With a very suggestive name “Accordion” is a very interesting flexible kitchen table that was designed by Russian designer Olga Kalugin. This flexible kitchen table that expands and contracts to the meet the needs of different users is an entry at the International Design Award 2009 and I can say that the design is very innovative. Integrating food drawers on the right and left sides, the folding table turns the drawer covers up and down to be used as preparation boards. Users can also have the access to triangle boxes, which can easily be shifted to opposite side of the table. For now this table seems to be just a concept, and I can’t wait to see the real one. – Via – Thedesignblog
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Nothing has done more to popularize the look of Swedish design than IKEA. The look has become so popular because it’s fresh and unpretentious. Like the Swedes themselves, the look is egalitarian and simple without severity. And guess what? You don’t need to visit IKEA to achieve something of the same Swedish spirit in your own home. Here’s what we noticed on a recent trip to Sweden:
1.) White, white and more white. In Sweden, the sun lies low in the sky and on winter days, the sun rises late and sets early. That means that Swedes are into maximizing light. Most Swedish homes have huge windows, and interiors almost always seem to be painted a bright white to reflect light and bounce it around to the maximum.
2.) Bare wood floors. In Sweden, wood is plentiful, and wood floors are a perfect choice because they are warm and welcoming, yet practical. Swedes revel in the beauty of the wood itself, using rugs only as small accents. Lots of snow and rain makes most carpeting impractical. Occasionally, Swedes will boost the light factor in their homes by painting wood floors white.
3.) White laminate kitchen cabinets. In keeping with all the white elsewhere in the home, Swedes choose high-gloss, white laminate cabinets that remain without cabinet pulls and handles that might otherwise disturb the utterly sleek look. The high-gloss look is often balanced by touches of wood on countertops or backsplashes.
4.)Blonde wood. It goes without saying that when you think Swedish, you think light-colored wood. Light wood keeps spaces serene and avoids the heavy feeling that dark woods bring. Blonde wood is often used in floors, but also in countertops and furniture elements as well.
5.) Bare windows. Swedes just don’t do curtains. If blinds or shades are used, they roll up tight, and out of sight.
6.) Just enough and nothing more. You won’t find Swedish homes jammed with furniture and knick-knacks. Swedes keep everything light and bright by opting for fewer pieces of cleaned-lined furniture than you might find in a typical American home. A good way to help achieve the Swedish look is by eliminating one more piece of furniture than you think you need. Similarly, the quantity of objects is always pared down — just enough to seem cozy, but not enough to seem cluttered.
7.) Grey and black as design accents. The traditional Swedish colors are blue and yellow, but modern design has moved into a starker, more graphic look that often incorporates grays and black as accents against a pure white interior.
8.) Nothing overstuffed. Swedes revel in sleek armchairs inspired by the design of the 50s. You won’t find the big bulky arm chairs and couches common in American households. Chairs are smaller, more design conscious and easily movable. Matching sets of chairs with couches are avoided in favor of a more free-wheeling, relaxed look. Even when the look is more cottage-y, the scale and girth of furniture is still on the slim side.
9.) Lots and lots of recessed lights. Swedish homes are filled with all sorts of lighting, including eye-catching, sculptural pendants. The backbone of lighting in a Swedish home, however, is always a well-planned installation of recessed lights. Recessed light can provide cheery overall lighting on gloomy days but can be dimmed down to provide a cozier more romantic look.
10) Top of the line tile and fixtures in the bathroom. Swedes spend a lot of money for beautiful (but always sober) tiles and bathroom fixtures. The most popular looks of the moment are shades of gray, black and white in the bathroom.
Even though time in the kitchen has been seriously subjected to attacks from dining out in fancy restaurants, owning a perfect looking and all-equipped eating sanctuary is still a must, since you never know when that cooking mania will hit. Ducale is the name of this beautiful classic kitchen from Arrital Cucine. With soft colors and amazing lines, this particular design inspires warmth, tranquility and not to mention apetite. The apliances are all there and every item is in its right place, integrated in an overall amazing kitchen environment. Here is your link to the company for any futher questions that you might have. Bon apetit! -via DigsDigs
Your kitchen is all decorated and set up just the way you want it when you notice a stream of ants walking across the counter. You don’t want to use dangerous sprays or chemicals to get rid of them. What can you do? Fortunately, there are natural alternatives you can use to safely rid your kitchen of pesky ants.
Here are 6 tips that can help you get rid of ants and keep them from coming back:
1) Keep all counters and kitchen areas squeaky clean. Ants require food and water to survive indoors. Clean all crumbs off of counters. Make sure honey, sugar and cereal is tightly sealed in plastic containers or bags. Don’t let drips of water collect on the counters or in the sink. Ants are also attracted to dry dog and cat food. You may have to put those away during the night. Take garbage out frequently.
2) Try vinegar. Wipe the counter tops down with a solution of 50% vinegar and 50% water several times during the day. This destroys the scent trail and keeps ants from coming back. While this method does work over time, it can take awhile and your kitchen will smell like vinegar until you don’t need to use it anymore.
3) Look in your cupboard for spices. Sprinkling strong smelling spices like cinnamon, chili pepper, cloves, bay leaves or garlic on the counters where you have seen the ants will repel some types. Strong scents disrupt their senses. You may have to experiment to see what works best. Other items that may repel ants: citrus oil or lemon juice, sliced cucumbers and mint tea bags.
4) Some people have had success by sprinkling catnip around the infested areas. Of course, if you have cats, too, they probably will not leave the catnip around long enough to get rid of the ants.
5) Spraying soapy water directly on the ants will kill them.
6) See if you can determine where the ants are entering your home. Once you find out, you can try sprinkling wet coffee grounds or spearmint leaves at their outside entrance to repel them.
By being vigilant, you can get rid of an ant infestation without using harsh chemicals.
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If you’ve been looking for a stylish kitchen set because what you own so far is not big enough to fit up the load, how about the Circle Kitchen? Designed by Compact Concepts, the kitchen furniture manages to address space problems in a highly functional and stylish manner, although it only measures 1.8 square meters. It features all the characteristics of an usual kitchen. Integrated with the ability to rotate as much as 180 degrees, the Circle Kitchen is able to provide all items that is being offered from a regular sink, to dishes, a microwave and even a dishwasher. Although we’re totally sold on the idea, such a circled design will cost you between $6,500 and $15,000 to get and that doesn’t even include installation costs. – via
Yet another cool design from our very own New York-based designer Karim Rashid. Designed for Gorenje, here’s a star collection that ensures to enhance your kitchen decor. The vertical LED light stripe in the handle allows the user to change the color versions. Choose your color to complement your chic kitchen. Ask me, I’ll choose pink!
Via: Design Spotter
If you need a contrivance to get your organizing work done, it would really be accommodating to afford yourself these nifty storage systems crafted by the designers from Thomasville Cabinetry. Their innovative collections include the Tip-out Storage Organizer which makes use of dead spaces around your wash basin to hold up your sponge and soap while you are washing the dishes. Another grand idea is the Toe-kick Drawer which although doesn’t look that ergonomic in design, it proves functional as a storage area where you could put all your seasonal stuff. Too bad we don’t have a price for these as they certainly know how to hide the … bad stuff! – via