4 Ways to Restyle Your Kitchen in an Artsy way

 

 

Last Saturday was a beautiful day—sunshine, nice breezes and full-blooms everywhere.  I was invited to an open house by a Japanese Gifu craft showroom in west LA.  Since I need to  find some unique kitchenwares for couple of projects. I decided to take a little road trip.

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As you can see, I always love to stop and small flowers specially when it is spring season.
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By entering the showroom, OMG, I was just amazed by how they arranged these beautiful organic kitchenwares with a little touch of ikebana–subtle, calming yet elegant.

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What I hold is a mini donabe condiment bowl.  It is just so cute.  Donabe is a kind of Japanese traditional earth-ware(clay pot). You can see how we open these little donabe from the following video.

 

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These little bowels for sure put me in a good appetite.

 

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We found this cool middle-size clay smoker  with various kinds of charcoal choices.
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And look, this lid also serves ads a bowel.What a genius idea!
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Tradition Japanese Hoba miso in Gifu–grill miso over dried magnolia leaf for an unique aroma.

 

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So, if you are in the process to re-organize or re-style your kitchen for spring cleaning here are several tips to make the task fun and easier:

  1. Kitchenwares are one of the major components in the kitchen. So, find something that is  Love in the first sight. When you have something you truly like and enjoy, you probably won’t feel it is not really that  boring  to do any chore in the kitchen.
  2. Have some fresh flowers or greenery in your kitchen no matter how small and how simple your kitchen is. I guarantee those little beauties will brighten up your everyday-life.
  3. Have the habit of collecting  inspiring menus that talk to you. That way, you know how you are going to use your kitchen and how you would like to arrange and display your kitchenwares.
  4. It will be a good idea to  have couple pieces of earth wares–they are natural, organic and  artsy, and always remind you of your mom’s kitchen. So at the end of the day, you may find kitchen is your favorite place to wind down and reconnect with the family.

 

 

Happy Monday

 

KHKD

 

 

 

9 Bath Trends from KBIS2019—Series 2

Hi guys, here is our series 2 take-aways from KBIS2019 —we are going to highlight 9 trends in bath from what we saw at KBIS2019.  There are are tons of new colors, new finishes, new technologies, new designs…In order  to illustrate how cool all of these new things are,  we will incorporate a lot of visual effects here.  So, we would apologize here first  if you feel there are just too much of them.  Anyway,  it’s time to grab  a cup of coffee or glass of wine, sit back and just  enjoy.

  1. Color, color, color. You may just see either white or beige for lavatory sink finish options  in your local home improvement stores, but definitely not here in KBIS:IMG_4699.jpgThese lavatory sinks are made out of fireclay and stain-resistant. We love these warm tones which give design more options, specially for making a statement in the powder rooms.

 

3. Heated bubble massage tub:

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Heated bubble massage  is far more gentle and soothier  than the regular whirlpool jet massage. Everyone needs this at end of the work day.

 

4. Creative LED lighting application

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LED lighting underneath the tubs and toilets to create visually floating effect.
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LED Lighting on top of the toilet cover.
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LED lighting in the lavatory sink.
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LED lighting backlit mirror.

5. Product for small space design.

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How neat!   You will fall in love with this whole petite-size set if you happen to have a small bath to work with.

6. Intelligent technology

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LED lighting, music, the warm air underneath the toilet…things cannot get any better. It’s a night club in the powder room.

7. Digital shower

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You can choose whatever the spray patterns from your smart phones.

8.Maxmism design

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When we talk about the technologies, here is the design.

9. Minimum design with a classic touch.

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sleek, modern yet very detail-oriented.
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golden trim around the toilet seat–such a nice touch.

In case you haven’t read our series-I take-aways from KBIS2019, here is the link

Cool Technologies from KBIS2019 Series 1–Sous Vide cooking

It has been 2 weeks since the closing of KBIS 2019.  There are just so much information we got from the show and it does take time to digest everything.  Meanwhile, I read some articles about trends from the KBIS show. Yes, there is a sea of  info out there.  I think that may be a good approach if I just share some cool technologies and ideas  that really blew me away in a series and really go deep on each topic rather than writing kind of general for everything.

So, today , I will share one take-away— Series 1 from KBIS2019Signature Kitchen suite‘s new feature for the residential range cooking—Sous Vide. First of all,  from what I learned, this built-in Sous Vide feature might just be exclusive to Signature Kitchen suite Duo 48″ by now.  And  I am sure that other brands will catch up soon.  Second, if you are just like me, never heard Sous Vide before, don’t worry. We are going to learn this new way of cooking together here.

Ok, well, the words of Sous Vide, not surprisingly is a  French term for “under vacuum”.  Sous Vide  is a method of cooking in which food is placed in a plastic pouch or a glass jar and cooked in a water bath for longer than normal cooking times  at an accurately regulated temperature. The temperature is much lower than normally used for cooking, typically around 55 to 60 °C (131 to 140 °F) for meat, higher for vegetables. The intent is to cook the item evenly, ensuring that the inside is properly cooked without overcooking the outside, and to retain moisture” —quote from Wikipedia

Simply put,  sous Vide is to cook your vacummed and sealed  food in a water bath with a precisely controlled and lower than regular temperature(the lower temperature can retain nutrients better).  You might already  experience the evenly cooked and juicy steak from one of Michelin-rated restaurants and wander why ? Yes, this is the result of Sous Vide cooking —their secret weapon to guarantee that the food will NEVER be over-cooked. Of course, Sous Vide is not a new concept for commercial cooking and of course they have all sorts of gauges to make it happen.  But now, Signature Kitchen suite just introduced  this cool way of cooking to residential cooking .

So how does Signature Kitchen Suite built-in Sous vide work?

 

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There are 4 steps:

STEP 1

Fill your water bin to the recommended level and set your temperature and time to your desired doneness.

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Step 2:

Season according to the recipe and seal your food in a high-grade bag with the vacuum sealer we’ve provided as a gift-with-purchase with your product registration.

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Step 3:

Place the bag into the water bath and cook according to your desired time and temperature. Don’t worry, it’s nearly impossible to overcook food with sous vide.

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STEP 4

Remove from the bag and finish on both sides with a quick sear on a cast iron skillet on our Ultra-HighTMheat gas burners, or on your gift-with-purchase induction grill plate over the dual-zone induction burners.

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Here is the video that you can learn the importance of Sous vide:

https://www.signaturekitchensuite.com/us/our-story/sous-vide#sous-vide-steak

 

By the way, Signature Kitchen Suite won Best of KBIS – Kitchen Gold for the 48-inch Dual-Fuel Pro Range with Built-in Sous Vide! And here is the big party they hosted on the show:

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Tile Trends 2019 II

Hello, everyone, here is our part II tile trends in 2019.  If you haven’t red the part I, please click here to learn more 

 

I  recently attended Daltile designer event for the showcase of new tile products.  I feel it is pretty amazing specially I can find the local manufactures who custom-made such fashionable and cool design tiles right here in our backyard.  Here are 2 of trends I observed from the showcase:

  1. Moroccan tile influence : Moroccan tiles are famous for its hand-made quality, its uniqueness,  fun patterns and craftsmanship. People start to bring these vibes to machine-made ceramic tiles with lower cost and much-faster lead time. Here are some samples I found  from the showcase:
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Don’t you just like this  fashionable vintage color pairs : sky-blue and bright yellow in such a playful Moroccan-style geometric pattern.
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Do you notice the chiseled edge? It’s quite boho and organic. I think these tiles can make a very adorable counter backsplash. Again, the pop of yellow make me feel cheerful.
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This tile design is one of my favorites. I love the muted neutral color palette. This pattern can be quite classic and modern at the same time. It truly can make your kitchen stay timeless.

2. Color, color, color : there will be more bold colors for tile design in 2019.  I did a lot of grey tile projects in the past several years and I am open to some fashionable and bold colors.

I found coral and red at the showcase. The colors do make me feel excited:

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This coral tiles will be perfect for a guest bathroom—warm and inviting.
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What do you think of color of red. This red tiles will make a strong statement in a powder room.  I specially like the textured surface.

We will be in KBIS 2019 next week, please follow us on our Instagram story for more trend findings.

5 Principles to Re-paint your Kitchen Cabinets

How do you like painted kitchen cabinets?

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In case you just want to have a quick make-over of your kitchen, re-painting your kitchen cabinets might be one of the fastest ways to achieve this goal.  However, there are some principles you can follow to make the result of your painting job  look good. Here are 5 principles in the aspects of prep, tools, kinds of paints, paint finishes, coatings…

You can read more by click here 

Interiors by KHK Designs

Home is the backdrop of life.  As we evolve, our homes should too.  Aerian Lauder says” I’v always been inspired by beautiful interiors.”

Sit back , have sip a coffee and enjoy!

 

5 Under-rated Appliances You Should incorporate into Your Kitchen

If you are thinking how to make your kitchen more efficient, more supportive for healthy eating and more fun for entertaining, here are 5 underrated appliances you definitely should consider to incorporate in your kitchen project: click here for detail

 

 

8 Ways to Update your Home with Budget

Remodeling is always a such a daunting job for most of home owners.  There are so many factors you have to consider.  Here are 12 ideas can pay them off in the long run.

  1. Paint walls.  A fresh coat of paint can breathe new life into a space, tidy up faded walls, and works to set the stage for the look and feel of the room.

 

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2. Paint the front door.

Curb appeal is everything, a fresh coat of paint, polished hardware, and a tidy porch will catch the eye of buyers every time.

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3. Paint kitchen cabinets

The kitchen is the heart of the home and the place where family and friends hang out together all the time.  The instant make-over of your kitchen is to paint those cabinets.   Paint can work wonders on everything, and kitchen cabinets are no exception.  If you like kitchen and colors, here are some inspirations.

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Click here to lear how to paint kitchen cabinets

4.  Invest in architectural details such as millwork and trim.  The moldings and frame always give a home a sense that it is ‘finished’ and can make people feel that the space has been carefully constructed with quality.

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Alyssa Kapito, Holiday House 2017, NYC.

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Trend Altert—eat-in kitchen with built-in banquette

Wouldn’t be nice to have a cozy and intimate eat-in area in your kitchen.   The built-in banquette solution, for sure, help achieve this kitchen goal while often providing neat looking and  extra storage.  Here are some of or favorites.

 

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Better using the corner space while add a touch of chic style in the kitchen.  Love those pillow throws and cute chairs!
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While the kitchen still keeps its traditional vibes, a eat-in area with marble dining table lend a hand of modern flair. 
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A sunny day with a comfy seating.
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Buit-in bench with artwork above creates such a neat, open and clean looking.
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Cozy and intimate

Happy Thursday

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7 Kitchen Remodeling Trends

If you are planning a kitchen  remodeling this year, you probably would like to know what’s in at the current moment.  Who doesn’t want to have the newest and best materials, products and design options for their home remodeling projects.  Plus, to get to know the trends always help you a lot on how to decide to invest your money wisely in terms of the resale values.  Here are 7 most popular trends in kitchen & bath modeling projects:

 

  1.  The most popular feature to upgrade in a renovated kitchen was the countertop, followed by the sink and backsplash, according to the survey. Faucets, wall finishes, lighting fixtures and cabinets were next on the upgrade list. kitchentrends1quartz-stone-kitchen-countertops-worktops-bench-tops-solid-surface-stone-for-kitchen-countertops
  2. The most popular kitchen countertop material is engineered quartz. White and multicolored countertops top the list.
  3. Wood floors are the top choice for kitchen flooring replacement. and wood tone is the most popular color.       kitchentrends2beautiful-white-kitchen-design-ideas-grey-metal-pendant-lighting-stainless-steel-double-door-refrigerator-freezer-brown-wooden-laminate-flooring-tile-ceramic-backsplash
  4. Shaker is the most popular cabinet style by far. The most popular cabinet style among those upgrading their cabinets was Shaker, followed by flat-panel (also known as slab).  kitchentrends3nice-white-shaker-style-cabinet-doors-best-25-white-shaker-kitchen-cabinets-ideas-on-pinterest-shaker.jpg
  5. White cabinets continue to rule kitchen cabinet upgrading followed by wood cabinets.  kitchen24.jpg
  6. The most popular kitchen backsplash is white.
  7. The most popular wall color is gray.

You can read the details by clicking here 

 

Happy Wednesday

 

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