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Key Measurements to Help You Design Your Kitchen

Get the ideal kitchen setup by understanding spatial relationships, dimensions and work zones Full Story
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divinemrsm
Honestly, I think it's just semantics...an attempt to transition one phrase into the other. After reading the houzz article describing 'work zones', it could just as easily describe my 'work triangle' kitchen. I Dishwasher & trash next to sink, check. Landing areas next to major appliances: check. Large island to keep guests a bay: check.....

I live in a small town filled with older homes. I know few people who upgrade their kitchens to look like the glam-fabulous photos here on houzz. Most people I know don't ever get around to kitchen remodeling and just make do with the old.

Another thing: I read that kitchens have come a long way because all the architects used to be all men and they seldom spent time in a kitchen, therefore kitchens weren't 'user friendly'. Once women came on to the scene, their input helped kitchens evolve into rooms that function well and are family gathering places.
on Monday at 9:32am     
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Studio Z Architecture
I don't have time to read all the other comments, so maybe someone has already said this, but I think it's a good idea to have the sink and the cooktop/range on the same run of cabinets, so that they are not separated by a walkway. This makes prep and cleanup easier and safer, since no one can walk between the chef and the sink while the chef is trying to drain pasta.
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12 Deadly Decorating Sins

Are your room designs suffering from a few old habits? It may be time to change your ways Full Story
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jeanstryker
sandycangiano, How are you enjoying that BlueStar? I think I'm going to get one.
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Joyce
After all the designers tell us what we should like and not like, it's all about how you love your own home and decor style. I do agree with some of the overdone, or paint color ideas, but after all not all of us are multimillionaires to be able to afford everything we want. Some of us get what we can afford and that includes the sofa set that comes in leather with sofa, loveseat and chair that match. As far as leopard goes.........well I didn't think anyone with design sense didn't have leopard in their home! LOL I love leopard but I have a sister that wouldn't put anything leopard in her home if you paid her a million dollars. But she loves my house and my decor. She raids my storage closet where I keep things that I recycle depending on my mood. I'm fortunate to have a very large walk in storage closet/room (10'x11') in my home so I can easily change things up when I want to. As far as beige walls go, if you like them then do it. If you want color, then do it. It's a personal thing and not everyone is going to agree with you. Live in your homes for the "now", not when you are going to sell your home one day down the road. If you have to paint when you sell, then paint everything neutral.......but enjoy what you like now, tomorrow is never guaranteed.
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10 Things to Discuss With Your Contractor Before Work Starts

Have a meeting a week before hammers and shovels fly to make sure everyone’s on the same page Full Story
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Reno It Home Renovations
Im glad the article helped.
April 7, 2014 at 8:49pm   
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a194721
Good ideas
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Curtain Speech

Learn the basic terms for parts and styles of draperies and curtains to get the look you want Full Story
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Georgia
Um...so about the proportions...when is the idea book on that coming out? That would be VERY timely for me...I've spent gobs of money on miles of fabric to make my own curtains with valances, and I'd love professional advice on how not to screw it up! (And by gobs of money, I mean only relative to pre-made panels from the store, of which I can't find any that I like. I'm actually saving tens of thousands compared to having them custom made by someone else. Wish me luck!)
April 1, 2014 at 9:25pm   
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Wildflower Designs Unlimited, LLC
I was a window treatment specialist for almost 40 years. Styles come and go, standard fullness changes and local preferences vary dramatically. When I was a young student doing my OJT in a "drapery workroom", the standard for fullness was only double and hems and headings were turned under 1" and then 4". Far less full than todays standard unless you buy your window treatments at K-Mart. But then all things Country came into popularity in this rural area along with gathered cotton curtains up to 5 times fullness and always tied back. Thankfully that style passed.
There was a time when every middle class home hired someone like me to design their window treatments about every 15 years like clockwork. That has all changed with the younger generations as they do the Pottery Barn thing and send their possessions to a landfill every 5 years or so. Notice I refer to the Middle Class. The only Upper Class people in this area, those who still want the luxury of custom window treatments hire designers from more urban areas.
What I am trying to express is that home-owners have the right to decorate their homes as they wish, styles come and go and as a designer, you can only guide your clients in what is appropriate. If they truly want swags or lace or Austrian shades, so be it. But our job is to design them tastefully. I find it truly arrogant when designers feel they must have a "signature" look and refuse to listen to their clients and their real wants or desires. Even Austrian shades or antique satin swags can be designed tastefully..... It's all a matter of skill.
April 6, 2014 at 6:24am     
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Bathroom Workbook: 12 Things to Consider for Your Remodel

Maybe a tub doesn’t float your boat, but having no threshold is a no-brainer. These points to ponder will help you plan Full Story
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sabruno
Safety bars
April 8, 2014 at 4:02am   
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royalpayne
Yes, by all means, safety bars. And if not now, at least the blocking for them to be added later. In my 'Your new house' portfolio I plan to pass on, I have visually recorded every improvement we have done. Down to the studs pictures of blocking, electrical runs, plumbing, HVAC ducting, floor joist directions, types of underlayments under the hardwood and tile upgrades, insulation R factors and brands..... In short, every thing I wish had been passed on to me. Oh, and owners manuals of all appliances currently in the house. With their date of purchase and all warranty paperwork.
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How Your Landscaping Can Keep Burglars Away

Prevent home break-ins with strategic landscaping and good practices instead of menacing — and maybe less effective — measures Full Story
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Bathroom Workbook: 8 Elements of Contemporary Style

Does a sharp, clean and uncluttered bathroom sound good to you? If so, a contemporary design could be the key Full Story
     Comment   March 20, 2014
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Joanne Cannell Designs
I always try to discourage my clients from getting a free-standing tub that doesn't have a wide enough edge to sit on and swing your legs into the tub. I mention the inability to add grab bars to most of these tubs. I also discourage vessel sinks in frequently used bathrooms because they aren't as practical for everyday use.

Something that bothered me more in the above examples is that all of the vanities had lights over the mirrors instead of side lighting. This casts shadows. While side lighting can take away from a clean, horizontal look - especially with a double vanity, it's one of those areas where function should come first. Here is a recent contemporary bathroom I collaborated on.
March 30, 2014 at 11:51pm     
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janbhan
I like the LED strip under the edge of the counter.
April 7, 2014 at 6:02am     
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