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How to Design Your Dream Kitchen by Sharon Blaustein

There is no place like home! And there is no place in the home like the kitchen!

A kitchen is the heart of the house. It’s where loved ones gather at the end of the day for a family dinner and it's a place where friends can relax and drink a glass of wine while the food simmers on the stove. Since it is such a vital part of any home, and there are so many components, we believe it's a room that needs to be comfortable and reflect the personality of the homeowners. 

There are a few key ingredients to creating a dream kitchen:

Kitchen designed by  ODA Architecture

Kitchen designed by ODA Architecture

Space planning:

Space planning is the secret sauce for a functional kitchen. A thoughtful plan is important for the right flow within the kitchen whether you are working or entertaining (and more often than not, both!). The main component to consider is the kitchen's work triangle – the path that you make when moving from the refrigerator, to the sink, to the oven while you're preparing a meal. Make sure all three of these areas are in close proximity or easily accessible to one another.

Classic work triangle.

Classic work triangle.

 

Another important component to consider is the kitchen island, which acts as the centerpiece of the kitchen. It can function as additional counterspace as well as an eating area for when you're on the go. If you plan on placing seating around it make sure you have an overhang of 10” or more to allow for comfortable space underneath. You can read more on our favorite bar stool options here

Kitchen designed  Stefano Pasqualetti

Kitchen designed Stefano Pasqualetti

 

Countertop material:

We love natural stones! They are rich, warm and have so much character with their natural veining. However, it's important to keep in mind that most natural stones stain easily, scratch and need regular maintenance. If you like to cook, have a busy household with young kids or just don’t like to worry every time you use the kitchen, we would suggest to avoid natural stone (or stainless steel counters that scratch easily). Quartz is our go to. Brands like CaesarStone offer a huge variety of finishes ranging from stone replicas to cool, concrete-like finishes. They are super durable and need no maintenance. If you're curious about learning more about different countertops, you can read more here.

Kitchen trends:

Modern kitchens, especially in a modern home layout where the kitchen is open, are often designed to look like furniture that you will find in a living space. The appliances are mostly hidden behind panels and the kitchen cabinets are made with rich wood finishes and seamless details such as grooves and reveals to open the cabinets rather than hardware. 

 

A modern kitchen in our  Scarsdale Home  project designed by  B Interior

A modern kitchen in our Scarsdale Home project designed by B Interior

There are so many more ingredients to a perfect kitchen such as lighting, cabinets, drawings planning, fixtures, appliances and list goes on and on. We wanted to give you a taste of the perfect kitchen design and will go get back to you with more in our future blogs. Stay tuned!

 

How To Use Rugs Like a Pro? by Sharon Blaustein

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Rugs create warm and inviting atmospheres and help to define areas in the space. They are great to absorb echo and in some cases hide flooring imperfections. Rugs define a style and in many cases serve as a starting point for decorating a room. 

The following are some tips to help you start using rugs just like the pros!

Use a vintage rug with modern furniture to create a sophisticated look

Vintage or over dyed rugs are great with modern furniture to create a sophisticated look. In this TriBeCa Lobby we mixed sleek modern furniture with a vintage rug to add sophistication and character to the space. 

Vintage or over dyed rugs are great with modern furniture to create a sophisticated look. In this TriBeCa Lobby we mixed sleek modern furniture with a vintage rug to add sophistication and character to the space. 

Over dyed rugs are great with modern furniture to create an elegant look like in this  downtown living room . 

Over dyed rugs are great with modern furniture to create an elegant look like in this downtown living room

Cowhides are not only for cowboys

Cowhides are great to use in any space because of their organic shape. A small room? An additional seating area in an open space? Cowhides tie it all together. Their earthy tones and lightweight texture are great to create a layered look in any area of the house.  

A cowhide is adding character and warmth to this Soho Loft home office.

A cowhide is adding character and warmth to this Soho Loft home office.

In this  Chelsea  living/dining room a cowhide rug helps separate and define the two spaces 

In this Chelsea living/dining room a cowhide rug helps separate and define the two spaces 

Here are a few things to keep in mind when selecting the right rug for you

Material:

Wool rugs are the best to clean and maintain while viscose are the least.

In this  Hudson Square modern penthouse  we used a monochromatic wool rug to warm up the minimalist interiors. 

In this Hudson Square modern penthouse we used a monochromatic wool rug to warm up the minimalist interiors. 

Pile height:

Chunky rugs are great but may be in the way of door swing and they can be difficult to move chairs on

In this Soho loft a chunky rug adds dimension to a monochromatic room

In this Soho loft a chunky rug adds dimension to a monochromatic room

Rug size:

Make sure the rug size is proportional to the room and furniture in it. The rug should be large enough to go under furniture

This wool rug ties in the different elements in the room and has the right proportion to the room and furniture. See more photos of the  Greenwich Lane townhouse .

This wool rug ties in the different elements in the room and has the right proportion to the room and furniture. See more photos of the Greenwich Lane townhouse.

Rugs can revamp any space and create a warm and inviting feel. They add a pop of color, define rooms and set the tone for the space.