16 March 2012

Stylish anti-fatigue mat for the kitchen

The new Seasons Mat Cover collection from WellnessMats  is  a collection of removable, interchangeable, and seasonable decorative mat covers. The covers are made of stain-, spill- and bacterial-free fabric. The company added MoirĂ©, an grid design inspired by the French textile process.

15 March 2012

Kitchen tools from Curtis Stone

Here are three new items introduced by Curtis Stone Kitchen Solutions at the International Housewares Show this week. There are also prep tools, cookware, bakeware and servingware.

Chef Curtis Stone created Kitchen Solutions after working in domestic kitchens on "Take Home Chef" and seeing many of the common problems that home cooks were facing. He started thinking about products that would help them to better organize and learn the skills that professionals use in the kitchen, such as Workbench Cutting Board (shown above),  which offers a more hygienic and organized work station for prepping.

The  "Go with the Flow Oil Can" (below) has an upward elongated narrow spout to allow a thin steady stream of oil for a perfect pour. The design cuts down on spillage on the outside of the bottle. 

14 March 2012

Foldable ice bucket stores flat after use

Foldable ice bucket
Ravi Solution, makers of the Ravi-Instant Wine Refresher, launched its Instant Wine Refresher at the Chicago Housewares show.

Another new product is the Foldable Ice Bucket made of PVC. Available in four colors, it can be folded after use and stored.

The 2-in-1 Vacuum Stopper is a wine stopper and a pump that removes the air in wine bottle to preserve freshness and flavor.

13 March 2012

Wall-mounted wine racks made of exotic wood

Vynebar introduced its newest collection, called Allure, at the International Home and Housewares show in Chicago this week. The wine racks are made in the United States with exotic woods accented with brass, copper or nickel metals.  The Vynebar 8 Allure Collection holds eight bottles of wine and the Vynebar 4 Allure Collection holds four bottles. Easy to install, the Vynebar can also be mounted under kitchen cabinets.

Another collection offers eight anodized metal colors in four finishes: Glossy Polished, Flat Bead Blasted, Brushed Stainless Steel and Polished Mirror.

12 March 2012

Luxury chandelier is 10-feet in diameter

The Medusa chandelier from 2nd AVE Lighting is suitable for a luxury home, retail, hospitality or commercial location.  The fixture is designed and crafted with 120 Bayonette mounted LED lights that are attached to a contemporary styled central mount.  All of the hardware is finished in a cool brushed aluminum. The chandelier is 28 inches tall and 124 inches in diameter. It is made in New York state.

11 March 2012

Sunday special: Decorating with metallics in the home

South Florida interior designer Deborah Wecselman's says, "One touch of metal  instantly adds opulence, timelessness and glamour!"

"Metallic accents are not of-the-moment trends yet traditional elements that add high-shine and a feeling of opulence to any space within your home.  Most consumers are intimidated by lustrous wall items, lighting and table accents – straying away from incorporating metals with the fear of transforming their room into an intergalactic spaceship."

Here are four tips for using what she calls "mega-watt metallics:"

1.  Cleanliness. Metallics lend a clean and minimalist feel by adding a few striking accents.
2.  Accessorizing. As in fashion – too much can be overwhelming. Purchase key pieces – one stand out piece (wall art, ottomans, accent tables or centerpieces) as the headlining embellishment in the room.
3.  Refurbishments. Old chairs, chaises, couches and ottomans can be brought back to life by adding platinum, gold, bronze or silver grommets, metallic arms or feet – accenting details to upholstered items lends an antiquated appearance.
4. Light at the end of the tunnel. Focal points in hallways don't have to start and end with a rug, placing a speckled-silver piece of wall art is a foundation for creativity and a natural light source – "visually"opening up a space.

About Deborah Wecselman
Deborah Wecselman was born in Lima, Peru and began her formal training as design associate in the store development department at Polo Ralph Lauren.  She quickly rose to Senior Director of International Store Design, where she was responsible for the creation of more than 5,000 international shops and stores. In 2000, Deborah established DWD Inc. to provide clients with interior and architectural design of the highest quality. DWD Inc. is a small firm that allows Deborah and her staff to  be their best and be most available to their clients.
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