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NUGGETS FROM THE WORLD OF RESIDENTIAL DESIGN
Top 2023 Kitchen Design Trends

Every year the National Kitchen & Bath Association, my first professional membership group as a designer, surveys the industry about the top trends for the coming year. Here’s my post on their 2023 report. Which ones excite you most? Which ones will you incorporate into your own home? I’m always about the wellness enhancements, of course, but I’m glad to see sustainability trending more. We really need it to!

Mid-century modern kitchen with dark green cabinetry.

Nature-inspired colors, including blues and greens, are strongly trending.
(NKBA / PROJECT BY DOUG WALTER CMKBD, CO-DESIGNER: KATY SKYE BOOREAM / PHOTO BY PHILIP WEGENER)

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BONUS NUGGET – REFLECTION

I’ve been an ink-stained newspaper reader since I could read! My parents subscribed to the New York Times when I was growing up in Brooklyn, and I continued the home delivery tradition in every home, city and state in which I’ve ever lived. It evolved from a required daily habit – coffee, breakfast and the newspaper – to a personal and professional value of supporting local journalism.

I just this week, very reluctantly and seriously sadly, discontinued my print subscription to the San Diego Union-Tribune, the local daily for which I was a Home section contributor for eight years, and to which I still write the occasional opinion piece. The delivery had become spotty, with the paper arriving when I had put a vacation stop on it and not arriving after I got home. Rather than call customer service every day, I decided to opt for a digital-only subscription.

I know that in time the U-T, like other dailies, will stop printing the news altogether in favor of digital only publication. There are already local zip codes with no home delivery service while gas and newsprint costs continue to escalate. The foundational value of local journalism however will hopefully endure, and I will continue to support and contribute to it.

What many Americans who lambaste the press don’t realize is that the ‘fourth estate,’ as it’s often called, was protected by our Founding Fathers not because they loved all that was written about them, but because they knew that government requires accountability. News deserts without a local newspaper often suffer from unchecked municipal corruption. That’s expensive for their residents in ways they often only realize after the fact.

“Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”
– Thomas Jefferson

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SOCIAL GOLD

 

My guest moderators and I will be talking about ways to reduce noise in your home — both from inside and out. The convo takes place TODAY at 4 pm EST, 1 pm PST (and all the related time zones). I hope you’ll join us.

What topics do you want to hear about in the new year? Comment below and let me know.

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Past Clubhouse Recordings

Here are links to Clubhouse recordings from past sessions.

2022 Recordings:

room with two yoga mats, barre, built-in cabinetry and art.

2021 Recordings:

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San Diego, CA

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