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Two items on the list are surprising - the rise of countertop cooktops, and the departure of tall pantry cabs.

Tall pantry cabs are the holy grail of storage. I think the only reason we are seeing this trend is cost-cutting. The only thing I could foresee replacing them is large-drawer storage in lieu of base cabinets - also expensive.

The countertop cooking is genuinely intriguing. This paves the way for something I've been curious about - shallow-depth countertops, which would be more possible with a custom cooktop, rather than a bulky range.


Kitchen Designers Predict Trends for 2011 and Beyond
6/1/11 12:20 AM

Thank you all for sharing - this will make MY visit to LA in June a lot more fun :)


Mid-Century Modern Furniture Shops In Los Angeles?
Good Questions

6/1/11 12:09 AM

Funny, red was my first response before reading the post. Benjamin Moore Mayflower Red HC-49, Spanish Red 1301, or Louisiana Hot Sauce CC-124


What Color Would You Paint this House?
6/1/11 12:04 AM

An ancient tradition, raising rocks to mark your place in space and time. In Hebrew scripture, an "ebenezer, " immortalized in song as well: "here I'll raise mine ebenezer...." from the hymn "Come thou fount of every blessing."

From Dr. Gregory Neal: "literally speaking, an Ebenezer is a 'stone of help,' or a reminder of God’s Real, Holy Presence and Divine aid. Spiritually and theologically speaking, an Ebenezer can be nearly anything that reminds us of God’s presence and help..." http://www.revneal.org/Writings/whatsan.htm


Mark Your Presence: Stacked Stones | Apartment Therapy Chicago
6/2/10 02:20 PM

@ultimatemcgee -- outdoor clotheslines are prohibited in most US urban apartments & suburban neighborhoods.


How Do You Sort The Laundry? Roundup | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
5/24/10 12:11 PM

If the bed doesn't have a headboard, you can "separate" the bed with a desk orlow entertainment center. This leaves the room visually open, but makes it look less like a studio. For more privacy, you can hang a curtain. I recently explored this idea myself -- see image here.

http://www.humanedesign.com/fresh-ideas/squeezing-into-a-studio-apartment.html


Layout Ideas for My New Studio? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy Chicago
5/24/10 11:06 AM

I design apartments for a living, and take seriously the issues raised here! (I wish all my clients took ME seriously on this issue!)

I prefer W/D near the bedrooms rather than in a kitchen or basement (who in their right mind wants a basement laundry in new construction??) Even placing laundry within the master closet (for a one bedroom) or in a bathroom can be nice.

In small houses or apartments, I greatly favor stacked washer/dryer units. There are high quality units available. Even if you have room for side-by-side, I would rather save the space for a small broom closet / cleaning supplies cabinet. Stacked W/D with a small base cabinet and countertop, with shelves above, is my ideal.

In the bedroom, I think a chest or bench at the foot of the bed can make a nice place to stash dirt laundry.


How Do You Sort The Laundry? Roundup | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
5/18/10 12:07 PM