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Marni Jameson, Kitchen Area Makeover: Seven steps to transform …

Parties, like the one DC and I hosted last week, have many upsides: You meet interesting people. You help a cause. And you get a kick in the derriere to do those home improvements you’ve put off until the return of Halley’s Comet.

All to say, for my newly redecorated kitchen eating area, I have the Orlando Philharmonic to thank.

Let me back up. Last December, I ended a column with this line: My new philosophy: Care less. Entertain more. You only get now once.

So, when a friend asked me if I would host a party to support our city’s philharmonic, a shindig for what turned out to be a mere 70 people in the home my husband and I moved into just three months ago, I could not refuse. I was a victim of the press. My own press.

After my heart stopped fibrillating, I quickly converted panic into productivity, and capitalized on the opportunity to make a dent in our home-improvement list.

The thought of all those cultured people in our home motivated DC, too, to join me in wrangling a dozen or so suddenly urgent tasks to the ground in just a few short weeks.

Fortunately, just for emergencies like this, I have my home-improvement-to-do list. Actually, my list has lists, one for each room, which I keep in a little book, which is never far from hand.

So — ladies, are you listening? — when the time is right, Mars is out of retrograde, the stock market is up, the Visa bill hasn’t yet come in and your husband’s team is winning or you’re hosting a party, you can spring into action.

As DC will confirm, I am always just one green light away from becoming a decorating dervish.

I pulled out my book of lists and consulted with DC. After some minor negotiations (“Honey, the people coming read my column. We can’t leave our puny 42-inch kitchen table where a 60-inch round one is clearly called for”), we agreed on which projects to go for.

Finishing the kitchen eating area was clearly a priority because that’s where every party ends up. Plus, this was low-hanging fruit; we were halfway there.

When DC and I first toured the Happier Yellow House that became ours last fall, among the many features I loved was the sunny dining area. Though obviously under decorated, the room had loads of promise. (As I often remind DC, a room can be furnished but not decorated.)

However, as you and I both know, seeing a room’s potential and getting there is like wanting to run a marathon and crossing the finish line. To do either requires energy, determination, motivation and sweat. With a goal in mind, a list in hand and the party as my finish line, the race was on.

When facing a room, you want to redecorate, follow these seven steps, as we did with our kitchen eating area, and watch your dream room come true:

• Start with the end in mind. Have a vision so you know where you’re going before you start. Don’t wing it. Then make your to-do list.

• Focus on the assets. Look at what the room has going for it and doesn’t. Our 10-by-13-foot eating area had good proportions, great natural light and solid hardwood floors — all important because these are tough to change.

It also had handsome plantation shutters and a decent light fixture that needed new shades. We’d need to add color, furniture that fit, softness and texture, art and accessories.

• Fix surfaces first. Start from the floor and walls and move in. Before we moved in last November, we refinished the wood floors, taking them from aged yellow oak, to matte, mid-tone brown. We painted the walls a creamy yellow (Sherwin-Williams Belvedere Cream) and hung colorful artwork. We stopped there, stalled on second base, and might have stayed stuck, but for the party.

• Figure out furnishings. Before you buy furniture, create a floor plan, use painters tape to outline where pieces will go and select pieces that are the right scale. Because everything in the room was square, I wanted a round dining table to soften the edges. Given the volume and shape of this room, a 60-inch round table was the ideal fit.

• Find your color palette. Following the common design maxim that every room needs a touch of black, I repainted my well-used brown wooden kitchen chairs black, which anchored the pale yellow walls and light wood furniture. I added black, chunky drapery hardware, and pulled in drapery fabric to add pattern and color.

• Finish your windows. Not every window needs a treatment, and for many, handsome blinds or shutters are enough. However, because this room had only hard finishes, adding a pair of stationary drapery panels gave the room much-needed color, softness and texture. Follow with accessories. Artwork, greenery, and other accent pieces are a room’s finishing touch.

Now to make sure you get it done, host a party.

Join me next week to find out how to make your home office reflect your life — in the best sense.

Syndicated columnist Marni Jameson is the author of three home and lifestyle books, including “Downsizing the Family Home: What to Save, What to Let Go” (Sterling Publishing 2016). You may reach her at

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Global Dinnerwares Market Analysis 2018 Arc International, Libbey, Bormioli and The Dinnerware Museum Inc

The research report on “Global Dinnerwares Market” delivers detailed prognosis on current and forecast market situation of Dinnerwares in the assessment period, 2018-2026. The report examines Dinnerwares market growth history, sales channel, manufacturers profiled in Dinnerwares industry, a market share of product type, application and scope of a region in detail. The Dinnerwares report also consists key drivers and limiting factors affect the Dinnerwares market growth, change in industry trends or challenges faced by Dinnerwares manufacturers in forecast years.

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KitchenAid stand mixers will come in more colors to match your kitchen

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Bird of paradise is KitchenAid’s Color of the Year. It’s similar to salmon, and it looks like it would go well in the kitchen on “The Golden Girls.”

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KitchenAid has added four more reasons to get one of the company’s popular stand mixers. Four new colors will be available for select KitchenAid small appliances beginning in April, the company announced on Saturday at the International Home and Housewares Show here in Chicago.

The new colors are the salmon-like bird of paradise (which KitchenAid dubbed its first-ever Color of the Year), shaded palm (a matte emerald), blue velvet (a light blue matte), dried rose (a matte pink) and crimson red. 

Click on the slideshow to see the new colors:


KitchenAid’s stand mixer has become a must-have product in American kitchens, partly because of the variety of colors from which you can choose. There are more than 40 colors currently available.

The new colors are also available for the following KitchenAid products:

  • Artisan Stand Mixer
  • Artisan Mini Stand Mixer
  • Diamond Blender
  • Mini Food Processor
  • 2-Speed Hand Blender
  • 5-Speed Hand Blender
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The Bellini Kitchen Master vs. the Thermomix vs. the All-Clad Prep and Cook

The Bellini Kitchen Master from Cedarlane wants to be known as a budget Thermomix, but the truth is it’s much closer to the All-Clad Prep and Cook, which we reviewed last year. Similar all-in-one machines with a zillion functions are fairly new to the United States market, though the Thermomix has been found in Europe and elsewhere for decades.

All three machines take up a lot of counter space but also say to you, “Don’t worry, you’ll use me for everything.” Let’s examine the truth in that, shall we?

First, the functions

Your blender can blend and maybe make soup. Your food processor chops and maybe also makes nut butter. Your slow-cooker slowly cooks. Your kitchen scale probably doesn’t exist if you’re American. An all-in-one – known as a multi-cooker — is supposed to do all of these functions in one device. According to the manufacturers specs, these devices do these things:

Bellini: Blends, chops, cooks, crushes ice, fries, kneads, minces, stirs, steams, and whips.

All-Clad: Chops, cooks, crushes ice, kneads, mixes, slow cooks, steams, stir fries, stirs, and whips.

Thermomix: Blends, chops, cooks, emulsifies, grinds, heats, kneads, mixes, steams, stirs, weighs, and

Our take

As you can see, on each list there are a lot of words that are synonyms for various methods of cutting, cooking, or turning stuff from a chunky consistency smooth. None of these is a full replacement for an oven, so don’t expect to bake brownies in them.

The parts

Each appliance comes with a base, stainless steel mixing bowl, and so much more. The appliances can’t steam without baskets or whisk without butterfly attachments, after all. Here’s a list of accessories for each:

Bellini: A kitchen scale, whisk, spatula, steaming set (three trays and a lid), two-liter-capacity (about 8.5 cups) mixing bowl, cooking basket (for meatballs, potatoes, etc.), chopping blade, stirring blade, lid with removable measuring cup, and base. Its dimensions are 18 by 12 by 20 inches.

All-Clad: A knife blade, whisk, mixer, kneading/crushing blade, steam basket, 2.6-quart-capacity (about 10.4 cups) mixing bowl, and base. Its dimensions are 12.2 by 14.2 by 12.2 inches.

Thermomix: A whisk, spatula, steaming set (two trays and a lid), 2.2-liter-capacity (about 9.3 cups), cooking basket, chopping-and-stirring blade, lid with removable measuring cup, and base. Its dimensions are 13.4 by 12.8 by 12.8 inches.

Our take

One of the main differences with gear is the All-Clad has the smallest footprint, but that means it can’t steam as much, either. The Thermomix has an integrated scale and its blades do most of the mixing and chopping, though you’ll need the whisk for some recipes. The All-Clad’s multiple blades attach to a spindle inside the bowl and are easy to swap in and out. With the Bellini, there’s a latch on the bottom of the bowl, so if you’re switching blades mid-recipe, you’ll have to dump out whatever it’s holding before making the change. Also, we found these two blades very difficult to tell apart, even when they were side by side.

The recipes and buttons

If you’ve never used one of these machines before, it can be a bit tricky to dive in. While we’re used to baking by degrees, making soup or browning onions at a specific temperature isn’t how most of us learned how to cook. Add to that needing to know how to set the time and speed so you don’t over-dice carrots, and it amounts to needing really good guidance from these machines.


The Bellini has a pretty straightforward interface. There are three dials: speed (settings 1 through 10), time (up to 90 minutes, with one-second intervals for the first minute and 30-second intervals thereafter), and temperature (100 to 212 degrees Fahrenheit or 37 to 100 degrees Celsius, plus steam). When you have all that set, you hit the start button. There’s also a pulse button. In the included booklet, there are around 95 recipes, plus a table with steaming times for vegetables, seafood, and chicken. There are a few videos online, and the company wants you to follow its “Bellini Brigade” on Facebook. Though it sounds like a brunch group, it’s actually just people who own the machine and make their own recipes.


With a more colorful and complex display, the Prep Cook may look a little more intimidating. It has six program buttons (sauce, soup, simmer, steam, pastry, and dessert) that automatically set the stirring speed, temperature, and time. There are three buttons for manually adjusting time, temperature, and speed as well. The All-Clad heats to between 90 and 270 degrees Fahrenheit (about 32 to 132 degrees Celsius) in five-degree increments. In five-second intervals, you can set the timer for up to two hours. There are 12 stirring speeds available. In addition to some online recipes, the Prep Cook booklet has over 300 foods you can make.


Everything on the Thermomix is controlled by a dial and its touchscreen. From the home screen, you can set time (up to 99 minutes in 30-second intervals after the first minute, which you can select to the second), temperature (100 degrees to 250 degrees Fahrenheit or about 37 to 121 degrees Celsius, plus a steam setting), and speed (10 options). Because it’s been around so long, there are a lot of Thermomix, shall we say, enthusiasts, so it’s easy to find recipes. However, the Thermomix’ new Cook Key can connect the machine to your Wi-Fi, letting you download recipes from all over the world. It does come pre-loaded with more than 150 recipes, and the membership for new recipes is $39 a year.

The way the recipes work is a bit different; you advance through the screens, adding ingredients as you go and letting the machine do the work in between. It might ask you to add 12 ounces of onion, for example, and the scale would calculate as you added; once you got to the next screen, it might have the time and speed set to appropriately dice them. Then you might go on to add some oil, then get a screen with the cooking settings selected, and so on.

Our take

The goal of these machines should be getting you to translate your own recipes to its way of cooking as quickly as possible, not tying you to the manufacturer’s booklet forever. Charts of cooking times are helpful, but many times it feels like the community takes on the bulk of the responsibility in figuring out how to make these multi-cookers work for them. Thermomix’s deep well of recipes is mostly due to its long lifespan, but the step-by-step nature does help users get acquainted with its functions as well. The Prep Cook’s pre-programmed buttons can make it easier to go off-book, since the included guide explains how to use each; you can hit the pastry button three times, for example, once for breads, twice for brioches, and three times for cakes.

Still, we find that these recipes almost always need some tweaking. Either five seconds wasn’t long enough to dice or 15 minutes of steaming left our asparagus mushy. This is definitely a potential pitfall for newer cooks, who may need to rely more heavily on the communities for guidance.

Price and final thoughts

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Bellini: $400 on Amazon

By far the cheapest option, the Bellini still had some quirks that we found frustrating. The bowl was difficult to both remove and lock into place, and the same was true of the lid. We often had to tug with a lot of force, and that made us nervous when it was full of hot liquid. While we don’t mind the bare-bones approach of the display, there didn’t seem to be a good way to “graduate” to our own recipes. It’s also the biggest machine and has the most accessories.

All-Clad: $900 on Amazon

The Prep and Cook saves you a bit on storage space over the other two. Its pre-programmed settings are its strongest feature, as they give you more hands-off time. Some steps combine the chopping and the browning without you having to hit a “next” button, for example. Still, those options will give you an idea of what you’ll be making most with this machine: soups, sauces, doughs, and batters. It’s versatile, but quantities of what you’re steaming will be limited, as it only comes with a basket that fits inside the bowl.

Thermomix: $1,448 at Thermomix

Once upon a time, you could only buy a Thermomix through a consultant, but it’s available through the company’s website now. It’s obviously the priciest and comes with a fair amount of accessories. It has the benefit of a long existence and global community who share recipes and tips. With its follow-along touchscreen, it does offer a more seamless introduction to the multi-cooker world. Even if you don’t want to pay an annual fee for Wi-Fi-delivered recipes, you’ll get a six month trial to download and test out some dishes from lots of other countries. The biggest drawback is obviously the price.

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Madame de la Maison Will Help You Set Your Table With French Country Antiques

“I have been collecting for a while, only now, my husband can’t get mad at me,” jokes Ajiri Aki, a vintage porcelain enthusiast who calls her home an “antiques factory.” With the launch of her company, Madame de la Maison, just one month ago, Aki’s personal hoard of tableware serves as her company’s inventory. And she can now justify her never-not-antiquing way of life; no matter her location, Aki has one eye open for Limoges porcelain or a tureen from Sèvres.

The concept for the Paris-based Madame de la Maison is three-fold: one of a kind antique place settings are available for rent for special occasions (Aki also produces events), there’s an online shop (with etched crystal champagne coupes and toile patterns aplenty), then there’s her own line of linens. The last of which she manufactures locally using 100 percent linen to create natural-fiber napkins and tablecloths dyed, embroidered, and monogrammed in the most pleasant of shades. The brand’s ethos as a whole is also one of sustainability; Aki recycles dinnerware, and her linens are ethically-produced with a biodegradable fiber.

Of Nigerian descent, Aki grew up in Austin and moved to New York after college, where she steeped herself in the fashion world with a couple of magazine editing jobs. She then developed a taste for academia, studying decorative arts at Bard College before working at the Met’s Costume Institute and the Museum of the City of New York. It was fashion history that brought her to Paris, where she currently resides—she was actually researching couturier Jean Patou when she decided to settle in the French capital. But no matter her location, Aki maintained a strong sense of community, hosting and creating beautiful moments with the help of her antique wares.

“I was at a friend’s house in the countryside, talking about how much I loved the decorative arts,” says Aki. “I thought, wouldn’t it be kind of amazing if I could do this for a living?” So the studied antiquarian decided to do just that.

Aki now spends her time daytripping through the French countryside, pilgrimaging to the town of Lille for its annual Grande Braderie and scavenging at the Parisian flea markets of Brocantes and Vide Grenier. On weekends, she loads up the car with her husband and sometimes her two kids; things eventually start to get more cramped as the crockery piles up. “I basically collect what catches my eye, but I have a hard time passing up anything Art Deco, Art Nouveau, and Regency/Empire styles,” she says. “I also like the idea of bringing French country life to the city.”

And her collecting doesn’t stop at interior decor. Unsurprisingly, Aki is often found dressed in her pieces of ’30s to ’50s-era vintage, and there’s likely a scarf involved. She has an endless collection of silk squares and claims she does not play favorites when it comes to the accessory: “My scarf-love has no decade restriction!”

Her whole aesthetic, both personal and in business, is envy-inducing. Head to the Madame de la Maison Instagram for beautiful tablescapes and dinner party-schemes infused with an air of the bygone Provençal. But unlike on most accounts, these are experiences to be shared and recreated for others. And though she’s based in Paris, Aki confirms, “so long as the shipping is covered, I’ll ship anywhere!”

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KitchenAid stand mixers add more colors to match your kitchen

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Bird of paradise is KitchenAid’s Color of the Year. It’s similar to salmon, and it looks like it would go well in the kitchen on “The Golden Girls.”

Chris Monroe/CNET

KitchenAid has added four more reasons to get one of the company’s popular stand mixers. Four new colors will be available for select KitchenAid small appliances beginning in April, the company announced on Saturday at the International Home and Housewares Show here in Chicago.

The new colors are the salmon-like bird of paradise (which KitchenAid dubbed its first-ever Color of the Year), shaded palm (a matte emerald), blue velvet (a light blue matte), dried rose (a matte pink) and crimson red. 

Click on the slideshow to see the new colors:


KitchenAid’s stand mixer has become a must-have product in American kitchens, partly because of the variety of colors from which you can choose. There are more than 40 colors currently available.

The new colors are also available for the following KitchenAid products:

  • Artisan Stand Mixer
  • Artisan Mini Stand Mixer
  • Diamond Blender
  • Mini Food Processor
  • 2-Speed Hand Blender
  • 5-Speed Hand Blender
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Madonna tries out a ‘fork facial’ – watch the video – Hello!


February 08, 2018

Ever wonder how 59-year-old Madonna stays so youthful looking? Well it looks like we now have a clue! The pop icon has shared a video of herself on social media demonstrating that she uses a tool that seems to be inspired by a common household item to help tighten her skin. Madonna filmed herself undergoing a ‘fork facial’, with her face being massaged using a fork-like tool wielded by celebrity skincare guru Tarin Skillets for the unusual treatment.
In the video, the singer’s face is adorned with brunette bangs and a blue bow thanks to an Instagram filter, but watchers can still see the essence of the process.

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“It’s amazing, look at this little facial happening with fork (sic). Forks are really good, they tighten the skin. Have you tightened your face with a fork?” she says in the video. The Grammy winner, who alters her voice to make it sound high pitched and squeaky, also joked: “Have you ever stabbed someone with a fork? I’ve done both. Anyway, it’s crazy.”


Madonna released her MDNA skincare line in the US last year Photo: Getty Images

The star captioned her post with ‘Skillets Forks My Face’ alongside a selection of hashtags including a shout out to her own luxury beauty line MDNA Skin, which was released in 2017. Madonna has maintained her flawless looks by following a strict skincare regime over the years, and created MDNA based on her own needs while she was touring. Her dermatologist Dr Paul Jarrod Frank previously told W magazine how the star maintains a routine that ranges from using cutting-edge products to focusing on positive vibes.


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“Madonna is dedicated to skincare and her routine of sun avoidance, her own products, regular oxygen and LED light facials, and, most importantly, staying positive and happy,” he said. “All of these things have a dramatic effect on the aging process. What we agreed about most when discussing MDNA Skin was routine and dedication—consistency, simplicity, and discipline.”

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