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Small Kitchen Designs to Inspire You

By Courtney Soinski

When it comes to tiny kitchens, there is a common misconception that they’re near impossible to change. If you have a small kitchen, you may feel like you’re stuck in its current design and layout…but guess what? There is light at the end of the oven!

I recently read an article on Houzz that lists different creative homeowners and their solution for a small kitchen. Here are some of my favorite unique kitchen designs to inspire your next project.

Galley Kitchen in Salt Lake City

When the current homeowners moved into this apartment in Downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, their galley kitchen was painted dark brown, which make it feel cramped. After painting the walls a lighter color, their kitchen is now very functional and booming with light and open space.

Keeping it modern in Manhattan

This compact kitchen is opened up with shiny white cabinets and a mirrored backsplash. Located in New York City’s East Village in Manhattan, the grayish blue color wall color brings the whole kitchen’s design together for a sleek and modern look.

 

Pretty Portland Remodel

The initial kitchen in this Portland, Oregon bungalow was awkward and difficult to live in. It was closed off from the rest of the living area, so the homeowners were pretty certain that a remodel was in order. They knocked down the wall between the kitchen and the living room. Once that was done, they reorganized the space as well as installed newer and slimmer appliances that are now embedded in the wall.

 

Source: Houzz

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How to Maximize Space in Every Room

pinterest.comCurrent trending of lifestyles, whether it may be empty-nesters, first time home buyers or the economy, have left people with smaller spaces. There are several ways that you can maximize storage just by thinking ahead and taking steps to stay organized.

Designate a spot

hgtv.comA crucial rule to always follow when trying to conserve space is to give every item its own location. Yes, this may seem like an effortless task; however, how many of your measuring cups or hair products are the exact way you had them when they were first organized? Take the extra time to conserve organization by storing them correctly, and you will be surprised how much time you will actually save when it comes to locating them.

Most frequent in the front

Arrange items by how often you use them by simply placing the items that are used most in the front. This will save time because you will know exactly where to find them without the hassle of digging to the back of the cabinet.

shelvesSliding shelves are super

To get the most out of your cabinets, use sliding shelves. Not only does this eliminate having to kneel and stretch to the back of the cabinet to reach that cake pan that fell behind everything else, but it gives you access to use every inch of space because with a simple pull, everything is brought to you.

Remain or remove

Everyone has those items that have not been touched in years and are the best dust collectors. It is time to decide what remains and what needs to be removed. This is often associated with closet clean outs, but every room can use an annual clean out. Clutter and lack of organization result from an excess of objects. This simple clean out will make a huge difference in maximizing space.

More Organizing Tips

Before leaving a room, take 30-60 seconds to pick up items that are out of place. This little bit of time will make a huge difference.

  • Arrange objects creatively. Maximize space even if it means hanging hooks on cabinet drawers to hang pot holders or utensils.
  • Labels can be your best friend. Be innovative and use them outside of the office. They are perfect for locating items in the pantry, closet, laundry room and more.
  • Put a weekly pantry and refrigerator cleanout on your to-do list. This gives you time to throw out the old items and empty containers to make clutter-free room for new groceries.
  • Be socially responsible and recycle. Keep a few bins around to recycle your cans, plastic and paper. This is such an easy way to teach children responsibility while keeping the earth clean.
Tools to Help
Technology

The advances in technology have allowed products to be made that make life a little easier on you. Cooking and many other activities, a lot of times, leave you with your hands messy or full. Features like touch to lift, touch to light, touch to open and touch to close provide the solution to this mainstream problem in any room.

Lighting

The right amount of lighting complements cabinets to show the true beauty of the wood while also providing the function to make things easier to see. This alone can save space because it gives you access to locate items in all areas of the cabinetry. When paired with organizational solutions, you are guaranteed to get the most out of your space.

Accessories

A wonderful way to be a creative organizer is by putting accessories to use. These can range from those that are built into cabinets or even a few strategically placed bins to keep everything together. This is especially great for drawers, making them easier to clean out.

Source: Wellborn Cabinet, Inc.

Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2015. All rights reserved.

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Creative Home Design with Flea Market Finds

By Courtney Soinski

Over the weekend, as I was flea market shopping for some cool antiques to decorate my apartment, I unexpectedly got inspired for this week’s blog post. Whether you’re selling your home, staging it to sell, or just looking for new ideas, flea markets and thrift shops are a great place to start.

In fact, your local flea market may have more hidden gems than you think. With the right bargain and a little elbow grease, you can turn your flea market finds into beautiful, eye-catching home décor. Or, as I like to call it “shabby chic.”

Here are my favorite home decorating ideas as you embark on your next flea market excursion . . .

Better Homes & Gardens

1. Second-hand chairs

Next time you go to a flea market, look for second-hand chairs. They’re super cheap and very easy to make over. Just make sure the chair is not broken before making your purchase. Once you get home, just grab some fabric and a staple gun for a stylish piece of décor!

Second Hand Tips

Second Hand Tips

 

2. Dresser without the drawers

Use your imagination when shopping for old furniture at flea markets or thrift stores. Even if a dresser is missing its drawers, the shelves are still fully functional. Give the dresser a fresh coat of paint and you’re good to go!

 

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3. Crate Nightstand

You may think that old wooden crates from the flea market seem useless and belong in the trash, but don’t make judgments too quickly. You can easily turn 4 wooden crates into a rustic and quirky nightstand.

Better Homes & Gardens

Better Homes & Gardens

 

4. Textile Art

You’ll come across all sorts of scarves, textiles and fabrics at flea markets. Just find an assortment of different patterns and colors. Then, place them in frames for unique and creative wall art!

 

Better Homes & Gardens

Better Homes & Gardens

 

5. Drawers without the dresser

If you discover random drawers without the dresser, you can use that bargain to create extra storage in your bedroom. Just attach casters to the bottoms of the drawers for awesome and functional under-bed storage units.

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shabbychicinspired.com

 

6. Vintage Lamp Candlesticks

Turn old flea market lamps into candlesticks for your living or dining room. You’ll give your home some fabulous style that’s sure to impress new homebuyers.

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7. Red Wagon Shelf

This is a great and innovative way to transform an old red wagon into a shelf that can hold even more of your flea market finds like picture frames or trinkets. Just secure 3 wooden planks to fit inside the wagon, hang it on the wall, and voila!

 

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indulgy.com

 

8. Antique Racquetball Racquets

These racquets can be found for a super cheap price at flea markets. So, think outside the court and turn them into mirrors to hang on the wall in your foyer or office.

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justimagine-ddoc.com

9. Globe Light

I probably saw over 10 globes at the last flea market I went to, and most of them had stands that were rusty or even broken. Detach the globe from its stand, secure a light inside, and drill holes along the continents for an awesome new light.

 

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10. Stylish Mantel

Use the mantel in your home to display all your small flea market finds. This is a great way to add a touch of vintage charm and rustic elegance.

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