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Baby Got Back: Adding Style & Storage to Your Kitchen Island’s Backside

In today’s modern homes, open floor plans are common. True they have a lot of appeal but, when you knock down walls and merge the kitchen with the rest of the home, you then have an equally modern problem: what to do with the reverse side of your cabinetry or — now more frequently —the kitchen island facing the living or dining room. Put a little bit of extra care and attention to your kitchen’s “backside”, and add an entirely new and unexpected element. It’s also a smart way to boost storage and function, making the most out of your space.

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Posted on Oct 8, 2017

Planning a Kitchen Upgrade? Secrets to the Perfect Island

The kitchen is the heart of the home, and the island is the heart of the kitchen. If you’re thinking about adding an island to your existing kitchen, or to a new one that you’re planning, read this post first. We’ve combed through hundreds of kitchen designs and come up with the most important considerations for making your island both useful and beautiful.

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Posted on Oct 7, 2017

Anatomy of the Ultimate Kitchen Island

This kitchen above designed by Laura Butler-Madden , is very pretty, with deep blue cabinets, brass accents, and open shelving. It sits on one end of a huge, open concept great room with soaring ceilings and beautiful herringbone floors. But this room’s highest achievement may be achieving “peak kitchen island”. Let’s zoom in on it and discuss, shall we?

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Posted on Oct 5, 2017

Unusual Kitchen Cabinet Colors That Just Work

I’m beginning to think that Americans are a little too afraid of color. Basic white, black and blue predominate today’s kitchens, and it’s downright shocking and refreshing to find some rule breakers out there — people who aren’t afraid to grab a unique color with two hands and not let go. From purple (gasp!) to puce (gasp! gasp!), these cabinets run a gorgeous gamut. And it wasn’t until I assembled them all here in one place that I realized they are all international: there’s not one American kitchen in the entire bunch.

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Posted on Sep 22, 2017

Sick of Shaker? Here’s Another Kitchen Cabinet Style That Works Everywhere

Noticed one or two Shaker cabinets on Apartment Therapy or Pinterest lately? You are not the only one. The traditional style adds clean architectural interest while still blending in nicely with whatever else is going on. And it’s absolutely everywhere right now. But is it the only option if you want something timeless? If you’re slightly tired of this look, but don’t want something trendy, here’s a fantastic option that looks great no matter what kind of kitchen it’s in.

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Posted on Aug 29, 2017

The Things THOSE People With Always-Uncluttered Cabinets Do

You know the types. You grab a peek inside their cabinets as they’re fishing a glass out for you and you don’t see precarious stacks of plates just waiting to fall, too many coffee mugs to count or a jumble of canned vegetables and bags of chips. You see clean, uncluttered cabinets that could totally be door-less, they’re so sleek and organized. This type of kitchen cabinet organizers have secrets to keeping them that way; we’re sharing four today.

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Posted on Aug 21, 2017

Tired of Granite? 8 Countertop Alternatives to Consider

Butcher block countertops with stainless open shelves, seen in a kitchen from A Couple Cooks .

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Even though I’ve been trying hard to convince people otherwise , granite countertops are still king. But if the dark, speckly stone leaves you cold, fear not! There are alternatives. Here are eight of our favorites.

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Posted on Aug 11, 2017

The Most Popular Kitchen Countertop Is No Longer Granite

It seems like just yesterday I was bemoaning the ubiquity of granite, hoping and praying it would go the way of the dodo bird and I’d never have to see its speckled self in a kitchen again. Now, after several years of declining use, the day has come: another surface has officially surpassed granite in terms of popularity. Any guesses as to what the new countertop du jour might be?

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Posted on Jun 22, 2017

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