Way Day 2022 is here, April 27th and April 28th. Here is our Way Day ultimate outdoor life style shopping guide—10 patio gazebos for you to enjoy you summer with a touch of comfort and sophistication.Continue reading
According to recent research, two-thirds of Americans have had an ‘eco wake-up call’ since the start of the pandemic. New data from Roofing4Us suggests Americans are now more concerned with eco-friendly home renovations than ever before. As people become more passionate about a greener planet we’re seeing rising trends in sustainable home renovations and eco-design. Here are 10 ways to make your projects more efficient and eco-friendly:Continue reading
The faucet might not be the most important element in a modern kitchen but it is high on the list. So, if you are in the process of a kitchen renovation, you might already notice those commerical-style semi professional faucets online or offline that ask your attention all the time. These semi professionalp pre-rinse faucets are the typical faucets you see in a restaurant or commercial kitchen. They have a high-arc spout with a very high-pressure pull-out spray nozzle to blast off food from plates. Just like commercial-stoves and commercial-style refrigerators, pre-rinse-style faucets started entering the residential kitchen over the last 10 years. Today, they account for a significant share of the kitchen faucet market since people love the fact that the tall height, the exposed hose, and the professional features will turn any kitchen into a true chef’s prep space.
Here are several thoughts to choose a semi-professional faucet unit.
1. We will consider reach, functionality, and coil styles when we spec for clients. Each client has different aesthetic. The open coil is most like a chef’s faucet, but for those who want something more contemporary or easier to clean, they can choose a closed coil style or a unit with a flexible rubber hose. Spray functionality with dual spray that is both powerful and easy to operate is a big plus.
2. Getting the measurements right is important. Many units require a large space, for height and reach. The reach should be proportionate to size of sink and arc or height should reach under cabinets. Also it is important to make sure that there is enough room between wall and faucet to fully leverage the reach/operation of the chef’s faucet.
3. Always choose products with high quality features such as brass construction and ceramic disk cartridges.
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Why we like it: it’s sleek, modern and have a thoughtful balance of form and function. The features we like:
- STYLISH SINGLE HANDLE FAUCET: The sink faucet is designed for steady flow at 1.75 GPM at 60 PSI to a powerful spray with the help of its twistable spray head and comes with a ceramic disc valve.
- DURABLE MATERIAL: This single use pre-rinse kitchen faucet is made of brass and has a stainless steel finish with a drip free technology, giving your kitchen a perfect touch of style.
- THE PERFECT FIT: Measuring 20.56 Inches with a 360-degree swivel, this spring spout faucet is the ideal choice for your modern kitchen.
- DECK MOUNT FAUCET: The faucet with 3 hole sink applications, mounts on up to 2.5 Inch thick deck making it the right choice for your kitchen sink.
- PREMIUM QUALITY PLUMBING: Gerber Plumbing offers timeless products that sport a sleek, modern look, and are a thoughtful balance of form and function.
Whether you’re renovating a single room or considering a larger-scale layout transformation, it’s important to focus on the spaces that you (and future homebuyers) spend the most time in. Updating the spaces you see and touch daily, such as kitchens and bathrooms as spaces that you interact with every day will not only increase the quality of the experience, but they are at the top of the list for the return on the investment. Today we are going to share about 5 home improvements that are proved to worth the time and effort.
- Update an old-fashioned bathroom.
Updating an outdated bath is probably an easy yet high-impact renovation that will make your home more appealing. As we know, bathrooms add value because they’re the first room you go to in the morning, and the last room you go to at night. If the budged is limited, you can just focus on the areas that are subject to the most wear-and-tear such as floor tile and fixtures you love.Continue reading
We blogged Tile Of Spain’s top 9 tile micro-trends yesterday. Today, we are going to talk about 3 more macro tile trends that define ceramic tile design. Tile of Spain, is the organization that represents 120 ceramic tile manufacturers belonging to the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association (ASCER).
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We have spent quite a while to research and resource the new technologies and product for home since the beginning of the year. If you are in the process to plan your home remodeling or makeover project, you may want to make sure that you are exposed to the newest things in the market and find ones that really suit your needs. Today we are going to share 3 new things we feel so excited about. So read on to find them out.
- Kohler’s new Crue® Collection Kitchen Faucet
Why we love it:This beautifully designed Crue® collection has touchless functionality to minimize the spread of gems. The collection is available in several configurations to suit varying styles and user needs. We particularly love Kohler’s newest finish, Brushed Modern Brass. It is a contemporary take on a classic finish and will adds a touch of warmth and sophistication to any kitchen.
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Back splash choices in a kitchen often plays a critical role to either break or make the overall kitchen design. Here we are going to share top 9 kitchen back splash trends we find interesting and inspirational for the year of 2021.
- Bold geometric tile design is on the trend. They are bold and playful yet with a touch of gracefulness.
To tone down the drama of the bold geometric patterns, make sure you choose a more muted color palette or netruals.Continue reading
With our staying at home for such a long period, we realize how important home to us, particularly how our home make us feel. Wellness has gained its wave in residential design industry and we talked about 4 ways of 7 ways to design a healthy human-centric home last week. You can click here to read this first part. Today we are going to talk about the second part of this topic —-color.
We recently got some requests on specifying kitchen backsplash tiles. We think it will be a good idea to put together some of our favorites here in case you are landing on our blog today and happen to look for some cool ideas.
If you love the timeless look of subway tile but are looking for something trendy with a little more character, chevron tiles might be your choice. Chevron tile design takes a subway tile backsplash to new levels with dimensions and interest.
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We spent approximately 90% of our time indoor. With practicing social distancing, quarantine, isolation or shelter-in strategies now during COV-19 pandemic , we even spend more time at home. Indoor quality plays even more important role for our health since allergies, asthma, lung cancer and heart problems have all been linked to poor air quality. And The EPA has ranked indoor air pollution among the top five environmental dangers.
Indoor pollution sources that release gases or particles into the air are the primary cause of indoor air quality problems. Inadequate ventilation can increase indoor pollutant levels by not bringing in enough outdoor air to dilute emissions from indoor sources and by not carrying indoor air pollutants out of the area. High temperature and humidity levels can also increase concentrations of some pollutants.
There are many sources of indoor air pollution. These can include:
- Fuel-buring combustion appliances
- Tobacco products
- Building materials and furnishings as diverse as:
- Deteriorated asbestos-containing insulation
- Newly installed flooring, upholstery or carpet
- Cabinetry or furniture made of certain pressed wood products
- Products for household cleaning and maintenance, personal care, or hobbies
- Central heating and cooling systems and humidification devices
- Excess moisture
According to the NAFA (National Air Filtration Association) 95-98% of indoor air is made up of particles smaller than one micron. Bacteria, smoke, viruses, and lung damaging dust all fit into this category. The filter you have in your home is designed to protect your heating and cooling system between its annual check-up and cleanings. It is NOT designed to protect you and your family. These filters don’t even keep your system clean much less filter out the other contaminants in your air. Trying to catch airborne particles that are harmful to humans with a standard filter is like using a tennis racket to kill mosquitoes. You may get a few bugs, but it’s pure luck when you do. So having an extra air filters is one of the ways to enhance indoor air quality. So how to choose a good quality air filter?
Most consumers have heard the acronym HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters in advertisements from manufactures of vacuum cleaners and air purifier products. But it’s easy to be confused and gloss over the fine print.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) technical standard specification for HEPA filters used by DOE contractors defines a HEPA as the filter shall exhibit a minimum efficiency of 99.97% at a test aerosol diameter of 0.3 micrometers (μm) in diameter from the air that passes through the filter.
Pay special attention to the last sentence because it is the numbers 99.97% and 0.3-micrometer that tell the only story that matters when it comes to home air purification. There are manufacturers use True HEPA (which captures up to 99.975% of airborn particles measuring 0.3 micrometers (μm) in diameter that pass through the filter) to different them from other manutacturers who use the term “True HEPA” are doing so because there are several misleading terms used by others such as “HEPA-type,” “HEPA-like,” HEPA-style,” or “99% HEPA.” “These would represent filter-based systems that do not satisfy the HEPA standard or may not have been independently tested.
That being said, let’s just summerize what we just talked about above, there are 3 criteria to choose a good quality air filter:
1. Looking for True HEPA labels.
2. Pay attention to the description such as “captures up to 99.975% of airborne particles measuring 0.3 micrometers (μm) in diameter that pass through the filter”
3. Design is important–looking for a modern, minimalism design which will either blend in your interiors or at least will not stand out and pleasant to look at.
We have 2 recommendations here:
The Sharp FP-F50UW Plasmacluster Ion Air Purifier with True HEPA
The Sharp FP-F50UW Plasmacluster Ion Air Purifier with True HEPA Filtration is ideal for small rooms in your home. This air purifier model effectively reduces pollen, dust, pet dander, smoke, germs, bacteria, viruses, odors, mold, and fungus in your living space. There is a dual stage filter system including an activated carbon filter and long-life True HEPA filter, which captures 99.97% of particles as small as 0.3 microns from the air that passes through it. Patented Plasmacluster Ion Technology disperses positively and negatively charged ions throughout the room to safely break down microorganisms and odors (even those trapped in fabric, carpeting, and drapery!). It is an ideal solution for allergy sufferers, asthmatics, pet owners, and smokers, and best used in a bedroom, living room, study, or exercise room. There are 3 manual fan speeds. The air purifier unit has LibraryQuietTM operation (as quiet as 29 decibels, or the sound of rustling leaves) and is ENERGY STAR(R) rated, so you can run the unit continuously while saving money and energy.
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SHARP HEPA AIR PURIFIER WITH PLASMACLUSTER® ION TECHNOLOGY FOR MEDIUM ROOMS (FPK50UW)
A breath of fresh air in any medium-sized room, the Sharp FPK50UW Plasmacluster Ion Air Purifier with True HEPA Filtration effectively reduces pollen, dust, pet dander, smoke, germs, bacteria, viruses, odors, mold, and fungus in your living space. There is a three-stage filter system including an activated carbon filter and long-life True HEPA filter, which captures 99.97% of particles as small as 0.3 microns from the air that passes through it. The micro screen pre-filter for larger particles is washable and helps to extend the life of your filters.
Patented Plasmacluster Ion Technology disperses positively and negatively charged ions throughout the room to safely break down microorganisms and odors (even those trapped in fabric, carpeting, and drapery!) The FPK50UW air purifier is an ideal solution for allergy sufferers, asthmatics, pet owners, and smokers, and best used in a bedroom, living room, study, or exercise room.
“Plasmacluster Express Clean” gives you sixty minutes of high-density Plasmacluster Ion production and high-fan speed for an extra boost of clean when you need it, and a hands-free return to the prior mode when complete. The unit has LibraryQuiet™ operation (as quiet as 22 decibels, or the sound of rustling leaves) and is ENERGY STAR® rated, so you can run the unit continuously while saving money and energy.
SHOP SHARP FPK50UW HEPA HEPA AIR PURIFIER WITH PLASMACLUSTER® ION TECHNOLOGY FOR MEDIUM ROOMS (FPK50UW)