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Lynn M Masiello Earns Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist Educational Designation

Verona, NJ, December 6, 2013 - Lynn M Masiello, of LM Designs, is now one of the select group of professionals nationwide to earn the Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation, identifying her as design professional who now has the skills and knowledge necessary to remodel or modify a home to meet the unique needs of [...]

By | 2016-10-24T21:46:42+00:00 December 6th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

Master Bath Goes Techno: An Interview with LM Designs

                      Master Bath Goes Techno:  An Interview with LM Designs LM Designs is featured in this month's Kitchen & Bath Design News  in an article entitled, "The Master Bath Goes Techno". This in-depth interview with Lynn M Masiello - lead designer and project manager for [...]

By | 2016-10-24T21:46:43+00:00 November 7th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

Roasted Chestnuts (Caldarroste)

     "A Handful of Flour:  An Italian-American Legacy of Food and Love" By LM Masiello   Recipe:  Roasted Chestnuts Caldarroste        Verona, NJ - on what was then a dirt road in the "country". This is where my grandfather built his family's second home. He planted saplings from a local nursery around the property; [...]

By | 2016-10-24T21:46:43+00:00 September 30th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

Threesome

Q:  The 3-handled valve in my tub and shower is broken, ugly and doesn't maintain a safe temperature.  I want to replace it with a single control, pressure-balanced valve.  Is there a way to do this without completely gutting the wall and replacing all of the tile?  Lynn Answers: To replace a three-handled shower valve, [...]

By | 2016-10-24T21:46:43+00:00 September 5th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

Fall In Love With Your Kitchen: A “How To” Guide

If you've grown tired of your old kitchen, consider staying put and making some changes, before you pack it in.  Treat your faithful, old kitchen to a little "facelift" and watch it come back to life!   Cabinets Typically the most expensive part of a kitchen renovation, your existing cabinets don't have to go if [...]

By | 2016-10-24T21:46:43+00:00 August 22nd, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

Going Green will Save Your Green

From the lights in your kitchen to the shower head in your bathroom, LM Designs is always looking for ways to help our clients save money and invest their renovation dollars wisely. For example, did you know that the cost of utilities often exceeds the cost of real estate taxes or homeowners insurance? Up to [...]

By | 2016-10-24T21:46:43+00:00 June 21st, 2013|Blog|2 Comments

Is It Worth It? Part II

Last year, I shared national data pertaining to the monetary value homeowners can expect to recoup from a home renovation, if they plan to sell. I repeat - if they plan to sell. Since writing that post, I have seen a few homeowners, who had once happily dreamed about updating a bathroom or kitchen, have [...]

By | 2016-10-24T21:46:43+00:00 May 20th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

Keeping Your Cool

As outdoor temperatures rise, water use rises too and as a result, so do utility bills. But there are easy solutions that homeowners can implement now for water conservation. The best news is that with the help of an adjustable wrench and some pipe-joint tape, you can do-it-yourself! Trivia Fact: The Energy Policy Act (EPAct) [...]

By | 2016-10-24T21:46:47+00:00 May 20th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

Social Media for Business Part II

Last month, I had the pleasure of speaking with my colleague, Peter J Lamont on the benefits of Social Media.  Today, we continued our discussion on Peter's informative show, Minding Your Business. Since my original interview aired, Peter's office received a number of questions and comments for me.  So we thought it would be a [...]

By | 2016-10-24T21:46:47+00:00 March 1st, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

Rollin’ Around The Kitchen

Q: I have very little counter space in my kitchen and wonder if a "roll-about" work area might be a way to add more prep space. Lynn Answers Before you spend money on a "roll about" work surface, determine if the addition of this item will crowd the kitchen, which I assume is on the [...]

By | 2016-10-24T21:46:47+00:00 February 26th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

Hot for Techno

Last year, Lynn was interviewed at the Architectural Digest show in New York about a new App for range hoods. The original one-on-one interview isn't featured, but Lynn is shown interacting with the rep in the 1st 3 videos on this site, as they discuss this exciting new feature for the design community.   If [...]

By | 2016-10-24T21:46:48+00:00 February 21st, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

Runaway Budget

Unlike Julia Roberts' character in Runaway Bride, a Runaway Budget is harder to make peace with, once your money is gone and certainly, it is less romantic. When I am contacted by a new client, I have a standard list of questions that I ask, in order to get things started. The most critical question [...]

By | 2016-10-24T21:46:48+00:00 February 19th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

Shower with a Friend

A question from DT in New York, NY: I've been told that I am required to use a thermostatic or a pressure-balanced shower valve in my bathroom renovation.  Why is this "required" and what's the difference between the two?   Lynn Answers: If you've ever been blasted by hot water in the shower, after someone [...]

By | 2016-10-24T21:46:48+00:00 January 29th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

Social Media for Business

  Recently, I spoke with Peter J Lamont, my colleague in the National Kitchen and Bath Association. The name of his show is "Minding Your Business" and it aired on Blogtalk Radio. We discussed the use of social media in business and focused on the following issues: (1) How to succesfully utilize social media in [...]

By | 2016-10-24T21:46:48+00:00 January 22nd, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

Color Your World

Question:  I am hoping to sell my home in the spring. Can you recommend some inexpensive ideas that I can use now, to freshen up the interior?   We all fall in love with the world again in spring, so breathe fresh air into your home's interior now with color.  New paint colors are the [...]

By | 2013-01-03T12:00:50+00:00 January 3rd, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

Aging in Place

A client recently told me, "I want to live in my home from now until forever". This desire refers to what has commonly become known as Aging in Place.   Did you know that LM Designs can help you enhance the safety, access, visibility, mobility and over-all comfort within your home, whether it’s for now [...]

By | 2016-10-24T21:46:48+00:00 December 27th, 2012|Blog|0 Comments

Is It Worth It Vs. What It’s Worth

According to a 2011 - 2012  Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report, homeowners in the mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. can expect to recoup over 60 percent of their investment in a major kitchen or bathroom remodel with the average cost ranging from $55,000.00 to $60,000.00. A recent poll of homeowners who had successfully embarked upon [...]

By | 2016-10-24T21:46:48+00:00 December 10th, 2012|Blog|0 Comments

Tile of a Different Color

One of our blog subscribers asks: My 1950's bathroom has pink and black tile.   The tile is thick, sturdy and in good condition, but I would like the room to be more up-to-date. Can I paint the tile or should I have it replaced?   Lynn answers: Hey, I remember that color scheme! Let's break [...]

By | 2016-10-24T21:46:48+00:00 December 4th, 2012|Blog|0 Comments

Door Versus Curtain

One of our readers asks: I have a tub and shower combination and I can't decide between using a shower curtain or a sliding glass door.  What are my options?   Lynn answers: If the tub is frequently used for bathing, consider using a shower curtain. Shower curtains can be pulled aside to prevent the [...]

By | 2016-10-24T21:46:48+00:00 November 26th, 2012|Blog|0 Comments

The Designer Cooks

Stay tuned for more of The Designer Cooks on my blog, where I'll share my recipes. Upcoming articles will include excerpts from my cookbook A Handful of Flour, in which I share my Italian-American family's home recipes. ********** Recently, I brought 5 lbs. of fresh, delicious cranberries home from Cape Cod. I love this recipe [...]

By | 2016-10-24T21:46:48+00:00 November 20th, 2012|Blog|0 Comments

Myth vs. Fact: I Can Do It Myself For Less

If you didn't know how to swim, would you dive head-first into a swimming pool, without first knowing the depth of the water? Many homeowners underestimate the amount of time a project requires, as well as how much it will ultimately cost.  They also overestimate their knowledge or put their trust in salespeople or unlicensed [...]

By | 2012-11-19T09:07:02+00:00 November 19th, 2012|Blog|2 Comments

Rebuilding Your Dreams

Dear friends, As the owner of LM Designs, an interior design firm with a focus on kitchen and bath  renovation, I understand the impact that Hurricane Sandy has had on everyone's life.   For a limited time,   I am offering a free in-home consultation - typically valued at $200.00 - to discuss the ways [...]

By | 2012-11-19T08:55:07+00:00 November 12th, 2012|Blog|0 Comments

Clueless About Costs?

Question from LS in Ewing, NJ: I feel clueless about costs and what needs to be done when it comes to re-designing the rooms in my home.  What do I need to consider before getting in touch with a professional designer about re-doing my bathroom?   Lynn Answers: Consider how long you plan to live [...]

By | 2012-11-12T08:59:36+00:00 November 12th, 2012|Blog|0 Comments

Keep Your Home Warm & Cozy, Designer Style

Q:   I dread feeling chilly when I get out of the shower. I’m considering heated towel racks, but do they really work? A:   Yes, they do work! Electric towel warmers are available in free-standing or wall-mounted models and can be plugged into an existing wall outlet or hard-wired and connected to a wall switch. Not [...]

By | 2016-10-24T21:46:48+00:00 November 12th, 2012|Blog|2 Comments