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TopShop News | May 2013

 


TopShop News | May 2013  

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Julia Child's Kitchen on display at The National Museum of American History | Photo Credit: Hugh Talman (Smithsonian Institution)
In Praise of Julia Child & The Well-Cluttered Kitchen

by Steffanie Cameron | Build Direct Blog | April 29, 2013

Ahh, the French Chef. For many, the arrival of the 1963 PBS series was a doorway into a whole new world. 

In 1948, Julia Child, was stationed in post-war Paris with her husband, and little did she know then, but she’d change America’s cuisine forever in the years to come. 

She spent much of the next decade writing Mastering the Art of French Cooking, the cookbook that would introduce French cooking to “servantless American cooks” once published in 1961.

By then, she had returned to America to settle down with her husband in Massachusetts. Upon getting the word that her book was being published, there was no looking back for the towering dame who’d dominate the food scene for the next four decades. 

Photo Credit: Julia Child's Kitchen via Build Direct Blog
Photo via Build Direct Blog
Julia Child’s Kitchen

The quaint rural kitchen became the most famous kitchen in America, so, fittingly, at the turn of the 21st century, the Smithsonian Museum adopted it as a permanent exhibit, almost completely intact with the chef’s collection of over 800 knives and endless tools, and, yes, those incredible pegboards. 

Last weekend, I was kind of wistfully dreaming I could live Julia Child’s life and cook in her kitchen. I blame Nora Ephron, rest in peace, thanks to her delightfully fun movie Julie & Julia. The DVD extras came with a long feature about the Smithsonian’s adopting of Julia’s kitchen when she decided to move into a retirement community at the end of her life. It was a passionate tribute to a legendary kitchen, and I watched it rapt.

Today, kitchens often look almost sterile. So clean and clear of clutter. It feels almost like kitchens are meant to be seen but not used. 

My Dream Kitchen

No one could ever have accused Ms. Child of that sin of kitchen neglect. Everywhere, pegs and clips and hooks were filled with tools and pots and pans. Her kitchen was to cooking what a master carpenter’s tool shed is to his woodworking mastery: A place for everything, a tool for every job, with instruments displayed so you simply reach out, grab it, and work.

Looking at Julia’s well-cluttered kitchen, one can’t help but think there isn’t a designer alive who’d put that kitchen in a showhome today, and yet it would be my dream kitchen, and I imagine I’m not alone.

Julia Child didn’t live to eat, she lived to cook. And then eat. And then cook some more. The woman had a mirror and a makeup drawer in the kitchen, for when guests would call, because she spent so much time in there!

Toward the end of Ephron’s film, you see Julia and Paul assembling that famous kitchen upon moving into the house. Paul armed with a Jiffy maker, outlining pots and tools on these walls covered with a carpenter’s pegboards, so they’s always know where the pot was supposed to hang.

Between that, the endless drawers, the knife slots on her butcher’s carts. the magnetic strips filled with knives, and the knick-knacks that made it feel like home for her, the kitchen was a place meant for work, for creating amazing foods, and for sharing them with the world, and we’re all the better for her single-minded passion. 

Photo: Julia Child's Kitchen via Build Direct Blog
Photo via Build Direct Blog
Life Happens in Kitchens

I’m no Julia Child, but I’ve taught people to cook for a living in the past, and I believe there is no more valuable nor rewarding skill one can learn in life. Nothing beats being able to walk into your kitchen and make incredible braised chicken, or serve your lover an eggs Benedict on Sunday morning, or whip up the best cake ever for your kid’s birthday, or just cook yourself a killer steak when you want a quiet Friday night catching up on your PVR.

When you can do it for under $10 in ingredients versus shelling out $40 in a restaurant, you bet it’s a quality-of-life skill that makes you happier in heart and mind. And providing that tasty joy for others is even more rewarding, as Julia spent a lifetime teaching us. Cooking can be done with a minimum of tools, but someone who loves to cook doesn’t just have tools – they burst at the cupboards with spices and sauces and condiments and all kinds of pantry ingredients. There are books, squeeze bottles, weird utensils, and more that we need to truly excel in the kitchen.

Show me an empty, clutter-free kitchen, and I’ll show you a homeowner that doesn’t cook. But show me a cluttered kitchen that’s poorly organized, and I’ll show you a cook who burns more than their fair share of dishes.

Organized Clutter is Good

If any one room should have some organized clutter, it’s a well used kitchen of a passionate chef. Looking around Julia Child’s hub, one instinctively knows there’s not a dish in the world that Julia wouldn’t have had the tools to cook.

In today’s global-village world filled of fusion foods, international ingredients, and a more savvy dining public, you’d think our kitchens would be getting more cluttered with awesome instruments, not less.

Don’t be afraid to fill your kitchen with tools of the trade. If Julia could do it, so can you.

Maybe, just maybe, through the utilitarian-yet-loving tribute to her tool-heavy kitchen at the Smithsonian Museum, Julia Child will continue teaching us the glory of cooking, and the greatness of a well-cluttered kitchen, for years to come.

Thanks for the memories, Julia!

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Downtown Denver, with the Platte River Bridge in the foreground via flickr photostream of Jeffery Beall
Check out some of these fun events happening in Denver, CO this month!

25th Annual Cinco de Mayo Festival and Parade
May 4-5, 2013

Free Day at the Denver Art Museum
May 4, 2013

Furry Scurry
May 4, 2013

Denver Derby Party
May 4, 2013

Buffalo Bill Birthday Celebration
May 5, 2013

Mother's Day is Sunday, May 12, 2013 | Photo via Pinterest page City Chattr
May 12, 2015

Tesoro Annual Indian Market and Powwow
May 18-19, 2013

May 24-26, 2013

Denver Day of Rock
May 25, 2013

Memorial Day is Monday, May 27, 2013 | Photo via VSUMC
May 27, 2013

Denver Comic Con
May 31, 2013

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TopShop Newsletter | February 2013

TopShop News | February 2013

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American Cabinet & Flooring, Inc.
American Cabinet & Flooring is NOW OPEN! in the Mission Trace Shopping Center at 120th & Colorado Blvd.

Mission Trace Showroom is Now Open!

We are very excited to announce that our NEW! American Cabinet & Flooring showroom is now open in the Mission Trace North Shopping Center in beautiful Thornton, CO.

Our team of Design Specialists are there and ready to get your remodel project started, come visit us today!

3919 E. 120th Avenue
Thornton, CO 80233

(120th & Colorado Blvd, behind Old Chicago)

American Cabinet & Flooring Design Specialist Clay Bernard named Houzz's 2013 Best of Remodeling Customer Satisfaction Winner

Houzz 2013 ‘Best of Remodeling’
Customer Satisfaction Winner


Clay Bernard


Congratulations to our Design Specialist, Clay Bernard, for being selected by the houzz.com community as a winner of the 2013 “Best of Houzzaward for Customer Satisfaction

This award is based on a variety of factors including ratings and reviews by Houzz’s 11 million monthly users.

About Clay Bernard
A Colorado native with over 15 years of construction and remodeling experience started his career early on working for his father’s company. After completing his studies at Metropolitan State University of Denver, Clayton moved into project management for Colorado Floorworks. Realizing his passion was in the design aspect of construction, Clayton became a Kitchen & Bath Designer for American Cabinet & Flooring where he has built an extensive portfolio and client base for over six years and looks to help build the brand for the future.
 Click here to read the full press release on Clay’s award.
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Elle Decor's "Big in 2013" | TopShop News

Elle Decor’s | BIG IN 2013

TREND: Lots of Brass

With its rich gleam and sculptural weight, this metal is experiencing a resurgence. With so many designers looking to the ’70s, it’s inevitable that brass and bronze will show up more – from accessories by Carl Aubock to cocktail tables by Gabriella Crespi to virtually entire rooms by Kelly Wearstler, brass is the metal of the moment.

TREND: Green

Pantone named Emerald the Color of the Year for 2013, but we’re seeing all shades of greens and expect more in the future, from bright spring greens to olives, and especially lots of different blue-greens and teal.

TREND: Embellished Walls

We expect this trend, already strong, to continue at full strength. The options now are limitless, from simple grass cloths to hand-painted papers to coverings embellished with glass beads and crystals. 

TREND: Lace

Your grandmother’s tablecloth is now hip. Already big on the runways, lace is showing up in the home collections of Zara and H&M, so you know it’s ready for its close-up. Count on seeing lots more see-through in the months ahead.

TREND: Beige

A surprise, but it’s showing up more often, and in quieter room settings. The danger here is going corporate bland, but very talented designers are using a variety of shades of cream, off-white, and yes; beige in a variety of textures to create serene settings. This could be the start of a backlash against all the vivid colors and layered rooms we’ve been seeing for the past few years. 

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