"I HAVE THE BEST JOB IN THE WORLD.  AFTER MANY YEARS BUILDING MY REPUTATION AS A PROFESSIONAL DESIGNER…

I find it's important to show the serious side of design and inspire others to create engaging homes.  But another important lesson learned is to enjoy the moment and find time to have a good laugh.  It is my team of talented, hardworking people that manage to keep me—and each other—laughing."

KITCHEN SOLUTIONS

TIP #1

White marble countertops are beautiful but require maintenance. Quartz is an uber-durable, family friendly option that won’t stain or scorch – my serious culinary-clients love it!

TIP #2

With open concept homes the design of the kitchen often extends into the adjacent family room. In this case a bar sink, beverage fridge and secondary dishwasher marry seamlessly into media cabinetry.

TIP #3

An antique harvest table inspired the design of this kitchen island that incorporates a dishwasher, storage and seating for 5 on 3 sides – a much more social configuration than a single row of counter stools.

TIP #4

Linoleum has come a long way! I love the look and the 100’s of color choices of today’s marbleized linoleum products —the design possibilities are endless! Made from natural materials and available in easy to install sheet or tile formats, it’s durable, easy to clean and comfortable underfoot which is why I specify it for my clients who spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Take a look at how we used it to make a statement in two very different kitchen projects.

TIP #5

A high-contrast kitchen color scheme always looks crisp, clean and modern.

TIP #6

For countertops with an old-world look, I choose soapstone.  It’s dense and durable, but what I love is how it oxidizes over time to develop a beautiful gray-green patina.

TIP #7

Clean and stream-lined was the look I was after for this kitchen project and Thermador’s induction cooktop with pop-up downdraft were the perfect choices.

It’s high style and high performance cooking with ventilation that’s there when you need it and not when you don’t. This breakfast counter is a great example.

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