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CHAD DORSEY Chad Dorsey Design Countertops: natural stone or quartz. Natural stone. Cabinet color. Benjamin Moore Puritan Gray. F a v o r i t e k i t c h e n technology. I love a steam oven. It's such an easy way to make great food with little mess — and quickly. Kitchen faucet. My go-to always is Dornbracht Tara Classic. It looks good in any setting, classic or modern. It's beautiful in any finish, but the operation is smooth as silk. The stove as the jewel of the kitchen. My favorite is Gaggenau — German engineering at its finest. An induction cooktop for its precision and clean lines, paired with a 30-inch oven with side swing door. It's so easy to get to the oven with that big roasting pan. Lighting tips. Plan your kitchen around the time of day you'll use it most. I like to have the kitchen on the southeastern side of every house I design. Bright morning light just makes me happy, so eastern windows are critical for me. Go-to kitchen appliance brands. Gaggenau for clean and modern design, but Monogram also has amazing design. Monogram has a programmable fridge/ freezer that can change between the two with a touch of a button and a hearth oven for roasting fish and pizza. Island or not. It depends on the space, but I love for the island to feel like furniture. I also remove as many stools as possible. I hate walking into the space and seeing a lineup of stools. Two or three, max. Is the huge kitchen downsizing? My own trend is moving away from vast spaces and having multiple smaller experiences. I did this last year for Kips Bay Decorator Show House; the existing kitchen was huge, so we divided it into two spaces. The main kitchen was for entertaining, counters and cabinets felt like furniture, and it was sleek; the prep kitchen, or scullery, was more intimate and slightly more traditional. All our clients want to have a prep kitchen now. Where to spend top dollar in the kitchen. Appliances, if you cook a lot. Quality is so important. Hardware is the jewelry of the cabinet and can elevate the entire experience. Fall candle. Mad et Len Graphite. Front door color. Fine Paints of Europe CC0137 from the Guggenheim Collection in High Gloss. Call Louis Gloria and have him apply to your front door today! It's a beautiful shade of blue/gray/green. What makes a house a home. The personalities living inside and the stories they create in the space. Houses with a great soul have been lived in by great people. Chad Dorsey, 214.668.8060, BESS DICKSON Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty What buyers are looking for in a kitchen. Clean, light, bright, abundant storage. Are buyers looking for cozy or large kitchens? The life they aspire to determines what lights their fire. Double oven for regular gatherings, induction oven because they have small children, 6-foot gas cooktop with huge island to show off to their foodie friends. Everyone's story is different. Most important thing a buyer can do to make sure an offer is accepted. Take a deep breath and consider the other side of the coin. If I were the seller, what would be my pain point? Address that pain point in your offer. Front-door color that screams, "Buy Me." Choose a color that contrasts with the "body" of the home. Blues, reds, yellows, and their variants generally jump out and say, "Howdy! Pick me!" Best areas of town for a first home with charm. Shoulder neighborhoods of the big-ticket neighborhoods are always the best for first timers — all the fun with much less price. SoHP (South of Highland Park) is a current shoulder fave of mine. Three things that translate from curb appeal to dollars. Fresh non- red mulch. A refreshed front door — new hardware, kick plate, coat of paint, door mat. Check! Beautiful lighting: carriage lights around garage, entry light, intentional landscape lighting. Bess Dickson, 214.736.3921, PAPERCITY PROMOTION DESIGNER CHAD DORSEY & BRIGGS FREEMAN'S BESS DICKSON TALK ALL THINGS KITCHEN Bess Dickson Chad Dorsey 182

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