EPSOM SALTS -- considered the secret to a lovely, lush garden. For potted plants, dissolve 2 tbsp. Epsom salts per gallon of water, and substitute this solution for normal watering at least once a month, or sprinkle it into the soil before planting seeds.
For the beach house* river rocks in a box + garden hose = clean feet what a great garden idea! Placed in the sun will heat the stones as well. Great way to wash off little feet covered with grass and dirt before coming inside.
Flood the space with light. Whether your kitchen is done in pale colors or dark ones, light beaming in will help it feel as large as possible. Keep window treatments very simple, or eliminate them entirely, so as not to block the sun.