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Design Tips Inspired by The French Chef

Julia Child was a pioneer in the world of haute cuisine at a time when celebrity “chefdom” was a decidedly manly occupation.  She didn’t care.  The kitchen was her natural habitat and she had her own ways of making it work for her whether she was whipping up a soufflé or flaming a creme brûlée.

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Kitchen Work Centers, the New “Triangle”

Whether you are a design professional or an educated homeowner you’ve probably heard the term “kitchen work triangle”. In fact it’s probably one of the first things you learn when endeavoring to create a new kitchen. Who thought this up? It is actually the result of a study made at the University of Illinois in the 1950s! If you’re wondering if it could be outdated, just think of how much kitchens have changed since then in terms of products, appliances and how we use them.

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Mad For Mid Century

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

If you’re a Mid Century product of Florida, like me, you probably grew up in what’s fondly known as a “ranch style house”.  Our friends over at Wikipedia define the ranch abode as a domestic architectural style  originating in the United States. The ranch house is noted for its long, close-to-the-ground profile, and minimal use of exterior and interior decoration. The houses fuse modernist ideas and styles with notions of the American Western period working ranches to create a very informal and casual living style.”  

In addition to the above, the Florida ranch house  usually came in pastel colors with what we call a “Florida room”.  Read more

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