Designing your kitchen should be one of the most fun parts of designing your home. The kitchen is considered one of the most vital parts of the home, It is the one room almost everyone goes to for comfort! I know at my house, whenever we are lost, tired, hungry, or bored, we end up in the kitchen, I call it the comfort room.
So how do you design your own kitchen? Are there rules? Can we be spontaneous? Well my answer is yes to both. There are rules yet at the same time the kitchen should be designed around your lifestyle. If cooking is an essential part of your life, it is natural to have 4 burners, a nice large oven, space to cut up vegetables, large fridge etc.. If you just order in and go for the basics, you might just need a microwave and a couple of burners. A kitchen for a family of 6 is different than one for a family of 3, and so on.
I will lay out the best points to consider when designing your kitchen:
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Thanksgiving* is just around the corner, during this beautiful holiday it is traditional that all family members gather around the table. Beautifully designed tables are very much the trend now, I will post here 5 easily done tables shared from a few websites.
1- Elegant Theme: Black and gold will be the most elegant colors. I love this idea with the olive tree leaves giving a natural feel.
2- The All White Theme: This is very simple, a few leaves in the center, some candles, white plates, and you are all set for a beautiful and very simple table.
Silk and Satin have been all they hype in the beauty world the past couple of years. Why? It’s because of the fact that the less friction between hair, skin and the pillow case, the less wrinkles and the better you hair will be. No more frizz! If you are on a budget, you can go for Satin pillow cases made of polyester and still reap the benefits. Silk pillow cases tend to be more expensive, definitely on the more luxurious side. I have purchased several types over the past couple of years, and would like to share my two cents and compare them to better help you decide.
Product: ZIMASILK 100% Mulberry Silk Pillowcase for Hair and Skin,with Hidden Zipper, Momme Silk, 1pc Price: $21.99 + Free Shipping/ 1 pillow case Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com Size: Queen, King, Standard Colors: Available in 20 colors Material: Mulberry Silk
What I like about this product is that it is silk on both sides, with a 600 thread count making it extra smooth, perfect for hair and skin.
It has hidden zipper
Comes in all known dimensions, I use the king size for my pillows
The only Con is the price, I tend to need 2-4 pillow cases per person, this can get pricey. But since it is 100% silk, the price is justified.
In the era of shopping obsession, no matter how much space you have you end up buying more than you need. The only way to deal with the extra stuff we buy is by organizing them properly in a way we can still see them to use them and yet keep our space tidy enough. Thankfully the market of ‘storage bins and containers’has picked up very well due to popular demand, otherwise moms everywhere would be going ballistic. Pinterest has had a great role in influencing people to create picture-worthy labeled containers to use around the kitchen and in home garages as well. Let’s list below the easy ways to organize your home.
In my profession, I always like to start with a circulation layout. This is crucial and the most important step of any interior design project. After that step I go on to place furniture on the plan visualizing the best solution for my client’s lifestyle. After the selection is made, colors are selected, wall finishes are specified, I go on to looking for stylish accessories that would transform any interior.
As we all know, modern home accessories could cost an arm and a leg or you can shop smartly and get trendy pieces that would add glamour to your home.
What To Look For When Shopping For Home Accessories
When looking for home accessories, you need to look for pieces that would flatter the ambiance. This is why I specifically advise to select the furniture first and then go to this step. To make it easier, I will list some tips below.
*If your color palette is neutral and monochromatic, it is best to go for metallic accessories.
* If you are going for a more contrasting theme, I prefer to go for the darker color as the finish of the major accessories. Don’t go overboard though unless your theme emphasizes bold prints or contrasting color.
* If you are unsure, metallic and mirror accessories are always a safe option to go for.
* Avoid replicas, this is the one thing I am really against. I encourage everyone to value designer’s rights and not buy a knockoff of their product, a product which they took time to create and study. If you can’t afford the original, try to go something ‘inspired’, you don’t want fake designs to ruin the whole look.
* Look for items that represent your personality. You don’t want to live in a space that looks like it is out of a catalog. A home should be personal and inviting. This could be represented in nice photos in frames, artwork, traditional or ethnic pieces, etc.
Every year all furniture brands release their latest designs usually showcased in international fairs such as Salone Del Mobile: every April in Milan Italy, Maison et Objet in France: in January and September of every year, Highpoint Market in NC, USA : every April and October, among others such as Maison et Objet: in Moscow or Shanghai, Imm Cologne: in Germany, etc.
During these fairs we can understand the new trends, get to know new designers, check out new collaborations, all this will create a type of competition for better designs.
Favorite Sofas and Sectionals of 2018
*Granville by Minotti.
My all time favorite brand is Minotti. Many would agree with me because of its timeless yet very modern designs and impeccable finishing. It’s pricey, but worth every penny. The new fabrics launched for 2018 were as good if not better than all their previous collections. Most colors are neutrals, hints of color or print are part of the collection but in the most elegant way possible. This particular sofa has lovely angles. The armrests have a unique architectural vibe to them.
*Caesar by Fendi Casa
One of the most luxurious sofas this year. The lines are just beautiful, the fabric selection is so luxurious, and yet very versatile and comes in many forms and shapes.
2017 and 2018 were very big on interior design. Many new trends emerged and many old ones made a grand comeback. 2018 was mainly about greenery, adding earth elements such as terracotta, rose gold metals, brass and bronze, and patterns. Millennial pink and different shades of green and blue were everywhere.
With social media dominating more than ever before, interior design has a major opportunity to be in the spotlight and be admired and noticed by people from all walks of life.
Analyzing the past few years and how trends have been emerging and taking shape, I will share with you my forecast for home design trends of 2019.
In the past couple of decades we are noticing people are moving more and more towards living in cities. As space is very limited in metro areas, real estate can be very expensive, which is why apartments are getting much smaller.
You might be living in a dorm room, sharing an apartment with someone, or just happen to have a small apartment. These are not excuses not to enjoy your space. In this post I will share with you great interior design tips that will make your space look larger and more airy.
Since interior design is about creating solutions, keep reading to learn who you can create an illusion of a larger space.