Monday, February 25, 2008

Previous Projects

Here are some exciting photos of kitchen projects from last fall which demonstrate some of my new and creative ideas. In one instance, I asked my counter fabricator if he would execute a laminate countertop with a Corian seal and a Franke undermount sink. It turned out looking great and functioning beautifully. It’s a great option for clients who can not afford the stone countertops yet want the undermount sink option.

Another thing I tried was Marmoleum flooring, which is a revival of linoleum from years past. It is a green product, made with linseed oil. I’d love to try it on counters in the future. Check out the colors at the Natural Built Home or Forbo websites.

The third kitchen I did was very fun for me because I got to incorporate a dining room into a new kitchen space while trying a more European concept. I used very little wall cabinetry and designed a large island with lots of drawers for dish storage. To break up the long length of the island, we added a floating glass bar tip with a chiseled and frosted edge. The teenage girls at this home ended up loving to hang out at the glass bar with their homework!

Lastly, I designed a very wide, deep and tall appliance garage with a stainless door. This feature can store a great many appliances on two shelves while being within easy reach of the tasks at hand! This is something I could incorporate with any cabinet line and in almost any kitchen. I’d love to try one that goes to the top of the cabinets!

Previous Picks of the Month



Looking for great holiday or hostess gifts? Vinaigrette offers wonderful balsamic vinegars and flavored oils from around the world. Visit the store at 50th and Xerxes in Minneapolis and sample before you buy – you’ll want to bring some home for yourself.


Artist Pamela Sukhum has a gallery in International Market Square in Minneapolis. I love the nature theme of her work and the bright, vivid colors.


Stephany Eaton of Painted Ambiance - I recently had the sheer joy of working with local artisan Stephany Eaton on two custom finishes in a client’s home. One project was a metallic Venetian finish on a plaster-wrapped hood and the other was a nearby powder room filled with tiny stripes. Stephany is incredibly talented and versatile; she tackles both small and unusual jobs as well as large, creative installations! Visit her website to see some beautiful photos of her work.


Looking for bright, fun rugs for your home? Try Nola Home in Minneapolis’ Bryn Mawr neighborhood for an eclectic, global mix of home d├ęcor and gift items. They’re having a sale this month, too!

Nola Home, 404 Penn Avenue S, Minneapolis 612-374-4066


Art-A-Whirl and Clay Squared to Infinity!
Check out Art-A-Whirl's website for a schedule of all the Art-A-Whirl events and Clay Squared to see some amazing handmade tile!


The 23rd Annual Mpls/St. Paul Home Tour • April 24th-25th
My award-winning kitchen and powder room will be on display!
1008 E. Minnehaha Parkway Minneapolis, MN 55417


Vinaigrette at 50th and Xerxes in Minneapolis. I love their specialty vinegars on everything. And you can try before you buy. What’s not to love? Visit their website for more information


Shower Shield “In 2000, a rock chipped Second Glassfounder Ron Sundholm’s windshield. At the repair shop where he had it replaced, Sundholm watched in dismay as the technician put his old windshield into a Dumpster. Out of school for the summer and working as a garbage collector, Sundholm already knew firsthand how many valuable materials get thrown out. “I thought, I’ve got to do something,” he says.”

“By 2006, he had developed a lamination process that secures old windshield glass into a completely safe, almost unbreakable panel—perfect for room panels, partitions and shower doors. "We call it functional art because each windshield has a different curvature, and they all come damaged differently,” he says. “They’re going to absorb and reflect light differently; every one of them is absolutely unique.”

Second Glass 24-by-64-inch frameless shower door (hardware included): $285 (plus shipping). (503) 750-3878

Robin Wilson Collection with Holiday Cabinets. I had the honor of meeting her last month and she is a very interesting designer from the East coast (originally from Texas) who is collaborating with Holiday Cabinets in Wisconsin to produce a Ecco-friendly line of frameless (European Style) cabinetry which are affordable and offer lots of "green" options!

"Minnesota Standard Showplace" for plumbing products.You can see many different showerheads actually spraying water to help you choose type for your bathrooms!

"Natural Built Home" for green products for your home. Marmoluem (lineloum) flooring is my favorite, and it can also be used for countertops.

Artists @ Northrup King Building, 1500 Jackson St NE, North East Minneapolis
Susan Voigt, Kelly Marshall & Calvin deRuyter

Tangletown Gardens, South Minneapolis We all need to start thinking about spring colors, flowers and plantings to energize our lives. This garden shop is unique, creative and colorful. They have a great Art and Garden tour in this summer on July 25th. Don’t miss it! It is a very fun and artistic tour!

Kelly Marshall Custom Woven Interiors, Ltd.
1500 Jackson St. NE Suite #386 Minneapolis, MN 55413
Kelly creates hand-woven rugs, table runners, throws, spreads, pillows and wall hangings based on Scandinavian design styles, Arts and Crafts textiles and Contemporary textiles. Her rugs and upholstery were featured on the cover of the October/November 2008 Twin Cities SPACES Places and Faces magazine.
She will next be exhibiting at the American Craft Council show in Baltimore, MD February 24th through March 1st the Baltimore Convention Center.


Handmade Tile Association LLC with the shop Clay Squared at 34 Thirteenth Avenue NE Minneapolis, MN. 55413 612-781-6409 Josh
This a great shop which features many handmade tile artists and I often assist my customers there with choosing tile for their products!