Katie's Kitchen Design & Tips

August 30, 2014

It’s back-to-school time! The long Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to get reorganized and truly ready for the new school year. Between all the shopping, prep work and (admit it) tears, take some time to consider creating a kitchen workstation for the family. Whether it’s as large as a window seat or as small as a slice of counter space, a designated spot for family planning is perfect for everyone. Especially when it’s well-planned and stocked with items designed to encourage organization.

August 24, 2014

Hosting a party requires lots of prep work – inviting your guests, picking a menu, choosing decorations – but sometimes the best parties are the ones you never had a chance to plan! Keep these kitchen essentials handy and you’ll be ready for any impromptu party that comes your way.

Corkscrew/bottle opener combo – Even if you’re not a drinker, this little tool will always come in handy when you least expect it. Like a Boy Scout, a good host must always be prepared and a bottle you can’t open is a party no-no.

August 16, 2014

A little going a long way is true with kitchen décor too. You don’t need a major remodel to give your gathering space a fresh, personalized facelift. Small changes can have big effects too! Here’s a few ways to give your kitchen a mini makeover.

Shelves, Shelves, Shelves – When it comes to kitchen storage, the more shelves the better. They keep important items within easy reach, create more counter space, and can make a small kitchen feel more spacious. Find some blank wall space or an empty corner and consider adding a shelf.

August 9, 2014

Ceiling fans are a big help when it comes to making any room in your house comfortable year-round. The kitchen is a high-traffic gathering space so it makes sense that a ceiling fan seems like a great idea, but beware! Installing a ceiling fan in a kitchen comes with its own unique set of potential hazards. Consider these tips before you make the big change.

Placement is Key – Fans should be at least 7’ above the floor and at least 18” from blade to wall for maximum air circulation.

August 2, 2014

When summer hits, the kids are out of school, the weather is hot and sticky, and the last thing you want to do is fire up the stove. Cold sandwiches can get old but when a regular sandwich is grilled, the ingredients fuse together and create something new.  If you want to switch it up and serve the family something fresh, try paninis. They can be served with a soup or salad for a fast, healthy meal with minimal effort.

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