American Heirlooms - November 2018

Throughout November, everyone is eagerly looking forward to Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, but you shouldn’t let the rest of the month slip past you! Enjoy these other fall activities with the whole family. Homemade Caramel Apples Homemade treats are no doubt far better than their store-bought counterparts. Try your hand at making your own caramel apples for the whole family to enjoy. You can also add a number of toppings to liven things up, such as nuts, white or milk chocolate, coconut, sprinkles, or pecans. Backyard Bonfire During these cold months, you may be tempted to stay indoors, but heading outside for a bonfire is a great way to spend time with your family while enjoying the brisk weather. If you have a fire pit in your backyard, now is the perfect time to take advantage of it by bundling up with some hot chocolate and s’mores. Autumn Arrangements It’s time to get crafty! Creating your own fall arrangements will ensure that your home has the seasonal decorations you want. Making beautiful fall flower arrangements for your kitchen table or wreaths for your front door to greet guests will create the desired autumn vibe you’ve been searching for.

Home-Cooked Food When autumn rolls around, pie and warm cider may be high on your list of tasty treats you’re eagerly anticipating. This fall, encourage your family to take part in making annual goodies and sharing them with your neighbors. Nothing warms the heart more than receiving a loaf of freshly baked pumpkin bread during these increasingly cold days. Knitted Scarves If you’re handy with knitting needles, now is the season to put them to work. Hand-knitted scarves are great gifts to give throughout the fall and winter, and you can also make it a family activity! Take some time to teach your kids how to knit and crochet to create scarves of their very own.

The kitchen is the heart of your home. It’s where you prepare meals for your family and where you and your guests will inevitably gather. It becomes a hub of activity during the holidays and where you start your day with a cup of coffee or a hearty breakfast. A functioning kitchen is necessary for daily living, but if your kitchen feels dull and outdated, it might be time for an update. A knee-jerk reaction to this renovation is often to tear everything down, adjust the layout, and construct a completely new kitchen. If you’re looking to update your kitchen’s look, experts in today’s renovation industries suggest focusing on updates to components — rather than the entire room — and utilizing what you already have to create a new space. You can renovate your space with simple replacements, including swapping your old cabinetry with timeless, custom cabinets. Your cabinets are an essential part of your kitchen and can revamp the entire flow, feel, and functionality of your space. Replacing your outdated cabinetry with custom cabinets can give your kitchen a

face-lift without drastic changes to its layout. For example, adding light maple cabinets to darker kitchens will pull in more light, or installing deep cherry woodworking to an open-concept kitchen will create a warmer aesthetic. Furthermore, when you work with a custom craftsman, you can design cabinets that work best for you and your family. You can transform your standard kitchen into a farmhouse paradise with classic country-style cabinets, or you can add a contemporary touch to your rural homestead with sleek, painted cabinetry. Once you have the perfect cabinets selected, you can begin adding paint, updated appliances, and backsplashes that pair perfectly with your new pieces to give your kitchen a fresh feel. For as much time as you spend in the kitchen, why not create one that fits your lifestyle without diving into a complete kitchen overhaul. Update your cabinets for a simple kitchen remodel by calling our shop at 302-653-2411.

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