(Decor Amor) – Incorporating style and sophistication is becoming a standard in today’s modern homes. As the center of activity and entertaining, the kitchen is the room to truly “wow” guests with elevated design choices that don’t compromise the space’s necessary functionality. From countertops to fixtures, a modern kitchen is designed with the home chef in mind and should seamlessly integrate purpose and style.
Long considered the hallmark of a luxury kitchen, granite has been widely chosen for its aesthetic appeal and rugged durability; however, homeowners looking to break from the standard have a range of alternate materials from which to choose. Crisp marbles infuse a room with a clean, stately charm while having the benefit of being cool to the touch, perfect for the home baker. On the warmer end of the spectrum, butcher block countertops bring in a more relaxed vibe and will withstand rigorous use by the serious home chef. For something a bit out of the norm, soapstone and concrete are dependable surfaces that will patina over time.
Open shelving in the kitchen ensures the most used items are within reach while simultaneously delivering an airy feel. Customized to fit any space, these shelves effortlessly draw the eye to perfectly-organized dishes, cookware or dry goods. Complemented by a sophisticated backsplash, unique shelving materials such as galvanized iron or reclaimed wood can transform the kitchen into an industrially-inspired space, while floating shelves in white oak or black walnut provide a more contemporary note.
Technology that simplifies
From appliances to faucets, kitchen tools are becoming increasingly high-tech. Intuitive applications that anticipate needs and increase functionality without sacrificing design are must-haves in the modern kitchen. The single-handle Articulating Kitchen Faucet with SmartTouch Technology by Brizo combines a jointed arm that allows the spray wand to be positioned virtually anywhere around the sink with the brand’s signature touch technology, allowing water activation with just a simple tap anywhere on the faucet base, handle or arm for maximum flexibility and functionality.
As kitchens become the de facto entertaining environment in the modern home, it is increasingly important to incorporate elements to keep clutter at bay. Thoughtful storage solutions are critical to both the visual style and utilitarian design in the home chef’s kitchen. Maximizing spaces in key work areas for items like spices, knives and even small appliances, improves efficiency while minimizing countertop clutter.
(Decor Amor) – Whether you go into the office every day or work from home, most of us probably spend a lot more time at our desk than anywhere else. Why not take some time to make it a space that you can enjoy? With some creativity and individual flare, you can transform a utilitarian work station into a personalized think tank that is as stylish and unique as you.
Best of all, you don’t have to hire a contractor to do this. Whether you’re a pro DIYer or new to the crafting game, here are five simple ways to make a serious design statement in your office.
It’s truly amazing what vibrant or soothing colors can do for a space! So where to begin? Try this: Take a quick inventory of everything in your office that looks dull, flat or just plain. This could be a wicker basket, a lamp or even a coat rack! Try using a high quality general purpose spray paint such as Krylon COVERMAXX. It’s a paint and primer in one, resulting in premium coverage and superior color in one simple coat! Whatever color you choose – red, green or blue – the transformation will astonish you and the bright bold colors are bound to put a spring in your step, even on a stressful work day.
Go green and fill your space with plants!
If you already have a plant or two in your office, why not buy more? In most cases, you’ll want to select plants that thrive in low-light conditions. Now, the true creative work is in how you choose to arrange your plants. Rather than just placing them on your desk, look into hangers and wall hooks – all of which will create a winning combination where nature meets design.
Write it out on a chalkboard
If you’re someone who stays organized by writing out your schedule or to-do list each week, a chalkboard is the perfect addition to your workspace. Rather than buying a board, pick up a can of Krylon Chalkboard Paint. Simply spray it on wood, metal or glass and once it dries, you’ll have your very own custom chalkboard that works with chalk or chalkboard markers.
Declutter in style
We’re all more productive when we’re organized, so getting rid of clutter is a must do in every office. Make organizing fun by incorporating bold colors! Use bright file folders to keep track of important documents or create your own supply containers using mason jars to keep all of your desk items in one place. To add additional flare, spray your mason jars or glass containers with Krylon Stained Glass paint. This paint creates a beautiful translucent color on any glass surface and comes in a variety of exciting colors like royal purple and cobalt blue.
Revitalize your old stuff
Telephones, paperweights, old figurines – pretty much anything you might otherwise call junk – can make a strong artistic statement in your office. All you need is a canister of Krylon Colormaster Paint and Primer in new and trendy, Rose Gold. With a coat of rose gold paint and a metallic shine, any old thing can be turned into an amazing decorative item.
Feeling inspired to revitalize your office? Check out Krylon.com for more information on products and project inspiration!
(Decor Amor) – From your first meal as a married couple at your oak dining table, to enjoying a glass of lemonade with your grandchildren on your pine kitchen stools – your most cherished memories are made at home.
“Families have so many pieces of wooden furnishings in their homes that are meaningful to them,” says wood finishing expert Bruce Johnson, spokesperson for Minwax. “If you don’t yet have a piece like this in your family, it’s easy to make something unique out of wood, whether it be a new item or upcycling something old.”
If you’re looking to protect a piece of your family’s history or create something of your very own, it’s important to take steps to care for your wooden furniture. Johnson and the experts at Minwax offer some guidelines for preserving valued wooden pieces as well as creating your own personal items with love
* If the clear finish on the piece is still in good shape, you can preserve its beauty with a high-quality paste wax like Minwax Paste Finishing Wax. At least once a year, use a very soft cloth to apply the wax a little at a time. Rub gently with the grain of the wood, spreading a thin, even coat of wax to seal and protect the wood.
* To apply a new finish on an existing piece, you’ll need to remove the old one first. Choose a well-ventilated but low-traffic area in which to work. The temperature in your work area should stay higher than 65 degrees, and humidity should stay around 50 percent to help facilitate drying throughout the process. Consider using a solvent that removes the finish and conditions the wood at the same time, such as Minwax Antique Furniture Refinisher. Wear rubber gloves and use fine steel wool to gently rub in small circles until the old finish is removed. Once the old finish is removed, it’s important to protect the surface. Try using a one-step stain and finish such as Minwax PolyShades. It combines beautiful rich color and long-lasting polyurethane protection in one easy step. You can apply it on top of an existing polyurethane finish or on bare wood.
*If you’re taking on your first wood-finishing project and you want to create something to last for generations to come, try using a beautiful traditional wood stain. Minwax Wood Finish is an oil based stain that comes in a variety of gorgeous colors, creating a rich, appealing color in a single coat. For darker, richer hues, apply a second coat, allowing the piece to dry completely between coats, according to label directions. When you’re done staining and the piece is completely dry, don’t forget to protect it with a clear finish such as Minwax Fast-Drying Polyurethane.
Minwax recently launched the “Made With Love. Finished With Minwax” campaign, which celebrates the meaningful stories captured and preserved through building, personalizing and gifting items from the heart. The movement aims to empower inspired DIYers to get started on new projects that will be cherished by future generations. For more tips on caring for, staining and finishing your wooden furniture and more, watch a variety of the latest how-to videos from Minwax. For inspiration and project ideas for completing your next wood finishing project, visit www.Minwax.com/MadeWithLove.