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RE: Towels - recommendations? (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: momto4kids on 11.12.2006 at 10:14 am in Cooking Forum

I have to agree with Shaun on this one. I have Martex "Platinum" towels. I only buy white towels. One of DH's "quirks" is everyone has to use a fresh towel everyday. So, with six of us...and I don't wash towels everyday, so I need them to be "in stock"..we have a lot of towels. I'm sure I have at least 50 in current rotation. We had previously been through Ralph Lauren, Bloomies, Fieldcrest, etc. These Martex towels have held up the best, by far.

And what's better...I found them the cheapest at Kohl's online.

As to Costco...can't you order the towels online from them?


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RE: Towels - recommendations? (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: triciae on 11.11.2006 at 02:45 pm in Cooking Forum

We love Pottery Barn towels. They are oversized & the most absorbent towels we've ever used. They're thick Turkish 100% cotton. No shrinkage, no puckering, no fraying, no lint, no fading...been using them for 4+ years.

Here is a link that might be useful: Pottery Barn Towels


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RE: Towels - recommendations? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: compumom on 11.11.2006 at 01:20 pm in Cooking Forum

The best towels I've ever used are from Bloomingdales. They are called Embrace by Christy and made in England. They stay soft and lovely wash after wash and they're absorbent! Most soft towels these days seem to lack that very important quality.

Here is a link that might be useful: Embrace by Christy


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RE: lighting layout and overcabinet lighting (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: femmelady on 10.24.2006 at 10:00 am in Kitchens Forum

I don't know if our lighting plan will be helpful for ideas, but I thought I'd show it anyway. We have 8' ceilings and a long somwhat narrow kitchen. 26 x 13.

The most important thing I found was to have several choices to turn on. We have center 6" cans for when we really want the place lit up; we have 4" cans which are centered right over the edge of the counters - these wash the cabinets in a gorgeous light, and we have undercabint lighting although I don't recommend our brand as we've had to mess with them a lot.

We chose MR16 lights over the peninsula because I really wanted the colors of my granite to pop out. These are jewelry counter styles lights. I thought they might be too bright but they're not at all and they really bring out the colors of the granite. We also did some in-cabinet lights for a couple of glass doors. All of these are on separate switches (we have 5 total), so I can turn on any combination I want. I would very much recommend that.

Also, if it's not too late, consider in ceiling speakers. We are really happy we did that and enjoy some great classical music (or a little Bruce Springsteen on occasion!).

The effect ...


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RE: Kitchen Lighting (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: jon1270 on 10.22.2006 at 08:43 am in Kitchens Forum

How's this look?

After looking more closely at your layout, I think I'd go for 50w bulbs; probably the 50PAR30/HAL/SPL/FL40. Mostly this is because you've got a lot of features packed close together, and the closer bulb spacing makes it easier to emphasize what you want emphasized.

To explain the image, I'm thinking of the red dots as normal downlights, and the yellow ones as some sort of eyeball or wall-washer trim for bouncing light off of the tall fridge/ freezer/ wall oven/ pantry elements, plus some sort of chandelier or large pendant over the table. You can use pendants over the island, if you like; personal preference, really. I think I'd avoid those, but I can't say exactly why I feel that way.

As to specific fixtures, I'm not the best person to recommend one brand over another. I believe there are fewer trims available for 5" cans, so you might narrow the field of can choices by choosing trims you like and that will accomodate the bulbs you want to use. If you choose cans and trims that can take 75W PAR 30s, you can always step up to those larger bulbs later.


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Kitchen Lighting

posted by: techno2006 on 10.06.2006 at 02:41 pm in Kitchens Forum

I am currently planning a major kitchen renovation and would like to use recessed lighting in the ceiling. I'd like to get an idea of what's out there and what is recommended etc, e.g.:

Size: 3",4", 5" Or 6"- What do you recommend?
Type: Incandescent, florescent, halogen, other?
Power: Line voltage or 12 volts, wattages?
Brand: What are some good brands and some specific units to look at?

My ceiling area is approximately 14' x 20'. This includes an adjacent eating area. A separate dining room is elsewhere.

I'm thinking that I might install about 24 recessed lights on the ceiling. Would this be overdoing it with lights? We do like a well lit kitchen.

Any thoughts/ideas/suggestions would be appreciated.



has a layout plan similar to ours
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best place to get interior door hardware?

posted by: kygirl99 on 11.21.2006 at 08:34 pm in Building a Home Forum

where did everyone get their interior door hardware? we can buy from anywhere we want. we have a $1,200 allowance so hopefully that will get us much of what we need.

I'm hoping to find discount places online to save on taxes and such.



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