Archive | September 2011

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Lenticchie, an Italian lentil stew

An Italian tradition is to serve Lenticche at midnight on New Year’s Eve, to bring good fortune and hope that you will not want for cash in the following year. The lentils symbolize little coins. Italian dishes tend to be seasonal, so this is an obvious choice for late fall/early winter. My sister Cheri was […]

Office Remodel: behind the scenes

Our office building is a converted 1890’s brick Victorian home, in the historic Brewery District/German Village area of Columbus, Ohio. The showroom is on the first floor, and our office space is on the second. The attic & basement are strictly for storage, and have never been finished (the basement wigs me out a bit, […]

Standout Design Trends in 2011 From the NKBA (4 of 10)

FREESTANDING AND ANGLED TUBS      Design by: Susan J. Klimala, CKD      The Kitchen Studio of Glen Ellyn      Glen Ellyn, IL      Photo: Carlos Vergara Photography Large freestanding tubs are taking front and center in bathroom design, and in this master bath retreat, the tub is centered and visible through French doors leading to […]

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili with Honey Corn Bread Muffins

Happy Fall, one and all!  The foliage is turning (started here 3 or 4 weeks ago). There’s a definite nip in the evening air, and the haunted houses/mazes are gearing up for the season. Fall makes me think of warm & cozy nights with a hot bowl of soup or chili. I follow a GREAT blog, Good […]

Standout Design Trends in 2011 From the NKBA (3 of 10)

THE ATTRIBUTES OF GLASS      Design by: Kirsti Wolfe      Kirsti Wolfe Designs      Bend, OR      Photo: Paula Watts Photography   The National Kitchen & Bath Association is seeing glass shining and glimmering throughout kitchen and bath designs this year. Lighted panels of Mica art glass incorporated into the design of the volcanic stainless […]

Standout Design Trends in 2011 From the NKBA (2 of 10)

TACTILE APPEAL THROUGH TEXTURES     Design by: Aimee Nemeckay     Susan Fredman Design Group     Chicago, IL     Photo: Nick Novelli, Novelli Photodesign The use of actual and implied texture offers a tactile and visual feast. Lines, colors, and patterns can act as either a point of interest in a given space or a mellow […]

TV show recently aired

Recently, the BBN Journal filmed and aired a show with Kitchen Kraft. Designer Jim Deen was interviewed with client Brenda Bell, talking about her whole house remodel and some key things to think about when deciding on a renovation. Check it out!