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Design Elements for the Perfect Breakfast Nook

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Modern kitchens are no longer just for food preparation. They may house full dining rooms, breakfast bars or… breakfast nooks! The word ‘Nook’ might imply limited space – sometimes that’s true, but today breakfast nooks come in all shapes, styles, and sizes. Here are some design elements to consider. For more kitchen inspiration and to learn more about quartz kitchen countertops, visit Vadara Quartz today.

It Doesn’t Have to Be A ‘Nook’

Sometimes you can create a smallish and cozy eating area in your kitchen even if you don’t exactly have a space to carve out for it. If your kitchen incorporates an island facing a window, for example, you can place a table in tandem with island to seat two to four people. If you choose a wooden table for this project, it will pair beautifully with a Vadara Quartz New 2018 Concreto Quartz island.

Will Your Nook Provide A View?

Many people choose to place breakfast nooks near bay windows or floor to ceiling windows, which may provide a scenic view. Whether your nook has a view or not can influence your design choices. Will you pick out curtains or wall hangings? Furniture placement, seating, and lighting design are other considerations. To capture natural light, design your kitchen with Vadara Quartz New 2018 Bianco Molasa Quartz.

Playing with Imagination

There are certain design elements that make your nook feel larger or smaller than they really are. If your breakfast nook falls into the category of actually being a ‘nook’ then you can make the space feel larger with mirrors, maybe even a floor to ceiling mirror on one wall. Another way to make a small space feel larger is to use wide-plank flooring – 6.8” or wider is ideal. These size planks minimize seams and make the room appear larger. On the other hand, if you use narrow planks you will create a lot of seams, making your room feel small and cluttered.


Making sure to match your table to the shape of your space is important. Choose rectangular tables for long, narrow spaces and square or round tables for square spaces. If your square area is small, go with a round table to maximize space around the perimeter. To get around the obstacle of table legs, choose a pedestal base. Did you know you can build Quartz table? Vadara has an array of gorgeous colors and finishes so you can create a table that matches your design needs.

Breakfast Booth

If your kitchen features a walled-in segment of the kitchen with just enough space for a table and seating, this is once instance in which you can install a breakfast booth. Have upholstered booth seats (banquettes) installed against both walls and place a perfectly fit rectangular table on a pedestal stand in between. In this scenario, you could also install a TV in one of the walls for eat-in entertainment. Let Vadara Quartz design an elegant Quartz top table for you.

Corner Breakfast Nook

For smaller kitchens a breakfast nook is not really necessary, however you might still want one. If possible, design a minimalist nook in a corner. In many kitchens, the corner spaces tend to be unused. To do this, install bench seating (banquette) with cushions and throw pillows along your corner and add a small square or round table. No need to add chairs!

Breakfast Counter

If you are limited on space in your kitchen but have a free wall, a breakfast counter may be for you. To do this, install a mounted plank along the wall to be used as a breakfast counter, ideally long enough so it can be used by three or more people. Add metal bar stools for a modern feel.

Quartz Kitchen Countertops

Vadara Quartz comes in the most natural color palette available. Vadara quartz kitchen countertops combine beauty, function, innovation, and value. All products are under lifetime warranty and are easily accessible, with showrooms and dealers coast-to-coast.

Best Ways to Improve Warehouse Security

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Warehouse Security Camera Systems

Warehouses are some of the most heavily-trafficked areas of any office park or corporate facility. It’s where most of the important business takes place, with huge stocks of inventory, manufacturing equipment, and constant shipping schedules.

The warehouse is the work center of the entire operation – and your business would fall if it were compromised. That’s why it’s so important to have the best security systems in place for your warehouses. It only takes one crime to prove the devastating impact of what lost assets can mean for your company. To prevent that from occurring, you can invest in a certified remote guarding command center. At Elite Interactive Solutions, we have the tools and professional resources available to upgrade your warehouse security systems.

In the meantime, we want to provide you with some of our top tips to improve warehouse security. Here’s what you can do to stay safe.

1. Create an Emergency Response System

Responding to emergencies can make or break the crime prevention process. Clear communication is key to handling emergencies in a safe and professional way. The OSHA urges all employers to have a plan for employees to follow in case of an emergency.

Our specialized remote security systems are event-driven, meaning they can be programmed to respond effectively in the event of an emergency. Plus, there are always agents watching to ensure that your employees and your products are safe in any situation. Our proactive tools allow us to encourage a thorough and effective emergency response system.

2. Protect Your Perimeters

Whether your warehouse is large or small, there are many surrounding perimeters that must be protected. It can be difficult to survey the exterior and interior at once, at least not without the proper security systems in place.

The bigger your warehouse, the more vulnerable it is to potential crime. By investing in our professional security measures, you can choose advanced systems that will prevent unauthorized entry to your warehouse and the surrounding areas.

Our certified remote security systems include glass-break detection, door-lock systems, video and IP cameras, and other high-end surveillance techniques. We can monitor your surroundings 24/7 with live 360 degree virtual views ensuring that nobody gets in who isn’t supposed to.

3. Implement Stricter Access Requirements

You and your employees have a system of honor that creates trust when you employ them for important work. However, that doesn’t mean that your employees should be left unsupervised – especially around important equipment and inventory. You can implement security lock systems which will allow or prevent entry to certain individuals at a time.

There are many ways of using an access system. You can have a swipe card, a specialized code, a key fob, or even fingerprint access. You can limit certain people to certain doors only and allow people with higher security rankings to get in anywhere.

4. Get Motion Detection Systems

Something that makes our remote guard systems unique is that we have military-grade motion detection technology equipped in all of our packages. You can utilize this to detect whenever there is suspicious or notable movement within and without your warehouse.

Whenever a sensor is tripped by movement, the security system will respond rapidly, alerting guards and remote agents right away. This proactive approach to motion detection can catch a criminal in the act or implement harder security measures in the event of trespassing or danger.

Warehouse Security Systems

When it comes to keeping your warehouse and inventory safe, it’s never too soon to get involved. By utilizing advanced technology and an up to date warehouse security system, you and your assets are always in good hands. You can learn more about our advanced security systems on our website. If you are interested in installing one of these beneficial systems for your own warehouse, you can get ahold of us online or give us a call at (877) 435-4832 as soon as possible. Don’t wait another day – your warehouse deserves to be reinforced!

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Top Kitchen Trends for 2018

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Top Kitchen Design Trends

Those of us in the design business know that kitchen trends can be fickle and quick to change. It can be hard to keep up with new kitchen elements and their popularity status. Here are the latest, greatest, and most up-to-date kitchen design trends for 2018.

Vintage Lighting

Lighting is one element that can influence the style of an entire room. Vintage, or vintage-inspired, lighting is romantic, nostalgic, historical, and most importantly, in. This can include antique sconces and lamps that add not just visual interest, but contextual interest – making your guests wonder, “Wow, I wonder what era that’s from?”

Vintage lighting pairs beautifully with Vadara Quartz New 2018 Giallo Onyx Quartz countertops, which feature deep browns and dark yellows reminiscent of antique-style home furnishings. Giallo Onyx also shines effortlessly when backlit, making it a perfect compliment to your lighting design choices. Vadara Quartz New 2018 Ocean Sand Quartz is a more modern, yet still elegant, choice to go with your vintage lighting. It has a muted, off-white tone inspired by the calming white sand of the Spanish beaches. Ocean Sand pairs well with the romantic and antique elements of your vintage lighting.


Fewer Upper Cabinets

Have you ever been a guest in someone’s home, looking for a coffee mug or water glass, opening and shutting every cabinet because you didn’t know your way around their kitchen? Making the kitchen more guest-friendly is just one reason people are replacing upper cabinets with open shelves. People are also choosing open shelving so they can display Grandma’s hand-me-down teacups, yard sale finds, or special pottery along with their everyday items.

Especially if you have a smallish or galley-style kitchen, cabinets can give the feeling of a closed-in space. Open shelving in place of one or two cabinets make the room feel more “airy.”  Another common vision is to open the kitchen to more natural light by taking down wall cabinets on the sides of a window.

With an open and airy kitchen that is full of light, you naturally want sparkling quartz countertops that have a cool, bright appearance. Vadara Quartz New 2018 Bianco Molasa Quartz has a rich landscape of light and bold veining that streak across the surface of a bright white base. Vadara Quartz New 2018 Bianco Onyx Quartz “lights up” any interior space with its cool, bright presence. It is part of Vadara Quartz’s translucent backlit collection – it has a cloudy finish that shines when lit.


Gray Cabinetry

Homeowners are breaking away from white kitchens and heading into a ‘gray area’ that’s warm, sophisticated and will be very much in vogue for 2018 and beyond. According to design insiders, the look started about five years ago, and really took off in 2017 with bold trend-setters.

The shade of gray you choose is important, as it will contribute to the overall mood and finish of your kitchen. If you are designing in a contemporary motif, choose a medium shade like ash gray, standard gray and cool gray to project a laid-back luxury feel. If you are more traditional, go with a dark, smoky gray such as charcoal gray, nickel gray and gray-green for the richest look.

If your kitchen has a contemporary design, enhance it with Vadara Quartz New 2018 Brushed Salt Quartz countertops. This color was created specifically with upgrading your kitchen to a new, modern era in mind. It is ultra-contemporary and textured to the touch. Its neutral color will compliment, not compete with, your bold-colored cabinetry. For a traditional kitchen, choose Vadara Quartz New 2018 Laneve Quartz for your countertops. This classic, neutral quartz has an appealing depth and texture due to its thin veining featuring random movement and patterns. It will be a great compliment to your gray cabinets because of its neutral color and polished finish.


Luxury Quartz Kitchen Countertops

Vadara Quartz New 2018 Color Collection is here! Visit the Vadara Quartz Website to encounter 18 new colors featuring premier vein designs, textured surfaces, and translucent colors. Vadara Quartz is available nationwide and comes with a lifetime warranty.

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