This California Kitchen Is Made for Holiday Entertaining. Kitchen designer Alison Pickart hails from a long line of engineers — her great-grandfather founded the model-railroad company Walthers — so it’s no surprise that every millimeter of her renovated double-height kitchen, in a 1932 cottage in Ross, California, is as charming and carefully plotted as a train set. “Every area around our farmhouse table has a purpose,” Pickart says. As a parent and frequent party giver, she created “stations” so that nearly every family member can partake in the prep work. In this house, there’s no such thing as too many cooks in the kitchen. “It gets beat up and keeps on ticking,” she says.
Interior Designers Pick Their Favorite Hues From Valspar's Colors of the Year. It's a lot of pressure to pick one color to represent an entire year's worth of interior design inspiration. That's why the color experts at Valspar announced their picks for colors of year — 12 to be exact. Moving away from one-shade-fits-all, this palette promises to fill your home with charm, passion, and energy, no matter which hue you choose. The colors range from bright yellow to bold blue to warm gray, which guarantees there's something for everyone in the lineup. We have our favorites (that Garnet Red is stunning in a formal dining room), but went to the interior design experts to find out which they're most excited about from the assortment. No surprise here that opinions vary across the board, but the best thing is that no one is wrong. For Abbe Fenimore, the designer behind Studio Ten 25, Deep Indigo stands out: "I love the comfortable and classic feeling that this rich indigo brings to a room, and how it's able to complement virtually any color palette or aesthetic. It's a great option for those looking for a color to ground a space, but want something a little less dominant that black."
This Laundry Room's Dog Shower Is the Pampering Your Pooch Needs. When designer Dina Bandman got the chance to create a laundry room at this year's San Francisco Decorator Showcase, she gave the typically overlooked space a dramatic upgrade: unexpected lighting, scenic wallpaper and a spot for sudsing pups were all integral. "The laundry room is the new powder room!" Bandman says. "It should feel special and be an extension of your home's design."
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