Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Kitchen Redo 101: How to Update Cabinets

Least Expensive Option: Update your Hardware 

Updating the hardware in your kitchen can be an inexpensive fix that can make a world of 
difference. This is something that can be done when you first move into a new place, for example, and would like to make the house match more with your personal style. Even just changing the finish on your hardware, like what was done on the navy china cabinet pictured, can be all you need to make a big change. Updating your cabinets can get quite costly depending on the route you take. If you are looking to update your space without diving into a full renovation, updating your hardware first is the way to go!

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Midrange Option: Update the Color

If you are happy with the current style of your cabinets, a simple paint color update can work wonders! Some classic paint colors for cabinets include white and cream, while newer more trendy colors include navy and greige (a mix of gray and beige.) These photos show how the color of your kitchen cabinets can be vital to the overall look of your space.


High End Option: Change the Style

On the other hand, if you are not in love with the current style of your cabinets, updating the style all together can be the way to go. Some of the most popular cabinet styles include shaker, flat, inset, and beadboard. The style you choose depends completely on your design preference. Flat cabinets for example can give your space a very contemporary feel, while shaker and inset cabinets lean more toward a transitional vibe. 

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Click the link below where Liz is talking about the three main ways to update your cabinets!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Kitchen Redo 101: Great Colors for Kitchens



Greige is such a fabulous paint color to use not only in your kitchen but throughout your whole home. It is a combination between gray and beige and we just cannot say enough good things about it. It gives your home an updated look and feel without making your space feel cold which can sometimes happen with true gray paint colors. Some of our favorite greige paint colors include Sherwin Williams Amazing Gray, Mindful Gray, and Repose Gray.


Muted Blue/Green 


Muted blue/green is another great color for kitchens. It combines the cool and serene feeling of soft blue with the crisp and clean feeling of green. Great examples of this muted blue/green color are Sherwin Williams Sea Salt, and Rainwashed. Both photos display Sherwin Williams Sea Salt used in kitchens.



Sage is another fabulous color to use in your kitchen. This one is a tried and true color that designers and homeowners alike have been using in kitchens for years. This classic color gives just the right amount of color and drama to your space without getting to dark. Green also represents freshness and cleanliness which is why it is a fantastic color to use in a food prep area. Whether you choose to simply paint your island, your cabinets, or just your walls in this color it will not let you down. Sherwin Williams Clary Sage and Svelte Sage are both great options.


Click the link below where we are talking more about great paint colors for kitchens!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Kitchen Redo 101: How Fixtures can make a Difference

Interesting Oven Hoods 

Oven hoods can be easily forgotten about and looked over in kitchens. However, they can be a fantastic place to create interest in your space. These are some examples of how your oven hood can make a beautiful statement. Anything from covering it in reclaimed wood, to painting it all black, to adding copper accents to it can all create a beautiful outcome.

Pendant Lighting  

Lighting is one of the most important fixtures you can have in your kitchen. The more lighting you can add to your kitchen the better. Pendant lighting is a great option because you can use multiple pendants or just one, depending on your needs. Some popular styles of pendant lighting include bell jars, Edison bulbs, and nautical style cage pendants.

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Beautiful + Functional Sink and Faucet 


Another easily overlooked fixture is the kitchen sink. While your sink and faucet simply seem like necessary parts of your kitchen it can, in fact, be a beautiful part of your decor as well. Farm sinks are quite popular because they are very functional, as they provide much more space, while also being aesthetically pleasing. If you are happy with your current sink but would like to update the faucet, antique brass is a fun option as shown in one of the examples below. Incorporating touches of this antique brass can bring in a classic and historical touch.


Click the link below to see some examples of our favorite fixtures that went into Liz's kitchen renovation!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Kitchen Redo 101: Trends in Kitchen Decor

Open Shelving  

One big trend happening in kitchen decor is the addition of open shelving. This is a great way to create a display area for your dishes and other items you would like to show off. Mixing in some greenery and trinkets can create a beautiful display in an area that would normally be closed off behind cabinet doors.


Industrial Touches  

Adding industrial touches here and there is another trend in kitchen decor right now. If you add too much of the industrial decor into your space it can quickly begin to make it feel cold. But with just a few touches throughout, it can create a unique and updated vibe in your kitchen. This can be accomplished by using different metals, like brass or wrought iron, for your fixtures and furniture.

Unique Lighting  

Finally, unique lighting is another fun trend going on in kitchen decor. These photos show some great examples of how different lighting can make for gorgeous statement  pieces. This is a great place to show off your personality, whether it be an antiqued brass lantern style, or fun geometric chandelier, whatever you choose can set the tone for the style of your space!

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Click the link below to see one of our favorite kitchen trends!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Is it Spring Yet? Our Favorite Decor Trends for Spring

Black + White 


Black and white is a major trend happening in interiors right now. It is such a classic color combination and it allows you to have endless possibilities for accent colors. Whether you want to feminize it with pops of pink, or go bold with pops or orange, there is no end to how you can alter this trend to fit your personal style. A good ting to keep in mind is to try and use more white than black in your design so you don't darken your space too much. 


Large Scale Prints

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Large scale patterns and prints are another big trend going on in home decor this Spring. Gone are the days of teeny tiny patterns that you have to squint to be able make out what they are. Bold is beautiful for interiors and that is apparent in this trend. Area rugs, curtains, wallpaper, and throw pillows are all good examples of where you can incorporate these large scale patterns.




Finally, pastels are another fun trend happening in interiors this Spring. Pastels are great because they can be very versatile in what you can pair them with. Whether you choose pastels for your front door paint color, or in your artwork like these examples show, it is hard to mess it up. Pastels can be beautiful when paired with crisp whites or even deep, rich hues as well. 


Click the link below to hear a tip on welcoming Spring into your home!