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Best Brass Kitchen Pendants (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Amy Zuckerman

Brass is back everyone! Not the brass that our grandparents had in the 70’s but a softer, more aged tone of brass. It is more of an organic finish rather than an old fashioned relic.

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Topics: Lighting, Kitchen, Brass

Best American Craftsman Style Lighting (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Marsha Cook

The American Craftsman Style, or the American Arts and Crafts movement is an applied arts and decorative lifestyle philosophy that begin in the last years of the 19th century and remained popular into the 1930’s. After World War I, the ‘Bungalow’ became the popular style to distinguish the Arts and Crafts Movement.

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Topics: Lighting, Dining Room, Craftsman, American

Frigidaire Pro vs. LG Front Control Gas Ranges (Reviews/ratings/Prices)

by Stan Pendrak

I love front control ranges. Let me explain why.

There are basically two types of slide-in ranges. First, is a traditional slide-in, which is installed on top of the countertop, shows no seams (has an overlap) and most importantly is very easy to clean.

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Topics: Frigidaire, LG Electronics, Front Control Ranges

Best Mid-Century Kitchen Lighting (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Jeff Tarascio

Mid-Century décor has been making a strong comeback, and in fact, may be more popular now than ever.

Magazines like Elle Décor and television sets like Mad Men and even The Daily Show feature décor that is Mid-Century.

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Topics: Lighting, Kitchen, MidCentury

Miele C1 Vacuums: The Olympus (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Steve Sheinkopf

The Olympus is Miele's least expensive vacuum at $329. With the exception of Dyson, $329 is the most expensive for other brands like Shark, Hoover, and Kenmore.

As a result, the Miele Olympus would be considered a high-end vacuum for those brands.

However, is it a good vacuum to buy? Many times, especially in the appliance industry, there are advertising leader pieces or artificially low priced products so you buy a more expensive piece.

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Topics: Miele, Vacuums

Affordable Gas Convection Ranges (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Tam Nguyen

There are a lot of choices when you’re shopping for affordable gas ranges. A few years ago, features like convection, continuous grates, fifth center burner, and self-clean required an upgrade in price but now they are standard in most ranges.

In fact, the whole process of looking for a range has changed over the last 5 years.

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Topics: Gas Cooking, Convection, Ranges

Best Professional Range Grills (Reviews/Ratings)

by Nicole Parmenter

Summer has officially graced us with her presence, but for some of us grilling outside may not be possible. Interested in learning more about indoor grills? Many professional ranges 36, 48 and 60 inch ranges have very different gas or electric grill options.

The most popular are Thermador’s electric grill top, Wolf’s infrared gas grill top and Miele’s infrared gas grill top. Which one is the best for your family?

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Topics: Professional Ranges

Tropical Style Lighting for the Bathroom (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Lisa Proulx

I don’t know about you, but when I hear “Tropical Bathroom” I envision the ultimate in a spa-like experience. The outdoors brought inside, maybe even a huge window or door that really does open the space up to the outside.

I think about soothing color tones, Caribbean blues, sandy tones, deep greens and rich woods.

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Topics: Bathroom Lighting, tropical

BlueStar Side Swing Professional Ranges (Reviews/Ratings)

by Brett Lucero

Take a look at this row of professional ranges. See something different?

That's right. BlueStar is the only one with a side swing door. It is unique. But should you consider it in your kitchen?

We look at the attributes of a side swing door, but first we'll look at BlueStar as a company and other features of their professional range.

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Topics: Professional Ranges, BlueStar

Most Reliable Top Load Washers (Reviews/Ratings)

by Steve Sheinkopf

Last month I wrote the most reliable front load washers. Front load washers are bigger and more efficient. They have a bad reputation from repair and that moldy smell some of you have experienced (it is easy to remove, by the way...dry the gasket and leave the door open).

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Topics: Most Reliable Appliances

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