High Tech Kitchens Of The Future

What’s in store for the kitchen of tomorrow? There’s no knowing for certain what the appliances will look like in 30 years, what functions will come as standard or how they will work, but as a guide, it might be worth looking at a modern-day Washing Machine found at appliances direct, as they seem pretty futuristic. You can buy self-serviceable appliances such as washing machines which can fix themselves, wash delicate materials and do a full cycle in half an hour.  But what else can you expect to get from smart appliances today?

One of the outstanding features that just about every smart appliance has is energy efficiency. The majority of smart appliances on the market today have a high energy efficiency rating and with good reason. Washing machines, fridge freezers and dishwashers that come with those ratings use less water while doing a similar or improved job compared to that of earlier appliances. Perhaps more importantly, smart appliances use less electricity by not wasting as much as older appliances did.

Aside from intelligent energy use, smart appliances come equipped with a number of innovative features and functions which set them apart from their more basic equivalents. For example, if you look at a modern-day smart fridge freezer, you should expect to find a drinks dispenser, ice dispenser and salad crisper, as well as specific compartments for fruit and meat where you can control the temperature so that they’re at the appropriate level.  However, some smart fridge freezers do even more, and future hi-tech appliances will do even more.

One such example of a future appliance that does more that you would expect from a humble kitchen appliance is a new smart fridge freezer from Korean electronics firm Samsung. They are set to bring out a new model which comes equipped with a touch screen that, aside from controlling the temperature of both the refrigerator and freezer compartments, lets you access recipes, write notes and even look for weather updates. Meanwhile, other future appliances will help users find out if they’re running low on certain items of food or drink like milk, eggs or cold meats, which is incredibly useful.

If you think the kitchen technology of today is amazing, who knows what could happen? You could find that, in as little as five years from now, you could buy appliances that run on wireless electricity, fridges with full internet connectivity and a screen big enough for you to watch TV on. The possibilities are pretty much endless, but there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy the features and ease of use that come with smart appliances today.

On Water Heaters: Repair and Care

After a long day in the office, nothing appeals more to me than the thought of spending an hour or two at a spa.   But my lack of finances dictate otherwise, so what I do instead is take a hot shower when I get home from work.  That’s why the water heater has become an indispensable household fixture for me.  But as with any home appliance, even the water heater goes through wear and tear over time.  So, what are the telltale signs that a water heater needs to be repaired?

You know you’ll have to call a Spring plumber when you find that your heater does not make the water hot enough, or if you notice that your water is discolored.

You’ll definitely need the expertise of one of those plumbers in Spring, TX  if you start to detect any gas leaking from your heater.  This can be highly dangerous for your family.  Another sure sign of damage is when you see some form of condensation outside the tank, because this means that the self-containment feature of the tank has been compromised.

In order to keep your water heater running smoothly, you must give it regular flushing.  This gets rid of sediment-build up which can impede the flow of hot water.  You do this flushing by first turning off the gas or electric power of the heater.  Then, let the water cool.  Once the water cools, close the valve for incoming water.  Then attach a hose to the drain valve, and allow the water to run into a large bucket or just let it drain.

Just because you see the first sign of trouble with your water heater, doesn’t mean you have to replace it right away.  Most of these problems can be solved by taking the proper precautionary measures.

Fine Linens are a Girl’s Best Friend

For lack of anything better to do on a Sunday morning, I took a trip to the eye, nose and throat doctor to have my sinuses checked. I’ve had this stubborn cold for three weeks now, and it’s driving me close to insanity. So, after Mr. Handsome Doctor examined me, he diagnosed me with allergic rhinitis and sinusitis.

Aside from stuffing myself with all the medication he prescribed, I thought that I should start paying more careful attention to my beddings. Common allergy triggers such as dust tend to enjoy making their homes in our bed sheets, pillowcases, carpets and other furniture. One way to kill these allergens is by washing linens at temperatures of 60 degrees and above. And you can’t safely do that with cheap linens.

Because of my frugal nature, I have always settled for less when it came to linens. When I used to stay in a dorm during my college years, I remember buying my bed sheets at a cheap thrift shop. Now, I realize I have to invest in high quality sheets if I want to keep the sniffles at bay. I’m especially liking the yves delorme line of fine linens .It’s a worthwhile investment, I must say.

How to Brighten Up a Dark Home

Sunshine is always associated with positive vibes.  Where there is light, there is life.  But what do you do if your apartment or home doesn’t have big enough windows to let a lot of sunlight in?  You may be tempted to call Extreme Makeover Home Edition, and beg them to remodel your home, but that would be a little too… extreme.    Here’s what you can do to brighten up a dark house:

Start with color.  It shouldn’t be that difficult to paint your walls over.  Your best bet would be to paint your walls in white or beige.  The neutral color helps to bounce light around the room, giving off a feeling of brightness.  You can likewise make your floors white by putting a white rug over it, or by staining wooden floors with a white or light-colored stain.

Seek to reflect.  In order to create reflections, hang mirrors on a wall across the window to reflect natural light.  You can also install one of those large chandeliers with bits of crystal to help magnify light.

Use area lighting to shed some light in dark corners of the room.  Pendant light fixtures, for instance, will look particularly good in the dining room or in a reading nook.

Try the above tips if you want to make your home bright and cheery, and soon you’ll see things in a new light!

On a Magic Carpet Ride: A Whole New World of Carpet Cleaning

Our living room carpet is probably one of the most beat up furniture pieces in our home.  Apart from it taking a lot of foot stomping from my at-home Zumba sessions, it has become my daughter’s favorite toy.  Her penchant for Disney princesses has taken its toll on our carpet, as she likes to pretend she’s Princess Jasmine on a magic carpet ride- and I have to stand in as her prince!

With all that activity, it comes as no surprise that our carpet no longer smells as good as it used to.  Sure, I do a spot clean here and there, but I think it’s time to call a Manhattan carpet cleaning company to do the job.

I was never too keen on having my precious carpet subjected to all those harmful cleaning chemicals though, so I was only too excited when I stumbled upon this carpet cleaning company’s website (GreenChoice) that has an eco-friendly approach to carpet cleaning.

Instead of using the traditional chemicals which leave toxins in the air after cleaning, they use products made of organic ingredients.  Purified water, coconut oil and essential oil extracts are just some of the magic cleaning components of their products.

It’s definitely a good thing that we moms now have a wider range of options when it comes to improving our homes.  This environment-friendly route is certainly the best way to go.

Sick Of Leather: Know It For A Better Purchase

If you are after luxury furniture, leather should be high in your list. After all, the material alone bespeaks of luxury, elegance, and style. This is on top of the comfort that goes with leather sofas, loveseats, and sectionals. And there is still the durability aspect to boast of.

The Advantages of Leather

  1. Probably the most significant one is the prestige that it conveys. The presence of furniture made of leather in one’s home or office will give the impression that the owner is of high social standing, either wealthy or sophisticated or both.
  2. Maintenance is a breeze. Wiping it regularly with a damp cloth is oftentimes enough. Should you want added protection, a stain protector may be in order.
  3. It will last for years. Leather is known for its durability. And it is tear and puncture resistant. Good quality leather can also last longer than you think, but of course with proper care and maintenance.
  4. The leather on sofas, loveseats, and sectionals follows the contours of your body, but retains its shape. These kinds of seats are ideal for everyone especially with those with back problems. Having that kind of quality makes it comfortable to sit on, and since it does not get out of shape its beauty remains.

Choosing Your Leather Furniture

One advantage of leather furniture is that it is easy to match with other furniture designs. If it is a leather sofa or sectional that you are considering, you can make it the centerpiece of your living room and add other pieces of furniture to enhance it. Or you can have a leather recliner or club chair sit unobtrusively in a corner of the room adding a touch of class.

Regardless of your design intention, the important factor to consider is the amount of space available. There is no point in considering sectionals, if the allocated space is only good for a loveseat. Even if you are contemplating on a relatively small leather recliner, there should be adequate space in front and at the back to allow the backrest to recline and the leg support to elevate. So before deciding on which furniture to buy, measure the area on which the furniture will be placed.

Your budget will have a significant impact on your options. The sectionals and reclining sofas are likely to be the most expensive. The quality of the leather as well as the frame will also dictate on the price. When considering the cost, shipping should also be included. Given the size of most leather furniture, it is unlikely that you can stash it in your hatchback.

Especially when you are buying sofas, loveseats, and sectionals, it is best to actually sit on them and determine how comfortable they really are. It is similar to buying a pair of shoes. The design should suit your body type. What may be deemed comfortable for some may not be to others.

Furniture made of leather will definitely add to the elegance of your home or office. It may be more expensive, but it is worth the investment.

Home Lighting Tips for Your Living Room

Home is where the heart is, they say.  And where your heart resides, there should be light.  Since the living room is where a lot of activity takes place- from reading, entertaining guests, and watching TV to cross-stitching and playing scrabble- various types of contemporary lighting do the job of not only prettifying the place, but also complementing the different things you do there.   A flexible lighting scheme makes it seem as if there are different spaces for different activities, all right smack in one room.

  • Chandelier lighting always works in the living room.  It makes for a good conversation piece with guests, and helps give off an elegant yet homey feel.
  • Use some accent lighting to highlight collections of books, plants or pictures.
  • Put a freestanding uplighter or a good old lamp behind the sofa.
  • Table lamps may be dotted on shelves and tables around the outside edges of the room.  This helps shine light inwards, giving the illusion of space with a cozy feel.

If you want to renovate your house but are strapped for cash, you can always spice things up with proper lighting.  Now, I hope I was able to shed some light on the topic… pun, oh so intended!