Holiday 2012 Gift Ideas from Kitchenaid

by Phillip D. Johnson
It’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas and what to give your loved ones. What to get for some of the people—the gourmet cooks and bakers in the family—on your gift list can be easily solved by looking to the room widely acknowledged as the hub of the home for ideas and inspiration: the Kitchen.  KitchenAid has several new offerings this holiday season that are sure to be a welcome addition to any kitchen. Of course, it’s in your best interest to make sure that this is a gift that will be well received and not that will be seen as an insult. (And you do know what I mean.) Also, all of these utensils and Machines, when not in use, are absolutely beautiful works of art for your kitchen. KITCHENAID don’t just make machines that work. They make machines that looks good and add to the esthetic value of your kitchen, machines you would be proud to showcase in your kitchen.

KitchenAid Personal Coffee Maker and Pro Line Toaster. (PRNewsFoto/KitchenAid)

Regardless of whether those on your list are passionate cooks or simply enjoy making the perfect cup of coffee, the kitchen is a space enjoyed by all, so it’s a great source of inspiration for gift ideas,” notes BETH ROBINSON, SENIOR BRAND EXPERIENCE MANAGER FOR KITCHENAID.  “Those on the receiving end of a KitchenAid product will be getting a gift that keeps on giving.” Continue reading

PPG Porter Paints’ The Voice Of Color Program Of Forecasts Teal And Fuchsia For Home Decor In 2013-2014


Color isn’t just back–it’s back in a big way and here to stay, according to the color forecast for home decor in 2013-2014 from the PPG PORTER PAINTS(R) brand. Over the past three years, homeowners have come to appreciate the newfound infusion of vibrant hues into all aspects of modern society. Once hesitant, they’ve become more comfortable with powerful colors, and they’re showing their creativity by embracing deep, dramatic teals such as FRENCH RIVIERA and sharp, playful fuchsias such as ROSE MARQUIS in their homes. These are just two of the 25 lively key colors presented in COLOR MINDED, the2013-2014 trends for THE VOICE OF COLOR(R) program.

The Voice Of Color Program 2013-2014: Discreet Luxury palette

The influence of new technologies and a society propelled by ideals at an ever-evolving pace are driving color-packed palettes for 2013. With such an abundance of bold colors, the method for integrating color and lifestyle will vary from person to person–and that will make all the difference in interpretation, according to DEE SCHLOTTER, BRAND

Discreet Luxury Palette: Color Chart

MANAGER, THE VOICE OF COLOR PROGRAM. For some, the urge to retreat to life’s fundamental basics will yield simple yet adaptable, thoughtful application of home design elements. For others, self-manifestation will be embellished by loud, unexpected design sensibility as fashionable, futuristic technology takes center stage. Overall, sleek and chic is in, but only when paired with a friendly, inviting atmosphere.

We are living at a time when an unprecedented platform for self-expression exists due to the constant transformation of technology and ever-growing connectivity and communication,” said SCHLOTTER.Consumers are articulating their creativity like never before. Fresh, bold color has permeated our daily lives, becoming an increasingly dramatic character in home decor and overall design. Homeowners who were once leery of color are now embracing it with open arms and a brand-new level of sophistication.”

Everything is more sophisticated and multimodal in its design today–from our smartphones to the cars we drive and the clothes we wear,” She added. “This sophistication translates to home decor, as we’re now building increasingly complex decor designs with profound depth.”

PPG employs more than 20 color stylists around the world, each specializing in different markets, who collaborate to determine styles and color trends for the home, electronics and automobiles. PPG’s unique position as a color leader in multiple markets enables it to observe and translate emerging global color trends for its customers’ applications–from consumer goods to automotive color, from residential to commercial to industrial design. Continue reading