Category Archives: Materials & Ideas

Range Hood Design Showcase: Custom Hoods & Range Hood Inserts

Even though designer stainless-steel range hoods remain the most popular option for kitchen ventilation today, there’s another trend that’s gaining popularity: using a “range hood insert” along with a custom-made cabinet or enclosure. A “range hood insert” is a range hood without the outer shell, that’s designed to provide all the technological benefits of a… Read More »

Project Review UPDATE: SV Residence Whole-House Remodel – Now With More Photos!

A while ago, we posted a Project Review for the SV Residence kitchen remodel in Phoenix, Arizona, done by Steve Price of Beautiful Remodel LLC. Here’s a sample image from that post (check out the post for full details, including info on the cabinetry, countertops, double stainless steel range hoods and 3D stainless steel tiles): Now,… Read More »

5 Unconventional Ways to Modernize Your Kitchen

5 Unconventional Ways to Modernize Your Kitchen   The kitchen is probably the most utilized space in the house after the living area. Kitchens are the bread basket and often the soul of any household. Kitchens come in all shapes and sizes, from a kitchen nook to an old farm-style kitchen with an enormous table as… Read More »

Thanksgiving Tabletop Idea: Gold Leaf Place Card

Add a personal touch to your Thanksgiving tabletop with gilded foliage place cards made out of materials that you likely have on hand. 1. Gather leaves from outside—if you don’t have leaves you could always use artificial ones from a craft store. 2. Dry leaves if needed. 3. Spray-paint gold. 4. Tie place cards to… Read More »

Family-Friendly Kitchens

The kitchen isn’t just for cooking. Family members go in and out of the kitchen throughout the day. It’s a place where everyone can talk, relax, read, work, and play. With that in mind, here are some tips for making your kitchen family-friendly. Kitchen safety is always important, and this is especially true if you have… Read More »

Kitchen Lighting – Ambient, Task, and Accent

While good lighting can enhance any room, it’s particularly helpful in the kitchen. Poor lighting can make it difficult to navigate or work in your kitchen. It can also be dangerous, especially if you’re using sharp utensils, handling portable appliances, or working near flames or hot surfaces. If you’re eating or entertaining in your kitchen,… Read More »

Home Design Ideas: “Flying” Designer Shelves

While browsing some cool designer kitchens, we came across this little gem – a simple change to the shape of bookshelves that produces a dynamic effect, making what could have been a boring piece of furniture into a design statement that reminds one of a Formula 1 racecar. The Valcucine Riciclantica kitchen is a design-conscious as well… Read More »

Elements Of Design: Contemporary Shelving

In the dining area of this contemporary kitchen built by Greenbelt Homes in Austin, TX, the wine glasses are stored in a wall nook that places them within easy reach – and looks good doing it. A deceptively simple change to the traditional shelf layout results in an exciting, updated look that adds to the… Read More »

Peace Of Cake – The Peace-Symbol Cake Mold

Designed by Paul Hendrikx of Studio Mango (The Netherlands), this innovative cake mold lets you make 9″ diameter cakes in the shape of the iconic peace symbol. The “Peace Symbol” was originally designed in 1958 by Gerald Holtom, a professional designer and artist. The logo was adopted by the British “Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament” (CND),… Read More »

5 Things to Consider Before Starting to Remodel Your Kitchen

A kitchen remodeling project is definitely a plus, by giving you the most return on your investment, right? Let’s face it, when you bring your friends over, you usually get the high-fives on the nice TV and couch set up but it’s like a dramatic event when they enter the kitchen area. You get judged from appliances… Read More »