and microwave.  I also enlisted the help of my steamer, as well as my trusty outdoor grill!!

Knowing that the remodel is coming up, try and plan accordingly.  If the cabinets take 6-8 weeks to order, consider making double the volume of your meals so that you can freeze some for later.  Be sure to freeze them in microwave-safe containers if that's how you plan to reheat them later...

....and plan for a few nights of take out or simply heading to the restaurant just to save your sanity!

And as much as we prepare the space for work, there still may be some residual dust.  There are two things that can help keep the dust to a minimum throughout the rest of the house...First, when the workers will be in your home, try covering the vents to eliminate the circulation of the dust.  Also cover the return vents so that the dust doesn't enter the other rooms in your home.

Additionally, there are plastic tarps with zippers available so that crews can access the room without permanently forfeiting the barrier to the rest of the home.  Like this:


Remember, too, that as much as your installers want to finish on time, they want to ensure that you are completely happy with the installation for years to come....  Have patience and understanding if the job does not stay on the planned schedule.  Everyone wants the job to go quickly and seamlessly, but if things change, it's more impressive to me how quickly they a.) alert you to these changes, b.) present you with a plan of action and c.) carry it out!

In the end, the clients' satisfaction is the goal.  ...and hopefully the minor pain of this disruptive process will be a distant memory as you enjoy your new kitchen for years to come!

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A new trend I've seen a lot lately is the sliding barn door for interior applications, and I love it.  Given you have the wall space for the door to glide upon, this creates a prettier focal point on the wall and eliminates the footprint of the door swing in the room.

...and when it's used in a kitchen I think it can add a lot to the space.  

I've seen it used in contemporary installations, such as this:

How cool is that tinted glass that it changes the color of the moldings when it's in front of them!!

...but I've also seen it used in more transitional and traditional applications...

LOVE that pop of yellow with the grey!!

                                                    Here the doors conceal the pantry in the kitchen.

And, if you can afford the wall space, barn doors can be used very cleverly to conceal storage.  How about this one?  they simple created shallow shelves within the studs and used the barn door to hide it!  They also placed cornice molding over the hardware for a more traditional look:

Here's another favorite.  ..and the paint colors are very current which helps a traditional look feel more transitional.

Another version of the barn door pantry is this one, complete with roll-outs and countertop storage for the microwave:

One of the best things about this trend is that there aren't a lot of parts so it's very reliable...but proper installation is key to ensuring that things are done correctly and you get years of enjoyment out of it.

Barn doors can also create a transition from one room to another. ..and when closed off, opening them to the next room adds a sense of what's to come, and a little drama, too:

Whatever your style, Barn doors can add a break from the color of the cabinetry in the kitchen and add a touch of interest while providing the flexibility of concealing what's behind them!

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