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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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Kitchen Blog Notes

Just a little blog housekeeping to do and to turn you on (do people still say that?) to a few things you may want to take a look at.

First, you'll see a new look for this blog. It's actually an update that I did myself. I may continue tweaking a bit here and there, but I needed a change, and to do a big change requires time that I just do not have right now to work with a professional graphic designer. So, much like organizing the kitchen, my new post on the really great blog, Hatch, here's a small update. I'm open to constructive suggestions too!

NOTE: There is a new share button at the end of every post. Please share! :) I'd love for you to share my posts wherever and with whomever you feel it is relevant for. Sharing is a good thing.



My great new interior designer friend, Wanda S. Horton, from North Carolina, came up with this very cool and fun idea to have a live chat, open to any questions at all on interior design (including kitchens) on Twitter. All you have to do is go here: #IDzinechat and you will see activity both from those who are asking questions and those who are answering. It's a good reason to start your own Twitter account, if you do not already have one. @tkpleslie (Leslie Carothers) on Twitter also lent her social media expertise to encourage this event to happen.

I'll be participating, so ask your kitchen questions, in 140 characters (I almost said calories-you know what's on my mind!) and I'll be on the lookout for them, and follow me on Twitter too: @susanserrackd

See you there!



One day, in the middle of a million things, I suddenly had an urge to ask my Twitter friend, Franki Durbin, whose blog I've read and admired for a long time, to tell me about her dream kitchen. Franki has such a gift for spotting authentic style, so I knew she'd come up with some interesting kitchen dreams!

I love how granite countertops are in her kitchen dreams. You know, I've seen granite in kitchens for, well, 20+ years and yes, there is always the danger that a designer can tire of seeing the same fabulous design element over time. I challenge myself constantly NOT to fall into that trap, and I'm pleased that Franki is of the same mindset...smart gal!

I'd like you to go to Franki's post about her dream kitchen, because there are a number of other GREAT points and design ideas that she talks about, and I don't want to give them away here! Franki has a wonderful way with words...you'll be transported on a path of words right into the heart of that dream kitchen. Thank you for your post, Franki, and for your kind words. Your vision is truly inspirational!



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Reader Comments (6)

I missed the live chat ~ bummer. I check out your friend's post on her dream kitchen ~ great post!

Love the upodates BTW!

Paula Grace ~

March 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPaula Grace

Loved Franki's post and blog! I share your love of granite and enjoy seeing it used in unique kitchen design!

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMark Austin

A kitchen remodeling project is very fun because there are a lot of choices to be made. One thing to be careful of is who you hire for this. A couple ot things to remember is to hire a licensed and insured company to do the work, even if it means paying more. It might a good idea to find a company that can do it all. Remodeling cost

March 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKEITH ROSS

I'm sorry to say that, but the only way housekeeping can turns me on is if my husband does it (which is not that often, to say the least).

March 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWriter

Franki Durbin really brings up some interesting points about lighting in your kitchen! Thanks for sharing the blog!

April 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

You have many option to remodel your kitchen. If you are not getting any option then you should take the services of kitchen remodeling contractor. He will clear your thoughts and give the best option.

April 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWilliam Cooper

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