Column Refrigeration

New Appliance Trends at Arizona Wholesale

Column Refrigerators, Freezers, and Wine Storage

What's a column refrigerator? Columns generally refer to refrigerator, freezer, and wine storage units that can be integrated into standard 24″ deep surrounding cabinets, i.e. fully flush with no hinges or grillwork showing. They are sometimes described as disappearing refrigerators because when installed with matching cabinet panels they cannot be distinguished from surrounding cabinets.

Disappearing-Refrigerator

Columns were first introduced in the U.S. by Miele and Thermador for use in high-end kitchens with sleek European kitchen cabinets. A few years ago Sub Zero launched a complete line of column refrigerators, freezers, and wine storage units.

Today, most of the major full line premium appliance brands offer columns in their lineup. With the flexibility that columns offer, they have appeal in many applications, and locations. Refrigerator and freezer columns can be installed together to create a side-by-side unit. Because these units are different *widths 18″, 24″, 27″, 30″ and 36″ you can customize by matching different width freezer and refrigerator columns. For example, if you don't need a lot of freezer space, it might make sense to install an 18″ wide freezer next to a 30″ wide refrigerator column.

Dacor recently launched its new Modernist appliance collection in Black Stainless Steel. The lineup includes new column refrigerators and freezers. The refrigerator can take a photo of your contents when you open it and email the photo to you so you can check its contents when you are shopping.

Dacor Columns

One of my personal favorites is Sub Zero's unusual configuration of a combination refrigerator over freezer unit below. It comes in both a 30″ and 36″ version:

Sub Zero Column

For more photos of column units take a look at our projects page on Houzz:

Columns

Call one of our showroom locations today, and make an appointment with one of our appliance consultants to view and learn more about column refrigeration.

*All sizes are not available in each brand.

Note: As of this date (May 20, 2017) our Phoenix showroom is undergoing a complete remodeling and is not open for visitors. Look for our grand re-opening later this year.


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Decorating with Mirrors

When it comes to decorating with mirrors there are never any rules. Yes, mirrors are a great way to quickly add visual interest to a space. Using mirrors as a decorative element has numerous benefits. It can instantly add depth and brings in natural light. In addition, mirrors can create a special effect when they reflect colors and paintings on adjacent walls. Here’s how you use mirrors to add style and increased light to your home.

Place a floor length mirror between two windows

Implementing a floor length mirror between two windows creates the illusion of a third window. This helps bring in more light to the space. By casually propping a large framed mirror against the wall creates a relaxed feel.

Use Mirrors to Enhance The Room Elements

You can use mirrors as an accent to the focal point in a room. For instance, by hanging a mirror over a stacked fireplace mantel that extends to the ceiling you can create a dramatic look. This is a great way to create emphasis in a neutral living room.

Hanging Mirrors On Adjacent Walls

Are you ready to make a powerful statement with your home’s decor? Try lining, two large equally sized mirrors on adjacent walls. This enables light to bounce all around the room. This look will especially complement the dining room area because it expands the area and gives the illusion of a bigger crowd around the dining room table.

Mirrored Backsplash

Forget the traditional paneled or tiled backsplash. Update your kitchen by installing a mirrored backsplash around your counter area. A mirrored backsplash will open up a small kitchen and add glitz without being over the top.

Forget the Medicine Cabinet

Forgo the traditional medicine cabinet hanging over the bathroom sink. Instead, you can use a mirror of any shape to make a statement. A circular shaped mirror can break up all the sharp straight lines and adds character.

When using mirrors as an accent piece in the home try to select mirrors with interesting shapes and unique frames. Check out thrift stores, retailers and flea markets for some pieces with character.

Adding Detail To Your Home’s Finished Design

So you’ve finally finished putting together your home’s layout. Every piece of furniture is in it’s proper place and the flooring material is perfect. Everything is as it should be, so what’s missing? The finishing touches that will give your house that “complete” look. Usually when people think of design, they are only thinking of the bare bones of their home’s look without taking into account all of the little details that need to be attended to after the big decisions have been made.

You’ve searched high and low for those wonderful side tables and that magnificent dining table, so what are you going to place on them to stage them just right? That beautiful mahogany desk in your study isn’t just going to sit bare and look unused is it? Of course not! This is the part of the process where you really give your design that customized look-the one that showcases your personal style and welcomes you home at the end of a long day. Your tabletop decorations tell their own story simply by the way they are arranged. Yes, mostly for convenience, but also for style. The heavy lifting of creating your home’s framework is done, and now it’s time to create ambience.

As you assess what each piece needs, think first and foremost about its main function. The key to creating the perfect look is to make a statement without creating unnecessary clutter. For example, side tables are usually on the smaller side, so stick with the essentials only: a light source, a spot to place a drinking glass and some free space to place a book and reading glasses down next to it. A dresser can afford more surface area being used on decorative items like scented candles and picture frames. Dining rooms tables can be staged with place settings, fabric napkins, tablecloth and tall candlesticks. If your dining room set is accompanied by a buffet, try placing a glass decanter set on top to create a welcoming effect for guests. If you have a study with large desk, placing a beautiful fountain pen on top with small tabletop clock and padded area for writing correspondence would create a beautiful look. A subtle lamp would provide a soft light for late night reading and writing.

Each surface of your home has a story to tell. Create the perfect look using just enough pieces to make each space functional so you will still have plenty of room left to create more memories!

Black Stainless Steel – Here to stay?

Why Black Stainless may be here to stay

Check out available Black Stainless Steel appliances at Arizona Wholesale

KitchenAid gets the nod for the early adopter that began promoting its Black Stainless Steel appliances, but it takes more than one brand to get a new appliance finish past the experimental stage (Anybody remember Jenn-Air Oiled Bronze appliances?)

But now, we've seen Whirlpool, Maytag, Samsung, and Dacor join KitchenAid in the Black Stainless Steel club. Word has it that Frigidaire is entering the Black Stainless Steel parade with it's full line, including entry level models. It looks like an appliance party to me.

Black Stainless Steel is fingerprint resistant and is made of a stainless steel treated with a chemical baked on at 1200 degrees F for several hours. It's neither painted nor is it part of the stainless steel itself. While it should be durable, it is nevertheless, something applied to a sheet of stainless steel.

Black Stainless Steel has been touted as a color/finish that can be mixed in with other appliances. There is, however, some concern that the Black Stainless Steel on KitchenAid does not match the finish on Samsung which has a shiny coating.

It's been a challenge for other colors and finishes to take the place of stainless steel. There are some interesting alternatives out there such as GE's Slate and a host of custom order bright appliance colors from luxury brands such as Bertazzoni, BlueStar, and others. Even with all the choices currently available, industry data shows that Stainless Steel is actually gaining in popularity against the others.

While industry veterans are by nature skeptical, Black Stainless Steel could be just the change that consumers have been wanting. Long Live Stainless Steel and Welcome Black Stainless Steel.

Check out the Black Stainless Steel by clicking on our Houzz page below:

Black Stainless Steel Appliances

For more information on Black Stainless Steel, or other appliances, water treatment, window treatments or floor coverings call Arizona Wholesale Supply today.


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Rug Placement Tips

It can be confusing when trying to figure out what size rug to use for different furniture groupings. This read will give you a better understanding of how to place your rug, and what size to use.

For dining room tables you need to know the dimension around the table with the chairs all the way pulled out. There should be ample room of rug under the dining table and chairs. When the chairs are pulled out, they should remain on the rug. A rug that does not reach the chairs when pulled out, will look wrong for the space. An easy way to get the dimensions needed is by measuring all four sides of the table with the chairs pulled out, enough to be seated. Take the diameter measurement for round dining room table and chairs.

In a formal living room the seating groups should be on the rug, with ample room around the grouping for walking traffic. The only time when this rule can be broken is when a rug is placed in front of a sectional sofa.

Sectionals are typically used in a more casual setting. Place the rug in front of the sectional with the rug slightly under the front legs of the sofa. In this situation a smaller area rug can be simply placed in front of the sectional if necessary.

Runners that are leading down a hallway should have at least 3-6 inches of open floor space on either side of the rug. If the hallway is not wide enough to have space on either side, select a narrow runner. They can be found!

Smaller accent rugs can be placed on either side of a bed. This will allow for under foot comfort when getting out of bed on chilly mornings. This is especially nice if the bedroom flooring is not carpet. Make sure that the rug is not a tripping hazard when using smaller accent rugs.

A general rule of thumb is to place a seating group in the middle of an area rug, and make sure there is enough rug area for foot traffic to walk around on.

Arizona Wholesale Scottsdale Cook-Off

Outdoor Grilling Event in Scottsdale

Eight Top Brands Cook for our Trade Customers

Before the heat really hits the Valley, Arizona Wholesale hosted their customers to a grilling cook-off. Some of the best grilling brands you can find, showed their stuff on the outdoor patio of Arizona Wholesale's Scottsdale showroom at The Design Center in Scottsdale. Take a look!

Hestan is a luxury grill brand that in just a few years has made a big mark in outdoor grilling. Luxury features include grill lighting that goes on and off when you open and close the hood. By the way, the hood is counterbalanced so that it will stay open in any position. Known also for their Napa Winery and a line of cookware, Hestan offers a broad array of stylish grills. Marty Sanchez, local appliance expert, shows his cooking skills on this built-in Hestan Grill.

One of my favorite grills, Dacor, pulled out all the stops for the Cook-Off by bringing their Dacor Grills on Wheels to the event. They've outfitted a trailer with Dacor Grills that they take to events to cook up some special treats.

Caliber Appliances, another California-based company, has a great variety of outdoor grills including this traditional grill that they used during the cook-off.

and this unique Rockwell Grill.

Going back to traditional grills, Wolf, one of the most famous indoor cooking brands, also has a great lineup of outdoor grills. Here they are at the Arizona Wholesale Cook-Off with one of their most popular models.

Do you like Pizza? How would you like to have your own outdoor Pizza Oven? Here are a couple of examples below:

This pizza oven from WoodStone is built-in to a brick console, and is outfitted with a granite countertop and under-counter refrigerator.

Here's a portable outdoor pizza oven from Lynx. When you sell your house, you'll definitely want to take this with you!

For information on outdoor grills, pizza ovens, and other outdoor appliances call for an appointment and visit the experts at Arizona Wholesale today.


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Smart Flooring Strategies for Bathroom Remodels

Deciding on a bathroom floor choice is one of the biggest decisions in a bathroom remodel. The floor will undoubtedly set the tone for the design style. Choosing the right floor based on function is just as important as the aesthetics are. Tile has been the top choice for bathroom floors since the history of indoor plumbing; which says a lot about it’s functionality in this space.

  1. Before looking at different styles, it is imperative to look at the right type of tile. There are certain tiles that are made specifically to withstand water exposure. Keep in mind the three basic qualities that go into making tile acceptable for use in “wet areas”. The qualities are water absorption, grade and friction ratings. We can explain how to understand the different qualities, and help you select a tile that will be able to withstand water exposure, as well as preventing slippage.

  2. There are various technicalities to keep in mind before ordering tile. Understand that fixtures like toilets and vanities typically need to be removed before installing the new floor. However a floating vanity does not touch the floor, so it does not need to be removed; but it does require ordering extra tile to be installed underneath the vanity.

  3. Tile needs to be installed on top of a level floor. Some sub floors require re-leveling. A good way to check to see if your floor needs this, is by placing a marble in each corner of the room. If it starts to roll in a particular direction, chances are the floor needs to be re-leveled. Single level homes set on a concrete slab, generally do not need this extra work. It is always a good idea to check this before installing new tile floors.

  4. Labor cost will vary depending on the size of tile chosen. Larger tile is typically installed faster than smaller tiles, but they may require more cuts. The longer a job takes to install, and the more cuts the tiles need will raise the cost of labor.

We can help explain this and give you a labor estimate based on your floor plan and the tile selected.

Bathroom remodels have many aspects to be considered. Do not get discouraged or overwhelmed. Visit one of our learning centers or showrooms and let our professionals help guide you. We can answer any and all questions you have about doing a bathroom remodel!

Why Install A Kitchen Backsplash

Don’t forget the backsplash! Whether you’re gutting your kitchen out completely or simply redesigning, it’s important to implement a backsplash on the wall over the cooking area. A backsplash is a panel that covers the surface over a stove or sink. A backsplash can extend so far that it covers both the stove and sink area or it can continue around the entire kitchen. Large backsplashes can easily add cohesiveness to a small kitchen area, whereas in a big kitchen a small dramatic backsplash can be a focal point.

Installing a backsplash has many benefits. It can be great for both utility and style. Should you install a backsplash in your kitchen?

Protects Your Kitchen Walls

The main function of a backsplash is to protect your kitchen walls from damage. Yes, it serves as a shield from water, cooking oil and other types of materials that can ruin your walls. Painted and wallpapered walls aren’t resistant to stains and they can be difficult to clean. After long periods, if they are not protected the walls can begin to look dingy.

Backsplashes are also easy to clean. Splatters can be quickly cleaned by simply using a disinfectant and wiping the area with a clean cloth. Depending upon the type of backsplash you install it can be resistant to heat, stains and moistures which adds to it’s longevity.

Adds Great Style

From rustic wood, trendy glass and traditional tile, there are an abundance of backsplash options available. When installed correctly you can make any material work. These days backsplashes aren’t installed so much as a protection aide, but they are used to add character to a kitchen. You can choose to create a mosaic using a mix of patterns and colors. Backsplashes can match the kitchen countertops or you can choose to do something bold by going with a dramatic pattern.

If you’re interested in dressing up your kitchen by adding a tasteful backsplash contact us today. Our consultants can assist you in choosing the right design for your kitchen.

Kitchen Flooring: Separate or Same Material?

When it comes to flooring, the kitchen area has traditionally been seen as a separate space. The flow of the room was considered outside of it as the food preparation area needed to have some sort of distinction from the rest of the home. It has now become more popular to extend the flooring used in the living room right through to the kitchen, however, this is not something that works for every home. If this is a design idea you are considering but are not 100% sure it would work in your home, read on to learn more about what layouts are the most conducive to extended flooring.

When To Use the Same Flooring

Open floor plans have become more popular in recent years. Homeowners want to be able to cook the family meal and keep an eye on their children at the same time. There is less focus on having separate areas for dining and relaxing and more emphasis on wide open spaces that provide one large unified look to all of its common living areas.

If you have an open layout and are renovating the floors, simply extending the material through the kitchen area is a perfect idea. This will ensure that the flooring is all from the same dye-lot, keeping it uniform throughout the design. In addition, by replacing all the flooring at the same time it will all look brand new as compared to just adding it into the kitchen space later which will cause noticeable separation because of previous wear and tear to the existing non-kitchen flooring.

When To Keep It Separate

There are a few situations that make it best to leave the kitchen flooring as it is. If your kitchen is distinctly separated from the rest of the home through a door or other partition, using similar flooring will not have that much of an effect on the overall look. If there is carpeting directly off of the kitchen area, this will obviously not be a useful material to extend into the room. Kitchens that are separated by one or more steps up or down will not necessarily benefit from continuing the flooring unless the transition area is updated as well. It it best to leave the areas separate and allow them to have their own character. Finally, if you cannot find a proper match for the flooring to extend into the kitchen because of its being installed years previously, there will be an unmistakable look of old and new upon entering the kitchen.

We hope this post has been helpful in assisting you with your flooring questions. To get started on a new look for your home today, come see us at our showroom or call us today!