brick tiles? terra cotta?
apple green and ruse
Leave food out. Don't underestimate the decorative power of your edible treats. Fruit and vegetables that can be left on display bring color and texture to your kitchen. Leave them on the counter or place them in pretty bowls. Enjoy them and then replace them regularly for an ever-changing array of beautiful kitchen treats.
As charming as they are, window seats are also practical, especially next to a table in the kitchen.
Dark blue doors are believed to create calm and peace for your home...in turn, bringing those feelings to your guest and family who enter through and into your home. Additionally, blue is thought to bring lots of positive energy into a space.
In Feng Shui, a red front door means “welcome.” Interestingly, in early American tradition, it meant the very same thing. In fact, if a home had a red front door, tired travelers who might be traveling by horse and buggy would know the home was a place where they would be welcomed to stop and spend the night or rest.
I like the flexibility this bench seat adds to the dining room. It makes a small space more usable than it would be and it also makes it easy to remove the dining table to turn the space into a cocktail party space that already has some seating.
When we redesigned our kitchen, our architect suggested a long, narrow island right in the middle of the space. "It's like an Irish bar," she said, envisioning all of our friends standing around the island, talking, just like in a pub. And that's exactly what happened. That island has made our kitchen party central.
Oh, those dark painted glass doors
Also, recovering removable cushions, like those on many dining room chairs, can be as simple as cutting fabric and using a staple gun. For small cushions, I've even used cloth napkins to cover - couldn't be easier!
Adding new legs to a chair can give it a whole new personality.