Prepare Your Home for Holiday Guests

Prepare Your Home for Holiday Guests

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and that means the start of the holiday season. The holidays are a great opportunity to catch up with family, but they can also mean stress and lots of frantic last-minute scrambling to get your home ready for overnight guests. You probably have the guest bedroom ready, but what about the kitchen and the bathroom? Your guests will be using those rooms, too. Use this list as a guide to make sure those rooms are set up to make your company feel comfortable in your home. Stock the Bathroom Many people who travel bring their own toiletries with them, but there’s always something that gets left behind. Save your guests a trip to the store or that awkward conversation about borrowing a toothbrush by having some essentials out and ready to go. A well-stocked guest bathroom should include: Toothbrushes Toothpaste Mouthwash Feminine products Razors Continue reading

Add a Little Geometry to Your Kitchen Renovation

Add a Little Geometry to Your Kitchen Renovation

The kitchen triangle, or work triangle as it’s sometimes known, is the foundation of nearly every modern kitchen. It uses some basic geometry to create efficiency in your kitchen and works no matter how large or small your kitchen is. The work triangle concept has been around for more than 50 years, and you might see some people argue that it’s going out of style. While there are other options out there for kitchen design, a basic concept like this is a good place to start if you are not sure about how you want your kitchen to look. Here’s what you need to know to bring this piece of geometry into your kitchen. Work Triangle Basics According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, the work triangle is an imaginary straight line drawn from the center of the sink to the center of the cook top to the center Continue reading

Create an Eco-Friendly Kitchen with These Remodeling Tips

Create an Eco-Friendly Kitchen with These Remodeling Tips

Your home is a reflection of your personality, and that is an important point to keep in mind as you consider a remodel. The kitchen is a focal point of your home and should reflect not only your design style but what type of statement you want to make to your friends, family, and other guests. One way to make that statement is by considering an eco=friendly kitchen. Reusable materials and energy-efficient appliances can give you a kitchen that’s stylish and good for the environment. Whether you want to go all out or just include a few sustainable elements, here are a few of the options to consider. Appliances The Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR appliance program has been around since 1992 and has become ubiquitous in the world of appliances. Manufactures team up with the government to receive ENERGY STAR certification on their products based on the number of Continue reading

Prep Your Kitchen for Holiday Entertaining

Prep Your Kitchen for Holiday Entertaining

November is here, and that means the holidays are just around the corner. With a little bit of preparation, this season can be one to relax with family and friends instead of worrying about how you are going to handle holiday entertaining.   Take these steps now to sail into a smooth holiday season: Clean Out the Refrigerator and Freezer Cooking for a crowd means a lot of grocery shopping and food coming into your home. Make room for all of it by cleaning out your refrigerator at the start of the holiday season. This includes getting rid of any spoiled or unwanted food, and also checking expiration dates on condiments and other items that you might not realize have gone bad. Same thing goes for the freezer — look for items that show signs of freezer burn or that you know you are not going to use. Once you’ve Continue reading