I’ve written about Dacor’s Discovery iQ line before and received great response. Now instead of a new appliance, Dacor is showcasing a new remote App update designed to add voice activation either in person when the cook’s hands are otherwise occupied or via phone for the on-the-go chef.
The iQ Controller and iQ Remote app, which works with both Android and iOS, allows you have the oven preheated and ready for use as soon as you get home via a simple voice command from your car over Bluetooth.
“The modern home chef values the convenience that connected kitchen appliances provide, which is why we strive to offer smart features like Voice Activation and ongoing software upgrades that will actually improve the overall cooking experience.” – Chuck Huebner, Dacor CEO
Dacor’s 48-inch Discovery iQ range will retail for $12,000, with a 36-inch model priced at $9,000. No pricing information was available for the Discovery iQ wall ovens.
A featured call the Discovery iQ™ Recipe Box allows users to easily store recipes found online directly to the smart range and ovens. The Dacor cooking guide is intuitive and eliminates the guess-work a chef might have trying a new food or recipe.
American made, family-owned Dacor has been designing and manufacturing luxury kitchen appliances for three generations. Dacor provides a full line of innovative products designed to appeal to a broad segment of the luxury kitchen appliance market. Dacor is proud of their products and innovations, but places the most emphasis on their company value, which is the foundation of Mike Joseph’s leadership – To honor God in all that we do by respecting others, by doing good work, by helping others, by forgiving others, by giving thanks, by celebrating our lives.
I can’t really complain about the weather here in South Florida when I look at the rest of the country. I certainly don’t miss those days I had to shovel my car out of a pile of snow left from the snow plow. I do miss an evening spent by the fireplace so today’s post is a curated collection of beautiful kitchens with fireplaces as integral elements. I hope if you are stuck at home this will help you pass some time and provide some inspiration.
This might be one the best executed kitchen fireplaces I’ve come across in a long time.
This fireplace in the kitchen creates a deliciously rich and romantic ambiance, filling the space with instant warmth and character.
This low fire element will add warmth and a delightful crackle to the ears. It will be more enjoyable to the guests than the chef but it’s a great example for an open plan house. I think this could also provide inspiration for an outdoor kitchen design.
From low to the ground to an elevated hearth with a linear burner., this fire element adds drama and can be enjoyed from every vantage point. Hopefully there is a large pantry nearby.
The large stone fireplace is balanced nicely by the large open windows. This fireplace could have felt too heavy for the room if the natural light wasn’t present from the windows and the skylight.
After years of popular demand, Kalamazoo created a built-in version of its famous pizza oven for people who want an oven installed into a wall or masonry structure and not sitting on a countertop.
Like the traditional wood-fired pizza ovens, the built-in Artisan Fire Pizza Oven is stone-lined. Pizzas cook directly on a hollow-core baking deck. Its honeycombed interior is designed to rapidly change temperature. A ceiling stone radiates heat down to quickly brown toppings.
The Artisan Fire Pizza Oven uses propane or natural gas and heats up in about 20 minutes. It is capable of the high heat needed for making delicious pizza, reaching temperatures of 800 degrees Fahrenheit via two independent burners.
Of course, the outdoor oven can be used to make other dishes such as roasting meats, fish and vegetables. Simply use cast iron fajita pans right on the baking deck. Kalamazoo’s Asparagus Wraps with Crispy Prosciutto and Herbed Cheese seems to be a very popular recipe for pizza oven owners.
Priced at $8,295, the oven will surely be the center point of your Outdoor Entertaining. The Oven can be specified for either natural gas or liquid propane, and is made by hand in Kalamazoo, Michigan, of stainless steel.
Kalamazoo has a terrific newsletter filled with great recipes that I personally enjoy. Try this incredible recipe with pancetta and baby arugula.
Rustic Pizza with Baby Arugula, Pancetta and Tomatoes
1/2 batch White Wine Pizza Dough, about 14 ounces
2 ounces pancetta, chopped and cooked until crisp
1 cup shredded fontina cheese
1/2 cup baby arugula leaves
About 1 cup halved sweet grape tomatoes
Prepare the pizza oven or grill for baking pizza at 500°F
Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the dough. Add the arugula, then the tomatoes, and then sprinkle the pancetta over the top.
Transfer to the preheated pizza stone and bake for about 10 minutes until the crust is crisp and the cheese is browning.
Foaming bath salts made with Dead Sea Salt give a luxurious, pampering, and skin loving bath! To make your own for yourself or to give as a gift, I’ve included a recipe from The Rustic Essentials Crafting Library.
1/2 cup Liquid Glycerin Soap Base
2 Tbsp. light oil ( Sweet Almond Oil or Grapeseed Oil)
Gel Soap Colorant (a few drops)
6 cups coarse grain Dead Sea Salts
1/4 ounce (approx. 2 teaspoons) of body safe Fragrance Oil
Mix Liquid Glycerin Soap, carrier oil, body safe fragrance oil, and coloring. (If you’re using a teaspoon to measure fragrance oil, be sure to use metal rather than plastic.) Pour over Dead Sea Salts. Stir continuously until salt crystals are evenly coated. Thinly spread the salts on a cookie sheet. Cover with wax paper and air dry for 24 hours.
Store in a glass container with a lid. If you are gifting, you might want to include in ingredient label.
If you are feeling less ambitious, this second recipe uses easier to find ingredients.
6 Cups Kosher or Epsom Salt
¾ Cup Lavender Scented Body Wash
1 tbsp Olive, Coconut, or Sweet Almond Oil
2-3 Drops Lavender Essential Oil (Optional)
Purple Food Coloring (Optional)
In a large bowl, combine salt and body wash, and mix until well combined.
Add in your oil, essential oil and food coloring and mix well.
On a lined baking sheet, spread the salt mixture out into a thin layer. Allow to dry for 24 hours.
Once dry, break up any large clumps, and spoon into a glass jar with a lid.
Add a Wood Bath Caddy/Tray and some votive candles and you have a nice gift for that special someone.
Wishing You a Happy Valentine’s Day! xoxo-Ann
According to a report conducted by Redfin, a popular nationwide real estate firm, the sale of luxury homes has been increasing at a steady pace since last year. In fact, homes priced over a million dollars outpaced the rest of the housing market.
According to Redfin, “when you have that much cash to spend, you can be picky. Interior design trends change every year, and buyers of luxury homes want the latest.”
For these homeowners, one of the top design trends for 2015 is designing an outdoor kitchen or living space. Creating an outdoor kitchen not only adds significant value to the home, but it can also transform your lanai or patio area into an extended living room.
Outdoor rooms are best planned with a team of professionals. Most high-end homers use a landscape designer, lighting designer, and kitchen designer in conjunction with their general contractor.
Using professionals will yield seamless results. Small details matter and when combined together create show-stopping entertaining and relaxing spaces.
If you plan to create your outdoor oasis in stages you especially need a coordinated set of plans. Otherwise, when you try to start the second phase it may be unclear what was done in phase one – such as chases and mechanical roughs.
Hiring an expert often yields savings to a homeowner. For example, You wouldn’t want to spend thousands of dollars on your quartz countertop to find out later the manufacturer does not offer a warranty on any material installed outside. Having this kind of knowledge helps me save my clients money and save them from hassles and loss of time later.
Menswear trends have inspired Walker Zanger’s Sterling Row collection, which incorporate marble and wood-look porcelain tiles in gray, black and white tones.
The Sterling Row collection is inspired by the elegant feel of fine fabrics, the richness of burnished leather and the luxuriously appointed shops of the finest tailors in London, Manhattan and Paris.
“Using modern water-jet technology, we were able to create delicate and distinctive patterns in wood-finish ceramic, precisely fitted with marble. It’s a novel take on a classic theme that has applications in varying scales for floors and walls, and for residential and commercial venues alike.” – Jared Becker, Vice President of Design and Marketing
Sterling Row Patterns are available in two color ways, Linen and Charcoal, created from three colors of Statale porcelain tile and Thasos White, Bianco Bello and Imperial Black Marble.
Sterling Row’s ten distinctive patterns offer designers a wealth of decorative options for floors or walls, alongside the technical advantage of impervious porcelain, which can be used in any residential, and most commercial applications.
The Sterling Row Tile Collection will pair well with burnished leather, charcoal accents as well gold toned and brass fixtures.
Last month the Sterling Row Collection won Gold in the Best of Bath category at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS).
Wilsonart recently introduced 50 (You read correctly, 50!) patterns in their new quartz collection at KBIS in Vegas.
The Wilsonart Quartz patterns celebrate discovery with designs inspired by locations and cultures from as far away as the Gobi desert to the Midwest skies of the USA and native peoples of the Americas, Australia and Southeast Asia.
“Bringing our own quartz line to the market furthers our ability to provide customers with a full spectrum of decorative surface options for any project they may embark upon,” – Alison DeMartino, Wilsonart Director of Marketing Communications
The Quartz Collection is divided into four categories based on aggregate and pattern structure. The groups are Fine and Small Scale, Medium Scale, Large Scale and Veining and Movement. By late Spring 2015 all the patterns should be available.
Fine & Small Scale Structures:
This collection contains subtle concrete tones with touches of sparkle, soapstone with a dappled appearance, and imbues a modern and sleek sophistication.
Serene (Q1001)Niwa (Q1002), Gobi (Q1003), Amalfi Coast (Q1004), Key West (Q1008) ,Alamosa (Q1011), Lorraine (Q1012), Chillkat (Q1013)
Medium Scale Structures:
The Medium scale designs are transitional in their offerings of color variation. This collection offers choices that will not overwhelm your space.
Lyra (Q2001), Majestic (Q2002), Aurora (Q2003), Sans Souci (Q2004), Viaggio (Q2006)
Large Scale Structures:
Large scale structures create bold interpretations in design. From terrazzo looks to subtle movement this collection offers increased style for distinctive spaces.
Skye Cliff (Q3001), Osteria (Q3002), Kabi (Q3004), Vittorio (Q3005), Rio Upano (Q3008), Galileo (Q3011), Nakasendo (Q3012)
Veining and Movement:
This collection offers visual impact It is inspired by classic white marbles, Turkish red marbles, and exotic tortoise shell.
Badaling (Q4001), Colza (Q4002), Araku (Q4003), Mehndi (Q4004), Adena (Q4005), Xcaret (Q4006), Duomo (Q4007), Haida (Q4008), Kolams (Q4009), Arashi (Q4011), Sangda Falls (Q4012), Isselburg (Q4013), Murren (Q4014), Las Medulas (Q4016), Arno (Q4017), Gaudi (Q4019), Anatolia (Q4021), Jules (Q4022), Santiago (Q4023), Via Augusta (Q4024)
The new product line represents the best in global design and state-of-the-art manufacturing, and will be delivered through Wilsonart’s exclusive distribution network. Wilsonart Quartz joins the family of engineered surface options led by Wilsonart® Laminate and Solid Surface products, as well as other engineered surfaces for a range of commercial and residential applications. Wilsonart Quartz meets all industry standards including UL GREENGUARD Gold for Indoor Air Quality and NSF International Seal for Safe Surfaces for Food Preparation.
Sometimes people ask me what I read when I’m surfing the web. Here’s a collection of posts that I found worthwhile.
Over on Hadley Court, Leslie Carothers put together a great post discussing the true remodeling costs and important remodeling considerations for kitchens based on data from industry professionals, Houzz, and Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs Value Report.
The Founder of KBCULTURE.com, Leslie Clagett always covers what’s new in appliances and innovative technology. I liked her post showing GE’s new combination of their Café Refrigerator with hot water dispenser technology with a Keurig K-Cup Brewing System. I think we all like the idea of being able to remove one more appliance from the countertop area. Sadly, it won’t be available until later this year.
“As an innovator in the personal beverage system industry, Keurig is excited to partner with GE and to be the first to offer hot single-cup technology right from a refrigerator.”
In addition to Blogs written by designers, I also read Blog posts from manufacturers. I recently discovered that Systempool, part of the Porcelanosa Family, offers the new Attica shower enclosure collection.
A large part of the value of an Attica enclosure is the availability of customization. Systempool realized that not all bathrooms are shaped the same – some have sloped ceilings, steps or structural columns that have to be addressed.
Jeanne Chung is a gifted Interior Designer whose blog is titled Cozy•Stylish•Chic. Her posts are fabulous and I hope one day soon we will meet. (We’ve both been on Modenus BlogTour trips but not together.) I am sharing her post on 3 Must-Have Luxury Kitchen Appliances from Thermador.
My favorite of the three is the Freedom Induction Cooktop which is the first full-surface induction appliance with the flexibility of a natural-mapping user interface. This technology recognizes cookware size, shape and position, and delivers heat to these targeted areas (up to 13″ x 21″),while all other areas not in contact with a pot remain cool.
The new trimless model with first full-color touch-screen interface can heat up to four pots at a time. The 36″ cooktop is built with 48 individual 3-in. heating elements below the surface of the appliance, which translates to a 63 percent more effective cooking area on the surface.