Entries from January 2011 ↓

Kitchen remodeling in a down economy – part 2.


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In the next part of the series, I show you four more ideas to refresh your kitchen on a budget.

Replace the kitchen floor

Besides the countertop and the cabinets, the floor is the third element which determines the look of your kitchen. You need to be careful on floor choice though – kitchen floors need to be durable to resist to the tear and wear you will subject it to. If you don’t have a ton of money to spend, you can choose stone (again, local sourcing will help you), tiles or vinyl. If you like wood better, get laminate or engineered hardwood floor. Probably hardwood is   better, as laminate does not really like water that much.

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Kitchen remodeling in a down economy – part 1.


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As house values are down across the board and loans / mortgages are harder to get, homeowners are finding few easy-money options for grand remodels. But hey, you probably should not do that anyway! Instead, why not go after projects that cost less, or even garner practical savings and keep their value much better when it comes time to sell.

This is very true for kitchens: usually oneof the (if not THE) most expensive room in your home, a remodel can even cost anything upwards of $50.000 – which can be as much as 10% of the value of your home.  Instead of spending a ton of money, let’s see a few options on modest, practical, recessionproof improvements that build a home’s long-term value while conserving energy or just allow you to rest and enjoy your kitchen.

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Isola Kitchen (s)


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If you’re like me, you’ll love this modern kitchen I’ve just found. It’s called Isola and comes from Italy, made by a company called LISA. Why LISA? It means: Luxury IS an Attitude. Now that’s a name! Now let’s see the kitchen:

The Isola kitchen is entirely made of steel which – besides being beautiful (if a bit difficult to keep clean off fingerprints) – makes its sleek shape possible. The Isola kitchen has a cooktop, some work-surface and a sink built in and comes with a matching hood.

Where would you put this? Surely not next to a wall, this piece of furniture (shall I say art?) is made to be on display. Also, you’ll need a quite sizeable kitchen for it to look best. It might not have the practical tidbits (like, er….. drawers?) its more boxy counterparts do, but if you have the kitchen this piece of furniture fits into, this is probably the last thing to worry about.

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A fantastic kitchen hood


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Are you bored with the standard, run-of-the-mill hoods you can find in every store? No designer could yet create something you _really_ like?

Here is the answer: create one for yourself! At least one homeowner in Brussels, Belgium had done so, to make her kitchen look original and appealing. This great-looking (and not really-hood-like, which is I think the best part) range hood was developed by architects Lhoas & Lhoas as part of an interior redesign.

The common but practical kitchen object was transformed into a beautiful abstract sculpture with an elegant, minimalist but still bold shape and a white finish. The design contrasts nicely with the rest of the of the kitchen furniture and manages to draw attention.

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The six new kitchen trends of 2011


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Are you considering building a new kitchen or remodeling your existing one? If so, it makes sense to keep up with the latest trends, if for nothing else, to check what you’re likely to find in the stores this year.

Here is a list of kitchen trends for 2011

1 Curved shapes become the ‘new minimal’

Kitchen designers starting to introduce curved shapes to the kitchen, just like other parts of the house. Gone are the days of sharp and straight and blocks look, as it’s now being replaced by soft appearance. The easiest way to add curved shapes and bump up your kitchen with a contemporary look is through the introduction of rounded sinks, maybe bowed cabinet, curved faucets. If you can afford a bit more, think about adding a curved kitchen island (be careful though, it better harmonizes with your kitchen still). Continue reading →

New Danze kitchen faucets


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It’s something you don’t even realize, but the humble kitchen faucet is probably the most-used part of your kitchen. Just count: how many times you turn it on when you need fresh water. Choosing the right one is important not just for the look your kitchen but for quality and reliability too.

Faucets come in great variety regarding form and function: single- or two-handled, pull-out , pull-down or static, normal, arched or even the recently popular pot-filler faucet. Today I’d like to show a few ones from Danze, a well-known company for durable faucets, together with the kitchen styles they go well with.


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Unique Kitchen Cabinet Styles


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The best kitchen cabinets are ones with their own stories: inspiring, making us dream up a creative spaces for our homes. I’d like to show some really unique kitchen cabinet styles I’ve seen lately

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‘Shabby chic’ is an up-and coming trend, DIY cabinets are for the creative ones. Shabby chic is a form of design where furniture and furnishings are either chosen for their age and signs of wear and tear (sometimes the older the better) or new items are distressed to achieve the appearance of an antique. At the same time, a soft, minimalistic, and feminine feel is emphasized to differentiate it from regular vintage decor; hence the “chic” in the name.

Materials are as varied as you can imagine, from shipping crates to thrift-shop finds to old metal filing cabinets. Best of all, it’s dirt cheap!

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Fabulous Kitchen Designs


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I’ve been to a friend the other day for a small get-together and we found that just about everyone just gravitated toward the kitchen – and we stayed there! If you think about it, the kitchen is probably the most used room in the house. And you don’t just stay there like that. (in most cases, anyway.)

Kitchens today have to do a lot more, as for most families the kitchen is now the pivotal room within the home. The boundaries for kitchen designs have widened so much that most ranges will include options for dining, working and relaxing. Which can make your options endless and sometimes complex. However, this is also a good thing – while you’re in the kitchen, you’re no longer in a confined space – you can stay with your family and so they can be with you.

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Solid wood kitchens


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Solid wood is a natural and long-lasting material. Contrary to other materials (probably except steel…) wood becomes more and more beautiful with time. It always radiates warmth and a sense of quality.

For today I’ve found two solid wood kitchen furniture series with similar design, but from two different companies and different countries.  Both are handcrafted to provide you with a piece of furniture you will want to pass down to your children. Most of the items are available in Oak, Pine, or Walnut to best suit your needs. Each wood has its own special graining and coloring.  Each individual company has their own finishes and names.

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Kitchen trends for 2011


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First, let me wish a happy new year for you, dear reader! And now, I think it’s time for the ‘obligatory’ trends post, as the new year starts – we all need to start from somewhere, don’t we?

You usually build your kitchen to last for quite a few years, however if you’re like me, you also try to get inspiration from several sources and keep on top of the latest and greatest. Trends in kitchen design are sometimes considered temporary fads, appearing one day, passing the next. However, if you look deeper, there are trends that are consistent, quite some of them are here to stay.
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