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October, 2010

  1. Gourmet Kitchen Design

    October 26, 2010 by admin

    There is a barebones kitchen, for the person who just needs a place to boil some water or use the microwave oven. And then there is the deluxe kitchen, for the person who cooks well–and needs a place to whip up her gourmet recipes.  This gourmet kitchen is for the person who considers cooking to be one of her life’s passions. Here are some suggestions for creating a truly gourmet kitchen design.

    1) Make a Food Preparation Zone.  The gourmet kitchen should have special knife drawers with tools that keep the knives sharp and straight. This preparation zone should also include cutting boards which come out and then disappear into the cabinets when you’re done with them.  A marble countertop in this area will help eliminate any problem with growing bacteria.

    2) A good gourmet kitchen includes a special cooking zone.  Rather than having a freestanding range, this means including separate ovens, as well as a selection of base cabinets, tall cabinets, and cabinets that have special pull-out units.

    3) In addition, the gourmet kitchen has a baking zone. A good baking zone has counters that are at a lower level than other counters. This makes the counter ideal for kneading bread.  The baking zone can also include special tiered cabinets, box cabinets, and cake decorating kits.

    4) Often, a gourmet kitchen has specific storage zones.  This takes the place of the general-purpose pantry which stores everything in one area.  Specific storage zones store only specific things. For instance, the breakfast storage zone stores only cereals, pancake mixes, syrups, etc. A lunch center just has lunch-related items, and so on.

    5) Some gourmet kitchens incorporate a wet bar.  This serves as a transition zone between the food prep and serving areas.  You can build wine racks right into the counters.

    6) And finally, you should include a meal planning zone. This would include built-in bookshelves for recipes, as well as appliances such as a microwave, dishwasher, and so on.  You’ll probably want to have things such as microwave-safe dishes, spatulas, and potholders in this area, too.

    In keeping with the design element, make sure that everything in each of these zones looks good with all of the other zones, and that there is minimal clashing in color and style. In this way, you’ll have a kitchen that is the ultimate in both functionality and in modern home design.

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  2. Whirlpool Bath: Just What the Doctor Ordered

    October 20, 2010 by admin

    We talk frequently about a whirlpool or jetted tub as a good way to create a better look for your bathroom, or as a replacement for your better bathtub.  There’s another benefit to installing an indoor whirlpool in your home:  It has known health benefits.

    For starters, the whirlpool bath is an easy, affordable way to relieve yourself from daily stress.  And when you get rid of stress, you get rid of many other health problems that come with it.  The jetted bath in some cases is even known to help lower a person’s blood pressure—again, thanks to its stress-relieving factors.

    We’re not talking quack medicine here.  Most medical professionals acknowledge that there is at least some medical benefit derived from hydrotherapy.  It’s a great way of relaxing both the mind and body.  In fact, many cutting-edge clinics and hospitals have introduced deluxe jetted tubs because they help a patient to relax his or her muscles and also aid with the circulation of the blood. As a result, in some cases, they can even help restore a lower heart rate.  Daily time spent in the tub helps slow the body’s natural rhythm, which in turn results in deeper breathing and a better night’s sleep.

    The jetted tub / whirlpool bath shoots jets of air and water, creating bubbles which ripple around your body.  This provides an effective yet simple massaging effect.  The water jets are positioned just right to offer powerful treatment for your main muscle groups.

    Some other possible benefits:

    • At least one research study showed that patients who have Type 2 Diabetes, if they used a whirlpool six days a week for a half hour daily, reduced their sugar level by 13 percent.
    • The massaging effect of the jetted tub helps minimize pain in the joints and muscles.  That’s why athletes frequently use them.  Using a whirlpool prior to or following game-play helps the veins to dilate and thus keeps the blood flowing better.  The joints and muscles are relaxed and don’t feel as much pain.
    • And finally, the whirlpool can help you lose weight and to reduce cellulite.  It does this by reducing the swelling and retention of liquids in your body, which promotes weight loss.  Daily use of the whirlpool is recommended to get maximum weight-loss results.

    Check out Home Design Outlet Center.  They have several nice and effective whirlpool / jetted tubs that are affordable and will fit in most large bathrooms.

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  3. The Double Bathroom Vanity / Single Bathroom Vanity Test

    October 18, 2010 by admin

    Sometimes it’s a tough call:  Should your bathroom have a deluxe double-sized vanity, complete with two sink basins and mirrors, or is a single vanity good enough?  It doesn’t have to be a shot in the dark.  Just conduct a simple week-long test and you’ll have a better idea of what you need to buy. The test varies somewhat, depending on whether you’re starting off with a single or double vanity, so we’ll go over both circumstances.

    If You Have a Single Vanity. . .

    Tell everyone in your family that for one week, they have permission to not be neat in the bathroom. Anything that they use regularly at the sink area, such as toothpaste, soaps, shampoos, deodorant, etc., they can leave out on the counter top and not put anything away.  During this time, nobody should make any attempt to organize these items in any way.  Then in the morning time, let everyone get ready as usual.

    If You Have a Double Vanity. . .

    This time, you’re going to do just the opposite.  For one week, tell your family to be super-organized.  Devise some plan such as all shampoo goes in this drawer or on this spot on the vanity, all soaps go here, etc.  Again, during the mornings, let things proceed as normal.

    At the end of the week, ask yourself these questions:

    1)    If you have a small vanity, do you find that there are so many products belonging to so many people that it’s confusing finding your own?  This might indicate you should up-size to a double vanity.

    2)    If you have a large vanity, do you find that in all of your corners for items, there is still lots of blank space?  That might be a good indicator that you don’t need all of that space, and you could replace the double vanity with a single vanity.

    3)    If you have a small vanity, in the past week, have you heard family members on more than one occasion telling someone to hurry up and get done so they could get ready?  This also is a hint that your single vanity should be upgraded to a double.

    4)    Despite all of these first three criteria, if you find that you are frequently bumping into the vanity on your way to the tub or toilet, or that you have to walk sideways to get by the vanity, this might indicate that it’s too big for your smaller bathroom.  Consider buying the single vanity instead.

    Hopefully after asking yourself these four pivotal questions, you’ll have a better idea of which vanity you should buy.

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  4. New Arrival! HWM-127-C-42” Traditional Bathroom Vanity

    October 14, 2010 by admin

    New Arrival! HWM-127-C-42” Traditional Bathroom Vanity

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    Our top selling unit has arrived a new size. You can view Our new arrival 42” traditional bathroom vanity at our East Rutherford, NJ and Miami, FL showrooms.

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  5. Bathroom Cabinets for the Single Person

    October 13, 2010 by admin

    Bathroom Cabinets for the Single Person

    We often tend to talk about how much storage space you need if you have a large family.  However, singles have storage needs, too.  In fact, you’ve probably met a few single men and women who have as many belongings as some small families!  If you’re single, don’t underestimate your need for bathroom cabinets. Here are a few suggestions for the single who is trying to determine what kind of cabinet needs he or she has.

    1)    Start by assessing how much space you have in the bathroom.  Singles often take smaller homes or apartments, and as a result, have small—or even tiny—baths.  This obviously will impact how many and what kinds of cabinets you get.

    2)    However, don’t assume that because the bathroom is small that you have no room for cabinets. There are some side cabinets that are super narrow, making up for their horizontal room with vertical room.  A few of these are as thin as 12 inches wide. That makes the cabinet small enough to tuck in any available corner you have.

    3)    If there simply is no available room in the bathroom for a cabinet, then don’t despair.  Consider placing a floor cabinet just outside the bathroom door, out in the hallway.  One of the benefits of being single is that you probably live in the home by yourself, so you need not be embarrassed about coming out of the bathroom to get into the cabinet.

    4)    As stated, the most important consideration when buying cabinets is how much space you have for them.  The second most important consideration is how much you have that needs to go in those cabinets. Before you make your purchase, write down all items that you think will need to be stored at the same time.  Your cabinet will need meet that need.

    5)    Keep one eye to the future.  Is a relationship blooming that might lead to either marriage or your significant other moving into your home?  Then you should start now, planning your bathroom so that it’s ready for the two of you.  You’ll need ample vanity and cabinet space for the both of you. If you’re sure that you’ll be living together quite soon and sure that the current bathroom simply won’t hold the cabinets and / or vanity that you’ll eventually need, then you’ll need to expand the bathroom and make it bigger.

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  6. The Double Bathroom Vanity / Single Bathroom Vanity Test

    October 1, 2010 by admin

    The Double Bathroom Vanity / Single Bathroom Vanity Test

    Sometimes it’s a tough call:  Should your bathroom have a deluxe double-sized vanity, complete with two sink basins and mirrors, or is a single vanity good enough?  It doesn’t have to be a shot in the dark.  Just conduct a simple week-long test and you’ll have a better idea of what you need to buy. The test varies somewhat, depending on whether you’re starting off with a single or double vanity, so we’ll go over both circumstances.

    If You Have a Single Vanity. . .

    Tell everyone in your family that for one week, they have permission to not be neat in the bathroom.  Anything that they use regularly at the sink area, such as toothpaste, soaps, shampoos, deodorant, etc., they can leave out on the counter top and not put anything away.  During this time, nobody should make any attempt to organize these items in any way.  Then in the morning time, let everyone get ready as usual.

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    If You Have a Double Vanity. . .

    This time, you’re going to do just the opposite.  For one week, tell your family to be super-organized.  Devise some plan such as all shampoo goes in this drawer or on this spot on the vanity, all soaps go here, etc.  Again, during the mornings, let things proceed as normal.

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    At the end of the week, ask yourself these questions:

    1)    If you have a small vanity, do you find that there are so many products belonging to so many people that it’s confusing finding your own?  This might indicate you should up-size to a double vanity.

    2)    If you have a large vanity, do you find that in all of your corners for items, there is still lots of blank space?  That might be a good indicator that you don’t need all of that space, and you could replace the double vanity with a single vanity.

    3)    If you have a small vanity, in the past week, have you heard family members on more than one occasion telling someone to hurry up and get done so they could get ready?  This also is a hint that your single vanity should be upgraded to a double.

    4)    Despite all of these first three criteria, if you find that you are frequently bumping into the vanity on your way to the tub or toilet, or that you have to walk sideways to get by the vanity, this might indicate that it’s too big for your smaller bathroom.  Consider buying the single vanity instead.

    Hopefully after asking yourself these four pivotal questions, you’ll have a better idea of which vanity you should buy.

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