Bronze Finishes Choices for Decorative Hardware

KitchAnn Style Mulholland Hardware

I’ve been holding onto this idea for a post for a while but with Olympic Fever Spreading it seems like a good time to mention that Hardware manufacturer Amerock wins a Gold Medal for their new Bronze Finishes.

BRUSHED BRONZE FINISH

Amerock describes this finish as the perfect blend of both Silver and Gold Tones. I think this finish exudes energy and looks great on the contemporary stylings of Essential’Z and Arrondi Bath Collection.

CARAMEL BRONZE FINISH

The new Caramel Bronze finish is decadent. It’s Bold yet gives a rustic nod to its rustic roots. It is available exclusively in the Candler, Extensity and the Clarendon Bath collections.

GILDED BRONZE

While this finish is not exactly new, it is now available on the new Mulholland Collection. The large appliance pull options from this collection are especially nice.

I hope all of you have a wonderful 4th of July! I’ll be watching the parade and fireworks in downtown Naples.

Best,  Ann Porter, CKD

Interior Design via Kinect

Unless you live on a remote desert island, you are aware of the impact Microsoft’s Kinect has had on gaming. What you may not be aware of its ability to be a 3-D scanner with third-party apps.

The new possibilities comes from the Microsoft Kinect Fusion research project. It’s called Fusion because the technology fuses 3D data on top of the room mapping and gesture-aware sensors in the $150 Kinect device.

Simple 3-D mapping could open possibilities for homeowners to scan their rooms and send them to Interior Designers to make virtual changes. The technology is already available on Window 8 and its realistic price makes the future of new apps very promising.

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Microsoft is helping to encourage developers to create more apps by sponsoring a 13-week Kinect Accelerator program for young startups in partnership with Techstars this month.

While it may be a while before this hits the interior design community, engineers at companies like Toyota and Nissan are already using it to give consumers a virtual showroom and the ability to tour the inside of new concept cars.

Bloomingdale’s introduced special fitting rooms – called Pods –  that can scan your body in 5 seconds and recommend a pair of flattering jeans. The Bodymetrics Pod may soon be a common site in department stores and a home version is sure to revolutionize online shopping.

Who in our industry do you think will use it first? Will a large company like Masco use it as a virtual cabinet display at a Show like KBIS instead of setting up actual vignettes? Would Kohler use it to give you a tour of their new Elevance BubbleMassage rising wall bathtub so you could experience its controls without getting wet? Maybe it will be Miele with an inside look at how a dishwasher cleans with the ability to zoom in and see how the water jets clean away food particles? Or maybe it will be Hafele with an interactive automated lighting and opening system in a Kitchen vignette? I guess only time will tell.

Magnetic Artwork

A while ago I wrote about how you can add some whimsy and color to your kitchen with the top-mount refrigerators from Amana.  Now you can achieve new flair using your existing refrigerator with a magnetic artwork kit from Motifo 

One pack of 1296 magnetic tiles contains six colour-coded designs  for creating your own masterpiece or you can use the Motifo templates to make portraits of Audrey Hepburn, Muhammad Ali, Pink or Yoda to name a few.

A pack costs $79.95 from motifo.com, where you can also download the new design templates regularly added to the site.

Obviously you can use these anywhere they will stick.  I think they could be used to liven up a plain steel entry door or bank of filing cabinets.

      

HomeClick.com is Closed

HomeClick.com has closed. 

The site is part of Home Décor Products, Inc.  Nine retail websites were operated by Home Décor Products, Inc. including AbsoluteHome.com KnobsandThings.com, Hechinger.com, PoolClick.com, and ChefsCorner.com

The home decor webtailer filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy siting it owes it’s 20 largest unsecured creditors more than $2.8 million. Excessive inventory costs have been sited as the company’s reason for demise.

It’s reported Home Décor Products, Inc. has assets of $8.1 million and debts of $9.2 million.

The HomeClick website is up for “browsing only.”  The Home Décor Products, Inc. website is not up but it’s LinkedIn Page is available.

 Home Décor Products, Inc. had Web sales in 2007 of $83.8 million, according to reports by Internet Retailer.

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