Kitchen Tips + Ideas Round-Up: Part I

Kitchen Tips & Ideas Round-Up: Part I |

The kitchen is one of the most beloved rooms in a home. It tends to be where everyone gathers, so you want it to be stylish, and it definitely needs to be functional. I have written many posts on decorating and organizing for kitchens, so this round-up with be split into at least three parts. (When it comes to kitchen tips, I say the more the merrier!)

With these tips and ideas, you’ll be on your way to a more stylish and functional kitchen. All of these ideas are simple and easy to implement, even on a budget. Enjoy!

kitchenupdates07Low-Cost, Easy Kitchen Updates
Whether you are buying, selling or fixing up your current home for better living, the kitchen is one of the most important areas to focus on. There are plenty of  updates that are easy on your budget and easy to execute. If your kitchen is in good shape and just needs a fresh look, try some of these easy kitchen updates. If you’re selling your home soon, you’ll find these especially useful.

kitchendecor0810 Ideas for a Stylish Kitchen
There are many elements that create a stylish kitchen, but it’s the details that really bring a kitchen to life and make it feel like a home. Whether you are living there or staging it for sale, the right decor can bring the space to the next level with color, character and warmth. Here are 10 ideas for stylish kitchen decor that will hopefully inspire you for your own space.

Quick Character for Your Kitchen Cabinets | HomeandEventStyling.comQuick Character for Your Kitchen Cabinets
One of my favorite tricks for spicing up your cabinets without switching them out or giving them a new finish is simply transforming the inside of your cabinets. Giving this often ignored space a pop of color or pattern (or both) will infuse the entire kitchen with new life. To get a better idea of what this look can accomplish, take a look at these 10 charming kitchens.

kitchenrug02Adding Style to Your Kitchen with a Rug
One of the most overlooked spots to improve with a rug is the kitchen. Rugs can add warmth, color and texture to a space and help areas with heavy foot traffic, making them a great asset to the space in front of the sink, for example. They also lead the eye through the space and make it feel more complete. Here are 10 examples of how a kitchen rug can improve the style of the space.

smallkitchen03How to Make the Most of a Small Kitchen
Small kitchens can be very functional and high on style. With some simple improvements you can make the most of a small kitchen and take it from an annoyance to a gem. Here are some tips and ideas on how to make the most of a small kitchen, using the space in clever ways and bringing style to it that will make you forget all about its limited square footage.

kitchenstorage0810 Kitchen Storage Ideas You’ll Want to Steal
One room in the house you can never have too much storage in is the kitchen. I have gathered 10 of my favorite kitchen storage ideas that definitely help with just that. Some you may have already thought of, while others could truly be that eureka! moment you’ve been needing. All of them help make a more dynamic kitchen.

Stay tuned for Part II coming next week!

Warm regards,

Bookcase Tips: How to Organize & Decorate Bookshelves

Bookcases are a fantastic choice for many spaces because not only do they serve as a great design element, but they are also extremely functional. Besides the obvious, bookcases can store DVDs, music, photographs, memorabilia, decorative items, files, and more. You can even add doors to some bookcases (like most of the affordable bookcases available from IKEA) to keep some of your stored items hidden. Bookcases don’t have to be reserved for just living rooms or home offices, either ─ they can be a great addition for a kid’s or teen’s room, a bedroom, a kitchen, a bonus room, or even a hallway (given that it is wide enough to accomodate it, of course).

A dilemma that many run into when choosing to decorate with bookcases is exactly how to organize them, because not all of us have enough books to fill an entire piece of furniture. Often there is “dead space” that needs to be filled. I’m going to give you some tips on how to decorate bookcases so that they are visually pleasing and functional!

1) Don’t go overboard on accessorizing! Some people tend to stick every single knick-knack, accessory, and framed photo they own on a bookcase. This makes it look way too cluttered and the eye has no idea where to look. Instead, choose some of your favorite items that compliment each other well (colors, shapes) and space them so that they each stand out. It is much more likely that these items will be appreciated if they aren’t shoved together and dwarfed by all the other stuff surrounding them.

This is an especially important tip if you are staging a home for sale. In that case, thin the bookcase out even more than you would if you were living there, including removing personal photographs. Buyers need to see as much visual openness as possible so the room feels larger. Here is an example of a bookcase we thinned out for a home that was going on the market:

The detail in this beautiful bookcase is now more noticable to buyers.

2)  Use pretty boxes and baskets for storage. To hide items or paperwork you don’t necessarily want to be seen, store them in boxes, baskets or crates that fit nicely onto one or more of the shelves (most bookcases have adjustable shelves if need be). There are a wide range of choices to fill this need, including boxes specifically made for files that come in solid colors or beautiful patterns. For magazines, you can find adorable magazine holders that do the job perfectly.

3) For small stacks of books, stack horizontally and vertically. Use a horizontal stack of books as a bookend to a vertical grouping and place an accessory on top of the horizontal group. Vary this technique throughout the shelves by arranging them in opposite ways.

4) If you have several smaller pieces of a like-minded object (for example: a collection of fish accessories), group them together on one shelf. A collection of small objects has more visual interest than if you were to space them all out on separate shelves. Remember, there’s power in numbers!

5) Don’t forget the top of the bookcases! If there is no special molding at the top of the bookshelf and a fair amount of space between the top of the piece and the ceiling, take advantage of this great spot for larger accessories. You can even showcase pieces of art there by leaning them against the wall. This will draw the eye upwards, which is wonderful if you have high ceilings.

I hope you find these tips helpful when decorating and organizing your a bookcase. They can be a lot of fun to decorate and a great addition to practically any room in your house. Good luck!

Warm regards,