Author Archive | Nicole

Autumn nature concept. Fall fruit on wood.

Embracing Fall Colors in Interior Design

Pumpkins are growing in their patches, the smell of cinnamon has just begun to season the air, and the summer heat has faded. Fall is just around the corner, and those with a taste for interior decorating are sure to enjoy the wealth of design opportunities the season will bring with it. In honor of […]

Copper in the kitchen

How Copper Can Make Your Kitchen Extraordinary

Copper is a true kitchen classic, used for centuries as a material for sinks, oven hoods, and cookware. Its latest incarnations include design elements like backsplashes, counter tops, lighting and accents for custom cabinets. The growing popularity of this classic yet striking metal can be attributed to a number of factors. First, its unique look, […]

Arbor Mills Modern Bathroom Vanity

Extraordinary Bathroom Vanities

In a sense, the vanity is the centerpiece of any bathroom – the focal point that ties the overall design scheme together. The reason for this is part functional, part aesthetic. From a strictly functional point of view, this unassuming piece of furniture is the place where all manner of activities, from teeth brushing to […]

Mountain luxury home with wood kitchen and granite countertop.

Create the Perfect Open Floor Plan Kitchen

Dividing homes into distinctly separate rooms became a common practice in the 1990s. Over the past few years, the trend has gone in the opposite direction, with an increasing number of homeowners showing a preference for open floor plans. An open floor plan consists of one or more large rooms that function as multiple rooms […]

Custom kitchen cabinetry in crisp whites and warm wood tones

Nine Ideas to Make Mother’s Day Brunch Delicious

Sometimes the best Mother’s Day gift is time and effort spent on preparing a brunch she will love. Taking her out to eat is fun, but the personal approach of cooking and serving the meal yourself is the epitome of thoughtful. And the endeavor does not have to become time consuming or difficult. Custom kitchen […]

Festive Ideas to Celebrate Arbor Day

It can be easy to take trees for granted. They have been a presence on earth since before the evolution of the human race, and they are found in nearly every corner of the world. Yet their importance cannot be overestimated. Their benefits include energy, water and soil conservation, climate change prevention or reduction and […]

Furniture Island with Wood Top By Arbor Mills

Nine Absolutely Essential Kitchen Amenities

While for many years the kitchen was viewed as a place of industry, a room in which to carry on the business of cooking and serving meals, in recent years it has transformed into a vital living area – and with transitional kitchens becoming a trend, many families now consider it the heart of the […]

Skip the Kit: Dye Easter Eggs with Natural Items

It is nearly impossible to think about Easter without conjuring images of brightly dyed eggs. They are as synonymous with the holiday as the Easter Bunny himself. There are a number of different theories, all fascinating, about how dyeing eggs became such an integral practice for the Easter holiday. Many cultures view eggs as symbols […]

10 Festive, Fun St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

While tradition is certainly worthy of appreciation, deviating from the requisite St. Patrick’s Day dishes like corned beef and cabbage can provide a fresh take and enhance the celebratory feeling. Plus, you can make use of ingredients you already have in your kitchen cabinets. You will feel blessed with the luck of the Irish when […]

Extraordinary Kitchen Islands: Design Ideas

Once considered a nice bonus feature, but certainly not standard, kitchen islands have become an essential design element in the minds of the vast majority of homeowners. Browse real estate listings and you will find that they are as desirable as kitchen cabinets with a high-end finish. And they have evolved a great deal from […]