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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I know that many of you anticipate our Waterworks catalogs, and we are extraordinarily proud of our newest one featuring Waterworks cabinetry. A bit of a look back: We have, for 40 years, sold kitchen sinks and faucets, kitchen tile and other surfaces. However, just four years ago, we added other categories to complete the kitchen experience. This included an expanded assortment of hardware and lighting, plus more sinks and even more kitchen faucets. But the biggest change is now the addition of kitchen cabinetry.

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An hour or two of inspiration goes a long way.  Last week I squeezed in a little time to go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see the latest show from the Costume Institute. It is called “Heavenly Bodies” and was inspired by the vestments of the Catholic Church.

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