kitchen DESIGN | the HOME KITCHEN Reno Reveal!!

I cannot BELIEVE it!! It’s the BIG REVEAL for the Home Kitchen design & completion! Six LONG Months Later … Was it REALLY?!Now that it’s done, it feels like just a week ago we were demolishing our 17-yr old Kitchen… Somewhat anti-climatically, the final touches were drowned in stressful missed deadlines and last-minute installs. Baseboards…

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KBIS Kitchen Industry Show 2021 Re-Cap

It was a crazy VIRTUAL version of the annual Kitchen (and Bath) Industry Show this year – but much learning was still had despite the technical difficulties! KBIS 2021 KBIS – the annual Kitchen and Bath Industry Show – was entirely Virtual this year due to the continuing pandemic. Which had both pros and cons.…

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KITCHEN design | IGTV with Meme Brooks

Hang out with myself and Meme Brooks of Meme Brooks Design on Kitchen Design + Dining Decor, purposeful design and working with what you have!

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kitchen DESIGN | Dining Room Reno REVEAL

I’m so excited to reveal the new Dining Room Renovation! A big part of doing the Kitchen Reno was getting this space ready first and I’m really happy with the results! About Freakin’ TIME! I can’t BELIEVE IT!I’ve been planning out the designs of our ‘dream Dining room’ for ABOUT A DECADE, but logistically it…

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Appliance Decisions – the CALIBER Range

THE single biggest factor in your Kitchen build/reno are your Appliance Decisions! I’ll run through all of mine in another post, but for now I’ll chat about why I chose a Caliber Range. WHELP!I did it.I’ve officially JUMPED into this Kitchen Reno!The new Fridge/Freezer, Range, Hood Fan and Dishwasher have been put on order, while…

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KITCHEN outlook | Celebrating Home While in Quarantine

No doubt it’s an interesting time around the world right now. With everyone in quarantine, we’re having to focus sharper inward while still standing strong with the city / country / world we love. If there’s a silver lining, for me, it’s an opportunity to genuinely celebrate HOME. We are lucky. VERY lucky. We more…

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today’s KITCHEN | Quarantine Eating – Week Two

Better late than never! This was last weeks ‘Quarantine Eating’. I’ve been so busy cooking, I’m behind! I’m as stubbornly determined as ever to make my way through at least one of our freezers and the pantry. I feel like it’s a losing battle, trying to eat our way through this COVID-19 quarantine. Yesterday I…

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KITCHEN outlook | Cooking as a Therapeutic Way to Cope with Stress

It’s not surprising at all that Cooking can relieve stress. The therapeutic actions of cutting, chopping and stirring combined with the bright colors and interesting textures have long benefited my own mental health. What could be a better way to relax and breathe during the current pandemic quarantine, especially when time currently isn’t as big…

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Tips to Shop + Eat Efficiently During a Quarantine

That is the strangest title I’ve honestly ever written! But – so relevant. Not just for the current Coronavirus, but really any kind of local or global happening that could have a similar effect on our human way of life, bringing us to some sort of quarantine. Good thing I’ve got some tips for you…

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Quarantine Eating during Coronavirus – Week One

Needing some food ideas / tips for this crazy, quarantine time-out? It just feels strange writing that… But this is our world as of March 2020, I suppose. I’m very fortunate in general – I have a warm house to seclude in, work I do from home, and 3 freezers worth of food to get…

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ENTERTAIN | Creating a ‘Mini-Oasis’ Dinner Party!

Do your “open plan” spaces sometimes feel a bit TOO open for intimate dinners? Feel like just being cozy for a night? I have just the solution! Sometimes my house is too full of LEGO and Nerf Bullets and I really don’t want to clean it ALL just for one dinner, or I’m just too…

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about last NIGHT | 20.11.15 Seasonal Duck Breast Dinner

Learning how to adapt your favorite proteins into every seasons fresh fruit and veg is a HECKYEAH! If you’ve been reading (and I SEE YOU all clicking that ‘follow’ button!! Heeeeey!!), you know I love cooking with Duck Breast. I love the taste, I love that ducks are infinitely more sustainable than cows as far…

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alison’s KITCHEN reno | Being of Vintage + Modern

The essence of modern = simplicity, clean, defined, precise.The essence of vintage = storied, slightly damaged/chipped.Seemingly at odds… So how do we best mix these two styles in our own Homes + Kitchens? I have a vivid memory of biking through the rivered Dordogne region of Southern France, past all the old, white-stone houses set…

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about last NIGHT | 20.03.01 Mix n Match Cooking

Are you a menu-planner, or a wing-it kind of person?I’m definitely somewhere in between – I start out all plann’y, but always end up winging it. Sometimes it works, but sometimes I could have used a little more planning LOL. There was no rhyme or reason for Sunday’s dinner for 10 – just things I…

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kitchen DESIGN | VEGAS KBIS 2020 Part Three – Inspiration

Who doesn’t love a bit of INSPIRATION now + then?! As part of the KBIS’ (Kitchen Bath Industry Show) national convention recently in Las Vegas, I attended as many of the show floor talks as I could, hoping to learn what I could about Kitchen Design and the coming decade of this Industry. Topics ranged…

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about last NIGHT | 20.02.23 Chiles Rellenos

It isn’t every night a world-famous Artist of proud Mexican heritage offers to teach you an authentic dish! Ok, so it happens this is our third such meal, but who’s counting?! Bring.Em.On. After the lovely Miriam Aroeste had led previous dinner crowds through Tortilla Soup (and yes, we crisped all the tortillas ourselves!) and Pozole,…

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kitchen DESIGN | The Paralysis of ‘Trend’ vs the Freedom of Style

Do you love to follow all the latest trends?Do you consider yourself a trend-setter or a trend-follower? I was jotting down a bunch of ‘all things kitchen’ ideas to muse about in 2020 as I rang in the New Year, and stopped to realize that not once did I consider anything to do with ‘trends‘.…

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today’s KITCHEN | Liver ‘n Beets

Some days you just KNOW you need as much iron as possible, and this was one of those days. I’ve learned over the years to listen to my body – to when it’s extra EXTRA fatigued and tired, especially. I tend to be low in two things – hydration (DUH) and iron (also duh). I…

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kitchen DESIGN | VEGAS KBIS 2020 Part Two – New Products

For colleagues, some of the things that might be NEW to me as I start this Kitchen Designer journey might not be so new to them, but it was definitely fun to check out some real stand out products amongst the 600+ booths at the latest KBIS Conference! I’m excited to learn more about Fisher-Paykel,…

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kitchen DESIGN | VEGAS KBIS 2020 Part One – First Impressions

WELL, that was M A S S I V E to say the least! My venture out to KBIS (Kitchen & Bath Industry Show) in Las Vegas last week to learn whatever I could about Kitchen Design definitely embarked on a complete sensory overload experience LOL. In addition to it being my very first visit…

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