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Kitchen

DEBBIE’S COPPER CAPER

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Once upon a time, only white wine accompanied fish, red wine with meat, and mixing gold and silver in jewelry design was taboo. All that has changed. I broke the rules in my recent kitchen renovation; see what you think.

The hottest metal finish around for home interiors at the moment is copper. Copper is a warm, happy and welcoming metal, but it should be used as an accent – too much is overpowering. There are several copper finishes, including a clean and unblemished finish like the look of rose gold, or more orange coloured with a greyish patina.

STORAGE STRATEGY -- HANG LOOSE

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Dear Debbie;
Our rental has a small kitchen with very little counter space. Not sure where to put everything. Any ideas for storing utensils and small pots? It’s our first kitchen so we don’t have a lot of stuff yet. Thanks,
Camilla

Dear Camilla;

PAINTERLY TILES

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Dear Debbie;
We are redecorating our kitchen on a small budget and want it to look artsy. We love colour and know from reading your columns that you will have a good idea or two. Thanks for your help.
Antony

Dear Antony;

MIX OR MATCH?

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Dear Debbie;
I need help! I am renovating my kitchen, installing new kitchen countertops and backsplash. I don't know what to match with what.
My kitchen and dining room are open concept (they are across from each other), and my dining room living room is open concept. My question is:
When picking out my countertop colour do I match with the kitchen floor or match with the dining room furniture, which is very dark wood? And do I match the backsplash with the countertop? Thanks.
Jeanette

Dear Jeanette;

THE BIG KITCHEN

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I have renovated many kitchens over the years, my own as well as those for my television shows. With each project, I learn more; attention to details is of paramount importance no matter how small or large the space. For many of us the kitchen is the heart and soul of the home. As you imagine your dream kitchen, think first about how its layout will embrace all that you envision. Do you have a big family? Are you a chef at heart? Do your kids like to do homework at the table? Do you like to work while supper’s cooking? Is it a gathering place for coffee and chatter?

THE EXPANDED KITCHEN

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We are spending more time in the kitchen these days. As hub of the home, the kitchen has become far more than a place to store and prepare food. No matter the size, everyone, family and friends, gravitate toward this area. So it’s no surprise that kitchen renovations are branching out to include traditional dining rooms, work spaces and entertainment centers. The new kitchen is bigger and busier than ever. As its role expands, kitchen decor has made a shift toward transitional style, using quality materials more commonly found in other living areas.

GETTING THE BLUES

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Dear Debbie,

We have purchased an older home, a real fixer-upper. We will be renovating the kitchen in a few years, but for now what would you suggest we do with the drab wood cabinetry?

Pat

Dear Pat,

BEACH COTTAGE STYLE

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Dear Debbie,

I have a design dilemma. I just moved into an old home in a community situated beside a large lake. I like the beach cottage look but I have no idea how to create such a style. Can you help please?

Giuliana

Dear Giulana,

Modern Metal Mix

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Dear Debbie;

We live in the country, but love all things modern, rather than the folksy rural style that most of our neighbours have. We’re looking to upgrade our kitchen in the new year. What would you suggest that would suit an up to date farmhouse? Thank you for any ideas.

Francie

Dear Francie,

Artisan fixtures complete cabin project

Dear Debbie,

We are building a cabin in the woods, a dream we have had forever. As much as possible, we are using reclaimed wood and any other salvaged materials to complete the rooms. Have you any sources or ideas for the kitchen and bathroom?

Dear Hannah and Doug,

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