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7 Design Tips to Plan the Perfect Kitchen

We’ve all been spending so much more time at home these days. One of the benefits of that extra time at home is the opportunity to focus on updating and renovating your most-used spaces. We think of the kitchen as the heart of the home at Susan Currie Design, and have put together a few tips and tricks to help you update your kitchen in a cost-friendly way! 

Susan Currie Designs - 7 Design Tips to Plan the Perfect Kitchen

Function is probably the most important aspect to think about when planning a new kitchen. It’s also very important to consider your family’s specific needs for the space. These days the kitchen is about more than just cooking; it is the heart of the home. We work, watch TV, read the mail, chat with the kids after school, help them with homework, chat with our partner, hang out with friends, sip on a glass (or two) of wine after a long day. Or you may have a whole other list of things you want to do in your kitchen, which is why it’s so important to narrow down exactly how you envision using this space, so that you can make it work for your family.  

As you plan, here are a few points to consider: 

  • How much use does your kitchen get? Is your everyday kitchen a busy place, where everyone hangs out? Or do you prefer it tucked away, only to be used when necessary, to warm up leftovers or wash out your empty wine glasses?
  • Besides cooking, what other daily activities do you like to do in the kitchen? If you have kids, do they work on homework while you are prepping dinner? Do you look up new recipes on Pinterest or food blogs while sipping your morning coffee? Do you like to catch up on the latest Bravo shows while baking cookies? You may want to consider adding a dedicated space for a small desk, TV, or dropzone. 
  • Do you like to entertain? If you often find yourself hosting friends for wine and cheese or an afternoon cup of coffee, you may want to think about adding a beverage center that houses a wine fridge, wine glasses, or a coffee bar. 
  • How much seating do you need? Most kitchens these days are eat-in kitchens with an area for a breakfast table, but if you like to entertain or want a more casual place to chat with your kids over an afternoon snack, you may want to consider adding additional seating around an island or peninsula.
  • What’s your cooking style? Are you an aspiring Ina Garten, or are you more inclined towards take out? Consider what appliances will best suit your needs. But, depending on your plans, you might also want to keep in mind what your kitchen renovation will do to the resale value of your home. Homes in expensive neighborhoods may call for professional level appliances. So, even if you aren’t a serious cook, it can be important to consider how the look and function of appliances can help with resale value. Peruse the internet for recently sold homes to see what’s selling best in your area.
  • How do you handle cleaning up? Every kitchen must accommodate easy clean-up. For those of us whose kitchens are used for everything from constant snacking (and the crumbs that come with!) to homework and science projects, having the right equipment to handle clean up is essential. Consider dishwashers’ unique features, and check the sound rating, too. If you have an open floor plan, you don’t want the dishwasher or garbage disposal to drown out movie night or disrupt a work call. 
  • How does the kitchen design flow with the rest of the home? It’s essential to consider your kitchen’s flow with the rest of the house. Your kitchen should blend effortlessly with the rest of your space. It can be really beneficial to bring in a professional to choose the right countertops, backsplash, and finishes to create a harmonious and inviting kitchen.

Kitchens and bathrooms are our specialties at Susan Currie Design, and we take each family’s different needs, as well as their style preferences, into consideration when designing their space. We love to take an area that will be used by the whole family and tailor it to become a client’s dream kitchen.

For more info or to schedule a consultation, email us at susan@susancurriedesign.com or call 504-862-5800.

10 Reasons Why You Should Play Games

Did you know that playing games is good for health? I think we can all agree that playing games is fun, but they are so much more! Are you looking for a way to connect with your kids, your spouse, or your friends? Are you stuck in doors and trying to decrease screen time?

Keep scrolling to find out some surprising benefits you get from playing games…

Photo: Sara Essex Bradley | Design: Susan Currie Design

1. Playing games increases brain function

2. It brings laughter and decreases stress

3. Boosts language skills

4. Creates friendships and strengthens relationships

5. Brings you happiness

6. Strengthens skills that can be used in the real world, like teamwork

7. Lowers blood pressure by releasing endorphins

8. Gives you a reason to unplug from technology

9. It teaches strategy and patience

10. Games enhance creativity and self-confidence

Photo: Sara Essex Bradley | Design: Susan Currie Design

Even if you don’t have a closet full of board games, try Charades, Pictionary, or download ‘Heads Up!’ or ‘Taboo!’ So pick a game and go play!

Chic Outdoor Rugs for a Stylish Outdoor Room

Remember when patios were an afterthought, comprised of a few chairs, a table, and a lounger? Staycation trends and a revived interest in natural living have placed a renewed emphasis on designing outdoor spaces that are extensions of comfortable and attractive interior living spaces.

One way to add an extra element of style and comfort to a patio or deck is to incorporate a chic outdoor rug.

Outdoor room with Rug

  • Rugs to save the world. Many of the best rugs for outdoor life incorporate recycled materials that can stand the test of time, weather, and sun exposure. One example is the Chatham rug for Safavieh. The hand-woven 4×6 rug uses yarn made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. It is both weather- and stain-resistant. Safavieh-Chatham2
  • Beach front patio. FLOR’s Elemental Stripe is actually an arrangement of carpet tiles that can be arranged according to your space. They are inspired by the colorful patterns found on beach towels. The weave is loose and low pile which makes it easy on the feet and keeps maintenance to a minimum. Best of all, the tiles can be recycled once they have served their purpose. FLOR-Elemental-Stripe rug

Give me a call at 1-800-624-1272 to begin designing your chic outdoor living space.

Images: Elle Decor

Perk up Your Spaces with Chevron

The perky zigzags of Chevron patterns are making an interior design comeback. Chevrons have been used in indigenous art and textiles for thousands of years. You can perk up your living space using modern twists on this ancient artistic pattern with these ideas.

Artistic backgrounds. Use a boldly colored chevron pattern as a background for a recognizable silhouette, such as this one, where a yellow chevron pattern provides the background for a world map. Another creative way to achieve this look is to use a black and white, or gray and white, chevron pattern on a section of wall. Then add a colored bird silhouette and frame it using a similarly painted frame.chevron home accessory

Landscape accents. Look how cheerful this flower box becomes with the simple addition of brightly colored chevron stripes. Consider adding chevron patterns in bright colors to pottery and planters around your yard.chevron flower box

Textiles. Blankets, pillow covers, and bedding are an ideal medium for chevron patterns as they have been woven into fabrics for Millenia. Keep your eye out for bedding or other textiles that incorporate bold chevron patterns. They pair well with bright walls and other bold design accents.chevron couch pillow

Contact Susan Currie Design at 1-888-624-1272 for assistance in adding this perky pattern to your design.

Images:Brightness Assets, PhotoBucket, Bungalow1a

Cheer Up Your Home with Polka Dots!

Polka dots never go out of style. They enjoy eras of widespread popularity, such as the 1950s, and eras where they’re less prevalent, but they never fade away entirely. These days I’ve noticed polka dots incorporated into all areas of home design.

Walls. You can add colorful or muted dots to wall surfaces. Orderly rows of dots add a more organized pattern, while different sizes and colors of randomly placed circles provide a more playful or avant-garde aesthetic.

Floors. From polka-dotted tiles to carpets with dotted patterns, flooring can be a wonderful way to add polka dots to a space. While tiles are certainly more permanent, rugs can be easily stored, moved from room to room, or changed seasonally.

Furniture. Have a chair you would like to refurbish? Consider reupholstering it in a polka-dotted fabric. A bright red or blue will be a cheerful and sunny addition, while a gray, black, or neutral background can maintain a more somber and muted approach.

Curtains. Dress up your windows with a cheerful polka-dotted curtain. When they are tied back, the patterned print adds a nostalgic and merry accent without overpowering a space.polka dot curtains

Interested in adding polka dots to your interior? Contact Susan Currie Design at 1-888-624-1272.

Images: houzz, Ideas for Interiors

Make the Most of Small Spaces with these Interior Design Tips

Most people know that a successful interior design is an important factor to making you feel comfortable in your own home. However, sometimes a homeowner will ignore the design of a space because they think it’s too small to matter. This simply  is not true. I can’t stress enough how important the design of every space in your home is. I highly recommend using the following interior design tips to make the most out of your home’s smaller spaces.

  • Light Colors – Avoid using warm, dark colors. These tend to make a room feel more intimate and cozy; however, they also make a room feel much smaller. Use lighter, cooler colors instead to help make the space feel bigger and more open.

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  • Multi-Purpose – One way that you can keep a smaller space from seeming too cluttered is by using pieces of furniture that serve double functions.

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  • Lose the Coffee Table – Coffee tables take up massive amounts of space. Use smaller side tables that you can move around instead.

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  • Use Outdoor Space – Extend a room, such as a kitchen, outdoors via a deck and divide them with glass sliding doors to make the space seem more open. This is an especially viable option for homeowners in the South, where the warm climate is suitable for outdoor living areas.

    Master Bedroom To Courtyard

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If you want interior design tips for your space, contact us at  Susan Currie Design.