A kitchen renovation might be the biggest investment you’ll do for your home and if you like to cook like I do, it is THAT much more of big deal. I understand you want to make the right choices every step of the way. Here is a simple shopping guide to finding the right kitchen sink for you!
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Stainless Steel: A common choice that will work in any kitchen. I recommend a thickness of 18 or 16 gauge. A basin rack should always be used if you want to protect the bottom of your sink from scratches. For very modern kitchens, stainless steel offers the possibility of having very straight shapes.
Granite Composite: Love Blanco’s silgranit collection! Available in different colors, it’s a great way to add interest with a contrasting tone or make it look as one with your counter. For example a grey sink within a marble counter or a white sink within a white quartz countertop. Finish is a smooth matte.
Cast Iron: Also available in many different colors but the style is completely different. They are glossy so definitely add luxe to the space while looking super sturdy. Actually it’s not just a look- they will last pretty much forever. Kohler is my go to, just make sure to plan ahead for this type of sink as they don’t always keep stock of each color and might have to make it. Cast Iron is pretty heavy so you do need extra support- talk about this with your cabinet maker.
Fireclay: Usually available in white and sometimes biscuit and popular in farmhouse models. I have personally turned to cast iron as it is more resistant and has all the same options you can find in fireclay.
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When shopping for a kitchen sink it’s important to know the size of cabinet in which it will be installed. This is how they are indexed by the suppliers. Size of cabinet required depends on your type of installation.
If you have a large kitchen, consider getting a main sink as well as a smaller bar sink which can get handy when there are many cooks it the kitchen.
You will come to notice sinks come in different depths. They range around 7’’ to 10’’ deep.
Kitchen sinks are available in single or double bowl. Recently though, more and more models are coming out with a lower division which I find is an excellent best of both worlds scenario. This allows more room to wash larger pots and pans but still offers two separate spaces.
There are three different types of installation possible with a kitchen sink. Drop-in is where the sink rests on top of your counter. If your counters are wood or laminate, this is what you’ll need. Undermount is possible when using a solid surface such as quartz or marble. A hole is cut out and polished in your counter so all you see is the inside of your sink. Farmhouse is when your sink has a visible apron in the front. You need to let your cabinet maker know before production if this is the type of sink you’d like since it cuts into your cabinet doors.
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There are so many possibilities. One feature I like is when the drain is off to the side which leaves more space to work without blocking it. You might want to consider an integrated draining board especially if you’re worried about damaging your counters with drying dishes. Some sink collections include optional accessories that make a smart use of your space like an integrated cutting board or straining basket so definitely look out for these!
Are you off to shop for your kitchen faucet next? Click here for tips on choosing the right one.
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The bathroom is probably the room I want to be most clean in my house. I mean, it’s where I keep clean -right? If you want to make sure your space is always looking sharp and cleaning it is super easy, here are a few tips!
1. Lucky for you larger tiles are super in right now, for both floors and walls, so there are plenty of options available. This can work in a small space as well- I swear. This means less grout lines which really is the part that can get icky.
2. You can keep using your larger tile on your shower floor with a linear drain or you can go with an acrylic or polymer base. Some of these new bases can be recessed in your floor so it is flush with your adjacent tile!
3. Opt for a porcelain tile rather natural stone which is porous so requires you to be more careful for stains and to protect it with a sealer once in a while.
4. A wall mounted vanity allows for an easy mop across the floor and even better would be to have your drawers or doors flat panelled. Shaker style doors tend to gather a little more dust on the detailed edge.
5. A counter with an integrated sink is ideal for an easy maintenance bathroom. No joints between your sink and countertop means less mess.
6. Make sure you have enough closed storage for all your necessities. This way you won't spend forever dusting.
7. Wall mounted toilets hide their tank in your wall AND keep off the floor. What more could you ask for? If you want to be a little more budget friendly you can purchase a regular toilet but make sure it is skirted. This means the trapway is hidden and the base is completely smooth. It looks a lot nicer and avoids that many more creases you’d have to keep clean.
8. Don’t fully close your shower off. A simple glass panel without hardware is the easiest to maintain and it LOOKS super clean, especially if you get the manufacturer’s extra protection. If you want to make sure your shower space is extra practical check out more tips here.
9. Keeping it simple really is the idea here to an extra clean bathroom so keep that in mind when selecting faucets as well. Also a brushed nickel finish doesn’t mark with water as much as a standard chrome finish does. You will especially appreciate this in your shower!
10. Keep your bathroom cleaning products in the same room. Having them readily accessible can help break up the process into shorter cleaning sessions.
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If you’re like me and just love the idea of natural stone in a bathroom, your first thought is probably to use marble tiles or counters. That's great- stone will totally bring your renovation up a notch. Last week though I checked out Unik Stone and I just had to share with you these new ways of incorporating natural stone into your project. They’ll give your bathroom an instant edge!
Can you believe it was carved out from one single piece of stone? It’s like almost 6’ feet long! This bath truly stands out amongst all the white freestanding tubs we’re used to seeing in magazines yet still manages to suit a modern space as much as a more rustic setting. The stone acts similarly to cast iron so basically it’s cold to the touch at first but warms up quickly once you fill the tub with hot water and actually helps maintain the temperature. Oh and by the way, the finish is HONED. So it’s totally soft, I am serious you might find yourself petting it..
Stone Shower Base (new grey marble!)
I often have clients tell me they feel stuck in a way because they like how easy an acrylic or polymer shower base install is but find it looks sort of cheap. Choosing a shower base made of a single slab gives you peace of mind instead of worrying about water leaks and keeping those grout lines clean. And it definitely doesn’t look cheap! To complete the look, in the original grey limestone, you can get the stone shower niche or even the 12x24 tiles of the same color which is so practical if you want your whole floor to be one color throughout.
Stone Powder Room Sink
If you have already shopped for a compact sink you definitely know that the options quickly start to look similar. Lots of white! If you want a warmer feel or just something that will make your guests talk, this little one is super affordable and can be easily wall hung. Another idea would be to install it on a narrow counter. If you have more room, there are also integrated sinks with counter space (as always made from one solid block of stone!).
If you have any questions about these products please don’t hesitate to contact the friendly crew from Unik Stone here.
Or perhaps you fell for one of these products but don’t know who to make it work in your space? A little interior design magic might be what you need! Check out my services here.
If you are following me on instagram, you probably already know that I was recently in Portugal with my boyfriend Simon. We didn't see a cloud in the sky for two full weeks, soaked up every ounce of sunshine we could get, walked a ton and took too many photos! Here are 6 decor accents that totally remind me of our trip.
1. Bunny Side Chair
This chair has just enough geometric interest and its bright color is just as welcoming as the homes painted yellow in the small town of Afurada De Baixo. By the way- best smoked sardines are at Taberna do lao Pedro.
2. Kiri Fish Bowl
Oh for all the fresh fish I got to eat! YUM.
3. Oversize Seagrass Basket
All the wicker furniture at the restaurant I fell in love with in Porto: Flow.
Ok I know it's starting to sound like I basically just ate the whole trip but I swear it's not the case.. or is it? :)
4. Miradouro tile
Don't worry, I could have never forgotten to include a classic Portuguese tiles. I picked up a few authentic ones from a market as souvenirs. So much old world character!
5. Artificial Baby Cycas Palm
Mostly brings me back to a day we spent in Sintra, just a 30min train ride away from our Airbnb in Lisbon. These short palm trees are everywhere and mix with other gorgeous greens and old palaces. It's pretty magical.
6. Swallow Art
Or andorinha in Portuguese as we learnt in Porto. These little staples are often an inspiration to local artists. We brought back a ceramic one from A Vida Portuguesa.
You will be using your kitchen faucet every day. So- what’s going to make it great?Here are a few points to think of when shopping for a kitchen faucet.
Location location location
(Yes I have been watching way too much HGTV!)
If your faucet is not located on an island, make sure to measure how much space you have until any obstruction like your upper cabinets. Where does the faucet land in your sink? There’s nothing more annoying than knocking your dishes against the side of your sink because the faucet doesn’t extend enough.
If this is a bar faucet then 1 aerated (regular) spray is fine.The main sink though should have both aerated and vegetable spray. I’m totally into Kohler’s sweep spray which come out as a straight blade. So useful if you’re like me and are obsessed with perfectly rinsing plates before putting them in the dishwasher!
If it’s a pull down faucet, try putting it back up. Does it clip or lock into place with a magnet or does it hang awkwardly. If it’s a chef style faucet with spiral, move it around -does it feel stiff? Are there separate hot and cold handles? Do you prefer a single handle for faster use?
News flash- You don’t have to match stainless with stainless! It’s not because you went with stainless appliances like 99% of the world that your faucet can’t be a bright chrome or trendy back matte. Shiny finishes like chrome are nice to add glam but show finger prints easier which might bother you. Test this out in the showroom! You’ll notice a brushed finish doesn’t need as much maintenance. Be fun and try polished brass or rose gold for a bold look!
Pay attention to where the handle is located on the faucet you love. If it’s on the side, will it bang against your backsplash? If so, you can always ask your plumber to turn the faucet so the handle is in the middle facing towards you. You’ll totally get used to handling it this way don’t worry!
So next time you are shopping for your faucet and all of these key elements work out- AND you love the look, you, my friend, have found the one.
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