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Larry and Tami Christensen love their new open kitchen.

Larry and Tami Christensen have been remodeling their home in Sidney ever since they moved in over 25 years ago. Larry learned the art of building from his father who is a contractor and has an eye for detail while Tami contributes her ideas and enjoys the redesign.

Their latest project involved a complete remodel of the kitchen and dining room. First to go was a support wall which necessitated reinforcing the trusses above. A partial wall, which separated the kitchen and dining area, was also removed, creating a wide open but efficient area for cooking and entertaining.

New full length Dura Supreme cabinets in rustic hickory stained in wheat and featuring the Arcadia classic door style compliment the Cambria quartz countertops in the Bradshaw design and infuse a warm glow throughout. The cabinets and countertops were purchased at Creative Solutions with Larry doing the installation. Accessories include roll out shelves, base recycle center, giant diagonal super susan, base custom cook center and pull out spice rack. The undermount, offset 60/40 double bowl sink is by Elkay and features the new aqua divide that makes cleaning large items much easier while the touchless faucet is perfect for washing up messy hands! A patterned stainless steel look backsplash compliments the appliances, which were purchased from PATH a few years ago.

The fridge and stove were swapped with the gas cooktop now in an expansive island, which provides the ultimate in beauty and cooking convenience. A pot filler makes cooking even easier.

Attractive stools from Johnson Hardware and Furniture mean the conversation can flow while dinner is being prepared, while a matching set of cabinets along the former dining room wall provide extra storage plus buffet space, with plug-ins as needed. Flooring was purchased from Chad’s Furniture.

A truly unique feature is the hickory barn doors which now cover the pantry that had been open for10 years. Larry built the doors, including the hardware, himself.

Larry Christensen crafted the barn doors, including the hardware, that enclose the pantry.

Control4 home automation by ElectricLand controls the lighting, eliminating a lot of electrical wire, as the switches talk to each other, plus the system can be controlled by cell phone or tablet from anywhere in the world. Accent lighting under the cabinets, counters and along the floor, also by ElectricLand, come on automatically at dusk and go off at dawn, providing a “cool night light” running at about 20%. All the dining area light switches are from Control4, including custom touchpads that can control brightness and colors of the LED strip lights. TV and stereo controls, along with Alexa voice control are also integrated into the system. Christensens will eventually tie the thermostat into the Control4 system as well.

The beautiful dining room light fixture over Tami’s great aunt’s dining room set was the final piece. “It took a while to find something we both liked,” Larry said.

Zach Netz will be back to complete more rounded corners and then the final painting can be done.

Tami says the best thing about her new kitchen is having plenty of room to cook. “It’s fun to cook when you have plenty of room for both of us.” Larry says his favorite thing is that now Tami can make a “double batch of rolls on this countertop!”

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The cookware industry heats up




The field notes examining the eating habits of the young and modern foodie might read as follows: 

The species shops at Whole Foods and orders meal kits from Blue Apron, scans Food52.com for recipe ideas, and then documents dishes on social media before consumption. But a strange discrepancy arises when you survey members of the species in their natural habitat. Examine the kitchen in any post-college apartment, and you’ll find a cross-section of cookware that is more castoff than cast iron, with a selection of pots and pans that tend to be culled from parents’ basements and trips to Target and Ikea. 

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Although these twentysomething foodies openly obsess over their food, they are generally clueless about the cookware needed to actually prepare their meals. And that has led some in the industry to see an opportunity, with brands emerging (or evolving) to serve them in the most literal sense of the word — by creating new product lines designed with the deep-pocketed millennial in mind. 

The coming “disruption’’ of cookware is a logical extension of the shifts we’re seeing across the food industry, as young adults devote an extraordinary amount of “money and resources and time” to new ways of sourcing their meals, said Jonathan “Jake” Kalick, whose family owns Harbour Food Service, a Boston distributor of restaurant equipment. 

Although his generation loves eating well, “they don’t know the tools or care about the quality” of their kitchen supplies, he said. He and friend Bradford “Chip” Malt saw an opportunity in this discrepancy and this month launched Made In, a company making pots and pans for young urban professionals. 

The frypans and stockpots, which are designed by a Tennessee-based manufacturer, offer the same quality 5-ply construction as high-end brands like All-Clad and Calphalon, Malt said. But Made In aims to undercut their prices by selling them direct-to-consumer through its website. The company sells a stainless steel 10-inch frying pan for $79; a similar pan from All-Clad retails for $150.

“Our goal is to become the go-to brand in the kitchen space for millennials,” Malt said.

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“The millennial age group has the most purchasing power of any demographic in the US, and it’s also growing as fast or faster than any other age group,” said Taylor Palmer, a retail analyst at IBISWorld.

Pair that purchasing power with the fact that many millennials are hitting a stage in life when they’re setting up home, and it’s a compelling force for commerce. US kitchen and cookware stores already account for $15.2 billion in annual sales, and that’s just from specialized stores like Williams Sonoma and Sur La Table, not mass-market retailers like Macy’s or Bed Bath Beyond, he said. The result has been a surge in saucepan sales.

 “Cookware is very hot right now,” said Joe Derochowski, NPD Group’s home industry analyst, with sales up 9 percent this year, after a 6 percent rise the year prior.

The reason, Derochowski said, is a confluence of demographic shifts. Yes, millennials are beginning to settle down, establish homes, and increasingly invest in kitchen goods, but at the same time, baby boomers are beginning to downsize and are happy to unload a pantry full of scratched-up pans in favor of something new. 

On top of that, both generations are cooking more to respond to health concerns, he said, leading to a market that hasn’t seen such an uptick in sales since the 1970s.

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Made In cookware

Williams Sonoma, in particular, has seen its stock price increase lately, and was up 1.9 percent in revenues in its second quarter of this year. The company’s chief executive, Laura Alber, has said the brand is in the midst of a “refresh” designed to meet these demographic demands.

“If you looked at our assortment a couple of years ago, we offered mostly stainless-steel and copper cookware,” said Lauren Tarzia, a company spokeswoman. “Now, in response to customer demand, we offer specialty, induction, nonstick and ceramic nonstick” pans, in addition to a line of Williams Sonoma private-label cookware at a lower price point. 

Where and how cookware purchases are made is also changing. Eighteen percent of sales are now made online, up from 14 percent in 2015, according to NPD Group, with home decor sites like Boston-based Wayfair and Overstock increasingly competing with Amazon for eyeballs. 

And those shopping options continue to evolve. Instacart users can buy measuring cups or foil pans when they put in an order for groceries, and the meal-kit company Blue Apron has its own marketplace, allowing users not only to purchase boxes of ingredients, but the knives, pans, and, yes, blue aprons to use in the kitchen. The company’s cofounder and chief executive, Matt Salzberg, has said it plans to expand these “a la carte” offerings over time.

Even Buzzfeed is dabbling in the culinary marketplace, selling a Bluetooth-enabled hot plate and a cookbook of popular recipes.

Unlike other home goods, kitchen supplies and cookware have relatively stable year-round demand and are rarely subject to the economy’s ebbs and flows, Palmer said. 

According to a 2016 Harris poll, 97 percent of Americans cook once a week, and nearly a third of the population cooks daily. 

But although everyone, in theory, needs a pan to fry with, carving out a place for a new cookware company presents challenges. 

“It’s a really fragmented market, from a brand standpoint,” said AJ Riedel, a housewares analyst at Riedel Group, with more than two dozen different brands, only four of which have more than a 10 percent market share. She said that although Calphalon used to hold a certain reputation with at-home cooks, its prominence has faded. “There’s no aspirational brand,” she said. 

What’s more, understanding the nuances of what makes a good pan — and why you should pay a premium for it — confuses the average consumer, who is probably thrown by questions about the safety of a nonstick coating or the virtues of cast iron or copper. “Even I don’t totally understand cookware,” Riedel said. “It’s still that confusing.”

Which is why, she said, that Made In’s model might have some promise, if it puts an emphasis on educating consumers through its website. There’s evidence that younger shoppers are apt to do research and comparison-shop online before making a purchase, and they’re drawn in by brands that make a strong play on social media and tell a compelling story.

Both Riedel and Palmer pointed to Casper Mattresses and Tuft Needle, two mattress startups that have experienced success with the direct-to-consumer model. They found it compelling that no one had stepped up in the cookware industry to do the same until Made In came along. 

“The direct-to-consumer space in retail is on fire,” Palmer said. “The fact that no one has entered into it with a cookware concept is kind of baffling.”

Malt and Kalick said their intention with Made In is to create a community of cooks and become a “voice in the industry” and an educational source for their users. The company hopes to bring in chefs across the country as equity partners in hopes of building the brand. And the partnership with the Tennessee manufacturer is intentional, because young consumers care about goods being American-made. 

But Made In is not alone in the market. The company Misen, which raised more than $1 million on Kickstarter to create a line of direct-to-consumer chef’s knives, announced plans this month to branch out into pots and pans. And Riedel said it’s likely that others will follow. “There are really no barriers to entry, but somebody else could come in right behind them and outspend them.”

Derochowski agreed. “Knowing that this is a hot industry, there is going to be a lot of competition,” he said. 

Janelle Nanos can be reached at janelle.nanos@globe.com and @janellenanos on Twitter.

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Paytm Mall: Starting Sept 20, 100% cashback to 25 phone buyers on …

NEW DELHI: Starting September 20, Paytm Mall will return the entire amount to 25 lucky phone buyers for the next four days. Another big offer under Paytm Mall’s first ever festive season sale – Mera Cashback Sale – is the promise of giving Paytm Gold to the first 200 customers on the platform for the specified sale period.

To make its mark in the highly contested season for the ecommerce companies, Paytm Mall, owned by Paytm Ecommerce, has lined up several offers to lure consumers from the other two ecommerce biggies which have also announced their flagship annual sales during the same period.

The sale will have 15% to 100% cashback across all categories with the company putting aside Rs 501 crore under cashback for the sale event.

The platform will also run a flash sale for a limited period on all the four days of the sale event. Special offers will be offered to the buyers from 2 PM to 6 PM and from 8 PM to midnight every day till September 23.

“Our limited period flash sale will bring handpicked products with incredible cashback offers. Our aim is to bring to customers the most coveted products from the Mera Cashback Sale under one roof with limited period mega offers. We are confident these flash sales will bring more excitement and exhilaration to the festive shopping experience and make this Diwali more specials for ,our customers,” said Paytm Mall, COO, Amit Sinha, in a statement.

Apart from the special offers to the first few buyers every day, the top offers on the platform are on smartphones, laptops, televisions, large appliances, and fashion.

Best deals
The company is offering substantial deals on several Apple products. Up to Rs 15,000 cashback will be given on all models of iPhones, Apple ipads will have a flat 15% offer, Rs 12,000 cashback will be provided on both MacBook Air 13 and Apple watches.

Apart from Apple, mobile phones brands including Vivo, Gionee, and Motorola among others will have up to 20% cashback.

Top categories
Paytm Mall is expecting that the Mera Cashback Sale will help it grow five times and to realise this ambitious target the company has big offers on all major categories. Up to 70% cashback is on offer on all top brands in the fashion category; including apparel, footwear, and accessories.

Another category with heavy cashback offer is the kitchen appliances category with up to 60% cashback on offer on top brands.
Those who are looking to buy a laptop on the platform will receive a minimum cashback of Rs 5,000 to a maximum of Rs 20,000. Under televisions, LED TVs will be available on a cashback offer of up to Rs 20,000.

Up to Rs 15,000 worth of cashback will be offered on all top brands in the refrigerator category. The top brands in the washing machines category will have a minimum of 18% cashback.

Those waiting to buy a good camera will receive 15% in cashback on the top two brands in the category – Nikon and Canon.

The offers will be available on Paytm Mall as well as the offline store partners of the company.

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This One-Day-Only Deal On Cookware Includes The #1 Most Popular Set

The Daily Dealer has said it before, and the Daily Dealer will say it again – cookware is ridiculously expensive. Anytime I see a discount opportunity on pots or pans, I get excited. Such is the case today, September 19, in which there is a one-day-only sale on cookware from Bulbhead. This deal includes a pasta pot, a brownie pan, and Amazon’s #1 bestselling “kitchen cookware set.”

Normally $100, this 10-piece cookware set is 25 percent off today (Photo via Amazon)

Normally $100, this bestselling 10-piece cookware set is 25 percent off today (Photo via Amazon)

Red Copper 10pc Ceramic Cookware Set by Bulbhead on sale for $74.99

Normally $20, this pasta pot is 25 percent off today (Photo via Amazon)

Normally $20, this pasta pot is 25 percent off today (Photo via Amazon)

Red Copper Better Pasta Pot by BulbHead on sale for $14.99

Normally $20, this brownie pan is 25 percent off today (Photo via Amazon)

Normally $20, this brownie pan is 25 percent off today (Photo via Amazon)

Red Copper Brownie Bonanza Pan by Bulbhead on sale for $14.99

The cookware set (the first product listed) includes an 8-inch fry pan, a 10-inch fry pan with lid, a 1.5-quart saucepan with lid, a 2.5-quart saucepan with lid, and an aluminum steamer insert. The pasta pot includes a straining lid and a recipe guide. And the brownie pan comes with the baking pan, a divider tray, a lifting tray, a brownie stand and a recipe guide.

This comes as part of the bestselling cookware set (Photo via Amazon)

This comes as part of the bestselling cookware set (Photo via Amazon)

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New Zak subsidiary focuses on global dinnerware designs | Home …

Excellence and superior achievement in the home and gift industry were recognized in July at AmericasMart’s eighth annual ICON Honors. Enjoy these video stories celebrating the 2017 award recipients: Spicher and Company, Bloomingville, Wolf Gourmet, Her Majesty’s English Tea Room, Kurt S. Adler, Inc., and Chris Rosse, Rosse and Associates.  See the videos! See the videos!

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Starting Sept 20, 100% cashback to 25 phone buyers on Paytm Mall

NEW DELHI: Starting September 20, Paytm Mall will return the entire amount to 25 lucky phone buyers for the next four days. Another big offer under Paytm Mall’s first ever festive season sale – Mera Cashback Sale – is the promise of giving Paytm Gold to the first 200 customers on the platform for the specified sale period.

To make its mark in the highly contested season for the ecommerce companies, Paytm Mall, owned by Paytm Ecommerce, has lined up several offers to lure consumers from the other two ecommerce biggies which have also announced their flagship annual sales during the same period.

The sale will have 15% to 100% cashback across all categories with the company putting aside Rs 501 crore under cashback for the sale event.

The platform will also run a flash sale for a limited period on all the four days of the sale event. Special offers will be offered to the buyers from 2 PM to 6 PM and from 8 PM to midnight every day till September 23.

“Our limited period flash sale will bring handpicked products with incredible cashback offers. Our aim is to bring to customers the most coveted products from the Mera Cashback Sale under one roof with limited period mega offers. We are confident these flash sales will bring more excitement and exhilaration to the festive shopping experience and make this Diwali more specials for ,our customers,” said Paytm Mall, COO, Amit Sinha, in a statement.

Apart from the special offers to the first few buyers every day, the top offers on the platform are on smartphones, laptops, televisions, large appliances, and fashion.

Best deals
The company is offering substantial deals on several Apple products. Up to Rs 15,000 cashback will be given on all models of iPhones, Apple ipads will have a flat 15% offer, Rs 12,000 cashback will be provided on both MacBook Air 13 and Apple watches.

Apart from Apple, mobile phones brands including Vivo, Gionee, and Motorola among others will have up to 20% cashback.

Top categories
Paytm Mall is expecting that the Mera Cashback Sale will help it grow five times and to realise this ambitious target the company has big offers on all major categories. Up to 70% cashback is on offer on all top brands in the fashion category; including apparel, footwear, and accessories.

Another category with heavy cashback offer is the kitchen appliances category with up to 60% cashback on offer on top brands.
Those who are looking to buy a laptop on the platform will receive a minimum cashback of Rs 5,000 to a maximum of Rs 20,000. Under televisions, LED TVs will be available on a cashback offer of up to Rs 20,000.

Up to Rs 15,000 worth of cashback will be offered on all top brands in the refrigerator category. The top brands in the washing machines category will have a minimum of 18% cashback.

Those waiting to buy a good camera will receive 15% in cashback on the top two brands in the category – Nikon and Canon.

The offers will be available on Paytm Mall as well as the offline store partners of the company.

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Carley Knobloch Wants Tech In The Kitchen To Be More Accessible


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With the emerging popularity of smart home devices across every room of the home and the popularity of voice control devices like Amazon Echo and Google Home leading adoption, the media has become saturated with experts looking to educate consumers on how to use tech in their own homes. Of all the smart home gurus, Carley Knobloch might be one of the most well-known because of her practical, education-oriented approach and tone. Carley’s mission is to help people improve their relationship with technology and sift through the buzzwords to form their own opinions on connected living – one tap or swipe at a time.

Carley’s media legacy began with her blog, a carefully curated resource filled with product reviews, news and guides. The site’s aesthetic mirrors Carley’s approach to talking tech – simple, sleek and modern. The technology is not at the forefront but rather, a tool to help tell a greater story on how connected living can look. It’s not wires and bulky black boxes, but instead functional, stylish smart home living products and accessories that make life just a little bit easier.

In addition to her blog and social media pages, Carley is a regular contributor to the Today Show and CNN, and is the Technology consultant and host for HGTV’s annual smart home. Carley sees her role as specifically to educate those new to smart tech. “I’m helping the later-adopters and the smart-curious folks out there unpack what’s going on in this exciting space, and how it can improve their lives now, and in the future,” she says. For Carley, speaking to this audience is a unique position to

“I’m helping the later-adopters and the smart-curious folks out there unpack what’s going on in this exciting space, and how it can improve their lives now, and in the future,” she says. For Carley, speaking to an audience of mostly homeowners (with a heavily female audience) every day that is excited about the smart home and what it can do means helping them get started with products that make sense and are priced right. They want to buy products that are addressing their needs and solving real problems.

“When I started my blog and media career, there weren’t a lot of women— who run a home, a family and a business—  talking about technology. Most tech experts were speaking to the early-adopters and enthusiasts,” says Carley. “I set out to create an approachable conversation about tech in the home and the kitchen that everyday people could relate to: What’s going on? How does it affect me? Is it time to adopt? Will I be able to use it?”

Creating this open dialogue with her followers has helped Carley steer the industry conversation and better understand the issues that are directly impacting the adoption rate of smart home technology – in or outside of the kitchen. Many companies and manufacturers are taking a “rapid fire” approach to developing technology, without focusing on the end-user experience or adaptation.

“I think that ultimately, consumers are looking for the right price, and the right application: a layer of technology that will make their lives easier, not harder,” says Carley. “They are eager to figure out what technology is right for them in the kitchen and beyond— many are wary because the industry to date has been like the wild west with everyone firing products into the market that may not be ready or require a big learning curve.”

So where does Carley see the smart home conversation heading for product developers and manufacturers? “Manufacturers should be holding themselves to high standards, as early ambassadors for this product vertical,” she explains. “They have to get more right than they do wrong, or it will be hard to change consumer’s minds later.”

Now in her second year at Smart Kitchen Summit, Carley wants to help tackle conversations on how the IoT is affecting big brands across the appliance industry and will lead a fireside chat with Kenmore/Sears and GE leadership charged with this very task.

Don’t miss Carley at the 2017 Smart Kitchen Summit. Check out the full list of speakers and register for the Summit, using code HGTV to get 25% off ticket prices.

The Smart Kitchen Summit is the first event to tackle the future of food, cooking and the kitchen with leaders across food, tech, commerce, design, delivery and appliances. This series will highlight panelists and partners for the 2017 event, being held on October 10-11 at Benaroya Hall in Seattle.

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