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special advertising section Materials Timeless kitchens abound with natural materials. Using wood flooring and cabinets is a great place to start. A well-worn reclaimed wide-board floor of- fers authenticity to the room and wood cabinets lend an ageless feel. Linoleum flooring is also an enduring alternative. Introduced to kitchens in the early part of the 20th century, it has regained popularity once again for its durable and sustainable qualities. Natural stone is also an important material when achieving a lasting look. While a scratched laminated surface quickly dates your countertops, the beauty of soapstone and marble—two great timeless materials—only look more beautiful when well worn. Tom Kelly, owner of TRK Designs, believes a mix of materials—wood, stone, even concrete—is key to creating a space that remains fresh for years to come. Frank McCormick of McCormick Kitchens agrees about keeping the look simple with an earth tone color palette. "There are some great manmade products on the market that of- fer a natural look—the Cambria line of countertops are durable and timeless." Cabinets Cabinets reproduced from old butler's pantry designs of the late 1900s are a great alternative to today's more elaborate designs that quickly date them- selves. These well-proportioned Shaker-style (simple raised and flat paneled doors) profiles never go out of fashion. Instead of solid cabinets, mix open and glass-front cabinets to evoke a timeless feel, and incorporate freestanding dish hutches for an unfitted look. "Stay away from trendy cabinet looks that will label your kitchen to a specific timeframe years from now," says Ken Dempsy, president and owner of NorthShore Kitchens. "Choosing colors and details that don't break the bank but give your kitchen a 'wow' factor is important for long-term consideration." Cabinets painted white never seem to go out of fashion, and don't be afraid to go with a dark stain on a wooden counter—the color contrast is striking. Kelly agrees, "Incorporating simple colors and de- signs will make the look last." PhotograPhy by Eric roth Appliances One thing that is wonderful about kitchens based on these timeless principles is that the latest appliances always seem welcome—whether it's a stainless steel Sub-Zero or an Aga cooker. The design doesn't fall apart when they are introduced. "Choosing the right appliances that will hold up equally well to the quality and life expectancy of your kitchen cabinets is also important. The number one reason that most homeowners decide to remodel a kitchen is due to failed appliances," says Dempsy. " Creating beautiful homes, one room at a time. A timeless kitchen follows design direction from the architectural details found in the rest of the house so the elements coexist in harmony. Tom Kelly, owner TRK Design Co. " SATURDAY MAY 5 2012 KITCHEN TOUR New Castle, NH 10AM-3PM Carpeting Upholstery Window Treatments Take advantage of our shop at home service WWW.LANDRYHOME DECORATING.COM (866) - LANDRY7 Photo: gregwestphotography.com Peek inside the contemporary & traditional homes of this historic seacoast town in a 2

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