Country Kitchen Design Ideas

Country Kitchen Design Ideas

These days, it is common to see kitchens that have been designed minimally, with stainless steel, and cool colors. However, it is becoming more popular with homeowners to have a more welcoming, useful kitchen space, and that is leading to the resurgence of the classic country kitchen.

A country kitchen is the heart of the home, and is designed with this in mind. Warm wood tones and ample counter work space are seen in this style of kitchen. Based on the principles of old fashioned farm kitchens, where the homemaker would spend a huge part of their day, a country style kitchen will be designed to maximize storage and work space, while also including plenty of sitting space for the family to gather around.

Wooden Apartment Shows Off Rustic Design Ideas

Rustic Dining Room

The simple beauty of unfinished wood takes center stage in this beautifully designed rustic Italian home. We found lots of great rustic design ideas while checking out the elements used by the architects and interior decorators.

Gorgeous earthy tones and clean lines make for the perfect marriage of rustic sensibility and modern design in this Cortina d’Ampezzo home. We love the little details in the house that make what could be almost cold in its Scandinavian inspired simplicity, into a warm and inviting getaway retreat. An amazing antler chandelier grabs the eye in then dining room, and cool features like the fabric covered closet doors show off the owner’s personality, while perfectly blending into the lodge themed quality of the decor.

Soft seat covers and banquette seating in the dining room add a more welcoming, family feel to the space, and animal-themed light fixtures help tie the theme of the house together. Plush fabric headboards and bedding make the bedrooms into inviting and comfortable rooms that you’d find at any five star alpine ski resort.

Amazing Mountain Homes, Living on a Cliff

Barn Mountain House

All my adult life I’ve dreamed of living high in the mountains off nothing but the land. That dream has never changed, though, I admit, the architectural landscape has a bit (ya, I can rhyme). In high school I used to only envision an old rustic cabin built from salvaged resources among the mountain top, but since moving to the city to attend university I have been immersed by examples of amazing architecture; beautifully crafted high rises, intricately woven pieces of steel that make up a museum, massive solid timber frame buildings or best of all, what comes when rustic meets modern day engineering.

Below are just a few of my favorite inspirational mountain and cliff side homes.

Care and Cleaning of Persian Rugs

cleaning persian rugs

A Persian rug can make a great addition in any home, instantly creating a dynamic focal point in the room in which it is displayed. When maintained correctly, these rugs can serve a home for many years. Nevertheless, it is essential to understand the ins and outs of keeping the rug immaculately cleaned and cared for, in order to avoid discoloration and damage to the textile. Use the following tips to ensure keep your Persian rug in tip top condition.

Routine Maintenance
Keeping a rug looking great requires routine maintenance. Regularly vacuum the rug to pick up dirt and other debris, making certain to carefully clean both sides. The rug should also be shampooed regularly, with the cleaning intervals based on how heavy the foot traffic is in the room. When choosing a detergent, a mild soap or special rug cleanser will generally work best. Be certain to spot test the product on a small portion of the rug before immersing the entire rug.

Emergency Spot Treatments
Most rugs will encounter a spill as some point, making it essential for homeowners to know how to treat the issue. When a stain is treated immediately, there is a much greater chance that the rug will not be permanently damaged. Any liquid on the rug’s surface should be carefully blotted away before beginning treatment. If the liquid has permeated the rug’s fibers, the rug can be pressed gently to try to lift as much of the spill out of the rug as possible.

White vinegar and water makes a great solution for cleaning the spot and neutralizing the affected area. Some homeowners also add a small amount of detergent to their cleaning solution. The inclusion of vinegar will help to prevent the dyes from running together. If the stain is not lifted with this treatment, it may be necessary to consult a professional rug cleaning company.

If a portion of the rug tears, or the fringe begins to pull away from the body of the rug, it is essential to address the issue as quickly as possible. In most instances, an experienced rug weaver is the best professional to consult. Taking care of the problem before it is allowed to progress further will help minimize the chances of the rug being irreparably damaged.