Kitchen Confidential: The Pros and Cons of Double Stacked Cabinets

stackedDoes it make sense for you to double up on cabinets? Find out here

Double stacked kitchen cabinets aren’t a one-trick pony. They can increase your storage space, open the door for dazzling displays or give your space a finished look. However, they aren’t right for every kitchen. They’re an added expense and aren’t always easy to access. If the stacked cabinet look has caught your eye, this quick rundown of pros and cons will better inform your buying decision.

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12 Features in a Kid-Friendly Home

kid friendlyIncorporate these elements to create a stylish and worry-free environment for you and your family

A child’s laughter can permeate a home and warm the coldest of hearts. Kids can also create lots of messes, from the living room to the bathroom and everywhere in between. Here are 12 features that can help you create a kid-friendly home that’s clean, organized, safe — and fun for all.

The Kitchen of the Future

kitchen of the futureA new survey reveals global kitchen trends with staying power

What will the kitchen of tomorrow look like? Just ask the people building and planning the kitchens of today. With that in mind, we asked homeowners in 11 countries — the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain, Sweden and Denmark — through a series of discussions, polls, surveys and interviews to describe the ins and outs of kitchen projects they had recently completed, have underway or are planning to start in the next three months.

Houzz data shows that 41 percent of homeowners are remodeling kitchens that are 16 to 30 years old. With nearly 9,000 people responding to Houzz’s most recent kitchen survey — 85 percent had completed or worked on their kitchen project in 2015 and the rest planned to start in early 2016 — that means their choices in layout, materials, storage and special features offer insight into trends you’ll no doubt see in kitchens for years to come.

Clever Ways to Hide a Laundry Station

laundry thumbWhen you don’t have a whole room to devote to the wash, use these solutions to tuck the machines out of view

Don’t have the luxury of a vast laundry room for stashing your washer and dryer? Here are some of my favorite ideas for hiding your laundry workstation so that it’s there when you need it — and out of sight when you don’t.

10 Ways to Add Personality to Your Kitchen

Screen Shot 2015-10-15 at 2.36.56 PMQuirky little details, unexpected ingredients and smart styling help give a kitchen its own identity

One of our favorite spaces in the house, the kitchen can also be one of the most predictable. After all, it typically contains some countertop space, a few appliances and lots of storage. But a little imagination and some inventive styling can softly steer this room toward a look filled with personality. These smart details — some of them integral to the design, some added later — bring a fresh, original feel to a much-loved room.

25 Design Trends Coming to Homes Near You in 2016

2016 trendsFrom black stainless steel appliances to outdoor fabrics used indoors, these design ideas will be gaining steam in the new year

The modern home is always evolving. And to get an idea of what it’s evolving to, look no further than what’s happening within its walls today. With that in mind, we delved into our New This Week series, sifting through Houzz discussions and data to find out what materials, strategies and concepts will be coming to more homes in 2016.

9 Places to Put the Microwave in Your Kitchen

Screen Shot 2015-10-09 at 10.55.06 AMSee the pros and cons of locating your microwave above, below and beyond the counter

The classic kitchen work triangle organizes foot traffic from the fridge to the sink to the stove, in an attempt to make cooking and preparing meals flow more smoothly. But what about the other major, although sometimes smaller, appliances that many of us use every day? Take the microwave, for example. You can place a microwave high, low, out of sight or within easy reach, and there are pros and cons for every choice. Here’s a look at those advantages and disadvantages, so you can figure out the kitchen configuration that’s right for you.

10 Quick Ways to Cozy Up Your Home for Winter

fireplace thumbShopping your house and doing a little rearranging can make those long, cold nights a lot more enjoyable

I don’t know about you, but days that get shorter and shorter bring my mood down — it’s too dark to go for an early-evening walk and the hours until bedtime seem to stretch out before me. However, I’ve found some ways to enjoy this time by cozying up my house for the coming cold months — without, I should clarify, spending any money. Here are some of the easy things I do to create a warm ambiance that I hope will help you cozy up your own nest.