Monthly Archives: October 2011

Inspirational Custom Kitchens

Posted on October 28th, 2011 by

We live in a day and age now where many ‘cookie cutter’ communities have popped up everywhere that lack individuality. That personal touch is lost in these communities because they all share the same floor plans and have similar design elements that may not match the lifestyle and personal taste of the homeowner. Let’s take the kitchen for example. The kitchen is a space where you can let your personal tastes and personality show through the design, making it an inspirational space that caters to you and your family. Take a look at a few inspirational kitchens that may inspire you to create the kitchen of your dreams.

Photos Courtesy of Architectural Digest

This kitchen used to be a family room but now copper, brass, and steel reign supreme in this breath-taking kitchen that features a large stone front pizza oven.

This Spanish-style home features an open kitchen and dining area that once existed as separate rooms. But taking down the walls proved to be a great move to open up the space and bring in more natural light.

This beautiful white kitchen features Sub-Zero integrated refrigeration drawers that merge seamlessly into the room. The built-in bookshelf is a nice touch for a homeowner who loves to try new recipes.

What does your dream kitchen look like? What special features would you add to make the kitchen reflect you and your family? Send Design Build Team a comment. We’d love to discuss.



Love, Strength, Courage, and STYLE

Posted on October 24th, 2011 by

Mary Brown Houston was born 120 years ago on October 19 into a privileged family in Springfield, Missouri. She studied design at Drury College as a young woman, romantically followed her young husband to Indiana where he was stationed during World War I, then on to the burgeoning auto industry in Michigan and Ohio. Life was upwardly mobile, new home to decorate, her daughter studying piano under a pupil of the composer Rachmaninoff. To be a “cultured woman” was the social goal of the day and she was very comfortable in that role.

Mary with her daughter Meredith.

With the financial upheaval of the GD (Great Depression), they lost everything. Struggling to hold the family together, she moved back to “Grandma’s in Springfield”.

There she aligned herself with an oriental rug importer, Mr. Malik, and began “decorating” homes, including homes for dignitaries in Jefferson City, Missouri. During this time she accumulated some beautiful oriental rugs and accompanying furniture.

Her sofa is right at home in our contemporary home today, redone as it was originally.

I had not thought too much of the design element about my grandmother, Mary, until her birthday. As I thought about her, I began to realize how beautiful her homes were. Though she and my grandfather never regained wealth, their homes I remember were beautifully decorated with “our” style which was always described as “Queen Anne”. Oriental rugs, predominantly red, with dark stained graceful, never heavy, furniture were all arranged in proper proportions.

Gardening – beautiful roses (Tiffany and Peace) were properly fed, pruned, and tilled, wearing her wide brimmed hat and light jacket even in 100 degree weather! I don’t believe I ever saw her in a pair of pants!

Award winning cook – she even had Eleanor Roosevelt visit her home when they lived in West Virginia because the First Lady was so impressed with Mary’s cake, pie, or cookies (I don’t remember which). Everything she served was beautiful. The table was beautifully set with flowers from the garden as centerpieces.

Comfortable love and closeness – what we experienced growing up, as my grandmother and grandfather lived right next door! Our lives were woven together – peaceful – beautiful and strong!

Nana & me.


– Merejo Dussair, Design Build Team, Inc.


The Importance of Under Cabinet Lighting

Posted on October 21st, 2011 by

Think about all the activities you do while working in the kitchen. There’s preparing meals – this may involve chopping vegetables, cutting meats, blending ingredients and etc. All of these activities require sufficient lighting first and foremost for safety reasons. One center light in your kitchen is not the proper amount of lighting for your entire kitchen. With only one main light in the kitchen, there are bound to be plenty of dark or shady spots under the cabinetry that need extra illumination.

Another reason why proper under cabinet lighting is so important is because it also enhances the aesthetics of the kitchen. Over the past 30 or so years, kitchens have transformed into the new heart of the home where socializing and entertaining has become a big draw. Under cabinet lighting helps to provide great illumination that can also highlight certain design aspects of a beautiful kitchen like a gorgeous glass tile backsplash.

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