2014 Kitchen Trends – Glass Cabinets And Open Shelving

Grainne and Ian's Edinburgh House

Grainne and Ian's Characterful Collection in Edinburgh

Guest Post- Jason Phillips

For years, we've been using kitchen cabinets to hide away cereal boxes, dishes, pancake mixes and coffee mugs. Things are about to change as the newest kitchen trends for 2014 are all about open shelving and glass cabinets. Display your kitchen ware and open up those cabinets for the whole world to see what's! Let the makeover process begin.

Kitchens have become a core meeting place for families, so why not make them look fashionable? Whether you're having breakfast with the whole family in the morning or you're gossiping with your friends over a fun cooking session, it has become a tendency for homeowners to opt for glass cabinets and open shelving. Let everyone admire your newest pots and pans, or brag with your cooking skills by showing off your (Read More.....)

4 Popular Furniture Hardware Styles

4 Popular Furniture Hardware Styles

Guest Post - Andrew Lisa

The evolution of furniture has had a greater impact on classic Western style than perhaps any medium other than art. Whether it's a showpiece for a room, part of a collection or a piece designed to make a profit at an auction, furniture is functional art that beautifies an interior while serving a purpose. Knowing the basics is key to identifying the finest pieces when you see them.

Whether functional, cosmetic or both, furniture hardware can complement the piece to which it is attached, serve as an accent piece or simply brighten up an otherwise dull cabinet, drawer, desk or door. From hinges to knobs to pulls to furniture feet, hardware offers an opportunity like no other to make something elegant out of something functional.

Here are some of the top styles for modern furniture hardware.

Birdcage Pulls

Different from doorknobs, which are lever-action mechanical devices, knobs and pulls found on cabinets and furniture are often the most functional and eye catching element of the entire piece. Ornate and decorative, birdcage pulls can be rustic and antique, sleek and modern, or anything in between.

Bearing the classic shape of standard fixed pulls, birdcage (Read More.....)

How to Make No-Hardware Cabinet Pulls

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When you decide that you want to update your home's look, what is the first thing you do? If you're like most people, you probably go furniture shopping. It's true that finding new sofas, headboards, chairs, etc., can go a long way toward updating most of your home. One of the exceptions to this rule, though, is your kitchen. After you put in a new kitchen table or prep cart, what else can you do?

Why not update the look of your cabinets?

Please note that I didn't say replace your cabinets.

Replacing cabinetry is a huge undertaking and it can eat up a couple of weeks of your life if you're determined to do the project yourself.

Why not start with something small and manageable before you tear everything down? For instance, why not change out your cabinet hardware? Or maybe you want to do away with the hardware altogether. (Read More.....)

Furniture And Cabinet Design Trends For 2014

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Guest Post Jason Phillips

We all want our homes to look chic and trending, and today there are a lot of alternatives to look at. Nowadays everyone wants to go green, so guess what? Eco-friendly furniture is convenient, affordable, and stylish. This year it's all about personal style, color, unusual materials, and vintage influences. So let's have a closer look at some really cool furniture design trends for 2014.

Personal style

This year's most prominent trend in home design is called 'individualized interior'. Many homeowners want their spaces to portray their personality, history, and family values.  Homes today often include both modern with vintage influences. While some people go after the vintage and antique interior looks, others like a touch of color and modern elements.  Here are some really hip examples:

  • Metal & glass tables - these beautiful decor items are not just trendy, they're also practical. Forget about old-fashioned coffee tables and think outside the box. Glass tables reflect natural light which means they (Read More.....)

4 Steps For Re-painting Kitchen Cabinets And Furniture



Guest Post Jason Phillips

Who doesn’t love their kitchen cabinets when they’re new? As much as we’d want them to remain in perfect condition for years, at some point the finish and paint will wear off. The good news is you don’t have to invest another $5,000 to buy new cabinets because you can always reface them. Refacing cabinets is a trending remodeling idea because it allows homeowners to give their kitchens a complete makeover.

Is that old beige making your space look dull and unappealing? No problem; we have a fresh coat of purple paint waiting to bring your kitchen back to life. Let’s get this party started!

Removing the hardware

Let’s start with removing the hardware from your cabinets. Grab a screwdriver (or a drill) and start taking out handles, knobs, pulls, (Read More.....)

NEW Antique Looking Cast Iron Radiators

The Chelsea cast iron radiator

The Chelsea cast iron radiator was originally commissioned for the Chelsea Barracks Officers Mess

Guest Post- Mike Smith, Woworads Ltd

Classic Victorian cast iron radiators have enjoyed a revival over the past few years, with decorators and interior designers incorporating them into many homes. Radiators add a certain feel to a room, adding a finishing touch to a chosen theme is such a nice way, and this is especially true of the many stylised Victorian radiators. Modern versions of these radiators are not only great aesthetically but they are also energy efficient too, which is another reason they have become so popular in many homes today.

There are some stunning collections of cast iron radiators around that come in a variety of finishes. Installing cast iron radiators in a bathroom adds that finishing touch and this is especially true of the more ornate designs. A bathroom is one of the most important rooms in a house where everyone loves to relax and soak in a bath. Creating a nice environment makes it that much more enjoyable.

The décor in a living room says a lot about the owner. (Read More.....)

Low Cost Ideas For Kitchen Cabinet Makeovers

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Vintage Ornate Door Knocker Drawer Pull w Back Plate Architectural Salvage pdj2011

If you have ever gone through the kitchen remodeling process, you might be well aware of the costs associated with upgrading your existing cabinets.  Brand new cabinetry will take up a huge chunk out of your remodeling budget. Sometimes it becomes necessary to install the brand new cabinets when the old ones are in very poor condition. But if your goal is just to refresh the look of your kitchen with (Read More.....)

Coastal Themed Kitchen Renovations

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Renovation of your kitchen with coastal theme is not so easy at it seems, most of the times people over do the settings and colorization to portray the seaside image. It comes up with a messy look of overstuffed beachy elements.

While remodeling your coastal kitchen, you need to pick each element with respect of rest of the layout to attain a well-structured design. Don’t make clusters of similar kinds and colors to build the theme, rather go for forming a flow of items placed nicely to elaborate the room with complete picture. This piece of writing will explain various factors and elements that can compose the real design inspired from coastal areas.

Coastal shades

For dressing a room with a particular theme, you need to decide the colors to start with. Coastal themes mostly base on few colors mainly with aqua, blue, light blue, white, pastel green and beige. If you wish to keep the kitchen zone calm and light then use white and lighter shades of aqua or blue to illustrate (Read More.....)