Displaying posts from September, 2021

Solid as stone

Posted on Mon, 27 Sep 2021 by midcenturyjo

“The original Stone House was built in 1780 and was updated with a second structure in 1877. The addition and multiple renovations left the house with layers of finishes and a memory of how the home accommodated people’s needs through time. Our sensitive approach recognized that we are one piece in the building’s long life. While there was a drastic reorganization of the interior spaces, we took care to respect the building’s thick stone structure.”

I love the thought of this renovation being just one piece of the building’s long life. To me a good renovation is all about respect. Retaining important features and reinstating the lost while carefully creating a home for modern living. This 19th century stone house outside Callicoon, New York is a triumph by Brooklyn-based General Assembly.

Photography by Matthew Williams

From pizza ovens to breakfast sandwich makers and heated butter knives, we’re now in the age of hyper-specific kitchen appliances. With more and more kitchen gadgets becoming available, it can be difficult finding space in small kitchens to store them all.

We’ve compiled seven alluring ways of storing kitchen appliances in small kitchens that will declutter your space and free up your mind so you can focus more on the cooking.

1. Ace the Main Appliance Layout

As far as kitchen appliance hierarchies go, your fridge, stovetop, and dishwasher are all the way at the top. It’s critical you ace the placement of these when you use a kitchen appliance installation service so you can base the rest of your kitchen organization around this.

Designate zones around these appliances for food preparation, cleanup, pots and pans storage, food storage, and utensils. This will dictate the space you have to store your appliances and the types of storage that will work in your kitchen.

2. Utilize the Corners

Older kitchens tend to have those awful corner cupboards where you need to blindly reach all the way to the back to find what you’re looking for. Thankfully, there have been some very clever corner cupboard storage solutions that have been developed since then that make this the perfect place to store small kitchen appliances for easy access.>

Carousels and Wari corners are just some of the ways you can increase your kitchen’s accessible storage space. This storage solution can be used to store your small to medium-sized appliances, as well as your general kitchen utensils.

3. Maximize Your Cabinet Space

Get more out of your kitchen cabinet space by making it work for you. Most of us only have one shelf in our cabinets and a tonne of wasted vertical space above it. You can double your storage space here by adding in an extra shelf or using shelf risers.

You’ll be able to more efficiently store your small appliances, cups, bowls and more here, freeing up other spaces for your large appliances.

4. Vertical Storage Is Everything

When you’re working with a small kitchen, your vertical storage space is more important than ever. Extra shelving on your walls means you get more free space on your countertops and have less cluttered shelves down low.

Large appliances are heavy and it can be risky storing them above your head. This is why additional shelving to hold your cups and plates is good to free up space in your lower cabinets to store these bulkier appliances around your waist level. Meanwhile, your small appliances like a mixer or blender can easily fit on your top shelves.

5. Display What You Can

Some appliances are just too pretty to stow away in your cabinets. Depending on how much counter space you have, you can proudly display your commonly used appliances while also making extra space for your less glamorous appliances in your cupboards.

It’s more convenient to keep your frequently used appliances out for ease of access. If space allows, store these appliances in an appliance garage. Get some powerpoints installed nearby and you can keep your coffee machine, kettle, or whatever other appliances you commonly use within easy reach at all times.

6. Switch to Multitaskers

Instead of trying to find all this extra space to store kitchen appliances, why not downsize your appliance collection? There is a range of multi-tasking appliances on the market now aimed at simplifying your kitchen gadget collection. Appliances like the Thermomix can replace your blender, slow cooker, standing mixer, soup maker, food processor, juicer, digital scales and stick blender with just one appliance.

Imagine the space you’ll save by replacing all these kitchen tools and appliances with a multitasker like the Thermomix!

7. Store Seasonal Appliances Away

The slow cooker is a staple in the winter months, but do you really need it out when the warmer months come around? Consider storing the slow cooker away in the garage when summer hits so you have room to bring out the trusty ice cream maker instead.

These kitchen appliances tend to be large and bulky, so storing them in your garage or another storage space will go a long way in freeing up more space for all your small appliances.

While not all of these tips will work for every small kitchen, taking the ones that will work for you will help to maximize your available appliance storage space. With such limited space, every little bit helps when you’ve got a small kitchen.

Bathing in blush

Posted on Mon, 27 Sep 2021 by midcenturyjo

“This old-world-meets-five-star-hotel bathroom renovation is perfect amounts soothing and stunning. Inspired by a stay in a floor to ceiling plaster covered Grecian villa, we took our client’s request for a blush bathroom and tweaked it to read more like a neutral terracotta as to not overwhelm the senses. We chose a floor pattern with a nod to old world Europe but with a modern geometric twist. With all the attention on the floors and walls, we kept it very simple for the vanity and added just a little pop of color to the vanity.”

Beautiful, beautiful blush in a bathroom engaging all the senses. A sanctuary from the day’s bluster and bother. Spa bath by Journey and Jacobs.

Photography by Lang Thomas Studios

Villa Magnan in Biarritz

Posted on Sun, 26 Sep 2021 by KiM

Built in the centre of Biarritz between 1927 to 1931, Villa Magnan was only ever inhabited from 1931 to 1936 by Spanish aristocrats. It then lay empty for 80 years until current owners Anne and Jérôme Israël purchased and restored it over the course of one and a half years. Its 1,400 m2 of art deco mostly pink beauty is absolutely spectacular, and you can book a stay via their Instagram account. What a dream!!! (Photos: Melvin Israel via Vogue France and Eve Campestrini via The Socialite Family)

Working on a Saturday

Posted on Sat, 25 Sep 2021 by midcenturyjo

It’s like I say week in week out. If you have to drag yourself into work on a weekend it helps if it’s somewhere stylish. Photography Studio by Journey & Jacobs.

Photography by Lang Thomas Studio