TAG: Kitchen

Mismatched In Style

Mismatched In Style

Are you plagued with a home of mismatched items? Hand-me-downs, thrift shop finds and other pieces pulled from here and there? A barrage of different styles can actually be transformed into a uniform, yet individualized space. Below are a roundup of rooms that have done just this. By bringing in a blend of objects, these residences show how to display the chaos in several sophisticated ways. This entire apartment is made up of various bits and pieces, but polished and organized it looks clean and composed. And this living space has numerous textures and salvaged furniture pieces mixed in with… read more

6 Easy Upcycling Projects Using Kitchen Items

6 Easy Upcycling Projects Using Kitchen Items

Organization, storage and other items for the home can be expensive. Making your own can be done for next to nothing, and using things you probably already have on hand in the kitchen. An empty oatmeal box can be turned into an instant holder for items like ribbon, mailing supplies and even items in the garage. Deck it out with fabric or paper and put it to work. It can also decorated and used for kid inspired storage. Why buy a storage container for things like pencils, scissors, art supplies and tools when they can be made from empty cans…. read more

Turning Peels Into Tasty Seasoning

Peelpride Turns Waste Peels Into Tasty Seasoning

Dutch designers are so resourceful and clever. Maybe because they live in a small country or maybe because they have the best designs universities, including the Design Academy of Eindhoven. Two years ago, Rianne Koens graduated from the prestigious university in Eindhoven, with a project that makes good use from food waste using dry peels for creating seasoning. It all started when Koens noticed that fruit skins are full of flavor and tossing them away was really, a waste. So she thought on a clever way of processing the natural material creating a set of kitchen elements for peeling, drying,… read more

Kitchen Islands Reimagined

Kitchen Islands Reimagined

Kitchen islands and mobile counterspaces are great to have for preparation and storage. But sometimes, although functional, they may be a little on the boring side when it comes to looks. These designs take standard units and turn up the volume, creating a space that is a home chef’s dream. Aside from their out of the ordinary appearances, they also have some ecofriendly features. Caesarstone and Raw Edges Design Studio have created a new concept for countertops that completely restructures the kitchen island space. Making it more than just a surface, they developed a series of modular units that are unrestricted… read more

It’s Always Cloudy At This House

It's Always Cloudy At This House

Located in Melbourne, Australia an addition to a 100 year old existing home is a unique design, to say the least. The architectural firm McBride Charles Ryan is behind the eye-catching Cloud House. The built on portion is a stark contrast from the existing traditional house, which greets the street with a classical white, Edwardian style. The view in the back, however, is anything but ordinary. Rolling into the backyard, the cloud structure creates a living space quite like no other. The huge cloud shaped glass window intensifies the effect and adds to the airy, open feeling. Almost as if on… read more

Microgreens May Be Your Kitchen’s New Best Friend

Microgreens May Be Your Kitchen’s New Best Friend

Microgreens, or the seedlings of herbs and vegetables, have concentrated flavors and colors and are rich in vitamins and phytochemicals. One study that examined 25 varieties of commonly found microgreens concluded that a range of nutritive levles could be found in them. Researchers discovered that the cotyledon leaves of the microgreens contain amplified amounts of nutrients, more than the nutritional value of fully grown leaves of the identical, fully grown plant. Because they are not fully developed, the initial leaf contains highly concentrated nutrients. Not to be confused with sprouts, microgreens can be fairly easily grown without much care or… read more

Green And Modular – Fresh Take On Kitchen Space

Green And Modular – Fresh Take On Kitchen Space

Kitchens are one room where money can easily be spent. Nearly everything in a kitchen is expensive; appliances, flooring, countertops, even fixtures. Many of us make do with the kitchen space we have, and fix up things as the budget allows or repaint when we need a new outlook. A lot of time can be spent in the kitchen and it can easily become the place that is gravitated to. One company specializing in kitchen design is Demode. Offering a new outlook on the way a kitchen space can operate, their modern take called Meccanica is an open, modular area…. read more

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Without A Fridge

Save Food From The Fridge: Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Using Zero-Energy

Korean designer Jihyun Ryou has come up with a solution for storing fresh food without the need of electricity. Save Food From The Fridge is a charming collection of kitchen shelves that uses unsophisticated materials for keeping fruits and vegetables away from quick degradation, energy-free. Sensible and adorable, Jihyun Ryou’s objects re-introduce and re-evaluate the way we connect with other living beings and the way we eat. There are different shelves with containers designed to store different vegetables, according to their shapes and humidity they need. For storing rooted vegetables like carrots, radish and parsnip, Ryou created a container that… read more

Greener Kitchens

Eco-friendly kitchens

If you are building, renovating or just looking to ‘green-ify’ your kitchen, there are many things, great and small, you can do to better serve the environment. Replace water heater Look for a high Energy Factor (EF). This is the measure of the water heater’s overall efficiency. The higher the EF, the more efficient the appliance. Electric water heaters have higher Energy Factor ratings than gas-fired water heaters but heating with electricity can be more expensive. If you can get a tankless water heater they save a lot of energy as water is heated as it flows through the heater,… read more

Urban Farming

Urban farming

Would it ever be possible for people to walk down their own street and instead of seeing bare land in the landscape visualize urban farms filled with fresh vegetables grown by a community and shared by that same community? Regardless of whether it is a small cluster of herbs or a larger space covered in fruits and vegetables, it creates the idea of food sustainability within a community. Not only does it spread the ideology of food sustainability, it composes the thought that community collaboration is essential. Urban farming can have a major impact on climate change as well. If… read more