Author Archives: shannondelvecchio

15 popular countertop materials

When remodeling a kitchen, choosing a material for the countertops is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. It’s a big part of the visual impact; and once you start cooking, it’s the surface you’ll interact with the most! … Continue reading

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fresh ideas for outdoor living

Mmmm… the weather’s getting warmer and it’s time to think about sprucing up our outdoor living areas. And there are some great new outdoor furniture pieces on the market right now! All you ocean-lovers out there might want to check … Continue reading

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kitchen garden ideas

I really enjoyed this this new Ideabook on Houzz, showcasing lots of innovative products for growing herbs and spices either right inside your kitchen, or just outside on a patio or deck. Check it out!

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lighting art properly

Have you ever noticed that the pretty girls are more likely to wear a touch of makeup and have nice clothes? The ones who don’t even need it, you think. But reality is this: so often they look amazing *because* … Continue reading

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I want to love this, but…

I admit there’s something I don’t love about the toilet (that’s the part on the right) being so visually connected to the place where you Brush your Teeth. Having said that, it’s definitely a great design in a lot of … Continue reading

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control the heat from your iPhone and more!

Last month, I came down with an awful case of the stomach flu. Lying there queasily feeling tired and weak, I really wished I could turn up the heat from an app on my iPhone. In that particular moment, getting … Continue reading

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World’s Coolest Offices 2012 (from Inc. Magazine)

  These 20 offices are some of the world’s best-designed and most awe-inspiring. Ping-pong tables and bright plastic furnishings are so 2011. This year, the companies with impressive digs have taken a more nuanced approach to giving their employees a … Continue reading

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2012 Kitchen Design Trends

 Reinventing the hood One of the most striking visual changes we’re seeing in next-generation kitchens is that ventilation hoods are turning into works of art. That’s not a crystal chandelier in the photo above – it’s a stove hood! Now, … Continue reading

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shop local on Etsy for holiday gifts

Do you love the idea of buying local, but find it hard to forgo the convenience of shopping online? Me too. Which is why I’m super-excited about my latest discovery: shopping local on Etsy. Here’s a quick sampler of holiday … Continue reading

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living walls

Living walls are cropping up all over the Bay Area! Vertical expanses of greenery provide a restful connection to nature without taking up too much space. They also require less water than horizontal gardens. The living wall at left serves … Continue reading

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