mini kitchen refresh


Have you ever walked into your kitchen and realized you style in there? Well, we are here to help. And it's oh so easy. See our simple tips to have a more cohesive kitchen.

Matching Accessories
The easiest and least expensive thing to do is pick up some matching accessories. Mixing bowls, towels, cooking utensils...all with the same color scheme and look will help immensely. And the best part—you don't have to spend an arm and a leg. Just make a trip to Home Goods or Target, where you can find accessories to help your kitchen feel inspired while keeping your wallet safe. 

New Hardware
This is a super easy, low skill level job. If you have cabinets with knobs, swap them out for something more current. If you have cabinets with no knobs, you can invest in this handy tool to do the job for you. Goodbye old brass, hello Beautiful!

Updated Small Appliances
Nothing make yours kitchen looks as dated as a clunky old appliance. I am talking coffee maker, toaster, electric kettle here, not the big 3 (fridge, range, dishwasher). Getting a nice sleek brushed steel or matte black appliance can really take your kitchen up a notch! Or if you are feeling brave, go for a big pop of color that ties to your other accessories. 

For more kitchen refresh ideas, check out our Pinterest board.

choosing countertops


Does your kitchen need a face-lift? New countertops might be the perfect way to update your space without a full reno. There are so many countertop choices available now, here’s some help in deciding which one is right for you.

Your Look
Browse online and in magazines to figure out what look you are going for. Do you like the clean classic look of marble? The rustic and industrial look of concrete? The high-contrast look of a simple black granite on white cabinets? Once you have a vision, check out local big-box retailers, or better yet, a countertop specialist to start narrowing your choices down. Many will even let you bring a sample home to make sure it’s the perfect fit for your space.

Say you love the look of marble, but you have three kids and a love of food coloring. Never fear! Alternatives are here! Keep in mind that granite is a porous natural material, so it can absorb stains, especially the lighter colored options. Quartz is quickly becoming the countertop of choice for its near indestructibly and now huge variety. There are great looking (and budget-friendly) laminate options out there too.

Be Adventurous 
Although the most popular material out there is granite, do you really want to be like everyone else? Be adventurous and look into some interesting counters. Materials like: Concrete Butcher BlockStainless Steel and Soapstone are great options that will make your kitchen anything but blah.

In the end, choose what you love and will want to look at every day. Know that there are many alternatives to expensive materials. Try something different and fun! 

Visit this issue’s Pinterest board for more countertop inspiration.