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A Tile Tale Inspired by Life and Process: Meet Guy Mitchell

Handmade products are one of the easiest ways to create an artful kitchen.  In fact there was a whole turn of the century style devoted to that concept.  The Arts and Crafts movement (1880-1910) was a reaction to the industrial age of machinery and mass production.  Proponents felt that items crafted by human hands were imbued with a soulfulness that was lacking in factory produced goods. I think they had a point and, although mass production definitely has its perks, it’s nice to include unique handcrafted tiles, tableware or linens in your kitchen.

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An Artful New Adventure!

Let’s face it, things change.  As we navigate those twists and turns of fate we can only hope to move forward, seeing new things with a fresh eye. Like it or not, change is a constant.  You can dread it (understandable) or you can choose to embrace it.  That said, it has been more than five years since I began my adventure as Kitchens for Living.

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Cabinet Doors + Art=Maple Craft Doors

One of the benefits of working for a custom cabinet shop like Brendan Donovan Furniture & Cabinet Co. is OPTIONS!  Many of the projects I work on are combinations of both manufactured and custom cabinets.  We can order it.  We can make it all (including doors) or we can make the cabinet boxes and order the doors.  Speaking of doors, how about these doors?!

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Men in the Kitchen

Circa 1954, Betty is in the kitchen, apron tied just right.  Pearls in place.  She’s the queen of her domain turning out pineapple upside down cakes while her hubs brings home the bacon (for her to cook).

A small mid century collage by yours truly. I call it "Embracing Routine".  6"by 6" by 2" canvas
A small mid century collage by yours truly. I call it “Embracing Routine”. 6″by 6″ by 2″ canvas

In most cultures throughout history, the heart of the home has been a woman’s domain.  Even today though roles have shifted and functions of the kitchen have changed, it’s the woman who usually makes the decisions when it comes to the kitchen.  I say USUALLY because even 10 or 15 years ago the man of the house only had a voice when it came to his office or his bar, now he is collaborating on the design of the kitchen.  Read more

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