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The Many Versions of the Kitchen Island

Looking to remodel your kitchen in the near feature? Not sure how you want to go about designing it?  It can be an overwhelming task but kitchens are a big focal point in a home and adding a kitchen island can bring in that entertainment element to a kitchen. Here are some kitchen island ideas to help you get started on your kitchen design planning. Functioning island The kitchen is the entertainment room now a days and having a kitchen island is where your company will flock to. So the decision you need to decide on is what are you using your island for. Is it for prep works, cooking, cleaning, eating or entertaining. If you want appliances or sinks your kitchen will get bigger.  It is possible to have your island be a functioning one and also allow seating. Appliances for your island So what kind of appliances can you put in your island? Your possibilities are endless depending on your budget. Some islands have a sink and dishwasher, some have a cooktop with vent or hood overhead. Some islands have smaller veggie sinks for prep.  Some people like a nice wine fridge in their islands as well. It depends on where you think you will be working the most and what appliances you need in that space. U-shaped Islands U-shaped Islands are amazingly large and can be the chefs dream. If you want workspace, storage and seating, this is the perfect way of doing it. It’s big enough to have some room to prepare and also have an appliance in there or two! The storage options are endless as well. Display and storage Kitchens with islands are more than likely and open kitchen concept and with that being said, some islands are getting a different treatment. Islands are starting to be designed with open shelves that wrap around the island to display items. Instead of open shelves closed shelves are also a great option to store cookbooks and other items. L-Shaped Islands L Shaped islands are large and can be great for storage its perfect for prepping and for entertaining. This is guaranteed to give you more workspace with less crowding and with bar style seating. This shape is large and perfect for large functions. Island for storage Islands are a great way to increase storage in your kitchen. You can use the empty space below to store large pots or pans or even create a dish drawer where you can store dishes. If you look cookbooks and have many of them, you can make a built in book shelve to hold them. Islands with table seating Another interesting way to create an island is creating an island on one side and sitting on the other. These come in various shapes and sizes, some are long and curved others are square. If you like the idea of bringing a table to the mix of your island, make sure you have the room to do so.    


11 Secrets to a Beautiful Kitchen

Everyone has secrets, even designers! Here's some inside scoop on how to make your kitchen more beautiful AND more functional. Bonus: Spend the most on the best cabinetry you can afford and worry about the appliances later. Don’t choose fancy appliances over the quality of your cabinets when thinking about the budget. Why? Guess what will be standing long after you replace your fridge and dishwasher? Your cabinets will and they are the foundation of your new beautiful kitchen. Countertops 1. Your fridge. Most remodels start with the fridge and add side panels that match the cabinetry for a cohesive look. Your countertop is supposed to be at the base of your cabinet door by half an inch. Therefore, be sure that your refrigerator panel is greater than the depth of the counter. The counter will past the panel instead of converging with it. 2. Tall cabinets. You want to increase your depth in your kitchen as a whole. To do this, you can additionally increase depth by having tall cabinets. However, you want to be consistent, so all counters should have the same look/style and edge configuration. 3. Countertop. Remember everyone has their own opinions and might like a flush countertop. Not all countertops will overhang by a half inch. You can have your counters flush with the doors and drawers for a modern, streamlined appearance.   4. Pantry pullouts. Everyone loves a pullout cabinet. More secret storage space. These pullout cabinets should be only 9, 12 or 15 inches wide. Think about it, every time you will need a can of soup, you will feel the full weight of everything that is stored in there. You can’t go wider or it will just be too heavy to even open. 5. Pantry + rollouts. If you want cabinets that are wider than 15 inches, we suggest using pantry rollouts. This means instead of pulling the entire pantry you are only pulling out the shelf you need. When using rollouts, you might want to consider making a filler between the pantry and the wall so it doesn’t make a mark on the wall. You can do this at least 1½ inches wide) to keep the hardware from hitting the wall and possibly restricting the usability of a cabinet with a rollout. 6. Oils and sauces. Pullouts are perfect for frequently used oils and sauces, for easy access. Designers want to make your kitchen as functional as possible. You want the pullout to be close but still out of heat range as this can change the oils. The thickness of the cabinet help sauces and oils to rarely spoil. 7. Shelf above tray storage. If you don’t use wide trays or store your pantry items on the sides of the cabinets you wont need tall storage space. If this sounds like you, consider adding a self about your trays for extra storage. 8. Lack of trays. If you do not think you need a tray storage space then we suggest to add a partition to the cabinet and adjustable shelves to the other side. 9. Double cutlery. A two-tiered cutlery storage to double amount of storage. Smart Sinks 10. Corner sinks. You do not want to make the mistake of having your dishwasher adjacent to a corner sink. Why? You will not be able to stand and load the dishwasher in that little of space. 11. Island sink with light countertop. Stainless steel always wins for several reasons other then its durability and varied price ranges. However, stainless steel only works with the correct countertop finish, as well as the style/look you are trying to achieve. For example, a lighter countertop and a stainless steel sink may look like a dark hole in the island. A white sink, though, will not.


What decorators want you to know

What are decorators? Where does the money for those fees go? Decorators work with “soft” furnishings like fabric and rugs., pick out accessories and colors to pull together a house or a room. The first step is talking to your decorator. Here you can inform your decorator what type of styles and colors you like. You can even hire a decorator just for a consultation to get ideas that you can do yourself. Communicating is key. Hiring a decorator is not the last step in redecorating your home. This is the first step to facilitate the process, your input is invaluable. Decorators do more than just choosing furniture and fabrics. This should reflect who you are and show off your personality. This includes telling them about your hobbies, passions, and the direction you want your life to be, etc. A good decorator will take these details and show them off into the final version of your home. Your budget is important to discuss in the beginning process so your decorator can get a better understanding of what you want. Here you will also discuss your expectations for the project. You should talk about ways to save and what areas you should spend more money. You always have to keep in mind the labor it will take to fulfill your project (painters, shipping, storage, etc). Decorating is not always so glamourous. You can see your decorator hauling furniture, painting, hammering and tackling other jobs more associated with construction workers. They keep the whole picture in mind. A huge reason you might be wondering on hiring a decorator is that they have the ability to see how each things effect one another. You might wonder how decorators are always getting new ideas for designing. It is because they are getting ideas everywhere. Unlike most professions, they never turn “off”, they are always looking for new ideas, like finding new color scheme and looking out for treasures. The hardest thing to do when working with a decorator is trusting them. You must show them what type of style you want and trust that she will run with it. Don’t be afraid to speak your mind. But remember that you did hire the decorator for a reason and must let them have creative freedom to do something amazing with it. Being creative is time consuming. Coming up with original content is an unpredictable process. Decorators must not be afraid to go with their creative ideas and have a mutual trust between client and employer. Do not undermine the work that decorators do. There are many hours that do not make it on the bill. They have to do research and keep up with trends, to keeping up with their social media platforms, and have to go through life itself. Like most entrepreneurs, decorators tend to work way more than 40 hours per week. Lastly, decorators are here to make your dream comes up true in your new brand home. Happy decorating!!


10 tips on making your small bedroom into the dream room

Having a small bedroom can have their perks (honestly), a small room can be a lot of fun designing. When you use the right design tips you can turn your room into your perfect retreat space. There’s secret storage solutions to furniture with multiple functions. This will make your every day life easier and make you feel like a new person!   Use a limited color palette. Don’t go for all white, you can bring in your favorite colors, but in a thoughtful way. For example, bright colors are not limited to reds and oranges which work beautifully with the brick wall and wooden furniture and are teamed with plenty of white for an airy feel. But you can have a white room with your favorite colored wall as an accent color. This will also give you an airy feel and make your room seem bigger. Keep the light in. Do not block light from coming into the room, especially in a small room. Light in a small space can make the most of the natural light and keep the room bright and happy. If you like dim light and more privacy, you can add plain roller blinds or hang flat panels of lace or voile to create a chic look.  Maximize storage space. You want to make the most of every inch of your bedroom, so a a floor-to-ceiling fitted unit is the best possible solution. It cleverly incorporates room to display your valuables, drawers for more personal items, you can even have shelves for books or surfaces that act as bedside tables and reading lights. Talk about multiple functions! Don’t be scared to use windows. No one says you can’t push your furniture up to a window. You can tuck your bed neatly at the bottom end of a window, rather than blocking the center of the room. For privacy, get vertical blinds to block daylight, the window will offer great reading light in the mornings too!  Mirrors are sneak. It is important to create the illusion of space with mirrors is a classic trick that works every time. This is especially perfect for smaller bedrooms; a mirrored wall can visually look like double the space. It does the job in style and fashionable. Pieces made to measure. When you have custom furniture made for your space, it can be a very worthwhile investment. You can create your bed and have it designed perfectly to your needs, leaving plenty of space in the rest of the room. Have a feature wall. Remember about those bright colors that can make great wall accents? Well instead of painting a wall, you could have one have fabulous wallpaper instead if you are on a budget. The room will feel more cohesive and have bags of personality. Make a custom headboard. If you use a headboard for storage it can be a clever way to make the most of your space. This solution can manage to be a bedside table and bookcase as well as a headboard, and could easily be built to hold a rail and shelves on the opposite side for clothes. Pinterest will be your best friend. Be bold. Go big of go home. A bedroom can show off the pride your walls bring to your room and make an energetic space. White space. All white is always a safe approach, but there are so many ways to do it. Soft neutrals can add the right amount of warmth, while wall decorations can draw the eye the room and the view beyond.


Working with a color consultant

Color makes or breaks a room so turn to a color professional to pick the perfect color for your home that suits you best! When remodeling or building a new home you would likely rely on all the architects, contractors, or interior designers to help pick a color for your house. Would you think to hire a color consultant? These pros will help you choose a color scheme that will fit your mood that you want for your home. They are also the person to ask for the new colors that are in fashion and future trends as all. How to find a color consultant? We are here to tell you. First you want to find a reputable source. Not all color consultants have formal training but some do have certifications. However, most of them have a background in graphic design, visual arts, or even paint manufacturing. You may be able to find one in your local home store, most likely at a higher-end store where they have color consultants on staff. Get a handful of names and start contacting them. When contacting them look out for their personality to make sure it would fit your needs and ask for references. Pick your color preferences before meeting with your color consultant. You do not have to know exactly what hues will work in house but form some type of opinions about colors. For example, what colors you are attracted to and ones that completely repel you. This will help the consultant get a good starting point to what you want to achieve and have a general color personality. Create three lists, one containing your favorites, the other your least favorite, and the last one with the ones that fall in middle ground. Next, get some samples. Go to your local store and get some color samples with the same three piles as your list, like, dislike, and neutral. Even if you are absolutely sure about the colors you want and don’t want to live with a consultant will be able to help combine your favorite shades in ways you could have never though of! Take maximum advantage of them. Set up an initial consultation. The consultant will most likely ask for a walk through of your home. They will make notes on your furniture placement, floor plan, architecture and other elements that may influence color choice. Natural sunlight will impact your color a lot so try to schedule with your consultant when the light is at its best. After the meeting the consultant will create a color palate with ideas about placement and other factors. This is where they will suggest specific colors and even some custom mixed. Ask your consultant to give you an estimate of the hours that are needed for your project. Be sure to give yourself a cushion of 10%-15% more just in case of complications. Rates vary based on location and other factors but in general earn $75-$200 per hour. You may find some that work on a flat-fee basis as well. Be open to suggestions. This process will go easier if you put your trust in your consultant you have hired. Convinced that bright tangerine wont work in your bathroom? Guess again. If the consultant encourages you to go a certain hue, follow the advice even if you’re not 100% about it. Odds are you will end up loving it and if you don’t you can change the color at a snap of the fingers. At the same time, if the consultant keeps pushing a color you just cant stand than stand your ground and try to find a compromise with one another. Remember, you are the one that is going to have to live with it.


Kitchen Countertop Options Part 1

Podcast - Kitchen Countertop Choices With so many choices at your fingertips, picking out a kitchen counter is no easy task. What’s more... whatever you pick as your countertop, it ends up influencing the whole kitchen palette. That’s why it is very important to pick something that not only looks good to you… but something that’s also durable, with a price tag that fits your budget. Today’s podcast show will explore four of the most popular countertop materials. You’ll learn all the pros and cons, special considerations, maintenance and sustainability. In short, today you’ll learn everything you need to know to make an informed decision next time you’re looking for a kitchen countertop. Show highlights: - What makes soapstone a great choice for a durable kitchen. (2:07) - How to select your slab and the “green guide” to its hardness. (2:41) - Essential tips when you’re shopping for granite. (5:58) - What type of person must avoid copper countertops at all cost. (And why!) (6:48) - All the “personalities” of copper and what it can do to your home. (8:25) - The biggest downside of engineered quartz. (11:05) But that’s not all! Stay tuned for next week when we explore four additional widely used countertop materials. Plus, to get more inspiration for decorating your personal space… go to http://goodlivingbydesignshow.com  and download your free copy of 15 Ways To Reinvent Your Home. Start listening now!


Flooring Options for Your Home

Flooring options available to you today are almost limitless and can create more questions than answers! If you are in the market for new floors, then this episode will give you everything you need to help you decide which way to go. We’re going to explore all the benefits, the cost, the pros and cons of each type of flooring… so you’ll have a clear map of everything before you commit to your choice. Show highlights: - What to consider when choosing hardwoods or engineered wood. (1:45) - When and why tile is your best choice. (2:47) - What rooms should NEVER have laminate flooring. (4:47) - How carpets change the look & feel of a room. (5:10) - The biggest shortcomings of vinyl and the quirks of cork. (6:25) - Is bamboo right for you? (7:27) - The hidden benefits of concrete flooring. (8:26) - The correct way to take measurements. (9:38) Plus, to get more inspiration for decorating your personal space… go to http://goodlivingbydesignshow.com  and download your free copy of Designing for the shape of your space. Start listening now!


Ecofriendly Interior Design Tips

By making and designing an ecofriendly home, you can do so much more than help save the planet.  You can personalize and stylize these houses to be just as comfortable as any other home out there, according to a high profile environmentally friendly designer.   Think about what you’re buying and ask yourself questions. Do you know exactly what is in the product?  Where did it come from?  Am I going to be able to recycle, reuse, or even upcycle it?  Is the energy that I use every day renewable?  Is the manufacturer known to be eco-friendly and make their products cleanly?  And finally, if you have them, be sure to always ask yourself is it harmful to children?   Be on the lookout for green furniture. There are several places that have a vast array of environmentally friendly products at a very modest and reasonable price.  Companies that make these types of furniture remove chlorofluorocarbon gases from their factories, and use many other non-harmful ways to create them, such as water finishes and recycled materials.   Use plenty of window decorations. Not only do they help keep the full brightness of the sun out of the room, they ensure that your furniture doesn’t become worn out by the sun’s rays, maintain your privacy, and adds another element of personality to your home.  Try recycling materials you already have to make your very own, for example towels from the kitchen, sheets, or tablecloths all make stylish window treatment options.   If you already have furniture, try refurbishing them to your taste. There are several ways you can reuse your furniture, like using a different paint or color, using a cover, or discover a whole new purpose for them somewhere around the house.  A fun idea is to use things you don’t need as wallpaper, such as pages from comics, maps, or any other type of unorthodox paper that suits your personality. Decorate with what you already have. You can use kitchen utensils or tools from your garage to hang up onto the walls, or any other things that pop out at you that you can use to express yourself.  When you put your imagination to it, you’d be surprised what you can do with what’s around the home, you can decorate bed sheets to create canopies, use covers to make a lampshade, etc.   Try shopping at antique stores. Find one that sticks out to you and has a lot of things you like, and ask them for products you have in mind to see if they have something similar or even better.  If you befriend the owners, then they can be on the lookout for certain items you want and let you know when they arrive.   Used furniture is great but make sure its worth it. Some furniture mat crack when it is surrounded by a new climate so you want to make sure it wont arrive and it breaks on you. Especially with wood, do not buy it if it has been treated beforehand. A good hint for pillows is to check if they have zippers, if they don’t then there is no way to clean them so do not buy them if they are zipperless. If your furniture is like a puzzle and has a lot of pieces working together than it is a nice piece in your hands but if there is glue involved, run away.   Custom slipcovers instead of generic. Your sofa can look completely different with a cover. You can even save a lot of money by not having to replace your sofa every ten years. A good slipcover will make your sofa look upholstered. You want it to be a nightmare to get off so that the actual sofa wont get dirty. It should be tailored and fitted to every curve of the sofa. You do not want any sagging going on or else it would look mess


Learning About Color

Most of us get paralized when choosing colors for decorating our homes. So many options and combinations to choose from - it can get very confusing quickly! But here’s the thing: Understanding how colors work not only eliminates the overwhelm, it can be a tremendous asset you can use when picking the best color scheme for a room. Today’s episode is packed with everything you need to get a deeper understanding of color and how to combine them to have the greatest effect! Show highlights: - How to “read” the color wheel to avoid boring or chaotic color combinations. (02:10) - The way human brain reacts to color. (3:44) - What is analogous and complementary color harmony and how to use it for best effect. (4:13) - Why “color context” is important when picking out colors for your home. (4:50) - Deep dive into the meaning of Red, Blue, Green and Yellow… and the effect they have on you! (5:50) - The one color that reacts badly to Black, makes babies cry, and can cause diarrhoea! (12:01) And if you want even more inspiration for decorating your personal space… then go to  http://goodlivingbydesignshow.com  and download your free copy of 7 Decorating Tips To Love The Home You’re In. Are you ready to try and create the color scheme that’s perfect for your home? Put your headphones on and start listening now!


Ten Design Don’ts

Every home design project is unique and comes with their own challenges. This is when you might need a professional to help you get through these challenges. Unfortunately, homeowners tend to make the same common mistake which could prevent them from their dream room.   Here are the top 10 Don’ts for interior Design.   Your furniture doesn’t belong again the wall. You can have that space in your room you’ve always wanted if you just let your room breathe around all the pieces in your room. Let your furniture be able to float in your room away from walls. Stay away from small, cheap throw pillows with solid forms. You want to actually enjoy your pillows even if it is just for decoration. They should be overstuffed, formable, and generous. Buy soft, plush pillows that you can shape and not have a rigid look to them. To test the formability, you can do a quick karate chop to the top of the pillow and see if it will change the pillow’s blockiness. Get rid of all the pillows that came with the furniture, the ones that are the size of a postage stamp, and of course those horrid matchy-matchy ones. Don’t settle on paint color. The color of your room will either make or break the room. This is where you want to consult with a pro (not an employee at Home Depot/Lowes who works in the paint section), it take an experienced and trained eye to be able to correctly read the paint’s undertones. Don’t sacrifice your lighting for a cheaper. We see this too often where light fixtures are too small and do not fit the room correctly. Use correct scaled and relevant lighting. Lighting over everything gives your room style, so make sure to pick a piece that defines the type of tone you want to set your room. Think of it as picking a statement piece of jewelry for your little black dress. You want it to be your eye catching element in your room. Getting too small of a rug. Size matters in this department. The bigger the better. A rug groups all your furniture piecing’s together. Make sure to buy one large enough to lie under at least the front legs of each furniture pieces to group together. Never isolate rooms. You want to create a flow from room to room. You can do this by linking adjacent spaces visually. For example, you can repeat a pattern (like wallpaper or paint color) or carry and accent color (leg detail) from one room to another. Don’t go cheap on drapes. More is more in this department. Interior design professions use fabric yardage that’s 2 ½ - 3 times the width of the window for fully functional drapes. You can get away with fabric that is even twice as wide as the window! Don’t skimp. No Matching. PLEASE never match your textiles to your furniture to “relate them”. You want to create a collected look not Minnie’s house with white polka dots everywhere. Pick pieces with common similarities like color, history, material, mood, or style. Forgetting the piece’s special design. Details make the design. It is important to be able to train your eye so that you are able to notice the small details. You will be able to see that a customized made chair with beautiful leg carvings is very different that a mass produced chair at Ikea. Custom details are crucial in professional work. Details make the result special! Stopping before layering. Yes, this is very similar to layering in clothes. Pick something you love and then repeat the color or pattern in other pieces. However, the hard part is stopping before it looks to matchy-matchy. Subtly is key, you can throw something unexpected to limit being to matchy. In a bedroom, you can create layering pieces with drapery, wallpaper, paint, pillows, throws, bedding, accessories, the list is endless. You be the judge when enough is enough.


Seven qualities of a great designer

Interior design is like art and speak to each person differently. Great design means stepping out of your comfort zone, mixing paints, textures and fabrics in unique ways. It can also be great with simplicity, clean lines and modern furniture. However, a great designer achieves all the same basic eight qualities to make a room come to life! Regardless of your style, interior design should have their own personality. No room will look the same from client to client. Here are some tips to follow to create a brilliant designed spaces and see what qualities that make them so great! Sleek lines and exotic materials give a room a glamorous look. You can have your furniture pieces upholstered in a different plush fabric but make sure they sign the same song. To become a great designer, you want to be glamorous (at the least your room too). You want to create a symmetrical look in your rooms with something eye catching but also have something anchoring’s the space to create a symmetrical feel. This does not mean having everything on one side mirrored to the other. You can still have a centerpiece in your room but have pieces that accent the room while having contrast pieces that contrast the accent color NOT the center piece. Soft color tones and subtle styles can be more than welcoming in a guest bedroom. It is important that all your pieces go together. This does not mean matching your pieces but just to make sure the colors create the same type of mood. You can have two main colors in your room and bring them together with a rug to harmonize everything.  If you have a small room you are redesigning, you don’t want your room to become cramped but cozy. You can be cozy by having your bed at one end the rom and have all your main elements in that same end of the room while having some pieces floating on the walls from the door ways to create a spacious flow. This creates a welcoming place to come in and snuggle up. When creating a child’s room it is hard not to go over board with the colors. You do not need to have colors on the walls to feel fun and fabulous. You can create a very playful room with accessories in green, yellow, orange, and pink giving it a whimsical look without sacrificing the classical finishes. The shape of the mirrors can go a long way too, to give your room personality.  You want to go out of your comfort zone. By doing this, you can pick a bright bold color for a large piece and have the rest of the room accent and harmonizing with it. Do not be afraid to go bold. If you are redesigning a bathroom your shower curtain can be the bold pattern while having pieces accenting them. For example, imagine a bathroom with an orange patterned shower curtain. The bathroom is made out of white tile all around but you have gold accessories around the bathroom. You can have a gold lining of your bathroom mirror with a gold clock on the wall with gold pipes for the toilet. The possibilities are endless! This is where the real magic happens with bold colors!


Turn your Home Into a Relaxing Retreat for a Staycation

When was the last time you took a nice vacation? Are you due for one? The sad fact is, most Americans aren’t taking any vacations at all. We hoard up vacation days with all best intentions… but life gets in the way. We can’t get time off from work, we’re workaholics, or simply we can’t afford to go anywhere. Some of us don’t go on vacations because we can’t stand queue lines, flight delays, crowded and germ infested airports… But unplugging from work, even for just a day or two, can help you maintain a healthy perspective in life and boost your happiness levels. And here’s the thing: You don’t have to go anywhere to unplug and de-stress. You can simply stay at home and create your own relaxing “staycation”! Listen to this episode and discover ways to turn your home into a luxury hotel without luxury expenses and achieve a lavish lifestyle on a budget! Show highlights: - Simple ways to transform your bedroom into a luxurious space. - Quickly replicate a spa bathroom in your house without major remodelling. - An inexpensive way to “lux” up almost every room in your hose. - One simple addition to your entryway that can turn it into a 5-star hotel lobby. - Add a hint of glamour to your bedroom with this simple fix to your window dressings. - How to improve your lightning and create mood. Plus, to get ideas of all the best ways to cater for your staycation partner… go to http://goodlivingbydesignshow.com and download your free guide Key Decorating Tips For Happy Couples. Ready? Tune in, listen… and start planning!


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