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5 Elements of an Artful Kitchen

Summer projects are in full swing in South Florida!  In fact it’s the height of the busy season for most design professionals here.

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One Bachelor’s Kitchen Makeover

So you need a new kitchen. Let the dreams commence! We read all about the ubiquitous “dream kitchen”. The gorgeous kitchen above may be found on Houzz.com and features cabinets by Holiday Kitchens. Sorry if you thought it was the after shot. Sadly, it is not but I think you’ll agree that we made a huge improvement. To be sure the heart of the home is the most expensive room in the house to remodel so how much do you need to do? Do you need to reinvent the wheel to be happy? I say no. Read more

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SOMETIMES LESS IS MORE IN KITCHEN DESIGN

I’m loving this kitchen featured on thekitchn.com.  Looks like she’s having way too much fun, huh?  Of course I can’t help noticing the design. (Maybe that’s what she’s so happy about.)  There is a great idea here.   Open space.   In this case there is a window in the way which does not allow for an upper cabinet.   Even if the window was 15″ or so further to the left that corner area is very difficult to reach.   One solution is to put open shelves there or, nothing!   It’s okay to have some open spaces in the kitchen when they make sense.   It can even create an opportunity for art, which is always a good thing!

If you’d like to read about these hip-home-owning-kitchen-lovers click here.

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SMALL KITCHENS, BIG SOLUTIONS

Sometimes we just can’t contain ourselves, or at least the contents of our kitchens.  If you’re someone who’s love for kitchen living  is at odds with an undersized space you’re reading the right blog.  Did you know small kitchens can be a good thing?  For example if you’ve organized efficiently you can work with more efficiency, taking less steps and with less movement than someone doing the same task in more spacious quarters.  That being said, there’s no denying that a few tricks are needed to achieve that high function.  Here’s what I recommend:
 –Maximize the interior storage that you do have.  Even older cabinets can be outfitted with roll out shelves or inserts to help you get into blind corners.  
These roll outs are an old trick that works!
My clients love this blind corner cabinet accessory!
 –Look up.  Do you have unused space above your cabinets?  Although it’s not handy for everyday it could be a great place for what I call “remote storage”.  Get those Halloween decorations up and out of the way to free up the prime real estate in your kitchen.  How about using some interesting containers to add a little visual interest over your cabinets while you’re at it?  Remember, remote storage doesn’t even have to be in the kitchen at all but wherever you have a bit of room.
Baskets above cabinets look great and hold a lot! Check out those open shelves. Photo by designfabulous.com
Focus on the function.  If you have a small kitchen you have to pick a focus and approach everything towards that purpose.  If it’s for cooking then anything not related to cooking must be gone.  Sorry but that means the junk drawer, your bills (who wants to look at those anyway?), your meds and whatever else that doesn’t fit your main purpose.
Clear the decks.  If you have limited counter space think about what you can put away or up in a cabinet.  A general rule of thumb is if you don’t use it everyday put it away.
Open shelves are also great for items you use daily, or almost daily.  They make items easy to find and reach.  Dust is not a worry if you’re using these items all the time.  Open shelving also creates a more open spacious feeling.
See the light.  White is IN (and never really goes out of style in the kitchen.)  Use it along with cleverly placed mirrors and lots of lighting.
If you have a tiny dining area in your tiny kitchen make sure you’re using armless chairs.  Clear lucite is back and it’s a great modern furniture choice that practically disappears!  Last but not least, add a dramatic hanging light fixture to draw the eye up. 
It’s small and complete. Photo by ApartmentTherapy
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