Daydreaming

I think most people fantasize about having their “dream” kitchen.  My dream kitchen would be on a yacht.  Here’s a picture of a beautiful Schiffini Galley Kitchen.  I really like the juxtaposition of the shiny black cabinets and the rich wood floor.  The corner sink gives more usable countertop space and the lights with the electrical plugs keeps the stainless backsplash uncluttered.

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Villeroy & Boch SmartBench

Villeroy & BochVilleroy & Boch is producing fixtures strictly for the US market for the first time in it’s 259 year history.  One noteworthy item is the City Life Collection’s SmartBench.  A ceramic toilet is hidden in a wooden bench with an elegant frosted glass surround.  The hinged lid muffles the sound of the flush and conceals the toilet.  You could have a lot of fun with unsuspecting house guests with this item.

LED “flourescent” Tubes

A lot of us have been waiting to see LED lamps in homes and offices. Good news! EverLED now has LED replacements for fluorescent tubes. These connect directly into the lamp, and require no retrofitting of the ballast or the fixture.

“The EverLED TR is a direct, “drop-in” replacement for standard fluorescent light tubes. It is compatible with virtually every standard, ballast equipped fluorescent light fixture, without any need for modification.”

These are currently available as standard 4′ size tubes in 5 different color temperatures. The distributor advertises these as having a 10 year typical lifespan and 20% energy use reduction versus standard fluorescent tubes. They also note that there is no mercury or lead in these replacements, and that they do not have a breakage hazard as do standard glass tubes.

The $150 price tag may seem steep but with time I’m sure it will drop.  This could be very good for public buildings that do not have the budget to change out all of their lighting systems.

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HGTV Kitchens Abysmal

I decided I had to watch the HGTV Design Star Sunday night since they were making over two kitchens.  The results were not good.  The HGTV website tries to gloss over how bad the rooms are by taking photos from a distance and showcasing other areas like the Dining Room that were more the designers’ fortes.

The kitchen below was not finished.  The designers did not allocate their budget or resources well.  They chose to do a black ceramic tile countertop but they did not purchase enough material and did not even grout the tile they had down.  No amount of accessories is going to fix this room – although they tried.  The judges commented that they liked the old kitchen better.  I’m not sure what the home owners thought, their reactions were not revealed.  Other comments on the HGTV site are just as scathing citing the lack of lighting and bad material choices.

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The “winning” kitchen was not much better. A heavy crackle finish was applied to the upper cabinets leaving the lower cabinets with only new hardware.  The time spent faux painting the backsplash should have been devoted to finishing the cabinets.  While the homeowners were pleased with their results, the judges commented that they should have had better.

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Their is truth in hiring a Kitchen Designer to get the best results.