Remodeling 101: All About Butcher Block Countertops

May 15, 2019

Warm and accommodating, butcher block is an affordable countertop material with a lot going for it. Maintain them regularly and butcher block countertops will reward you by aging gracefully. But without proper upkeep, they can dull and crack. Are butcher block countertops the right material for you and your kitchen? Read our butcher block counter primer to find out. Above: Good enough for a chef: a butcher-block countertop in the…


Remodeling 101: Why Kitchen Islands Are Ruining America’s Kitchens

April 30, 2019

In her monthly column for the Wall Street Journal, Gardenista editor Michelle tackles matters in interiors (even when her take is controversial: See her piece on embracing a little clutter). In this case, she battles against the kitchen island. Here’s the piece; see the original via the Wall Street Journal. Above: Michelle’s Mill Valley, California, kitchen, with a dining table in place of the island. Photograph by Mimi Giboin for Remodelista, from Kitchen Storage: A Drawer for…