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Solutions to a Common Design Dilemma

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You’ve moved into a new home whose kitchen was renovated by the prior owner. It has sleek stainless steel appliances, gleaming granite, and tile in like-new condition. It’s beautiful and state of the art, but let’s be honest: it’s not your taste. The cabinets, etc. are relatively new and it would be a waste to tear...

Smart Design

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In the era of smart phones and smart cars shouldn’t the design of our homes also be “smart?” And what does smart mean when referring to our homes? Let’s explore how we can use technology in the design and function of our homes.

When homeowners look to update or renovate their homes they begin by searching for ideas on the Internet. Only five years ago clients approached me with a wish list from magazine clippings. Now the ideas are transmitted in the form of links to online magazines, furniture stores, and home design and building websites. When starting a project either on your own or with a design professional, putting together a collection of pictures or websites that you...

A Little Bit Of This, A Little Bit Of That

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When cleaning out your freezer, it’s a great idea to keep a freezer inventory sheet on the front door of the freezer. That way you can write down what the contents are and it will keep you super organized. You can write the dates you placed your item in the freezer so you can assure it doesn’t stay there longer than it should. When cleaning out your freezer, it’s a good idea to spray the inside with Pam; it helps keep the frost away should you not have a self-defrosting freezer.

I like to use a wrinkle releaser …. Sometimes I put my Shabbos tablecloths on the table and they need a little pick me up. I make my own using water, liquid fabric softener, isopropyl alcohol and a spray...

Chanukah A Fun Holiday For All

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Hard to believe Chanukah is creeping up quickly. Here are some of my staple recipes I’d love to share with you.

Luscious Latkes

4 potatoes

1 small onion grated

4 eggs

1 scant cup flour

1/2 cup matzoh meal

1/4 cup corn oil

Peel and rinse potatoes. Grate by hand or with a food processor in a large bowl. Add the grated onion. Add the eggs and mix. Add about 1/4 cup of flour and stir. Add a heaping tablespoon of matzoh meal and another 1/4 cup flour and stir. Continue alternating flour and matzoh meal. Heat 1/4 cup oil in a pan. Add latke batter forming small pancakes until golden brown. I like to pre spray my pan with Pam before putting oil in. Drain on paper towels.

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Living Large in a Small Space

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I am often confronted with the challenge of how to make better use of small spaces. No matter how large or small our homes are, we always want to maximize our spaces visually and practically. Visually, there are tricks we can use to make a small room appear larger and function better. What we want is to get the most seating, the most storage, and the most functionality out of our rooms.

If you have a small living room or family room it is te:mpting to furnish it with just a few pieces of small-scale furniture. Logic tells you that this is all that will fit. However, good design has shown time and again that going with larger-scale furniture will visually trick your eye and make the...

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