Tracey Stephens Interior Design
May 2010
Spicy Kitchen
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A spicy kitchen
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spice colored kitchen

This traditional kitchen in Glen Ridge features warm spice and food inspired colors: cinnamon cabinets, a deep beet red painted hutch, and warm curry in the granite and glazed wall finish.

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Mindful Living & Green Design --
Conserving electricity

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Purchase only Energy Star household products.  They meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the EPA and US Department of Energy.

Keep all your appliances in good working order.  Not making needed repairs or keeping up with recommended maintenance makes the appliance work harder thus wasting energy and shortening its life.

Unplug small appliances & electronics when not in use (toaster, microwave).  An Energy Star study reports that 40% of the electricity that home electronics use (such as computers and cable boxes) is consumed while the products are turned off.  Read more here:

Inspiration - color 
Spices for sale in the market in Istanbul.  I find myself returning to the warmth of these colors again and again.  Look below at curry, saffrom, cumin, paprika, garam masala and the ever popular "meat ball".  (Maybe that's the Department of Lost in Translation?)

Spices for sale in the market in Istanbul.

Featured in many national publications, Tracey's award winning kitchen and bath design showcases her innovative design sensibility and her exceptional and confident use of color.  Also offered - whole house design services including paint color consultations and furnishings.

If you are ready to redesign your kitchen, or know someone who is, contact me at 973-744-8947 or, and please use the link below to forward this newsletter to your whole wide world!

Tracey Stephens,
Tracey Stephens Interior Design Inc