Something to Talk About: a year in review


As I began to contemplate the subject of this post, as we come upon the year's end, lyrics from a Bonnie Raitt song popped into mind, seemingly out of nowhere..."Let's give them something to talk about...how about love, love, love." Great lyrics...and what do they have to do with this post?

Well, as we enter a time that promotes peace and good will (hopefully), I'd have to say there's a wonderful spirit here at KR+H that's been cultivated over the years and seems to grow steadily.

Maureen Simoes, KR+H's wonderful office manager

Maureen Simoes, KR+H's wonderful office manager

While our office manager, Maureen, keeps us all together efficiently and with one big unconditional hug, KR+H's group of talented people earnestly and enthusiastically engage in their work. We sometimes might be annoyed and have off days like everyone, but there is an overall atmosphere of caring about each other and a confidence about our work together. And this does seem to be a powerful equation for producing a heartfelt appreciation from people whose homes our design and craftsmanship enters.

Perhaps, too, a look back over this year's happenings support the lyrics "something to talk about."

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JANUARY was a great start with KR+H's Best of Boston 2013 award. Yay!

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In FEBRUARY, we talked with one of our wonderful customers and received inspiring and useful lessons on this passionate cook's careful and loving approach to the design and renovation of his small South End kitchen. See and Read more...

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In MARCH, three (3!!!) of Boston's home magazines published KR+H projects. As Paul Reidt's daughter Aliza says, "holy dog!" See and Read more...

March 2013 3 Magazines 3 KR+H Projects
March 2013 3 Magazines 3 KR+H Projects

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MAY showered us with two of our favorite events: The Newton Historic Annual House Tour, in which one of our favorite homeowners opened her door to show her family's loving restoration of their Victorian home that included a kitchen by KR+H. See and Read more... And another favorite event we love to support and attend was as great as ever: North Bennet Street School's Evening of Traditional Craft. See and Read more...

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Over the SUMMER, we brought KR+H to followers of Houzz and Pinterest. There's an element of delight in seeing our work displayed on these two sites and having people like or follow us.

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JULY produced a new and engaging book, Classic & Modern: Signature Style, that includes in its pages a home in which KR+H's custom cabinetry resides. This home has received national recognition for being a notable passive home. We love that it also reflects a sensitivity to the architecture and craftsmanship that sustains our every day lives. See and Read more...

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SEPTEMBER allowed our passion for our field of work to shine through in the first B/A/D Talks event that we co-produced with John Kilfoyle of United Marble Fabricators and Kyle Hoepner, editor-in-chief, New England Home. It's great to see the enthusiastic reception by our fellow colleagues who agree there is "something to talk about."See and Read more...

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In NOVEMBER we gave thanks to much, including a lovely article in New England Home magazine on another one of our favorite homes with a KR+H kitchen. This feature article was appropriately titled, "Storybook Ending." See and Read more...

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So it does feel like a year of something to talk about. And we would say it springs from our customers who bring us their talents and enthusiasm along with their great projects...and from the craftspeople at KR+H who are in love, love, love with the process of designing and making beautiful cabinetwork for people's homes.

Here's hoping the New Year brings all of us something to talkabout that enriches our lives and the lives of those around us.