Combining Form and Function in a Kitchen

Today, we’re giving you a tour of Erin’s kitchen to give you some ideas of extra things to think about when planning your own kitchen, whether it be a new build or a remodel, like we did here. It’s important to consider things beyond just the cabinet style or color, counter top materials and faucets. You also want to give a lot of consideration to the functionality of the space. Do you entertain a lot? Do you cook a lot? Do you have a lot of storage needs and how would you prefer those to be? In drawers or cabinets? Let’s take a look at the things we did to help make the Morgan kitchen more functional for their family.

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Last Week’s Links

1. This wallpaper is so pretty and would look so good with a dark paint color.
2. We’re loving this trend back to caned furniture and think this caned bed look so good with the black frame.
3. These velvet bows are so pretty and such great quality.
4. These loafers from one of our favorite shops are so good!
5. We love these stackable birthstone rings.
6. Loving the green and the cuff detail on this simple top.
7. An easy way to revive rusty cast iron pans.
8. This top has the sweetest details.
9. This mirror is so pretty and at such a great price point too.

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How to Find and Define Your Design Style

When it comes to design, there are so many different styles to choose from. Knowing what these design styles are can be very beneficial for anyone who wants to design their space. It can also be helpful when working with a designer to be able to better describe your likes and dislikes in a way that allows them to understand you and your tastes better. But guess what? Your style doesn’t actually have to be defined into any one (or multiple) categories. Here at House of Jade, we like clean, fresh, layered design, and that can easily be implemented into every type of design style.

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How to Create a Mood Board

Mood boards are a designer’s bread and butter. They are the best, and simplest, way to see how all the elements of a project will look once they come together before you actually commit to anything. Today, we’re going to show you some sample mood boards and make the process of creating your own a lot easier. Mood boards can be made digitally or physically with product samples. When it comes to design projects, we prefer to collect samples and create a real life mood board, but we know that’s not always an option, especially when you’re just starting out with your design plan. It’s probably best to leave that for when you’ve nailed down the direction you want to go in so that you can see everything in person before you actually start to make the big purchases. This way you can see how the various colors will look in your space and you’ll get to feel the different textures. It will really give you a true idea of how something will come together in the end and if you’ll love it or not.

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This new build home in California’s wine country is so dreamy. We love all the finishes in the home so much, but it’s really the outside that’s the star! Check out the tour here. Designed by Geremia Designs.

1. This 80’s home before and after is so good. You know we love a good before and after!

2. This candle is so pretty and the Volcano scent is so good. Perfect for the warmer months ahead.

3. This champagne poppies flower garden kit is so cute and since it’s meant be done indoors, it’s the perfect fix for dying to get into the garden even though there’s still snow on the ground.

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What to Consider Before a Kitchen Remodel

When it comes to our homes, there’s probably nothing more frustrating than having a space that you use often that just doesn’t serve you in the way you need. And that’s probably most true in the kitchen. When it comes to how we live in our homes, we’re all so unique and that means our needs are unique as well. What works for someone might not necessarily work for you. Most people have to just figure out how to adjust to the layout of their kitchen, but if you’re fortunate enough to be able to make changes to your kitchen, then we’re here to help you with our tips for problem solving your space so that you can make all the right decisions when it comes to improving it.

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Product Round-up: Nightstands for Every Budget

Today we’ve rounded-up nightstands that we love and fall into every budget. But before we get to all those beauties, we wanted to talk first about how to choose the right nightstand for your needs. If you’re on the hunt for the perfect nightstand, chances are you’ve searched in Google for nightstands and have found small end tables that either don’t match your design style or are just too small. Most nightstands are too small for a master bedroom alongside a Queen or King size bed. When we search for nightstands for projects, we like to search for 3 drawer dressers or chests, or accent chests. As you’ll see in our round-up, we’ve even included a couple small desks!

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Last Week’s Links

It’s January, arguably the gloomiest month of the year, the holidays are over, and naturally, we’re dreaming of Spring, when the sun is shining and it’s warm enough to open windows in the afternoon and let the fresh air in. This space here, a chef’s desk in a kitchen, is so refreshing to look at. Those beautiful windows are letting in so much light, we’re sure it’s the perfect place to enjoy the view of a beautiful spring day with everything in bloom. Designed by Park and Oak.

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2020 Design Trends

It might be said that “trends” are steering a little more timeless in many regards. We are seeing a lot of design elements that feel like they’ve been around for hundreds of years such as natural stone flooring, marble slabs, tongue and groove cabinetry and channel tufting. When we pull inspiration for clients we are often looking at early American farmhouses or European cottages. It seems that the sayings “what’s old is new” has never been more relevant. Either way we are happy to say that these “trends” feel like they are around to stay for awhile.

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Winter Front Porch Pot Styling

Decking the halls doesn’t have to be limited to the interior of your home only. Take the festive spirit outside as well! We love to spruce up our front porch pots every winter and today we wanted to show you how it’s done.

The first step is to gather your supplies. You can really use a variety of items. For Erin’s pots we used:

Step 2. Stick your nordic pine in as the anchoring centerpiece for the arrangement.

Step 3. Loosen up you dirt and then add your birch branches to the center of the pot. You can put them close together or move them further apart but either way try to have them at varying heights.

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