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We talk to Alison Victoria from ‘Kitchen Crashers’


As the host of DIY Network’s “Kitchen Crashers,” Alison Victoria helps homeowners turn cucinas from dated to dazzling. The Chicago-based interior designer headlines at the Home + Remodeling Show on Saturday at noon and Sunday at 12:30 p.m. at the Dulles Expo Center (4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, Va.; 703-378-0910). We talked with her about kitchen trends before she arrived.

What will you be chatting about at the expo?
I’ll be talking about how to make your home healthy and happy. I think creating a space with good energy fosters good habits. And in kitchens, the more organized you are and the better your layout is, the better you’ll eat.

If someone wants to redo their kitchen themselves, what do you recommend?
Do your homework, and look into what your project is going to require — the tools you’ll need, the materials.

What should newbie DIYers steer clear of?
Any time you are coming across plumbing, electrical and mechanical issues, you should call someone in. You can’t just watch a video. You don’t want to get electrocuted.

What’s the biggest issue people have with their kitchens?
Everyone says they don’t have enough room! And I can’t give people more room, but I try to show people how to take advantage of every single space. That might mean designing up, putting in spice racks or hanging pans on the wall.

What’s next in kitchen design?
I think kitchens are getting more eclectic. People are now recognizing that you can have clean lines and a traditional feel. It all comes from the materials you choose. Like, you can have a Shaker cabinet and take it either ultra modern or country chic.

Any materials or appliances you’re liking a lot?
Reclaimed wood is something I’m seeing a lot of. It can be used on floors, cabinets or something like a magazine rack. And I love microwave drawers. I just don’t want to see a microwave on the counter anymore!

What’s your own kitchen like?
I did my dream kitchen less than a year ago, and I was blessed with a lot of space. My house is over 100 years old, and the kitchen was last redone in the 1970s. I put in white Shaker cabinets and Carrera marble countertops. And I’ve got a great big kitchen island, like 11 feet long, which is great for entertaining. No one ever leaves my kitchen! It’s the hub of the home, and you’ll always find yourself there.

What do you cook in that dream kitchen?
I’m 100 percent Greek, and my yaya [grandmother] is teaching me all of the dishes from there. We make stuff together. I really like spanakopita, which is a spinach pie. It’s got like 10 sticks of butter in it and 15 eggs.



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