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Showing newest 16 of 19 posts from March 2009. Show older posts
Showing newest 16 of 19 posts from March 2009. Show older posts

Week 2: Sunset Dream House

Monday, March 30, 2009

So this is week 2 over at the Sunset Dream Kitchen. The kitchen has a clean slate in spic and span "remodel mode" ready for the work to begin.

Last week was your chance to vote for the floor plan. Mind you, the process shown over at Sunset Dream Home is a condensed version of the remodeling process. In theory, it would be fantastic if decisions where made in rapid sequence, so don't fret if you were not as quick as this. Also, what I would have liked to have seen was the initial step, establishing a budget. The drawings are absolutely stunning and all equally expensive, but in order to get to that step, and spend the time drawing up these options, the qualifier is establishing the budget. Otherwise, no matter how phenomenal the design, if the client can't afford it, it will never get built. End of reality check. Onward.

Obviously, this is for show and Sunset has the budget. I mean, we are talking "The Dream Kitchen of the West" with sponsors including GE Monogram (appliances), Teragren (counters), Kohler (plumbing), Armstrong (flooring), and Benjamin-Moore (paint). Ah! Don't wake me up, let me dream.

"We wanted to come up with a 21st century take on our original Idea House
concept," said Katie Tamony, Sunset's editor-in-chief. "The Dream Kitchen of
the West is our Idea House 2.0."

I liked two of the plans and it was a toss up as to which one was my favorite. I liked plan 1, The Eco Kitchen because it had banquette seating and island seating. In a large space, it's great to have room to spread out with two seating areas. Not every one likes sitting at an island for too long.

But, plan two is also pretty awesome as well. Who wouldn't love this entertainer's dream kitchen? With two wine refrigerators, a beverage center, and ice machine for the ultimate cocktail party. Oh, go on! Someone bring me a cocktail. Not to mention the professional range and warming drawers, double ovens and a secondary prep sink at the island. Fabulous amenities perfect for catered parties. Even Martha would be envious of this layout.

The viewers agreed, Plan Two, The Entertainer's Kitchen took 36% of the vote and shows that glam is in, baby!

This week is your chance to vote for the cabinetry finishes. I have already voted for my favorite, have you?

Each week for ten weeks, new sponsor products, kitchen finishes, features and colors will be presented on the website for an online vote. The completed kitchen, which will incorporate the winners of each vote, will be revealed the week of June 1 on Sunset.com and will be featured in the October issue of Sunset Magazine.

In addition to casting their votes on the Dream Kitchen of the West website, users can visit the site to watch the Dream Kitchen come to life via photos, video, articles and blog posts.

"Whether remodeling this year, or farther down the road, Sunset's Dream Kitchen gives visitors the opportunity to practice making smart design decisions as they consider all that goes into designing the most important room in the house," continued Tamony. Visitors to the Dream Kitchen of the West website can register daily to win $10,000 and one day of on-site consultation from a Sunset style editor. The sweepstakes winner will be announced June 10, 2009.

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Your two cents needed for design of Skyline Tea Mugs

Friday, March 27, 2009

Everyone loves a contest and this one is real easy. Jessica Rust Designs needs your help! Jessica wants help choosing the next city to be featured on her “Skyline” tea mugs. If you haven't checked out her whimsical designs, you absolutely must. See below for details.
Everyone who suggests a city will be entered to win a set of their very own “Skyline” tea mugs.



We need your help choosing the next City to be featured on our Skyline Tea Mugs!

Once you have selected your city of choice, please provide us with your contact information, and you will be entered to win a personalized Skyline Mug of your own!

Just click the link below to give us your 2 cents!

Where Shall We Go Next?

Happy Spring,

Jessica Rust Designs

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Sneak Preview from Armstrong Cabinets

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Everyone is gearing up for the Kitchen and Bath Show, held in Atlanta, Georgia May 1-3, where all the latest and most innovative kitchen and bath products will be previewed.


Here is a sneak preview from Armstrong cabinets. With functional and organized product introductions like the SalonCenter, getting dressed and out the door in the morning just got easier. Many designers, including me, have been using similar ideas for their clients for years, but the difference was that it had to be designed, parts pulled together from after market vendors and custom built according to our exact specifications. Having to customize a cabinet always added to the cost. It is a good day when manufacturers are standardizing features that just make good sense at an affordable cost.


Read below for more information from Armstrong.


SalonCenter™ Brings Affordable Luxury to the Bath
LaundryCenter™ Organizes the Busiest Room in the House

New SalonCenter™ from Armstrong Cabinets provides convenient solutions for the bath by creating a luxurious spa-like bathroom loaded with built-in storage space. SalonCenter, a self contained pull out system, allows for organization of hair dryers, curling irons, and other vanity items. Imagine: His and hers preparation areas, makeup area with vanity stool and salon center pullouts that provide abundant storage for linens and supplies. Several other cabinet storage accessories not only complete the bath, but make it work as good as it looks.


The laundry room is the next big area for organization. Armstrong Cabinets provides an innovative solution – LaundryCenter™ -- that is modular, scalable and fits to the size of any laundry room.

Completely customizable, customers can choose from a pull-out cabinet insert with hangers to dry shirts, a clothing folding table as well as an ironing board pull-out, among others. A combination of these zoned organization solutions along with the appropriate layout of cabinets can redefine the laundry area to create a perfect balance of form and function.
“Efficient interior space design provides the storage, convenience and organization needed for any home and lifestyle. The trend in cabinets is not just exterior aesthetics, but personalized storage, whether in the kitchen, media room, mud room, laundry room or bath,” says Marketing Manager Tosha Diiorio. “Our Zoned Organization Solutions make life easier and more enjoyable.”
For more information, visit www.Armstrong.com/Cabinets or call 1-800-527-5903.


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Period Inspiration with Modern Appeal

Monday, March 23, 2009

PERIOD INSPIRATION WITH MODERN APPEAL ? MAKE ROOM FOR THE NEW PASADENA OUTDOOR FIREPLACE FROM KALAMAZOO OUTDOOR GOURMET

CHICAGO, IL (March 23, 2009) – Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet continues to break new ground in design and performance with its new Pasadena Outdoor Fireplace. Available beginning March 26, the beautiful and highly functional design takes its design inspiration from the craftsman-style of architecture epitomized by Pasadena architects Greene & Greene. It offers a new alternative for homeowners who are seeking the beauty of a built-in outdoor fireplace but also value the convenience and flexibility of a freestanding design.

An increasing number of homeowners are investing in an outdoor fireplace. According to John Crouch of the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association, “We have seen outdoor fireplace sales significantly increase in recent years, seemingly in accordance with homeowner’s continued desire to provide a family retreat in their own backyard.”

“After a great meal, there is nothing better than sitting around a roaring fire,” says Russ Faulk, vice president of marketing and product development for Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet. “It is a natural gathering place, bringing family and friends together for comfort, warmth and casual relaxation. It also helps extend the outdoor entertaining season when cooler evenings arrive.”

To give consumers the best solution possible, Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet leveraged its expertise in stainless steel and outdoor cooking to create the Pasadena Outdoor Fireplace. Its intelligent design offers benefits that every homeowner will appreciate:

- Handcrafted in high-grade stainless steel, the Pasadena Outdoor Fireplace is easy to clean and warranted for life against rust
- Homeowners can choose between two popular Arts& Crafts designs for the sides of the fireplace: white oak leaves with acorns or graceful gingko leaves.
- An attractive low-pitched roof with wide overhangs keeps rain out, avoiding the time-consuming and messy cleanup of ashes and burnt logs common to open fire pits.
-The fireplace roof is conversation-height, allowing a large group to sit comfortably around the fireplace for hours of comfortable conversation.
- A deep ash box just below the fire holds the cinders of at least three fires. The simple pull out design makes clean out easy.
- Weighing more than 100 pounds, the Pasadena Outdoor Fireplace will withstand the elements, but is easy for two people to lift and reposition as needed.

Rosalind Reed, principal of Rosalind Reed Associates, says, “The Pasadena Outdoor Fireplace is a true beauty, and the attention to detail is all Kalamazoo.”

The Pasadena Outdoor Fireplace is available to homeowners and design professionals from Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet or its authorized dealer partners around the country. Photo available upon request.

The Kalamazoo Pasadena Outdoor Fireplace: $2,795


About Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet
Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet has been bringing gourmet lifestyles outdoors for more than 100 years and is the one-stop resource for creating the ultimate outdoor kitchen. From revolutionary hybrid grills that cook with charcoal, wood and gas, to the most powerful and energy efficient outdoor refrigeration available, Kalamazoo is the leading manufacturer in outdoor cooking and entertaining equipment. The complete line includes grills, refrigerators, freezers, wine chillers, keg tappers, weather-tight cabinets, wok cooktops, lobster boil pits, martini bars and a countertop pizza oven.

Please visit www.KalamazooGourmet.com for more information or call 1.800.868.1699 to speak with an outdoor kitchen design expert.

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Sunset Magazine Launches Dream Kitchen Campaign

Friday, March 20, 2009

SUNSET MAGAZINE ANNOUNCES DREAM KITCHEN OF THE WEST, DESIGNED BY AWARD-WINNING DESIGNER CASS CALDER SMITH AND YOU


Hoping for a cure for the recession remodel blues?

Sunset Magazine begins a new campaign on Monday, March 23rd, giving design lovers the opportunity to experience the fun and excitement of designing a high-end kitchen -without the risk or expense.

On March 23, Sunset will begin building its Dream Kitchen of the West and we need your votes!
Each week for 10 weeks, you can vote on a stunning selection of:
• Appliances • Cabinets • Floors • Countertops • Sinks • Paint colors and more!

Then watch online as Sunset builds a gorgeous kitchen using the winning selections.





Plus, register daily for the chance to win $10,000 and a day with a Sunset design editor!

Bookmark
sunset.com/dreamkitchen and come back March 23 for the first vote: the Floorplan!

Menlo Park, CA –Sunset Magazine (
http://www.sunset.com/), the premier guide to life in the West, today announced the launch of the first Dream Kitchen of the West digital design program (www.sunset.com/dreamkitchen), which gives everyone the opportunity to help design the ultimate kitchen by voting online. Each week for ten weeks, new sponsor products, kitchen finishes, features and colors will be presented on the website for an online vote. The completed kitchen, which will incorporate the winners of each vote, will be revealed the week of June 1 on Sunset.com and will be featured in the October issue of Sunset Magazine.

Award-winning New York and San Francisco-based home and restaurant architect and designer, Cass Calder Smith, is spearheading the direction of the Dream Kitchen, providing a selection of floorplans, kitchen features, and design inspiration. The kitchen, which is located in a single-family home in the Rose Garden section of San Jose, CA, will be built by DeMattei Construction.

The Dream Kitchen of the West sponsors include GE Monogram (appliances), Teragren (counters), Kohler (plumbing), Armstrong (flooring), and Benjamin-Moore (paint).

“We wanted to come up with a 21st century take on our original Idea House concept,” said Katie Tamony, Sunset’s editor-in-chief. “The Dream Kitchen of the West is our Idea House 2.0.”

In addition to casting their votes on the Dream Kitchen of the West website, users can visit the site to watch the Dream Kitchen come to life via photos, video, articles and blog posts.

“Whether remodeling this year, or farther down the road, Sunset’s Dream Kitchen gives visitors the opportunity to practice making smart design decisions as they consider all that goes into designing the most important room in the house,” continued Tamony.
Visitors to the Dream Kitchen of the West website can register daily to win $10,000 and one day of on-site consultation from a Sunset style editor. The sweepstakes winner will be announced June 10, 2009.

Sunset magazine is the premier guide to life in the West, covering the newest and best ideas in Western home design and landscaping, food and entertaining, and regional travel in 13 Western states. Sunset and
sunset.com are part of the Lifestyle group of magazines and websites published by Time Inc., the largest magazine publisher in the U.S., and a leading publisher in the U.K. and Mexico
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Voting schedule:
3/23 Floorplan
3/30 Cabinetry finish
4/06 Appliances
4/13 Countertops
4/20 Sinks + Faucets
4/27 Flooring
5/04 Tile backsplash
5/11 Paint
5/18 Lighting
5/25 Furniture
Week of 6/01, project complete
6/10 Sweepstakes winner announced

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ASID Members Resort to Mudslinging.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

A small group of pro-legislation designers in Florida are resorting to mudslinging tactics and name calling on their new blog. In a desperate attempt to gain support it looks like they will alienate more members. Whining about outside interference from other states objecting to Florida’s anti-competitive and unconstitutional law, in an illiterate rant the authors of this anonymous blog have resorted to defamation and character assassination against Patti Morrow, the Executive Director of the Interior Design Protection Council. The IDPC is the only national association of interior designers exclusively dedicated to the task of protecting the livelihoods and rights to practice interior design.


You can read a copy of their unprofessional attack and a response from Patti Morrow at Interior Design Protection Council Blog. Please post your comments there. If one cannot defend his position intelligently and finds his only recourse in name calling and character assassination, proves his argument has no weight and has nothing left to offer in his defense but to throw personal attacks at his opponents. Further, the "writer", (cough), coward of the attack chooses to remain anonymous.


If this is an example of the leadership within the ASID, it is no wonder why more and more interior designers are disgusted with ASID and resigning as members The resignation of allied partners, vendors and even former ASID chapter officers proves ASID is losing support over useless legislation that negatively impacts the industry at large and places the burden on the American taxpayer.


Why is this important?

While Florida is one of only three states with a practice act , a minority of ASID designers have a personal stake in limiting competition under “consumer safety” in all states and are continuing to lobby for government intervention though practice acts and title acts asking that individual States give a select few a competitive and economic advantage over others, including kitchen and bath designers.


What is their evidence?

Not a shred of evidence has ever been presented to warrant a conclusion that the unregulated practice of interior design places the public in any form of jeopardy.


Further, interior design title and practice act legislation is not being advocated by the public through consumer advocacy groups, attorneys general offices or divisions of consumer affairs.


In fact, 12 government agencies have looked into this issue and concluded that interior design licensing does nothing to protect the public beyond the processes already in place. Click here for a list and access to all 12 government reports, including the 1999 Florida report recommending that the profession of interior design be deregulated.


Proving they have no evidence, even the leadership within ASID publicly admits that there are no known cases where an unlicensed interior designer created a safety hazard. Interior Designers Rallying for Rights.

With building codes in place for all local jurisdictions and building inspectors to verify that specific standards and materials are used in accordance to the local building and safety codes, the public’s health, safety and welfare is protected.

All states have very strict building codes in effect. In addition, there are codes that individual counties might impose above and beyond the state codes. Anyone practicing interior design (licensed or not) must adhere to these codes. Commercial buildings must be inspected and pass inspection by law on a regular basis. If a designer (licensed or not) specifies furniture, fabric, finishes, equipment or installations that aren’t up to code, the inspection will discover it. Any designer (licensed or not) that continually makes mistakes in this area will soon find themselves not getting work.

Alabama previously had a practice act. In 2007, the Supreme Court of the state of Alabama struck down their Interior Design Practice Act. In his opinion, Justice Parker stated: “Nor should this Court embrace the paternalistic notion that the average citizen is incapable of choosing a competent interior designer without the State’s help. The economic liberty of contract remains a protected right in Alabama, especially in a field like interior design that involves expressive activity.”

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FEDS to rewrite SAME AS CASH offers.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Consumers will get the rug pulled out from under them as the feds rewrite the rules on “same as cash- no interest loans” slated to take effect July 2010. The Federal Reserve is expected to issue a clarification in April 2009.

If you were planning to use one of these programs to take advantage of deferred interest on big-ticket items where you can pay the total within a given period of - 6, 12, 24 months- for no interest , there is no time like the present to act as retailers are expected to modify programs expiration terms so they expire before July 2010. For the full article click at USA Today click here: USA Today, Fed changes rules on retailers’ no-interest offers.

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Legislative Update from the IDPC

Monday, March 16, 2009

Interior Design Protection Council

Take control your future...
Amended HB 1168 will still put you OUT OF BUSINESS!


Attend Hearing on March 17th


Dear Maryland design community and supporters of the Freedom Movement:


IDPC has received word that the sponsor of practice act HB 1168 will announce the following amendments AT THE MARCH 17TH HEARING:

On page 5, in line 11, strike "OR"; in line 13, after "SELECTION" insert ", MOVEMENT, OR ARRANGEMENT"; and in line 15, strike the period and substitute ";

(5) A CERTIFIED KITCHEN OR BATHROOM DESIGNER; OR

(6) A LICENSED CONTRACTOR LICENCENSED [sic] UNDER TITLE 8 OF THE BUSINESS REGULATION ARTICLE.".


In addition, on March 11th, Deanna Waldron, ASID stated "because HB 1168 does restrict the use of the term "interior designer," it does not align with ASID policy," so it is very likely that this bill will also be amended to restrict the practice of interior to "licensed interior designers," in order to maintain support from ASID.

Please note that these amendments would do
ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to change our position!

There is no need, nor has any evidence been presented, that the UNregulated practice of interior places the public in any form of jeopardy.

If this bill passes, in order to continue practicing the FULL SCOPE of interior design -- as you have the freedom to do now -- you will have to be NCIDQ certified. That means you may have to close down your business and go back to school, or go to work under another licensed designer (if you can even find one willing to hire you) at little or no pay in order to qualify to sit for the NCIDQ exam.

We simply cannot stand by and allow the interior design cartel to monopolize all the business in Maryland and dictate to consumers who they may hire. We need YOUR help to stop it.

Please please plan to attend the hearing:
March 17th
1:00 p.m.
Room 230 of the House Office Bldg
6 Bladen St, Annapolis MD 21401.




This law would put many thousands of Maryland designers, decorators, contractors and retailers out of business without any demonstrable showing of harm to the public from the failure to license the interior design profession. If passed, Maryland would go against the vast majority of states which found such legislation to be anti-competitive and unnecessary.

If this law is passed, only 325 designers will have the freedom to practice as they like. Thousands will lose their ability to earn a living and contribute to the growth of Maryland's economy.

There are only three states in the entire country that have interior design practice laws, and none were passed since the 1990s. Most recently, the Supreme Court of Alabama struck down and declared unconstitutional that state's interior design practice law which was less restrictive than the one being proposed here.

At least twelve state agencies reports have examined the need for titling and/or licensing laws for interior designers and all found no benefit to the public, concluding that consumers already possessed the means to make informed decisions about interior designers. Click here to access all twelve reports.

In 2002, the Maryland Department of Legislative Services conducted a Sunset review of Maryland's existing interior design title act and recommended a repeal of that law, stating that the regulation of Interior designers was not needed to assure the protection of the public as the interior design services offered by certified interior designers present no risk of serious injury or financial harm to the public. Nothing has changed since the date of that report.

Please note that under this bill, interior design is defined to include:

Preparing and administering interior design documents, including drawings, schedules, and specifications, in the planning and design of interior spaces involving:
furnishings
layouts
fixtures
cabinetry
lighting fixtures
finishes
materials
interior construction
There is NO grandfathering for those who are not already certified. You will NOT be able to continue practicing.

Click here to read the entire bill.




DC, DE and VA

Help your colleagues in the State of Maryland defeat restrictive design licensing in their state. If you do or plan to do business in Maryland you should take this threat to the design community seriously. If the most restrictive, anti-competitive law in the country is passed in Maryland, how long do you think it will be before the interior design cartel enacts or expands a similar law in your state?




TAKE ACTION

Action must be taken now to let the members of the House Economic Matters Committee know about the widespread effect that such disastrous legislation would have, not only on your right to continue in business but on the rights of many thousands of employers and employees in the State of Maryland who will be negatively affected by this restrictive and unnecessary legislation.

In today's difficult economic climate, the state should not pass legislation which would make it more difficult for its citizens to compete in the free and open market, unless there is compelling evidence that the public is being harmed by the failure to regulate. Clearly, no such evidence exists.

Click here for contact information for Economic Matters Committee

DON'T THINK THAT OTHERS WILL DO THIS FOR YOU --
Everyone needs to be involved to defeat this bill!

YOUR FUTURE IS IN YOUR HANDS.





If you are planning to:
Attend the hearing
Attend and testify at the hearing
please contact pmorrow@IDPCinfo.org on Monday, March 16th.

IDPC is the only national organization solely dedicated to protecting your livelihood and right to practice.

Please join our crusade and become a member.

Patti Morrow
Executive Director
Interior Design Protection Council

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What's in a hood? A stimulus package valued at $4,400.00

Friday, March 13, 2009


If you were in the market to redo your kitchen but afraid you would have to curb your budget due to the economic uncertainty, well here is your chance to get the beautiful custom hood you wanted at an amazing savings, plus free design services to put the look all together. Act now or you may miss your chance to win a $3200 gift certificate from Metallo Arts and 10 hours of design time from Paul Anater.

$3200 gift certificate from Metallo Arts Contact: Paul Anater

plus 10 hours of design time from Paul 727-204-8928

Anater equals a real stimulus package.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

URLs: http://paulanater.blogspot.com , http://www.metalloarts.com

Kitchen and Residential Design, St. Petersburg, FL-based kitchen designer Paul Anater’s daily design blog; and Metallo Arts, the York, PA-based manufacturer of exquisite custom range hoods and metal counters, have teamed up to do a little market stimulating of their own.

Beginning on Friday, March 13th 2009 kitchen design fans are encouraged to direct their browsers to the landing page of Paul Anater’s daily design blog, Kitchen and Residential Design. Once there, they can enter for a chance to win a $3200 gift certificate from Metallo Arts and 10 hours of design time from Paul Anater.

Entrants must submit via e-mail their names, contact information and a short essay in which they’ll describe their fantasy kitchen. “I want people to imagine what’s possible and $3200 from Metallo Arts and $1200 worth of my time is a great place to start,” says Paul. The winning entry will be selected on April 3rd at 5pm EST and the winner will be contacted immediately.

Metallo Arts is the collaboration of entrepreneur Sheldon Gruber and fine artist Christopher Plummer. Successful businessmen in their own rights, they combine years of business experience with an artistic approach to range hood design to offer a product unlike any other. Metallo Arts is unique in the field that they are truly a company of artists, bringing diverse artistic backgrounds to bear on every project they take on.

Metallo Arts’ driving philosophy has been to take a functional necessity—range hoods—and create works of art that complement homeowners’ kitchens like never before. Clients who are provided a voice in the design process receive a finished piece that represents their individuality and style. As a highly specialized company, Metallo Arts approaches each project as a work of art using only the best materials and never compromising quality or service.

Paul Anater’s daily design blog, Kitchen and Residential Design, is seen by more than 2,000 people each week. Every day, Paul addresses an aspect of design

with an emphasis on kitchens. Readers turn to his blog for advice on everything from appliances to counter materials, from cabinetry to lighting, from wall colors to flooring. Through his blog, he seeks to dispel the myths and misinformation that surround the design process and to share a few laughs about life along the way.

As you prepare your spring home stories, please consider an interview with either Christopher Plummer, the artistic driving force behind Metallo Arts; or Paul Anater, the kitchen designer whose blog has people talking.

Best regards,

Paul Anater

Kitchen and Residential Design

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Maytag Recall Notice

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Back in the day before email took over, when ever there was an important notice, the retail store I worked for many years ago use to send out "round robin" phone calls notifying the chain stores of important information.

Today, email gets the message out far faster to our clients and readers of our design blogs, so what has been said at other kitchen design blogs bears repeating again in the interest of consumer safety. Send the link for this page to a friend!

MAYTAG RECALLS 1.6 MILLION REFRIGERATORS.

News from CPSC

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 10, 2009
Release # 09-145
Firm’s Recall Hotline: (866) 533-9817
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Maytag Recalls Refrigerators Due to Fire Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product.

Name of product: Maytag®, Jenn-Air®, Amana®, Admiral®, Magic Chef®, Performa by Maytag® and Crosley® brand refrigerators

Units: About 1.6 million

Manufacturer: Maytag Corp., of Newton, Iowa

Hazard: An electrical failure in the relay, the component that turns on the refrigerator’s compressor, can cause overheating and pose a serious fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Maytag has received 41 reports of refrigerator relay ignition, including 16 reports of property damage ranging from smoke damage to extensive kitchen damage.

Description: The recall includes certain Maytag®, Jenn-Air®, Amana®, Admiral®, Magic Chef®, Performa by Maytag® and Crosley® brand side by side and top freezer refrigerators. The affected refrigerators were manufactured in black, bisque, white and stainless steel. They have model and serial numbers printed on a label located on the top middle or left upper side of the refrigerator liner and have the following model and serial number combinations:


Serial Numbers ENDING with AND Model Numbers BEGINNING with
Side by Side
Refrigerators
AA, AC, AE, AG, AJ, AL, AN, AP, AR,
AT, AV, AX, CA, CC, CE, CG, CJ, CL,
ZB, ZD, ZF, ZH, ZK, ZM, ZQ, ZS, ZU,
ZW, ZY, ZZ
ARS, CS, JC, JS, MS, MZ, PS
Top Freezer
Refrigerators
AA, AC, AE, AG, AJ, AL, AN, AP, AR,
AT, AV, AX, ZK, ZM, ZQ, ZS, ZU, ZW,
ZY, ZZ
AT, CT, MT, PT

Refrigerators with freezers on the bottom are not included in this recall.

Sold at: Department and appliance stores and by homebuilders nationwide from January 2001 through January 2004 for between about $350 and $1600.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately contact Maytag to determine if their refrigerator is included in the recall and to schedule a free in-home repair. Consumers should not return the refrigerator to the retailer where it was purchased.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Maytag toll-free at (866) 533-9817 anytime, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.repair.maytag.com

Representative Models:

Figure 1: Side by Side model

Figure 2: Top Freezer model


Figure 3: Model/Serial Label

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Send the link for this page to a friend! The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed significantly to the decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270, or visit CPSC's web site at www.cpsc.gov/talk.html. To join a CPSC email subscription list, please go to https://www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx. Consumers can obtain this release and recall information at CPSC's Web site at www.cpsc.gov.

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Beachy Revival

Here are two before and after photos from Coastal Living. What I love about this kitchen is how light and airy it now looks.
Key features:

  • Removal of the dropped fluorescent light panels in the ceiling.
  • New but vintage inspired, is the clap board detail on the walls.
  • Iridescent glass tiles in sea shades for the counter top.
  • The pantry door is a vintage looking screen door painted in blue. Very clever and perfect to complete this beach cottage look.
  • Hardwood floor adds warmth.


"It was never about having the most up-to-date kitchen or the fanciest appliances,” The homeowner, Jane says. “We wanted it to feel just as it did when it was built.”

For more information on this house go to Revive Your Beach House.
All photos from CoastalLiving.com

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Blog Hopping Wednesday

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


I found a new blog to follow: The Little Big House. Anyone who knows the travails and triumphs of home improvement can relate to her farmhouse renovation. Good stuff there with beautiful photos from her idea file. Take a look. I look forward to more updates on the renovation.

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Microwaves: Where do you put them?

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Over at Apartment Therapy , they ran a survey: Where do you hide your microwave?
One homeowner submitted this photograph as their solution as to where to hide the microwave. From observing the pictures of this kitchen and reading the article, this was a new and fairly large kitchen remodel designed with new and expensive inset door cabinetry. Surely there was a better alternative they could have allowed for this new kitchen. Poor planning in my opinion, really.

Unless you are extremely tall, this is the worst place ever to house a microwave. Or perhaps you are merging households and need a place to store the spare, placing your microwave over the refrigerator is the most dangerous place for it and an accident waiting to happen. With refrigerators that are 66" or 72" tall, this poses a danger in the worst way pulling a hot dish or boiling hot mug out of a microwave and above the user's head. This is not to say you can't get hurt with a microwave on a counter, you can. But why add to the danger by adding height as a factor?

I have a different question: Why hide the microwave? After all, this is a kitchen. And the bottom line in a kitchen should be about convenience and efficiency. Ease of use and safety should be driving factors behind a design. If you have to conceal it because you need the kitchen to blend in as part of the living space, that's fine too, just pay attention to safety. Watch the video below to see how dangerous a microwave can be to the unknowing user. Make sure everyone in your family that uses a microwave knows how to use it properly.

Dangers of microwaves

No matter what you use your microwave for, it's important you exercise caution to avoid burns and the risk of fire. Click the link below this photo for the true dangers of a microwave.
More to microwaves
More to microwaves


It is true many of us have small kitchens and need a solution to free up valuable counter space. Here are some alternatives for microwave placement:

Consider a microwave below the counter top.

Or place it right out there on the counter top. Make your appliances the theme of the kitchen as shown here. This busy kitchen has microwaves doubled up. One on the counter with another on a shelf right above, both at convenient heights.

Build it into the cabinetry. This microwave is a drawer. Very good height for children or people with mobility challenges.

Or in this family friendly kitchen, the microwave is built into the middle of a tall pantry cabinet with a pull out shelf below it for a landing space for hot food. It is at a height that most everyone can reach.

Can't spare base cabinet or counter space? Consider lower wall placement of your microwave as shown here.
Appliance garages can tuck away small counter top microwaves. Although doors must remain open while in use. I prefer pocket doors for this reason. The depth of the microwave should be planned carefully first to make sure it will work with the depth of the cabinet. Most wall cabinets are 12" deep and can be special ordered at 14" deep.

This is a creative use for hiding away your appliances if you must. Notice the door is pocket style, concealing the toaster oven and microwave. Although I think this microwave is still a little too high up. It could have been built lower and yet still room for the toaster.

Here is another creative way of placing a microwave within reach. When in use the pocket doors are open. See picture below for pocket doors in closed position.

Here it is, concealed behind pocket doors. The drawback of pocket doors is they take away usable storage width. Plan in advance that your microwave or small appliance will fit within the usable space.

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Iowa: New Bill Introduced

Friday, March 6, 2009

Interior Design Protection Council


HSB 203 Excludes Majority of Designers
Will hurt your ability to compete -- ACTION NEEDED!

March 5, 2009

Dear Iowa design community,
A bill has just been introduced in the Iowa House Committee on State Government for "A study bill for establishing alternative project delivery procedures for certain public projects undertaken by political subdivisions"
Don't let the long description scare you! What this bill would do is exclude you from projects you are currently or could in the future work on.

HSB 203 would limit state and local municipalities to hiring only "design professionals" to serve on a selection committee for construction management project delivery, design-build best value project delivery, and design-build qualifications-based project delivery. This decision should not be made in advance and should be left up to the discretion of the issuing authority to determine what expertise they need on a project, given the size, scope and nature of the work to be performed.
A "qualified professional" is defined in the bill to include a licensed architect, licensed engineer, licensed landscape or registered interior designer. This means that you would be precluded from assisting in the selection of the construction manager or design-builder, which further means that it would be unlikely that you or your firm would be selected by the committee to bid on the project.

While the requirement about a licensed engineer, architect or landscape architect might make sense depending on the scope of the governmental work, allowing only a "registered interior designer" does not satisfy that same test. As of August 8, 2008, there were a grand total of 39 registered interior designers in the State of Iowa. There may be even less today given the condition of the economy and the cost to register.

By limiting the definition of "design professional" to registered interior designers to benefit only 39 in the entire state, the issuing authority would be denied the expertise of the majority of designers in Iowa, whose input might be valuable depending upon the project being considered.
What you can do
Please contact the committee and urge them to vote against this bill and grant your political subdivisions to right to determine the best experts for the job.

Click here for Committee contact information.


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Enviro Tip of the Month

Thursday, March 5, 2009



Did you know that over 1 trillion gallons of water leaks from US homes each year? A constantly running toilet can waste more than 200 gallons of water every day.
Here is a great little video on How to Stop a Toilet From Running. You can watch more videos and get more tips from Ehow.com.

How to Stop a Toilet From Running -- powered by eHow.com
For more tips to be water wise contact http://www.epa.gov/watersense/fixaleak/howto.htm

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It doesn't involve me.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

How many times have I heard that?
When you read the news about Design Practice Acts and think that it does not impact you, think again.

We simply cannot stand by and allow the interior design cartel to monopolize all the business in any state and dictate to consumers who they may hire.

At Issue: Help your colleagues in the State of Maryland defeat restrictive design licensing in their state. If you do or plan to do business in Maryland you should take this threat to the design community seriously. If the most restrictive, anti-competitive law in the country is passed in Maryland, how long do you think it will be before the interior design cartel enacts or expands a similar law in your state?


Click here for contact information for Economic Matters Committee for Maryland Economic Matters Committee. Email your protest letter today.

HAPPENING NOW
Interior Design Protection Council

Take control your future...
HB 1168 will put you OUT OF BUSINESS!

Attend Hearing on March 17th

Dear Maryland design community and supporters of the Freedom Movement:

On February 13, the Maryland State Legislature introduced an Interior Designers Licensing Act which, if adopted, will be the most restrictive interior design law in the country.
If this bill passes, in order to continue practicing interior design, you will have to be NCIDQ certified. That means you may have to close down your business and go back to school, or go to work under another licensed designer (if you can even find one willing to hire you) at little or no pay in order to qualify to sit for the NCIDQ exam.
We simply cannot stand by and allow the interior design cartel to monopolize all the business in Maryland and dictate to consumers who they may hire. We need your help to stop it.
Please please plan to attend the hearing:
March 17th
1:00 p.m.
Room 230 of the House Office Bldg
6 Bladen St, Annapolis MD 21401.

This law would put many thousands of Maryland designers, decorators, contractors and retailers out of business without any demonstrable showing of harm to the public from the failure to license the interior design profession. If passed, Maryland would go against the vast majority of states which found such legislation to be anti-competitive and unnecessary.
If this law is passed, only 325 designers will be allowed to practice. Thousands will lose their ability to earn a living and contribute to the growth of Maryland's economy.
There are only three states in the entire country that have interior design practice laws, and none were passed since the 1990s. Most recently, the Supreme Court of Alabama struck down and declared unconstitutional that state's interior design practice law which was less restrictive than the one being proposed here.

At least twelve state agencies reports have examined the need for titling and/or licensing laws for interior designers and all found no benefit to the public, concluding that consumers already possessed the means to make informed decisions about interior designers. Click here to access all twelve reports.
In 2002, the Maryland Department of Legislative Services conducted a Sunset review of Maryland's existing interior design title act and recommended a repeal of that law, stating that the regulation of Interior designers was not needed to assure the protection of the public as the interior design services offered by certified interior designers present no risk of serious injury or financial harm to the public. Nothing has changed since the date of that report.
Please note that under this bill, interior design is defined to include:

Preparing and administering interior design documents, including drawings, schedules, and specifications, in the planning and design of interior spaces involving:
  • furnishings
  • layouts
  • fixtures
  • cabinetry
  • lighting fixtures
  • finishes
  • materials
  • interior construction

There is NO grandfathering for those who are not already certified. You will NOT be able to continue practicing.

Click here to read the entire bill.


DC, DE and VA

Help your colleagues in the State of Maryland defeat restrictive design licensing in their state. If you do or plan to do business in Maryland you should take this threat to the design community seriously. If the most restrictive, anti-competitive law in the country is passed in Maryland, how long do you think it will be before the interior design cartel enacts or expands a similar law in your state?



TAKE ACTION
Action must be taken now to let the members of the House Economic Matters Committee know about the widespread effect that such disastrous legislation would have, not only on your right to continue in business but on the rights of many thousands of employers and employees in the State of Maryland who will be negatively affected by this restrictive and unnecessary legislation.
In today's difficult economic climate, the state should not pass legislation which would make it more difficult for its citizens to compete in the free and open market, unless there is compelling evidence that the public is being harmed by the failure to regulate. Clearly, no such evidence exists.
Click here for contact information for Economic Matters Committee

DON'T THINK THAT OTHERS WILL DO THIS FOR YOU --
Everyone needs to be involved to defeat this bill!
YOUR FUTURE IS IN YOUR HANDS.


IDPC is the only national organization solely dedicated to protecting your livelihood and right to practice.
Please join our crusade and become a member.

Patti Morrow
Executive Director
Interior Design Protection Council

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