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.

B / A / D Talks: managing large residential projects


The first of the B / A / D Talks, "Managing Large Residential Projects," proved to be the engaging and conversational talk event that we had hoped for! (See also, A New Talk Series: B / A / D Talks.)

First of the b/a/d talks series at Club 342 Boston Design Center
First of the b/a/d talks series at Club 342 Boston Design Center

The Boston Design Center's 342 Club, designed by Marcus Gleysteen, MGA, provided an atmosphere that greatly supported the open and interesting dialogue among the presenters and those attending.

 Paul Reidt and John Kilfoyle

Paul Reidt and John Kilfoyle

KR+H's Paul Reidt (above photo) introduced the first B / A / D Talk and its presenters with John Kilfoyle of United Marble Fabricators standing nearby.

 Adolfo Perez, Manuel de Santaren, Jim Youngblood and Kyle Hoepner

Adolfo Perez, Manuel de Santaren, Jim Youngblood and Kyle Hoepner

Adolfo Perez, Adolfo Perez Architect; Manuel de Santaren, MDS, In., and Jim Youngblood, Youngblood Builders showed their fine skills of listening and offering thoughtful, intelligent responses, guided expertly by the exploring questions of B / A / D Talks moderator, Kyle Hoepner, Editor in Chief, New England Home.

 Stefano Efstratoudakis, far right

Stefano Efstratoudakis, far right

Stefano Efstratoudakis, Stefco Builders (above photo, far right) offered relevant insights and questions to the discussion.

 Marcus Gleysteen, second from right

Marcus Gleysteen, second from right

Architect Marcus Gleysteen, MGA, (above, second from right) also brought interesting and pertinent ideas to the discussion. Throughout the evening there was a wonderful give and take between the audience and the panelists.

 Adolfo Perez and Manuel de Santaren

Adolfo Perez and Manuel de Santaren

Manuel reflecting on a project experience with Adolfo (pictured above).

 B / A / D Talk presenters

B / A / D Talk presenters

B/ A / D Talks presenters agreed that successfully managing a large residential project greatly depended on excellent collaboration among the professionals involved.

 B / A / D Talks Moderator Kyle Hoepner

B / A / D Talks Moderator Kyle Hoepner

B/ A / D Talks moderator Kyle Hoepner (above photo) artfully and skillfully kept the conversation flowing. THANK YOU KYLE! 

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A New Talk Series: B / A / D Talks


This Thursday begins the first in a series of B / A / D Talks for builders, architects, and designers involved in residential architecture.

FOR THE FIRST TALK, "Managing Complex Projects," Moderator Kyle Hoepner, Editor-in-Chief, New England Homewill be joined by three panelists: Adolfo Perez, Adolfo Perez Architect; Jim Youngblood, Youngblood Builders; and Manuel de Santaren, MDS, Inc. Learn more at www.badtalks.com.

THE IDEA FOR B / A / D TALKS grew out of a simple observation that professional networking events contain a frustrating feature: participants often have to sacrifice complete conversations in order to maintain the quantity of connections offered by our large community of builders, architects, and designers. John Kilfoyle of United Marble Fabricators and Paul Reidt and Linda Kochman of KR+H developed B / A / D Talks to provide our community with a forum for shared interests and an opportunity to have full conversations in a non-commercial setting. We sought the skills of an editor and journalist to facilitate our topical conversations and Kyle Hoepner, Editor-in-Chief, New England Homekindly accepted the role of moderator of the B / A /D Talk Series.

B / A / D Talks logo and web design by Anna Kochman
B / A / D Talks logo and web design by Anna Kochman