September 2012 Editor’s Letter

Men laying new hardwood flooring

Cabinets and countertops—some of the most essential elements of any kitchen—get a special focus this month. As kitchens have become part of our primary living spaces, cabinets and countertops are more important than ever. These building blocks set the tone for the rest of the space, from defining the layout to establishing style. Pairing cabinets and countertops can seem mystifying with all the choices available, but there are some basic design rules that will help in the decision-making process. We also discuss affordable ways to refresh and improve existing cabinets and countertops. Something for everyone!

The character of a home goes far beyond the kitchen. In fact, it begins at the door. Curb appeal projects, like kitchens, are some of the best investments you can make. Just check out the dramatic before-and-after photos in our feature on inviting exteriors to see what a difference paint, landscaping and more can make.

Moving back inside, we are also taking a look at lighting this month. In several of the show homes I toured this year, the light fixtures really stood out to me. Can and track lights were nowhere to be found. In their place were artistic pendants, table lamps and sconces that complemented the décor. So the theme of our lighting feature focuses on showcasing your personal style with light fixtures.

Looking for more ideas and local resources for your home? The Fall Atlanta Home Show is this month, and it’s always a hit. See our home show directory for all the details on who will be there and what you can look forward to, including a talk on home and design trends that I’ll be doing on the home show stage at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23. Hope you can join me!

3 Things You’ll Learn This Month

Coming in October

Photo courtesy of Distinctive Remodeling Solutions

Special Section: Flooring

Go wild for tile

Special Section: NARI Atlanta Tour of Remodeled Homes Guide

Get ticket info, maps and details about each home


Trees and shrubs

How to create and care for shady landscapes

Decorative molding

Small detail, big impact

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