Archive for September, 2013

Island Range Hoods

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Entertaining, Hardwood and Laminate, Kitchen and Bath, Uncategorized

18283808_STwo big trends in home design merge in this house: kitchen islands and open floor plans.  The kitchen opens onto a larger room that a more formal dining area, anchored by a beautiful focal wall featuring large windows.  Having the same wood floors flow throughout the space makes the two spaces feel cohesive, which it is. One of the key features of this space is the open feeling created by the floor plan and ceiling height.  Having the range on the kitchen island lets the chef take full advantage of the view.  In an open concept space, venting the range with an exhaust hood is key to contain and minimize cooking odors throughout the room.

When ranges are placed on kitchen islands, there are two options for venting the range. One is to have the exhaust vent come up out of the counter as needed. The other is to have a four sided range hood that floats above the range. This kitchen has the second option.  A stainless steel exhaust hood is a popular choice in kitchens whether it is wall mounted or an island hood.

For an open concept kitchens like this, the island becomes the focal point of the kitchen space. Placing the range on the island is a good way for the chef to be able to engage with family at the counter or guests in the living room. Rather than having their back to the room, the chef can watch the action and join the conversation.

Working with an Open Kitchen and Dining Area

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Hardwood and Laminate, Hints and Advice, Kitchen and Bath, Uncategorized

6740018_SMany people have open concept living spaces that flow into another, like this kitchen and dining room.  Working with an open kitchen and dining area to create a design that highlights both the kitchen and the dining areas can be a little tricky.  Successfully decorating these areas will leave you with spaces that flow together yet maintain their own identities.

Making a dining room that is open to the kitchen feel like its own room means highlighting the dining space to make it feel special.  Here that is done by an area rug on the floor that outlines and anchors the dining area. Using an area rug or room size rug in the dining area helps the space feel separate. A painted border could also be used.

A pretty chandelier above the table is a lovely way to make the dining area feel more formal. A similar chandelier or pendant in the kitchen, above the sink or island, would tie the spaces together.

Working in the same color palette for both rooms, playing off the cabinet and flooring colors with similar tones of wood for the dining table and chairs also unifies the design of the two joined spaces.

Open kitchens allow the chef to interact with family and guests. Use design to celebrate this great feature of open entertaining.

Bathroom with Custom Cabinetry

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7750935_SFor new construction or a remodel, using custom cabinetry is a smart idea to get the perfect look in the kitchen. The same feeling that custom cabinetry can give to a kitchen can also be achieved in the bathroom.  Custom cabinetry may be more than builder grade or ready-made cabinets from the box store, but it is probably less than you think, especially in the bathroom. Unlike the kitchen where you need both lower and upper cabinets, the bathroom requires less cabinetry.

Going with custom cabinetry for a vanity and storage in the bathroom gives you the ability to get exactly what you need in a style that is perfect for you.  This traditional bathroom has gorgeous crown molding and an architectural window. The cabinetry has an equally traditional look with crown molding and paneled door fronts.  The dark color is also a nice touch in this light filled bathroom.

If you choose custom cabinetry, you’ll want to make sure it fits with the other elements in the bathroom such as the flooring and fixtures.  Dark cabinets with dark wood or stone floors will feel more dramatic than a light filled bathroom with a white penny tile floor.  Working with a bathroom designer who handles custom cabinetry can help you create a unified design for the entire bathroom. Lighting, flooring, fixtures, tile and counter tops should all work with the vanity to create a beautiful and custom bathroom.  Accessories and towels will give the bathroom the final custom look that is just for you.

Tailgating Parties

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Entertaining, Events, Family

12925225_SFootball season is here!!!!! What does that mean? Tailgating parties. If you are lucky enough to have tickets to a game, good for you, but just because you couldn’t get tickets to the game – or your team’s on the road doesn’t mean you can’t have a tailgate party at home. Park your truck in front of your house or in the driveway, and decorate every square inch of it. Drag your television (with a long extension cord) and chairs out onto the lawn. But either way, this is how to have a great tailgate party.

If you are going to the stadium be sure you know all the tailgating rules.

Check the weather forecast. Pack umbrellas if necessary.

Good tailgating menus include the traditional hamburgers and hotdogs, but you can also think outside the box and do ribs or kebabs just to mix things up.  Cupcakes, pies or cookies are good dessert options. Bring beers and soda or if you want to get really creative concoct a cocktail based on your favorite team.

Pack your BBQ grill, charcoal, lighter fluid, spatula and tongs. Also remember to bring paper plates, disposable silverware, napkins and cups for beer or soda. It’s also not a bad idea to bring wet wipes, trash bags, a bottle opener and a football or Frisbee to throw around. Decide whether you need a table or intend to use the back of your truck as an impromptu surface.

Prepack your ice chest and cooler as much as possible the night before to save time when you’re heading out for the game in the morning and to be sure that all your beverages are cold.

Bring folding chairs so everyone can enjoy the tailgate in comfort. Think about how to broadcast the pre-game show and keep track of other games that are in progress. After all many of your guests are probably in a fantasy football league and they want to keep track of their teams stats.

Drink responsibly, please designate a sober driver. And most of all enjoy yourselves!