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7 Themes for Your Vacation Rental Kitchen

7 Themes for Your Vacation Rental Kitchen

When people book a vacation rental, they look for charm, relaxation, and fun. A properly themed kitchen can make the difference between a “meh” stay and an Instagram-worthy photo shoot. If you’re looking for theme ideas to design your vacation rental kitchen, you have come to the right place!

Country Cozy

One kitchen theme sure to win hearts is a cozy country theme. You can use light wooden tones on your cabinetry, open shelving, a farm sink, and charming décor complete with farm animals, wood beams, and rustic patterns. It’s a surefire way to make anyone feel instantly at home.

A Day at the Beach

Even in the middle of a Canadian winter, your beachy Montreal kitchen design can make anyone feel warm and welcome. Grab some palm trees (fake ones will do!), and add a light tan or blue for the walls. You could even give your cabinets a weathered look to really tie the beach theme together.

Ultra-Modern

One way to wow vacationers in your Cuisines Nuenza kitchen is to present an ultra-modern theme. Get the latest stainless steel appliances, minimalist art, and black cabinets with shiny chrome knobs. Your guests will feel as though they have stepped into the future and will never want to leave.

Monochromatic

One new trend for kitchen designs is to go with a monochromatic look. Choose a colour, and decorate in varying shades to give a fantastic impression. Certain colours have been known to evoke different moods: blues, grays, and violets tend to be relaxing. Reds, bright yellows, and oranges are more energizing.

Café Bistro

You can give your vacation renters a taste of café comfort with a bistro-themed kitchen. Use dark browns for the cabinets and gentle yellows for the walls to give it a small restaurant feel. Put out a selection of coffee, tea, wine, and pastries to really go the extra mile and give your guests a unique experience.

Indoor Garden

Bring the outdoors in with a garden-themed Montreal kitchen design. Use greens and whites for the cabinets and the walls to remind your renters of a small, home-tended garden. To give your kitchen that extra special something, place in-season, colourful fruits and vegetables around. An inside herb garden will really bring the experience to life.

City at Night

A unique idea for your vacation rental kitchen is to show off city nightlife in a comfortable and relaxing way. Use dark cabinet colours, light blues or yellows for the walls, and a subway tile backsplash. On the walls, showcase cityscapes of Paris, London, and, of course, Montreal. Finish it off with soft, recessed lighting and watch your renters fall in love with the space.

Need more ideas? Visit our showroom, or contact Cuisine Nuenza today!

Kid-Friendly Kitchen Design Features We Love

Kid-Friendly Kitchen Design Features We Love

The home is a busy place to be when you have children. From playtime to downtime, our kids leave a trail of messes while constantly keeping us on our toes. If your home feels like an exercise in chaos control, here are a few kid-friendly kitchen renovation features that will make your life much easier.

Kitchen Desk Space

Many kids end up in the kitchen when they’re doing their homework. It ensures that you or your spouse are always nearby to help them with difficult math problems. Plus, the kitchen is a warm and inviting place that naturally attracts members of the household. If your child often ends up taking up precious counter or table space when they’re colouring or working on their homework, consider adding a workspace area that’s just for them. It can be a separate table or an extension of your countertop. Giving your child their own dedicated space allows you to prepare dinner while keeping them close at hand.

Chalkboard Wall

Telling your kids not to write on walls is like telling someone “don’t look down,” when they’re climbing a ladder. They know they shouldn’t do it, but they probably will anyway. There are special markers you can buy that are intelligently designed to wash away. However, you can encourage your child’s creativity at the same time by giving them a unique place on the wall that they can draw with inexpensive chalkboard paint.

Open-Concept Living Space

Knocking down the wall between your kitchen and living/dining room may be the answer to your prayers. Parents love open-concept main floors because it gives them a 360-degree view. Before you start ripping apart your walls, contact your local contractor to ensure that you aren’t removing a load-bearing wall.

Outdoor Access from Kitchen

Of course, who wants to spend their time inside when there’s a fresh batch of the perfect snow-fort making snow outdoors? If your kids love to play outside, but you don’t have a clear view of the backyard from your living room or kitchen, consider adding outdoor access from the kitchen itself, so that you’re always close by if they need you. If your budget or your blueprint can’t accommodate the installation of a kitchen door, consider rearranging your cabinetry to make room for more windows into the backyard.

Making your kitchen a peaceful and productive place to cook, eat, and enjoy each other’s company can be easy. If you’re ready to improve the functionality of your kitchen to make it more kid-friendly, contact Cuisines Nuenza today for a free consultation or visit our showroom for inspiration.

Kitchen Design Features We Wish Were Mainstream

Kitchen Design Features We Wish Were Mainstream

Most of us feel swept up in the current of modern trends, doing away with last year’s styles as easily as we would with an old smartphone. In many respects, it can’t be helped. Pressure comes from all sides to stay as modern and as chic as possible, potentially overruling our own flair for the sake of keeping up with the Joneses. The desire to constantly stay trendy does come with many drawbacks, however. Some home features may not necessarily be à la mode but are nevertheless so beloved that they transcend modern home design and have become (or should become) timeless classics.

Dumbwaiter

Many of us have only ever seen a dumbwaiter in the movies. Retrofitting a dumbwaiter can be an expensive (and some might say unnecessary) renovation since it requires breaking through walls and floors and doesn’t serve a purpose that a set of stairs and a pair of legs can’t provide. The dumbwaiter was the 19th-century staple in homes where domestic life was taken care of by maids and butlers. Rather than constantly travelling up and down the stairs with whatever the master or mistress of the house wanted, sending the afternoon cup of tea right up at the ring of the bell was much more efficient. These days, dumbwaiters are considered nothing but a “period feature,” but we love the look and style of these mini elevators.

Greenhouse Windows

The world is becoming more energy conscious. Provincial governments are investing in energy efficiency and sustainability like never before. This eco-friendly mentally has trickled down (or perhaps sprung up) from everyday households that maintain sustainable practices. Greenhouse windows are certainly part of that movement. Of course, when they were first installed in kitchen windows hundreds of years ago, there was no conscious thought about how green they could be, but now, greenhouse windows are seen as both decorative and eco-friendly. Grow a kitchen garden right from your windowsill utilizing only the power of the sun.

Dutch Doors

Depending on where you live, Dutch doors aren’t necessarily the most practical style of kitchen entrance. But we love how they instantly add an old-world and romantic charm to any kitchen. We can just imagine someone setting out a freshly baked pie to cool on the shelf above the bottom door and the naughty dog that tries to steal it. While Dutch doors aren’t mainstream, you can find many window and door installers in your area that sell and install this particular style.

The Larder

Now synonymous with a kitchen pantry, historically, a larder was the coldest room of the house that was used to preserve produce, dairy, and meat. Always facing the north side of the house away from any direct sunlight, the larder was lined with shelves and hooks and included a small window that was essential for circulation. The larder has mostly been replaced by refrigeration, but there’s much to be said about using architecture as a cheap and eco-friendly way of keeping food cool.

Open Flames

We’re not saying that fireplaces aren’t mainstream. In fact, not having a fireplace in the home can be a dealbreaker for many house hunters. But there came a time when the fireplace or hearth was the pinnacle of the home. In many cultures, the hearth is even symbolic of harmonious domestic life. It’s a shame that wood-burning stoves have fallen out of fashion because nothing says home sweet home quite like a warm kitchen.

Do you have a unique kitchen style in mind? Cuisines Nuenza can help. We’ll design a functional, ergonomic and fashionable kitchen to leave you happy for years to come. Come and visit our showroom or request a free estimate.

Kitchen Design Features We Wish Were Mainstream

Kitchen Design Features We Wish Were Mainstream

Most of us feel swept up in the current of modern trends, doing away with last year’s styles as easily as we would with an old smartphone. In many respects, it can’t be helped. Pressure comes from all sides to stay as modern and as chic as possible, potentially overruling our own flair for the sake of keeping up with the Joneses. The desire to constantly stay trendy does come with many drawbacks, however. Some home features may not necessarily be à la mode but are nevertheless so beloved that they transcend modern home design and have become (or should become) timeless classics.

Dumbwaiter

Many of us have only ever seen a dumbwaiter in the movies. Retrofitting a dumbwaiter can be an expensive (and some might say unnecessary) renovation since it requires breaking through walls and floors and doesn’t serve a purpose that a set of stairs and a pair of legs can’t provide. The dumbwaiter was the 19th-century staple in homes where domestic life was taken care of by maids and butlers. Rather than constantly travelling up and down the stairs with whatever the master or mistress of the house wanted, sending the afternoon cup of tea right up at the ring of the bell was much more efficient. These days, dumbwaiters are considered nothing but a “period feature,” but we love the look and style of these mini elevators.

Greenhouse Windows

The world is becoming more energy conscious. Provincial governments are investing in energy efficiency and sustainability like never before. This eco-friendly mentally has trickled down (or perhaps sprung up) from everyday households that maintain sustainable practices. Greenhouse windows are certainly part of that movement. Of course, when they were first installed in kitchen windows hundreds of years ago, there was no conscious thought about how green they could be, but now, greenhouse windows are seen as both decorative and eco-friendly. Grow a kitchen garden right from your windowsill utilizing only the power of the sun.

Dutch Doors

Depending on where you live, Dutch doors aren’t necessarily the most practical style of kitchen entrance. But we love how they instantly add an old-world and romantic charm to any kitchen. We can just imagine someone setting out a freshly baked pie to cool on the shelf above the bottom door and the naughty dog that tries to steal it. While Dutch doors aren’t mainstream, you can find many window and door installers in your area that sell and install this particular style.

The Larder

Now synonymous with a kitchen pantry, historically, a larder was the coldest room of the house that was used to preserve produce, dairy, and meat. Always facing the north side of the house away from any direct sunlight, the larder was lined with shelves and hooks and included a small window that was essential for circulation. The larder has mostly been replaced by refrigeration, but there’s much to be said about using architecture as a cheap and eco-friendly way of keeping food cool.

Open Flames

We’re not saying that fireplaces aren’t mainstream. In fact, not having a fireplace in the home can be a dealbreaker for many house hunters. But there came a time when the fireplace or hearth was the pinnacle of the home. In many cultures, the hearth is even symbolic of harmonious domestic life. It’s a shame that wood-burning stoves have fallen out of fashion because nothing says home sweet home quite like a warm kitchen.

Do you have a unique kitchen style in mind? Cuisines Nuenza can help. We’ll design a functional, ergonomic and fashionable kitchen to leave you happy for years to come. Come and visit our showroom or request a free estimate.

Keep or Toss? What You Can Salvage and What Needs to Go

Keep or Toss? What You Can Salvage and What Needs to Go

Are you building your budget for your indoor renovation? Cutting costs without sacrificing on quality is a delicate balancing act, but sometimes we run the risk of seeing only the savings. While there are still parts of your home that you can keep and repurpose, there are some furnishings or hardware that are beyond saving. If you’re planning your kitchen or bathroom reno, here’s what you can keep and what you should probably replace:

Grungy Bathtub? Keep

If you don’t have an endless pile of funds to remodel your bathroom, you can save thousands of dollars (which includes labour) by keeping your old bathtub right where it is. Wear-and-tear is normal on a bathtub, especially an old one. However, some problems can easily be fixed without throwing the baby out with the bathwater, so to speak. Bathtub repair companies can make your current tub look brand new. If it’s too rusty or outdated to salvage, you can save money by fitting a new tub right over the old one rather than replace the whole thing.

Cracked, Uneven Tiles? Toss

There’s really no salvaging tiles that have not been laid properly. If the bathroom, kitchen, or mudroom tiles are still intact, they’ll have to be removed and refitted. Starting from scratch can take time and money, which is why we suggest hiring an expert to do it this time. However, if your tiles are beginning to crack or discolour, say goodbye and replace them with something new.

Hardwood Floor? Keep

Discovering hardwood floors underneath unwanted carpet or laminate is like finding pure gold. However, if the previous homeowner decided to hide the hardwood under alternative flooring, they were probably trying to hide damage. Scratched hardwood may be more difficult to salvage and will depend on how it was installed and how long ago. However, if your floors are so old that you can see the nails, you can save money by adding a thick coat of primer and paint.

Kitchen Cabinets? Depends

If you move into a home with an outdated kitchen, consider yourself lucky if the cabinets are made of good, solid wood. Wood cabinets can easily be sanded down and repainted a cleaner, more neutral colour. All you need is to buy new hardware, and you’ve got yourself a new-looking kitchen. However, if your cabinets are made of pressed board or other outdated materials, it’s time to replace them.

When renovating your home, it can often be overwhelming to watch all that waste pile up and head to the dump. Repurposing as many materials as possible can not only reduce your waste, but it can also save you money. Are you interesting in renovating your kitchen or bathroom? Contact Cuisines Nuenza for a free consultation and estimate.

How to Stay Sane During Your Kitchen Renovation

How to Stay Sane During Your Kitchen Renovation

 

Once you’ve decided to go ahead with your kitchen renovation, you might be feeling a range of emotions: excitement for the outcome, anxiety for the expense, and dread for the actual work. It’s normal to experience a certain level of trepidation at the thought of your previously loved kitchen being ripped apart by hammers. If you’re worried about going crazy from the noise, dust, and general chaos, here are some helpful tips for staying sane during your kitchen renovation.

Have a Contingency Fund

Spending money you don’t have is enough to make anyone crazy. When it comes to renovations, you may be the most organized human on the planet and still face some expensive surprises. You never know what’s hiding behind your old kitchen cabinets or countertops. Your main priority is safety, so if your contractor finds something during the reno that isn’t up to code, you can go ahead and start writing out a cheque. To ease the burden of these added expenses, set aside some money for those “just in case” moments.

Get Out of the Way

Just looking at your demolished kitchen and seemingly slow renovations are enough to drive anyone mad. It might be worthwhile to move out of the house completely during the reno, so you don’t have to deal with the mess and noise. Forget about working around the renovations to cook a meal or even make yourself a cup of coffee. In fact, just stay away from the scene as much as possible. If finding somewhere else to live during renovations is not possible, set up a makeshift kitchen somewhere else in the house for the time being.

Control the Dust

Home renovation shows make demolition day look tolerable, even fun. Who doesn’t want to unleash their frustration with a sledgehammer and a swift kick with a steel-toed boot? What those shows don’t rightfully convey is just how much dust and debris are produced from demolishing a kitchen, especially if you’re tearing down walls. Not only is dust a real drag to clean, but it can also get into your lungs and sinuses and make you sick. To control the spread of dust, remember to shut off your furnace during demo day and seal all your vents. If you contain the dust in one space, a trusty Shop-Vac will take care of the rest.

Remind Yourself of the End Goal

It can be hard to stay motivated about your renovation when all you see are unfinished cabinets, bare walls, and wires. Give yourself a little morale boost by printing out pictures of what your kitchen will eventually look like. Keeping that reminder with you will allow you to plan for the future and start shopping for all the furnishings, such as new dinnerware and décor.

One day, you’re second-guessing your decision to remodel your kitchen, and the next, you’re looking at a brand-new kitchen. The first time you get to use your new appliances and put your dishes away in their new cupboards, you’ll realize that your renovation was well worth the wait. Staying focused on your end goal and staying as far away from the job site as possible will help you get through your remodelling mentally unscathed. Of course, it helps that Cuisines Nuenza has an expert team of designers and contractors who are ready to build you a beautiful and customized space at a budget that works for you. Contact us today for a free estimate.