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We’re Raising the Bar (Stool)

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

These five bar stools allow for informal kitchen dining and can double as extra seating anywhere in the house.   The swivel seat makes for easy conversation.   We love this French style for its caned back/handsome leather combo.     Good for small spaces. It almost disappears. View More

These five bar stools allow for informal kitchen dining and can double as extra seating anywhere in the house.

 

The swivel seat makes for easy conversation.

 

bar stool, wyndham swivel, arteriors

Wyndham Swivel, Arteriors

We love this French style for its caned back/handsome leather combo.

 

bar stool, vintage french cane back round leather, RH

Vintage French Cane Back Round Leather, Restoration Hardware

 

Good for small spaces. It almost disappears.

 

bar stool, vapor, CB2

Vapor, CB2

Back in the Saddle again! This time at the kitchen island.

 

bar stool, saddle, WE

Saddle Bar Stool, West Elm

 The shape, the cow hide, the brass. Simply love.

 

Calvin, Arteriors

Calvin, Arteriors

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Tricks to Successful Kitchen Lighting

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Figuring out the perfect amount of light for your kitchen can feel like a huge task…but it’s not! We’re here to help you reach the perfect amount of lighting for  YOUR kitchen. 1. Crunch the numbers: Start by finding your kitchen’s square footage (length multiplied by width). A View More

Figuring out the perfect amount of light for your kitchen can feel like a huge task…but it’s not!

We’re here to help you reach the perfect amount of lighting for  YOUR kitchen.

1. Crunch the numbers:

Start by finding your kitchen’s square footage (length multiplied by width). A kitchen that is 12 feet wide by 18 feet long covers 216 square feet. Next, multiply the square footage by 1.5 to figure out the wattage needed to properly illuminate the room (216 x 1.5 = 324 watts). This number is now your guideline for the number of watts needed to light your entire space. This includes overhead lighting, task lighting, accent lighting and ambient lighting.

2. Layer the lighting: 

*Ambient lighting: This provides an overall lighting that creates a warm glow and softens shadows. To achieve this you can use a ceiling fixture or lights placed above upper cabinets.

*Task lighting: This illuminates workspaces and can be created with lighting under upper cabinets.

*Accent lighting: This is a great way to add depth to your space. You can use adjustable recessed fixtures or lighting inside of glass-front cabinets.

3. Take control:

Dimmers are very important in a kitchen space. This will allow you the flexibility to adjust lighting to the task at hand- full lighting during food preparation and a softer one for early mornings or after dinner.

4. Be GREEN:

You can have a fabulously lit kitchen while saving the world one light bulb at a time! Regardless of what you decide to use (fluorescents, compact fluorescents, LED, or halogen) look for the Energy Star label when shopping for fixtures.

Happy lighting!

via HGTV

via HGTV

Via HGTV

Via HGTV

Via HGTV

Via HGTV

 

DIY: Kitchen Island

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Having trouble finding that perfect kitchen island for your small kitchen? Wellllll have no fear…you can make your own! This is what you’ll need: -A console table -Egg-shell finish paint -Knobs/pulls -Butcher block -Rubber drawer liner -Small metal angle brackets -Screws -Drill/screwdriver 1. Start by choosing a console table View More

Having trouble finding that perfect kitchen island for your small kitchen? Wellllll have no fear…you can make your own!

diy kitchen island

via House & Home

This is what you’ll need:

-A console table

-Egg-shell finish paint

-Knobs/pulls

-Butcher block

-Rubber drawer liner

-Small metal angle brackets

-Screws

-Drill/screwdriver

1. Start by choosing a console table 1.5″ shorter than the height of your counter tops (once table top is installed, they will be the same height)

2. If you plan to repurpose/paint your piece of furniture, sand and prime before painting and add new knobs.

3. Cut length of the butcher block so that you have 6″ more than the table on each side. 

4. Attach block by placing a rubber drawer liner (same size as block) to the table. Then use four angle brackets on each side to keep in place. 

VOILA!