It's all good.
We like that H&H is trying out themed weeks (last week was Kitchen), and the odd, bloggy new style of "Surfaces, Sinks and Systems."
However, our favorite item last week was the Alain Delon portable grill at left and our favorite article heralded the return of Guy Decor, who has great nose for the of-the-moment topic. We were just debating whether or not to open or close a kitchen two weeks ago with a friend in Chicago!
- Closed by Order of the Cook: Kitchens were all opened up in the 80's & 90's, but now the tide is turning. The closed kitchen is coming back.
- Slide Show: Surfaces, Sinks and Systems: A quick tour through new ways to "accessorize restaurant-grade appliances with the latest designs in kitchen sinks, islands and textured surfaces."
- Setting the Stage for Cooking, or at Least Cocktails: Nancy Meyers' films seem to influence fleets of kitchen buyers. Her last film, "Something 's Got To Give" created buzz around the cozy, open kitchen and Ms. Meyers started to resent her set for getting more "attention than the movie." Her new movie has a new kitchen and a new look. We'll see what happens.
- A Restaurant Designer Brings His Lessons Home: Jeffrey Beers, a Manhattan architect, has created his ultimate kitchen based on years of commercial experience. We love that it's so small.
- Kitchen-on-a-Budget - When the Renovator Is the Cook: Priceless. Rebekah Sale designed and buit her kitchen herself in order to trim costs. Good resources here.
- Personal Shopper: Kitchen Gadgets! Including this little wonder, the Koneby Dirt Devil, a mini handheld vacuum.
- New Starck! Katsuya, a Japanese restaurant, opens this month in LA designed by Philippe Starck.