Design

Lessons from Joan Rivers’ Kitchen

Lessons from Joan Rivers’ Kitchen

I feel differently about Joan Rivers since the New York Times ran this piece about her kitchen. I am finally at peace with her cat eyes and screeching on the red carpet after realizing that I kinda like her home – especially her kitchen. The home is an 84-acre estate […]

Chalk It To Me

Chalk It To Me

I never really got on the chalkboard craze bandwagon, but ever since Hudson Paint introduced their palette of 20 colors, I think I’m a convert. At $25 a quart, I’m having trouble trying to decide where I want to try out it out. On the inside of my kitchen cabinets […]

How To Glaze Kitchen Cabinets

How To Glaze Kitchen Cabinets

Painting a tired cabinet facade in the kitchen is the hands-down easiest way to update in a weekend. Glazing takes your new and improved surfaces to another level by adding paint or wood stains to the surface once the first coat of paint or primer is dry. Glazes are available […]

Stain Instead of Paint Your Hardwood Floors

Stain Instead of Paint Your Hardwood Floors

Painting hardwood, concrete or tile floors can open up a new world of color palettes that add just the right amount of panache to your home’s interior. Yet some, like designer Stephanie Wirth, question the durability of painted hardwood floors, complaining that the paint has a tendency to chip. The […]

Kitchen Cabinet Decisions: Pre-fab, Custom or IKEA

Kitchen Cabinet Decisions: Pre-fab, Custom or IKEA

A good friend of mine just bought a house recently and is taking on the necessary renovations head-on, and all on his own. Looking at pictures of his kitchen post-gutting (like the one above) I began to consider the importance of kitchen cabinets in functionality and over-all aesthetic. When we […]

Tattoo Your Kitchen Tile

Tattoo Your Kitchen Tile

During the overhaul of our kitchen, there were a couple of things that despite my best efforts, I couldn’t quite come up with a game plan for. Some things, like my kitchen countertops, were just shrugged off as a bigger worry for another day. But other things, like the decorative […]

Universal Kitchen Design for Seniors

Universal Kitchen Design for Seniors

When designing a kitchen for seniors and the physically challenged, you need to consider more than just the faucets or countertop choice. Kitchen layout, counter and cabinet height, and appliances are just a few options that need to be thought out more carefully. We asked Susan Serra, who is a […]

Planning a Kitchen for the Physically Challenged with Universal Design

Planning a Kitchen for the Physically Challenged with Universal Design

Unfortunately there are millions of people who do not have the physical freedom to function in a standard home and kitchen. Special considerations need to be made when planning a kitchen design. Once again Susan Serra, CKD, from thekitchendesigner.org steps in to show us the way. For those with special […]

When to Call-In the Kitchen Design Pros

When to Call-In the Kitchen Design Pros

How do you decide if you need a kitchen design professional? It really comes down to your skill and the risk level you are willing to take. The following scenarios usually require a design professional, which is a general term I use to encompass architects and engineers. Upon reading this […]

Hollywood Kitchens: Mad Men

Hollywood Kitchens: Mad Men

Betty Draper struggles to fit into the life of a 50’s housewife on AMC’s Mad Men, and she’s often seen wearing an apron in the kitchen and cooking meals, taking care of the kids, and gossiping with friends. TheKitchn has a great write up regarding the authenticity of these mid-century […]

Keep to a Triangle When Designing a Kitchen

Keep to a Triangle When Designing a Kitchen

You’ll be most productive in your kitchen if your layout is in the shape of a triangle. The National Kitchen and Bath Association has specified these guidelines for your “kitchen work triangle”. * The sum of the work triangle’s three sides should not exceed 26 feet, and each leg should […]

Painting Brass Doorknobs

Painting Brass Doorknobs

More from the DIY Maven as a contributor this week to Charles and Hudson. She is an active member of the Curbly community and has written many great posts that cover design, decorating, and diy. This week she is tackling a number of different home improvement challenges for us starting […]

Get the Perfect Patina with Milk Paint, Ochres and Oxides

Get the Perfect Patina with Milk Paint, Ochres and Oxides

To achieve a textured and vibrant look similar to buildings found throughout Europe, our friend recommends using natural ochres and oxides and recommends their use with milk paint to achieve that perfect patina. The Eco Haus located in Seattle, WA has an assortment of these products that are also available […]

Not Feelin’ the Purple House on the Corner?

Not Feelin’ the Purple House on the Corner?

Notice the purple house on the corner? Neighbors might like the creativity but really hate it because it brings down the value of the neighborhood. There’s a battle brewing across American neighborhoods. Homeowners who “toe the line” and maintain a consistent home color amongst themselves vs. those who prefer a […]

Modern Wallpaper Designs

Modern Wallpaper Designs

Over at Modern Self they were inspired by the wallpaper designs of Twenty2 Wallpaper and decided to paint their walls instead. Their results (above) look great but it’s a bit modern for our tastes (but perfect for the Modern Self).

White House Christmas Decorating Ideas

White House Christmas Decorating Ideas

The White House is always splendidly decorated for Christmas and this year proves to be no exception. The Bush’s always decorated with aplomb and their state ornaments were gorgeous. Here Laura Bush shows us her grand gingerbread house and the trees lit up in the main hallway at the White […]

Faux Fireplaces

Faux Fireplaces

Enjoy the look of a real fireplace without tearing into your walls or rebuilding your home.