French Door Wall Oven

French Door Oven | Kitchen Studio of Naples

This soon to be released residential wall oven from American Range features dual dependant french oven doors.  When one is moved the other is activated;  so you can hold your oven tray in your right hand and open the oven with your left.

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This oven features Innovection Convection Technology which means it has 2 convection motors and louvered side panels to enhance baking performance.  It comes in a 30″ electric version or a 30″ gas version. According to American Range the Innovection Convection technology in the gas oven allows for a 20% reduction in the use of gas over other ovens since it does not rely on radiant heat to bake.

The commercial grade high temperature  procelain interior measures 4.7 cu. ft.  It has a 30,000 BTU concealed oven burner and a 15,000 BTU Incone banquet broiler burner.  The outside is made of commercial grade stainless steel with easy to use analog controls.  Color options are available.

American Range Company is a 30+ year old manufacturer of restaurant cookign equipment that inlcudes specialty ranges, ovens, griddles and specialty restaurant cooking products.  For more information or to locate a dealer visit www.Americanrange.com

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Full Height Marble Splash

Full Marble Splash | KitchAnn Style

White CarreraWith tile so popular these days I rarely get requests for full height backsplashes so I was thrilled to see a picture posted by Materialicious of a German kitchen featuring white marble running not just up the side of a tall cabinet but across the top too.

Most Americans don’t like how easily marble can stain and tend to favor granite or quartz countertops.  If you want to recreate this look with either material you can substitute strips on top of the cabinet to cut the cost and weight.

CaesarStone and Corian Samples

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Design Idea

corner trayI thought it would be nice to share some of the clever ideas that can be used when designing kitchens with awkward areas.  This photo from House Beautiful shows serving trays nestled in a small corner.

 Other options for a space like this include small shelves for a rolling pin, rolling cloth and biscuit cutters for someone who bakes often.

Feng Shui is the Child of Vasstu Shastra

VaastuSome Feng Shui practitioners believe the Chinese science of harmonious home living was adapted from India’s Vaastu Shastra, a book of architecture written in Sanskrit in the 10th century AD and practiced by the Vedic civilization.

The principles of Vaastu harness the power of the Earth in addition to other surrounding celestial bodies to bring health, wealth and good fortune.  Vaastru Shastra’s tenets help define building layouts so positive and negative forces are in balance to naturally ensure general prosperity of the owners.

Vaastu Your Kitchen
Since the kitchen deals with the health and nourishment of the family, inappropriate placement or design can directly cause illness or loss of health.  Techniques to Vaastu a kitchen include placing it on the southeast side of the home with the pantry in a southern location.

The stove should be placed on the southeast side allowing the cook to face east.  A stove in the north or east side of the kitchen may cause possible accidents.  The dishwasher and toaster are preferred on the south side due to their heat production.  The refrigerator should be placed in the northwest, southeast, south or west.  Faucets are most beneficial on the northeast side; placement on the south or west side is believed to increase illness in the person consuming the water.

The kitchen should be painted yellow, rose, red, orange or chocolate brown.  If possible avoid painting walls white or black.  Red is the preferred color for countertops.

It is much harder to find information on Vaastu than Feng Shui so you may want to hire a Vaastu consultant to analyze your space and make recommendations to correct Vaastu anomalies.

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