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Tile Trends for 2013

Posted by Suzanne on July 3, 2012 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

The international tile and stone exposition, Coverings, just finished.  This is the show where the geniuses behind the tile and stone industry gather annually to unveil innovative textures, patterns and mediums. Trends in tile and stone, just like textiles and clothing, continually change.

I've collected the best of the best upcoming trends to share with you.

Exquisite patterns. This magnificent mosaic, featuring a black glass field, is compris...

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Using Multiple Cabinet Finishes

Posted by Suzanne on February 20, 2012 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Just as I always recommend against buying a whole bedroom or living room set, I also recommend against using the same finish on all of your kitchen cabinets. Mixing up the colors or finishes adds a bit of the unexpected, and let's face it, the unexpected results in visual interest.

But don't the cabinets need to match each other and doesn't the kitchen table need to match the cabinets? Negative, Houston. In fact, the opposite is true. Every room becomes more attractive with...

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Organize Your Kitchen Drawers With Pegs

Posted by Suzanne on December 15, 2011 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Don’t even get me started about the difficulties of under-counter storage. Though it’s true, perhaps, that it beats having to climb on step ladders to reach stuff stored way up high, the back-bending labor required to extract large pans from down low often seems not quite worth the effort. But here’s a godsend for improving the organization of low kitchen storage—Rev-A-Shelf’s Stainless Steel Peg Board Drawers.

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Tile--Anything But Boring!

Posted by Suzanne on December 2, 2011 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Nearly every time I begin a new remodeling project that includes tile, my clients get excited when I present unique tile layouts for their consideration. Why? They often, whether they realize it or not, believe there are limited functions for each type of tile. For example, large format tiles should only be used on the floor and only in vast spaces, mosaics should only be used on the walls and often for backsplashes, you should b...

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Induction: One of the Hottest Trends in the Kitchen

Posted by Suzanne on November 30, 2011 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)


Long been considered a ‘must have’ for professional chefs, induction cooktops are quickly becoming a kitchen essential for any home cook. With its precision heating and ease of cleaning, induction combines the best of gas and electric to create a cooking method that’s fast, efficient and safe.

How Does Induction Work?

Unlike gas or electric, i...

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Durable Flooring Options

Posted by Suzanne on November 17, 2011 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

We demand a lot from our floors. They’re battered from below with electric radiant heat and from above with shoes and pet’s claws, they constantly have sharp utensils and sticky liquids dropped on them, and they’re scoured with harsh cleaners. Yet even given all of this abuse, we still expect them to look shiny and new. Though there are nume...

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Modern Kitchen Remodel

Posted by Suzanne on November 14, 2011 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)


Basic Steps: Our main priority was to make a modern kitchen that didn’t clash with the existing 1910 home, so we were careful to identify a couple key features of the original house that we would keep to unify the new and the old. We refinished the old fir floor that was under the lino and made it continuous with the rest of the home’s wood flooring. We kept the picture rail above the cabinets and re...

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Do You Need a Tub in Your Master Bathroom?

Posted by Suzanne on November 10, 2011 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

I visited a client recently who has a small master bathroom she wants to remodel, and one of her questions was, “Do I have to put a tub in my master bathroom for resale value?” This question comes up A LOT, so I thought I would share my views on the matter.

You MUST have a tub in your master bathroom if either of the following is true:

1. You do not have a bathtub ...

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The Versatile Kitchen Island

Posted by Suzanne on November 9, 2011 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Kitchen islands are all-purpose workhorses. They are places for preparing food and dealing with the resulting aftermath. They are hubs for socializing, places for children to do homework, areas around which guests congregate during parties, and spots to grab breakfast or a quick lunch. They are room dividers and space definers. Islands are appliance centers, waist-high storage lockers, and cases for displaying boo...

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