The BHG Innovation Kitchen, created for the May 2014 issue, is filled with fresh ideas and cool products. Here, senior editor Kit Selzer highlights a few of our favorites.
Walls and flooring are the spring rain showers of your home design plan: It’s easy to forget what a powerful punch they can pack. But don’t overlook these background players. The right surface treatments can make the difference between a so-so room and a “so pretty” one.
Most of our Innovation Kitchen features hardwood flooring, but in the pantry we switched to luxury vinyl tile, also known as LVT, by Mannington. This high-style, high-performing material is on the rise (it’s the fastest growing category in the flooring market) and comes in a range of patterns, including stone and wood looks. For the pantry, we chose a tile with a subtle pattern — a striated look that adds visual texture. The 12×12-inch tiles in gray and white are laid in stripes; think of it as an updated version of the classic checkerboard flooring pattern.
On the walls, we went for simple but striking. The backsplash is covered in 3×6 white ceramic subway tiles from Daltile, which you can buy at Home Depot. Two tricks bump up the style factor: The tile covers the wall from the countertop to the ceiling (a technique that’s best for affordable, neutral tile), and it’s finished with gray grout, which gives the expanse just the right amount of definition.
The remaining walls in the kitchen feature an innovative paint by Sherwin-Williams. It’s formulated to help reduce not only common indoor odors (pets, cooking, smoke), but also the smells that can come from new carpet, cabinets, and fabrics. It’s especially good for kitchens, pantries, laundry rooms, and bathrooms because it’s designed to resist mildew and withstand frequent washings.
Who knew hardworking walls and floors could look so good?
The husband and I have plans for our tiny kitchen, and it will take quite a bit of time to finish. For now we are going to do a little here, and a little there. Right now we are working on storage the storage situation since our 94-year-old home is lacking in closets and cupboard space. Our challenge: find storage on a small budget. I’ve seen this jar storage wandering Pinterest A LOT, in fact I used it for my calendar work station DIY. After looking through our overstuffed cupboard and knocking over the jar of rice, I decided it’s time for a change. I’ve installed a Pasta and Rice Jar Storage under one of our open cabinets. This project took 1 hour and cost under $10. My kind of kitchen organizer update.
- glass jars (with lids)
- screws with washers
- Use the nail to poke a hole through the center of the jar lid.
- Measure and use a pencil to mark where you’d like the jars to hang. Drill in the screws through the holes you poked through the lids into the bottom of your cupboard.
- Fill your jars and screw onto the lids. Done!
I’m so happy with how this turned out. I definitely think I’ll be changing the jars to quart jars. We need just a bit more room for the pasta, etc. Ok, happy Thursday!
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
I know it’s only the day after Halloween, but I LOVE baking season. When the leaves begin to fall, I start thinking of pie. Apple pie to be exact. To get you ready for all the baking you’ll be doing, I’m sharing some links to create a perfect baking station for your home.
1. Stenstorp Kitchen Cart via Ikea 2. Ruffled Pie Plate via Sur La Table 3. Tray with Four Legs via Anthropologie 4. Bahia Holders via Antrhopologie 5. Berard Olivewood Spoons via Sur La Table 6. Rosle Double Shelf Spice Rack via Sur La Table 7. Rosle Utensil Holder via Brookstone 8. Rosle Rail Hook via Sur La Table 9. Droppar Spice Jars via Ikea 10. Color Tab Measuring Spoons via Anthropologie 11. Pie Bird Vent via Williams-Sonoma
So, do you have a favorite pie? Mine is always apple. I share links to a filling and pie crust recipe I used this year, in this post (it was delicious). Happy baking!
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
You might think it sounds a little odd to use a bookshelf for kitchen storage. “Isn’t that what cabinets are for?” you may wonder. Done well though, as it is here, a bookshelf can be an extremely practical (and beautiful) addition to a kitchen or pantry space.
You can achieve a similar look with the items below. I was unable to find those wooden drawers (I believe they are a discontinued IKEA item), but there are a couple of excellent alternatives below, depending on your storage needs. If you love the look of plywood storage, IKEA still sells their wooden magazine files, and if you’re drawn to the function of paper drawers, look into the option below. They come in several other colors as well.
- Slim White Étagère
- Antique Wood Chair
- Stockholm Paper Drawers
- Spring Coupe Dinnerware Set
- Knuff Magazine Files
- Viv Wine Glasses
- Acacia Wood Plates
– Nicole Balch, Making it Lovely