Smart Appliances for 2017


Have internet appliances finally arrived?

Smart Refrigerator from Samsung

In 2000 at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show), LG Electronics introduced the first internet-enabled refrigerator. The refrigerator had a color TV screen on the outside along with many hi-tech features, and a price tag around $20K. About the same time Electrolux launched the ScreenFridge. In 2006, Electrolux tried again with a more deluxe version, and in 2007 Whirlpool showed a new CentralPark Connection, a data hub and entertainment center that plugs into the refrigeration. While none of these were successful, appliance manufacturers have not given up, and the new improved versions show a lot of promise, and a much lower price. Here's one model from Samsung that appears to be gaining steam.

Samsung Refrigerator

Samsung Family Hub
28 cu. ft. 4-Door Flex™ Refrigerator with Family Hub™

1. Built-in cameras for food management, calendars, notes and photo sharing

2. Food Management
Wherever you are, see what’s in your Family Hub™ thanks to three built-in cameras accessible from your mobile device. Or stay home, find new recipes and shop online using your Family Hub's™ 21.5″ touchscreen.

Internet Enabled

3. Entertainment
Don’t miss a beat – stream music to the Family Hub’s™ built-in speakers or mirror your smart TV* on the stunning, 21.5″ touchscreen. And with apps like Pandora and Tune-in Radio, your kitchen truly becomes your command center.

4. Family Connection
Share your family’s calendars, photos and notes from your mobile device or directly on the Family Hub.

Learn more about this high-tech wonder, make an appointment with your designer or builder to visit one of our showrooms for a personal demonstration. The future is here today at Arizona Wholesale.

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Help! I Spilled a Bottle of Olive Oil on My Granite Counter!

A lot of people mistakenly believe that because they are made of stone and are being used in the kitchen, that granite counters are impervious to most stains and spills. Unfortunately, many of the granites on the market are extremely porous and can absorb liquids right into them if they are allowed to sit on the stone long enough. If this occurs with water, it will eventually evaporate, leaving only a temporary darkening of the stone. If, however, oil was absorbed by the stone, the darkened area won’t lighten up again on its own. To remove the stain, you need to create a poultice to get it back out.

What Is a Poultice?

A poultice is any kind of substance that can absorb or remove a stain from inside the stone. You can purchase poultices from many stone fabricators or sellers, or you can make your own. Spread on top of the oil stain, a poultice will pull the oil from within the stone up to the surface, where it can be wiped away.
The key is to ensure that you use the type of poultice for the type of stain you have, and that you only use materials on your stone that won’t harm or etch the surface.

Homemade Oil Poultice

Try this quick and dirty homemade poultice for oil stains on your granite counter to help pull the oil out.

• 1 cup unbleached flour
• Dawn dishwashing liquid that does not contain any lemon

Slowly mix the dishwashing liquid into the flour until you get a paste the consistency of peanut butter. Spread the poultice over the oil stain and stretch a piece of plastic wrap over it. The Dawn will help cut and eliminate the oil while the flour helps to pull it up and out of the stone. Let it sit for one hour, then wash the area with a PH neutral stone cleanser.

Once you’ve removed the stain, seal your counter with an impregnating, silicone based sealer to help prevent new stains from forming.

What’s the Process of Getting a Granite Counter?

Granite countertops remain one of the more popular choices for kitchen counters, especially with the latest trends moving toward natural materials and colors in the kitchen. Regardless of what type of stone you end up choosing, or where you get it from, the process of choosing, templating, and installing the counter remains about the same.

Stone Selection

Your first stop in the granite countertop process is at the stone yard where you’ll view the actual slabs. Because granite is a natural stone, each slab will be slightly different in color and pattern, so you can choose the exact piece you want for your kitchen. The slab you choose will be tagged and set aside for you once your template is complete.


The templating portion of the process determines the final cost of your counter, and helps the fabricators make it to order. Thin strips of wood are laid along the edges or outline of your current counter or cabinets. The wood is glued together until it resembles the size and shape of your counter. The templater will also mark on the wood where the sink will be installed and any other particulars.

At this time, you should have the sink and faucet on hand so that the templates that come with these can be handed to the fabricator at the same time. Any special edging or treatment of the stone will be discussed now as well.


Once the template is made, fabrication can begin. This involves taking the slab you selected and cutting and polishing it to fit the shape of the wooden template that was made at your home. Your sink and faucet templates will also be used to cut the holes into the counter for these to be installed.


Your old counter will be removed and the new counter brought in. It will be attached to your cabinets with adhesives, and if the counter you’ve chosen is weak or thin, a plywood support may be installed beneath it.

At this time, your plumber will install your sink to the counter, clamping it in place for about 24 hours until the pipes and faucet can be hooked up. Your fabricator may also seal your counter for you, as well as fill any seams with a color matched epoxy to finish the job.

What’s the Latest Trend in Kitchen Appliance Style?

New trends in kitchen style are exploding just now with hot new natural looks and finishes showing up everywhere. Kitchen appliances are far from lagging behind in this department, and have a number of trends coming forward of their own. Among these is a shift in style from the ubiquitous stainless steel that has dominated the market for the last several years.

New Metal Finish

Metal finishes across the board in the kitchen are moving away from the cool touch of steel. Finishes are becoming warmer with bronze and copper making a significant comeback. Kitchen appliances are not immune to this trend, and copper appliances are becoming extremely popular. Keep in mind, however, that the biggest movement isn’t being seen among the manufacturers; it’s the bespoke pieces instead. Homeowners are having copper range hoods and appliance doors being made specifically for their kitchens, which are leading the way in this trend.

Bold New Colors

For those that can’t afford a custom copper dishwasher, the other big trend in style is a shift toward bold new colors. Manufacturers across the board are coming out with stoves, dishwashers, and refrigerators in colors like turquoise, red, and navy blue. Unlike the Harvest Gold of the 70’s, however, these colors are timeless, and are made to blend in with some of the other kitchen color trends to create a statement in the space.

Invisible Appliances

Appliance panels are not new, but they’ve never been this popular before. While modern and transitional kitchens are using copper and bold colors in their appliances, formal and traditional kitchens are taking a different route. They’re using appliance panels to conceal and hide their appliances from sight.
Appliance panels are extensions of the cabinet doors you use in the rest of your kitchen. They fit over the appliance front, concealing it. So instead of a dishwasher, you simply see a larger cabinet door. Look for more cabinet makers to offer these panels, as well as for appliance manufacturers to offer models that can use the panels easily without blocking things like ice makers in the door.

New Appliance Ideas that Flopped

*Three Appliance Industry Epic Fails

During a career in the major appliance industry I've witnessed the introduction and growth of many great new products such as microwave ovens, convection ovens, induction cooktops, steam washers and dryers, french door refrigerators, and professional ranges for the home.

There have been a number of product flops, too. Here are three notable failures over the last two decades.

Continue reading “New Appliance Ideas that Flopped” »

Design Tips – What Went Wrong

Here is a room with plenty of potential. There is a unique adobe style corner fireplace. As well as a pretty good size room with plenty of natural light. Architectural details are present with the double window and French doors. Given all of the positive attributes this room has going for it, the space appears tight and crowded. Read on to find out what went wrong here.

In this particular room the dining table is too large for the space. A 48 inch round dining table would seat the same amount of people and take up less space. A round table would also create a better traffic flow.

The China cabinet to the left of the fireplace should be centered on that wall. The baskets could still be on the floor, but on both sides of the cabinet. This would look like that piece was built for that spot. This solution would provide balance to this wall, which undoubtedly stands out as it is now.

Everything in this room is rectangular in shape. From the sofa, to the dining table, to the area rug and china cabinet. Even the architectural elements like the windows, doors and fireplace are all rectangular. Adding new windows with an arched transom would add some diversity here. The room would feel balanced and more complete if there were some circles or round edges sprinkled throughout. Adding an oval shaped coffee table would also break up the monotony of so many right angels in this room.

The overstuffed sofa is too large for the space. Since this room has dual purposes, designated for living and dining; a low profile or smaller scale sofa would be more fitting here.

The corner in the back of the room looks like an afterthought. This area could have to a little desk where you could store things and place a computer. As it is right now it simply looks like clutter.

The pendant light is more for an entryway. Instead it looks like there should be a dining table under the light. Changing this particular fixture out for a recessed fixture would help this area receive light at night; without having the fixture being noticeable.

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Decorating with Warm Colors

Reds, yellows, oranges as well as various combinations of these colors are considered “warm” colors. Yes, the stronger a color is, its intensity increases creating a warming effect. Such a group of colors can influence a range of emotions such as feelings of happiness and excitement. How can you incorporate warm colors into your decorating scheme?

Warm colors can work well together because they are located near each other on the color wheel. When such colors are added to the decor of a room it adds spice or personality to otherwise bland space. Using a warm color in combination with a neutral color can create a balance within a room. While warm colors are stimulating, such colors should be used sparingly. You don’t have to implement such colors in every room in the house. Instead, you can opt to use a warm color as a accent against a neutral colored wall. Using warm color as a accessories can add spice to any room without going overboard with the color scheme.

Perhaps one of the biggest advantages of using warm colors is that it can make a room appear cozier as the color advances. When using such colors, it can make a space more intimate and warmer. Colors such as red and orange can make a space appear smaller and more inviting. Warm colors are great for rooms that are sparsely furnished because it can make the room feel intimate even though it’s lacking.

Warm colors can be energizing therefore you should avoid using a bold warm color as a dominant color in specific rooms. In areas where you desire to avoid stimulation such as in the bedroom and dining area; you should opt not to use warm colors as an accent.

Are you ready to begin adding some warm hues to your home? Start by adding the warmth sparingly so you can determine what works for your home’s decor and what doesn’t. If you decide to use red tones offset, it with a black accent. Tan and off white make great accent colors for orange hues. When decorating with warm colors remember that less is more.