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May 9

Wine Cabinet Designs And What You Should Look For

Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2019 in Kitchen Home Improvement

By Christopher Jay

You Need a Cabinet Wine Rack

It doesn’t matter how much wine you drink or keep; correct storage of your wine is vital to retention of flavor and making sure that you get the best wine. A wine cabinet is the best way to do this and it doesn’t have to impose on your living space. If you choose the right style, it will only add to your home dcor. Many cabinets for wine storage look a lot like a standard entertainment center, only they store wine instead of electronics. A wine cabinet also helps keep your wines in good shape. The more controlled environment prevents wines from being spoiled by changes in conditions. Temperature fluctuations and exposure to sunlight or humidity changes could cause your wine to go bad quickly. Only by sitting undisturbed in a cool, dark place can your wine mature properly.

Wine Cabinet Designs

There are a lot of beautiful wine cabinet designs available, both in retail stores and online. A wine cabinet is a convenient object for storing your fine wines. It’s also an attractive piece of furniture, adding interest to any room. When choosing a cabinet, there are some things to take into account. The first is to decide how many bottles you intend to store. This will let you know what size cabinet will be best for your needs. Afterwards, figure out where in the house will be best to keep it. Avoid places in direct sunlight, against outside walls where temperature variation can spoil your wine, and in rooms subject to vibration. Then, decide how you want your cabinet to look. There are many styles available. Then search retailers for the sort of cabinet you’d like, and compare prices to be sure you’re getting the best deal. Don’t be tempted by extremely low prices you could end up with a wine cabinet that doesn’t do its job.

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How About a Wrought Iron Wine Cabinet?

Choose from any number of wine cabinet designs to match your dcor. If you like an old fashioned look, consider a wrought iron wine cabinet. Visitors to your home will be impressed by the beauty and functionality of your wine cabinet. No matter whether they’re friends, family, or important guests you’d like to make a good impression on, it will show them that you have good taste and that you care about your wine. It’s one of the best purchases you can make for your living room or dining room.

Using Wine Cabinet Plans

If you’re more of a do-it-yourselfer, have a look at the many wine cabinet plans you can purchase or find free in woodworking books and online. You can easily build a cabinet that will suit your needs with the right skills, plans and material.

Not Much Space? Consider a Small Wine Cabinet

Those who have less space available for large heavy furniture might find that their needs are better met by a small wine cabinet. Just make sure that you have enough storage space in the piece of furniture you choose to contain your entire wine collection. A cabinet that won’t hold all your wine won’t be able to preserve it properly.

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Feb 18

Under Cabinet Lighting Fixtures

Posted on Monday, February 18, 2019 in Kitchen Home Improvement

By Kimberly Quang

Residential Landscape Lighting and Design offers a complete selection of under cabinet lighting fixtures and lamps that benefit the full range of residential and commercial clientele who require task and accent lighting in kitchens, displays, cabinets, and work areas. LED under cabinet lights bring both task and decorative lighting fully into the 21st century with the world’s most advance illumination technology at only 20% the power consumption needs of other forms of light. Our Xenon low voltage and high voltage selection combines the brilliance of incandescents with bulb life of up to 8,000 hours, saving time, hassle, and money with negligible replacement costs. Low voltage under cabinet puck lights combine low power with low profile fixtures that make it less expensive and much safer to leave the lights on for longer periods of time. RLLD’s fluorescent under cabinet lights offers the most cost effective form of high voltage lighting for companies and homes on a budget.

Fluorescent lamps have always been the most cost effective form of both overhead and under cabinet lighting. RLLD has improved on fluorescent technology and eliminated the flicker of older, cheaper bulbs. We now have fluorescent under cabinet lights regulated by ballasts that prevent the lights from flickering when first turned on. We also now have better quality bulbs that replace stereotypically ‘yellowish’ fluorescent light with brighter, more normal levels of white light with true color rendering capability. This eliminates both headaches and eyestrain. Many of these fixtures make ideal under cabinet kitchen lights for older apartment complexes with outdated technology because the reduced pricing makes them the perfect lighting solution for bulk purchase requirements. Incandescent under cabinet lights deliver the same level of light as fluorescents with an additional, slightly ‘golden’ hue for accent lighting in kitchens, dens, offices, living rooms, home theaters, and family rooms.

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Halogen under cabinet lights offer one of the most effective kitchen lighting solutions on the market. Because they are fully dimmable and easy to conceal, they give cooks and hosts full control over brightness levels without detracting from decorative kitchen elements or aesthetically centered food preparation. Cooking clubs absolutely love them for these two reasons. Low voltage halogen puck lights provide some of the brightest glare free lighting available on the market. Dimmable as well, they also feature a superb light distribution capacity due to a special frosting on the lens that scatters the illumination evenly throughout the room. Low voltage under cabinet lighting combines brighter light with lower bills, and halogen puck light fixtures designed with aesthetics in mind prove an ideal match for virtually any decorative display in the home, in the office, or even the conference room.

The most well known benefit of xenon under cabinet lighting is the combination of bright white light and long bulb life these versatile lamps offer. Xenon under cabinet lights on the average last three times longer than halogen lights and emit no ultraviolet radiation. For in any work area or home lighting situation where sensitive documents or even artwork could be damaged with ultraviolet light, xenon under cabinet lighting offers full protection from light’s potentially damaging effects with no sacrifice to its brilliance or effectiveness. For commercial clients who need puck lights in work areas that are poorly air-conditioned, our low voltage xenon under cabinet puck lights shield workers from excess heat with special heat resistant plastic housing that keeps not only the bills down, but the temperature down as well.

LED under cabinet lighting takes both task and design to a whole new level of evolution with a technology which by 2012-2020 may be the dominant, preferred method of lighting worldwide. Like many xenon lamps, LED under cabinet lighting is 100% UV free, but the bulb life is the longest of any light in the world – up to 60,000 hours on the average. LED under cabinet lights offer the very best glare reduction and use only 1-watt of power. Because LED’s use diode semiconductors to produce light, neither high voltage nor low voltage under cabinet LED lights require any additional heat shielding or ventilation. RLLD even has LED under cabinet lights with special radial lenses and prismatic covers that brilliantly distribute light over work surfaces, and just recently we added LED illuminated shelves that combine under cabinet lights cabinet shelving itself.

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Dec 11

One Cup Coffee Maker: A Holiday Shopper’s Guide

Posted on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 in Kitchen Home Improvement

By Michael J. Cross

The one cup coffee maker is the latest, most exciting innovation in the coffee world.

With the holiday season upon us, you may be thinking about purchasing a single serve machine for yourself, or as a gift. Here are five key points you should consider when buying a one cup coffee maker.

1) Price

You’ll find a wide range of prices among single cup brewers.

You can get a simple machine such as Mr. Coffee Home Cafe for less than $40. Other, more elaborate machines, such as the Braun Tassimo Hot Beverage System, run around $150.

I suggest setting your budget from $75-$100. This will get you a quality machine, with lots of features.

2) Appearance

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Single serve coffee machines are some of the most attractive kitchen appliances out there. Why not get a model that will look fabulous standing on the kitchen counter top?

Senseo one cup coffee makers are known for being stylishly designed. They’re available in white, black, blue, red, and chrome.

Most other one cup coffee makers are available in a black finish.

While you’re looking at appearance, pay attention to the dimensions of the machine, too. Most single cup machines tend to be compact, but you’ll want to make sure that it will fit under the kitchen cabinet, or wherever you or the gift recipient will likely store it.

3) Features

Pod coffee makers often include a bewildering array of features, but there are a few fundamental areas to consider.

Check out the capacity of the water reservoir. In general, look for a coffee maker that holds enough water to brew at least 5 cups of coffee. If it holds less than that, you’ll have to refill the tank often, slowing down the brew cycle.

Examine the brew size options. If it brews only a 6oz cup, will this be sufficient? For versatility, look for machines that brew larger sizes.

Is there a brew temperature control? How about a programmable clock?

Can the single serve machine brew other hot beverages, such as tea, hot chocolate, espresso, and lattes? This is a very nice feature to have, so don’t overlook it.

4) Ease of use

Get a coffee machine that offers little initial set up, and easy daily operation. To get your daily cup of coffee, the system should not be any more complicated than filling the water reservoir, adding a coffee pod, T-disc or K cup, positioning your mug on the drip tray, and pressing the start button.

5) Variety and availability of coffee pods

Look for a one cup coffee maker that offers a good selection of coffee pods that will be readily available.

For example, the Keurig kitchen brewer uses only their K Cups, but there are over 70 varieties of coffee, tea, and hot cocoa K Cups available.

Other single cup machines, like the Senseo and Melitta, can use any 62mm coffee pod, which is the industry standard. You can often find Senseo coffee pods in your local supermarket.

A one cup coffee maker is a wonderful holiday gift. With these shopping tips, you’ll hopefully be prepared to make the best choice.

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May 14

Get The Trendy Apilco Porcelain Lion Soup Terrine 8.4oz

Posted on Sunday, May 14, 2017 in Kitchen Home Improvement

By Stacy Carolin

Without the mention of Pillivuyt French Porcelain, you cannot have a talk about superior grade restaurant tableware and dinnerware. With a range of the highest quality porcelain ware that they have been manufacturing for over two centuries and shipping to numerous countries globally, Pillivuyt is a name to reckon with.

The family owned business was established in 1818 near Mehun-sur-Yevre in France and even today the business flourishes and keeps up the repute it has built in these last 200 years. The Pillivuyt tradition of manufacturing the highest grade porcelain ware using only the best raw materials continues and is sought after for residence and commercial use.

The preferred choice of professional chefs worldwide, Pillivuyt French Porcelain is renowned for its exemplary artist designed looks, durability and quality. Based on chefs’ feedback and inputs by artists and designer, the line of French Porcelain manufactured and marketed fulfills the niche demand globally. It fulfills the demand of perfect blend of form and practicality in culinary and food service industry.

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All of the porcelain ware crafted under the brand name of Pillivuyt French Porcelain tableware and dinnerware conforms to the highest quality standards and is durable enough to be used in the microwave and oven. It is completely dishwasher safe, Pillivuyt French Porcelain ware perfect for home use and can withstand the rugged restaurant use. This feature of delicate looks combined with durability makes it an ideal choice for homemakers and commercial establishments.

If you have been looking for a good versatile French porcelain dinnerware and tableware that conforms to your eclectic taste and yet can withstand dishwashers, purchasing a Pillivuyt porcelain set can be the right choice. The company has perfectly amalgamated the modern methods of production while keeping the traditional craftsmanship styles alive. From innovatively designed modern dinnerware to the traditional soup tureens, you will get the style and size you are looking for.

Ever since 1700s, when the French became the market leaders in porcelain ware, numerous companies have been in the market to provide different designs, shapes and sizes of bakeware, dinnerware and tableware. However, the fact that for the past 20 years, Pillivuyt French Porcelain has been in demand in the European market and is now shipped to USA shows its versatility and popularity.

If you are looking to buy some exotic porcelain dinnerware sets manufactured by Pillivuyt and are confused by the multitude of available items, it is best to search online. With numerous online and virtual stores, you will be able to compare the prices, check out the discounts and get the best deals. One of the few prominent online stores dealing with professional grade dinnerware and tableware sets, Bridge Kitchenware ( has some of the best collections to choose from. You might even get some special discounts available on Pillivuyt French porcelain during the store sales.

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