Design Trend: Kitchen Ladders

Today I wanted to talk about a design trend that is popping up in kitchen design and it’s the kitchen ladder. Now I wouldn’t say it’s a 2018 Design Trend, but I would say that I’m seeing ladders more and more not just in home libraries but in kitchens as well. You might think, “why would you have a ladder in the kitchen?” and in most kitchens it wouldn’t be necessary, but they prove very useful in kitchens with cabinets that go to the ceiling and where the ceiling is taller than normal.

Scroll through below to see some beautiful images of kitchens with ladders and maybe it’ll have you considering one in your next kitchen!

Kitchen Ladder

Image: Lynn K. Leonidas Design & Decoration 

 

Kitchen Ladders

Image: Pinterest (Original Source Unknown)

Kitchen Ladders

Image: Decor Pad

Kitchen Ladder

Image: Decor Pad

Kitchen Ladder

Image: Gazeta Do Povo

Kitchen Ladders

Image: Laplante Construction

Kitchen Ladder

Image: Lonny

 

2018 Trend: Green Kitchens

A new year means new design trends and one design trend that keeps popping up is green kitchens! Although white will still reign supreme, green is gaining some traction. Last year blue kitchens were hot and this year I think they’ll get replaced with green. Now I know what you’re thinking…. “Green? Really? Isn’t that so retro?”. Well I’m here to show you some green kitchens that are very modern and now and maybe I’ll having you changing your mind!

 

Green Kitchen

Image: Studio McGee

Green Kitchen

Image: The Zhush

Green Kitchen

Image: Jillian Harris Via Popsugar

Green Kitchen

Image: Room for Tuesday

If you don’t want to commit to a full green kitchen, incorporate open shelving to break up the design, or go with two tone cabinets using white on the top. You can also add in a different color island, such as black or wood to break up all the green.

Green Kitchen

Image: Amber Interiors

Green Kitchens

Image: Lonny

Green Kitchen

Image: Studio McGee

Green Kitchen

Image: Sarah Sherman Samuel

 

How to Style your Mantel: Holiday Edition

Now that the Holiday season has begun, so has the decorating. Fireplaces often become one of the focal points for holiday decorating, so if you’re unsure how to style your mantel this season, this post is for you!

Step 1: Remove everything from your mantel and start with one main focal point, whether its a large mirror or a large piece of art. This will anchor your decor.

Holiday Mantle Styling

Step 2: Add height and texture. You can do this with a vase full of holiday branches, faux small trees, or a tall decorative item.

Holiday Mantle Styling

Step 3: Add varying height with candles and other decorative items.

Holiday Mantle Styling

Step 4: Create grouping of the items on your mantel.

Holiday Mantle Styling

Step 5: Add your stockings. Get these custom made ones from Charlotte Interiors here.

Holiday Mantle Styling

And Voila! Your fireplace is all styled for the holiday! An extra tip is to add a nice basket to the side of your fireplace to hold wood logs, holiday branches, or even an extra blanket. It adds an extra layer of texture, interest and height.

Enjoy your holiday decorating!

IKEA Hack: Designer Inspired Nightstands

Nightstand Ikea Hack

This week I finally got around to finishing my nightstands, which I purchased from IKEA about 2 months ago. I originally wanted to get these beautiful designer side tables from Bungalow5, but I decided to try out a cheaper version and make my own using IKEA dressers, which only cost $50/each.

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Bungalow5 Dresser

IKEA Dresser

In 10 easy steps I turned the IKEA dressers into designer inspired nightstands and here’s how you can too!

Ikea Hack Nightstands

STEP 1: Pour yourself a drink, my preferred choice was wine, since we all know how IKEA assembly goes, the drink helps make it a little less frustrating.

STEP 2: Follow the directions and assemble the dressers.

STEP 3: Prime the dressers. I only primed the areas that I was going to paint, which did not include the inside of the drawers, but if you want to have those finished as well, then prime those areas. The primer that I used was ZINGER (R) Bulls Eye 1-2-3 (R) Water-Base Primer

IKEA HACK

STEP 4: Let it dry. Once the primer is dry, give it a light sanding, this will smooth out the surface for a nicer paint finish.

STEP 5: Choose your paint color. I went with Benjamin Moore Cloudy Sky 2122-30

IKEA HACK

STEP 6: Paint the dressers. I used Benjamin Moore Advance Interior Paint in a pearl finish. This product is great for furniture or cabinets and the pearl sheen gives just enough sheen without being too gloss. Plus it goes on really easily.

Ikea Hack

STEP 7: Pick your hardware. I chose these ring pulls from AllModern.

Ikea Hack

STEP 8: Apply 2nd coat of paint.

STEP 9: Put on your hardware and put your drawers in the dresser.

Ikea Hack

STEP 10: Put in place and style! Add a lamp, some books and a flower and ta-da! A beautifully styled nightstand.

Ikea Hack Nightstands

 

 

 

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