6 Spots for a Second Kitchen Sink

As floor plans have opened up, kitchens have evolved into the main family and entertaining spaces in our homes. With that comes more traffic, and a greater need to use that space wisely.

A great way to make a high-use kitchen work a lot better is to add a second kitchen sink. The trick is finding the right spot, which depends on how your kitchen factors into your lifestyle. Check out our six suggestions for where to put that second kitchen sink, and see what will work for you.

Double Kitchen Sinks

    1. Island/Peninsula Prep Station:One of the main reasons for adding a second sink is the convenience of separate prep and cleaning spaces, so adding a sink on the island makes perfect sense. This gives you space to prep without having to fight with dirty dishes as they pile up while you prepare a meal for your family or guests. If you’re working with a peninsula, consider a sink that you can access from either side of the peninsula to help address traffic concerns in the kitchen. While we’re on the subject, it’s worth mentioning that pull-down faucets are the efficient—and stylish—choice for those who spend a lot of time in the kitchen.
    2. Work Station:If you’re working with a smaller space, or don’t have an island, consider a single bowl kitchen sink in a secondary work space. Make sure you’ve got a little counter space on either side and use this as your prep sink, keeping your main sink for washing and cleanup.
    3. Baking Station:Baking is a messy affair. Adding a sink at your baking station allows you to keep the mess in one area, rather than spreading it out all over the kitchen.
    4. Coffee Station:As our collective love of coffee grows, so does the amount of equipment and space needed to supply our habit. A second sink allows all things coffee-centric to happen in one place. It can also come in handy after dinner and dessert have been served, the kitchen is piled with dishes and you just need to get the coffee going.
    5. Party Station/Wet Bar:If you entertain a lot, you know better than anyone how people tend to gather in the kitchen. Rather than fight it, consider a wet bar station with a second sink. Keep it separate from the prep and cleaning stations and you can comfortably get the work done and get the party started without your guests getting in the way.

Entertainment Sink

  1. Pot-filling Station:We install a lot of pot-filling faucets on the backsplash behind the cooktop. They’re very handy, and keep you from having to carry—and spill—large pots of water for cooking. Why not install a second sink near the cooktop instead and simply make sure the faucets and fixtures will also accommodate your large pots?

Have any other ideas for clever uses for second sinks? We’d love to hear them!

***Kerrie Kelly is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers, and has won numerous awards for her home design creativity. Kerrie is the author of Home Decor: A Sunset Design Guide and writes about interior designs, including kitchens and kitchen sink design, for Home Depot. Home Depot’s selection of kitchen sinks can be found on the company’s website.

 

5 Perfect Rooms for a Home Gym in the New Year

Still keeping up with your resolution for the New Year? For most of us, this includes a plan to be more active, healthy, and physically fit. What better form of motivation than a gym right in your own home? Turn one of these rooms in your home into a gym:

Have extra storage room in your Garage? Fill it with your favorite gym equipment!

Home Gym Garage

A finished Basement may be another great option for your new home gym. (Maybe you could work out while waiting for the laundry to finish!)

Home Gym Basement

Upstairs, a great, unused space may be the Loft or a bonus room that everyone has easy access to:

Home Gym Loft

Want to be motivated to work out right when you wake up? Why not add a home gym right in Bedroom?

Home Gym Bedroom

Try adding a stationary bike or treadmill to a room that overlooks your Balcony. It’s good for fresh air, a nicer view than the TV screen and you’ll feel like you’re running outside!

Home Gym Balcony

 

We’d love to hear your other ideas for great home gyms!

Home Organization Rules

Now that we have celebrated the New Year, it’s time to start working on those new year’s resolutions.  One of the most popular resolutions for 2015 is to “Get Organized”.  Getting organized can be a very daunting task and can quickly become overwhelming.  However, if you think about organizing your home as “centers”, it’ll quickly turn into a fun and enjoyable task.  By this time next year, you’ll be a pro at keeping your home organized!

Pick a Place for Everything

It’s an old saw, but it still cuts: “A place for everything, and everything in its place” is a watchword for true home organization. Possessions, like people, need homes. Find them that home, defend their turf with labels, dividers and organizers, and you’ve won most of the battle for an organized home.

Be creative when it comes to finding homes for household stuff and rearrange your thinking. So what if stores sell towels in matched sets of three? Break up the trio and store them where they’re needed: hand towels stacked in washrooms near living areas; bath towels and washcloths in the bathroom where they’re most used. Don’t hide pizza coupons and take-out menus away in a kitchen drawer where they’ll get forgotten: store them in a folder near the phone where they’ll be most useful.

Home organizations

Bring the Family on Board

Getting organized is not simply a matter of domestic real estate; it’s an integrated process involving all members of the household. Any organizing scheme or system will fail unless all family members understand it and can follow it. Bring the family on board as you organize your stuff and your surroundings. For example, when organizing where to put items in the kitchen, store plates, bowls and unbreakable glasses in low cabinets. Younger family members can set the table only if they can reach the dishware; by storing tableware in an accessible place for them, you’ll be helping all of the family to help you.

Create Centers for Household Activities

Looking for a model of a well-organized home? Head back to preschool! Preschool teachers are model organizers because they have to be. Without a plan for classroom structure, 18 or 20 energetic little people could create plaything havoc in mere moments.

To keep their schoolroom running smoothly, preschool teachers apply the concept of “centers”: dedicated areas for a single activity, like blocks, dress-up or sand play, with storage for all the playthings required by that activity. In the playhouse, kitchen toys, pots, and pans encourage role-playing; at the art table, paper, paints and brushes are within easy reach. At pick-up time, children know to return costumes to the dress-up pole and park the trucks in the “parking lot” storage area.

On the domestic front, you can set up centers that work the same way, to focus and support the everyday activities that are carried on in the home.

Home organization 2

Read more about the different centers for your home. 

Source: HGTV.com

 

A Happy New Year Begins at Home

As we celebrate the end of another year, we look ahead to an even better and brighter New Year. We may have a variety of hopes for the upcoming year but one wish we can all agree on is that of happiness. And what is a great source of happiness in our daily lives? Our home.

Our home gives us a sense of comfort at the end of the day. Our home is where we feel at peace and can relax with our loved ones. We share endless laughter, delicious meals, and priceless memories. Our home is where we are happiest.

So starting from home, let’s make a 2015 a happier, healthier year.

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Unique Holiday Wrapping Paper Right in Your Home!

Oh no! Did you forget to grab wrapping paper at the store?

Sometimes when you’re wrapping gifts, it’s fun to use wrapping paper that actually isn’t “technically” wrapping paper! If you’re in a hurry, want to be creative or simply just forgot to pick up wrapping paper at the store, there are always great things around your home that can be used instead.

Can’t think of any ideas? Don’t worry, here are some of our favorite gift wrapping ideas.

Old Maps

Haven’t been using the maps in your car? Maps make great wrapping paper. Maybe there is a special city that reminds you of the person you’re gifting? Call it out when you’re wrapping your gift to make it even more special!

Map Wrapping Paper

Cookbook Recipes

Many of us have someone among our family and friends that absolutely loves to cook. How fun would it be to give them a gift completely wrapped in recipes from your favorite cookbooks? Careful – they may be so busy reading the recipes that they forget to open the gift.

Personalized Recipe Wrapping Paper

Plain White Paper

Who says your wrapping needs to be colorful? For kids, the fun might be making their own wrapping paper. Wrap their gift in all white paper and ask them to create their own wrapping paper before opening their gift! Attach crayons to make it fun and easy for them to do!

Color Me Wrapping Paper

Love music?

Sheet music makes really fun wrapping paper and looks really classy when giving it as a gift! If you’re really lucky and happen to have Holiday sheet music lying around, pick out your favorite songs to wrap your gifts in.Sheet Music Wrapping Paper

Word Search Paper

Utilize word search paper as your wrapping paper and attach a red marker to the package so they can start searching. Want to make it even more fun? Tell those that you’re gifting that they have to find a certain word before they can open their gift! You could even time them!Word Search Wrapping Paper

Brown Bags

Reuse, Recycle! Most likely you’re doing some shopping at grocery stores during the holidays. Ask for paper instead of plastic and use those bags as your wrapping paper. Want to add a personal touch? Use a sharpie to draw your bows and gift tags instead of using real ones!Brown Bag Wrapping Paper

Need more ideas? Check out our Pinterest boards for additional ideas.

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