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Wood-Mode and Top Knobs, Makings of a Dream Kitchen

If you’ve spent any time researching cabinets for your new kitchen or bath you’ve probably come across then name Wood-Mode. It’s the nation’s largest manufacturer of custom cabinetry for kitchens, baths and other rooms throughout the home and they’ve been around for 42 years.  I learned that Wood-Mode has great name recognition in the industry for good reason.  Their booth at KBIS was impressive and fun!  Four yellow Lab pups were on hand to demonstrate  one of their  lifestyle concepts, The Pet Parlor.

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The New English Kitchen

A bazillion years ago (circa 1994) when I first began my adventure in this business, the “English Kitchen” was all the rage in the high end market.  I learned to design, by hand,  in metric and things like astragal mouldings (yes moUldings with a “u”) were all the rage.  Distressed, fly specked finishes were hot and no one wanted a white kitchen unless it was encrusted with glazing.  I learned the English style by apprenticing with a true Englishman and gentleman who I shall be forever grateful to.

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Kitchen Love, Italian Style at Acheo and Poggenpohl

Ok so you got me, Poggenpohl is not Italian.  They are German, except when they’re in Milan, then they’re Italian.  Good enough? I can hardly believe I’ve been home for over a week!  Images and impressions are still swirling around in my head from the wonderful time I spent with Blanco and some fellow members of the Blanco Design Council in Milan.  Design Week was not limited to the extensive exhibition at the Rho Fairgrounds but also included events all over town.  We visited two memorable and cutting edge showrooms on our visit. Read more

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Hot Trends Make a Big Splash at KBIS 2014

As many of you know, the Kitchen and Bath masses gathered in Las Vegas February 4-6 for their annual pilgrimage to KBIS, the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show. This year the event was part of Design & Construction Week, a new concept, merging KBIS with IBS, the International Builder’s Show. As a result, it was bigger and better than ever. Let’s hope that what happened there does NOT stay there ! Read more

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The Rest of the “Hot Pepper” Kitchen Story

Happy new year peeps! Back at the drawing board this week after a nice holiday break. I got a lot of annoying little things done AND spend a little time in the studio but that’s another story. Last post I told you about my dream kitchen. I don’t know about you but I’m still dreaming and that was just enough to pique my interest. The lovely Shannon Pepper of Shannon Pepper Design in New Zealand, YES, New Zealand (who knew they were rocking such awesome design down under?)  Read more

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