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.

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
RF28K9580SR/AA
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.

*Visit the Arizona Wholesale Houzz page and view our Project Section with a Samsung Kitchen.


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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.

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What Are Appliance Panels?

Homeowners that are creating traditional and formal kitchens are often presented with a number of different choices in cabinets and paneling than homeowners designing other styles of kitchen. This is because formal kitchens often look out of place when they have modern conveniences such as stainless steel appliances installed. Therefore, the best way to blend these areas in with the rest of the kitchen is to use appliance panels.

What Is an Appliance Panel?

In broad terms, an appliance panel is a very large cabinet front. Rather than hiding a pantry or a cabinet, however, it attaches to the front door of your refrigerator, dishwasher, or oven. Essentially, this conceals the appliance and makes it appear to be part of the rest of the cabinetry. So if you’re investing in some very decorative and custom cabinets for your kitchen, you can continue them unbroken around the room by covering the appliances in them, too. This creates a sense of harmony in the room in a way that a design broken up by plastic or stainless steel cannot.

Considerations for Using Appliance Panels

Of course appliance panels aren’t for everyone. Some of them can interfere with the use of the appliance, for example. Dishwashers that have their control panel on the front will still have this panel visible, for example, so many homeowners choose to use dishwashers that have the panel on the top of the door where it can be hidden, but more difficult to access. Likewise, you can’t make use of the ice and water dispenser on the refrigerator without cutting the lines of the cabinet around them.

Appliance panels also need to make use of appliance pulls to both make the area functional and to help it blend in. Appliance pulls are larger, heavier versions of the cabinet pulls you install elsewhere in the kitchen. Not every cabinet pull has a matching line of appliance pulls and handles, so this can limit your choices somewhat. You may also be limited in what type of appliance you can purchase, because some cannot tolerate the weight or positioning of the appliance panel door.

Used properly appliance panels can create a cohesive and uninterrupted look in the kitchen. They aren’t for everyone, however, so think carefully before you commit.

Tips for Concealing Flat Screen TVs

It is official. Large flat screen televisions are part of our homes and décor. Find out how to conceal or make your large TV blend in with the surroundings.

Have a custom cabinet built to house your device. A shallow cabinet with bi-fold doors can easily be made to install on the wall and place your TV inside. This can also be built to integrate with the rest of your home’s décor style. You will need bi-fold cabinet doors that open and close. When you are not watching the TV simply close the doors. This application works best over a fireplace. It will look like beautiful millwork accenting the fireplace. Feel free to get creative when deciding what type of cabinet to build.

Technology during this day and age makes it easier to operate media devices wirelessly. If you have a closet that can be converted into the media storage room, you can install TVs, music and speakers that can be controlled wireless through a smart phone or tablet.

Picture frames are a wonderful way to turn your television into a digital photo slide show when the TV is not in use. These frames can be purchased or custom made. Make sure to select a frame that will mix in nicely with any existing mill work or cabinetry within the surrounding vicinity of the television.

Use an entertainment unit that is complete with doors. There are so many styles and features available for this type of furniture. This is a good route to take if you need to conceal media devices with cords. If you do not have the option to go wirelessly this application can easily fix your problem. These units typically come with “punch-out” pieces to allow the cords to feed where necessary. 

Mattamy Homes Testimonial

Mattamy Homes Testimonial

Our team at Arizona Wholesale just LOVES getting testimonials from our customers. This testimonial is a little different. It's a testimonial from a new home buyer at one of our valued home builder customers, Mattamy Homes. We're delighted to supply Mattamy Homes with a great selection of Whirlpool and KitchenAid appliances, and to also represent Mattamy Homes through our unique Design Center center services. Here's what this home buyer had to say about their purchase experience:

I don’t often write letters of appreciation, but wanted to let corporate know how nice it is to meet such wonderful people who work for Mattamy…….from Lynn Lott and Mike Collins, to Mary Kay the design consultant, all the way to Paul and Bryan, the “builders”……………….you can tell immediately that the Mattamy organization is “picky” about hiring these folks …………….EVERY ONE we have come in contact with has been nothing but gracious………….and you have no idea how much that means on the consumer end of the deal…………………………I hate to say it, but customer service in every industry is at an all time low, and your people here in Tucson are certainly the exception……………….to the person, they have been accommodating, friendly, eager to answer the myrid of questions, etc. etc. Even the sub- contractors are so nice………when you do a drive-by they all wave, and seem so happy and enthusiastic about their jobs!

Kudos to all the Mattamy folks in Tucson, and the Arizona Wholesale team members who helped these customers along with their home buying experience.

If you're one of our builder customers, contractor, remodeler, designer, or end user home owner email us a note, and attach a photo if possible. You may be the next happy buyer featured here!


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Tips for Selecting Appliances

Appliance Help for New Homebuyers

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New homebuyers have to make a lot of choices when selecting all the finishes, and products that go into their dream home. Fortunately, production home builders preselect options and upgrades that are suitable for their homes. Even so, making appliance selections can be very challenging. Here are a few tips in choosing appliances:

  1. Narrow the field. If your builder has a list of models and packages that are available to you, part of your work is already done. Don't waste time looking at brands or models that aren't available for the home you are purchasing. Even If you are building a custom home, there will still be some constraints based on the size of your kitchen, location of gas, water, and electric lines, etc.

  2. Budget and plan accordingly. If it's been a number of years since you purchased major appliances, get prepared for some sticker shock. Today's appliances will save money on energy usage, and still are a very good buy when factoring inflation over the years. However, when you want a built-in refrigerator, combo ovens, and other premium appliances such as wine storage units, built-in warming drawers, steam ovens and coffee makers, you're going well into 5 figures ($XX,XXX.XX).

  3. Consider brands. At Arizona Wholesale Supply, we carry the popular priced major production brands GE, Whirlpool, and Frigidaire (Electrolux). We also are your supplier for upscale brands, such as GE Profile, Electrolux, KitchenAid, and Bosch, as well as a host of luxury brands such as Jenn-Air, Monogram, Viking, SubZero-Wolf, Thermador, Miele and many more. Most production home builders offer selections from only a single brand or two, and even semi-custom builders usually stick with a few preferred brands. For that matter, new home buyers tend to pick most or all their appliances from a single brand that they prefer. It not only narrows choices to products that the buyer is going to be comfortable with, appliance brands tend to have matching handles, knobs, etc.

  4. Work with a professional. Arizona Wholesale Supply consultants have many years experience with home builders, designers, and new home buyers. If your builder or design professional is one of the many that we supply, you can make an appointment at one of our locations to select your appliances.

Arizona Wholesale Supply is a family owned company, based right here in Arizona, and we've been at this for over 70 years.


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Interior Design Tips

No matter what the room, if you use these tips as guiding principles you are sure to be wowed by the results. Not everyone can be an interior designer, but armed with the right knowledge you can find your personal design voice and express that in your home.

 

The importance of lighting in any space cannot be overstated. Depending on the room and your lighting needs, the end results can vary greatly. First, assess the natural lighting as a starting point, noting how much light makes its way into the space.  Next decide how much light you want to use in the room. Next, you’ll want to decide whether you would prefer a cooler or warmer tone to the lighting you choose to add to the room. 

 

Be sure to add enough track lighting or lamps to properly light your space to your desire. To really make a statement, don’t be afraid to utilize layers of lights to create visual effects. This could come in the form of direct light for artwork or by placing lights underneath your cabinets to highlight your backslash in the kitchen. This will add depth and warmth to your space.  

 

Light is also an important consideration in the kitchen due to the amount of work (especially with sharp knives!) that takes place in the room.  Overhead lights can illuminate the entire space, but specific task lighting may be required.  Accent lights can transform your backsplash and appliances into works of art that are featured in the gallery of your room.  

 

Don’t be afraid to make bold choices in your space. As long as you are following our previous advice and not overcrowding your space with an abundance of furniture, than you can allow yourself to make bold choices in your room. Perhaps your space is largely industrial looking—don’t be afraid to invest in an accent chair with an unexpected color and victorian shape. It will stand out in the room and add drama to your space. Allow yourself the leeway to make those daring choices where you’d like by not over cluttering the rest of the room with too much.

 

And finally, allow yourself the space to indulge your creativity. The most important thing to remember is that your home is a space that YOU live in, and as such should be a place that you love to spend your time. This means that if what makes you happy doesn’t necessarily follow all of the guidelines, well they are just that—guidelines. Happy decorating!

Cool, Refreshing, Healthy 4th of July Recipe

Enjoy the Fourth of July with Your Family

Arizona Wholesale Supply will be closed next Monday, July 4th so that our associates can enjoy the Holiday with their families. Here's a great recipe for your celebration on the Fourth from Chris Scheuer that I came across while browsing our supplier websites.

Chicken-Nicoise-Salad

This recipe caught my eye because, I'd been thinking of grilling vegetables as part of our menu on the 4th. I love grilled vegetables. I keep them crunchy, but get some nice grill marks on them, and they make a really colorful, and flavorful addition to the protein of choice. In this recipe, hamburgers or hot dogs are replaced with chicken for a lighter, healthier approach:


Grilled Chicken Nicoise Salad

Makes 4-6 servings
INGREDIENTS
For the chicken
1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 tablespoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon sugar
4 cups water

For the dressing
1 cup fresh basil leaves, tightly packed
Finely grated zest from 1 medium lemon
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 medium clove garlic, crushed
2 teaspoons anchovy paste
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup extra virgin olive oil

For the salad
1 pound small red potatoes, cut in bite-size pieces
3/4 pound long, thin green beans
3/4 cup Nicoise or Kalamata olives, drained
4 medium Roma tomatoes, halved, each half cut in quarters
4 large hard boiled eggs, peeled and halved
1 large head bib or butter lettuce, leaves separated, washed and spun dry

DIRECTIONS
For the chicken, combine 4 cups cold water, 2 tablespoons kosher salt and 1 tablespoon sugar. Stir until the mixture is clear and all salt and sugar have been dissolved, about 30 seconds. Add the chicken and place in refrigerator for at least 1 hour and up to 4 hours.

While the chicken is brining, make the dressing. Combine basil leaves, lemon zest and juice, garlic, anchovy paste, Dijon mustard, sugar, salt and pepper in the bowl of a blender or food processor. Blend/process till the basil is finely chopped. Slowly add the oil while continuing to blend/process. Stop when all the oil has been incorporated and the dressing is smooth. Transfer to a glass jar or container with a tight fitting lid. Set aside. Dressing can be made up to 24 hours in advance. Shake well before serving.

Place the potatoes in a medium-sized saucepan. Cover with water and add 2 teaspoons kosher salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a steady simmer and cook for 8-10 minutes or until potatoes are fork-tender. Drain well and transfer to a bowl. Drizzle lightly with extra virgin olive oil and toss to coat. Season lightly with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Set aside.

Place the beans in a gallon sized plastic zippered bag. Add 1 teaspoon of water and close bag, leaving a small opening for steam to escape. Place bag in microwave and cook on high power for 3 minutes or until beans are crisp and tender. Drain the beans and place in a bowl. Drizzle lightly with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle lightly with kosher salt. Toss to coat.

Preheat your Gas Grill to a medium-high heat.

Lynx-Grill

At about the same time you start the grill, remove your chicken from refrigerator, drain and pat dry with paper towels. Drizzle the chicken lightly with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle lightly with kosher salt and generously with black pepper.

Brush and oil the grill grate of your grill. Arrange the chicken on the grates and grill for 3-4 minutes per side or until light golden brown and an instant thermometer registers 160˚F. Remove from the grill and drizzle with a bit more olive oil and tent with foil for 5 minutes. Slice and serve warm or at room temperature.

To serve, line individual plates or a large platter with lettuce leaves. Arrange the chicken, potatoes, green beans, and remaining salad ingredients over the lettuce. Serve with dressing on the side.


If you're in need of a new gas grill, whether built-in or freestanding, Arizona Wholesale Supply has a great selection of premium grills for you to check out. Call one of our three locations today to make an appointment with one of our consultants.

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Prepare Appliances for Your Vacation

5 Steps to Prepare Your Appliances for Vacation

It's that time of year again. You're getting ready to take your vacation, but you haven't really thought about getIng your appliances ready for your extended absence. Here's a list of what you should do to make sure your appliances will not flood your house, spoil your food, or otherwise create havoc while you're away.

  1. Some appliances, such as your water heater or refrigerator, may have a Vacation Mode. If so, utilize this handy setting. It makes some internal energy saving adjustments.

  2. Run an empty load through your washer and dishwasher. Use whatever cleaner you normally use for cleaning that appliance such as Affresh or LemiShine. For vacations of 2 weeks or longer, prevent odor build up by leaving the door or lid on the washer and dishwasher open while you're away. Pour 1/2 cup of vinegar into the bottom of the dishwasher. This will keep the dishwasher free from odor, and the rubber seal in the bottom of the dishwasher moist.

  3. Turn off the water supply line to refrigerator, washing machine, and dishwasher. (I'm paranoid about water leaks).

  4. For vacations that are more than just a long weekend, remove perishables from the refrigerator, and turn the icemaker off. That usually means just lifting the metal bar in the ice maker to its highest/off position. In some refrigerators only the ice bin is accessible, not the ice maker itself. For these models, there will be a separate on/off switch for the ice maker (see below example).

    Refrigerator-Icemaker

  5. Your refrigerator is going to be on while you're away, and it will use more electricity if it is empty. So, if you've removed most or all of the food from your refrigerator, fill a few empty plastic gallon jugs with water, and place them in the refrigerator.

*Most of the tips are for vacations of a week or longer. For those long 3 day week end trips, I'd just turn off the water lines and turn off the ice maker.

For questions about your specific appliance, check your use and care manual. For information about appliances, floor coverings, window treatments, and more home products consult your designer or builder, then call Arizona Wholesale Supply for an appointment with one of our consultants.


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