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I LOVE an open floorplan. We just moved from a very big open floorplan to a smaller version. In our new home, the kitchen looks over the family room by virtue of a taller than typical half wall with a granite overhang, same stone as the countertops.

Nice enough, but in the context of the "great room" (the kitchen and family room combined) the kitchen yells KITCHEN!

When we renovate, I will remove this higher than half wall among other things like upper cabinets and instead use freestanding functional kitchen furniture pieces as work stations rather than continuous cabinetry. This way the room will look even larger, I predict. I'm a kitchen designer but I don't necessarily want my kitchen to be within a great room/open floorplan but stand apart visually. I want it all to work/blend together. Transitioning from one area to the next is very important in open floorplans.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | A Few Ideas for Open-Plan Living
5/5/09 02:12 PM

As a kitchen designer, I can tell you that black came into a strong trend in kitchens about 1, maybe 2 years ago...which worries me because trends come and go and a kitchen is a long time purchase. I think one of the least trendy of those images is the last one because it is not the cabinetry which is black, it is the wall. That is not to say that black is always trendy, it depends on how it is used, but, it's good to realize that it is a trend and to figure out how to work around it. Also, to be aware if one is desiring black because they see a lot of it and it looks new. New can often equal trendy.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Color Inspiration: Thoughts on Black Kitchens?
3/18/09 11:44 AM

Oh, sorry I didn't get back till now. No, I'm not in that picture, but that is my husband and kids on the left side!

What a nice memory for you. Those moments are so precious.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Ten Things I Love: Uncle Thorvald's Happy Kitchen
3/16/09 06:35 PM

Love the beams, and it's a very interesting blue/gray color. Love the fireplace mantel as well.

Apartment Therapy New York | West Village Townhouse Kitchen by Made
3/16/09 06:07 PM

Hate it. My goal is to design my kitchen with a big furniture like island that transitions to a family room, which happens to be a few feet away. At this stage (kids grown) there is less likely to be a constant mess, so it could fit my lifestyle well (sort of like that very open loft look is what I'll be going toward) when I redo the kitchen.

I prefer a transitional kitchen that fits well with surrounding open rooms, not one that is so utilitarian.

Apartment Therapy DC | Hot or Not? Designboom Kitchen Design Contest Winner
3/16/09 05:22 PM

So, here's a little album with a few pictures from a couple of years ago. I took some good photos last year but they're in a hard drive that I can't find at the moment. I have some actual paper photos, some good ones, with him playing the mandoline, and here he's playing the accordian.

The other old guy there is Uncle Finn, his brother. Doesn't he look like a Viking? He was the youngest. My father was another brother, whose name was Svend, and then there was Gunnar, Poul Anker and the one girl, Ellen. All are gone now except for Uncle Thorvald, who happened to be the oldest. They all lived in a tiny apartment when they grew up.

Is everyone asleep yet??? Lol! Uncle Finn also plays the mandoline and they often played together. They play a bunch of old school instruments and sing old Danish folk songs. How adorable is that?!! I wish I could tell you the energy and the spring in his step that he has. He's terriffic. Always happy, always thinking, soft spoken and always likes a little laugh.

Oh, and at special family events, he would compose special, adorable songs that everyone would sing. They were usually humorous in a sweet way.

Thanks for asking, I've totally enjoyed sharing these things with you. :)

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Ten Things I Love: Uncle Thorvald's Happy Kitchen
3/5/09 09:29 PM

You got it....let me find some images, just got back here. I'll add them today or tomorrow, my pleasure!

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Ten Things I Love: Uncle Thorvald's Happy Kitchen
3/5/09 08:39 PM

I guess I'm surprised he'd have a whole case! He's 95! Unless it was just the case and it held sodas, which he always has, so yes, I thought that was funny/cute. It's also common to have a beer at lunch in Denmark.

He'll all of a sudden break out the mandoline and sing some ancient Danish folk songs softly and in a casual way, bring out photos and he has a real spring to his step. He'll jump up and get the English/Danish dictionary to look up a word in English here and there. He worked selling shoes for 50 years and then met the Queen some years back, a huge event. He's a big thinker and a real optimist and just delightful.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Ten Things I Love: Uncle Thorvald's Happy Kitchen
3/2/09 09:56 PM

I usually have several heads of garlic hanging around and I keep them in a bowl nearby, in a very decorative bowl that I love. The onions do go into a good looking wire basket in the corner, nothing very innovative there, just pure function (except for the onion skins...)

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Good Question: A Neat Way to Store Garlic and Onions?
2/18/09 05:15 PM

How sad. There was always something fresh and fun and innovative in Domino. I'm sorry for those who are out of a job if they couldn't be transferred to other publications.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Breaking News: Domino Magazine is Closing Condé Nast Folds Domino
1/29/09 06:53 PM

Slate...from the northeast only, and unfading green is one of the best. No need to ever seal it, it's denser than granite, it does not stain. It's a beautiful matte finish and has this wonderful, organic, look. I've used it for my clients numerous times and they all love it, never a problem. I also love wood countertops, but not for ease of maintenance!

Apartment Therapy New York | Survey: What's Your Kitchen Countertop Preference? The Washington Post, 9.10.08
9/13/08 02:00 PM

Those curtains are ridiculously authentic! Good post!

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | TV Kitchens: Mad Men
8/4/08 03:43 PM

Oh, I don't think so...what was 80s was all the red oak floors that got pickled and turned to pink! If it's whitewashed with paint, that's totally different (to me, anyway.)

Apartment Therapy New York | Whitewashed Wood Floors
6/25/08 10:29 AM

I have less than zero time in the weeks ahead, but I think this is a great opportunity, as a kitchen designer, to really slowly break down some fundamental issues in the kitchen, and to do it, not by being an observer, but to do it myself! And, to learn from others in a detailed way. Plus, I need to get much more into gear to be able to throw together meals that are healthy and make the cooking process as efficient as it can be.

Plus, I think I'll start to undergo a kitchen renovation myself during this time, and I think I'll end up with even less storage than I have now, so this whole thing will be very interesting!

Apartment Therapy The Kitchen | Starting Soon! Sign up for The Kitchn Cure
3/9/08 04:23 AM

I'm really glad you guys like it...I haven't been able to get it out of my mind either since August. The walnut is gorgeous, the teak, with a soap finish I saw last week was very, sort of beachy and very consistent, you'd never recognize it as teak. I sure didn't. It's just this natural finish that's so beautiful, on any wood.

Come see us at ICFF in May! Say hello to Knud and his whole team, they're all coming to New York. We'll be in the Danish section. They'd all love to chat, answer questions, explain the concepts behind the design, etc. A very friendly bunch of people.

Apartment Therapy New York | Jill's Tour: Hansen Living Kitchen Architecture
2/27/08 07:47 AM

art, please email me for future reference.

Julianna, that's a valid point. I can tell you that the entire product is green, including wood from managed forests, adhesives, and all of the finishes. In addition, it is meant to be collected as, and considered as, last, really, decades, and/or to take with one if moving, which is part of the Hansen philosophy, making it even more eco friendly, and diminishing the small shipping waste factor over time. For some, that's all good. For others, the space it takes up on a ship is still one factor that might be a dealbreaker. Different shades of green...

Apartment Therapy New York | Hansen Living Celebrates a Dane in NY
2/26/08 01:14 PM

I walked into Hansen's Copenhagen showroom in August, and I was so moved by Knud's beautiful, yet simple, design that I immediately resolved to bring these pieces to the U.S. one way or another. So I am thrilled the response is so positive!

I've worked with kitchens, professionally, for over 20 years, and I have not seen anything like it in the kitchen and bath marketplace. It's made of solid wood, completely eco-friendly, including adhesives and finishes--which is quite impressive!

About the pricing, I'm currently working on that, and while it will be considered high-end, it won't be over the top. Hansen is a small factory, with smaller costs than larger factories.

Apartment Therapy New York | Hansen Living Celebrates a Dane in NY
2/26/08 12:28 PM

Once, a Bosnian friend served me that coffee in these tiny cups. I drank it, it was interesting, and then finished it off, which included all sorts of sediment at the bottom. He laughed, I choked!

Apartment Therapy The Kitchen | Coffee Methods: The Turkish Ibrik
2/1/08 06:15 AM

What you could do is pick out a great wallpaper just for the backsplash and put plate glass on top of it. This is becoming a wide spread trend, at least in Denmark, where I looked at lots of kitchen showrooms in the late summer. Looks very modern, and it's usually seen with nuts/bolts to secure it to the wall in certain areas. You could also faux paint behind it, a slightly deeper shade than the surrounding walls, also with the glass on top. I'm familiar with your granite, it's really nice!

I lived with a warm toned mirrored backsplash for about 10 years. I loved it and didn't need to clean it every day, more like once every two weeks or more, and it takes all of 2 minutes. Easy enough.

Apartment Therapy New York | NY Good Questions: Glass Backsplash for My New Kitchen?
1/11/08 12:06 AM

Anything Curtis puts his personal imprint on is soulful. Nicely done!

Apartment Therapy New York | Close-Up: Curtis' Wallpaper by Hand
1/8/08 07:20 AM