Kitchen Design

Be the Designer Challenge #2 Choosing a Tile Grout Color

As promised, here is the second in the series of  “Be the Designer” challenges. Today you will need to select the tile grout color for the kitchen backsplash at the Chalk house. This may seem an easy task but here are a few things to consider when selecting a grout color. Color of the tile. […]

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How to “Stretch” A House!

I am so excited to finally share a work in progress update for the Chalk house. We started planning the renovation in March and finally we are about to begin adding the interior finishes.  It always seems to take a long time to get from demolition to finished sheetrock.  For this house we are finally […]

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6 Kitchen Materials NOT to Use

I recently came across an article on a blog site called Houselogic.com.  They often post great renovation tips.  Here is an article I want to share with you about Six Materials to Never Use in Your Kitchen.  I agree with most of the authors comments. Here is my take on the 6 Materials NOT to use […]

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Cottage Style with Pops of Red

Finally a small peek at the little cottage project we started last Fall! The most dramatic change in this little house was the removal of the wall separating the living space and the kitchen.  This house is only 1000 sf.  We needed to give it as much open space as possible. We did several posts […]

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An Anniversary and the New Chapter

Today’s blog is not about design trends, gardening or travel.  It is about how wonderful it feels to celebrate the first year of our new personal journey. On May 15, 2015 Charlotte Webb Smith purchased Mary Sherwood Lake Living.  That business was our heart and soul for 28 years.  It was difficult to let it […]

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Tiny House Living on Wheels

We recently had a visit from Paul’s sister, Mary Lindner, her husband Kyle, and their teenage daughter Kathryn.  They have spent the last five years (full time) traveling the country in their 34′ Airstream Classic trailer. They have been living in a “Tiny House” on wheels long before it became “hip”.  Kyle works remotely anywhere […]

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Small House Kitchen Project Planning

I started working on a small house project in our new neighborhood.  It will not be used as a full time dwelling but more like a weekend hide-a-way!  The plan was to keep it simple but it continued to grow (as they all do).  We are updating the entire 1000 sf but this week I […]

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To Expand or Not to Expand? The Kitchen Update.

We are working with a client who wants to renovate her kitchen to be more functional. She loves to entertain and cook.  I thought it would be neat to share some of our preliminary planning for this kitchen that you may not always get to see. We often share before and after photos, but we do […]

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Beautiful and Exotic Stones

Exotic stones are such an amazing work of nature.  When selecting natural stone for a project, I am always drawn to the unusual and rare.  Not all budgets and applications will allow the use of exotic stone but let’s explore the possibilities. There are basically two types of stone compositions used for interiors. Siliceous Stone […]

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Brilliant Ideas That Don’t Leave You in the Dark

Lighting is so important in creating the mood and function of the interior of your home.  Lighting that is too bright and harsh creates an uncomfortable glare that is hard to live with.  Lighting that is too dim can create other problems such as difficulty reading, safely working in the kitchen and navigating stairs.   […]

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Will Your Kitchen Stand the Test of “Style” Time?…the Before and Afters

Everyone always loves “before” and “after” shots of project work.  I searched the archives of thousands of pictures to show you some of the kitchen projects we have done over the years.  Some of these projects go back about 10 years but still seem almost timeless today.  When a project can stand the test of […]

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Three Unique Styles of Kitchen Pendent Lights

Lighting is one of the most vital elements of kitchen design.  Here’s a link to a previous post about the 5 Ways to Light Up Your Kitchen.  While functional lighting is truly important, accent lighting really pumps up the “WOW Factor”. Pendant lighting over an island, peninsula, or small dining table is a great way […]

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Top Pics from the 2014 KBIS/IBS

We’re back from the 2014 IBS/KBIS/IWCE (International Builders’ Show/Kitchen and Bath Industry Show/International Window Coverings Expo) in Las Vegas.  By combining these shows, we were very pleased to see so many dealers and attendees this year.  Here are just a few of our favorite products and kitchen design ideas. Freedom Induction Cooktop by Thermador and […]

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Budget Friendly Updates for Your Kitchen: See It In Action!

A few months ago, I wrote about some great budget friendly updates you can make to your kitchen.  Check out the original post here. Yep, I’m still dreaming of the kitchen I hope to have one day.  We’re heading to KBIS (the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show) in a few weeks, so I’m sure to […]

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Five Ways to Light Up Your Kitchen

Your kitchen is the hardest working room in your home.  Lighting for the kitchen should be more than utilitarian.  Consider general, task and accent lighting when developing a lighting plan.  This kitchen illustrates five ways to get the most functional and stylish illumination.   Recessed lighting:  This type of lighting is used for general illumination.  Plan the placement […]

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Budget Friendly Updates For Your Kitchen

Do you have a dream kitchen, and I mean dream, as in you’re still dreaming?  I know I do.  It’s a hazard of working in this field.  I have my kitchen planned out to the tiniest detail, but my current budget is not so dreamy.  But there’s hope!  You can make small modifications that add […]

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Kitchen Organization with Panache!

Organization is the best way to make your kitchen a pleasurable and efficient work space.  Whether you are contemplating a new kitchen or re-organizing your existing one, here are some lessons I recently learned from my interior designer/daughter-in-law, Elif. The planning of this kitchen started over two years ago. During one of our visits to […]

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A Place for Everything and Everything in its Place – Kitchen Organization from Top to Bottom

Ever ask yourself where something is in your kitchen?  What you should be asking is “Where should it be?”. Here’s a video that demonstrates some great organization tools, but also discusses the thought that should go into kitchen work areas. Every cook is different, so there are many different ways to organize a kitchen.  “What […]

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A Kitchen with the Sophistication of a Black Tie Event and the Spice of a Fiesta!

Check out this video of a recent kitchen project!  Stay tuned for the bloopers at the end!  It’s my favorite part! This kitchen is a beautiful example of using a neutral color palette with a pop of color.  We developed the plan for this kitchen based on these three goals: Improve the style and layout […]

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Top This! Winner Announced

Thanks to all of our contest entrants for voting for their top pick in the Mary Sherwood Lake Living Top This! contest. The countertop choices were recycled glass, granite, bamboo, and stainless. The Vetrazzo® recycled glass countertop beat out granite by 5 votes for top honors, with bamboo coming in third and stainless last. Through […]

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Light Up Your Countertop with this Transformation

Lake Gaston is a great place to live!  Living on the lake attracts lots of family and friends which provide lots of reasons to entertain. In this project, to help our client entertain in style, we updated this wet bar. We replaced the standard Formica countertop with this gorgeous piece of glass, then backlit the […]

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Loving Tile Dots!

In our new demonstration kitchen we found a wonderful new accent tile to incorporate in our design. Tile Dots are created by ceramic artist Kim McGinnis of Rocky Mount, NC. This is a truly custom product. There are over 30 colors to choose from. Mix and match the size and colors of the dots. Add […]

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TOP PRODUCT PICKS FROM THE KITCHEN AND BATH INDUSTRY SHOW 2010

HOT OFF THE PRESS MSLL’s top picks from KBIS 2010 Autumn and I recently had a quick trip to Chicago to the National Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS). It is always an experience to see the latest introductions and prototypes of new appliances and fixtures. Here are our top picks! What do you think? […]

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Tetris Kitchen Design

After going cross-eyed from working on a kitchen design, I have decided it is time for me to finally take my turn at this thing called blogging.  In an earlier blog post, Mary told you the kinds of questions we ask when tackling a kitchen project.  I thought I would share how an unlikely childhood […]

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Top 10 Questions to ask Yourself BEFORE starting a Kitchen Design

Planning a kitchen project? How do you determine your kitchen style?  There are so many things to consider.  Even after designing kitchens for over twenty years I still have to remind myself to ask my clients some of these questions.  There is so much that influences the planning.  These questions are some that may be […]

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