Add a Television to your Kitchen Design

28 Jan

 

Many open plan Kitchens are part of a great room, so they often overlook the family TV, but there are ways to incorporate a small screen within a kitchen in a more obvious way.

Trends in how TV’s fit into interior design are changing—and fast. We now integrate them in a broad spectrum of ways: Whether fit futuristically into the front of a cabinet door, or prominently mounted on the wall, screens have migrated into our living spaces, especially in rooms like the kitchen where technology and aesthetics go hand in hand.

Here are some inspirational design ideas.

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Invest in your home!!

17 Jan

Invest in your home…… With the start of another calendar year, why not make a resolution for your home? Investing in an upgrade for where you live will not only result in an increased resale value, but the final product will leave you f…eeling happier and more fulfilled for the long-term. If you make one upgrade on your house this year, let it be your kitchen. After all, it’s the most important—not to mention most popular—room in the home, and it offers the biggest bang for your remodel buck. Need more incentive? Here are a few reasons we think you should consider remodeling your kitchen this year.
Design Trends – Since the “Kitchen Design Triangle” theory a lot has changed in the world of kitchen design. New kitchen design ideas and innovations that better serve homeowners are popping up like apps in an iTunes store.
It’s Worth Your Money – According to the National Association of Realtors, a kitchen remodel has the biggest return on investment when it comes to selling your home—even more than a two-story addition!
A Lower Energy Bill—It comes with an upfront cost, but Earth-friendly products and appliances are the way of the future. Adding a skylight, for example, brings in ample sunshine, reducing the need for artificial light. Energy-efficient appliances and solar water heaters cut down the utility bill and place less stress on the environment.
Current Appliance Advancements – Appliance manufacturers are spending lots of money to discover technologies that make cooking easier and healthier. Miele and Sub-Zero &Wolf, for example, sell a steam oven that, in addition to veggies and fish, prepares entire meals like meats, poultry, cakes and breads—all simultaneously. The increasingly popular induction cooktop speeds up cooking and makes it safer for kids and pets too.
Financial Incentives- You’re likely to see financial incentives pop up again this year, including sales at home improvement centers, cash rebates for trading in outdated appliances, remodeling grants and low- or no-interest loans.
It’s Fun! Yes, you’re spending money (which isn’t fun), but it’s also a chance for you to express your unique personality and tastes. Kitchen design is more innovative, creative, and robust than ever, and you’ll truly enjoy exploring trends and materials to find the combo that speaks to you most.
The result? A room that is inherently “YOU,” with the added benefits of better function and form.
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A smart solution for a ORGANIZED Kitchen!

10 Jan

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Was one of your new year’s resolutions to get more organized? Are you having trouble sticking to it??

When a utility drawer becomes a cluttered repository of duplicate tools and useless gadgets, it can boost your blood pressure just to open it.

No matter how much kitchen space you have, it always seems like you need more. If you’re in need of kitchen design ideas that will help free up some space and keep you organized then check out the following four tips:

1. Brew Some Coffee: This is a perfect task for Saturday morning, before the rest of the household is up.

2. Dump Everything Out: Spread the contents of the drawer on a countertop or table. Discard any junk. Scrub out the drawer, and let it air-dry.

3. Sort and Cull Tools: Set aside duplicates, keeping the rest. Cull stocking-stuffer gadgets you simply never use.

4. Consider an Organizer: A Custom Designed Drawer Insert by Rosario Cabinets, Inc. (shown in the after shot) is not only beautiful but functional as well.

Contact Rosario Cabinets today for more space saving ideas. Let us bring your SPACE TO LIFE!

New Year’s Resolutions for the heart of your home

3 Jan

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It’s that time of year again, New Year resolution time.
Is the kitchen’s lack of organization savaging your schedule? Is its cooking equipment not geared toward healthy eating? There are numerous ways that your space impacts your goals. Here are some ideas designed to help you keep the resolutions you’ve made by making some changes to your kitchen.

Kitchen Resolution No. 1: Cut my electric bill
One great way to do that in your kitchen is to replace your incandescent lights with compact fluorescent bulbs or LED fixtures.

Kitchen Resolution No. 2: Eat healthier
One of the best ways to eat healthier is to steam your food. This cooking style reduces the amount of fat you have to use, while keeping your food moist and delicious.

The challenge for many homeowners is to find room for a steam oven. This built-in steam oven by Miele solves the space problem.

Kitchen Resolution No. 3: Relax more
Whether it’s entertaining friends over a glass of wine or just enjoying a special vintage with your special someone at the end of a work day a built-in wine cooler is a welcomed addition to your kitchen design, consider the Subzero 424 Wine Cooler.

Kitchen Resolution No. 4: Spend more time with family
If your children are still young, specialized furniture like this Learning Tower can help you get closer by bringing your child safely and comfortably to counter height, you can pass along family traditions and your love for cooking or baking with ease.

Kitchen Resolution No. 5: Get organized
Interior cabinet accessories are great tools for helping you get your kitchen organized. Begin by determining which items you use every week and move the others out of the kitchen. The ones you use will be easier to find when you have them neatly stored in handy organizers, like this custom designed insert by Rosario Cabinets, Inc.

Kitchen Resolution No. 6: Invest in appliances that save money in the long run
Investing in a built-in refrigerator like the Subzero 650G might seem counterintuitive to saving money, but a food preservation system that keeps your meats, dairy and produce fresher longer can help you avoid the massive waste that so many people experience every year. In long run, the amount you save on groceries can easily offset the appliance investment, and keep your conscience clear.

Kitchen Resolution No. 7: Wake up earlier
For those of you who rely on coffee to get going in the morning, this built-in coffee system by Miele is a great kitchen appliance to consider. No, it won’t drag you out of bed, but it can make those early starts easier.

Kitchen Resolution No. 8: Get back to the gym
Exercising works your muscles, but requires protein to rebuild them. To cook your non-vegetarian proteins like poultry, fish, beef, pork and lamb in a healthy way, grill them. This built-in grill by GE Monogram is one of the many fine grills available on the market today.

Kitchen Resolution No. 9: Manage time better
One way to achieve that goal is to speed up your chores. A microwave with speed cook technology can help in this regard, like the GE Monogram Advantium with Speed Cook.

A microwave with a keep-warm setting can help your time management on those occasions when you are running late. A hot meal can still be yours that evening, letting you finish your task more efficiently and enjoy your dinner without the stress of returning to work afterward.

Kitchen Resolution No. 10: Save water
Choose appliances and fixtures that save water like the Bosch 800 Series Dishwasher. Look for the EPA’s newest designation, WaterSense. Sensor faucets are also a good green option to consider for your kitchen.

Kitchen Resolution No. 11: Take better care of my body
Anyone who loves spending hours in their kitchen baking or cooking knows that hard floors can take their toll on your hips, back, feet and legs. Be kind to them by placing a cushioned mat by Wellness Mats in front of your cooktop or range. Your joint’s will thank you right along with the folks who enjoy your tasty treats.

A little “SILVER & GOLD” to brighten your Kitchen for the holidays?

20 Dec

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Brace yourself for holiday thirst quenching in style. These stunning water appliances by Aquaverve boast clean lines and sleek curves. Add a little holiday glam to your kitchen with a unit in polished Gold or Sparkling Silver for the holiday season, or you may opt for a rich, hand stained organic wood exterior.

Creating the perfect WORK TRIANGLE

29 Nov

Design talk by Rosario Paparazzo

Kitchen Designer, Owner and President

Rosario Cabinets, Inc.

Creating the perfect WORK TRIANGLE-

The kitchen work triangle connects the three primary work centers of a kitchen: the sink, the refrigerator and the range.

Today’s kitchens are much more than places to cook. They are often the social center of the home, the game room, the gathering room, the office, the entertaining room, the eating room and the homework room. As a result, kitchens have become larger with more emphasis on islands, counter tops and seating. Still, the kitchen work triangle is an important to consider.  After all, a kitchen does need to be functional for cooking regardless of the other purposes it fills.

The guidelines for the work triangle distance between the three areas should be no less than four feet and no larger than nine feet. These measurements assure that the kitchen will be large enough to feel open and let traffic flow through while keeping the steps traveling between the areas to a minimum.

This is particularly important with today’s large kitchens. Using this work triangle will be sure to concentrate your cooking activities into one area of the room leaving other areas for dining, entertainment, homework etc.

As you establish the design of your new kitchen determine how the kitchen work triangle will work for you, you will want to take into consideration the prep area. The kitchen triangle does not include this important space, but you’ll clearly want a prep area near the sink for chopping and mixing.

Look at every function your kitchen will serve. Once you have established a “wish list”, you can place each of your desired features into the kitchen, including the perfect work triangle.

Planning ahead will help you be sure you have the features you want and a work triangle that contributes to your cooking success.

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Add a “SPARK” of visual interest to your Kitchen!

28 Nov

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Few elements say “dream kitchen” in the way that a fireplace does. They represent the ultimate in comfort and coziness, and satisfy a primal longing to gather around a hearth. When most people think of kitchen fireplaces, however, they picture a mammoth brick surround with a cavernous firebox that could easily hold a cast iron kettle or a spit for roasting meat.

A fireplace can add value and visual interest to your home. New fireplace technology makes it easy and affordable to add a fireplace to any room in your home, including the kitchen. There are several types of fireplaces that can be used in the kitchen. Some provide ambiance alone, while others can be used as an additional cooking source.

These modern spaces redefine the kitchen fireplace archetype, with stripped-down structures that still radiate homey appeal. Which one inspires you most?