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Top Tips to Redesigning a Kitchen

When redesigning a kitchen, put function first, says interior designer Jacqui Hargrove. "There's no ideal kitchen shape," she says. "Whether it's a galley or U- or L-shaped, plan for the sink, fridge and cooktop to form a triangle, with no more than 6 feet between each for ease of movement."  Full article you can find HERE! Think of these tips when designing your dream kitchen:
  1. Under the counter lighting

    Hood-for clear air and adds such a talking piece.

  2. Storage
  3. Create that triangle space with the sink, oven and refrigerator
  4. Start fresh with new appliances
  5. Surface space
  6. Safety
  7. Clear the air with a great hood
  8. Trash-hide it
  9. Flooring
  10. Power-relocate to make it easy!

    under the counter lighting is key

When to Buy Household Essentials

Elle Decor had a great blog this past month by Neesha Arter.  Enjoy...elledecor blog pix They say timing is everything. Whether it's love or the right job, we are all secretly waiting for the stars to align on a variety of things, including that perfect furniture sale. If you're in the market for a new desk for your home office, or searching for a tiny flat screen TV to put in your kid's room, there is a rhyme and reason to getting the best deal. The secret as you may have guessed: timing. Here's the best time to buy everything from your next mattress to new luggage.
  • Office Furniture:  January is the ideal time to purchase office furniture because it will be on clearance. Not only do new furniture models debut in February, this is also the time when retailers target their bargains to entrepreneurs launching new businesses at the turn of the year.
 
  • Linens and Bedding:  While some may think February is a good time to binge on candy sales from Valentine's    Day (which it totally is), linens, towels and bedding are what you should be keeping an eye out for. With Presidents' Day being February 19th, these items are always going to be on markdown at retailers like Bed, Bath and Beyond.
 
  • Mattresses:  Memorial Day mattress sales are really a thing, according to CNBC. The retailers get their new models in, so the previous year's mattresses are super cheap. Check out Casper, Overstock.com or Sleepy's for popular styles.
To read more on when to buy other household essentials CLICK HERE!    

Soothing Bathrooms!

Better Homes and Garden had a great article on bathroom trends for 2017!  Check this out and go HERE for complete article! The right color palette has the ability to inspire tranquility. Transform your bathroom into a spa-worthy sanctuary with our favorite calming color schemes.  Here are a few of what BHG offered for 2017!  Go to link above for full list of colors.

Pewter + Ivorysoothing bathroom

In a colorful, busy world, coming home to a calm, neutral space feels like a breath of fresh air. Soft pewter walls mingle effortlessly with a classic double vanity in ivory. The gray hue continues in the curtains and marble countertops and shines against the room's creamy trim.
     

beige and chocolateBeige + Chocolate + Creamy White

Brown tones bathe this traditional bathroom in warm and inviting character. Deep chocolate covers a wood-clad built-in bathtub, which blends seamlessly with lighter khaki-color walls. Creamy white emphasizes the architectural detail of surrounding windows.

Serving up Change

serving-up-change-featured-wilmington-magazine Serving up Change is the title of this article that was featured in The Wilmington Magazine.  Dynamic Kitchens and Interiors was one of three designs that offer inspiration and insight for your kitchen and bath project.   Caroline Gobble was the writer and it is posted in Home & Garden, Wilmington Magazine Jan-Feb 2017. Here is our portion of the article and we could not be more proud! “Out with the old, in with the new” is a common sentiment these days, as a new year has just begun. It is a time of new beginnings, new goals, and new projects. These local designers know how to help clients realize their dreams, by offering kitchen and bath design services that create beautiful rooms in the home.  Dynamic Kitchens & Interiors 1815 Carolina Beach Rd., Wilmington 910-763-9870 www.dynamickitchens.com Photo by LESLIE KOEHN Alice Everett Evans is the President of and a designer at Dynamic Kitchens & Interiors. With over 30 years of design experience, Evans worked on remodeling a kitchen and transformed it into a light, clean space perfect for a home in a coastal city. Evans explains, “The unusual part of the renovation is that the base cabinets were painted and received new doors and drawer heads. The upper wall cabinets are all new. Therefore, the floor plan had to remain the same as the existing plan.” The addition of the upper wall cabinets that reach all the way to the nine-foot ceilings, along with a frieze board and cove crown moulding, allow for much more storage space in the kitchen. Evans says, “the before kitchen had dark cherry base cabinets and white wall cabinets, so the kitchen was dark and had a choppy appearance. By having the cabinets go to the ceiling and all painted a soft white, the kitchen appears much larger.” The tile back splash is the first item in the kitchen that draws your attention, followed by the wall cabinets. As Evans explains, “We moved the microwave from above the stove, over to a deep wall cabinet next to the refrigerator, to give more area for the tile back splash to be a wonderful focal point.”  Dynamic Kitchens and Interiors designed the kitchen and the tile lay out. The marble tile backsplash is pearl white with sand dollar in an argyle pattern. The tile for the backsplash was supplied by Southeastern Tile Connection, and Versatile of Wilmington installed the tile.  The light gray counter tops are Cosmos Quartz Lilt Silt by Southeastern Marble and Granite. The counter tops also provide a splash of color and help make the tile pattern really stand out.   The project took about a month to complete, and it transformed a darker kitchen into a beautiful, white, sleek, room. Dynamic Kitchens & Interiors strives to “inspire with results! If we can encourage our clients to find creative solutions for their home, then we have succeeded.” The company offers a myriad of services including remodeling rooms, constructing new rooms, and consulting prior to projects.

12 Christmas Decorating Ideas Designers Swear By

House Beautiful just came out with an awesome article about Christmas Decorating Ideas.  We want to call it the 12 days of Christmas Decorating Ideas Designers Swear by.  Here are the 12 ideas and more can be found HERE. Pros reveal how they get into the holiday spirit — without going over the top. When it comes to Christmas decorations, it's easy to be a little overzealous. But if anyone knows how to keep things classy during the holiday season, it's the 12 designers we chatted with here. "Let your décor dictate your holiday palette," designer Tobi Fairley reminds us. "No matter how gorgeous your holiday items are, if they are competing with your room instead of complementing it, the effekeep-it-simple-pixct will be lost." Read on for more expert advice on how to keep your home festive and elegant at the same time.
  1. Keep it simple
"I keep decorating for the holidays simple. I fill the house with potted paperwhites and potted white amaryllis. I scatter votives all around. I also put wreaths on the doors made out of evergreen and bay leaves, and drape the banisters and mantles with swags of the same."- Mark D. Sikes  
  1. Focus on the table
"Decorate the dining room table. Rather than the traditional red and green, try something new like a fabric in malachite and hot pink peonies. Layer in black and white for a graphic pop. The plates [here] are antique French."- Grant Gibson  
  1. Go Natural
"Use fresh evergreen boughs, garlands, and wreaths combined with in-season citrus like lemons, tangerines, and oranges. It will give your home a beautiful natural look, and it smells heavenly!"- Tobi Fairley  
  1. Create a Living Runner
"There's nothing prettier than pairing fresh greens — whether boxwood create-a-living-runneror pine — with mercury candle votives and white lights.  Try interspersing the trio across your mantle or as a runner come to life along your dining room table: it's a holiday look you'll never get tired of!"- Susanna Salk  
  1. Stage a Holiday Shelfie
Use your bookshelves as an opportunity to inject a bit of holiday flair. Mix in bowls of ornaments, tabletop trees and other holiday accents into your bookshelves for the ultimate holiday "shelfie," as shown here in my Instagram."- Nicole Gibbons  
  1. Go for the Gold
"For holiday decorating, I love incorporating natural elements, lights (candles or simple Christmas lights) and a little gold (be it in the ribbons, ornaments or objects). Magnolia leaves are always a favorite of mine, especially in wreaths strewn with beautiful gold ribbon. These make for an elegant statement on any door and you can add some great glass pieces or ornaments to really make it gleam."- Sara Story Design   7. Think in Threesthink-in-threes "Christmas means three things to me: paperwhites, citrus, and magnolia. I go to the flower market (or the backyard) and cut magnolia and place it on mantles. I intersperse lemons or clementines (sometimes studded with cloves), and paperwhites — either the individual bulb — or just mossy pots of 6 bulbs. The smell of the combination is wonderful."- Miles Redd  
  1. Be Quirky
With Christmas decorating you have to give it a little quirk ... a little personality. One thing I do which always stirs conversation is hanging ornaments from my chandeliers. It's easy to do and adds some great color to the room."- Summer Thornton  
  1. Use Scent as a Decor
"As soon as Thanksgiving is over, I keep a kettle on the stove with water, a sliced orange and cloves. I turn it on low heat whenever I'm home so my entire apartment smells like Christmas to me!"- Lindsey Harper  
  1. Make it Magicalmake-it-magical
"Years ago in Taos I picked up a big vintage brass and leather sleigh bell horse harness that I hang on my front door wrapped in evergreens and lights. I do the same on staircase, wrapping evergreens and leather straps in those tiny strings of lights that you never have to plug in. The light's so much more magical when it floats."- Windsor Smith  
  1. Integrate Fresh Flowers
"I love to integrate fresh flowers with more traditional Christmas decorations. Peonies suddenly come back around this time of year and deep red or white peonies mixed in with evergreen and sparkly ornaments just looks beautiful!"- Alexandra Kaehler  
  1. Make it Last
"We always save leftover fabric scraps and love to have custom wreaths made out of them. There are many amazing vendors on Etsy that will make them for you and they last year after year."- Suysel & Anne, Tilton Fenwick Designers

15 Design-Friendly Places to Hide the Cat Litter Box

Houzz featured Dynamic Kitchens and Interiors in one of their latest articles.  We designed a laundry room with the notion of hiding the cat litter box in the cabinets.  It was designed to blend into the room yet convenient for the cat.  Check out the article from Houzz where we were featured.  Complete article can be found at CAT BOX.   Here is a snippet from the article of what was said about us.  We were number 5.  Julie Sneer is the contributing writer.
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5. The door in this Wilmington, North Carolina, home was custom-made for the cat. There’s an entry hole in front, and the cabinet pulls open for cleaning the box. A back door nearby helps with ventilation, designer Alice Evans of Dynamic Kitchen and Interiors says.      

Fall Decorating Ideas

Top Kitchen Designs

As our homes are getting older and whether you decide to start fresh with new construction or remodel your existing kitchen it is so hard to determine what is the best design for you.  HGTV has some great kitchen designs that you can decide what fits your space and your personality.  Alice at Dynamic Kitchens and Interiors is ready to help make your new or remodeled kitchen into reality.  Check out these great designs and for more go to HGTV now to read on.  Now these are just a few and two of the kitchens are from Dynamic Kitchens and Interiors.

Gray is the New White

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Wondering what color to paint your cabinets? The kitchen industry's leading manufacturers say that while white cabinets continue to be tops, gray is the shade they're betting on to break white's top spot. This kitchen by Wellborn pairs soft gray cabinets with richly stained wood showcasing yet another kitchen trend — combining cabinet colors is a trendy look that's holding strong. Image courtesy of Wellborn Cabinets

Classic Black and White Palette

The look may change asgraff-kitchen-1 styles evolve, but the appeal of a black-and-white kitchen never dies. It's all about high contrast — this design is from one of Dynamic Kitchens and Interiors.  You can find more pictures on this kitchen in the gallery.

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Bold color isn't the only way to create excitement. Kitchen designer Vasi Ypsilantis used these oversized light fixtures with black fabric shades from Tech Lighting to add some wow: "They're about 2 feet in diameter and are slightly larger than you would expect for the space," she says. "But they give a great sense of depth perception and create drama in a room with a typical low ceiling." The luxurious cabinets are Poggenpohl's Marsh Oak Veneer with a rich near-black stain. Image courtesy of Poggenpohl

Mix Countertop Materials

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If you're in the market for a fashion-forward countertop, granite, quartz and laminate are no longer your only choices. Wood countertops are coming on strong. This is another picture from Dynamic Kitchens and Interiors.  Alice mixed wood countertops with granite.  For more pictures on this kitchen you can go to the gallery.

Summer Party Style Ideas

House Beautiful recently had a great article on summer party style ideas.  Here are a few tips we loved and thought our clients and friends could use.  Hope your summer is going great and enjoy these tips.  For complete article click on SUMMER STYLE. Spruce up plain chairs

Craft-store ribbons made these ho-hum party chairs instantly memorable and Instagram-able. Use different colors, textures, and lengths to create an effortless, eclectic look. They're especially perfect for outdoor bashes – the ribbons flutter in the wind!

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A party with a parting gift? Yes, please. Feldman offered a single thoughtful gift – lightweight cotton blankets – and a little something extra to remember: a quote. The throws were doubly thoughtful as the outdoor soiree got chilly after the sun set. (Mine is currently draped over the back of my sofa! Instant summer-house chic!)

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A dramatic flower arrangement that's over-the-top easy: place single stems in bud vases and juice cups – or shot glasses and champagne flutes! – and scatter down the center of the table. Dahlias peak from July to October and look artful when placed in vessels of varying heights. Scatter with tea lights and short votives for extra impact.

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Heavily scented floral arrangements are a dinner party faux pas (sorry, lilies), but herbs are more than welcome. Our hostess bundled a small sachet with twine and placed it top of each place setting. Nearly every single guest picked it up to enjoy the scent up close.

gallery-1468355085-img-1776Bring the cozy outside.

Using indoor elements, like rugs, couches and place settings, make an outdoor dining area seem inviting and intimate. A rug – indoor, outdoor, or even an old one beyond repair – really completes a dining table tableau and makes it feel homey.

Summer Colors and How to Use Them

Summer is the perfect time to break out fresh color in your home. Get designers’ picks for the top shades of the summer, plus learn how to use each hue for maximum impact.  For more color picks from HGTV.com please go click HERE! By: Tobi Fairley and Allie Holcomb

The Color: Seaworthy Coralcoral

Where to Use It: As one of the sea's most vibrant hues, coral is a standout shade no matter where you use it. Accessories are a natural fit for this accent color, whether it's a pillow sham or a throw for the foot of the bed. For a bigger statement, why not add an unexpected twist by pairing this punchy color with white for a striped ceiling?

The Color: Sunny Yellow

Where to Use It: Hello, yellow! This bright, happy color can't help but bring a smile to your face. Artwork and accent pillows are two simple ways to let the "sunshine" in to your room. To make the color pop even more, pair it with a soft neutral, such as gray or white.

The Color: Sky Blue

Where to Use It: Just like the sky itself, this shade of blue has a serene, calming presence. "I like to use it in healthy doses on furniture, drapery panels and large accessories," says interior designer Tobi Fairley. It can bring the same quieting effect to a bedroom, sitting room or any space where you like to relax and unwind.

The Color: Crisp White

Where to Use It: Like laundry draped across a clothesline, a brilliant white can give any space a fresh, clean look. Use white as a neutral backdrop, and then accessorize with accent pieces in your favorite colors, or create a monochromatic design by enveloping the room in an all-white palette.

The Color: Refreshing Lime

Where to Use It: You know how a hint of lime makes everything – from salsa to a cocktail – just a bit better? The color can have the same effect on a room. Use it as a highlight accent, like the bookcase backdrop shown here, then bring in smaller accessories in the same color to complete the look.

The Color: Water's Edge Bluewaters edge blue

Where to Use It: No matter where you live, nothing is as inviting as a cool body of water on a summer day. Get the same feeling in your living areas by immersing the room in this cool shade. For a dramatic effect, use the color on upholstered pieces, drapery panels and accessories.

The Color: Tropical Pink

Where to Use It: Combine a touch of sweetness and a splash of sass, and you’ve got this fabulous shade of pink. “Hot pink is always a great color to add impact and spice to a space,” says interior designer Bronwyn Poole. “It’s not as polarizing as baby pink and easily tones with other colors.” Bronwyn suggests sourcing a textile that has tropical pink as the base cloth with a multicolored print on top.

The Color: Nautical Navy

Where to Use It: If you follow fashion trends, you may have noticed navy is one of the hottest "new neutrals." Just like black, white and gray, navy can create a statement without overpowering a room. Pair it with bold colors, such as red or pink, to create style-setting combos. Want to follow the nautical trend? Consider using it in a striped pattern like the rug shown here.

The Color: Fresh-Squeezed Orangefresh squeezed orange

Where to Use It: Whether it's juice from a roadside stand or cool sherbet on a hot day, orange has long been the color of summer. For a quick spruce-up, add orange or tangerine throw pillows to a neutral couch. If you're a true fan of the juicy color, add statement pieces such as painted side tables or a sideboard.

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