Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Kelvin 36 Tools-My New Fav Urban Tool Kit

As a designer, I have an installation kit that I take along for installing client's homes.  I am always looking for the latest and greatest compact tools because otherwise, my installation kit gets really heavy.  I recently discovered the Kelvin.36 and love it.  Seriously, who doesn't love a tool that can replace 36 items in your toolkit, right?  And it is small enough to fit in a kitchen drawer if you just want a simple tool that can hammer, screw, measure, and open a wine bottle to name a few of its most desirable traits.  I think I'm going to buy a few for Christmas gifts. 

Mine is pink which I chose on purpose because I live in a house full of men and felt they might think twice before walking off with a hot pink tool!

I also like that this tool has a sharp blade that is hidden
 when I did need it. 

This might be the only way I can keep up with a tape measure!  I keep saying that I'm going to invest in a box of two hundred tape measures with my logo on them but this might solve the problem.

Here are the many functions the Kelvin.36 can perform:

Tape measure
wine opener
bottle opener
knife blade
Screwdriver with 26 exchangeable bits

Isn't that cool?

If you would like to order a Kelvin 36 click here for details!

Want to learn more about Kelvin?  click here to visit their website!

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Thermador's 100th Birthday Bash at Chicago Gourmet Is Happening NOW!!!

Bon Appetite presents Chicago Gourmet!  I'm here in Chicago today to attend the most exciting event in Millennium Park.  It's my favorite appliance brand, Thermador's 100th Birthday Bash!  There are events throughout the day from 11:00 am til 11:00 pm!  If you are in Chicago, come out and celebrate with us.  If you aren't in Chicago, make sure to follow me on my instagram to see live videos and pictures of all the events.  We have major chefs here cooking up everything from tacos to tailgate fare.  I cannot wait to meet Rick Bayless from Frontera Grill and well-known PBS series Mexico: One Plate at a Time, who is hosting the Tao of Tacos at 8pm on the Harris Theater Rooftop along with Mindy Segal and Takashi Yagihashi and others!

Tomorrow I'm taking over ThermadorHome's instagram account from 12pm - 3pm, so follow me there by clicking here  @thermadorhome

I have to get dressed and head over to Millennium Park, so please come out and enjoy this fun-filled day!  Meet me at the Bubbly Bar for a toast!!!!

The exclusive Grand Cru experience provides the ultimate in culinary indulgence with tastings of elite wines from around the world.  Serafin Alvarado, Mater Sommelier and Director of Wine Education, expertly curates the afternoon's wine selections for presenting sponsor Southern Wine and Spirits of Illinois.  From 2pm - 4pm today and tomorrow, Sept 24-Sept 25th at the Harris Theater Rooftop!

There will be live demonstrations, seminars, gourmet pavilions, book signings, and tasting tours!  If you are a foodie or love wine, mixed drinks and entertaining, this event is for you!

Events All day today and tomorrow!  Check out Chicago Gourmet's
 website for details and the schedule of events here!

Thermador is an official sponsor of Chicago Gourmet.  My trip is sponsored by Thermador but opinions are my own.  I only participate with brands that I know and love.  I only write about things I think my readers would enjoy! 

Happy Saturday!  Cheers!

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Monday, September 19, 2016

A Salute to Southern Style! Please Join Me at Americasmart On Sept 21st!

What an Exciting Week at AmericasMart!

Please Join Us for

"A Salute to Southern Style" 
on September 21st 


Meredith EllisTraci ZellerPaige Sumblin Schnell ,Jennifer Boles and me!!!
We are sure to have a lively conversation about our projects and what evokes Southern Style!  We would be so honored if you would join us!

I am so excited that Atlanta Magazine's HOME is our co-presenter and Editor in Chief, Betsy Riley will moderate our conversation!

A Complimentary lunch will be served!  

You can earn a .01 CEU for attending and have a lovely lunch!

Take an hour reprieve from the hustle and bustle of  running around at market!  Sit down, relax and join the conversation, 
along with a nice lunch!

On another note....

Here's another "Don't Miss" opportunity!

Learn How to Prop & Style Your Shots Like a Pro with a Pro....
Annette Joseph is conducting a seminar prior to ours in the same room and I'll be there along with my studio partner, Traci Zeller, won't you join us?  Annette is an amazing stylist producer and cookbook author! 
 I cannot wait to attend!  

Questions?  Visit the Americasmart Website for Details Here!

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Traditional Home "Great Kitchens"

Photography by Dustin Peck

Lisa Mende Design is proud to be included in the Traditional Home "Great Kitchens" issue.  Have had a chance to read it yet?  It is a fabulous issue chocked full of design advice on creating beautiful kitchens, along with amazing features on entertaining and lots of great recipes too.   

 The Terry Kitchen featured is one of my all time favorite kitchens.  There is something about a "tuxedo kitchen" that I love.  Black and white is so crisp and classic.  This house was built in 1912 so I wanted to stay true to the era of the home, but I updated the look with bold graphic fabric shades at the windows from Cotton and Quill and geometric wallpaper on the ceiling from Cole & Son.  My choice for appliances was my favorite and always "go to" appliance line Thermador.  Countertops were from Wilsonart.  This was a big kitchen so I decided to eliminate upper cabinetry and use Ann Sacks  subway tiles counter to ceiling in gloss white which made the room feel so bright and fresh.  I'm not going to tell you much more because I want you to pop over and read the rest for yourself.  

Click Here to See my Favorite Finds...

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