Important Guidelines When Designing a Kitchen

Designing a kitchen from scratch can be one of the most exciting projects in a home. While building a kitchen, homeowners have the opportunity to add their special touch to this wildly important room. But before you jump into the process, we want to share six important guidelines. These general requirements are important to consider when planning out your new kitchen. Plus, they are all approved by The National Kitchen and Bath Association. Let us get started! 

 

Guidelines for Your Kitchen’s Layout

No. 1: The Doorway

When designing your kitchen, you want your doorway’s opening to be at least 34 inches wide. This standard doorway will fit a two-foot by ten-inch door. After your door is installed, you want to make sure that nothing blocks the doorway. This will help you and your family’s safety in case of an emergency. 

No. 2: Work Area.

    • The Aisle: The aisle where you will be working in should be at least 42 inches. While working out the 42 inches, be sure to include the space that your cabinets and appliances will take. 
    • The Walkway: Your walking area’s width should be at least 36 inches. This measurement will help provide enough space for you to comfortably move throughout your kitchen.

No. 3: Meal Preparation

The sink in your kitchen should be located across from your main cooking surface and refrigerator. This will help during your meal preparation. 

No. 4: Clean-Up.

To help make cleaning up easier, your dishwasher should be no more than 36 inches from your sink. 

No. 5: Counters

When buying your countertops, opt-in for clipped or rounded corners to prevent injuries from sharp corners. Also, you want the total length of your countertops to be 158 inches with the depth being 24 inches. Be sure to have a 15-inch clearance between your countertops and upper cabinetry. 

No. 6: Oven.

You will want to provide a 15-inch countertop area next to your oven. This will provide a space to place your freshly cooked meals. Also, be sure to purchase an oven that is appropriately sized for your kitchen’s walkway. You will want to take into consideration its measurements for when the oven’s door is opened. 

 

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Decorating Ideas for the New Year

The new year means a new you, right? Your decor does not have to stay the same either! With six creative ideas, we can help you change up your decor for the new year. Let us get started! 

 

Decorating Ideas for The New Year

  1. Do not “Dare to Dream,” Actually Do it

Many homeowners decorate with neutral tones and get bored of their decor quickly. The new year brings new decor possibilities for your home. Instead of playing it safe, spice things up with different colors and patterns. Before you skip this tip, you can add color and patterns without going overboard. Try subtly adding color to your space by focusing on window treatments, wall art, and furniture. 

  1. Out with The Old. 

The new year is a great time for a fresh start and that new beginning can start with your home. Get rid of clutter and unused items by donating them! A good rule of thumb is “if you have not used it in a year, do you really need it?” By only getting rid of a couple of items, you can begin to start over and feel less cramped in your home. 

  1. Embrace a Fresh Coat of Paint

There is nothing that a fresh coat of paint cannot fix! Try adding new hues to your home for a fresh and new design. 

  1. A Little Taste of Luxury

Add the 5-star treatment to your bathroom with scented bath salts, a cozy robe, and beautiful candles. 

  1. Focus on The Forgotten

While you are redecorating your home, it is a good time to focus on the places you may have forgotten. Areas of your basement or hall closet are less thought about than other rooms in your home. Take time this year to transform these spaces into an organizer’s paradise. Add shelves, bins, and labels to make your forgotten areas come to life. 

  1. Be an Artist

Store-bought artwork is a thing of the past. Embrace your own creativity by displaying your works of art. Whether it is pictures from your last vacation or something you built, your place can be personalized this year with your own items.

 

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Tips for Creating a Calming Oasis

Sometimes, we can bring the hustle and bustle of everyday life into our homes. With busy schedules and overwhelming responsibilities, we tend to let our home become a stressful environment. With the year coming to an end, now can be the perfect time to reset the tone of your house. We have seven simple tips that can transform your home into a more calming oasis. 

 

Tips for Creating a Calming Oasis at Home

Tip # 1: Fully Fuzzy

Textures can influence our senses. By adding fuzzy blankets, pillows, and rugs, we can create a more relaxing environment. 

Tip # 2: Clear Counters

A stress-free home begins with a clutter-free life. To reduce the amount of stress you feel, try clearing off your countertops. There is nothing more relaxing than coming home to a clean house. 

Tip # 3: Neutral Tones

Neutral tones, whether cool or warm, have been shown to create a more relaxing environment. To help create a calming space, try to use more neutral tones in your design. 

Tip # 4: Luxurious Lights

The lighting in your space can be one the most important factors of relaxation. To help unwind, be sure to install dimmers on your lights. These can be installed in areas like bedrooms, bathrooms, and dining rooms. 

Tip # 5: Sensational Scents

Nothing says calm quite like a relaxing scent. Try to indulge your senses with calm scents like lavender or chamomile. You can incorporate these scents into your house through the use of candles or even essential oils. 

Tip # 6: Reduced Clutter.

Like we said before, clear counters can give you a clear mind. To begin your clutter-free lifestyle, you will want to go throw your belongings. Try to get rid of things that you have not used in over a month. Once you have reduced the amount of clutter, you may feel more relaxed and less stressed. 

Tip # 7: Relaxing Music

When you get home from a stressful day, you can unwind and relax with soothing music. Whether you are cooking or taking a hot bath, music can relax your mind and put you at ease. 

 

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Quick and Simple Bathroom Updates

Are you looking for quick and cost-effective bathroom updates that you can do in one day? Well, look no further! We have created a list of six effective and efficient ideas for the busy homeowner. Let us get started!

 

Quick & Simple Bathroom Updates

  1. Up In The Air. Floating shelf systems are a creative way to store or display your items. Plus, they do not take up any precious floor space. Floating shelf systems are perfect for homeowners who have a little extra wall space and a little more to store. Try this unique look above your toilet or even on your wall with pictures.  
  2. On The Side. A way to make your bathroom instantly more luxurious is by adding a side table next to the bathtub. This works especially well if you own a large bathtub. The side table can hold a towel and a luffa or something more decorative like a photo or art piece. 
  3. Lights On. Light fixtures can transform a space and they are relatively easy to switch. You may be surprised by how much a new light fixture brightens your space.
  4. Revamped. If your bathroom cabinets are looking dull, you can spruce them up with a fresh coat of paint. Once the paint has dried, you can replace the cabinet handles with a more modern piece of hardware. Also, be sure to update your toilet paper holder and towel bar.
  5. Divide & Conquer. The organization of bathroom is extremely important. To keep your bathroom clean and organized, add drawer organizers to separate your items. This will help create a tidy bathroom and plenty of storage. 
  6. Artistic Touch. Your bathroom can be decorated like any other room in the home. You can add a gallery wall, sculptures, flowers, and rugs to your space. Just be sure that you do not add too many items and make the place feel “tight” or “overwhelming.” Try and keep it to a minimalistic approach and build your decor as you go. 

 

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Four Tips for a Kitchen Renovation

Kitchens are one of the most important rooms in a resale. Aside from bathrooms, kitchens will play a big role in a buyer’s decision process. Whether you are renovating for yourself or a future resale, updating your kitchen can be a fantastic idea. To help you, we have created four tips for you to use during your renovation. Let us get started! 

 

4 Tips for a Kitchen Renovation

Tip #1: Lit. 

    • The lighting you use in your kitchen can be more important than you might think. You want the lighting to be focused on your specific “work areas.” Areas like the sink, stove, and island will be your focus. 
    • When you choose the lighting for these areas, you want it to provide a significant amount of light. Since you are working with knives and hot tools, it can be imperative for you to see what you are doing. To help avoid injury and make life a little easier, we recommend “spotlighting” these important areas.

Tip #2: The Backsplash.

Your backsplash can be very diverse. Typically, a backsplash is used to add design and style to your space, but it can also help protect our walls from food splashing. Not only is it beautiful to look at, but backsplash provides a layer of protection for our kitchen surfaces. Be sure to add a gorgeous backsplash to your kitchen during the renovation. 

Tip #3: Island

An island can be an incredible space for prep-work. They provide extra kitchen counter space while adding to the overall look of the room. If you are planning on using your island for prepping, be sure to add a sink. The sink will add ease of mind when prepping and cooking your favorite meals. Plus, consider adding storage on the outside walls of the island. A little bit of storage can go a long way! Be sure to talk to your contractor about all of the kitchen island possibilities. 

Tip #4: Convenience

During a remodel, you can add those special features that you wish you always had. Items like a pot-filler, wine cooler or lazy-susan can transform your space and personalize it to your taste. Be sure to mention your interests to your contractor and see what you can add to your space. 

 

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5 Ways To Achieve A Vintage Style in Your Bedroom

Looking for unique decor ideas for your bedroom? Make your bedroom both stylish and functional by embracing more vintage elements. Yes, a vintage style bedroom leads to an old-fashioned yet classic look that can’t be replicated. Decide what era you would like to recreate and dive on in!

 

Here are a few elements that every vintage style room needs:

  

Repurposed Furnishing

Perhaps one of the biggest benefits of a vintage style decor is that you don’t have to purchase new or trendy furnishing pieces. Instead, you can use older, handed down pieces and repurpose them so that they are fully functional. You can shop at thrift shops, flea markets and garage sales for local treasures. Breathe a new life into old or neglected pieces such as window shutters or dressing tables. We’ve seen old doors revamped into a headboard. The sky is really the limit.

 

White Walls or Floors

If you really want to recreate a vintage vibe then you should paint it white. Whether it’s the walls, floors or both whitewashed floorboards and walls gives off that antique feeling. Opt for whites with warmer undertones such as a buttermilk or vanilla as opposed to stark white.

 

Go for the Delicate

If you’re interested in a vintage boudoir look than you should select lots of frilly fabrics, distressed furniture and pretty yet muted colors like a pink and pale peach. Use lace bedding and a vintage patterned rug. Lots of floral prints and patterns work best with this look.

 

Don’t Forget the Dressing (Table)

A vintage bedroom isn’t complete without a dressing table. Whether you steering towards a Grand Victorian handcrafted from wood or a distressed repurposed desk you can use the surface to showcase your jewelry, perfume, and pictures.

 

Vintage Details

Be sure to implement vintage accents to really achieve an old school look. Ask your older family members if they have any tokens from their past that they are willing to part with. An old-school typewriter can be a great accent accessory. You can create a nightstand table out of stacked vintage suitcases.

 

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Different Ways to Arrange Your Living Room

Your living room can be reimagined into several different designs, styles, and arrangements. The way you arrange your living room says a lot about what you find important. If your furniture is facing the television, you may enjoy spending time relaxing and watching television after a long day. If your furniture is facing the other furniture in your living room, you probably enjoy using your living room for conversing with other people. There is no right way to arrange a living room; it truly depends on personal taste and preferences. If you are interested in rearranging your living room, we have the top six different ways you can rearrange it. 

 

Different Ways to Arrange Your Living Room

Arrangement #1: Inviting Conversation

The most popular seating arrangement is called the “H” or “U” design. In this seating arrangement, you have your couches and chairs set up in either an “H” or “U” shape. These shapes for your furniture will help increase conversation flow amongst your guests. 

Arrangement #2: The Ultimate Divide

Another popular arrangement is using the furniture as a room divider. This works great for open floor plans where your living room and kitchen are in one room. Just place your sofa wherever you want to divide the room and the back of the sofa will act as a mini wall. 

Arrangement #3: The Big Decision

The space above your fireplace can be a big decision. Deciding whether you mount your television, add a mirror, display decor or leave it empty can become a process. If you are blessed with a fireplace and love television, mounting your television can be a functional idea for your family. If your household does not watch a lot of television, you can utilize the space for decorations. This decision will be based on your family’s preferences and habits. 

Arrangement #4: Best Angles

L-angled furniture can help create a unique arrangement in a living room. You can combine dividing a room off with an l-angled couch for an interesting design technique. L-angles are different; therefore, you want to make sure you play with the angles by angling a sofa chair across from the couch. 

Arrangement #5: Looking Outwards

If you love your view or own a picture-window, you may want to have your furniture facing the outdoors. Take advantage of your gorgeous views by drawing attention to it with the furniture’s placement.  

Arrangement #6: Perfect Symmetry

Do you love to have everything match? For this arrangement, you place matching pieces across from one another in an “H” design. This will create perfect symmetry and is pleasing to the eyes. 

 

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Sizing Up Your Coffee Table

On the hunt for a chic coffee table for your living room?  Choosing the right coffee table is important because it sits in the center of the room and it does a lot of work. It holds the food on game night, houses your magazines, books and we can’t forget the remote control. Well, before you make a purchase remember that scale really does matter when you’re selecting the right coffee table. According to the experts, the coffee table should be about one half to two thirds the length of your couch. What happens when you select a coffee table with the wrong dimensions?

 

When It’s Too Small

When a coffee table is too small for the length of the sofa and the size of the room it will look out of proportion. As a result, it will have limited function. It will be difficult for individuals sitting at the end of the sofa to reach the table. Also, a small surface means you likely won’t be able to fit a lot of things onto the table. A coffee table that is less than one half the width of your sofa will no doubt throw off the grouping balance.

 

When It’s Too Big

Contrary to popular belief bigger is not always better. No matter the aesthetic value of the coffee table when it’s longer than your sofa it competes with the other decorative elements in the room. An over-scaled coffee table takes up more room than necessary which interferes with the flow of traffic.

 

When It’s Just Right

A coffee table that is proportionate to the size of the living room and the couch is visually appealing and it provides the perfect balance.  An appropriately scaled table allows you to easily navigate the room, anchors the furniture grouping and is highly functional.

 

Multiple Seating Arrangements

What about if you have multiple seating arrangements in your living room? The solution may be to break up the scale by opting for two matching medium-sized coffee tables. Utilizing two coffee tables creates visual interest which allows your eyes to move about the room. 

The Key to a Cozy Home: Part Four

For our final installment, we are going to discuss the inner sanctum of your home: the bedrooms. These rooms are important when it comes to creating a cozy environment because their main purpose is to induce relaxation. Make sure that you strike the right balance in each sleeping area to give this exact impression. As well, ensure that this area of your living space flows naturally into the rest of your home’s cozy interior. Here’s how you do so.

 

Texture is going to play a big part here, so play around with items that can add visual weight. You may already have furniture and colors in your home that are not easily changed, so you can use heavier textures and darker colors to help even things out. This can be in the form of throw pillows, room-darkening drapes or an area rug.  If you have the freedom in the room, try to choose the best warm colors you can for the paint on your walls. They can be light and soft or deep and dramatic, but just be sure that they do not keep you wakeful just looking at them.

 

If you are blessed with beautiful hardwood floors, adding a fuzzy rug will definitely add some warmth. Place the rug beneath the bed and have it peek out of the sides so the surrounded walking space is comfortable to navigate. In rooms that are carpeted, adding a rug at the end of the bed can add a little extra visual interest without too much effort.  

 

The linens on the bed should use a high thread count and should be covered with the most appropriately fluffy comforter as the current season allows.  If you currently do not have a headboard, try installing a cushioned one on the wall. Top it off with soft pillows and a throw blanket for the occasional daytime snooze.

 

If there is any extra floor space in the room, a single upholstered chair with small side table and lamp should definitely be considered. This space to catch up on your reading or take a phone call with a long distance friend helps since these activities are much easier when you are not falling asleep in your bed.

 

We hope you enjoyed our series on creating a cozy home! Check back for new topics and home decorating tips! If you want to change the floor covering in your home to one that inspires a cozy feeling in your home, let us help.  We are happy to help you create a perfect space.