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Should You Buy Colors for Kitchen Appliances? (Reviews/Trends)

by Steve Sheinkopf

About 10 years ago, I was asked by the Wall Street Journal if stainless was going out as a design trend. They seemed to think so. I told them no way (funny, they never called again).

In my opinion only niche companies embraced color, so there was not enough exposure. Flash forward 10 years, GE and Whirlpool have embraced color, but does that constitute a new trend?

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Topics: Appliances, Makeover Monday

How to Vent an Outdoor Grill (Reviews/Hoods)

by Steve Sheinkopf


Love the room, but will it vent?

I will never forget the call.

The head of the maintenance division of my largest customer had an issue with a vent over one of his clients grills. It was not moving the smoke out of the three season porch. Would I look at the unit and installation?

So I brought a couple of sausages (for grease and smoke) to cook and see where the smoke traveled.

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Topics: Ventilation, BBQ Grills, Makeover Monday

How to Protect Your Wine

by Steve Sheinkopf

I once toured a family vineyard in Hungary. They were an old Tokay (great wine, btw) producer from the 19th century. You go through a tour of the grape fields, how it was processed and most importantly how it was stored.

The wine from this manufacturer was stored in nearby caves, because of optimum temperature, humidity, light and vibration. Wines are actually living grapes and need to be stored properly in order to preserve the taste and texture of the wine itself.

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Topics: Wine Coolers, Makeover Monday

Benefits of Side Swing / French Door Wall Ovens (Reviews/Ratings)

by Steve Sheinkopf

I have been writing about projects, trends and new products for almost a year every Monday (our blog started in 2007). It's been fun, because recently there have been new products to actually review. Maybe the manufacturers believe the recession is finally over.

Anyway, last year I wrote about drawers, now lets talk about hinges, specifically on wall ovens.

Let's look at one of our rows of wall ovens. Notice any differences?

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Topics: Wall Ovens, Makeover Monday

Why You Should Flush Mount a Wall Oven (Reviews/How-Tos)

by Mark Bennett

Flush wall ovens. You may have other concerns in your your renovation as you should, but this is a nice detail.

Look at how clean this looks...

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Topics: Wall Ovens, Makeover Monday

The Microwave Drawer Trend (Reviews/Ratings)

by Steve Sheinkopf

Microwaves. They were supposed to change the way we cook when Litton created the microwave in the 1970s. Instead for most of us, they changed how we popped popcorn.

After many years of being an afterthought, microwaves have a buzz about them again. It's not the killer cooking application, there are reasons to look at a microwave again

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Topics: Microwave Drawers, Makeover Monday

Decorative Kitchen Range Hoods (Reviews/Ratings)

by Steve Sheinkopf

You have picked a great pro range, an integrated or professional refrigerator, a quiet dishwasher, but you are missing one important item.

The range hood has always been an important product because it evacuates grease, smoke and heat from your kitchen.

Until the middle 1990s, it was a piece of metal with knobs. Now it can be the design statement in your kitchen.

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Topics: Makeover Monday

New Larger Pendants for the Kitchen (Pictures/Ideas)

by Steve Sheinkopf

So you are renovating your kitchen. You have an island or table in the middle of the kitchen and now it is time to choose lighting.

Until last year, you had a choice of chandelier or smaller pendants. I just renovated my kitchen 2 years ago and carefully picked out these pendants.

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Topics: Makeover Monday

How to Light Your Bathroom Mirror With Recessed Lighting (Reviews/Ratings)

by Steve Sheinkopf

Kitchens and baths are the only two rooms requiring task lighting. Think about it.

You turn the lights down to watch TV. You probably have an iPad or Kindle, so you do not even need lamps or bedroom lights for reading.

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Topics: Makeover Monday

Downdraft vs. Island Hood Ventilation (Reviews/Ratings)

by Steve Sheinkopf

So what do you want your kitchen to look like?

Do you want a cooktop and downdraft or the flexibility of a whole range and a professional hood. They are two very different visuals and both can work under the right circumstances.

You also want efficient ventilation to keep smoke, odors and grease from lingering in your kitchen. We will review the advantages of both plus a few pics of each.

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Topics: Makeover Monday

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