A Graphic Backsplash Sets the Color Palette for a New Kitchen

A family swaps out turquoise walls and black cabinets for a cheery white-and-blue color scheme

The backstory: The owners of this 1937 Los Angeles home, who use it as a part-time residence, were planning to spend more time here, and they wanted to enjoy time in the kitchen together as a family. To make the room more welcoming, they dumped the former dark finishes and replaced them with lighter colors for a bright, open-feeling space.

How Close Are We to the Perfect Smart Home?

Want to do more than talk to your refrigerator and control your lights with your phone? This video explains how close we are to the smart home that can do everything for us.

Staying Safe in Your Kitchen

Your kitchen can be a dangerous place.

From open flames to sharp knives, it’s no place to fool around.

Here’s everything you need to know not to become a home accident statistic.

The Future of Smart Homes

The Future of Smart Homes

Smart phones, smart watches and smart hubs, but what about smart homes? Smart Technology has given us new ways of doing things and this is soon to be extended and introduced into our homes in more ways than expected. Smart thermostats and app controlled appliances have already entered the marketplace but there’s a lot more of that to come.

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

With rapid advancements in technology such as AI (Artificial Intelligence) and Machine Learning you can expect your kitchen to be dominated by smart appliances and your bathroom to know everything about you.

But it’s not only new technology that’s a driving factor towards smart homes, environmental awareness is also driving companies to create devices that are energy efficient and create a positive impact on the environment.

At the Lighting Superstore, we’ve looked at how all this could change your home, welcome to your future home of tomorrow.

Read more at https://www.thelightingsuperstore.co.uk/blog/post/the-future-of-smart-homes#Zcb3wQuGOYEV05wI.99


12 Little Accidents at Home and How to Fix Them

Your home suffers a lot of wear and tear each day. It’s normal to see hints of damage here and there – but wouldn’t it be nicer without them. What can you do to clear up after a minor domestic catastrophe?

Whether it’s damage that comes from repeated use, or a one-off accident that’s left a mark, little flaws around the home can detract from all your good intentions. Everything seems nicely decorated, and then your eyes drift to a horrible scratch or a stain in the carpet. It can be difficult to know how to fix these problems without making them worse.

Well, every blemish needs its own solution – but the solutions are out there. Did you know that petroleum jelly is ideal for getting rid of mug rings on tables? It’s just one of many surprising household uses this weird substance has!

Bigger disasters, like spilling wax on your carpet, can be dealt with using easy-to-find tools. With wax, the best thing to do is to cover the spillage with kitchen paper, and heat it up with a hairdryer. Once the towel is saturated with wax, replace it with it with a fresh one and do it again. Keep trying until the wax is all gone – it shouldn’t take long.

You never know where the next bit of damage is going to appear. We’ve put together a new infographic, with easy instructions on how to deal with a number of common mishaps around the home.

It might sometimes feel like your house has a life of its own. With these handy tips, you’ll be ready to give it a little tender loving care whenever required.

Cool Kitchen Island: Wrapped in Wood and Movable Too

Durable new materials and custom cabinets make for a functional and lasting design


Walnut Cabinets and Geometric Tile Play Up Midcentury Style

In a Seattle condo’s kitchen and living area, a new layout, custom cabinets and hex tile complement vintage furnishings

Typical Garage Turns Into Vibrant Home Theater

Cozy, durable furniture and colorful lights give a Florida family a multiuse space that they use every day

It took some persuading, but Giselle Loor talked her husband, Brett Sugerman, into converting their garage into a home theater. The couple had explored adding on to their house, but it would have been double the expense of a garage conversion and would have created problems with the home’s roofline. A garage conversion made the most sense, so the cars would have to go outdoors.

Clever Storage Box Divide a Bathroom and Laundry Area

bath storageNatural light and smart space-planning turn 165 square feet into a multifunctional, spa-like retreat

When a young couple moved from Australia to the Little Italy district of Toronto, they found a charming home nearly 100 years old and chock-full of charm.

There was just one problem, but it was a big one. The only full bathroom in the home was also the laundry room and, to put it mildly, it was a design disaster. Turning to Houzz for advice, they quickly found Gloria Apostolou of post Architecture, who had a stellar vision for how to divide and conquer in the small space.

“Originally, they thought they wanted two rooms, and I showed them an option for that,” Apostolu says. “But with only 165 square feet to work with, I thought that dividing the one room into two spaces — without any walls, just millwork — might be a better solution. Luckily, they agreed.”