More decisions today are made in our kitchens than in any of the board rooms across this country. This is especially true as life becomes more digital. How many times have you paid bills, planned trips, checked school assignments and synchronized calendars working off your kitchen counter? We confess, much of this blog gets written in this exact way. Early mornings and very late nights standing doing last minutes edits or notes for the next great idea we have. With our kitchens being the command hubs, counters have to take on so many different functions. Because this is a design blog…we say those counters need to look good while doing it! So what better way than to make a counter look good than to have a cake on it?!
Chances are you have a smart phone or a camera and a computer. These items combined with as little as one digit and you have the tools you need to work with a designer…remotely. You can have your own personal designer on call, just an email, text or phone call away.
That’s a loaded question. In any other context we often do not like the answer. However, yes my dear, your wall does look “big” and it looks great!
Do you have a large wall in your home? Whether you live in a condo, an apartment or a house, our guess is that you could find some empty wall space to play with. Could this be the meaning of less is more?
Often in a home that we otherwise love, there might be a feature that is a little out of our comfort zone. Perhaps something like a lot of blue and white marble as in the photo above. Although there are some cool pieces here, I’m not getting the urge to cuddle up yet. Is the marble just too blue….is a costly renovation in the future?
Do you sometimes wonder, or dare to dream, what it might be like to live in a smaller home? We are not talking about one of the tiny homes that HGTV all of sudden is convincing people they need to pull around from one friends yard to another. Not a teeny, tiny home that requires you to crunch down to the size of a flattened mouse to get to the loft bed. Or one that means a trip to the laundromat each week.
No, we are talking about homes so efficient and design oriented that we forget they are only 700-900 sq feet. Homes enticing enough that we are itching to give them a chance to make a difference in our lives.
- Architectural Interest
- Creative Decor
- Efficient Uses of Space
- Specific Storage
- Fewer Finer Furnishings
- Space for Art and Collections
- Wardrobes that Work
- Easy Maintenance
- In Diverse Engaging Neighborhoods
Wait a minute…are we talking about our homes or our wardrobes? Anna is no doubt talking about what we wear. We think there is a huge connection in what appeals to each of us. Inspiration can come from anywhere. Why not the fashion icons of the world or the flawlessly messy French girl we all swoon over?
When you get to be, say in your mid fifties, you start to think about the rest of your life. Not in a morbid way, that it’s more over than not, but in a way that perhaps you could make some changes. We start to evaluate the decisions we’ve made up until now. Do we have a career we like, do we want to keep doing this or consider a change. Have we planned for the next steps in our lives, whatever they will be. Are our kids starting to need us less and are we happy about that. How big of a home do we need? None of these questions have the same answers for everyone nor are they clear cut. So many of us postpone the decisions until…say about our mid sixties. Then we panic and think we have to do something fast! Part of this comes from the national push to “downsize”. To many the idea of downsizing is not only overwhelming, but somewhat depressing. We don’t want to go “down”! Choosing to make a change in your home can be fun and very liberating. Lets look at one inspiring example.
It’s been said working with two designers is like putting a pair of cats in a bag and letting them work it out. It’s not a pretty thought. While we can see how this might happen, nothing could be further from the truth with our partnership.
We bring two perspectives to each project. Most times the overall foundation of our concepts are very similar. However, no matter how many times we work together we can always count on each other to look at the same thing just a little differently. Such was the case recently when this kitchen in Houzz caught our eye.
A Pretty Nice Kitchen
kitchen by slimrandles
Before anyone gets upset and starts hyperventilating, this is not going to happen. If it did, the HGTV shows of house hunting would have to look for all new clients. I can count on one hand the shows where buyers were NOT looking for “stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops”. Manufacturers have enjoyed a really long run of this most desired metal. In the U.S. 123,000 appliances are sold daily. I can’t find the number of how many of these are stainless but I know its high. There are many, many kitchens that are just outstanding using stainless…but what if we stretched outside of the box a little and said no to these
finger printing gleaming machines?
8:32 am – Before we go too much further this am, a quick update from our Instagram post this morning where we featured the Santorini photo. There is a lot of interest in going back to our recent post. Many of you have already seen this, but for our new followers this am…here is the link.
Grease is the Word…
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Perhaps, but only if you can actually find them and read them. For years, a certain person in our family who I will not mention but we all know who she is, convinced herself that the more books you could acquire the smarter you would at least look to your friends. She housed hers on those spur of the moment bookcases you buy that have cardboard contact paper backs. They really won’t hold the weight of books unless you anchor them to each other and anchor to the wall. They come in all sorts of “natural wood” finishes. Are you getting the picture yet? We’ve all had a turn at moving her “library” and praying she will catch on to ebooks. However, as God always reminds me when I am being a tad too critical, I do like it when shelves can really be used. Let’s take a look at the difference between a workhorse and a filly.