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Feel Warm & Fuzzy with Wood Elements

Fall is coming! Cool weather, changing leaves and slouchy sweaters are right around the corner. While you prepare to stay warm for the winter, consider warming up your kitchen, too – with wooden counter tops.

Adding wood elements to your kitchen adds a natural warmth and beauty that is surprisingly easy to maintain. Many installations can be cleaned with warm, soapy water (rather than harsh chemicals), which makes adding materials like bamboo and cherry wood an eco-friendly option. When wooden counter tops start to look worn, a quick pass with a belt sander makes them look new again. Some can even be paired with a polyurethane top coat that makes clean up even easier and prevents stains.

Kitchen Design Concepts used dark woods to make this kitchen cozy while keeping modern elements like stainless steel appliances.

Best of all, adding wood to your kitchen can be easily personalized with small details. For instance, laser engraving a phrase or family name on the side of a thick butcher-block counter top can add a customized touch. Integrated knife slots can both save space and create an interesting focal piece.

Kitchen Design Concepts added a personal touch to this kitchen with a raised bar area and integrated display cabinets below the counter tops.

With a wide variety of colors, patterns, and finishes available, it’s easy to find the perfect wooden details to cozy up your kitchen for the long winter ahead!

Our intern is Desiree Johnson, a 27-year-old journalism graduate and Texas native.

Eco-Friendly Protection from Pests

Pests happen. A kitchen doesn’t have to be dirty for the occasional little critter to make an appearance, but when they do it can be disheartening. Especially after a big kitchen remodel when everything seems so clean and new! Don’t call the exterminator yet – there are simple ways you can discourage bugs without subjecting your new kitchen to harsh chemicals.

Karyn Siegel-Maier’s book The Naturally Clean Home has recipes for naturally cleaning every room in your house. Her tips are both easy and eco-friendly, which means you can implement these way before you ever see your first pest!

Ants: Wipe cabinets with a damp sponge and 6-8 drops of peppermint or citronella essential oil. Then place 3-5 drops of the same oil on windowsills, doorway cracks and in the corners of cabinets under the kitchen sink. (You can also sprinkle cinnamon, paprika or cayenne pepper across their trails.)

Centipedes, earwigs, silverfish: Place several drops of peppermint, eucalyptus or citronella essential oil in areas that collect moisture such as basements, garages and cabinets that house plumbing fixtures.

Cockroaches: Sprinkle a mixture of washing soda and sugar in dark areas where roaches like to hide, but avoid this method if you have children or pets.

Mice: Place sprigs of fresh peppermint between pantry items in your cabinets.

Mites and weevils: Place a few whole nutmegs in flour containers.

Other insects: Place loose bay leaves in kitchen cabinets.

Remember that little habits can make a big difference, too. Tackling spills quickly, wiping down the outside of used bottles to remove leftover residue (like sticky honey jars) and making sure all your food is properly stored and sealed are all important pest deterrents. Keep the bugs away and keep your kitchen looking brand new!

Our intern is Desiree Johnson, a recent journalism graduate and Texas native. The 27-year-old loves painting, her dachshund Munchie and using what she calls her “real, adult-sized kitchen.”

Eco Options for Everyone

Never before has being environmentally friendly been so trendy. While some people worry that this means it may fall “out of style,  ” I think it’s a good thing. The more popular this trend grows, the more companies and manufacturers will make an effort to provide eco options for their customers.

I saw proof of this first-hand when I visited the Great Big Texas Home Show at Cowboys Stadium this weekend. I was genuinely impressed with some of the innovative products new to the market, like the combination convection oven and microwave or a gorgeous mosaic-style countertop made from recycled Heineken bottles. Durcon, a company that manufactures laboratory work surfaces, recently released a virtually indestructible, sustainable countertop that is 100% recyclable.

My personal favorite was the Pallet House, a small home made entirely from wooden pallets. It was inspired by the fact that 84% of the world’s poor population could be housed with a year’s supply of recycled American pallets. Now that’s some serious up-cycling. I haven’t been this excited since I discovered bamboo cabinets. So whether it’s a D.I.Y. project, a sustainable remodel or simply remembering to recycle, I encourage you to jump on the eco-friendly bandwagon. It’s one trend that’s good for everyone.

Our intern is Desiree Johnson, a recent journalism graduate and Texas native. The 26-year-old loves painting, her dachshund Munchie and using what she calls her “real, adult-sized kitchen.”