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Welcome to the ‘Hood

By Lori Rodgers – I just reread the article I wrote in October. Toward the end, I wrote: “In as little as five or six weeks I’ll be cooking in my new dream kitchen.” Ha! Call me naïve. I like to think of myself as inexperienced. Whatever the terminology, I have learned a lot over the past four months. Completely remodeling a kitchen is a BIG job. Choosing appliances, cabinets, countertops, etc. is a lot of work. And...

Passion for Food

By Lori Rodgers – My passion for fine food began at an early age. I started reading Gourmet magazine when I was 8 years old. Much to my mother’s dismay, I loved to experiment with unusual combinations of the items in our refrigerator. And then I would do my best to convince my family members to taste these concoctions. The results weren’t always edible, but that didn’t stop me. The more complicated the...

When The Living is Easy – Outside

By Steven V. Philips – On the vast Philips estate we retain a duo of lads, though not exactly dynamic, to keep our pool from trending towards swampy. Lads? It is to snicker. A retired pizza chef and faux red-neck are our pool boys. Their work ethic is, let’s say, evenly paced. Weekly, or more accurately weakly, they skim possibly four small oak leaves off the top and seventy-two minuscule air-borne seeds off the...

Is Open Shelving for Your Kitchen?

By Steven V. Philips – Open kitchen shelving keeps nagging at me from the glossy pages of design publications. What is this no-doors nonsense? No doors? Really? Just your things out there, bare-naked? This design approach used to get me talking to myself. “Do you really want to show off your chipped, mismatched collection of random dinnerware?” OK, I may be a bit anal. But has anybody got such gorgeous dishes,...

Luxury Features for Your Kitchen

By Marsha Fottler – When today’s homeowners build new or commit to a grand renovation of a dated kitchen, they are increasingly seeking high-end luxury features to create a personal statement that merges form and function but definitely emphasizes dramatic stylistic statements. This is especially true in the open-concept kitchen that flows into other rooms of the home. This kind of kitchen looks more “furnished” than...

Trends in How We Live in Homes Today

By Steven V. Philips – In my part of the world new home construction is blooming. And booming with the 10,000 baby-boomers retiring who each day (that’s e-a-c-h) changing the way model homes and floor plans look. Boomer attitudes about easy living and their wish lists are showing up in the new housing that they’re buying and helping to design. Definitely, as you have probably already heard on the...
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