Oh No! What Was I Thinking?

                                    

           What Was I Thinking?

You know how we all like tackle a DIY project every once in a while?  Maybe we do it to save money.  Maybe we do it because design TV makes it look so easy.  Even though it can be fun (and sometimes stressful), there may come a time when you have one of those “What was I thinking?” moments.

          As an interior designer, I often get the SOS call to fix it.  What I would really love to do is help you prevent it.  And so MY #1 Reason to Have a Designer On Your Team is to help you avoid costly mistakes.

         These costly mistakes seem to be broken down into two categories.  Let’s take a look…

 

 Purchases your regret later because you realize you don’t like them:

  •       You had a “love at first site” moment and just HAD to own it
  •       You didn’t really love it, but had a “hole” to fill and thought it would work
  •       Oops!  You forgot to measure.

  Purchases and decisions you made because you didn’t know better or didn’t think it through:

  •       Appliances that will be placed against a wall and the impact that will have on opening and closing doors and drawers.
  •       Adding expensive new counter tops and then realizing you should have purchased new cabinets.
  •       Not checking the specifications of appliances to see how they will affect the cabinet.
  •           Buying on line,which we all do, and realizing you don’t have all the parts and pieces to finish the job correctly.

        kitchen mistakes; refrigerator next to a wall

Your Design Action Steps:

1.  If you’re in the “information gathering” phase of your project, remember to study everything.  That means look over the plans when you have them, and check out the specifications and dimensions of each item you hope to purchase.

2.  Hire an interior designer to be a part of your team.  The peace of mind you’ll get from relying on someone you trust will be well worth the investment.

 

  At Authentic Living Interiors we offer many ways to work with Randi. 

Power Up In Style: Hide the Cords and Keep Your Counters Clutter-Free

 
 
     Have you finally taken the big leap and started working from a home office?  Maybe you’ve started your own business, or the company you work for lets you work from home a few days a week.  Maybe, like the rest of us, you have too many hand held devices and charging time becomes a race for the next available outlet.  If this sounds like you, you’ll be excited to learn about these hot new products.
     The first one, from Mockett and Company is brand new to the market, and brings us the latest in clean lines and technology…wireless charging made easy.  They have designed a power grid station built right into the lid.  All you need to do is rest your mobile device on the top, and voila!  Charged!  Inside you’ll discover outlets and a USB port, which means that while your phone is charging, so can you laptop.  I love it!  And it comes in a satin aluminum finish with either black or white plugs.
     
     
     One of the first power and communication grommets to focus on the kitchen and home office is also from Mockett and Company.  It’s pop-up style allows you to plug in up to 3 cords.  And when you’ve finished, it easily retreats back under your counter top. 
 
    
     Another product from Evoline USA works in almost the same way, but with a few added bells and whistles.  The top is available in black, white, or stainless so that it blends a little better with your counter top.  The tilt-up top makes it easier be pulled up and pushed back into place.  But the feature that really sets it apart is the tilted outlets that allow you to plug in, push down, and stay connected…all at the same time!  Imagine the possibilities for your desk, a communication center, your kitchen island or buffet area. No more outlets exposed and on view for all to see.  No unsightly outlets cut into your beautiful new cabinets. 
 
     This was our product of choice for the island in our new kitchen.  It blends into the countertop and is easy to use.  The only tricky part was deciding which cabinet to install the outlet in, and to make sure it was accessible once the counters were installed.
 
     If you love the idea of these products, and want more information, give me a call at (404)213-8571 and I’ll be happy to help.
UPcycle That Old Armoire: Let It Spice Up Your Kitchen!

UPcycle That Old Armoire: Let It Spice Up Your Kitchen!

Whether it’s an old furniture piece that no longer works in your bedroom or family room, or maybe you made a great estate sale find; an old armoire can become a fabulous “baking station” for your kitchen.  If you want to make a splash in your kitchen, try painting the armoire an accent color that compliments your cabinets. Whites and off-whites, sandy taupes, celadon greens and French blues are just a few ideas for accent colors with a generally universal appeal!

If you don’t have experience painting furniture, you want to make sure you:

1) clean the furniture thoroughly 

2) sand off all hints of a glossy finish

3) clear the dust and prime it with something like Kilz primer

4) sand again (!) and clear the dust

5) paint!

Whew! Now that that’s done, make some modifications to the armoire doors.

For example, you can insert a piece of cork-board on the inside of a paneled door, that way you can tack up your written recipes to refer to them as your prep in your new space.  The back of the other door could be transformed with a coat of magnetic chalkboard paint. Then not only can you make note of some quick recipe conversions, you can also use it as a place to store magnetic tins filled with spices or cake decorating details.

Better Homes & Gardens recommends reinforcing a waist-high self to serve as a workstation, and fitting a low drawer with wire dividers to sort pans and baking sheets. Bakeware can be hung inside the cabinet and dry ingredients can be stored in decorative glass or acrylic canisters with sealed lids.  Crate and Barrel even offers white stoneware canisters, in three sizes, with a chalkboard label. Now you have all your baking needs right at your fingertips and you’ve added an interesting and beautiful custom furniture piece to your kitchen!

 

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Designing Chi In The Kitchen

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How Feng Shui Corresponds With Kitchen Design Principles

It’s not difficult to understand why you find a lot of similarities between the practice of Feng Shui and the principles used by a certified kitchen designer. Believers in Feng Shui say that how you design and decorate the kitchen can influence your prosperity and health. Believers in good design say that how you design and decorate the kitchen can influence how you cook, how you eat, how you entertain and ultimately your satisfaction and happiness in your home!

fengshuicooktop

A guiding Feng Shui kitchen principle involves the cook being in a “commanding position” when at the stove. Feng Shui says he cook should be able to clearly see the doorway without turning away from the stove. This is no easy feat when in most homes the stovetop or range is flush with a kitchen wall! A quick solution to this is to hang a mirror or reflective surface behind the cooking surface. Another solution from the kitchen design perspective is to re-do your backsplash with shiny or reflective tiles. Glass and metallic tiles are a growing trend in backsplashes, who knew they also supported a respected ancient tradition?

If you do have the opportunity to remodel your kitchen, consider implementing another trend in kitchen design: install a cooking island. Placing the cooking surface in a central island allows the cook to see the entire room, including the doorway. Beyond the Feng Shui benefits, a cooking island is practical. With the wide view you’ll be able to comfortably talk with dinner guests or keep an eye on the kids as you cook.

Like any good kitchen designer, Feng Shui insists upon an organized storage and cooking space. From the Feng Shui point of view, the food you eat gives you energy; for this energy to be of high and healing quality the food needs to be prepared in a harmonious and well-organized kitchen with a balanced flow of Chi (Feng Shui energy.) A professional designer can really help by customizing your kitchen storage for the way you shop and cook. New cabinetry has endless options for keeping your drawers un-cluttered and all of your spaces tailor-made for your belongings!

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