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Kitchen & Closet: Out with the Old

By MiaCucina SoFla

By MiaCucina.com
Jan 14, 2020

Kitchen & Closet: Out with the Old

It’s tradition to declare “out with the old and in with the new!” as a new year comes to be. It can be cathartic and energizing to declutter, get organized and clear your space, so take advantage of the new year’s optimism to help start fresh. Stepping back and taking stock in yourself and your surroundings can be a constructive way to assess where you’ve been… and where all your stuff is.

But seriously, where is all your stuff? We like to think of “things” in three categories. The first collection is sentimental, the second is necessary/useful, and the third set is “oh wow, how long has it been since we used this?”

The two spaces that tend to accumulate more things than we need are the kitchen and the closet, so we thought we’d give you a few tips to inspire your space refresh.

KITCHEN:

Make it thoughtful

Kitchen space and storage are places in our homes that can often be neglected, but with the right layout and customization, it’s easy to find and access what you need. Details like glass jars instead of cardboard packaging make things aesthetically pleasing to look at. Customizing space to organize drawers and tableware elevates the entire look and feel of your space. Put things within reach. Pay attention to the traffic pattern in your kitchen. Everything should be somewhere that makes sense for your surroundings.

Kitchen by RecordCucine. The finest in Italian Luxury kitchen design. https://www.recordcucine.com/en/

Clear off all surfaces

One of the most satisfying things is to enjoy your sleek beautiful space and decor without the punctuating clutter of a stack of mail, or a stray coat. Unfortunately, one of the easiest places to accumulate clutter is right out in the open. First, clear everything off and put it away in its place. No place for something? Ask the question; “what do I need this for?” If it’s a third cheese grater, it’s time to start a box for donations to give your local charity group.

CLOSETS:

Remember the 80/20 rule

You wear 20% of your clothes 80% of the time. When clearing out your closet, keep that in mind and ask yourself these questions:

  • Does this fit me?
  • When was the last time I wore this?
  • Is it a valuable item?
  • Does it need repair?
  • Is it in good condition?

Once you’ve answered honestly, you can begin to sort through what to keep, and what to donate.

Merchandise like a Boutique

Now that you have current pieces, that fit, and make you feel great when you wear them, it’s time to organize your clothes & accessories. Here’s a tip; organize your clothes and accessories the way you’d see them merchandised in a retail store, instead of by type (pants go here, dresses go there). I like to create my own unique categories and somehow; all of my staples and favorites fit right into either:

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (classic)

Night out in Paris (fun)

Walk in the Park (casual)

or Can’t Live Without (Cashmere wrap with a tiny hole that I walk the dog in)

It’s fun to organize once you define your personal style. A friend of mine uses Renegade Cowgirl, Fancy Lady, Nantucket in Summer, and Boho Beach Babe. Her husband is Soccer Dad, Beach Weekend, Professor on Sabbatical, and C Suite.

Now when I look at my sleek organized closet, I feel like I’m shopping my favorite things versus flipping through hangers thinking I have nothing to wear.

Pro tip:

Do one thing at a time

It’s easy to get instantly overwhelmed when thinking about clearing everything, so we suggest picking one thing to start. Enthusiasm tends to snowball with accomplishment so pick something easy first for more instant gratification. When you clear away the unnecessary, you’ll see your things in a new way.

Our Favorite Design Trends of the Decade

By MiaCucina SoFla

Susana Martinez
smartinez@miacucina.com

It’s hard to believe a decade has passed, but with it has come beautiful lasting style and functionality that stands to transcend into the next decade. With so much creativity and innovation in our industry, it’s hard to pick, but these are a few of our favorite trends that have shaped interior design over the past ten years.

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Globalization

The world is smaller than ever! The accessibility of international furnishings has become easier, and visual inspiration is all over the internet. There has been an impactful international influence on colors, patterns, and even materials we see in interior design. Handmade pieces, knit accents, globally inspired pillows, linens, and more have woven into our homes and brought a beautiful regional nod to places all over the world.

Interior Lighting

Lighting used to exist overhead, with the occasional lamp on a side table. Now, lighting has become an integral part of design. The ambiance of a room is now softened by lighting systems, dimmers, floor lamps, and more. Lights highlighting our closets, under cabinets, and drawers change the purpose of lighting. Light shows architectural details, art, space, and furnishings. It can change the purpose of the room. The fixtures often nod to classics with comebacks of Edison bulbs and industrial materials like copper and heavy glass. Lighting fixtures have become focal points, illuminating our space and things. Thankfully, we don’t see this trend fading away anytime soon.

Record e Cucine https://www.recordcucine.com/en/ Cortina, People, Modern Collection

Versatile Space and Materials

Open concepts, cement floors and surfaces, textured walls, and natural elements are redefining the traditional spaces. Rooms traditionally used as a formal living or dining space now shift away from traditional design that spoke to a different time and era of home life into open concepts and modern living areas. New traditions fit into our bold, sleek open spaces adorned with incorporated nature, plants, organic and industrial materials more often and in more flexible ways.

Multifunctional Elements

Countertops that double as a table, things tucked away into organized storage, transitional pieces in our closets, kitchens, and more. Bespoke home design has given purpose to our furnishings more than ever before. Designers are thinking outside the box, and unique individual needs are easier than ever to incorporate into our home without sacrificing style or space.

Black-and-White Tile Steps into the Spotlight

By MiaCucina SoFla

White triangles dance across a black backdrop, striped squares march over a shower threshold, and Escheresque cubes bring optical allure to kitchen floors. Black and white always make for a dashing combination, and the pair’s sudden graphic appearance in tile is anything but subtle. Black-and-white tile made a big splash at the recent Cersaie design show in Italy and is now wending its way across kitchens and baths everywhere.

A Current Classic

“The way we’re using it now is mod and contemporary, but it also has historical learnings,” says designer Rande Leaman, whose eponymous firm is in the Los Angeles area. “There was s a lot of black-and-white tile in the 1920s and 1930s. It’s a trend that’s come back.” Designer Erica Nicole Illions of Kitchen Design Concepts in Dallas Agrees: “The look is a little glam, a little art Deco.”

Palett Pleaser

Black-and-white tile’s lack of color lets it slot right into present styles. “It has so much punch and engergy to I, but it still lives in a neutral world, “ Leaman says. She adds warmth with wood cabinetry or matte brass accents. Architect Ann Sellars Lathrop of her namesake firm in Westport, CT, Keeps a small bathroom simple, complemnenting the tile with sparkly white perfomrance fabric on the wall and black stone on the floor.

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Making Shapes Sing

“I like to use black-and-white tile as the wow factor,” Illions says. She adds details like small hexagonal tiles on a shower floor to subtly extend accent tile elsewhere in the room. Lathrop similarly pulls the tile through the overall design. For the bathroom seen above, she chose “a thin vertical mirror to stay with the vertical expression of the tile,” she says. “The wide single sink was separated from the black cabinet base so more of the wall tile could be seen.”

Pattern Play

Leaman tailors the design to the client’s personality. “If someone’s shy with black and white, I’ll go a little softer with pattern,” she says. “If they’re adventurous, I’ll grab old graphic designs that can still be considered classics.” Illions draws inspiration from the home’s aesthetic. “For a traditional house, I’ll look for tile with curves, maybe even a floral design,” she says. “If it’s a modern home, I’ll do something less intricate.”

Details Make a Difference

Think about what will go on the tile, Lathrop says. “Make sure no outlets, switches, grilles or other elements interfere with the pattern.” She often omits towel bars, hooks and wall-mounted faucets on tiled surfaces. Illions considers scale too. “If the pattern is too large for the space, you get partial pieces due to cutting,” she says. “For example, in a 12-by-12-inch shower wall niche, I would use a 2-by-2-inch mosaic.”

Communication Is Key

“For a lot of tile installers, this kind of tile ventures into new territory; it’s not just laying subway in a staggered pattern,” Leaman says. “It’s like putting a puzzle together. As designers, it’s up to us to convey that to them, with drawings and job site visits.” Lathrop adds, “Decide clearly where to start the pattern and take it through on paper so there are no surprises at corners, edges or endpoints when the final install occurs.”

How to Design the Perfect Bathroom

By MiaCucina SoFla

Home improvements can present quite the challenge – especially when it involves one of the most important rooms of your home! Beauty, functionality and efficiency are absolute requirements. Whether you are remodeling an existing bathroom or designing a brand new one, here are a few noteworthy things to consider when trying to make the most of your space.

Windows

Ventilation is one of the most important things to consider when remodeling or designing your new bathroom. While a good ventilation fan will certainly help with humidity, natural ventilation and light is more effective for the elimination of mildew and to freshen the air. Windows are also more energy efficient since electric lights won’t be needed during the daylight hours. Aesthetically, they make a room look and feel larger, and with so many styles, windows will add substantially to the design and ambiance you’d like to achieve. Partner with a MiaCucina design and sales rep to find the solution that’s perfect for your vision

Cabinets

Storage is one of the most important yet widely disregarded features of a great bathroom. This is often because bathrooms tend to be smaller rooms and we don’t want to add bulky cabinetry that will make it look crammed and even smaller. Recessed cabinets are a perfect solution that give your bathroom a clean and modern look without compromising storage space or square footage.

Lighting

Since we don’t usually get a whole lot of natural light in most bathrooms, great additional lighting is a necessity for both beauty and function. From dimmers to set the mood for a relaxing bath to mirrors with integrated lighting to illuminate your face while grooming, adequate lighting is vital for each part of your bathroom routine. Check out some great examples here.

Hidden Toilet Tanks

There are multiple benefits that come with a hidden toilet tank. The design itself can save space and fits especially well in both modern and contemporary style bathrooms. Certain low-flow models of hidden toilet tanks can also help save water each time you flush, making this a smart and eco-friendly choice.

What does the perfect design look like?

A new bathroom design or remodel should always make your bathroom more beautiful, more efficient and more functional than before. When designing a bathroom, we all have to consider the same essentials, it’s what you choose to compliment your style and how it’s executed to achieve your vision that makes a bathroom ‘perfect’ for you and your home. Ready to design your perfect bathroom? Contact MiaCucina to get started today.

 

Delicious Endless Summer Recipes

By MiaCucina SoFla

Delicious Endless Summer Recipes
Summer’s not over yet, whether you are hosting a party, cooking for your family or preparing a menu for your date night, beat the heat with these mouth-watering recipes that are simple to make yet sure to impress.
Spicy Lemon Chicken Kabobs
Summertime is grill time! These savory chicken kabob appetizers are made with marinated chicken, a colorful array of fresh summer vegetables of your choosing and have a nice little lemony-pepper kick at the end. These are a perfect start to your next casual dinner party.

Photo and recipe by Taste of Home

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 10 min

Ingredients:
• ¼ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
• 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
• 3 tablespoons white whine
• 1-1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
• 1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
• 1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1-inch cubes
• 2 medium lemons, halved
• Minced chives
• Veggies of your choice

Directions
1. Combine your lemon juice, 3 tablespoons olive oil, wine, red pepper flakes and rosemary. Add chicken and turn to coat. Refrigerate up to 3 hours.
2. Drain chicken and discard the marinade. Thread chicken and veggies of your choice onto 6 metal or soaked wooden skewers. Grill, covered over medium heat until no longer pink, turning once, 10-15 minutes.
3. Place your lemons on the grill, cut side down. Grill until lightly browned, about 8-10 minutes. Squeeze lemon halves over the chicken, drizzle with remaining old and sprinkle with chives.

Pork Chops with Celery and Almond Salad

Channel your inner chef and wow your guests from your own kitchen with this recipe that is bursting with flavor! Rich and buttery pork is balanced by light, crispy and delicious salad. If you are looking for the perfect summer recipe, this is it.

Photo by Alex Lau, Recipe by Adam Rapoport

Prep time: 10-15 min
Cook time: 15-20 min

Ingredients:
• ¼ cup of dried unsweetened cranberries
• 3 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar
• 2 1 ½ inch thick bone-in pork rib chop (about 1 pound each), patted dry
• Kosher salt
• 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive old, divided
• 3 sprigs thyme
• 3 garlic cloves, smashed
• 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
• 1 small shallot, finely chopped
• 6 large or 8 medium celery stalks, thinly sliced on a diagonal
• ½ cup parsley leaves with tender stems
• 1-ounce Parmesan, shaved

Directions
1. Combine cranberries and vinegar in a small bowl and set aside.
2. Season pork generously with salt and then rub with 1 tablespoon of oil.
3. Heat a medium cast-iron skillet over medium and cook pork chops while moving once or twice to hotter areas of the skillet until the first side is deeply browned, about 6-9 minutes.
4. Turn pork chops and cook until second sides are browned, about 5 more minutes.
5. Working one at a time, set chops on fatty side with tongs to melt and brown fat cap, about 1 minute each. At this point, an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of each chop should register 135 degrees.
6. Add thyme, garlic and butter to skillet and swirl to melt butter. Tilt skillet towards you so butter pools in the pan and spoon foaming butter over chops continuously until butter is browned, about 1 minute. Transfer pork chips, thyme and garlic to a cutting board and let meat rest while you assemble the salad.
7. Combine shallot and a couple of pinches of salt in a large bowl. Pour vinegar from reserved cranberries into bowl. Whisking constantly, gradually add remaining 3 tablespoons of oil.
8. Add cranberries, celery, parsley almonds, parmesan, and several pinches of salt. Toss to combine.
9. Cut along bones to remove meat from pork chops. Slice meat ½ inch thick.
10. Transfer meat and bones to a platter along with garlic and thyme, then drizzle any accumulated juices left on cutting board over top. Serve with salad.

Blueberry-Pecan Galette

Finish off in style with this tender, flaky and perfectly sweet dessert is truly a summer treat! Easy yet elegant, this blueberry-pecan galette will be the grand finale your meal needs!

Photo by Michael Graydon & Nikole Herriott, Recipe by Rachael Coyle

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 1 hour

Ingredients:
Dough
• ½ cup pecans
• 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
• 2 teaspoons sugar
• ½ teaspoon kosher salt
• ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
• ½ cup (1 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces
Filling and Assembly
• 12 ounces of blueberries (about 2 cups)
• 1 tablespoon cornstarch
• 1 ½ teaspoons fresh lemon juice
• ¼ cup sugar, plus more for sprinkling
• All-purpose flour (for surface)
• 2 tablespoons milk, half-and-half, or heavy cream
Directions:
Dough:
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Toast pecans on a rimmed baking sheet, tossing once, until fragrant and slightly darkened, 10–15 minutes; let cool. Pulse pecans in a food processor until the consistency of coarse meal. Add flour, sugar, salt, and cinnamon and pulse just to combine. Add butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal with a few pea-size pieces remaining.
2. Transfer to a large bowl; drizzle with 4 Tbsp. ice water and mix, adding another tablespoonful of water if needed, just until mixture comes together. Gently pat dough into a 6″-diameter disk. Wrap in plastic and chill at least 1 hour.

*Dough can be made 2 days ahead. Keep chilled or freeze up to 1 month.

Filling and Assembly:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Toss blueberries, cornstarch, lemon juice, and ¼ cup of sugar in a large bowl.
2. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to a 12-inch round. Carefully transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Mound blueberries in center of dough, leaving a 2-inch border. Fold edges, over, overlapping slightly. Brush dough with milk and sprinkle with sugar.
3. Bake palette until crust is dark golden brown and filling is bubbling, 45-50 minutes. Let cool before serving.

*Galette can be baked 1 day ahead. Store tightly wrapped at room temperature.

Cooking this summer should be a breeze, especially in your own kitchen! With these delightfully easy summer recipes, you’ll be sure to wow anyone coming over for dinner!

4 Qualities of a Great Kitchen

By MiaCucina SoFla

The Kitchen is where your day begins and also where it ends. It is the center of your home, where you and your loved ones will gather and bond. These small treasures make it the most important room in your home. When you have decided to remodel, it is crucial that you have a team of experts in your corner (or kitchen) to bring your dream to life. No matter your style, here are 4 qualities of a truly great kitchen design.

  1. Living Space

Cooking, preparing food, sitting down for dinner or hosting a party all require plenty of space to move around. Whether you are designing the kitchen in your brand new bachelor pad or remodeling for your growing family, you want to be sure you have enough space for at least three people to move around without feeling cramped. While the space needed to entertain will depend on your lifestyle, you want to have plenty of room for preparation regardless of your party plans. Check out some of these spectacular and spacious designs.

  1. Preparation Space

When looking through photo galleries for new kitchen inspiration, it is easy to get distracted by beauty and forget about functionality. Depending on your lifestyle and family size, counter space can be a life saver. Consider food preparation when deciding how much counter space you need. Can you have three people comfortably set up at different preparation stations? Remember that a great kitchen set up will have enough room for the counter tops to serve many purposes. Take a look at the functionality and subtle elegance Modulnova has to offer.

  1. Plenty of Storage

Ample space to store all of your silverware, plates, glasses, serving platters, appliances and dry goods should be available in your new kitchen. When considering different designs, also remember that you will want all of your kitchen areas (not just your countertops) to be easy to reach and easy to clean.  A lot of beautiful modern and contemporary designs don’t include realistic storage space. Luckily, ours do.

  1. Great Lighting

What’s a great kitchen without equally great lighting? The lighting you choose for your new kitchen should take care of a few different things. Firstly, you want overhead light to brighten the whole room. Secondly, you want task lighting so you can see what you are doing when you are preparing food for dinner or working on a presentation for your meeting tomorrow. Last but certainly not least, you should also have lights that accent those beautiful dream-kitchen worthy designs!

We know it’s a bit tough to remember all of these things when so much remodeling preparation is involved. The good news is that at MiaCucina, we take care of all of this for you. Our designers and architects will work with you to create a kitchen that is unique to you and your space, then expertly deliver and install your selections. Our promise to you is unwavering style, quality and dependability in each and every step of your journey with us.

 

MiaCucina San Diego Grand Re-Opening

By MiaCucina San Diego, MiaCucina SoFla

Miacucina was proud to host their Grand-Re Opening on March 27th, co-hosted by Subzero, Wolf and Cove. Representing some of the best Italian companies in the industry such as; The Cut and Record e Cucine, Idea Group, Pianca, Casali, Ghizzi & Benatti and Kristalia. Guests enjoyed the latest Italian designs of kitchens, bathrooms and closets as they mingled with local vendors, top architects and designers: Marble Exports, importer of unique stones, Michael Morton from Marengo Morton Architects, Andy Fotsch from Will & Fotsch Architects and Amy Noel from Amy Noel Lifestyle. The exquisite dinner was prepared by Chef Stefano Ceresoli from Piazza 1909 Restaurant, in which he performed a live cooking demonstration.

Photography by Philip Macias

MiaCucina Miami Design District Grand Opening

By MiaCucina SoFla

MiaCucina’s Miami Design District Grand Opening event 01/24/2019 co-hosted by Sub-zero, Wolf, Cove, La Salumeria 104, Spuntino, Urbani Truffles, South Florida Luxury Guide magazine and Audio One.

MiaCucina celebrates the opening of their third Miami showroom, representing Sub-Zero, Wolf, Cove appliances, The Cut, Modulnova, Record e’ Cucine kitchens, Pianca walk-in closets/closets, Ghizzi & Benatti doors and Kristalia furniture,  a great selection of Italian high end design products.