Thursday, December 2, 2010

Vintage Inspiration

I recently received some photos from Vent-a-Hood Appliance in Lilydale, MN, and immediately fell in love with the Big Chill line of retro appliances. They look great in all types of kitchens. An orange or red refrigerator look equally at home in a mid-century or a European kitchen with freestanding cabinets and fixtures.

Or, a white kitchen with turquoise appliances looks great with cabinets that have clean lines and timeless white subway tile.

The appliances bring such a refreshing change from our typical white, black and stainless appliances that are available from the current major appliance manufactures. It would be fun to use these great colored appliances as the inspiration for an entire kitchen.

Visit Vent-a-Hood Appliance at 805 Sibley Memorial Highway. They also carry other colorful appliances, including Blue Star and Vent-A-Hood.

Spruce up Your Home with Splashes of Color

In the November issue of Family Circle Magazine, writer Terry Trucco has some great ideas for adding punches of color to our homes as we head into the doldrums of the Minnesota winter.

1. Paint a bookcase white or black and then lacquer the back panels in a bright color such as yellow, red or blue. 

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2. Add splash with a colorful floor rug. “Color on the floor adds instant energy and always warms up a room,” says Los Angles interior designer Sash Emerson.

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3. Be adventurous with color and paint a powder room a bright color you love, such as hot pink, acid green, citron yellow, orange, chocolate brown or aqua. Add towels and accessories like candles and flowers in the same bright color.

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4. Paint a doorway to an important and highly visible room such as a kitchen a lively tone. Consider something unexpected such as a strong yellow, lime or cinnabar. If the woodwork is not perfect, pick a dark or neutral color like black, espresso or white.

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