Monday, December 30, 2013

A New Oven That Texts You When Dinner's Ready

Trend Alert!:
by Fran J. Donegan
Wall oven, meet smartphone. Dinner will never be the same.
Dacor's new Discovery iQ 30" Wall Oven allows home chefs to monitor and control their ovens using Android or iOS (Apple) smartphones and tablets. This means you can put a roast in the oven, select a preloaded recipe or find a new one online, and then sit back and relax while you wait for the text message alert letting you know dinner is ready.
"The Discovery iQ wall oven and controller is an innovative and intelligent breakthrough," says Steve Joseph, Dacor president. "Mobile technology continues to advance rapidly, and we are thrilled to bring this cutting-edge technology into the kitchen in a meaningful way."
Download recipes or watch cooking demos using the Discovery iQ Cooking app, accessible through the oven's 7-inch LCD control panel.
Why we love it: The Discovery iQ includes an integrated 7-inch LCD touch panel that runs on the Android operating system. The oven connects to your home wireless network, allowing it to automatically download system updates and perform self-diagnostics. You can download apps from the Google Play Store, as well as access online recipes and cooking demos. When your dish is ready, the oven sends you a text message alert. But if you can't get to it right away, don't worry: Once the text is sent, the oven automatically switches to warming mode.
A 4.8 cubic foot interior is spacious enough to roast two 20-pound turkeys simultaneously.
What's included: Beyond the high-tech gadgetry, you can expect Dacor's signature features in this 4.8 cubic foot oven, such as the Four-Part Pure Convection System, which distributes heat evenly and reduces cook times, and GreenClean Steam Technology, which eliminates light build-up in 30 minutes without high heat or harsh chemicals. Choose from two stainless-steel door handle options: chrome trim or contemporary flush.

The Discovery iQ Wall Oven is the first Dacor oven to connect to your home wireless network.

Bottom line: This oven adds a tablet computer to your kitchen's built-in appliance lineup. Although we don't expect cooks to stand in front of their ovens playing Candy Crush, we see great potential for using the Discovery iQ control pad to check ingredients or watch instructional videos, such as those showing how to truss a chicken or debone a fish.

Always on the cutting edge, Cabinet-S-Top, 1977 Medina Road, Medina, OH  44256 ~ 330.239.3630 ~



Monday, December 23, 2013

2014 Kitchen Design Trends

Kitchen Remodel Projects Are Top Priority For Coming Year
According to Zillow Digs Home Design Trend Report for 2014
Kitchens featuring black countertops, open shelves or glass-front cabinets and darker paint tones will be popular with homeowners next year, according to Zillow Digs Home Design Trend Report for 2014. Additionally, kitchens top the list of spaces homeowners plan to remodel this coming year.

The top kitchen trends for 2014 are:

Black Counters: Black kitchen counters will be all the rage next year, with homeowners looking to add sophistication to their kitchen. Popular materials to achieve this look will include black granite and quartz.  Black granite that is honed or has a leather finish provides a tasteful, yet dramatic look. Expect to see black countered-kitchens paired with a lighter counter such as marble or light gray for contrast.

Open Shelves and Glass-front Cabinets: Displaying kitchen wares is a growing trend among all kitchen types, not just contemporary and traditional farmhouse kitchens.  As the kitchen has become a central meeting place for family and friends, presentation has become a priority for many homeowners. It is now fashionable to display almost everything in the kitchen — from dishes to pots and pans to gourmet oils and vinegars.

Darker Paint Tones: Homeowners identified black, deep brown and dark red and copper tones as some of the most popular paint colors on Zillow Digs. Since dark colors may make a space feel smaller, designers recommend painting just one wall a deep shade, or consider painting the ceiling or floor.

Cabinet-S-Top is located at 1977 Medina Road, Medina, OH  44256
 ~ 330.239.3630 ~

Monday, December 16, 2013

Trend to Try: A Kitchen Counter Waste Hole

By Kathie Robitz
No one ever said kitchen waste disposal would be pretty. You are, after all, dealing with garbage. But you can make the process easier—and more convenient—with the aptly named kitchen waste hole. A quick and easy way to get rid of food scraps, this feature is usually incorporated into a butcher-block countertop that’s used for chopping. That way, the homeowner can just brush any leftover scraps directly into the opening. According to Denise Grothouse, of The Gothouse Lumber Company, “It creates a food preparation space that is self-contained, which is especially helpful in a busy kitchen with multiple cooks.” Bonus: A waste hole is a handy way to collect scraps for composting. And, in a home that can’t use a garbage disposoer because of a too small septic system, adding one is a makes a smart alternative.
Why we love them: They eliminate the back and forth steps to a trash can, because you simply swipe or push messy scraps or crumbs into a built-in receptacle that’s mounted flush with the countertop. “A stainless-steel bin that lifts out for emptying or cleaning can easily be incorporated into your kitchen design,” said Grothouse. However waste holes can also simply empty directly into an under-counter trashcan. “Designers can also incorporate stainless-steel compost drawers below the hole,” she added.
How to Use: Grothouse highly recommends emptying a trash receptacle at least once a day, especially if it contains chicken or seafood scraps, but she says, “Waste bins integrated into the cabinetry should last longer. The frequency of emptying the bins can vary based on the items in the garbage and the climate.” 
Adding a lid can also keep odors at bay, but waste hole don’t always come with one,  and they must be made separately. “Custom wood lids can add a decorative flair to the design,” says Grothouse. Often these coverings are made of easy-to-wipe-clean stainless steel. Lids can be flush mounted or with flip-up handles.

The bottom line: If you’re thinking of installing one yourself, “The easiest way is to use a hole saw,” says Grothouse. “A six-inch round opening is sufficient for most kitchens, but the ideal size can vary on the room’s design and layout.” However: don’t try to use the cut out piece of wood for the lid. “It will be too small due to the width of the blade used to cut the opening,” Grothouse explains.
Cabinet-S-Top can assist you with installation of a custom waste hole to be in your butcher block countertop.  Located at 1977 Medina Road, Medina, OH  ~ 330.239.3630 ~


Monday, December 9, 2013

Hot Seats! 12 Great Bar Stools for All Kitchen Styles

by Charmean Neithart

Go backless, pick a swivel or a footrest — thesestools let you belly up to the bar or island however you like
With the popularity of lingering in the kitchen, it’s time to step up our game with bar and counter stool styles. Kitchen island seating is definitely a place where you can bend the rules a bit — no style is out of bounds. Comfort is a must, but comfort can be different for everyone.

Standard seat heights are 24 inches for counter stools and 30 inches for bar stools. Swivels, footrests and backless options are all welcome to the party. And yes, do the leather! Food and beverage spills don’t stand a chance of sticking to leather.

Here are the latest styles. Go ahead, have a seat and linger awhile. Which is your favorite?

Bar stools present the perfect opportunity for some personality. These Calvin stools  add a contemporary twist to this otherwise traditional kitchen. Notice how the black of the pendants balances the black and white of the bar stools.
The BaBa bar stool  is a sculptural choice for this warm and handsome kitchen. I love the wide base, which helps prevent tipping. Seat heights for this style are 26½ inches for counter stools and 29½ inches for bar stools.
Designed in the early ‘50s, this style was the first of its kind with sculpted steel rods. This modern, textured choice is wonderful for this light-filled kitchen.

Another iconic design, this bar stool works in modern and
transitional spaces. The swanky back is surprisingly comfortable.
Notice how the sharp lines of these shiny metal bar stools contrast the raw wood of the island. The eye likes contrast, making this a perfect pairing.
Pick a color — any color, really. Bar stools and counter stools offer a great way to launch a color palette. Lime-green leather stools kick this neutral kitchen up a notch.
The perfect vintage treasure may be hard to find, but it is worth the effort. These vintage stools are perfect in this midcentury space. Check antiques stores, flea markets and eBay for great vintage finds.
A footrest is a nice bonus on bar and counter stools. There are few better ways to encourage lingering in the kitchen than with a comfortable spot for backs and feet. Here this counter stool mixes steel and warm wood for a winning combination.
The Dowel counter stool features a swivel and comes in a multitude of colors to delight all of your color whims. Orange or pickle green is a great choice for midcentury modern style.
If lightweight bar stools are a wish list item for you, look no more. The Delta bar stool is made of feather-light aluminum with an anodized finish, and you can find cushions in several colors.
This beach house called for something light and unfussy, and these French café bar stools (shown here in burnt oak with custom seat pads) fit the bill.
Backless is sexy for bar stools, too. Check out this vintage-inspired Toledo bar stool for instant vintage appeal.

Cabinet-S-Top, 1977 Medina Road, Medina, OH  44256 ~ 330.239.3630 





Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Countertop + Backsplash: Making the Perfect Match

by Jennifer Ott

Zero in on a kitchen combo you'll love with these strategies and
great countertop-backsplash mixes for inspiration
Which do you select first — kitchen counter or backsplash? How do you coordinate colors? Is it OK to mix patterns? The seemingly unlimited countertop and backsplash choices can feel overwhelming.

I've had homeowners approach me after weeks or months of looking at and collecting samples of materials that they love separately but just don't love together. Some settle on a combination that looks good together, but they don't actually like either material on its own.

Here are 10 examples of stunning and successful countertop and backsplash combinations to help you plan your own mix of kitchen finishes, along with tips to ease your selection process.
Approach 1: Select the Countertop First

If you feel overwhelmed by the countertop and backsplash options, try focusing on countertop selection first. Your countertop is the workhorse in your kitchen and can constitute a good chunk of your budget, so you'll want to get it right. Your budget and the way you use your kitchen will narrow things down. Plus, there are generally fewer color and pattern options for countertop materials, whereas backsplash options are practically unlimited. Countertops will also be installed before the backsplash, so you definitely need to decide on this first if construction has already begun.  Browse countertop materials that appeal to you and the compare the pros and cons.

Shown: Soapstone and butcher block counter; linear glass tile mosaic backsplash.
Once you've homed in on your countertop of choice (congratulations!), you have immediately narrowed the field of options for the backsplash. Trust me, this makes your life easier.

Now, you don't necessarily need to exactly match the color or pattern of your countertop to that of your backsplash, especially if you go for an unusual hue or a countertop material with a lot of movement in it. In these cases a simple and neutral-hued backsplash is a good choice, so that the countertop takes center stage and does not fight with the backsplash for attention.

Shown: Orange quartz counter; Oceanside Glasstile's Tessera mosaic blend in Veil backsplash

If you want to go bold with both your countertop and backsplash, bring a sample of your chosen countertop material with you as you shop for backsplash tile. You will be able to instantly limit your backsplash options to those that work with your countertop material. If you are struggling with finding the right backsplash to work with your countertop selection, consider hiring a pro, even if it's for just a few hours, to help you nail the selections. Or enlist the help of a color- or design-savvy friend.

Shown: Green quartz counter; mosaic glass tile backsplash
Approach 2: Select the Backsplash First

Of course, if you happen to find a backsplash you absolutely love before you've even looked at countertops, I say go for it. Making this selection will absolutely help you narrow down the options for the countertop. If you go for a statement-making backsplash such as the one here, find a quiet, subtler countertop material so it doesn't fight with the backsplash.

Shown: Pietra del Cardoso stone counter; Stone & Pewter Accents mosaic glass tile backsplash
I prefer that either the countertop or the backsplash be the star of the show, with the other material playing a supporting role. This stunning backsplash has lots of color and movement and, in my opinion, should not have to compete with an equally attention-grabbing countertop.

Shown: Caesarstone counter; glass mosaic Waterworks backsplash
That's not to say you shouldn't consider a mix of colors and patterns for both your countertop and backsplash. But if both of your materials feature multiple hues and have different patterns, aggregates or movement, stick to one overriding color palette for both materials. This will give the materials a nice cohesiveness, so they don't fight with each other.

Shown: Bianco Romano granite counter; stained glass mosaic tile backsplash
Approach 3: Use the Same Material for Both Counter and Backsplash

Love your countertop selection and want to keep this process simple? Consider running your countertop material up onto the wall as the backsplash. This is an especially smart option if you are required to purchase entire slabs of your chosen countertop material and you happen to have enough material left over to use the remainder as the backsplash.

Shown: Get the look with a Pietra del Cardoso stone counter and backsplash.
You can also use the same or similar countertop material for your backsplash but break it up by selecting a tile format for your backsplash rather than a slab. This can be a budget-friendlier option than purchasing extra slabs to create a backsplash.

Shown: Get the look with a Carrara marble counter or, for a more durable option, check out Misty Carrera from Caesarstone; Carrara marble subway tile backsplash
Another cost-effective approach is to run your countertop 4 to 6 inches up the wall as a short splash. It will give you a nice finished edge where the countertop meets the wall, and it will also provide protection to the part of the wall most likely to get wet or dirty. Just be sure to check your local building code requirements regarding the minimum height of noncombustible materials on the wall area above the range or cooktop.

Shown: Uba Tuba granite counter; colbalt-blue Daltile subway tile backsplash
Approach 4: Hire an Expert

Some homeowners just have a difficult time visualizing their finished kitchen, which is why material selection can prove so challenging. And all too often you are asked to make too many decisions in too short a time period. If you know you are prone to analysis paralysis, do yourself a favor and give yourself enough time to weigh your options, but with a firm deadline to make the decision. Engage the assistance of a friend whose taste you admire, or hire a design professional to help guide you or bless your selections.

Shown: Gray and white granite counter; oversize ceramic tile backsplash
Feeling overwhelmed with all the options available for your countertop and backsplash?  At Cabinet-S-Top, we have designers available to help you select the right products for your kitchen.  Stop by and browse our showroom located at 1977 Medina Road, Medina, OH ~ 330.239.3630 ~