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Thanks for stopping by! I'm Susan Serra, certified kitchen designer, and my mission is to take kitchen design style, function and analysis to a higher level. Here's why the kitchen has the most honored place in the home - all five senses reside in the kitchen.  Best...Susan  Contact: susan@susanserraassociates.com

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Blogging Kitchen Blogs

Let's see who's talking about what in the kitchen focused blogosphere...

K+BB Green's Jeff Holloway, CKD, who blogs on green kitchen and bath products, issues, and ideas, also looks at green focused kitchen and bath issues, but look beyond that post, and you will be enlightened in a green way.

Peggy Deras, CKD, from Kitchen-exchange, has a great post on a free service for lighting questions. Let me tell you, planning lighting for any room in your home SHOULD be given first rate attention. It's a small price to pay (in this case none) to get it right the first time and to "see" clearly what you need and want to see!

Ann Porter, CKD, of Kitchann Style has a very interesting post on opening up, or visually enlarging small kitchens. Now, the conventional wisdom says that one must pack in as much storage as is possible in a small kitchen. As Ann says, it's more about finding alternative storage solutions, with the benefit of a much more spacious look to an otherwise small feeling kitchen. I like this way of thinking!

Laurie Burke, from Kitchen Design Notes, talks about the maintenance of soapstone.  Soapstone is a quite misunderstood material. No need to be freaked out by scratches...with a little elbow grease, your countertop is brought back to life and lustre. Explore, there is more on soapstone in the blog.

And for pure style, one of my fave design blogs, Desire to Inspire always manages to sneak in some great kitchens in their posts, which are a joy to see, especially in the context of the whole house, apartment, or whatever the environment! Take a look and get, well, inspired...  

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Reader Comments (9)

Love the list! Especially since K+BB Green is on it! But also thanks for pointing out two blogs I didn't know, KitchAnn and Design to Inspire. I will add them to my RSS now.

September 11, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Excellent list. Thanks for the valuable resources.

September 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

Excellent list.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSydney plumber

didnt know there were so many kitchen blogs. thanks for 411. im looking at ways to better my little old kitchen :)

December 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterInsinkerator

An excellent resource, it really is hard to find things out when starting a new kitchen design.

I find google can be overbearing sometimes as there is so much to choose and sorting the good from the bad is a hard job!

Keep up the good work!

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeeds Kitchens

We're in the process of building a new home and good, solid, design resources are welcome. Thanks for the info!

April 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlison Moore Smith

We have several websites that discuss the design and answer questions about using granite countertops in the kitchen. Thanks for the list, I find it to be a great resource.

May 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGranite Countertops

Help! Large kitchen I'm trying to update has Gunstock hardwoods (just refinished), cream colored Corian (13 yrs old but still looks great) and white subway backsplash (just installed). I need ideas on how to incorporate color. Thinking of a bronze granite sink and faucet? Also, paint color??? I have stainless appliances. I may redo the island in a dark granite, maybe gray? Any help would be much appreciated. Original inspiration was the kitchen from Something's Gotta Give but I don't have the budget to install the soapstone gray counters.

September 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterConnie

Connie, please feel free to hire me as a consultant. With questions like this, I often do not have the luxury of time to wrap my head around your issue and give it quality time and thought. It would be reckless to just toss out some thoughts without knowing what else is going on in and around the kitchen, surrounding rooms, and so on. I take giving advice very seriously. Also, just going by verbal description of colors is a major no no for a designer to make recommendations from! Sorry!

September 11, 2009 | Registered CommenterSusan Serra, CKD

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