Monthly Archives: July 2013

Family-Friendly Kitchens

The kitchen isn’t just for cooking. Family members go in and out of the kitchen throughout the day. It’s a place where everyone can talk, relax, read, work, and play. With that in mind, here are some tips for making your kitchen family-friendly. Kitchen safety is always important, and this is especially true if you have young children. Children can  get hurt on kitchen tables with sharp, pointed corners, so opt for round tables or tables with rounded corners instead. Store

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New Range Hood Model: Murano Collection “Carnevale”

The Murano Collection line of designer glass range hoods from Futuro Futuro includes some of the most unique and outstanding designs on the market. The idea behind “Murano Collection” was to transform the range hood from an appliance to a truly decorative object, by replacing the stainless steel of the hood body with a wrap-around glass panel and illuminating it from the inside. The “Carnevale” model takes this concept a step further, with a 3D design that’s inspired by the bold colors

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Do You Make These Remodeling Mistakes?

We’ve all been there, coming home to a new magazine subscription with pictures that make your house feel inadequate to your own. Don’t fret but also don’t whip out your utility belt just yet, doing your homework before starting a project will greatly help you avoid any slip ups. Anytime you rush something out of impulse or urge results in regrets ranging from higher costs to project delays due to mistakes. Here are a few remodeling mistakes to avoid if you

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Kitchen Lighting – Ambient, Task, and Accent

While good lighting can enhance any room, it’s particularly helpful in the kitchen. Poor lighting can make it difficult to navigate or work in your kitchen. It can also be dangerous, especially if you’re using sharp utensils, handling portable appliances, or working near flames or hot surfaces. If you’re eating or entertaining in your kitchen, the right lighting can enhance the mood and make the experience even more enjoyable. There are three main types of lighting to consider: ambient lighting,

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Home Design Ideas: “Flying” Designer Shelves

While browsing some cool designer kitchens, we came across this little gem – a simple change to the shape of bookshelves that produces a dynamic effect, making what could have been a boring piece of furniture into a design statement that reminds one of a Formula 1 racecar. The Valcucine Riciclantica kitchen is a design-conscious as well as environmentally-conscious masterpiece of advanced technology and Italian design coming together. Valcucine kitchens are in the $ 30,000 – $ 50,000 neighborhood, but the effect

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Elements Of Design: Contemporary Shelving

In the dining area of this contemporary kitchen built by Greenbelt Homes in Austin, TX, the wine glasses are stored in a wall nook that places them within easy reach – and looks good doing it. A deceptively simple change to the traditional shelf layout results in an exciting, updated look that adds to the modernist appeal of this kitchen design. Instead of running the shelves across the full width of the storage niche, they’re cut off before reaching the

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New Photos – Professional-Style “Master” Range Hood

The “Master” professional-style designer range hood model from the Italian manufacturer Futuro Futuro is a high-performance kitchen ventilation solution. The dual filters panels (1 horizontal + 1 vertical) create an extended capture area that’s perfect for high-volume cooking. Like all other Futuro Futuro kitchen range hoods, the “Master” series hoods are made from highest-grade AISI 304 stainless steel, and feature advanced ventilation technology. The powerful yet quiet blower is mounted in the patented Futuro Futuro sound-absorbing chamber, which reduces vibration

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Futuro Futuro “Streamline W” Island Range Hood

The “Streamline” model range hood offers an ultra-sleek design with a unique “accent light” feature. Turning on the work light also illuminates the “accent light” strip on the side, making the hood look even thinner, and adding a cool visual effect. Check out this designer hood installed in a customer’s kitchen:   Image courtesy of Appliance World. With locations in Huntington and Oyster Bay, Appliance World is the premier source for Long Islanders looking to update their kitchen with modern

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Peace Of Cake – The Peace-Symbol Cake Mold

Designed by Paul Hendrikx of Studio Mango (The Netherlands), this innovative cake mold lets you make 9″ diameter cakes in the shape of the iconic peace symbol. The “Peace Symbol” was originally designed in 1958 by Gerald Holtom, a professional designer and artist. The logo was adopted by the British “Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament” (CND), and quickly became an icon for the entire peace movement of the 1960’s. Along with the “Smiley Face”, the “Peace Symbol” is one of the

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