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Shiplap and its Wood Paneling Cousins, and When to Use Them

Catie L. Quanrud June 19, 2019 0
Thanks to HGTV’s show Fixer Upper, the old woodworking term shiplap has become as common in our lexicon as brunch and...

The Five Essential Kitchen Organizational Upgrades

Catie L. Quanrud April 15, 2019 0
One of the first projects I sold after going to work for a custom woodworking factory was a kitchen extension I’d...

Here’s a Before-and-After Kitchen You Won’t See Anywhere Else

Catie L. Quanrud December 19, 2018 0
There's nothing I enjoy more than taking a room devoid of personality and infusing it with character.  We've all seen kitchens...

Collaborations Made This Year My Favorite

Catie L. Quanrud December 5, 2018 0
[caption id="attachment_499" align="alignleft" width="237"] The very first Think Small advert, originally published in Life Magazine, 1959.[/caption] Think Small, one of the...

A Woman’s Temper(ament)

Catie L. Quanrud October 2, 2018 0
Last week’s dual testimonies of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Brent Kavanaugh were painful for me, as I’m sure they were...

Four Questions to Ask Before You Hire a General Contractor

Catie L. Quanrud September 11, 2018 0
My Grandpa Charlie began his career by sweeping the shop floor of at a North Dakotan Chrysler dealership, and ended his...

Considering Wood Countertops? Read This First.

Catie L. Quanrud July 23, 2018 0
[caption id="attachment_376" align="alignleft" width="150"] The only thing this car is missing is a bossy blonde driver.[/caption] I love restored vintage cars,...

Six Design Trends I’d Like to Bring Back

Catie L. Quanrud May 10, 2018 0
I still remember the first time a tile retailer showed me a series of wood-look porcelain tile, assuring me it was...

Five Easy Ways Your Foyer or Lobby Can Drive More Sales

Catie L. Quanrud April 16, 2018 0
When considering a new hair salon, my first two questions are what kind of lighting does it have and what color...

How to Pull Off Statement Jewelry (for Cabinets)

Catie L. Quanrud March 25, 2018 0
I have always been jealous of my sister Julia’s sense of style, especially the way she carries off big, chunky jewelry....