Paradise on a Kitchen Island

June 23, 2014 § Leave a comment

Tips and tricks to make this versatile culinary accessory work for your kitchen

Kitchen islands supply that much-needed extra counter space

Think about a typical dinner at your house. Do you approach the meal with ease, always able to find the tools you need to prepare your chosen dish, or are you always frustrated because there’s simply not enough room for you and your family to comfortably work around each other? If the latter sounds familiar, it may be time to install a kitchen island. These fixtures provide additional counter and storage space in a variety of styles that work in any kitchen.

Fixed Islands

This island layout is most often seen in open-plan kitchens. It functions as an extension of your existing counter space. Islands typically stand in the center of the kitchen and may be square, rectangular, L-shaped or a customized shape that fits the space available. Underneath, there’s enough room for cabinets and drawers or even a miniature refrigerator or wine cooler. Large, lengthy fixed islands can be paired with counter-height stools or bar chairs to create an extra eating area that’s perfect for breakfast, snacks or parties.

Rolling Islands

If you’re always going here and there in the kitchen, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to take the countertop with you? Kitchen islands on rolling castors are the answer when you need mobile counter space. In addition to allowing you to prep food in any part of the room, these islands often include storage space such as cabinets, drawers, slots for knives, and hooks for hanging other utensils. A movable kitchen island is also a great asset if you like to cook outside in the summer; simply roll it out onto the patio when prep time comes around and bring it back inside when the meal is over.

Island Tables

Putting kitchen islands and dining tables together creates a unique layout that gives your kitchen a compact yet comfortable feeling. You might consider adding an extendable table to your existing kitchen island or putting in a kitchen island that can function as a table with the addition of chair or bench seating. Both save space without compromising the design or the size of preparation area they provide. Working-height tables are tall like countertops but have the style of a dining table so you get the best of both worlds. This may be the best option when you have a small kitchen or dining area that needs more work space.

You can’t really go wrong when you add a kitchen island to your home. Visit Cardi’s online to see our selection of these beautiful, versatile fixtures, or come and visit our MA and RI furniture stores for a closer look.


Entertaining IQ: Raise the Bar on Home Décor

June 19, 2014 § Leave a comment

Bars are great functional and stylish pieces for entertaining guests

Once an essential in stylish new homes, the wet bar is no longer a standard part of every floor plan. While you might not have one in your house right now, a bar can substantially increase the entertainment value of your space while providing extra storage. Choosing a wet bar and coordinating stools or chairs is a great way to bring something new to your home without breaking the bank.

Raising the Bar in Your Home

Renovating an unused wet bar in your home or installing a new wet bar can provide an easy way to make over a kitchen or entertaining area by adding a piece to your home that’s fun and useful. Because wet bars are incredibly functional, you can get use out of one even if you don’t plan to serve alcoholic drinks from it. Completing a wet bar area with a sink and small refrigerator makes serving drinks and small food items to dinner and party guests a breeze.

The Right Bar, the Right Place

If you’ve decided that you’d like to add a wet bar to your home or make over your current bar area, you’re likely tempted to head right out to your local furniture stores and start shopping. Before you check out all the wet bars to be found in MA and RI, take some time to decide where and how you’ll use a bar. Picking a location is key because you’ll need to take precise measurements and decide what color paint or finish will best coordinate with your space.

After you’ve picked a location for your wet bar, take time to think of how you’ll arrange everything. You might want to back your bar up against a sink area to allow for easy washing of drink glasses. Perhaps you’d prefer to situate your bar against a wall and invite your guests to mix drinks for themselves. Choosing the right placement for your bar requires choosing a layout that will complement your current decor scheme without taking up too much space.

In addition to picking a striking bar, you should also think about seating. If you’re placing your wet bar in an area with a lot of open space, you might consider using bistro tables and chairs to add extra seating. If you’re focused on saving space while adding function, either go without chairs or opt for barstools. In addition to adding seating for parties, barstools and wet bars can also double as a fun breakfast or brunch spot.

A wet bar can add functionality and entertainment value to any home. Explore your wet bar options today when you stop by and chat with the friendly, decor-wise professionals at Cardi’s. Contact us today.

Dining Table Solutions for Small Spaces

June 13, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Decorating small rooms calls for creativity. Sure, you’ll often hear that smaller rooms need light colors and small furniture, but why settle for following bland rules when you can create a spectacular presentation by breaking them? A case in point is the dining room. Whether you have a corner in a studio apartment, a dining nook in your kitchen or a cozy little dining room in an equally snug home, you can create a fabulous look that lives much larger than its size simply by making the right selections.

First, consider the table. While a rectangle may be the usual choice for a dining room table, think beyond the ordinary. Giving the room the illusion of greater space, a round table is a nice counterpoint to the straight lines of walls and floors. This shape also accommodates the surprise extra guest quite easily.

For an even more spacious feel, try a drop-leaf table. Although drop-leaf tables come in many different styles and shapes, they all have side panels that collapse when not in use and instantly shorten the length of the table. The big advantage here is versatility. With the leaves down, the table can become a side table, a serving table or even a bistro table just for two. Raise the leaves, and you have a more expansive, inviting surface for dinner parties.

You might also consider a table with removal leaves. Created to expand for the seating of extra people and to contract at other times, this table can do double duty as a card table or game table. Taking innovation a bit further, you might also use this table without the leaves as a workspace, effectively turning your dining room into an office as needed.

The table you select for your dining room has to work for the ways you use that room, accommodate your entertainment habits, and most importantly of all, reflect your personal design aesthetic. Whatever appeals to you is what’s right. It all begins with the table.

Are you unsure of where to begin? For more tips on decorating small dining rooms, stop by one of the Cardi’s Furniture showrooms in MA or RI. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff will use their decorating expertise to help you navigate our impressive variety of dining furniture and make the absolute most out of your space. You can also browse our inventory online.

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