Personal Style: 50 Clever Real-Life Kitchen Design Details (50 photos)

10. Classic white farmhouse-style kitchen in eastern Oregon. Connie Atkinson added more storage and a vintage ambience to her remodeled kitchen with a tall hutch procured at an antiques store in Keating, Oregon. She painted the piece with a red base coat and topped it with a black finish, then sanded the edges so that little bits of red would peek through.

A free-standing butcher block serves as a mini kitchen island. “It was a gift, purchased in Paso Robles, California, in 1977. It’s the coolest piece,” Atkinson says.

The homeowner left the 1960s linoleum countertops in the 48-square-foot pantry seen to the right, and painted the walls a vibrant red.

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2. Midwest Modern

Designer: Ed Saloga of Saloga Design Build
Location: Morris, Illinois
Size: About 493 square feet, including the dining area (about 46 square meters); 17 by 29 feet; plus a breakfast booth that’s about 30 square feet (about 3 square meters)

Homeowners’ request: A contemporary farmhouse with a bright, airy space and an open layout with views to the lake. Also, open shelves with white trim, cabinets, tile and walls.

Special features: Painted blue island, wide plank recycled barn wood flooring, custom booth table of wood recycled from a Missouri warehouse, open shelves made from barn siding, vintage egg basket light fixtures, farmhouse sink

Why the design works: The rustic patina of the old barn wood floors makes them easy to take care of. The open layout to the great room is great for entertaining and keeping an eye on the rest of the family while working in the kitchen.

Who uses it: This is a rural summer lake house designed for a private equity consultant and a physical therapist with three young boys. The family lives near Wrigley Field in Chicago.

Problemas típicos: Fuga de agua en cocina, detras del mueble y calentador de gas que pierde tambien; Reparar una fuga de agua en cisterna con Fontanero Valencia o una posible rotura de tubería con filtraciones.

Houzz Tour: In Northern Italy, Vintage Patina and Industrial Chic (13 photos)

This home in northeastern Italy is part of a complex of row houses built in 1910 for employees of a nearby factory. Filippo Saponaro, who owns the home with his wife, is an architect with a passion for objects with history. He renovated his family’s home to bring it up to date while keeping elements…

25 Unique Staircase Designs To Take Center Stage In Your Home

Custom open-wall staircases are fast becoming a favorite feature of ultramodern interiors, the sharp engineering and artful construction bringing beauty to an otherwise utilitarian feature of the home. They can serve as interactive sculptures or as beloved pieces of furniture in their own right. This post features 25 unique staircases that push the boundaries and demonstrate inspiring creativity, ranging from interior architecture masterpieces to functional ideas you’ll want to try at home. Are you one of those lucky enough to be unbound from walled-in stairwells? You just might find your next source of stair inspiration right here.

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Holding Out for Quality (4 photos)

I prefer farmers markets and small, one-of-a-kind finds,” says Christine Minerva, pictured with husband Chris.

Millennials are a design-smart generation accustomed to seeking out homespun and handcrafted sources online, and critiquing one another’s amateur decorating in comment fields. “The millennials want their furnishings to be curated, and they’re willing to pay for it,” says HFN’s Shoulberg. “They want to know the back story before they make a purchase, just as they do with their clothing.”

And their food. “My parents are so stuck on big-box stores and chain restaurants,” says Christine Minerva, who lives in a Toronto loft, shown here. “I prefer farmers markets and small, one-of-a-kind finds. I might spend $5 on a baguette,” she says. “Our generation is going back to basics.”

Susan Doban, a New York architect with a sideline in product design and custom-built furniture, says her clients are generally more knowledgeable about what they want than they were just a few years ago. “By the time they come to me, they’ve spent a lot of time looking at Houzz, and they’ve drawn up idea boards,” she says. “It elevates their taste.” Among other things, she says, they gravitate to hardwoods and other traditional materials in reaction against the pervasive plastics and synthetics of phones and computers.

This move is driven by taste, but also economics. Wages in China have risen by an average of 12 percent a year since 2001, so the bargain factor is diminishing. “Wages are increasing,” Shoulberg says.

It isn’t that we no longer want inexpensive furnishings. We still want them to be modestly priced, but not so flimsy as to be disposable. “People are trying to find that line between affordable but keepable,” says Stephen Treffinger, a freelance writer with an emphasis on home products and tech. “Many younger people would rather buy a few things they really like, even if they have to save for them.”

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32 More Stunning Scandinavian Dining Rooms

Source: IKEA

Our first dining room is perhaps the most accessible, as most of the furniture and decor comes from IKEA. The black dining chairs are from the Esbjörn collection, and the wing chair in the background is part of the Strandmon line.

Visualizer: Victor Serdobintsev

This dining room brightens its modernistic grayscale interior with a set of curvaceous Wishbone chairs, an iconic style by the famous Danish furniture designer Hans Wegner.

Visualizer: Annete Manuilova

Bold wood paneling marks the transition from the carpeted living room to this distinctive dining room, cheered up by bright pops of yellow throughout.

Visualizer: Nicolas Jouslin

Minimalistic and outfitted in simple eggshell white, this dining room draws attention to its dining arrangement exclusively. The table feels welcoming with its light and warm wood tones. Giancarlo Piretti designed the translucent folding chairs in 1967 and they remain just as much of a modern masterpiece today.

Visualizer: Pascal Faller

Simple, monochromatic, and just warm enough to keep guests gathered around for conversation after a heavy meal.

Visualizer: Alex Koretsky

This dining arrangement keeps things extra low profile to preserve emphasis on the incredible window view. The unfinished wood legs are perhaps the most substantial part of the arrangement but blend seamlessly into the light floor below them.

Visualizer: SUN World

Classic leather furniture stands out from its backdrop of minimalistic white surfaces. The dining chairs exhibit the best combination of modern form and classic materials, while the butterfly lounge chair in the back stands alone as an icon of mid-century design.

Visualizer: Yarko Kushta

Here, both sets of dining chairs represent the work of Danish designers. Hans Wegner designed the seating in the foreground, and the taller chairs against the wall are the work of Arne Jacobsen. The rest of the room takes strong cues from the chic and dressed styles attributed to Scandinavian interiors.

Visualizer: Koj Design

Galvanized steel chairs have remained popular all over the world, and certainly made their mark in the Scandinavian design scenes as well. Here, they join a traditional table setup surrounded by pristine modern materials.

Designer: ReFL Studio

Bright, spacious, and open – this dining room combines a traditionally inspired spindle back dining chair with a collection of Eames seats.

Visualizer: Kaan Kılıçay

This dining room takes on a decidedly modern aesthetic, paired with contemporary composite materials and perfectly coordinated dining furniture.

Visualizer: Nguyen Phan

Within this classic kitchen, Scandinavian-designed chairs help establish a solid identity. The dip-painted chairs are the work of Michael Thonet, and the accent chair at the head of the table is a classic Scandinavian style.

Architect: NORM Architects

More classic Wishbone chairs soften this ultra-minimalistic dining room with a touch of organic flair. The lamp is a rather famous IKEA piece from the Maskros line.

Visualizer: INT2 Architecture

Charismatic artwork and eclectic chairs give this simple grayscale dining room a distinctive personality. The half-painted chair offers a design project to try over the weekend – a brush and a can of paint is all you need.

Visualizer: Orange Graphics

Geometric chairs (by Konstantin Grcic) bring this modernist dining room in line with one of today’s most imitated trends.

Visualizer: Kaan Kılıçay

Here’s another dining room that utilizes the amazing galvanized chairs by Xavier Pauchard – this time, they blend seamlessly with the grayscale theme surrounding the natural wood-and-white table.

Visualizer: INT2

Fun coffee diagrams and a plus-shaped wallpaper pattern add tremendous charm to this candid dining room visualization.

Visualizer: Orange Graphics

Hee Welling designed these smooth dining chairs at his studio in Copenhagen. The pendant light is the result of collaboration between Bertjan Pot (based in the Netherlands) & Marcel Wanders.

Visualizer: Thomas Deffet

This dining room is tucked into the cozy kitchen area, gently illuminated by a pair of coral-tinted pendant lights.

Visualizer: Mohamad Fawzi

Very stylish! This Scandinavian-inspired dining space incorporates dark wood and crimson accents as a powerful counterbalance to the smooth white surfaces employed throughout.

Designer: Kingston Lafferty Design

Chairs by Verner Panton and Hans Wegner represent the Nordic design philosophy quite well. Painted table legs and coordinating Eames chairs help tie the aesthetic together.

Visualizer: Fabryka Wnętrz

Concert posters infuse this dining room with the personality of the owner, set against a backdrop of smooth wood paneling.

Visualizer: Diffuse Virtual

Distressed surfaces and modern materials come together in a fascinating duel of styles. Blue and yellow accents draw the eye to the works of art – both printed and functional – found throughout the open layout.

Visualizer: Andrey Marchenko

If you’re going for Scandinavian influence, it’s hard to go wrong with white walls and natural wood tones. This dining room mixes things up a little with a dark gray wall. The chairs are from the Merano collection by Alex Gufler.

Visualizer: Bruno Tarsia

The vaulted ceiling and mix of classic chair styles takes this eclectic dining arrangement to the next level.

Visualizer: AIM Studio

Open cabinetry brings to mind Nordic kitchens in a big way. Here, they echo the strong lines of the cabinetry and the over-table cantilever lamp.

Visualizer: Sergey Harenko

Note the small nod to the ubiquitous hunting trophy on the upper left shelves – with a few twigs and an appropriate base, this little accessory would make for a fun weekend project.

Visualizer: Bartosz Domiczek & Szymon Tworz

Tucked into a corner under a breathtaking skylight, this dining setup really embraces and elevates the Nordic sunny interior style.

Visualizer: Trung-Chung Nguyễn

Wainscoting, reclaimed box shaped shelves, and button-handled cabinetry give this kitchen and dining room a warm and traditional appeal.

Visualizer: Blackhaus Studio

Gorgeous! This dining room demonstrates the transformative power of light and shadow on warm wood surfaces.

Visualizer: Daniel Reuterswärd

This dining room incorporates furniture from a number of Scandinavian designers. The list of stars includes Anre Jacobsen’s Drop Chair and Wegner’s CH33 chair, mixed in with a little mood lighting by Søren Rose.

Visualizer: Evermotion

The final dining room aligns with its angled window to utilize the maximum amount of light possible.

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Get back out there. I know it may sound crazy, but one of the most fun parts of being in a ski town is hanging out in all of the great spots set up outdoors. Once you’ve dried out your outerwear, it’s fun to bundle back up and enjoy hot cider, hot chocolate or a hot toddy next to the warmth of an outdoor fire, even when there’s snow on the ground.

An introduction to pillows for side sleepers

We have different favorite sleeping positions because this is how we are able to comfortably sleep for long hours. The different types of sleeping positions are: from the stomach, back or side. However there is sleeping position that is more beneficial to us because of how it is going to decreased interrupted sleep. This sleeping position is side sleeping. Side sleeping can alleviate insomnia and also good for those who are having problems with their back. They can have a pillow placed between their legs to ease pressure to their hips and their lower back. Side sleeping is also best for pregnant women, who should definately check out this great article on Pillow Focus.

There are questions why you need to choose the right pillow for side sleepers. That is because the right pillow for side sleeper can help as a support to your neck, hips, spine and legs. Not choosing the right one can create health issues like snoring, headaches, pain, numbness and other discomfort feeling. Side sleepers have variations and these are fetal position, log position and the yearner position. The fetal position is sleeping like a fetus. The log position is sleeping on your side with straight legs and both of the arms down on your waist. While the yearner position is sleeping on your side that both arms are in front of your body and legs are straight.

When choosing the right pillow for side sleepers you have to ensure that the materials are made of polyester or memory foam. To have a better sleep the pillow should give comfort to your neck and your back. There is also an option that a pillow can benefit you if you are a pregnant woman which is a total body pillow. A bamboo memory foam is also included that is good for side sleepers. Choose also the one you can put between your arms while sleeping on your side.

As you notice memory foam and the polyester fabric are the best options for side sleepers that is because it has the features and quality that are just right for them. This is being made because of the good airflow that it has that will make you feel cool whenever you sleep at night. This is the best thing with the memory foam and polyester fabric pillows for side sleepers. This is a great switch from normal pillows to these types of pillows. There are so many options for the memory foam and polyester pillows that you can choose in the market or online shops.

All those recommended pillows are important for side sleepers as this will result to a more comfortable sleep and rest at night. If you are having sleeping problem and not yet a side sleeper well then try this sleeping position. If you are having back pains make sure to have soft pillow that you have beside you so you can enjoy more on your sleep. This will surely decrease the pain that you are having whenever you are sleeping. You may start now the side sleeping to have the comfortable sleep that you are wanting every night.

Bar Cart 101: Chocolate Pairs With Bourbon for a Warm Winter Cocktail (8 photos)

As the founder of Badminton Chocolate, I love using chocolate as an ingredient. Here’s a winter cocktail that combines homemade chocolate syrup with bourbon whiskey. You start by making the syrup, then add cream, a half-ounce of bourbon and milk. (Going a little light on the amount of bourbon creates a nice balance of flavors.) Top with more whipped cream and marshmallows, and you’re set to indulge.

Chocolate Syrup


  • 1½ cups water
  • 1½ cups local honey
  • ¾ cup organic raw cacao powder
  • 1 teaspoon pure Madagascar vanilla extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon cardamom powder
  • Dash of sea salt

1. Bring the water to a boil. Add the honey, lower the heat to medium-high and stir constantly until the honey has dissolved. Be careful that the honey doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan and burn.

2. Further lower the temperature to medium-low and add the raw cacao powder while whisking the mixture. Whisk constantly at a low boil for 5 to 6 minutes, smoothing out all the lumps and making sure the mixture doesn’t boil over. The longer the cooking time, the thicker the syrup will be.

3. Remove from heat and store in an airtight container for up to a month.