February 17, 2019

Designing a Kitchen for an Older Home

Like many small hamlets in the Susquehanna Valley, Mechanicsburg Pennsylvania boasts an idyllic town center with dozens of charming, older homes. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, our borough features historically significant architecture dating back to both the American Revolution and the Civil War. While not all eighty or hundred-year-old homes In Mechanicsburg are worthy of a historic designation, Mechanicsburg’s older homes still bring happiness to their owners and deserve the love and […]
October 2, 2018

Glass-Front Cabinets Set This Kitchen’s Style

from Houzz by Erin Carlyle on September 26, 2018 Kitchen at a Glance Size: 183 square feet (17 square meters) Location: Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania Designer: elizaBeth Marcocci, CKD of Mother Hubbard’s Custom Cabinetry Photos: Bob Skalkowski Prior to its renovation, this kitchen in an 1879 Pennsylvania home lacked counter space and had no range hood, and the finish on the cabinets was peeling off. There was a large window-like opening in a wall that ate up […]
November 20, 2017

Kitchen Corner Cabinet Storage Solutions

Virtually every kitchen has one, and yet most homeowners wish they didn’t. What am I referring to? The dreaded corner cabinet! Corner cabinets, especially base cabinets, are often called the Bermuda Triangle of the kitchen. It’s where mono-tasking appliances, football-shaped cake pans and anything else not used frequently finds its final resting spot. Technically, it’s understandable why corner cabinetry has gotten such a bad reputation. First, a person’s comfortable reach is a bit under two […]
October 10, 2017

Creating an Open Concept Kitchen

If you live in a home that was built twenty or more years ago, chances are that at the top of your must-have list is a desire to open up the kitchen to an existing living or dining space. The days when kitchens were seen primarily as a utilitarian space are long gone. Today many view the kitchen as the center of the home for both daily living and entertaining. If you’re looking to improve […]
August 20, 2017

Super-Sized Tile Is In For All Kitchen Surfaces

Susan Bady, writer for the Professional Remodeler magazine and website, was kind enough to quote me in her article, Miles of Tiles.  Susan speaks to the trend of large format tile being used in typical areas, such as on the floor, but also on backsplashes as well as under cabinetry. One of the more typical installations for glazed tile is on a kitchen floor.  However, the newest sizes and styles of tile can make your […]
April 2, 2017

A Wine Lover’s Space on Any Budget

Nothing suggests luxury living more completely than a wine cellar. Images of redwood racks along the walls holding dozens or perhaps hundreds of bottles can transport your imagination to a top New York restaurant or Northern California winery. Here in Pennsylvania, despite the state’s arcane liquor laws, there is strong interest in spaces and dedicated rooms that focus on the grape. When clients ask me, “how much does a wine cellar cost?” I smile and […]
February 17, 2015

Kitchen and Bath Design 2015 – What’s Hot, What’s Not

Dave Swanson of Reviewed.com was kind enough to interview Maria Stapperfenne and me during the hugely successful KBIS 2015. In his article, Kitchen and Bath Design in 2015—What’s Hot, What’s Not, Dave wanted the NKBA take on design trends for the new year. We were happy to respond by sharing some of the results from the NKBA’s annual design survey.  The first five highlights of the survey include: Transitional and contemporary design continue to rise in popularity The […]
January 30, 2015

10 Home Design Trends to Ditch in 2015

Ilyce Glink, writing for CBS Money Watch, was kind enough to ask for my opinion on trends that are on there way out in 2015.  Along with two other contributors, Kerrie Kelly and Amy Yin, Ilyce came up with a top-ten list in her article, 10 Home Design Trends to Ditch in 2015.  My contributions to the article include: Desks in kitchens Microwaves above the kitchen range Whirlpool tubs Ten years ago over half of the […]
March 11, 2014

Top 10 Kitchen Upgrades

Hannah Wigton, writer for Susquehanna Style, spoke with me about the Top Ten Kitchen Upgrades that a homeowner might consider. I thought the article was really well done, and her top-ten list includes: Contrasting cabinetry Old fashioned flooring Carefree countertops Innovative islands Smart sinks and faucets Beautiful backsplashes Low energy lighting Surprising styling All-purpose appliances Multi-tasking tools – Charles Viancin Silicone Lid Susquehanna Style, “Top 10 Kitchen Upgrades”, September, 2013
March 2, 2014

What’s hot, what’s not in the American home

Lauren Beale of the LA Times provides her take on kitchen and bath design trends for 2014. She was kind enough to interview me at KBIS in February. The American home is continuing to get bigger Bathrooms – wall-hung floating vanities are “in” as are under-mount sinks, jetted tubs are falling out of favor, free-standing tub is in vogue, jets are desired in showers, which are becoming more luxurious Kitchen – paneled appliances that blend […]