Sunday, March 8, 2009

What ever happened to....?

In an ever changing world we live in we all need a few things that stay the same. After I left Dunkin' Donuts yesterday I had an old memory pop up that begs the question......what ever happened to the day when you could get a warm Dunkin donut? I recall being able to arrive bright and early most mornings and you could actually get a fresh donut that was made in the back by Fred himself. Now you can't ask for a glazed cruller or the employees will look at you funny-you have to ask for a glazed stick. Somehow glazed stick does not roll off the tongue quite as easily as glazed cruller. I say we start a petition right now to get back the term glazed cruller. Fred would be proud of us.

While we are on the topic, whatever happened to the McDLT ? Don't we all remember George Costanza skipping around in this 80's commercial for the new McDLT? I have to be honest with you, that was one of my favorite McDonalds burgers. I can't fault them for doing away with it though. The McDLT was sold in a novel form of packaging where the meat and bottom half of the bun was prepared separately from the lettuce, tomato, American cheese, pickles, sauces, and top half of the bun and both were then packaged into a specially designed two-sided container. The consumer was then expected to finalize preparation of the sandwich by combining the hot and cool sides just prior to eating. The company discontinued the sandwich in 1990 to appear more environmentally friendly as it moved away from polystyrene packaging which was integral to the McDLT experience. I just remember a visit to Mickey Dees a few years ago where my wife misread the name of the newest burger called Big 'N' Tasty. I think she read it is Big 'N' Nasty. Imagine her relief.

Hey, at least I still have the old classic jingle for the Whopper committed to memory for use at a later date.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

How to design or select a bathroom vanity

Custom wood vanities, like the one pictured, take a bathroom from vanilla to hot fudge sundae.

Today’s bathrooms are “practical sanctuaries” and custom cabinets bring the warmth that fine furniture brings to other rooms in the home. Whatever design style you chose, a vanity made especially for you makes the most of the space.

Homeowners have not always given such careful consideration to bathroom d├ęcor. Bathrooms used to be purely functional, non-public rooms that weren’t worth the effort to make into special places; the designs and finishes available were generic—one size (and one finish) fits all—but not anymore!

With all of today’s choices, choosing the right vanity for your space is an exciting process .

Solid design is the basis of good function with many factors needing to be considered. A great vanity design considerings space limitations, storage requirements, light and mirror placement, and sink style.

Would a corner unit work best, or are his-and-hers on your “necessary list”? Does your room contain an awkwardly shaped space? Perhaps you could get rid of an underutilized closet if the vanity allowed enough storage…

Mahogany vanity hand-crafted by Meadowview
topped off with a vessel sink from Porcher

A custom design will provide the solution to all these layout dilemmas.

After the practical logistics are decided, the vanity then becomes a way to add extra luxury and personal touch to your bathroom. Style shines with the perfect wood, wood finish, countertop, sink, and cabinet hardware. Many of the wonderful accessories incorporated into modern kitchen cabinetry design also function perfectly in the bathroom and make the most of even small spaces and powder rooms.