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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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The Skirted Roundtable Podcast With Me!

It was my pleasure the other day to chat with Linda from Surroundings and Joni from Cote de Texas on all things kitchen design related. I think we delved into some interesting territory. 

Joni and Linda do love kitchens, that is apparent, and they have a genuine interest in hearing new points of view and I'm interested in their points of view, as interior designers. We can each teach one another if we are open to it. 

I listen to their podcasts. I'll put it on, go about my work and always learn something. 

In this podcast, I talk about trends, countertops, blogging, more. I was SO taken with this podcast experience that I'm going to do some podcasts here. If you can get past my Long Island accent and singsong voice pattern, you're prepared!

Thank you ladies, what a pleasure! I've been a fan of both of you!

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Reader Comments (8)

Susan - it was great to have you! Such an expert!!

I just found your blog through Cote de Texas and I love it! I will be back!

July 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDesign Esquire

Thanks Linda...next time I interview you!

Thanks DE, please come back!

July 10, 2009 | Registered CommenterSusan Serra, CKD

One idea in the podcast that got my attention was the dining sofa. At first, I'm not sure about the idea, but if you have the right table, it would actually work to your favor.


July 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNicolette

I thoroughly enjoyed this session of the Skirted roundtable, particularly the part about open kitchens/family rooms vs. closing the kitchen off. I am sure you have seen the Architecture Tourist's follow up post based on the principles of 'A Pattern Language'.

I don't entertain much, so keep that in mind...but I always think it is interesting when people make design decisions based on just a few hours of their year. For example, when people make a big design decision based on having a few parties a year - even if they have a party a month - instead of making a decision based on how the family uses the house and the room 99.9% of the time.

My sister hates having an open kitchen, because she feels that her guests end up in the kitchen with her, and doesn't want people to see her mess (she has an older home that has been renovated, but it has limitations). In her future house, she wants either a closed off kitchen OR a screen that she can put up when she has guests. I kind of like the screen idea - a beautiful decorative screen that can be put up for a little privacy in the kitchen, but the rest of the time the kitchen is open.

July 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThings That Inspire

Nicolette, it works beautifully. It's all about comfort.

Things That Inspire: Thanks for your comment. No, I do not know what you are referring to, please tell me where I can see that information in your first paragraph.

You make an excellent point in your second paragraph. In fact, it's something I am acutely aware of in my design practice and often try to circumvent with my clients. I'm going to do a post on this.

It seems as if one is either in one camp or the other, doesn't it? Open floorplan or closed kitchen.

July 16, 2009 | Registered CommenterSusan Serra, CKD

You were just great on the Skirted Roundtable. I really enjoy the conversation as a way to learn about design. It's hard to get ideas into words for magazines, books or scripts. But they just pour out in a conversation among pros. Thanks so much.

This is the post that "Things That Inspire" mentioned. I did it after listening and enjoying the difference of opinion on open kitechens: Cote's Kitchen Problem

July 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Kearns

Hi Terry, thanks a bunch. Ok, I'm definitely going to have to do a post on this topic! I didn't really say all that much because I wanted to also listen to hear what the others' perspectives are on this topic. Of course, in the end, it'a totally personal, there is no right or wrong, but it's fun to get our points across. Thanks for the tip!

July 21, 2009 | Registered CommenterSusan Serra, CKD

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