Acorn Kitchens And Baths

May 26, 2016

 How to Keep Your Kitchen Well Maintained

The kitchen is one of the most significant spaces in your home where you rustle up delicacies for your family and guests almost on an everyday basis. So, it doesn’t need to be exaggerated that you’d have to keep the entire area spic and span if you want to continue preparing dishes in an environment that is healthy. Also, the urge to make preparations for cooking goes up tremendously if your kitchen is clean and tidy.

Consider the downsides of food preparation on a daily basis-the cooking and serving utensils pick up food stains and marks from spices as well as flavorings. Films of oil are formed on the walls, storing cabinets, splashboard, and other areas that might affect the overall décor. With passage of time, the ovens, cookware, serviettes, forks, knives, spoons, and napkins accumulate dirt and/or grease.

This is turn leads to deposition of moulds and bacteria which in the long run may contaminate the cooked meals and ultimately affect your health adversely. Hence, the necessity of maintaining the kitchen so that you can keep using the area prospectively is a foregone conclusion. Abide by the following hacks on keeping the kitchen well-maintained.

  1. Start with your hands

You use your hands the most as long as you’re in the kitchen. From fetching vegetables, raw, and semi-processed food from the refrigerator to sautéing the food on the skillet and from chopping food items to washing these under running water, it is your hands that you use the maximum. Therefore, the first and foremost thing that you need to do in order to cook in clean surroundings is to wash your hands properly before you step into the kitchen.

You’d also need to rinse your hands again and after you’ve handled raw foods, cooked dishes, disposed off leftovers or garbage into the bin, and so on      . Make it a point to wipe your wet hands on a dry towel after you’ve rinsed.

  1. Regularly clean storage cabinets and other kitchen knickknacks

Storage cabinets and drawers in the kitchen have the tendency to accumulate dirt, stains, and soot as these spaces have niches. Cleaning these areas everyday with save you the trouble of struggling to clear the grime if you undertake to rinse once in a week. Also, wash your cooking, serving, and storing utensils and wares on a daily basis.

Using a dishwasher for rinsing your wares will cut down time, you spend in the kitchen. Always clean the worktop and the oven with a clean dry cloth after you’re done cooking. Also, see to it that the countertop or the worktop as well as the stove and microwave are clean before you start using these.

  1. Clean the walls and roof free of dust and grime

Since the walls and roof of your kitchen are prone to attracting oily stains, you must take steps to keep these areas tidy before the soot become difficult to remove. The same goes for the roof and the other nooks and crannies inside the kitchen.

  1. Renovate and paint

Refurbish your kitchen as and when required and give it a fresh coat of paint once every 3-4 years.

Apart from following the above steps, make it a point to regularly wash the napkins and kerchiefs.



May 23, 2016

Essentials for Your Kitchen


The kitchen is one of the most important areas in your home as you use the spaces regularly to rustle up delicious dishes and meals. Apart from keeping the area spic and span as well as orderly, you also need some indispensable tools that help in the processing and preparation of the different food items. Following is a list of some tools that you indispensably need to have in your kitchen.

  1. Knives

Speaking of knives, these are must-haves that come in a range of shapes and sizes. But of course, you don’t need to stock the full range of knives but just a few. Keep one knife for mincing and/or shredding vegetables, one for slicing breads, and one for carving meat. The last one should have a serrated edge. Go for knives with robust wooden or anodized handles.

  1. Bowls

Stock sufficient bowls of varying sizes that can be used for different purposes including storing curries to pastes of spices. See to it that the material of the bowls does not react with the foods/food items and also does not rust in the long-term. Also, buy space-saving bowls that can be fitted inside or stacked upon one another

  1. Graduated Cups and Spoons

Don’t forget to stock your kitchen with a bunch of cups that have graduated markings and spoons of different sizes. The measuring cups have markings that enable you to pour a fixed quantity or amount of food item that is needed for cooking a specific dish. The spoons help in taking out and/or adding quantities that might be superfluous and deficient respectively.

  1. Cutting Boards

You’d basically need two distinct cutting boards-one for foods that have been already cooked and another for portioning raw or semi-processed foods. Go for ones that can be cleaned easily in the dishwasher.

Besides the above utensils, you’ll need cookware (skillets, frying pans, saucepans, and stockpots), utensils (plates, saucers, spatulas, rolling pins, peelers, and so on), baking supplies, colanders, heat-measuring thermometers, slow cooker, storage containers, and so on and so forth.



May 23, 2016

Essentials for Your Bathroom

The bathroom is perhaps the most neglected area of a home as most homeowners pay the least attention to this space. For quite a large number of those who’re looking forward to buying real estate or readymade property for designing and developing into a home according to their tastes, doing up the bathroom is the last thing on their minds.

However, the bathroom in your home is one area that visitors or guests are more likely to use (obviously after the drawing or living room). And surely you’d not want your guests to go home with an unpleasant experience or impression as far as your bathroom is concerned. Following are some essentials that you could use to spruce up the lavatory or toilet.

  1. Bathroom Windows Sprucing

The window in the bathroom serves to safeguard your privacy on one hand and allow natural sunlight to brighten up the interiors. Go for windows with wooden or plastic blinds or have windows quite high up to discourage onlookers or peeping toms.

  1. Ambient Lighting

Going for lighting fixtures that light up not only the visible areas but also the nooks and crannies is a good idea. When the weather is cloudy with overcast skies, your bathroom can appear unusually dark. Only proper lightning can dispel that gloominess and ambient lighting would be your best bet.

  1. Quality Doormat

You’d not certainly want to waste precious time everyday to keep your bathroom looking spic and span. Place a mat just outside the door that can soak in moisture from both clean and dirty feet stepping in and out of the bathroom.

  1. An attractive shower curtain

A shower curtain embellished with graphic prints will accentuate the overall look of the bathroom by several notches.

Besides the above, you’ll need a gorgeous mirror, a set of matching towels, cleaning supplies, a fragrant soap, and a durable trash can to heighten the appeal of your bathroom.



May 23, 2016

Creative Kitchen Design Ideas



Long gone are the days when you could think big in terms of the most prized possession in your life-your home. Majority of working individuals and couples have to make do with flats or tenements in apartments and housing co-operatives as they can’t afford to buy spacious farmhouses or mansions that are prohibitively expensive. And it doesn’t need to be stressed that space is at a premium in modern-day flats.

So, it follows that most of the flats in high-rise apartment buildings have small kitchens. However, if you want to make optimum use of the available space in your kitchen, you’d have to design it meticulously. This implies that the design or the look of your kitchen should be such that it should appear spacious even after you’ve outfitted the essential appliances and placed kitchenware/tableware. Following are some popular kitchen design ideas that not only make the cooking space look roomy and stylish but also offer you the leeway to rustle up your favorite dishes.      

  1. Gingham Ceiling

Keep kitchen spaces looking plain yet sophisticated with Gingham ceiling. The special characteristic of this style is that the ceiling does not appear to be unusually high while the surroundings look classy. Offer an olive green coat to the ceiling and design the racks, drawers, and kitchen top or splashboard in way to give a semblance of space.

  1. Go Industrial

Give upper cabinets a complete miss and only have countertops and shelves that have been constructed out of galvanized steel or other metallic elements. Go for pendant lights that can be fixed in a manner to light up the entire area evenly.

  1. Zen-styled kitchen

Give your kitchen a touch of Zen architecture, popular for its simplicity with a subtle hint of classiness. The countertop and the cabinets are made of handcrafted wood and the entire area resembles a teahouse done in Zen style.