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Use design boards in your kitchen remodel…. especially if you’re a DIY(er)

015Ok, so you have decided not to hire a professional to design your new kitchen. That’s OK, but please do me a favor and heed my advice.  Unless you’ve done this before successfully, without do-overs or mistakes…. use a designers technique to look at the big picture first! Get all your surface materials and paint colors together and lay them out on a neutral colored surface  and live with  it for a few days before you pull the trigger and order any of those items for your remodel. DSC_0257You might be saying…” oh I know what I like “. Well, I’m sure you do and you probably have great taste most of the time,  but not everything in your closet goes with each other does it? You bought all those items because you like them, and they are most likely all very nice! However, that doesn’t mean that the brown and pink paisley shirt goes with the teal green striped skirt! They are both nice, but don’t work paired with each other, now do they? Continue reading Use design boards in your kitchen remodel…. especially if you’re a DIY(er)

The origin of the word Kitchen

Have you ever wondered why all the other rooms in your house are labeled with the activity that takes place in them…. except the Kitchen!  The bed room has a bed in it, the dining room is where you dine, the bathroom is where you bathe, the play room is where you play and the living room is where you live (well, I live in the kitchen mostly but that’s just me).

Why is the kitchen not called the cooking room? Where did that word come from? The answer is the same as the origin of most words…. from Latin. The Old Latin word (that you can only find in a Latin dictionary) is coquere meaning “to cook”. Then that translated in many languages from Old English, Cycene, to kichene in Middle English to cucina in europe (various countries had different spellings) eventually  to the word kitchen.

But why did ‘they’ decide to use one word, a word that means ‘to cook’ and not ‘the cooks room’ ?  If anyone has an answer let me know. I am the curious sort!