Wednesday, November 4, 2015

5 Kitchen Must-Haves for Every Holiday Season

It's official.
We are three weeks away from Thanksgiving - three weeks, can you believe it?
Coincidentally, at MFI, our reason for the season is three-fold:
And not necessarily always in that order. 
Today, we are sharing our top 5 kitchen must-haves for the holiday season that you simply can't live without.
(Alright, you can surely live without them but you we can promise you aren't going to want to!)

1. Dramatic (& Varied) Lighting
Adequate lighting is key when you're busy with meal prep and entertaining.
Not to mention, switching out light fixtures and adding new ones to your current layout is an easy way to completely change the look and feel of your space without having to commit to a costly kitchen remodel.

PS - that island!
2. Dual Ovens and Warming Drawers
Of course you can get by with one oven, but having two makes a world of difference when Aunt Jo shows up with her famous casserole dish that requires baking and the turkey is still busy roasting.

PS - a warming drawer will help keep your sides warm while you wait on the bird and they're perfect for families who have a super hectic weekly schedule. Make the meal, throw it in the warmer and everyone can eat when they're ready.

3. Pot Filler Faucet
Fill 'er up and set 'er down with a pot filler faucet that's conveniently situated right above your burners.

4. Large Island
A super-sized island serves as the perfect spot for rigorous meal prep and nonstop entertaining.
Incorporate ample seating so that your guests can relax and mingle as you whip up those mashed potatoes.

(note another fancy kitchen addition seen here - the double fridge and freezer!)

A large island AND double ovens!

Marie Flanigan Interiors

5. Kitchen Wet Bar
We all know that when you're hosting a family gathering, everyone congregates in the kitchen and near the bar. 
Go ahead and make life easier on everyone and set up a bar in the kitchen.
Guests can easily mix drinks and you won't have to make a trip to the other room to refill the ice bucket.

You can use an existing nook/counter as seen here.

Lovely open shelving to show off all of your crystal.

Another fun idea for the holidays?
Consider changing up your oven vent hood and opt for one with a mantel.
You could hang a wreath, display your heirloom holiday serving ware or adorn the mantel with a fresh, simple pine garland.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

ORANGE {Fall's Signature Color & How To Make It Work}

Vibrant, amusing, spirited, intense.
We love the passionate vibe orange brings to just about everything it touches,
but we've found that most people struggle with how and when to use this fiery little hue. 

 As with most things interior design, there are no set rules when it comes to sporting orange in your home (That's not necessarily true of what you sport on your body - don't go out and buy just any old flame-colored frock. Make sure to choose a shade of orange that complements your unique skin tone.), but here's our tip:

When using orange in large quantities, go with a rustier shade that boasts an earthy undertone to keep things moody and relaxed. When using orange as an accent color, go ahead and play with more vivid hues that will pop against the rest of the room's color story.

As always, when it comes to paint, test colors out before you paint an entire room;
your home's unique dose of natural light will affect every color on the wheel.

Need some inspiration?
Here are a few sensational things, places and spaces that get orange right:

Schumacher Shagreen Wallcovering

Only for the bold of heart: Orange lacquer ceilings!