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Merging the Kitchen With the Rest of the Home

I have seen the transformation that a house experiences when the kitchen is renovated. As they say, “the kitchen is the heart of a home.” A new kitchen design is often just the thing that is needed to pump more blood back into the circulatory system that is your home.

Making small seem big

I have seen remodeled homes of all sizes. I have seen the difference, in appearance and value that a kitchen remodel can make. Knocking down an adjoining wall will create one big open space, and this alteration invariably gives that home an entirely different feel. It gives the allusion of being in a much larger space, even though the square footage has not changed.

And, it’s not very expensive, nor does it really require many tools or skill. Basically, you’ll need a cat’s paw, maybe a couple hammers and a really strong back. For cleanup however, that’s a whole other story!

Modernizing the outdated

There are some marked differences between East Hampton real estate and Brooklyn real estate, but there is at least one major similarity. Numerous older properties have a lot of charm but are filled with numerous tiny rooms, including the kitchen. Most families spend the majority of their time in the kitchen and living room. They study, eat, and spend time together in these areas. Unfortunately, some kitchens and living rooms are divided up in a way that makes the family feel distant and unconnected. I know I want my home’s living areas to be welcoming and to help bring my family together. Finding a way to open up these divided areas will help encourage that comfort and closeness. Just make sure that your remodeling does not ruin the character of your home.

Replacing a wall with an island is a great way to get rid of that separation between the kitchen and the rest of the home. Some walls are needed in order to support the ceiling, but you can still open up the space by putting a peninsula in.

One major aspect of a room that many people overlook is the trim. Surprisingly, these small segments of a room can greatly affect a home’s feel. A popular trim style is to paint this portion of the room a different color than the walls. This can add some contrast to your décor and can also help merge the style of the rest of the house with your kitchen.

Covering the details

There are other seemingly insignificant details of a kitchen transformation that are often overlooked. Unfortunately, even small details can contribute to the success, or failure, of a remodel. I know I want my kitchen to be attractive, but I realize that, first and foremost, this room must be functional. Kitchens always include space for cooking and cleaning, but a lot of people do not think about the everyday traffic that a kitchen experiences. Think about the placement of appliances, chairs, and entrances – The sink should typically be directly across from the fridge, and your stove should be as far away from the sink as possible.

For folks doing any sort of construction or repair (i.e. removal of a wall), it’s important to remember to patch dry wall holes by mudding repeatedly. This way, you’re not as liable to make these repairs eye-catching.

These details will all influence the setup of a kitchen because they impact how the space is used. You want to make sure that everyday traffic will not interfere with the normal workings of the kitchen.

These general tips are just some of the ways in which a home can be revived through the kitchen. There are plenty more ways in which the design of a new kitchen can merge this room with the rest of the home.

Images: www.modernkitchentrends.com

10 fabulous kitchen islands!

Today’s kitchens are growing rapidly in size and many designers are adding kitchen islands along with the industrial appliances, state of the art cabinets and custom countertop designs that have gained recent popularity. The kitchen island has come a long way from the days of a single small table in the middle of the kitchen. Now, kitchen islands are often elaborated becoming fully equipped ‘kitchens within a kitchen’, complete with sink, stovetop, and refrigerator.

One of the most important benefits of the kitchen island is the additional work space, storage area and room for extra appliances that it provides.

Besides meal preparation, the kitchen can become a gathering area for family and friends if there is enough space. In many instances kitchen islands become central to the overall kitchen design and add a luxurious touch to your kitchen. Since so much happens in the kitchen on a regular basis, getting the layout right is important. The kitchen island can serve as an additional eating area, and food preparation can easily be done there. In a large kitchen, the kitchen island can shorten the distances within the working triangle (sink, refrigerator and range or cooktop) and make it more efficient.

Here are 10 amazing kitchen islands options for perfect kitchens!

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Square Kitchen island design- Candice Olson

This spacious square island does double duty as workspace and dining table. How divine. (Design by Candice Olson.)

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Kitchen island design- Didier Michot

Don’t feel penned in by having to choose one material for your island’s surface; this design incorporates both tile, perfectly matching the kitchen backsplash and butcher block. (Design by Didier Michot.)

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Kitchen island design- Candice Olson

This kitchen seamlessly integrates with the dining and kitchen area. Very functional island integrating a sink, wine fridge and lots of storage space, below and above. (Design by Candice Olson.)

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Modern Kitchen island design- Candice Olson

Design your kitchen to fit your family with this modern space where the island integrate an electric stove and serves as dinner table. (Design by Candice Olson.)

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2 levels kitchen island

This elegant design has a raised section for a breakfast bar; the lowered section wraps around it on three sides. Paneled columns, moulding details, and wainscoting panels are all beautifully integrated (Design by Crown Point)

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Baking kitchen island design

This single-level island was designed with plenty of space for baking in mind. The Cherry island cabinetry is laid out in an “L” shape, and incorporates a second sink. The open area underneath the countertop makes for an easy way to slide the stools out of the way of someone carrying large bowls of cookie dough! (Design by Crown Point)

10' Long Kitchen Island

10' Long Kitchen Island

Now that’s an island! Over ten feet long, three feet wide; designed with eight spindles for legs, and eight full depth drawers! Cherry stain with Van Dyke glaze on Cherry hardwood. (Design by Crown Point)

Round kitchen island

Round kitchen island

Modern kitchen featuring a curvy island with 2 integrated round sinks and modern rounded stools. Lots of curves all along…

Sliding kitchen island top

Sliding kitchen island top

Wondering where did the kitchen go? With this modern kitchen island with sliding wooden tops, the sinks and stove disappear once you are done cooking! Amazing!

Pretty in pink kitchen island

Pretty in pink kitchen island

Pretty in pink lighting accent on this extra long kitchen island. Very psychedelic and fun but also functional!

For more information about Interior Design and Feng Shui email Marie Burgos at marie@marieburgosdesign.com and visit our site on www.marieburgosdesign.com

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The Glamorous look of Black and White Room Designs!

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The use of Black and White in design can create a stunning and dramatic decor.

There’s a rule in decorating that says that “every room can use a touch of black.” You might think this is strange if you have a room of pastels or jewel tones.  But using the color black adds a focal point of color that grounds, anchors, and adds a sophisticated look to a room.

Black in accessories, light fixtures, trims, paint, or in one bold piece of furniture will help to catch the eye and sharpen any decorating scheme. It will serve as an outline that sets off specific areas or objects. Black by itself is striking!

But to get real drama and spark, pair black with white.

The use of black and white in design gives a fresh, clean, and unquestionably sophisticated and elegant look to any room.

If you’re afraid of using just black and white, add variety by adding areas of yellow, pink, camel, red, turquoise or purple for a striking look. Keeping black and white prominent, however, preserves the elegant effect.

Here are examples of stunning rooms designed with a Black and White theme.

Gwyneth Paltrow's bath- Kelly Wearstler.

Gwyneth Paltrow’s bath with Kelly Wearstler Imperial Trellis wallpaper in black. The black and white combo is so chic!

Black and White luxury kitchen design

Black and White luxury kitchen design- The white floor with star detail sets the mood and dramatically contrasts the black glossy cabinets. Stunning kitchen!

Black and White Foyer design

Black and White foyer design- The look is modern, clean and just grandiose!

Black and White dining room design with a touch of pearl grey

Black and White dining room design with a touch of pearl grey. Isn’t it elegant?

Black and White living room - Pottery&Barn

Black and White living room – with the classic look of Pottery&Barn

Black & White dining room with a touch of red

Black & White dining room with a touch of red for extra drama!

Black & White majestic dining room with a touch of turquoise

Black & White majestic dining room with a touch of turquoise. This is just an amazing definition for elegance.

Black and White Kitchen design

Another beautiful Black and White Kitchen design with clean lines, marble counter top and backsplash, stainless steel appliances… Perfect kitchen for a perfect cook!

Black and White living room design

Black and White living room design- very chic! A very well designed little space!

Black and White dining room with a touch of green by Erin Valencich

Black and White dining room with a touch of green by Erin Valencich. Here even with a black and white theme, the luscious outside has been brought in for a fresh look.

For more information about Interior Design and Feng Shui email Marie Burgos at marie@marieburgosdesign.com and visit our site on www.marieburgosdesign.com

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“Green with Envy” interior design!

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The color green is timeless. Green is life. It is a color that most people don’t mind, which makes sense, because green is a very dominant color in nature. Green is a refreshing color.  It signifies growth, renewal, health, and environment.

Most people associate spring and the refreshing optimistic feelings they have when thinking about spring, with the color green. This is a color that can be used almost anywhere in your home, so indoors and also outdoors.

When used with white green looks very refreshing and spring like.

It is the Feng Shui color of renewal, fresh energy and new beginnings.

Green is very nourishing to your health it calms your nerves and balances your whole body by bringing healing vibrations from Nature. When working with Green in feng shui, it is important to have at least several different shades in order to maximize its energy effects. So you might bring Green of different shades in a room on the walls, but also with big pieces of furniture or simply with accessories.

A great way to bring the color Green in feng shui is with actual plants that have lush green foliage.

From fresh spring color of the newly opened leaves to the strong Green of a oak tree – there are literally hundreds of greens to choose from in your Feng Shui applications.

Talking about health, Green is the color that helps with digestion. This is a great color to paint your kitchen and bring a nourishing wood element in your space.

Here some fabulous examples of todays interior designers:

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For more information on colors to use for designing your rooms using Feng shui, contact Marie Burgos at  marie@manobluedesign.com and visit www.manobluedesign.com

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Arts and crafts Interior Design style

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“Arts and Crafts Style brings together clean lines and fine craftsmanship.”

Arts and crafts style interior design revolves around finely crafted furniture and interior features – usually of wood.

In the United States, a variation of this style that became popular through the years is called Mission Style.

Arts and Crafts interior elements feature prominent straight lines and a lack of excessive embellishment seen in some other traditional and classic styles. The careful craftsmanship of materials often provides a hint of native culture, particularly in the Mission Style variation which gives a nod to Spanish influence.

Geometric forms of stained glass-like mica establish a strong sense of Arts and Crafts when used for lamp shades, windows or panel inserts in cabinetry.

This style is versatile enough to work within a traditional or transitional environment.

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Style Tips:

-Look for wooden furniture featuring a series of square, vertical slats and simple construction.

- Consider an area rug or an accent fabric with a native, southwestern motif. It works well with this style

- Choose a brown based color palette for the more authentic look of Arts and Crafts, or opt for a more contemporary color scheme to convey a less literal look – like the bedroom shown here.

- Add Tiffany style lamps, especially those with pyramidal or rectilinear shades.

For more information about Interior Design and Feng Shui email Marie Burgos at marie@manobluedesign.com and visit our site on www.manobluedesign.com

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