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Solutions for Renters: Kitchens

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Greetings everyone!  The ‘Solutions for Renters’ series continues today and I’ve gathered up a few ideas for you to spruce up those kitchen spaces with temporary solutions that incorporate your personal tastes and unique style.

Kitchens and bathrooms are the hardest to personalize since they’re mostly made up of choices that are unchangeable – cabinets, tile, flooring, countertops, and faucets – all those details you’re stuck with while you rent. So what is to be done? You can accept the situation, or tweak the space with a few of these ideas. Here are nine savvy solutions to personalize kitchens in rental homes and apartments, many apply to homeowners too looking to beautify kitchens on a budget!

solutions for renters in the kitchen

 

1.  Change the Backsplash.  If you’re lucky, you’ll have decent cabinets in your rental but if you dislike the backsplash there is good news, you can always change it. Sure you won’t be ripping out tile but here are some smart and equally effective ideas. Nester wasn’t crazy about the pinkish tile in hers so she installed white beadboard panels to lighten up the look in her rental home.

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Nesting Place

Jessica at Four Generations One Roof took it to the next level with her removable backsplash where she installed beautiful glass tile on panels, ones she can take with her or reuse in the future.

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Four Generations One Roof

Mount boards covered with chalkboard paint, consider tin tiles either plain or painted; tattoo your tiles with a few of the available products, or use vinyl to add a pattern to a plain backsplash wall. Did you know there are peel and stick tiles on the market? Time to get creative incorporate a look you love that you can install as a temporary solution while you live with someone else’s design choices.

rental backsplash solutions

peel and stick tile

Design*Sponge / DIY Network / Tile Tattoos / Vinyl Backsplash / Peel & Stick Tile

 

2.  Remove cabinet doors.  If your kitchen cabinetry in your rental is not your favorite or you feel the need to lighten up, Emily’s solution for removing cabinet doors is a smart one. She’s not renting, but instead of repainting all of the cabinetry in her home, she simply removed the doors on the upper cabinets and painted the backs a dark charcoal – in a rental home you can do the same or even use wallpaper or wrapping paper to dress up the backs and secure it with double sided tape.

remove cabinet doors emily clarkEmily A Clark

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Country Living

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Apartment Therapy

 

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6 Ways to Dress a Kitchen Window

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Hello hello everyone, so happy to have a great contributing writer back today, Shannon from AKA Design is here to discuss the various ways to dress up a kitchen window and her ideas are superb. I love how she also includes a little history! Please welcome back Shannon and her inspirational roundup.

“As a girl growing up I often dreamt of what my life would be like as an adult. I figured it would be just like in the movies; I’d be a stay at home mom with a Volvo (yes, a Volvo!) and a great big house just like the Father of the Bride house.

When imagining this dreamy life and home, I always pictured a bright white eat-in kitchen with a large window over the sink. Of course I also always pictured myself the June Cleaver type too – complete with dress, high heels and pearls every day. Yeah, the high heels and Volvo won’t be happening any time soon.

But when we moved into our new house just before Christmas, I did get the kitchen with the large window over the sink that I’d always dreamt about!

Here are six ways to dress a kitchen window:

six ways to dress your kitchen window

 

1) Bamboo Blinds or Woven Shades.  Bamboo has been a multifunctional natural resource in the East for a long time. There is nary a home that hasn’t incorporated bamboo into its structure or décor in some format. Partitions, walls, rugs even toys are made from bamboo.

Here in the West, it’s taken a little longer to incorporate, until bamboo blinds came along – now they seem to be everywhere. And for good reason, woven shades are classy, inexpensive, easy to find, easy to install and they add fabulous visual texture and warmth to any space.

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Better Homes & Gardens

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For the Love of a House

 

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Nate the Great

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

It’s a title tossed around my family a lot since my younger brother is a “Nate”, but that’s not the one I’m referring to today. Nate Berkus has long been one of my favorite designers, he has that knack of turning every space he decorates into a beautiful room that’s always perfectly pulled together down to the last detail. I also bought his latest book and the stories throughout The Things That Matter  are examples of this truth:

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So I was catching up on my O the other day and came across this video where Nate reveals his thoughts about why his television show didn’t work. I was sad to see the show end since I enjoyed it and had the privilege of actually meeting him and being on the show.

I’ve discussed the end of The Nate Show with other interior design loving friends and I always thought Nate was so great on camera, I just wondered if the daily talk show really was the right format – those 3 to 5 minute snippets of decorating tips squeezed in between commercials – it was good, but he’s so much greater at doing what he writes about in his book, letting a space evolve over time with layers of meaningful things collected over the course of many months and years.

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Nate talks about how he lost sight of what was important during those years, how he felt unhealthy, and reveals that the format was not right for him. In hindsight, it would have been so much better to have a once a week show. Yes, I so agree!

I was inspired by his revelation so I wanted to share it with you in case you haven’t seen it. He’s “Nate the Great” to me not only because of his gifted sense of design but also because he has the strength to admit that yielding to the pressures and values of others took him to a place that wasn’t authentic and made him unrecognizable to himself.

Good design, the kind Nate makes look so effortless, really does take time – and how true is it that the best rooms are multilayered, filled with meaning, and unfold slowly as you collect the things that matter most over the course of your life. I hope to see Nate back on TV someday where we can watch him work his magic on camera and transform rooms in realistic time. If it ever happens, I’ll be watching!

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