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    Luxury Fabric and Wallpapers for Kitchens

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

    Luxury fabric and wallpapers for kitchens is a trend I’m seeing  along with a major comeback of wallpaper in the entire house.
    Who wouldn’t love to have dinner around this table of jewel tones, a little patterned elegance and a bit of gold. Over the holidays I got thinking ….why do we only bring our best tables settings out just on the holidays. Life is short…. so I say use the china to make a beautiful any night of the week for no other reason than beauty.
    Welcome to my newly renamed blog “MADE FROM SCRATCH” a collection of writings…

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    Kitchen Design Network Holiday Ticket Give Away To Camp Tobi Fairley

    Wednesday, November 20, 2013

    The Kitchen Design Network Ticket Give-Away is here for Tobi Fairley’s Getting Published and Social Media Strategy .
    You have 3 more days to enter to win.
    Go to the Kitchen Design Network ( my new joint venture business with CA. designer Lori Gilder) Home page and  subscribe to our site.
    We’re giving one lucky winner a ticket  to a 3 day seminar sure to help you boost your design business.
    Click on the image and subscribe to the site at the KITCHEN DESIGN NETWORK

    Last week I was in Little Rock, AR as part of a business mentoring group…

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  • Project Design 2013 Renovates The Ronald McDonald House in Haute Style

    Tuesday, October 15, 2013

    Project Design 2013 Renovates The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island in Haute Style.
    It reopens this week after getting an incredible makeover by some of the countries finest interior designers. I had the privilege along with a group of local design bloggers, writers and photographers for a sneak-peek as the home was getting  some final touches before it’s Gala Opening last Thursday evening and a weekend show house open to the public. As with other trips of a similar “more meaningful” nature , I just can’t write about it straight away. It takes me a little time to think…

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  • Color Inspiration, Kitchen Bedroom and Bathrooms

    Tuesday, September 24, 2013

    Color inspiration for Kitchens, Bedrooms and Bathrooms comes from so many places. I love the connection of the fashion world and it’s influence on home design. No matter what type of design you’re in, I believe ultimately we’re all in the fashion business. Some of us dress people and some of us dress homes. Today marks the launch of the addition of custom bedrooms and master suites to my design services along with kitchens and bathrooms. I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time but have just been too busy to pull it all off (on Sunday Oct…

    Read More
  • Kitchen Design Blogging and Brand Relationships

    Thursday, September 19, 2013

    Kitchen Design Blogging and The Brands I write about is the purpose of my post today. Why?
    Because last night I attended the NY Cottages and Gardens First Annual Interior Design Awards Show, an addition to their popular CT C& G Annual  Design Awards for CT. It was a picture perfect beautiful night, although I’ve always thought that the fall in NYC  is magical and the nights breathtaking.So heres the scoopee (my favorite @tkpleslie, aka a Leslie Carothers word) regarding my writing, the brands and what the relationships are all about.
     
    I attended this dinner as an invited guest…

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  • FOOD 52- Provisions – My Favorite New Food Site

    Friday, August 30, 2013

    Photo/ Provisions
    Happy Friday friends. I have a million things (probably too many) on the agenda for this Labor Day weekend and one of them is learning to can.
    I recently discovered a new food blog FOOD52 – Provisions with food images so rich and mouth-watering (not to mention all their gorgeous kitchen paraphernalia) that I just had to share this site with those of you who may not know about it. Many of you may be surveying your summer garden and are beginning to contemplate what can be salvaged. I encourage you to try your hand at canning.
    Provisions…

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  • Summer Picnics

    Summer Dining Al Fresco – Keep It Simple

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

    Summer Dining Al Fresco is at it’s best right now here in the Northeast.
                                                                                                               Photo via The Sweetest Occasion
    It’s the perfect time to call your friends and the neighbors you haven’t seen since you were shoveling out this past winter  (40″ here in Hamden, CT. in one storm…completely hideous) and invite them over for a simple, casual backyard picnic or dinner under the stars.To my snow loving friends and skiers….I’m sorry but y’all know I’m a warm weather girl. It was my son, living in sunny San Diego that called me and told me how much snow we actually …

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  • August in Low Country- The Sweet Taste of Summer

    Friday, August 2, 2013

    AUGUST in Low Country and it’s beauty will soon be upon me. I’m counting the days until I get there to do more exploring in a place I’ve come to love over the years. It’s more about a way of life or what I refer to as “Pride of Place” a sense of belonging found in abundance in the South. Here summer begins in April and ends in October. What’s not to love about that? What I feel here isn’t always tangible but it’s a feeling. It’s that simple.
    Photo via Celia Dunn/Sotheby’s Low Country
    If you haven’t been, get…

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  • LSU Pride – Rachel Canon Lewis,”The New Tiger In Baton Rouge”

    Sunday, July 21, 2013

    Rachel Canon Lewis, the “New Designig Tiger” in town, where LSU pride and tiger mania is life and life… is all about the tiger.
    Rachel is founder and lead designer at SoHaus, a Baton Rouge, LA. Interior Design Firm whose hosting  ”Design Confidential”an Interior Design Workshop.
    My trip this past week to Memphis as an invited guest of Brizo, makers of luxury faucets for kitchens and baths is winding down but not without alot to share.  After leaving Memphis  on Friday, I hit the open road to drive to Baton Rouge ( a bit longer than I thought) but none…

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  • Quietness of a Buddha

    Friday, July 12, 2013

    The Buddha has always been a symbol of peacefulness and contemplation for me, although while I’m not a Buddhist , I do find it to be a very quieting vision. Today is simply a day for quiet contemplation for a very dear friend who will be laid to rest today.His life touched many, his family was the biggest source of pride and joy and his vision, guidance and impact on those he cared about will be with us for the rest of our lives.
    Have a peaceful journey my friend, Godspeed.…

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Wolf Kahn Color Study

Wolf Kahn Color Study was a must today. When in need of sunshine I look to art and color to pick me up. header-1 It’s a dreary winter Saturday here in Connecticut so naturally my guy and I are looking for something interesting to do. He’s trying to drag me away from my humble little “art studio” so we’re going to head into the city tomorrow to see the Vermeer Exhibit at the Frick Museum that we’ve been wanting to get to since the fall. But today, in need of some “happy” color I began looking at artists whose work really makes me happy. I am always chatting about how and where designers find their inspiration and for me one of those places is art. I tend to love artists who take realistic subjects and make a grand gesture by interpreting that subject in a whole new light through their use of color. Impressionism!  This is why I love the work of Wolf Kahn. I was introduced to his work from my mom who was an incredible painter herself. Many of you know my mom passed away last year with a lot of painting left  to do. In one of her last conversations with my son, also a painter, she told him she still had alot to do, so I suppose we now need to carry the torch and both of us need to get back to painting if only for an outlet from daily life and to explore hidden passion and talent. While living in Westport, CT many years ago, I took my mom to a Wolf Kahn exhibit for her birthday. You’d have thought she was a teenager going to see the Rolling Stones. So this post today is to my mom and happily painting in heaven. I thought I’d share some of my favorite pieces of Wolf Kahn’s work with you. Art can be like school, often it just takes that one teacher or mentor to flip the light switch. If you don’t understand or appreciate art yet, keep looking. You’ll find an artist or a style that ignites interest and passion to learn more. I tend to follow artist who paint subjects that interest me. For Wolf Kahn, it’s barns, landscapes and seeing them in rare color. Enjoy your Saturday . Move outside your comfort zone and see what’s at your local museum today, go to a new coffee shop, lunch at a new cafe. I hope these colorful works of art from Wolf Kahn help you see your Saturday in new way and inspire your new spring wardrobe or a piece of art. 21127042_1_l   wolf-kahn-4.jpg?w=820   large   KahnWolf.RedBarnsinRain.2002.pastelonpaper.13x18   DavidRichard_Wolf-Kahn-Untitled   art-landscape-paint   forsythia   WK_Red_Ground_Gray_Sky_213070

Jan
3

Lynda Quintero Davis – A WOW Woman to Follow

Life is getting VERY busy with many new and exciting local design projects along with the official 2014 launch of my new business, the KITCHEN DESIGN NETWORK with my partner Lori Gilder from L.A. This morning I took a few minutes to catch up on…

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Jan
1

Luxury Fabric and Wallpapers for Kitchens

Luxury fabric and wallpapers for kitchens is a trend I’m seeing  along with a major comeback of wallpaper in the entire house.
Who wouldn’t love to have dinner around this table of jewel tones, a little patterned elegance and a bit of gold. Over the…

Read More
Kitchen Design Network
Nov
20

Kitchen Design Network Holiday Ticket Give Away To Camp Tobi Fairley

The Kitchen Design Network Ticket Give-Away is here for Tobi Fairley’s Getting Published and Social Media Strategy .
You have 3 more days to enter to win.
Go to the Kitchen Design Network ( my new joint venture business with CA. designer Lori Gilder) Home…

Read More
Oct
15

Project Design 2013 Renovates The Ronald McDonald House in Haute Style

Project Design 2013 Renovates The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island in Haute Style.
It reopens this week after getting an incredible makeover by some of the countries finest interior designers. I had the privilege along with a group of local design bloggers, writers and…

Read More
Sep
30

Kitchen Design- It’s All About Planning

Happy Monday friends.
What a gorgeous weekend we had here in the Northeast and a forecasted warm week ahead. I’m simply not ready for fall because I just love the warmth of summer and long days at the beach. But since fall has officially begun,…

Read More
Sep
24

Color Inspiration, Kitchen Bedroom and Bathrooms

Color inspiration for Kitchens, Bedrooms and Bathrooms comes from so many places. I love the connection of the fashion world and it’s influence on home design. No matter what type of design you’re in, I believe ultimately we’re all in the fashion business. Some of…

Read More
Sep
19

Kitchen Design Blogging and Brand Relationships

Kitchen Design Blogging and The Brands I write about is the purpose of my post today. Why?
Because last night I attended the NY Cottages and Gardens First Annual Interior Design Awards Show, an addition to their popular CT C& G Annual  Design Awards for…

Read More
Sep
17

Thos. Moser-All American Beauty

Thos. Moser furniture is the quintessential “All American Beauty”
As a kitchen designer for the past 18 years I’ve been familiar with and appreciated this furniture line for many years and I’m happy to say that some of his pieces are in a couple of…

Read More
Aug
30

FOOD 52- Provisions – My Favorite New Food Site

Photo/ Provisions
Happy Friday friends. I have a million things (probably too many) on the agenda for this Labor Day weekend and one of them is learning to can.
I recently discovered a new food blog FOOD52 – Provisions with food images so rich and…

Read More
Summer Picnics
Aug
20

Summer Dining Al Fresco – Keep It Simple

Summer Dining Al Fresco is at it’s best right now here in the Northeast.
                                                                                                           Photo via The Sweetest Occasion
It’s the perfect time to call your friends and the neighbors you haven’t seen since you were shoveling out this past winter  (40″ here in Hamden,…

Read More
Aug
2

August in Low Country- The Sweet Taste of Summer

AUGUST in Low Country and it’s beauty will soon be upon me. I’m counting the days until I get there to do more exploring in a place I’ve come to love over the years. It’s more about a way of life or what I refer…

Read More

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Jan
18

Wolf Kahn Color Study

Wolf Kahn Color Study was a must today. When in need of sunshine I look to art and color to pick me up. header-1 It’s a dreary winter Saturday here in Connecticut so naturally my guy and I are looking for something interesting to do. He’s trying to drag me away from my humble little “art studio” so we’re going to head into the city tomorrow to see the Vermeer Exhibit at the Frick Museum that we’ve been wanting to get to since the fall. But today, in need of some “happy” color I began looking at artists whose work really …

Jan
3

Lynda Quintero Davis – A WOW Woman to Follow

Life is getting VERY busy with many new and exciting local design projects along with the official 2014 launch of my new business, the KITCHEN DESIGN NETWORK with my partner Lori Gilder from L.A. This morning I took a few minutes to catch up on some blogs I enjoy reading and one that I was wowed by was Lynda Quintero Davis  of FOCAL POINT Styling. What a year she’s had, I was blown away to see all that she’s done. I haven’t found the time yet to do my year in review yet so I though I’d share her’s with …

Trellis_Barkground_Paradise_Background_Traditional_Home
Jan
1

Luxury Fabric and Wallpapers for Kitchens

Luxury fabric and wallpapers for kitchens is a trend I’m seeing  along with a major comeback of wallpaper in the entire house.
Who wouldn’t love to have dinner around this table of jewel tones, a little patterned elegance and a bit of gold. Over the holidays I got thinking ….why do we only bring our best tables settings out just on the holidays. Life is short…. so I say use the china to make a beautiful any night of the week for no other reason than beauty.

Welcome to my newly renamed blog “MADE FROM SCRATCH” a collection of writings …

Kitchen Design Network
Nov
20

Kitchen Design Network Holiday Ticket Give Away To Camp Tobi Fairley

The Kitchen Design Network Ticket Give-Away is here for Tobi Fairley’s Getting Published and Social Media Strategy .
You have 3 more days to enter to win.
Go to the Kitchen Design Network ( my new joint venture business with CA. designer Lori Gilder) Home page and  subscribe to our site.
We’re giving one lucky winner a ticket  to a 3 day seminar sure to help you boost your design business.

Click on the image and subscribe to the site at the KITCHEN DESIGN NETWORK

Kitchen Design Network

Last week I was in Little Rock, AR as part of a business mentoring group …

Oct
15

Project Design 2013 Renovates The Ronald McDonald House in Haute Style

Project Design 2013 Renovates The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island in Haute Style.
It reopens this week after getting an incredible makeover by some of the countries finest interior designers. I had the privilege along with a group of local design bloggers, writers and photographers for a sneak-peek as the home was getting  some final touches before it’s Gala Opening last Thursday evening and a weekend show house open to the public. As with other trips of a similar “more meaningful” nature , I just can’t write about it straight away. It takes me a little time to think …

Sep
30

Kitchen Design- It’s All About Planning

Happy Monday friends.
What a gorgeous weekend we had here in the Northeast and a forecasted warm week ahead. I’m simply not ready for fall because I just love the warmth of summer and long days at the beach. But since fall has officially begun, I intend to embrace it and start cooking more than I do in the summer months. I’m thinking about yummy soups, stews, braised dishes and cold weather foods. I love a spontaneous get together as much as anyone but if you love to cook then you know that planning ahead is everything and can make …

Sep
24

Color Inspiration, Kitchen Bedroom and Bathrooms

Color inspiration for Kitchens, Bedrooms and Bathrooms comes from so many places. I love the connection of the fashion world and it’s influence on home design. No matter what type of design you’re in, I believe ultimately we’re all in the fashion business. Some of us dress people and some of us dress homes. Today marks the launch of the addition of custom bedrooms and master suites to my design services along with kitchens and bathrooms. I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time but have just been too busy to pull it all off (on Sunday Oct …

Sep
19

Kitchen Design Blogging and Brand Relationships

Kitchen Design Blogging and The Brands I write about is the purpose of my post today. Why?
Because last night I attended the NY Cottages and Gardens First Annual Interior Design Awards Show, an addition to their popular CT C& G Annual  Design Awards for CT. It was a picture perfect beautiful night, although I’ve always thought that the fall in NYC  is magical and the nights breathtaking.So heres the scoopee (my favorite @tkpleslie, aka a Leslie Carothers word) regarding my writing, the brands and what the relationships are all about.

 

I attended this dinner as an invited guest …

Sep
17

Thos. Moser-All American Beauty

Thos. Moser furniture is the quintessential “All American Beauty”
As a kitchen designer for the past 18 years I’ve been familiar with and appreciated this furniture line for many years and I’m happy to say that some of his pieces are in a couple of my clients kitchens. 40 years in the making, Thos. Moser’s reputation has been built on the  finest handcrafted furniture, known for its elegant simplicity , rich materials and timeless design. It is sure to become the next generation’s heirlooms.
Seriously though, you can choose a piece, any piece and find something to love or admire …

Aug
30

FOOD 52- Provisions – My Favorite New Food Site

Photo/ Provisions

Happy Friday friends. I have a million things (probably too many) on the agenda for this Labor Day weekend and one of them is learning to can.
I recently discovered a new food blog FOOD52 – Provisions with food images so rich and mouth-watering (not to mention all their gorgeous kitchen paraphernalia) that I just had to share this site with those of you who may not know about it. Many of you may be surveying your summer garden and are beginning to contemplate what can be salvaged. I encourage you to try your hand at canning.
Provisions …

Summer Picnics
Aug
20

Summer Dining Al Fresco – Keep It Simple

 Summer Dining Al Fresco is at it’s best right now here in the Northeast.

                                                                                                           Photo via The Sweetest Occasion

It’s the perfect time to call your friends and the neighbors you haven’t seen since you were shoveling out this past winter  (40″ here in Hamden, CT. in one storm…completely hideous) and invite them over for a simple, casual backyard picnic or dinner under the stars.To my snow loving friends and skiers….I’m sorry but y’all know I’m a warm weather girl. It was my son, living in sunny San Diego that called me and told me how much snow we actually …

Aug
2

August in Low Country- The Sweet Taste of Summer

AUGUST in Low Country and it’s beauty will soon be upon me. I’m counting the days until I get there to do more exploring in a place I’ve come to love over the years. It’s more about a way of life or what I refer to as “Pride of Place” a sense of belonging found in abundance in the South. Here summer begins in April and ends in October. What’s not to love about that? What I feel here isn’t always tangible but it’s a feeling. It’s that simple.

Photo via Celia Dunn/Sotheby’s Low Country

If you haven’t been, get …

Jul
21

LSU Pride – Rachel Canon Lewis,”The New Tiger In Baton Rouge”

Rachel Canon Lewis, the “New Designig Tiger” in town, where LSU pride and tiger mania is life and life… is all about the tiger.
Rachel is founder and lead designer at SoHaus, a Baton Rouge, LA. Interior Design Firm whose hosting  ”Design Confidential”an Interior Design Workshop.

My trip this past week to Memphis as an invited guest of Brizo, makers of luxury faucets for kitchens and baths is winding down but not without alot to share.  After leaving Memphis  on Friday, I hit the open road to drive to Baton Rouge ( a bit longer than I thought) but none …

Jul
17

BRIZO Faucets- Smart Technology – A Mothers Dream

Brizo, the luxury division of Delta faucet has graciously extended another wonderful design trip to me and the other Blogger19 (some 100) design bloggers from around the country who have taken part in Brizo’s famed Fashion Week with Jason Wu and lived to blog about it. What a great time that was.  This time the fun is happening in Memphis, TN. So most people think of  only a few things when they hear Memphis and that’s…..B.B. Kings, Jazz Music and Barbecue.

One of the other reasons Brizo has brought us here is to meet some wonderful people at St.Jude Children’s …

Jul
12

Quietness of a Buddha

The Buddha has always been a symbol of peacefulness and contemplation for me, although while I’m not a Buddhist , I do find it to be a very quieting vision. Today is simply a day for quiet contemplation for a very dear friend who will be laid to rest today.His life touched many, his family was the biggest source of pride and joy and his vision, guidance and impact on those he cared about will be with us for the rest of our lives.

Have a peaceful journey my friend, Godspeed.

Buddha- Quiet Contemplation

Historic Home in Provincetown's West End
Jul
4

Provincetown – Independence Day of Pride and Place

Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United Statescommemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from theKingdom of Great Britain. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues,carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the National Day of the United States.[1][2][3]

Happy Fourth of July all, or better yet Happy “Independence Day”

This morning, when thinking …

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