Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Hi Tech Kitchen

Aesthetics and functionality of a kitchen are what I am focused on when designing a space. How textures and colors work together, as well as ensuring that the end result gives the client what they want and need. I must admit that technology is usually not at the forefront of my thinking. 

However, for those who are technology minded there are many gadgets for your kitchen that peak even my interest. Curious? Try some of these ideas on for size.

If you don't want to install a central vacuum, try this nifty garbage can from Bruno instead. Just sweep your dirt into the suction port and it pulls the dirt directly into the garbage bag.

The Bruno garbage can automatically vacuums up whatever is swept into its suction port
via Gizmag

Not going to get home in time for dinner? Use the We-Mo enabled Crock-Pot and control it from your smart phone.

Crock-Pot® 6-Quart. Smart Slow Cooker with WeMo®
via Crock-Pot

The same technology is available for your coffee machine. Mr. Coffee's Smart Wi-Fi Enabled We-Mo Coffeemaker will ensure a fresh and hot cup of Joe whenever you want it from the touch of your phone.

via Amazon

Want to know what is in your fridge, what food is about to expire or whether you have the right ingredients for a recipe, even when you are not at home? Try LG's Smart Thin IQ Refrigerator.

via LG

Think these ideas are great? LG is also coming out with its HomeChat line that will allow to do things like speak to your fridge and ask questions like "Do we have beer?" How cool is that?

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Kitchens of Italy

Hello everyone. In just a few short weeks, my family and I will be traveling to Italy. It will be the first time I and my children will have ever traveled outside the continent. I cannot tell you how excited I am! We have planned a whirlwind trip that includes stops in Rome, Florence, Venice, Positano and Cinque Terra. We won't be taking any tours rather, my husband (a very ardent planner), has created an itinerary for us that will take in many of the popular tourist destinations. While I am sure my children (currently 7 & 11) will not be as enthralled with Italy's rich history as my husband and I will be, I think that just being in a place so different from our own will be interest enough for them. Not to mention they will love the food!

Preparing for our trip got me to thinking about Italian life. Rather than staying in hotels, we have opted to rent apartments during the duration of our stay. We are looking forward to immersing ourselves in the neighborhoods of Italy and truly living the Italian life. 

Kitchens are the heart of the home no matter where you live. So, what do the kitchens in Italy look like? I have rounded up some great examples below. 

via The Style Files

via Remodelista

Rome Kitchen
via Architectural Digest

A Rustic Loft in Italy, from a Rising Design Star : Remodelista
via Remodelista

Allegra Hicks brings her signature bohemian chic style to an airy penthouse on the coast of Italy
via Architectural Digest

Ristorante Il Riccio | Anacapri, Italy Lovely use of #tile #pattern
via Stefano Scatta

Casa F/H designed by Studiomobile / San DonĂ  di Piave, near Venice, Italy
via One Kind Design

I can't wait to share my pictures from Italy with you. There will be lots of great decorating ideas to bring back and use for inspiration.


Friday, June 26, 2015

Swoon Worthy Powder Rooms

Powder rooms are the workhorse of a home. It is the bathroom that gets the most use and the one that everyone, who enters your home, sees. Make a lasting impression by giving your powder room some serious style. Dramatic paint colors, wallpaper, interesting fixtures or tile can create a truly amazing space.

Need some inspiration? Check out these swoon worthy powder rooms.

Bathroom <3 - Follow Me on Pinterest, Suzi M, Interior Decorator Mpls, MN
via Splendid Sass

powell bonnell
via International Design Excellence Awards

The powder bath is an excellent space to have a little fun and flex your creative muscles - perfect space to not take yourself so seriously! - Shylo
via Eric Olsen Design

This jeweled backsplash is too cool // Statement Bathrooms
via New Ravenna

via Lights Online

Industrial interior https://www.etsy.com/listing/179401349/the-sez-wall-mailbox-steel-modern-urban?ref=listing-shop-header-0

via Brian Vanden Brink Photography

Happy decorating!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Have a Stylish 4th of July

I always look forward to the 4th of July. Parades, BBQ's, fireworks and fun are all on the menu. Tried and true hot dogs and hamburgers are great, but there are so many other great ideas out there to take your party to a whole new level. If you are looking for some great ideas for your 4th celebration, you have come to the right place. 

Setting out buckets full of your favorite sodas and brews is a great way to have your guests serve themselves and let you be part of the fun. However, having a signature drink is the perfect way to make your party memorable. The layers of red, white and blue of Patriotic Punch make a festive presentation and can be made with or without alcohol. Or, try this elegant Red, White and Blue Sangria recipe.

Make Patriotic Punch.
via Buzz Feed

via XO Imagine

Elevate the usual BBQ menu with these great dishes. Start off with this Red, White and Blue salsa. Serve it in a coordinating bowl to really show it off. Replace burger and dogs with these yummy steak and herb tacos. Time for dessert? What better way to cool off on a hot day but with these Vanilla Raspberry Sundaes. Don't forgot to serve them with the homemade cookie "spoons". You may want to make extra of those!

via Two Peas and Their Pod

via BHG

Vanilla-Raspberry Sundaes with Cookie Spoons
via Martha Stewart

Don't forget to set the stage for your party. To make your party extra special, spray paint stars on your lawn. Show your guests where the party is, by lighting the way with these Patriotic Luminaries paired with miniature flags. 

Make dining more interesting by switching out your paper plates and napkins for tin pie plates and bandanas. Displaying them in baskets keep them within easy reach and make for a stylish display. Finally, create a table scape that is simple but evokes the feeling of the day.

via The Concrete Cottage

via For the Love of

Using Pie Tins as Plates and Bandanas as Napkins for a Beer Boots and BBQ Party or 4th of July Grill out- Link for Menu and Decor Ideas
via Love Logic and Laughter

#4thofJuly table setting summer flags
via Your Cozy Home

With great ideas like these, you are sure to have a party that your guests will be talking about for years to come.

Happy decorating!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Hot Trends in Lighting Up your Eating Area

Wherever you decide to eat your meals, either at a breakfast table or dining room table, lighting is key. Being able to see what you eat is almost as important as what you are eating. Ambiance is great, but correct lighting is a function that should not be overlooked. 

Chandeliers are a popular choices for dining rooms and eat in kitchens. They come in a variety of sizes and styles to fit any interior. Recently however, chandeliers are being replaced by different types of lighting. Pendants, linear fixtures and large scale lights are becoming more and more popular.

Check out some of my favorite ways of lighting up your dining space.

Fitted linen slipcovers with center stripe detailing ground the dining room in tailored formality while still respecting the home’s beachy locale. The long oak dining table seats eight. CoastalLiving.com
via Coastal Living

Farm table, lighting, judges panelling, wallpaper, and flat back ceiling. All done to perfection!
via Casablanca Transformation

white kitchen + subway tiles + wood breakfast nook Beautiful!! Dreaming again!
via A Sweet Spot Home

cottage and vine: The Lantern is Up! Total love for the chandelier! Also love the simplicity of the room, the paint color, the art framing the window...
via Cottage and Vine

dining room pictures | The best dining room home design ideas ever! See more inspirations at http://www.pinterest.com/delightfulll/home-design-ideas-dinning-room/
via Residence Style

12 Dining Rooms Where You'd Never Miss a Family Dinner: Design Within Reach.
via Design Milk

Rustic modern kitchen remodel.  Love the exposed beams, the lighting, the balance of rougher, older, more handmade feel with sort of retro modern pieces with clean lines. Also the balance of light and dark is beautiful.
via Curbly

Add flair to your dining space with a unique light fixture (or two). Just making this simple change can take your style to a whole new level.

Happy decorating!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

New uses for Pendant Lights

When most of us think of pendant lights, kitchens come to mind. Hanging them over an island in a kitchen is the most likely place you will find them. However, there is growing trend to use them in other parts of your home as well.

Stumped on where else to use these versatile lights? Try some of these great ideas on for size.

In a bedroom. Replace your bedside lamps with hanging pendants. In addition to freeing up space for your favorite book, it also lends a serious sense of style to the space. Hang them so that the shade falls where your bedside table lamp shade would fall.

In a bathroom.  Take your bathroom to the next level by swapping out traditional vanity lighting with pendants.  Whether hung in front of a mirror, or between them, they will provide instant glamour to any space.

via Barn Light Electric

bocci pendant lighting (?) walnut cabinetry designed by Jamie Bush & Co.
via Jamie Bush + Co.

via Decor Pad

Over the dining table. Who says you have to have a chandelier over the dining room table? Try several pendants instead for a unique look.

get this look with a hall runner under the table
via Centsational Girl

In the foyer. Make room for mail, keys and other items in the entryway by hanging pendants over a console table. Hanging them in multiples has an even better effect.

Statements by J White Posh Nesting Tables - Set of 2
via Hautelook

In the living room. Replace a table lamp with a pendant light. Or to really make a statement, hang one, or more, above a coffee table. Or, add them to a corner of a room to make a focal point.

via Room and Board

trick my brick
via KITKA Design Toronto

I'm sure I've already pinned this. I love it TWICE.
via Eloquence

Happy decorating!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Outdoor Showers

Outdoor showers seem like a luxury however, if you live near a beach or have a pool, being able to shower off before coming into the house would be preferable. Keeping the sand out of your space and giving your and your guests a space to clean off after getting out of the pool would be divine.

While such uses can be utilitarian, there is no reason your outdoor shower cannot have style as well. See some of these great examples of amazing outdoor showers.

Tour the outdoor spaces of HGTV Dream Home 2015, located on Martha's Vineyard --> http://www.hgtv.com/design/hgtv-dream-home/2015/outdoor-shower-pictures-from-hgtv-dream-home-2015-pictures?soc=pinterest
via HGTV

DIY Beach Cottage: Outdoor Shower Ideas. Love the color of this house with the bright white trim
via Surf and Sunshine

9 Dreamy Outdoor Shower Ideas for Every Home (Not Just at the Beach!) | The Stir
via The Stir

outdoor showers | ... outdoor shower enclosures prefabricated vinyl cedar outdoor shower
via Landscaping Network

Outside showers don't get much fancier than this!
via Many Bidets

HGTV Smart Home 2013: Artistic View : Smart Home : Home & Garden Television. Built by Glenn Layton Homes in Paradise Key South Beach, Jacksonville Beach, Florida.
via HGTV

Outdoor shower--THIS, yes this...a bathroom that can be both indoor and outdoor depending on the weather!
via Fee Fee RN

Is it possible to plumb an outdoor shower? Answer: Outdoor showers are not an uncommon feature, and present a...
via Red Beacon

Be inspired.