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connections Contact us: FACEBOOK: facebook.com/KitchenBathIdeas E-MAIL: [email protected] MAIL: Kitchen and Bath Ideas, 1716 Locust St., Des Moines, IA 50309-3023 Makeover magic Your magazine and online ideas helped us spruce up our 25-year-old kitchen. We kept the original footprint of the kitchen because our Mexican pavers had too much of our family’s history in them to demo. Our new kitchen should give us quite a few more happy years! —KELLY RYAN MOLTHEN VIA E-MAIL JOIN THE CONVERSATION Share your questions, advice, photos, and success stories with us, and we’ll show you some fun finds from the home design world. You can talk to us any way you want—letters, e-mails, or Facebook posts. Reader rooms revealed We collected our favorite rooms submitted online by readers. Take a peek at BHG.com/userkitchens. Upload your project today! Filler Sticks, $4.99– $5.99, Guardsman, Inc., guardsman.com Scratch-tastic fix Touch up small scratches, dings, or nail holes in your woodwork with these crayonlike filler sticks. Keep them on hand for quick fixes to life’s little “Whoopsies!” before 38 KITCHEN AND BATH IDEAS . DECEMBER 2011

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    Contact us:facebook: facebook.com/KitchenBathIdeas e-mail: [email protected]: Kitchen and Bath Ideas, 1716 Locust St., Des Moines, IA 50309-3023

    Makeover magic Your magazine and online ideas helped us spruce up our 25-year-old kitchen. We kept the original footprint of the kitchen because our Mexican pavers had too much of our family’s history in them to demo. Our new kitchen should give us quite a few more happy years!—kelly Ryan molthen via e-mail

    Join the conversationShare your questions, advice, photos, and success stories with us, and we’ll show you some fun finds from the home design world. You can talk to us any way you want—letters, e-mails, or Facebook posts.

    Reader rooms revealedWe collected our favorite rooms submitted online by readers. Take a peek at BHG.com/userkitchens. Upload your project today!

    Filler Sticks, $4.99–$5.99, Guardsman, Inc., guardsman.com

    Scratch-tastic fix Touch up small scratches, dings, or nail holes in your woodwork with these crayonlike filler sticks. Keep them on hand for quick fixes to life’s little “Whoopsies!”

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    38 KiTchen and baTh ideas . december 2011

  • Lost and foundi fell in love with the kitchen on the cover of the February 2011 issue of Kitchen and Bath Ideas. i saved it for months knowing that i was planning a kitchen makeover. i have been able to capture the flavor of the kitchen, and now i am ready for the backsplash tile, but i can’t find it. can you help?—maRy Rossi via e-mail

    The tile is called Pamona Franconica platinum in Duck Egg Blue. It is available at Tithof Tile, 847/831-3444, tithoftile.com

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    Colorful accents layer a simple space with an on-trend sense of style.

    Color of the year? Honeysuckle!“in times of stress, we need something to lift our spirits. honeysuckle is a captivating, stimulating color that gets the adrenaline going,” says Leatrice eiseman, executive director of the Pantone color institute, which annually selects the top color trends.

    Hot BlogsIf you want tips directly from designers who are out there working on kitchens and baths every day, check out their blogs. A couple of our favorites:

    —Kelly’s Kitchen Sync offers insider tips from certified master kitchen and bath designer Kelly Morisseau. kitchensync.typepad.com

    —The Kitchen Designer is written by mother-and-daughter design duo Susan Serra and Kelly Serra Donovan. thekitchendesigner.org

    40 KiTchen and baTh ideas . december 2011

    Kelly Morisseau

    Susan Serra and Kelly Serra Donovan

    PanTone 18-2120

  • Michael S. Smith Kitchens and Baths, $45, Rizzoli International Publications, Inc., 212/387-3400, rizzoliusa.com

    What inspires you? We want to know what books, magazine, or blogs get your creative home design juices flowing. e-mail us at [email protected] or post your answers on Facebook at facebook.com/kitchenbathideas.

    KiTchen and baTh ideas . december 2011 41

    What inspires us!

    high style meets the most utilitarian rooms in the home—the kitchen and bath—in this dreamy design book.

    Cooktop vs. Range?does your dream kitchen include a cooktop or a range? do you crave the flexibility of a wall oven, or do you insist all cooking appliances be centrally located? Tell us why, and e-mail your answers to [email protected]

    if ranges are your thing, check out our favorites on pages 29–34.