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SEP 2018

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products and materials. "I feel that we slow down every time there is a presidential election, so it's more than just a reces- sion for us," she says. "Fortunately, when the recession hit, we had a lot of active jobs in the pipeline. And now things have been picking up and we are seeing people invest in the heart of their homes, in their kitchens." A willingness to loosen the purse strings of a budget can ultimately enhance the design process, designers agree. "It takes a project to a whole new level," claims Nancy Gracia, owner of Bare Root Design Studio, in Newtown, PA. "It opens up options for design and for new product introduc- tions. It just isn't as restricting." Renee Iglesias, project manager, Redstone Kitchens, in Dallas, TX, agrees: "When something like a kitchen range that is highly visible is more high-end or premium, it contrib- utes to the overall design, rather than disappearing into the background." Robertson notes that splurging can offer psychological ben- efits as well. "Renovating a kitchen is very taxing emotionally, and it can be more stressful than people might expect," she says. "Splurging on something that is important [to them] can be a nice way to offset that stress." Gail O'Rourke, owner/principal designer, White Wood Kitchens, in Sandwich, MA, also sees the psychology behind a splurge. "Splurges are typically based on emotion, rather than function or design," she states. "They are about how someone feels about something. Usually it is also something that both parties can agree on. "We love to design when clients want to try something dif- ferent, or include a 'wow' feature in their kitchens," O'Rourke continues. Sarah Robertson recently remodeled her own kitchen in her 1920s Craftsman-style home. She paid particular attention to classic materials and thoughtful storage while keeping the finishes and details true to the original construction. Photos: Adam Kane Macchia 50 Kitchen & Bath Design News • September 2018 DESIGN FLOURISHES

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