What’s in your junk drawer?

April 7th, 2007 § Leave a Comment


Here is a fun link to Chow.
I swore when I moved, I would not have a junk drawer ever again. Alas, I needed a place for the miscellaneous stuff that gets shoved in there such as coupons, dead bolts, unoccupied key rings I can’t throw away.

What’s in your junk drawer?
For those of you suffering from “junkdraweritus”, please visit “Organizing A Junk Drawer”.

What’s in your junk drawer?

April 7th, 2007 § Leave a Comment


Here is a fun link to Chow.
I swore when I moved, I would not have a junk drawer ever again. Alas, I needed a place for the miscellaneous stuff that gets shoved in there such as coupons, dead bolts, unoccupied key rings I can’t throw away.

What’s in your junk drawer?
For those of you suffering from “junkdraweritus”, please visit “Organizing A Junk Drawer”.

It’s All Custom

April 7th, 2007 § Leave a Comment


Regardless if the cabinet budget calls for stock, semi-custom or custom, each kitchen cabinet order takes the same proper planning, time, & patience. Your cabinet order goes through several hands before it is delivered to your home. Starting with the preliminary dimensions for the order, we have an estimator who measures your kitchen for all the details we need. There will be several design consultations with me; some where I meet you at your home, some at my showroom. How many design appointments depends on several factors: how decisive the client is, or at what stage I am hired with respect to engineered blueprints; are the blue prints preliminary before plan check and permits? Or has construction begun and the job is now in framing? (At what stage you hire a kitchen designer I will leave for another topic). Once the dimensions are confirmed, I design and prepare the drawings for your signature approval. Then the drawings get sent to our construction department for installation verification. A second measure is conducted to verify the dimensions. Then the cabinet purchase order is generated and faxed to the cabinet manufacturer. The manufacturer processes the order in “order entry”. The manufacturer has another person review the order, calls me if there are questions and then faxes back an acknowledgment to me. I check it and have my design associate double check it. I fax back an approval and once in production the people making your cabinetry interpret the order. Then it gets shipped and delivered.

So when you thought you had just a simple stock order, we still must give it the same attention to detail because in reality every kitchen is built to order.

At each step there’s a potential for error. We try very hard to avoid all errors on our end and to work with cabinet manufacturers who make the fewest possible errors, and help to fix the ones that happen. I worry when a client is in a rush, being pressured by their contractor, waiting till the last minute to order cabinets because fast tracking an order can lead to errors. You don’t want to rush through a cabinet order like a check out line at the market. When planning your kitchen allow your self plenty of time to make decisions at your pace.

It’s All Custom

April 7th, 2007 § Leave a Comment


Regardless if the cabinet budget calls for stock, semi-custom or custom, each kitchen cabinet order takes the same proper planning, time, & patience. Your cabinet order goes through several hands before it is delivered to your home. Starting with the preliminary dimensions for the order, we have an estimator who measures your kitchen for all the details we need. There will be several design consultations with me; some where I meet you at your home, some at my showroom. How many design appointments depends on several factors: how decisive the client is, or at what stage I am hired with respect to engineered blueprints; are the blue prints preliminary before plan check and permits? Or has construction begun and the job is now in framing? (At what stage you hire a kitchen designer I will leave for another topic). Once the dimensions are confirmed, I design and prepare the drawings for your signature approval. Then the drawings get sent to our construction department for installation verification. A second measure is conducted to verify the dimensions. Then the cabinet purchase order is generated and faxed to the cabinet manufacturer. The manufacturer processes the order in “order entry”. The manufacturer has another person review the order, calls me if there are questions and then faxes back an acknowledgment to me. I check it and have my design associate double check it. I fax back an approval and once in production the people making your cabinetry interpret the order. Then it gets shipped and delivered.

So when you thought you had just a simple stock order, we still must give it the same attention to detail because in reality every kitchen is built to order.

At each step there’s a potential for error. We try very hard to avoid all errors on our end and to work with cabinet manufacturers who make the fewest possible errors, and help to fix the ones that happen. I worry when a client is in a rush, being pressured by their contractor, waiting till the last minute to order cabinets because fast tracking an order can lead to errors. You don’t want to rush through a cabinet order like a check out line at the market. When planning your kitchen allow your self plenty of time to make decisions at your pace.

Inspirational backsplashes

April 7th, 2007 § Leave a Comment





Here are some back splashes I came across today at Inspirational Backsplashes. Great source for looking at several styles all in one place. If glass is more your thing take a look at what Moondani Glass Design is up to. WoW!

Inspirational backsplashes

April 7th, 2007 § Leave a Comment





Here are some back splashes I came across today at Inspirational Backsplashes. Great source for looking at several styles all in one place. If glass is more your thing take a look at what Moondani Glass Design is up to. WoW!

Spring Cleaning

April 7th, 2007 § Leave a Comment


Now that you are waiting for the demolition date, this is a perfect opportunity to consider getting rid of items that you don’t use any more. One persons trash is another persons treasure. Before you decide to discard your bulky item, please consider reuse and/or recycling options. Review the links to the County’s “Thrift and Consignment Directory” and “The Recycling Guide” on Ventura County’s Government Resources web site.

Did you know that as of 2000, 18 states have enacted landfill bans for appliances, meaning that they will need to be recycled. The purpose of these bans is to extend the life of the nation’s landfills and encourage private industry and public sector to implement recycling of these goods. Mars Ventura offers a service that enables the customer to rid themselves of unwanted appliances. It also appeals to the environmental conscience customer by offering them an alternative to recycle instead of disposing them in the landfill. A recycling source for your unwanted appliances. Who knew?

Spring Cleaning

April 7th, 2007 § Leave a Comment


Now that you are waiting for the demolition date, this is a perfect opportunity to consider getting rid of items that you don’t use any more. One persons trash is another persons treasure. Before you decide to discard your bulky item, please consider reuse and/or recycling options. Review the links to the County’s “Thrift and Consignment Directory” and “The Recycling Guide” on Ventura County’s Government Resources web site.

Did you know that as of 2000, 18 states have enacted landfill bans for appliances, meaning that they will need to be recycled. The purpose of these bans is to extend the life of the nation’s landfills and encourage private industry and public sector to implement recycling of these goods. Mars Ventura offers a service that enables the customer to rid themselves of unwanted appliances. It also appeals to the environmental conscience customer by offering them an alternative to recycle instead of disposing them in the landfill. A recycling source for your unwanted appliances. Who knew?

What’s in your drawers?

April 5th, 2007 § Leave a Comment


Once a client decides to hire me, I go through a programming stage that helps me determine the best way to organize the layout. When I visit your existing kitchen, I look for clues. I like to think that my job is a little like being your cabinet doctor. Are your drawers over flowing with multiples of cooking utensils that makes it hard to find the one you need at the moment you need it? Are cooking utensils contained in a large round ceramic container on the counter collecting dust? Do you have every conceivable gadget but can never find the carrot peeler? Are your oils in a cabinet above the hood and hard to reach? There was a recent article in Kitchen and Bath News that indicated women buyers, more so than men, place a higher value with internal components that make a kitchen more efficient. Kitchens that are organized to suit your family’s needs will add efficiency and changes the way you work in your kitchen. Any one who is trying to get a meal prepared for a family can testify to this! Here are some of my favorites from Blum, Rev-A-Shelf, Kessebohmer.






What’s in your drawers?

April 5th, 2007 § Leave a Comment


Once a client decides to hire me, I go through a programming stage that helps me determine the best way to organize the layout. When I visit your existing kitchen, I look for clues. I like to think that my job is a little like being your cabinet doctor. Are your drawers over flowing with multiples of cooking utensils that makes it hard to find the one you need at the moment you need it? Are cooking utensils contained in a large round ceramic container on the counter collecting dust? Do you have every conceivable gadget but can never find the carrot peeler? Are your oils in a cabinet above the hood and hard to reach? There was a recent article in Kitchen and Bath News that indicated women buyers, more so than men, place a higher value with internal components that make a kitchen more efficient. Kitchens that are organized to suit your family’s needs will add efficiency and changes the way you work in your kitchen. Any one who is trying to get a meal prepared for a family can testify to this! Here are some of my favorites from Blum, Rev-A-Shelf, Kessebohmer.






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