August 06, 2020

When it comes to antiquing, you never know how long your adventure will be. Whether you will get caught up touring different shops or find all of your treasures right off the bat. Either way, I think it's very important to be prepared and have a bag with everything you might need. I was joined by Rachel Holt from CBS New England Living to take her around a place near and dear to my heart, Essex, Massachusetts.  ...

July 13, 2020

Typically Powder Rooms are the most used bathroom in the home.  I say why not make it great?  The biggest lesson that I have learned over the years is to commit to the space, 100%. Tile, molding,  fixtures, door hardware,  paint, fabric, wallpaper, and lighting should all interconnect to create a perfect jewelry box or a fabulous  "Jeannie's Bottle".  Once you let your imagination go and commit to your tiny space, you will be very pleased with the results!  I have turned cartoons, maps, and fabric into a wallpaper, made my own lighting when I did not find the perfect fixture, just to name a few. It's the unexpected things that make powder rooms so great. ...

December 10, 2018

Often we are brought into a "Spec Built Home" or "Builder Grade Home" to upgrade the Kitchen and Bathrooms. Typically the house is in a finish time warp. What I mean by that is typically I can tell based on the style and color of the cabinet and granite when the home was built. Builders ...

November 22, 2018

I've literally worked on hundreds of kitchens over my career as a kitchen designer. Also, studied trends in kitchen design, style, cooking and food preparation for the home cook. After all these years working on kitchens, I still love to be in my own kitchen with my two yellow labs, music on and cookbook open.... So this year with the official launch of our blog at Kathy Marshall Design I have decided to create our TOP 10 Holiday gift ideas for the kitchen, I hope that these gifts will inspire you to give the gift of LOVE. Food is Love. Share a meal together!
From my home to yours.
Happy Holidays
-Kath ...

November 15, 2018

I love Thanksgiving. It is one of my most favorite Holidays. As a kitchen designer for the past 20 + years, Thanksgiving is one of my busiest times of the year. Many of my clients want to host or have family over for the Holidays. So we have to push our crews to their limits to hit timelines...This, after all, is the essence of the kitchen business and... I love my job. The notion that my clients will be cooking and breaking bread with friends in their own homes is AMAZING!! This Blog is dedicated to entertaining friends and family by gathering together to enjoy good food, laughter and friendship. ...

October 28, 2018

One of my favorite times of the year in New England is Halloween. I went to college at the University of Maine and I just returned home from attending homecoming, it was great fun and I am reminded about how much I love this amazing state. Maine was my play land during my formidable youth and college years and thankfully continues to be a place that I retreat to for inspiration. When I was at college it was a tradition with me and friends to dare one another to visit Stephan Kings home in Bangor at Halloween, the undisputed King of scary novels... Hard not to let your mind drift to Spooky thoughts standing outside his home with that amazing rod iron work of bats and spiders...Something about a big old Victorian filled with decaying plants and leaves that gets the imagination rolling.... The brilliant colors of Autumn have now turned to rusty umber tones dabbled with yellow and muted reds. Leaves are dropping, wind is kicking up and temperatures have begun to plummet. Harvest Moons illuminate fields and wood smoke fills the cold air...Pumpkins are set on stonewalls and steps throughout the region carved in creepy sliver smiles.... When it comes to Halloween entertaining and decorating it is great fun to think outside of the box! Put on a creepy movie like Stephan Kings The Shining...and mix up this great cocktail I found from www.liqculture light a fire and invite a few friends over to share a few ghost stories! ...

October 23, 2018

So delicious and easy. Baked in my favorite cast iron skillet!
I serve it right out of the skillet to the table, the butter in the pan and heat of the cast iron creates a perfect crust.


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
10" or 12" Cast Iron Skillet will work just fine.

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup yellow cornmeal ( I like Bobs Redmill but any Cornmeal will work)
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons baking powder
2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 cups milk
3 extra-large eggs, lightly beaten
2 Sticks of unsalted butter, melt in cast iron skillet. Evenly coat bottom and sides with melted butter. I love Kate's Home Made Butter From Maine.
8 ounces aged extra-sharp Cheddar, grated.
1/2 cup chopped scallions, white and green parts, plus extra for garnish (3 scallions)
3 tablespoons seeded and minced fresh jalapeno peppers
Combine the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. In separate bowl, combine the milk, eggs, and butter. With a wooden spoon, stir the wet ingredients into the dry. Keep it lumpy and do not over mix. Mix in 2 cups of the grated Cheddar, the scallions and jalapenos, and allow the mixture to sit at room temperature for 20 minutes.

Pour the batter into the prepared skillet, smooth the top, and sprinkle with the remaining grated Cheddar and extra chopped scallions. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Serve warm or at room temperature.
I like to serve right of the Skillet. Remember to warn guest the handle is hot! Enjoy! ...

June 01, 2018

When it comes to flowers, people generally make two big mistakes ... ...

February 01, 2018

Farm-to-Table sounds simple...but it's so not! ...

January 02, 2018

Our family friendly kitchen project in Manchester-by-the-Sea was the second most popular dining space on Houzz in 2017! ...

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