Kitchen … steps to Declutter

After some time we think our kitchen is so small and

kitchens are out of control. Oversize appliances and gadgets that do everything we once did by hand now clutter our countertops and eat up storage.

This leads  to think they need bigger kitchens; more than three-quarters ask to start their home remodel with that room. “The attitude is, the bigger the better—and that’s absolutely not the best kitchen to be cooking in,” . “There’s an appropriate scale, and having more and more cabinets and space between countertops can make it feel unusable.”

The first step to a great kitchen isn’t to remodel, but to clear away the space and energy guzzlers that clutter your counters and eat up storage. Underneath all those gadgets, you might already have the kitchen of your dreams.

Kitchen solutions

Some tasks are better done by hand. Try these low-kilowatt options.

Task Instead of a… Try this…
-Grating cheese

-Chopping, slicing or dicing veggies

-Kneading bread

-Food processor -A handheld cheese grater

-A knife

-Knead by hand

-Scrambling eggs

-Stir-frying or sautéing veggies

-Cooking steak, hamburger or chicken

-Nonstick pan

-Wok

-Indoor grill

-Cast-iron skillet
-Grilling sandwiches -Panini maker -Two cast-iron skillets (the second to weigh the sandwich with)
-Frying

-Roasting

-Stewing

-Deep fryer

-Electric roaster

-Slow cooker

-Dutch oven
-Citrus juicing -Electric juicer -Wooden reamer

What’s in their kitchens?

1. A high-quality chef’s knife that feels good in the hand

2. A box grater: “the original food processor”

3. Scalloped-edge tongs: “They’re extensions of my fingers, very Edward Scissorhands. I use them to flip food, lift lids, pull pans, serve pasta.”

She could do without:

“Maserati” luxury ovens and ranges. “Fun to drive? Yes. Necessary for a good meal? Not so much.”

must have:

1.  A recycling center

2. A window over the sink with a beautiful view

3. A well-designed, pull-out pantry to store small food items that would get lost in upper or lower cabinetry

4. A comfortable place for friends and family to sit and talk while the cook prepares food

She could do without:

Specialized gizmos. “They take up space but are seldom used.”

Do away with disposables and unplug your culinary tasks. A cleaner kitchen is this easy.

1. Cut clutter.

Most people use less than half the stuff they own, Susanka says. So when more storage seems the only solution, she often talks clients down. “People may have lots and lots of cookie sheets, but they really only use two,” she says. Our mothers and grandmothers cleared out clutter (the stuff that hangs around but rarely, if ever, gets used) during annual spring cleaning rituals, Susanka notes. Now, “we keep bringing stuff in, but we forget we’ve got to also take stuff out.”

She recommends spring cleaning—even if it’s not spring. “There’s nothing more valuable than taking everything out and just looking at what you’ve got. Just open a cabinet in the kitchen and honestly ask, ‘How many times have I used that?’ You’ll discover that you don’t need most of it.”

It won’t be easy. “The hardest thing to do is throw something away,”

Instead of throwing anything away, donate items with a little life left to a thrift store or a friend in need. If you’ve overstocked on canned and dried goods, help the food bank. Remember that surplus next time you’re at the store, and buy less.

2. Bring in less.

Finding reusable replacements for disposables is the easiest way to cut kitchen clutter,  “Slip a plate over a bowl instead of covering it with plastic wrap, transport lunches in reusable containers, use cloth napkins and towels,”.  save a fortune.

3. Feel full.

Appreciate what you’ve uncovered: space. Fill it wisely, with wonderful aromas and happy people.

Design Home Bar

Contemporary homes are all about incorporating every little detail that is to the taste of those who live in them. When it comes to creating a complete modern home that is perfect in every sense, the likes of home office ideas, smart media rooms and game rooms seem to be an absolute must.

A popular addition to that lineup which seems to be gaining momentum more than before is a cool home bar — they certainly seem like an appropriate upgrade to ponder about at home.

1. Create Storage

Using built-in cabinets or large furniture can make your bar look more distinguished and showcase your liquor, drinkware and other bar accessories. Built-in cabinets are the most expensive option, but they also give your bar the most stately, permanent look. If built-in is too big of a task, using a buffet table, cabinet or bookshelf is another way to incorporate storage in your bar and feature fun pieces of furniture.

2. Buy a Freestanding Bar

If you have the space, a ready-made unit is the easiest way to add a bar to your home. These are available to purchase at many online retailers as well as furniture stores, and typically are constructed of either wood or composite wood. Things to consider when buying a freestanding bar include the size of your space, the style of the bar and whether you would like it to have a water hookup.

 

3. Add an Island

Give yourself more counter space to shake and stir with a built-in island, which can serve several purposes. Islands provide ample space for preparing and serving drinks or hors d’oeuvres at a party. With the addition of barstools, guests can sit at the bar and socialize. Upgrade to a wet bar by adding a sink, which will help you clean glasses quickly and serve drinks faster. This can get costly if you don’t have a water line running nearby; you’ll also need to install the sink.

 

4. Make Room for Guests

Seating is key to having guests linger in your bar area, whether with traditional barstools or comfortable lounge seating. You want to have room for your guests to socialize comfortably; this can be as simple as adding a few vintage chairs near the bar or rearranging your space so that chairs, couches and other seating complement the bar area.

5. Think About Appliances

If you’re going to be playing bartender, you’ll need some ice and a place to keep your beverages cold. Small refrigerators can be placed within the lower cabinetry of your bar and come in a wide variety of styles and prices. A wine cooler  is a perfect addition to a wine aficionado’s bar as well.

 

6. Get a Bar Cart

Not ready for a full-on renovation? A bar cart is an easy and inexpensive way to create a bar area and showcase specialty liquors, and it can be easily moved to different places in your home to serve different purposes (or parties). While there are plenty of options available at online retailers, you could also look at vintage shops, estate sales and thrift stores for a whimsical, one-of-a-kind piece

 

7. Upgrade Your Drinkware

Once you’ve set up your bar, complement it with great serveware, such as shakers, cocktail napkins and a variety of glasses for all types of beverages. You can spend as much or little money as you’d like doing this; go for styles ranging from matching cut-glass pieces to quirky antiques and flea-market finds. Make sure to stock up your beverage selection, too.

 

Ideas To Redecorate Kids Room

Home with out kids is not a Home … Kids  do need a their own space and so redecorate your kids room keeping the following in mind ….

1. To help your kids stay organized, keep things at their height. Closet storage, benches and coat racks will all be used more often if kids can get to them easily.

2. Try creating a continuous art center by using wainscoting in a room and painting the wall below with chalkboard paint. You can get chalkboard paint in the color of your choice. Simply paint up to a chair rail or install your own and paint below.

3. Most craft and hobby stores sell an additive to paint that allows it to glow in the dark. Try painting stars and a moon on your child’s ceiling or a cityscape around the edge of the room. This will get them excited about turning out the lights at night.A mural of different colored leaves, a birdhouse, and birds has been painted on a green wall in view of a wood crib that has two storage drawers. Cream-colored curtains hang on either side of the mural.

4. Removable wall transfers are becoming increasingly affordable and the range of patterns and styles grows every day. Call them temporary wall tattoos and let your kid have fun decorating their room in a way you know you won’t have to fix later.

5. Kids are collectors, so make collecting easy. Pictures and postcards don’t always have to be stuck to a corkboard. Try hanging them from strings in front of a window or clipping them to a string along the wall to create an interactive border in a room.

6. All kids want display space. Galvanized metal is fairly inexpensive and can be purchased in sheets at most home improvement stores. Just mount on the wall and you have an instant magnetic board.

7. Check your local art and crafts store for peel-and-stick cork. You can cut out any shape, simply peel off the backing and attach to any wall for fun pin-up space.

8. Rather than a traditional growth chart put a border around the room. Each month you can use non-toxic, water-based paint to put the child’s handprint in the border. Watch them grow together.

9. Be sure to include multiple kinds of lighting in a kid’s room. Overall lighting is a necessity but so is a reading light. It may even help them find the bathroom in the middle of the night.

10. If you are painting a dresser or other furniture you know the child will grow out of be sure to let them help. The child could also put their signature on it with personal handprints or fingerprints for a polka-dot design.

Steps To Identify And Buy Quality Leather Furnitur

Leather furniture has always been a classic. Although the designs vary the same as styles, there’s no doubt that leather furniture can look timeless without much effort. But there’s more to worry about style and design when buying leather furniture. First of all, you should make sure it’s genuine.

If you possess some basic knowledge about the subject, it should be quite simple to figure out whether the leather you’re looking at is real or not. The main characteristics to look for include a variety of elements.

  • For example, always check the back of the furniture piece. You should look to see whether there’s a single piece of leather or several stitched together. Keep in mind that the average hide is 3′ by 6′ so if you see a huge sofa covered in one single piece of leather you can be certain it’s a fake . Of course, it’s usually easy to distinguish genuine leather from fakes just by looking at the price. But that can be deceiving too. There’s no guarantee that pricey leather furniture is genuine. Also, high quality doesn’t always mean more durability.

 

  • So don’t rely on the price alone to tell you if a piece of furniture has real leather or not. You should also check the label. You should be able to find a detailed description of the type of leather used so don’t hesitate to double check .
  • You can identify genuine leather by texture and smell. It should be soft and warm to the touch and should have a distinctive aroma which is rich and appealing, unlike faux leather which emits un unpleasant chemical smelle info or to ask for more if needed.
  • Look at the grain and look for variations. If it’s all very uniform then it’s probably a fake. There should always be variations on genuine leather, even if sometimes leather is corrected with a pattern so there’s uniformity in the grain.If possible, check the reverse side. Genuine leather is unfinished on the back meaning that it has no color. Also, it’s rougher on the bottom.
  • It’s also important to know the distinction between the different types of leather. Aniline leather has a clear organic stain which leaves the hide soft and warm to the touch. Pigmented leather has a protective opaque coating. It’s the most durable type and has a stain-resistant finish. It is cold to the touch and fades in sunlight. Semi-aniline leather is the combination between the other two and it’s often the chosen compromise.
  • And let’s not forget about the distinction between top grain and split grain. Basically, a hide is split into two layers. There’s the top grain and the lower grain or split grain which is the flesh piece, usually used on the outside parts of a piece of furniture

 

Interior : Goan Portugease Design of ( Barcelo’s HKV , New Delhi)

Barcelos is famous for its flame grilled Peri Peri menu and has created its own unique following by introducing to the discerning Indian foodie their own brand of innovation.

Barcelos is a town in Portugal hence the theme of Portugal is reflected through the interiors and designs of the restaurant. Barcelos keep its focus on the modern and antique art for the interior. Stretched in the area of 3600 sq ft, Hauz Khas Village outlet has raw and rustic interiors. Each wall of the restaurant depicts the story of Portugal which is very unique and attractive.

Highlights :

The traditional pre-Portuguese homes were inward-looking with small windows; this reflected the secluded role of women. The houses opened into courtyards, and rarely opened onto streets. The catholic houses built or refurbished between the middle of the 18th and the 20th centuries were more outward-looking and ornamental, with balcões (covered porches) and verandas facing the street. The large balcões had built-in seating, open to the street, where men and women could sit together and ‘see and be seen’, chat with their neighbours, or just enjoy the evening breeze. These balcões are bordered by ornamental columns that sometimes continued along the steps and added to the stature of the house. This, together with the plinth, which usually indicated the status of the owners. The houses of rich landlords had high plinths with grand staircases leading to the front door or balcão. .

  1. Keeping the same in mind , Architect Mr . Dixit  prepared a lay out which matched some aspects of Pr- Portuguese Homes … As you enter the There is Coutyard like space  which at one side of it was kitchen ( secluded role of woman ) and  seating space having that Gothic type  furniture ( secluded role of woman when they use sew or have a tea party )  ..wooden though light coloured …
  2. The visually appealing to this area is  Graffiti  which on the wall ” The large balcões had built-in seating, open to the street, where men and women could sit together and ‘see and be seen’, chat with their neighbours, or just enjoy the evening breeze.” Lights switched off and Chandeliers reflect the light … Graffiti becomes alive …
  3. This area they have kept wooden flooring which give a little warm feeling  of- course  it also caters to the fact servers would not slip while moving in hurry  ..
  4. Keeping the structure in mind … The architects ave used the space very well … Low ceilings .. optimal ligthing … Kitchen does not come in scene at all … Whats the  happening in Kitchen  the customer is not able to guess … . As we move on  this the place where the Bar is … Interesting …. If you see the bar counter … its does not show up    … its like lobby as you enter the house and then straight to dining room .. which makes sense … People  sitting  at bar are not disturbing who are enjoying food with their families …
  5.  For any architect the hard place to shunt is ELECTRICAL PANEL inside the restaurant or office … Architect did a fabulous thing of hiding it under a Wall graffiti again  …
  6. The dining space … Bar chairs are very different … Its like armours … cosy family seats … lightening is good / bright though I thought the place lacked a natural light … one cannot do anything as this layout has no choice .
  7.  Giving it that authentic look of  FLOOR Tiles .These were as  unique

    which were  made with a perfect blend of Portuguese and Italian tiles .

In nut shell : at the New Restaurant of Barcelo’s … If a customer wants to enjoy a drink , he/ she has space  or bar table which they occupy and enjoy their drinks … If some body wants to have a wine with food some Fresh air … Then there is balcony which has been used  very nicely … Thats smoking area too with Bar slab to keep drinks … If some body wants to have family time sitting on couch   that option is there too …

Space has been utilized well to give options to one liking …

 

How to make low ceiling seem higher

A lot of people dream of having high ceilings in their home. But consider this: Rooms with high ceilings are a pain to heat and to circulate air through; they also create challenges for sound and light control and often double the expense of painting, covering windows and adding artwork. Low and moderately high ceilings can be warmer, more intimate and more in proportion with human scale. Not to mention that changing a lightbulb is as simple as pulling out a step stool. Try that with a vaulted ceiling.

1. Choose low, horizontal furniture. Keep everything hunkered down low. If you are fortunate enough to have a spectacular view like this, it will amplify the effect dramatically. If you don’t have a great view, low furniture will still maximize the perceived height of your room.

2. Use wide expanses of glass and keep window coverings simple. Notice how connected this space feels to the garden? Seeing the voluminous outdoor space makes this low-slung living room feel equally spacious. This trick works especially well if you’re right at ground level.

Tips to Buy a Microwave oven

 

 

A kitchen with out Microwave in modern time not possible  … Modern Indian Kitchen a essential  .. Probably in our Mom’s time , having a owen or Microwave was luxury but now it is necessity  . save energy …  .. cook healthy keeping nutrients in the food

The first one is Solo. This is the simplest model and most of them time best used for works Which only heat stuff. You can make noodles and reheating of cooking of packed instant foods. The second one is Grill additional to the heating feature, it gets a top grill, so can make can make pizza and all.

Another type of oven you can consider is the Convection type- All in one model. By using these kinds of oven, you can simply make cakes, biscuits etc. After using microwave you will enjoy cooking in this, and you may start to bake cakes and all. So always better to get s a convection type microwave oven, even it costs high than solo type.

Here below you can read about the top 10 selected and Best Microwave Ovens in India by pricein.in team. All these products are best in class quality as it is opted after reviewing various customer ratings. Price given is the current online selling price of ovens from various famous shopping site.
Get the full features of each product and choose the right one. We love to know your responses about these products in commenting section below.

Tips For Choosing the Right Microwave Oven

  1. Choose between compact (.8 cubic feet) or full size (1.2 cubic feet) based on your needKeep in mind that, large ovens consumes higher wattage (power) than a compact ovenHigher wattage ovens can cooks everything fast and easy than lower wattage ones
  2. Choose those with special settings like defrost, popcorn setting or TV dinner setting .Microwave oven with variable setting can adjust heat from 100% (high), 50% power to 10% (low)
  3. Purchasing a programmable microwave oven allows the person to program multiple cook settings based in need .A turntable microwave offers advantages of automatic stopping and turning dish

Choose those with nonstick” interior and doors without handles which makes the oven easier to clean

LG 20 L Microwave Oven – MH2046HB  is a high quality oven features 20 L – Capacity. The oven gets 52 Auto Cook Menu and Anti Bacteria Cavity for safe and quality cooking of food stuff. LG 20 L Microwave Oven – MH2046HB is equipped with Intellowave Technology.There is also Steam Clean features and Child Lock option. LG offers 1 year manufacturer warranty on LG 20 L Microwave Oven – MH2046HB oven.

LG 20 L Microwave Oven – MH2046HB Price in India On 17 April 2015: Rs. 8,990/-

Electrolux 23Ltr 23J101 Convection Microwave Oven  is a good oven with rich features. Now enjoy cooking with its Auto Cook Menus and Smart Wave Technology. Electrolux 23Ltr 23J101 Convection Microwave Oven features 23 Litres Capacity.It gets a Tandoori Heater. On external Electrolux 23Ltr 23J101 Convection Microwave Oven looks good with Black Front Finish. It also features Defrost Feature and 360 Degree Clean.
Electrolux 23Ltr 23J101 Convection Microwave Oven Price in India On 17 April 2015: Rs 7,123/-

IFB 20Ltr 20 Sc2 Convection Microwave Oven is a perfect suit for cooking as it comes with Quick Start options. IFB 20Ltr 20 Sc2 Convection Microwave Oven features Weight Defrost and Speed Defrost features.
It also gets Auto Cook Menu option for best cooking experience. IFB 20Ltr 20 Sc2 Convection Microwave Oven features 20 Lt Capacity. It supports Multi-stage Cooking too. For safety IFB 20Ltr 20 Sc2 Convection Microwave Oven equipped with Child-Safety Lock.
IFB 20Ltr 20 Sc2 Convection Microwave Oven Price in India On 17 April 2015: Rs 7,990/-

Samsung 20Ltr MW73AD-B/XTL Solo Microwave Oven  is best option if you are looking for low electricity bill, as it is packed with Power Saving option. The model features 20 Litres capacity and equipped with Push & Save options. Samsung 20Ltr MW73AD-B/XTL Solo Microwave Oven comes with No Corner and No Dirt.
Other features are Triple Distribution System, Child Safety Lock. Samsung 20Ltr MW73AD-B/XTL Solo Microwave Oven is well Fit for Any Kitchen Space as it is Slim Fit. It also features Streamline Interior and Stylish Looks. It is priced competitively while comparing with leading other brands.
Samsung 20Ltr MW73AD-B/XTL Solo Microwave Oven Price in India On 17 April 2015: Rs 5,462/-