Thursday, January 31, 2019

Four Beautiful Kitchen Interior Upgrades!

This post is contributed by Matt Lee.

One of the simplest methods for refreshing a home and increasing the property value is to upgrade the kitchen. The kitchen is a functional and comfortable gathering place which acts as the center of many homes. Each element must work cohesively in order to serve and function properly.
Sometimes the features of a kitchen no longer suit the style or needs of its occupants. Instead of a pricey, time-consuming kitchen remodel, consider some smaller kitchen upgrades. Simple changes such as swapping out old hardware or adding a new coat of paint can make a world of difference in the appearance and feel of a kitchen. 

Here are 4 stunning kitchen upgrades that will transform your cooking space. 

1. Revamp Your Cabinets

Cabinets form the face of the kitchen. The size, shape, color, and design of the cabinets can make or break the tone of the kitchen space. Fortunately, kitchen cabinets are also among the easiest transformations to undertake. 

For a subtle, understated change, the cabinets can be stained a natural color. Humble pine or maple cabinets can take on the appearance of pricier mahogany or cherry with a simple coat of stain and varnish. For a bolder statement, try a bright coat of paint. 

If you are not looking to make a serious change, consider a simple hardware swap to give the kitchen more up to date interior features. Consider swapping black handles for stainless steel or bronze to compliment dark colored cabinets for a more industrial look.

2. Quartz Countertops

Many older homes feature countertops made from lackluster materials, such as laminate or faux stone. Upgrading your countertops is no small task, but it can be a stunning change that will last for years. But what material should you choose?

Granite may be a popular choice, but quartz countertops are a more durable and lower maintenance option. Quartz is generally a light cream or beige color, which will stay on trend for years to come. But quartz can be easily customized to fit any style. If you are looking for a more sophisticated look with some design to it, consider quartz that looks like marble.  

3. Install Under Cabinet Lighting

Recessed lighting is a classy way to incorporate style and functionality. By installing under cabinet lighting, you can easily see and navigate the kitchen space while maintaining the warm feel of the kitchen. Under cabinet lights can eliminate the need for harsh overhead lights. Additionally, many under cabinet lighting systems can be installed easily on your own without having to call an electrician, making this upgrade a seamless transformation. 

4. Update Your Kitchen Faucets

The sink may not be one of the first places that comes to mind when upgrading the kitchen. However, with so many new advances in sink technology, there are thousands of styles, colors, and finishes to choose from. Faucets provide an opportunity to showcase your style and improve water efficiency at the same time, as many new faucets are designed with an eco-conscious purpose. 

Consider matching your faucet to the hardware on your cabinets for a seamless look. If you are considering upgrading the kitchen, a faucet upgrade can be an excellent place to begin.

Upgrading the kitchen is a rewarding undertaking. You can do as little or as much as you want and still transform the room. 

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Inside a lifestyle blogger's home with a predominantly white color palette!

This beautiful four-bedroom B.C. home belongs to lifestyle blogger Monika Hibbs that she shares with her husband and their three young children. With a mix of traditional pieces and trendy elements and predominantly white as her color palette, her abode feels bright, airy and timeless. Let's check it out!

Photo credit: Tracey Ayton

How fabulous is this home? With a primary white backdrop, watery blue and sandy beige accents, this abode exudes a subtle coastal vibe. A variety of wood elements and textures create warmth and visual interest. I am especially drawn to the gorgeous kitchen and the lovely dining room, how about you? Do you enjoy this stunning home as much as I do? Thoughts?

Friday, January 25, 2019

Inside a cheery and delightful Palm Beach winter getaway!

Tired of the Chicago winters, a Midwestern couple decided to build a getaway nest in Palm Beach Florida. With the help from native designer Phoebe Howard, this home is transformed into a cheerful and airy abode! Let's check it out!

Photo credit: J. Savage Gibson

This fresh, layered and colorful abode is quite the eye candy, don't you think? I love how cheery and vibrant it feels! The designer definitely has a great sense of style and a flair for mixing colors, textures and patterns. While I love every room in this inspiring home tour, my most favorite room is the gorgeous latticed family room. Are you drawn to anything from this tour as well? Thoughts?

Thursday, January 24, 2019

How To Spruce Up Your Commercial Space In 2019: 3 Key Steps!

This post is provided by Lora Young.

Better late than never! A new year has begun and businesses are eager to make very significant changes. Indeed, investing in office renovation is always a great idea. After all, a business has to change the way it looks in order to stay relevant to its existing and potential customers. But you will have to admit, sprucing up an office space, or just about any commercial setup for that matter, is too much of an investment already. 

If you are an entrepreneur, expect even a partial remodel to be very costly. And I mean COSTLY! After all, you will have to know which parts of your commercial space deserve a much needed upgrade. Other than that, you will need to know whether you have a large enough maintenance budget to handle such projects.

Luckily, there are ways you can spruce up your commercial space this year without having to spend too much time and energy. Here are a few of them:

Consider upgrading your storage

Right off the bat, the main problem that most businesses face is clutter. Especially for many startups that have yet to set up an effective storage system, it is hard to find hard copies of documents if they are not properly stored or at least archived.

If you have this very same problem as last year, you might as well consider investing in filing cabinets and other storage systems that will help keep your files safe and secured. If you do not have a proper storage room for these files, you might as well utilize an existing room or partition a part of your office space to create a separate area for storage.

Replace old furniture

If you are still using the same furniture ever since you started operating your business, chances are it is becoming dilapidated. It becomes worse if there is an indication of termite damage, in which case you will have to consider replacing your old office furniture with brand new pieces.

Make sure to opt for hardwood furniture, especially when it comes to refurbishing the lobby. But if you are on a budget, you can always consider giving your old furniture a new lease on life by way of  a simple restoration project. This will at least add a few more years to the life of your furniture.

Get an experienced construction contractor

Planning something big for your commercial space? Maybe you are considering adding a new office building on the premises? At any rate, you will need to find a contractor that is capable of handling projects no matter how large.

For simple office space additions, you can find small construction companies. Such companies usually make use of construction equipment financing to acquire the right assets. Still, it is always important to look at a contractor’s track record. Obviously, finding any anomalies in a company’s history should indicate a no-go. To be safe, you should ask for recommendations from business partners or colleagues to vouch for a trusted company.

With these three steps in mind, you will be on your way to a good year for your business, with a brand new look to match!

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Inside a chic, neutral and sophisticated oceanfront vacation home!

This gorgeous oceanfront vacation home on South Carolina's Kiawah Island belongs to a New York family. The house was built in the 1970s as a spec house and looked very different back then. With the help of architect Mark Maresca and interior designer Cortney Bishop, this home is totally transformed. Let's check it out, shall we? 

Photo credit: Katie Charlotte Fiedler

Such a stunning abode, don't you think? Even with a strict color palette of neutral hues, this home still exudes style and visual interest, thanks to a combination of beam ceilings, wood flooring, shiplap, beaded-board paneling and natural textiles, patterned rugs with nubby finishes, leather and furniture in sculptural forms. Chic, timeless and sophisticated, this residence is beyond inspirational. Your thoughts?

Friday, January 18, 2019

A beautifully layered, pattern-filled Denver home with a new traditional flair!

When Jennifer Marsico decided to redecorate her family home, she knew exactly who to ask for design help- Charlotte Moss, the designer who has helped decorated multiple homes for her parents and acted as her employer and mentor when she was younger. To incorporate Jennifer's love for traditional design and her fashion-forward style, the designer masterfully combines contemporary accents and classic elements seamlessly into her work. The results? Strikings rooms with a new traditional flair. Let's check it out, shall we?

Photo credit: Werner Straube

Isn't this home absolutely gorgeous? I really like how the designer uses a classic approach with a dose of modern elements for a fresh and updated vibe. I am also drawn to her fearless use of colors and patterns. The classically-inspired living room, the cozy blue home office and pink and orange girl's room are particularly my favorites! Are you a fan of this beautifully layered, pattern-filled residence as well? I would love to hear your thoughts!