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KitchenAid Debuts High Performance Blender

KitchenAid is expanding its assortment of high-end blenders with the debut of its new High Performance Series Blender, which allows consumers to make a variety of food ranging from soups and smoothies to sauces and dips.

The blender features a 3.0 peak horsepower motor, variable speed dial with nine-speed settings and two switches offering a range of power, a die-cast metal base, 60-ounce jar, ingredient measuring cup and tamper that doubles as a spatula.

The KitchenAid High Performance Series Blender is offered in matte black, matte gray and matte white at a suggested retail price of $564.99.

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Best Toy Kitchen

Parents want their kids to blossom successfully. That’s why at such a young age, they’re teaching their kids already when it comes to basic knowledge such as matching shapes, identifying colors, and such. However, if parents want their kids to learn a specific skill, they buy a specific toy set for that. When it comes to being a chef or a cook, parents are, for sure, going to buy a toy kitchen set for that. A toy kitchen imitates an actual kitchen complete with the kitchen tools that he or she is going to need. With that, check out the best toy kitchen.

American Plastic Toy Deluxe Custom Kitchen

For the best toy kitchen, it’s about having the closest feeling to a real and actual kitchen. With the American Plastic Toy Deluxe Custom Kitchen, expect your child to master the basics of the kitchen. The American Plastic Toy Deluxe Custom Kitchen is made particularly for girls with its pink and white design from the counter to the appliances. It features realistic burners as well as the light and sounds from it. To make it more enjoyable for the kids, it comes with bubbling and sizzling sounds. Furthermore, it features a shelf space that comes with removable wicker baskets, microwave, and dishwasher complete with 22 play accessories.

Little Tikes Super Chef Kitchen

If you have a boy and want him to know the basics of the kitchen, you might want to get the next product. The Little Tikes Super Chef Kitchen is constructed and designed with dominating blue color for a boyish look. The Little Tikes Super Chef Kitchen is small, modern, and stylish all in all to make learning and playing even more fun. The Little Tikes Super Chef Kitchen features cabinet door opens providing storage and a working microwave and oven doors. The burner even comes with electronic cooking sounds while the clicker knob above opens the door. Moreover, you’re getting a refrigerator and other small kitchen tools like plates, cups, utensils, and coffee pot.

KidKraft Grand Gourmet Corner Kitchen

If you want both of your kids to enjoy the benefits of a toy kitchen, perhaps you might want to get the next product. The KidKraft Grand Gourmet Corner Kitchen is designed with dominating white color combined with a pink accent and wood surface that makes it perfect for boy and girl use. The KidKraft Grand Gourmet Corner Kitchen comes with an oven, dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator and freezer doors. To top it off, it even comes with cloth curtains behind the sink. For cleaning, you’re going to have to remove the detachable sink. And of course, it’s large enough to accommodate multiple children.

What to Look For

It’s a great luxury to have when your parents can buy you almost anything when it comes to your self-development. In this case, if you really want your kid to become a kitchen master or maybe you just want them to learn the safety of the kitchen, a toy kitchen is the first step towards that goal. If you’re looking for a toy kitchen, here are the things you want to know first.

If you have more than 1 kid, most likely, the other one would get jealous. In this case, make sure the toy kitchen is big enough to be enjoyed by multiple kids. Another thing to check out is the tools of the toy kitchen. Some might come with small toys in which can be dangerous to kids. Make sure to omit those to avoid any accident.

Conclusion

If you want your kid to be a kitchen master at such an early age, you might want to consider buying a toy kitchen for that. With that said, the best toy kitchen is the American Plastic Toy Deluxe Custom Kitchen.

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Goodwill Trailer in Anthon and Onawa

The Goodwill Trailer is coming to Anthon. For your convenience, the truck will arrive at the Anthon Community Center, 5002 E. Main, on Thursday, Sept. 14, and will remain there through Thursday, Sept. 21.

Then, the Goodwill Trailer travel to Onawa. For your convenience, the truck will arrive at the Onawa Shopko, 2220 Hwy. 175 W on Thursday, Sept. 21, and will remain there through Thursday, Sept. 28.

Trailer delivery and pickup times may vary on above dates.

Accepted for resale: Good, clean, usable clothing, shoes, housewares, and small furniture; books, CDs, and videos; collectables; usable toys; electronics in working condition; computer accessories.

Accepted for recycling: Dry clothing in any condition; computers and accessories, cell phones in need of repair; all used ink cartridges; metal; books; shoes; purses; belts (in any condition); kitchen utensils; soft toys (any condition); paper (newspaper, magazines); cardboard.

Not accepted: Large appliances, (refrigerators, washers/dryers, stoves); paint; chemicals; used oil; air conditioners; wet clothing; large furniture or furniture needing repair; TV’s; tires; box springs; mattresses; encyclopedias.

Please carry all items as far to the front of the trailer as possible. Leave room at back of the trailer for the stairs to be loaded. DO NOT leave items outside of the trailer. They WILL NOT be picked up.

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McLean home makeover wins national Chrysalis Award

A comprehensive makeover to a Mediterranean-style home in McLean has won a national Chrysalis Award for Michael Nash Kitchens and Homes. Founded in 1993, the Chrysalis has long been regarded as the remodeling industry’s most prestigious peer award; Qualified Remodeler Magazine and Kitchen and Bath Design News are among the national media sponsors.

The winning design solution – in which two levels of a 20-year-old single family home were selectively reconfigured and upgraded – was executed in the residence of George and Rima Bitar. The project was named the nation’s “Best Whole House Remodel for under $300,000.” Other judges include editors and writers for Southern Living Magazine and Better Homes and Gardens.

The makeover had earlier won a regional (11-state) “Contractor of the Year” (COTY) award from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI); previously it was judged a COTY Grand Winner (“Best Entire House Under $250,000”) by NARI’s metro DC chapter.

In accepting the prize, Michael Nash president and founder Sonny Nazemian acknowledged his company’s innovative design team, which contended with space planning and interior design challenges while staying entirely within envelop of the 4,800-square-foot structure.

“The owners had been looking for a larger house with a pool their growing family could enjoy long into the future,” Nazemian recalls. “After searching the real estate market for several years, they found a property with many of the right components. However, the configuration of rooms on the first floor didn’t meet their needs, the kitchen was pretty dysfunctional, sight lines from family room to pool were blocked and the interior was too dark and dated for their tastes.”

As Rima Bitar saw it, the house had “lots of potential,” but much of it was unrealized. A particular problem was a sequence of rooms on the left side of the foyer.

“There was a great view of the pool from the rear of the house,” Bitar says. “But from the foyer one entered a small living room on the left which, in turn, revealed a doorway on the back wall linked to a rear office with a bay window. A powder room in between flanked right. Overall, the left side of the house was too dark from front to back. Plus, we didn’t want a first-level home office, and the powder room was in the wrong place.”

Bitar talked to several contractors, but none seemed to see the home’s systemic flaws as anything more than several rooms needing a fix-up.

“They didn’t grasp the big picture,” Bitar says. “One wanted to start on the kitchen and leave the powder room for a future date. Another had ideas for the foyer. No one seemed to recognize our requirements. We were looking [for] someone with seasoned experience who could help us completely reinvigorate the interior.”

As such, Sonny Nazemian came as a breath of fresh air.

“Sonny got our vision,” Bitar says. “For instance, he recognized immediately that we could find a more central location for the powder room because we already had plumbing routed to an unused wet-bar situated in [a] central part of the house which was the designated family room.”

Building out the new powder room footprint would be a comparatively simple matter. More importantly, removing the old one would allow the remodeler to reconfigure the home’s entire left side from front to back.

From the start, Nazemian conceived the front-to-back space on the home’s left side as a “great room” that would feature two well-delineated activity areas: up front, a formal salon with fireplace accessed from the foyer; to the rear, a music room where Rima would keep her classical piano.

To allow more natural light and visual continuum, the remodeler introduced a structural beam mounted on vertical supports mid room and removed the obstructive bearing wall. The vertical supports are encased in visually-sympathetic recessed paneling.

Meanwhile, the entrance from the foyer has been widened, and changed to an arch which reiterates existing window shapes. Fluted mullions trimming the arch provide an elegant profile reinforced by fine detailing throughout. The new flooring is wide-plank cherry wood with espresso-finish. In the back half of the room (next to the piano) a “built-in” cadenza speaks to the room’s particularized design sensibilities.

“We found the green onyx featured in the cadenza backsplash while shopping for kitchen counters in a stone center,” Bitar recalls. “I told Sonny I’d like to see it incorporated into the interior in some way, and he showed me how it could be designed-in to a serving station. That’s the kind of inspired collaboration that occurred throughout this project.”

The fundamental challenge within the two-level, rear-facing family room was several round fluted pillars which were used as structural supports. The pillars were 1.5 feet in diameter and topped with florid Corinthian caps. In many parts of the room, they were squarely in the middle of the potential sight lines linking a quiet seating area to the lovely pool. The columns also obstructed views between the kitchen and the family room, which features a dramatic two-level fireplace.

“Rima wanted a softer, more cohesive interior,” Nazemian says. “Finding ways to remove existing columns and open up sightlines was part of the solution, but she also wanted interior elevations that would support a subtler interplay of tones, colors and textures. The stacked stone fireplace couldn’t be part of this picture.”

To make sense of the new palette, Nazemian installed new structural supports that open up views in two directions. The square, narrower-gauge columns introduce a discrete design element that is developed throughout the makeover. The fireplace was re-surfaced in gray striped porcelain tile; the recessed niche over fireplace was designed to accommodate a flush-mount TV.

Throughout, Nazemian advised on interior design fundamentals.

“Sonny asked me if I wanted color undertones to be cool or warm,” Rima Bitar says. “The cooler undertone I chose allowed me to choose brighter colors as accents for some accessories, but the compositional balance is well-maintained.”

In the kitchen, problems were many. The cook-top island was not only in the wrong place, but struck Rima as a safety hazard in a household with small children. The space was not well organized relative to work triangles, either. Storage was limited. Overall, the room was too dark, and the HVAC bulk heading created the appearance that the ceiling was too low.

To remedy this scenario, the design team moved the cook-top range to a back wall and installed a new exhaust fan hood above. By re-routing the HVAC, the wall surface needed to accommodate taller glass-facing cabinets was formed.

With the sink relocated under a bay window, the stove top in an L-shaped counter configuration, and the food-prep island an easy pivot from either station, the new kitchen’s primary work triangle has greatly facilitated meal preparation and clean-up.

As interior design, the quartz top backsplash and white marble counter surface offer a balanced contrast to the black walnut counter base and espresso-finish flooring.

Backlit glass-facing cabinets, quartz countertops and JAS lighting pendants hanging from a tray ceiling confer a warmly textured look consistent with the ambiance throughout the entire makeover.

But a visit to the house begins at the front door.

To set the appropriate welcoming tone, Nazemian began conceptualizing the renovation from the foyer. To assure the flooring with a bright, seamless look, hairline grouting was applied to 20”-by-20” crystal marble tiles. A basket rope Wrought-iron railing replaced the builder-grade wooden original.

White staircase risers contrasting with dark-stained treads establish the new interior’s “transitional-style.” The suspended crystal chandelier at the top of the stairs draws the eye in and up.

“There’s such a wonderful play of light everywhere,” Rima says. “Sonny really understood what we wanted, and we’re very pleased with the results.”

For information call (703) 641-9800 or visit MichaelNashKitchens.com

John Byrd has been writing about home improvement for 30 years. He can be reached at (703) 715-8006, www.HomeFrontsNews.com or byrdmatx@gmail.com

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McLean home makeover wins national Chrysalis Award

A comprehensive makeover to a Mediterranean-style home in McLean has won a national Chrysalis Award for Michael Nash Kitchens and Homes. Founded in 1993, the Chrysalis has long been regarded as the remodeling industry’s most prestigious peer award; Qualified Remodeler Magazine and Kitchen and Bath Design News are among the national media sponsors.

The winning design solution – in which two levels of a 20-year-old single family home were selectively reconfigured and upgraded – was executed in the residence of George and Rima Bitar. The project was named the nation’s “Best Whole House Remodel for under $300,000.” Other judges include editors and writers for Southern Living Magazine and Better Homes and Gardens.

The makeover had earlier won a regional (11-state) “Contractor of the Year” (COTY) award from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI); previously it was judged a COTY Grand Winner (“Best Entire House Under $250,000”) by NARI’s metro DC chapter.

In accepting the prize, Michael Nash president and founder Sonny Nazemian acknowledged his company’s innovative design team, which contended with space planning and interior design challenges while staying entirely within envelop of the 4,800-square-foot structure.

“The owners had been looking for a larger house with a pool their growing family could enjoy long into the future,” Nazemian recalls. “After searching the real estate market for several years, they found a property with many of the right components. However, the configuration of rooms on the first floor didn’t meet their needs, the kitchen was pretty dysfunctional, sight lines from family room to pool were blocked and the interior was too dark and dated for their tastes.”

As Rima Bitar saw it, the house had “lots of potential,” but much of it was unrealized. A particular problem was a sequence of rooms on the left side of the foyer.

“There was a great view of the pool from the rear of the house,” Bitar says. “But from the foyer one entered a small living room on the left which, in turn, revealed a doorway on the back wall linked to a rear office with a bay window. A powder room in between flanked right. Overall, the left side of the house was too dark from front to back. Plus, we didn’t want a first-level home office, and the powder room was in the wrong place.”

Bitar talked to several contractors, but none seemed to see the home’s systemic flaws as anything more than several rooms needing a fix-up.

“They didn’t grasp the big picture,” Bitar says. “One wanted to start on the kitchen and leave the powder room for a future date. Another had ideas for the foyer. No one seemed to recognize our requirements. We were looking [for] someone with seasoned experience who could help us completely reinvigorate the interior.”

As such, Sonny Nazemian came as a breath of fresh air.

“Sonny got our vision,” Bitar says. “For instance, he recognized immediately that we could find a more central location for the powder room because we already had plumbing routed to an unused wet-bar situated in [a] central part of the house which was the designated family room.”

Building out the new powder room footprint would be a comparatively simple matter. More importantly, removing the old one would allow the remodeler to reconfigure the home’s entire left side from front to back.

From the start, Nazemian conceived the front-to-back space on the home’s left side as a “great room” that would feature two well-delineated activity areas: up front, a formal salon with fireplace accessed from the foyer; to the rear, a music room where Rima would keep her classical piano.

To allow more natural light and visual continuum, the remodeler introduced a structural beam mounted on vertical supports mid room and removed the obstructive bearing wall. The vertical supports are encased in visually-sympathetic recessed paneling.

Meanwhile, the entrance from the foyer has been widened, and changed to an arch which reiterates existing window shapes. Fluted mullions trimming the arch provide an elegant profile reinforced by fine detailing throughout. The new flooring is wide-plank cherry wood with espresso-finish. In the back half of the room (next to the piano) a “built-in” cadenza speaks to the room’s particularized design sensibilities.

“We found the green onyx featured in the cadenza backsplash while shopping for kitchen counters in a stone center,” Bitar recalls. “I told Sonny I’d like to see it incorporated into the interior in some way, and he showed me how it could be designed-in to a serving station. That’s the kind of inspired collaboration that occurred throughout this project.”

The fundamental challenge within the two-level, rear-facing family room was several round fluted pillars which were used as structural supports. The pillars were 1.5 feet in diameter and topped with florid Corinthian caps. In many parts of the room, they were squarely in the middle of the potential sight lines linking a quiet seating area to the lovely pool. The columns also obstructed views between the kitchen and the family room, which features a dramatic two-level fireplace.

“Rima wanted a softer, more cohesive interior,” Nazemian says. “Finding ways to remove existing columns and open up sightlines was part of the solution, but she also wanted interior elevations that would support a subtler interplay of tones, colors and textures. The stacked stone fireplace couldn’t be part of this picture.”

To make sense of the new palette, Nazemian installed new structural supports that open up views in two directions. The square, narrower-gauge columns introduce a discrete design element that is developed throughout the makeover. The fireplace was re-surfaced in gray striped porcelain tile; the recessed niche over fireplace was designed to accommodate a flush-mount TV.

Throughout, Nazemian advised on interior design fundamentals.

“Sonny asked me if I wanted color undertones to be cool or warm,” Rima Bitar says. “The cooler undertone I chose allowed me to choose brighter colors as accents for some accessories, but the compositional balance is well-maintained.”

In the kitchen, problems were many. The cook-top island was not only in the wrong place, but struck Rima as a safety hazard in a household with small children. The space was not well organized relative to work triangles, either. Storage was limited. Overall, the room was too dark, and the HVAC bulk heading created the appearance that the ceiling was too low.

To remedy this scenario, the design team moved the cook-top range to a back wall and installed a new exhaust fan hood above. By re-routing the HVAC, the wall surface needed to accommodate taller glass-facing cabinets was formed.

With the sink relocated under a bay window, the stove top in an L-shaped counter configuration, and the food-prep island an easy pivot from either station, the new kitchen’s primary work triangle has greatly facilitated meal preparation and clean-up.

As interior design, the quartz top backsplash and white marble counter surface offer a balanced contrast to the black walnut counter base and espresso-finish flooring.

Backlit glass-facing cabinets, quartz countertops and JAS lighting pendants hanging from a tray ceiling confer a warmly textured look consistent with the ambiance throughout the entire makeover.

But a visit to the house begins at the front door.

To set the appropriate welcoming tone, Nazemian began conceptualizing the renovation from the foyer. To assure the flooring with a bright, seamless look, hairline grouting was applied to 20”-by-20” crystal marble tiles. A basket rope Wrought-iron railing replaced the builder-grade wooden original.

White staircase risers contrasting with dark-stained treads establish the new interior’s “transitional-style.” The suspended crystal chandelier at the top of the stairs draws the eye in and up.

“There’s such a wonderful play of light everywhere,” Rima says. “Sonny really understood what we wanted, and we’re very pleased with the results.”

For information call (703) 641-9800 or visit MichaelNashKitchens.com

John Byrd has been writing about home improvement for 30 years. He can be reached at (703) 715-8006, www.HomeFrontsNews.com or byrdmatx@gmail.com

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