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Kitchen on a Roll

A kitchen I visited recently was decorated nicely and had loads of open space between walls of cabinets.  The owner and I talked about a rolling worktable and in sourcing I found a great site to explore kitchen islands.    New technology is bringing these workhorses well into the 21st century with Rubika’s newest design by Lodovico:

rubika kitchen island

Quoting their site: “A sink is tucked beneath the prep surface, plate racks are hidden in a pull-out drawer, and a cooktop is concealed under the table top. Little spaces appear here and there in mysterious fashion, like some enchanted box a magician might use to cut up an assistant and rearrange her parts. If Rubika does work, surely cooks will need to change their paradigm of what constitutes a kitchen, but we should all pay attention to Rubika’s underlying idea that less is more.”

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Tablescapes Gone Whimsical

Ultimate expo

Ultimate expo

The above is from Tuesday where I displayed my tablescapes for the Ultimate Ladies’ Day Out at the Park Ridge Country Club.  I am happy to remind you  that the holidays are just around the corner and  my table settings and holiday decorating are a great stress-reliever for you and your family.

From the Thanksgiving setting:

Thanksgiving table

Thanksgiving table

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What is your style?

It is not always easy to define your style, be it expressed in clothing, cooking, or decorating.  We are complex creatures and many styles appeal to us.  I have found it easier to find out what people DON’T like; that is usually definite.

A fun and easy way to explore your thoughts on this is to take HGTV’s style quiz.

Go ahead and try it.  You may be surprised at what you discover about yourself!

decorating styles from designstyleguide.net

decorating styles from designstyleguide.net

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Decoration Nation

It’s a pleasure to be listed on Decoration Nation’s website.  Their professional listings for home design and improvement businesses throughout the country is easy to use.  Check it out: http://www.thedecorationnation.com/directory.php?parent_id=102

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Putting it Together

Enjoy this video of my design tips presentation and let me know what you think.    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgkdbLsI97U

Deborah of Affordable Interiors

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Loving Frank

If you are interested in American architecture you will enjoy a novelist’s take on the life of Frank Lloyd Wright in the book Loving Frank.  I recently listened to it on cd, and for me it opened a door into Wright’s approach to and philosophy of his work.  The novel’s plot is driven by the love affair between Wright and one of his clients,  Mrs. Cheney.  I was equally taken with Wright’s observations, including “The measure of a man’s culture is the measure of his appreciation,” he said. “We are ourselves what we appreciate and no more.”

I love this Guggenheim cup and saucer.  You can buy this and more FLW-inspired designs online.

Guggenheim cappuccino cup and saucer

Guggenheim cappuccino cup and saucer

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Windows and Grommet

When I introduce myself it is not uncommon to be greeted by “I love HGTV” and I concur. Here is a helpful clip from their website.   Since window treatments can be vexing and expensive, this 3-minute video on grommet panels is fun to watch.  Granted, you see that nice installation guy appearing like magic out of the sidelines!   But the basic idea is there: installing grommet panels is an appealing, fast, and cost-effective way to solve your window problems.

grommet panels

grommet panels

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