26
Nov 17

Why Laminate Countertops Are Making a Big Comeback

Laminate is making a comeback! While some of us may cringe when we think of this countertop choice for the kitchen, it’s changed a lot over the years. Now, you have tons of pattern and edge options to choose from, so you get the look you want really want, but still at a fraction of the price of other materials.

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25
Nov 17

Before & After: This Kitchen Lost The Layout, But Kept All the Character

This kitchen had issues, to say the least. We’ll gloss over the linoleum floor (not horrible, but not great) and the counter top, which sagged where it shouldn’t (never a good thing when you need a functional surface). Instead, we’re going to jump right on over to the stove, which had to be plugged in with an extension cord! Combine that with a fridge that was eating up floor space, and you know it’s time to rethink the kitchen layout.

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30
Oct 17

Take Full Advantage of IKEA's Legendary Kitchen Sales with These Insider Tips

IKEA kitchen sales are legendary. 3-4 times a year, for about a month, the store has a department-wide sale for up to 20% off — a huge savings off big ticket purchases for a renovation. IKEA’s current sale goes until 11/19, so we hit them up for all their juiciest bits of insider intel, all to help you get the most out of the opportunity. Read on, then head to your local IKEA, or plan ahead and get all your ducks in a row for the next one.

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09
Oct 17

Baby Got Back: Adding Style & Storage to Your Kitchen Island's Backside

In today’s modern homes, open floor plans are common. True they have a lot of appeal but, when you knock down walls and merge the kitchen with the rest of the home, you then have an equally modern problem: what to do with the reverse side of your cabinetry or — now more frequently —the kitchen island facing the living or dining room. Put a little bit of extra care and attention to your kitchen’s “backside”, and add an entirely new and unexpected element. It’s also a smart way to boost storage and function, making the most out of your space.

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08
Oct 17

Planning a Kitchen Upgrade? Secrets to the Perfect Island

The kitchen is the heart of the home, and the island is the heart of the kitchen. If you’re thinking about adding an island to your existing kitchen, or to a new one that you’re planning, read this post first. We’ve combed through hundreds of kitchen designs and come up with the most important considerations for making your island both useful and beautiful.

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02
Oct 17

The Outdated Kitchen Trend We Think Can Make a Comeback

The history of design is littered with defunct trends — things that were popular for a brief span of time and are now reviled, or just forgotten. Some of them probably don’t deserve a revival (I’m looking at you, shag carpeting), but others are worth a second look. One thing that falls squarely into the second camp? The mirrored backsplash.

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29
Sep 17

Bite-Size Kitchen Upgrades You Can Do in A Day (For Less than $100)

Turning your kitchen into a culinary haven is something you can do bit by bit, weekend by weekend. If you’ve been itching to make some changes, but you don’t have a lot of time or a big budget, here are a handful of projects you can do with just a free day and a hundred bucks.

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23
Sep 17

Unusual Kitchen Cabinet Colors That Just Work

I’m beginning to think that Americans are a little too afraid of color. Basic white, black and blue predominate today’s kitchens, and it’s downright shocking and refreshing to find some rule breakers out there — people who aren’t afraid to grab a unique color with two hands and not let go. From purple (gasp!) to puce (gasp! gasp!), these cabinets run a gorgeous gamut. And it wasn’t until I assembled them all here in one place that I realized they are all international: there’s not one American kitchen in the entire bunch.

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04
Sep 17

The New Look For the Kitchen is More Classic Than Ever

Lately, new designs for the kitchen look more and more like old designs for the kitchen. There’s a certain style of British kitchen — vintage-style appliances, Shaker-style cabinets, a bit austere but with very traditional accents — that’s becoming very popular. Looking at these kitchens, I am struck by the fact that they look remarkably similar to some of the 1920s kitchens I came across while researching this series about the history of kitchen design. Everything old is new again — and in this case, what’s particularly old is particularly new.

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02
Sep 17

Power "Throuples": This Kitchen Trio Will Live Happily Ever After

Move over power couples, because now there are power throuples: a group of three things in an equal and beneficial relationship in which not one is expendable. Done right, it’s a beautiful thing that elevates all involved, as this one particular kitchen combo proves. Retro pastel fridges, white cabinets, and metallic hardware form a happy perfect union that will never break up, and will never go out of style.

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