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DCoop Sourcebook – Capital Cooking Culinarian Series

A sidenote.  Of recent I’ve been dreaming of new appliances.

My kitchen is a relic from 1992 and at this particular moment I feel like Agent Smart making his way through the Cavern of Doors every time I want to do something as simple as boil water (which I do quite well actually….. you should see the way the bubbles form!).

To light my cooktop I actually have to use a match.  Not a real match but one of those BIC long stemmed lighters – same concept.  I’m like Shelly Long in The Money Pit hoping it won’t blow my turkey out the oven and into the 2nd floor master bathroom. My oven?  It lights when it wants to.

And that isn’t too often.

Not to mention, the sight of not-so-pretty appliances means that I’m not showing you photos of my kitchen anytime soon.  In fact, when people come over, the super awesome dual swing door is shut in a semi open position (because it needs new hardware).

Anyway, you can only imagine that when Capital Cooking invited me to actually use their Culinarian 36″ range during a cook off for this year’s Dwell on Design, I was like a kid on crack, trying really hard to contain my excitement but failing miserably.

I think there might have been a little piddle involved.

I’ll just get right to the good stuff.  The Culinarian Series is not just for the true chef but is also for the Top Chef Wannabe and the Macaroni-&-Cheese-From-A-Box Enthusiast.  I’m somewhere in the middle (who hasn’t had a hankering for Kraft Mac n’ Cheese at midnight?) and attempt everything from my own interpretation of Coq au Vin to a horribly simple batch of hard boiled eggs.  A great burner output (23,000 BTUs per hour… don’t ask, I don’t know either) but the ability to simmer at 145 degrees F make for ease of use on the cooktop while its 4.6 cubic foot convection oven (with built in Rotisserie functions) means you’re putting out Thanksgiving dinner for the whole crazy family.  Three available top options mean you could be having a BBQ indoors or going all Line Chef on those pancakes with a griddle. Did I mention it’s self cleaning?  Yeah…. Because Rosie quit and I hate cleaning the oven.

But I know.  I’m a designer.  Which means I’m not just thinking about function. I’m all about aesthetics.  I mean big time.  Ten standard color options including wine red, cobalt blue, and signal yellow.  Yes kiddies, this is that injection of color I mentioned in last week’s post on Chromophobia. And I’m sure if they ask nicely you can have their ranges in damned near any color you can imagine.

Just in case…. remember that Coq Au Vin I mentioned?  It received high praises from Surjit Kalsi, the brains behind Capital Cooking.  Not to mention evoked thoughts of Provencal France from half of the convention center. Since I’m so nice, I’m going to give you the recipe…. —> Here.

Now don’t tell me I didn’t give you anything.

Designer Tip: If you have the opportunity, test drive appliances before you buy.  Get a feel for the burners, quality of flames and heat output.  Knock around the handles, knobs, buttons.  A range should be no different than buying a car (though less expensive) and you shouldn’t have to settle for the unknown.  A number of dealer/showrooms are working spaces and would love to have you cook lunch for them.

Capital Cooking | Available at Select Retailers | www.capital-cooking.com

If you’re interested in purchasing any of the items featured on the DCoop Sourcebook, shoot us an email.

DCoopMedia was not compensated for this post. Except for one great comment from the CEO Surjit Kalsi. 

All images courtesy Capital Cooking.

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#Project Hartford – Now the Fun Can Begin

On any remodel there are a number of favorite moments.

The moment when the client signs the contract and hands you the retainer fee. The moment when they have that “AHA!” moment and the design clicks. Or the moment when you hand the keys back to the client and let them enjoy their fully finishes *fill in the blank*.

But over time, one of my favorite moments is that period after the majority of the demolition has occurred.  The debris removed. That moment where you can walk through the blank slate of a space and know that something decent is finally going to happen in this now gutted space.

Earlier this week, that moment occurred at Hartford, the single family house in San Diego with the hideous mansard roof (more on that mansard roof in another post). The client and I had been going over kitchen and bathroom layouts using the basis that we’d be removing it all. Right down to the studs.

And within a day, just like that, it was all gone.

The appliances and cabinets and drywall and hideous tile counters were gone.  Zap.  A distant memory in the back of a very big dumpster.

Bliss.  Pure and utter bliss.  Can I just say that where there is nothing in the space it looks sooooo much bigger!

And now that we’ve settled on the layout?  Permit time…..

The real fun can begin.

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Affordable, high end tile? You betcha says Filmore Clark!

It’s Wednesday. 

I think, dear reader, you already know what that means.  You’re probably right.  In fact if you guessed “he’s still sleeping and probably hung over from one too many gimlets and the fumes from painting his office black and in fact he probably will have one leg hanging over the side of the bed and drool marks on the pillow” then you’re dead on.  I practice a special religion where Wednesday is my sabbath!

So with all that being said I’ve decided to hand the reins of my blog over to the venerable Lee Nicholson of super acclaimed West Hollywood tile showroom Filmore Clark.  She’s a dear friend and I kid you not her showroom makes me want to max a credit card (or three) on tile goodness. Yeah.  Seriously.

If you’re in West Hollywood (or Santa Monica, Pasadena, Long Beach or anywhere within a ten mile radius of West Hollywood) stop in her showroom and say hi.  Make sure you bring a treat for Gladys.

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A Tile for Every Budget

- Lee Nicholson

Designing a new home or a smaller remodel can be frustrating. It is a lesson in patience and making difficult choices. Tile should be fun.  It should be like the jewelry in your room.

I enjoy a challenge. Hearing “Well, I don’t really have a budget for tile” does not dissuade me from helping a client design a bath or kitchen they will love.  If money were not the object it would be easy, right?

It may seem unlikely to most but one really can find well priced and beautiful tile to fit almost any budget. Don’t shy away from the perceived “high end” showrooms. Engage the design associate in a real conversation and you just might find something spectacular for your project.

Enjoy the search!

Surprise!  Following are a few tile choices that are surprisingly affordable and add quite a punch per dollar spent.

BlueSlide engraved tiles at 6×6, custom glazed from a pallet of over 25 colors.  Use as a border mixed with solid color tile and voila!  A great focal point in a shower or backsplash

Retail $36.00 per square foot

ClayHaus has a unique and extensive pallet of colors.  Sizes range from 1×4, 2×4 and 4×4.

Retail $25.00 to $34.00 per square foot

Kaleidoscope glass mosaics can be used as an overall field or cut into borders for just a touch of pattern and color.  Mesh mounted sizes include 1×4, 1×6, 2×8 and several other size.

Retail $28.00 per square foot

By the way – all of the products shown above are made in the United States to your specifications to make the possibilities endless!

Filmore Clark

607 West Knoll Drive, West Hollywood California 90069

Web: www.filmoreclark.com    Twitter: @filmoreclark

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