All-white kitchens are beautiful, but often they’re even better with a little strategic color.
This kitchen sings with the addition of citron in the fabric, accessories, and painted center island. Below are some of the key items instrumental to pulling off the look in an otherwise white and neutral kitchen.
- Blockade Blossom Dandelion Heirloom Fabric
- Clemson Pendant
- Spicy Banana Pepper Paint
- Emeco Navy Stool
- Glass Canisters
- Le Creuset French Oven
- Latte Bowls
- Raw Wood Plank Cutting/Serving Board
– Nicole Balch, Making it Lovely
First things first, how gorgeous is this kitchen? I seriously don’t even know where to begin. An all-white kitchen is always a winner in my book, and this one is no exception. The white cabinetry has the ideal mix of open and closed storage space. Those white marble countertops paired with that gorgeous faucet are what dreams are made of. But, beyond the bones of this kitchen, I’m in love with the bold choices of accessories. That red-orange with a few touches of teal-blue is pure magic. And honestly, in such a crisp white space, you could add virtually any accent colors you like. How great would green and yellow look?
Anyway, beyond all of the gorgeous parts of this kitchen, what really grabbed my attention was the bright and beautiful barstools. I know that some folks want bold, smile-inducing colors in their spaces, but are scared to paint their walls or invest in an expensive piece they may grow to hate. I love experimenting with odd, unexpected, and possibly weird pieces. I think these pieces make a house a home and really express one’s personal style. With thousands of reasonably inexpensive options, barstools are the perfect way to add a little pizazz and color. Today I want to share some of my favorite colorful and quirky barstools. Any one of them will immediately add interest to your space without being completely over-the-top. I hope you enjoy this little collection.
Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm
The Spring 2013 issue of Kitchen + Bath Makeovers is coming to a newsstand near you any day now! The theme is “Before and After,” so today I thought I’d share some behind-the-scenes peeks of a few furniture makeovers from the issue.
When we produced the Budget Kitchen makeover last summer, we hit up consignment shops, thrift stores, and Craiglist for affordable dining room furniture and frames. After some searching, here’s what we found. While some of our pieces needed a deep cleaning, they had good bones.
Here’s a peek at how we used these pieces in a dining room. Hard to believe they’re the same pieces, right?
The chairs and bench each got a fresh coat of Benjamin Moore Medieval Times. We removed the rush seats first before priming and painting to keep them their natural color.
The homeowner already had the IKEA cabinet shown in the after photo, but it’s now discontinued and we wanted two storage units for the dining room for balance. We found a used IKEA cabinet that was a close match, but a little large. We trimmed the legs down with a circular saw to make it more closely match the scale of the existing cabinet and removed the door before priming and painting them both in Benjamin Moore Grey Mist.
The frames were a great deal! We found a bunch of them on Craigslist, so we tested out lots of configurations until we were happy with an arrangement. If you’re having trouble deciding how to hang art, try laying out the pieces on the floor first before you put holes in the wall. Snap photos of various arrangements and compare them to decide which one you like best–you’ll also have a guide to help you remember how they looked as you start hanging them. If your frames are really big, you may want to get out a ladder like I did to take good photos from up high! We used a spray primer to quickly coat the intricate frames, and then applied a couple of coats of Benjamin Moore Henderson Buff, Woodstock Tan, and Medieval Times.
If you’re on a budget, I encourage you to consider finding some quality used pieces that you can give a new lease on life. Not only is it an affordable solution, it’s also rewarding to have a customized piece that you refreshed yourself! Check out these furniture makeovers for more inspiration and watch this video for tips on painting furniture.
—Maria Charbonneaux, Associate Editor, Kitchen + Bath Makeovers
We just returned home for a short little vacation away, which was amazing! However, we are a family of five, and that means we created a family of five’s worth of laundry over the few days we were away traveling. And that my friends, means I will be spending a lot of extra time playing catch-up over the next couple of days, which also means I will be hanging out in our laundry room a lot more than normal.
It’s moments like that in which I am grateful that we have the room we do for emptying suitcases and washing up our apparel, and all of the storage available for things even beyond laundry care. I have learned that our space is not the norm when it comes to laundry, most homes are not built or designed with entire laundry rooms. We just happened to get lucky. Which also got me thinking about smaller laundry nooks. If done right, a small laundry nook or closet can still have major storage and functionality. It just may require a little extra creative thinking and space planning, but it absolutely can be done. And wouldn’t you know it, that laundry “nooks” can also be styled in a way that makes them feel like another room in the home and a place that you will actually feel inspired to do laundry within? Just take a peek at this incredible setup:
Extremely compact, but oh so functional. Adding floating shelves above the washer and dryer is such a key step in maximizing the vertical storage space. By adding a counter over the top of the washer and dryer, there is now a built in folding table. A few other things I noticed are the hanging valet for drying shirts and the hanging ironing board holder, both compact enough to take up very little space.
Another example is seen here of maximizing the space above the washer and dryer. Transferring everyday laundry care items from their original packaging to pretty canisters, offers a clean look and reduces visual clutter that can quickly take over in a smaller area. I spy a retractable clothes line which is perfect for pinning up items to dry, but takes up absolutely no space when not in use.
Here is an other retractable option for hanging and drying clothes. It saves valuable floor space by hanging on the wall.
I am a huge fan of creating small kits, which are portable and keep necessities corralled together. I do this all over my home, and in the laundry room is no exception. Create a spot for ironing essentials, another for cleaning supplies and another for garment repair and maintenance. A pretty crate or basket keeps it all looking nice and streamlined and holds it all together.
Sleek and slim rolling carts, which can tuck on the side or in-between the washer and dryer, area always a space saving storage win. As are wall hooks when there is no space for an entire hanging rod setup.
A timeless space saving solution is to go the stacking route. By having the washer and dryer take up the vertical space, you may be able to add in a wash sink or floor to ceiling shelves and storage, that may not have been possible with the side by side models.
I love that closet doors were replaced with soft linens in this laundry nook. The curtains save a ton of space that doors would have taken up from sliding side to side or swinging into a hall.
Here the ironing board just flips right out from the wall! No more dragging the clunky ironing board around, or worrying about how you are going to store it!
My oh so favorite laundry room tip, isn’t necessarily organizing related… I say, “Go bold or go home!” Laundry can be a mundane daily task, however, how can you not be smiling and happy when you are surrounded by beautiful and bright colors? Take a moment to draw inspiration from your favorite locations, seasons, artwork or objects, and bring that excitement to the room where most of the chores happen.
Lately, Vivi has loved reciting the Baa Baa Black Sheep rhyme. I think it’s mostly because someone gave her baby sister a sheep rattle, which she promptly confiscated, and when she first started playing with it, I would say the little nursery rhyme. I thought it would make for some sweet nursery inspiration . . .
(1) Cardigan Pendant; (2) Lake Geneva; (3) Black & White Print; (4) 3 Bags Full; (5) Light; (6) Baa Baa Black Sheep; (7) Lamb No. 1; (8) Sheep Committee; (9) X & O Pillows; (10) Ebony Jenny Lind Crib; (11) Gold Side Table; (12) Black Dresser; (13) Black Lamp; (14) Sheep Bookend; (15) Lamb Bib; (16) Graham Glider; (17) Little Lamb Photo; (18) Souk Rug; (19) Green Leaf Sheet; (20) Poodle Pouf
Hope you enjoy! ~Joni, Lay Baby Lay
St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner! Why not celebrate with cute crafts and party decor ideas? This month we’re rounding up some of our favorite St. Paddy’s Day blogger projects we think you’ll love, starting with these little goodie bags from Brittany of One Charming Party. So cute!
Photo Credit: One Charming Party
Photo Credit: Studio DIY
Photo Credit: Coordinately Yours
Photo Credit: Sarah Hearts
Photo Credit: Prudent Baby
Photo Credit: Lulu The Baker
Will you be sporting green and getting crafty this weekend? If so, we hope you’ve found these fun projects inspiring. If you have a project you’d like to share with us, send an email to BHGBloggers@Meredith.com for the chance to be featured in our monthly Best of the Blogs series.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
-Liz Frantz, Social Media Editor