7 Ways to Make Your Kitchen a More Personal Space

Written by Kevin Jefferson

Every kitchen needs to have some basic elements such as cabinets, sink, fridge, appliances, etc. and together with the necessity to boost functionality, adding a personal touch to this room can end up being a proper challenge. However, there’s always a way to make your kitchen more personal without making a mess. In case you’re interested in a personal kitchen makeover, the following ideas might come in handy.

1. Play with Colours

There are many ways you could utilise colours in your kitchen to leave traces of your personality and style. For starters, the shades you choose for your walls can make a lot of difference. In case you’re keen on keeping the main elements neutral, you can brighten up the space with vibrant chairs, cabinet hardware, cloths and towels, etc. In case you have a tile backsplash, adding patterned tiles randomly is a great decorative trick. For those of you looking for an impactful and effective yet budget-friendly backsplash solution, you can always go with waterproof vinyl wallpaper.

2. Interesting Lighting Solution

If you find it difficult to spot areas in your kitchen that have more room for personal décor, turn to your lighting. There are so many shade and cover options available on the market these days that you can turn your ordinary kitchen light fixture into a truly amazing and personal statement piece. Obviously, depending on what you want, you can make your lights stand out more or less, but still add a proper personal touch to this room.

3. The Cabinet Design

In case you find your kitchen cabinets a tad boring, you can always transform them, and your kitchen in the process, into something that truly fits your style and personality. The obvious answer is repainting them, but there’s so much more that you could do. Decoupage technique can turn out to be the ultimate makeover solution. You can also opt for an antique furniture DIY. Both of these are great for a more vintage or shabby chic look. With a self-adhesive vinyl wallpaper, you can give a completely new look to your countertops, as well. And if you feel really creative, you can draw or use stencils to add the more personal touch to your cabinetry.

4. Spice Up Your Storage

If you fancy the look of open shelves, you probably keep your spices and teas on there as well. But even if you don’t, you can start by introducing interesting containers such as jars and other personalised boxes where you would keep teas, spices, coffee, etc. instead in their usual cardboard packaging. Transparent jars are definitely the most popular trend but you can also get fully customised ceramic and plastic containers that already have an interesting design.

5. Add Art to Your Kitchen Walls

For those of you lucky enough to have free wall space, gallery walls would be the perfect addition to your kitchen. You can pretty much choose anything you want – and you definitely don’t have to stick to the typical kitchen wall art unless you want to. The eclectic style achieved with different style frames and art in general with regards to the setting is one of the most prominent and unique design ideas that has been trending lately.

6. Feel Free to Mix the Textures

If you wish to introduce more warmth to your kitchen area, mixing the textures is a great idea. The easy way out is to add decorative table cloths, chair cushions and curtains. But, if you don’t mind going all out, you can achieve a truly amazing and personal look by mixing metal, wood, tile, granite and even brick. And since it’s very important to have a functional smoke alarm and top-quality fire ducts for safety reasons, this particular trend can help you make these plain amenities more balanced and minimise the cold and impersonal vibe they tend to give off.

7. Bring in the Statement Piece

There are many items that can end up being your kitchen’s statement piece thus allowing you to add your own personal touch. Actually, statement pieces are especially great for smaller kitchens where you don’t have a lot of room to express your creativity. This can be a really unique DIY for your accent lighting cover but also an interesting piece of furniture such as a dining table if you keep one in your kitchen. Essentially, even a DIY mosaic for the window (you can use small stones and/or coloured glass pieces with glue) in your kitchen can look absolutely amazing and help you create the personal focal point for this room.

As you can see, it’s more than possible to personalise your kitchen space without having to clutter things up. However, it’s important to decide what creative addition you’re going to choose before doing anything else. After all, planning in advance will allow you to make the most out of your particular kitchen, its layout, and its size.

About Kevin Jefferson

Kevin Jefferson

Kevin Jefferson

Kevin has gone through an extensive home renovation with his son, which he has both thoroughly enjoyed, and dreaded every morning. He is now the proud owner of half his dream house (the other half has been waiting for spring). You can read more of Kevin’s work at PlainHelp.

Welcome to the July / August 2019 Edition of the Multi-Award Winning InFluential Magazine: Be on the Winning Side

William Jackson, MBA, GQ Insider, 2018 Folio: 100 Honoree, Founder & Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential

William Jackson, MBA, GQ Insider, 2018 Folio: 100 Honoree, Founder & Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential

Greetings InFluential Family & Friends:

I hope sincerely your summer has been prosperous and fulfilling.

I enjoy reading very much and take as many opportunities as possible to do just that.  Whether it be for entertainment or education, to my mind, reading is a fundamental key to living my best life.

It’s my hope your reading menu includes InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential.  With every edition, we strive to bring you rich and inviting editorials sure to complement as you strive to live your best life.

My awesome team and I are thrilled to bring to you our Exclusive Interview with Judge Tanya Acker of the hit television show Hot Bench.   She’s an insightful and very intriguing woman and we’re glad to share with you her story.

Skincare guru June Jacobs is another Exclusive Interview we share in this edition and her story is one of struggle and subsequently success and we’re thrilled to bring it to you.

All in all, we’ve done our best to bring you all things “Dedicated to the Art of Living Well”.

We wish the best and look forward to spending time with you throughout the summer and the remainder of the year.

Fondly,

William Jackson, MBA, GQ Insider, 2018 Folio: 100 Honoree

Founder & Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential

Be on the Winning Side with the July – August 2019 Edition of InFluential Magazine

We’re thrilled to invite you into the world of the July – August 2019 Edition of InFluential Magazine.  This edition is chocked full of awesome articles and exclusive interviews including one with Judge Tanya Acker of television’s successful Hot Bench.

Be sure to connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

Visit us at www.influential-magazine.com.

Free Drinks for Dad! – Celebrate Father’s Day at Stephen F. Austin Hotel

Father’s Day is quickly approaching, and this year, the Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel is offering the perfect way to celebrate right here in Austin, TX. Stephen F. Austin’s Terrace Bar will be offering a complimentary Stephen F. Old Fashioned or a Texas Draught Beer with the purchase of any entree or sandwich for dads all day!

Located in the heart of Downtown Austin, Stephen F.’s Bar and Terrace has one of the best patios in town, complete with refreshing cocktails, bites and the most incredible view of Congress Avenue, the State Capitol, and the historic Paramount Theatre. It’s the perfect setting for the Dad that loves the city of Austin.

Old Fashioned

Old Fashioned

Stephen F.’s Bar and Terrace offers a delicious menu of truly Texas snacks the whole family can enjoy, including a Black Angus Texas Burger, Brisket Quesadillas, Steak Frites and much more. The extensive bar menu features timeless cocktails, local Texas draught beers and bottomless champagne cocktails and bloody mary’s for only $18.00 a person, for everyone to celebrate.

Welcome to the May / June Edition of InFluential Magazine

William Jackson, MBA, GQ Insider, 2018 Folio: 100 Honoree Founder & Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential

William Jackson, MBA, GQ Insider, 2018 Folio: 100 Honoree
Founder & Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential

Looking back and going forward, with time to reflect during the summer, InFluential Magazine embraces it’s seven-year history and is excited about the future of the Magazine.

We’re thrilled about this Edition because we explore the fascinating theme, What Would Happiness Look Like to You?.  If you yearn for more excitement in your life and enjoy the benefits of living on the edge, we provide several useful tips on how to do just that.  As the weather is warmer and sunny days last much longer, many will plan to enjoy the thrill of the grill, as cooking outdoors is very much a part of a memorable summer.  Whatever it takes to ensure you enjoy a more fulfilling life we hope you know, will stay the course, and help others to do the same.

Finally, know we’re listening as we continue to improve your Magazine. Feedback we receive from you and awards received from our constituency reveal suggestions and praise, but most importantly, your feedback tells us you believe the Magazine strengthens your connection with The Art of Living Well.  Thank you for your valued feedback. We welcome your continued comments and story ideas at info@influential-magazine.com. 

As I always say, thank you to my talented international team for sharing your amazing talent. And, many thanks to you, our readers, for your support. Please subscribe, if you have not, share our magazines with friends, and above all, keep reading.

Appreciatively, 

William Jackson, MBA, GQ Insider, 2018 Folio: 100 Honoree

Founder & Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential

Save Your Way to Lower Home Insurance

If your homeowner insurance rates are creeping up even though you haven’t filed any claims, it may be time to take a look at how you can bring those prices back down.

Research, smart shopping and even some home upgrades can make a noticeable difference in your insurance premiums. Explore the cost-savings potential with these tips from the experts at CertainTeed, a leading manufacturer of exterior and interior building products:

Shop for the best rates. It’s easy to be complacent when you’ve used the same insurance company for years, but if getting the best rate is your objective, it’s a good idea to shop around. To do effective comparison shopping, have a copy of your current policy ready and contact a handful of competitors. Provide them the exact same coverage details so you can compare like rates, but also be ready to listen to information about additional coverage options that may suit your needs.

Combine homeowner insurance with other policies. Most insurance carriers offer multiple policy discounts, which they apply when you insure more than one item. For example, if your homeowner insurance carrier also insures your cars, you’re likely to save money on the rates for protecting both your home and automobiles.

Update your home’s first line of defense. Many homeowners focus on aesthetics when it’s time to make upgrades, but there are some important functional improvements that can make a difference when it comes to your insurance premiums. For example, as extreme weather becomes more commonplace, the first line of defense is often the type of roofing material chosen. Many insurance companies even offer discounts for using impact-resistant shingles. Check with your insurance provider before making a final selection, but in general, look for products that include “impact-resistant” in their name and specs, and “Class IV Impact Resistance,” the highest rating available for roofing materials.

For example, NorthGate Class IV impact-resistant shingles from CertainTeed are engineered to have a higher probability of resisting hail. These shingles are made using rubber-like polymers that offer flexibility and impact resistance, as well as crack and shrink resistance, even in cold weather. So when severe weather strikes, your home can be protected and stay looking good.

Install a home security system. An intruder alarm can provide more than peace of mind. Insurance companies often reward homeowners who take steps to minimize the chances of burglary or vandalism. After all, a well-protected home is less likely to result in a claim for losses. Some companies offer varying degrees of discounts on insurance rates depending on the type of system you install, so be sure to thoroughly research the options. For example, a system that simply emits a loud noise when triggered may generate one level of discount, while a system that dispatches emergency personnel when activated can lead to an even better rate.

Insurance rates are one place to save money on your home costs. Learn more about impact-resistant shingles and how they can save your home and wallet at certainteed.com. (Family Features)

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Here are 3 Ways to Believe in Yourself and in Your Success

Featuring Encouragement from Dannie De Novo, Contributing Writer for InFluential Magazine

Dannie De Novo

Dannie De Novo

What is truly in the “success” recipe? Life and business coach and author of Get in a Good Mood & Stay There Dannie De Novo says “as a coach on the principles of success and personal awareness, I am often asked what the secret to success really is. Hard work, persistence, or talent? All of those things are part of the success recipe, but the most important ingredient, the part that makes or breaks your success in any area of your life, is faith.”

Possessing unwavering faith in yourself is the key to success. “Whenever I have failed to reach the level of success that I desired, I take a look back and ask the question: Did you believe,” she asks.

What does it mean to believe? What does it mean to know something so well and so deeply that no outside influence or opinion can make you feel any differently? “Faith is the most powerful concept behind your success because when you believe, your self-image changes into a picture of that person you want to become. And then, you become that new person,” Dannie believes. “You succeed.”

Success tip #1 Fake it ‘til you shake it

If at first you really can’t believe that you are capable of achieving your desired goal, what do you do until you raise yourself to the level of belief? Fake it ‘til you shake it, baby! Fake your behavior until you are able to shake that old image of yourself completely.

What does success look like to you? Answer that question and then pretend to be successful.

Forward movement is movement regardless of how slowly you are going. Try faking it for a while. It will at least get you moving. But here is the catch, you have to do the work in the next 2 tips in order for belief to take hold. Because faking it alone will eventually fail you, leaving you like four flat tires will leave a car stranded on the side of the road.

Success tip #2 mirror work

Belief means that you know something—you know it down to your core. And your knowing is based upon your thinking. Change your thinking, and over time, you will change your belief.

A great way to start shifting your thinking is through mirror work and affirmations. Take some time and write out a list of affirmations about what you want to believe about yourself.

These affirmations can be anything you want and aspire toward. But everything must be very positive and phrased in the present tense. Remember, these are statements about things you want to start believing about yourself, that you likely don’t believe presently.

Start each affirmation with “I am.” I am healthy. I am attractive. I am strong. I am resourceful. I am a leader. I am abundant. Etc., etc.

Then, take your list of affirmations over to your mirror and say the affirmations out loud while you look yourself in the eye and smile. Do this every day and you will begin to see changes in yourself that indicate your belief is also changing.

Success tip #3 visualize

Another way to shift your thinking, and in turn, your belief is through visualization.  Start getting a real clear picture in your mind about what you want your life and your success to look like.

Make these images really detailed and elaborate. Then all you have to do is sit and let those images play out on the movie projector of your mind. Visualize yourself being that person you want to become. How do you dress, where do you hang out, what do you do on a daily basis? Keep these pictures in the forefront of your mind as often as you can. Revisit them daily.

“When you can see yourself doing something in your mind then you will begin to believe you can do it in your heart,” Dannie explains. “And that is the definition of faith.”

About Dannie De Novo: Dannie is an author, attorney, coach, entrepreneur and podcast host who loves horses, traveling and learning. Her book Get in a Good Mood & Stay There launched in 2018. She spends her days finding ways to help those who aren’t experiencing the most fulfilling version of their lives. Her greatest job and joy is serving as mom to an amazing beacon of light and hope, her daughter, Carson. To learn move visit: www.DannieDeNovo.com

Dreaming of Spring with the March – April 2019 Edition of InFluential Magazine

We’re thrilled to welcome you to our multi-award winning March – April 2019 edition where we are Dreaming of Spring.

Subscribe to us at www.influential-magazine.com and connect with us at Facebook (@InFluential Magazine), Instagram (@InFluential Magazine), LinkedIn (@InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential), and Twitter (@InFluentialMag).

The March – April 2019 Edition of InFluential Magazine

Join Us for the Wonders & Worries Unmasked Gala on Friday, February 22, 2019

Join your friends and colleagues on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 for the 5th Annual Wonders & Worries Unmasked Gala! Enjoy the mystery and celebration of a Venetian Carnival. Masks encouraged.

Proceeds provide professional mental health support for children and teenagers in central Texas who are coping with a parent’s serious illness.

Questions about tickets, tables or sponsorship?
Contact Rachelle Shuttlesworth at 512-329-5757, Ext. 107 or rachelle@wondersandworries.org.

The Brightest Minds in Magazine Media Celebrated at the Folio: 100

Recognizing magazine media’s thought leaders, trendsetters and newsmakers.  

William Jackson, MBA, 2018 Folio: 100 Honoree

William Jackson, MBA, 2018 Folio: 100 Honoree

Congrats to our very own William Jackson, MBA, Founder & Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential.

The Grand Ballroom of The Yale Club in Manhattan was packed with some of magazine media’s brightest minds on Thursday to celebrate Folio:’s list of the top 100 innovators, entrepreneurial thinkers, and industry-disruptors from over the past year.

The annual list, which is comprised of the best thought-leaders from the industry, recognizes honorees for the tangible impact they’ve had in their jobs, on their companies and brands, or on the industry at large. Representing every sector of magazine media, including consumer, b2b, regional, enthusiast, and association, the honorees set a theme of thanking their hard working teams and bosses who allowed them to execute their ideas.

This year, the list includes C-level visionaries, such as Condé Nast’s first chief data officer, Karthic Bala, who has worked diligently to strengthen the 109-year-old company’s focus on data and analytics, and founder and chief business officer of InFluential Magazine William Jackson, who created a portfolio of award-winning publications that reach millions readers every issue.

William Jackson, MBA, 2018 Folio: 100 Honoree

William Jackson, MBA, 2018 Folio: 100 Honoree

“We’re doing really exciting things and taking an iconic publishing company and really transforming it for this new digital age that we’re all learning how to understand,” said C-suite honoree, Alec Casey, who serves as CMO of Trusted Media Brands.

Also on the list were senior executives, including the new SVP and publisher of one of the highest profiting magazines in the industry, Cece Ryan; Yankee Magazine’s VP and publisher Brook Holmberg, who successfully transformed a regional publication into a national brand; and Meredith’s VP of brand licensing, Steven Grune, who oversees of all of Meredith’s licensing activities, spanning more than 60 partnerships.

Doug Olson, president of Meredith Magazines and one of the executive honorees, said in his acceptance speech, “We had a really good year last year, but I promise you, the best is yet to come.”

The strategists on the list are those who have worked over the past year to grow their brands and companies through new revenue streams and with innovative ideas. Included in this category are Adam Krefman, senior director of festivals and activations at Pitchfork, who has taken the Pitchfork Music Festival Chicago to new heights year-over-year by maxing out every inch of Union Park; Joann Kropp, Informa Engage’s VP of global data solutions, who is a visionary in the audience monetization space; and Bustle Digital Group’s Kate Robinson, who, as the SVP of content distribution and partnerships, has brought video to the forefront of her division.

“I want to thank Hearst, who always lets us try new things and take risks,” said strategist honoree Patrick Varone, who is the VP of audience development at Best Products.

And to round out the list are the industry creators who work to reach the hearts and minds of millions of readers around the country and the world. From video producers like David Popp at the enthusiast video magazine MR Video Plus, to the newly appointed, digital-minded editor-in-chief of a major women’s lifestyle and fashion magazine Cosmo, Jessica Pels, these creators know what it takes to stay competitive in the crowded media space.

Congratulations once again to all of the honorees in year’s class of the Folio: 100! Read all about the 100 honorees here.