In addition to being a Kitchen Designer, McKenzie Architectural Kitchens founder Donald McKenzie is a licensed architect. With each kitchen he creates, Donald applies the design principles he gained through years of architectural experience. Kitchens tend to be overlooked by many home builders. This is where Donald thrives. Architects pay great attention to detail, and Donald applies that same ideal to his kitchen designs. Using a skilled and tenured approach, he is able to guide his clients through the intricate process of creating their dream kitchen. MORE!
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Michael Clare, owner of Clare Frame & Art, is often called “the framer’s framer.” Projects that make other framers shake in their boots are Michael’s delight. He loves the challenge.
This job provided plenty of challenge with very satisfying results.
Susan Norman, Susan Norman Interiors, brought the idea to Michael of creating cabinets to store and display her Paradise Valley client’s collection of sports jerseys.
Michael created the frames:
- 31″ width x 34″ height x 2-3/8″ depth.
- There are 4 rare earth magnets set into the front portion of each frame which allow for this front part to be removed to insert a jersey into a frame.
- Each jersey is draped on an acrylic hanger which slides in and out of its frame.
He then worked with Asher Cole to build the cabinets to hold the frames.
- There are two cabinets with each containing 30 frames.
- Each cabinet measures 80-1/2″ in width, 41-1/2″ in height, and 35″ in depth.
Approximate Time it took to:
design: 3 weeks
test: 2 weeks (working with Asher Cole)
build: 4 weeks
install: 6 hours
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Two groups of patients in a nursing facility were included in a study to determine whether a responsibility as simple as caring for a plant made a difference in their health.
Each senior in the study, conducted by E.J. Langer and J. Rodin and published in 1976 in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, selected a plant from a large box. In one group, the staff member who cared for the person took care of the plant. In the other group, the person who chose the plant took care of it.
After 18 months, the group that took care of their own plants showed improvement in a wide variety of physical and mental health measurements, as well as becoming significantly more active and involved with others. What was most remarkable was that the mortality rate in the plant-care group was only half that of the other group!
We don’t know if it was having responsibility, as the researchers concluded, or attention to life, or building a relationship with a living thing that made the difference.
I’ve had many clients cringe at the thought of having to care for plants. In many cases, this reaction is because of the disappointment that comes with having plants die. Plants in a home environment are not the same as plants in a greenhouse. Plants deteriorate in a home because of the lack of UV light and moisture. Caring for a plant is not as difficult or mysterious as it seems. The key is a little knowledge of two critical plant needs: Light and water.
When buying a plant, ask if the plant requires low, medium, or bright light. Before placing the plant, check to see what direction the nearest window is facing and if there is an overhang keeping the sun’s light from entering the room.
Next, make sure you have a water gauge to check the plant and be sure to use it each time before watering. Your finger can not go deep enough or be sensitive enough to know. Most plants die from over watering, not under watering. Under watering can be more easily reversed but over watering is usually detected after it is too late.
It’s important to remember that plants do not have to live forever. We buy fresh flowers knowing they will only last a short amount of time. Plants, too, have a limited life span. When a plant begins to look distressed, it is time to purchase a new one.
A room is not complete without at least one living plant in it. Be willing to take care of it, buy the appropriate plant for the light that you have and baby it if necessary.
Rooms Have No Feelings, YOU Do!
Michell Brown, founder of Dynamic Mobility Training, shows us how to start our day to have more energy all day long.
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There is no better way to recommend the correct products or technology that you desire than seeing the actual space or environment where they will exist. Jerry’s Audio Video will do an in-home consultation to understand your exact wants and needs. This process allows them to educate you about all of the possibilities with a personalized experience every time. MORE!
Everyone dreads painting. Probably one of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make is what color to use. Then you will wonder if it would work to paint some rooms a different color. You might want an accent wall or maybe faux finishes. Should the ceiling be the same color? What about the baseboards and doors and jambs? These are opportunities to be daring and creative. Your home could be transformed without having to buy anything new.
Choose a key color—your rooms can have a different energy simply by the choices you make when selecting color. Think about the feeling you would like in each room and coordinate the color with the feeling it gives you. And, never paint a room without first testing it in a few places or use a color you have only seen on a small 1-inch piece of paper.
When adding a second color, pick a dominant hue you can repeat in accessories or already have in your accessories. For example, an accent wall can be the keynote and be picked up again somewhere else in the room with an object on a table or in a fabric. You can hang a picture on one color wall that picks up the color from the other wall. This reinforces both colors and gives you the opportunity to introduce a third color for accent or relief.
Painters love to paint ceilings white no matter what the color of the walls which is a pet peeve of mine. I believe that will only make your eye go to the ceiling.
Color consultant Jill Pilaroscia encourages people to view the ceiling as a fifth wall. “If you use a color on your ceiling, you can make a room feel taller, more intimate or more interesting,” she says. When you paint the ceiling the same color as the walls be sure to reduce or lighten the color by about one-half.
The most fun I have with clients when painting is when I suggest painting an accent wall a dark color. They always worry the wall will close in the room, but when you place furniture or a picture in front of the dark wall, it will recede, making the space appear bigger, dramatic and more interesting.
Paint will express you and your furnishing in a special way. It can be cozy, dramatic, or soothing. It will always make a statement. No matter what color you choose, the walls and rooms don’t care (or won’t react to) what color paint you use, you will! Remember, rooms have no feelings, you do!
This series was inspired by our current engagement with social media. Instagram and other platforms have connected us to people we like, people we’ve come to love, people we don’t truly know, and people we hope to know more intimately. Exploring this idea has revealed that we are perhaps all connected, and that there’s someone you know in these drawings, as well.
Danielle Kump is an artist, teacher + culinary madcap. She experiments with new formats for building community in the form of both solo and collaborative art projects in addition to facilitating a variety of culinary experiences. She lives online @danimadethis.
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Area rugs act as filters for dust and allergens and are actually good for your health. We all need to change our air filters from time to time in our home because they trap dirt and maintain the indoor air quality. Think of an area rug the same way. For optimum health, you need to replace your air filters in your home every 3 months or so. Luckily it’s not too expensive to have them replaced. On the other hand, replacing an area rug doesn’t come that cheap. Cleaning it is your best option and regular, thorough vacuuming and washing of your rugs is essential. Visit member Azadi Fine Rugs for a marvelous selection. MORE!