Are you feeling claustrophobic in your living space? I bet walls are taking over your home. These days’ homes are built with open floor plans. But if you have an older home you may want to start taking down some walls to open that space up. Nothing says beauty and elegance like an open floor plan. Removing walls is not something you will want to do without having a licensed contractor at least assisting. Continue reading →
Nothing says inviting like a cozy cottage kitchen. With these few easy tips, you can create the perfect space to make friends and family feel right at home.
Open and Airy
Do away with bulky cupboards. Instead, consider placing open shelves where your upper cabinets would be. Proudly display your dinnerware on these shelves. If your dinnerware consists of mismatched items, that’s okay. It only accentuates the cottage look.
From contemporary to cottage, today’s most popular looks inspire beautiful kitchen designs.
Long gone are the days when kitchens were dreary workspaces, hidden behind closed doors. Today’s kitchens are central to everyday living and special-occasion entertaining, often doing double duty as family rooms, offices and media centers, as well.
“The kitchen is truly the focus of the home today,” says New York-based interior designer Andrew Suvalsky. “A great kitchen design will give essential clues to how the rest of the home can and should develop.”
To meet the growing demand for showstopping kitchens, manufacturers now offer cabinets, countertops and fixtures in all of today’s most popular design styles, from Old World to modern, city chic to country cozy. And your options aren’t limited to what you’ll find in the kitchen showrooms, either. Andrew and many other designers also turn to antiques stores, high-end furniture makers and salvage resellers when sourcing kitchen projects.
Whether you’re designing your kitchen to match the decor of other rooms, or planning your whole home’s look around the kitchen, you can make it a beautiful reflection of your personal style.
Open and inviting, country kitchens allow you to enjoy the feeling of a weekend getaway right in your own home — even if you’re smack in the middle of suburbia (Check out our Farmhouse Style Sinks by Bates & Bates). Farmhouse tables and furniture-like cabinetry are popular conventions, and an eclectic mix of finishes helps create a comfortable, lived-in look. Country colors range from primary red, yellow and blue to aged tones of cream and pale yellow; whatever hues you favor, mixing rather than matching is the country way to go.
Cozy Country Kitchen Designs
Sleek, sexy and sophisticated, the modern kitchen is designed to keep clutter to a minimum. Reflective surfaces and high-tech materials are central to the most modern kitchen, and exotic woods add a touch of luxury without frills or fabric. Iconic midcentury seating, including Bertoia stools and chairs by Eames and Cherner, are often chosen for a classically modern look; seating made of Lucite and highly polished woods is often chosen for a more current interpretation of the style.
Popular media and industry publications often analyze the return on investment of a kitchen and/or bathroom remodel. Remodeling 2015 Cost vs. Value Report, conducted by Remodeling, found that on average, a homeowner can expect to spend approximately $16,700 on a midrange bathroom remodel and will recoup approximately 70% of the cost at resale. The average cost of a midrange kitchen remodel is almost $57,000, and a homeowner can expect to recoup approximately $38,500 of that cost when they sell their home. Kitchen and bath remodels increase home value, and homes with renovated kitchens and baths tend to sell faster than those that need updating. Continue reading →
So you’re sitting in the backyard, enjoying the sunshine and a glass of lemonade. Cell phone rings and it’s your mom – “Honey, I stopped by like you said and kept pounding on the front door but you didn’t answer” OOPS!
Now picture this…
You’re sitting in the backyard watching the birds fly by and (insert bell sound) so you walk over to your Byron video door bell to see who’s here.
Byron was formed in 1904 by a Mr Charles Hands, a gentleman selling bell pushes from a shed at the bottom of his garden! The business developed and it was sold to Mr. Arnold White in 1970. At that time the business was split into two divisions; one for electrical accessories and one for machined turned parts. Eventually the turned part business was sold and his daughter, Penni Anderson took over the running of the business in 1990 following her father’s retirement.
Byron is the largest manufacturer of door chimes in the United Kingdom. They distribute worldwide and pride themselves on first class service and a comprehensive range of products. From a traditional country house to a modern new build, Byron has something for every home. Wire free technology in door chime manufacturing has been around for a while, and Byron has always taken strides to be at the forefront of this technology market. Byron was the first to manufacture a wire free rechargeable door chime, a wire free Bell in One, and a vibrating door chime Plumbtile.com is your link to these (and a lot more) wonderfully fun products.