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Appliances to Get Excited About!

Thermador’s Column refrigeration system offers a fun, fresh solution to maximizing your space for all of your cooling needs. Available in 24 and 30 inch columns, the refrigerator and freezer units are separated to give you maximum flexibility in your kitchen design. And, with a wine refrigeration column, you can even address the specific cooling needs of your favorite bottle!

Subzero’s flush inset refrigerator is the only panel ready refrigerator that truly sits flush into your cabinetry, allowing you to achieve that furniture look.Kitchenaid’s drawer refrigerators are a fun option for your entertainment room or wet bar. Or, if you have a space, it’s a great solution for your kiddos to access their own snacks and drinks without your help.


Jenn Air’s Culinary Center oven will make even a timid cook a confident one. Simply push a few buttons to let the oven know what type of meat you’re cooking and how well done you’d like it. It will even give you a recipe!

Kitchen Aid’s induction cooktop will get you out of the kitchen sooner and help make your kitchen a safe place for your kids to be. Induction cooktops work with a magnetic connection to your cookware. They sense when a pan is on the surface. When removed from the heating element, the heat immediately goes away, so you can run your hand over the surface immediately–great for curious kids. They also boil water in a seconds rather than minutes, getting you through the dinner prep rush and to the table with your family sooner!
Check out all of these at our favorite appliance center, Specialty Appliance. Their knowledgeable team of professional appliance specialists will help you put together the perfect package for your kitchen–at competitive prices! Tell us which of these appliances you wish you had, and we’ll enter you to win a $100 gift card for Specialty Appliance!

Designer Turn Offs: Bedroom Sets!

Get a group of designer’s together and they are bound to talk about the design faux pauxs they just can’t stand.  This month, we’ll be presenting a few of those in a light hearted series called Designer Turn Offs.

Let’s start with bedroom sets.

I always say that bedroom sets encourage a lack of creativity.  Why settle for a dresser, two identical nightstands and a bed frame all in the same finish, same wood?!  Do something fun and creative.  Break the rules! 

If you’re scared to take the plunge, start small with your nightstands.  These pieces do not have to match your other furniture.  They don’t even have to match one another!  Play with color on these pieces with a glossy color of your choice with a Lorts piece. 
Fort Collins Bedroom Sets
How fun would that be to wake up to in the morning?!
Take a peek at these two rooms…no bedroom sets in sight, yet the whole look is pulled together!
Fort Collins Bedroom Sets
Fort Collins Bedroom Sets
Already have a bedroom set?  No big deal.  If you can’t start fresh, start by dividing your pieces.  Swap one of your living room end tables with the bedside table from your (sigh) bedroom set.  Put your low dresser piece in your entry way or dining room as a console piece.  Forgo just your headboard for a fun, upholstered one.  Have fun with it!
Emily Stirn - Designer for Eheart Interior Solutions

Resolve to…Experience Life After Oak!

What the 1990s did to design is just about irreprehensible, is it not?!?!  If you, like us, are tired of walking into a home with oak trim, oak cabinets, oak floors, and oak furniture…RESOLVE to do it differently this year!

Does this look familiar?

Get rid of your oak!  There are too many beautiful cabinet and floor species and finishes to be stuck in a rut!

Paint and glaze finishes and antiquing are very popular for cabinets right now.  Consider non traditional floor finishes–like rich, wide plank ebony or cinder colored maple. 

Resolve to…Finally Have the Storage You Need!

This is the time of year where everyone starts to think about storage…and how their home is lacking in this department. As you tackle areas that include cabinetry, consider how you live in a space. Ask your designer to really walk through your space with you and talk about how you use it and what you need it to do. Tell your designer what is frustrating about your current kitchen and what you covet about your friends’ kitchens (admit it, you do!).
Eheart carries several different cabinetry lines, our most custom being our own line, Eheart Essentials. This locally made, high quality frameless cabinet eliminates cabinet boxes, providing 10-15% more storage than a traditional framed cabinet. Highly customizable, this line also includes the option to add built in storage in a myriad of ways. Take a peek at a few:
Muffin tins, sheet pans, and cookie trays finally find an organized home in a simple cabinet with vertical dividers. 
When you tour a home that is on the market, one of the thing people tend to notice is that it has so much counter space.  You’ve been fooled.  Everything was off of the counters–a simple way to make even a small kitchen spacious.  This knife drawer eliminates the need for your knife block to be on the counter and can even include a removable cutting board.
A pantry pull out takes advantage of as little as nine inches of cabinet space and offers tremendous storage.
Stand mixers…everybody has one, no one knows where to put it!  How about a lift, which allows you to use your mixer without even removing it from the lift surface.  When you’re done, simply lower the lift back into the base cabinet it is stored in!
Pot and pan storage becomes a breeze by utilizing deep drawers instead of awkward to access cabinets.  Pegs divide the pans and give each pot a home.
Spice drawers allow you to see what you have on hand with just a single glance.  Place one by your cooktop for all of your cooking spices and one near your baking center for all of your baking spices!
Come on in to one of our three kitchen vignettes, fully outfitted with storage for every budget!

Invite: Morning Coffee with a Girlfriend

Image Courtesy: House Beautiful
When Starbucks came on the scene less than a decade ago, it created a wonderful atmosphere to grab an hour with a girlfriend you never get enough time with over a delicious, albeit overpriced, coffee drink.
Why not enjoy that at home?  As formal living and dining rooms phase out of modern floor plans, kitchens are becoming large enough for a seating area.  Don’t limit yourself to an eat-in kitchen set up.  Consider comfy, upholstered seating instead.  It will be a perfect place to catch up with a friend, or to page through cookbooks when you can’t decide what to make for dinner, or to catch a moment of silence while you simmer and don’t stir constantly.
You can create a space like one of these, right in your very own kitchen!

Image Courtesy: Daniels Design
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Upgrade your standard drip coffee pot to an espresso machine.  Fill a clear glass jar with homemade biscotti.  It keeps well for a couple of weeks, and makes a delicious (and beautiful) accompaniment to a cup of coffee.