Bringing the Bed And Breakfast to Your Home

Who doesn’t love a getaway? There’s nothing like escaping to your favorite bed and breakfast in the mountains and getting pampered for the weekend. If you’re really set on the bed and breakfast experience then it’s time to bring the getaway to your home.

Bringing the bed and breakfast feel to your home doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Here are simple and affordable ways you can get started.

One of the best parts of a bed and breakfast is getting to relax in a fresh and clean room that’s free of clutter. So the first order of business is to declutter and declutter some more. That means all those old magazines in the corner and the storage bins filled with old clothes taking up space needs to go. There’s nothing that will kill the romance and relaxation faster than junk. You’ll want to make sure the room is cleaned every day and that the bed is made up.

  1. Quality bedding is a must have to simulate the feel of a bed and breakfast. There’s no way you’ll feel totally relaxed on cheap scratchy sheets. Therefore, you’ll want to invest in quality sheets and comforters with a high thread count. Purchase pretty sheets with a nice pattern that you will love to look at, and will bring you joy.

  2. Don’t forget the layers of warmth which will include the fluffy decorator pillows and the duvet. There’s nothing like sinking into a bunch of comfy pillows at the end of the night. Set the mood by setting up candles, investing up to a faux fireplace or purchasing glowing lampshades.

  3. You’ll want the bedroom to smell really good. Try using a linen spray to freshen up the sheets and the air in the room. Also, give some thought to the colors that you use to decorate the space. Because colors can contribute to the mood.

  4. Although you’re at home you can really make it a true getaway experience. That means you’ll want to be surrounded by beauty, peace and quiet. Enjoy!

Be An Expert In Organization

You are having company over and feel as if your home is one giant, disorganized mess. You do not know where to start, but things must get done! Take a deep breath, organizing does not need to be overwhelming. Start with one room at a time instead of jumping back and forth between rooms. Make a list of the things you want to accomplish then we are ready to begin:


1. Set a schedule. If you want to accomplish a lot before your guests arrive, you will need to make a schedule. The schedule should include your top priorities for each room, the amount of time it should take you, and your list of secondary priorities that you would like to accomplish if you have extra time. You will need to take into consideration how many days you have to organize your home before your guests arrive. If you have more than one day, try to spread the tasks out over the course of two days.

  1. Sort it out. Drawers, closets, and rooms get filled with an assortment of household items. To sort through them, you will need four piles: keep, donate, trash, and put away. First, your keep pile will be the essential items that you use regularly. Second, your donate pile will be things that are in good condition. Third, your trash pile will be things that are of no value. Lastly, your put away pile will be things that you want to keep, but can be stored for later use.

    Examples:
    Keep Pile: The current season’s clothing.
    Donate Pile: Jeans that do not fit you anymore.
    Trash Pile: A shirt you ripped underneath the arm and never wear.
    Put away Pile: Last season’s clothes (winter jackets, boots, etc.)

  2. Stash away. Storage is critical when you are organizing your home. You want to make sure that everything has a proper place to go. If you are low on storage, try purchasing low-budget storage containers or furniture. Bookshelves can be a perfect solution for your decorations.

  3. Stay sane! There is a lot to get done when you are trying to organize and clean your home, we totally get it. The most important step is to remain calm. Take breaks when you need them and do not push yourself past your breaking point. Keep in mind that things will get done because you have a plan. You just need to keep breathing and keep in mind that your company will still love you even if your house is not in perfect condition. Remember that our worst critic is always ourselves.

If you need more inspiration while organizing, turn on your favorite song to get you pumped. Music can boost your mood and help you get into the groove of straightening up. We hope these tips helped you with your organization efforts. If you have any tips of your own, we would love to hear them in the comment section below.

Saving Money on Luxury Appliances

Appliance Returns, Open Boxes, and Blemishes

Almost by definition, luxury appliances are expensive. It's hard to find a bargain when it comes to exclusive super-premium brands. High pricing seems like a badge of honor for some exclusive brands, and manufacturer pricing policies such as MSRP and UMRP work to keep market prices uniform. However, when appliance items are returned, get discontinued, or damaged, some really great appliance bargains can be found.

A few years ago, a local contractor, Michael Margolin, was searching for a bargain for his son, Simon, who was remodeling the kitchen in an older home in Hollywood Hills. It was a major project that Simon and his wife were undertaking. Even though it was a premier location, Simon and his wife had a limited budget. Michael knew that Arizona Wholesale carried luxury brands along with all the standard popular brands, that production builders use.

During Margolin's visit to Arizona Wholesale, inside sales associate Victor was able to outfit Michael with luxury appliances from Miele and Wolf that worked for Simon's new kitchen. The appliances were open stock with a variety of blemishes, scratches, or defects that meant that no buyer would be willing to pay full price. However, the damage and flaws were either located where they would not be visible, or they were repairable with some refinishing or new parts. Here's a photo of the Wolf Range model that Margolin was able to pick up at a bargain.

Of course, there are risks with buying scratch and dents. They're usually sold as is, and may not carry a full factory warranty. In addition, if you require a specific brand and model, your chances of finding the exact item you want are very slim. At Arizona Wholesale the experienced sales associates can guide you through the process and you get to decide, if this is right for you. In the Margolins' case, it worked out very well indeed. See photo below:

Margolin Remodel

Wolf Range - Miele Wine Unit

 

The finished remodeling project was so stunning that it was featured in a Houzz Kitchen of the Week. Click on the link below:

Bringing back glamour to a Hollywood Hills Home

The moral to this story is that if you find yourself in a bind and cannot get the appliances you need at the going price, visit Arizona Wholesale and ask about the closeouts, scratch and dents, and open products for extra savings.


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Ideas for Common Household Items

Household items like apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, coconut oil, baking soda and castor oil have a plethora of handy uses that you probably didn’t know. These tips and tricks will come in handy for anyone who runs a home.

Apple cider vinegar can be used to soothe a sun burn. It also repels flies and can be used in fly traps to capture fruit flies. Pour a capful into the washer and run the machine with laundry detergent. This will clean the unit as well as rid any unwanted smells from the machine.

Lemon juice will help you whiten whites when added to the laundry. It will also leave a fresh smell. It will also help clean windows and other glass within a home. A few drops in some hot tea will help soothe a sore throat, as well as provide a vitamin C boost, needed to fight off colds.

Coconut oil can be used to sauté food. It can be used as a greasing agent, the same way WD-40 can be used. Apply this item to squeaky hinges and bike chains. Use this product to polish wood furniture naturally. Coconut oil is an awesome skin moisturizer, especially in extreme cases of sun burn, wind burn and severe dry skin. It is even safe to use on sensitive skin.

Baking soda can be used for many things. It is an excellent cleaning agent. Use it to scrub away soap scum from tubs, showers and can even be used to clean toilets. This inexpensive item can be used to put out fires as well as neutralize odors. Keep an open box near trash and in the refrigerator.

Castor oil can be used to heal severely cracked heels. It also softens cuticles so they are easier to remove during a self-given manicure. Use this product to lubricate gardening sheers and kitchen scissors.
There are many more uses to each product in this read. Research each item individually online for more helpful uses for these products. Chances are they are already in your pantry!

Effectively Update a Kitchen without a Total Overhaul

The kitchen is the hub of the home for most families. Snacks and meals are made prepared; homework is completed and the family gathers. A complete kitchen renovation all at once can be quite a commitment. Many families cannot commit to a total kitchen remodel all at once if the space is not useable during a renovation.
There is, however, a way to dramatically improve the look of a kitchen, by getting one phase out of the way. Replace your appliances! It should only take a day or two to install these items. Just make sure to plan ahead and have all the right people scheduled after the appliances are delivered.
Even older cabinets will look improved with brand new, updated appliances sitting next to them! You will be amazed at the effect that this upgrade will have on your space. By having your new appliances installed and ready, it will make it easy for the cabinet installers to measure the space for new cabinets. This will also decrease unforeseen problems, when it comes to installing new cabinets and fitting in new appliances, based on the specifications. Everything the cabinet installers need to know can be measured in the physical. There will be less room for error; which in turn will make your cabinet install run a little smoother.
If you choose to upgrade your kitchen in phases, you will not have to go weeks or months without being able to use your kitchen. Once the new appliances are installed, you can choose to update the cabinets next. After the cabinets, have gone in take on the next phase by upgrading the floors. Choosing the floors will be easy. Simply look at different floor samples next to the new cabinets.
By upgrading your kitchen in phases, you have more time to live with the new items. Selecting the next round of finishes becomes easier; as opposed to choosing everything all at once and trying to envision what everything will look like together.
The suggestion of a kitchen renovation done in phases is best for families that need to use their kitchen or people that have a hard time committing to selecting everything all at once. Upgrading a kitchen in this manner will take longer than doing everything all at once, but the stress the family will feel will likely be much less.

Make the Most out of Household Items

The truth is there are ways to make household items last longer. These little tricks will help you save money and trips to the store!

Buy foam hand soap dispensers. Get the regular hand soap refill bottles. Fill the dispenser up ¼ of the way with hand soap. Fill the rest with water. Shake the dispenser and voila, now you have foam hand soap. This will definitely save you some money in the long run and the soap works just as good as liquid hand soap.

Keep fresh cut flowers fresher longer by adding a cap full of vodka to the water!

Keep left over salad or bags of spinach and lettuce fresh by adding a dry paper towel to the leafy greens. This will soak up the moisture that is released from the greens; which also makes the greens spoil.

Have you ever wondered why Starbucks has already separated the bananas for purchase? Probably not, but separating them from the bunch keeps them fresher for days longer.

Keep cheese fresh for longer by these two simple tricks. Do not touch the cheese when cutting it. Wrap the end in plastic wrap. Bacteria from your hands will speed up the process of your cheese molding. Keeping your hands off, when cutting will add at least a week to its life. Smear butter on the end of the cheese. This will provide adequate moisture to keep the cheese from drying out so soon.

Sharpen razor blades by rubbing them on some jeans. This will make the dulling razor last for several more uses. Have no fear the razor will do no damage to your jeans!

Keep batteries in the freezer to help prevent them from losing charge before you actually use them. It saves you money when you buy batteries in bulk. This little trick will add plenty of shelf life to purchased batteries.

Never Buy Dryer Sheets Again

 

With school starting back, you are going to want to keep clothes smelling extra fresh after laundering them! Find out how to make your own dryer sheets, so you never have to buy dryer sheets again. The only thing you will need to buy to make this is washcloths, fabric softener and a container with an air tight lid to keep them in.

What You Will Need:

4 old washcloths

¼ Cup Fabric softener

2 Cups Water

Round container with an air tight lid

Directions:

Start off by cutting each washcloth in half. This will leave you eight washcloths to transform into dryer sheets.

In the container you intend to store the washcloths, mix together the water and fabric softener. Place the washcloth halves into the container. Place container somewhere handy that is near the dryer.

When ready to dry clothes. Squeeze out extra liquid from the washcloth. Lastly throw the washcloth into the dryer and dry clothes as normal.

Once the load is dry place the washcloth back into the solution, for later use. You will have multiple washcloths available if you are doing multiple loads.

That’s it, quick and easy. This method will save you money and help the environment by re-using the washcloth, instead of throwing the chemically treated dryer sheet in the trash after each use.

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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3 Prong to 4 Prong Dryer or Range Cord

Proper Install of Your Dryer or Range Cord

It's not unusual for home owners to confront problems when they find that the 4 prong plug for their new electric range or dryer won't fit the 3 hole receptacle in the wall. Alternatively, they may find that the 4 hole wall receptacle in their new house won't match up with the 3 prong plug on their old electric dryer or range.

This mismatch occurs because in the mid 1990's homes had 3 wire systems that had two “hot” wires (red and black) and a single neutral/ground wire. In 1996, the National Electrical Code was updated to require new homes to be built with a safer 4 wire configuration with separate ground and neutral wires.

So today, your new 4 prong electric dryer cord won't fit in an older 3 prong wall plug. The solution is simple. You will need to switch to a 3 prong dryer cord. The same is true for mismatched range cord and wall receptacle. Here are three important points to keep in mind:

  1. If a cord's plug, and the wall receptacle don't match, you must change the cord, not the wall receptacle.

  2. Dryer hookups and range hookups are configured differently. A dryer cord plug won't work in a range wall receptacle, nor will a range cord plug fit a dryer receptacle.

  3. The current 4 wire system has red and black wires just as before, plus a white neutral wire, and a green or bare wire for the ground.

The move to a 4 wire system was an important safety improvement. However, you can tell from above, that the conversion from a 3 prong vs 4 prong configuration on the plugs can be a bit of a hassle. Even after 20 years, this still can be an issue if you have or move into an older house.

Now that you know what needs to be done, you should also know that range and dryer cords do not come attached with a new appliance. If you are installing yourself, you'll need to know how to attach the cord to the appliance. Below is a link to a Whirlpool video demonstrating how the 4 wire cords are to be hooked up:

How to install a 4 wire supply cord to your dryer

Of course, when Arizona Wholesale Supply is delivering and installing your new appliances we'll bring the correct cord with us!


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