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Posted: Friday, January 10, 2014 7:45 am

Dear Claudia:

Just moved to a new home and it does not have a refrigerator, and the range and dishwasher seem to be old. I have no choice but to buy new appliances. I plan to stay in this house for several years and in the future remodel the kitchen. My question is how I can buy appliances that when I remodel my kitchen I can use them?


Congratulations on your new home! It is great that you plan to stay at your house for several years and that you plan to remodel the kitchen. As an expert on designing/remodeling kitchens I can tell you that the first step to remodeling a kitchen is selecting the appliances, the cabinets or design around them. When it comes to selecting appliances there are so many available to choose from, you will have to research them and find the ones that you like depending on your cooking. Take into consideration the new styles, and technology available. Check out the KBIS 2014 show in Las Vegas, major manufacturing are showcasing there new products.

I recommend buying the appliances that are best for you, it’s an investment that you will be enjoying every day, makes cooking easier, and when you remodel your kitchen you can use them. When selecting the appliance it’s not necessary to buy all appliances from the same manufacture, it is more important that they have the features and technology that you need and like.

When it comes to choosing a color, it seems that the trend is still stainless steel. Frigidaire has a smudge proof, it resists fingerprints and cleans easily. It might be that the new appliance you select might not fit in your kitchen, try to accommodate them. A kitchen remodel adds value to your home and you are going to be able to enjoy it for many years.

Dear Claudia:

My house seems to never have enough storage, the closets are too small. I don’t have a pantry and my kitchen cabinets are not organized. I need a quick solution. What do you recommend?


A quick solution would be to look at each space and add the adequate system to improve storage that will organize it and maximize the space available. Not having enough storage is a problem since it creates clutter. Especially after the holidays we tend to have more than usual, it’s almost time for spring cleaning.

Besides going to the local stores, Ra-A-Shelf is one of the companies I use that has many useful intricacies that can be integrated into your cabinets or added to you shelves (look at them online). This is just one of the many companies that specialize in storage systems. This is a project that you can do yourself or hire a handyman. There are professionals who specialize in organizing your home, I recommend them. Certainly it will be easy for them; you will save time and with their expertise they will recommend the best possible solution for that space.

Not having clutter and having organized each individual space just makes life easier. I know it’s hard for me to keep my office organized with all the samples, books and paperwork. I am constantly improving the way I organize it just to be able to have a good work space.

• Claudia Dabdoub is a resident of Ahwatukee Foothills and owner of D’amore Interior Design Studio. To ask a question for an upcoming column, reach her at (480) 751-9938 or

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Keystone Montessori

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Teacher Pily Pantoja helps Sarah Wang, 4, with the addition snake game at Keystone Montessori on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014.

Keystone Montessori has come a long way since its founding in 1995. Back then it was operated out of the founder’s home before eventually moving on to rent rooms from Horizon Presbyterian Church. It was only in 2000 that they had gained a strong enough enrollment to move into the facility where they currently reside on Liberty Lane, just off Desert Foothills Parkway and across from the Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA.

The school services students as young as 18 years old, as part of their toddler program, and as old as ninth-graders. The current enrollment is around 320 students, who all have access to Spanish, music and arts programs in addition to the full Montessori curriculum.

“We provide an authentic Montessori education which focuses on the independence and whole development of the child, including academic as well as social and emotional growth,” said head of school Cindy Maschoff. “We want our students to become independent citizens of the world.”

The school will be taking the time to present the concept of Montessori education to the public Jan. 29 and 30. At the presentations the school will provide a clear understanding of what Montessori education looks like at each level of education. Those wanting to attend should plan on going to both meetings, with the Jan. 29 meeting going from 6-7 p.m. and the Jan. 30 meeting from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meetings require attendees to RSVP, which can be done by emailing

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• Compiled by James Gingerich.

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