October was National Kitchen and Bath month. Let's see what's new and exciting. Rosemary Sadez Friedmann, Scripps Howard News Service
• Kate Hart, an award-winning designer, suggests replacing your existing showerhead, faucet and toilet with low-flow models to reduce water consumption.
• If remodeling is not in the budget, perhaps a light "facelift" is. Changing the hardware on the vanity and getting new faucets will do the trick.
• Do you have a place for a small chandelier in the bathroom? Perhaps perusing consignment stores or flea markets will help you find just the right treasure at a fraction of the cost.
• With big dinners and fun parties coming up with Thanksgiving and Christmas, you might consider getting new kitchen appliances. Of course, you will want to purchase the most energy-efficient item to save money each month. Be sure you know what the finished remodeled kitchen should look like before buying appliances. You don't want to buy the wrong size or wrong color appliances that won't fit into your dream remodeled kitchen.
• As for kitchen cabinets, you might consider repainting. Keep in mind, however, if you're into a total kitchen remodeling, your life will be disrupted for a while.
• The latest trend in kitchens is furniturelike cabinets with dining room-like chairs around the breakfast counter. Delve into design magazines and search the Internet for appealing ideas. It is always best to have a professional help you with your choices because mistakes will be more costly down the line.
Rosemary Sadez Friedmann, an interior designer in Naples, is author of "Mystery of Color."