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Top Five Kitchen Design Tips

When redesigning a kitchen, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with options.

You know you want storage and functionality, but what are some of the little things that will make your kitchen really shine?

We put together a list of our favorite top five tips for designing a brand new kitchen. With these simple steps and suggestions, your way to the kitchen of your dreams in no time.

Lighting

Kitchen design is unique when it comes to light source. When mapping out your lighting, it’s important to consider where you’ll be preparing your meals and where you might need the most light. Do you work from your kitchen? Is this where the kids gather to do homework? Your designer can help you map out some great lighting options to help you shine some light on what counts!

Storage

While storage will make it to the top-three priorities for any kitchen remodel, smart storage is a whole other story. Consider what clutter you struggle with the most and identify “wasted space” you have now. With a little creativity and imagination, your design team can transform those wasted spaces into useful hiding spots for all your kitchen essentials.

Open Space

There’s no such thing as an ideal kitchen space. If you’re struggling to outfit a galley, u-shaped or even narrow kitchen space, your design team can help you consider what other design options are available that will maximize your square footage. 

Necessary Power Sources

You want those brand new appliances in your design. However, if you’re adding more appliances than you currently have, you’ll have to consider outlets, gas lines, and plumbing hookups to accommodate the new appliances.

Counter Tops

There’s no such thing as too much counter space! This space can be useful as a place to prep food, eat quick meals, store dry goods and even add some decor. When choosing your counter top materials it’s important to consider durability and maintenance.

A good design needs to start somewhere.

Think outside the box and although anything is possible, there are a few places to start when it comes time to dreaming up your design. Create the perfect combination of form, function, and durability and your new design will be able to grow effortlessly with your family.



Best Apple Picking in the Hudson Valley

Apple season is officially here and we’re excited to kick off the fall fun with our friends and family.

The Hudson Valley offers some of New York’s premier apple and pumpkin picking matched with spectacular views that you can’t find anywhere else. Autumn here is so beautiful that it draws visitors from all over the country and out of the bustling city to relax and welcome the change of seasons.

We’ve put together a list of our favorite places to pick the fall’s first apples so you can map out the beginning of your autumn adventure!

Barton Orchards

As any Hudson Valley resident will tell you, Barton Orchards is a must-see destination for fall pick your own. Barton’s is arguably the largest attraction for apple and pumpkin picking, featuring a cider room, farmer’s market, hayrides and more. Weekends you can enjoy live music, hot lunch and even games for kids.

Fishkill Farms

While Fishkill Farms sticks closely to their home grown roots, they offer the Valley an incredible apple picking experience. They have sprawling orchards with tons of different apple varieties, hot and fluffy cider donuts, hayrides and a view to die for. Sample the farm’s award winning cider and soak up the first sights of the changing leaves on the hill overlooking the orchard.

Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm

September 2nd kicks off the Wilkens Farm apple picking season in Yorktown Heights. When you check in, you can gather your bags and baskets and sign out some picking poles to reach those perfect apples way out of reach. You and your family can hop on a hayride to the orchard, making it so much easier to haul back your bushels to their farmer’s market for check out.

They also have an amazing bakery, country market and even a winery to explore on your apple adventure!

Harvest Moon Farm

Apple picking season is officially here at Harvest Moon Farm in North Salem. While they politely ask to keep your pets and picnic baskets at home, they have tons of activities to enjoy. Weekends at Harvest Moon you’ll find hayrides, food and craft vendors, bounce houses, farm animals and more. Each weekend this farm is a fall celebration with a little something for everyone.

Wherever you begin your apple adventure, there’s no shortage of incredible pick your own farms in the Hudson Valley.



Top 5 Websites for Design Inspiration

A kitchen remodel is one of the smartest updates you can make to your home.

Not only does a remodel or redesign make the most of your kitchen’s functionality, a kitchen upgrade also pays for itself by adding to your home’s resale value. 

Before you make a single change, you’ll need a strong idea of what you want to accomplish out of your remodel. With so many different style and function options to choose from, the possibilities are endless.

Design doesn’t have to be complicated!

We put together a list of our favorite resources to get you started.

Elle Decor

Elle has always known a thing or two about style. The Elle Decor website is a one-stop-shop for designs that suit every budget. Whether you’re looking for some elegant celebrity glam or some family friendly design ideas, you’ll find it all right here.

House Beautiful

Design doesn’t always play by the rules and House Beautiful is a great place to get inspired! They always showcase design inspiration and projects that help readers plan their dream kitchens from the bottom-up. Their articles are also great ways to brush up on your design lingo to help you partner up with the design team that’ll help make all the kitchen magic happen.

CocoCozy

On CocoCozy, you’ll be able to cut right to the section that you’re looking for. There’s tons of inspiration with lots of pictures to help you compare styles to customize your big project. This blog also has some helpful tips from pro-designers to help you every step along the way.

Dwell

While we all dream of that immaculate all white kitchen, practicality is what’s really at the forefront of every design. Dwell gives you awesome design inspiration that’s not only gorgeous but also livable. You can scroll for hours through jaw dropping kitchens that can actually keep up with your busy lifestyle.

HGTV

HGTV is the design mecca for new and experienced designers for a reason. They appeal to the designer in all of us and are always bringing something great to the table. Their kitchen designs range from sophisticated and sleek to comfortable and cozy without skipping a beat. There’s no shame in seeking inspiration from this design superstore and you might just be surprised what you’ll find.

Wherever you turn for design inspiration, don’t be afraid to think outside the box!

The world of design and remodel is open to interpretation and the sky is truly the limit.



Top 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Tupperware

Leftovers can be a beautiful thing. 

From pizza to meatloaf and everything in between, leftovers make the best lunches for work, school, and quick dinners.

Combining and containing last night’s dinner into neat and tidy containers makes leftover lunches easy and convenient. While many brands have popped up over the last 60 years, Tupperware remains the tried and true.

While we don’t think twice about our kitchen containers, there are a few fun facts about Tupperware that might just surprise you.

1.The first Tupperware models were actually called Wonder Bowls.

Earl Tupper was a passionate inventor that didn’t make his big break until the 1940’s. After the Depression, he found himself working at a plastic factory that inspired him to set out to use the plastic for different things. With some trial and error, the Wonder Bowl made its debut in the 1940’s.

2. The Tupperware bowls made it to the Museum of Modern Art in 1956

As the Tupperware containers of the 1950’s married form and function, their design elements really set them apart from other kitchen gadgets of its time. By 1956, the Museum of Modern Art had Tupperware displays and there was a bustling retail location on New York City’s cosmopolitan 5th Avenue.

3. A housewife saved the Tupperware company.

The Tupperware container as we know it almost didn’t take off. Earl Tupper was a master inventor but was a horrible salesman. A divorced, single mom with an 8th-grade education decided to sell Tupperware instead of brooms and sales soared. Her secret to success were parties in the suburbs where she introduced other housewives to the product and all its modern conveniences. 

4. In the 90’s, some containers featured Braille.

In the early 90’s, Tupperware sought to make the brand more inclusive. They released a line of containers that featured Braille volume indications on the bottom. They were the first storage container to ever feature Braille.

5. Vintage Tupperware is worth some big bucks.

Before you throw out all your inherited Tupperware containers with retro patterns and colors, think again. The Smithsonian Museum has protected over 100 pieces of original Tupperware history from the 40’s through the 70’s. Some collections even retail for 50-75$ for each individual piece!

So before you dig in to last night’s spaghetti, take the opportunity to marvel at the invention in your hands!

Although Tupperware containers don’t have the fame they once had, they’re still an important piece of kitchen history. Without the innovation of a plastic factory employee and a housewife with a vision, the leftovers game might have changed as we know it!



Best Houseplants for Beginners

Nothing spruces up your space quite like an array of gorgeous greenery.

Your green thumb keeps thriving plants on every square inch of your home, transforming it into a lush oasis. After all, what design shoot is complete without some carefully coordinated plants in the foreground?

Doesn’t sound familiar?

You’re not alone. Not everyone was born with mother nature’s gift of a green thumb and some of us avoid plants altogether as the more humane thing to do. Nothing is more of a bummer than a bunch of sad plants on your counter top.

Not to worry!

We’ve come up with a list of all the hardy plants that will take your kitchen design to the next level with minimal effort required. These plants are survivors in all types of environments and before you know it, you’ll be going green and staying green.

Spider Plant

While it sounds scary, the Spider Plant is a happy houseplant for the beginners. They like to climb and make great hanging baskets over windows or in sunny corners of your kitchen. They’re easy to re-pot and are quick to grow new babies for your new-found plant collection.

Succulents

Succulents might be a little more delicate than most, but they still make the perfect plant for new gardeners. They get chilly easily so the best place for them is a sunny table, but with a once per week watering schedule, they’re as low maintenance as it gets. These guys even come in all shapes, sizes, and colors.

Lucky Bamboo

Now, who couldn’t use some extra luck lying around? Lucky Bamboo plants grow quickly and their rocky planters make water maintenance a breeze. They make great desk and windowsill plants, but will quickly outgrow their original pot.

Aloe

While we hope that burns aren’t commonplace in your kitchen, having an Aloe plant nearby is always a good idea. These are in the succulent family and can be used to treat skin irritations and burns. They’re quick growers, require minimal water and sunlight to flourish. As the sprouts grow larger and heavier, support their limbs with a ribbon or tie backs to prevent the aloe from breaking apart from the weight.

There really is a plant for everyone.

Before giving up on houseplants for good, try one of the hardy varieties on our list. Who knows, they might just make a gardening pro out of you!


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