Q & A: Small Kitchens, BIG Charm

If you’ve been following my blog, then you’ve probably read this post (here) on how functional and charming small kitchens can be! I received a question from a lovely reader asking how to make a small kitchen look as good as these. Here are some tips:

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TIP #1: When working with small spaces, keeping the paint color light and neutral can instantly make the room feel fresh and spacious.

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TIP #2: Just because you use neutral paint colors doesn’t mean the kitchen has to be dull and boring. Bring in pops of color with furniture and decor. I especially love adding color with fresh flowers and fruits!

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TIP #3: Have a kitchen with no windows? No Problem! Invest in good lighting fixtures, use natural light lightbulbs, and bring the outdoors in with potted plants, to make the space feel less claustrophobic.

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TIP # 4: Instead of using bold colors to make a statement, play around with metallics. Metallics reflect light, which can make your kitchen feel bright and airy…not to mention glamorous!

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TIP #5: Adequate storage space can be a huge dilemma with small kitchens. Optimize on storage with open shelving to display  nice dishware and cookbooks . Hang pots and pans, and put cooking ingredients in glass jars. All of these things not only add function, but character  and charm to the space.

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TIP #6: Investing in new countertops can be very affordable when you have a small kitchen. But the veining and coloring of granite countertops can look too busy in a small space. Instead, opt for stones with simple and consistent patterns like quartz and concrete. Or try stainless steel , wood butcher block, and even glass counters, for a sleek, clean, look.

Also remember, it’s all about SCALE.  The size of appliances, furniture, wall art, and other accessories/decor are so important when dealing with any small space, especially kitchens. Thus, sacrifice the industrial size fridge and six burner range for smaller, compact appliances. AND, no matter what the size of your kitchen, reducing clutter on the countertops will instantly improve the look and feel of the space.

Hope these tips are helpful. Happy Decorating!
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The Perfect Red Lip – video

A few months ago, I took a trip to the M.A.C cosmetics counter in Macy’s and it changed my whole entire life! For years, I’ve been dying to rock a red lip, but I felt like I couldn’t pull it off. Luckily, after consulting with one of the makeup artist I found the perfect shade of red lipstick for me (MAC Russian Red).

For any red lipstick newbies out there, I decided to make a video on my youtube channel on how I apply my red lipstick to get that perfect pout. I hope this video is helpful and inspires you to try the trend!

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Valentine’s Day: Chocolate Truffles – Video

Ahhh, here it is, my Big Surprise — my first video. SURPRISE! Come on, act surprised…

When I started this blog, I actually wanted it to be a vlog (video blog), hence, theblend.TV . I totally underestimated the amount of time, energy, and equipment needed to produce the type of videos I wanted.  But at last, the time has come, I’m finally able to introduce some video content to my blog! I’ll be posting  videos to my Youtube channel frequently. Everything from DIY’s, food, fashion, beauty, my daily explorations, and random inspiration.

In this video we’ll learn how to make Chocolate Truffles (YUM)! They’re so easy to make and the perfect Valentine’s Day gift…or go ahead and ‘treat yo self.’

I hope you guys like it and please subscribe to my Youtube channel (here) for more videos!

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Valentine’s Day Hair

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Happy Friday!!

Just a quick post before the weekend! I love these romantic and effortless looking hairstyles — perfect for Valentine’s Day. BTW- I have a big surprise for you guys on Monday, so be sure to check back. Enjoy your weekend!

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Small kitchens, BIG charm.

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I’m a realtor. Yup, that’s my day job…and night job…and weekend job…and can never truly take a day off job, because you never know when that million dollar deal will come. So now I’m paranoid,  and never turn my phone off , and always make myself available whenever a client needs me.

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When I graduated college, unlike most of my peers who were eager to enter the workforce, I was dreading it. The thought of waking up, eating breakfast, getting dressed, going to work, coming home, eating dinner, going to bed, REPEAT REPEAT REPEAT EVERYDAY for the rest of my life –shoot me! I wanted flexibility, and the opportunity to travel, and not be stuck behind a desk all day. So, like the rebel that I was (am), I turned down a  job offer that I received from my internship (all my friends thought I was crazy…perhaps I was), moved back in with my parents (yup, I was crazy), and decided to get my real estate license. Truth be told, I’m actually working more now than I would if I had gone with the typical 9-5 …um, yeah, fail.

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Anyways, I said all that to say that my real estate ventures actually inspired this post. I work with a lot of first-time homebuyers. Translation: I work with a lot of people who want crystal on a plastic cup budget. The #1 item on my buyers wish list: a LARGE  eat-in kitchen. Sure, increase your budget by a few $100k and you can have all the kitchen you want. But in my opinion, it’s not about size. Smaller kitchens can be just as functional and stunning as large kitchens (as seen above)!

p.s. I’m still waiting on that million dollar deal…

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