Architectural Hooks For Your Doors And Entry Ways

Architectural Hooks Seen In The Feb 2010 issue Of House Beautiful

In their Feb 2010 issue, House Beautiful showed a variety of architectural hooks in a wide range of styles.    Dress up your doors, walls and entry way with hooks that fit your personality.  Here, Home Beautiful shows the sheer variety of styles that exist today.

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6 Of The Best Materials For Designer Looking Kitchen Countertops

Soapstone Countertop SD Flooring Center And Design

Soapstone Countertop

Guest Post, Jason Phillips

It used to seem like everyone wanted granite countertops. Nothing else measured up to granite in the minds of designers and homeowners. In 2014, this is starting to change, with a range of different countertop materials coming into their own. Some, like concrete and stainless steel, have been around for a while and are rising in popularity. Others, like lava stone, are relatively new to the market. Here are some countertop trends you'll see in 2014 that are unexpected yet incredibly enticing.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is a popular look for appliances, and now more people are selecting this sleek material for countertops, too. Stainless steel is well suited for counters because it is resistant to heat. It is also nonporous, so it won't absorb any spills, and it doesn't stain. Stainless is easy to clean and hygienic. If you have stainless appliances, this can give your kitchen a unified, highly functional look. On the downside, it can be scratched and dinged, and it may show fingerprints easily.

Stainless steel counters must be cleaned gently. Use a damp cloth and stay away from abrasive cleaning sponges.

Lava Stone

This is a fairly new addition to the world of countertops, and has been getting a lot of attention recently. Lava stone is nonporous like stainless steel, and it is almost impossible to stain or scratch. As you might guess for lava stone, heat is no problem. This stone comes in a wide range of colors, and you can opt for either a matte or glossy surface. Because lava stone is relatively new, it is also fairly expensive now; nonetheless, if you can afford to invest in high quality do it.


Countertops made of soapstone look sleek, and can fit into almost any kitchen decor. The surface is heat resistant, though not as much as granite. Acids like vinegar or lemon juice do not affect soapstone, so these types of spills won't stain it like they might concrete. Soapstone does require oiling and buffing regularly. Although the material is not as tough as granite, it’s a lot more pliable. This means it won’t crack and it’s less brittle. Furthermore, soapstone is non-porous and it will match perfectly with any type of kitchen décor.


Both new and recycled glass countertops are gaining popularity, because of the modern and artistic look that they can give your kitchen. A glass countertop can make a statement, yet not dominate the room. Glass is very resistant to heat and stains. It is nonporous, so it is easy to clean and very hygienic. On the downside, it shows fingerprints easily, and may get chips or cracks. To give your kitchen a complete makeover, opt for colored or translucent glass and have lighting systems installed beneath for a wow effect. Go for aqua or turquoise shades and you’ll transform your cooking space into an oasis of tranquility.


Countertops made of concrete are highly durable, and if sealed properly, can be very resistant to heat and scratches. The surface can be customized with respect to shape, texture, and color, to fit exactly what you want for your kitchen design. The potential issues with concrete are that it can be stained by acidic spills like orange juice, and these countertops are quite heavy.


This is becoming another popular option. Quartz is stylish yet practical. It is tough, durable, and long-lasting. You can get it in a variety of different colors, with a beautiful glossy sheen. It is easy to clean with just a little soap and water, and it doesn't require any sealing or maintenance. The potential issues with quartz are that it is heavy, and isn't as tolerant of heat as other options. Nonetheless, for recently painted kitchens with lots of modern elements and accessories, a quartz countertop will perfectly compliment the whole décor.

We love unexpected materials for kitchencountertops because they completely change the appeal of a space. Unusual materials are chic, durable and interesting. They give a cooking space a little extra without forcing the owner to invest a fortune in a remodeling. Which of the above mentioned materials for countertops would you choose? Are you into shiny glass or you’d rather go for Quartz?

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Christine Markatos Design

Christine Markatos Design

Concrete Countertops - The Concrete Countertop studio.

Concrete Countertops - The Concrete Countertop studio.

Soapstone Countertops Seen On This Old House

Soapstone Countertops

Soapstone Countertops Seen On Lavant Kitchen Furniture

Soapstone Countertops

Cutting board opening to trash can... From Pin Reno Ideas

Cutting board opening to trash can...

White Kitchen From Skona Hem

White Kitchen From Skona Hem

Lava Stone Seen On Eco Building Pulse

Lava Stone Seen On

Kitchen in Connecticut via House Beautiful

Kitchen in Connecticut via House Beautiful

home in Hamptons by Designer Steven Gambrel

Home in Hamptons by Designer Steven Gambrel

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6 Ideas For Rental-friendly Paint Colors And Organization

Textile artist Ashley Helvey

Textile Artist Ashley Helvey

Guest Post Jason Phillips

How hard can it be to keep your kitchen organized? It’s amazing how fancy and chic a cooking space can look when all the things inside are properly organized. Shelves, cabinets, countertops, accessories and appliances should all be adequately arranged in order to make the kitchen seem neat and modern. Here are some ideas on color and kitchen organization you may want to consider for your beautiful cooking space.

Small kitchen should be efficient, and efficiency can be attained when things are properly stored. It’s important to have tools within easy reach. If you lack space or you don’t have the money to purchase cabinets, install some shelves over the sink. Use them to place plates, but make sure they’re organized nicely. Don’t overcrowd your shelves and stick to a color palette to make the kitchen seem colorful and stylish.

When you want to give your home a fresh look, a popular place to start is the kitchen. This is where many families spend happy moments together, so it's an appropriate place to focus your efforts. When you want to make this key room more attractive, warm, or inviting, you don't need to spend a fortune on new cabinets and granite countertops. Just changing the color scheme with some paint can make a big difference for a modest price. Here are some tips for painting your kitchen.

1.  Coordinate Your Colors

When you plan your kitchen upgrade, consider the colors of your ceiling, walls, trim, and cabinets all together. These need to work well with each other, and also fit with your kitchen's overall style, appliances furniture, lighting and accessories. Avoid white walls and think of a different color to make your space seem cozier. Your kitchen will be a more vibrant place if you paint the walls in a color (like pastels for example) instead of white. If you really want to use white, you can achieve a dramatic effect by having white walls, counters, and cabinets, and then adding splashes of color, but this will show dirt easily.

2.  Balance Subdued And Intense Colors

Think of the different parts of your kitchen, and where you want your colors. You can use your boldest colors for the elements you want to accent, with subdued colors elsewhere. For example, you could use a mellow color on the walls if you want your beautiful cabinets to stand out, while using a darker shade for trim.

3. Use The Boldest Colors In Small Areas

If you want to incorporate bright, bold colors, think about reserving these for trim or accent areas. If you paint the entire kitchen bright red, for instance, it can have an overwhelming effect, while red in small doses can give a lively, upbeat feel to the room. Yellow is cheery, and it has the ability to bring a lot of natural light into your kitchen. For a sunny, cheerful feel that will tend to lift your mood, yellow is an excellent choice. You can use yellow paint on the kitchen walls, combined with white cabinets, to create a bright, airy feel, even if you don't get a lot of natural sunlight in the room.

4. The Color Green Is Soothing

Green is the color of nature, and it tends to have a calming effect on people. When you choose a crisp green color for your kitchen walls, it can give the room a homey, comfortable feel. Green goes well with natural wood cabinets, and you can also use it with stainless steel appliances, where the soothing green can soften the more industrial metal finish.

5. White Ceilings Do Wonders In Brightening A Room

If your kitchen seems dark or closed-in, painting the ceiling white can help to make the room feel more bright, open and airy. You can accentuate this with mirrors or bright surfaces which will reflect light around the room.

6. Black And White Can Be Dramatic

For a memorable kitchen design, you can go with a black and white color scheme, combined with stainless steel or black appliances. Accent this with bright colors on the trim and backsplash, and it can create a lasting impression.

Painted kitchens are always a convenient alternative to redecorating and spending a lot of money on furniture. Don’t forget to accessorize with fresh flower pots, they’re cheap and can really change completely the blunt appearance of your kitchen.

Home of Hanna Wessman of Extreme Home Makeover

 Home of Hanna Wessman of Extreme Home Makeover, PLAZA Interior

A Beautiful Mess's Kitchen Cabinet Upgrades

A Beautiful Mess's Kitchen Cabinet Makeover Using Paint

Photo by Thomas Loof

Thomas Loof

Photo by Petra Bindel for Elle Interior Sweden

 Photo by Petra Bindel for Elle Interior Sweden

Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart

Photo by Victoria Pearson for House Beautiful

Photo by Victoria Pearson for House Beautiful

Home of photographer Kristin Perers – Elle Decoration

Home of photographer Kristin Perers – Elle Decoration

Photographer Tria Giovan

Photographer Tria Giovan