Category Archives: Inspiration

The Fine Line of Happiness

Going through change in our homes can be stressful, especially when it comes to remodeling a kitchen or bath. With the recent graduations of our children from college in the months of May and June, change enters our home as they leave the nest to make their mark in their own lives. With that kind of change comes the itch to do a room or two or three over. It’s almost like we need to shed our skin now that we become alone in our home again. Remodeling any part of the home can be expensive, but there is a…

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Friendship

When I think of the word friendship, I can’t help to think back to Lucy and Ethel fighting it out on stage with the song, Friendship. No matter how mad those two zany gals got at each other, they always cried and made up in the end. I guess that is the way all stories on TV or in the movies try to end. I think deep down, no matter how mad we get at a friend, we all hope to end it that same way; as friends should do. Friendships are hard to come by, especially the real good…

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A Place You Call Home

Home, home on the range. There’s no place like home. Home is where the heart is. I could go on and on with the many sayings that relate to home. No matter who you are, there is always that one place that we will always call home. My brother Jon always says that home is where your bed is. I have to say that after a week or so when we are on vacation, I can’t wait to get home to my own bed. No matter how comfortable those beds are when I am away, and I have spent many…

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The Work Triangle

The work triangle has been around for as long as I can remember. You are probably wondering what the heck Tim is talking about today. The work triangle goes back to the 1940s when kitchens was much smaller and life were much simpler. The idea behind the work triangle was to have each leg of the triangle no less than 4 feet and up to 9 feet. All three legs were not to exceed 27 feet or be less than 13 feet. The triangle focuses on the sink, fridge, and stove forming an imaginary walking triangle. This was back when…

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Kids in the Kitchen

Ever since I can remember, I have always been intrigued by what goes on in the kitchen. My mother was a full-blooded Italian who proclaimed she was a lousy Italian because of her dislike of Italian food. She hated garlic and she related it to all Italian foods from how her mother cooked. I often teased her about that and it led to many interesting conversations. My father on the other hand was Russian and Polish, and he expected those kinds of meals on the table at least 2-3 times a week. Not only did my mother hate Italian food,…

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Do it the First Time, Do it Right

How many times in your life did it take to realize the truth in my title for today’s blog? Somehow, we all can get caught up with the grand old thought of saving time or money. My mother was good with hitting me with that saying old: A penny wise, a pound foolish. In my many years, I have realized over and over that I never really have a money problem, what I have is an idea problem. When it comes down to it, we need to be happy with our choice that we make in our lives. I have…

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Dream First

I don’t know about you but the first few weeks after the holidays, my mind is racing around thinking of the better weather coming and all of the things that I want to get accomplished in my home this coming year. It can be overwhelming with the ideas and parties that I would like to host for friends and family. A good place to start is to write down all of the real important thoughts and put them in the order to what makes better sense for you in the coming year both financially and practically. There are many rooms…

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Auld Lang Syne

Many of my friends ask me the same question on the last day of the year; “why do you always work instead of staying home with your family?” That’s always a question that I have to try to figure out myself. I guess it’s who I am and who I have become over the years. I always like to spend the last afternoon of New Years Eve day in my office and look back at the year we are about to leave behind. I guess it makes me feel comfortable that I am in control of my future and at…

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Back to School:  How will you use your kitchen now that the kids are gone?

There are some smiling faces out there today and there are some teary eyed faces also now that school is back in session. No matter what the mood, kids are back into their routine and now we can get back to ours. I find the fall an exciting part of the year for cooking in my kitchen. How will you kick off the alone or family time  in your kitchen this year? School lunches come to mind when the first bus starts a rolling. I can see the hectic rush to get their lunches made before they get up for breakfast….

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Watch What You Wish For, Dream First

My mother always reminded me when I was young; “Timmy, watch what you wish for.” I never quite grasped at that age how important that one line would be as I matured in years. That line reminds me of many related things in my business. Being a kitchen designer/salesperson now for over 34 years, (I started my business in 1979) I have come across many lines from clients and perspective clients. I could probably fill a book with these and become a best seller. One of the most noticed line that comes to my mind is when a client tells…

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