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.
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.....)
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.....)
Late Gustavian three-drawer chest, Sweden circa 1830, with marble top, brass hardware and gilding in the corner post reeding- CUPBOARDS & ROSES Swedish Antiques
There are many different hardware styles for furniture, depending on the look you're going for and the area of the house the piece is located. You'll find cabinet knobs, cabinet pulls, cup pulls, appliance pulls, and bail pulls, to name a few. When deciding what hardware to purchase for your furniture or cabinets, it's a good idea to keep in mind the color and style of the cabinet or drawer and the from which time period the piece is.
Choosing the correct hardware style can be one of the hardest decisions when remodeling, so let's take a look at the different hardware styles available to make your decision a little bit easier.
When deciding on hardware for your household furniture and cabinets, you'll have a variety of styes from which to choose. Common styles include Chippendale, French, dragon, arbor, scalloped, and Hepplewhite. The style you need depends on the type of furniture the hardware will be used on (Read More.....)
Replacing hardware on your cabinetry and other bedroom, living room, and entryway furniture pieces isn't usually super complicated. It's something you can do yourself, typically in just a few minutes (per piece). Of course, that doesn't mean there isn't room for error. There are all sorts of mistakes you can make when you decide to replace your hardware yourself.
Mistake #1: Not Counting Ahead of Time
Obviously you've set a budget for this project, but do you know how far it needs to stretch? It's important to count how many replacement pieces you are going to need before you start shopping. The last thing you want is to get home and realize you're a knob or pull short (especially if you purchased all of the remaining stock in a certain style)!
Mistake #2: Piece Tracking
Yes, technically, you could pile the screws and tools you need close by and reach for what you need. But what are (Read More.....)
Amy D. Morris Interiors
It's amazing how strong the opinions are held by many people about the finer points of home interior design. Some won't consider a kitchen without granite counter tops. Others insist on crown molding in family rooms. There are even those whose aesthetic preferences eliminate homes that don't have hardwood floors throughout.
Another point of contention occurs in kitchens. There are those folks who feel very strongly about whether or not to paint kitchen cabinets. Is this something that should be avoided at all costs? Or is it a viable option for the modern homeowner?
Paint or Replace?
The answer largely depends on what the other options are. For example, if a person is weighing to paint his or her cabinets or replace them altogether, then painting should be considered. After all, if the cabinets themselves are structurally sound and operate perfectly, it's not usually wise to get rid of them simply because they don't look good. In this case, exploring different paint colors is preferable to ripping out properly-functioning (Read More.....)
Designer Jennifer Baines Interiors
Guest Post Annette Hazard
Remodel Your Kitchen
It may not seem like it, but the kitchen can be a healthy beacon of light in an otherwise unhealthy home. If you dislike your current setup, though, you and your family likely find it difficult to tolerate being in the kitchen long enough to prepare a healthy meal. Replacing the counter surfaces, cabinets, appliances—and, if you are feeling ambitious, the flooring—can make this area of your home more pleasant. This will make you more inclined to cook, cutting out both the caloric and monetary expense of eating out.
If your home was built before 1978, there may be lead paint on some of its interior surfaces. The presence of lead paint leads to the presence of lead particles, which could be found in dust, paint chips and even the soil outside your home that your (Read More.....)
Frank Shirley Architects, Boston.
Whether you're building a new home or upgrading the one you already own, ordering custom cabinetry for your kitchen is a crucial step. The kitchen cabinets you choose set the tone for the rest of your kitchen - and your house.
Below are eight tips for ordering custom cabinetry for your kitchen.
Set Your Budget
Since kitchen cabinets are one of the biggest expenses you will incur when designing your new kitchen, it's important to set a budget before you start shopping. Allow a little wiggle room in your budget for unplanned expenses, but it's important to set a budget that is realistic and reachable.
Once you've set your budget, stick to it. Make wise financial choices along the (Read More.....)