Home Design Chat with Nancy
By Nancy Hugo
Home Design Chat with Nancy Hugo, certified kitchen designer, covers all aspects of every room in the home. Kitchens, baths and whole-house remodeling, appliances, plumbing fixtures, flooring & countertop materials, and lighting are some of our topics. In addition, we cover aging-in-place, security systems, smart homes, backyard kitchens, window coverings, water treatment units & even wine pairing. Some of the favored topics are trends in kitchens, baths & interior designs, colors of the year & what we think of HGTV's suggestions for your home. View NancyHugo.com for design ideas.
LIVING WALLS & POTTED PLANTS FOR YOUR HOME
Enjoy the Best of while Nancy is talking some time off for eye surgery. She will be back next week. Plants are an important element of good interior design, but did you know that plants can improve air quality? Joe Zazzera, founder and co-owner of Plant Solutions, is Nancy’s guest. Joe is the perfect person to explain everything about interior and exterior living walls. What are living walls, how to care for them and best plants to use. Joe will also answer questions about what plants are perfect for your patio and outdoor spaces. What are the best pots to use, what are the best plants and trees to grow in pots, and how to keep them looking healthy and beautiful. Want to connect with nature? Don’t miss this podcast! This podcast sponsored by Monogram Appliances Studio 41 email comments & questions to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
September 28, 2022
Is the Open Floorplan Losing Popularity?
Are you planning to remodel your kitchen? This is one of the most important and largest investment for your home, so I am sure you want everything to go perfectly. I will explain how to get started and the steps to take to make it your dream come true. Great rooms are here to stay, so if you have an existing floorplan that is conducive to removing walls, go for it. The open floorplan includes an eating and sitting area encouraging family togetherness and socialization, but what are the pros and cons? Listen to this podcast for important hints for a successful project. This podcast sponsored by Monogram Appliances Studio 41 email comments & questions to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
September 21, 2022
PAINT COLORS: Out with the old, In with the New
S05E356 - Paint has always been one of the easiest and most impactful design tricks in the book but paint color trends come and go—and some have seriously overstayed their welcome. Sarah Jones, Design Representative with DunnEdwards, joins Nancy to chat about what's in for 2023 paint color trends, and what you should colors you should retire. 5 Outdated Paint Color Trends to Retire Fast Skip All-White Paint Palettes .No More Navy Curb the Contrast Say Goodbye to Gray Don't Use Paint to Downplay Wallpaper 2023 New Colors and Textures Pantone - Digital Lavender Softer Whites Organic colors Textures - Roman Clay and Limewash This podcast sponsored by Monogram Appliances Studio 41 email comments & questions to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
September 14, 2022
Designing the Accessible Kitchen - Part 3 of 4
S05E35 - It’s important to know everything about basic kitchen design before you start your project, so we are going to cover basic elements in a series of podcasts. Today we are presenting part 3 of our series for homeowners who would like to remodel their kitchen with a contractor and the do-it-yourselfers who want to tackle this job on their own. My co-host for this series is Jason F. Miller, winner of the 2021 SKS & Architectural Digest Technicurean Kitchen Design Contest. Jason’s winning design was selected and published in Architectural Digest. In addition, his work has been published in lifestyle magazines throughout Arizona and his signature style is seen and spotlighted on many social media outlets. Pro Remodeler Magazine announced Jason as part of the top 40 under 40 in the nation in April 2022. Out of 40 professionals featured, Jason is one of 8 interior designers in the nation featured in this group. Jason is the only interior design professional from Arizona. Our subject today is designing a universal kitchen accessibility- kitchen that can accommodate physical challenges making it easer and more useful for the user to work in the kitchen. Topics: Kitchen Counters Kitchen Sinks Base cabinets Wall Cabinets Storage Height Specifications Handles and Control Recommendations Doorways & Hallways Appliances Lighting Suggestions Cooking Work Center This podcast sponsored by Monogram Appliances Studio 41 email comments & questions to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
September 07, 2022
Don't Miss the Cabinet Trends for 2023
S5E34 - We are predicting what the cabinets trends will be in 2023 so you will definitely want to listen to this podcast. Karen Hockley, today's guest, has been in the business of cabinets for over 35 years, so she is the perfect person to chat with Nancy about this subject. Talking points for today's show: Are natural woods back? What is color block? Painted cabinets colors Cabinet door styles Cabinet construction Open Shelving Drawers vs. Doors Cabinet Door Hardware Integrated Appliances This podcast sponsored by Monogram Appliances Studio 41 email comments & questions to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
August 31, 2022
How to Pick the Perfect Light Fixtures Over Your Island
S5E32 - Working in a kitchen with poor lighting can be frustrating and unwelcoming. Jem Funk, Interior Designer, chats with Nancy about the right lighting for kitchen islands. There are so many pendants and chandeliers available so making choices can be very overwhelming and confusing, but listening to this podcast will help you chose the right fixture. We will talk about: Size and Shape Number of fixtures over an island Styles that can be mixed Pairing fixtures over island and table Function Focal point Materials This podcast sponsored by Monogram Appliances Studio 41 email comments & questions to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
August 24, 2022
Do You Have a Dangerous Kitchen?
Enjoy this "Best of" podcast originally recorded in December, 2021. We had any comments regarding the information Paul McAlary brought to light during our conversation. One of the greatest challenges for a kitchen designer is to create a design that the customer appreciates aesthetically and simultaneously provides them with a functionally well designed kitchen. It’s equally difficult to just not make any mistakes. And sadly, that’s something very few kitchen designers can actually accomplish. Paul McAlary, president of Main Line Kitchen Design in Bala Cynwyd, Pa. chats with Nancy about safety in kitchen design. In the last few years, Paul said he has yet to pick up a kitchen trade magazine without a featured kitchen on either its front or back cover having major mistakes. Often they possess one of the possibly fatal design flaws listed below. Wall cabinet, spice pull out or an appliance garage too close to the cooktop or rangeRange too close to the window Range or cooktop on the end of the run A range next to the exterior kitchen door Microwaves set too high Wall cabinets extending out past countertop Placing cabinets with moldings approaching but not reaching the ceiling Today’s powerful hoods coupled with tightly sealed energy efficient homes GFI outlets too close to the stainless steel sink This podcast sponsored by Thermador Appliances, Monogram Appliances Studio 41 email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
August 17, 2022
10 Ideas to Give your Kitchen a New Look without a Major Reno
S05E31 Remodeling kitchens are expensive, but you can do some things that are budget friendly and affordable and will make your kitchen look updated. Nancy will share 10 ideas that you can use in your kitchen to put zing in your kitchen without a major renovation. Change hardware on cabinetry Add or change light fixtures Use rugs in workspaces Replace bar stools Replace faucet Paint cabinets Add open shelves Add island Change or add backsplash tile Organize your kitchen This podcast sponsored by Monogram Appliances Studio 41 email comments & questions to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
August 10, 2022
So you want a Kitchen Island, but will it Work? Kitchen Design Part 2 of 4
S05E30 - Welcome to Part 2 of 4 - a series about basic kitchen design. My co-host for this series is Jason F. Miller, winner of the 2021 SKS & Architectural Digest Technicurean Kitchen Design Contest. Jason’s winning design was selected and published in Architectural Digest. In addition, his work has been published in lifestyle magazines throughout Arizona and his signature style is seen and spotlighted on many social media outlets. Part 1 was published July 6 and focused on what every DIYer and homeowner who is going to hire a contractor to remodel the kitchen should know about the basics. Today we are going to talk about the kitchen island, how to configure one, what the functions could be, and suggestions for the materials used for an attractive island. Most kitchens are more efficient with an island, but not every kitchen can have one. Find out if an island would be perfect for your kitchen. Talking points Size Function Lighting Materials This podcast sponsored by Monogram Appliances Studio 41 email comments & questions to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
August 03, 2022
Do you Need Help Organizing your Kitchen?
S05E29 Did you ever buy something that you needed, but you know you already have one and can't find it? This happens when clutter and unorganized storage takes over your life. Today Nancy is going to walk you through the process to turn your cluttered kitchen into an efficient and You can turn your cluttered, messy kitchen into an efficient and organized place that makes you happy to work in. Where to you start What to get rid of Plan your spaces Use the right tools There's a system This podcast sponsored by Monogram Appliances Studio 41 email comments & questions to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
July 27, 2022
We Don't Agree with Those 2022 Trends
Jan Rutgers, owner of Vestibule School of Design and regular guest of Home Design Chat, joined Nancy today to agree or disagree with the 2022 trends that nameless designers said would be huge this year. The following topics were discussed: Colorful cabinetry. Resourcefulness. Black accents and appliances. Multiple islands. Patterned floors. Disappearing upper cabinets. Kitchens that don't really look like kitchens. This podcast sponsored by Monogram Appliances Studio 41 email comments & questions to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
July 20, 2022
What's Hot in Cooking
S5E27 Are you planning to remodel your kitchen or replace your appliances in the near future? Knowing what appliances you should have in your kitchen depends on functionality and space. It's not about just getting a stove or a cooktop and oven, it's about what the appliances can do for you. Deron Rensen, senior area sales manager for Monogram for Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and West Texas joins Nancy and talks about how cooking technologies have changed. The size of your kitchen, of course, is a big factor that regulates your choices but Deron will explain what appliances can accommodate your life style. He will suggest appliances for the small, medium and large kitchen. He will also explain the interactive, connected appliances, voice controls and camera integration programmed in smart appliances. Knowing what appliances offer and which ones fit with your lifestyle is important. Doing your research, visiting a showroom with knowledgeable sales people and, of course, utilizing a kitchen designer for your project will have the end result you deserve. This podcast sponsored by Monogram Appliances Studio 41 email comments & questions to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
July 13, 2022
DIY's & Homeowners- Kitchen Design Part I of 4
S5E26 Kitchen remodeling started booming when the pandemic hit and everyone realized that their kitchen needed changing. Are you a DIY who wants to remodel your own kitchen? Or are you a homeowner who has the ideas but will hire a contractor to do your project? It's important to know everything about basic kitchen design before you start your project, so we are going to cover basic elements in a series of podcasts to be published the first Wednesday of the next 4 months, starting today. My co-host for this series is Jason F. Miller, winner of the 2021 SKS & Architectural Digest Technicurean Kitchen Design Contest. Jason's winning design was selected and published in Architectural Digest. In addition, his work has been published in lifestyle magazines throughout Arizona and his signature style is seen and spotlighted on many social media outlets. Pro Remodeler Magazine announced Jason as part of the top 40 under 40 in the nation in April 2022. Out of 40 professionals featured, Jason is one of 8 interior designers in the nation featured in this group. Jason is the only interior design professional from Arizona. During this first podcast we will cover the following: Appliance choices Need sizes before design Plan landing spaces Work Triangle Control traffic flow Clearance Flow How to treat corner storage Size necessary for lazy susan Blind corner Reversed cabinet Number of sinks and sizes Functional placement Cabinets Construction Height of wall cabinets This podcast sponsored by Monogram Appliances Studio 41 email comments & questions to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
July 06, 2022
The Tables are Turned: Nancy gets interviewed!
S5E24 Nancy sits on the other side of the mic when Christine Sterling interviews Nancy about life in the world of interior design. Some of her answers will surprise you. Here are some of the questions Christine asked Nancy: How old were you when you decided to get into interior design? What is the challenging part of being a designer? If you had a time machine, what year would you go back to and why? What motivates you? This podcast sponsored by Monogram Appliances Studio 41 email comments & questions to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
June 29, 2022
What To Know Before you Buy that Area Rug
S5E23 Area rugs and runners are a major part of completing a traditional, contemporary and transitional look. You will see them in living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, hallways and even kitchens. They come in different shapes, styles, sizes and prices. Some rugs are even handed down and become an heirlooms and family treasures. Learn as much as you can about the rug before you purchase. Nick Motlagh, owner of Rug Treasures in Scottsdale, chats with Nancy about the differences between a Persian and Oriental rug, techniques of rug making, and how to tell the difference. Usually, come from Iran, China, India, Russia, Turkey, Pakistan, and Tibet. After Rugs can be hand knotted, tufted and machine made using different fibers. Attention to detail is where the value and rarity of these rugs comes from, as each rug is unique and takes many hours of hard work to create. This podcast sponsored by Monogram Appliances Studio 41 email comments & questions to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
June 22, 2022
10 Things to Know Before you Hire a Contractor
Season 5, Episode 22 Are you thinking of starting a renovation project, a remodel, new construction or specialty work like plumbing or drywall? Many of us are not do-it-yourselfers. We all wish we could do everything ourselves, but we can’t. Unless you have the time, the knowledge, the tools, and the manpower, it’s a good idea to hire a professional. Nancy will give you 10 red flags to watch for when you are looking for the perfect contractor to work with you on your project. This podcast sponsored by Monogram Appliances Studio 41 email comments & questions to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
June 15, 2022
Everything You Need on This App
S05E21 When you are looking for cabinets, tile, fabric or anything else you need for a design or remodel project, where do you look? Debbie English, an interior designer in Phoenix, has made it super easy to find sources. Debbie chats with Nancy about her new app, Trade Findry, available right now on your iPhone and soon on your android device. Debbie explains who can use the app, how it works and the many features available to the user. There are 1,000 vendors listed on this free app, in addition to vendor websites, and your very own project board you can set up for each project. Learn more about this app by listening to this podcast This podcast sponsored by Monogram Appliances Studio 41 email comments & questions to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
June 08, 2022
Paint your Cabinets & Furniture with these tips from a Pro
Season 5, Episode 21 Painted cabinets in beautiful blues, rich greens and earthy grays are all the rage. Yes, you can paint your cabinets yourself if you follow the proper steps, use the right tools and using the right finish. Sarah Jones, Design Representative with DunnEdwards, with explain each step so your painted cabinets and/or furniture will look professionally done. Sarah and Nancy also talk about the best colors for your ceilings and what finishes should be used on ceilings. This podcast sponsored by Monogram Appliances Studio 41 email comments & questions to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
June 01, 2022
It's time to Light Up your Outdoors!
Season 5, Episode 20. Light it up! This is the perfect time of year to enjoy your backyard and patio but it wouldn't be complete without the right lighting. Jem Funk, Lighting and Interior Designer, joins Nancy to explain the different fixtures and lights and how to use them to add atmosphere to your outdoor living spaces. We'll talk about: Landscape Lighting String Lights Fans lamps Deck & Stair Lighting Outdoor Chandeliers & Sconces Solar Fixtures If you have questions about these lights, or want to learn more, email Nancy@NancyHugo.com This podcast sponsored by Monogram Appliances Studio 41 email comments & questions to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
May 25, 2022
Newest 2022 Tile Trends
Season 5, Episode 19 Nancy welcomes back Gil Olachea, owner of Ceramica Luxury Tile Showroom in Scottsdale, AZ. Gil shares his experience at Coverings Trade Show in Las Vegas where he saw the newest offerings in tile from Italy, Turkey, Spain, Brazil, India and the U.S. You will want to listen to this podcast before you start your tile project. Gil will explain the important differences between ceramic and porcelain tile, what colors and textures are popular for 2022, weights and sizes of tiles and more. This podcast sponsored by Monogram Appliances Studio 41 email comments & questions to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
May 18, 2022
Form, Function + Great Ideas
Season 5, Episode 17. Kelli Lamb, editorial director and co-founder of Rue magazine, is Nancy's guest. Rue was founded a little more than ten years ago as one of the first digital shelter magazines, with the goal to become your pathway to stylish living, and has been available in stores since Spring, 2021. Rue brings the readers well-crafted design, effortless entertaining tips, and the products you need to make it all your own. Kelli has now shared her expertise in her new book Home with Rue where she begins by encouraging readers to ask what a “functional, joyful home” looks like to them and then goes room by room offering pointers on how to add “beauty in your everyday routines.” Her book gives expert tips and tricks for decorating all areas of the home, from kitchens to entry ways to bathrooms. Home with Rue goes on sale May 24, 2022, available where books are sold. This podcast sponsored by Monogram Appliances Studio 41 email comments & questions to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
May 04, 2022
Living Walls & Potted Plants for your Home
S5, Ep 16 Plants are an important element of good interior design, but did you know that plants can improve air quality? Joe Zazzera, founder and co-owner of Plant Solutions, is Nancy's guest. Joe is the perfect person to explain everything about interior and exterior living walls. What are living walls, how to care for them and best plants to use. Joe will also answer questions about what plants are perfect for your patio and outdoor spaces. What are the best pots to use, what are the best plants and trees to grow in pots, and how to keep them looking healthy and beautiful. Want to connect with nature? Don't miss this podcast! Season 5, Episode 16 This podcast sponsored by Monogram Appliances Studio 41 email comments & questions to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
April 27, 2022
Statement Art for 2022
S05-Episode 15 In addition to being decorative, art has the power to improve your health and wellbeing, inspire conversations, provide a focal point in your home, boost moods, and turn boring spaces into vibrant ones. Nancy's guest today is Christine Sterling, Client Experience Manager with Image Craft, will share ideas on how to bring your vision to life. Different materials to print on Design your own fabric for furniture, pillows and duvets for a unique look. Create custom patterns for wallcoverings. What is giclee? What is embellishing What is Viapagi Chose from 1000's of art in their files Different materials to print on This podcast sponsored by Monogram Appliances Studio 41 email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
April 20, 2022
Don't Replace your Countertop yet!
Season 5, Episode 14 Who doesn't want to replace their countertops with natural stone? There are so many choices to pick from but you should educate yourself first. Know the differences between granite, marble, quartzite and quartz. Find out everything you should know by listening to Carlos Santos, General Manager of Galleria of Stone Scottsdale as he chats with Nancy. Differences between Granite, Marble, Quartzite and Quartz Different finishes available Materials best for Kitchens, Baths and Showers Popular colors and patterns Care and Maintenance Azerocare by Antolini This podcast sponsored by Monogram Appliances Studio 41 email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
April 13, 2022
How to Enhance Your Home with Moldings & Millwork
Season 5, Episode 13 Nancy welcomes back Jan Rutgers, owner of Vestabul School of Design, to chat about how to enhance kitchens and whole houses by applying moldings and millwork. Jan will explain how easy it is to change the look of your home with these simple additions. Jan is offering a free workshop - "Integrating Moldings and Millwork into your Kitchen Design Business" that covers the art, the science and the business of design with Moldings and millwork for Kitchen Designers. P.S. Everyone is welcome. You don't have to be a designer to take this workshop. Register at www.vestabul.com/workshop.
April 06, 2022
You'll Love these New Interior Design Ideas for 2022
Is Gray still "in", what is Modern Farmhouse all about and is why are we seeing Artwork as an important accessory? These questions and more are answered by Nancy's guest, Sarah Jones, Designer Representative with DunnEdwards on this podcast. Talking Points: The great debate, is Gray still “in”Less monochromatic gray color schemes, reverting to nature! Browns, 2022 Color of the Year-Art and Craft From the modern farmhouse to Transitional designEarly 2013-2020/2021 we saw the movement that was the modern farmhouse 2022- we are seeing more value in transitional design. Actual Artwork is making its debut, no more quotes on all things!People are now appreciating the value of actual art more than we have seen in the past decade or so The appreciation for a painting, abstract, photograph and tapestry are more relevant
March 30, 2022
How & Why to Accessorize your Home
Liz Baker, an interior designer and owner of Willis Baker Design of Scottsdale, is Nancy's guest this week. The subject is accessorizing your home so listen to all the ideas and hints that Liz will be talking about. Rooms without the right accessories don't feel complete. From using plants to setting up your shelves, if done properly the room will feel professionally designed. Budget Items, Expensive Items, and Collector’s Items Color – Large neutral items, pops of color in textiles, art, and wallcoverings New vs Antiques Books – importance of having some Wood and/or plants – importance of having some Placement: V-shape Pyramid Clusters Staying away from edges Staying away from equidistant spacing Arranging on shelving – multiples and singles Minimalism vs Abundance Exceptions to the Rule vs No rules – DIY vs Pro This podcast sponsored by Monogram Appliances Studio 41 email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
March 24, 2022
What are Bloggers Saying about Kitchen Trends
Nancy is chatting this week with Laurel Bern, an award-winning Interior Designer, blogger, brand ambassador and influencer. Instead of taking on private clients, Laurel writes about everything having to do with interiors, including kitchens and baths in her popular blog, Laurel Home. Talking Points: What are trends and should you follow them. Do trends dictate what you do Why do trends exist Steering clear of trends What is a long standing trend called Note: Sorry for the poor sound quality. I had some technical issues but will have it fixed for the next podcast. This podcast sponsored by Monogram Appliances Studio 41 email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
March 16, 2022
Listen to these Design Idea for 2022
K/BIS, the best industry show of the year sponsored by the National Kitchen & Bath Association, exhibited many interesting innovative ideas for 2022. Jan Rutgers, Kitchen designer and founder of Vestibul School of Design, shares these ideas by walking us through the exhibitors' booths. Jan's predictions about what she would find at K/BIS were spot on. Don't miss the ideas you can use in your projects and renovations. Our talking points: More food storage Beverage Bars Solutions for Pets Linear Appliance Placement Built-In Banquettes More curves Changing color Palette This podcast sponsored by Monogram Appliances Studio 41 email comments toNancy@NancyHugo.com
March 09, 2022
Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst
Nancy was MIA for 2 weeks. If you are a subscriber or follower of Home Design Chat with Nancy you will be interested in where Nancy was and why. Nancy also explains the first 3 important steps to follow in planning a kitchen remodel. Of course, any project needs planning if you want it to be successful. This podcast sponsored by Monogram Appliances Studio 41 email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
March 05, 2022
Don't Miss these New Appliances
Nancy's guest is Deron Rensen, Senior Area Sales Manager for Monogram - Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and West Texas. This week we are reviewing new appliance introductions and concepts presented by Monogram at the National Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Orlando, Florida. In addition, Deron explains how connectivity works with Monogram appliances. Talking points: New Designer Collection Customize your appliances New Finishes Refrigerator panels 96" Built-in Rotisserie appliance Smart HQ app Appliances with connect capabilities This podcast sponsored by Monogram Appliances Studio 41 email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
February 16, 2022
Building your Home from Pre-plan to Move-in Part II
Building a new home, adding an addition or remodeling can be very overwhelming unless you work with an experienced professional. Chris Novelli, a licensed architect and principal of n3 architecture located in Hopedale, Massachusetts, and Nancy continue talking about the phases of residential building from pre-plan to move in. This podcast is Part II of a 2 part series. Part I was recorded February 1, 2022 and can be found HERE This podcast will cover: Design Development - refinement of the design Construction Drawings (contract document) Bidding and Negotiation Construction Administration Project Closeout Post Occupancy Conclusion This podcast sponsored by Monogram Appliances Studio 41 email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
February 09, 2022
Building your Home from Pre-plan to Move-in
Building a new home, adding an addition or remodeling can be very overwhelming unless you work with an experienced professional. Chris Novelli, a licensed architect and principal of n3 architecture located in Hopedale, Massachusetts, is Nancy's guest today. Chris will be talking about Residential design and construction and what to expect in each phase of the project. This podcast is Part 1 of a 2 part series. Nancy and Chris will continue with Part 2 to be published February 9, 2022. This podcast will cover: Pre-planning Getting Started Pre-Design Schematic Design - the rough draft This podcast sponsored by Monogram Appliances Studio 41 email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
February 02, 2022
Is the Open Floor Plan Dead?
Nancy typically publishes Home Design Chat with Nancy every Wednesday, but had to delay til January 29 due to scheduling conflicts. Today's subject is the open floor plan and what Nancy's comments are about how this design can work for everyone. Yes to the Open Floor Plan Perfect for entertaining More airy and spacious Families spent more time together during pandemic Multi-functional rooms No to the Open Floor Plan Separate dining rooms & foyers Kitchen mess not seem by everyone Separate spaces for each function She also talked about how Covid-19 has changed everything about our lives as we knew it in 2019. How we eat differently, we work differently, we dress differently and we socialize differently. Summary: After creating space within the home to be separated from family members at times, there’s a major longing for a return to the days of gathering, together, at the center of the house. “People want to be with people.” This podcast sponsored by Monogram Appliances Studio 41 email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
January 29, 2022
Did you miss CES 2022?
What is CES and have you ever attended this Las Vegas show? . Dan Hugo, yes he is Nancy's son, will explain what this show is all about and chat with Nancy about some of the new ideas, gadgets and products. They will share their opinion on items for safety, security and entertainment. Of course, Dan always has a story or two about his experiences since he has attended CES many times. This podcast sponsored by Monogram Appliances Studio 41 email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
January 19, 2022
Clear the Clutter
January is the month to purge and organize so Nancy shared some tips for these kitchen and bathroom challenges. Get rid of clutter Clear that countertop All about spices Make-up care This podcast sponsored by Monogram Appliances Studio 41 email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
January 12, 2022
2022 - What's In & Out
It's time to throw out the old and bring in the new, right? Wrong! Jem Funk, Interior & Lighting Designer, and Nancy share their thoughts on what's in for the new 2022 design trends and what's out from years past. They explain why they disagree with some of the designers' ideas, what they suggest to their clients and what ideas should be eliminated, but, as they have said many times in past podcasts, their clients should do what they want in their home and not follow trends or fads if they so chose. OUT for 2022 Open Concept Homes Minuscule Home Offices Mosaic Tiles Waterfall Kitchen Islands Listen for more What’s in for 2022 Waterfall Kitchen Islands Repeat countertop material on backsplash Cozy rounded furniture with warm, soft fabrics. Warm minimalism Listen for more This podcast sponsored by Thermador Appliances, Monogram Appliances Studio 41 email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
January 05, 2022
This is the Last One . . .
This is my last podcast for 2021 so I thought I’d review some of the past podcasts and entice you to subscribe if you haven’t already. These podcasts are very educational and interesting for the homeowner, new home buyer and anyone wanting to know about trends and ideas for design. I am excited to begin my 5th season with Home Design Chat with Nancy on January 5th with our returning guest, Jem Funk. I wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year. This podcast sponsored by Thermador Appliances, Monogram Appliances Studio 41 email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
December 29, 2021
Get my 8 Tips for Holiday Baking
The holiday season has begun so a great subject for today's podcast is one of my favorite traditions . . . baking. Listen as I share my experiences. You can get my recipes by requesting them through my email - Nancy@nancyhugo.com. Our Traditions Cookie Command Gluten-free or not Tips for Holiday baking This podcast sponsored by Thermador Appliances, Monogram Appliances Studio 41 email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
December 08, 2021
Be in the know- Learn about the 2022 Colors
It's that time of year where all the new colors are being introduced for 2022 so Nancy welcomed back Laurie Clark, Senior Design Account Executive to chat about color, of course! How do trends come about? What is the Sherwin-Williams Colormix Forecast 2022? Color Groups Method Opus Dreamland Ephemera Website: www.swcolorforecast.com This podcast sponsored by Thermador Appliances, Monogram Appliances Studio 41 email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
December 01, 2021
Remodel your Bathroom with These
According to a new survey from Trulia, 90 percent of all American homeowners plan to remodel their house at some point. Nearly 40 percent of those homeowners are planning a renovation in the next two years. Most homeowners are setting their sights on the kitchen (50 percent of those surveyed) or the bathroom (45 percent). Before you invest in your remodel, listen to Adam Litberg, Manager of Studio 41 in Scottsdale, talk about some of the products most popular for bathrooms. Smart Toilets Bidet Seats Linear Drains Touch / Handsfree Floating Vanities Lighted Mirrors This podcast sponsored by Thermador Appliances, Monogram Appliances Studio 41 email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com Listen to Nancy’s other podcast: Hugo Floss A conversation with a creative Mom and her Techy Son Topics include everything BUT design
November 24, 2021
Be Prepared . . . ALWAYS
Nancy welcomed back Jan Rutgers, founder of Vestabul School of Design, Jan and Nancy usually talk about design but this time Jan shared her experience during the British Columbia's Okanagan Valley wild fires. Being evacuated from her home with short notice was a scary experience and worse is not knowing if she and her husband would have a home to return to. Listen as Jan details the evacuation and gives suggestions to people who might be in this horrendous situation in the future. This podcast sponsored by Thermador Appliances & Monogram Appliances email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com Listen to Nancy’s other podcast: Hugo Floss A conversation with a creative Mom and her Techy Son Topics include everything BUT design
November 17, 2021
Enjoy the Holidays with These Ideas
The holidays are fast approaching and many of us are excited to enjoy this time of year with friends and family. LoriAnn Harnish, an independent ambassador for the Boisset Collection, is back with us again to help you get ideas for your wine pairings and gift giving. If you want to learn more about wines and exciting ideas for your holiday experience, listen to our podcast. Points of discussion: Holiday wine favorites Creating the perfect pairings for dinner Perfect wines to pair with desserts Making wine a family activity for holiday gatherings Create an experience to remember Gift ideas To find out more about the Boisset Collection go to http://my.boissetcollection.com/speakingofwines Email LoriAnn.email@example.com and call LoriAnn at 480-695-8854 This podcast sponsored by Thermador Appliances & Monogram Appliances email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com Listen to Nancy’s other podcast: Hugo Floss A conversation with a creative Mom and her Techy Son Topics include everything BUT design
November 10, 2021
Convection or Steam?
If you are wondering what the differences are between a convection oven and a steam oven, listen to Nancy's guest, Deron Rensen, Senior Sales Manager for Monogram. Deron will explain how each appliance works and, in addition, explain Monogram's SmartHQ appliances. How Does a Convection Oven Work? Convection Oven vs. Conventional Oven Convection Oven vs. Air Fryer When to Use a Convection Oven What You Shouldn't Cook in the Convection Oven: What You Should Cook in the Convection Oven: How does a Steam Oven Work? Why switch to a steam oven Best foods to cook in a steam oven Smart Appliances This podcast sponsored by Thermador Appliances & Monogram Appliances email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com Listen to Nancy’s other podcast: Hugo Floss A conversation with a creative Mom and her Techy Son Topics include everything BUT design
November 03, 2021
Is your home safe enough?
Many people are experiencing life changes. Nancy explains how to make your home safer if you or a loved one is experiencing physical challenges from a disability, an illness or an accident. In addition, we are all aging, so making your home safe to live in as long as possible is always a concern. Nancy discusses safety in the bathroom, kitchen, and general areas of the home. These are very important suggestions for everyone. This podcast sponsored by Thermador Appliances & Monogram Appliances email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com Listen to Nancy’s other podcast: Hugo Floss A conversation with a creative Mom and her Techy Son Topics include everything BUT design
October 27, 2021
Make it Quieter
Everyone has a story about sounds coming through the walls. Whether an apartment, home or business, noisy walls are a problem! Our guest is going to explain how simple and fun it is to soundproof a room in your home. Christine Sterling is with Image Craft, a company that has no boundaries when it comes to creativity. Learn how to uniquely soundproof your zoom room, your baby's room, your music room and more. Acoustic wallpaper It is not too expensive – more than wallpaper but less than other soundproofing materials. Easy to install – just like wall paper. With digital the designs are endless. Manages rooms acoustics Fire resistant Made from water bottles! Created from 100% Post-Consumer Plastic Bottles. Recycled Solution Dyed Polyester. Fosshield® antimicrobial technology: Unlike antimicrobial agents that are applied via topical chemical coatings or include actual metals, the patented, non-leaching and ion-based antimicrobial technology in Fosshield is blended right into the fabric. NRC rating: .20 Using state-of-the-art manufacturing here in the United States, the ECO-A.R.T. collection of sound absorbing wallcovering utilizes 100% post consumer BPA-free recycled plastic drinking bottles to create a beautiful visual and auditory room experience. 80 plastic bottles = 1 Yard. cutting-edge, sound absorbing product that brings warmth and comfort to every space, inspiring concentration and creativity by allowing you to speak and hear without echo or distraction from ambient noise. Up to .25 NRC depending on pattern, the clarity and articulation of voice and sound improves enormously to enhance the sound quality inside a room and provides dramatic acoustic improvement. This podcast sponsored by Thermador Appliances & Monogram Appliances email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com Listen to Nancy’s other podcast: Hugo Floss A conversation with a creative Mom and her Techy Son Topics include everything BUT design
October 13, 2021
Furniture shopping? Get educated first!
Purchasing your first couch, or a whole room of furniture, can be overwhelming especially if you are not working with a designer. Liz Baker, principle of Willis Baker Design, is Nancy’s guest this week. Liz has years of experience in knowing the good, the bad and the ugly of furniture and will explain how to recognize quality. Listen to this podcast to be aware before you go furniture shopping. Purchasing all new or acquire pieces over time. Mix old and new. Mix cost-effective and expensive. Different types of furniture: Cost-effective – replaceable, “throw away” furniture, trendy Mid-end – big retailers, mixture of quality; some carry good quality manufacturers, but it’s hard to tell what has been contracted High-end – what makes the price so high: craftsmanship, quality; collectible, pass down to family; refinish or reupholster This podcast sponsored by Thermador Appliances & Monogram Appliances email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com Listen to Nancy’s other podcast: Hugo Floss A conversation with a creative Mom and her Techy Son Topics include everything BUT design
October 06, 2021
2022 Tile Trends - What's In and What's Out!
Do you have tile anywhere in your home? Of course you do! Over the last decade or so, tile leads floor covering in popularity offering the most creative shapes, looks, and patterns. Nancy's guest is Gil Olachea, owner of Ceramica tile showroom in Scottsdale, Arizona. Gil and Nancy will discuss tile trends for 2022, what is losing favor with designers. You don't want to miss this show. Our show notes are below. Trends can be expensive Changes in trend may dictate updating living spaces Frequency can vary based upon the degree of installed design elements Floors Stone v. Porcelain Popularity & choice is driven by personal preference Purists like natural products - stone, wood, etc. Practicality prefers easy maintenance - i.e. porcelain 'Looks-like' wood, stone, fabric... Metal tiles Marble Cement tile Trade v. Consumer use & popularity handcrafted encaustic cement tile patterns Walls Predominantly ceramic Can use porcelain, stone... Hand-made vs Automated Volume Products Colors, textures, patterns, decoratives... Sizes What is "Subway" tile 2"x4" - 12"x36" and larger Backsplashes This podcast sponsored by Thermador Appliances & Monogram Appliances Email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com Listen to Nancy’s other podcast: Hugo Floss A conversation with a creative Mom and her Techy Son Topics include everything BUT design
September 29, 2021
House Plants are Trending
Indoor plants are important to every interior design, easy to care for (for some) and a great option for those who live in climates with severely cold winters. Nancy’s guest is Joe Zazzera, owner of Plant Solutions in Scottsdale. Joe is a guru in the world of plants and chats with Nancy about the topics on the list below. If you are a seasoned plant enthusiast or just starting out with one plant, you don’t want to miss this podcast. Is there any real advantages to having plants in the home How much light do indoor plants need? What are the best indoor plants? What are some of the common reasons indoor plants die? How long do indoor plants typically live? Are indoor plants expensive? What is the best kind of indoor plant fertilizer to use? How do I get rid of bugs on indoor plants? How do I know when to water my indoor plant? This podcast sponsored by Thermador Appliances & Monogram Appliances email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com Listen to Nancy’s other podcast: Hugo Floss A conversation with a creative Mom and her Techy Son Topics include everything BUT design
September 22, 2021
Stay Tuned, Coming Soon!
I am on vacation but thought I'd do a short podcast to let you know what's coming up, etc. for Home Design Chat with Nancy. Where's Jan Rutgers? No, she's not MIA, she will be back soon doing more podcasts on kitchen designs, trends and more. What's going on with kitchen islands? Subjects in the very near future: House Plants Furniture Tile Trends Accoustical Wallcovering This podcast sponsored by Thermador Appliances & Monogram Appliances email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com Listen to Nancy’s other podcast: Hugo Floss A conversation with a creative Mom and her Techy Son Topics include everything BUT design
September 15, 2021
Could your Home be Smarter?
Almost everyone has a smart phone but having a smart home is getting very popular. How do you accomplish this? Where do you start? The connectivity, the wiring, the equipment can all be very overwhelming unless you have the right people to set it up. Ben Kayl, System Designer and Jon Van Tussenbroek, Electrical Manager are key people with Desert Valley Audio and Video in Scottsdale. They make it all happen. Listen to this podcast for everything you want to know about smart homes. Lets start from the beginning so we don’t confuse anyone. Been Desert Valley AV for quite a while… why the name change? Oasis Luxury Smart Homes Been known as the AV guys… but they do so much more. A Better Experience Aim to make the whole experience better – from Design to completion Supply all the equipment Teaching about equipment 24/7 service Advantages of hardwire over wireless Hardwired audio and video trends AV and electric in a house benefits WiFi vs ethernet - what's the difference More services Wellness options in a home? Circadian rhythm, etc…lighting How custom can you get with lighting options? Works on remodels and retrofits as well as new builds? Works with designers, builders and homeowners? This podcast sponsored by Thermador Appliances & Monogram Appliances email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com Listen to Nancy’s other podcast: Hugo Floss A conversation with a creative Mom and her Techy Son Topics include everything BUT design
September 08, 2021
Your Kids won't listen to you, but your Shower will!
Everyone wants to know what is the "new thing" in fashion, in technology and in your home. Katie Baker, Senior Sales Executive with Kohler - Remodeling & Showrooms. Katie enlightened us about all the new products and technology in the kitchen and bath. Our show notes will give you an idea of our conversation, but be sure to listen to this podcast. Trends: technology in the Kitchen and Bath How covid has changed our industry Products that can enhance that experience Color, material and finish trends Has covid changed how we shop? New Kohler Signature Store off Scottsdale Road and Camelback This podcast sponsored by Thermador Appliances & Monogram Appliances email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com Listen to Nancy’s other podcast: Hugo Floss A conversation with a creative Mom and her Techy Son Topics include everything BUT design
September 01, 2021
How our Homes have Changed since 2020
At the start of 2020, many of us were forced to reconfigure our homes into multi-multi-functional spaces that could accommodate the needs of working parents and home-schooled children. The novelty of "work from home" has worn off, and we’ve all had a year and a half to adjust to the new normal. Jem Funk, Interior Designer and Lighting Designer, is back with Nancy to talk about trends that designers predict will be huge for last quarter of 2021 into 2022. Jem and Nancy don't name these designers but remember what they always say, "These ideas are from a few people who want to get published or interviewed so, in our opinion, it’s good to listen to different ideas but form your own opinion. Some ideas we agree with and some we definitely would not follow." This podcast sponsored by Thermador Appliances & Monogram Appliances email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com Listen to Nancy’s other podcast: Hugo Floss A conversation with a creative Mom and her Techy Son Topics include everything BUT design
August 25, 2021
Listen to the Rest of the Story
There are lots of options on the market for kitchen countertops, but 10 materials comprise the majority of countertops in residential kitchens. My intention on the August 4th podcast was to chat about them and review the positive and negative aspects of each. Unfortunately I reviewed just one material - laminates, then ran out of time, so today I am reviewing the other 9 materials including granite, marble, quartz, and porcelain. Based on the application, budget and function, each has a place. You decide what is best for you! This podcast sponsored by Thermador Appliances & Monogram Appliances email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com Listen to Nancy’s other podcast: Hugo Floss A conversation with a creative Mom and her Nerdy Son Topics include everything BUT design
August 18, 2021
Zillow! Ya Gotta Love It!
Zillow has become an addiction for me and millions of others! And why not? We can peek into homes for sale, we can get design ideas, and we can see how other people live. My guest this week is Karen Hockley, Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer and owner of Kitchens by Karen, LLC, located in Enola Pennsylvania. Karen and I have fun chatting about some of the outlandish and ridiculous things people do to their homes. This podcast sponsored by Thermador Appliances & Monogram Appliances email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com Listen to Nancy’s other podcast: Hugo Floss A conversation with a creative Mom and her Nerdy Son Topics include everything BUT design.
August 11, 2021
LAMINATE OR FORMICA – WHICH IS IT?
The many choices for countertops can be mindboggling, so my intention was to explain all the different materials and include the pros and cons of each one. Unfortunately I didn't get passed explaining laminates, but on a positive note, this podcast answers all the questions you might have on plastic laminates. Countertop materials Before the 1920's After the 1920's The Winchester House About Countertops Laminate countertop How it came to be Competition Manufacturing Grades Finishes Painting Laminate The Pros of Laminate Budget friendly Easily available to you. Good for people who change decor often Good for low traffic areas Easy to Install The Cons of Laminate Easy to Damage: Undermount sinks are not easy to install so top mount is the common sink application Not good for Resale This podcast sponsored by Thermador Appliances & Monogram Appliances email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com Listen to Nancy’s other podcast: Hugo Floss A conversation with a creative Mom and her Nerdy Son Topics include everything BUT design.
August 04, 2021
Do this BEFORE investing in a Swimming Pool
It happens after every Olympics! Kids get excited about sports and want to be the best they can be and parents want to provide what is needed for their little future Olympian. Nancy's guest is Jay Littman, Lead salesperson & designer at Desert Tropic Custom Pools and Spas in Peoria, Arizona. Jay is a champion diver and medal winner who has spent more hours in the water than most people, so he knows all about pools. Check the show notes and learn what to ask when you are planning to have a pool in your backyard. What type of pools are available The costs of different pool types (including hidden costs) And advantages/disadvantages of each The construction timeframe and process Size, shape, and design Is tile necessary Cool deck vs other material Landscaping - what kind of vegetation is the best How to find a good pool contractor What kind of maintenance does a pool require How to make a pool kid safe This podcast sponsored by Thermador Appliances & Monogram Appliances email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com Listen to Nancy’s other podcast: Hugo Floss A conversation with a creative Mom and her Nerdy Son Topics include everything BUT design.
July 28, 2021
HANG UP OR DELETE
We have done several podcasts about scamming and guarding against being hacked. Chris Diamond and Nancy are going to do it again! It seems that these annoying phone calls and scams are are very creative, in addition to catching people off guard. By listening to this podcast you will learn: How to avoid being scammed What to look for or listen for Red flags Who won’t ever call you What to do if you think you fell for the scam This podcast sponsored by Thermador Appliances & Monogram Appliances email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com Listen to Nancy’s other podcast: Hugo Floss A conversation with a creative Mom and her Nerdy Son Topics include everything BUT design.
July 21, 2021
10 Signs you have a Great Contractor
Prices of homes are skyrocketing and causing people to remodel instead of relocating. So where do you start? After working with a designer, finding a general contractor begins the process of your project. Nancy explains the 10 most important things to look for when finding a contractor. Does the contractor have an office How did you find the contractor? Check references Offered you a discount Contractor required both homeowners at meeting Doesn't require payment in full to start Gives start and completion date Offers warranties, etc. Has current state contractor's license Has proof of insurance & workmen's comp * This podcast sponsored by Thermador Appliances & Monogram Appliances Also sponsored by NancyHugo.com * email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com * Listen to Nancy’s other podcast: * Hugo Floss A conversation with a creative Mom and her Nerdy Son Topics include everything BUT design.
July 14, 2021
The Best of . . .DON’T BELIEVE WHAT YOU HEAR ON HGTV
This is show was prerecorded October 13, 2020 and is one of our more popular shows. Hope you enjoy it! This week Nancy chatted with Jan Rutgers, founder of Vestabul Design School, about the positives and negatives of HGTV and how it affects our clients. Follow the outline on our conversation: Biggest complaints from the industry Unrealistic budgets Unrealistic timelines Biggest misconceptions from consumers This is entertainment not representative -A lot of the drama is fabricated Many of the front people are actors not professional designers Good on camera with a huge team behind them doing all the work What are the Positives HGTV has done for the Kitchen Design Industry They have brought awareness to the kitchen industry as a whole Showing examples of showpiece kitchen; open concept living Make a new kitchen highly desirable They introduce new decor style such as Modern Farmhouse Makes it easy to access get-the-look products across the nation The create demand for high end products Gas ranges, quartz counter, custom hoods, apron front sinks, wine fridges They introduce unique design solutions: banquettes, using furniture pieces, artisan pieces Easier to convince consumer to try something different Some shows experiment with more adventurous color combinations Shows can’t always repeat the same look show after show so tend to mix it up Clients can be more willing to break away from the all white kitchen Changes that are occurring Not all of the decor shows are following the formula that insists on drama More realistic timelines and budgets are being discussed People have been watching a lot of HGTV during the pandemic Kitchen designers need to be aware of the shows their prospects are watching Be prepared to take advantage of the buzz. email questions to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
July 07, 2021
Are you Tankless?
How important is water to you? Doug Schramm, Co-owner of Exclusively Tankless, is Nancy's guest this week. Doug is all about water - Tankless water heaters and filtration systems and will explain the advantages of these units. Tankless Water Heaters What is a tankless water heater vs a typical water heater? Electric and Gas tankless? Who manufactures these units? Where are they made? How big is the unit? Can it go in a closet? Is it cost saving? Whole house Water Treatment System More healthy than softened water systems Reduces calcium and scale in pipes & fixtures Tastes better Different from RO system This podcast sponsored by Thermador Appliances & Monogram Appliances email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com Listen to Nancy’s other podcast: Hugo Floss A conversation with a creative Mom and her Nerdy Son Topics include everything BUT design.
June 30, 2021
Don't pick up that Paintbrush yet!
Unless you are a professional painter, knowing what paints and finishes to apply to walls, ceilings, cabinets, etc. can be very confusing. Laurie Clark, Senior Designer Accounting Executive with Sherwin-Williams covering Arizona and Las Vegas, chatted with Nancy about what we should know regarding paints. Before you pick up that paint brush, listen to our conversation. Some of the questions Laurie answered: For the do-it-yourselfers, what is the most difficult part of painting the interior of the house? Is oil-based paint popular? Where can you use oil-based paint? Should the soffits be painted to match the ceiling color or wall color? What color should the ceiling be painted? Should the whole soffit - sides & bottom - be the same color? What is the best paint finish for a kitchen? For a bathroom? Should the master bedroom and master bath be painted the same color? Can each room be painted a different color? When there's an accent wall, what color should the other walls be? What finishes should the bedrooms, and living & dining rooms be? What are the most popular paint colors for this year? What paint should be used for cabinets? This podcast sponsored by Thermador Appliances & Monogram Appliances email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com Listen to Nancy’s other podcast: Hugo Floss - A conversation with a creative Mom and her Nerdy Son Topics include everything BUT design.
June 23, 2021
Are you still waiting for your New Appliances?
Why are we waiting so long for appliances to be delivered after they are ordered? This question is answered by Jacob Bledsoe, District Sales Manager with Thermador. Nancy and Jake also discussed the history of Thermador and some of the appliances they invented and also introduced the new appliances for 2021. Thermador's History and "Firsts" Thermador is part of BSH Home Appliances Corporation, a fully owned subsidiary of BSH Hausgeräte GmbH, the second largest appliance manufacturer in the world. The Thermador brand specializes in cooking appliance equipment such as ovens, ranges, cooktops, refrigerators and dishwashers. Thermador invented the first wall oven and cooktop, and introduced stainless steel to home appliances. By 1948, Thermador introduced the first "Pro Range" for residential use. Patterned after commercial restaurant equipment, Thermador developed the first home version warming drawer in 1952, a handy kitchen appliance that keeps dishes and foods warm while the oven is being used. Thermador continued to improve on kitchen appliances with the first self-cleaning oven in 1963. Exciting News for Thermador Star Dry System in our Dishwashers The 48” Steam Range w/ 6 Gas Star Burner’s and an Induction Griddle. New Double and single ovens Free-standing French Door Refrigerator General Advice for making appliance purchase decision. You should be selecting appliances very early in the design process and be ready to make a down payment on your appliances and verify that your appliances are ordered with your dealer. Make sure to provide the dealer with updates as your project progress as to when you’ll need the appliances so they can make sure appliances will be available. For many, COVID is over but the economic effects will be here to stay for many years to come without a significant drop in demand appliances. Many manufacturer’s will be having price increases. So the moral is order your appliances as early as possible, up to 4-5 months and earlier for most major appliance brands or be prepared to take whatever your dealer can get This podcast sponsored by Thermador Appliances & Monogram Appliances email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
June 16, 2021
Are you a Fan of these Design Trends?
Just because designers say so, it isn't necessarily true. Nancy bantered with Jay Shennum, an independent Kitchen Designer, about the different trends some designers are pushing for 2021. Do we agree with them? Listen to find out Colored stone countertops Colored stone transitioning from backsplash countertop. Beige travertine stone, classic white, white or pink. Timeless all-white kitchens Traditional all-white kitchens will still remain popular. Warm, cozy, all-white kitchens Statement backsplashes Bold in pattern and color Kitchen with personality Accessories: Houseplants, stack of books Floating Shelves Mixed materials Colors inspired by nature, cabinets clad in metal, and countertops with dramatic veining. Show off mixed metal kitchenware: hang pots from overhead hooks Art Deco Kitchens Black-finished cabinets and floors Brass and gold accent hardware Integrated appliances Integrated or hidden kitchen appliances Nancy's Notes: These are important elements in creating a bright and airy space. Plenty of light, finishes that don't feel heavy and a spacious layout. Make the space your own. This podcast sponsored by Thermador Appliances & Monogram Appliances email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com Listen to Nancy’s other podcast: Hugo Floss A conversation with a creative Mom and her Nerdy Son Topics include everything BUT design.
June 08, 2021
Before you buy carpet, listen to this!
Wall-to-wall carpet became popular in the 1950s when it became more affordable for everyday families and not just the wealthy. People used carpeting in those days not knowing the pros and cons. It just looked good and was affordable. Times have changed. The consumers are more educated and want to know about the products they put in their home. Our guest, John Koslowski, a Flooring Consultant with Healthy Home Flooring, explains everything we want to now about carpet. . Choosing the Right Carpet for Your Lifestyle The type of lifestyle you lead and the conditions of your household should greatly influence your carpet choice. Carpet is usually the best choice for bedrooms Weight & Density Amount of pile in the carpet and how close the tufts Fiber Types Natural, Wool, Synthetic Underpad Your carpet is only as good as your underpad. Maintaining your Carpet Vacuum Professional steam cleaning Carpet trends for 2021 Colors & styles This podcast sponsored by Thermador Appliances & Monogram Appliances email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com Listen to Nancy’s other podcast: Hugo Floss A conversation with a creative Mom and her Nerdy Son Topics include everything BUT design.
June 02, 2021
Is your Ceiling Fixture the right Size?
Putting the finishing touches on your design project can either make it or break it! Knowing the right size and shape of the chandelier, and more importantly, how high to hang the fixture is something not everyone is familiar with. Jem Funk, interior designer and lighting designer, is the perfect guest to give tips on choosing light fixtures. Jem has been with us on several occasions and always shares her knowledge with us. These podcasts are meant to share information but, as always, Jem and Nancy recommend working with a professional on your projects. ASSESS LIVING ROOM LIGHT DIMENSIONS A simple light sizing calculation can prove a useful guide to scaling a pendant light to a living room or another space such as a bedroom. Measure the length and width of the room in feet and add the two figures together. CHOOSE THE RIGHT SIZE LIGHT OVER A DINING TABLE A light like a chandelier or modern statement pendant that’s one half to two thirds the width of the table below in diameter will be large enough to draw the eye, but won’t verge into overpowering territory. With light sizing, bear in mind that the height at which the light is hung is important. SIZE LIGHTING TO A KITCHEN ISLAND Rather than a single large light, hang a series over an island or a dining table. Smaller multiple pendants can work well in a kitchen or dining area. FACTOR IN LIGHTING SHAPE ‘A globe-shaped pendant looks great when oversized. Round or tiered design has some height as well as width, a pendant light could have appreciable scale width-wise, but be of a relatively modest height. TAKE MATERIALS INTO ACCOUNT Glass or wicker pendants can be bigger as there is a transparency to the fitting but usually pendants are constructed of a combination of materials. It is important to check the dimmability of any pendant you purchase. Some LEDs are embedded so this is key, or if you can add your own bulbs you have more control. This podcast sponsored by Thermador Appliances & Monogram Appliances email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com Listen to Nancy’s other podcast: Hugo Floss A conversation with a creative Mom and her Nerdy Son Topics include everything BUT design.
May 26, 2021
2021 KITCHEN TRENDS TO AVOID
If you’re planning on undertaking a full-on kitchen remodel, the last thing you want to do is pick a trend that are outdated or overdone. Jan Rutgers, founder of Vestabul School of Design, is back with Nancy this week. They chat about the trends to avoid and alternative suggestions to help your design choices withstand the tests of time. CABINETRY PAINTED DARK COLORS Dings, bumps, and scratches from everyday use can be more apparent on a darker surface, leading them to be one kitchen trend to avoid. IT wears very quickly, requiring routine touch-ups. MONOCHROME COLOR SCHEMES White continues to be on-trend through 2021, but it can be overdone. White on white on white is boring. BULKY SOFFITS AND KITCHEN DESKS Soffits can make a kitchen look crowded or dated. Get rid of soffits that aren’t necessary. Avoid is adding a desk area in your kitchen. SPECKLED GRANITE COUNTERTOPS Speckled granite countertops are not as appealing anymore; too busy Eased edge or bevels edge are cleaner looking than bullnose edges STAINLESS-STEEL FINISHES Black stainless are becoming popular. Nancy & Jan agree that Stainless Steel will always be seen in the majority of kitchens. Stainless is easy to clean if the right product is used. OPEN-CONCEPT KITCHENS Might be on its way out according to some designers, but Nancy & Jan agree that it’s here to stay. This podcast sponsored by Thermador Appliances & Monogram Appliances email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com Listen to Nancy’s other podcast: Hugo Floss A conversation with a creative Mom and her Nerdy Son Topics include everything BUT design.
May 19, 2021
Is your House Smarter than You?
The best smart home devices are an essential part of a 21st century home, as they ensure you can turn your thermostat up, dim the lights, lock your doors, and play your music with a simple voice command – creating a seamless, smart environment that makes your life easier. Nancy chatted with Chris Diamond about all the smart devices he has installed in his home and what the pros and cons are. Show notes: smart speaker smart lighting smart plugs and switches smart thermostat video doorbells home security cameras smart locks robot vacuums coffee machines vacuum cleaners This podcast sponsored by Thermador Appliances & Monogram Appliances email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com Listen to Nancy's other podcast: Hugo Floss A conversation with a creative Mom and her Nerdy Son Topics include everything BUT design.
May 12, 2021
Beauty In & Out
Our last podcast was all about appliance trends for 2021. This week Nancy chatted with Deron Rensen, senior area sales manager with Monogram. Deron explained why manufacturers offer packages and what new and exciting appliances Monogram has introduced for this year. Specifically we talked about the new Monogram column Refrigerator and Freezer and what the benefits are. Show Notes: Products Special promotions appliance packages Finishes Stainless Steel Mixing Metals Monogram Column Refrigeration Refrigerators (24”,30”) Freezers (18”,24”,30”) Adjustable Aluminum & Glass Door Bins LED Illuminated Glass Shelves Auto-Fill Pitcher Electronic Temperature Control Drawer Tower Cooling Retrofit into existing 42” or 48” refrigerator space easily Don't forget to listen to my other podcast, Hugo Floss with Dan Hugo, my nerdy son, and his creative mom. This podcast sponsored by Thermador Appliances & Monogram Appliances email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
May 05, 2021
2021 Appliance Highlights
Without question, if you have a kitchen, and who doesn't, you are interested in the newest appliances, even if you are not going to purchase immediately. Our subject today is the newest and greatest appliances for 2021, and who better to chat with Nancy than Steve Ertle with Spencer's Appliances in Arizona. Steve is extremely knowledgeable since he has been in the appliance business for 40 years and keeps up with all brands, makes and models. Trend #1. On the Rise: Steam Ovens Steam ovens and convection steam ovens. Trend #2. Refrigerators are getting a huge upgrade in 2021. Glass-door refrigerators Notification handles a thing of the past. Trend #3. Everything will be available for you in a touch of a button in 2021. Wireless Bluetooth devices Trend #4. Finger Touch Gets Rid Of Knobs Say goodbye to knobs and controls, and say hello to touch controls! Trend #95. Technology Is All Around Us Continued push for incorporation of technology. Sous Vide method of cooking Popularity of Stainless Steel Appliances Delays – a trend of 2021? A lack of materials and delays in shipping times mean nearly every type of appliance is being impacted. Other factors for delays Please be sure to subscribe on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts and tell a friend. This podcast sponsored by Thermador Appliances & Monogram Appliances email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
April 28, 2021
What are you Doing for Earth Day - April 22
Nancy's guest this week is Christine Sterling, Client Experience Manager with Image Craft. Christine is an advocate of sustainability and explains how she has encouraged changes at her workplace. These changes can apply to residential as well as commercial. An environmentally aware business considers more than just profits — it considers its impact on society and the environment. Such a business is sustainable because it contributes to the health of the structure within which it operates, thereby helping construct an environment in which the business can thrive. Christine's changes at Image Craft to help the environment: Recycling container for paper, plastics, plastic bags, batteries, ink cartridges Changed Light bulbs to LED Compactor – non organic Added solar panels – incentives Touch technology faucets and toilets Motion sensor lights in certain areas Window tinting/shades and shutters Plants to improve air quality Inks & prints low VOC & recycled & recyclable materials Second hand stores for misc. office equipment – shelving, desks, storage furniture, printers, copiers,etc Changes most everyone can make: Make compost work at home when possible. Commuting accounts for more than a third of all car travel. Reuse paper bags, envelopes, etc. Maintain possessions instead of discarding them. Xeriscape with drought-tolerant native species in your yard. Install low-flow showerheads. Buy in bulk, and bring your own reusable containers to eliminate wasteful packaging. Plant deciduous shade trees to cut summer cooling bills. Bike, walk, and use public transit. Install a solar water heater. Buy efficient appliances with smarter designs. Use non-toxic cleaners. Tune up your car. Separate recyclables, and recycle them. Caulk and weatherstrip, and insulate walls and ceilings. Fix leaky pipes. Install low-flush toilets. This podcast sponsored by Thermador Appliances & Monogram Appliances email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
April 20, 2021
Is your Outdoor Kitchen safe?
Last February we discussed the need for a vent hood in your kitchen with Doug Elbert is Vice President of Business Development at Trade-Wind Manufacturing, a premier manufacturer of residential kitchen and ventilation projects. Many people are extending their living and entertaining space, so Nancy invited Doug back to chat about the important things to know before you build your outdoor kitchens. Do I need a vent hood for outdoor kitchen? What is a CFG and How many CFMs do I need for an outdoor grill? Size and Power (CFM) Trends in Covered Outdoor Kitchen Design with Ventilation -WHEN/WHERE/WHY Things to Consider when planning your outdoor kitchen Can you grill under covered patio? Where should a grill be placed on a patio? Where should you put the outdoor kitchen Safety note 8 Tips for Designing an Awesome Outdoor Kitchen Why Trade-Wind? This podcast sponsored by Thermador Appliances & Monogram Appliances email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
April 14, 2021
What's in your Drawers?
Nancy welcomed back Jan Rutgers, kitchen designer and founder of Vestabul School of Design, to chat about the ergonomic use of drawers in the kitchen which has become a very important element in kitchen design. You will find this podcast enlightening and very interesting. Find the show notes below: Refrigeration The first appliance to really embrace drawers was refrigerators. Dual Drawers The upper end of the appliance market took the lower freezer drawer to the next level by developing refrigerators with two freezer drawers. Convertible Drawers – Ref/Freezer Another configuration to hit the market was a bottom mount refrigerator with a “convertible” drawer. For a functional design, refrigerators with bottom freezer drawers was a win! Undercounter Refrigerator dDawers Manufacturers produced all freezer drawers, all refrigerator drawers and combination refrigerator/freezer drawers. This development also opened up opportunities for the Kitchen Designer to place refrigeration in multiple locations within the kitchen. Refrigeration could now be easily placed on an island or a peninsula. Warming Drawers These appliances evolved from the lower drawer that was standard on free-standing ranges. Specifying one under the cooktop or near the dining table are great spots for this handy appliance. Cup Warming Drawers These cup warming drawers are ideally placed under the coffee maker to keep your expresso or latte cup warm, producing a coffee house experience every time. Dishwashers Dishwasher Drawers offer an ergonomic alternative to swing down doors – first introduced to the North American market by the New Zealand manufacturer Fisher & Paykel. A single dishwasher drawer in the beverage bar for easy glass washing is a good example. Microwaves one of the best drawer appliance introductions has been the microwave drawer. The microwave has always been a difficult appliance to place functionally and aesthetically in the Kitchen. The microwave company Sharpe was the first to introduce the microwave drawer. Held a design contest showing the microwave in a drawer. Vacuum Seal Drawers The newest appliance drawer introduction for the Kitchen is the Vacuum Seal Drawer.. A vacuum seal drawer is a chamber-style drawer that can do a variety of things. It can be used to better preserve frozen foods, it removes air to prepare for sous vide cooking and infuses flavors into proteins, vegetables, and oils. Appliance drawers are a trend that will continue for Kitchen Appliances. Consumers will not want to give up the convenience of sliding out a drawer to access appliances under the counter. This podcast sponsored by Thermador Appliances & Monogram Appliances email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
April 07, 2021
Make your Vision Come True with This.
If you are looking for the unique, custom steel and stone items for your home, you have to listen to Nancy chat with Lane Cook, founder & co-owner of Visionmakers Intl. Here are some of the topics discussed and the questions asked of Lane: Visionmakers seems to offer a lot of varied products. Stone, steel doors, lighting, and other things. How do you describe Visionmakers to a new client? How did Visionmakers get its start? How did you arrive here? You have mentioned that Visionmakers has grown at an incredible pace. As a business owner, what do you feel the keys have been to your growth and success? You have acquired 2 companies in the last couple years, right? Tell us a little about how those have helped you. What architectural style products to you sell, is it mostly old world-European type designs or what? Tell me about your architectural steel doors and entries - These slimline steel doors and windows with thin mullions seem to be all the rage right now. Do you still make the old world iron doors with scrolls or what? What’s the craziest/most unique steel product you’ve ever made? What are the Visionmaker's limestone and canterastone products? With the Tuscan look having faded, has your stone business changed much? What’s an interesting stone project you’ve been involved with lately? You have worked also in architectural metals…..what exactly do you mean? Do you work mostly with retails clients or to the trades? This podcast sponsored by Thermador Appliances & Monogram Appliances email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
March 31, 2021
Tile Cleaning & Maintenance... Beyond Floors
A very large percentage of homes have tile flooring, showers, backsplashes and more. The question is how to clean the tile and grout. Gil Olachea, owner of Ceramica in Scottsdale, AZ, chatted with Nancy about the do's & don'ts of cleaning all tile. Share with friends & family who have tile. Most people are using the wrong products! These are the show notes: > Generally accepted cleaning myths Water Liquid dish soap w/ exception Vinegar, bleach, glass cleaner "Windex" > Types of tile Ceramic & porcelain Stone Glass Metal Mosaic v field > Grout joints Grout joints behave like dirt squeegee's Absorb: spills, grease, grime, oils, wine, etc. Cement v. epoxy -based epoxy is higher-performance to stain resistance New, innovative grout available with infused antimicrobial protectant > Baths & showers, powder-rooms * in showers can harbor germs, grime, mildew * properly ventilate * 'pathway' to wall or substrate behind tile > Kitchens - counters and back-splashes >Sealers & cleaners Seal ALL tile surfaces shortly after time of installation Misconception - barrier to staining Spot-cleaning: baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, clear-liquid dish soap pH-neutral, nothing that will etch tile surfaces or grout "Big-Box" v. commercial products Follow product manufacturers guidelines, instructions This podcast sponsored by Thermador Appliances & Monogram Appliances email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
March 24, 2021
Do's & Don'ts of a Home Office
Nancy didn't have a guest this week so her conversation is with you, the audience. The home office was a luxury at one time, but now it's a necessity. Pick your spot. Not just any spot. Not the kitchen table or the coffee table Get Creative With Space – Necessary Items: Your zoom background Don’t work in the bedroom Clean up the clutter Set your schedule so everyone in the house knows when you are not available Remember, this situation could possibly be permanent either by choice or not. Let me know if you think the background music in this podcast is distracting @ Nancy@NancyHugo.com This podcast sponsored by Thermador Appliances & Monogram Appliances email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
March 17, 2021
Picture This on your Wall
You've heard the phrase, "Make it your own!" It's easier than you think when you let your imagination run wild. Listen to Nancy chat with Brent Moncrief, VP, Sales & Marketing with Image Craft, as he explains how easy it is to create a fun & functional space with their products. After you listen to our conversation, check out their website HERE. Educate to Differentiate: Specifiers are very busy, but need to find (make) the time to stay up to date on options Programs like this Associations Trade publications Trade events (virtual) The ability to produce very short runs (1 of 1) is here today and the substrates and applications continue to grow Examples: “Permanent” metal prints (Antimicrobial, Easy to clean, Incredibly vivid and 65+ year archive life) “Acoustics with Aesthetics” Digitally printed acoustic wall coverings Acoustic artwork Acoustic panels Dare to be different Challenge your vendors, there’s nothing we like more than to solve problems we haven’t seen before March 10, 2021 This podcast sponsored by Thermador Appliances & Monogram Appliances email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
March 10, 2021
Is your Website Outdated?
What does your website have to do with Home Design? Many listeners are professional designers and builders who have websites for potential clients. In addition, the suggestions and hints Chris Diamond and Nancy chat about will help anyone who has a website connected to their business or hobby. By the way, Chris Diamond, owner of Hogfish Studios, designs and maintains all my websites and produces my podcasts. Can you answer these questions in regard to your own website? Is your website mobile-friendly? Is your website easy to use? Is your website attractive and up-to-date? Do you have great pictures & videos on your site? Do you know how to market your website? Are you using keywords on your site? When was the last time you added content to your site? Do you back up your website to your server? Is your site protected from being hacked? If you have questions pertaining to your own website, don’t hesitate to ask for help, or at least another opinion. This podcast sponsored by Thermador Appliances email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
March 03, 2021
Cover Up Those Windows!
The subject this week is Windows! Should we cover them or leave them naked? To answer that question and more, Nancy invited Tracy Doane, Certified Interior Designer specializing in Window Coverings to see what's in and what's out in the world of window treatments. Window Covering Options: Blinds, Shutters, Shades and Drapery. Shutters - Contemporary, Traditional & Transitional Wood shutters Composite shutters PVC shutters Colorful shutters Shades - Modern/Contemporary Honeycomb or Cell Shades. Roller Shades Roman Shades, Pirouette Shades Silhouette Shades. Window treatments in kitchens Roman shade or a shorter curtain makes sense. café curtains so that they’ll sit perfectly on the windowsill shades Be consistent consistency is important for a home to feel cohesive. use similar window treatments throughout the home window treatments need to fit the overall look and feel of the home. color of the window treatments should be consistent throughout the home. This podcast sponsored by Thermador Appliances February 24, 2021 email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
February 24, 2021
Should you Stay or Leave?
Nancy chatted with Jem Funk, our resident guest who is a lighting and interior designer, about the pros and cons of renovating vs. relocating. Does your home no longer meet your needs? Take into consideration what your current and long-term requirements are that you are looking for in your ideal home. What do you need and want? Consider the following aspects: •size of your home – too big, too small? •location of your home – on a busy road? • neighborhood – access to shops, schools and public transport? • current state of your home – old and too difficult to repair or already a modern design? •budget – what is possible? RENOVATING Advantages Stay in the same location. Increases the value of your home. Adjustable to your needs and wants. Disadvantages Potential of overcapitalizing. Financing. Living on a building site. Overseeing contractors. Stress levels. RELOCATING Advantages Receive a good price for your property. Don’t have to deal with renovations. Disadvantages •Costs of selling. Searching for the right house. Stresses involved with moving. Note: There are people who can do these tasks for you. They can also help you downsize, purge and advise. This podcast sponsored by Thermador Appliances February 17, 2021 email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
February 17, 2021
Of course you need a Vent Hood in your Kitchen.
Several weeks ago Jamie Gold, author of Wellness by Design, talked about having a healthy home on our show. One of the key items to having a healthy home is your kitchen ventilation system. Nancy's guest is Doug Elbert, Vice President of Business Development at Trade-Wind Manufacturing, a premier manufacturer of residential kitchen and ventilation projects. Topics of discussion on this podcast: All about Trade-Wind Ventilation Why is ventilation important What kind of ventilation is required in a kitchen What kind of ventilation units are available All about Custom Vent hoods This podcast sponsored by Thermador Appliances February 10, 2021 email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
February 10, 2021
You Need a team to build your Dream Kitchen
Nancy welcomes back Jan Rutgers, experienced kitchen designer and owner of Vestabul School of Design. Jan and Nancy chat about the benefits of having a team work together on a remodel project, specifically a kitchen. Listen to the step by step points on how to build a team will work together to accomplish your dream kitchen. Who to hire to get the kitchen of their dreams. Kitchen Designer, the Architect, the Contractor/Builder Interior Designer/Decorator. Some of the key responsibilities of the Kitchen Designer would be: Developing the final layout for the dream kitchen to ensure function, flow and safety. Choosing the appliance package based on the client’s needs, budget and available space. Ensuring storage requirements for the room are met. Specifying interior accessories for functionality of the cabinet interiors. Developing detailed drawings such as mechanical plans and elevations for the kitchen space. Highlighting for the architect specifications that impact their plans, such as the ventilation pipe size needed for a high preforming pro-styled hood that needs to be hidden in the structure. Consulting with the Interior Designer on material selection (Counter-tops, flooring, cabinet materials, lighting, backsplash etc.) for the kitchen based on specific needs of the client. Checking that specifications of other materials including door & window casings do not conflict with the final design. Overseeing the installation process for all kitchen elements. Cooperation between Allied Professionals is key to the successful Dream Kitchen. For more information on building a team, listen to this podcast. This podcast sponsored by Thermador Appliances February 3, 2021 email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
February 03, 2021
Attend KBIS 2021 ~ Listen for free Tickets from Monogram
This is the time of year when all the manufacturers introduce their new lines to the Design Community. Deron Rensen, Senior Area Sales Manager for Monogram, is Nancy's guest today. Deron explains 3 of the fantastic new products Monogram is offering. These products will be shown at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show February 9-11. This show has been exclusively open to the trade but this year you, the consumer, will be able to attend the show virtually with designers, architects and builders. This special offer will give you free entry to the show and a guided tour of the Monogram booth. I hope you all can attend the show and enjoy this podcast. New Products Monogram Wine Sommelier 106 dual zone bottle storage Freezer drawer with ice-maker Convertible bottom drawer (refrigerator/freezer/beverage storage) Integrated flush design stainless steel or panel ready Launches April Monogram Ranges Customizable color knob lights No Preheat Air fry Articulating LCD screen Solid brass blades on knobs Brass burners up to 23,000BTU True Temp burner 21,000BTU Launches April KBIS Virtual 2021 Monogram won best booth 2020 9 distinct virtual kitchens to tour Free attendance compliments of Monogram. KBIS registration link: Geahybrid.events To schedule a guided tour email Deron at: Deron.Rensen@geappliances.com This podcast sponsored by Thermador Appliances Jan. 27, 2021 email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
January 27, 2021
And the New Colors for 2021 are . . .
Welcome to season 4 of Home Design Chat with Nancy. One of the questions many people ask me is "what colors will be popular for 2021?" Today's guest is Laurie Clark, Senior Designer Account Executive, with Sherwin-Williams. Listen to our conversation to learn about this year's color palette. Laurie will explain how the Sherwin-Williams compiles the years forecast colors. What is the Color Marketing Group How they determine colors for all industries The four palettes for Sherwin-Williams Colormix Forecast for 2021 Explains each palette & gives examples of color What is the color of the year? This podcast sponsored by Thermador Appliances Jan. 13, 2021 email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
January 13, 2021
WHY YOU NEED A PRE-NUPTIAL AGREEMENT
Happy New Year and welcome to our first podcast of Season 4. My special guest is Tami Hugo Haley, an Arizona attorney specializing in divorce and child custody law. Tami explained her background and law experience and we chatted about the following: What to do when clients who are involved in remodeling their home, bring their designer or builder into their disagreements. What Tami’s experiences were during her home remodel What is a pre-nuptial Agreement Why are pre-nuptial important Who should have pre-nuptial agreements designers, or any unmarried business owner, should be considering before they marry. To contact Tami Hugo Haley, call her at 480-442-5184 or email her through her website: HaleyLawAZ.com This podcast sponsored by Thermador Appliances Jan. 6, 2021 email comments to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
January 06, 2021
Good Bye 2020, Hello 2021
This podcast will be the last one for 2020, so Nancy takes the opportunity to wish you all a happy & healthy 2021. She has some comments for 2020 and lets you know when the next podcast will be published. Ciao You can contact Nancy by email: Nancy@nancyhugo.com
December 26, 2020
What's REALLY in and out in the Design World for 2021
Jem Funk, Interior & Lighting Designer with Premier Lighting, is back talking with Nancy about what interior design ideas are in and out for 2021. Jem and Nancy share their honest opinions with you on trends and fads. Enjoy their light-hearted chat and take notes. You won't want to miss this one. OUT FOR 2021 Shiplap is one of the fastest fading trends Once used to waterproof boats, shiplap siding became a trendy way to decorate interior walls in the 2010s. "Shiplap appears in nearly every TV home-makeover show texture walls with tile, plaster, rattan or wood Gray kitchen interiors may become less popular The all-gray look is going out of style. Gray kitchen interiors can look cold and lack distinction Bolder colors gaining popularity. Indigo blue & green may be a particularly trendy kitchen color in 2021. The Mid-century modern furniture trend may finally be over Mid-century modern designs were popular in the 1950s and 1960s, May finally be fading away. We're shifting away from the 'Mad Men' look Matching furniture sets may start to look dated Identical furniture and matching sets don't showcase personal style. Select nonmatching pieces with complementary colors or designs. Having everything match doesn't allow people to let their personal style shine through. What’s in for 2021 Granny Chic becoming more popular Floral wallpapers are considered granny chic. The "grandmillennial" trend is a modern revival of homey design elements that you might find in your grandparents' home. The style is meant to evoke comfort, nostalgia, and tradition. Think floral wallpaper, antique paintings, delicate china, crocheted throws, and vintage touches with whimsical flair. Peel-and-stick wallpaper will be trendy in 2021 Wallpaper is having a bit of a resurgence right now. Self-adhesive, removable wallpaper is gaining popularity with people who rent or are looking for a low-commitment way to upgrade their living space. Wicker and rattan furniture will likely be trending Natural-looking furniture is coming back in style. woven furniture styles will be popular. Rattan and wicker details. BOTTOM LINE the most important trend of 2021 in design calls for just to ignore these very trends, to personalize the space and adjust the interior primarily for yourself. We’ve said this before – it’s your home, your space, your lifestyle and your budget. Chose wisely! This podcast sponsored by Premier Lighting email questions to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
December 16, 2020
Time for Change
Nancy explains all the changes taking place on Designers Circle for 2021 in addition to summarizing all the Home Design Chat with Nancy Podcasts for 2020. Nancy also introduces her newest podcast - Hugo Floss which will be available very soon. Summary for 2020 podcasts Many shows about kitchen design How to work with a kitchen designer How to get the work done How kitchens have changed since the 20’s What is universal design and the importance of it Recently what is an unfitted kitchen with Jan Rutgers who is a regular guest with me. Appliances – reps New technology, new colors and How to use a steam oven Tiles The differences between porcelain & ceramic tiles and how to maintain them Pavers – what is a paver and where are they used. Colors What’s in and what’s out for the coming year Trends The difference between fads and trends What’s in and what’s out and why you shouldn’t follow what designers tell you to do….be comfortable in your home Scams We did 2 shows on how to avoid being scammed. Wine Expert on wine pairing and gift giving for the holidays Healthy & Happy Home Suggestions for making your home healthy Designers Circle's Changes My design projects Videos Before & afters Description of Products I use in the remodels A New podcast – Hugo Floss My co host is Dan Hugo who has more knowledge and experiences than most people I know I will be talking about things that irk me with my NY humor Subjects are all over the board. I encourage you to listen. You will be able to subscribe Designers Circle was exclusively for the Design Community but now anyone can subscribe. Add your email to the subscription box – its FREE This podcast sponsored by Premier Lighting email questions to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
December 09, 2020
IS YOUR KITCHEN FITTED OR UNFITTED?
Nancy’s welcomes back Jan Rutgers, a regular guest on this podcast. A little bit about Jan: Jan Rutgers has been designing kitchens and products for over 25 years and is a recipient of Kitchen & Bath Design News’ Top Innovators in 2020 for the Kitchen & Bath Industry. She has designed more than 1000 kitchens learning valuable skills with each one! Her experience in Kitchen Design, Millwork Manufacturing and Product Development has led her to create VESTABUL SCHOOL OF DESIGN where she educates and mentors people passionate about the Kitchen Design Industry. This week we are going to explore the unfitted kitchen– What is it A true unfitted kitchen is one where everything is free standing It is furnished with individual items used for specific tasks Items can be added as needed and arranged for different tasks Canning and preserving of the fall harvest are a good example. Tables would be brought into the space for better workflow during this busy season Unfitted vs. Fitted The invention of built-in cabinetry evolved the modern kitchen into what we call a Fitted Kitchen around the 1920-1930’s All the elements in the kitchen are built-in or fitted to the space. Indoor plumbing was part of this evolution A main reason for the kitchen going from unfitted to fitted though was space. Original kitchens were part of a large space so there was room to move things around Single family homes began to be built and they were much smaller A built-in solution was a much better use of space in small kitchens What to do with appliances in the unfitted kitchen Panel the refrigerator(s) to look like pieces of furniture Microwave can be put in cabinet – hoozier with lift door DW & warm’g dwrs with panels to look like drawers Ranges can look very old fashioned Ovens, steam ovens ??? Summary A completely unfitted kitchen is probably not a solution for most people A fitted sink with plumbing hook ups is more desirable than lugging water from an outside well! A combination of a fitted and unfitted kitchen is a design direction that is one worth exploring. This podcast sponsored by Premier Lighting email questions to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
December 02, 2020
If your Home isn't Healthy and Happy, find out why.
Nancy’s guest this week is wellness design consultant, industry speaker and author Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC. Jamie’s latest book, Wellness by Design: A Room-by-Room Guide to Optimizing Your Home for Health, Fitness and Happiness (Simon & Schuster/Tiller Press, September 2020), is the first comprehensive consumer guide to this very timely topic. Wellness design was emerging as a trend before the pandemic. Covid has just accelerated the pace. With so many people spending so many more hours at home, everyone is evaluating how well their spaces are performing for them. In homes across the country Wellness design defined: Creating spaces that support the physical and emotional well-being of their occupants. What it can do to enhance your home and life For designers it gives you a framework for discussing it with your clients. For consumers it gives you criteria to prioritize your investments. Five Facets of Wellness Design: We’ll discuss what these terms mean, what products fit into them and how they can enhance people’s homes and health. The pandemic has made these items more urgent than ever. Health & Fitness Safety & Security Accessibility Functionality Comfort & Joy This podcast sponsored by Premier Lighting email questions to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
November 26, 2020
Don't Be a Victim! Learn how to avoid being scammed.
What do scams have to do with Home design? Nothing, but our lives have changed and using this podcast to educate about various things is what we’re all about. Scammers are inventive and keep coming up with new ways to con people out of their money. Nancy and Chris Diamond chat about different types of scams and how you can protect yourself. Scammers do their homework and find information about you before they make contact. They use a variety of techniques, including flattery and emotional manipulation, to draw you in. Older people may be more vulnerable because scammers often target people who: live alone and may feel lonely and want to talk are at home during the day have money or valuables. How to spot a scam Some scams are very clever and they can be hard to spot. Things to look out for include: offers that come out of the blue requests to share your bank account details or verify a password or PIN prizes that ask you to send money up front to claim your winnings time-limited offers that ask you to act quickly companies with vague contact details, such as a PO Box or mobile number, or a premium rate number usually beginning 090 companies that call you repeatedly and stay on the phone a long time confidential offers that you're told not to tell family or friends about. As a general rule, if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. How to protect yourself Scammers are clever and ruthless, and they'll do anything to get hold of your personal details. Be very careful about who you give your personal details to. Never send money to someone you don’t know or trust. And remember - your bank or the police will never ask for your PIN or password or ask you to transfer funds for fraud reasons. This podcast sponsored by Premier Lighting November 18, 2020 email questions to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
November 18, 2020
De-stress for the Holidays with These Gift Tips
Lori Ann Harnish, Independent Ambassador with Boisset Wines, is Nancy's guest this week. The subject is wine of course, and as usual, Lori Ann gives great suggestions for pairing wine with holidays foods as well as gift ideas for the season. Hope you enjoy this fun podcast. We can turn living rooms and board rooms into tasting rooms Appreciation events – share an experience Private in person tastings & Virtual tastings Wine Sparkling Wine Gifts - Variety of sets Example: Jingle Bubbles, LVE Napa Valley Blanc de Blancs Paired with a John Legends Holiday Album CD White Wine Sets- Crisp and Clean, Delicious & Lovely Paired with shelled nuts: almonds, pistachios, cashews Popcorn: flavored Crackers mix Assorted Olives or roasted peppers White cheeses Spicy snacks & Dried fruits Red Wine Sets Meats and cheeses, hearty nuts: walnuts, pecans Assorted Olives or tapenade Soup mixes & Bread mixes Expresso beans Dried fruits: cherries Grocery pantry: jams, jellies, preserves, vinegars, olive oils, marinara, truffle mustards Mixed Wine Sets – Dinner party in a box Combined with a gift certificate for a nice take out meal or delivered meal Magnum Gifts Holiday Shopping made easy Now is the time to place your orders Make the decision now and have more time later Personalized gifts Custom labels Choose from a range of different styles, varietals, and price points Hundreds of design options Etched bottles Send a message they can touch and feel Gifts with a mission Supporting causes and missions Animal welfare Breast Cancer Social cause Special Occasion Gifts Thoughtful ideas for moments and & milestones Thank you bottles - Toast to You…. Raise your glass…..(etched congratulations bottle with 2 crystal wine glasses, packaged This podcast sponsored by Premier Lighting November 11, 2020 email questions to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
November 11, 2020
DON’T REMODEL YOUR BATH UNTIL YOU LISTEN TO THIS
Remodeling is booming and many of you are doing your own projects. Marsha Madras, Kitchen & Bath Designer, chatted with Nancy about what to do and what not to do for a great bath design. Follow this hints and suggestions for a great bathroom. Don’t Install a Bathtub You Won’t Use Large, roomy shower stall over a spacious tub Keep one tub in the house Think About Converting Your Tub to a Shower Basic tub size 5-ft x2½-ft. Converting it to a shower cost effective The Perfect Shower Walk in Shower Linear drain Bench Grab bars Hand Held shower head on bar Soap niche large enough to hold what you use Several shower heads Don’t Make the Toilet the First Thing You See When You Open the Door Toilet should not be focal point. Think privacy Adequate Lighting Task lighting & mirror lighting avoiding shadows Mood lighting Incorporate layers of task, accent, ambient and decorative lighting Lighting over mirror, sconces and cans Choose Tile Carefully Non glossy porcelain & reconstituted stone Natural stone is porous, sealing & maintenance Steam shower – Porcelain tile Plan the Right Height for Your Sink Typical countertops- 32″ – 34″ inches off the floor. Floating vanities Plan height for vessel sink This podcast sponsored by Premier Lighting November 4, 2020 email questions to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
November 04, 2020
ARE YOU TIRED OF WHITE KITCHENS YET?
Are you tired of the “white kitchen?” Sharon Sherman, an awarding winning designer from Bergen County, New Jersey, chatted with Nancy about the popularity and evolution of the white kitchen. Why white has been popular clean fresh look quick freshen up for an old kitchen realtors say white sells. kitchens with a combination of other woods or paint colors with white will continue to trend upward. Overwhelming number of white kitchens shown in magazines White is a great way to ground wood accents, walnut island, a colorful pop of back splash tile dramatic wall color. White doesn’t have to be that stark, Bright whites Soft whites Gray whites Cream whites More creativity is popping up 2 tone kitchens Engineered stone – more colors available Textured and colorful backsplashes Have a white kitchen? Here’s a quick fix to update Change out hardware Paint a few cabinets Window treatments Countertop accessories in bright colors Colorful chandelier This podcast sponsored by Premier Lighting October 28, 2020 email questions to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
October 28, 2020
We Don't Agree with the Experts when it comes to the 2021 Design Trends!
The new design trends for 2021 are here and Nancy isn't at all happy with a lot of them. Jem Funk, Interior Designer and Lighting Consultant with Premier Lighting, and a frequent guest on this podcast, chatted with Nancy about what the experts have decided for 2021. You be the judge. Power of Color IN: Bright palettes and rich colors in the design of furniture, lamps, accessories. OUT: Pastel shades, inspired by the Scandinavian style.2021 Colors: Pantone color institute chose Ultra Violet as the main color of 2021 Violet is a complex, dominant color that is unlikely to become widespread, since it is more like a bohemian one. Benjamin Moore's 2021 color of the year is Aegean Teal A rich blend of blue-green and gray, this mid-tone reflects balance and natural harmony. When selecting this year's Color of the Year, the Benjamin Moore team focused on grounded and rooted colors. Sherwin-Williams has selected four color palettes: bold blues, muddy greens, muted reds, bright pinks, and warm whites are their choices Every Paint company has their own color of the year. Brown is coming back strong paired with avocado, orange, and harvest gold Color psychologists say brown communicates strength, reliability, and stability. It evokes feelings of comfort and safety. Brown also creates a sense of nostalgia, when life less complicated, more down-to-earth, and common sense prevailed. Note: Brown gets Nancy depressed. Harmony with Nature unpainted wood surfaces, stone textures, living plants, wicker furniture Decorative elements and prints also gravitate to nature Images of animals, birds, leaves and flowers Vivid tropical motifs and an intense floral print. Was popular in 2020 and still hanging on for 2021 Textured Walls Wallpaper and decorative plaster give way to expensive fabric upholstery Individualization the most important trend of 2021 in design calls for just to ignore these very trends, to personalize the space and adjust the interior primarily for yourself. The interior is no longer limited to the framework of one style, but follows primarily the needs and preferences of the owners.
October 21, 2020
Don't Believe What you Hear on HGTV
This week Nancy chatted with Jan Rutgers, founder of Vestabul Design School, about the positives and negatives of HGTV and how it affects our clients. Follow the outline on our conversation: Biggest complaints from the industry Unrealistic budgets Unrealistic timelines Biggest misconceptions from consumers This is entertainment not representative -A lot of the drama is fabricated Many of the front people are actors not professional designers Good on camera with a huge team behind them doing all the work What are the Positives HGTV has done for the Kitchen Design Industry They have brought awareness to the kitchen industry as a whole Showing examples of showpiece kitchen; open concept living Make a new kitchen highly desirable They introduce new decor style such as Modern Farmhouse Makes it easy to access get-the-look products across the nation The create demand for high end products Gas ranges, quartz counter, custom hoods, apron front sinks, wine fridges They introduce unique design solutions: banquettes, using furniture pieces, artisan pieces Easier to convince consumer to try something different Some shows experiment with more adventurous color combinations Shows can’t always repeat the same look show after show so tend to mix it up Clients can be more willing to break away from the all white kitchen Changes that are occurring Not all of the decor shows are following the formula that insists on drama More realistic timelines and budgets are being discussed People have been watching a lot of HGTV during the pandemic Kitchen designers need to be aware of the shows their prospects are watching Be prepared to take advantage of the buzz. This podcast sponsored by Premier Lighting October 14, 2020 email questions to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
October 14, 2020
Good & Bad Tile - Know the Difference
Floor and wall tile have been the rage for the last 15 years, but before you chose your tile, listen to Gil Olachea, owner of Ceramica in Scottsdale, AZ, chat with Nancy about good tile vs. bad tile, and more. 1. A brief history uses of clay (terra cotta, mosaics) tile date to ancient Egyptian times 2. Size trends applicable to 'field' tile not mosaics 24" was ever popular & predominant just 5-6 years ago 24" x 48" and greater sizes are, now, ubiquitous 3. What is "Subway" tile "I want that tile I see in the subway"! Any rectangle tile can be considered "subway" 4.What materials are used to produce tile stone, porcelain, glass, metals, wood, coconut, leather porcelain technology so excellent, it emulates stone 5. Choosing a tile... do some research, price-points, desired quality, uniqueness, value or... seek a true professional to assist set a budget you-Get-What-You-Pay-For know the application 6. Applications vs. choosing material-types where to use tile; typically, in baths, kitchens, powder consideration in choosing material types back-splashes in active kitchens 7. Installation DIY vs. hiring good vs. bad tile installers; handyman vs. craftsman; knowledge vs experience thin-set, grout; 'Big Box' vs pro-grade 8."Framing" the wall trim, moldings, borders 9. Maintenance cleaning stone products do not use popular glass cleaner-type solutions; pH-neutral seal ALL stone & natural material produced tile products This podcast sponsored by Premier Lighting October 14, 2020 email questions to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
October 09, 2020
What is Universal Design and Why do you Need it?
Nancy's guest this week is Jan Rutgers, a professional kitchen designer with more than 25 years experience. Jan is the founder of Vestabul School of Design where she educates and mentors people passionate about the Kitchen Design Industry. Our topic is Universal Design and how important it is for everyone to use the concept and ideas in their home so aging in place becomes second nature. What is Universal Design and how useful is it to everyone? Design for your lifetime, not just your prime time. Design so that most people can use the space regardless of their ability or their size Accommodates multi-generations living in the same house. Design that allows people to safely use the space and comfortably age in place. Top 6 Universal Design Concepts for Kitchen design: Concentrate on the work triangle Plan long expanses of connected countertop Provide a variety of countertop heights Include flexible, layered lighting Plan kitchen color schemes in lighter finishes Include accessible storage This podcast sponsored by Premier Lighting September 30, 2020 email questions to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
September 30, 2020
You Can't Work from Home without This
Nancy's guest this week is Sharon Sherman CKD, ASID, CID, an award-winning designer residing in Bergen Country, New Jersey. Sharon has been published in many magazines and newspapers and has appeared on several TV shows. The pandemic has resulted in many lifestyle changes, one of them being the necessity for a home office. Many of us will most likely continue working from home and having a space to work efficiently is a must. Sharon and Nancy talk about some basic considerations for a home office that will help you achieve a work space you will enjoy using: Home Office Location: Where do you want to work? It's very important to consider how you will be using the space to determine the location in the home. Form Follows Function: A desk sized for the task and a comfortable chair are the first items you will need. If you don’t have a work surface, things tend to pile up.. Storage: Try to have an additional place to keep some of your things other than the desk. Even in a paperless office, there are still documents you will need to keep safe. Technology: Staying Connected with a wireless hub and a fast connection that will allow you to work on your laptop or tablet from the desk or that comfy chair. Lighting: . Make sure you have adequate lighting to prevent eye strain and illuminate the tasks at hand. If you are having virtual meetings, make sure there is good lighting in front of you as well as on the sides. The people you are meeting with need to see your face. Climate Control: It is hard to work when you are too hot or too cold. Make sure you are comfortable so you will want to spend time in the space and be productive. Some final thoughts: Keep your space organized no matter the size. A desktop file is perfect for active projects. Decorate it so you will want to spend time there. Use colors you like to be around. Keep the office in the office area. Try to not let office items wander. Add some plants for natural decoration and stress reduction. Create a chalk board or wipe board with paint. Keep those great ideas and goals where you can see them. This podcast sponsored by Premier Lighting September 23, 2020 email questions to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
September 23, 2020
More Mistakes you Shouldn't be Making when Remodeling A Kitchen
In our last podcast Nancy and Les Sturtevant, owner of Designer Dream Kitchen Studio in Scottsdale, Az, discussed the key items to be addressed when planning your kitchen remodel. This week they continued that topic with several more important key points to be considered: Expanding the Space: Removing non load bearing walls might be a way to open up your floorplan and increase the size of the kitchen. This could create a large open floorplan that would be more inviting giving you more use for the space. Efficiency is Key: Setting up work zones or task areas will increase the function and efficiency of your space. Think zones when you are planning a bake center, clean up area, prep area and seating area. Islands are more than Pretty: Islands come in all shapes and sizes. They could have sinks and appliances or just plain work islands. Remember to leave adequate circulation around the island. Most islands are 36 inches above the floor making it convenient as a workspace and seating with bar stools. Don't follow Trends: Most kitchens are remodeled once every 10 years or more. Add color with accessories or window treatments rather than bright colored appliances or cabinets that you might tire of after a short time. Ask and Expert: The kitchen is the most complicated and expensive room in the house to design, so paying for a bit of expert advice at the start of a project can take the stress out of the process and save you money in the long run. This podcast sponsored by Premier Lighting September 16, 2020 email questions to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
September 16, 2020
Don't make these Mistakes when Remodeling a New Kitchen.
Nancy's guest this week is Les Sturtevant, owner of Designer Dream Kitchen Studio in Scottsdale, AZ. Les and Nancy discussed these key items to be addressed when planning your kitchen remodel: Forgetting to plan a realistic Your Budget - Do this before you tear out your cabinets! Plan for the Big Picture - To look professional, chose all the finishes for your project before you start. Choosing your Appliances First - Your appliances should fit your space, your budget and your lifestyle. Plumbing is so important - Don't avoid moving the sink if it is important to a functional design. Turn the Lights On - Think about your general, ambient and task lighting, add enough outlets for all counter appliances. Don’t forget the Hood - ventilation is one of the most important appliances in addition to it being part of the aesthetics. Not Asking an Expert - The kitchen is the most complicated – and expensive – room in the house to design, so paying for a bit of expert advice at the start of a project can take the stress out of the process and save you money in the long run. This podcast sponsored by Premier Lighting September 9, 2020 email questions to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
September 09, 2020
Is it Wine Time yet?
During this Summer time of Covid-19 are you taking the opportunity to relax a little? Some of us might even relax and enjoy a glass of wine to say we made it through the day! Lori Ann Harnish, Independent Ambassador with Boisset Wines, is Nancy's guest this week. Lori Ann, also a very knowledgeable foodie, talked about the kinds of wines that would be the best for this time of year and what foods and menus to use when pairing with wine. Get wine knowledgeable and impress your friends . . . and take notes. We will be talking about the following: Types of wines to sip and enjoy when drinking a glass versus pairing with a meal. What would go well with a treat or nibble like Popcorn, shrimp ceviche, crab artichoke dip, pasta salads? What would you pair Nachos, Charcuterie, Cucumber salad, Sushi, Fruit Kabobs? What wines pair well with Chicken tenders, Buffalo cauliflower, Egg/Spring Rolls, Stuffed tomato salad? What wines go well with Lollipop Lamb Chops, Salmon dip, Charcuterie, Mini Peppers stuffed with Pimento Cheese What wines pair with Chocolate mix, Mixed Nuts, Prime Rib or Filet mignon Sliders with horseradish, Pork Kabobs How about back yard grilling? How would you serve wines during the summer heat? What other ways are there for using wine versus drinking it? This podcast sponsored by Premier Lighting September 2, 2020 email questions to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
September 02, 2020
Are you Missing this in your Kitchen?
Brad King, president of B & B Marketing, was Nancy's guest this week. Brad and Nancy chatted about one of the most important areas in your kitchen - the Water Area. Naturally, every kitchen at least one sink, some larger kitchens have 2 sinks and even 3 sinks. Brad explains what a fire clay sink is, specifically the Bocchi sink with accessories. Added to this wet area, the following items were discussed: Faucets - So many to chose from. Everhot Water Dispenser - Hot water for tea, soup, etc. in an instant Evercold Water Chiller - Yes, cold water at your fingertips Filtration units - Good water is a must. No more lugging gallons from the water store. Disposers - What not to put in them. Air Switches - What are these used for and why you need them. If you are remodeling or building a new home, this podcast will answer many of your questions. This podcast sponsored by Premier Lighting August 26, 2020 email questions to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
August 26, 2020
Are you Still Drying Your Dishes?
Monogram appliances introduced some new and interesting products so Nancy invited Deron Rensen, Senior Area Sales Manager with Monogram, to explain why we don't have to dry our dishes after they come out of the dishwasher, how the disposal works and the new pre-steam technology. New Dishwasher with Max Dry technology Max Dry dries 2X better than leading DW Internal LED Lights Quiet Performance Over 90 water jets (including bottle jets) Hard Food Disposer Steam and Sanitization We also talked about the Hearth, a built-in oven with no door, that doesn't heat the kitchen while making and roasting like professionals. The hearth comes in several finishes including the new brass to match other items in the kitchen. Touch of Brass New Brass Hearth Oven New Brass Hood Mixing metals Deron explained how everyone can get special designer pricing. Now, that is very interesting for the consumer! Listen to learn more about these great appliances. Special Designer Pricing Clients who work with Designers receive special pricing Monogram Trade Partner Program Benefits This podcast sponsored by Premier Lighting email questions to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
August 19, 2020
Steam + Convection = Perfection
If you don’t cook with steam or know nothing about how to use it, you have to listen to this podcast. Janne Mahan, a chef and product trainer for Bosch, Thermador and Gaggenau, is Nancy’s guest this week. Did you know that when steam is added in various amounts to convection cooking, food is prepared faster, with greater nutrient retention, and favorite recipes can be used without change in temperature in less time AND with no preheating? Janne also explains: the premise of steam cooking. techniques in steam cooking. how to get great results from your recipes. What types of steam convection ovens Thermador offers What types of cooking modes are offered in the Thermador ovens What types of foods can be cooks with steam How to adapt your recipe to steam cooking This podcast sponsored by Premier Lighting August 10, 2020 email questions to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
August 10, 2020
Don't Follow the Trends
Nancy and Jem Funk, Interior and Lighting Design with Premier Lighting, is Nancy's guest. The subject of their conversation was about some of the suggestions designers make for residential interiors. We agree that you people shouldn't do whatever the designer says if it's not your lifestyle. Nancy and Jem gave their viewpoint on the following design trends: Wall-to-wall carpet - not practical but a good price point, comfortable to walk on All white rooms - hard to keep clean, needs color accents Minimalist designs - or is maximal better? Heavy Window Treatments - from the 80's, update with shades, panel drapes Did they agree or disagree? This podcast sponsored by Premier Lighting email questions to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
August 03, 2020
You Need More Color in your Life with This
Tired of same the old colors for your kitchen? Now you have 1,000 colors to pick from when you purchase your new range, hood, refrigerator and dishwasher. Nancy's guest is JC Abbey, regional sales manager with BlueStar Appliance. JC talked about BlueStar's ability to customize their appliances to enhance your kitchen. In addition to all those colors they also do custom plating to match your hardware. JC also explained what duel fuel is, convection with gas and open burners. BlueStar appliances are made in a factory in Reading, PA, where Prizer-Painter Stove Works Inc. has made ranges since 1880. Family-owned BlueStar has stayed true to its focus on specialty cooking products with a line of ranges, ovens, and cooktops that are still hand built. Listen to this podcast and learn more about these amazing products. This podcast sponsored by Premier Lighting email questions to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
July 25, 2020
You Need a Website - Where Do You Start?
Many of us are staying home creating things to do to keep busy. Many of us already have a business and we certainly don't want to keep it a secret. We all know that social media drives business but where do we start? Having a website is one of the most important things for every business to have, no matter the size of the business. Nancy chatted with Chris Diamond, owner of Hogfish Web Studios, to explain 5 things to think about regarding your website: What do you want your website to do for you? How much would you like to spend? How will you market your site? How much do you want to be involved in the management of your site? Where will you host your site? Chris also suggested what to look for in a web designer, and what questions you should ask before you contract with them. Learn more about why you should have a website and where you start by listening to this podcast.
July 17, 2020
Has the Pandemic Affected the Phoenix Housing Market?
This week Lisa Rane with Berkshire Hathaway talked with Nancy about the Phoenix housing market and how the pandemic has affected sales. Also, they discussed the new home builds, mortgage rates, the resale inventory, and why Phoenix is still experiencing immense growth. If you are buying or selling a home, you'll want to know what the market changes are and what buyers & sellers are looking for. Are those photos of your home really that important? Can virtual tours take the place of open houses? These are some of the questions Lisa answers. Don't miss this podcast. This podcast sponsored by Premier Lighting email questions to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
July 11, 2020
Learn how to Finish your Home with Beautiful Art
Have you ever wondered who prints those beautiful scenes on buses and trains? Who prints those huge signs at arenas? Nancy's guest is Lisa Perkins, Art Consultant & Sales Representative with Image Craft and Viapagi, who does it all. Image Craft has large format printing capabilities, and in-house services to make your project turnkey. They have award winning designs to bring your inspiration to reality. They will print banners, wrap fleets, fine art reproduction, and have the latest fabric prints. Viapagi is a separate division open to the trade. Lisa explains how this division of the company started and what their expertise is. They offer high quality prints on various substrates, embellishments, giclee and framing. Lisa along with your designer will create the perfect artwork for your home. Listen to this podcast to learn more about art and how you can complete your home they way you want. This podcast sponsored by Premier Lighting email questions to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
July 03, 2020
Pavers will add Beauty to your Backyard
Nancy's guest this week is Vince Cavale, National Sales Manager with QDI Surfaces. Summer is here and everyone is working on their backyard so this is the perfect time to learn about pavers, which can be porcelain, concrete or stone. Learn about the benefits of using pavers, their characteristics, how they are installed and how to maintain them. You'll want to listen to this podcast to learn about pavers and other products available at QDI Surfaces. This podcast sponsored by Premier Lighting email questions to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
June 26, 2020
If you are getting new Appliances, Listen to this First.
Nancy’s guest is Steve Ertle, Merchandising Representative for B/S/H appliances. Steve explained how the new crystal dry works on the Bosch dishwashers and why the in-line water heater is a plus instead of a heating element. We also chatted about ProRanges with Titanium door and glass, side swing wall ovens and the Freedom induction cooktops. If you are remodeling your kitchen or just need to replace the existing ones, you really can’t afford to miss this podcast. This podcast sponsored by Premier Lighting email questions to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
June 19, 2020
Pro tips to improve your home’s lighting— without an electrician
Nancy chatted with Jem Funk, lighting expert with Premier Lighting, about how to get the right lighting to change the mood of your home without contracting an electrician. Lighting can make or break the mood in a room and today we covered several ways to accomplish this. Listen and learn about unifying your bulbs, picking out the right LEDs, using layers of lights, diffusing your lights, dimming your lights without hard-wired dimmers, and more. This podcast sponsored by Premier Lighting email questions to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
June 12, 2020
Are your Smart Devices Safe?
June 05, 2020
What the Pandemic has changed in design
On March 11, 2020, Nancy and Les Sturdevant, owner of Design Dream Kitchen Studio in Scottsdale, discussed the evolution of kitchen design from the 1950’s to the 1990’s. They were going to continue this theme for the 2000’s on the following podcast, but due to the Coronavirus and social distancing, the podcast got put on hold. They remotely recorded the podcast today chatting about the trends of the 2000’s and 2010 decade. They also discussed how the Coronavirus Pandemic has affected society and what changes will be made in the future for home designs. There will be many changes to home design happening due to the pandemic. Home offices, more food storage space and a safe room for quarantining will be some of the changes discussed on this podcast. NOTE: Due to the CDC ruling on Social Distancing, Les and Nancy were in two different locations using their phones to record this podcast. Hope you enjoy it! This podcast sponsored by Premier Lighting email questions to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
May 28, 2020
You want to Remodel your Kitchen? This is where you Start.
Eric Skinner, owner of Premium Wholesale Cabinets in Phoenix, explained to Nancy the process of walking a new client through his showroom. He explains the different cabinet construction and hardware. He also shows the homeowner the many cabinet vignettes and explains the styles, wood species and stains of each cabinet manufacturer. As Eric was finishing our tour, we chatted about how he and his designers create a dream kitchen for their clients . This podcast sponsored by Premier Lighting email questions to Nancy@NancyHugo.com
May 20, 2020
The Innovations of Monogram Appliances
Nancy’s guest this week is Deren Rensen, Senior Area Sales Manager with Monogram Appliances. Deren explained the differences between Monogram’s new collections: The Statement and The Minimalist. The Statement can work with Transitional or Traditional Kitchens while the Minimalist collection integrates seamlessly with the Contemporary look. Deren also talked about the Monogram videos showing delicious recipes from the Monogram Chefs. Thes