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Kitchen Improvements to Make Until You’re Ready to Remodel

Making improvements to your home can be daunting, especially when it involves the kitchen. There is the economy, home values and interest rates to consider, and then there is allocating funds or borrowing money; hiring the right help; and making a myriad of design decisions. Here is my List of No Reno Kitchen Improvements to make until you’re ready to remodel.


Beautiful, glass door built ins for kitchen, with sliding doors displaying china and ceramic collections.


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Kitchen Improvements to Make Until You’re Ready to Remodel

Use attractive, natural baskets for organizing inside of drawers and cabinets.


Organizational Products are a Great Kitchen Improvement 

Designing your kitchen and home via zones is a super-efficient way to get organized.

You don’t need Martha or Marie to tell you when you need to get organized! You know. What you really need is impetus and the best
impetus I’ve found for getting organized is to clear out all the clutter. Discard, repurpose or donate anything that drags you down
or that you no longer use.

Make a trip to the hardware and container stores before you begin and get pretty containers and handy tools. So. You may need to make a few trips but here is a check list to get your started.


Here are organizational products needed for most kitchen projects.

Baskets, bins and crates in different sizes.

Drawer dividers (bamboo is nice!)

Labeling gun for binders and labels.

Manila labels for labeling baskets.

Tote bags/kitchen pot rack hangers for hanging totes.

Ties for organizing electrical cords and wires.

Binders, pocket divider pages and a triple hole punch for organizing papers that can’t be stored digitally.

Lifts and pull-out drawers for inside cabinets.

Lazy Susan’s

Natural cleaning tools.


A Good Cleaning Until You’re Ready to Organize

Aside from the huge energy boost you’ll get from cleaning your kitchen really well, is the fact that cleanliness begets cleanliness. Meaning, you and your family will be more likely to keep a kitchen clean that’s already clean.

This is factual and is based on the Graffiti Theory in which an offender may feel more inclined or justified to commit crimes in an area where crime hasn’t been confronted. 

Resist the urge to clean the counters first. Because the counters will be a staging area as you clean, they will most likely need to be cleaned last. After organizing drawers, cabinets and pantry, clean surfaces in the following order.

Cabinet, drawers, pantry interior.

Cabinet fronts.


Items displayed on counters.

Tops of picture frames and glass.



Sink and faucet.

Natural Cleaning Products

I like Mrs. Meyers products including their Clean Day Glass Cleaner, Method, Murphy’s Oil Soap for hardwood floors and Dr. Bronner Sal Suds all-purpose cleaner for linoleum floors. 

Style Your Kitchen with Things you Already Have

Remember this, styling with items that are useful looks more natural and less staged. Just choose items that have similar styles or colors as your kitchen design scheme.

Cook books.

Serving pieces.

Attractive dishes, matched sets.



Jugs and pitchers.

Potted plants and floral arrangements, fresh &/or faux.

Style Your Kitchen with New Things you Buy 

On the other hand, buying new things will give you the added benefit of freshening up the look of not only the kitchen, but when done right will look great next to the things you already have. This mixing of styles and era’s gives you a look that evolves nicely and looks original. 


Whether remodeling or not, painting your walls and cabinets can easily and affordably update the overall look of your kitchen. I love Dunne-Edwards high end paint for cabinets. Painting cabinets is best done by a professional with a sprayer. 

One of my favorite affordable upgrades is painting the existing cabinet bases, doors and drawer fronts and replacing the upper cabinet doors (that have the outdated arched frame) with a ribbed or etched glass door or a door that has a matching frame. 

Replace Door and Drawer Fronts and Pulls

Replacing the door and drawer fronts is the most expensive of the no-remodel kitchen upgrades and does require painting to provide continuity between the original bases and new fronts. It’s a fantastic way to get a whole new look for your kitchen affordably.

Purchase a Freestanding Island

The sweetest little addition to your kitchen is a freestanding island. Boos has some beautiful models and you can often find similar styles discounted at Home Goods and other discount stores.

Zero Budget

Cleaning, organizing and styling the counters and tables with things you already have are your only options when your budget is zero, but you can make get a lot of accomplished when you’re willing to do the work! 

Deciding the Size, Scale and Budget of Your Kitchen Project


Cover of the Kitchen Budget Design and Remodel Starter Kit complimentary download.


If a kitchen remodel is in your future, start preparing early with my Kitchen Budget Design and Remodel Starter Kit  to help you manage your remodeling budget with clarity and confidence.

Simple, effective budgeting formulas for your kitchen remodel or makeover. In this complimentary download, you’ll get:

  • My good, better, best sample budgets to help you know what to expect in advance.
  • The Classic 50/30/20 Formula to help you determine how much of your own household income to dedicate to home improvements.
  • Product and materials price ranges.
  • 2 timelines, one for budgeting and one for your projects.
  • And a premier that I’m super excited to share to help you design, plan and implement your own kitchen projects!

Grab the Kitchen Budget Starter Kit here.

Thank you for dropping by Joy of Nesting.

Shiree’ xo


PS – Don’t forget to check out my other kitchen articles like the 30-Day Game Plan for Your Next Kitchen Remodel too!

Design Help, Wellness and a Little Woo Woo

Wellness Design is a thing! Your home is one of your most important assets. You need it to be not only attractive and comfortable but also, supportive of the healthy lifestyle you want to lead!  Get some design help, wellness and a little woo woo for your own home with my at-a-glance Wellness Design Tips below.




A bright, well-planned kitchen for prepping healthy meals; a bedroom designed as the perfect respite; a beautiful, comfy common area or two for reconnecting with yourself (and your loved ones!); inspiring spaces for your workouts; and color schemes that soothe and refresh you. Making your home ‘wellness driven’ or ‘user friendly’ doesn’t mean you have to give up the aesthetics you want either. Quite the contrary!

In fact, how your home looks is actually super important.

When Wellness and Design Collide

Maybe it’s a new concept to you but wellness design is an actual ‘thing’. You certainly know what interior design is, what’s Wellness Design? Wellness Design is a fairly new concept that was first conceptualized by architects, designers and builders in an attempt to create building standards that protect you from the hazards of toxic building materials like asbestos and formaldehyde.

But there are other facets to Wellness Design too. It’s a proven fact that your home has the ability to elevate your mood, and energize or relax you but most importantly it can inspire you to live a healthier, happier, more balanced life at home. Unfortunately, if your home is dragging you under instead of supporting you, it can have the exact opposite effect. Let’s get you some real results post haste so you can get moving on your home today.

I’ve got you covered in this week’s article.




Colors for Wellness Design

Color is a powerful design tool and one of the easiest ways to engender feelings or emotions in your home. But reaction to color is highly subjective and each color comes with its own attributes and/or stigmas attached. For instance, yellow can feel sunny and cheerful for some people and signify cowardice for others. Pink is a pretty, feminine color that some love and other’s find cloying.

When you create spaces with health and well-being in mind, choose cooling, restful colors like cool blues; soft lavenders; pale blue- greens; the palest blushes; and crisp, clean neutrals. Cool colors recede, meaning, like a hairline they “go back” so when your walls are painted in light, cool colors it visually increases the size of the room. It adds depth at the end of a room, hallway or garden path. To give your home a healthy feeling and visually enlarge your spaces, use light, cool colors with minimal color changes and minimal darkness to lightness contrasts meaning keep everything fairly light, even if the colors are different.




Wellness Design in Common Areas

How your rooms flow; how you place furniture; how densely you furnish your home; the amount of natural light it has; the ceiling height; even the dimensions of the doors all add up to the overall feel of your home. A home that’s open with plenty of natural light, natural materials, healing colors and clean lines give your home, and thus, you the feeling of wellness and contentment. When each element is chosen within these perimeters the result will be a home that’s healing to your frayed psyche.

The goal is to create a home where you feel your best, most healthy self: organized, and on top of your game.

If your home needs a new floor plan, Chief Architect Room Planner is super easy to drag and drop and helps you easily visualize your furniture or remodel in 3D. For bigger jobs we use a Chief Architect rendering program. Your furniture layouts should be kept simple and straight forward. Nothing should be put on angles. Not rugs. Not sofas. Not fireplaces. Not kitchen islands.

Start placing furniture first with a large scaled piece like a large cabinet, at least 72 inches wide if you can. This acts as storage for entertainment equipment and also as an excellent visual anchor for the rest of the room. Having an ‘anchor’ piece (like a cabinet or fireplace) as I like to call them, and knowing where to place them will later simplify building the rest of your layout around it. I also prefer to plan the living room around an entrance facing sofa whenever possible.

Next identify any door-to-door traffic patterns (most living rooms have more than one doorway). Always keep traffic patterns clear of furniture and cords. Remember don’t get creative with furniture layouts. Save the creativity for your furniture styles, fabrics, rugs and accessories.

Choose sofas under 90 inches for small rooms. For large rooms, choose sofas 90 inches and over. Sofa tables and end tables are cumbersome and “busy” next to the sofa. Instead, use the cocktail table as a place to set drinks and save the end tables for between chairs. If lamps are needed next to the sofa use beautiful, swing arm lamps. They come in a variety of metals like shiny nickel and brushed brass.

Too much furniture is just as disconcerting as too little. Too much looks silly and too little feels impersonal. For the average size living room you need a 110 inch sectional or one to two 90 inch sofas, two 34 inch armchairs, two wood framed accent chairs, one cocktail table, and one to two end tables for between the armchairs. I like to do two armchairs and two open wood framed accent chairs in large living rooms.




Non-Toxic Materials in Wellness Design

Building and remodeling with natural materials throughout your home respects your health and allows you to feel your best when there. Ever been in a room that feels noxious? The wrong flooring or paint will do that. Natural solid, hardwood flooring is one of cleanest and safest options with few caveats. There are many green options for finishing or staining the wood, and a few less toxic glue options for sensitive types. Other great “wellness minded” flooring choices are tile and natural stone, though they are hard surfaces to stand on. Bamboo and some linoleum and some carpet options are more comfortable options but not as ecofriendly.




The Wellness Home at a Glance

Soothing colors and comforting textures

Supports healthier eating habits

Provides space for exercise and down time

Nature via enlarged window space

Fresh flowers and plants in the home

Features for a better night’s sleep like room darkening curtains

Better air quality and ventilation

Non-toxic building materials such as bamboo flooring, low voc paint and wool carpet

Supportive spaces for child and adult care such as assisted bathing, dressing and feeding

Water filtration systems

Luxury bath designs and features

Accessibility/having certain items within reach in the kitchen

Functionality such as space planning, rocker style light switches, lever doorknobs, touchless kitchen faucets or single-handed faucets

Safety such as textured flooring and even, consistent flooring transitions

Bringing joy home via mementos from travels, heirlooms, gifts from loved ones, artwork, books and things you personally find to be beautiful and useful

Kitchen amenities like pull out drawers or hydraulic pop-up drawers to keep counter appliances out of sight, walk in pantries, and swing out corner cabinets; stream lined or low-profile cabinet and appliance fronts

Zones for specific tasks and number of cooks

Smart refrigerators with built in family hubs; food inventory capability; smart faucets that automatically gauge water temperature

Anti-bacterial surfaces like quartz counter tops. Wood and many stone counters harbor bacteria, germs, fungus and mold


The Wellness Home Checklist

Thank you for stopping by Joy of Nesting today! 

Wellness Design is a vast topic, but understanding it is easy with my sweet little download, the Wellness Home Check List ! This check list gives you quick, at-a-glance details on the many aspects of wellness design for when you’re ready to remodel your kitchen, primary bath, replace flooring, increase window space and more.

Here’s that link again. Bye for now!

Bye for now, Shiree


For more on Wellness Design check out my post, “Bringing Beauty, Comfort and Joy into Your Home”!

What Does a Healthy Home Life Look Like

What does a healthy home look like? I’ve created a fun little framework for you below, One Week to Planning Your Lifestyle at Home. But first let’s chat about a few things. 
Does it have open floor plans. Is there generous window space with views of trees and other plant life. Are there optimized zones for connecting with loved ones (and yourself).
Is it filled with natural furnishings like bamboo flooring, low VOC paint and smart appliances that support a healthy lifestyle?

Or does it go more in-depth with sustainable “green” features like renewable energy sources, water efficiency and environmentally optimized building specs and materials?

Forget all that for a moment because here’s the thing: your home either supports or drains you. 

Do you feel energized, relaxed and inspired at home? Does your home support a lifestyle that’s active, or one that’s tied to the sofa and flat screen television?

And if it’s the latter, that’s okay but it’s important to know that your results in life, whether fitness endeavors, financial goals, relationships, everything is tied back to the many actions you take on a day in day out basis.

Not the few, big things you do sporadically. It’s in the day-to-day actions. And that’s why it’s called a “lifestyle”. 



What Does a Healthy Home Life Look Like

I love my home. I love relaxing here; working; taking excellent care of myself and my loved ones in a home that’s beautiful and supportive.
Every day I’m practicing Yoga in the den; making my big raw salads and fresh green juices; riding my stay-bike; or dancing barefooted on my rebounder to my favorite tunes; walking Riley along the bird preserve in back of our community; working reasonable, even enjoyable hours in my home office with a short commute upstairs; and other healthy activities. 
I love how my home balances all of my endeavors from building multiple businesses, to coaching my design client’s, to entertaining family and friends.
The way it looks and feels brings me joy. I love how I’ve decorated it with heirlooms mixed in with new fabrics and modern lamps and how I’ve decorated it with items collected from extensive travels, both nationally
and internationally. 
 My home runs smoothly and allows me to fit so much more goodness into my days. I couldn’t take nearly as good care of myself or accomplish as much in a messy home without these systems. 

I know the various tools to keep me on track, the fixtures, apps and appliances I require such as my Breville juicer; my pretty red VitaMix blender; my rebounder;  my iPad (the mini is perfect for arthritic hands!); the Kindle app that holds all my health and business books, and all the other important things that comprise a healthy lifestyle.

Healthy Home Life Check List


Pour yourself a cup of green tea, grab a fresh tablet and your fave pen, sit in your comfiest chair and dream for thirty minutes. What do you love and what don’t you love about your home? Write it down, no need to be specific just yet. Write down things like the sofa, the bathroom, and the window treatments.

You’ll go more in depth later.


Identify your style preferences like modern, farmhouse, contemporary, and your lifestyle needs like an at home self-care practice, or an at home business.

Be specific here.


Determine how your home is currently functioning and not functioning for you. It’s okay if these overlap with the other bullet points. Write them down anyway. Get really specific here.

Take special note on any of the things you repeat. 


Taking into consideration the things you’ve written down, grab your calculator and calendar and identify your next one to three decorating, remodeling or building plans. From there, build out your budget and timeline. Prioritize things that you can afford first. Spread out things that are too costly right now.

Take your time in writing these down.


Treat yourself to a pretty binder for your project today. Go to Pinterest for inspo. and start choosing colors, textures and styles that feed your soul, but that will also appeal to the other peeps in the home. Choose colors that are restful and styles that mix both feminine or masculine elements.

You can repeat these elements throughout your projects to build visual continuity.


Now, for the big stuff.

Create one ideal floor plan per room. I like the Chief Architect app. If just buying furniture, do a furniture layout. If remodeling an entire bath, do the floor plans. When done correctly this one thing will enhance everyone’s sense of stability and security, and all changes will be built on this one firm foundation. Floor plans are super important and often overlooked. 


Review and refine your notes. Take your time. Staying relaxed will help you be more creative!

And there you have it! 

I hope you get a lot from today’s check list. I know I enjoyed creating it for you. Before you go, check out the new download below for budgeting your next kitchen projects.

Bye for now,

Shiree’ xo


Cover of the Kitchen Budget Design and Remodel Starter Kit complimentary download.



Kitchen Budget Design and Remodel Starter Kit

Manage your kitchen remodeling budget with clarity and confidence. The Kitchen Budget Starter Kit has simple, effective budgeting formulas, frameworks and tools for helping you build a kitchen remodel or makeover budget.
I’ve been designing homes for over 20 years, and I love helping you weave through all the challenges of building a beautiful, healthier home and lifestyle.
In this complimentary download you get …
  • My Good, Better, Best Kitchen Remodel and Makeover Budgets to help you know what to expect in advance.
  • The classic 50/30/20 Formula to help you determine how much of your own household income to dedicate to home improvements.
  • A list of potential products and materials you’ll need, and their price ranges.
  • Two timelines, one for budgeting and one for your projects.
  • And details on a premier service that I’m super excited to share to help you design, plan and implement your own kitchen projects!


Click here to grab your download!
For more on spaces for reconnecting with yourself and loved ones, check out “The Functional Home: How to Use all the Rooms in Your Home”.