Archive for the 'Kitchens' Category

Rate This Remodel: $20,000 Northridge kitchen

First, here are the facts: • The kitchen remodel in this 1971 Northridge tract house cost $20,000 and was done in three weeks. (Click on the photos to get a larger view)• Homeowner Dani Taylor did none of the work herself, but hired a contractor well known in the neighborhood.• Dani had many years to [...]

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Joni’s condo kitchen remodel: virtual backsplash tile

As Joni waits for her new backsplash tile to be delivered, and we all wait to see how it will look installed, clever POD Person* Mike did some computer magic to show us the end result. Above, on the right, you can see a representation of what Joni’s tile might look like up on the [...]

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Famous folks at home: quiz

Which TV design star owns this Los Angeles kitchen? What to notice: Ikea cabinets.Carrera marble counters.Subway tile backsplash.Cork flooring.Vintage stool.Really cool stove. Give it your best guess, then click here for the answer. See more famous folks at home

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Joni’s condo kitchen remodel: Picking wall color is not easy

Progress is being made on Joni’s condo kitchen remodel. See Joni and her nurse-friend Patti in their scrubs working on the kitchen. See the kitchen before any work was done. So far, the overhead cabinet that blocked the natural light has come down, and a fun s-curve track light has gone up. The boring wood [...]

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High-style kitchens, really weird staging

Perhaps the 348,000 visitors to the recent Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan, a showcase of new domestic furnishings, are way more arty than me. I say this because the wacky way this new kitchen is displayed, with green food-looking stuff strewn all over, does not appeal to me at all. Rather, I have a [...]

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Kitchen design with the dogs in mind

Here’s what I need: an entirely separate room for my Newfoundland mix Zeus — to bathe and dry him, feed and water him, and give him the high self-esteem a dog gets with his own space. This story, in the Hartford (Conn.)Courant, is about a kitchen remodel in which half the space was given over [...]

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Poll: Is contemporary style on the way out?

As shocking as it may seem to fans of young, hip, cool, midcentury contemporary design, this style will not be popular forever. Stick around on the planet for a few decades, and you’ll understand all too well that today’s "modern" is tomorrow’s "hopelessly dated." Whenever I find homeowners denigrating Mexican tiles or avocado green appliances [...]

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Joni’s condo kitchen: What to do about the window covering?

Six weeks into the part-time remodel, the two friends and co-workers at a surgical clinic — Joni and Patti — are getting down to the final touches on Joni’s kitchen. So far, they have: • Taken down a cabinet over the peninsula that was blocking natural light. • Added a mod s-shaped track light. • [...]

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Green deal of the day: Ecopod recycling center

Engineered right here in Southern California by BMW DesignworksUSA, the sleek Ecopod is a compact recycling center that makes crushing cans fun! Just drop one in the top, step on the lever, and c-r-u-n-c-h, it’s all over. The bottom holds the crushed cans while the top holds other recycling. At Gaiam.com, the regular price is [...]

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Condo kitchen remodel: Picking the palette

Here’s an update on the condo kitchen remodel being done, girlfriend style, by fellow nurses Patti and Joni. The two spent a few hours in surgical bonnets and surgical masks sanding the boxes of Joni’s cabinets. Patti took the doors home and sanded and primed them, laying them out on her kitchen counters to dry. [...]

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Blend your own glass tile

Do you ever feel “terminally unique?” I do. And that’s why blending my own glass tile backsplash is so appealing. Oceanside Glasstile of Carlsbad offers an online tool for mixing up the colors you like best. Here’s my favorite blend! It feels exciting to my bones. Granted, it’s not relaxing. It’s not classic. But, it’s [...]

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Designing a kitchen for different-height cooks

[UPDATE: After this post ran, which mentions Iris Harrell's Bay Area/Silicon Valley remodeling firm, I got a progress report from Iris. Since the time I heard her speak, she has grown Harrell Remodeling to 47 employees (well, they're more like owners, as this is an ESOP company, or one with an employee stock ownership plan), [...]

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Joni’s condo kitchen remodel: Loving the glazed green top coat!

Hi, Patti here, with an update. My friend Joni and I have decided to paint all of her cabinets green but leave some chocolate brown (base color) for relief on the kick plates and in a couple of mid-sections on the top cabinets. Painting the bottom cabinets first gave us a feel for how the [...]

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Joni’s condo kitchen: Painting the cabinets

Joni and her friend Patti, nurses in the same surgical clinic, are making good progress on Joni’s condo kitchen makeover. They have sanded the sheen off the lower cabinets and painted on a brown primer. Here, Joni brushes on a brown paint/glaze combination, and Patti is coming behind her and wiping it with a sport [...]

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Ask Kathy: Where to get started with a kitchen design?

Question: Your coverage in the L.A. Times and your blog have inspired my husband and I to move forward with purchasing a new house that has everything but one key feature: A Great Kitchen. In fact, the existing kitchen is barely bigger than the one I had in my college apartment. We have a fantastic [...]

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Dispatch from the kitchen and bath show

Kitchen designer Susan Serra, who writes an ever-inspiring blog called The Kitchen Designer, just got back from the Kitchen/Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Chicago and offered to share with Pardon Our Dust readers the five big trends she saw: 1. Green: This year, much more than last year, KBIS was nearly ALL about living in [...]

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Rock and roll kitchen remodel

You may have read the story about this Glassell Park kitchen remodel. You may have checked out details of the budget. Now, here’s the whole story in pictures, set to music. Enjoy. And if you’re doing a remodel, or will be soon, please take lots of photos so I can set them to music and [...]

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Joni’s condo kitchen: Choosing cabinet color and backsplash tile

After the overhead cabinet came down in Joni’s kitchen, and sunlight from the back yard flooded in, she said: Ten years! I’ve wanted to do that for 10 years! With a $1,000 budget, she wants to update and brighten the kitchen, giving it what she calls a coffee-house feeling of comfort. Now, it just looks [...]

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Remodeling trend: males abandoning man-caves?

Men, could this be true? You’re abandoning your man-caves for man-kitchens and man-patios? This emerging (get it?) trend was announced in a press release for ReVision, a remodeling company that won an award for the outdoor man-kitchen you see here. Todd Senft, from the Canadian remodeling company, said the project was created for “a young [...]

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Joni’s condo kitchen remodel: Light goes up, cabinet comes down

Patti here, blogging about the kitchen remodel I’m helping my friend and fellow nurse Joni accomplish in her SoCal condo. I blogged about the beginning of this project last week. On Saturday my husband, Gary, and I stopped by to help. And Joni’s next-door neighbor helped as well. I appreciate all your votes on the [...]

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