Ideas for a Wine and Grape Themed Kitchen

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Make your kitchen more interesting with a theme – some type of cohesive element or image that can be used throughout the space for easy decorating. Wine and grapes make a great theme for many kitchens that use Tuscan and Mediterranean styles and colors. They also work well for wine enthusiasts looking for ways to incorporate some of their collection and passion into the kitchen. Thankfully there are many great ways you can easily incorporate this theme into your kitchen seamlessly.

Backsplash Mural

There are several different ways you can create a decorative backsplash that incorporates your theme. One of these ideas provides a great way to get some detail into the kitchen:

  • A mosaic wine bottle or grape mural over your range
  • Three-dimensional relief tiles in grapes and vines incorporated into your tile pattern
  • Hand painted tiles that piece together to form a larger picture of vineyards, vines, grapes, or wine bottles

Stencils and Paint

If you want some detail that’s a little more subtle than a tile backsplash, consider stenciling some vines, grape leaves, or grapes onto either your soffit, the upper portion of your cabinets, or the area where your wall meets the ceiling around the room. Because you need to look up to view them, this makes the effect a little softer. It’s also easier to change if you want a new look.

Built Ins

If you have a wine collection or a wine cellar, consider bringing some of it upstairs and putting it on display. Build a rack or mini “cellar” into a portion of your kitchen, and use it to showcase your favorite wines. Add some decorative glasses, and maybe even incorporate some natural stone such as slate that will complement the colors of the bottles. Consider putting a niche lined with stone into the kitchen with a wine fridge inside it. Complete the look by filling it with your favorite wine elements to create a small “wine cave,” capturing the interest and attention of anyone that walks in.

Accessories

Finish your wine and grape themed kitchen with several appropriate accessories such as pottery, towels, plates, and pot holders. Mix in some green and purple solids with the themed items to keep it from being overwhelming, and watch your kitchen come to life.

Create a Jewel Box Bathroom

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DSC_0067Every room in your home deserves your design attention. One often ignored space is the small guest bath. It’s time to open your eyes to the possibilities this room offers.

To begin, consider this room as an opportunity to experiment with a look, color or style that seems too daring for one of the other rooms in your home. This room also gives you a chance to spend more per square foot than other rooms – the space is so small that the overall cost of a more expensive choice won’t break your budget.

How about stepping over to the specialty tile section? Trim tile and backsplashes can really liven up a small bath. For flooring, even a high-end option will only cost a few hundred dollars. Consider a pedestal sink – the extra visible floor makes the room feel larger.

Choose a unique and coordinating mirror and light fixture. If your taste is modern, find something avant garde to catch the eye. For a more traditional look, don’t be afraid to use a small crystal chandelier in this room – maybe something with a light that will create a pattern on the walls.

Remember to keep everything focused and coordinated. Eclectic is not the best style choice for this small a space. You might want to consider one special accessory to make the bath feel extra special. Turn your boring bath into something special, with the jewel box approach.

How to Showcase Your Floor With Tile Patterns

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There are so many choices when it comes to designing and laying floor tile.  So how do you determine what pattern and style is best for your space?  Is your space small, large, narrow or wide? These are all things to keep in mind when choosing a tile design.

Screen Shot 2013-05-30 at 2.49.55 PM Diagonal: Tiles are set at a 45% angle. This type of design makes a room look larger and longer. If you choose this design make sure you buy extra tiles (approx. 15% more) because of the angles and cuts more material is usually needed.

Screen Shot 2013-05-30 at 2.50.11 PMStraight lay: This is the most common way of laying tile and looks good in any room. This is an easier design needing less cuts and material.

Screen Shot 2013-05-30 at 2.48.16 PMHerringbone. This pattern is very stylish and adds an elegant visual texture to any floor and will make a short hallway look longer.  To spice up the bathroom use this pattern on the wall installing to “chair rail” level. Framing the pattern with brick size tiles going vertical is a great finishing touch

Screen Shot 2013-05-30 at 2.53.15 PMModular: This design has three of more different size tiles to form a pattern. If using more than one type of tile be sure they all share the same thickness.

Screen Shot 2013-05-30 at 2.50.31 PMBrick:  Using a brick pattern with ceramic or the real deal, “brick”, is one of the easiest patterns to install and can be more economical.  This pattern looks great in a kitchen, use on the floors or as a backsplash.

For an added “pop” use a smaller accent tile such as a square or diamond. These can be placed randomly throughout your design. When choosing a grout color pick something that has the same tones as your tile. You may want to lean towards a darker color, which can be easier to keep clean. Most flooring retailers have displays in their show rooms so you can shop and compare!

Opening up Your Space

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Throughout the design world, open space and open floor plans are being seen in both new home construction and home renovation.  Not only for loft living in converted buildings, open floor plans can also work for first floor living in a variety of home styles. Of course along with homes and lofts, condos and apartments are getting the open concept treatment as well.

If you have an older home and are doing a renovation, you may want to look into opening up walls to create more flow between your living room, dining room and kitchen.  Talk with a contractor about the possibility of tearing down walls or creating pass through between kitchen and dining room. A contractor will be able to tell you what walls are load bearing and what walls can be taken down without compromising your home’s structure.  Even load bearing walls can be removed but a beam will need to be added to bear the weight that the wall once did.

If you are moving walls or changing the flow of your floor plan, you may want to hire an architect to draw up plans. Your contractor may also be able to assist you with this step.

Once you open up the spaces, you’ll want to make sure you deal with the flooring and wall colors. Will you continue the same flooring throughout the space or use different flooring to delineate the functions of the room? Wall color can also be used to create more flow or highlight separate areas.

Working with Two Cabinet Colors in the Kitchen

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Trends in kitchen design keep us on our toes. Cherry cabinets with dark granite counter tops gave way to white cabinets with white stone counter tops, which gave way to lower cabinets with open shelves replacing upper cabinets. A new trend we’re seeing is a mix of cabinet colors between upper and lower cabinets.  Typically the upper cabinets are lighter and the lower cabinets are darker.  Let’s look at what this trend looks like in a contemporary kitchen.

Sleek, shiny white cabinets make up the upper cabinets in this contemporary kitchen. The glossy white cabinets are hung above a white tile backsplash. The white on white of the cabinets and tile helps open up this narrow galley style kitchen.

Below the white upper cabinets and tile back splash are lower cabinets done in a bold red.  The red cabinets have more of a similar glossy finish.  The red cabinets help the stainless steel stand out in the space better. Dark lower cabinets will also hide scuff marks and spills better than white cabinets.

If you’re nervous about such a bold color on the bottom, try a more neutral color like deep grey or brown.  While this kitchen uses white and red cabinets, the light and dark combination can work with other colors too. Cream and dark wood would be a lovely choice for a traditional kitchen.

Creating Traditions: Breakfast for Dinner

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At the end of some days you just want to put on your pajamas and forget about the day you just had. Since there is no such thing as a do-over when it comes to crazy days, you can erase the day with a casual family meal: breakfast for dinner. On crazy busy or stressful days the last thing you want to think about is planning dinner.  If you had foresight you might have put something in the slow cooker, but hindsight is 20/20. Instead, put on your pajamas and make breakfast.

Breakfast for dinner is a good thing for lazy weekend evenings too. Making eggs, pancakes, waffles or omelets for dinner can be a quick and easy way to feed the family. Dressing in PJs or robes makes the casual meal feel more special and then you can hop on the couch to watch a movie with the family.

Breakfast at any time of the day is a good way to involve kids in making the meal. They can crack eggs or mix batter. Scrambling eggs is a basic skill that can be mastered at a young age. Kids can help pour out the pancakes and flip them too.  Getting kids interested in cooking is a good life skill.

If you have little ones in the kitchen, get a sturdy kitchen stool to help them reach the counters. For any stools or furniture that will move around the kitchen make sure the feet won’t scratch your wood floor or mark your tile or vinyl floor. Adding furniture pads to the feet is a quick and easy way to protect your floors.

Decorating a Bathroom for a Man

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His and hers bathrooms are something many women dream of in their ideal home. Not having to share a bathroom with your husband or children may not always be possible. The majority of people are lucky to have an en suite master bathroom with double sinks.  If you do have his and her bathrooms or even his and her vanities, there are simple ways to bring in a more masculine feel for the man of the house.

Of course bachelors don’t have to share their bathrooms with feminine style, which means lots of hair and beauty products. Married men sometimes fight for available counter and sink space with hair dryers, makeup and other styling products.  Finding storage for all of these products in the vanity or medicine cabinet can create more counter space. Baskets and boxes can also help corral everything that comes with being a woman. Room for a traditional shaving set and shaving mirror brings in a bit of masculine style.

A masculine bathroom can be done to resemble a traditional men’s club with dark wood on the vanity and floor.  Classic materials like grey or white marble can be used on both the counter and floor.  Silvery metal hardware and fixtures can give a bit of sparkle but not take away from the masculine style.

Rather than a soaking tub, a steam shower is a good choice for a bathroom for him. Multiple shower heads and a rain shower are the next level of luxury.  Glass shower doors or a walk in shower keep the shower from feeling too closed in.

Organzing the Kitchen

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Are you one of those people that has beautifully organized kitchen cabinets? Would you rather die than have a junk drawer? Do you use your label maker religiously? Stop making the rest of us feel bad, Martha. For those of you who have junk drawers, cabinets overflowing with bowls, strainers, cookie sheets and appliances here are a few tips to organize your kitchen. After all when one is organized one is more efficient.

Your kitchen counters, the front areas of cabinet shelves, top drawers and the fronts of lower drawers are the place to store the items you use everyday like dishes, cups, coffee mugs, serving spoons, saucepans and skillets. Choose the most accessible areas in your kitchen to store the items you use the most.

Kitchen items that are used often but not daily like graters, strainers, roasting pans and mixing bowls should be stored on the lowest or highest shelves in the cabinets or areas in the backs of drawers. You might have to stand on your tiptoes or stoop a bit, but storage is reasonably accessible.

Items like arcane tools, seasonal items or single-use gadgets that are used once or twice a year should be consigned to the dark reaches of bottom shelves and cabinets. This group also includes seasonal cookie-cutters, holiday dishware, single-use gadgets like potato ricers, oversized serving dishes, canning jars or the waffle iron. Small kitchen appliances which, left to multiply, can overtake even the largest kitchen, dangling cords and all should be gone thoroughly decluttered.  Scrutinize before assigning them storage space in the kitchen. If you have never used that ice cream maker, donate it to a friend. If any of these items are decorative, perch them on top of soffits during the off-season. Small cabinets located over the refrigerator or oven, reachable only with a step stool, are a natural home for these gadgets.

Take some time this weekend to reorganize your kitchen. Have any tips for us? Post them on our Facebook page!

 

 

Style Boosting Ideas for your Kitchen

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Here are some real life, practical design ideas to make your kitchen the stylish center of your home.

Swap traditional pendants for commercial-grade fixtures for a look that’s more current. Contrasted with classic Italian marble and traditional cabinetry, industrial lighting makes a trendy statement.

Selectively remove cabinet doors to create a display showcasing favorite dishware. Group similar items, colors or shapes together for a purposeful look.

Most kitchens suffer from a lack of storage space. Make every inch count with drawers concealed within the toekick of each cabinet base. Although these drawers are shallow, they’re a great spot for tucking away items you only occasionally need.

A chandelier can also function as a handy pot rack and a place to show off pristine copper cookware.

Replace solid cabinet doors with glass-fronts for a less-expensive-than-you-may-think upgrade that lends a timeless look.