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10 Charming Details For A Classic Home Interior

What type of style are you creating with your design choices? From your ceilings to your floors, every inch of a home comes together to create an overarching theme.

Do you like an ultra sleek and contemporary aesthetic? Or do you prefer the charm of a traditional home? If it’s a classic interior that you seek, here are ten charming details you can incorporate into your home to create a timeless look that will last for years to come.

1.Wall Treatments

Architectural elements speak volumes to your home’s theme, and it is a misconception that little can be done after your home is built. There are many post-build enhancements to your home’s foundation that can be as impactful as those designed in the blueprint.

Wainscoting is one way to make your home’s interior more visually appealing. It refers to the addition of panels to your walls to make them look warmer and more decorative. There are many different styles of wainscotting, such as board-and-batten, and a wall treatment can be added anywhere you want to increase architectural interest in your home.

2. Tile Backsplash

Another way to spruce up your walls is to install a tile backsplash. Most commonly, a backsplash will be applied in the kitchen on the wall space in between your base and wall cabinets. This is the most functional use for a backsplash, but it does also add an interesting element to the room and can complement your all wood cabinetry or stone countertops. Backsplash tile is also popular in bathrooms and outdoor living spaces.

3. Decorative Ceilings

Ceilings are somewhat forgotten territory in a home, but the addition of crown molding and reclaimed wood beams or beadboard on a ceiling can do wonders for adding charm and character to your home. Take advantage of vertical space and give your plain ceilings a decorative finish.

4. Custom Cabinetry

Choosing classic styles and finishes for your all wood cabinetry can add serious charm, whether you are making over a kitchen, bath, laundry or TV room. If you’re looking for a time-honored option, Shaker Cabinets are a great selection. Clean and classic, Shaker Cabinets have proven to be truly timeless and serve as a great foundation for other custom enhancements like a built-in wine rack or glass front doors.

5. Pulls And Knobs

Don’t forget to embellish those full overlay cabinet doors with the right hardware. Pulls and knobs are some of the smaller details in a home, but they still add visual interest. Skip the cookie-cutter selections and opt for hardware that makes a statement.

7-24-20 WLC2-Signature Vanilla6. Decorative Legs And Corbels On A Kitchen Island

Modern furniture tends to be very minimalistic with sharp edges and clean lines. Comparatively, you’ll find decorative details and interesting elements throughout classic and traditional pieces. When picking your kitchen island, pay attention to the legs and corbels. Having artistic details on your kitchen island will help you create the ultimate classic design.

7. Apron Front Sinks

Reminiscent of earlier times, apron front sinks offer that warm and welcoming farmhouse feel. This type of kitchen sink will need to be installed into an apron style cabinet. Unlike a traditional undermount or topmount sink, the front of an apron sink is exposed, which is why this specific cabinet style is required.

8. Natural Stone Countertops

The unique beauty of a natural stone countertop is unparalleled and a marvelous way to bring charm into your family’s kitchen. Quartzite and granite are two popular natural materials that are used to make stunning countertops, and when well maintained, can absolutely withstand the test of time.

9. Windows

Your windows give your home that incomparable natural light that makes a room feel open and airy. They also offer a pristine opportunity to add a little charm. One of the most desirable  window enhancements are classic plantation shutters. Available in different louvers sizes, plantation shutters add elegance and a custom look to any room.

10. French Doors

Last but not least, let’s talk about doors. The majority of homes come with standard sliding glass doors that open up to the backyard or patio. While simply lovely, this all glass entryway might lack the charisma you are searching for. French doors are a great alternative for an entryway upgrade and can even be used within the home in lieu of your basic interior doors.


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How To Be A Coffee Barista In Your Own Kitchen

Do you love waking up to the sweet aroma of freshly brewed coffee in the kitchen? For some, there is no better way to start the morning. Coffee has long been one of America’s favorite beverages, but it’s not just for breakfast anymore. From creamy lattes and cappuccinos, to frozen blended treats, coffee can be enjoyed at any time of the day (although it’s smart to switch to decaf the closer you get to bedtime)! Best of all, you don’t need to spend a fortune at your local coffee house to sip a specialty drink. If you want to learn how to be a barista in your own kitchen, read on.

Creating A Coffee Station

Start by designating an area in your kitchen as a coffee station. Whether it’s a corner of your kitchen island countertop, a portable cart, or as part of your home bar cabinet, having a space reserved for brewing is essential. This is where you will keep your drip coffee maker, single-serve pod maker, and/or espresso machine. Install a utility tray in a nearby drawer for holding spoons or stirrers, beverage napkins, filters, reusable straws, and a coffee scoop. A pull out trash can is also a nice addition below a kitchen island. Keep a grinder for whole beans in your kitchen or bar cabinet, as well as mugs, tall glasses, a cream pitcher and a thermal carafe. Then, designate a portion of your kitchen pantry cabinet for storing non-dairy or shelf-stable creamer, canisters of white and raw sugar, honey, stevia packets, and simple syrup or agave nectar for iced coffee. If you love specialty drinks, you’ll also need flavored syrups, a blender, and spices like cinnamon, cocoa powder, and nutmeg. Last but definitely not least, you’ll need a variety of coffee beans or bags of ground coffee, and a basket or carousel for holding pods.

Iced coffeeSpecialty Coffee Drinks To Make At Home

Channel your inner coffee barista and try one of these three recipes at home, right in your very own kitchen! 

Iced Vanilla Latte: With just three simple ingredients from your refrigerator and kitchen pantry cabinet, this Iced Vanilla Latte recipe from Snacks and Sips is easy to make and perfect for sipping on a hot summer day.

Frozen Mocha Frappe: This refreshing blended beverage from The Chunky Chef is a great way to use leftover coffee. Freeze your favorite brew into cubes using an ice cube tray for whenever you need a pick-me-up.

Boozy Iced Coffee: You won’t find this iced specialty drink at your local coffee house! You can use your favorite warm-weather libation from your bar cabinet to spike this recipe from The Wanderlust Kitchen, whether it’s coconut rum, hazelnut liqueur, or whipped cream vodka.


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6 Homemade BBQ Marinades And Dry Rubs

Things are heating up outside and that means one thing — it’s grilling season! With summer just around the corner, our mouths are watering for juicy barbequed chicken, steak, and ribs. Up your grill game with these homemade marinades and rubs made from simple ingredients found in your kitchen pantry cabinet.


Chimichurri is a traditional South American sauce and marinade that pairs beautifully with all cuts of grilled steak. It features the bold and vibrant flavors of fresh garlic, cilantro, parsley, oregano, shallots, and chili or jalapeno peppers. To make this colorful marinade, click here for a delicious Chimichurri recipe from Bon Appetit.

Delicious Grilled Mexican Corn

Smoky Rub

This dry rub gets its intense flavor from a hefty dose of smoked paprika. To make it, you’ll need a few other seasonings from your spice rack, including onion powder, garlic powder, ground ginger, dry mustard, and salt. Sprinkle it on grilled corn, BBQ chicken, or pork. For the Smoky Rub recipe from Better Homes and Gardens, click here.

Whiskey Marinade

Did you know that the whisky in your bar cabinet can help to tenderize meat? This recipe for Honey-Glazed Baby Back Ribs uses a homemade marinade featuring honey, soy sauce, freshly grated ginger — and whiskey! Whip some up, add a few racks of baby back ribs, and let it soak in the refrigerator for 4 hours before grilling. For the complete recipe from Food and Wine, click here.
Homemade Lemon and Herb Whole Chicken

Herbes de Provence

A staple in french cooking, Herbes de Provence is a distinctive blend of dried summer herbs like thyme, marjoram, rosemary, tarragon, mint, lavender, and basil. To make this dry rub, you will need a spice grinder and an airtight container for storage. Click here for the recipe from The Spruce Eats. Use Herbes de Provence to season grilled chicken, fish and vegetables.

Hawaiian Marinade

This tropical marinade is easy to make and perfect for summer grilling. Ingredients from your kitchen pantry cabinet include unsweetened pineapple juice, soy sauce, fresh ginger, brown sugar, and sesame oil. Use it to marinate bone-in pork chops or chicken. For the full recipe from Food Network, click here.

Lemon Pepper Rub

For grilled fish like salmon, you can’t beat a lemon pepper dry rub. Click here for an easy recipe from Rachael Ray in Season that features fresh lemon zest, coarsely ground black pepper, cayenne pepper, and other tantalizing flavors from your spice drawer.

Whether you mix up a marinade using whisky from your bar cabinet or a dry rub made with flavorful herbs and spices, you’re sure to become a seasoned Grill Master this summer!


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Creative Ways To Color Easter Eggs Naturally

There is no need to buy artificial food dye to color hard-boiled eggs this Easter. Here are some creative and organic ways to color easter eggs naturally with common ingredients found in your refrigerator and kitchen pantry cabinet — whether your favorite color is yellow, pink, blue or green!


Start by boiling a quart of water and two tablespoons of white vinegar in a medium saucepan on the stovetop. Stir in three tablespoons of turmeric from your spice drawer, reduce the heat, and simmer for 30 minutes. Cool the water at room temperature (about two to three hours) before dying your eggs, or try this trick from A Tasty Adventure. You’ll need red and yellow onion skins for color, plus a pair of nylons and fresh herbs to make a pretty pattern. For detailed instructions with photos of Onion Dyed Easter Eggs, click here.


Again, start by adding a quart of water and two tablespoons of white vinegar to a medium saucepan. While you are waiting for the water to boil on the stovetop, chop two large beets and add them to the pot. Once boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer, and let the beets soak for at least 30 minutes or until you achieve your desired color. Strain out the beets and begin coloring your eggs. Remember, the longer your eggs sit in the liquid, the deeper the hue.

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Finely shred a large red cabbage (about a pound) with a chef’s knife, and add it to a medium saucepan. Top the shredded cabbage with a quart of water (or grape juice for deeper color). Add two tablespoons of white vinegar and a tablespoon of salt. Bring the saucepan to a boil on the stovetop over medium heat. Reduce the heat, cover the pot with a lid, and simmer for 30 minutes. Strain the cabbage and cool the liquid before dying. Blue takes a little more time to achieve than other colors, so be patient.


Boil a quart of water with six cups of fresh spinach leaves. Stir in two tablespoons of white vinegar and let the water simmer on the stovetop until you achieve a deep shade of green. Strain out the spinach and allow the water to cool completely before dipping your eggs. Like blue, green can be tricky. When in doubt, add the dye to covered mason jars and soak your eggs overnight in the refrigerator.

When using natural dyes, it’s best to wear disposable gloves to avoid staining your hands. Whether you set up your egg dying station at the kitchen table or on the countertop of your kitchen island, be sure to cover the surface with a plastic tablecloth or kitchen towels for easy cleanup.


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5 Thanksgiving Appetizers To Serve Before The Main Course


Dream kitchens are created for holiday hosting. Whether you’re serving a formal sit-down dinner at the dining room table or a casual buffet on your kitchen island, a good host always starts the evening with a few appetizers. The goal is to whet the appetites of your guests without spoiling it. Here are few of our favorite Thanksgiving appetizers to serve before the main course. Light and delicious, these festive party starters will surely leave them wanting more.


Sweet Potato Bites

We found this sweet recipe at Delish, and we can’t think of a better (or sweeter) way to start your Thanksgiving feast. A deconstructed, bite-sized version of the sweet potato casserole, this appetizer consists of sweet potatoes sliced into thick rounds and drizzled with melted butter, maple syrup, and a sprinkling of salt. Topped with one toasty marshmallow and a single pecan, these little morsels are too cute not to love. For the full recipe from Delish, click here.


Cheese Ball Bites

Another bite-sized version of a holiday staple, these mini Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball Bites will be your new dinner party favorite. For this easy to follow recipe from I Am Baker, click here. Fun to make and fun to eat, this poppable appetizer is packed with the savory flavors of cream cheese, Cheddar cheese and ranch seasoning, rolled with crispy bacon, fresh chives and chopped pecans. Serve with crackers or add a pretzel stick as an edible serving tool.


Homemade fresh cranberry salsa.

Cranberry Salsa

Chips and dip are a must on any appetizer menu. Salsa is a light and healthy choice when compared to heavy, creamy dips like spinach, crab, or asiago cheese. For Thanksgiving, give your homemade salsa a festive twist by swapping out whole cranberries and orange zest for tomatoes. Sweet and spicy, you’ll also need sugar, fresh cilantro and chopped jalapeno peppers. For the complete recipe from Taste of Home, click here.


Butternut Squash Tartlets

If you have a mini muffin tin and a food processor in your kitchen cabinets, you can make these adorable homemade tartlets that feature an autumn favorite — butternut squash. Topped with crumbled Feta cheese and finely chopped parsley, this appetizer looks impressive but is actually quite easy to make. For the recipe and step-by-step instructions from Good Housekeeping, click here.


Roasted nuts are also a great way to get the holiday dinner party started. Click here for Roasted Nut Recipes For Fall And Winter Snacking from our recent blog, and keep a few bowls on your kitchen island or home bar for holiday guests to enjoy. Happy hosting!


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Trends in Natural Wood Cabinets

There’s something to be said for beautifully crafted natural wood cabinets left in their original (or close to it) state. Whether you’re thinking country kitchen, beachside cottage, New England rustic farmhouse or urban city chic, set your home apart with natural wood cabinets. From showcasing a kitchen island to enveloping an entire room, the following trends in natural wood cabinets are sure to make you swoon.

Country Kitchen Natural Wood Cabinets

One of the most eye-catching ideas homeowners love is to renovate your kitchen space with minimalist, unpainted and unfinished natural wood cabinets. Wood cabinets not only add natural warmth to kitchens of every size and style, but they also add a natural and cozy aesthetic to the busiest room in the house. Choose from dark, medium, and light wood kitchen cabinets made from oak, walnut, fir, cherry wood and more. Slab-front, full-overlay natural cabinet doors can give a fresh and clean look to your space.

Beachside Cottage Natural Wood Cabinets

Bathed in calming neutrals, your beachside cottage will spring to life and make a statement with natural wood cabinets. Selecting a neutral color for your cottage’s kitchen cabinetry will soften your space. For that extra beachside feel, create an airy kitchen with a combination of natural wood and white décor to give your room a contemporary yet cozy feel. Woods to consider can include white oak, pecky cypress, maple, ash and reclaimed wood, Another thought… Shaker-style cabinets!

Get more chic ideas for a coastal interior!

New England Rustic Farmhouse Natural Wood Cabinets

Unpretentious, functional, straightforward and down-home cozy. Who doesn’t love a farmhouse kitchen? If it’s time for a renovation and you’re thinking about adding a little cozy farmhouse style to your space, a fun idea to incorporate is natural wood cabinets with a classic white farmhouse sink and natural wood butcher block countertops. Talk about New England rustic! Choose from red oak, poplar, maple, mahogany – or even plywood! Add in a little handcrafted, rustic décor to really go for it!

Urban City Chic Natural Wood Cabinets

There’s no denying that urban city chic style is hot and trendy. From loft apartments to two-story penthouses, city chic is in and just about everyone loves it. When it comes to kitchen design, so many ideas come to mind. One idea – custom cerused oak cabinets surrounded by lots of natural light will bring warmth to your kitchen space – no matter how big or small. Other wood choices we love to see include white ash, bleached mahogany, reclaimed wood and plywood. It’s amazing what you can do with plywood!

Best Drink Station Ideas for Your Apartment

Tackle your apartment space in style and create your own unique easy-access drink station by selecting a special space to keep your “drink essentials.” All you need is a small area where everything you need is right there in front of you, from coffee pot to wine decanter and everything in between. In no time at all, you’ll be enjoying your favorite go-to beverage while impressing your guests, too!

You can use your kitchen counter, tables, carts, a cabinet, custom bar, or other station to suit your style. Here are a few tips to help you organize and stylize your very own apartment drink station.

Side Table with Bottom Cabinets

Using a side table is a great drink station idea for a tiny apartment. This allows you to contain your drink station to a specific area that is also interchangeable – coffee bar in the morning and cocktails in the evening. Simply switch them out for the need.

Because of the cabinets, you can also close the station and hide those drinks that aren’t necessary at the moment. This allows for your space to appear less cluttered. Expert tip – a table with cabinets makes everything accessible when you need it, and out of sight when you do not… choose a cabinet that is unique and looks great on its own.

Rolling Drink Station with Shelves

Creating an apartment drink station with a wheeled cart can be the perfect option – especially if you often entertain guests in your space. The rolling cart drink station is ideal if you want to display all of the imbibing options to guests. Load it up with everything you need – important items toward the top and less-used toward the bottom. Dedicate a shelf to drink accessories. Expert tip – a cart with pullout shelves makes this an easy-access option.

Cabinet Slide-Out Station

For those with very little counter space, an increasingly popular idea is the integrated drink station cabinet with slide-out shelf and drawer storage. When the cabinet is closed, everything is tucked away inside and there is plenty of counter space. When drinks are needed, simply open the cabinet, slide out the shelf and voilà – instant drink station! If you have a nearby drawer, stock it with all of the drink accessories you most often use. Expert tip – this beverage center should include an internal power outlet for a coffee machine, blender, etc.

Custom Half-Table Minibar Drink Station

If you’re feeling creative and have a serious DIY project on the mind, here is a fabulous idea: take an old table and have it cut in half (lengthwise or width-wise depending on your wall space), add a fresh coat of paint and bolt the half-table to your chosen wall. But before the bolting begins, take the leftover table top and create an additional shelf below the counter top. The middle shelf is perfect for drink accessories and condiments. Expert tip – underneath the bottom shelf, hang a rack for wine glasses and another one for coffee mugs.

Tips for Creating a Country French Kitchen

If you’re looking to create a kitchen with a cozy, comfortable, welcoming feel and a rustic, old-world look, French country style is the perfect design. This style of décor fits well in both country homes and modern homes and can easily be created by incorporating a few key elements.

Key French Country Style Elements
Below are key elements for creating a French country kitchen that’s elegant and has distinctive character.

French country style is marked by soft, pale colors taken from a provincial landscape. Muted hues in earthy tones, such as mustard yellow, soft gold, warm reds, mossy green and pale ocean blues are common.

Dark accents like granite countertops, dark wooden floors with wide boards, colored appliances and wrought-iron detailing can provide the perfect contrast to your French country kitchen.

Natural materials are an important element in pieces used in French country decorating. Rough stained walls, hefty beamed ceilings and delicately carved wood details provide texture and offer a simple look.

Since cabinetry tends to take up the most visual space in a kitchen, using warm surfaces and subdued tones on the kitchen cabinets is a must for an authentic French country feel.

Architectural Features
Materials used in French country décor often have stunning architectural features. For example, crown molding framing the top of kitchen cabinets is a common component of French country kitchens, as they add a beautiful traditional element.

Another common architectural feature is old, charming flooring. To create this look, old wooden boards are often used, as well as rustic flooring made of stone, clay or brick.

Tall, narrow windows with shutters are another distinguishing characteristic of this design style.

Country French kitchen cabinets feature furniture-type details to add to the warmth and comfort of the room. This décor style features kitchen cabinets that are somewhat ornate, with the doors typically featuring raised or inset panels that are arched or square.

Country French kitchen cabinets are similar to a Victorian style; however, they have brighter colors. Skirted cabinetry, particularly under the sink, is also a traditional country style detail that adds an instant rustic look to the kitchen.

A kitchen island is also an important component to a French country kitchen, as it serves to help with food preparation and provides space to bring people together. If you have the space for an island in your kitchen and want to add visual interest, choose an island in a different color than the rest of the kitchen but keep it within the same warm, muted color palette.

Stainless steel appliances fit beautifully in any kitchen, including French country style ones, and enable you to create a truly unique space. You don’t have to worry about creating contrast that doesn’t work when you go with stainless steel, as this material complements a wide spectrum of designs and matches well with a variety of cabinet colors.

If you’re not a fan of stainless steel, white appliances also pair well with this décor style. And, since having a few antique touches is essential for an authentic French country kitchen, retro-inspired appliances are another great choice.
Ready to start the exciting process of designing your French country kitchen and customizing your kitchen cabinetry to match this style? Get started with our free online kitchen design today!

Ideas for Custom Kitchen Islands

Kitchen islands are becoming a staple in more and more kitchens because they take care of so many practical needs, while also adding a stylish element to the room. If you’re looking into installing an island in your kitchen or updating an existing one, you’ll find numerous options for kitchen island designs.

To ensure you end up with the island of your dreams, we highly encourage you to consider how you use your kitchen and keep that as your focal point. This will help you determine which specific functions the island will handle and then you can go about customizing it to suit your personal style and most important needs. Let’s take a look at a few popular island designs and ideas.

  1. Custom Cabinets

Cabinets are an excellent way to store kitchen equipment and other items, while keeping them out of sight behind closed doors. Design an island with custom cabinets that will best store the items you want to keep in your island for convenient access, such as pots and pans, bakeware and appliances.

  1. Cook Station

If you plan on doing a lot of actual cooking at your island, you’ll want to include a cooktop and, ideally, a large butcher block, a prep sink and a pullout waste container.

Depending on how many spices you use in your cooking, you may also want to add built-in shallow shelves specifically designed for storing spice jars, so you’ll always have them within easy reach.

  1. Unconventional Shape

While most of us envision a rectangular or square shape when thinking about kitchen islands, keep an open mind when looking at different design options – especially if your kitchen has a unique layout that may not be conducive to a more traditionally shaped island. L-shaped islands are increasing in popularity and bean-shaped islands are a fun alternative, too.

  1. Waterfall Edge Countertop

A waterfall edge countertop – where the countertop extends vertically down the sides of the island – provides a sleek, dramatic look, creating a focal point that constantly draws the eye to the center of the kitchen.

Providing strong, clean lines, a waterfall edge is ideal for contemporary kitchens. Islands with a waterfall counter down one end will create a strong 90-degree angle, while a waterfall edge down both sides of the island creates appealing symmetry.

  1. Open Shelves

Often, the spaces at the ends of islands are overlooked. Be sure to keep this space in mind when customizing your kitchen island so that you can best utilize every aspect of your island. These end spaces can be used to display items you use often, such as coffee mugs and favorite cookbooks, or to add thoughtful, welcoming décor like framed photos or artwork.

  1. Double Up

While installing two islands will certainly not be practical for every kitchen, if you do have the space and the budget, it can be an excellent option. By having two medium-sized islands instead of one larger one, you’ll cut down on unused space in the middle of the kitchen. Also, with the path that’s created between two islands, you’ll be able to move about your kitchen more easily.

A substantial benefit to this set-up is being able to create more efficient work zones. For example, one island can be dedicated to meal prep and/or cooking, while the other can be used for eating meals and snacks, working and, if you have kids, doing homework.

Find creative inspiration from these ideas for custom kitchen islands and tailor them to create an island that will be functional and stylish, while fostering connection with family and friends and bringing you joy and ease when cooking.

Designing A Kitchen For Entertaining

Entertaining Guests In The Kitchen

The kitchen is a common hub for entertaining guests — and for good reason. It’s as close to the food and drinks as you can get, has tons of countertop space for setting up appetizers, and is typically right next door to the dining and living room. But a kitchen doesn’t become a great place for entertaining on its own. The evolution starts with the floor plan and ends with what you do when your guests arrive.

Create Your Kitchen

A good kitchen design will of course be the foundation of your space and the key indicator to whether or not your kitchen is built for a party. Use Willow Lane Cabinetry’s free kitchen design service to help you create a floor plan that will fulfill your daily needs, and be the ideal design for entertaining your family and friends.

Give Your Guests Somewhere To Sit

While standing and chatting is all well and good, some guests will prefer to take a seat, and you won’t want them to have to leave the room to get comfortable. Tall bar stools are the perfect solution to position on the exterior of your countertop (if you have an open concept floor plan), or around your kitchen island. A breakfast table can also be transformed into a cozy corner with a tablecloth, some candles, and a plate full of treats.

Splurge On Technology

Don’t stop at those stainless steel appliances — there are so many more additions that will make your party the talk of the town. A wine cooler is obviously a must for keeping vino at just the right temperature (anyone who has had a slightly chilled glass of Cabernet knows what we’re talking about). Refrigerator drawers offer extra storage space for keeping food cool, and also help you organize dishes that are ready to be served. Likewise warming drawers make sure no appetizer or entrée is ever served cold again. Stop juggling between what’s in the oven, what’s on the stove, and what’s in the refrigerator. Refrigerator and warming drawers let you take your time organizing every course, and put you at ease knowing everything will be served as it should be.

Fall Back On Portable

Alexandria Natural Wood Top Wine Island in White – Willow Lane CabinetryYou don’t need to have a huge kitchen to have a good party. All you need is a few portable fixtures to extend your countertop space or build a bar area. A portable kitchen island, wine cart or bar, are all great accessories to have on hand when you’re hosting extra guests. They can be stowed away on regular days and brought out when you need them.


Set The Mood

Don’t assume that your guests will automatically have a good time just because you decide to throw a party. Make sure there is entertainment ready, whether it’s a flat screen TV mounted on the wall and playing the big game or a wireless speaker system streaming music. Having games on hand also never hurts, and can be a lifesaver if conversation takes a nasty political turn or two guests clearly aren’t getting along. Part of hosting a party is being a host; so remember to do everything possible to make sure each guest is having a good time.

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KorrieMartinezWritten by Korrie.  Korrie Martinez is a self proclaimed DIY pro with an eye for design and a craft for finding simple solutions to homeowner’s common concerns. Her articles offer tips and trends to help The RTA Store’s customers achieve the home of their dreams on a balanced budget. Follow Korrie on Instagram and Twitter @kokonez or visit her website