Customize Your Appliances With The Café Matte Series

Your kitchen appliances play a significant part in your kitchen’s style. However, they are also a long-lasting investment so you can’t really just switch them out as often as you do your kitchen decor, unless, of course, you want to spend thousands of dollars each year. This limitation discourages many people from keeping up with the latest trends so they’re stuck with a kitchen that feels outdated and unfashionable. That is, up until now. The new line from GE, now titled a simple and modish “Café”, offers you something you never had before – a way to accessorize your appliances to reflect your unique personality. Continue reading

How To Create A Party-Ready Kitchen (Part I)

From tasty hors d’oeuvres and drinks at cocktail hour to fancy main courses and delectable desserts, entertaining your dinner guests starts and ends in the kitchen. A successful host offers pleasant conversation and entertainment all while providing delightful nutriment The last thing you want to do is be unprepared. Whether your idea of a successful get-together is Karaoke Night or a sophisticated wine tasting, these tips will help you create a kitchen that’s always ready to party.
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Freshen Up Your Summer Kitchen

Ah, summer is finally upon us. Rejuvenating mornings, sunny afternoons, and breezy evenings enjoying the great outdoors. Even though summertime is all about spending time outside, your kitchen plays a major role in making all your summer “feels” come to life. From entertaining outdoor grilling guests and brunch buddies to homemade popsicles and fresh-squeezed lemonade, summer starts in your kitchen. Make your kitchen an extension of your summer plans by freshening it up with these decor tips.

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Is Granite No Longer The Most Popular Countertop?

It may be hard to imagine but there was once a time in which plastic laminate countertops were the most popular choice for kitchen countertops. Homeowners could choose from a selection of colors and even match the bordering wood to their cabinets. Fancy, right? Unfortunately, laminate countertops turned out to be susceptible to damage from hot pans and sharp knives and not so easily repaired.Zodiaq Continue reading

On Trend: Pot Fillers

Generally found in high-end kitchens, the pot filler faucet is becoming a popular choice in today’s modern kitchen. The swinging cold-water faucet mounted above the cooktop allows the cook to easily fill up pots directly on the cooktop without having to lug heavy pots from the sink, adding convenience and function. Plus the classic look of a jointed-arm faucet adds a touch of elegance and sophistication. But is this feature really necessary or just a luxury? It is a luxury that creates convenience, and convenience is a big factor when creating the kitchen of your dreams! 

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Fresh Kitchen Trends for 2017

It’s that time of year again when we look forward to what the future holds. Will 2017 be the year that finally brings us an oven that does everything from prepping to presenting our meals? Or possibly a dryer that also folds the clothes? Sure that all may sound crazy but so did a countertop that charges your smart devices or a fridge you can talk to (and it talks back!) and yet it’s all happening today. Right now we focus our attention on fresh trends for this upcoming year. The same trends that brought us warm metals, integrated spaces, open shelves, and the “social kitchen” is now bringing us fresh colors, new materials, and new ways to make it work together.
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Trends On The Way Out

As we wrap up the end of 2016, we’re all looking forward to what the future brings in kitchen design trends. Is grey the new black? Is black the new black?! Are kitchen sinks still “a thing”? Of course they are, they’re sinks. However, before we say hello to what 2017 has to offer, it’s just as important that we look at what trends are on their way “out.” According to online kitchen gurus, it might be time to say goodbye to that hilarious kitchen quote, overly open concept, dark colors, small backsplash tiles, and more.blog2 Continue reading

Cons to the Open-Plan Kitchen

Last week we discussed the clear advantages to the open-plan kitchen design. But is the concept of a “great room” as great as it sounds? And is the open floor plan really here to stay? Considering open concept plans are still amongst the top “must-haves” on homebuyers’ list, the answer to both questions is an overall ‘yes’. However, before you spend the big bucks renovating your entire kitchen or purchasing a new home, consider the following disadvantages of this design plan.
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Pros to the Open-Plan Kitchen

Just a few decades ago, the typical home had separate rooms for distinct purposes, including dining, cooking, lounging, and sleeping. The idea was the more rooms a home had, the more compartmentalized and functional it was. However, designers soon realized they could create the same functionality with open-floor plans (few or no dividing walls between rooms) while providing a more spacious area. Thus began tearing down the walls and the “great room” (an integration of dining room, kitchen, and living room) was created.
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Slate vs. Stainless Steel

Stainless steel has become the standard over the last decade for today’s kitchen and with good reason. Its professional-grade appearance, similar to commercial appliances you find in 5-star restaurants, makes stainless steel a major step up from your basic white and black appliance (or, you know, that lovely avocado and harvest gold). Not to mention its bright, reflective finish makes a kitchen look shiny and clean as opposed to dull and dingy. Since metal can handle more cooking abuse than painted appliances, especially with cooktops now offering more BTUs than ever before, stainless steel’s durability makes it more appealing to homeowners. So you’ve got professional appearance, beautiful finish, and durability. So if you love all these things, is stainless steel your only option?BrayMDTaxFree
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