The Modenus BlogTour Cologne trip was an incredible experience in so many ways. It was a privilege to see an international Furnishings & Kitchen and Bath show of the scale of IMM Living Kitchen because we were exposed to products designed for different cultures and spacial uses – also technologies that are way ahead of what we have in the US. Below is a photographic tour of Kitchen and Bath trends 2013: [Read more…] about Kitchen and Bath Trends 2013
National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) was one of the generous sponsors of Modenus‘ BlogTour Cologne. NKBA enthusiastically supported the BlogTour team’s exposure to the latest kitchen and bath innovations at the IMM Living Kitchen show in Cologne. NKBA is all about education to improve the way the kitchen and bath industry does business. How fitting and fortunate for the BlogTour Cologne group!
The NKBA also sponsored [Read more…] about NKBA – Blog Tour Sponsor
photo credit: Maytag
I had an appliance repairman named Danny over to fix my dryer today. He was a wealth of knowledge. What started out as idle chat quickly turned into an interview. Here are a few thought-provoking things that I learned.
Where to buy appliances: At a certified appliance store. Only. “You wouldn’t buy your car at a grocery store as you shouldnt buy your appliances at a ‘lumber’ store” (I won’t name names here, but we all know the large stores that this term implies…). For a few reasons- if the appliance breaks, the large “lumber” stores will direct you to handle it yourself with the manufacturer. Also, even though you may think you are buying best of the brand you trust the most at one of these large “lumber” stores or wholesale superstores, you are actually buying a version made specifically for those stores to carry (usually a lesser model than they otherwise manufacture to sell). So, if you want the quality you anticipate from a specific brand, buy from the appliance stores. Who knew? The appliance stores want your repeat business so they will gladly help you if you need repairs.
How to choose appliances that will last: This is where it gets interesting all over again: avoid the new high-tech computer panels and touch screens. They have a short life expectancy and will cost you routine repairs and early replacement. My repairman went so far as to even suggest that these high-tech models are planned revenue generators for the manufacturers because of their higher replacement cycle. Hmmm. Opt for knob controls over touch screens whenever possible. Another pointer from Danny- buy from US-based companies rather than foreign competition if you want easy to repair appliances with accessible parts.
Decoding the brand choices: Did you know that: KitchenAid, Maytag, Jenn-Air, Amana, Magic Chef, Estate and Roper are all owned by Whirlpool? Or that Whirlpool now manufactures the Kenmore brand for Sears? News to me.
Deciding which brand to buy: Be careful who you ask. To quote Danny, “if you really want to know what the most reliable car to buy is, you should ask a mechanic, not a car dealer for x,y or z brand car — same goes for appliances”. If you ask a hardware superstore or your favorite wholesale club, the answer will of course be one of their in-stock items. If you want a legitimate answer, ask an appliance repair specialist or go to an actual appliance store who has equal loyalty to a wide range of brands.
His most highly recommended brand: I had to ask. Whirlpool brand, it will be the best of the best in the way of parts, technology and lifespan. Sounds good to me.
Danny certainly knew what he was talking about. I appreciated his appliance buying advice, as I’m sure you do. We can all think of more fun things to spend money on than repairs or replacements. If any of you in the Dallas area ever need a repairman, let me know.
english georgian door by mcalpine tankersley
I wanted to share an insightful article about front door options for your home. Karin Beuerlein at HouseLogic.com has done an excellent job of simplifying the complicated home topic of remodeling with an eye toward energy savings and tax credits:
“Replacing your front door can pay for itself by increasing your home’s value, according to Remodeling Magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value Report. What’s more, if you choose an energy-efficient exterior door, you may qualify for a tax credit that can save you up to $500 as well as trim up to 10% off your energy bills.”
Glass is making it’s mark in remodeling trends, in kitchens and especially in bathrooms. Glass tiles for shower walls, back-splashes and accent tiles in flooring add a noticeable sparkle, color and depth not found in stone or ceramic tiles. The choices are getting more sophisticated too.
The above glass tile mosaics are gorgeous, aren’t they?
The above tiles are reflective gold leaf with slight patina.
These mirrored glass tiles are available in platinum, white gold or rose gold leafing…
The handsome tiles above are made of obsidian, volcanic glass.
Which ones do you like? Do these inspire you?
If you have any questions or topics you would like to read about, be sure to let us know! Have a great day and a wonderful Easter weekend-