Monthly Archives: November 2014

Giving Thanks for Family Traditions

Thanksgiving TraditionsAs people whose professions focus around creating happy homes, it’s no surprise that Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays. With nature serving the perfect color palette, it’s the time of year that allows us to slow down and remember all that we are grateful for while being surrounded by family, friends and endless food!

We thought it would be fun to share our favorite Thanksgiving traditions and recipes. Please add your Turkey Day favorites in the comments section — thank you!

Linda Fougerousse | Principal Designer

What I love most about Thanksgiving is that the entire focus is about gathering family together and sharing food.  When my mom, sister or I cook, each of us brings our largest Tupperware containers (appropriately nicknamed “The Trough”) so we can bring home the leftovers.

Thanksgiving weekend also includes a family trip to the farm to chop down the Christmas tree. My son and husband have an ongoing joke/excuse that they don’t know how to string the tree lights. So every year, I play along and am the one responsible for making sure the lights are on just right. After that, we all decorate the tree with ornaments — even the cat likes to help with that job!

Bailey’s Cheesecake

Crust: Oreo Cookie (remove all the cream and process the cookies in a food processor).  You can add in some graham crackers or shortbread cookies to mix it up a bit.  Add about 1/4 cup melted butter and then press in to pan.

Mix:

  • 3 – 8 oz packages of cream cheese
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup Baileys irish cream
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • Optional: 3/4 cup of mini chocolate chips (they don’t sink to bottom like regular size chips)

Top:  Whip cream

Mix the cream cheese, cornstarch and the sugar together softening up the cream cheese.  Then beat the eggs just slightly and then add them to the mixture.  Beat the mixture (2-5 minutes) but don’t over beat it.  The more you beat it, the more air you add and lighter it becomes. We like it a little more dense so I don’t beat it too much.

Preheat oven to 350. When you’re ready for the cheesecake, reduce the temp to 325.

Creating a water bath keeps the moisture high to avoid cracking and also provides a slower, more even way of cooking.  To prevent water from seeping into the removable bottom of the springform pan, wrap aluminum foil completely around the bottom and halfway up the sides of the pan. Then put your springform pan into a larger pan and fill the larger pan with water only going about 1/3 the way the springform pan.

Bake for 1 hour or until the center is just about done. Turn off the oven and leave the cheesecake in there for 5-10 minutes.  Crack the oven open just slightly to slowly cool the cake about 30 minutes. Remove cake from oven and let stand for another 20-30 minutes.  It should be cool enough to pick up the pan.  Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.

Just before serving, whip up 1 container of whip cream and pipe or spread on the top.  Sprinkle with chocolate shavings if desired.

Dawn Alpern | Associate Designer

Our family hosts Thanksgiving each year, but the dinner is a collective effort with each family bringing a favorite dish or dessert to share. We eat, drink and enjoy spending time together.

My favorite Thanksgiving dish to prepare is Brown Sugar Glazed Sweet Potatoes:

  • 4 Pounds red-skinned sweet potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2/3 Cups packed golden brown sugar
  • 5 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 Teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ Teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Pinch of ginger
  • 2 Cups miniature marshmallows
  • ½ Cup sliced almonds

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Arrange potatoes in a 13 x 9 x 2-inch glass baking dish.  Combine sugar, butter, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg and ginger in a small, heavy saucepan over medium heat.  Bring to boil, stirring until sugar dissolves.  Pour over potatoes, toss to coat.  Cover dish tightly with foil.

Bake potatoes 50 minutes.  Uncover and bake potatoes until they are tender and syrup thickens slightly, basting occasionally, about 20 minutes.  Increase oven temperature to 500 degrees.  Top potatoes with marshmallows and almonds.  Return to oven and bake until marshmallows begin to melt and almonds begin to brown, about 3 minutes.

Makes 8 servings.

Karen King | Marketing

How many families can say that their Thanksgiving meal includes Pez candy? 15 years ago, my sister started our annual tradition of passing a Pez dispenser around the table, popping a piece of candy and sharing what we are thankful for. When she got married in Ireland around Thanksgiving time, she had Pez dispensers at every table and wedding guests shared their gratitudes. (I’m sure we confused the Irish attendees who thought Thanksgiving centered around Turkey, not rectangular sugar candy!)

Besides Pez :), my favorite Thanksgiving dish is when my husband deep-fries fresh turkey from Harrison’s Poultry in peanut oil. He whips together some crazy marinade concoctions and injects them into the bird. I always make sure there is a fire extinguisher nearby, but it’s so worth it!

Happy Thanksgiving from our families to yours!

Quick Reference Guide to Faucet Finishes

There’s more than what meets the eye when you are looking for the perfect kitchen or bathroom faucets and accessories. We’ve put together this handy reference guide to help you determine which faucet finishes would work best for your home.

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FAUCET FINISHES PROS CONS
Chrome Very popular, most inexpensive Spots
Polished Nickel Also popular – has a warmer finish Spots, harder to find matching accessories
Brushed Nickel One of the most durable finishes. Doesn’t show water spots or fingerprints Doesn’t give the shiny impact of chrome or polished nickel
Stainless Steel No plating, long lasting Can scratch and rust
Oil Rubbed Bronze Easy to clean and match accessories More expensive and not as popular

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FAUCET FINISHES PROS CONS
Brass Easy to clean and match accessories More expensive and not as popular
Satin Brass Elegant unique look that doesn’t show spots or fingerprints Harder to find and more expensive
Copper Great antibacterial properties. Will develop beautiful patina over time Very hard to find and match accessories
Satin Bronze Is a nice alternative to copper that offers a softer look than oil rubbed bronze but can be used with similar finishes Very expensive and harder to find accessories
Matte Black Easy to clean, doesn’t show dirt Hard to find accessories

(Faucet images credit: Ferguson.com)

Need more help? Our design team specializes in bathroom renovation and can assist with everything from space planning to finishing touches. We also have additional information on the Resources section of our website.

 

How to Choose the Right Bathroom Tile

Choosing bathroom tile for your renovation can be extremely overwhelming. Knowing the advantages and disadvantages of each material, you’ll be able to narrow down your selection to best suit your needs.


Ceramic Bathroom TileCeramic Bathroom Tile
Pros
• Unlimited color selection
• Tons of shapes
• Most budget friendly

Cons
• Can crack easily
• Color only on surface
• Most is wall and ceiling (floor available but will have a different rating)

Porcelain Bathroom Tile
ProsPorcelain Bathroom Tile
• Unlimited color selection
• Excellent substitute for natural stone and other materials
• Can be used on floors and walls

Cons
• Limited shapes and trim pieces
• Color only on surface
• Harder to cut to size

Natural Stone Bathroom TileNatural Stone Bathroom Tile
Pros
• Minimal upkeep
• Durable and timeless
• Color consistency throughout
• Many size options for the more popular stone

Cons
• Can be porous and will need to be sealed
• Highest cost
• Some stone is hard to cut as it can flake

 For more information on bathroom tile or bathroom renovations, visit our website’s Resources page.

Interior Transformation’s End-of-Year Cabinet Sale

Thinking about new cabinets or a built-in storage system? Don’t miss our huge cabinet sale!

We have teamed up with Fieldstone Cabinetry to offer a special dealer discount on doors, finishes and inset cabinetry now through the end of the year. The timing is perfect: save now and install after the holidays. Contact us today for a complimentary on-site consultation.

Here are the highlights of our cabinet sale:Cabinet Sale

  • 5% off 12 popular doors
  • 10% off four new door styles
  • 30% off inset cabinetry
  • 5% of Lyptus cabinetry
  • Finishes are now just a 10% upcharge — a savings up to 30%
  • Free: customize your door edges
    Effective with orders received 10/20 through 12/31/2014

Contact us today for a quote. Once 2014 is over, so is this cabinet sale!

Cabinet Sale For door styles on sale, please see our Fieldstone Promo Flier ends 12.31.14Cabinet Sale

 

What we love about Fieldstone Cabinetry:Fieldstone Cabinetry handcrafted

  • Every piece is carefully handcrafted, one at a time. Yes, even the sanding, glazes and distressing are all precisely finished by humans, not machines.
  • These high-quality cabinets are built to last and are backed by a limited lifetime warranty.
  • Every single detail of the cabinet — inside and out — is carefully examined to ensure the highest quality product.
  • Because they have easy access to raw materials and the entire operation is under one roof in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Fieldstone’s production is extremely efficient with fast turnaround times. And when our client is in the middle of a kitchen remodel, every day counts!
  • No matter what cabinet style, size, color, wood type, finish or function we custom create in our designs, Fieldstone can make the concept a reality for our clients.

The Gold Furniture Rush

The rich, warm tones of gold furniture are making a comeback and we are having a lot of fun incorporating this metal into our designs.

Want to add a little bling to your decor? Don’t be afraid to mix a touch of gold, brass or copper with your other metallic finishes. The key is keeping the pieces balanced.

Here is a round up of our favorite new gold furniture that we’ve mined for you:

Sutton Cocktail Table

We love the Sutton Cocktail Table with its patinated brass finish and rivet trim that delivers the perfect blend of edge and elegance.

 

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This sleek Dorwin Chair in cool white leather makes a statement from every angle. The perfect piece to start mixing metals into your living space.

 

Desmond Coffee Table

The Desmond Coffee Table adds sparkle and drama with its gold leaf finish, glass top, scroll details and mirrored base.

 

Kindel Chest

We can’t take our eyes off of this new twist on a classic piece first introduced at the Arrowhead Springs Hotel in 1939 by acclaimed designer Dorothy Draper. Now available in a bold cobalt blue, the Westbury Dressing Chest features brass pulls and a gilt gold trim at the base that adds an unexpected element of interest.

 

Gold & Acrylic table Gold & Acrylic table 2

These gold and acrylic (yes, Plexi!) tables from Modern History deliver opulence and glamour to any contemporary living room.  Featured top to bottom: the Soho Cocktail  and Midland Cocktail Tables.

 

Sconce

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Vintage brass wall sconces from Arteriors exemplify simple elegance and are perfect for a hallway or powder room.

Ready to go for the gold? We can help! Contact us today if you would like design assistance or more information about any of the products shown here.