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Jeff Tarascio

Jeff Tarascio is a Lighting and an Appliance Sales Consultant at Yale Appliance + Lighting. Jeff is a graduate of the Theater Design/Technology BFA program at SUNY Purchase where he studied Lighting Design. His design experience has taken him around the world as far as Shanghai, China and as close as downtown Boston. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, baseball, and live music.

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Recent Posts

Thermador Pro Steam vs. BlueStar 48-Inch Ranges (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

by Jeff Tarascio

The 48-inch range market is filled with verygood products. The Pro was first introduced for residential use by Viking in the 1980’s and have since become an extremely popular appliance choice for high-end kitchens. Now, your options for a pro-style range are almost limitless.

Brands such as Thermador, Miele, Dacor, Wolf, Viking, Capital, BlueStar, Jenn-Air, and DCS are all manufacturers of pro-style ranges for the residential market, but that’s where the similarities end.

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Topics: Thermador, Professional Ranges, BlueStar

KitchenAid vs. Viking Dishwashers (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Jeff Tarascio

If you are considering a premium dishwasher, Miele, Bosch, and KitchenAid are certainly on your list. But what about Viking? After all, they have $15,000 ranges. You would think a dishwasher would be simple by comparison.

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Topics: Dishwashers, Viking, KitchenAid

Coolest Pull Down Kitchen Faucets (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

by Jeff Tarascio

When building or remodeling a kitchen, there are many functional choices one must make as well as many decorative. Cabinets, paint colors, appliances, lighting fixtures, backsplash tile, the list goes on and on; excitement for your new project can quickly turn to frustration as there are so many decisions to be made. However, breaking down each category further into a couple of questions will help you determine the best products for you.

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Topics: Faucets

Jenn-Air vs. Bosch Stainless Kitchen Appliance Packages (Reviews / Ratings)

by Jeff Tarascio

Years ago, you would have no problem furnishing your kitchen with 4 brands like an Amana refrigerator, KitchenAid dishwasher, Jenn-Air stove and a Sharp microwave. Kitchen packages became popular over the years because manufacturers began increasing rebates for multiple purchases.

Buying a kitchen package from the same brand can save money. You also have the same look throughout your kitchen. It looks better than different handles and shades of stainless of different brands.

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Topics: Jenn-Air, Bosch, Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliance Packages

Best Gas Wall Ovens (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Jeff Tarascio

At one time gas wall ovens were much more popular than electric wall ovens. The 24 inch gas wall oven was a staple. Kitchens and cabinets have enlarged over the years. Most current manufacturers now produce only electric wall ovens.

What once was a kitchen staple is now almost extinct. I wondered myself what products were left. Now you and I will know.

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Topics: Wall Ovens, American Range, GE, BlueStar

Miele vs. BlueStar 36 Inch Professional Ranges (Reviews/Ratings)

by Jeff Tarascio

Miele and BlueStar. Now, here is an interesting comparison. These two manufacturers build ranges with feature sets on the polar opposite of the spectrum, and both are strong contenders in the professional range marketplace. 

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Topics: Miele, Professional Ranges, BlueStar

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

Best Copper Kitchen Pendants (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Jeff Tarascio

Copper is a soft, malleable metal with a radiant red-orange metallic luster in its un-oxidized state and is found pure in nature. It is essential to all living organisms in order to sustain life.

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Topics: Pendant Lighting

Best Chandeliers for Traditional Style Bedrooms  (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Jeff Tarascio

While appropriate lighting fixture selection and design is important in all areas of your home, the bedroom is a special location where proper lighting design can make a world of difference.

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Topics: Chandeliers, Traditional, Bedroom

Review of GM Lighting's LARC6 Under Cabinet Lighting

by Jeff Tarascio

Under cabinet lighting is one of the most popular categories in the lighting industry. It's the most versatile and can be used for task, decorative or accent lighting applications. Under cabinet has changed so much recently.

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Topics: Under Cabinet Lighting

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