5 Top Kitchen Storage Tips

5 Top Kitchen Storage Tips

We don’t always get spacious open kitchen, but we all need to cook nice homemade meals and food no matter you live in big mansion or tiny apartment. We all need the basic whiteware, cooking utensils, dining sets, herbs, spices and all sorts of kitchen accessories.

It’s okay to keep them all, but it is not okay if you don’t keep them tidy. You sure need to believe, if you already find yourself hard to turn around in piles of cluttered kitchen, then you just won’t be able to make nice steamy food of your dream home.

First thing you need to know about kitchen storage is that it does NOT mean to hide away everything and make it look all cleared.  It is about the great balance of appearance and convenience, how things are supposed to have their own places and in certain order for them to look nice.

So lets go through few tips on kitchen storage:

1.  Get them on the wall

Use your kitchen wall wisely, hang up the utensils, add on floating shelf or wall mounted storage shelves. Easiest way would be installing some metal rods or racks then use as many as S-shaped hooks to hang anything that can be hooked.

For the rest that doesn’t come with handle, shelves with flat top would be best.  Store your tea sets, coffee beans, spices and maybe something green as decorations. This extra open and flat area boosts convenience where you could see and get things you need in seconds. Magnetic knife holder is another great tool to have, tiny in size that would only take up small wall space but it allows you to stick metal tools on the wall effortless.

2. Categorised and designated areas

Just like you won’t find a book in your fridge, your kitchen items should have their own designated place to be too. Categorise them upon their purpose? Baking accessories should be grouped together, utensils should be hanged side by side, cutleries should be stored in one single drawer, seasoning all grouped up on a spice rack stand, snacks in the cupboard …etc.

Stack things up whenever possible, plates, saucers, bowls pots and so on. Remember you want to store things vertically instead of horizontally spread out.  By grouping stuff together it also helps you to find things you need much faster, just like supermarket shelves categories.

If storing spices and food ingredients in open area, using same or similar style of containers would be a great idea – it is one of the tips I found most useful for me.  It would help on general appearance by retaining consistency.  Oh! Remember to think about if the food you are storing away is light-sensitive though, as in this case you would want something non-transparent and air tight.

3. storage containers

Internal storage is just as important this includes your cupboard spaces, drawers and even fridge. You don’t want to open the cupboard and risk of something falls off – gets worse if you have kids at home. Make good use of assorted food containers! They are amazing and sometimes magical.

The store-away items should be categorised just as above. Food ingredients best stored away with container sets and they are most likely stackable now.

I’d like to apply this particularly in the fridge as the smell of the fridge could be one of the most horrible thing ever. Don’t know about you, but I find this image is a great example and soooothing! You want to separate meat and eggs and avoid direct contact with other food to prevent food contamination, mostly I just hate the idea of how germs (which have most numbers on meat and fish) could be easily passed onto something else in the fridge. Also think again about smell, exposed fish meat? Not a great idea even wrapped up in cling wrap.  Personally, I would choose glass containers over plastic, since you don’t need to carry them around, it is okay for them to carry a bit of weight. Glass containers are much more easy to clean, leaves no stain, dishwasher safe (for sanitise purpose) and less likely to smell, it also lasts forever!

4. Use corner spaces

You might have blind spots you never use in your kitchen, it might be the tiny corners or simply too small to have any shelving.  These spaces can be useful when you find the right way. Maybe nail up some clothes hooks to hang your apron and tea towels? Maybe mount up a cling wrap paper towel dispenser to add on much more convenience?

5. Kitchen Storage Shelves

Use of kitchen storage shelves would be the most handy and effective way to get more storage spaces sorted.  You would once again see the application of vertical storage as the fundamental idea. For the kitchen that doesn’t come with built-in microwave space, this is a great solution too. These shelves are also super awesome when you have extra kitchen appliance – if you are a baker at home, where would you put your mixer, beater, mixing bowls and all sorts of cool stuff? Try to leave most heavy things and stuff that you use most often on lower shelves, considering convenience and safety.

 

Terracotta Warriors….As Your Home Furniture

Terracotta Warriors….As Your Home Furniture

 

Happy New Year 2019!!! I hope you all had a wonderful holidays, got to go somewhere and had lots of laughter.

This summer, Te Papa museum has an very interesting exhibition:

Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality

Here’s brief info about it:

This landmark exhibition features eight warriors standing 180 centimetres tall, and two full-size horses from the famous terracotta army – as well as two half-size replica bronze horse-drawn chariots.

Also on display are more than 160 exquisite works of ancient Chinese art made from gold, jade, and bronze. The works date from the Western Zhou to the Han dynasties (1046 BCE – 220 CE), and were found in imperial tombs in and around China’s ancient capital, Xi’an.

While you might be familiar of what terracotta is but you would have NO IDEA on what it is like when they happen to be in your room and even became part of your bedroom furniture!

There was a hotel review being posted online recently where a traveler went to Xi’an China and happened to stayed in terracotta themed hotel.

HAHAHAHA! Seriously?! You won’t believe this and I hope you don’t laugh too hard about his experience:


The moment you turn on the light, this is what you see, they all stares at you….to welcome you….

to……welcome you….

Enter the bedroom….to find four warriors staring at you right next to your bed.  Now you may never feel such wide awake before…..

“How was your sleep dude.”

The other room had five of terracotta warriors right above your head, yea…you kinda have them as your headboard.

“Go head and sleep tight, we will be guarding you!”

Or even better – your bed could be sitting on top of tens of these little terracotta…..and they don’t seem to have hands…

“Sweet dreams!”

Would you be happy to take the flower?

Or you may not mind how they just show up like this…

Look around you and find yourself in need of turning the bedside lamp on, only to discover woah! A terracotta warrior on its knee and the lamp….seemed to be its helmet.

So here’s the question, exactly how many of them are there in the room?!

Take the full view in the living room won’t you?

After the tour so far you might just want to chill in the bathroom and splash some fresh cold water on your face, only to discover…..

The great wall art right in your sight……you surely won’t feel alone in the shower!

Best of all, you get these two staring right at you when you are doing your business…..look at it as per part of….cheer leading?

If you really can’t sleep, just get up and go around in the room, you will find terracotta in various sizes at different places just like hide-and-seek game.

If you sleep with the lights on, you get to see lots of them standing right next to you…

If you sleep with lights off, then you get to feel them looking at you and guarding you in the dark…

If you sleep facing towards them, it might creeps you out but it feels even creepier by knowing they are at the back…

The owner of the hotel says the whole idea is to create an unique theme where customers could find themselves back to dynasty Qin again.

Okay, no joke, ever since this review being posted online, the hotel became famous and hotel manager happily mentioned they got fully booked almost at all times.

I think it is quite interesting to see them outside a museum for sure while we should always respect the actual terracotta and get to know the history behind it. It would be great to visit Te Papa if you have the chance to stop by Wellington this summer.

Will you stay in this hotel on your next visit in China?

 

10 Coolest Bunk Beds Ever Kids Bedroom Ideas

10 Coolest Bunk Beds Ever Kids Bedroom Ideas

From the post about bedroom storage, we talked about the ideas of having bunk beds combining bedroom furniture and from doing all the searching, I’ve found quite a few interesting bunk bed designs that I thought it would be fun to share.

Most of them are kids room design ideas while using bunk bed as the main character of the room and wow! Kids these days do get a lot of cool stuff that we could not have imagined when we were little!

This bunk bed features a beach watch station and it is my personal favourite as it includes my most favoured elements navy stripes, anchor, rustic white and WHALES!!

I believe there are so many boys obsessed about planes and this bunk bed with slide would be one of the best place to have a daydream. Climb up and slide down, feel the wind and imagine being on an aeroplane.

Oooooooo this is a rather ‘crazy’ one – yeah…crazy for adults to look at shockingly and crazy for kids to wanting to sleep in one. I can’t even figure how many kids could fit in this room but by looking at how these beds are all connected together, slide and ball pit, I could see a sleep-over heaven!

The loft style is stunning and I reckon the highlight in this bedroom is the baby cot at the bottom of the bunks. Would totally work for families with 2 kids one being still a baby. Only downside is the bars around top bunks doesn’t look so safe to me though.

This bedroom is definitely going on the top 10 list and I am sure you would agree too. Pendant light on bedroom ceiling, pink single couch, the castle, princessy stairs, bows and ribbons…..everything you need to make a little girl cry out of joy!

Solution for getting two kids insist on having their own ‘territory’ to share one bedroom – awesome tree house bunk beds, one each!! They all get to decide what to put underneath bunk beds. How wonderful!

This bedroom would be one of my favourite too and would be a dreamy bedroom for a lot of kiwi kids I believe. A great theme to bring out our amazing New Zealand beaches for kids have passions towards surfing. Would be awesome to accompany with a star light projector at night with the open bed, urrhh I am jealous of this bed owner already!

Another awesome top sleep-over heaven! Kids always love tree houses because how private it is and they seemed to like having a daydream at higher altitudes haha. Slide looks fun again but just not the stairs though…..I am scared to climb up a rope ladder being an adult so definitely not safe for kids.

I like this bedroom idea because of how much it brought out a wooden tree theme, it makes me feel like I am sleeping inside a tree trunk in a forest. So mysterious, and I am definitely bringing over my best buddy this weekend to share this secret spot – as a child of course  XD.

I saw this one and immediately thought about ALL BOYS hahaha! I put this one at last because from what I could see, super heroes are eternal favoured and it is the most realistic amongst all. All you need is to use your creativity on decorating the bed. Even it may not be as many features as shown on the ones above, but kids would still looooove it! I would!! Toy storage or a private (but open) play room underneath the bunk bed is such a brilliant idea.

2019 Most Trendy Furniture Colours

2019 Most Trendy Furniture Colours Spring/ Summer

We finally got to embrace wonderful summer and it is a sign that a new year is about to begin soon.

Not long ago, New York Fashion Week just revealed Spring / Summer 2019 colour palette, and it’s not hard to find they share the common of being bold, passionated, energetic and very characteristic. If it can be wisely and creatively applied to internal furniture design, it could give the invigorative vibe on the first glance and it could be easy to say goodbye to boring ordinary living spaces.

PANTONE 17-1564 – Fiesta

Fiesta Red is a colour of enthusiasm and joy, it is also a colour that gives the mindset of attractive and enchantment, definitely an irresistible colour. It is in fact an orangy red colour but much more lively and modern than orange.

            

Either rendering it in large area or simply use this colour as decoration of centre piece would give you an exciting result.

              

PANTONE 19-1862 – JESTER RED

Jester Red tend to dim down quite a bit, but it is much more elegant and prudent. It is beautiful but not garish at all and is a great colour for contemporary living spaces.

               

It is one of the top decorative colour for furniture, it instantly shows the charm when being combined with neutral background.

PANTONE 15-1264  – Turmeric

Surely a colour full of strong character, instantly perks up a living space. It is created to be naturally energetic, ‘spicy’ but can be a modern choice when used as living room furniture.

             

Its warm tone allows it to be a brilliant choice of a decor or a part of background. Best application would be to use it on the leading piece of furniture in a certain room, it would give you a bright mood just like its colour.

                

PANTONE 16-1546 – Living Coral

Living Coral is a soothing gentle colour while enabling the space to be young and lively.  Great to use in girls room for its warm and dreamy characteristics.

              

It would 100% perfectly matches to white or cream colour – lovable and comfortable combination.

                   

Add a hint of blue and it would turn out to be fun and playful! One of my favourite combination!

PANTONE 18-2045 – Pink Peacock

Pink Peacock is similar to the common rose pink but it is more showy and eye-catching. A bit flaunty and full of glamour when fusing it with white, gold or navy.

                       

                     

PANTONE 17-0542 – PEPPER STEM

Refreshing colour of nature, Pepper Stem combines both green and yellow characters to result in vigorous vibe. Suitable to render in large area as a colour of wallpaper, curtains, bedding and sofa to create your own country style.