From Our Editor-in-Chief

The Relieved Renovator

Written on January 13, 2014 at 9:00 am , by

Now that our editor-in-chief, Lauren Purcell, is finally done with her kitchen renovation, she’s sharing her thoughts on what she would do differently next time.

Did This

 

1. Took a Vacation

During the dustiest, loudest, most disruptive phase of the renovation–the demolition of the old kitchen–I was at the beach. Smart move.

 

2. Relied on Expert Advice

Luckily for me, my designer understood my insane schedule, and for most big design decisions, she presented me with a carefully curated array of options (five paint colors, not 25), so I could make choices quickly.

 

3. Listed My Major Must-Haves

For instance, I clearly articulated my ideal appliance layout (fridge and range on the same wall); cabinet configuration (floor to ceiling); and flooring (cork). That helped streamline the process.

 

Shoulda Done This, Too

 

1. Planned Another Getaway Six Weeks Later

That’s around the time I really hit my limit on living in my bedroom on toaster-oven cuisine and takeout Thai. By the time I was able to¬† emerge from my lady-cave, I was almost too cooped-up and cranky to appreciate the beautiful new space.

 

2. Picked a Few Details to Focus On

Making choices from a limited selection was definitely efficient. But as it turns out, the aspects I love most about my new kitchen are the ones I got more involved with–like the ceiling fixture, which I picked out after a long, enjoyable afternoon at the lighting showroom. In retrospect, I wish I had done the same with a few other items. I think I’d love my backsplash even more if the tile felt like my personal discovery.

 

3. Mentioned the Little Stuff

What I didn’t communicate very well were some of the details that make a big difference in my day-to-day. All my lights are on dimmers (big request), but the switches themselves aren’t the kind I prefer–too fiddly. of course, they’re easily changed. But next time, I’ll remember to bring up anything I’m opinionated about, not just the biggies. Wait! Did I just commit in writing to a next time?

Lauren Purcell on @NowThisFood!

Written on November 7, 2013 at 12:07 pm , by

Throughout the month of November, our editor-in-chief, Lauren Purcell, will be sharing Thanksgiving tips on the food section of NowThis News, as well as their instagram, @NowThisFood. Turkey tips in 15 seconds? It doesn’t get much easier than that–or more fun! Check out the intro video here on our Instagram and watch the first video on @NowThisFood, where Lauren explains how to roast a turkey without a rack!

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