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Kitchen Storage: What you need to know!

Posted On: June 27, 2016

How much space is enough when it comes to your kitchen? This question alone can dictate not only the layout of your home, but could be the deciding factor when looking to move into a new home. This is an incredibly important factor to to consider when remodeling or moving because it is a costly project to redesign. Being unhappy with your lack of storage in your kitchen can make entering the room unpleasant and aggravating. Your kitchen deserves special attention because it is where you not only prepare food, but house guests as well. Your storage areas should be the three primary activity areas, the refrigerator, the sink and the range.

The Refrigerator Center:

The refrigerator center is the main food receiving and preparation point in your kitchen. A countertop next to or across from your refrigerator is the perfect spot to put down grocery bags after entering the kitchen. Having a countertop in this area allows for easy transitions of items to and from the fridge and freezer. This refrigerator center is the perfect spot for food-preparing appliances as well, such as; can openers, coffee and break makers as well as other dry good appliances. Having an "appliance garage" maximizes the space in your kitchen as well.

The Sink Center:

This area should be located between the refrigerator and the range center (cooking area) to maximize the space in your kitchen. Sinks and dishwashers located in the middle of your kitchen provide for easy transitions when moving around quickly in the kitchen. Sink center storage can include areas for flatware, dishes and glassware as well. Cutting boards and knives being placed at a midpoint between the sink and fridge make them easily accessible no matter where you are in the kitchen.

The Range Center:

A range or a cooktop with wall ovens comprise this area in your kitchen. This is where the bulk of cooking food takes place. Anything that involves cooking needs to be within arms distance of the range center. You should strongly consider dedicating a cabinet for cookware alone as well. Spice storage, pots and pans and utensils situated around the cooking equipment allow convenient access and storage.

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Brighten up Your Bathroom!

Posted On: June 06, 2016

Four warm metal fixture ideas for your bathroom

Design trends come and go and because of this, many people neglect their bathrooms and refuse to keep it up-to-date. It is a part of your home that isn’t meant to entertain guests, but a beautiful looking bathroom enhances the value and overall aesthetic of your home. The next big thing taking over the bathroom scene is warm metal fixtures in bathrooms. Chrome and stainless steel are old hat and it has now become all about inviting spaces with copper, bronze, brass and gold. Here are four tips on how to use these warm metals and make your bathroom that much more alluring.

Gold, Gold, Gold!

Gold may seem like an outdated design option, but it has begun its resurgence in bathrooms globally. Gold always brings along a high standard and certainly brings that luxurious touch to any element. Using gold is tricky though and the idea is to focus on items such as faucets and shower controls to really make the gold pop. With gold, less is more, so use it as an accent and not the main course in your bathroom.

Can’t Go Wrong With Copper!

Copper reflects off light in a way that is eye-catching and breathtaking. It is that reason that copper may very well soon become the go-to choice for anyone who is in the process of creating a marvelous bathroom. Copper is also extremely easy to care for and more times than not, a simple cleaning with warm water will do the fix. Whether you are cleaning a worn-out fixture or lighting structure, the shine should return to your bathroom elements.

Brass = Brightness

Brass has been used in homes for ages and is most commonly used room in the bathroom. Brass' durability is what makes it a commonly used fixture in your bathroom. Brass is a top choice for both modern and traditional styled bathrooms. A big factor to consider when using brass is that it does require regular maintenance to keep it looking as new as possible. Each manufacturer may have a preference on how to clean their fixtures, but routine wipe downs should be done no matter what.

How About Bronze?

Bronze gets better with age, which makes it an intriguing choice for your bathroom. Using bronze as a finish adds a timeless look to your bathroom fixtures. Over time, usage and exposure to other elements in your bathroom will create a unique staining pattern that strengthens the aesthetic. Bronze is the perfect choice for those who enjoy vintage and charm. Colonial homes and traditional home designs are the best fits for bronze finishes.

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