I am honored to serve on the board of the Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation. For those of you who have not taken the opportunity to experience the museum in London, run, don’t walk, to have one of the most enjoyable and informative visual treats in the city. The museum was established in 1833, and opened to the public upon Soane’s death in 1837.

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Recently, I posted a picture of a bubble gum pink bath. It was a pretty intense space, but it used the highest quality designs and products that were available in the late 30’s or 40’s.

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Believe it or not, I have never had a new kitchen. But now that my fabulous Waterworks kitchen is installed and functional in my new home, it is time to acquire an updated attitude toward accessories. I certainly will not abandon the things I have loved over the years, but a new approach is always called for when you settle into a new space.

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My former kitchen had been unchanged for decades. It was designed and built on site when I knew very little about kitchens. Over time, I improved the flow of the space by moving certain things around: The pots went under the cooktop, the china shifted closer to the dishwasher, and the dry food and spices relocated to any available space that remained. I also exchanged the original Formica countertops for Danby marble. Still, the room never worked particularly well. It is remarkable what you can get used to!

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