Sink Spotting

So looking for sinks isn’t a hobby on the same level as trainspotting… not yet anyway. But there’s nothing like the kick you get when your new sink fits your big spaghetti pot and you can fill it without tipping or tilting. (Well, maybe I get excited about this stuff.) There’s more selection in sinks … Read more

Choosing a Greener Refrigerator

Everyone wants to save energy and live greener. According to BobVila.com, the first place to look when trying to save energy is the kitchen’s biggest guzzler: the refrigerator. If your fridge was purchased before 1993, it uses twice as much energy as today’s Energy Star rated models. Here are some tips to get green and … Read more

LivingKitchen 2013

::Surroundings:: regular contributor Lori Dolnick is always on the go and her most recent trip was to IMM Cologne in Germany. Lori was kind enough to put together a great video of what’s hot in European kitchen design. Trend Report by Lori Dolnick I recently traveled to Cologne, Germany for the 2013 LivingKitchen trade show … Read more

Tile of Spain: Designs With Designs

By ::Surroundings:: Guest Blogger Lori Dolnick According to Tile expert, Ryan Fasan the tile industry – especially the Tile of Spain manufacturers – are in a renaissance period. Spanish technology is driving innovation from every facet. For instance, ink jet printing is providing limitless opportunity for design customization and to reinvent organic themes such as wood … Read more

An Outdoor Kitchen Goes Environmental and Edible!

Contributed by Lori Dolnick What happens when 28 talented and creative high-end designers come together? A masterpiece is created. Plain and simple. The Pasadena Showcase House, a non-profit organization based in California chooses a home for an indoor, and outdoor makeover every year and the results are well, pretty amazing. The transformation process from basic … Read more

What’s Cooking in Contemporary Design: Hot Products from the 2010 Kitchen & Bath Show

Contributed by Lori Dolnick Contemporary style was well represented at this year’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Chicago. Beyond each manufacturer’s desire to cover their bases between traditional, transitional and contemporary lines – I am seeing strong offerings in the modern arena. One theory… while our worlds are hectic and complex outside the … Read more

International Housewares Show – Healthy Living Made Beautiful

By Lori Dolnick The International Home + Housewares Show (Chicago, IL) offered the opportunity to experience today’s hottest consumer lifestyle and product trends. Healthy living has been a growing trend at the show – and this year was no exception. What is new is that healthy living products look far less “medicinal” and more designed … Read more

An inside peak at Eric Ripert’s kitchen for his PBS TV Series – AVEC ERIC

We recently had an inside peak at world renowned chef, Eric Ripert’s show kitchen shot for his first solo TV series on PBS stations, AVEC ERIC. Ripert’s kitchen plays an important part in his creative process and is truly a reflection of his holistic approach to food and lifestyle. In each episode Chef Ripert guides … Read more

Contributor Lori Dolnick on The Morris Arboretum

Contributed by Lori Dolnick Out on a Limb gives you a heightened awareness of trees – from scaffolding that’s 50 feet above the forest floor. One of the Arboretum’s oldest living oaks grows within the exhibit. It’s lineage dates back over 250 years. If you live anywhere near Philadelphia, PA, you really must take a … Read more

Contributor Lori Dolnick at Poggenpohl

Poggenpohl Dining Desk reinvents the idea of what a table can do. Contributed by Lori Dolnick Recently, I attended the grand opening of Poggenpohl’s newest showroom in Old City Philadelphia. Poggenpohl is a leading luxury cabinetmaker that’s known for their sophisticated modern designs, environmental stewardship and innovative technology. Visitors to the showroom will be able … Read more

Color is Everything

Contributed by Lori Dolnick Color is everything. From high-end sinks to contract wallcoverings – the trend spotters work hard to stay on top. I’m just getting back from Germany where I visited the Blanco SILGRANIT factory. Blanco is an 85-year old family-owned company that makes some of the world’s finest and most innovative sink and … Read more

Opt For Outside Living

Contributed byLori Dolnick. Check out VixenHill.com where you can design your own eat-in porch, right online. The online porch builder is a brand new feature of their website that also lets you build shutters and gazebos online. These are fine wood products that are crafted in Pennsylvania. The design is modular so you can build … Read more