Everything fabulous & white for your kitchen…

50 White Kitchen Ideas that Work

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A kitchen remodel is one of the most common renovation projects in homes today, and also one that can have a significant effect on resale value.

And since the average homeowner will spend tens of thousands of dollars when doing a major kitchen remodel, it’s crucial to do it right. So how do you accomplish that? We’ve assembled a number of white kitchen ideas to simplify the design process.

When spending a lot of money on a remodel you’ll want to create a space you love, but if you’re planning on selling at some point you’ll also want to secure a return on your investment (you’ll also want to like the room yourself 20 years from now as your tastes change).

Today’s home buyers are turned off by dated kitchens, and are looking for modern additions like granite counters and updated appliances. Those things can both be done in white, and according to the National Kitchen and Bathroom Association, white and off-white are the most popular color schemes for those spaces. Make your design decisions easier by creating an all-white room that’s fresh, bright and aesthetically pleasing.

In addition to a timeless look, white can make a small kitchen feel bigger and brighten a room that lacks adequate natural light. And while you don’t want to offend anyone’s taste with your kitchen design, you also don’t want a white kitchen to feel bland. Add depth by using accent colors and insert personal style in changeable features like light fixtures, furniture and cabinet pulls.

From the appliances to the cabinets, we’ve broken down 50 different white kitchen ideas.

White Kitchen Countertops

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There are a number of ways to approach white countertops. White marble is warm, classic and its natural veiny appearance adds texture. It is more expensive than other options as well as higher maintenance. You’ll need to wipe up spills right away, avoid putting hot pans or abrasive items on the surface and seal it on a regular basis. White granite is lower maintenance than marble (seal it once a year and wipe up spills ASAP) but also offers a classic look. Engineered white quartz is durable and non-porous so it’s more sanitary and resists stains, scratches and corrosion. White concrete can achieve that pure white look and it’s also incredibly durable. White glass can be pricey, but in addition to being sleek and bright it’s also non-porous and perhaps the most hygienic option. If you’re on a budget, today’s laminates mimic more expensive granite and marble and also resist scratching and chipping.

Is your bed the best it can be?

How To Choose Perfect Bed Linens

Did you know that we spend 26 years sleeping in our beds!? If we are going to spend that much of our lives in bed, then shouldn’t our beds be the ultimate sanctuary? Don’t we deserve beds that have the absolute best sheets and pillows —ones that are as soft as down and as fluffy as clouds?

Here at Freshome, we say YES! Our beds, and our bedrooms for that matter, should be rooms full of lavish, sumptuous comfort—they should be retreats where we can escape the stresses of our hectic day. So, how do you get the best possible bedding?

This article will explain everything that you need to know about buying the absolute best bed linens that money can buy.  We will  cover topics such as thread count, pillows, and of course, we will offer some amazing bedroom design inspiration.

Here is how to choose the perfect bed linens:

Is your kitchen stressing you out?

According to Ikea, People Are Pretty Stressed About Their Kitchens

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IKEA’s second global Life at Home Report came out today. It’s not as salacious as the first one, which revealed that people in Mumbai have the most morning sex and people in New York do the most work while sitting on the toilet, instead focusing on the kitchen. Specifically, the fact that everyone is very anxious about their kitchens, apparently. For instance, 19 percent of Parisians chose the answer “I would feel uncomfortable or ashamed” when presented with the question, “How would you feel if a friend looked in your kitchen?” (A friend!) And while 38 percent of Berliners residents cook at home during the week, 54 percent never eat in the kitchen or dining room. On the bright side, only 18 percent of them feel bad about the amount of food they throw away each week, the lowest of any of the eight cities surveyed.

Is 3D flooring the wave of the future?

3D Flooring Will Make You Realize How Lame Your Floors Are

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Great. Just great. Before today we were all walking around on our—we thought—perfectly fine wood floors and never wondering if there was something better out there. But now we know that 3D floors are a thing, and that we could be walking around on a waterfall or a coral reef or a dolphin, and we’ll never be able to look at our stupid floors the same way again. Thanks a lot, Imperial Interiors of Dubai (of course).

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Important health tip for you and your home…

How to Get Rid of Unhealthy Black Mold

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Greg801/GettyThe disgusting stuff on your wall could be mold, black mold or mildew. Figuring that out is the first step in getting rid of it.

Removing black mold from your home can sound like a daunting task. Just the term “black mold” sounds scary enough. If you’re willing to buy the proper safety equipment and can stomach scrubbing and removing mold damage for up to a few weeks, you can save hundreds and possibly thousands of dollars.

Deciding when to call in a professional is a personal decision, but there are two signs that black mold has progressed too far to easily remove it yourself, says David Olson of PuroClean, a property damage restoration company.

“When the odor is becoming so bad that it’s giving them a headache,” or a finger can be pushed through drywall damaged by black mold, Olson says.

Removal is charged by the square foot and varies by where you live, he says. Removing mold from and repairing a standard shower can cost from $1,600 to $4,500, Olson says.

To avoid such costs, here are some ways to remove black mold in your home on your own:

1. Determine What it Is

The musty smell under a sink may not be black mold — which is a mold that has been left for quite awhile — and may just be simple mold, Olson says. The difference is that mold is a live spore, while black mold could be toxic. Mildew, for example, is often confused with being mold, but it can be easily cleaned with bleach or other surface cleaners.

Not all visible molds that are black are dangerous, and mold testing may be needed to confirm if toxic spores are in your house, according to the website BlackMoldRemoval.com.

Homeowners should test their homes every three to five years for potential mold problems, says Caroline Blazovsky, a healthy home expert.

Not all mold problems are visible,” Blazovsky says. “Sometimes, you get lucky and see mold growing on areas like basement walls or bathroom walls to know there is a problem. But, many times mold is in between walls behind showers, underneath flooring and under kitchen appliances — places we cannot get to.”

She recommends doing a mold air test with a professional air pump sampler, either with a certified inspector or a DIY kit.

2. Find the Source and Stop the Damage

If you see or smell black mold in your house, it’s probably in an area of high moisture, such as a bathroom that isn’t vented well enough, or from a water leak such as a leaking pipe. Repair the leak before deciding if you’re going to repair the damage yourself.

Once moisture from water damage or condensation has been provided, mold will use a food source such as insulation, fabric, drywall or carpet to grow and cause damage.

Cannot wait for these new interior trends to hit the West Coast!

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2. Likewise with the interior design of the new NYC store. On to top of an overall flea market-inspired vibe, the space will feature 15-foot-tall windows and a permanent, 10-foot-tall by 24-foot-wide display of candles in all sorts of colors.

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1. More stores may be on the way! Curbed’s sister site Racked NY reports that the company is already “scouting for three more locations to open in 2016,” including NYC’s Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Soho, and Williamsburg neighborhoods. Who knows, if “operation NYC” proves successful, Tiger may very well start popping up in other American cities.

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Bringing in some stone work for Spring…

A quick visual scan of most kitchens and bathrooms will revel a variety of material cues. Elements such as stainless steel appliances, crystal glassware, copper pots, hardwood floors and brushed nickel faucets all blend to create the overall look of a space. Bringing tile, stone and mixed material surfacing into a room helps tie it all together to create the ultimate in eclectic decor.

Mixed mosaic collections

Check out some of the new mosaic collections. Manufacturers have responded to the blend trend by playing the role of master mixer. A wide variety of mesh-mounted mosaics combine the glamour of glass, stone, metal and even cut crystal.

Source: Zillow Digs

Unify with color

The goal in interior design is to create interest and harmony. No one material should compete with another for attention. Use color to unify design elements.

Source: Zillow Digs