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September 17, 2014 / Ann Porter

Energy Star and Water Sense Sales Tax Holiday

There’s a  sales tax holiday this weekend for Energy Efficient Appliances  and Water Sense Products September 19 – 21, 2014 starting at 12:01 a.m.

Floridians will pay no sales tax on purchases of up to $1,500 of ENERGY STAR appliances and WaterSense products. However, a person is limited to a single purchase of each specific type of Energy Star or WaterSense product that has a sales price of $500 or more. There are no quantity limits for qualifying items with  a sales price less than $500.

Qualifying ENERGY STAR products|KitchAnn Style

Qualifying ENERGY STAR products:
Air purifiers
Ceiling fans
Clothes washers
Light bulbs
Room air conditioners
Swimming pool pumps
Water heaters
Qualifying WaterSense products:
Bathroom sink faucets
Faucet accessories
High-efficiency toilets and urinals
Weather- and sensor-based irrigation controllers









Dryers are not listed because they do not meet Energy Star qualifications. Installations Charges may be tax exempt too. It get’s a little tricky but if you purchase a qualifying product that does not become part of the home and remains tangible personal property when installed, the item plus the labor are exempt if their total is less than $1,500.

Example: An Energy Star window air conditioner unit for $350 plus $100 install. The $450 total purchase qualifies.

Example: A WaterSense toilet is sold by a contractor for $465 with installation for $125. The $590 total does not qualify.

If you want to buy a Service Warranty on your new Dishwasher, it too may be exempt. If the retail sale of an item is exempt from tax, the charge for a service warranty sold with the item is also exempt when the total is less than $1,500.

WaterSense products|KitchAnn Style

Understanding Coupons and Rebates.  The price of a qualifying item is not limited to the amount paid by a customer.

Example: The Energy Star refrigerator you want is $1,795. The retailer is offering 10% off. Your purchase of $1,615.50 qualifies for the first $1,500 to be exempt. You pay sales tax on the remaining $115.50

Example: You purchase an Energy Star freezer for $1,549. The manufacturer is offering an instant $50 rebate at the time of purchase. Although you pay $1,499, the price remains the same for the retailer. They will receive $1,499 from you and $50 from the manufacturer. The first $1,500 is exempt and you pay sales tax on the remaining $49.

If the retailer – not the manufacture;, were offering the rebate in the example above, the $1,499 purchase would have been tax exempt.


If you like to shop on the internet the good news is that if your order is accepted within the holiday period for immediate delivery, it qualifies for exemption – even if it ships after the tax holiday ends.

Shipping and handling charges are part of your purchase total and follow the same exemption rules. If you purchase multiple items on a single receipt, the shipping and handling charges must be fairly assigned to each item to determine if an item is exempt during the holiday.

September 14, 2014 / Ann Porter

AirRenew Gypsum Board

With all the talk about VOCs, tighter homes and the need for make up air, who isn’t concerned about indoor air quality (IAQ) these days?

Many things in a home’s interior can off-gas — including new furniture, paint, carpeting and cabinets. New aldehydes can also be brought into the space through air fresheners, cleaning agents, clothing and other daily household items. Breathing in these chemicals on a regular basis may be dangerous to one’s health.

CertainTeed offers a drywall that actually improves indoor air quality. AirRenew’s new technology takes VOCs out of the air and converts them into safe, inert compounds. Once they are captured in the board, they cannot be released back into the air.

AirRenew | KtchAnn Style

Rather than off-gassing formaldehyde and other VOCs, AirRenew Gypsum Board has industry-first VOC-scavenging technology that removes these chemicals from the air, breaking them down and storing them inside the wall through a process that’s effective for about 75 years, the company says.

The gypsum board also features M2Tech technology, which provides enhanced protection against moisture and mold.

There’s no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment, but using AirRenew with dual technologies greatly reduces the potential for mold problems.


AirRenew | KtchAnn Style

AirRenew continues to effectively clean air even when used with multiple coats of water based acrylic or epoxy paints and breathable wallpaper.

The AirRenew portfolio of products includes a wide range of performance attributes, such as resistance to fire, mold, moisture, abuse and impact. The product line up features: AirRenew Essential, AirRenew M2Tech®, AirRenew M2Tech Type X, AirRenew Extreme Abuse as well as AirRenew Extreme Impact. Each product handles the same as regular gypsum board and does not require special tools to install or finish.

AirRenew Essential comes in a 1/2-inch gypsum board, and AirRenew Essential Type X, a 5/8-inch fire-resistant gypsum board.

AirRenew boards are GREENGUARD® Gold Certified, can contribute to LEED building credits and contain up to 99% total recycled content.

Improves indoor air quality and protects your walls from everything life throws at them.


Recently, celebrity remodeler Mike Holmes and son Mike Jr.  featured the product in his two-hour episode  “Mike’s Ultimate Garage” on HGTV Canada.

Holmes used CertainTeed AirRenew Extreme Impact Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Gypsum Board as the interior walls of the 1850 square foot garage.

AirRenew | KtchAnn Style


“I’ve been planning my dream garage for years. My son MJ went over and above what I’d even envisioned to make sure I ended up with an amazing man cave. I know I’ll be spending every minute of my downtime there,” said Mike Holmes. “With the cold Canadian winters I’ll have to keep the garage doors closed most of time. It’s good to have peace of mind that AirRenew will help keep pollutants out of my lungs. And the extra durability is a great thing, in case I am hard on my workshop.”


Mike's Ultimate Garage| KtchAnn Style

Mike knows the ultimate man cave requires quality materials. 

September 10, 2014 / Ann Porter

Cree Recalls LED Light Fixtures Due to Lens Breaking

Cree Inc. is recalling about 10,000  CXB Series LED high-bay indoor light fixtures due o the possibility the glass lens will break and cause laceration hazard. The recall is for model numbers CXB-23L-40K-U-1-HC and CXB-23L-40K-U-1-JP.

Cree lighting recall 2014| KitchAnn Style

These lights are 16″ x 18″ x 7″ and are used mostly in commercial and retail settings. The affected products can be identified by the manufacturing lot number found underneath the UPC label on the rim of the fixture.  Only products with a manufacturing lot number starting with the following codes are included in this recall:

AG45, AG48, AG49, AG50, AG51, AG52
AH01, AH02, AH03, AH04, AH05, AH06, AH07, AH08, AH09, AH10, AH11, AH12, AH13, AH14, AH15, AH16, AH17, AH18
L1H01, L1H02, L1H03, L1H04, L1H05, L1H06, L1H07, L1H08, L1H09, L1H10, L1H11, L1H12, L1H13, L1H14, L1H15, L1H16, L1H17, L1H18

Cree lighting recall 2014| KitchAnn Style

These lights were manufactured in China and sold through wholesale electrical distributors and lighting contractors from January 2014 through April 2014 for approximately $350.

If your lights are part of this recall, stop using the light fixtures immediately and contact Cree for free replacements. Cree is contacting purchasers directly. Cree Technical Support toll-free at (800) 425-4653 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or

September 7, 2014 / Ann Porter

Colormix 2015 Inspiration: Unrestrained

From bold, ethnic-inspired colors and designs to the Bohemian lifestyle, the Unrestrained palette celebrates a carefree spirit, wanderlust and pulsing color. The palette features saturated primary hues, including sunny yellow, lively turquoise and bright blue, as well as black and white. Each can be used on its own for a pop of color, or combined, to create a vibrant, energetic space.

Unrestrained - colormix forecast 2015 | KitchAnn Style

South Africa’s colorful art scene and focus on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro have strongly influenced a Carnival-like spirit. This spirit is inspiring design with a zest for life, and the vibrant colors of Unrestrained are a reflection of that design aesthetic,” – Jackie Jordan. director of color marketing, Sherwin-Williams

 More Unrestrained Color Inspiration

Unrestrained Colormix Theme Bedroom | KitchAnn Style
Love the throw and the chair color with the yellow lamp


Unrestrained Colormix Theme Dining Room | KitchAnn Style

Turquoise makes this room pop

 Unrestrained Colormix Theme Outdoor Room | KitchAnn Style

Bohemian Chic Outdoor Space

Unrestrained Colormix Theme Dining Room | KitchAnn Style
An Entrance that Pops with a Tanger Sofa

Unrestrained Colormix Theme Island | KitchAnn Style

Vibrantly Painted Kitchen Island

Unrestrained Colormix Theme Living Room | KitchAnn Style

Amazing Bold Paint Color with Yellow Mantel

Unrestrained Colormix Theme Tiles | KitchAnn Style

Unrestrained is a perfect description for this bathroom

September 3, 2014 / Ann Porter

Colormix 2015 Inspiration: Buoyant

The colors of Buoyant are reminiscent of vintage floral patterns – light and deep greens, violets and a pop of coral. In addition to renewed optimism, the palette is also inspired by the natural healing of botanicals, as well as the incorporation of green spaces into even the most densely urban environments. When you return home from your daily grind, you will be surrounded not by colors of a concrete jungle, but by colors found in a lush rainforest or tropical garden.

Buoyant  - Colormix forecast 2015 | KitchAnn Style

We’ve weathered the recession and are finally seeing hopeful signs of growth and expansion. Our revived good spirits echo the optimism that followed World War II, when GIs returned home from exotic locales, bringing a wave of tropical prints and tiki-inspired looks,” says Jackie Jordan. “Like that era, we’re expressing our enthusiasm with big, bright florals in fashion and interiors.”


More Buoyant Color Inspiration

Buoyant Theme Botanical Interior | KitchAnn Style

Vibrant Color Interior

Buoyant Theme Botanical Tile | KitchAnn Style

Botanical Tile Interior


Buoyant Colormix Theme Botanical Print | KitchAnn Style

Victorian Botanical Print with Thistle


Buoyant Colormix Theme Bedroom | KitchAnn Style

Tropical Bedroom with colorful throw

Buoyant Colormix Theme Floral Dinnerware | KitchAnn Style
Floral Dinnerware is perfect for making a dining room look fresh

 Buoyant Colormix Theme Floral Blender | KitchAnn Style

Appliance Art

August 31, 2014 / Ann Porter

Colormix 2015 Inspiration: Voyage

From space tourism and undersea resorts, the far-fetched, sci-fi dreams of past decades more viable than ever. The Voyage palette looks to these outer limits, featuring hues that represent the color spectrum imagined while emerging from the water into the atmosphere – undersea teal, bright green kelp, light watery blue and deep space purple.

Voyage - Colormix forecast 2015 | KitchAnn Style

The colors of Voyage are supernatural and magical. The palette is largely driven by unusual atmospheric events, including a decade-best aurora borealis, that will be keeping our eyes focused on the heavens,” says Jackie Jordan. “The lighter colors of the palette create a space that is uplifting, while the deeper tones can be combined for a more dramatic design.”

 More Voyage Theme Color Inspiration

Voyage Theme aurora borealis | KitchAnn Style

Aurora Borealis

Voyage Colormix Inspiration Study  | KitchAnn Style

Striking Study with Metal Accents

Voyage Theme Bathroom | KitchAnn Style
Marble Bathroom and Entrance

Voyage Theme Restaurant | KitchAnn Style

Undersea Dining

Voyage Theme Ombre Tile | KitchAnn Style

Beautiful Watery Ombre Tile

August 27, 2014 / Ann Porter

Colormix 2015 Inspiration: Chrysalis

As technology rushes relentlessly ahead, the colors of Chrysalis evoke a calm oasis — a place to pause and find balance. The palette, with colors ranging from off-black to chalky neutrals and dusty blues, is designed to create a more comfortable interior.

Chrysalis - colormix forecast 2015 | KitchAnn Style


An important influence for Chrysalis is the appreciation of earth’s natural striations,” says Jackie Jordan – director of color marketing, Sherwin-Williams. “The patterns created by land and sky are driving design inspiration, therefore the palette’s colors are found in nature, from rocks found on the beach to a stormy sky.”

More inspiration for the Chrysalis Theme:

Chrysalis Colormix Theme Bathroom | KitchAnn Style

Neutral Bathroom with clean styling.

Chrysalis Colormix Theme Bedroom | KitchAnn Style

Dreamy Bedroom

 Rowberta Murray, Artist | KitchAnn Style

Impressionistic Artwork

Chrysalis Colormix Theme Table Setting | KitchAnn Style

Beachy Table Setting

Chrysalis Colormix Theme Kitchen | KitchAnn Style

Kitchen with Natural Elements

Chrysalis Colormix Theme Seating | KitchAnn Style

Botanical Prints and Settee with Calming Paint


August 24, 2014 / Ann Porter

Sherwin-Williams 2015 Colormix Color Forecast

The Sherwin-Williams Colormix 2015 collection tells optimistic color stories that reflect a brightened outlook and adventurous spirit for the year ahead.

Sherwin-Williams color experts researched trends in art, fashion, science and pop culture to determine which 40 colors that make up the color forecast. The colors are grouped into four palettes: Chrysalis, Voyage, Buoyant and Unrestrained.


“We’re seeing a more cheerful approach to design and have forecasted colors that will provide a range of inspiration for designers to create fresh, joyful interiors.”  – Jackie Jordan, director of color marketing, Sherwin-Williams.



The colors in this palette evoke a calm oasis or a place to pause and find balance. With colors ranging from off-black to chalky neutrals and dusty blues, influence by the earth’s natural striations is easy to spot.

Chrysalis - color forecast 2015 | KitchAnn Style


The far-fetched, sci-fi dreams of past decades –like space tourism and undersea resorts –inspired this palette to look to such outer limits. It features hues that represent the color spectrum imagined while emerging from the water into the atmosphere, such as undersea teal, bright green kelp, light watery blue and deep space purple.

Voyage - color forecast 2015 | KitchAnn Style


Reminiscent of vintage floral patterns, this palette features light and deep greens, violets and a pop of coral. It was inspired by signs of growth and expansion post-recession and the natural healing of botanicals.

Buoyant - color forecast 2015 | KitchAnn Style


Inspired by a celebration of a carefree spirit, wanderlust and pulsing color, this palette features bold, ethnic-inspired colors and designs to the bohemian lifestyle. Created so each color can be used on its own for a pop of color or combined to create a vibrant, energetic space, it has saturated primary colors, like sunny yellow, lively turquoise and bright blue, as well as black and white.

Unrestrained - color forecast 2015 | KitchAnn Style


Which is your favorite color theme? Need help narrowing down the choices and combining finishes? From paint selections to creating custom wood stains and mosaic murals to masterminding an entirely new floor plan, we do it all, big and small. Come by our design studio and take advantage of our complimentary design consultation! 3425 Radio Rd, Naples, FL 34104


August 20, 2014 / Ann Porter

Outdoor Kitchen Design

Using a designer with expertise in Kitchen design for your outdoor BBQ makes sense. We’ve master the ability to understand how a kitchen should flow and how it should be planned so the chef is not isolated and can socialize with guests.

Outdoor Kitchen Design Secrets | KitchAnn Style

If you plan to break your project into phases using a designer will ensure the overall look is cohesive from the beginning phase through the final completion. The plans produced will take away the guess-work for the trades hired on down the road.

Planning your outdoor kitchen

Outdoor Kitchen Design and Placement | KitchAnn Style

Most outdoor kitchens are built upon an existing patio, however some are built from the ground up. An experienced Kitchen Designer can bring in professional allied partners such as general contractors and landscape architects to ensure the new outdoor kitchen blends into the surrounding environment.

Choosing your Appliances

Outdoor Kitchen Cabinets and Design | KitchAnn Style

Kitchen Designers take the time to listen to your needs and can discuss the various appliances you might want to incorporate into your outdoor kitchen. Whether it’s deciding between gas, charcoal or pellet grills or if more than one refrigerator is needed; they take all your needs into consideration.
Outdoor Kitchen Design and Appliances | KitchAnn Style

For example, did you know that most consumers who order a side burner actually almost never use it? Instead, consider a teppanyaki style grill. These flat cooking surfaces are ideal for areas like Florida where fresh fish is popular. Some manufacturer’s grills can reach  surface temperatures up to 675ºF edge to edge.


Material Selections

Outdoor Kitchen Design Ideas | KitchAnn Style

Kitchen Designers use some materials exclusive to outdoor living while others are the same as materials incorporated into interior kitchens. Many products; however, do not do as well outside exposed to the elements. Here in Florida I have to be careful about UV degradation. In colder climates, designers must be mindful of thermal shock.

Outdoor Kitchen Design Ideas | KitchAnn Style

If you ask a manufacturer if their engineered stone can be used outdoors they will most likely answer no. Do not assume all granite will be a safe selection. I ask if the stone is resined. If it is, requesting a non-resined granite is the best choice. Keep in mind that non-resined natural stone will also fade naturally but it generally takes years for fading to occur.

What else do you need?


Outdoor Design and Seating Ideas | KitchAnn Style

Other important items to consider are storage accessories; such as propane roll-outs and waste receptacles, seating, decorative elements; such as area rugs, water features, potted plants, televisions, fire pits and lighting. Your outdoor kitchen will be the star of your home with proper lighting and cozy accessories.

Outdoor Kitchen Cabinets and Design | KitchAnn Style

According to an American Institute of Architects (AIA) Home Design Trends Survey, interest in outdoor living space has actually increased steadily over recent years, even while homes are getting smaller. The return on investment is higher than most other remodeling projects.

Outdoor Kitchen Cabinets and Design | KitchAnn Style

 Feeling inspired and ready to start? Give me a call.
August 17, 2014 / Ann Porter

Fifty Fifty Kitchen Concept

I came across this interesting room divider, called Fifty Fifty from Florida, an Italian manufacturer. This creative collection of kitchen components and furniture centers on a bookcase room divider with a dining table that slides to create seating or extra work space in the kitchen.

Cool Tansformable Furnitur |KitchAnn Style

The table comes in incremental sizes from  162 to 272 cm in length or about 63.75″ to 107″. When not in use, the kitchen extension can be retracted and you can’t even tell it’s there.

Movable Kitchen Furniture |KitchAnn Style

Fifty Fifty Kitchen Furniture |KitchAnn Style

Versatility is very important in kitchen design. The freedom to adapt our surroundings based on the task at hand makes living easier and isn’t that what everyone wants?

Fifty Fifty Room Divider Furniture |KitchAnn Style

Fifty Fifty Room Divider Storage |KitchAnn Style

How do you like this concept? Would you prefer this to an open plan concept with a large island with seating?



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