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Cooking up ideal kitchen


Cooking up ideal kitchen

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Cooking up ideal kitchen
News from Chicago Tribune:

Every summer, House Beautiful magazine erects a pavilion in New York’s Rockefeller Plaza and asks a renowned designer to make his or her ideal kitchen come to life there for a week. Called the Kitchen of the Year, it is open to the public as a demonstration kitchen and a showplace.

Unveiled in July, the 2012 Kitchen of the Year was created by Mick De Giulio of de Giulio kitchen design, based in Wilmette. De Giulio, an A-lister in the kitchen design world, is sought after by individuals and companies worldwide.

De Giulio offered tips on how to make your next kitchen more livable, functional and beautiful using the Kitchen of the Year as an inspiration.

Choose a theme. When starting a new kitchen project, come up with a theme that will guide your choices.

De Giulio’s Kitchen of the Year was inspired by the casual aesthetic of a Scottish fisherman’s cottage.

“The structure they gave me was a pavilion,” De Giulio said. “It was a little bit like a cottage, so I went with that idea. It informed all my decisions.”

The subtle, casual, clean look of a seaside cottage was achieved through deft layering of textures and materials in a serene, whitewashed color palette, De Giulio said. Sleek, snow-white appliances, pristine countertops and luxurious tiles contrasted with rustic and nautical light fixtures. A wood-beamed ceiling and d…………… continues on Chicago Tribune

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More apps in the house
News from Kansas City Star:

Angie Zarrillo moved into her first house this year, a fixer-upper built in 1923 near the Independence Square with hardwood floors and a breakfast nook. So far, the handiest tool for renovations hasn’t come from a kitchen drawer or the garage, but inside her purse.

Zarrillo uses mobile applications — commonly called apps — on her smartphone to select paint colors, discover ways to rework flea market furniture and learn quick fixes to common household challenges.“I type in a problem and find an answer,” says Zarrillo, a family and consumer science teacher at Truman High School. “For example, ‘How do you clean paintbrushes?’ ” Solution from the app: a simple mix of water and dish soap with a picture of Dawn detergent.Michael Gillingham-Ryan, founder of the blog Apartment Therapy, says home-related apps have changed since they were new to the scene three or so years ago. “They’ve always had a fun factor, and the promise was good, but now they deliver on it,” he says. For example, using your phone as a level to hang pictures or to do woodworking has moved beyond gimmick to functional. “The iHandy Carpenter app is really like a pocket Swiss Army knife of measuring tools.” The other innovation that has affected home-related apps is the tablet computer, introduced two years ago with the iPad. The screen is larger than a phone’s, yet the computer is lightweight enough to…………… continues on Kansas City Star

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