Samsung at PCBC 2018

Samsung has had a strong presence in the US appliance scene for quite some time. Their growth in the retail appliance segment has been impressive to say the least. However, when it comes to builder sales, GE and Whirlpool have dominated this business for decades due in large part to their strong national logistics supported by a network of local and regional independent appliance distributors (such as Arizona Wholesale).

Now, Samsung is on a quest to gain a meaningful share of the home builder appliance business in the U.S. They have assembled an experienced builder sales team, led by some former Whirlpool builder division executives, and Samsung has devoted considerable resources to develop the programs required to penetrate the US homebuilder market. If there is any doubt that Samsung is serious about builder sales, let’s look at their presence at last month’s PCBC 2018. 

Floor Space at PCBC 2018:

Samsung and their subsidiary Dacor = 4,000 sq.ft.

GE, GE Profile, Monogram, Haier + Whirlpool, KItchenAid, Jenn-Air, Amana + Bosch, Thermador, and Gaggenau > Total ALL Brands = 4,000 sq. ft.

So Samsung and Dacor by themselves, had more floor space at the 2018 PCBC than most of the entire appliance industry combined. Seriously, if you’re a home builder you should at least ask yourself if Samsung products are right for your customers.

 Samsung has a strong appeal to Millennials, who are expected to make up 43% of all home purchasers by the end of this year. The new Chef Collection from Samsung is elegant and perfect for the technologically savvy Millenials. The lineup includes products that make sense to this cohort, such as Samsung’s Chef Collection Flex Duo Oven that comes with a smart divider that converts a single oven compartment into two compartments to cook food in one section at one temperature and food in the other section at at different temperature at the same time. Clever!

And of course, there’s the Samsung Family Hub refrigerator which is taking the industry by storm. This refrigerator is proof of the value of a connected appliance. With three cameras inside the refrigerator, if you’re in the grocery store, you no longer have to guess what you need to bring home.

In short, if you’re a builder, Samsung offers what your customer wants, and NOW Samsung has a comprehensive program to handle home builder requirements. With authorized service throughout the country, and a top notch distributor such as Arizona Wholesale, your service and logistic needs are covered. Call Arizona Wholesale today to find out how to get on board with Samsung Appliances.


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Simple Ways to Keep Your Hardwood Floors Looking Beautiful: Part Two

Welcome to Part Two of our hardwood floor maintenance tips! Previously, we discussed how to keep your floors clean and dry, and now we will discuss further measures you can take to ensure their continued beauty.

Wear and tear were touched on in Part One of the series, but its prevention cannot be understated. Making sure that you keep your floors looking like new, will not only keep your home looking clean and bright, but it will also be helpful if you are looking to sell your home in the future. It is a turnoff to homebuyers if they notice dingy floors that may need a costly refinishing and polishing. Keep them looking great by strategically placing runners throughout areas of your home that you know to be high traffic. When placing furniture in the room, consider padding the bottom of each piece to prevent scuffs and scratches in case of slight shifting over time. Area rugs can be supported by natural rubber pads beneath them. Be sure that they have open indentations to prevent moisture from locking into the pad. An example of this would be a waffle patterned style. If you like to rearrange your furniture on occasion, this is also a helpful way to prevent fading from natural sunlight that comes into the room. Be sure to properly lift items off of the floors instead of dragging them across it. Another great way to avoid wear and tear would be to not wear shoes that would damage its surface. 

For more heavy duty cleaning, avoid products that are vinegar or soap-based as this will dull the shine of your floors and possibly leave a residue. Use products that are specifically designed for hardwood floor cleaning only. Do not use an excessive amount in the area that you are cleaning. Apply the product and wipe promptly to avoid water damage. You should be able to use this cleaner with a microfiber mop, which will be gentle on your floors while you scrub the grime away! 

Thank you for joining us for our two-part series. Check back for more helpful daily home maintenance tips!

Simple Ways to Keep Your Hardwood Floors Looking Beautiful: Part One

Hardwood floors are a classic feature found in many homes around the world. Their desirability adds value and style that all buyers and sellers are seeking. They so easily add warmth to any living space and allow for infinite possibilities when it comes to decorating. In order to keep your floors looking like new so you can enjoy them for years to come, we have provided a list of some daily maintenance tips. Let’s take a look! 

Simple Ways to Keep Your Hardwood Floors Looking Beautiful: Part One

Your first line of defense with any flooring is keeping it as clean as possible every day. By not allowing the floors to become built up with dirt and debris, you will be saving yourself a lot of time overall. Use a microfiber broom to gently sweep away daily dirt particles that result from regular foot traffic. This will keep the floors from becoming scratched and looking prematurely worn. For areas that will be used with a frequency that may cause wear and tear in a shorter period of time, try placing mats in these spots. Not only will it be relaxing underfoot, it will keep that section of your flooring from having areas where the finish appears to be duller. If you need to vacuum the area, use only a product that is specifically designed for bare floors. Products not made for this purpose will most likely cause permanent damage to your floors. 

The next issue falls under prevention: keeping the floors dry.  Hardwood flooring can become warped and otherwise damaged if moisture were to linger in and around it. Upon installation, your best bet would be to have to floors professionally sealed. After that, when presented with a moisture issue, prompt drying is required to minimize any effects it may cause to the flooring. If possible, avoid having liquids that may cause staining from entering the area. Examples of this are wine, juice, oil and any messes that can be made by a beloved family pet. If it is not possible to prevent these items from making their way into the room, protective mats may be the most appropriate solution.

For additional hardwood floor maintenance tips, see part two of this series!

The PCBC returns to San Francisco.

Appliance Manufacturers turn out to support the PCBC

On this past Weds. and Thurs. (June 27 and 28), San Francisco hosted the Pacific Coast Builder Conference. The PCBC is the largest builder trade show in the Western US. For most of the last decade, this event has switched back and forth between San Diego and San Francisco. Now, it has been announced that San Francisco’s Moscone Center will be the home for the PCBC for the foreseeable future. 

It’s a welcome return. Though one of the halls of San Francisco’s Moscone Center is undergoing a facelift from the outside, the inside hall has already undergone a welcome change. There is a large open seating and refreshment area directly in front of the exhibit hall allowing attendees and exhibitors to have breaks and mingle. It’s a huge improvement from the last time I was in San Francisco for the PCBC several years ago.

Here’s a list of the PCBC major appliance exhibitors arranged by the size of their exhibits:

Samsung – 2000 square feet

Dacor – 2000 square feet

GE/Haier – 2000 square feet

Electrolux – 1200 square feet

Whirlpool – 1200 square feet

LG/Signature – 1000 square feet

Gaggenau/Thermador/Bosch – 400 square feet

Viking – Not Participating

It was certainly evident that Samsung and Dacor (Samsung recently purchased Dacor) were out to make an impression with two of the three largest exhibits…and they did!

We can probably read a few things into the above exhibit size and presence at the PCBC, but shouldn’t overdo it. For example, in past years Sub Zero did not usually display at the PCBC, but might have function at a nearby hotel. On the other hand, Viking was a luxury brand exception by participating in past PCBC’s. However, Viking is now noticeable by their absence. I don’t know if we should read too much in either of these anomalies. In the case of Sub Zero, they may simply be attending PCBC because of their new Cove dishwasher launch. And since Viking has started participating in a big way in the national IBS, they may feel the PCBC is unnecessary.

It’s worth noting that GE had a superb wide open booth that was welcoming, and very builder friendly, with appliances arrayed in suites. The focus on kitchen suites is something production home builders appreciate because they only sell appliances to THEIR customers in packages. GE also showed a very nice looking apartment sized appliance package, branded with their parent company’s Haier name.

Whirlpool’s display was small compared to GE, especially for the brands they needed to cram into the space. Unfortunately, it was also very closed off with walls blocking entrance to booth and a maze-like display for their Jenn-Air brand. While I appreciate what they were going for, it made what would have been a crowded booth under any circumstances, even more cramped and uncomfortable. On the positive side, Whirlpool’s Sunset Bronze finish is stunning, and could be a welcome addition for home builders. In addition, Jenn-Air is sure to make some waves with it’s new product launch and cheeky ad campaign. Stay tuned for all the new product info from the 2018 PCBC.


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Room by Room Color Guide

From the living room to the bathroom, selecting the right paint color is crucial because it can make or break your design scheme. Color has the power to produce a variety of effects. It can set the mood, visually expand the size of a room, and create interest inside of bland, boring spaces. So how can you make sure that you pick the right color for each room in your home?
 
To begin, ask “how do you planning on using the room?” When searching for the perfect color to paint your walls, you should first establish the purpose of the room. Take a look at some of these questions to consider:
  • Will you be entertaining in this room?
  • Is this space private?
  • Will this space be primarily for relaxation?
  • Are you cooking or eating in this room?
Now that you have asked and answered some questions, here is a room by room color guide to help you: 
 
  • Living Room
The living room is the heart of the house. It is the room where you will entertain guests, enjoy movie nights with the family and so much more; therefore, you will want to select a neutral color palette in this area. Since the living room serves many different purposes, a neutral color scheme will ensure that it reflects the versatile atmosphere. Some neutral shades include brown, beige, variations of white and gray.
 
  • Dining and Kitchen Area
You can experiment with color in the kitchen and dining area. In fact, you will want the area where you eat your meals to be bright and warm. Consider trying a color palette that uses warm colors like red, yellow, gold and beige. Such colors will definitely give your kitchen some personality. Use complementary colors in the artwork, cookware and other accessories in the kitchen and dining rooms to help tie together the look. 
 
  • Bedroom(s)
Since the bedroom is a private space, you will want to ensure that it is your relaxing sanctuary. You want your bedroom to be comfortable so that you can be able to relax after a long day at work. Try and select soft shades such as grays, light green, blue and even purple. Neutral tone colors will also work in the bedroom. Such hues will create a serene atmosphere.
 
  • Bathroom(s)
The bathroom is another private space in the house that you want to feel serene;  however, do not be afraid to play with colors in this area. Go for pastel designs, pale green, and other cool colors. On the other hand, if you want your bathroom to have a royal look then be sure to opt for gold tones and darker hues. 
 
We hope you enjoyed these color tips and tricks! Let us know your thoughts in the comment section. 

New JennAir Line Debuts

JennAir is launching a full line of 70 appliances built for a new generation of modern luxury customers. Accompanying the new line is a complete rebrand with a new logo, a new tagline Bound by Nothing, and even a revised spelling from Jenn-Air to JennAir.

This new generation of luxury home owners are defined as “people who demand new interpretations and expressions of their dream kitchen”. JennAir has dubbed this cohort the Discerning Indulger. 

Of course, technology leads the way for today’s luxury customers and JennAir is not found wanting with a hi-tech app that stores recipes, communicates with a JennAir refrigerator to manage food inventory, and provides the oven with cooking directions.

As discussed in our previous blog Smart Connected Appliances in 2018JennAir is one of the appliance brands that is fully integrated with Google’s Nest thermostat to keep the kitchen cool and cozy.

Check back here often, as these exiting new products hit the market place throughout the year, and call or visit your nearest Arizona Wholesale Supply location for all your major appliance, floor covering, and window treatment needs.


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Smart Connected Appliances in 2018

Arizona Wholesale has the most complete selection of smart connected appliances for Arizona home builders and their customers. All of the major appliance brands used by production builders have appliances that fit the definition of smart connected appliances. 

SMART APPLIANCES

It’s important to note that all smart appliances are not necessarily connected but all connected appliances are also smart.

Without getting carried away with complex definitions, smart appliances have automatic operations and some type of programmability, usually through some type of user interface. Connected appliances are smart appliances that can be operated or monitored remotely. An oven that you can program to cook a 3 pound roast to medium rare is an example of a smart appliance feature. Of course, appliance manufacturers are continuing to add more advanced smart features to make their appliances more desirable than competitors.

SMART CONNECTED APPLIANCES

If you can open an app on your phone and set your oven to preheat to 350 degrees and then cook your roast to medium rare, then you have a smart connected appliance. 

Today, some connected ovens can communicate with Nest brand thermostats so that Nest will begin to lower the temperature in the kitchen as an advance response to the added heat from the oven. This is just one example of devices communicating with each other with no human involved.

Using devices such as Amazon’s Alexa or Google Assistant, a simple voice command, “Alexa preheat the oven to 350 degrees”, can save you the effort of even reaching for your smart phone. So clearly, there are benefits to having smart connected appliances.

However, suppose you program your oven from your office twenty miles away to preheat to 350 degrees so that you can put a roast in the oven as soon as you get home. To your dismay, you arrive home to a smoke filled kitchen because of the leftover pizza slices that you left in your oven last night.

And it’s not just your actions that should concern you. If you know how to say, “Alexa, preheat the oven to 350 degrees,”  how long will it take before your 3 year old says, “Alexa, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.” Beware of unintended consequences. Just like any new technology, it pays to think things through. Make smart connected appliances work FOR you by thinking through your use case.

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Expert Tips for Refreshing Your Living Room

Whether your style leans more towards traditional, modern or even bold, you should love the way your living room looks. After all, it is the place where you will most likely be spending quality time with the family and entertaining guests. What many people do not know is that there is an art to decorating a living room. Before you tackle the task, check out these few expert tips:
 
1. Contrast Neutrals.
If you enjoy a traditional style living room, neutrals are probably your go-to when comes to decor. While hues like white and black add an air of sophistication, contrasting neutrals is the key to making this space feel warm and welcoming. Using colors like white, beige, grey or other neutral shades within the same room will help bring out the undertones of each color.
 
2. The Right Mix of Dark and Light.
Achieving the right mix of dark and light is crucial. When a living room is too dark, it can bring down the mood and feel like you are hiding in a cave. On the other hand, if the space is too light, it will come off as unapproachable. Achieving the right balance will help to create a dynamic look with more depth and dimension. 
 
3. Say Yes to Wood Accents.
A living room just is not a living room without wood accents. Adding hints of wood instantly adds a sense of warmth and there are so many ways you can do that. You can introduce wood through side tables, carved artwork, entertainment console etc. The warm details of the wood will help to bring back comfort and coziness to your space.
 
4. Mix Upholstery.
Having trouble deciding between a leather or linen sofa? Why not both? You will find that most furniture stores give you the option of purchasing an entire sofa set with matching upholstery; however, you are not required to do it. Welcome in a mix of furniture in different fabrics and shapes. This will help to give your living room a more trendy look. 

5. Durable Fabrics.
The living room should not only be comfortable but you will also want to preserve it. This is done by opting for fabrics that are durable and that can be easily maintained. This is especially important if there are pets and small children in the household. Just be sure to find a fabric that withstands your household’s activity levels. 

We hope you enjoyed these expert tips! Be sure to check back next week for more expert advice. 

Hardwood Flooring Trends

Who does not love quality hardwood floors? They are tremendously beautiful and add character and charm into any home. Some may say that the hard part comes from selecting just one for your space. With an array of different options, homeowners have the pick of the mill when it comes to choosing their new floors. And if you are a hardwood fanatic like we are, you may be interested in learning more about hardwood trends that homeowners are currently doing. Let’s take a look! 

Popular Trends in Hardwood

1. Wide Planks + Longer Planks

Homeowners are obsessed with wide-plank flooring. This beautiful option helps to show more of the hardwood and less of the seams, in essence creating a timeless masterpiece. Longer planks can help create a more visually appealing space by making the room look continuous. If you use the two together, you can create a sophisticated and breathtaking design within your space. 

2. Low-Luster Finish

Next, we see homeowners loving a low-luster finish. A low-luster hardwood finish mimics the look of oil-finished floors without the constant upkeep. This beautiful finish keeps the traditional look of oil-finished floors while adding a modern rendition of style. Plus, they are kid and pet-friendly because they do not display as much dirt, debris, and dust as traditional hardwood floors. 

3. Reclaimed Wood.

Let’s be honest, reclaimed wood is all rage. This trendy look captivates an entire room with its rustic charm and alluring warmth. The best part about reclaimed wood is that it works in different styles of homes. Whether you are contemporary or traditional, this charming addition is a must. 

4. Coastal Colors

Everyone dreams of a coastal paradise and so do our floors. Coastal colors (white, gray, and light beige) have become a popular choice for homeowners because of its relaxing feel. This color scheme will work especially well in bathrooms and bedrooms, where you want to create a serene environment.

5. Herringbone Pattern

If you are looking for a way to display your gorgeous floors, you will want to try installing them in a herringbone pattern. This beautiful style helps to make your floors the focal point and creates a gallery-feel inside your very own home.  

Are you feeling inspired? We would love to help you with your next flooring project! Call us or visit us at one of our showrooms for more information. 

 

Bathroom Lighting Trends

Are you tired of the same old, boring lighting fixtures in the bathroom? Do not be afraid to add style to this often neglected room in your house. You can make a statement just by opting for trendier bathroom lighting. Believe us, your mornings will get so much better. Here are some trendy bathroom lighting ideas:
 
1. Industrial Style Lighting Scheme.
Are you looking for something trendy and unique? An industrial style lighting scheme can be the perfect choice for you! You will want to look for fixtures that feature exposed iron and select heads that feature copper or silver tones and accents. Choosing double sconce, adjustable heads will allow you to control the direction of lighting to wherever you desire.
 
2. Vanity Lighting.
Incorporating task lighting around your vanity is a bathroom trend that homeowners love. It contributes great lighting within a bathroom to create lovely space. Instead of a single lighting fixture around the vanity, you can opt for multiple wall-mounted lighting on each side of the vanity. This can also help to prevent unflattering shadows.
 
3. Accent Lighting in Areas of the Bathroom.
Accent lighting can be used to highlight different areas of your bathroom such as a piece of artwork and other interesting areas within the space. For instance, recessed lighting can be used to bring emphasis on a beautiful built-in shelving unit in the bathroom while a glitzy chandelier over a freestanding jacuzzi bathtub brings emphasis to the area.
 
4. Layered Lighting.
You can use multiple types of lighting features within the bathroom to further enhance the space. A well-designed layered-lighting scheme could include: overhead lighting, vanity lighting, and recessed lighting as well as accent lighting to illuminate key areas.
 
5. Under Cabinet Lighting.
You have probably never imagined installing lighting underneath of your cabinetry. Under cabinet lighting is an opportunity to showcase your bathroom’s beautiful flooring or decorative backsplash. It helps to accent the space while showcasing your beautiful choices. 
 
6. Backlit Mirror
We love mirrors in the bathroom; however, instead of choosing plain, old mirrors for the bathroom, spice things up by purchasing a backlit mirror. Backlit mirrors will give off a halo effect and cast a soft, warm glow over your bathroom.
 
7. Decorative Lighting
Every bathroom should have some form of decorative lighting to add interest to the area. From elegant chandeliers to intricately designed wall lights, your options are numerous.
 
We hope you enjoyed these popular bathroom lighting trends. Be sure to check back weekly for more tips and tricks.