Lexington Christmas Collection at Amara

Lexington Christmas Collection at Amara

Blanket
$385 – amara.com

Blanket
$370 – amara.com

Red mug
$15 – lexingtoncompany.com

LINLEY serveware
$695 – amara.com

Lexington ivory throw pillow
$96 – amara.com

Lexington red home decor
$115 – amara.com

Inspiration: Chalkboard Wall Kitchens

I absolutely love chalkboard walls and how they add character to any space. They can be easily altered or adjusted if you wish to shake things up a bit instead of constantly repainting or re-wallpapering. So, you can probably guess how delighted I was when I came across these eye-catching kitchens as I was browsing through California Home today.

In this kitchen from House to Home, the wall has been painted in black chalkboard to add contrast to the pops of red and provides visual relief.

The graffiti on the chalkboard gives an edgy vibe to this kitchen found on Kitchen Building. While bright colours and dark wood cabinets lend warmth to the space.

This vintage British inspired kitchen on Interior Design Sense by the Marchi Group uses chalkboard as a backsplash. Paired with the industrial style furniture and fittings, the overall effect is stunning and unique.

In this rustic kitchen from Decor Pad, an old school chalkboard is used to post reminders and gives added charm to the space.

The chalkboard in this kitchen from Image Spark adds a quirky and playful touch. This contrasts with the otherwise clean tidy feel to the space.

Quirky artwork and phrases left by guests lend a personal touch to interior designer Wendy Hayworth’s kitchen. (Image : One Kings Lane)

What are your thoughts on chalkboard walls? Would you consider having one in your home? Please share your comments below.

Elegant Thanksgiving

Elegant Thanksgiving

Autumn Vignette

Autumn Vignette
Create a stunning Autumn vignette for your entryway or mantlepiece with these home accents.

The Pracownia Club & Restaurant

The Pracownia Club & Restaurant is a conceptual restaurant designed by interior designer Karina Wiciak of Wamhouse. The name Pracownia in Polish means “workshop” and this can be seen from the theatrical design which resembles an artist’s studio where surfaces and furniture are covered in paint splotches. The idea behind the chaotic design is to capture and please art lovers.

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Karina Wiciak plays with scale within this space by using structural columns in the form of giant paintbrushes giving the space a fantastical appeal.

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Even the furniture and accent pieces take part in the story. Table bases, lamps and stools are formed from paint buckets.  The glass table tops and pendant lights resemble a painter’s palette. While the lounge chairs and bar stools look like upturned pails.

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The design is so seamless that the concept is even carried through in the restaurant’s bathroom.

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*Source: Wamhouse

Geek Chic

Geek Chic
Bring out your nerdy side with these geek chic home accessories and key statement pieces for a space that is bang-on trend.

Pastel light
1stdibs.com

Porcelain cup
etsy.com

Clock
thegeekchic.ca

Small item storage
$19 – cottonon.com

Magis accent chair
2modern.com

14 In 1 Solar Powered Robot
$32 – habitat.co.uk

Laboratory Beaker Mug
thinkgeek.com

Gemstone Bowls Smoky Quartz
plantationdesign.com

Test Tube Shot Set
urbanoutfitters.com

Brave Space Design
bravespacedesign.com

10 Low Cost Cabinet Makeovers

The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s a place where families gather for meals and quality time as well as for entertaining friends and relatives. This is the main reason why a kitchen has to be functional and practical. But long gone are the days when a kitchen only served the purpose of cooking and serving meals. Now, it’s all bout mixing functionality with style and aesthetics for a space that everyone can enjoy. Below are 10 ways in which just giving your cabinets a makeover can change up the whole mood of your kitchen.

Dramatic Accent

1. Add drama by contrasting dark coloured cabinetry with light coloured ones. In this kitchen, an espresso cabinet holds glass and serving ware. The glass front gives a more open feel to the space. While the splashback picks up the colour of the cabinets for a balanced feel.

Convertible Corner

2. Convert hard to reach spaces like corners into accessible storage with movable cabinets. Pull-out towel racks and a full extension lazy Susan provide additional storage space. The cabinets can be hidden with a retractable door.

Dishes on Display

3. This large plate rack is another way of displaying fine china in an elegant yet non-traditional way. It also provides excellent storage space. A shelf above the rack is used the display cups and saucers, completing the look.

Personalized Cabinets

4. In this kitchen, refrigeration drawers provide additional storage. The cabinet faces are painted in chalkboard and labelled for a personal touch which adds dimension and interest to the space.

Subtle Pattern

5. Add wallpaper to the back of your glass front cabinets to create visual interest. Here, the geometric wallpaper contrasts with the white serving ware for a bold touch.

Artful Enclosure

6. Switch out your old cabinet doors for culinary inspired artwork for an sophisticated and chic look.

Modern Update

7. For an instant update, change your traditional cabinet hardware for more modern and sleeker options. This will give a trendy feel to your space.

Less Is More

8. Remove the doors from some of your upper cabinets and turn them into display shelves. This will give an open feel. Paint their interiors with a rich accent colour for visual impact.

Country Cabinets

9. Paint your cabinet doors a bold hue for a refreshing feel. After they are dry, sand down the door edges and cabinet fronts for a distressed finish, perfect for a country look.

Glass-Front Alternative

10. If you wish for an light feel to your kitchen but don’t want the contents of your shelves to be displayed, then opt for frost or opaque glass fronts.

What do you think about these tips? Do you have any others that you like? Post your comments below.

*Source: Better Homes & Gardens