Kitchen Design Guide

Philips HomeCooker offers fresh approach to home cooking

The first in the new range of kitchen appliances co-created by Philips and Jamie Oliver, the Philips HomeCooker is a first of its kind, multifunctional device that does the preparation as well as the cooking, meaning you can cook fresh and stay fresh. Enabling you to prepare homemade meals even on your busiest days, the HomeCooker has been specially designed to achieve authentic home cooking with ease. It chops, stirs, steams and sautés and can be left cooking unattended, giving you some quality time back.

Developed to help busy families enjoy more tasty, fresh, … (read more)

Before taking on more debt, head off these major home repairs

Before taking on more debt, head off these major home repairs

More shoppers are reaching for the credit cards–total consumer debt ticked up 0.3 percent in the final months of 2012, the first increase in four years, according to the New York Federal Reserve. That may be good news for the economy, but it could spell ruin for homeowners who get hit with an unexpected home repair. So before you rack up any more debt, read our checklist of problems not to be ignored.

Water infiltration: Runaway water … (read more)

Exterior Like Interiors: Cozy Urban Home in Sao Paolo

We love the innovative, outdoor vibe of this unusual “inside out” house designed by Brazil’s Terra e Tuma Arquitetos Associados. Maracana House located in Sao Paolo’s urban jungle puts what are typically considered to be exterior elements indoors, like exposed brick walls and a balcony overhead. The main living area is a two-storey space featuring an open layout and enclosed in this light colored brick, overlooked by a curious loft area with a casual, industrial appeal. The upper tier and the staircase leading up to it … (read more)

Using vivid colors when trying to sell a home isn’t a bright idea

Using vivid colors when trying to sell a home isn’t a bright idea

Next year will be a gem if predictions by Pantone, the self-appointed color authority, come true. The corporation recently named Emerald as 2013’s color of the year promising that it will enhance “our sense of well-being, balance and harmony.” Unless, that is, you’re trying to sell your house. Realtors and home stagers advise sellers to stay away from bright colors because they don’t appeal to most buyers. The only green they’ll see is the cost of a … (read more)

While you’re away, give your home that lived in look

While you’re away, give your home that lived in look

Before you pack your bags for that holiday visit or end-of-year vacation, take a safety survey to make sure your empty house isn’t putting out the welcome mat for burglars. Walk around the perimeter to observe whether your shrubbery is obscuring your windows and, if so, cut it back. And a lock that’s strong and sturdy can thwart crimes of opportunity. Only one of the dead-bolts tested by Consumer Reports resisted typical break-in techniques.

Here are some other suggestions from … (read more)

Black Friday sales at the home improvement stores

Black Friday sales at the home improvement stores

The dirty little secret of Black Friday is that many shoppers are out for themselves. And why not take advantage of the lower prices, especially if you have a remodeling project in the works. The home improvement stores are offering deep discounts on appliances, outdoor power equipment and other tools and supplies, some which fared well in Consumer Reports tests.

Do-it-yourselfers who don’t typically frequent the Black Friday sales may want to reconsider. “When many people think about Black Friday, they have … (read more)

Funky Home Decor – Fun Home Accessories by Rocket Design

We got a hot trend tip from a pair of young Italian up-and-comers who recently launched their new brand, Rocket Design. The Milan-based design duo is dedicated to creating original home decor, and they’re fun, funky and functional decor accessories that really crank up the style meter. Here’s a taste of the brand’s first collection; these really cool creations that work as great as they look. Inspired by the rock ‘n roll disco culture this clothes-hanger system, shelf and wine rack will rock your rooms! To see more, visit the Young Designer Book … (read more)

Fish Home Radiator by Giancarlo Zema

Trash the old home radiator that you have been trying to casually (yet unsuccessfully) conceal and check out the cool Fish radiator by Giancarlo Zema. And unlike its predecessors, this home radiator is sure to get lots of attention for all the right reasons! Create a sculptural, fashionable and functional focal point in your home in one fell swoop. This cool radiator features abstract fish which take shape in warm waves and line up in a row of hot colors like pink, red, green and blue. Put some life into your decor with … (read more)

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