What if someone offered to design your dream kitchen? As a busy mom of two toddlers who basically needs ALL the help she can get- I would shout from the rooftops, “Sign me up!”
So, I recently had the chance to spend some time in said kitchen of my dreams. All while cooking alongside celebrity Chef Chuck Hughes in a drop-dead gorgeous kitchen designed by renowned interior designer Jane Lockhart. I learned a lot of useful tips that I’m excited to share with you! Read on as well for Jane’s top 5 Interior Design tips for moms. You’ll love!
Lets start in the kitchen.
I have to admit that when it comes to cooking in the kitchen, my husband is the iron chef in our family. I was so excited to cook with chef Chuck Hughes; just so I could later challenge my hubby with a few acquired culinary skills. What I ended up leaving with was much more than that. I learned about what makes for a next-level cooking experience and it all starts with using the right appliances.
We recently bought a new house and the kitchen appliances are a little outdated (ok fine, maybe more than just a little?). When I walked into the kitchen designed by Jane Lockhart, it was so inviting I instantly felt like cooking. There’s just something to be said about being in a warm and welcoming space that allows for the creative cooking juices to start flowing, and they did.
Chuck had laid out the most beautiful spread of veggies and spices and I was excited to start pickling. He grabbed a few items from the fridge and that’s when I fell in love with it; the brand new new Black Stainless Steel InstaView Door-in- Door® French Door fridge from LG. Isn’t she pretty?!? As Jane mentioned, “It’s the new black.” What I love as a mom is that it’s fingerprint resistant! Another feature I loved was the spout on the water dispenser that’s tall enough for water bottles. I drink a lot of water and I’ve seen fridges where you’re cramming and tipping your bottle in the dispenser to fill it and with this fridge you don’t need to!
That said, if you’re scared to add colour to a kitchen, the Black Stainless Series adds a little bit of contrast and a modern feel; which my kitchen definitely needs! Jane suggested this is a great opportunity to add contrast instead of colour and I love that idea. Plus the Door-in- Door® feature allows for easy access to drinks and snacks without opening the full fridge door. As a mom with small kids who are constantly opening and closing the fridge I can’t tell you how much I love this feature.
After choosing all our veggies and spices, we filled our jars and then headed over to the
oven where we boiled up the brine. Let’s just say cooking on the LG ProBake
Convection oven was a dream. My 2005 oven at home doesn’t compare at all. The
controls on the front make it look like a professional stove. Jane mentioned that by having the controls at the front you don’t have the raised back which allows you to do a nicer detail on the backsplash. You’re also not reaching (nor are your kids) over hot elements to get to them at the back.
Another fun feature was the Slide-out ExtendaVent, which pulls out from
bottom of the microwave allowing your front burners to be ventilated. If you’re
anything like me and mostly use the front burners: it’s got you ‘covered’. Totally.
After the brine was done we filled up our jars and sealed them up. Who knew pickling veggies could be so easy! Having someone like Chuck beside me definitely made it a lot more fun, too.
My kitchen is always a mess after cooking and another impressive appliance that I put
on my must have list was the LG QuadWash dishwasher. What sold me was the
shelves are on ball bearings which makes it easy to pull in and out ( we use our dish
washer daily, so this is a must) and it’s all stainless steel. The pocket handle on the
door looks great, too. It also has four arms instead of the usual two, for extra cleaning
Hanging out in the kitchen with Jane and Chuck definitely made me realize the benefits of having great appliances and with a few simple tips, you can design a kitchen that is super functional, modern and beautiful. Yep, all three are inherently possible.
While I was there, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to sit down with Jane for an impromptu #AskJane. She gave me her top five interior design tips for moms.
1. Invest in fabrics that can withstand day-to-day wear.
By the way, this doesn’t apply to just kids; husbands and pets are right up there in high wear. Leather is always a great option. If you don’t want to spend the money on leather, vinyl is a great alternative. It’s a great technology and performs even better than leather. You want to look for things that look good, are not expensive and can endure the passage of time.
2. Have doors on things and lock them, if need be
Lets face it; lower cabinets are great for storage. They totally sell a space. We all have a penchant for ample storage! However, if your little ones are always getting into them, it’s probably time to baby-proof them. Stat. You can have the best of both worlds; space and safety- albeit a few modifications.
3. Indoor/outdoor carpets add to a space and have great mileage
They give you durability and define an area really well. They coat your space with texture; and you feel like you’ve decorated on a whim. There are a lot of fibres that are available in all household goods that are environmentally-friendly, but also good for wear and tear.
4. Research the products that you are buying.
Especially if you have babies or kids who are touching things a lot and then touching their face, you want to make sure that the chemicals that are in those things are not leaching out of them. Make sure you’re using natural materials as it can be an issue. Some regulations are not as strict as they are in Canada. This is a precaution we advise our moms to think about when they are purchasing items for interior design.
5. Invest in art work.
It’s a great way to make a space feel cozy and complete. You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars and you can always find affordable pieces. Use your own photography, too. You probably have ten thousand photos on your phone. Jane always tells clients to download the photos and send her their top ten. Use these photos to frame them with inexpensive frames from Michaels or IKEA. This way you can get a great gallery wall or a strategic piece that is fun and can tell a story. Art work is conversational, brings you joy and can be moved around.
There you have it! An amazing afternoon well spent with two uber talented and inspiring people. What was your favourite tip? Leave me a comment and let me know! I’d love to hear from you.
Sponsored by LG. The opinions expressed within are my own.
Sincerely Nikki, xo