Posted by Andie on August 15, 2018
If you find yourself keeping up with the latest interior design trends, you've no doubt noticed there is a major kitchen movement that seems to be sweeping the design world with full force: kitchens with NO UPPER CABINETS!!! Say what??? That's right, folks. No upper cabinets! Are you shaken to the very core?? This is basically taking the constant truth you we knew and understood about kitchen design and tossing it on it's head!
So, is this revolutionary? Or completely ridiculous?? If your jaw is still on the floor and you are trying to take it all in, stick with me. People are really doing this! They are opting for open shelving, windows, or simply backsplash or a blank wall where upper kitchen cabinets would have sat. Thoughts? Here are a few pro's and cons that I can see to no upper cabinets in a kitchen:
- Very clean, minimalistic, sleek, and modern looking.
- Forces you to get rid of all your stuff? Seriously though, you'd have to only hold on to the basics.
- Saves you $$ on cabinets.
- Goodbye stuff! Talk about no kitchen storage!!
- Where are you supposed to hide your messes? Open shelving = everything is always on display!
- Open shelving means more dust.
- Costs you more $$ on windows, tile backsplash or slab of stone.
- It's SUPER trendy. How long can this kind of thing last? In my opinion, your kitchen will become outdated REAL fast.
emily henderson via blog lovin
In conclusion. I have to admit that these kitchens are nothing short of beautiful. They really are. Right? BUT, for me, the cons of basically no storage, being too trendy, having too much open shelving, etc is enough for me to stay far away when it comes to my own kitchen. What do you think? Love it? Hate it? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Posted by Andie on August 14, 2018
The other day I opened up my dryer to take out a load of freshly dried laundry, and to my horror, almost every single item of clothing was covered in dark red splotches. I was shocked, and mad, and confused. And I wanted to cry. Turns out, one of my children left a red crayon in their pocket, and somehow it made it's way through the wash cycle, and stuck around to really show it's true colors (pun intended) in the dryer. Not my best day.
I immediately threw the load in the washer again, hoping it was recent enough that the crayon stains would come out, but sadly, it didn't work. It's never that easy, right? I almost threw out the entire load of clothes because I didn't think there was any hope of saving them, but something inside me just couldn't do it. They've been sitting in a laundry basket for a good month two months now, and I'm finally getting around to working on getting the stains out. Here are a couple of different methods I've found that I'll be trying:
Removing melted crayon from clothes (according to my mommystyle.com)
- Fill a few large pots with water, put them on your stove top and heat to boiling.
- Put the clothes in the washer, and set the water to hot. You want it to be super hot, so that’s where the boiling water comes into play. Add those to the washing machine now.
- Add laundry detergent. Whatever kind you normally use, it doesn’t matter if it’s powder or liquid.
- Add 1/2 cup vinegar and 5 Tablespoons of dish soap (Dawn works great).
- Soak clothes for 15 minutes.
- Run the washer.
I'm hoping that one of these three methods will do the trick for me!
Any tips on removing melted crayon from clothing? Please share!
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Posted by Andie on August 12, 2018
This time of year is heaven on earth for me. Sure, summer, and popsicles, and fireflies are awesome--- but the real stars in my book are fresh peaches! I get a little bit addicted every August and I eat them with everything. I'll never say no to a delicious peach by the slice, but I also love them in my oatmeal, over cereal, on a salad, on homemade pizza, in a smoothie, or over ice cream! I usually eat at least a couple of peaches a day! I live for them.
I'm not a huge fan of canned peaches. I mean, they are mushy, and how can you really compare them to the real thing? Once September ends I go into a small period of mourning, knowing it will be 10 months or so before I taste a really delicious, ripe peach again.
You guys, the other day my friend BLEW MY MIND when she told me she blanches peaches every summer and freezes them so that she can enjoy fresh tasting peaches all year round. WHATTTTT????? I about died. My life has been changed, and in the best way. Here's the simple steps you can take to enjoy fresh peaches not just in the summer months, but all year round...
1. Get yourself a big box of fresh peaches (locally grown are always a good bet), and let them ripen on your kitchen counter for a few days.
2. Once they are ripe, you can get started! Prepare a few large bowls of freezing cold ice water.
3. Boil a big pot of water and throw in some whole peaches (7-8 peaches per batch works well). Let them cook for 3 minutes, then remove from heat and immediately transfer the peaches to the bowls of ice water.
4. Let the peaches cool off for a couple minutes, and then peel the peaches. If the peaches were ripe, the skins should just basically slip off! (To make the skin peeling easier, you can make little x's in the peaches before you boil them). If the skins don't come off very easily, you can use a vegetable peeler to help get the job done.
5. After blanching, and peeling the skin off, slice and cube the peaches.
6. Next, sprinkle Fruit Fresh (powdered citric acid- this will stop the peaches from browning) all over the cubed peaches. Spread generously! If you want, add some brown sugar and cinnamon.
7. Freeze in 2 cup quantities, in ziploc bags.
8. ENJOY YEAR ROUND!! Whether you are adding them to a smoothie, or just eating them plain, they will taste delicious and fresh!
Posted by Andie on August 9, 2018
As it turns out, one blog post just wasn't enough to cover all of the amazing/creative/and maybe a little crazy kitchen design trends we are seeing this year! So without further ado, here are 6 more of the most up and coming kitchen trends of 2018...
1. Concrete Countertops
This isn't your typical countertop surface! I'm not sure if Chip and Joanna Gaines are part of the reason concrete countertops are coming in hot (below is a photo from their own farmhouse kitchen), but it looks like it has some staying power. While they do require some maintenance over time, when sealed correctly they are water, heat and and stain resistant. I kind of like the look, what about you?
via Joanna Gaines instagram
2. Kitchen Booths & Banquettes
You might have thought these were a thing of the past, but they are baaaaaaack! And they are better than ever! Many designers are incorporating awesome kitchen booths in the middle of a large kitchen- the perfect place for a quick breakfast or snack! I think they add a lot of character!
3. Flat Front Cabinetry
If modern is your thing, you will love flat front cabinetry. It's starting to emerge, and it's sleek, simple, and clean. No fuss.
4. Shaker Style Cabinets
If flat front cabinets make you cringe, never fear! Shaker Style Cabinets are still going strong! They are more popular than ever, and I'm going to be real surprised if they go anywhere soon.
5. Square tiles
Fun, colorful tile is in the spotlight right now! Specifically, square tiles! I'll always appreciate a good, clean, white subway tile... but the square shape in the photos below really amps up the designs in my opinion!
6. Brass and Mixed Metals
Brass is in like never before! Brass hardware, brass pendents, brass everything when it comes to the kitchen! If you want to update your look, be sure to opt for a satin or antique brass finish- stay away from lacquered brass as it will take you straight back to the 1980's!
Posted by Alyssa on August 8, 2018
Knowing how to remove ink stains is a pretty useful skill. We’ve all been there when a pen has exploded or, in my case, your toddler takes a pen to your rug. Rather replacing the entire damaged item, try a couple of these different ways to remove ink stains from this video below.
How to Remove Ink Stains
Confession: I haven't tried all these ways to remove ink stains, but I'm sure I'll have a chance! My daughter can find a pen no matter where we go.
Have you tried any of these ways to remove ink? Any other ideas?
Posted by Alyssa on August 7, 2018
Yellow is a bright, happy, optimistic color, so why wouldn’t you want to use that color for your dining room? There are so many different ways you can incorporate the color yellow into your dining room. Whether you go all out and paint your walls the cheery color or you keep it simple with just a few yellow accents, you’ll love having a yellow dining room. Don’t forget that RC Willey is the first place you should stop when looking for dining room furniture and check out some pictures of yellow dining rooms for inspiration.
Yellow Dining Rooms
via Rue Mag
via A Beautiful Mess
Are you having trouble knowing where to start designing in your room or home? Did you recently move to a new place and your old decor just isn't working with the new space? Are you recently living with a new person and running into a design disaster? RC Willey's trained design consultants are here to help. We have an amazing staff of interior design consultants who will help you with anything from furniture layout, color therapy, accessories, or even a whole home makeover! You're only five simple steps away from having a home that reflects your personal style and incorporates those things you love the most. Click here to get started!
Posted by Andie on August 6, 2018
One of my favorite ways to add style and color to a home is with wallpaper! If you are reading this cringing, you've got to know that wallpaper has come a LONG way. In fact, many wallpapers are actually removealbe now, which makes it nice if you are renting, or don't want to commit to something for the next twenty years. I'm on the hunt for wallpaper for a couple rooms in my house, and these are some of my favorites that I've found so far. This aint your grandma's wallpaper anymore!
What do you think?
Are you sold on wallpaper, or does it scare you?
Posted by Alyssa on August 5, 2018
If you’re lucky enough to have a pool to cool off in during these hot summer days, you may be looking for ways to improve your landscaping. You can make your backyard swimming pool an oasis without spending too much money and by adding a few touches here and there. Think about stringing lights over your pool to create a more festive feel, framing to pool with potted plants or fun patio furniture, and adding touches of nature to break up the cement surrounding the pool.
If you’re looking for pool landscaping ideas, or just want to look at pictures of beautiful pools and dream of the time you’ll be able to put one in your own yard, check out these pool ideas.
Pool Landscaping Ideas
via DIY Network
via Style Me Pretty
What landscaping do you have around your pool?
Posted by Alyssa on August 4, 2018
If you have a toddler, you know how tricky some of those afternoon hours can be. I don’t know how or why it happens, but around 4:30 in the afternoon my sweet little girl turns into a completely different person and making it to dinner suddenly becomes the hardest couple of hours of the day. That’s why having a few crafts for toddlers is a lifesaver! With just a little preparation, you’ll be able to pass those tricky times with your toddler while letting them create at the same time. Check out some ideas below.
Crafts for Toddlers
Create a zoo using paper plates to make your very own animals!
Make a little music by putting together your own rainsticks.
via House of Burke
For a younger toddler, use a fly swatter and some paint to create their very own masterpiece.
Spend these nice summer days outside collecting treasures and displaying them in this easy craft.
via Parenting Chaos
Clean up and create at the same time with these homemade bath paints.
Make painting a little more fun by letting your toddler paint on foil instead of plain old paper. They'll love it!
What fun craft ideas do you have for toddlers?
Posted by Alyssa on August 3, 2018
Your family room is the place where your kids should feel comfortable bringing their friends and playing, your family should feel comfortable gathering for a movie night, and you should feel at ease kicking your feet up and reading a book. It can be easy to let your family room sink into chaos, though. Unorganized toys, mismatched furniture, or stained fabrics may end up ruling the day, but you shouldn’t let them! Just because your family room is one of the rooms that get the most use doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be beautiful. If you’re interested in updating your family room, check out some of these ideas below.
Family Room Ideas
If you have a family with young kids, keep that in mind when deciding what furniture to bring into your family room. Dark colors hide stains easier than lighter colors, so keep that in mind when picking fabrics. The furniture you choose should be durable.
Keeping things organized is important. Not only will you know where everything is, you’ll actually want to spend time in the room. Use bookshelves with baskets and dedicate the lower shelves to toys and children’s books.
When it comes to painting your walls, remember the importance of color and think through the feel you want your room to have. Warm colors make a cozy, comfortable room while cooler colors will make the room feel larger and more open.
Mix a variety of different types of lighting. In addition to overhead lighting, make sure you have different floor and table lamps to make your room even more inviting.
Family rooms often are the main room for watching movies and TV, so think through where your television will be located. Over the fireplace is often the first place people think to hang their TVs, but there are lots of different options as well!
Make your seating options as comfortable as possible! Sectionals give a lot of seating options and are generally loved by all! Check out some different options here.
One fun thing about family rooms is how personal you can make them. Hang family pictures and favorite pieces of art as a gallery wall.
How have you decorated your family room?