5 classic kitchen design choices that will stand the test of time

By The Washington Post Time of article publishedJan 12, 2021

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Lindsey M Roberts

If any room in our homes got a workout last year, it was the kitchen. Cooking and baking were popular for both practical and relaxing reasons.

All that time in the heart of the home got some of us wondering whether we should deep clean, organise, upgrade or even remodel our kitchens. But a kitchen renovation is a huge investment, according to HomeAdvisor. And when we do take the leap on that kind of remodel, either for part of the space or the whole room, we want to make choices that will last for years.

We talked to designers about how to make classic updates that will stand up over time. Here are their suggestions.

Use marble counters

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Whether you’re doing a whole-kitchen remodel or making savvy moves to refresh the space, Wendy Blackband of Blackband Home & Design in California likes marble counters. “It’s been around for a long time, and you see it whenever you’re traveling through Europe,” she says. Blackband suggests Calacatta, a whiter marble with veining.

Marble is an investment. But Leanne Ford,

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San Mateo Home Features Classic Design With Modern Amenities

San Mateo Home Features Classic Design With Modern Amenities




a garden in front of a building: 212 Eaton Rd Apt 32, San Mateo


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212 Eaton Rd Apt 32, San Mateo

SAN MATEO, CA —This 1,609 square foot three-bedroom features vaulted ceilings, parquet wood floors and a limestone fireplace along with sprawling views of San Mateo. The dining room offers warm natural light, new windows, recessed lighting, and wallpaper and the updated kitchen features top-of-the-line appliances.

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  • Address: 212 Eaton Rd Apt 32, San Mateo, California
  • Price: $1,588,000
  • Square Feet: 1609
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2 Baths
  • Built: 1928
  • Features: An exquisite penthouse, 212 Eaton Road #32 combines timeless charm with the best of modern design. The impressive entryway featuring a barrel ceiling and checkerboard wood floors opens onto a spacious and sunlit floorplan. At the heart of the penthouse is a magnificent living room with vaulted ceilings, parquet wood floors, a stunning limestone fireplace, and sprawling views of San Mateo. The gorgeous dining room accommodates entertaining with its warm natural light, new windows, recessed lighting, and wallpaper. The smartly updated kitchen boasts top-of-the-line appliances. An intimate family room, which has been entirely renovated, opens onto a private
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This classic home in Indiana has been given a modern monochrome update

This design project was a full renovation of a classic colonial home – for a large family in Carmel, Indiana. 

There are many variations of colonial style houses, all reflecting the influences of regions that the settlers coming over to the US at the time originated from. This was a style that spanned several decades, starting during the 1600s and lasting until well into the 19th century.

The homeowners had raised their five children here, and they were embarking on a new phase of life as empty nesters. The home needed to transition along with them. 

In their desire to create a home that they could comfortably live out the rest of their years, they decided to call in the professionals to finish the job. This is where interior designer Whittney Parkinson steps in. 

Whittney began her career as co-owner of the architecture and interior design firm, MAWR Design, working with her father from 2008, until founding Whittney Parkinson Design in 2016.  As a young designer in the field, Whittney designed projects varying from high-end residential to a vast array of multi-million dollar commercial projects around the Midwest. 

We speak to Whittney about the design project.

‘With a growing family,

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Five classic kitchen design choices that will stand the test of time

By Lindsey M. Roberts Special to The Washington Post

If any room in our homes got a workout last year, it was the kitchen. Cooking and baking were popular for practical and relaxing reasons. All that time in the heart of the home got some of us wondering whether we should deep clean, organize, upgrade or even remodel our kitchens.

But a kitchen renovation is a big investment; the average new kitchen costs between $13,295 and $37,603 as of Monday, according to HomeAdvisor. And when we do take the leap on that kind of remodel, either for part of the space or the entire room, we want to make choices that will last for years.

We talked to designers about how to make classic updates that will stand up over time. Here are their suggestions.

Use marble counters

Whether you’re doing a whole-kitchen remodel or making savvy moves to refresh the space, Wendy Blackband of Blackband Home & Design in California likes marble counters.

“It’s been around for a long time, and you see it whenever you’re traveling through Europe,” she says. Blackband suggests Calacatta, a whiter marble with veining.

Marble is an investment, at $40 to $100 per square

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‘Home Improvement’ fans go nuts after ‘Last Man Standing’ crossover hints at classic show’s return

‘Home Improvement’ fans go nuts after ‘Last Man Standing’ crossover hints at classic show’s return


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Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor made his glorious return to network TV, Thursday. The former “Home Improvement” character, played by Tim Allen, appeared on “Last Man Standing” where he tried to help Mike Baxter, also played by Allen. While the episode was lots of fun, there were also some tender moments. Particularly when Tim mentioned how much he missed his old neighbor Wilson Wilson Jr., played by Earl Hindman who died in 2003. “I miss Wilson,” said Tim. “I miss a lot of stuff.” There were also a few lines that led viewers to believe a “Home Improvement” reboot was in the works. In fact, by the end of the episode even Mike was hoping Tim would bring his old show back. “You might want to think of rebooting that ‘Tool Time’ show,” said Mike. “Maybe this time, add more power.”

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