Spoutnik Freestanding Microwave from Fagor

The Spoutnik from Fagor might be one of the cooler microwaves we’ve ever seen. What is Spoutnik? How about we have Spoutnik tell us.

“I am an exciting new freestanding microwave with an innovative domed design and illuminated turntable. Very versatile for my size, my unique spherical shape and spacious interior can accommodate a wide range of dishes and unlike traditional microwaves; you always have a 360º view of what I am cooking. My translucent lid has a smooth opening system so my internal cooking area is completely accessible, making me much … (read more)

Spring fixes to protect your home from the elements

Spring fixes to protect your home from the elements

After a rough winter in many areas of the country, spring has been no fling. Insurance claims for damage from hail, wind, and sewer and sump pump backups spike in the spring, according to Travelers. With snow shovels stashed, now’s a good time to inspect your house for any damage that may have occurred over the winter while your were inside keeping warm. Here are some steps to take to prevent further harm from wild weather.  

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Top 5 trends from the 2014 Builders’ Show

Top 5 trends from the 2014 Builders’ Show

Some 75,000 builders, designers, remodelers, and more descended on Las Vegas last week for the 2014 International Builders’ Show. For the first time ever, the show shared the stage with the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show. Add in a steadily improving housing market, and there was plenty of pep on the floor of the convention center. There was also a lot of ground to cover, including 1,220 exhibitors spread across 650,000 square feet. Our editors and market … (read more)

Kitchen appliance upgrades from LG and Samsung

Kitchen appliance upgrades from LG and Samsung

New strategies for getting dishes clean and keeping food fresh are on display by appliance makers at the 2014 International CES. Samsung is featuring a souped-up dishwasher that can douse the dirtiest items with extra water and both LG and Samsung exhibited door-in-door refrigerators that prevent too much cool air from escaping when the door is repeatedly opened and closed.

Samsung showed new dishwasher features that will appear on at least three models, including the $ 1,599 Samsung DW80H9970. The first, … (read more)

How to prevent your pipes from freezing

How to prevent your pipes from freezing

Plumbers have been busy during the recent cold snap because when the temperature plummets, the risk of pipes freezing goes up. In fact, frozen pipes are one of the most common causes of property damage during frigid weather and can cause more than $ 5,000 in water damage, according to the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety. The pipes that freeze most frequently are those in such unheated interior spaces as basements, attics, and garages. But pipes that run through … (read more)

Chaise Loveseat Sofa from David Batho: Elegance and Comfort

Modern design, combined with traditional leather work, brings the loveseat to a new level of style. This piece would look simply stunning in any room – but doesn’t it look incredible here against the acid-etched cement floor? You could use it as a fainting couch, can you imagine? Or just lie draped across it, with a rose between your teeth. What a photo that would make! In all seriousness, while this is a high-design piece, it’s also extremely comfortable. David Batho is known for working with the client … (read more)

Manage your home remotely with Iris from Lowe’s

Manage your home remotely with Iris from Lowe’s

At CES 2014, devices that help control and monitor the home are encroaching on the esoteric gadgets that once dominated the electronics show. A case in point is Iris, a cloud-based home management system from Lowe’s that can alert you when your child arrives home from school or enable you to remotely control your thermostat, lights, and other home electronics from a smart phone or tablet.

As explained by Lowe’s, the Iris Hub, which is connected to a home’s broadband … (read more)

Philips soup maker from Viva Collection

You can prepare all your favorites with this easy to use, 990 Watt Philips soup maker from Viva Collection. The versatile soup maker comes with 5 preset programs, robust stainless steel jar and also works as a regular blender.

You can make fresh, delicious soup, either smooth or chunky in under 20 minutes. Or prepare a refreshing smoothy or a fruit compote. The Philips Viva soup maker has a recipe book for great soup cooking ideas.

You can do both hot and cold blending, and there is Manual Blending function to make … (read more)