My Houzz: Hillside Home in Northern CaliforniaContemporary Kitchen, San Francisco
Alex Amend © 2012 Houzz
What Houzz contributors are saying:
Finances on autopilot. The more money we make, the more we tend to spend — that’s just human nature. If you’re not a budgeter or naturally frugal, at least put as much of your income as you can into savings every time you get paid. Set up an automatic deposit into your savings account — your spending will soon adapt accordingly. I do this already, but this year, I’m going to increase the portion I save. The more I save, the more travel choices I’ll have. And what better way is there to spend money? If you’re more sensible than I am, you should probably put a little extra into your mortgage each month as well, even if it’s just a few dollars.
What Do You Use Your Kitchen For? Remember when I said that your kitchen isn’t just a place where people cook and eat? To really make the room work for you, you'll need to figure out what else you’re using it for. Does your partner chat with you while you’re cooking? A spot with a stool can keep him or her comfortable (and out of the way) while you prepare dinner.
Slim down your technology. Let go of the bulky desktop computer and rely on your laptop; trade in your old stereo for a sleek little iPod dock; mount a slim flat-screen TV on the wall — and watch your space open up.How Portability Can Make You Happier at Home
Alba added this “mommy desk” and small window to the built-in cabinetry in the dining room. She wanted to give herself an area to work in while being near her daughter while she plays in the adjoining living room. The mirrored backsplash reflects light and the panoramic view from the other side of the house, expanding the feel of the space.Lower-cabinet hardware: Bauer Design