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Posted by Danielle Lozzi on 11/10/2019

Kitchens have become the new hip gathering spot in the home. With open floor plans, kitchens are combining the cooking, dining, and hanging out areas of your home and meshing them into one big room. Counters and islands have become tables, trading for fancy dining tables. People tend to congregate in the kitchen, allowing it to be the center of food, fun, and conversation. How can you make your kitchen ultra inviting? Below, youíll find a few tips to help bring your kitchen to a new level of trendy.    


Bright, Attractive Cabinets


Cabinets are one of the focal points of the kitchen. If you have bright cabinets, it attracts people to the room. The type of cabinets that you have also establish the type of style that youíre looking to create in the kitchen and possibly throughout your home. Youíll want to work the entire color palette of your kitchen around the color and style of your cabinets. As a bonus, good cabinets equal good storage. If your kitchen is organized, youíll feel a lot happier and at ease in the room as well.


Technology


Kitchens are becoming increasingly technological. From smart, energy efficient appliances, to features of the kitchen that you can control with your smartphone, a kitchen can truly have it all. This makes entertaining a breeze. You could even get dinner going before you ever leave work! All of the new technologies that are being introduced surely make life much easier. 


Advanced Lighting


The type of lighting that you employ in the kitchen can set the tone for the whole room. Not only do you need good task lighting, but ambient lighting is important as well in order to attract guests to the main gathering place of the house. Whatever vibe you want your kitchen to give off works with the lighting thatís available. The kitchen certainly should never be a dark room. Consider the safety factor thatís needed in the room, then realize just how inviting a room is that is bright and airy. Itís important to plan out your lighting scheme accordingly when it comes to your kitchen. 


Storage


One thing youíll want plenty of in your kitchen is storage. This helps to reduce clutter, increase organization and makes entertaining an easier undertaking. Guests will feel more welcome as there will be ample room to sit and hang out while prepping and cooking are going on. 


It seems that trends in kitchens are always changing, however, many things remain constant. The need for a clean and organized gathering area in your home will never go away.  

         








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Posted by Danielle Lozzi on 10/20/2019

The microwave does not get the respect it deserves in the kitchen. In reality, it is a useful appliance that is under-utilized in the kitchen. Did you know that apart from warming leftover dinner, there are many things that a microwave can do for you? A microwave is actually designed to cook some food items for you quickly and efficiently compared to other cooking methods. Here are some things you can whip up using your microwave.

Bacon

Instead of stressing out to fry bacon, a microwave can cook it for you without the splashing fat. Simply line a plate with paper towels, line up your bacon strips and set your microwave to high heat for up to five minutes. Most moderately-sliced bacon strips will cook to a crisp.

Popcorn

You can make DIY popcorn at home using a microwave. Take a brown paper bag and put in some kernel corns. Fold the bag several times and heat it until it begins to pop. Once the popping reduces to a minimum, put some olive oil or sweet butter, seasoning and anything else you like in your popcorn. Shake it all in, and that's it!

Frittatas for one

Take a mug, spray it generously with cooking spray and break an egg into it. Add in some milk, salt, pepper, and your favorite vegetables and anything else you like in your frittata. Microwave it on high heat for about two minutes, and it's done!Steamed milk for lattesIf you are making your latte at home, you can complete it with ďsteamedĒ milk and foam just like your favorite barista. Put two-percent milk into a mason jar and close the lid. Shake it until it foams for about a minute. Then take off the cover and put it in a microwave for about a minute till it is warm. Pour milk into your latte and add the foam for a special topping.

Toasted nuts

Toasting nuts in a pan can leave your kitchen smelling like burnt nuts. You can avoid this smelly nut kitchen issue by using a microwave to get the crisp on your nuts instead. Use a microwave-safe flat dish to cook it instead to get the same crisp without the smell. Donít cook your nuts for a long time. For the best results, set your microwave to one minute and check your nuts after each round to see if itís toasted enough for you.

For more cool things you can do with your microwave, take a glance at the user manual to learn more cooking tips.




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Posted by Danielle Lozzi on 10/13/2019

If you enjoy eating a lot of chicken in your diet because it is easy on your budget, then it pays to have many ways to cook it. Chicken is an affordable meat that many people use in their daily meal planning. The problem with chicken is that creating new ways to prepare it could be difficult. Here are four ways to use the chicken thigh with the leg attached to make a tasty meal:

Roast Chicken

Roasted must be the easiest way to cook chicken. Just wash, pat dry, rub with oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper. You can cook with the lid on or off. Many people will cook and take the cover off three-quarters of the way to ensure that the skin gets brown and crisp. Add your one of favorite vegetables, and you have a meal prepared with little hassle.

BBQ Chicken

If you are new to using a BBQ grill, take the skin off the chicken before you start cooking. Removing skin will significantly reduce the chances of a fire starting and burning your meat. Add any style of sauce near the end of cooking. Having 3-4 different sauces will allow you to change the flavor of the meat by using a different sauce. It goes excellently well with steamed rice, veggies and as a side to most dishes.

Breaded Chicken

Breading is a quite fantastic way to cook your chicken. You can purchase different flavors at your local grocery store, or you can mix your own spices and add them to your coating. The best part of making your unique spice blend is that you can control how much sodium you use. Two popular coatings you can use are corn flakes and crackers. If you want to prepare a truly special meal, Japanese Panko bread crumbs will add a nice touch to your chicken.

The Slow Cooker

Another easy way to cook chicken is to add chicken pieces and bones to a slow cooker along with some water. Set it on low, add a couple of bay leaves, some salt, and then leave it to cook all day. An hour before cooking, take the chicken out of the slow cooker and let it cool. While the chicken is cooling, you can add noodles or rice. Pick all the meat off the bones and put it back into the slow cooker and you will have an amazing chicken noodle or rice soup.

Try out these super ways of cooking chicken and expand your cooking horizons today.




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Posted by Danielle Lozzi on 10/6/2019

In every kitchen, there is a need for proper storage, display, and functionality. And that is what a kitchen Island does perfectly. There are a lot of design options available for kitchen islands, and it can be a headache to know where to start.Whether you need some ideas for a complete kitchen redesign with an island, or just looking to give your existing kitchen a bit of freshness, these ideas will help you unlock your creativity no matter your budget. 

Create more counter space

One of the most cost-effective ways to decorate your kitchen Island is by adding more counter space on it. Doing this makes it stylish as well increases its functionality; more room to make a smoothie, try out some cooking recipe you watch on TV and can serve as eating space if you have a large family. 

Creating contrast is also a brilliant idea. Here is the thing: you can create beautiful contrast by using various material or color on your island counters that are distinctive from other countertops in the kitchen. If the countertops in your kitchen are white quartz, make you Island counter green or black which is in vogue. 

Bring in more seats

Having a big family is fun but when it is time to eat, it can be a war zone as siblings, and family members fight over who will sit on the dining table. Well, you can kill two birds with one stone by resolving the fight over the dining table and bringing a fresh look into your kitchen by adding low profile seats to make it a dining area. However, make sure you have a counter that overhangs so you can tick in the stools or chair after a meal.

Place some appliances

Placing sinks or stove tops on the surface of the island is a brilliant way to spread the workflow throughout the kitchen. Installation can be complicated so erase the thought of doing it yourself. For proper installation, it is best that you seek the services of professionals.Incorporate more storage Make your island stand out by adding more counter space like drawers, shelves for cookbooks and even a trash area.

Go multilevel 

Use your island for multiple purposes, like eating and preparing a meal. There will always be ample space for both activities. It will make it seems like two different spaces.

Nothing makes a kitchen prettier than a decorated Island. If you are unsure of how to decorate your kitchen island, use these tips mentioned above or talk with your local kitchen designer. Adding an island can increase the value of your home. Talk to your contractor or real estate agent and get their thoughts on the most economical choices with the greatest value to add.




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Posted by Danielle Lozzi on 4/7/2019

One of the ways to make your kitchen look great is to furnish it with high-quality and luxury features. Apart from giving your kitchen a classy look, it also reflects your personality as someone who is trendy and organized. Add a classic touch to your kitchen with these top tips that are meant to bring elegance: 

Crown Molding 

Crown molding can bridge the gap between the ceiling and your wall cabinet. It makes the transition easy. In traditional kitchens, one single touch of detail can complete the design. 

Matching Ends 

You can decide to go with matching panels for your cabinet instead of a flush skin. They have a furniture-like look just like decorative legs. This type of design is perfect for the Mediterranean and traditional spaces. A matching end can come in two ways Ė it can come integrated into the cabinet, or it comes separately. When installing your matching ends, make sure there is enough room. Depending on the manufacturers, the thickness of the panel can be up to 3/4 inch.

Decorative Legs 

There are several styles of table legs; some of these include mission style, chunky style, and others. Regardless of the form, they always catch the attention of guests and visitors to your home. Therefore, incorporate them into your cabinet or place them at on the island for a real furniture feel. Generally, legs with detailing are perfect for rustic as well as traditional designs. For a modern and contemporary design, simple and straightforward legs are perfect. 

A splash of Color 

For kitchen cabinets, neutrals remain the ideal hues to use. Therefore, a stroke of blue or green is an excellent choice. The result is a bright and bold design with a perfect spice. In contemporary designs, neutrals are also excellent. 

Mixed door styles 

If you like two cabinet door styles, you can go for them both. Complementary looks can improve the overall look of your kitchen while a single look gives an appealing traditional design. An excellent way to enhance your kitchen appearance is by introducing a mix of shaker-style cabinet and modern slab door fronts.

Creative storage spaces 

You have options that are better than the cookie-cutter storage. One of the ways to give your cabinet a classic touch is by going for a custom wine rack drawer. There are several options you can choose; these options are tray dividers for baking sheets, spice rack drawers, and peg pull out for utensils. 

Corbels 

There are plain, ornate and oversized corbels. No matter the type, corbels add traditional elegance to both kitchen and island cabinets. Want to know the best kitchen makeover for a new sale? Talk to your real estate agent about the upgrades that will increase the property value.




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