Painting Kitchen Cabinets - The Mystery Revealed

Apply the Paint - There are several tools that work well for applying paint to cabinet doors. A small round roller will be vital in getting enough paint on the surface but still giving you a good amount of control over where it lands. You can use this in conjunction with a brush to even out any drips and drops that occur. Your first coat should be an even thin layer of paint. The second can be a bit thicker but be sure that you wait several hours in between coats to avoid pulling the paint from the surface. And wipe away any dust with a tack cloth. You should be able to get away with two coats provided you have used a good quality paint and the correct type for the application. Ask the hardware or paint store resident paint expert, if you are lucky enough to have one and they will most likely be able to walk you through the process of choosing the correct formula and color for your kitchen. 

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Too Old to Young - Fashionable Adulting

We were all young once; it’s not something we can act like never happened. If you weren’t, I’m interested in your story and how you were born a 32-year-old and what kind of alchemy you were involved with. Back on topic though: depending on your current age, you may look back on your past self and cringe at your taste and the choices you made - I know I have. It’s something that only comes with time and could be influenced by environmental factors that you can’t necessarily be blamed for. If you don’t feel this way and have always had good taste, then cheers to you for being a dapper young individual. If you weren’t so fortunate, such as myself, it could be painful to look at old photos. This goes the same for your home as it does for fashion.

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2018 Kitchen Trends

More and more I see the modern home trading wall space for more windows. And we see a move away from upper wall cabinets in replacement of a more substantial pantry wall of cabinets, mixed in with integrated refrigerators & wall ovens. Kitchen spaces are being designed with less linework and minimal dimensions; this is not to say that kitchens are moving away from wall cabinets altogether, but just less.

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7 Tragic Lighting Mistakes You Should Stop Making

How is that we spend so much time under the influence of light, yet know so little about it?  From the first time, we open our eyes, light impacts the way we view things – both literally and figuratively.  I’m not talking about serving the basic need of having enough light to see something.  What I am talking about is far more subtle – it’s about the way the light makes us feel.

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And Another Thing - Trends that have Trended

Ok, so let’s talk about this. Of course, everyone is entitled to their opinion, and everyone has their sense of style. That being said, some design trends have outstayed their welcome, whether we liked them or not, it is time for a change. I have read similar articles on the same subject and found that there are many trends that I do not see as offensive as other designers apparently do. Nonetheless, here are a few that I do agree with.   

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Interior Design Psychic

Love it or hate it, the times are always changin’. Not everyone is a fan of things evolving. It’s called taste, and we all have our own. It’s what makes us unique. Some people prefer Ferrari and others prefer Lamborghini. Some Ford, others Chevy. Some could live eating sweets the rest of their lives, where others can’t do without savory. Some will never grow old of traditional interior design, while others are choosing flat and boxy with contemporary interior design. 

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Color Theory: Werk

When it comes to freshening up the space with softer surfaces, like the furnishings, accent throws, artwork, etc., we typically find ourselves drawn to some sort of color…..even if its just grey. It’s important to have this be harmonious with your harder surfaces, like the cabinets, countertops, flooring, etc., as the two need to complement one another. Typically, these harder surfaces tend to go more neutral, at least for the way most modern homes are being designed these days, and the color comes through in the softer surfaces. Now, there are some that like to flip that script and play with colors in the harder surfaces, and I only have one thing to say about that- WERK. IT. These spaces tend to have a huge impact and be very bold, and there is nothing wrong with that if it fits your style- you just really have to own your space.

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The Real Cost of Your Remodel Project

Now that you’ve chosen the right designer [I'm not saying its Urbanata but its Urbanata] or the right service, now is the fun part of the connection- fine-tuning the details. Once both you & your designer have signed an agreement or put down an initial deposit for moving the project forward, you’ve officially become a client of your designer, and your plan is one step closer to becoming a reality! 

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What is a SMEG and Why Everyone is Swooning over Them

It has happened to all of us.  That first magical moment you come face to face with an iconic SMEG appliance.  The first thing you will note is that it looks like nothing else you’ve seen before in a modern kitchen.  While other manufacturers are talking about the same stainless steel, white and black appliances we’ve seen for years, SMEG appliances take center stage to become the showstopper in any environment with its vibrant pop of color that will turn your friends lime green with envy.  

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Unique - Just Like Everybody Else

So you’re looking for your first home. Or maybe you’re looking to remodel your third home. Whatever the case, everyone has their own personalities, routines, habits, hobbies and so on. That’s why your home is a reflection of who you are and how you intend to get the most out of your pad. Some homes may be built very cookie-cutter, but that doesn’t mean one size fits all. To some, the kitchen may be their sanctuary; they love to cook, finding it therapeutic to concoct edible science.

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People Laugh at My Kitchen :-(

    The most popular part of the kitchen to use all white in has been cabinets. What I have seen the most lately is a shaker door style cabinet paired with a white finish.  These are an excellent choice for many people as the shaker door style works well in a stylish kitchen or bath that has clean lines and not much frill but are also really easy to integrate into a more transitional and traditional design aesthetic. Your cabinets will be the backdrop to your kitchen and are usually the first thing that people notice when seeing the space. 

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Zen and the Art of Interior Design Brainstorming

You have decided it’s finally time to refresh your space. Everything is lining up, you have a budget, you’ve figured out your style, and you’ve figured out which areas you want to touch. Now, it’s time to find the interior designer that is going to help you put that together. Some have their own practices, and some work within a team at a larger firm/ company- whatever the case, you want to make sure that you can trust that your designer can bring your vision to life.

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Tiny House Solutions Seattle

With a housing market like we have in Seattle, Tiny Houses make sense. Washington is ripe for this sort of unconventional change which puts clever solutions in the reach of the people who need them. Here are some of the great products that we carry that make great use of space. Our partners at Richelieu have come up with some pretty incredible ideas!

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Designing Small Spaces - Scale vs. Pattern

    Designing in small spaces can be tricky. First of all, multi-functional spaces are a great idea, and it is increasingly necessary to combine workspaces with living spaces. Secondly, it is always better when you can maximize the functionality of your rooms.  Here are some tips to keep your small area from feeling more cramped than it needs to be. 
 

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Color Psychology

Think back on some of your fondest memories. Everything seems so vivid. You most likely remember feelings, specific music playing in the background, maybe current events that happened around the same time, as well as colors. You may remember the color of clothes those around you were wearing, the color of a vehicle that passed by, the old hideous shade of green your friend’s house used to be before they painted over it, or the bright stripes of the snake that nearly bit you before your mom ran out and rescued you. 

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Why Are Bidets Not a Thing in the US

The United States is one of the only countries where using toilet paper instead of water after using the restroom is the standard practice. In most countries including Japan and most of the Middle East, the most common method is to use water. This has been done for thousands of years with excellent results compared to using paper. The bidet was invented by the French and never adopted by the English - one theory as to why it has never become popular in the US. But there is a growing movement to bring the bidet to homes across the country.
 

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KITCHENS AND THE ART OF EVOLUTION (part 2)

So now that we’ve talked about the whys of product design pushing the boundaries of interior design and how it has - and can - morph culture, let’s take a look at what the future has in store. Whether it’s advancing material science, 3D printing, or tiny homes, interior design has some exciting challenges ahead of it. While the focus here has been innovative product design taking interior design to uncharted levels, it’s a two-way street. 

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Myth Busted: Dark Colors in Small Rooms

So you think you are not supposed to paint dark colors in small rooms, eh? Really? Go ahead - I dare you! Just Google "dark colors in small rooms" and look at the images. Gasp! It can't be right! If it is not true then why does everybody do it? Because it seems fantastic! Dark colors make a bold and dramatic statement that can be just as inviting and beautiful as the rest of your home. Let's take a closer look at how to make your small, impossible room wholly unique and an expression of your crazy color style!
 

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Tricks to Tricking Out Your Space

When we start trying to decide how to design our spaces, so many times we fall into a rabbit hole of all of the various types of materials and colors available. This feeling can be a very overwhelming to pull yourself out of, just ask all of the Pinterest bloggers - it’s like you can scroll for HOURS & HOURS with no end in sight. For the most part, we can narrow it down to a couple of general styles (s), but then the real madness begins when you try to blend them. I know the anxiety of feeling like there just has to be the one right way to design this space; believe me, I’m an interior designer ;) 
 

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