08 July 2009

The Skirted Roundtable: Kitchens with Susan Serra!!

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Cote de Texas readers loved Sally Wheat’s kitchen when I first showed it last year.  I recently returned to Sally’s house to take all new pictures because so much has changed!  Of course it has – Sally is an interior designer!   The new pictures will be presented here in August to coincide with an article on the Wheat’s House in Houston House and Home, of which I will be writing the copy.    OY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

This week – Linda and I interview Susan Serra, CKD, about, what else, kitchens!  Susan, who writes the blog, The Kitchen Designer, is a certified kitchen designer and is extremely knowledgeable about what is trending in kitchens today (hint:  clean lines.)   She gave us a lot of ideas for countertop options and appliances, and all sorts of other kitchen goodies  - so, go listen!!!!    It’s all very informative and entertaining.   Megan from Beach Bungalow 8 is MIA this week, but she will return next week.   To listen to Susan’s kitchen talk, go here.

 

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18 comments:

  1. First I will just say that I love listening to the Skirted Roundtable. You guys are great.

    Secondly I adore all of the photos that you have shared of Sally Wheat's two homes. Not just like, actually LOVE. I'm going to be waiting with bated breath!

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  2. I have a thing for windows and doors...so I am just loving this window!! So pretty! Daisy~

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  3. Sally's house is incredible! I visited in the winter and I was in awe the entire time. I just love her style so, so much! I can't wait to see this article you guys are collaborating on. I hope her home is published in a national magazine some day. How does that even happen? Do the magazines scout for homes or do designers and homeowners submit them?

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  4. Joni, I really enjoyed your podcast with Susan. Joni, I love the carrara marble counters in your kitchen. You have been in this business long enough before we buy the new trend we are already out because the industry has moved on. Keep us buying that is the motto. I love the classic yet fresh and fun look of your home. Keep doing the Joni look, it suits you, Kathysue

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  5. thegardenerscottageJuly 8, 2009 at 9:26 PM

    Joni, I think honed marble countertops are so classic. I think of old estates when I see them. I don't think they will ever be out of style. Maybe not up-to-the-minute but that doesn't seem your style anyways. Janet

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  6. I love this photo of Sally Wheat's kitchen and look forward to seeing your photos of changes at the Wheat's home. Great podcast and good advice from Susan to think more about the "feeling" one wants their kitchen to have, rather than just focusing on buying huge restaurant style stainless steel appliances (for example) because they're popular right now. Deborah

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  7. If Sally's kitchen is any indication of what the rest of her house looks like, I'm definitely in. Her kitchen is really nice. It's so funny because I've been really into Gray. You can't beat the classic lux of marble.

    Cheers,
    Karen O.

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  8. Joni,

    I just realized that one of the photos I have for my Kitchen storage post is actually Sally's kitchen! I've amended the post to note that it's Sally's kitchen (your friend.)

    Karen O. :)

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  9. Way to go Joni, you should be getting paid to write! I think it is your calling!
    Tina

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  10. I listened to the SRT last night,
    and it really got me thinking about this modern design trend. Isn't Susan from New York? New York and California have always had more modern urban pockets of people than the norm. Susans kitchen wasn't my taste or that of any of my clients. A lot of my clients are 50ish and 60ish they are inheriting family pieces and china etc. that they want to have in their homes, they don't care about the current trends they want something that is more timeless that they can keep current with a few well chosen accessories. I did 2 kitchen remodels recently. one we gutted did new white cabinets, glazed,german seeded glass, wolf range, stainless appliances, huge black island, granite, scrapped hardwood floors. It looks timeless and like it cost alot, to me Susans didn't. It is just like this color or neutral thing? I can't decide which way to go. I wonder what Pam Pierces previous house looked like? Did it have color or has she always loved neutrals?
    Tina

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  11. Ok, I need to go to work and quit leaving comments! I have slate counters in my kitchen. I put them in about 12 years ago. I love them!
    At the time I did it because I could not afford granite, and then when I could I didn't want to change, but it is porous, I seal them every six months with a stone
    enhancer sealer, easy to do pour on wipe off let dry. I have butcher block on the island for cutting. I also have slate floors in several rooms, hides everything,
    wear, dirt, I seal the floors once a year before the holidays. The beach house we stayed at in San Diego last month had wonderful sand colored slate, matte no enhancer perfect looked clean all the time!
    Tina

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  12. I enjoyed The Skirted Roundtable, as always, Joni!

    I'm looking forward to the new photos of Sally's kitchen. When I saw the photo, I was reminded of a little piece of bric-a-brac, sitting under the sink, in the kitchen. It's been there for a few years. I think I'll dig it out and put it on a wall, under the cabinets. It's way out of date...but all of a sudden, I don't mind. Will use it anyway.:-)

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  13. oh can't wait! hahah ijust realized i painted my cabs the same color as sally wheat's kitchen without even realizing it!! hahah you're getting into our sunconscious!!!

    also- i don't know if i can handle blog rankings much longer!!! i feel this crazy pressure to post like i've never felt before, because i know when there are new posts up, there are more clicks!!! i don't know if i can take it!! Hahaha
    xoxo

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  14. I just listened to the podcast and enjoyed it very much. I love the idea of a sofa in the dinette area...I have been thinking about doing that in a corner of my kitchen and now, want to pursue it..Was glad to hear that artwork in the kitchen is important. I have a beautiful painting I just treated myself to last week at an art show and it is hanging in my kitchen! Joni, I don't think white marble is "out"...how can white marble not be timeless??? it is one of the oldest natural products that has been used over many centuries... I can't possibly think of it as a trend...Your kitchen is gorgeous and reflects the things you love!

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  15. So great to hear a kitchen designer get into the details of kitchens...I find them the most challenging for that reason.

    Great job Joni!

    Best,
    Michelle

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  16. You will be writing the copy!! CONGRATS!

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  17. I sent this photo to my sister, she will soon be painting her oak cabinets gray. She loved it, as did I. thanks

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  18. I clicked on the link, but the interview is no longer available. What happened?

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