Renovating a Kitchen? This Post is for YOU!!

I had the best time in California last week for a Traditional Home/Thermador event.   A group of designers, print media, and bloggers across the country came together to discuss design trends.  Thermador was a gracious host and no detail was forgotten by them.

If you aren’t familiar with Thermador, check out their line of kitchen appliances here.   I have Thermador products throughout my own kitchen, and if you have been reading since day one, I listed my Thermador warming in my very first post as one of my top five favorite things in my home.  For a family on the run, it is a necessity.

I thought I knew their product line pretty well, but after an extensive tour, I learned so much more.

 

Here are a few quick pieces of information that stuck with me, and I hope you find them helpful:

1. If I was building again, I would incorporate a steam/convection oven into my home.  This is a super neat appliance that keeps food moist (and vitamins in) while browning and cooking at a faster rate.

Look at this 14lb. turkey they cooked for us in it.  Super easy and it was ready to eat after cooking for only 90 minutes.

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2. I have a Pro Range in my home, but I had no idea it could do this.   Yes, these are chocolate chips melting- on a paper plate- on its XLO setting.   I haven’t tried this yet, but when I do (AND I WILL!), let’s hope I don’t burn my house down.  YIKES!

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3. One of my favorite discoveries was the refrigerator columns in their line.  Because of their hinges, the front panel on all of their refrigerators can hold over 200 pounds, and I could not help but brainstorm about what I could cover the doors in.  In the right setting, how does antiqued mirror sound?

 

The trip was a lot of fun and I learned so much, all while making a few new friends.

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Karen Williams of St. Charles New York cooking a Cherry Clafoutis with me.

 

I hope this info was helpful, and let me know your “must-haves”  in your next kitchen.

Take care and have a great week, everyone-

Dana

 

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The Time Is Here!

Time is running out to cast your vote for the TradHome designer that best matches your style, and I would be honored if you would vote for me.

I hope you have had a chance to read the May issue of TradHome.   If not, check it out here: http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/2395d069#/2395d069/240.

 

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Voting is quick- and EASY!   When you vote, you are entered for a chance to win $1,000 from Hunter Douglas, a window treatment company.

Visit HunterDouglas/TraditionalHome to cast your vote.  The contest will run through tomorrow, July 17th, so please cast your vote today!

 

Again, a huge shout-out to TradHome for featuring me. I am so honored to have been named one of this year’s 10 up- and- coming designers.

Check out the link below to view a quick video of the new “New Trads”.

 

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A New Project Is Beginning!

I am excited to be working on a renovation in Mountain Brook, AL, and the talented Louis Nequette of Dungan Nequette has drawn the plans for the couple.   Louis is a well-known architect across the country, but if you haven’t seen his work, click here.  I am honored to be partnering with him and look forward to seeing this project progress.

The house is French in style and was built about 10 years ago.   There are some exciting changes in store for this home, and one of my favorite transformations is in the kitchen.

Here is a sneak peek of Louis’ vision for it.

 

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Drawing by Louis Nequette

 

Who doesn’t love a great sketch- and a great kitchen, right?!

Originally,  the kitchen was very modern in design and you can see from Louis’ drawing that he is bringing it more in line with the architecture of the home.  It reminds me a little of a French bistro with the marble countertops and walls, custom marble/iron shelving,  glass cabinetry, and the incredible view into a quaint courtyard.

This house will be filled with beautiful finishes and details throughout, and I am excited to begin sharing this project with you.

Stay tuned as I keep you informed on the progress….

 

Dana

 

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It Turned Out Beautifully!

I thought I would give you a quick update on the stairwell in my client’s new home.

If you recall,  Dungan Nequette’s talented Chad Martin of The G Brand helped us with designing the pattern.    This home has a French feel, and I knew I wanted a design with soft lines and one that would blend in with the walls in this enclosed space.

If you follow us on social media, you have probably seen this drawing.

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Drawing by Chad Martin

The majority of it was installed today, and it turned out beautifully!   We are still missing a few transition trim pieces, but look how gorgeous it is, and it’s not even painted.

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I can visualize how this area is going to look with some artwork and a gorgeous runner, and I am pleased!

Have a great day, everyone!

Dana

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Happy Birthday, America!

It’s time to light up the grill, hit the beach or pool, and buy some fireworks because it is the week of the Fourth of July!

I’m celebrating the holiday at the beach with my family and am looking forward to some rest and relaxation.  Lots of family, friends, and making some good memories.

 

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Happy Fourth of July,

Dana

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A Fun Project Coming To An End

If you follow us on social media, you have seen us post pictures of a new construction project we have been working on this past year.    I  have been meaning to share them with you, and as this project comes to close, it is time!

This new house, soon to be home to a fun and really nice couple,  has been a project I have enjoyed tremendously.   We have described it as “snappy casual”- a home not too serious but still maintains a sense of formality,  soft lines, classic materials, and eye-catching details.  This couple has been open to new ideas, which has in turn produced a much prettier home in the end.

I am going to show you some transgression photos of a few areas and details in this home.   Barrett Architecture has done a great job drawing the plans and you can look their site here.  The home is going to be gorgeous when all is said and done!!

Let’s start with the family room as Abbey checks the framed dimensions against the plans….

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This room will be painted a bone color with a gray undertone.   The texture of the wood will appear but the walls will read as painted.

The kitchen and family room were drawn as one really big space.  We decided to add an opening to break down the feel of one large room.  What do you think?  Keep in mind the cased opening will be painted the same color as the walls.

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Off of the family room is a gallery.  Notice what we added at each end to shorten the long hall.

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We added this deep opening on each side of the gallery

 

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In the middle of the “x” will be a beautiful gilded sconce.

 

I have to include some pictures of a few of the cabinetry details in this home.   Notice the soft curves included throughout.

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Master bath cabinetry

 

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Love this marble backsplash with the soapstone countertops

 

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A few of the kitchen cabinetry details

 

I couldn’t end this post without mentioning the stairwell.   We wanted to do something a little different but that would still blend with the walls in this enclosed area.   Here is what the painted stairwell we created will look like:

 

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Drawing by the talented Chad Martin of The G Brand

The panels are going to be made up of laser cut panels overlayed over one another, with all of them will be painted the same color as the walls and trim.

Here is a mock up (not to scale) of what the trim carpenter built so we could have a visual.

What do you think?

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This home is about a month away from completion.  As I take photos, I will try to be better about posting in a timely manner.

Take care and have a great day-

Dana

 

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Father’s Day Inspiration

I don’t know about you, but shopping for a Father’s Day gift can be somewhat of a challenge for me.

The dads in my family never seem to ask for much and that can sometimes be hard when trying to find a gift.

I can always give the classics like a tie, a garden tool, or an iTunes gift card.  But this year I want to give a more unexpected gift that they really wouldn’t buy themselves.

In my quest to find some creative gift ideas,  I’ve put together a list of suggestions that I think will help turn your father’s Father’s Day into more than just another day.

 

Club W

Club W is the best way to get acquainted with cool quality wines.  Based on a palate profile test completed at sign-up, the Club makes personal recommendations that are  home-delivered for tasting. https://www.clubw.com/wines/

 

Jawbone UP

UP® is a system that takes a holistic approach to a healthy lifestyle. The wristband tracks your movement and sleep in the background. The app displays your data, lets you add things like meals and mood, and delivers insights that keep you moving forward. http://jawbone.com/store/buy/up24

“Smokin” Recipes

From the time he was old enough to stoke a pit, Mixon learned the art of barbecue at his father’s side. He grew up to expand his parent’s sauce business, Jack’s Old South, and in the process became the leader in competitive barbecue. After three world championships and more than 180 grand championships, he is now the breakout star of TLC’s BBQ Pitmasters. http://www.amazon.com/Smokin-Myron-Mixon-Winningest-Barbecue/dp/0345528530/ref=zg_bs_4246_1

Barons Baseball Tickets

The Barons take on the Montgomery Biscuits at 3:00 Sunday. What better way to honor your dad than to spend time together as a family at the ballpark? http://www.milb.com/schedule/index.jsp?sid=t247

Backup Iphone Battery

Ever since Spring Break 2013, this accessory has become one we’re addicted to in our family.  This backup battery goes everywhere, and it’s a great way to recharge on the go. https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/accessories/tech/PRDOVR~22072/22072.jsp

I hope these ideas help you find the perfect gift for your father.

Have a great day, everyone!

dana

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What A Difference A Plan Makes- Part One

I thought it might be fun to look at a few BEFORE and AFTER pictures of the home featured in TradHome (click here to see the full article) to see why I took the design approach I did for this project.  This is going to be in two posts, so here goes part one….

When the homeowner first contacted me, she was frustrated.   She had purchased a few pieces that did not fit in her home and she wanted to unify her choppy, cluttered, mismatched home.  She wanted it to reflect their fun personality, but she also wanted it to feel calm, cohesive, and be a place to retreat from their hectic lifestyle.

Below is the foyer, which sets the tone for the home.  As you can see, there wasn’t much to the existing space, other than a rug too big for the space.

 

BEFORE

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BEFORE- the foyer

 

 AFTER

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AFTER- the foyer

The space is tiny, but you can see we added quite a bit of warmth without overcrowding the area.

We painted her existing console table because the size was good for the space.  Everything else was added.   What was once a cold, mismatched space now feels warm and pulled together.

Know what my favorite thing is in there?  The cast baby foot of one of her now teenage girls…  How sweet is that touch?!

The foyer opens up into the living room, which was a walk-through space for the family.  Imagine an 18 x 24 room of basically wasted space they never used.

Here is the BEFORE of the living room:

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BEFORE- the living room

 

AFTER

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AFTER- the living room

 

I wish I had a picture to the right of the sofa in the bay window.  Not only did we create a great place to lounge, we also included a second seating area with the sofa and two chairs.

 

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AFTER- the living room

 

The homeowners have several collections- from crosses from oncology patients, to tons of family photos, to baseballs from their favorite major league teams.  They had them spread throughout several rooms with no order to them at all.

I incorporated their momentos in a way that is cohesive and tidy.

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Before- the study

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AFTER-the study

 

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AFTER- the study

 

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Notice the grouping of family photos and the shadow box of the baseballs?  Now they hold special meaning and are focal points in this home.

Stay tuned for part two as I will talk about the master, family room, and kitchen.    This transformation is amazing- not only aesthetically, but how this home functions for this busy family of five.

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Quick Tips For Creating a Warm, Inviting Foyer

I thought you might enjoy a few tips for creating a foyer in your home that sets the tone for the rest of your house.

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It isn’t hard to do, as long as you follow these simple principles.   Watch this video here from my latest television segment from NBC-13 Daytime Alabama with Wendy Garner and let me know how your foyer evolves.

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Have a great day, everyone.

Dana

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TradHome Is Live!

As I have mentioned several times, I was featured in Traditional Home  as a New Trad Designer to watch in 2014.

I hope you have had a chance to read the May issue of TradHome.   If not, the online magazine is now live. Check it out at http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/2395d069#/2395d069/240.

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Stay tuned as we are working on a post that will go into detail on the transformation of the home.

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Visit HunterDouglas/TraditionalHome to cast your vote.  You can vote once a day per email, so the more you vote, the more chances you have to win.   The contest will run through July 17th.

 

Enjoy your day,

Dana

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