June 2009

Recently I did an interview on Bathonista website. Check it out and tell me what you think! But please, no brick throwing for my unforgiving diatribe about golden oak. Just say no to Golden Oak!! Keep your friends and family away from it! Don’t walk, run.

IF you must use oak, consider white oak or a rifted white oak as seen below in a pantry we did last year. (yes, it really is just a pantry but as big as my kitchen) Thanks goes to Paul, a fellow designer who made me chuckle tonight over one of his blogs about an oak kitchen. Read it but be warned, it is not for the feint of heart!!

Paul Anater

White rifted oak...about the only oak worth having

White rifted oak...about the only oak worth having

We used sliding doors in the pantry as the island made aisles smaller so this helped with passage space

We used sliding doors in the pantry as the island made aisles smaller so this helped with passage space


Pratt Institute of Design students were given the challenge of designing something worthwhile for one dollar. Some amazing results. Check out link at Fast Company’s site   Design for a Dollar slide show.

Some of these are quite impressive and inspiring! This is so what I love about the business…the constant inspiration and new ideas. It never gets old! Congrats to these students and thank you to Inhabitat for their inspiring website!

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They are not all created equal! One of my favorites is the Franke Orca stainless sink. This is 18/10 and 18 gauge

stainless steel. It also will fit in a standard 36 inch sink base cabinet. I love the single bowl but have found this is most definitely

one of those “personal preferences”. I will give clients my reasoning for a single bowl and get them to at least think

it through…perhaps challenge the status quo…but ultimately it is what the individual feels most comfortable with having.

HOWEVER, there is so much more to selecting a good kitchen sink.

Remember this: buy the best you can afford if you are going to install as undermount in granite, quartz or solid surface countertops. Once you install it, you are most likely

living with it for a long time as is very difficult to change out since so many have quite unique shapes. Faucets can be

changed easily with same hole configuration but sinks cannot.

Litvak Kitchen 14

Franke Anthracite Prep Sink

Franke Anthracite Prep Sink

 I recently read an article in New York Magazine about a designer/painter, Richard Lee who echos my sentiments on displaying artwork. (yes, I know this is off the beaten path of kitchens and baths but what the heck??) He validates my thoughts also about hanging artwork on dark walls. I have had this discussion several times with other designers as well as friends and of course, my hubby weighed in with his opinion: “Whatttttt do you mean we are painting the walls black???” Actually it is a color called andiron from valspar and it is a dark gray.

AND, I love it!

We painted it in our stairwell coming up from ground level to main floor and then hung much of my quite ecletic art work collection, including some of the girl’s young work, all up and down the walls. The dark walls really do make the artwork pop and is one of the few colors that I think goes well with the goldish travertine on the floor that hubby did prior to making my acquaintance. 🙂 Also, Richard says  “I want to be a minimalist and have nothing, and yet I love having all the things.” WOW! This is what I say too! I LOVE a sleek style and the less is more ideology however, I really do love my collections of “stuffs” and such. And, it gives me great joy to see them in my home.

So, I think the answer is when you love the minimalist look but also love “stuffs”  then consider clean and crisp groupings of things you love. I really have gotten a lot of pleasure from my new personal “art gallery” and I think friends have enjoyed seeing it all as well!  Below are a couple of pix from the article about Richard Lee.




3rd place and HM of ours (small bath category)1st place, 3rd place and HM (small bath category)
Enjoying Kohler hospitality!

Enjoying Kohler hospitality!

With the guys from Extreme Home Makeover

With the guys from Extreme Home Makeover

Elica Hoods

Elica Hoods

GE Recalls Ranges Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: GE Profile™ Freestanding Dual Fuel Ranges

Units: About 28,000

Manufacturer: GE Consumer & Industrial, of Louisville, Ky.

Hazard: The wiring in the rear of the range can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: GE is aware of 47 reports of overheated wiring, including 33 reports of wiring that caught fire. Of these, one fire caused structural damage to the home and there have been 14 reports of minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves GE Profile 30” Freestanding Duel Fuel ranges. The ranges were sold in white, black, bisque and stainless steel. The following model and serial numbers can be found on the left inside corner of the bottom drawer.



Brand Model Number Begins With: Serial Number Begins With:
GE Profile J2B900 LD, MD, RD, SD, TD, VD, ZD, AF, DF, FF, GF, HF, LF, MF
GE Profile J2B915 MF, RF, SF, TF, VF, ZF, AG, DG, FG, GG, HG, LG, MG, RG, SG, TG, VG, ZG

For more info:

GE Recall