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Granite and quartz counters are all the rage. They look great, they last forever, and with a little care they will be a gleaming addition to a new kitchen. Since many people are new to granite or quartz counters, they ask me for advice on how to best take care of them. For that reason, I decided to write a handy blog post everyone can refer to when they have questions about cleaning their counters. This post will discuss a how to clean granite and quartz counters. Read more
Stainless steel appliances are all the rage. The look great and give your home hearth the clean, industrial edge of a real professional kitchen. What many people don’t realize, however, is that these shiny beauties pick up smudges and fingerprints very easily, so if you want to maintain their sleek look, it’s important to clean them regularly. In this post, I will discuss a few topics related to maintaining the look of your stainless steel appliances. Read more
Kitchen Islands seem to be cropping up everywhere, don’t they? Some are large and have built-in cooktops, others are great for prepping food and sitting for a casual meal. However, they are not always the best idea for a kitchen remodel. In fact, some people elect to have their islands removed when they remodel. So, to help ease this decision, I’ve written a post which will discuss both sides of this issue. Read more
Color schemes in the kitchen are ever so important when redesigning the central room of the household. Some like a rustic, wooden look that evokes a feeling of warmth and coziness, where others like to decorate their kitchens with colorful tiles and whimsical decorations. However, a classic white kitchen always lets you know that the kitchen is a clean and welcoming place for food preparation, a canvas against which the colorful activities of life can occur. Besides, white kitchens are quite stylish these days. In this post, I’ll discuss a few ideas for a white kitchen, including these topics:
No kitchen would be properly remodeled without new window treatments. In fact, one way to start the evolution of your kitchen is through redesigning the windows. Considering how much time we spend looking out the window to admire our garden, to check the weather, or to simply wile away a few moments with our thoughts, the right window treatments can turn a kitchen from merely a place to grab a bite to eat into a place to enjoy and savor in our time away from the stresses of the outside world. This post will take a look at a few window treatment ideas, including: Read more
Remodeling a kitchen opens up many possibilities. Our kitchen design guide helps you work through this process with a handy workbook-style format where you can make notes and organize your thoughts. One you’ve organized everything you want and don’t want in a dream kitchen, you can then plan the construction of your dream kitchen. This blog post will help you with the early stages of planning your dream kitchen. When you’ve assembled your ideal wish list, you can move through the rest of the book and make a reality out of your dreams. This post will help you create your wish list, using our free-to-download guide, asking you to consider a few issues, including: Read more
Kitchen remodels involve a variety of concerns, from the appliances to the flooring, and even light and plumbing fixtures. The countertops are often a hot topic and there are a lot of options available when thinking about how to budget and design your kitchen remodeling job. This post will consider a few ideas for your new kitchen counters, including:
Sometimes in the life of a house, the whole kitchen must be re-done. When you move into an older home in one of our Portland neighborhoods, you often find outdated kitchens. This is an opportunity to let your creativity shine. We Portlanders are so good at being creative, but I wanted to write a blog post to discuss more about kitchen makeovers and to give you brilliant people some ideas. I had a few ideas on some possible approaches to kitchen makeovers.
What is a kitchen without appliances? Basically, it’s just a room to store food. The right appliances can take your kitchen from a food storage location to a place you enjoy making food. A kitchen is a functional room where we create meals. Appliances make that magic come to life. This post will give you a few thoughts on appliances to help you with this all-important part of the kitchen remodeling process.
We cook in the kitchen, so why shouldn’t we also eat there? Formal dining rooms are wonderful, but for day-to-day eating the kitchen makes perfect sense. After all, the kitchen is the heart of the house, it’s where the good smells and good tastes all come from. When the family can gather and break bread in the kitchen then the house is whole. I want to discuss a few ways to approach design for an eat-in kitchens. This post will discuss: