The Interior Design Issue

Wood, metal, earth. That’s how I describe the kitchen I renovated many years ago.

The cabinets were a rich cherry, the hardware a burnished stainless steel and the flooring — ouch — an earthy, but unforgiving, slate that wreaked havoc on my lower back whenever I stood in the kitchen for any length of time – which was often.

And then there was the heating vent that ended up in the middle of the floor when I moved the island just a few feet. I made another mistake when I put the dish cupboard above the dishwasher. In theory, it was a smart idea. In practice, it was a miss. When I opened the dishwasher to unload, I couldn’t reach the cupboard shelves.

If I had known then what I know now, I would have enlisted the help of an interior designer who would have solved the problems, worked out the details and designed a beautiful and functional kitchen using innovative materials with on-trend accents. In other words, a kitchen I could love without regrets.

Let’s face it, building and renovating is expensive and mistakes can be costly. That’s why we’ve focused on interior design in this issue. We’ve gathered together the experts to talk about the things you must know before you build your dream home, the design trends you’ll want in your home right now, the latest and greatest in kitchen design, winning ways with window treatments and much more.

We hope you enjoy our March issue as much as we’ve enjoyed working on it. We’d love to hear from you. Please send your news and views to Nancy.Johnson@LifestylePubs.com.