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Gift for Life Debuts Successful Text-to-Donate Initiative

Blue Q founders Seth and Mitch Nash were honored by Gift for Life with the 2018 Industry Achievement AwardA first-ever “text-to-give” campaign launched by Gift for Life, the gift and home industries’ sole charitable organization, in collaboration with Progressive Business Media (PBM) generated nearly $7,000 in contributions.

The fundraising campaign debuted at the 2018 Retailer Excellence Awards, an event at which Gift for Life also presented its 2018 Industry Achievement Award to Seth and Mitch Nash, founders of Blue Q.

“Text-to-Give” donations will directly benefit JBT Foundation (Just Been Tested), an organization using social media and innovative technology to promote HIV/AIDS testing and awareness. George Kacic, Gift for Life Chair, said, “We were delighted with the industry’s response to our first full-scale text-based fundraising effort. Not only were donations received during the Retailers Excellence Awards, but continued to roll-in during the final days of NY NOW: The Market for Home Lifestyle and Shoppe Object. We’re looking forward to developing more new ideas like this in the future.”

During the REAs, Gift For Life presented its 2018 Industry Achievement Award to Mitch and Seth Nash, founders of Blue Q. The company, which was launched with just one product – The Flat Cat, a six dollar, life-sized pet –established the company’s niche: reinventing things with wit, design and high quality. Today the company sells everything from recycled bags to lip balm to kitchen accessories to socks. In accepting the award, which recognizes overall excellence and contribution to the gift and home industry founders, Mitch and Seth Nash, credited their team’s creativity and empathy for the company’s success over the last 30 years.

In connection with their award, Blue Q has signed on as the first sponsor of Gift for Life’s 2019 Party for Life with a $5,000 donation. The 27th Annual Party for Life will be held on Monday, February 4, at New York City’s Stage 48. Sponsorship packages, which range from $500 to $25,000, are available online and individual tickets are $185 per person.

Each year, Gift for Life hosts events throughout the U.S. benefiting DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS. The primary mission of Gift for Life and DIFFA is to eradicate the AIDS pandemic in the U.S. With Gift for Life’s help, in 2017 DIFFA granted more than $331,000 to 31 organizations providing HIV/AIDS service and education programs nationwide.

Follow Gift for Life’s efforts via its free e-newsletter.

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Prepara Now Shipping Taco Making Accessories

Prepara is now shipping its collection of taco making kitchen accessories. The company has made available its single and multi-taco holders, taco spoons, taco party bowl and three-section serving tray.

The taco spoons and 6-inch taco party bowl are the newest items added to the collection. The taco spoons str designed to make filling and packing tacos easy. The company said the spoons are perfectly sized to fit between shells. They are available in sets of two, come in blue, red and yellow with unique graphic patterns and have a suggested retail price of $4.9.9.

The new 6-inch taco party bowl is designed for serving taco toppings such as guacamole and salsa. It is made of melamine and features the look of traditional ceramic in a graphic pattern. The bowl has a suggested retail price of $7.49.

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Old is New: Farmhouse Kitchen Gets Makeover From Country Classic to Modern Rustic

Drury Design recently renovated a country classic kitchen display into an on-trend modern farmhouse kitchen model. According to the 2018 Houzz annual renovation trends study, 51% of homeowners surveyed plan to begin or continue renovations this year; modernizing older, traditional design styles are top motivators for Drury Design’s home remodeling clients.

GLEN ELLYN, Ill. (PRWEB) August 21, 2018

Drury Design, in partnership with Grabill Cabinets, reveals their latest showroom renovation: a modern farmhouse kitchen with contemporary aesthetics. According to the 2018 Houzz annual renovation trends study, 51% of homeowners surveyed plan to begin or continue renovations this year. Modernizing older traditional design styles with high-tech, time-saving features are the top motivators for Drury Design’s home remodeling clients. To experience the Modern Farmhouse Kitchen, stop by the Drury Design studio at 512 N. Main Street in Glen Ellyn or visit

Country Charm to Modern Aesthetics

When it came time to modernize the original farmhouse kitchen display, Drury and Grabill teamed up on a project to reframe the classic farmhouse kitchen design with modern twists and contemporary finishes, including new time-saving appliances from Wolf, Subzero, Miele, Dacor, and Sharp.


Drury Design and Grabill Cabinets first collaborated on a classic country kitchen in 2002. With warm honey wood tones in the cabinets and on the ceiling, black and red accents added color, while a free-standing pie safe brought in character.


Out went the pie safe, the honey, black and red hickory cabinets, and the built-in table and chairs. In went white high gloss and rustic wood hands-free cabinets. A new island with shiplap siding and chrome accents, concrete-like Caesarstone counter tops, a Blanco Silgranit farmhouse sink, tech lighting LED pendants, and dine-in seating, is ready for in-studio cooking demos. Including a bit of a surprise element, a striking backlit cookware display hutch reflects a dramatic touch.

What defines a modern farmhouse kitchen?

“Modern farmhouse is a new take on an old style. It’s a revival of a simple farmhouse style from the mid-century,” observes Gail Drury, CMKBD, Drury Design President, and Creative Director.

“Some of the characteristics of the original farmhouse style are simple slab doors with possible accents of shiplap siding, some natural stained woods or painted doors. Modern farmhouse takes these elements a couple of steps further. In our design, painted slab doors are replaced with a high gloss, white foil door that is very durable – unlike the original paint. Shiplap siding is mimicked in the hood and island details with contemporary metal accent pieces added. Contemporary hardware and other design elements add to the ‘modern’ feel. And, the color scheme is simple and understated. It’s all about muted colors blended, as opposed to high contrast colors. The new twist is the greys added to the contemporary color palette,” Gail says.

Martin Heiny, President of Grabill Cabinets believes the Drury Design team is the industry leader in trends and modern design.

Logan Yoder, Grabill Cabinets – Product Development says, “”Modern Farmhouse design incorporates the warmth of natural wood tones, which is a welcomed change from the cool tones of the greys that have been popular for so long. There is beauty in taking something old, such as a country farmhouse and reinventing it in a fresh, new way. The comforting atmosphere of Grandma’s house is transformed into a modern rendition with all of the comforts of today’s technology. Drury capitalized on natural, rustic tones while pairing it with luminous high gloss, stunning metal accents. Drury added a level of sophistication to their design with luxe elements such as the amazing shiplap range hood, which incorporates a mirror accent.”

“This is a real practical kitchen that works effortlessly. Everything is where you need it, when you need it.” observes senior designer Janice Teague, CKD/CBD. “You’ll notice a lot of drawer accessories that are easy to clean. Even if a person is not organized, this kitchen is organized for you.”

Senior designer Alicia Saso, AKBD says the motion controlled, hands-free Servo drive cabinetry is one highlight of many integrated conveniences. “All of the features in this kitchen are meant to make the homeowner’s prep, cooking, serving and clean up as simple and enjoyable as possible. Modern-day accessories are key components to a fully functional kitchen,” Alicia says.

What’s different about this kitchen compared to a kitchen with no organization? Senior designer Linda Larisch, CMKBD says, “Kitchens store lots of stuff. Digging through a pile of pots and pans to find the perfect one takes time. In the modern farmhouse display, there’s a logical place for everything. For example, the pull-out pots and pans rack keeps cookware ready, on display and in better condition. This kitchen features lots of built-in organizers to save time and make cooking more enjoyable for everyone.”

Seating at an island is very high on most of Drury Design’s client wish lists, notes senior designer Diana Burton, “At the island, the Grothouse wood countertop is a glossy, contemporary contrast to the rustic quartz concrete texture. The raised area for seating creates a cozy spot for guests to pull up a chair, without being underfoot while the cook is at work.”

Jason Wickline, senior designer, notices the modern farmhouse mixture of textures, colors, and design styles becoming more popular, “Our clients want something different than the ‘all white kitchen’ or ‘white perimeter cabinets with a stained island.’ We’re also finding our clients want more modern technology and accessories. I think the Modern Farmhouse Kitchen display is a great demonstration of where interior design trends are heading.”

About Drury Design . . .

Drury Design began delivering home design-build services to the greater Chicago area in 1987. With Gail Drury at the helm, the company’s completed over 2,000 Chicago area home remodeling projects and won more than 70 design industry awards, including Trend Magazine’s Top 50 American Kitchens, KBDN’s Top 50 Innovators, Best of Houzz, American Society of Interior Design (ASID) and National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). To interview Gail Drury, CMKBD, about home design trends or to request permission to use an image, contact Jim Drury at

630.469.4980. View Drury Design’s kitchen and bath design portfolio at

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Best fry pan to buy in 2018 – fry pan Reviews

There are more than 12 new best fry pan being introduced in the market every quarter, and many of them have some or the other unique and advanced features you’ve never heard before.

That being said, if you choose any random fry pan, there are possibilities of facing some of the serious issues which can come from choosing the wrong product.

There are dozens of different fry pan models in the market, finding the best one really was a challenging task for us. After review all the products we have picked some according to the categories. Before Moving Forward, why not look for our selection of best fry pan picked up by our Experts.

That’s why we’ve decided to do an in-depth research around these fry pan. Now, at the end of those hours-long using sessions and analysis, we are all set to recommend the best choices you’ll have in the fry pan category. Obviously, we have our picks from premium, semi-premium and budget-friendly sectors. Therefore, when it’s time, you can have the best fry pan .

We are pretty confident about the best fry pan that we recommend. So, you can choose to pick the right one for you in a few minutes and enjoy.

T-fal B363S3 Specialty Nonstick Omelette Pan 8-Inch 9.5-Inch and 11-Inch Dishwasher Safe PFOA Free Fry Pan/Saute Pan Cookware Set, 3-Piece, Gray

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T-fal A857S394 Specialty Nonstick 3-Piece 8-Inch, 9.5-Inch, and 11-Inch Fry Pan /Saute Pan Dishwasher Safe Cookware Set, Black

All-Clad Nonstick Frying Pans, Cookware Set, 8 Inch Pan and 10 Inch Pan, Hard Anodized, Black

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A true kitchen staple, the All-Clad Hard Anodized E785S264 Set of 2 fry pans (8 10 In.) is ideal for searing, browning, and pan-frying everything from eggs to meats. The fry pans feature a flat bottom and flared sides that make tossing foods effortless and allow for easy turning with a spatula. The All-Clad frying pans are great for cooking at higher heat with oils to develop foods with full rich flavor, color, and crisp texture. With HA1 Hard Anodized cookware, you can experience the renowned quality of All-Clad and the ultimate convenience of nonstick. The All-Clad cookware’s three layers of PFOA-free nonstick coating ensure effortless food release and make cleanup a breeze. Even more, Hard Anodized nonstick cookware offers dishwasher-safe convenience, induction compatibility, and warp-resistant strength. Discover what it means to cook with All-Clad.

Tramontina 80114/535DS Professional Aluminum Nonstick Restaurant Fry Pan, 10″, Made in USA

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Tramontina’s Professional Restaurant Fry Pans are designed and manufactured to withstand the rigors of a professional kitchen, and easily adapt to home and non-commercial use. Ideal for frying, scrambling, sautéing, and searing your favorite recipes, the fry pans’ commercial-grade, heavy-gauge aluminum construction distributes heat quickly and evenly, while the reinforced nonstick interior allows food to easily release from the pan providing effortless cooking and cleanup. The cast stainless steel handle is riveted for added support and features a removable, silicone, soft-grip for versatility and maneuverability. This cookware is NSF certified, compatible with gas, electric and ceramic glass cooktops, can be used in the oven up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (204 degrees Celsius) and is offered under a Lifetime Warranty.

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The Kitchen Gear Our Staff Can’t Cook Without

Among the Gear Patrol staff, you’ll find experts across a wide range of stuffhiking boots, regular boots, knives, cheap 4k TVs, cold brew coffee, adventure motorcycles, gym sneakers and so on.

What you won’t find, however, are a great many people who know their way around the béarnaise technique. We’re not chefs — though most of us do cook regularly. But you don’t need to understand an inexplicably difficult French sauce to have opinions in the kitchen. From cast-iron skillets to Japanese knives, this is the cooking gear we couldn’t live without.

Gela SC-0282-GW Herb Scissors

“My first reaction to these Gela Herb scissors was, ‘Why would anyone need a separate pair of shears just for their herbs?’ I already own a set of knives — self-sharpening, I might add — and always used them to chop up parsley, basil and whatever else a recipe called for with fine results. Then I started using this five-bladed beauty and realized what a time-saving genius it is. First of all, the scissors can go in the dishwasher, meaning I don’t have to take any time to handwash them. They also come with a cleaning comb, so I can be sure to flick out any remaining bits of chives or cilantro. It makes quick work of any herb-heavy recipes that I want to test out, but also help me eat more tomatoes and mozzarella — with just the right amount of basil on top.” Meg Lappe, Outdoors Fitness Writer

Vacu Vin Wine Saver

“I drink wine while I cook — it sits atop of all grocery lists as an essential ingredient and helps me enjoy cooking as an activity rather than just a means to an end. Wine also makes me patient (my idle hands have something to do while I let a steak rest) and forgiving. As Hemingway put it, ‘It makes you forget all the bad,’ just like that steak you most-definitely burned. This godsent little tool will keep a pricey bottle from turning into vinegar for at least 72 hours.” — Mike Bailey, Account Executive

Williams Sonoma Classic Apron

“The Williams Sonoma Classic Apron is one of those items that instantly makes you feel like you’re better at cooking. I wear it even when I’m just cranking out some grilled cheese sammies for the kids. It’s also a go-to on camping trips. No need to get splattered with bacon grease when cooking for a crew of campers.” — Kyle Snarr, Head of Marketing

Joseph Joseph Spiro 3-in-1 Hand-Held Spiralizer

“I love pasta, but sometimes, making the same old spaghetti gets boring. So my wife picked up this spiralizer to make vegetable noodles and it’s quite the revelation. The Spiro is easy to use and works with a wide array of vegetables, though zucchini is my go-to. Just toss the spiralized vegetables into a skillet for searing and you’ve got a healthy, gluten-free pasta alternative for the price of a vegetable.” — Ryan Brower, Gear Patrol Studios

Kalita Wave 185

“I love a lot of things that embody Japanese design. Classic Seiko watches. The stick-shift Maxima I drove in college. The uncountable Minolta, Canon and Nikon film cameras I’ve owned. So it’s really no surprise that even among dozens of options for pour-over coffee brewers, I gravitated toward Kalita’s super-simple Wave 185. The thing is elegant, durable and extremely easy to keep clean. Let me put it this way: If I won the lottery tomorrow, I would probably change a lot about how I live, but I wouldn’t change a thing about how I make my morning coffee.” — Andy Frakes, Editorial Assistant

Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender

“If living up to the standards set by our forebears is a mark of success, then I still have some work to do in the kitchen. Both of my parents love cooking. Dishes like elk tenderloin (harvested by my father) and entire meals sourced from my mom’s garden were standard features on the weekly dinner menu. This simple and affordable tool has helped kick my own recipes up a notch. I use it daily to make new sauces, dressings and marinades that inject new gusto into otherwise average meals. It’s also great for making quick meals like smoothies and soups. My current obsession is this gazpacho by the New York Times’ Julia Moskin.” Tanner Bowden, Outdoors Fitness Writer

Epicurean Kitchen Series Cutting Board

“You’d never know it, but in middle school, I skateboarded with the best of them. So, it was natural for me to gravitate toward Epicurean’s Kitchen Series Cutting Boards, which also hail from skate culture. The brand started out making eco-friendly ramp material from wood fiber for municipal skate parks before it figured out that the excess material was perfect for durable cutting boards. Voila, Epicurean was born. While I dream of solid wood, hand-hewn cutting boards, busy mom life dictates the necessities and these cutting boards check all the boxes: they’re dishwasher-friendly, maintenance-free and, while not entirely the stuff of Instagram dreams, they still excel at dressing up charcuterie.” — Ali Carr Troxell, Managing Editor, Editorial Operations

ThermoWorks ThermoPop

“Every time I pull a roast chicken from the oven, before I take a bite or serve a portion to friends or family, I take its internal temperature. That’s to make sure I don’t get myself or anyone else sick. For the longest time, I’d been using an inexpensive (and imprecise) analog version that often left me guessing. But ever since I upgraded to a ThermoPop, I’ve been getting highly accurate temperature readings within seconds. As an added bonus, its sharp stainless steel tip doubles as a pretty great cake tester.” — Justin Fenner, Senior Associate Editor, Style

TeChef Stovetop Korean BBQ Grill Pan

“Eating out with friends is a very expensive hobby, especially when it’s for Korean Barbecue. I thoroughly enjoy the experience of grilling meat and breaking bread with friends, so after spending loads of cash on nights out, I decided to bring the experience back to my own home. Then comes TeChef, the stove top Korean BBQ Grill Pan. With this grill pan, I wanted to share food and laughter all while feeling cozy at home.” — Jarry Truong, Associate Videographer

Stargazer Cast-Iron Skillet

“I have found no greater rush than the first turn of a ribeye in a cast-iron skillet. Beer in left hand, tongs in right, the char revealed beneath the slab of meat is a measure of your patience, preparation and experience. I’ve had the pleasure of cooking on dozens of different skillets — $300 to $15 — and I’ve settled on Stargazer’s 10.5-inch masterclass as my choice tool. It’s gorgeous, its base is perfectly weighty, its halfpipe handle is perfect for getting a gloved grip, its outward curving lip makes for easy sauce pouring and the machine-smoothed cooking surface is a dream to cook on. Plus, like true cast iron purists, Stargazer permits ordering a seasoned or raw skillet. With due respect given to Lodge, Field, Smithey and the rest, Stargazer provides what I think is the perfect balance of price, performance and useful design.” Will Price, Home Design Writer

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Hidden Cabinet Hacks that Increase Storage

Do your cabinets needs space improvement? Many pre-designed kitchens are not perfect with custom layouts and cabinets. But remodeling can cost a pretty penny, and it’s not even an option if you rent. So how can you ensure there’s no more wasted cabinet space if you’re on a budget? Shelves that Slide can help! With our selection of custom pull-out sliding shelves, trash and recycling systems, and blind corner systems, we really can make your life a lot easier!

Check out the following hidden cabinet hacks that increase storage:

Pull-out Sliding Shelves

Do you hate bending over and reaching around to find out what is in the back of your cabinets? Well, pull-out shelves are for you! Installing a custom pull-out sliding shelf can be an easy do-it-yourself home improvement project that can really can improve the quality of your life.

Custom-made to fit your cabinets, our Premium shelves provide the strength needed to support your heaviest pots and pans. Also known as sliding shelves, pull out shelves are easy to install. Choose from Premium, NewLine, or Economy shelves. Simply mount the slide hardware, insert the pull-out shelf, and then enjoy them for many years to come.

Wire Accessories

We offer a selection of  wire accessories that create space, improve accessibility, and look great. For instance, our Wall Cabinet Pull-Down Shelving System by Rev-A-Shelf features a chrome-plated two-tier pull-down shelf that brings hard-to-reach items down 10″ while pulling out 14-3/4″ from the cabinet. It also boasts a unique gas assisted lifting/lowering mechanism that provides unparalleled stability through the entire range of motion and the arms lock into the down position for complete accessibility. Now you’ll be able to reach everything without standing on a chair!

The bottoms of your cabinets are extremely useful when you have limited space in your kitchen. Rely on our various wire accessories that screw to the bottom of your cabinets and make the space super functional. Consider a bottle rack, quad stemware mount, and stemware holder to store essentials without clutter.

Trash and Recycle Systems

Do you have trouble finding a good spot for your garbage and recycling in your kitchen? If so, we’ve got the solution. Shelves that Slide really can make your life easier, even when it comes to your trash. That garbage can does not have to sit on your kitchen floor for all to see (and smell!). Shelves that Slide is proud to offer top quality sliding trash and recycle systems from top suppliers such as Rev-A-Shelf. We help to keep your garbage and recycling out of the way, and also easy to access.

Lazy Susans

Got an awkward cabinet space that’s difficult to reach? It’s possible to reach everything in a corner space while taking full advantage of your cabinet space with a Lazy Susan. Lazy Susans and their rotating shelves allow you to find everything you need. Store canned foods, pastas, rice, cereals, and other items on the multiple shelves. You can also install Lazy Susan in a laundry or bathroom cabinet. It’s a simple yet effective organization and storage solution that makes your life easier.

Tip Outs

Searching for somewhere to store a scrubbing pad or perhaps your wedding ring while you do dishes? Make use of that wasted space in your kitchen and bathroom sink base cabinets with our selection of tip out trays. Tip out trays turn that dummy drawer front in front of your sink into your very own special storage location.

Tip out trays are low-cost, but the installation does take a little time. However, that extra space right where you need it is well worth the effort. We offer plastic trays that are handy and economical. For a classier kitchen, take a look at our stainless steel tip out tray.

For well over two decades, Shelves that Slide has satisfied and delighted customers with top-quality pullout kitchen shelving and other accessories. We enjoy helping you fall in love with your kitchen, bathroom, and more with our custom-made shelving and organization accessories. Contact us today to transform your kitchen cabinets and other home spaces!


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The Chicest Thanksgiving Dinnerware For Your Holiday Feast

Dinner’s about to be so stylish.

From House Beautiful

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