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. 

Should you repair your major appliance or buy new?

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I recently wrote a blog about my experience getting a dishwasher serviced vs having it replaced. In this case, it was an easy decision because of my specific circumstances.

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However, there remains the general question, when should you choose to replace an appliance versus having it repaired? Depending on the product category, most major appliances today should last from 8 to 15 years. For example, refrigerators and ranges usually last longer than dishwashers and washing machines.

If your appliance breaks down in the first year, it’s likely to be under warranty so you definitely will want to have it repaired. In some cases, appliance parts have longer warranties, such as the 5 year parts warranty on my dishwasher’s control panel. In that case, it was worth it to pay the labor for the repair even though the dishwasher was 4 years old.

However, if you are on the hook for an expensive repair for a 5 year old appliance that has only an 8 year life expectancy, you might be far better off purchasing a new appliance, even if the repair means your old appliance is good for another 3 years.

Here’s why:

  1. How confident are you that your repair job isn’t going to be the first of many? Too often, one repair leads to another, and this is a rabbit hole you don’t want to go down.
  2. Are there additional costs or burdens associated with an appliance that isn’t working or is likely to fail soon. Suppose your refrigerator is beginning to act up. You may want to replace the refrigerator sooner rather than later so that you won’t also have to replace all the food. At a minimum, a broken washing machine, creates major inconveniences.
  3. A newer appliance may have advanced features that you find desirable. New “smart” appliances may tip the scale and make your decision easier to replace rather repair your existing appliance.

Either way, the folks at Arizona Wholesale are ready to help. Not only do they provide great service, but they also have the best selection and prices on major appliances, floor coverings, window treatments, and more.


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Current Trends In Kitchen Design

Tired of looking at the same wood cabinets? Even if your budget doesn’t allow you to completely renovate your kitchen, a few trendy updates in the space can make a world of difference. While the look of dark granite countertops is still stylish, if you’re interested in stepping into the twenty-first century here are few trends in kitchen design that you may want to try.

All Gray Everything
Remember those days when white was always the choice of color for cabinetry? Times have changed. Gray has become the new white. So if you’re looking for a new hue for your kitchen cabinetry, yes, a combination of soft gray cabinets and stained wood is super stylish.

Changing Up The Functionality
Banishing the kitchen walls just to open the layout may not be an option, but you can still improve the functionality of the kitchen without making such major moves. Try new innovative cabinet doors and cabinets. Manufacturers are now creating kitchen drawers and cabinet doors that fold up out of the way with simply the touch of a button.

You can also increase kitchen functionality by adding in some automation. There many different ways to automate things in the kitchen. You can have light sensors that only illuminate the kitchen when you enter and hands-free faucet.

Induction Stove Top
Get rid of your bulky stove top and opt for induction burners. Yes, the modern kitchen utilizes an induction stove which is sleek, safe and aesthetically pleasing. The best thing about induction burners is that they use very little heat which means that no matter how small your kitchen is, the area stays cool while your cooking. In addition, they are safe to touch while in use.

Bold Color Sink
Much like kitchen cabinetry, today’s trends are steering clear from stainless steel or all white sinks. Instead, you can opt for a bold hue kitchen sink such as lime green, jet black or red can be eye catching. Such a pop of color can serve as a focal point in the space.

Non-Traditional Fixtures
Another great way you can add excitement is by choosing unique and bold fixtures. Oversized, gold and rose gold are some trendy kitchen fixtures that instantly add drama to the space.

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