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Acrylic and copper add contemporary edge, beauty to any decor – The Pasadena Star


This copper Thompson Traders bathtub provides the ultimate in luxury and relaxation while adding a more contemporary touch to the space. (Photo courtesy Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting Gallery showroom)

This copper Thompson Traders bathtub provides the ultimate in luxury and relaxation while adding a more contemporary touch to the space. (Photo courtesy Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting Gallery showroom)


















For those looking to add a bit of whimsy to their decor, consider two top trending looks — acrylic and copper.

Acrylic, also called Plexiglass, was introduced in 1933 by the Rohm and Haas Co., and the material is used by Los Angeles-based contemporary designer Alexandra Von Furstenberg to create modern and fun furniture and accessories. The brand is AVF and features tables and colorful accent pieces such as bowls, boxes, vases and ice buckets.

“Acrylic has a very high clarity and is a very strong material, yet at the same time it’s lighter than glass,” said Victor Taniska, AVF director of operations. “At larger thicknesses, over 1-1/4 inches, it’s actually bulletproof and what secure places like banks use for windows. It has greater flexibility over glass in regards to bending and carving.”

In addition, it’s a popular choice for furniture and home accessories.

“What’s great about acrylic is that it blends into almost any type of decor because of its clarity and the fact that it has a crystal-like feel to it,” Tanisaka said.

AVF products are sleek and elegant while definitely adding a “notice-me” factor to any room. It brings the right amount of interest and contemporary panache.

Both acrylic and copper design elements can be seen at the Pasadena Showcase House of Design, just enough to catch the eye and add a nice modern touch to the 101-year-old home. And they can do the same for homes of any age.

“The acrylic chair that I have displayed in my room is a solid molded Italian acrylic chair modeled after a Louis XVI chair,” said Jeanne Chung of Cozy•Stylish•Chic in Pasadena in an email. “Because this year’s Showcase House is a 1916 English Tudor, I felt that it was important to respect the architecture of the home but to also incorporate modern details. The ‘Marilyn’ acrylic was the perfect piece to incorporate into the room, as it is a classical style, but shown in modern materials, merging the past with the present.

“I have had this chair displayed in my Old Pasadena store for the past few months and surprisingly it is the one item that appeals to both the millennial consumer as equally as it does to the more conservative-minded generation.”

Those consumers, she added, probably like the traditional style, one they’re familiar with and perhaps already have in their homes. The more modern/contemporary home could use the chair as a buffer, something that can break up simple lines.

“The translucent acrylic is right at home in a modern space,” she said. “The button-tufted seat and classical lines are an unexpected twist where classic is once again modern.”

The chair, like many acrylic pieces today, is solid yet seemingly doesn’t occupy much space in a room.

“An acrylic chair is the perfect piece of furniture where you do not want visual clutter in a room or if you have a decorative rung or floor in which you want the floor to be more visible,” Chung said.

Want to be a bit more edgy? What may have started with the copper Moscow mule mugs so popular these days has blossomed into other barware pieces, lighting, colanders and even napkin rings — everything including the kitchen sink.

It’s the Gilded Age for copper or copper finishes. It’s shiny but warm. The metal is modern yet rustic, industrial-looking while retaining its organic roots. Suddenly, many homeowners seem to be crazy for copper.

“Copper, or ‘rose gold’ as some refer to it, has seen a resurgence throughout the design world for a couple of years and is continuing to make its way into homes,” Chung said. “Because most homes already have other metal finishes incorporated into them, the introduction of copper creates a warmer, more eclectic mix.”

Individuals have been trained in the past, particularly when it comes to fashion, to not mix metals. Times have changed on the runway and in the hallway.

“Copper can be used in the most traditional of homes (as originally it was) but is also now used in the most contemporary homes,” Chung said. “A traditional home might have hammered or tooled copper with a time-worn patina, but a modern home would use the same material in a high polish and shaped into simpler lines.”

Copper pieces (lighting, appliances and bath fixtures) by Ferguson Lighting Etc. are seen throughout the Showcase House but can easily be incorporated into any home, according to Alison Crowley, Pasadena showroom manager. Copper brings warmth and timeless feeling to its surroundings, she noted. It pairs well with darker grays and natural finishes, particularly in kitchens, where it adds a bold stroke.

“You used to see copper plumbing and accents in farmhouse decor, but now it’s seen in under mounts. It provides a pop of shine,” she said. “You’ll see it, too, used in faucets, which is another fun way to go bold.”

Resources

Alexandra Von Furstenberg (AVF): 300 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood; 310-777-0253; www.alexandravonfurstenberg.com

Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting Gallery: 340 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena; 626-463-4180; www.fergusonshowrooms.com

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Bluetooth 5 is here, but few accessories will support it before 2018 …

If you’re in the market for a Bluetooth accessory, there’s a good chance you should consider waiting until next year. The two biggest smartphone manufacturers — Samsung and Apple — are moving rapidly toward Bluetooth 5. The Galaxy S8 is already there and the next Galaxy Note and iPhone are also expected to adopt the technology.

When arguably the three biggest smartphones (I will hear your arguments for the Pixel over the Galaxy Note) make the switch to Bluetooth 5, the third-party accessory market will follow.

It’s not that the current devices on the market are obsolete — far from it. The Bluetooth 4-4.2 market will survive for at least a few more years. It’s that if you happen to purchase one of these newer smartphones, you’ll be stuck with slower peripherals that won’t take full advantage of the next generation of Bluetooth.

Why should you wait?

Bluetooth 5 is capable of transferring data at double the speed of Bluetooth 4.2, and it can also work at much further distances. Theoretically, your Samsung Galaxy S8 paired with a Bluetooth 5 speaker can work up to 260 feet away from each other. Due to walls and general terrain, they probably won’t work that far apart — much like Bluetooth 4.2 devices don’t really work all that well at the current 66-foot limit. But it’s miles ahead of its predecessors.

Sure, you can buy that $100 Bluetooth 4.2 speaker today, but if you’re planning on getting the iPhone 8 (or whatever it’s called), the $100 Bluetooth 5 speaker you purchase in early 2018 may work across your entire home, instead of just in the next room. Or your Bluetooth headphones may work when you leave your phone in the office to grab lunch from the kitchen. There are a thousand different scenarios in which Bluetooth 5 will be an improvement over Bluetooth 4.2.

With a max range of around 800 feet, those improvements will extend to IoT devices as well, allowing Bluetooth 5 to essentially replace (or act as a backup to) Wi-Fi connectivity for smart home devices.

How long will you have to wait for Bluetooth 5 gadgets?

Likely until early 2018. Companies haven’t started building devices that support Bluetooth 5 yet, because the Galaxy S8 is the only phone that currently supports the standard. But that will begin to change over the next few months.

Anker says the earliest it will start selling Bluetooth 5 products is the end of this year, but more likely the beginning of 2018. “We’ll keep testing during the next months,” an Anker spokesperson said. “I would say the earliest we might have a Bluetooth 5 product would be either late Q4 this year or Q1 2018.”

Incipio Group, the company behind Griffin, Braven, Incase, and its eponymous brand says it won’t launch any Bluetooth 5 products this year, but Griffin does have some in the pipeline for the first half of 2018.

“We could not identify any significant feature to make us adopt it immediately at the risk of delaying development on certain products,” an Incipio Group spokesperson said. “To really take advantage of Bluetooth 5 features in an accessory, you need a handset or host device on the other end that also supports the new standard and those devices are pretty limited at the moment (with the exception of the GS8).”

If you absolutely need a Bluetooth device now, you shouldn’t hold off and suffer until the winter when we get an influx of Bluetooth 5 devices. But if you’re just browsing, you should wait. The next generation of Bluetooth accessories are on the way, and they will be a major improvement over what we currently have.

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2017 KitchenAid Senior PGA Champ: Round 2 Highlights

2017 KitchenAid Senior PGA Champ: Round 2 Highlights

2017 KitchenAid Senior PGA Champ: Watch the best shots and highlights from Round 2, where a crowded leaderboard battled thru windy conditions in pursuit of the oldest major title on the senior tour.

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May retail and restaurant roundup: Christian Louboutin, Estefan Kitchen open in Miami Design District

We’ll be seeing a lot more red in the Miami Design District now that famed French luxury designer Christian Louboutin has opened a new Florida flagship boutique.

The designer who creates those wildly expensive and beautiful shoes with the striking red soles celebrated on Tuesday the opening of his new 3,800-square foot digs at 155 NE 40 St. The two-story showroom houses a large collection of women’s and men’s shoes, handbags and small leather accessories as well as fragrance and beauty products.

If you’re shoe obsessed like me, or need a “Sex and the City” style release of endorphins, this store is the holy grail of stilettos. Prices, like the heel heights, are sky high. A pair of pumps with 120 millimeter heels (that’s 4.7 inches if you’re not up on your metrics) runs $500 to $2,500. If you don’t want a nose bleed, there are drool-worthy flats, sandals, sneakers and boots, too.

It doesn’t cost a penny to walk the red carpets in the boutique, where shoes and handbags compete for attention with interesting architectural details. The interior, which Louboutin said was inspired by the Palais de la Porte Doree in Paris, features a grand black iron staircase as the focal point, with a mezzanine balcony adorned with 8-foot feather artworks by a Key West artist. In a nod to tropical Miami and the beaches, tree bark covers the walls, a scalloped, tiered skylight tops the soaring ceiling to let in the sunshine, and bejeweled red-bottomed scuba fins playfully decorate the walls.

If your credit cards aren’t maxed out, stop in at the newly opened Estefan Kitchen, (yes, those Estefans, Glorida and Emilio) at 140 NE 39th St. for lunch, dinner or brunch. Happy hour is from 3 to 7 p.m. weekdays with deals on munchies, mojitos and more. Dine on traditional Cuban fare, including lechon asado, croquetas and pressed sandwiches. Finish with a Cafe Cubano and a Cuban (chocolate) cigar and you’ll be ready for another round of retail therapy.

MAY RETAIL OPENINGS

This monthly feature lists retail stores and restaurants opening around South Florida. See April’s list.

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Bluetooth 5 is here, but few accessories will support it before 2018

If you’re in the market for a Bluetooth accessory, there’s a good chance you should consider waiting until next year. The two biggest smartphone manufacturers — Samsung and Apple — are moving rapidly toward Bluetooth 5. The Galaxy S8 is already there and the next Galaxy Note and iPhone are also expected to adopt the technology.

When arguably the three biggest smartphones (I will hear your arguments for the Pixel over the Galaxy Note) make the switch to Bluetooth 5, the third-party accessory market will follow.

It’s not that the current devices on the market are obsolete — far from it. The Bluetooth 4-4.2 market will survive for at least a few more years. It’s that if you happen to purchase one of these newer smartphones, you’ll be stuck with slower peripherals that won’t take full advantage of the next generation of Bluetooth.

Why should you wait?

Bluetooth 5 is capable of transferring data at double the speed of Bluetooth 4.2, and it can also work at much further distances. Theoretically, your Samsung Galaxy S8 paired with a Bluetooth 5 speaker can work up to 260 feet away from each other. Due to walls and general terrain, they probably won’t work that far apart — much like Bluetooth 4.2 devices don’t really work all that well at the current 66-foot limit. But it’s miles ahead of its predecessors.

Sure, you can buy that $100 Bluetooth 4.2 speaker today, but if you’re planning on getting the iPhone 8 (or whatever it’s called), the $100 Bluetooth 5 speaker you purchase in early 2018 may work across your entire home, instead of just in the next room. Or your Bluetooth headphones may work when you leave your phone in the office to grab lunch from the kitchen. There are a thousand different scenarios in which Bluetooth 5 will be an improvement over Bluetooth 4.2.

With a max range of around 800 feet, those improvements will extend to IoT devices as well, allowing Bluetooth 5 to essentially replace (or act as a backup to) Wi-Fi connectivity for smart home devices.

How long will you have to wait for Bluetooth 5 gadgets?

Likely until early 2018. Companies haven’t started building devices that support Bluetooth 5 yet, because the Galaxy S8 is the only phone that currently supports the standard. But that will begin to change over the next few months.

Anker says the earliest it will start selling Bluetooth 5 products is the end of this year, but more likely the beginning of 2018. “We’ll keep testing during the next months,” an Anker spokesperson said. “I would say the earliest we might have a Bluetooth 5 product would be either late Q4 this year or Q1 2018.”

Incipio Group, the company behind Griffin, Braven, Incase, and its eponymous brand says it won’t launch any Bluetooth 5 products this year, but Griffin does have some in the pipeline for the first half of 2018.

“We could not identify any significant feature to make us adopt it immediately at the risk of delaying development on certain products,” an Incipio Group spokesperson said. “To really take advantage of Bluetooth 5 features in an accessory, you need a handset or host device on the other end that also supports the new standard and those devices are pretty limited at the moment (with the exception of the GS8).”

If you absolutely need a Bluetooth device now, you shouldn’t hold off and suffer until the winter when we get an influx of Bluetooth 5 devices. But if you’re just browsing, you should wait. The next generation of Bluetooth accessories are on the way, and they will be a major improvement over what we currently have.

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Stepping Stones

STEPPING STONES GARDEN CLUB

STEPPING STONES GARDEN CLUB

STEPPING STONES GARDEN CLUB members met at Our Farm Store in Edwards for a meeting on “Cooking With Cast Iron”.



Posted: Friday, May 26, 2017 12:59 pm

Stepping Stones

On May 10, 16 members of the Stepping Stones Garden Club met for their monthly meeting at “Our Farm Store” on 7 Hwy. near Edwards, MO. The topic of the meeting was, “Cooking With Cast Iron” and was presented by homesteading experts, Wendy Light, owner of the store, and Peggy Cooper. Wendy, is a Retired R.N., Health and homesteading enthusiast, and Peggy is a Retired Art Teacher, Microbiologist and Cast Iron aficionado. Some facts about Cast Iron Cooking: The earliest used was in China over 2000 yrs. ago. Europeans later brought cast iron to America. Why use?: It’s healthy because Iron helps support the immune system. It maintains an even heat across the pan. It is non-stick without toxic chemicals. Whereas, Teflon and other coated pans with(PTFE) release awful cancer causing elements into our food while using.

The members learned about camp (outdoor) Dutch oven cooking, however, many of the same principles are used for kitchen Dutch oven cooking. There was so much more than we can print here. If you are interested, Google History/origin of cast iron cookware and educate yourself with reading-on-line or in books about cooking with cast iron. Peggy and Wendy demonstrated cooking their lunch using the Dutch ovens. They enjoyed a delicious meal that included Calico Chicken, Chia Rye bread, a delicious Cranberry walnut green salad and apple crisp with caramel sauce and homemade ice cream (they make there). The club hostesses for the day were, Garlena Hankins and Ranetta Daugherty. After lunch they had a brief business meeting discussing coming club events and past events, like the FGCM Convention that eight members attended in Hannibal the first four days of May. The club had contributed 30 Art Walk items total in categories of Painting, Photography, Yard Art, Sewing Handwork, and Pressed Flowers. We received two first places–by Jean Tullos, one second place–Sara Blacklock, three third places–Bee Smith, Nancy Konkus and Jacque Scott. We’re mostly proud of our club members in their generous participation and their time. Just had our yearly Plant Sale, May 20th and had ten participants and lots of customers. Thanks to all!

COMING EVENTS: MODOT Road Clean up, May 31st. Need lots of participation from club. Meeting at 9 AM at Newman’s (now G W. Grocery Store) at N. end of parking area. June 5, 9 AM, Bring items for Window in the Library with State Theme, “Make Missouri Bloom” and bringing Art Walk items from Convention.

June 7, Papercrete workshop at Patty Orsborn’s home. Those interested in participation make sure you prepare beforehand. Refer back to e-mail of Minutes dated May 11.

Great meeting and luncheon! Make sure you check out “Our Farm Store” and online ourfarmstore@gmail.com to check out days open and products.

If interested in the club, google fgcmwestcentral/clubs/steppingstones. We invite you to our meetings.

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11 Adorably Tiny Kitchens

When you imagine becoming an expert home chef (you know, one who makes her own pasta and has a signature cocktail memorized), you likely place yourself in a gleaming, marble-covered kitchen with ample open space for chopping, stirring, and plating. However, in reality, many of us are stuck cooking in small kitchens with less-than-ideal dimensions. But cramped conditions can bring out the best in us design lovers. Pots and utensils can hang on the walls, shelving can climb around window frames, and that last slice of free space can turn into the perfect mini breakfast nook. Take a look at these real-life tiny kitchens and breathe a sigh of relief; minimal square footage is no reason to give up on your dreams of hosting incredible dinner parties. We’re waiting for our invitation. . .

Open shelving takes up every inch of vertical space in this kitchen, even above the window.

Wedged under the stairs, this Witlof-designed kitchen’s upper cabinets are positioned higher than most, leaving room for a mini-shelf underneath to hold everyday items, like cooking spices and sugar for your coffee.

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In a 650-square-foot Manhattan apartment designed by Ashley Darryl, the sink was scaled down to fit perfectly in the nook next to the fridge.

U-shaped cabinetry ekes out the largest amount of counter space possible in this kitchen by Sarah Sherman Samuel.

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Two stools can tuck right under this floating table, allowing the space to flex between working kitchen and dining room.

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In this kitchen, a shaker peg rail isn’t just for dish towels—it’s also used to hang narrow shelves for stacks of stylish tableware.

Architect Chakib Richani took advantage of every last sliver of space when designing this 645-square-foot pied-à-terre in London. An oven and wine cooler are integrated into the kitchen wall, while the refrigerator is concealed behind the walnut paneling.

The empty space above cabinets is often left to collect dust. Here, it’s been transformed into a display case for cookbooks and other cookware.

What to do with that frustrating diagonal wall smack-dab in the middle of your kitchen? Follow Berlin design studio Vintagency‘s lead and install another cabinet, sized to fit its dimensions perfectly.

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In this space, a slim wood countertop takes the place of additional lower cabinets, and it’s just the right size for a casual meal for two.

No drawers? No problem. Hang utensils, cutting boards, and other bulky tools on the backsplash instead.

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