Due to a series of unfortunate events, we had the opportunity last year to change some things in our kitchens. The first thing on my opportunity list was to free up some countertop space by getting a microwave drawer. There are a few things you need to know if you are considering buying one and want to do it right.
Here are some tips on adding a microwave drawer to your kitchen so you can be happy with your choice for years to come.
Measure the space available for the microwave drawer before purchasing to make sure it will fit into your kitchen.
You don’t want to buy a microwave drawer only to find out that it won’t fit. Measure the width of your space, as well as its height and depth. Having this information at hand before you go shopping will help ensure that you get what you need. In our case, we were getting cabinet bases built so the carpenter used the manufacturer’s specifications to build a custom cabinet.
Consider the wattage of the microwave drawer.
Firstly to ensure it is powerful enough to cook your food properly. Also, most microwave drawers have to be on their own circuit, which may require additional wiring that would need to be completed by a licensed electrician.
Under-counter microwave ovens can be installed in a kitchen where there is adequate space.
If you are installing a microwave drawer, make sure there is adequate clearance at the top of your cabinet. Check the manufacturer’s specifications for minimal placement guidelines.
Cabinet Paint Color: Sherwin Williams Naval 6244
The microwave drawer may seem like a luxury item, but it really can help to save you space. If you have the counter space and storage, it’s worth considering. Definitely give it a try if you are growing tired of your current kitchen setup! Be Well-Omniley
I love the Chinoiserie design, and decorating my home that way has become a tradition of mine. But since I’m a minimalist in decorating, I decided to spread the chinoiserie love during Christmas and integrated the theme into my Chinoiserie Christmas tree this year. This post will show you how I’ve decorated my tree in an elegant Chinese style using the most gorgeous shade of blue ribbons, gold ornaments, dried hydrangeas, and fake candlesticks.
I’m a big believer in the power of color, and blue is my favorite. I’ve used this color throughout my home as it’s such an elegant and soothing shade that can create a relaxing atmosphere for you to unwind after a long day.
I decided to use a light shade of blue ribbon for my Christmas tree. The color complements the gold ornaments and dried hydrangeas well and makes them stand out even more. As for other decorations, I used ornate gold ornaments. They were perfect for this type of Christmas tree. I also added a few fake candlesticks to the mix, and they helped me create an elegant grandmillennial style.
The gold and blue combination are not only elegant, but it’s also very chic. I love how this Christmas tree turned out. It looks festive and stylish, which is exactly what I was going for!
There is no right way or wrong way to decorate your Christmas tree; the most important thing is to decorate with items you love and can enjoy for many Christmas to come. Be creative, be thoughtful, and enjoy the season! Omniley
See the below step-by-step video on how to recreate this look!
I know we are still waiting on Halloween, but Christmas trees are already going fast this year! Christmas trees are probably one of the biggest (pun intended) staples in holiday celebrations. There is something so exciting about having a big beautiful Christmas tree in your living room with twinkling lights and ornaments. Christmas trees go with all occasions, be it when some special friends or family are coming over for Christmas dinner or when your child wants to put on a school play and needs to practice acting like a tree.
Christmas Trees We’ve Had Over the Years
Our first Christmas tree was a small, fake one that we got from Dollar General. It was a little bit crooked, but we didn’t care because it was our first one. So in 2016, when we moved into our forever home, we decided to buy a real tree for the first time. We went to our local nursery and picked out a 10-foot Noble Fir. It was beautiful, smelled amazing, and was perfect for our home.
If you are looking for a beautiful, durable, and unique countertop material, then quartzite countertop is the right choice. Quartzite is a natural stone that comes in many different colors and patterns. No two slabs are identical because this is a natural stone. Although it is a natural stone, it is very hard and durable.
It has the hardness of granite and marble combined, which makes this a great choice for your kitchen countertop. Quartzite can be installed in any type of setting—from an island to traditional cabinetry.
After looking at numerous granite and quartz slabs, I stumbled upon the quartzite selection, and I was amazed at the uniqueness and beauty of each slab. It didn’t take me too long to lock my decision on Yosemite Falls Quartzite it is such a beauty.
Now the truth about quartzite countertop…
Quartzite is a very porous material and is not naturally stain-resistant. The best way to maintain your quartzite countertop is by sealing it with a special sealer. This will help prevent stains from penetrating the stone and make cleaning easier.
The initial seal is usually performed by your installer or fabricator. They will use a heavy-duty sealant that likely requires a professional. You can test your countertop to see if it has been sealed by placing a drop of water on the countertop. If it beads up like Rain-X on a windshield, it’s sealed; if it completely disappears and permeates the stone, it likely has not been sealed.
I use TriNova as a daily cleaner, polisher, and sealer for my quartzite countertop. This is a great product to have on hand as it does a good job of cleaning and polishing granite, marble, and other natural stones.
You should avoid using abrasive cleaners or scouring pads, as these can scratch the surface of quartzite. If you have a spill or stain on your quartzite countertop, use a soft cloth to wipe off any food particles, then rinse with water and dry it off completely.
If you have a deep stain on your quartzite countertop, it’s best to use a special stone cleaner to remove the stain. I use Stonetech Oil Remover for any stain that doesn’t come out with regular soap and water. If you don’t have a similar product, try using a poultice made of baking soda and water. Remember to reseal the countertop after using the oil stain remover as it removes all the existing sealant.
Quartzite Slab Thickness Variation
If you are replacing an existing countertop, it is important to know that quartzite is naturally occurring, and the 2 cm and 3 cm are just a guide if you need a certain thickness to measure your countertop. We, unfortunately, didn’t know this and replaced our 3 cm quartz with what we thought was 3 cm quartzite, and we ended up having to have our backsplash re-done because of this variation.
The reason for the variation is that quartzite is naturally occurring and mined from the earth. The stone is formed in layers, and sometimes there are gaps between those layers. This can make it difficult to get a uniform thickness throughout your quartzite slab. You can see in our photo the issue with our countertop.
We’ve only had our countertops for about 3 months, so I am still in the beginner stage, but the beauty of the countertops gets me every time I walk into my kitchen.
When considering what would best suit your needs, there is a plethora of options to choose from. The material, thickness of the stone, and color should all be taken into consideration when selecting your new countertop. You can confidently make the right decision that will last you a lifetime through patience and research. Be Well-Omniley
Today’s post is all about my porch decor for fall.
I love decorating my porch for fall! I have always enjoyed decorating for the seasons, and this is one of my favorite times to do it. I have found adding some fall colors with mums, marigolds, and pumpkins embraces the oncoming season. I also like to bring out the reds and oranges of the leaves with a few large leaf arrangements.
Seasonal decorating is a fun way to add some spice to your home. It’s also a great way to get into the holiday spirit.
I am a sucker for all things pumpkins, so when I saw these adorable pumpkins at Marshalls, I had to grab them. I think they complement my bed swing well.
Pumpkins are one of the most affordable decorations you can use in your outdoor space. They come in all shapes and sizes, so finding one that fits your decor will be easy. If you want something more unique than the typical round pumpkin, try an oblong shape or even a mini gourd!
Mums are another great way to add color to your porch bed swing for fall! You can plant them in pots on your porch railing or place them in decorative baskets next to your swing.
I have a porch swing that my husband and son made for me a few years ago (check out the DIY). It’s very special to me. I try not to cover it up with too many items, but I like adding some fall touches, such as these pumpkins and throw. I also have a few pumpkins on the front porch, and some fall decorations. I love to decorate for the holidays, so I like to add some touches that will last all season long.
What do you think? Do you love the idea as I do? Are you looking forward to fall and all of the activities it has to offer? I think my favorite part of fall is decorating my porch. I love creating unique ways to decorate it so that it’s not the same old porch from year to year. What are some of your favorite aspects of fall, and what are you planning on doing during this wonderful time of year? Be Well-Omniley
Sharing my first fall tablescape of the year. for our first autumn dinner. I will change it to my traditional pottery collection salad plates closer to Thanksgiving. I also added some seasonal fruit to our tablescape this year, including Barlett pears and black grapes. I will never avoid blue and white, but I love natural tones more and more. So I decided to add wood pumpkins for a great contrast.
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Not quite in the fall mood yet? Check out my PUMPKIN BREADrecipe, which will surely get you into pumpkin season. As always, Thank you for stopping by my page. Be sure to follow me on all my social media handles. Be Well.
Love a beautiful floral arrangement, but not the price tag that comes with it. I've seen some arrangements that cost almost $500.
Prep Time5 minutes
Active Time20 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Shell Planter (or planter of choice)
1-2 orchids real/fake
1 staghorn fern or bird's nest fern real/fake
Coco Basket Liner, round
Cut coco basket liner to the shape of the planter.
Add a layer of potting soil for the base
Remove plants from the container and plant them in a container. Cover with soil. Note: if you are using fake plants break them carefully from the original container unless they will fit flush in your new planter.
Lastly, cover with Spanish moss, and voila.
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