Design

Try Bamboo Plywood For Trim, Paneling And Wainscoting

Try Bamboo Plywood For Trim, Paneling And Wainscoting

Bamboo has long been praised for its speedy growth time, ability to thrive without pesticides and its long-lasting, sustainable nature. From flooring to fabric, bamboo has become a go-to eco-friendly material whose versatile nature makes it ideal for a variety of projects. We recently read about another inspiring application of […]

Pros And Cons Of Copper Countertops

Pros And Cons Of Copper Countertops

If you’re hopelessly devoted to trend forecasts, then you may have noticed that warm, rustic materials such as bronze and copper are becoming increasingly popular throughout the home. Faucets and fixtures are one thing, but what about copper countertops? The look can certainly be striking, and copper is versatile enough […]

Needing Neutrals? Think Gray, Not Beige

Needing Neutrals? Think Gray, Not Beige

Although bright or deep hues can certainly make a statement in any room, there’s no denying the power of neutrals. Besides adding a timeless appeal, choosing a neutral wall color makes it easier for you to change the look of a room by swapping accessories and other accents, a tactic […]

Design-It-Yourself With Unfinished Wood Furniture

Design-It-Yourself With Unfinished Wood Furniture

Have you ever found yourself spending countless hours online, scouring the usual and unusual sites looking for that perfect piece of furniture? You know, the one that is the right style, size, and color — only to find it doesn’t seem to exist anywhere but in your own imagination? Well, […]

Cheap Kitchen Cabinet Refinishing

Cheap Kitchen Cabinet Refinishing

This easy to apply kitchen cabinet refinishing solution from Rust-Oleum will save you time and money and give you fresh looking cabinets to last for years.

Cork Floors Are A Versatile, Eco-Friendly Choice

Cork Floors Are A Versatile, Eco-Friendly Choice

We’ve already talked briefly about cork floors here at C&H. They’re an especially good option for your kitchen because they provide a softer, more shock absorbent surface that’s ideal if you find yourself standing for long periods of time. While at Surfaces 2011, we toured a cork flooring exhibit created […]

Trim And Decorate Your Walls Without Paint

Trim And Decorate Your Walls Without Paint

Paint is an incredibly versatile medium, but you can also change the look (and functionality) of a wall without it. Common household items can do double-duty, so if you’re looking to update a room, consider these ideas. * Adhesive Velcro circles. These are best used on a wall that doesn’t […]

Would You Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets Black?

Would You Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets Black?

The great thing about a kitchen is, like other rooms in the house, you can make a dramatic new impact with just a couple of changes. Painting or refinishing cabinets is one such project. Heck, even swapping out the cabinet hardware can be visually refreshing, especially if you’re lucky enough […]

How To Whitewash Brick

How To Whitewash Brick

Brick, like wood trim and other architectural details, is one of those materials that draws strongly opposed crowds when it comes to painting … or preserving. If your brick isn’t in prime condition or you’re eager for a new look, consider covering it with a layer of whitewash. The advantage […]

Track Current Kitchen Usage To Inspire Future Renovation

Track Current Kitchen Usage To Inspire Future Renovation

We’ve said it once, we’ll say it again: every successful renovation starts with a healthy dose of planning. Whether you prefer the structured approach of a workbook or something a little more free, making sketches and taking notes are great ways to keep yourself organized, focused, and most importantly, on […]

Go Retro With Vintage Metal Cabinets

Go Retro With Vintage Metal Cabinets

Just as vintage clothes can inject a dose of retro glamour into your wardrobe, vintage home furnishings, appliances and other items add a dose of timeless appeal to your interior. In the kitchen, vintage metal cabinets can be a great way to combine retro form and function. Popular in the […]

Update Your Space with 2011 Kitchen Remodeling Trends

Update Your Space with 2011 Kitchen Remodeling Trends

The new year is nearly upon us, and that means trend forecasts are being released on an almost daily basis. If you’re planning to update your kitchen in 2011, you may want to consider some of these current trends that will add style and functionality to your space. + Integrate […]

Hotel Felix Chicago: Leading the Way in Green Hotels

Hotel Felix Chicago: Leading the Way in Green Hotels

During our time in Chicago for the Craftsman Experience Holiday Extravaganza, we had the pleasure to stay at the Hotel Felix in downtown Chicago. The Hotel Felix is Chicago’s first hotel designed to meet Silver LEED certification. During construction they focused on using organic materials and renewable resources. Location Location […]

New Ideas for Your Laundry Rooms

Some of us homeowners are lucky to have space on our 1st floor to have a designated laundry room. Even if your laundry room is in your dungeon (Oh, I mean basement) you can incorporate these thoughts into your design, for a better use of space. And…let’s be honest, creating […]

Bodum Santos Makes Coffee Sexy

Bodum Santos Makes Coffee Sexy

If a coffee maker can be sexy then the Bodum Santos is the one. Perhaps its the smooth hour glass shape or the delicate handle and top, whatever it is, Bodum has designed an incredible looking coffee maker. Our bodum electric vacuum coffee maker served it’s last cup after continuous […]

Compact Kitchen For Small Spaces

Compact Kitchen For Small Spaces

The alternative post for this was going to be “why design students never cease to amaze me”. Designed by Kristin Laass and Norman Ebelt from Germany, this clever project (spotted on freshome) is called “Small Type” and it has the wonderful and extremely practical ability of fitting in almost any […]

The Grass Really Is Greener With Design Grass

The Grass Really Is Greener With Design Grass

You’ve got a dilemma. Maybe you live in an urban environment and are starved for lush landscaping. Or you live in an arid climate in which grass is minimized to require less water. Or you really, really love the outdoors and want to bring them inside your home. The solution? […]

Kohler Wellworth Toilet 75th Year Redesign

Kohler Wellworth Toilet 75th Year Redesign

At Greenbuild this year, Kohler introduced it’s its popular Wellworth toilet which has undergone a redesign both cosmetically and internally. They’ve been selling the Wellworth toilet since 1936 and at a retail cost of $261 it is one of the best values you’ll find in terms of quality and design […]

TOTO Double Cyclone Flush Toilets and EcoPower Faucets

TOTO Double Cyclone Flush Toilets and EcoPower Faucets

TOTO is well known for creating stylish toilets that have multi-functions such as the washlet. They were on hand Greenbuild this year sharing their latest innovations, two of which we found fascinating. Their eco-power faucets and double cyclone flushing system. TOTO EcoPower Faucets The EcoPower faucets are engineered to require […]

Dream Of A Green Christmas With Energy Star Lights

Dream Of A Green Christmas With Energy Star Lights

We don’t want to completely bypass Thanksgiving to get to Christmas, but many people opt to break out the holiday decorations the weekend after Turkey Day. And if you have Christmas lights hanging on a tree, elsewhere in your home or outside, you may want to make the switch to […]

Matching Kitchen Countertops and Cabinets from Viola Park

Matching Kitchen Countertops and Cabinets from Viola Park

We’ve got news from Viola Park which is now offering countertop packages designed to work in tandem with its base units, that they hope helps simplify the process of buying a kitchen. This eliminates the need for templating or waiting for a third party to manufacture countertops after the rest […]