Saturday, May 31, 2014

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Home tour- A bright and bold Atlanta home!

Talented Boston designer, Katie Rosenfeld designed this Atlanta home for a client who wanted pink in every single room of her house. The results? A stunning and colorful abode that's lively and inviting! Let's take a tour of this 1925 Mediterranean Revival house, shall we? 

Photo credit: Emily Jenkins Followill

This home is the epitome of bright, bold and beautiful, don't you think? While I like the house overall, the one room I can't take my eyes off is the vibrant and sophisticated kitchen. The pretty green subway tiles are so refreshing and unexpected and the Hicks pendants are so chic, they are my absolute favorites! Is there anything that catches your eye? Which do you find more visually appealing, a neutral home or a colorful home? I would love to know your thoughts!

Guest post- New Kitchen Trends!

This post is provided by Kirstin.

It does not seem too long ago when nearly all kitchens were pretty much covered in white, but nowadays things are much different. Now there is a trend towards brass accessories, natural materials and much more. Here are some trends to keep an eye on in 2014:

Metal Fixings

Kitchens are all about warmth and that is exactly why warmer metal fixings are starting to come in to fashion. In the past nearly every kitchen had cold stainless steel and so on but now people are starting to use a much more varied set of metals including brass and copper. Something as simple as using brass handle fixings can really make your kitchen stand out from the crowd.

Focal Point

Every kitchen should have at least one or two focal points. If you need inspiration when it comes to your kitchen’s focal point look, stand at your kitchen door and work out what areas attract your attention first. Is it the kitchen window? Or the center of the room, where you can find the appliances, either your cooker or hob? If it is the latter why not upgrade to a new appliance and then plan the rest of the room around it. An example of such would be a statement creating AGA cooker, or bold coloured oven, using the color from the oven as the accent for the rest of the room so accessorize wisely. Simple is definitely effective when it comes down to it and you will be in awe of the modern look that will be achieved.

Natural Materials

Using natural materials for things like your kitchen walls can make a huge improvement to the style of your kitchen. Although it is not the cheapest option available, more and more people are starting to rip apart their old kitchens to expose natural beams to give the kitchen a bit more life. If you are not lucky enough to be able to tear apart your walls to do something like this, you still have the option to build beams in to the ceiling though.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Favorite room of the week!

Words can't even describe this classically beautiful master suite! Designed by the talented designer Mark Gillette, this elegant bedroom with a refreshing twist is absolutely swoon-worthy! Tall ceilings, spacious and gorgeous details aside, the fabrics, patterns, the blue and white color palette and especially the chic lucite coffee table make this room undeniably memorable! I love, love this dreamy room. What about you?

Photo credit: Luke White

Guest post- Eight Ways To Reinvent Your Kitchen For Less!

This post is provided by Neil Maycock.

Reinventing your kitchen does not have to cost the world. You do not need to get an entire new kitchen to make a difference. Brand new kitchens can cost thousands and there are other ways to redesign and enhance your kitchen.

Before your splash out on a pricey new kitchen and spend all your savings, try some of the following ideas. You will be impressed with the results and it will feel as if you have a brand new kitchen, without the huge price tag. Here are 8 ways you can reinvent your kitchen for less.

1. Repaint instead of replacing

Instead of replacing old cabinets simply repaint them. They can look completely different with a fresh new paint of coat. Try a bright bold colour or go for gentle pastel tones for a more subtle effect. You can also paint creative designs onto cabinets and use contrasting colours to make your kitchen stand out. Better Homes & Gardens have some helpful tips here

2. Create your own tile patterns

You can make your own ceramic tiles if you fancy a DIY challenge. However, this is not the cheapest or easiest option. Instead, try using stencil designs to enhance plain, budget tiles. Add your own creative touch to dull kitchen tiles and give your kitchen a totally different look. Tiles stencils are fairly cheap to buy and there are lots of different designs to choose from.

3. Use clever tools and tricks to make the most of your space

Sometimes simply making the most of the space you have can have a big impact on the overall look and feel of your kitchen. Invest in some helpful space-saving tools such as space-saving utensil sets, collapsible kitchen products and storage products that are designed to save space.

4. Get new parts instead of an entire kitchen

If you have a bigger budget then consider getting new cabinets and parts for your kitchen. Daniel at Kitchen Warehouse said “Instead of buying a whole new kitchen simply enhance your existing layout with new drawers, a new sink or stylish kitchen doors and handles.”

You can pick and choose the parts of your kitchen that you want to improve and keep the things you are happy with. Custom designed drawers and new handles can really make a big difference.

5. DIY where possible instead of paying professionals

If there are any tasks you can do yourself instead of paying a professional then try and have a go. You can rope friends and family in to help, you might even know someone with some handy skills. You will find you are more than capable at completing simple creative jobs and basic tasks, and you will feel a sense of achievement after you have transformed your kitchen yourself.

6. Brighten up your kitchen with lighting

Lighting is an important part of any kitchen, it can really influence the overall look and feel of different rooms in your home. You can make your kitchen seem newer and brighter simply by enhancing your lighting. Use spotlights to highlight key areas and if getting lighting built in is not an option then simply use lamp shades to brighten up the room.

7. White paint

Giving your kitchen a fresh coat of white paint can make it feel brand new. Repaint areas that have faded over the years and if you have any white cabinets you can repaint them too. White kitchens naturally look open and spacious.

8. Declutter and clean

You are not going to get very far if your kitchen is a mess and it feels cluttered. You can instantly make your kitchen feel newer and refreshed by giving it a good clean. Get rid of all the old food at the back of the cupboards that you are never going to eat. Save space by throwing away any cutlery and utensils you do not need. You will feel instantly relieved and it will seem as though you are walking into a totally different kitchen.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A charming kitchen in Portland!

This beautiful kitchen is designed by Jessica Helgerson and team, including project designer Mira Eng-Goetz for a Portland family. The transformation includes a conversion of a sun porch to an interior space and widening openings to the dining room. Let's check out the results of this makeover, shall we?

Photo credit: Lincoln Barbour

This is such a charming kitchen, don't you think? Evoking a sense of classic air with a refreshing twist, I can't help but admire every single detail in this lovely space! I also love how bright and spacious this inviting kitchen is! My favorites are the brass hardware, white subway tiles, black accents and of course the cheery yellow velvet sofa. Your favorites? 

Monday, May 26, 2014

Giveaway- $200 Decor Planet Gift Certificate!

Happy Memorial Day, my lovelies! Today, I have a fabulous giveaway from Decor Planet

Decor Planet is a company specializing in selling luxurious home and bathroom products including bathroom vanities, bathroom faucets, bathroom cabinets & mirrors, bathroom shower panels, and a variety of other contemporary bathroom items online at discount prices.

Here are some of my favorite bathroom vanities from their website!

Whitehaus 35 1/4" Large U-Shaped Console With Oval Bowl And Chrome Overflow

Cole+Co Marilyn 38" Antique Bathroom Vanity With Countertop- Designer Series Collection

Fresca Modello White Modern Bathroom Vanity With Ceramic Sink And Medicine Cabinet

Fresca Bellezza White Modern Bathroom Vanity With Solid Oak Woods And Ceramic Sinks

Fresca Opulento Walnut Modern Double Sink Bathroom Vanity With Medicine Cabinet

Avanity Windsor 72" White Antique Double Sink Bath Vanity With Countertop And Sinks

Are you drawn to their modern vanities or classic vanities? Your favorite?

Now that you have seen some of their fabulous offerings, let's get back to the giveaway! Decor Planet has decided to offer one lucky Mix And Chic reader a $200 gift certificate towards any item(s) from their website!

Not sure what you can get for $200 and under? Here are my picks!

Here's what you need to do to win a $200 gift certificate from Decor Planet!

This giveaway is open to US and Canada residents only.

To enter:
1. Be a follower of Mix And Chic via Google Friend Connect (click on the button located under 'Followers' on the right sidebar) and let me know how you will spend your $200 Decor Planet gift certificate if you win(with a link included). After you have done both, please leave a comment followed by your email so I can contact you if you win. (If your email can't be located, another winner will be picked).

 For example: I am now a follower of Mix And Chic via GFC and I would love to get this item if I win.

(enter link here)

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(one basic, mandatory entry)

For additional entries (an extra entry for each of the following):

2. 'Like' Decor Planet on Facebook and leave a separate comment.
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You have a maximum of 8 entries.

The last day for entries is June 4, 2014. The winner will be chosen by and announced on Thursday, June 5, 2014. Good luck!