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New buyers drive growth during Snapdeal’s Mega Diwali sale

The reach and popularity of online sales was fully visible during Snapdeal’s five day Mega Diwali Sale as 38% of all orders placed during the sale are by new buyers.

Snapdeal’s value-savvy positioning connected well with the target audience – more than 75% of the orders were received from buyers in non-metro cities.

During the sale, Snapdeal’s orders grew 2.5X, driven by great value offers across categories like fashion, home goods, and kitchen accessories.

The most popular items at Snapdeal during the sale were sarees, bedsheets, beard trimmers, epilators, utensils, mixer grinders, headphones, bluetooth speakers, pen drives, sunglasses, home security systems, men’s slippers, men’s watches, cleaning equipment like mops and refurbished phones.

E-Gift cards for travel were also amongst the highest selling products, with users stocking up on these cards to save 20-30% on future travels.

LED lights were one of the most popular items on all sale days. Users bought LED lights for home use and as vehicle accessories. LED lights to be attached to the cycle/motorcycle handlebars was the most sold product in the LED category.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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New buyers drive growth during Snapdeal’s Mega Diwali sale

The reach and popularity of online sales was fully visible during Snapdeal’s five day Mega Diwali Sale as 38% of all orders placed during the sale are by new buyers.

Snapdeal’s value-savvy positioning connected well with the target audience – more than 75% of the orders were received from buyers in non-metro cities.

During the sale, Snapdeal’s orders grew 2.5X, driven by great value offers across categories like fashion, home goods, and kitchen accessories.

The most popular items at Snapdeal during the sale were sarees, bedsheets, beard trimmers, epilators, utensils, mixer grinders, headphones, bluetooth speakers, pen drives, sunglasses, home security systems, men’s slippers, men’s watches, cleaning equipment like mops and refurbished phones.

E-Gift cards for travel were also amongst the highest selling products, with users stocking up on these cards to save 20-30% on future travels.

LED lights were one of the most popular items on all sale days. Users bought LED lights for home use and as vehicle accessories. LED lights to be attached to the cycle/motorcycle handlebars was the most sold product in the LED category.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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Integrate accessories for added luxury


(BPT) – Accessories bring a sense of purpose into a space and, with thoughtful selection, can transform a room into an elevated experience. When used creatively and in unexpected ways, they add the perfect finishing touch to a space and can transform the overall aesthetic and design. From hardware to purposefully placed decor, integrate accessories artfully and functionally to achieve beauty and balance for an even more luxurious space.

A balanced perspective

Assess the space and identify underutilized areas of the room – opportunities to bring a design to life. Choose accessories featuring a variance of shapes, sizes, colors and textures to establish visual and spatial equilibrium. Boldly patterned pillows add dimension among solid tones, while lush flower arrangements effortlessly fill negative space, striking an unexpected balance of comfort and intrigue.

Sophisticated hardware

Complete a luxurious design with sophisticated fixtures that serve as anchoring details, thoughtfully integrated for aesthetics and utility. These necessary pieces add opulence to a room while providing unexpected functionality. Reimagine the use of hardware by adding robe hooks to a walk-in closet for belts or scarves, or to hang clothes. Incorporate an element of surprise by adorning a kitchen space with a towel bar from the Litze Bath Collection by Brizo, which features textured knurling detail that highlights innovative engineering and artistry.

Harmonizing accents

Find the perfect blend of tones and textures by sourcing contrasting, but complementary accessories to finalize a design. Contrast an industrial coffee table with an acacia wooden bowl, or furnish a sleek, modern shelf with coarsely textured relics. As inspiration strikes, pursue the unexpected. Fill the space, maintaining a balance of polished and personal, soft and avant-garde, and strong yet fluid elements, adding just the right level of contradiction to create the perfect harmony.

An elevated update

Once a design is complete, statement pieces can have surprising transformative power when updating a space. Select high-end pieces for major impact, such as a bold area rug or an oversized piece of original art to instantly augment a design. Update an existing piece with new drawer knobs for a fresh look, integrating smaller elements that reflect the personality of the space in new ways. From a one-of-a-kind sculpture to a tasteful timepiece, always keep in mind that small-scale updates have the unexpected potential to make a large-scale impression.

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Day trip to Northfield: Where to eat and shop – TwinCities.com

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Northfield, in the Cannon River Valley, is not only a destination as a college town. The home to both St. Olaf and Carleton colleges, the city just 40 miles south of the Twin Cities is ideal for a day trip, offering plenty of options to shop, eat and play.

When it comes to shopping, the downtown retail district spanning three blocks along Division Street is home to several unique, locally owned boutiques offering a variety of fashion, gift and home items. Antiques and art lovers also will find themselves with plenty of options.

SHOPPING: DIVISION STREET WEST

Start on Division Street at the historic Archer House River Inn, where Paper Paper Petalum boasts one of the best selections of gifts around, from cookbooks and kitchen gadgets to Abdallah chocolates and other Minnesota-made finds. The spot is also a place to score quality Scandinavian gift items. Also at the inn, A Bag Lady women’s boutique stocks handbags galore as well as other fashion accessories such as jewelry and hats. Fashion apparel also fills the store racks.

On the same block, Club Tiki Boutique carries bold statement pieces and isn’t afraid of bling. The spot also carries a sizable selection of stainless steel rings, turquoise pieces and other jewelry for men and women.

Art lovers won’t want to miss Northfield Arts Guild, where visitors can shop from a seasonal rotating gallery as well as from the gift shop where handmade pieces made by local and regional artists abound in the form of jewelry, ceramics, wire sculptures and more. Walk down the alley near the artists guild toward the river to find Spare Room, a place to shop a mix of vintage and new home and office pieces, clothing and gifts.

Next make your way to Content bookstore featuring reading materials in a range of genres, as well as other gift-worthy items such as puzzles and kids’ toys. At the end of the block, The Measuring Cup kitchen store spotlights quality kitchen wares and gadgets. Grab everything from colorful aprons to grill essentials and Wüsthof cutlery to Le Creuset cookware.

On the corner of Fourth and Division streets, The Museum Store, which is connected to the Northfield Historical Society, offers books about Northfield’s history as well as local memorabilia. Continue to Antiques of Northfield, offering an eclectic mix of everything from hobby items and home pieces to clothing and jewelry. The store claims to host the world’s largest collection of 1950s TV lamps on public display. But that doesn’t overshadow another wow factor: a sizable selection of collectible ceramic and porcelain figurines that line the upper shelves throughout the store. Vintage and antique toy trucks, cameras and radios as well as stylish clothing and jewelry are also among the standouts.

Next door, MakeShift Accessories, a studio, gallery and shop all in one, offers recycled, salvaged and antique materials that breathe new life in the form of wearable pieces.

Near the end of the block, you’ll find the clothing chain Ragstock, which has long been popular for its affordable new and used pieces. On the corner, the multilevel Bierman’s Home Furnishings is all about quality pieces for the home. The sizable inventory covers a range, from dining to bedroom sets, not to mention couches, sofas and home decor. Standouts include stylish pieces with midcentury flair.

Past Fifth Street, fashionistas won’t want to miss Mainstream Boutique offering one of the best-curated selections of chic women’s clothing in all of downtown. Brands are quality yet affordable. Standouts include Tribal, Staccato, Clara Sun Woo and J Brand jeans.

SHOPPING: DIVISION STREET EAST

Cross Division Street, where more places to shop apparel, home and gifts await on the east side of the street. Visitors may have trouble deciding if they want to shop gifts for others or keep the finds all to themselves at The Goat and RP2, housed in the same storefront. The Goat — in the front of the store — carries chic, handmade and vintage goods ranging from jewelry to art. RP2 — in the back — features clearance clothing and accessories and is the discount store version of its older sibling The Rare Pair just down the street.

Continue to Vintage etc. to shop a wide array of vintage goods. Home pieces, clothing — even wedding dresses — as well as records, games and books are among the many categories covered here. Standouts include collectibles such as LEGO minifigures, game cartridges and vintage lunch boxes. On the same block, Monarch gracefully flutters out a quality assortment of jewelry, aromatherapy, bath and body products, natural stones and more. Top picks include Voluspa diffusers, Zum body and cleaning soaps and unique jewelry.

On the corner of Fourth and Division streets, The Rare Pair emphasizes quality, durability and comfort while not compromising on style in its clothing, shoes and other fashion accessories for men and women. Pieces are dapper and pretty but also practical. At the time of publication, The Sketchy Artist was getting ready to move into new digs across the street. Like the former location, expect an eclectic assortment of supplies to inspire the inner artist. Gift items such as Japanese pottery, candy and drinks are also part of the lineup.

SHOPPING: OFF THE BEATEN PATH

Beyond Division Street, more shops await. Off Fourth just past The Museum Store and Northfield Historical Society Museum, Northfield Olive Oils and Vinegars spotlights olive oils, red and white balsamics and specialty vinegars in about every flavor combination under the sun.

Also off the beaten path, The Secret Attic gift and clothing shop is a destination to find an array of items throughout themed rooms. One room offers baking supplies, including cookie cutters galore, while other nooks house kids’ toys, home decor pieces, women’s clothing and accessories.

Another detour from Division Street that’s worth a stop is Marketplace @ 416, highlighting some of the most design-savvy vintage, upcycled, handmade and new home decor and furniture pieces around. Speaking of home decor pieces, Forget-Me-Not Florist off Water Street is not only a stop for flowers and plants, but artsy vases and cards, too. Abdallah chocolates and some gift items can also be found.

For fashion, The Thrifty Parrot consignment shop off Water Street is a place to discover men’s and women’s clothing and fashion accessories. There’s also the nonprofit Clothes Closet run by the Community Action Center of Northfield, offering discounted clothing and goods to those in the Northfield area.

SHOPPING: SPECIALTY

Downtown Northfield is also home to specialty shops. Northfield Yarn carries yarn for your DIY project, as well as ready-to-wear pieces such as hats, scarves and shawls. Downtown Northfield is also home to Vision for high-end, stylish glasses and sunglasses. Last but not least in the specialty fashion department, jewelry lovers can stop in Jenkins Jewelers on Division Street for fine jewelry as well as quality watches.

Health and wellness buffs can head to Fine Fettle, featuring essentials such as Himalayan salt rock crystals, turmeric elixirs and essential oils. To be at one with nature, green thumb enthusiasts may want to pay a visit to Eco Gardens for annuals, perennials, shrubs and tools for your garden needs.

For outdoor and sports lovers, check out Tom’s Downtown Bicycles, a full-service bike shop with a top-notch selection of bikes and gear such as helmets, clothes and shoes. Champion Sports Northfield also fills that athletic niche with general sporting goods for field and ice activities.

Downtown Northfield has items for animal lovers, too. In the Dog House is not only a grooming salon, doggy day care and training center. It also offers a retail component of doggy clothes, toys, bowls and other accessories for your furry friend. Or, shop Aquatic Pets Plus for your tropical fish, reptile and other aquatic needs.

Gaming enthusiasts have Games N’ Geek, carrying everything from board to video games, as well as Echo DVD Games, a place to buy, sell and trade CDs, records, DVDs, and games.

EAT DRINK

When it’s time to grab a bite to eat, there are plenty of options in downtown Northfield. Highlights include some of the trendier places around town. The fast-casual SMOQUEHOUSE packs a crowd for its menu that includes soups, salads and sandwiches.

Tandem Bagels is also a happening scene, where customers find a perch and stay for a while. The spot offers made-from-scratch bagels with house cream cheeses or sandwich fillings. Baked goods and coffee are also part of the lineup.

Locals like to flock to The HideAway Coffeehouse and Wine Bar for its various coffee drinks, sake cocktails and wine. There are also soups, salads, paninis and sandwiches here as well as fancier fare such as ceviche and cheese platters. Another hopping spot is Basil’s Pizza, offering specialty pizza with thin or thick crusts as well as pastas.

For dessert, the cute and contemporary Cakewalk is as popular for its nitro cold brew and other coffee as it is for its cupcakes and other desserts.

Downtown also has plenty of places to grab a sandwich, burger, pizza or other casual fare. Tavern of Northfield draws regulars and newcomers alike for its classic tavern vibe, hearty, wide-ranging menu and patio with a primo view of the Cannon River. A few feet away, the British-style pub Contented Cow offers plenty of nooks and crannies for seating and, on warm weather days, a multi-tiered outdoor area overlooking the water. A no-fuss menu of pub grub as well as live music add to the relaxing vibe.

BL Pizza offers a casual option for those craving pizza, wings, pasta and subs. For burgers, head to Froggy Bottoms River Pub with its quaint patio overlooking the water. Wraps, sandwiches, pastas and other entrees are also available. The order-at-the-counter spot Hogan Brothers packs a crowd for its hoagies served with a special sauce made in house. Coffee, espresso and ice cream are also among the offerings.

For ethnic fare, Chapati in Archer House is a local favorite for its authentic Indian dishes. The menu is varied and includes tandoori, curries and vegetarian options. In addition to a la carte items, a lunch buffet is featured daily. The most recent addition to the downtown dining set is Kahlo, a taqueria spotlighting tacos and burritos. For Chinese fare, Mandarin Garden fills that craving.

Bakeries, coffee shops and wine bars also abound. Goodbye Blue Monday Coffeehouse is a  spacious place to gather around while sipping coffee, lattes, teas and eating baked goods such as scones, muffins and croissants. The more quaint Quality Bakery and Coffee Shop is not only a place to get java, but delicacies such as breads, sandwiches, cookies and cupcakes.

While not downtown, it’s worth mentioning one of Northfield’s well-known eating establishments. Ole Store Restaurant just outside of the main strip balances classic neighborhood charm with a contemporary dining experience. Entrees range from casual to fancy depending on if you’re drawing from the breakfast, lunch or dinner menu. Also outside of the main drag, Quarterback Club is a casual spot serving up things like soups, burgers, fish, chicken and ribs.

Northfield is also home to some breweries and a distillery. Tanzenwald Brewing CompanyImminent Brewing and Loon Liquor Company distillery are all in or near downtown. (Note that some of these places have limited hours, so check accordingly.) Also nearby, and worth checking out, is Keepsake Cidery in Dundas.

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A point of pride in Northfield is when residents foiled a bank robbery attempt by Jesse James and his gang in 1876. Today, you can travel back in time at the fully restored bank that includes the original vault door and other period pieces at the First National Bank of Northfield Historic Site, which is part of the Northfield Historical Society Museum. And if you’re ever in town the weekend after Labor Day, each year Northfield holds “The Defeat of Jesse James Days” to mark the occasion.

Another popular gathering is Riverwalk Market Fair, held every Saturday from June to mid-October spotlighting arts, crafts and a farmers’ market. Winter Walk which is the first Thursday in December, offers visitors candlelit shopping, dining, carolers and sleigh rides.

DIRECTORY

SHOPPING

  • Antiques of Northfield, 416 Division St.; 507-664-9599
  • Aquatic Pets Plus, 414 Division St., 507-663-1096
  • A Bag Lady, 212 Division St.; 507-664-9606
  • Bierman’s Home Furnishings, 420 Division St.; 507-645-9272
  • Champion Sports Northfield, 407 Division St.; 507-645-8229
  • Clothes Closet, 600 Water St.; 507-645-1389
  • Content, 314 Division St., 507-222-9238
  • Club Tiki Boutique, 220 Division St.; 844-464-8454
  • Eco Gardens, 600 Division St.; 507-645-7078
  • Fine Fettle, 16 Bridge Square; 952-240-0469
  • Echo DVDs Games, 409 Division St.; 507-645-4095
  • Forget-Me-Not Florist, 501 S. Water St.; 507-645-4956
  • Games N’ Geek, 306 Division St. S., 507-213-7832
  • In the Dog House, 518 Division St.; 507-645-2250
  • Jenkins Jewelers, 313 Division St. S.; 507-645-6502
  • Mainstream Boutique, 506 Division St.; 507-366-6786
  • MakeShift Accessories, 418 Division St., 612-353-8862
  • Marketplace @ 416, 416 Grastvedt Lane; 507-664-1416
  • Monarch, 405 Division St.; 507-663-7720
  • Northfield Arts Guild, 304 Division St.; 507-645-8877
  • Northfield Olive Oils and Vinegars, 18 Bridge Square; 507-645-4008
  • Northfield Yarn, 314 Division St.; 507-645-1330
  • Paper Petalum, 212 Division St.; 507-663-0565
  • Ragstock, 420 Division St.; 507-645- 9081
  • Spare Room, 310 Division St.; 507-645-9100
  • The Goat and RP2, 413 Division St.; 507-366-1264
  • The Measuring Cup, 320 Division St; 507-664-9152
  • The Museum Store, 408 Division St.; 507-645-9268
  • The Rare Pair, 401 Division St.; 507-645-4257
  • The Secret Attic, 113 Fifth St. W.; 507-645-6510
  • The Sketchy Artist, 315 Division St., 507-645-2811
  • The Thrifty Parrot, 507 Water St.; 507-645-1685
  • Tom’s Downtown Bicycles, 321 Division St.; 507-786-9191
  • Vintage etc., 411 Division St.; 507-366-4411
  • Vision, 425 Division St., 507-366-2020

EAT DRINK 

  • BL Pizza, 514 Division St.; 507-663-0390
  • Basil’s Pizza, 301 S. Water St.; 507-663-1248
  • Cakewalk, 303 Division St. S.; 507-786-9255
  • Chapati, 214 Division St.; 507-645-2462
  • Contented Cow, 302 Division St.
  • Froggy Bottoms River Pub, 307 Water St. S.; 507-301-3611
  • Goodbye Blue Monday Coffee House, 319 Division St.; 507-663-6188
  • Hogan Brothers, 415 Division St. S.; 507-645-6653
  • Imminent Brewing, 519 Division St.; 507-646-2327
  • Kahlo, 306 Division St.; 507-321-1884
  • Loon Liquor Company, 1325 Armstrong Road; 507-403-0178
  • Keepsake Cidery, 4609 135th St. E., Dundas, Minn.; 413-552-8872
  • Mandarin Garden, 107 E. Fourth St.; 507-645-7101
  • Quality Bakery and Coffee Shop, 410 Division St.; 507-645-8392
  • Quarterback Club, 116 Third St. W.; 507-645-7886
  • SMOQUEHOUSE, 212 Division St.; 507-664-1008
  • Tandem Bagels, 317 Division St.; 507-786-9977
  • Tavern of Northfield, 212 Division St.; 507-663-0342
  • Tanzenwald Brewing Company, 103 Water St. N.; 507-366-2337
  • The HideAway Coffeehouse and Winebar, 600 Division St.; 507-645-7078
  • The Ole Store Restaurant, 1011 St. Olaf Ave.; 507-786-9400

PLAY  

  • Northfield Historical Society Museum, 408 Division St.; 507-645-9268
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Integrate accessories for added luxury

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(BPT) – Accessories bring a sense of purpose into a space and, with thoughtful selection, can transform a room into an elevated experience. When used creatively and in unexpected ways, they add the perfect finishing touch to a space and can transform the overall aesthetic and design. From hardware to purposefully placed decor, integrate accessories artfully and functionally to achieve beauty and balance for an even more luxurious space.

A balanced perspective

Assess the space and identify underutilized areas of the room – opportunities to bring a design to life. Choose accessories featuring a variance of shapes, sizes, colors and textures to establish visual and spatial equilibrium. Boldly patterned pillows add dimension among solid tones, while lush flower arrangements effortlessly fill negative space, striking an unexpected balance of comfort and intrigue.

Sophisticated hardware

Complete a luxurious design with sophisticated fixtures that serve as anchoring details, thoughtfully integrated for aesthetics and utility. These necessary pieces add opulence to a room while providing unexpected functionality. Reimagine the use of hardware by adding robe hooks to a walk-in closet for belts or scarves, or to hang clothes. Incorporate an element of surprise by adorning a kitchen space with a towel bar from the Litze Bath Collection by Brizo, which features textured knurling detail that highlights innovative engineering and artistry.

Harmonizing accents

Find the perfect blend of tones and textures by sourcing contrasting, but complementary accessories to finalize a design. Contrast an industrial coffee table with an acacia wooden bowl, or furnish a sleek, modern shelf with coarsely textured relics. As inspiration strikes, pursue the unexpected. Fill the space, maintaining a balance of polished and personal, soft and avant-garde, and strong yet fluid elements, adding just the right level of contradiction to create the perfect harmony.

An elevated update

Once a design is complete, statement pieces can have surprising transformative power when updating a space. Select high-end pieces for major impact, such as a bold area rug or an oversized piece of original art to instantly augment a design. Update an existing piece with new drawer knobs for a fresh look, integrating smaller elements that reflect the personality of the space in new ways. From a one-of-a-kind sculpture to a tasteful timepiece, always keep in mind that small-scale updates have the unexpected potential to make a large-scale impression.

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What’s hot and what’s not in 2019 kitchen trends

Bathrooms, move aside — 2019 is the year of the kitchen.

HomeAdvisor’s Smart Home Strategist and Home Expert Dan DiClerico said homeowners (especially first-timers) in 2018 focused their renovation efforts on bathrooms to accommodate the needs of a growing family. But homeowners are now moving their attention to the kitchen, where they’re aiming to create an in-home oasis that reduces stress and boosts wellness.

“Wellness is going to be a huge theme for 2019,” DiClerico said. “Many people are living longer, healthier lives, and they’re looking to the kitchen to support those efforts.”

DiClerico and National Kitchen and Bath Association Industry Relations Manager Elle H-Millard say homeowners are creating their wellness retreats by purchasing appliances such as blenders and steam cookers, connecting indoor and outdoor spaces with sliding glass walls and playing with earthy tones such as blue and green to create an overall sense of calm.

“The more muted emerald greens, almost like an earthy green, are taking off too [alongside blue],” H-Millard told Inman. “I spoke to someone else about those colors, and they read as neutrals because we see them so much in nature, and they come across as very positive optimistic colors.”

“When we have times where we’re uncertain with political things or whatever may be happening, we have the opportunity to then change [those feelings] up with design,” she added.

A seller doesn’t have to do a full renovation, but statistics show that small upgrades in areas such as the kitchen or bathroom can help a home sell faster, and blue rooms (including kitchens) can boost a buyer’s bid by as much as $5,000.

Here’s how your seller can create a wellness wonderland that will have buyers in nirvana:

Purchase appliances that help you cook healthy, faster

Steam cookers, professional-grade blenders, multi-cookers and drawers with built-in vacuum sealers will be all the rage in 2019, DiClerico said.

People are using steam cookers as a way to avoid using additional oils and butter, blenders for making smoothies and soups, and multi-cookers for whipping up batches of oatmeal, quinoa and other meal prep favorites.

“Manufacturers are really picking up on the wellness trend and trying to give consumers as many options as possible for cooking healthy meals at home in the kitchen,” he said.

Photo credit: Jason Briscoe on Unsplash

Create blended spaces with sliding glass walls

“For years it’s been about the great room, and we’re seeing the pendulum swing away from that,” DiClerico said. “So instead of connecting inward, I’m starting to see a connection with the outside.”

Homeowners can create a blended space by installing a sliding glass wall that connects the kitchen to an outdoor entertainment area, which increases the livable space and is sure to impress guests. Beyond the “wow” factor, DiClerico says the natural light can help regulate sleep cycles and improve moods.

Photo credit: Venegas and Company Facebook

Maximize food storage space with a column refrigerator

Column refrigerators, which allow you to pair any size refrigerator column with any size freezer column, have been popular at the luxury end of the market, and they are finally gaining market-wide popularity.

DiClerico says these refrigerators allow homeowners to maximize food storage based on their needs. Want to focus on eating more fresh foods? Choose a larger refrigerator column that can accommodate large quantities of fruits and veggies. Do you rely more on frozen options? Then, up the column size of your freezer. Easy peasy.

Photo credit: Trish Ireland Interiors Facebook

Create a serene scene with blues and greens

DiClerico and H-Millard say the all-white kitchen isn’t gone, but blues and greens are gradually taking over. H-Millard says homeowners are slathering their cabinets with denim, navy and washed-out blue hues and accenting them with ombre metal finishes, such as a gradient from brass to stainless, create a stunning visual.

If you need an extra bit of color, both experts say manufacturers are producing plenty of bold-colored stoves, fridges and accessories to punch up the space.

Use technology to create a fully-integrated space

H-Millard says homeowners are still obsessed with voice-activated technology, but they’re using the technology to help facilitate their wellness goals. Need to instantly wind down? H-Millard says homeowners can install voice-activated blinds and lights to instantly create a certain mood. “You can tell your blinds and lights to make it feel like 5 o’clock,” she said. “It’s really amazing.”

Furthermore, she says baby boomers, in particular, can use voice-activated lighting to help change the temperature of kitchen lights to help reduce glare and even boost their appetite.

As you age, your eyes [process colors differently] so blue reads more as an aqua, and you see more yellow tones, so meat starts to look very unappetizing,” she said. “So we’re looking at warming up the space so that food looks appropriate and appetizing.”

What’s on the way out (sort of)

Marble, granite and stainless steel are losing their popularity, but they’re not gone just yet. Instead, homeowners are using quartz and black stainless steel, which are easier to maintain and keep clean.

“There’s always going to be a market for them,” DiClerico said.

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Integrate accessories for added luxury

© Brandpoint





(BPT) – Accessories bring a sense of purpose into a space and, with thoughtful selection, can transform a room into an elevated experience. When used creatively and in unexpected ways, they add the perfect finishing touch to a space and can transform the overall aesthetic and design. From hardware to purposefully placed decor, integrate accessories artfully and functionally to achieve beauty and balance for an even more luxurious space.

A balanced perspective

Assess the space and identify underutilized areas of the room – opportunities to bring a design to life. Choose accessories featuring a variance of shapes, sizes, colors and textures to establish visual and spatial equilibrium. Boldly patterned pillows add dimension among solid tones, while lush flower arrangements effortlessly fill negative space, striking an unexpected balance of comfort and intrigue.

Sophisticated hardware

Complete a luxurious design with sophisticated fixtures that serve as anchoring details, thoughtfully integrated for aesthetics and utility. These necessary pieces add opulence to a room while providing unexpected functionality. Reimagine the use of hardware by adding robe hooks to a walk-in closet for belts or scarves, or to hang clothes. Incorporate an element of surprise by adorning a kitchen space with a towel bar from the Litze Bath Collection by Brizo, which features textured knurling detail that highlights innovative engineering and artistry.

Harmonizing accents

Find the perfect blend of tones and textures by sourcing contrasting, but complementary accessories to finalize a design. Contrast an industrial coffee table with an acacia wooden bowl, or furnish a sleek, modern shelf with coarsely textured relics. As inspiration strikes, pursue the unexpected. Fill the space, maintaining a balance of polished and personal, soft and avant-garde, and strong yet fluid elements, adding just the right level of contradiction to create the perfect harmony.

An elevated update

Once a design is complete, statement pieces can have surprising transformative power when updating a space. Select high-end pieces for major impact, such as a bold area rug or an oversized piece of original art to instantly augment a design. Update an existing piece with new drawer knobs for a fresh look, integrating smaller elements that reflect the personality of the space in new ways. From a one-of-a-kind sculpture to a tasteful timepiece, always keep in mind that small-scale updates have the unexpected potential to make a large-scale impression.

Source: Brandpoint Content

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