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30 Organizational Ideas for the Ultimate Kitchen Design

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When you are in the middle of cooking dinner, do you open every cabinet and drawer trying to find what you need? Is your goal to have nothing on your countertops? Organization and efficiency are the most wanted features when it comes to designing or remodeling a kitchen. Here are 30 kitchen design ideas from outlets to islands to create the kitchen of your dreams. 

Cabinet and Drawer Organization

Divided Drawer:

Create a drawer that is set up with containers for flour, sugar and other ingredients you use frequently. Include a sticker for identifying purchase date, expiration date or any other details that are important to remember.… Read more

Air Fryer and Convection all in the Breville Combi Wave 3-in-1 Microwave

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This post is sponsored by Best Buy. All opinions are completely my own. 

Here’s an honest admission. I use my microwave EVERY day! The convenience is just so helpful to me. Having worked in the housewares industry for many years, I understand a brand’s intention when they create, design and build their products to help us in our kitchens. So, when I learned that Breville created a smart home appliance called the Combi Wave 3-in-1 Microwave, I had to learn more.

The 3 main features in this multi functional small appliance are air frying, roasting and microwaving along with convection.… Read more

LG refrigerator ice balls

Wow Your Guests with Craft Ice Made in LG InstaView Refrigerator

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This post is sponsored by Best Buy. All opinions are completely my own. 

 

What do you look for in a refrigerator for your home? As my kitchen remodel nears the end, I need just two more appliances to complete the update. Right now, I am shopping for the hub of my kitchen and want to share my discovery. The LG InstaView™ Door-in-Door® refrigerator is filled with features that fit both my busy household’s everyday life and entertaining needs.

LG refrigerator

I spend a great deal of time in my kitchen creating recipes, cooking and entertaining friends and family. We all know everyone ends up in the kitchen, no matter how beautifully designed the rest of the house is, right?!… Read more

How I Chose My Bosch 800 Series Dishwasher

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This post is sponsored by Best Buy. All opinions are completely my own. 

 

What’s your favorite part of entertaining besides bringing your friends and family together? Is it the cooking and recipe creation? Designing the table setting? Coming up with a theme for the event? Ok now, what’s your least favorite part of entertaining? I bet I can guess….the clean up! Bosch 800 Series dishwashers are going to solve this for you instantly.

table of plates and food

After all the years I have worked in the housewares industry, I have learned first hand about the importance of choosing quality brands. They’ve done the research on how we, as home cooks, use our kitchen tools and appliances to make sure that their product(s) meet or exceed our expectations. … Read more

LuxeHome: Premier Interior Design Resources For Your Home

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Need inspiration for your home build or remodel, then visit the Merchandise Mart – LuxeHome: Premier Interior Design Resources For Your Home

Here’s my truth. I love looking at home design. Walking through showrooms, looking at magazines and of course, my addiction to HGTV episodes. If I could redecorate every room in my home, I would do that. I think that is such a cool part of the job of an interior designer. They don’t just have one room in a house to design but have lots of clients who each have their own style that they need to consider. I am fascinated by the talent that designers have to take a blank space and create the environment that reflects someone’s personal taste.… Read more

10 Examples of Smart Home Technology for your Kitchen

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Smart Kitchen Tools

In 1999, Disney Channel released an original movie called Smart House. In this children’s movie, a teenage boy named Ben wins a competition where the prize is a fully automated home that can ultimately take care of itself. To Ben, this home means his dad will not have to re-marry. However, in typical movie, Ben’s dad falls in love. Ben, feeling betrayed, tampers with the smart home’s computer program and causes it to try to take over. Spoiler alert, the movie has an all-around happy ending.

When I first saw this movie way back when, I was in awe of the idea of an automated, or “smart,” home.… Read more

Top Finds and Trends from 2016 International Home and Housewares Show

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For anyone interested in housewares, this past week’s show would have been your playground. The International Home and Housewares Show ran from March 5 – 8 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. At the show, you will find over 2,100 exhibitors from over 40 countries, educational seminars, cooking demonstrations at the show’s cooking theater, in booth cooking demonstrations, book signings and many other activities.

Top finds and trends housewares show 2016

Coming to the show every year is something I genuinely enjoy doing. I am fascinated by the new technology that is showing up in our housewares products. The color, design and creation of pieces that will make our homes, kitchens and cooking experiences so much more pleasurable.… Read more

Kitchen Remodel Step 2 The Details

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We have made the exciting decision to remodel our kitchen, found our talented interior designer, discussed our ideas, goals and budget and are now ready to move forward into the details of the plan. For this next step in the process, we are going to talk about the kitchen’s layout and materials in our question and answer style with interior designer, Jack Ovadia.

Inspiring Kitchen:

How is a kitchen layout determined? If we want to add an island, what kind of space do we need?

Jack:

Generally, people with smaller families have smaller kitchens. When we start looking at family environments we see pantries, higher cabinets, major cooktops equipped with ranges, extra countertop space for serving and entertaining.… Read more

An Interview with Inspiring Kitchen

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Wow, Inspiring Kitchen’s first interview!

Inspiring Kitchen was created as a means to share knowledge about housewares products, kitchen design, recipes, cooking tips, bridal registry advice and favorite finds. My goal is to showcase what we should have in our kitchens based on the type of cooking we like to do. Ways to use cookware beyond the obvious like what is written in the Le Creuset Dutch oven post and making bread. What knives you need in your kitchen by blade shape. And the latest trends found at the industry conferences: National Restaurant Association and International Housewares Shows. If you are looking for gifts related to your kitchen, cooking and entertaining, I hope you will take a look at what Inspiring Kitchen suggests like we did for Mother’s and Father’s Day. … Read more

New Press: Crain’s Chicago Business

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Exciting press news for Inspiring Kitchen! Crain’s Chicago Business has welcomed us to the neighborhood:

 

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Other new businesses we heard about this week:

Chicagoan Julie Gordon’s new venture Inspiring Kitchen helps homeowners choose the kitchen items that are best for their cooking and entertaining style. “I have 14 years of experience in the housewares industry,” Ms. Gordon says. “So many customers were asking for my knowledge. People love to cook and entertain but are not always sure of the tools to use to make their experience better”. . . .

 

New Business Starting in Chicago

 

Thanks, Crain’s Chicago Business, for recognizing our efforts to help homeowners enjoy cooking and entertaining all that much more by having the best suited kitchen items for their style.… Read more