Chef Michael Voltaggio’s kitchen essentials inspire culinary innovation

(BPT) – When award-winning chef and culinary visionary Michael Voltaggio was remodeling his West Hollywood home, he purposefully selected kitchen essentials that facilitate restaurant-level culinary innovation in a residential setting. Chef Voltaggio’s home kitchen couples superior functionality with style, integrating handpicked fixtures and tools of the trade necessary to establish an environment that inspires an elevated culinary process. Mindful mise en place One of the most important lessons a chef learns is the concept of mise en place — French for “everything in its place” — to streamline organization and enable efficiency. With expert forethought and understanding of the importance …

Bathrooms embrace several trends in 2018

Many area experts say that two bathroom trends are popular. Most popular is the embracing of zen-like spa spaces, but there is also a growing interest in bolder colors, whether they are found in vanities, paint, tile, or accents. “Neutral colors are trending,” says Erica Bunten of True North Designs. “Also, on the flipside, bolder colors and patterns are hot. It all comes down to personal preference. I’ve seen more people lean toward the natural, neutral, zen kind of space.” Joi Albright with PDI Kitchen, Bath & Lighting agrees that a common trend is the creation of a spa-like bath, …

PDI provides style, convenience, and bold finishes, mixed textures

When it comes to today’s kitchens, the opportunity to add your personal style and flair is there like never before. Long gone are the days of the standard kitchen with pale walls and white appliances. You are seeing the use of mixed textures, bold colors and untraditional finishes popping up everywhere—in plumbing and lighting fixtures, as well as appliances. A few noteworthy kitchen trends that we’d like to highlight are the usage of farmhouse style elements, products that make cooking a breeze, and finishes that really take things up a notch.           Farmhouse Style Elements Natural …

Home improvements to help your home sell faster and for more money

The real estate market is heating up, and if you’re planning to sell your home in the future, you want it to sell quickly and for as high of a price as possible. By taking proactive action now, you can make a few strategic home improvements that can help you achieve both your goals. To boost your home sale and reduce time on the market, consider these top home improvement ideas to catch buyers’ eyes. Garage door: When potential buyers visit your property, you want to make the best first impression before they even come inside. That’s why it’s wise to …

4 ways to simplify your DIY projects and home improvements

Whether you’re working on a spring home improvement project or a summer task, this is the time of year when you focus on improving your home both inside and out. As you look for ways to make your home even better, nothing beats a good DIY project. DIY home improvement projects are popular each year, and they can be as big or small, short or long and expensive or inexpensive as you desire. Whether you are an advanced builder or a novice home improver, the options are wide open, but remember the one thing every DIYer can agree on: Eliminating …

BLANCO Launches the Innovative PRECISION® R0 Farmhouse Sink Crafted of its Groundbreaking DURINOX® Material

BLANCO, the German manufacturer of finely crafted sinks and faucets, launches the new PRECISION R0 Farmhouse Sink crafted of its revolutionary DURINOX stainless steel material. Scratch and fingerprint resistant, DURINOX is the latest innovation from the artisans at BLANCO STEELART® featuring a completely unique look and feel with two times the strength of traditional stainless steel. Tailored to a hard-working and sophisticated kitchen, the PRECISION R0 modernizes a classic style complete with a velvety, matte finish and sleek silhouette. Featuring crisp, zero radius seams and an on-trend farmhouse style, the PRECISION R0 combines superior strength and unsurpassed resilience in its …

VESTA® Fine Hardware launches the PALAZZO Collection

Classically inspired by decorative hardware with on-trend geographic facets Refined, rich, and eternally romantic VESTA™ Fine Hardware introduces Palazzo, a collection of elegant decorative hardware with an influence of octagonal elements. Available in nine cabinet pull and knob shapes, the classically inspired collection blends emotion and creativity with exceptional craftsmanship and artisanal European design. The Palazzo collection radiates effortless elegance, states Christine Zimmer, Product Manager of VESTA. “It has the rare ability to both inspire designers and transform spaces. A symbol of passion and dedication, Palazzo is a work of handcrafted art.” Composed of solid brass, the Palazzo collection is …

5 top trends for your kitchen in 2018

It’s your home’s focal point. The site of some of your best moments and the base of operations for entertaining — it’s your kitchen, and no room in your home is more valuable. A magnificent kitchen defines a home, and bringing your kitchen to this level means capitalizing on today’s top trends. Many of the trends that will define kitchens for the year appear first at KBIS, the kitchen and bath industry convention held every year in January. More than 600 brands attended this year’s event, and here are the five trends that stood out from the show and are …

Fresh beginnings: Clean your bathroom faster with these tech tools

If you’re like most Americans, you prefer to have an immaculate bathroom — you just don’t like cleaning it. In fact, in a recent study by Kohler (conducted by independent research firm Vision Critical), 42 percent of consumers admitted cleaning the toilet is one of their most disliked chores. That said, domestic guru Martha Stewart recommends scrubbing your tub/shower enclosure, toilet and drains at least weekly to maintain decent standards of cleanliness. And a study from researcher Mintel shows 49 percent of American adults place importance on doing their housecleaning right, though 27 percent would like to minimize the time they spend …

Material Matters

For many homeowners, aesthetics and function are the primary considerations of a kitchen renovation. However, before you lay out your space and start selecting colors, there is another essential factor to explore: the materials you will use for each feature. In fact, there are numerous factors to consider as you narrow down your options. Giving special attention to the material composition of your kitchen, particularly when it comes to the aspects that take the heaviest use – the floors, sink, and countertops – can help ensure your renovation stands the test of time. Flooring Though often taken for granted, the floor is generally the …