by Designer Timothy Whealon

Small Kitchen Design
This kitchen came up with Trend 2018 as the search word. A small kitchen making a bold statement with its painted floor. The bead board walls and the nice mix of metals make it very contemporary, yet at the same time it is a casual, classic look. That is a mouthful. But mixing metals is an Avant garde methodology.  Painting a wooden floor with such a bold pattern is also a mix of styles and that is how this kitchen so successfully makes a dynamite presentation, despite its modest size and nothing over the top or any bling factor. Working with a savvy designer will get you such great results. Trusting your designer will get you everywhere. The white color scheme is smart in this small space. The use of texture is fabulous, the shiny floor, the matte cabinets, the rustic flower pot, the three patterned plates, the stripe bead board wall treatment. The flowers and the heaping bowl of fresh vegetables are the diamonds for this beautiful room.

Rustic Kitchen Design
Designers can work anywhere. A Florida designer can do a rustic kitchen (below). And my readers are far and wide so I like to keep everyone aware of good design. Your interiors should reflect the architecture of your home and its location. These vintage or well-worn brick walls are such a great backdrop. So much history and time has been absorbed by these vertical, stationary structures. Open storage is still a popular method of keeping your things handy. So again this room while ancient in some respects is modern in others. Of course, open storage is ancient. Kitchens such as this used to be far away from the living quarters of a well-to-do household. Today’s kitchens have long been the center of the home, much like ancient one-room dwellings where life centered around the fireplace, source of heat and a good meal.

by Cameron Schwabenton

by Designer Katie Ridder

Tall Cabinets – Add a Ladder
These ladders are usually reserved for the library. Here they are in the kitchen! Love ladders? – Why not put them wherever they are needed! They add a conversation piece, they are an eye catcher, they add architectural interest. With white everywhere we can afford the handsome dark floor. (above) The floral patterned wheel covers are a gorgeous detail. Soft touches of green and red color and pattern make this kitchen pretty. A woman’s touch. I would say adding a ladder to your kitchen is a kismet production! More About Library Ladders in the Kitchen!

Three Dimensional Wallpaper_Tile
This three dimensional wall paper or tile is still popular. (below) Again we see it acts as an eye grabber, a focal point, an OMG feature. This is not for the faint of heart either. Remember your style is whatever you want it to be. Do you want something pretty, casual, modern, romantic or classic? There are a million ways to design a room properly, why not make it your way? More Great Ideas for 3D Tile!   Lynda Louden Interiors would love to help you find your Design Style!

by Designer Stephen Shubel HB

Handsome Kitchens:

Black & White Kitchens are popular. They are kismet because they are unusual. They take your breath away. They take a very brave heart to want one and live with one. No one is ever going to say, “How Pretty!”. Black is always dramatic. It’s handsome, beautiful, professional and even traditional. Always remember to add a lot of white when working with strong colors. The floor in this kitchen (above) is dark as well, so the walls need to be white. A stark, bright white. The glass doors of the upper cabinets lends itself to a more ‘airy’ look. The white dishware collection was smart. The white pendant lighting, the simple window treatment of white blinds adds to the large volume of white to balance the dark cabinets and floor.

Black is not friendly. It is sophisticated. It is elegant. This kitchen (below) has black appliances with an extraordinary amount of brass trim and black cabinets . The walls are white tile as is the crown molding. This balance of dark and bright and light is vital so the room stays handsome and doesn’t become dark and gloomy.

Black & Brass Bailey-McCarthy HB

by chamber-furniture

Uncluttered Kitchen:

Danish Design and the now hugely popular Hygee Lifeystyle tends to be a clean (above) and uncluttered way of life.  Our Beautiful Interiors Newsletter BI # 284 Embrace Hygge Style! shows rooms with lots of pillows and extra throws. Remember Denmark winters are brutal and long. The nights are even longer. Warming up the house, your home with these creature comforts does a lot to dispel seasonal affective disorder.

Check out this beautiful hygee Living Room complete with Candles!

Cozy Living Room:

With all the discomforts of cold, snow and long nights, making home the place to be dispels the idea that their is someplace better you should be. The mindset of contentment seems to be a huge factor. Being content with hot chocolate and a movie is a far cry from dancing at the club all night. Doing all of this home stuff with friends and family is just as important as the cozy fire.

 

 

by food52

If you aren’t getting food52 and you love food, cooking and entertaining,  try it! Fabulous pictures, food wise and table wise. Food52

How to Get Started:

Do you see how simple it is to make a pretty table? Candles and fresh fronds will always do the trick. Being simple or ‘not having much’ is no reason not to have friends over. It might be a big jump, but I made the jump many, many years ago, and have always had a wonderful time, whether I’m entertaining kings, family or friends. 1. Your home just has to be clean.  2. Your menu  has to be good. You have to start at A to get to Z.  I entertain frequently. I serve potluck, leftovers, pasti’s. I serve formal, steaks – salmon – cordon blue! The variety is humungous. The same with decorating styles, food styles, people styles. Variety is the spice of life!

Accessorize:

Fresh fruit is as beautiful as fresh flowers. (below) The above table setting is what you have on hand. (candlesticks, greens, pretty glasses and tray) To put together the below table setting takes a bit of planning. You need fresh apples, matching place mats. Enough candles sticks and white candles. The stripe tablecloth with the green apples makes a delightful picture.

 

 

Ikea Fintorp System

 

Open Storage:

This is tidy kitchen organization. There is a place for everything.  Adding three storage units has optimized organization. The large shelf, the hanging rod, and the magnet board for knives.  Nothing is in a drawer or behind a door. Using our kitchen counters and backsplash to good effect can increase the storage factor and the lift the visual experience as well. Everything does need to be clean & shiny. This counter is a prime location. Remember to keep handy what you use often. Your favorite books and tools.

Closed Storage:

A lot of this depends on your personal style. You may need things to be behind a door. How about these scenarios? This is the before of a cabinet that is trying to be a coffee station. How can this be optimized?

before iheartorganizing

Cabinet Style & Organization:

Isn’t this a terrific look? The dark background really sets this off nicely. Adding hooks, more shelves and good see through containers makes a huge difference. Kitchen organization is so valuable, it is a public room, its a room that get a lot of use. It’s where everyone loves to be. It a good example of making a place for each thing. When it’s time for find it – you know where it is. When it’s time  put it away – you know where it goes. Optimizing storage. Not only does it hold more better – it looks fantastic. Great style!

after by I heart organizing

Krista Ewart HB

 

Colors of the Sea and Boardwalk:

If you are in love with bright color and lots of color – this might be for you. This room is more like the boardwalk by the sea. Bright and cheerful colors bouncing about, everything and everyone smiling – happy with the sunshine, the water and the crowd. Designing with color does take a certain finesse. If you don’t have a knack for it, follow the pattern of a pretty picture like this or ask for help. Keeping all the colors in the same hue, same levels of intensity, make this work. The focal point, this bouquet of art over the sofa, has all the colors in the room, this is an excellent way to create a stunning room.

Ocean Blue Kitchen:

Blue in the kitchen is nice. (below) It’s definitely light-hearted, if it is this beautiful pale blue. If its teal or navy it takes on a entirely different character. The trend is to have painted cabinets like this, wood tone cabinets are not quite as pretty or statement making. The wood toned cabinets are the expected and long popular – it’s time for a change!

Accessorize:

The huge shell is making quite the counter statement. The white coral in the upper cabinets is also adding to the coastal theme. It’s not a lot of chatzke, but very minimal and quite enough to make a handsome statement. The flowers in the sink become necessary. For pictures sake and your eye and design wise. The form of the flowers contrast with the line of the cabinets. They bring ‘life’ to the room. The room is functional – it is a kitchen, adding the flowers in the sink – lets you know that someone is there loving and enjoying the room.

Design by Sarah Blank

Crestron, was new for me. It’s a new addition at DCOTA. Here is a bit about them: “At Crestron, we build the technology that integrates technology. Our automation and control solutions for buildings and homes let people control entire environments with the push of a button, integrating systems such as A/V, lighting, shading, IT, security, BMS, and HVAC to provide greater comfort, convenience, and security. All of our products are designed and built to work together as a complete system, enabling you to monitor, manage, and control everything from one platform.”

They opened their showroom to all designers at about four o’clock. They served yummy desserts! All of these cabinets are by SMALLBONE, of the UK.  All bells, lights and whistles are by Crestron.

The media center is a beauty. Very flush. Very modern. A dark finish which is very popular. All wires and gizzies from Crestron. All cabintry by Smallbone. The Furniture Maker.

Cabinetry & Dessert Display at Crestron

This gorgeous stand alone cabinet (below) is by SMALLBONE  of England.

 

by Small Bone UK

If you have any questions regarding this beauty, contact Crestron. Or SMALLBONE. The Furniture Maker.

Below is the interior. It looks like a fridge, but it doesn’t look like a fridge.

This was a great way to end our day, but I do have a bit more for you. Stay tuned.

 

by Small Bone UK

Kitchen organizing can be daunting. Really I don’t know if there is an easy room.
Having open storage commands that we be clean and tidy. Having open storage really says ‘I love you’ to the things we own. We are treating them like fine art. Having things you love on display is a great way to bring joy into your home. Why have just stuff, when it can be things you adore? The bowl of red apples, the art at the top, the green plant. Even the faucet is like beautiful sculpture. (also a good example of mixing metals)

Surrounding ourselves with what brings us joy is a smart idea. Having a mixer on the counter says you love to create meals and desserts for your family and friends. Why hide this in a closet? The monkey mugs are so cute, so fun. What a great mix, of course our thanks to House Beautiful.

 

posted by digsdigs

Now this would be me. It is me. Well my bedroom has a similar stack of shelves.
If you do have a lot of something, it would be a good idea if you have a great place for all of it. Like file folders and filing cabinets, books and magazines need shelves. This has become more ‘organized’ because the palette has stayed monochromatic, white. It is a very Zen place because of the soothing, calming palette – even with the huge library. And this has been done with limited wall space. It’s been creatively designed in a vaulted ceiling. Talking with others about your dreams makes them become a reality.

by Decoist

If we do the kitchen we should do the bathroom. This is another room that tends to accumulate many unnecessary, unused items. If you try something and don’t like it or it doesn’t even work, then dispose of it. Why should these things be taking up our space? Why should these things detract from our joy? Having too much is frustrating and confounding. Having only what we need and what we love are pleasures that are attainable.

kids-table-2-by-a-blissful-nest

Guests arriving this coming weekend and kids included. Last party with young children we decorated cupcakes; what a great time we all had. This time we are going to make place cards, pilgrim hats, and turkeys. We will see what happens!

I love this idea of decorating the kids table, don’t you? Wow! More to do. More fun stuff to do! Play together, work together, eat together.

I’m making roasted butternut squash to go with the pears and cabbage. Here is the simple recipe.

Parmesan Roasted Butternut Squash
5 servings

1 lb or so butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 3/4″ pieces
2 tbs olive oil, more as needed
1/3 cup parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp dried thyme, sage, or basil crushed

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Coat a large baking pan with olive oil, place squash in prepared pan. Drizzle with more oil, add salt and pepper, toss thoroughly to coat.
2. Roast for 15 minutes, toss gently. Roast 5 minutes more. Stir in thyme and cheese. Roast 5 minutes or until tender.

by Pottery Barn

by Pottery Barn

Everyone wants to be included in the party! It’s fun to make things with paper and glue! A good time to giggle and surprise yourself with the great results!