A Major Kitchen Moment

I know, I know. I was espousing the need to minimize kitchen design just a couple of weeks back. And while I’m still feeling the paired down look, I’m also human. I will always be easily seduced by a stunning kitchen moment. 

The following example certainly qualifies.

A Major Kitchen Moment on apartment 34
A Major Kitchen Moment on apartment 34

You wouldn’t know it first glance, but this kitchen resides in a nearly 200 year old townhouse in Brooklyn. Part of a double height addition, this kitchen is oversized without being overly opulent.

A Major Kitchen Moment on apartment 34

I love how this kitchen has the Euro-influenced backsplash that features single open shelf (still realllyyy wish I’d done that in my kitchen but it wasn’t a thing in 2015!), but doing it with the Vermont soapstone is perfectly understated, rather than in your face. And its texture is so yummy, I just want to stand there and pet it. The bead-board cabinetry in a yummy subtle cream and oversized reclaimed oak island could read rather rustic, but the 20-foot steel clad windows and the huge modern pendant balance the look.

A Major Kitchen Moment on apartment 34
A Major Kitchen Moment on apartment 34
A Major Kitchen Moment on apartment 34

I love the wall to wall cabinets that hide appliances and storage creating a serene, clean look. This feels like elevated farmhouse at it’s very best – particularly since its in New York! The wall of cabinetry leads you into a sunken hangout area, creating a large contiguous communal space.

A Major Kitchen Moment on apartment 34

While everything in this kitchen is on a grand scale, there’s still an air of minimalism and restraint I really appreciate. So maybe I’ll hedge my bets on the minimal kitchen and say maybe we could all benefit from a little more restraint.

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Source: apartment34.com

The 8 Major Home Design Trends That’ll Be Big in 2021 – Redfin

This article is a collaboration between Redfin and Hunker 

With a new-found love for our homes this past year, it’s likely you’ve racked up a laundry list of ways that you’d love to revamp your space. And what better time to refresh and upgrade your home than the New Year? To help spark some inspiration, we partnered with Hunker to predict which home trends will be big over the next year. So whether you’re looking for kitchen remodel ideas or you’ve set a goal to finally transform that spare room into your dream office, we’ve got you covered. Combining Redfin’s data on the most valuable home trends and Hunker’s design experience, here are the major design trends we expect homeowners to embrace in 2021:

designer kitchen black cabinets

designer kitchen black cabinets

Home Design Trend 1: Designer kitchens fit for a chef

Since many picked up cooking or baking as a new hobby in 2020, it’s no surprise that the kitchen remains the heart of the home. When it comes to kitchen design trends this year, think functional yet stylish. Spacious, open concept kitchens with top-notch stainless steel appliances will continue as a “must-have” for homeowners, but they’re also seeking a beautiful and stylish design. 

kitchen blue cabinetry design trend

kitchen blue cabinetry design trend

Home Design Trend 2: Stylish kitchens with contrast

While an all-white kitchen is a classic, expect to see bolder palettes — like blue hues, forest greens, and deep charcoals — on island cabinetry, as a contrasting backsplash, or with kitchen furniture. We’ll see kitchens continue to incorporate luxe statement lighting and sleek hardware, such as gold faucets and cabinet handles. 

home office design trends built in

home office design trends built in

Home Design Trend 3: Bonus spaces that can double as a home office

Working from home will continue to be a theme in years to come, and many are looking for opportunities to create dedicated workspaces within their homes. Whether it be an ADU, a sun room, an additional guest room, or transforming a shed into an office space — this is one of the major home design trends that’s here to stay.

warm bedroom fur blanket

warm bedroom fur blanket

Home Design Trend 4: Earthy textures with luxury elements

In 2021, look to see more homes incorporating a lot of the colors you typically see in minimalism. You’ll see colors like white, cream, beige, rust, and sage, but layered in with multiple textures. Think a living room that combines jute, oak, and linen with materials that are undeniably luxe, or a kitchen with colored marble countertops and rich velvet banquette seating.

quartz countertop kitchen

quartz countertop kitchen

Home Design Trend 5: Quartz countertops 

In the war of countertop materials, quartz has risen up through the ranks over the years. Versatile, practical, contemporary and elegant, quartz is basically the full package and we expect to see more of it moving into 2021. Quartz countertops pair well with both light and dark colored cabinets, making them easy to integrate into any kitchen color scheme.

outdoor dining area pool fireplace

outdoor dining area pool fireplace

Home Design Trend 6: Outdoor dining rooms for year-round entertaining 

Now, more than ever before, homeowners want to blur the lines between indoor and outdoor in a way that lets them experience the best of both realities. With people less focused on eating out, they’ll be looking to take advantage of outdoor entertaining with spaces that can function as open-air dining rooms — whether that be a deck, a gazebo, or a patio overhang. 

blue velvet couch pattern rug gradmillenial design trend

blue velvet couch pattern rug gradmillenial design trend

Home Design Trend 7: Embracing grandmillennial style 

This style slowly began to take off this year,  but “grandmillennial” is being embraced with open arms as we enter 2021. This fun and unique design trend is all about appreciating traditional style from a modern point of view. You can expect to see tasteful antique decor — like a vintage statement mirror — plenty of brass and wicker, and varieties of texture. Whether it’s just a fad or a timeless trend here to stay, it’s going to be “in” throughout this next year.

floor to ceiling windows living room

floor to ceiling windows living room

Home Design Trend 8: Floor-to-ceiling windows

If you’re looking for an open, airy, and refreshing space, then floor-to-ceiling windows are the upgrade your home needs. On-trend with indoor/outdoor living, this home design trend lets light pour into your space without the need to actually step foot outside. Although not the easiest home upgrade to make, it’s one we’ll continue to see throughout homes this year. 

LEGAL: Individual results may vary. This is not intended as a substitute for the services of a licensed real estate agent, or licensed and bonded home services professional or appraiser.

Source: redfin.com

How to Turn Your Kitchen Into Every Coffee Lover’s Dream

For this article, we partnered with sponsor Homegrounds.co. While this is a paid article, its contents reflect our honest opinion and our reporting on the topic has not been influenced.

If you’re a coffee lover, you know that drinking coffee is a complex and nuanced experience, from the rich aroma, comforting warmth, to the actual ritual of sitting down with a fresh cup in the morning, getting ready for the day that lies ahead.

So why not make your kitchen accommodate for the best possible coffee experience? Having a dedicated area in your home where you, your family, and guests can savor some good cups of espresso together will surely make your household the neighborhood’s favorite.

Whether you opt to make it a formal or an informal space, it makes your home warm and welcoming. It also adds a note of flair to your kitchen, setting it apart from the rest — if not by much added visual appeal, certainly by the irresistible smell.  

Having a dedicated coffee corner in your kitchen is one of the latest trends in modern kitchen design, and it’s no longer restricted to luxury homes and hotels.

In fact, setting up a coffee corner is quite easy, and starts with something as simple as selecting a special space in your kitchen where you can place all your coffee-making essentials. You can then up the stakes by having a custom-built coffee bar to suit your style. You can also DIY create a coffee station with a cabinet, carts, and side tables. Or a very simple coffee bar right next to your coffee maker. Don’t overthink it, you can always built on the idea later on, as you go.

Read on to learn how to turn your kitchen into every coffee lover’s dream.

#1 Find the perfect spot in your kitchen

Identify the exact location in your kitchen where you want to set up your coffee bar. Keep in mind that you’re going to use it on a daily basis, so, ideally, it has to be easily accessible and should have enough space for entertaining guests.

If you use a portable cart as your counter coffee station, however, an added bonus is that you can roll it anywhere — your dining room, living room, or even outdoors.

#2 Find a kitchen cart

As previously mentioned, getting your hands on a portable kitchen cart is the easiest way to start creating your own coffee bar at home.

Make sure to choose one with sturdy construction and a compact size as it will house some of your heaviest coffee-brewing essentials, such as your espresso machine, and some of the easiest ones to break, your coffee cups.

#3 Invest in a good coffee maker

Whether you decide to set it up on the coffee cart or to give it prime placement on your kitchen counter, a good coffee maker is the most essential element.

Investing in a good espresso machine will make all the difference, and will set the tone to your mornings with the best coffee smell (and taste, for that matter). Getting a good espresso machine shows that you mean business. To narrow down your search, see Homegrounds.co list of best espresso machines on the market this year, to find the right one for you.

#4 Arrange your counter coffee station

After getting a kitchen cart for your counter coffee station, it’s time to decide what it should look like. If your kitchen cart is large, you can simply arrange it in a way that allows you to express your individuality.

Consider adding unique cups, a coffee pot, and basically whatever you like. If it’s small, you can use a base where you can put all coffee essentials in a group. Doing so helps to decrease clutter. Adding a shelf above its location where you can place coffee, cups, and other essentials is also a good idea.

#5 Customize your coffee station

A customized coffee station will always be a great idea. As already mentioned, you can create a special cabinet where you can place all coffee necessities. The good thing about cabinets is that you can close them when your station isn’t in use; as a result, your kitchen will appear less cluttered. Therefore, less kitchen cleanup will be required.

Another way of customizing your coffee space is by placing a lamp or adding lights that you can fit at the top of your nook. If you prefer an opaque roller blind or swing doors for your shelves and cabinets, either of the two can also work.

#6 Add the ‘coffee shop’ vibe

Thanks to those special design touches and aroma of freshly brewed coffee adding to the coffee shop atmosphere, you’ll instantly feel a warm vibe as if you’re stepping into a real coffee shop.

You can also get that at home now, especially if you pair the above advice with some specific coffee shop elements. Think of adding a chalkboard menu directly above your counter to jot down each day’s brew, like a real coffee shop does. You can also add some kitschy coffee-themed artwork or mount hooks and display your pretty collection of mugs for more aesthetic appeal.

Combine the new with old by scattering some vintage pieces around your coffee bar at home. The coffee shop ambiance will further come out with the help of old-fashioned items. These, of course, can be a great conversation starter every time a guest comes over and appreciates your setup.

#7 Accentuate with coffee-themed wall art

Your home coffee station won’t be quite complete without some coffee-themed wall art. Add coffee-themed pictures and canvas prints, as well as vinyl wall art, hanging plaques, metal tin signs, primitive coffee stencils, and rustic wooden signs. You can visit a real coffee shop to gather inspirations for this.

#8 Choose your furniture

If what you have is an eat-in kitchen that can only accommodate two persons, get a pair of bentwood or opt for French folding garden chairs. Pair your chairs with a square or round bistro table. Position a banquette against the wall if you need to add more seats. Line up small square pedestal tables, around two or three, in front of the banquette, and make sure to leave one or two inches of space between them.

Then, add vintage-inspired or real vintage chairs to the table’s sides, opposite the banquette. For a kitchen that has cabinetry featuring a built-in bar counter, you should opt for contemporary or industrial-inspired, backless, pub-style stools. Make sure to avoid spindle-, splat-, and ladder-back stools that look like tall versions of the traditional dining chairs.

To finish your kitchen coffee bar, display a covered cake plate or a tiered dessert stand, and fill it with typical tasty treats available in most coffee shops, like a glazed cake, pastries, and muffins.

Also, don’t forget to fill glass-fronted cabinets or open shelves with oversized cups and saucers, stacks of dessert plates, as well as big coffee bean glass jars, to complete the look. Choose mugs in solid colors or heavy ceramic cups. In addition, make sure to keep the treatments of your kitchen window simple. Opt for roman shades. Cafe curtains that are made from solid-colored burlap, linen, or cotton do the job well.

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Source: fancypantshomes.com

Good Riddance to Open Floor Plans and Cabinets Galore: Top Kitchen Trends of 2021

Homeowners forced by the coronavirus pandemic to hole up in their homes for much of the past year are changing a few things about their homes.

For starters, COVID-19 exposed the flaws of the open floor plans touted on HGTV and other design shows—finding a quiet space to jump on that Zoom meeting with the boss while the kids are remote learning a few feet away can be a logistical nightmare. Fewer homeowners created an open-concept floor plan leading into 2021, according to a recent survey from design and remodeling site Houzz.

Less than half of kitchen remodelers, or 43%, opened up their kitchen to other interior spaces, according to the survey. That’s a big drop from the 53% of homeowners who did so in 2019.

(More than 2,000 homeowners responded to the survey conducted June 24 to July 9. They were all planning, working on, or had finished a kitchen remodel or addition in the past 12 months, or were expecting to begin one within three months.)

Kitchen storage has emerged as the must-do home renovation of 2021. About 94% of homeowners plan or did some work on their kitchen cabinets, with 63% replacing them. This may be because the pandemic made amateur chefs out of people more accustomed to dining out.

“Storage has really come into focus as people have spent more time at home during the pandemic,” Liza Hausman, Houzz vice president of industry marketing, said in a statement. “More homeowners are reaching out to professionals … for help making their kitchens work better, most often within the same layout and square footage.”

Despite the recession and economic hardships, homeowners spent a median $35,000 upgrading their kitchens, the same as last year.

What kinds of kitchen remodels are in vogue?

People are spending more time cooking in their kitchens, so storage is becoming more important.

(Margaret Wright Photography © Houzz)

For the third year in a row, transitional remained the top kitchen interior design style, although it’s actually a hybrid of other styles, stealing a bit from here and a bit from there. Modern and contemporary rounded out the top three.

Homeowners are choosing Shaker-style cabinets, 57%, and white cabinet doors, 41%. Overall, neutral colors continued to reign supreme. Unobtrusive shades of gray, white, and beige were popular wall colors. More adventurous homeowners brightened them up with multicolor backsplashes; black, stainless appliances; and even blue walls.


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Built-in specialty organizers, drawers, and trays are also popular with those trying to keep all of their stuff in its proper place. More than a third invested in a Lazy Susan, a revolving storage tray that became a staple in the 1950s and 1960s. Perhaps they’ve been bingeing Netflix’s “Get Organized With The Home Edit.”

High-tech kitchen islands also remained on trend. About 63% of remodels included an island, and more than half of those islands featured a new appliance, such as a dishwasher or microwave, or both.

In addition, more than half of those renovating their kitchens upgraded their pantries or created a walk-in one.

What kinds of kitchen remodels fell out of favor?

Homeowners weren’t as interested in upgrading light fixtures and appliances in 2021.

In addition, traditional hardwood flooring found itself on the outs.

Ceramic and porcelain tile, which looks like hardwood but is often more durable and water-resistant, were the top choice for kitchen flooring. Vinyl is also becoming popular, being used in about a fifth of remodels.

Source: realtor.com