Posted in Happenings In LA, Happenings in Ventura County, Kitchen Tours, NKBA, Working with a Kitchen Designer

Save the Date: Professional Designers Host 4th Annual Tour of Kitchens


Ventura County, CA (October 18, 2009)- While the weather is “hot, hot, hot” in September, mark your calendars in October when balmy temperatures return that make living here in Southern California so desirable. A perfect time to attend the 4th Annual Tour of Kitchens to be held on Sunday, October 18, 2009 – 10 am to 5 pm, organized by the local chapter of the National Kitchen and Bath Association. The Tour of Kitchens will be twice as fun in 2009 because we’re going to double our territory. This year will be TWO tours- One in Santa Clarita Valley and the other in Ventura County.

So how does one experience a home tour? Ronni Fryman, Chairperson of this year’s tour advises, “I always like to gather my favorite pals into a carpool to make a day of it. We start at one house and work our way through each and every one – stopping for a nice lunch in the middle. We always have a vote at the end of the day for which home was our favorite, which one we could move right into and which had the most innovative features.” Other people may enjoy meeting the designers, artists and contractors who planned and built the projects. “I guarantee everyone will walk away with several new ideas that they will want to incorporate into their own homes.” Unlike reading a magazine for ideas, the best part about attending our tour is you will see architectural styles that are likely to be similar to your home.

The Tour of Kitchens’ projects may be reviewed on the NKBA-ccv website and tickets for
the event may also be ordered online. Tickets are $20 for advance sales and $25 on the day of
the tour. For more information, please go to www.NKBAccv.org.

The Tour of Kitchens is a charitable event benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County and Michael Hoefflin Foundation for Children’s Cancer. The 2009 tour will be held on Sunday, October 18 from 10 am to 5 pm.

About the National Kitchen & Bath Association
The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is a non-profit trade association that has educated and led the kitchen and bath industry for more than 45 years. With over 40,000 members and growing, the NKBA owns the Kitchen/Bath Industry Show & Conference (K/BIS®). The mission of the NKBA is to enhance member success and excellence, promote professionalism and ethical business practices, and provide leadership and direction for the kitchen and bath industry. For more information, visit www.NKBA.org

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Posted in Historical Influence, Kitchen Tours, Kitchen Trends, Paint, Style Notes

Subtlety: The Master in Design

I love detail. Who doesn’t.

Detail, well crafted can exude an enormous amount of interesting features without becoming overwhelming. The beauty of detail is found in the subtlety of design and the ability to interpret regional influences.

A master at quiet detail is Doug Durbin, award winning designer, and co-founder with brother John Durbin, of NuHaus Kitchen and Bath Design. His ability of layering wood species in a space is absolutely striking but never loud. So subtle are the transitions, similar to a painting, there is a nuance you may not observe upon first viewing. Return again, and a new detail will present itself that you hadn’t noticed before. To me, that is the inspiration of good design.

SubZero has an excellent video series featuring award winning projects with a commentary from client, designer and design commentary from leaders in the kitchen and bath design world.
Please visit SubZero.com/trade/tradevideos.aspx to visit Doug Durbin’s featured video.

Posted in Historical Influence, Kitchen Tours, Kitchen Trends, Paint, Style Notes

Subtlety: The Master in Design

I love detail. Who doesn’t.

Detail, well crafted can exude an enormous amount of interesting features without becoming overwhelming. The beauty of detail is found in the subtlety of design and the ability to interpret regional influences.

A master at quiet detail is Doug Durbin, award winning designer, and co-founder with brother John Durbin, of NuHaus Kitchen and Bath Design. His ability of layering wood species in a space is absolutely striking but never loud. So subtle are the transitions, similar to a painting, there is a nuance you may not observe upon first viewing. Return again, and a new detail will present itself that you hadn’t noticed before. To me, that is the inspiration of good design.

SubZero has an excellent video series featuring award winning projects with a commentary from client, designer and design commentary from leaders in the kitchen and bath design world.
Please visit SubZero.com/trade/tradevideos.aspx to visit Doug Durbin’s featured video.

Posted in Celebrity Kitchens, Humor in the Kitchen, Kitchen Sociology, Kitchen Tours, Kitchen Trends, White Kitchens

Isaac Mizrahi in the Kitchen at Epicurious.com

I have to tell you, I cracked up and giggled most of the way as Isaac gives us a tour of his kitchen. His frenetic energy is the equivalent to a double shot of espresso. Check out the video link at the side bar on the left or visit http://video.epicurious.com/.

Lessons learned from Isaac:
We can all learn to live with a little dirt.

Secrets kept:

The contents of his refrigerator.

Favorite features in his kitchen:

His commercial faucet, his enamel white cabinets, the prep sink, his white Le Creuset cookware and home made mint chip ice cream.

Really a fun and creative man, definitely one you would want at a dinner party. Isaac shows that style does not mean we have to break the bank. Splurge where it’s worth the investment, (the appliances and cabinets), and spend a little less in easy care changeable dinner ware and accessories that can change easily as the mood or holiday dictates.

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Posted in Celebrity Kitchens, Glamour, Kitchen Sociology, Kitchen Tours

This weeks featured celebrity kitchen: Colin Cowie

Last week we toured Moby’s compact kitchen and discovered his favorite appliance: the microwave. A kitchen space that works well for a musician who spends most of his life traveling.

This week we take a tour to Colin Cowie’s kitchen through the web link at Epicurious. http://video.epicurious.com. Colin’s kitchen is the epitome of a well defined kitchen space, perfect for entertaining. Notice the grey stained oak cabinets. Very sophisticated.
Enjoy the tour. For more tours visit http://www.Epicurious.com or click on the side bar link.

Posted in Green Design, Happenings in Ventura County, Kitchen Tours

Fresh perspectives.

What’s in a kitchen tour?

This weekend, the Central Coast and Valleys Chapter of the NKBA held it’s third annual Kitchen Tour. What is better than an interactive tour? See the kitchens, talk to the designers, open the drawers, get a chance to see the latest innovations in cabinets, appliances and advancements in eco-friendly products. It is a once a year opportunity that beats any visit to a showroom or looking at a magazine. Walking through a newly remodeled kitchen is a sensory experience.

A live demonstration from the EasyCleanHome team was on hand at Home # 6 on the Tour, my client’s own kitchen. The science behind the nanotechnology demonstration is the coolest thing to watch. It is not really a “new” product, it has been tested and used in aerospace, defense and motor sports. A non toxic, non staining coating that bonds with the surface, providing a anti-microbial, super-hydrophobic surface. A product that repels water, contaminates have nowhere to absorb into, what can be better than that for easy maintenance? What a better idea than to use this technology on residential surfaces such as granite, stone, stainless steel and glass.

The NKBA Tour of Kitchens was held in nine homes throughout Ventura County varying in style from 1950’s California Ranch to 1980’s tract homes. The following photos are the entries from myself and my associate Liz Tiffin from Westside Remodeling.
Enjoy viewing the transformation!

BEFORE

AFTER

Kitchen shown above was treated with Easy Clean/ Green Life Coatings.
The stainless steel sparkles. Finger Prints wipe right off the stainless.

BEFORE

AFTER

BEFORE

What’s really great is to watch the expression of surprise in the neighbor’s faces, standing in the kitchen looking at the transformation, maybe thinking what “could be” for their kitchen. This is a Morrison Ranch Tract Home. From Tract to Terrific!

AFTER

BEFORE

AFTER

BEFORE

AFTER
Posted in Green Design, Happenings in Ventura County, Kitchen Tours

Fresh perspectives.

What’s in a kitchen tour?

This weekend, the Central Coast and Valleys Chapter of the NKBA held it’s third annual Kitchen Tour. What is better than an interactive tour? See the kitchens, talk to the designers, open the drawers, get a chance to see the latest innovations in cabinets, appliances and advancements in eco-friendly products. It is a once a year opportunity that beats any visit to a showroom or looking at a magazine. Walking through a newly remodeled kitchen is a sensory experience.

A live demonstration from the EasyCleanHome team was on hand at Home # 6 on the Tour, my client’s own kitchen. The science behind the nanotechnology demonstration is the coolest thing to watch. It is not really a “new” product, it has been tested and used in aerospace, defense and motor sports. A non toxic, non staining coating that bonds with the surface, providing a anti-microbial, super-hydrophobic surface. A product that repels water, contaminates have nowhere to absorb into, what can be better than that for easy maintenance? What a better idea than to use this technology on residential surfaces such as granite, stone, stainless steel and glass.

The NKBA Tour of Kitchens was held in nine homes throughout Ventura County varying in style from 1950’s California Ranch to 1980’s tract homes. The following photos are the entries from myself and my associate Liz Tiffin from Westside Remodeling.
Enjoy viewing the transformation!

BEFORE

AFTER

Kitchen shown above was treated with Easy Clean/ Green Life Coatings.
The stainless steel sparkles. Finger Prints wipe right off the stainless.

BEFORE

AFTER

BEFORE

What’s really great is to watch the expression of surprise in the neighbor’s faces, standing in the kitchen looking at the transformation, maybe thinking what “could be” for their kitchen. This is a Morrison Ranch Tract Home. From Tract to Terrific!

AFTER

BEFORE

AFTER

BEFORE

AFTER