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I don’t know about you, but when my house was built, it was still very stark. The walls were white, the crown molding almost non-existent and my kitchen, although I picked out the details, wasn’t finished to my satisfaction. My reason was that my builder was so bad (he refused to fix any nail pops if that tells you any thing) and tried to gouge us on the prices so severely, ...

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To the Kitchen!

The most blaring vision of debauchery was our kitchen as it was left vacant of the intricacies and details that had inspired me. It was not how the kitchen design was even specified. I had cut out pictures and shown the kitchen designer and my awful builder what it was supposed to look like: Yet I faced a striped down version of it that was void of any detail. When I pointed it ...

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Inspiring Kitchens in Shades of Whites

It’s been 14 years since I designed my house and I’ve found my taste has morphed through the years. I find myself now more interested in kitchens that span many different styles instead of locking myself steadfastly into one. But one thing I have always been drawn to: a kitchen with light cabinets. With two young ones and four dogs, this is a never-ending battle in keeping them clean. Did I mention we ...

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But We Need Spice Cabinets!

Back to reality – we had finished the mantle above the range. Of course I *could* have stopped there. But really, I couldn’t. I had seen the pullout spice rack cabinets and thought they would look oh-so-lovely on either side. Problem was, NO cabinets fit the dimensions we were left with…GRRRR. I told my husband though, that I didn’t think it would be a problem because I was *pretty* sure I saw a ...

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Taking Plain, Stock Kitchen Cabinets and Making Them Look Custom…and Expensive

Unless you are willing to shell out oodles of money (and I’m talking $100k +) for a custom kitchen, you need to work with stock cabinets. But, all is not lost – there are many ways to make them look custom and take them beyond what is the norm. Since I adore historic homes, I had decided upon 12′ ceilings. At one point in my kitchen design, I had thought about ...

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