How to Keep Your Stainless Steel Clean

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For the past few years, designers have debated whether or not stainless steel will continue to reign supreme in kitchens across America or lose its popularity to glossy black or white appliances boasting sleek, smooth finishes.

While the trendsetters debate, however, millions of us continue to choose to live with the commercially cool look and functionality of stainless steel. Whether you have a little or a lot of the shiny stuff, here’s what experts suggest we do about those fingerprints, and how to care for and clean one of the hardest-working surfaces in the house.

7 Rules for Organizing Small Spaces

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How to Color-Block With Confidence in the Kitchen

Screen Shot 2015-08-02 at 5.00.58 PMMaster the art of color-blocking in your cooking and dining area by following these foolproof design tricks

Color-blocking is a popular fashion trend that has been a firm favorite with designers and fashion lovers over the past several years. Although it’s taken a little longer for the high-impact look to filter down into the interiors world, the technique is now being embraced by many design professionals and home decorators, too, especially in the kitchen, as a way to liven up a neutral scheme and help a space stand out. Take a look at the color-blocking cheat sheet that we’ve compiled for you below.

How to Clean Your Fridge, Inside and Out

Screen Shot 2015-07-24 at 12.03.44 PMKeep your refrigerator clean and fresh, while you gain storage space and and lose those ‘UFOs’

Until you find your kitchen invaded by a UFO (Unidentified Foul Odor), it’s easy to take a clean-smelling fridge for granted. But the perks of keeping one of the hardest-working home appliances in top shape go beyond eliminating unwanted “science projects” and unsavory smells.

“There are many reasons a refrigerator needs to be kept clean,” says Meg Roberts, president of housekeeping service Molly Maid. “A clean refrigerator can keep food fresh for a longer period of time. Due to the moisture in the fridge, cross contamination can easily occur, so it’s necessary to take precautions. Plus, a stuffed fridge means some items are hidden away, causing food to go to waste.”

Bottom line: A clean refrigerator not only looks and smells better, it will also function more efficiently and can ultimately save you money. Here’s how.

Your Guide to Common Light Fixtures — and How to Use Them

Screen Shot 2015-05-08 at 2.13.46 PMGet to know pot lights, track lights, pendants and more to help you create an organized, layered lighting plan

I’ll let you in on a little secret that designers use to get that photo-ready finish in a home: layers of light. Just like with clothing and accessories in fashion, when creating your interior lighting scheme, layering your light sources helps create a rich look that highlights great features and eliminates harsh shadowing. To do that, you’ll need an approach that combines many different styles of fixtures and sources. Here’s my guide to common light fixtures you can use to create a sparkling scheme for any space or mood.

Kitchen Revolution: Remodeling For The Past 30 Years

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Taking a Kitchen From Beige to Bright for Less Than $9,000

Screen Shot 2015-02-17 at 3.18.24 PMImproving on what he had, designer Chad Esslinger transformed a basic kitchen into something bright, white and modern

Moving into a house that was just 16 years old meant that Chad and Patty Esslinger wouldn’t have to take on any major renovations. But the problem with the relatively new home was that it was stuck in basicville, and the kitchen was the town hall.

Swirl Faucet: Lattice Water Effect

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In a bathroom, the surfaces and fixtures usually take center stage. The Swirl Faucet concept puts the focus not on the faucet, but on the water.
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The concept from designer Simin Qiu features two internal turbines that spin in different directions. The water flows out in a delicate lattice pattern.
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Not a Big Cook? These Fun Kitchen Ideas Are for You

Screen Shot 2014-09-22 at 12.58.16 PMWould you rather sip wine and read than cook every night? Consider these kitchen amenities

Kitchen design tends to be centered around the presumption that you will be spending loads of time in your kitchen cooking. Not so earth shattering, right? But the fact is, not everyone loves to cook. Not everyonecould really use a supersize fridge, dual ovens and an enormous island. So what do you do when it’s time to think about a kitchen design, when all you’ve used your oven for is storage? While it makes sense for certain basics to be in place (sink, stove, dishwasher) even if you rarely cook, there is plenty of room for creativity. From wine storage to a library wall, here are a few ideas to consider.