There are many reasons to renovate your home: customizing it to your unique taste, adding livable space and — for many, most importantly — improving its value. But are you putting your money in the most effective places? When it comes to renos, smaller projects that add function and aesthetic appeal tend to garner the most bang for your buck. From new fixtures to fresh colour, we’ve compiled 10 bathroom and kitchen renovation projects that will make an impact on your home — and a high return on investment.
Take a virtual tour of the homes of Hollywood A-listers and snag a couple of design secrets from some of the most show-stopping and spacious kitchens you’re ever likely to come across. These gorgeously renovated spaces where celebs sit down to meals and host dinner parties include gorgeous marble islands, unique light fixtures and high-end appliances. They’re so chic, even the Kardashians would be envious.
If you’re lacking on kitchen storage space, it’s time to trick out the cabinets, drawers, andwith a few . You just have to rethink those the little nooks and niches, and you’ll have counter space for days. Designer-approved inspiration always helps, too. So whether you’re anticipating a demo day ahead or you just want a quick idea you can DIY, you’ll want to bookmark this batch of creative, clever kitchen storage ideas.
The butler’s pantry, or the serving pantry, refers to the transitional space between a kitchen and dining room (even if there’s not a bow tie clad person prepping hors d’oeuvre and cocktails present). Butler’s pantries were the norm in formal, lavish households dating back to the 18th-century. according to SFGate. They’ve evolved throughout the years for several reasons, some having to do with architectural trends, like the rise of the open floor plan, as well as shifting social attitudes. Today, unlike your regular old pantry—also known as the room with all the snacks, and thus, also known as the real heart of the home—the butler’s pantry is meant to ease entertaining by providing prep space and storage for serveware and barware. Think of it as an elevated hallway-meets-home-bar-meets-mini-kitchen-prep-station-meets-glorified-closet. If you’re lucky enough to have one in your own home (or you’re considering getting one), keep reading for sixteen stylish butler’s pantry ideas that bring the bygone space into the modern era.
These days, our Pinterest and Instagram feeds seem to be saturated with that fashionable kitchen dust trap: open shelving. More and more, it seems, homeowners are doing away with upper cabinets in favor of painstakingly styled wall shelves. So, when I embarked on a marathon of interviews for House Beautiful’s October Kitchens Issue, I knew there was one question I had to ask designers: Are upper cabinets over? Well, more than a dozen designers later, I can say with certainty that the answer is a resounding NO—but with some fine print.
When dreaming up a new kitchen, it’s tempting to focus on the “pretty bits”: cabinet colors, quartz-versus-natural-stone surfaces, hardware finishes. But kitchen-and-bath expert Matthew Quinn starts with what’s practical. “I obsess over saving people time—because time equals luxury,” he says.
Forget expensive 5-star spa resorts! What if your bathroom could give you that same feeling? Nashville kitchen and bath designer Richard Anuszkiewicz was determined to take a narrow passageway between the master bedroom and closet and turn it into a retreat. “Everything in this bath is light and bright, so it immediately feels relaxing,” he says. “There’s no need for the spa.”
If your home isn’t blessed with a huge space to wash and fold your clothes, don’t worry. All of these laundry room ideas —each with accompanying of storage tips, too—will help you make the most of what you do have. And beyond functionality, we also included plenty of decorating ideas, since laundry rooms deserve design love, no matter their size. Besides, laundry day is rough enough as it is, so you may as well do all that washing and drying in a stylish space.
Upon first encountering the work of Boston designer Steven Favreau, “historic detail” might not be the first word that springs to mind. Favreau, an outspoken maximalist who works out of a kaleidoscopically colored office he’s dubbed the Favreaulous Factory, has developed a loyal fan base for his out-there designs, which always feature bold color, daring pattern, and a delightfully unique mix of furnishings. But in one recent project, a condo in Boston’s historic Beacon Hill neighborhood, the designer demonstrates an ability to play with historic detail—and proves that the classics can be bold.
White kitchens are classic. They’re bright, clean, and don’t require a lot of stressful color decisions when decorating (because literally, everything is white). And if you’re worried white kitchens might be boring, these examples will convince you otherwise. We’re spotlighting twenty insanely cool white kitchens to inspire any upcoming renovations and/or Pinterest boards that need a fresh update. Whatever your interior design style, you’ll find a chic white kitchen to dream about below.