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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
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!
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!
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.
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.
This gorgeous stand alone cabinet (below) is by SMALLBONE of England.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
The hardest working room in the house is the kitchen. Full of plumbing, electric, propane, electronics and outlets galore. We have come a long way from microwaves. We now have a camera for the refrigerator. It’s suction mounted, and will take a picture of the insides so you can see if you are low on milk. What does it do about the eggs? I don’t know. The camera in your refrigerator sends a picture to your Smart phone. This new techno is by Smarter and they are also introducing a mat for your cupboards. That will tell you when you are low on flour and sugar! Put that mat under your eggs? There you go. I just call the husband and he checks for me. If I bring home an extra dozen, we have quiche one night.
Before we get started on the technology I want to say farewell to granite. Caesarstone and quartz products have finally made it to the top. Granite has long held the favored post at the top but the synthetics are getting the pick because they are more pristine, more anti-bacterial and no need for sealing. Colors come in a very wide range. Suppliers are Caesarstone, WilsonArt, Dupont and others doing wild and wonderful things. See Neolith and Dekton by Cosentino.
Countertops are now plunging over the sides, it’s called a waterfall. Both of these great kitchens showcase such an outstanding feature. (fig 1, 2) Countertop is sold by the square foot. When you want a custom job and it’s a midsize to large project you will be shopping for an entire ‘slab’. If you are designing a bathroom vanity, you might shop for a remnant or half a slab. A typical slab is 54″ x 105″. Jumbo size 65″ x 130″
When working with surfaces, remember if you have a lot of counter, it’s a good idea to mix it up. Put one color (or material) on the island and a different color as the counter for your lower cabinets. These two kitchens (fig 2, 3) demonstrate this beautifully. Stay tuned for more kitchen updates!
How Induction Cooking Works:
1. The element’s electronics power a coil that produces a high-frequency electromagnetic field
2. That field penetrates the metal of the ferrous cooking vessel and sets up a circulating electric current, which generates heat.
3. The heat generated in the cooking vessel is transferred to the vessel’s contents.
4. Induction is very efficient, nothing but the contents of your pot are affected by the heat.
Materials like aluminum, copper, and Pyrex are
not usable on an induction cooker. The best manufacturers of cookware have the ‘right’
cooking vessels. Induction cooktops are popular with discerning cooks.
Built-In Coffee? Why not? How convenient and counter saving, blends seamlessly in the wall.
How about a focal point red stove? The hearth is the hearth is thehearth.
This is a burgundy La Cornue Range. Breathtaking isn’t it?