10 Tips Everyone Should Know Before Remodeling by Carla Aston of Aston Design Studio
Came across this post on Pinterest (are you noticing a theme?). I've read so many of these types of articles over the years, that I usually just skip right past them. Most are filled with the same vague, "no-kidding sherlock" information. This was one of the best I've read.
The tips are not rocket science, but simple (and important) things that most people just don't think of.
If you've been following my posts, you know that recently I have been intrigued by Australian design. Particularly Australian kitchen designs (like this one by Designer Darren James). Not only are these kitchens gorgeous, I am also seeing a definte trend towards seperating the kitchen into two distinct areas.
The larger showier area is filled with beautiful materials, stunning design details, and seating so that guests can enjoy your culinary prowess. The smaller, slightly concealed area is more utilitarian and houses the refrigerator and that countertop clutter, (toasters, mixers, etc...) that we are loathe to put away.
In other examples that I've seen of this concept, the outer kitchen becomes a true show space with very limited cabinetry, and often just the cooking appliance and a prep sink, and even the main sink and dishwasher have been moved into the secondary space. I mean who really wants to stare at that sink & dirty dishes while you are eating, right?
As kitchens become more and more the heart of the home, the center of entertaining and being in each others company, it's a trend enjoy and I hope to see more of! - Shylo
I love, love, love when the most used room in the home features treasured art and collections. Give it a place of prominence, maybe even some special lighting, and you'll enjoy being in that space even more. - Shylo
I am loving wood tiles these days... Lily Gahagan (author of the Houzz article) mentions Jamie Beckwith. The Jamie Beckwith Collection offers so many really interesting styles it's worth clicking here to check them out directly! www.jamiebeckwithcollection.com - Shylo
CleanTech Antimicrobial Hardware by Berenson Hardware - actually kills bacteria. Not excited to hear that the antimicrobial layer wears off to reveal a red layer meaning that the hardware needs to be replaced - but still a very cool idea. - Shylo
Two tone kitchens are turning up all over right now. The darker vertical grained wood on the bottom adds drama, while the painted white cabinets on top keep the space open and airy. Keeping the door style and hardware the same unites the two. - Shylo
"Schwartz and Architecture designed the remodeling of this 1950's house in the San Francisco neighborhood of Bernal Heights." - DesignMilk
This week, Jeff Murphy and Mary Burnham of New York firm Murphy Burnham and Buttrick Architects talk about upgrading a loft that they converted for the same clients 11 years ago. They're available for the next 48 hours to answer your questions, so ask away!
Shylo Anne Preston's insight:
As Kitchen Designers we can often be inspired by unexpected things... in photos we don't only see the room but an idea that has many different applications.
Sometimes I feel clients looking at me strangely after I show them a particular photo which on the surface appears to have nothing to do with their space... but within is a nugget of an idea that is the key to the whole design.
"Dodecahedron. Hmmmm. For some reason this multifaceted shape seems to be popping up everywhere in design. You might ask...what is a dodecahedron? I asked that myself a few months ago when the word came up during a conversation..." Cococozy
A friend, and extremely talented Interior Designer, Tonia Coleman of Le Belle Maison Interiors, did the furnishings, lighting & accessories for almost this entire home. It was a thrill to work on this project with her! - Shylo
I was scrolling through this ArchDailly article and literally thought I heard angels sing when I hit the kitchen. I'm in love with the way the Designer(s) used the contrasting color to completely frame a simple all white kitchen. Gorgeous with the exotic wood floors.
Architects: Bild Architecture
Location: Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
Project Team: Ben Milbourne, Haslet Grounds, Alison Stout
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