May 22, 2019

Microwave Drawers Offer Improved Ergonomics, But at a Price.

Why invest a thousand dollars or more on an in-drawer microwave when you can purchase a perfectly serviceable countertop or above-range microwave for a few hundred dollars? That's what we're here to find out!
June 25, 2017

Pro-Style Design Cues Appearing on Affordable Appliances

Not so long ago if you wanted to feel the pull-weight of a four-foot bar of solid stainless steel when you opened your refrigerator, Sub-Zero, Thermador and a handful of other Super Premium appliance brands were your only choice. As the popularity of these items accelerated with their appearance on every luxury home and cooking show, mid-level brands swooped in to adopt these pro-style design cues. As Keith Berry suggests in his USA Today article, […]
June 27, 2014
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Kitchens and Baths Sporting Connectivity and Technology

Kitchens and Baths Sporting Connectivity and Technology The Miami Herald’s Elaine Markoutsas was kind enough to ask my opinion about kitchen and bathroom design and technology trends this year.  There’s no question that a contemporary aesthetic has become more popular and that technology is one reason why.  New high-tech appliances and fixtures with built-in connectivity seem naturally at home with a more contemporary look. While my clients in Hershey or Carlisle might not opt for the most minimal contemporary kitchen […]
April 19, 2014
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3 Reasons to Invest in Kitchen Cabinetry Before Appliances or Finishes

Over the course of 20 years, meeting with families who are looking to remodel their kitchen, I would guess nearly two-thirds start the conversation by sharing with me their must-have appliances and finishes.  Now, despite what you might think, homeowners in the communities I service like Hershey, Carlisle and York want the high-end brands like Sub-Zero, Wolf, Viking and yes, even La Cornue.  And finishes?  I’ve seen clients spend over $150 a square foot for […]
April 3, 2014

Your handbook for what’s hot and what’s not in kitchens and baths.

Dave Swanson writing for Reviewed.com interviewed me on the subject of what’s hot and what’s not for 2014. Rather than steal his thunder, I’ll tease you by suggesting that there’s a surprise in cooking appliances! Reviewed.com, “Your handbook for what’s hot and what’s not in kitchens & baths”, April, 2014
April 2, 2014

Large showers are in and bathtubs are out

Ann Hoak of Marketwatch penned an article that really covered a number of trends for 2014. Here’s punch-list of her thoughts: Large showers are often winning over bathtubs Microwave drawers are offering new convenience LED lighting is making better economic sense Style is trending towards the simple and contemporary Quartz countertops are gaining on granite Wall Street Journal Marketwatch, “Bathtubs are out, big showers are in”, April, 2014
April 1, 2014

The Kitchen Sink: Material and Design Trends in 2014

Stacy Williams, a special contributor to the granite industry trade publication, Slippery Rock Gazette, chatted with me about trends in sink materials. Here are the takeaways. Interior designers and product dealers are instrumental in influencing product trends, and NKBA is proud to disseminate that information. Most appliances and fixtures are becoming more minimalist in style. Overall NKBA expects more contemporary kitchens and baths, with clean lines and little ornamentation, along with universal design amenities and […]
March 1, 2014

Tomorrow’s Kitchens Will Be Connected to Your Devices

This USA Today article by Keith Barry not only highlighted the transition from cookbooks to tablets for cooks in the kitchen, but also the growing connectivity of appliances.  His take-aways included: People are increasingly using tablets, rather than cookbooks, to cook and companies are finding innovative ways to leverage that trend Connectivity for appliances is the next step towards the “smart kitchen” Inductive charging is coming to the kitchen counter, replacing the tangle of wires […]
January 30, 2014

Create a pro-style kitchen in your home

Mary Boone, writing for Zillow and Fox News, penned a really smart article on giving your remodeled kitchen that pro-style look. You’ll note even with a more traditional cabinetry style that you’re likely to find in Hershey or Carlisle, it’s still a great look. Touchless faucets, restaurant-style sprayer, pro-style sink with a deep, wide bowl with flat sides and slightly curved corners LED lighting, layers of light Increasing demand for gourmet kitchens that can accommodate […]
January 19, 2014

A New Sheen in the Kitchen as the Shine of Stainless Fades

NYSE’s Big Stage blog writer, Susan Caminiti, focused in on the changing tastes in appliances.  She asked me what I thought about the new slate of appliance colors coming from manufacturers.  Here are some takeaways from the article. warmer, more family-friendly feel in the kitchen. for those folks who don’t want the look of a commercial kitchen in their traditional home, we’re starting to see some nice alternatives. NYSE The Big Stage, “A New Sheen […]