Author: Vicki Payne

Stylish and Affordable Laminates

Once the darling of kitchen renovations in the 70’s, laminate countertops were all the rage. Ten years later, laminate was being replaced with natural stone, which in turn was replaced by quartz composite. What’s next? Look for surface trends to come full circle with the introduction of Formica’s 2018 Living Impressions TM Collection. Formica Corporation, the inventor of laminate, introduced their new collection at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Orland, Florida. It features 11 beautiful, durable and affordable Formica Brand designs for today’s homes. “The 2018 Living Impressions ™ Collection celebrates a range of on-trend surfacing...

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A Space of His Own Part 7: Organized Living

A lack of storage is one of the top reasons homeowners choose to build a new house. Traditional home plans generally include some type of extra storage space in an attic or basement. Contemporary home designs often feature flat roofs thus eliminating the possibility of attic storage. Bill’s house is no exception. To capture over flow storage space, we added a second floor to the three-car garage. In the scullery floor to ceiling shelves were installed to hold dishes, food, small appliances and party ware. Inside we maximized closet space by using a closet system by Organized Living. I’ve...

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The Passing of a Dear Friend

It is with a heavy heart that I share news of the passing of Kathi Cunningham on Tuesday, February 6th resulting from complications with the flu. Kathi Cunningham is a beloved founding member of our organization. She served on the founding Advisory Committee, the 2002-2003 Board of Directors and is one of the original WithIt Ambassadors. In 2006, she received the WOW Award for Mentoring a multitude of women and men in the industry. Her early experiences as a retailer in her family business gave her unique insight into the needs and challenges of retailers and sales associates and...

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Smoked Buffalo Cauliflower

My all-time favorite game time food is smoked Buffalo wings ̶ or maybe I should say it used to be. This Smoked Buffalo Cauliflower is a hot contender for the number one spot. Seasoned and then smoked, the cauliflower takes on a more complex flavor and a fantastic crunch. Blis Blast Hot Sauce and a bit of butter make for a quick homemade Buffalo sauce that cannot be beat. Ingredients 1 dried pasilla chile 1 tablespoon chopped dried shallot 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt 1 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon turbinado sugar 2 cauliflower heads 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive...

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Grilled Buttermilk Hot Wings

These wings were a spontaneous creation for a party last weekend. They were a huge hit, disappearing in less than ten minutes, so I thought it would be best to share this gem with you. A quick brining in buttermilk and hot sauce yields tender and flavorful meat. The chile rub on the outside finishes the wings off with a perfect crust. I describe the heat-level on these as medium-hot. Ingredients For brining 1 cup buttermilk 9 ounces hot sauce (I use 1 x 5-ounce bottle of Cholula and 1 x 4-ounce bottle of El Yucateco Habanero Hot Sauce)...

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Meet Vicki Payne

Vicki Payne is a nationally recognized designer, home improvement, gardening and decorating expert. Each week, for over 15 years, millions of viewers both nationally and internationally have tuned in to watch her popular television show, For Your Home. read more

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