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Eid holidays bring brisk business for home furnishing shops

Doha

Furniture, kitchen appliances and home accessories shops in Doha are expecting good business throughout and beyond the Eid al-Adha holidays, it is learnt.

Speaking to Gulf Times, an employee of a leading furniture and household store in the country cited a significant increase in footfall on August 31 compared to the past seven weeks this year.
“We received more people last Thursday and we noticed that majority of them purchased various items,” he said.
He stressed that the economic blockade against Qatar is not affecting their sales targets due to “the residents’ appetite to buy and use new items for their homes” particularly during the festival season.
While a large number of Qatar residents travelled abroad for the Eid break, it is learnt that many of those who preferred to stay in the country are using this period to clean, fix and beautify their residences.



Various items for home decors, including lightings, are in demand during the Eid al-Adha break.

The employee pointed out that the Eid al-Adha holidays provide an opportunity for families to replace and upgrade old cabinets, bed frames and pillows, tables and chairs, and several other home accessories.
He also expects more customers, especially families, to throng different stores and shops in Doha throughout Eid to avail of the promotions and discounts on offer.
“In many cases, families come here just to look for new designs and models but end up buying the things they feel are useful in the future,” he added.
Another store at a mall also started receiving more shoppers looking for kitchen and dining accessories, bedroom and living room decorations, and other home furniture.
An employee said many of their regular customers are looking for new plates and glasses, table mats, drawers, sofas, bedsheets, pillows, curtains, and doormats, among others.
She noted that “a slight decrease” in the demand for such items in the past two months, usually an off peak period for most businesses in the country.
However, she said that the increasing interest of families in Qatar to own new household items helps in keeping a steady flow of shoppers, particularly during the Eid al-Adha break.
“Many similar businesses also see the rising population and booming construction sector in the country as big factors in attracting more customers,” she explained, citing the need for newly built villas, flats and commercial buildings to be furnished with new furniture sets and appliances.

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This fall, decor’s deep, rich hues are bolder

This undated photo provided by Frigidaire shows their new Frigidaire Gallery Smudge-Proof Black Stainless Steel Collection of appliances. Frigidaire offers a suite of appliances in black stainless steel.

Deeper, richer hues often are part of decor’s autumnal palette, but this year they’re bigger and bolder than usual.

“Color is a powerful communicator,” Pottery Barn spokeswoman Monica Bhargava said. “It can be a key point of inspiration that defines the mood and feel of a home.”

PPG’s color marketing manager Dee Schlotter sees a trend toward interiors “that embrace nocturnal shades” in homes, hotels and stores.

Deep hues often are incorporated through matte yet soft materials, she said.

In the mood

“I love dusky blues, plums, gray of all types, and surfaces that have a mysterious effect,” said Jamie Drake of New York-based Drake Anderson Interiors.

For the guest bedroom of one project, Drake/Anderson had Jonathan Kutzin of America Painting in Cresskill, New Jersey, create a strie effect with an iridescent blue top coat, evoking a moody retreat.

In another apartment, in Midtown Manhattan, Drake said his company used deep plum tones to anchor the high-altitude rooms, while another project employed dark navy walls in a cozy library.

“Using a color this dark in a small space is a favorite tool to make the edges of a room ‘disappear’ and create a mysterious illusion of more space,” he said. (www.drakeanderson.com)

Some deep, dark colors evoke privacy, quietude and a feeling of being wrapped in warmth, designers say.

But brighter, saturated hues can be uplifting and electric; Sherwin-Williams’ two new collections are Affinity, inspired by craft and tribalism, and Connectivity, inspired by technology. (www.sherwin-williams.com)

Emerald city

Of the trending deepened hues, emerald green is especially dominant, Schlotter said. To her, “It represents luxury and emulates lush foliage.”

“Color palettes that range from darker shades like black and navy, to gold and coral, complement the depth of emerald green,” she continues, “while pale neutrals like white and light gray give it a crisp and trendy edge. A courageous color, emerald green also works well with a number of materials and textures.”

Emerald is showing up in upholstery. Furniture company Sauder has a little tub chair in the hue. CB2’s ’50s-inspired Avec sofa comes in plush emerald velvet. (www.sauder.com; www.cb2.com)

Color in the kitchen

Italian company Bertazzoni, known for its high-end ranges in rich shades such as burgundy, orange, yellow and red, just introduced a new hue called Azzurro. Blending cerulean, turquoise, sapphire and cyan, it’s a positive, energetic color. (www.us.bertazzoni.com)

Both Frigidaire and Kitchenaid have suites of appliances in black stainless steel.

And look for countertops and cabinetry in deeper tones, too. Cambria Quartz’s Bala Blue stone is the color of deep water. (www.cambriausa.com)

Walls and floors

Intrepid decorators will love another aspect of this trend: dark walls.

At Kip’s Bay Show House a couple of months ago in Manhattan, Susan Ferrier dressed a bedroom in deep forest green. Organic objets d’art accents made it feel like a luxe nature retreat. (www.mcalpinehouse.com)

Looking ahead

If you’re interested in dabbling in any of these colors, don’t worry about the trend being short-lived. PPG, Olympic Paints and Glidden announced their 2018 Color of the Year choices: Black Flame, Black Magic and Deep Onyx.

And Schlotter reports PPG’s color story for 2018 will be replete with deep, rich colors like smoky greens, luxurious purples and charred gray-blacks. They’ve given the palette an intriguing name: “Brave.”

“These colors,” Schlotter said, “reflect consumers’ growing yearning for protection, strength and stability; to feel safe during uncertain times.”

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For bathtubs & older bones, bubble massage bests whirlpools

Q: We’re getting older and plan to stay in our home longer than expected. We’re remodeling the bathroom with age-friendly plumbing fixtures. What tips can you give for an aging-in-place massage soaking tub? — Ann, Nebraska

A: I know from personal experience that old bones love a gentle soaking. My tips:

• Check out a drop-in style tub. These usually require a custom-built enclosure, which will let you add stairs and seating areas around the tub for easier access.

• In place of a whirlpool jet system, I recommend a bubble massage system. Soft, rising bubbles are a lot easier on the body.

• Don’t forget comfort and lumbar support. Look for a tub with rounded edges and body-supporting features.

Q: Our children are getting to be independent in the bathroom. We want to teach them good water-saving habits. What do you recommend? — Becky and Joe, Rhode Island

A: To start, I would upgrade to high-efficiency fixtures. My tips:

• Upgrade your faucets with water-efficient aerators and teach the kids to turn the tap off while brushing teeth.

• Install an adjustable-height shower and slide bar instead of taking baths.

• Replace your old toilet with a high-efficiency dual-flushing toilet. Kids love to press buttons. Teach them the No. 1 button (half flush.) is for No. 1 and the No. 2 button (full flush) is for No. 2.

Q: I’m planning an extensive kitchen remodel and would like a kitchen island with a bar sink. What features would you suggest? — Mary, Wisconsin

A: With kitchen island sinks, I can tell you that the good old fashioned bar sink has evolved into a staging area for food and beverages rather than an actual work station. Thus I suggest exploring these design features:

• Material choices: Cast iron and acrylic are popular, as well as stainless steel.

• Shapes and mounting: Under-mount bar sinks with rounded shapes can make a dramatic visual statement.

• Faucets and accessories: High-end faucets and custom cutting boards also help keep a new island sink on the cutting edge of design trends.

Ed Del Grande is a Master Contractor/Plumber and LEED green associate. Visit eddelgrande.com or write eadelg@cs.com.

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Get Brewing This Holiday Season With Coffee Tools From KitchenAid®

BENTON HARBOR, Mich., Aug. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – Whether embracing the chill of the holiday season with an icy drink or preparing a piping hot beverage to enjoy by the fire, four versatile coffee appliances from KitchenAid are sure to satisfy even the most demanding coffee lovers. They include the new Cold Brew Coffee Maker, Precision Pour Over Kettle and Cone, Precison Press and Burr Grinder. This holiday season, give loved ones the tools they need to create the high quality taste and experience of coffee shop beverages in the comfort of their own home.  Further information about the products can be found at http://www.kitchenaid.com/countertop-appliances/coffee-products/.

Experience the interactive Multichannel News Release here: https://www.multivu.com/players/English/8013854-coffee-tools-from-kitchenaid/

Cold Brew Coffee Maker
For those who enjoy an icy cup of cold brew coffee, the new KitchenAid Cold Brew Coffee Maker is the perfect gift to get them brewing at home. The thoughtful and streamlined design allows for easy home brewing in three simple steps: grind, brew and pour. The model’s no heat brewing method steeps coarsely ground coffee in cold water for 12-24 hours, resulting in a smooth and balanced flavor that can be enjoyed all day. Capable of making up to 28 ounces of concentrate at once (or approximately 14 average single servings), the resulting brew is best enjoyed by combining 2 ounces of coffee concentrate with ice and the option of milk and sweeteners.

Designed with a modern glass brew jar and sleek stainless steel tap, the cold brew coffee maker serves as a stylish addition to any kitchen countertop, while the compact footprint provides an ideal fit for a refrigerator shelf or door for easy dispensing straight from the refrigerator. A reusable stainless steel steeper allows for custom beverage brewing, aided by a fill guideline that takes the guesswork out of the process. The easy to clean glass and stainless components help to preserve taste in combination with a fitted lid that ensures freshness of the coffee concentrate. The KitchenAid® Cold Brew Coffee Maker is available now in stainless steel at a suggested retail price of $129.99.

Precision Pour Over Kettle and Cone
Featuring a polished stainless steel design and elegant gooseneck spout, the KitchenAid stove top kettle makes a stylish gift for loved ones who enjoy a meticulously made pour over beverage. A one liter capacity and three unique flow rate settings offer precise pour control for a perfect at-home custom pour, every time. The stovetop kettle also includes a brew range thermometer displayed on the lid to keep track of the water temperature while pouring. It is compatible with gas, electric and induction stove tops. The KitchenAid® Precision Kettle will be available at a suggested retail price of $99.99.

Precision Press
On the hunt for the perfect gift for a coffee perfectionist in your life?  Look no further than the KitchenAid® Precision Press Coffee Maker. Delivering the exceptional flavor of traditional French press coffee through a simplified brew process, this coffee maker helps optimize flavor without requiring the skills of a barista. Equipped with an integrated scale, the Precision Press refines the class brew method by measuring coffee and water by weight instead of volume. The timer and digital display incorporated into the handle provide a quick and convenient read of steep time. Designed with dual stainless steel construction, the 30-ounce carafe provides long-lasting heat retention. The cordless design allows for easy cleaning and reduced countertop clutter. The Precision Press Coffee Maker is available now at a suggested retail price of $149.99.

Burr Grinder
For those looking to take home brewing to the ultimate level, a Burr Grinder is a great way to give them complete customization of their morning coffee. The KitchenAid Burr Grinder features a sleek, die-cast metal design and 15 grind settings for French press, pour-over, drip coffee, espresso and anything in between. The glass bean hopper holds up to 7 ounces of grinds, while stainless steel cutting burrs offer both durability and powerful performance. The Burr Grinder is available now in Contour Silver, Empire Red and Onyx Black with a suggested retail price of $299.99.

Since the introduction of its legendary stand mixer in 1919 and first dishwasher in 1949, KitchenAid has built on the legacy of these icons to create a complete line of products designed for cooks.  Today, the KitchenAid brand offers virtually every essential for the well-equipped kitchen with a collection that includes everything from countertop appliances to cookware, ranges to refrigerators, and whisks to wine cellars.  Cook for the Cure®, the brand’s partnership with Susan G. Komen®, is now in its 15th year and has raised over $10.7 million to help find a cure for breast cancer.  To learn more, visit KitchenAid.com or join us at  Facebook.com/KitchenAid and Twitter.com/KitchenAidUSA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kitchens in four area homes showcased Sept. 30 on AAUW tour

Kitchens in four homes — two in Beaver and two in Brighton Township — are featured Sept. 30 on Touring and Tasting Delights, the 16th annual kitchen tour hosted by the Beaver Valley branch of American Association of University Women.

The event supports the association’s educational fund. AAUW awards three $1,500 scholarships to area graduating high school seniors; two $1,500 scholarships to nontraditional college students; one $1,000 scholarship to a law student; and a $1,000 donation to AAUW Educational Fund.

Homes can be toured in any order from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Groups of eight to 10 will be escorted at a time to allow maximum viewing opportunity. AAUW members will be at each home serving as hostesses and presenters, providing information about the kitchens and available to answer questions.

At each tour stop, guests can sample foods prepared by area chefs. Participating are Jill and J.C. Summers of The Butcher and The Baker in Darlington; Kristin Stanzak of Don’s Deli in Beaver; Steve Oster and Frank Elia of Hollywood Gardens/Braxton Brewing in Rochester; and Chris Kinzler of Freedom Square Diner in Center Township.

Described as an “event within an event,” Touring and Tasting Delights also offers a marketplace from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Dutch Ridge Elementary School on Dutch Ridge Road in Brighton Township.

Beaver couple Roberta and John Good III restores circa-1880 home

John and Roberta Good III saw potential in a circa-1880 home they lovingly restored. Their efforts earned them an award from the Beaver Area Heritage Foundation and a spot in this year’s kitchen tour Sept. 30 hosted by the Beaver Valley branch of American Association of University Women. 

Tour-goers can shop at 11 boutiques offering an array of gifts, home and personal products, handbags and men’s and women’s accessories. New this year is a kitchen accessories sale. Assorted gift baskets will be raffled, too. Coffee bar refreshments and bake sale will be available all day.

For those interested in lunch, Soup-Herb Sproutz in Beaver offers a make-your-own salad or wrap. Lunch, served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., is not included in the ticket price ($15 in advance; $20 on tour day), and costs an additional $10. Lunch tickets must be purchased by Sept. 22.

Lunch tickets, along with tour tickets, can be purchased at Hostess Gift Shoppe in Beaver. Tour tickets can also be purchased from any AAUW member or by calling 724-846-4260.

The kitchens

• 105 Lynnhaven Drive, Brighton Township (Dr. Jen Cushman and Matt Dingo)

The kitchen-dining combination features cathedral ceilings and natural lighting. The kitchen is equipped with Kabinart oak cabinets and Kraus faucets and sinks; Kucht gas range, breakfast bar, beverage center with filtered water and wine/beer cooler. Artwork in tile is by Tom Radca of Cambridge, Ohio. Oak floors lead to the dining area.

• 4810 Dutch Ridge Road, Brighton Township (Adam and Stacie Coakley)

Built by the owner, this spacious house is a year old featuring high ceilings and white trim. White kitchen cabinets — Amish-made by Stonecreek Kitchens in Hermitage — are complemented by black-and-white granite counters. Floors are engineered hardwood. Stainless-steel appliances offer a sleek look.

• 244 Buffalo St., Beaver (Roberta and John Good III)

This home has been lovingly restored to vintage 1880s with concessions to 21st-century innovation and convenience. An alcove houses a Viking range; lighted built-in cabinet displays china and crystal. Brick-red paint on cabinets creates a 19th-century look. Counters are granite; floor is slate.

• 1199 Seventh St., Beaver (Vivian Mahli and Rick Davis)

Small but efficient, the kitchen overlooks a cozy family room with wood-burning fireplace. Upgrades include stainless-steel appliances, recessed lighting and light fixtures, counter tops, backsplash and flooring. A bank of cabinets was removed over a peninsula to create a more open feel between kitchen, breakfast area and family room. A maintenance-free deck was added off the kitchen and French door provides access to deck, lower patio and yard.

— Kitchen descriptions provided by AAUW

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Get Brewing This Holiday Season With Coffee Tools From …

BENTON HARBOR, Mich., Aug. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – Whether embracing the chill of the holiday season with an icy drink or preparing a piping hot beverage to enjoy by the fire, four versatile coffee appliances from KitchenAid are sure to satisfy even the most demanding coffee lovers. They include the new Cold Brew Coffee Maker, Precision Pour Over Kettle and Cone, Precison Press and Burr Grinder. This holiday season, give loved ones the tools they need to create the high quality taste and experience of coffee shop beverages in the comfort of their own home.  Further information about the products can be found at http://www.kitchenaid.com/countertop-appliances/coffee-products/.

Experience the interactive Multichannel News Release here: https://www.multivu.com/players/English/8013854-coffee-tools-from-kitchenaid/

Cold Brew Coffee Maker
For those who enjoy an icy cup of cold brew coffee, the new KitchenAid Cold Brew Coffee Maker is the perfect gift to get them brewing at home. The thoughtful and streamlined design allows for easy home brewing in three simple steps: grind, brew and pour. The model’s no heat brewing method steeps coarsely ground coffee in cold water for 12-24 hours, resulting in a smooth and balanced flavor that can be enjoyed all day. Capable of making up to 28 ounces of concentrate at once (or approximately 14 average single servings), the resulting brew is best enjoyed by combining 2 ounces of coffee concentrate with ice and the option of milk and sweeteners.

Designed with a modern glass brew jar and sleek stainless steel tap, the cold brew coffee maker serves as a stylish addition to any kitchen countertop, while the compact footprint provides an ideal fit for a refrigerator shelf or door for easy dispensing straight from the refrigerator. A reusable stainless steel steeper allows for custom beverage brewing, aided by a fill guideline that takes the guesswork out of the process. The easy to clean glass and stainless components help to preserve taste in combination with a fitted lid that ensures freshness of the coffee concentrate. The KitchenAid® Cold Brew Coffee Maker is available now in stainless steel at a suggested retail price of $129.99.

Precision Pour Over Kettle and Cone
Featuring a polished stainless steel design and elegant gooseneck spout, the KitchenAid stove top kettle makes a stylish gift for loved ones who enjoy a meticulously made pour over beverage. A one liter capacity and three unique flow rate settings offer precise pour control for a perfect at-home custom pour, every time. The stovetop kettle also includes a brew range thermometer displayed on the lid to keep track of the water temperature while pouring. It is compatible with gas, electric and induction stove tops. The KitchenAid® Precision Kettle will be available at a suggested retail price of $99.99.

Precision Press
On the hunt for the perfect gift for a coffee perfectionist in your life?  Look no further than the KitchenAid® Precision Press Coffee Maker. Delivering the exceptional flavor of traditional French press coffee through a simplified brew process, this coffee maker helps optimize flavor without requiring the skills of a barista. Equipped with an integrated scale, the Precision Press refines the class brew method by measuring coffee and water by weight instead of volume. The timer and digital display incorporated into the handle provide a quick and convenient read of steep time. Designed with dual stainless steel construction, the 30-ounce carafe provides long-lasting heat retention. The cordless design allows for easy cleaning and reduced countertop clutter. The Precision Press Coffee Maker is available now at a suggested retail price of $149.99.

Burr Grinder
For those looking to take home brewing to the ultimate level, a Burr Grinder is a great way to give them complete customization of their morning coffee. The KitchenAid Burr Grinder features a sleek, die-cast metal design and 15 grind settings for French press, pour-over, drip coffee, espresso and anything in between. The glass bean hopper holds up to 7 ounces of grinds, while stainless steel cutting burrs offer both durability and powerful performance. The Burr Grinder is available now in Contour Silver, Empire Red and Onyx Black with a suggested retail price of $299.99.

Since the introduction of its legendary stand mixer in 1919 and first dishwasher in 1949, KitchenAid has built on the legacy of these icons to create a complete line of products designed for cooks.  Today, the KitchenAid brand offers virtually every essential for the well-equipped kitchen with a collection that includes everything from countertop appliances to cookware, ranges to refrigerators, and whisks to wine cellars.  Cook for the Cure®, the brand’s partnership with Susan G. Komen®, is now in its 15th year and has raised over $10.7 million to help find a cure for breast cancer.  To learn more, visit KitchenAid.com or join us at  Facebook.com/KitchenAid and Twitter.com/KitchenAidUSA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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