Kitchen of the Week: ‘Cafe au lait’ project features massive stone island

Designed to look like a massive block of stone, the "Café au lait" kitchen by Milvia Hannah is the centrepiece of the family living area in a new home in Canterbury.

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Designed to look like a massive block of stone, the “Café au lait” kitchen by Milvia Hannah is the centrepiece of the family living area in a new home in Canterbury.

A large stone island forms the striking centrepiece of this kitchen in a Canterbury home – it’s coffee-coloured veining giving rise to the name of the project.

“Café au lait”, by Wellington kitchen designer Milvia Hannah of German Kitchens, reflects the owners’ designer for an “organic” kitchen featuring natural materials and colours.

The kitchen, which won a regional award in this year’s national NKBA Kitchen & Bathroom Awards, has also been shortlisted for the prestigious SBID International Design Excellence Awards in London – the winners will be announced later this month.

Milvia Hannah of German Kitchens has won numerous design awards.

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Milvia Hannah of German Kitchens has won numerous design awards.

It caught the NKBA judges’ attention for both its looks and craftsmanship: “The manufacturing of the exquisite marble island would have been tricky, but it has been well executed,” the judges said. “The combination of materials works really well together. Appliance placement is good, and the lighting adds to the kitchen.”

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Hannah says the kitchen was designed for the clients’ new house, where it needed to complement an elegant, open-plan interior, in a cohesive way.

Recessed seating at one end cannot be seen from the front of the island - it was designed this way to maintain the sense of the island being a large block of stone.

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Recessed seating at one end cannot be seen from the front of the island – it was designed this way to maintain the sense of the island being a large block of stone.

The main feature of the Eggersmann German kitchen, was to be the island, and Hannah says it needed to look good when viewed from all angles. It also had to be ergonomic, with a strong organic aesthetic.

To this end, hand-picked natural stone was selected for the island benchtops, drawer fronts, side panels, recessed handles, plinths and integrated sink.

“This allowed the island to feature as a block of stone, keeping the uniformity of the texture and veining through all aspects of the design,” Hannah says.

Bold Italian lighting was chosen to reinforce the visual drama.

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Bold Italian lighting was chosen to reinforce the visual drama.

The island features numerous drawers for storage and vast bench spaces making it well suited to entertaining.

“There is a recessed seating area for two at the end,” says Hannah. “But the front face of the island hides this from view to create balance, symmetry and harmony. False panels were created to achieve this look.”

Matt natural stone with an organic structure was selected for the island, with a muted soft matt stone benchtop chosen for the other side. This was complemented by rough-sawn timber veneer for the cabinetry in a colour that was found in the natural stone.

Cabinetry along the rear wall of the kitchen features rough-sawn timber veneer.

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Cabinetry along the rear wall of the kitchen features rough-sawn timber veneer.

NKBA judges praised the craftsmanship of the island. Doors and drawers feature recessed pulls.

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New upscale Stone Oak Mexican restaurant Cuishe Cocina Mexicana opening Tuesday in San Antonio from Toro Kitchen + Bar team

At special events and festivals around San Antonio the last few years, co-owner Gerardo De Anda of the popular Spanish restaurant Toro Kitchen + Bar has made no secret that the food of Mexico would be his next quest.

Tuesday, Oct. 6, that quest becomes a reality with the opening of Cuishe Cocina Mexicana in Stone Oak, just a few doors down from where he opened the first Toro in 2017. A second location of Cuishe is coming Nov. 3 in St. Paul Square near downtown, close to the second location of Toro, according to Cuishe’s Facebook page.

Named for an agave plant used to make mezcal, Cuishe (pronounced KWEE-sheh) will feature more than 150 bottles of spirits distilled from agave, including tequila, mezcal, sotol, raicilla and bacanora, served straight up or mixed in a wide variety of cocktails served not just in glasses, but also in clay cups, gourds and even hollowed-out jalapeños.

The kitchen, overseen by Toro executive chef Juan Carlos Bazan, will showcase food from Central Mexico, with familiar dishes like Wagyu steak arrachera, enchiladas, sopes, street tacos made from an al pastor trompo and wood-fired snapper and less-familiar specialties like huitlacoche quesadillas, ant-larvae “caviar” called escamoles, flame-roasted octopus and “bichos,” an assortment of toasted scorpions, grasshoppers and worms served with guacamole.

The elegant space is divided into rooms with rustic accents, such as Mexican vaquero gear and the farm implements used to harvest agave.


Cuishe Cocina Mexicana, in Stone Oak at 115 N Loop 1604 E Suite 1118, cuishemx.com. In St. Paul Square at 119 Heiman St. Stone Oak hours: noon-11 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, noon-2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday. A brunch and lunch combination menu will be served each day, with dinner beginning at 3 p.m. Hours are not yet available for the downtown location.

Mike Sutter is a food and drink reporter and restaurant critic in the San Antonio and Bexar County area. To read more from Mike, become a subscriber. [email protected] | Twitter: @fedmanwalking | Instagram: @fedmanwalking

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WOW House: Spacious Home Boasts Gourmet Kitchen, Stone Fireplace

HERNDON, VA — Welcome home to this sparkling, well-maintained home on an oversized, private .61-acre sanctuary, with approximately 5, 700 square feet of finished space in the Langley School Pyramid. This Laing-built Wilde model features four bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, and hardwood floors throughout the main and upper levels.

  • Address: 1067 Methven Ct, Herndon, Virginia
  • Price: $1,065,000
  • Square Feet: 5700
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3 Full and 1 Half Baths
  • Built: 1997
  • Features: The gourmet kitchen with newer 5-burner stove (2019), Electrolux double oven, and large pantry, incorporates eat-in space, a light-filled breakfast room that opens to a large great room with two-story soaring windows and a beautiful stone fireplace with gas insert. The expansive foyer showcases a striking, custom-crafted curved staircase with wrought iron detail. This open and functional main level also features a formal living room with beautiful, vaulted ceiling and palladian windows, a dining room with double chandeliers, and a quiet office with bay window, perfect to maximize work from home efficiency! Access the grand owner’s suite and three additional bedrooms from the curved staircase or the secondary back staircase. The large owner’s suite features a sitting area, separate walk-in closets, a fully renovated master bath with jetted tub and roomy shower with frameless doors. All bedrooms feature ceiling fans and large windows offering plenty of sunlight. A gorgeous sweeping back yard with garden space, grape arbor, mature shade trees and landscaping provide privacy for outdoor games and entertaining. The walk-up lower level boasts a custom-built wet bar with double wine coolers and kegerator, an expansive recreation room with gas fireplace, bonus room, full bath, storage room, laundry, workshop and plenty of extra closet space! (Pool table lamp does not convey) Perfect for commuters with direct access to Fairfax County Parkway and Route 7, quick walk to Grand Hamptons Soccer Field Park, 5 to 12 minutes to Reston Town Center, Route 28, 267, Dulles Airport, Dulles Technology Corridor, and Wiehle Metro Station. Close shopping and restaurants!

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A stone house built in the 1940s is now Colleyville’s newest neighborhood restaurant

A new spot is opening in Colleyville this week: Stone House Restaurant is serving up fresh-food-focused dinners. The new spot, which opened Monday, sits inside a 1940s stone house in Colleyville — hence the name.

Co-owners and Colleyville residents Paul and Lisa Pardo thought they had retired from the restaurant business before opening Stone House. Previously, they owned Coal Vines Pizza and Wine Bar in Southlake.

However, every time they drove by the stone house in Colleyville, Lisa said they were inspired.

“To us, it just kept saying ‘restaurant,'” she said.

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And so they moved to open a restaurant and they’ve brought in two partners: a chef and general manager, both with previous careers at Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group.

Chef Thomas Dritsas was the corporate executive chef at Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group for more than 20 years, according to the restaurant’s website. Lisa Pardo said that the chef’s focus for the Stone House Restaurant menu has been on fresh food and ingredients.

Greg Kalina was formerly general manager for Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group in Fort Worth. Now, he’s part of the Stone House team as a partner and general manager.

Opening a restaurant in a pandemic proved a “blessing,” and Lisa said it gave them more time to prepare and the ability to move at a slower, more relaxed pace in the process.

With the menu focused on fresh fixings, Lisa brought attention to the variety of what they call “shareables,” with items like queso, hummus, oysters, shrimp, biscuits and more.

Their menu boasts a variety of steaks and chops, from a hand-cut filet mignon to lamb sirloin, and other entrees like shrimp and grits and “roasted 7 spice chicken.”

Lisa noted that one of their signature cocktails, The Boulevard, is named for the street the restaurant sits on: Colleyville Boulevard. She called it a pineapple martini and said it’s “absolutely delicious.”

Stone House Restaurant serves dinner Monday through Saturday at 5201 Colleyville Blvd. in Colleyville. You can reach them at 817-576-2629 or 817-576-2626.

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Stunning Step-Ranch, Stone Fireplace, High-End Kitchen, Whirlpool

CRESTWOOD, IL — This quality-built, no-expense spared, brick step-ranch overs 2,645 square feet. The home was completed in 2005, and offers hardwood floors throughout except for the carpeted family room, solid oak trim and solid oak panel doors. Custom-built kitchen boasted maple cabinets, granite countertops, L-shaped center island, breakfast bar and built-in wine cooler. The skylight is remoted controlled and the appliances are all high-end, including double overs and range. Plus a subzero fridge. Awesome staircase and a family with cathedral ceiling and stone fireplace, master suite, jetted tub, stone fireplace and much more. The master suite has a double whirlpool tub with a separate shower.



a large brick building with grass in front of a house: 14044 E Laramie Ct, Crestwood, Illinois


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14044 E Laramie Ct, Crestwood, Illinois

  • $439,900
  • Address: 14044 E Laramie Ct, Crestwood, Illinois
  • Price: This quality-built, no-expense spared, brick step-ranch overs 2,645 square feet. The home was completed in 2005, and offers hardwood floors throughout except for the carpeted family room, solid oak trim and solid oak panel doors. Custom-built kitchen boasted maple cabinets, granite countertops, L-shaped center island, breakfast bar and built-in wine cooler. The skylight is remoted controlled and the appliances are all high-end, including double overs and range. Plus a subzero fridge. Awesome staircase and a family with cathedral ceiling and stone fireplace, master suite, jetted tub, stone fireplace and much more. The master suite has a double whirlpool tub with a separate shower.
  • Square Feet: 2645
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2 Full and 1 Half Baths
  • Built: 2005
  • Features: ONE OF THE FINEST HOMES CRESTWOOD HAS TO OFFER IS NOW ON THE MARKET BUILT AND COMPLETED NEAR THE END OF 2005, BY ITS CURRENT AND ONLY OWNERS THIS STEP RANCH IS 2645 SQUARE FEET ON THE MAIN LEVEL WITH A FINISHED BASEMENT OF 2645 SQUARE FEET QUALITY BUILT WITH NO EXPENSE SPARED BRICK AND STONE EXTERIOR WITH GREAT CURB APPEAL MAIN LEVEL HAS HARDWOOD FLOORS THRU-OUT EXCEPT FAMILY RM WHICH IS CARPETED, SOLID OAK TRIM AND SOLID OAK PANEL DOORS, 9 FOOT CEILING AND TONS OF CANNED LIGHTING FOYER FEATURES 8 FOOT LEAD GLASS DOUBLE DOOR ENTRY, INLAID HARDWOOD FLOORS & VAULTED CEILINGS HUGE GOURMET CUSTOM BUILT KITCHEN HAS MUTLI STAGGERED 42 INCH MAPLE CABINETS, GRANITE COUNTERS TOPS, L-SHAPED CENTER ISLAND W/BREAKFAST BAR & BUILT IN WINE COOLER, REMOTE CONTROLLED SKYLIGHT, ALL HIGH END APPLIANCES INCLUDING BUILT IN MIELE DOUBLE OVENS AND RANGE PLUS A SUB ZERO FRIDGE AWESOME OPEN STAIRCASE WITH CUSTOM BUILT RAILINGS FAMILY ROOM HAS CATHEDRAL CEILING, A BEAUTIFUL 2 STORY STONE FIREPLACE ACCENTED BY 2 LARGE WINDOWS LARGE MASTER BEDROOM SUITE HAS DOUBLE DOOR ENTRY, DOUBLE SINKS, DOUBLE WHIRLPOOL TUB, SEPARATE SHOWER ALL TASTEFULLY DONE WITH ATTRACTIVE TILE, BIG L SHAPED WALK IN CLOSET ALSO HAS PULL DOWN STAIRS TO A FINISHED ATTIC 2 BEDROOMS HAVE BUILT IN CUSTOM OAK DRAWERS, 4TH BDRM BEING USED AS A OFFICE HUGE HUGE BASEMENT HAS A AWESOME BRICK FIREPLACE, AN AREA OF ALMOST 100O SQ FT WITH 9 FOOT CEILINGS, AND ANOTHER AREA SET UP FOR A SECOND KITCHEN W/ALL THE PLUMBING, A FULL BATH FULLY PLUMBED
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Stone Barns’ Starter Plants Fuel Burke’s New Community Garden

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Pictured at the Community Garden Ribbon Cutting are: Burke Rehabilitation Hospital President and CEO Jeffrey Menkes (5th from left) and Burke Senior VP and Chief Medical Officer Mooyeon Oh-Park, MD (7th from left), along with Burke volunteer employees.
Pictured at the Community Garden Ribbon Cutting are: Burke Rehabilitation Hospital President and CEO Jeffrey Menkes (5th from left) and Burke Senior VP and Chief Medical Officer Mooyeon Oh-Park, MD (7th from left), along with Burke volunteer employees. (Courtesy of Burke Rehabilitation Hospital)

Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in White Plains launched its Community Garden to support employee wellness and healthy living through optimal nutrition. Burke employees volunteered to plant, weed and water the squash, tomatoes, peppers, herbs and other starter plants from Pocantico Hills’ Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture.

They will continue to cultivate the garden and enjoy the fresh produce when it is time to harvest. As a leader in rehabilitation medicine and healthcare, Burke emphasizes the importance of the patient experience as well as employee wellness. Burke Rehabilitation Hospital is a member of the Montefiore Health System, Inc.

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Granite And Stone In Kitchen, Doghouse: Bel Air Dream Home

BEL AIR, MD — Tucked away on more than 3 acres of land near Maryland Golf & Country Club, this contemporary home features vaulted ceilings and natural light. Highlights are the gourmet kitchen with wet bar, master suite with private balcony and master bath with walk-in shower and granite vanities. The house could be yours for less than $600,000.

  • Address: 800 St Andrews Way, Bel Air, Maryland
  • Price: $596,100
  • Square Feet: 3974
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3 Full and 1 Half Baths
  • Built: 1980
  • Features: This beautiful custom Lacey Francis home in Bel Air is truly a treasure, and a rare listing you should act on fast. The construction here offers five beds and four baths (three full, one half) across its substantial 3, 976 finished sq ft, and there is a lot to fall in love with in between! The elegant style of this home cannot be understated! The main floor’s unique and semi-open layout situates a number of living spaces among vaulted ceilings and lots of natural light. Upon entering, the most prominent initial space is the open living room and entertainment area, with hardwood floors and great corner light. The central gourmet kitchen is spacious with sleek black granite countertops wrapping around the stone, an exposed chimney of the rear family room, double wall-embedded oven, tile backsplash, a wet bar, and an array of spacious modern cabinets. The family room around the corner from the kitchen has large, semi-skylight windows, with an excellent view of the stream, that extend from the wall to ceiling, new carpeting, and a prominent wood fireplace with floor to ceiling stone masonry. The breakfast area is adjacent to the kitchen and has sliding glass doors that leads to the screened-in deck. While most of the structure’s bedrooms are on the lower floor, this structure’s owner’s suite is on the main level and is a bright and spacious corner room with a luxurious ensuite bath and a private deck overlooking the stream. The enormous owner’s bath has dual granite vanities, a wonderful skylight over the large jacuzzi tub, an over-sized walk-in two-person shower, and a huge walk-in closet! Throughout the lower level of the home, we find pristine carpet and recessed lights, and features a working wood potbelly stove that heats the entire house. Each bedroom is substantial, gets good natural light, and has a dedicated closet. The laundry area is on this floor and comes included with high-efficiency washer and dryer appliances. Additionally, there is a large workroom with a huge storage closet! There are premium outdoor spaces all around the home, in addition to the covered deck by the kitchen, there are two external decks around the home, with one of them being brand new! This home is also dog-ready, with a large indoor-outdoor dog house! Other great features of the home include a brand new water heater and a two-car garage! Living at 800 St Andrews Way, you will be nestled on a quiet, forested private lot, in a beautiful area
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Stone house in Kalorama neighborhood had floor space hiding in the attic

“I kind of kept my eye out for something, and then I saw this house,” she said. “I grew up in a stone house. I love that.”

Architect John Edgar Sohl designed the house, and William P. Lipscomb built it for Mary Lawrence in 1926. Lawrence sold the house in 1937 to W. Campbell Armstrong, a lawyer. The next buyer was Emlen K. Davies, the first wife of Joseph E. Davies, former U.S. ambassador to Russia, who is perhaps better known as Marjorie Merriweather Post’s third husband. Davies was also the grandmother of U.S. Sen. Joseph D. Tydings (D-Md.)

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Kalorama House | Architect Christian Zapatka designed the renovation of the 1926 stone house in the Kalorama neighborhood. It is listed at just under $5.6 million. (Studio Trejo)

Max Weinberg, drummer for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, bought the house in 2016 with plans to renovate it. “I’ve bought and sold about 36 homes, lived in maybe like three of them,” Weinberg told the Wall Street Journal at the time.

But after renting it out for a year, Weinberg put it back on the market without renovating it. Ourisman scooped it up in March 2017.

“I went into the house and was like, ‘Wow, this would be a great project. It hasn’t been touched at all,’ ” she said. “But then what sold me on the house was I went up on this pull-down ladder thing to the attic and was like, ‘Oh my gosh, why is there so much space up here?’ ”

Ourisman hired architect Christian Zapatka, who has transformed several houses in the neighborhood. He discovered the original blueprints for the house.

“It’s not a huge footprint, but it’s a very gracious and elegant house,” he said. “The intention was to preserve and enhance the best of the historic components and then continue that staircase as if it had always been there, gaining a true third floor.”

The biggest challenge of the renovation was extending the curved staircase, with its brass handrail, not only up to the third floor but also down into the lower level. Ourisman said they went through about 10 scenarios before they figured out a way to make it look like it had always been there.

Using her family’s connections, Ourisman brought in Emily Bourgeois to design the kitchen and bathrooms and Ben Page of Page Duke Landscape Architects, who designed the grounds at the vice president’s residence, to plan the outdoor spaces.

By adding a third floor, Ourisman increased the size of the house by more than 2,000 square feet and gained two bedrooms.

But in this house, it is not just what was added but what was kept — brass hardware on the doors that sparkles like jewelry, architectural details in the living room and an opulent mirror above the living room fireplace.

“It has a bit of a Hollywood Regency quality,” Zapatka said of the mirror. “All that trim work in the living

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Dorinda Medley Shows Blue Stone Manor’s Halloween 2020 Decor

in 2019, Dorinda Medley declared, “Decorating for Halloween is a tradition, a sport and my favorite game,” and it seems this year is no exception. 

On September 15, The Real Housewives of New York City cast member shared a video showing the festive décor at her Berkshires home, Blue Stone Manor. In addition to a black Headless Horseman figure and a glowing candle placed on her kitchen island, Dorinda also has two bowls filled with candy corn and candy pumpkins. “So it begins!” she captioned the clip, which featured the song “Headless Horseman” by Xander Owls as well as a Headless Horseman GIF. 

While decorating last year, Dorinda shared her top decorating tips for the holiday. “I shop my Halloween goods at [Amazon], [Target] and some vintage stores here in the Berkshires,” she wrote at the time. “The secret is to go with the flow and be creative. Blood, smokes and skeletons EVERYWHERE!”

When looking for her festive decorations (who could forget the skull radio she had at Blue Stone Manor last year?), Dorinda also heads to other stores including T.J. Maxx, where she bought a silver pumpkin and several Halloween-themed snow globes in 2018.

As we’ve seen in years past, getting into the Halloween spirit is a family affair. In 2018, Dorinda showed off her parents’ house which was decked out with a Grim Reaper doorbell, a creepy witch in their front yard, and pumpkins and glowing orange lights around the property. 

Now, with her 2020 decorations already in progress, we can’t wait to see how Dorinda once again takes the spookiest of holidays and makes it nice.

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Insulating a Slipform Stone House

There can be no question that insulation should be of primary importance when considering new house construction. Slipform stone houses are no exception to this rule. Helen and Scott Nearing, early proponents of this stone building technique, claimed that their New England homes were comfortable year-round without much thought given to insulation – indeed, their first slipform home was built right into a Vermont cliff-face, and made use of bare ledge as one wall. While the thermal mass of the earth itself surely served to maintain house temperatures above freezing, by modern standards, there can be no doubt that this uninsulated stone house would make for a chilly winter. Insulation is key to efficiency, and there are a number of ways to insulate a slipform stone structure.

Stud Wall and fiberglass batting

One common approach to the question of insulation in stone and concrete structures is the construction of a standard framed stud wall against the interior wall. This framed wall is then insulated in the traditional manner, using fiberglass batting insulation between the studs. While this approach works fine, and brings the comfort of familiarity to many builders, the construction of the stud wall is wasteful, and the studs themselves present the opportunity for thermal bridging, significantly reducing the overall insulation of the house.

Rigid Insulation

Rigid insulation offers a number of opportunities when it comes to insulating slipform stone homes. Rigid insulation, correctly installed, allows for no thermal bridging and creates a tight envelope inside the house. There are a number of techniques for building this type of insulation right into the walls themselves, either by laying the insulation inside the forms as you build, or replacing the interior forms entirely with nailbase – rigid insulation mated with OSB, plywood, or even sheetrock on one side.

Adding rigid insulation after the walls are standing can present a challenge to the typical owner / builder. The biggest hurdle here is figuring out how to secure the insulation to the stone / concrete wall. One of the best ways to do this is using furring strips – narrow boards attached to the wall, into which screws can be driven. A powder-actuated nail gun, or ramset can be used to attach the furring strips to the wall. Another approach is to embed the furring strips into the concrete itself as you build the walls. The downside to this approach is that the furring strips will degrade and rot away over the decades, leaving gaps in the wall and weakening the overall structure. Fully removing the furring strips and replacing them could be a challenge.

Spray-on Insulation

This nifty product could be used to spray a seamless layer of insulating foam directly onto the interior of the slipform wall. The insulation would then be cut, sanded, or squashed flat before a finish layer of sheetrock is applied. Both of the above approaches present difficulties when it comes to hanging anything on the walls, as there are no interior studs for screwing or …

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