GLIDDEN Paint DOESN’T Announce a 2020 Color of the Year

The GLIDDEN® paint brand announced it’s not announcing a 2020 Color of the Year. As a matter of fact, this is the brand’s official breakup letter with Color of the Year selections.

While other paint brands are celebrating their varying “it” paint colors for the next year, Glidden wants to help do-it-yourselfers (DIYers) and procrastipainters alike get rolling on the paint projects they’ve been putting off by cutting ties with trends and simplifying the color selection process.

Glidden paint is unveiling the color people actually will use in 2019 and beyond – Whirlwind (PPG1013-3), a fail-proof cool gray with a touch of blue.

Image Credit: While other paint brands are celebrating their varying “it” paint colors for next year, GLIDDEN® paint is unveiling the color people actually will use in 2019 and beyond – Whirlwind (PPG1013-3), a fail-proof cool gray with a touch of blue. (Photo: Business Wire)

Grays have been trending for more than a decade,” said Kim Perry, Glidden paint’s color guru. “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it! Whirlwind was one of our top tinted colors this year, so DIYers can rest easy knowing they can enjoy it for years to come. Instead of staring blankly at a paint color card questioning all your life choices, you can spend time doing what you really want to do. Like drinking wine or binge watching TV in your freshly painted living room.

Try using Whirlwind on the walls of a cute galley kitchen, pairing it with navy blue cabinets and quartz countertops, or in a living room layered with various shades of gray and canary yellow accent pillows – the combination represents sunshine and happiness, if that’s your thing. If you’re successfully #adulting, pair Whirlwind on the exterior of your home with a vibrant red door and gray deck furniture – making everyone in the cul-de-sac stare with envy and sheer admiration.

Think of Whirlwind as your easy-to-get-along-with color that’s an alternative to basic white or beige,” said Perry. “Gray colors whisper, while other colors scream on your wall. Not literally – but who wants a screaming anything in their house?

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Lucky Brand Home Arrives at Macy’s for Fall 2017

Macy’s and Lucky Brand announced, this past week, the launch of Lucky Brand Home, a new bedding collection created for Macy’s. The line offers a full range of duvet covers, comforters, hand-crafted quilts, sheet sets, throws and decorative pillows in a relaxed and free-spirited aesthetic, available now on and in 100 Macy’s stores beginning Sept. 15, 2017.macyslogo

In collaboration with the Lucky Brand design team, we focused on the idea of effortless style and vintage textiles, while also keeping in mind the tradition and aesthetic of the heritage collection,” said Roberson Keffer, vice president and Home fashion director for Macy’s. “We are particularly proud of the craftsmanship behind the line. From tassel details in the throws to the intricate embroideries of our quilts, Lucky Brand Home looks beautiful in any space, but is also easy to care for and style.


Lucky Brand Home Pillows_and Throws, Created for Macy’s

The collection will launch with five top-of-bed offerings, each as three-piece sets that include a duvet cover or comforter and two shams. The bedding ranges from rich, indigo hues in the Sienna set to the neutral tones of Ventura Waffle and Santa Fe Stripe. Designed to layer seamlessly, Lucky Brand Home also features 100 percent cotton quilts, throws and coverlets, and decorative pillows distinct with texture that are crafted in a range of techniques.


Lucky Brand Home’s Sachiko Quilt Collection, Created for Macy’s

With a rich history beginning in Southern California in 1990, Lucky Brand embodies the authentic, all-American spirit, grounded in vintage-inspired denim. Now, with the introduction of home, the Los Angeles-native company has become a true lifestyle brand, offering the customer a piece of the SoCal experience from their wardrobe to their bedroom.

We are very proud of our collaboration with Macy’s and the creation of the first home collection for our brand. The new collection is rooted in our brand heritage and the West Coast casual lifestyle. The line is beautiful, the style is highly differentiated and the quality of every product is amazing. The Macy’s team, working closely with our design team, has done an incredible job in bringing the vision of a Lucky Brand Home Collection to life with impeccable taste and great authenticity. We see this launch as an important brand extension of our product offering to support the active lifestyle of our customers.

Ranging from $80 to $330, Lucky Brand Home is available now at and Product will be introduced in 100 Macy’s stores beginning Sept. 15, 2017.

IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts Opens Exclusive Designer Hotel in Majorca’s Portals Nous

  • The new five-star IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Portals Nous is situated in one of Majorca’s most exclusive areas.
  • Designed by Marcel Wanders, facilities at the new hotel include Astir, a gourmet restaurant and the only one on the island to serve El Capricho meat, the finest in the world.
  • Guests at the hotel will enjoy a butler service endorsed by the prestigious British Butler Guild, as well as an extensive ‘menu’ of special services.

IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts opened its newest hotel, the IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Portals Nous, boasting a prime beachfront location in one of Majorca’s most exclusive areas. This grand luxury five-star hotel is the first establishment in the Mediterranean to be included in The Grand Collection, the company’s premium category, combining impeccable designer architecture with the most innovative and personalized services.


(Courtesy of the IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts)

The hotel stands in a prime location set against a stunning backdrop, and meticulous attention has been paid to every detail of the interior design. Five-star hotel standards are guaranteed thanks to the butler service endorsed by the prestigious British Butler Guild, including a fabulous ‘menu’ of special services.

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IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Portals Nous(Photo Courtesy of IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts)

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IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Portals Nous(Photo Courtesy of IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts)

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IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Portals Nous(Photo Courtesy of IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts)

The 66 rooms include four double penthouses with a private terrace and Jacuzzi, and five unique themed suites, all designed by Marcel Wanders. The accommodation options include two Naughty Suites for those wishing to live out their most secret fantasies, and a Stargazer Suite, where guests will have the chance to travel far beyond the stars in a unique adventure into outer space. The fun-filled facilities in the Games Suite feature a pinball machine, table football, video game console and even a putting green on the terrace. In turn, the Heritage Suite has been designed with lovers of art and antiques in mind, whilst the Spa Suite is the ideal choice for those in search of total rest and relaxation. All in all, a fabulous range of one-of-a-kind rooms.


IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts Opens Exclusive Designer Hotel in Majorca’s Portals Nous (Courtesy of OBERISTAR Hotels & Resorts)


IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts Opens Exclusive Designer Hotel in Majorca’s Portals Nous. Courtesy of OBERISTAR Hotels & Resorts)


IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts Opens Exclusive Designer Hotel in Majorca’s Portals Nous. Courtesy of OBERISTAR Hotels & Resorts)


IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts Opens Exclusive Designer Hotel in Majorca’s Portals Nous. Courtesy of OBERISTAR Hotels & Resorts)


IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts Opens Exclusive Designer Hotel in Majorca’s Portals Nous. Courtesy of OBERISTAR Hotels & Resorts)

The chain’s painstaking attention to even the smallest detail is also reflected in the hotel’s gastronomy options. The IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Portals Nous has four spaces serving locally sourced organic products including the Astir Gourmet Restaurant, the Selini Lobby Bar, and the Dom Pérignon Champagne Bar. Guests will also be able to take advantage of the Guest Experience offering unlimited personalized services such as getting a table at any of the island’s restaurants without having to give a thought to waiting lists, access to a personal shopper, or even making a last-minute booking for a helicopter or boat. Nothing is beyond the reach of guests staying at the IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Portals Nous.

Home for The Holidays: EQ3 Introduces The Holiday 2016 Collection

Perfect Your Holiday Party With Dramatic Black Marble, Festive Metallic And More

Black marble, hand-hammered accents, and metallic serveware make up EQ3‘s Holiday 2016 collection ( ranging in price from $4.99 – $129.99), launching in-stores and online early this month. The line-up of festive homewares features essentials for holiday entertaining, and works beautifully for gift-giving with pieces under $50.


Perfect for any holiday dinner party is the Coast Cheeseboard from the Coast Collection. The board’s smooth marble surface keeps hard and soft cheeses cool.


Perfect for any holiday dinner party is the Coast Cheeseboard from the Coast Collection. The board’s smooth marble surface keeps hard and soft cheeses cool.

EQ3 was founded in 2001 with a simple mission: to make modern furniture accessible. Over the past 15 years, EQ3 has built a business doing just that. The company offers custom upholstery, made-to-order in Canada, and furniture and home accessories that help turn where you live into a home.


EQ3 offers custom upholstery, made-to-order in Canada, and furniture and home accessories that help turn where you live into a home.

EQ3 expands its popular Coast Collection to include a second matte black marble finish. Perfect for any holiday dinner party is the Coast Cheeseboard. The board’s smooth marble surface keeps hard and soft cheeses cool. The Coast Bowl in black marble makes a striking addition to any tabletop. Use it to display seasonally fresh mandarins and pears. The Coast Coasters (see below) in black marble will add polish to your next cocktail party. At only $19.99 for four, they make a great stocking-stuffer or gift. Continue reading

KitchenAid Launches Magnetic Drive Blender And New Business Unit

In a move that could prove transformative for the fast-growing premium blender category, KitchenAid has introduced a first-of-its-kind Magnetic Drive Blender for home use (at the 2015 International Home and Housewares Show (in Chicago, Ill.) and launched a newly formed global business unit that will focus entirely on blenders. The new KitchenAid Magnetic Drive Blender, dubbed Torrent(TM), uses an interlocking magnetic drive system, instead of a traditional coupler mechanism, to power its blades and safely secure its jar.

The new blender uses magnets to secure the pitcher to the motorized base and drive the blades, resulting in an easy front-load, slide-in design. Helpful pre-programmed, hands-free settings for juices, soups and sauces, milkshakes, and icy drinks and smoothies take the guesswork out of blending and remove the need to constantly monitor the blender. Features also include variable speed controls and a pulse setting for added flexibility in a range of blending tasks.

A thoughtfully located ingredient feed on the top of the blender allows for the addition of ingredients at any point during the blending process, while an intuitive Intelli-Speed® Control system automatically optimizes blade speed to efficiently complete blending tasks like crushing ice or pureeing vegetables.

The KitchenAid Magnetic Drive Torrent(TM) blender features a powerful 1.8HP motor capable of tackling homemade nut butters and icy drinks. It also incorporates the brand’s exclusive Diamond Blending System with patented stainless steel blades and a diamond-shaped pitcher that creates a powerful vortex for thorough and efficient blending. All high performance KitchenAid blenders, including Torrent(TM), will be assembled at the brand’s Greenville, Ohio manufacturing plant, which is expanding to accommodate growth in the brand’s global 2015_show_logo_dates_HiRessmall appliance business.

We wanted to launch the new business unit with a product that had never before been available for consumer use,” says Kay Oswald, global business unit director for KitchenAid Blenders. “Thoughtful marketing partnerships coupled with a blender offering unprecedented performance will ensure that KitchenAid becomes a leader in the premium blender category.”

The blender is not only powerful but also exceptionally easy to use compared to traditional models,” said Beth Robinson, senior manager of brand experience for KitchenAid. “The ability to add ingredients, select a program button and walk away make this product an incredible game-changer for the home blending experience. With its sleek design and wide array of blending tasks, the Torrent(TM) blender was designed to be a versatile statement piece for the kitchen counter


The KitchenAid Magnetic Drive Torrent(TM) Blender will be available this April in Candy Apple Red, Frosted Pearl, Onyx Black and Sugar Pearl Silver at a suggested retail price of $599.99.

The 2015 Architectural Digest Home Design Show Expands to Two Locations; Delivers New Programming, Special Events, and Installations

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The Architectural Digest Home Design Show, the premier U.S. luxury design fair, is set to run from March 19–22, 2015, at New York City’s Piers 92 & 94, 55th Street and Twelfth Avenue. The show is produced by Merchandise Mart Properties Inc. (MMPI), a division of Vornado, in partnership with Architectural Digest and co-sponsored by The New York Times.

Panoramic View at the 2014 Architectural Digest Home Design Show

Panoramic View at the 2014 Architectural Digest Home Design Show


The show explores the world of design through inspiring installations, high-caliber programming, exciting special events, and more, (featuring more than 400 premium brands and covers a range of categories including: furniture, accessories, art, kitchen and bath products, flooring, rugs, carpets, electronics, ceramics, stone + tile, wall covering, lighting, outdoor products, building products and more). The show, open to both the design trade and consumers, has expanded this year, taking over adjacent spaces Pier 92 and Pier 94, together with DIFFA’s (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) showstopping DINING BY DESIGN. Popular areas such as Furniture & Furnishings, MADE, the SHOPS, and reFRESH will each feature a notably larger roster of new talent in addition to returning exhibitors like Scavolini, Ligne Roset + LV Wood, Orley Shabahang, PELLE, Asher Israelow, and Calico Wallpaper.

Show highlights include:

• Exhibitions by a diverse range of 400+ brands in the luxury home market— from Fortune 500 companies to artisanal studios.

• More than a dozen new complimentary panels and talks by leading talents in 21st-century design, including a keynote presentation by Architectural Digest Editor in Chief Margaret Russell and the celebrated New York Times Design Series.

• New international exhibitors from the Netherlands, Turkey, Italy, and France.

DIFFA's DINING BY DESIGN table viewing at Pier 92 at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show 2014: Ralph Lauren

DIFFA’s DINING BY DESIGN table viewing at Pier 92 at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show 2014: Ralph Lauren


MADE—a juried show-within-a-show featuring artists and designers with limited-edition, custom, and one-of-a-kind objects and furnishings— welcomes 69 new exhibitors. It will be a showcase of talent from around the country (Austin, Brooklyn, Detroit, Nashville, Providence, Seattle, and more) and around the world. An expanded Los Angeles contingent at MADE will include Eric Trine, Parachute Home, Wolfum, 100xbtr, Brendan Ravenhill, Ria Leigh, Elyse Graham, BROOK&LYN, Mimi Jung, and Lewis Mauk. Additionally, more than 30 businesses exhibiting are women-owned or -run. Continue reading

NESCAFE® Dolce Gusto® Partners with Fiorucci on New Single-Serve Machine

NESCAFE® Dolce Gusto®, known for its design-conscious line of at-home coffee machines, is giving new meaning to the fashion phrase “Fall Collection” with the September introduction of its first couture Dolce Gusto Genio machine, designed by iconic Italian label Fiorucci. The avant-garde collaboration between the two distinctive brands was a match made in heaven, pairing the unconventional brainchild from global coffee leader Nestle® NESCAFE with the outgoing and original design house known for its artistic flair and fun with fashion. The stylish single-serve gadget ushers in a new trend in kitchen appliances, saying goodbye to the boring black boxes featured on so many countertops across the country. Even if you don’t have a lot of counter space, you can enjoy a gourmet-style coffee made to order with our technologically advanced Genio®.

Fiorucci Dolce Gusto® Genio machine

Fiorucci Dolce Gusto® Genio machine

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Fiorucci Dolce Gusto® Genio machine 4

Fiorucci ( is an Italian brand with an outgoing and unmistakable style that has left its mark in the history of Italian fashion and the world over the last forty five years. For over four decades Fiorucci has been setting trends with provocative and colorful designs, infused with a young and unconventional style. In 1967 Fiorucci opened its first shop in Milan and then others followed in London, Paris, New York and Los Angeles. In the 1990s, Fiorucci was acquired by the Japanese Edwin Company Ltd., a leader in jeans made in Japan, beginning a diversification strategy of the brand through numerous licenses in Italy and in the world. Their unique perspective on the art of fashion is now expressed through the bold new NESCAFE Dolce Gusto Genio machine, adding a dose of color and creativity to kitchens nationwide. Continue reading


The 4TH ANNUAL TASTE AWARDS is pleased to announce this year’s award winners. Award Winners were announced via livestream, and will receive their awards at the TASTE AWARDS RED CARPET GALA AND RECEPTION in Los Angeles on JANUARY 17TH, which will be filmed for later broadcast.

The TASTE AWARDS Medallion. (PRNewsFoto/TasteTV)

The TASTE AWARDS Medallion. (PRNewsFoto/TasteTV)

The ANNUAL TASTE AWARDS (also known as the TASTY AWARDS) in Hollywood celebrate the year’s best in Food, Fashion, and Lifestyle programs on Television, in Film, Online, and on Radio. In honor of their achievements, SCHILTZ FOODS ROAST GOOSE is providing complimentary holiday goose to winners of the Best Food Program: Television, Best Food Travel Series: Television, Best Food Travel Series: Web, Best Green or Organic Program, Best New Series, Best Food Program: Web, Best Film or Documentary, and Best Comedy categories. This gourmet roast goose will also be served at the January 17th Hollywood awards event. Additional award winner partner perks will be announced shortly.

The TASTE AWARDS RED CARPET GALA AND RECEPTION will feature a star-studded lineup of food and fashion TV celebrities, and has—in the past—included appearances by stars, celebrities, producers and executives from networks and other media platforms such as the FOOD NETWORK, THE STYLE NETWORK, BRAVO, THE COOKING CHANNEL, TLC, DISCOVERY, LIFETIME, E! ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION, PBS, NBC, ABC, THE CW, HGTV, THE TRAVEL CHANNEL, HD NET, HULU, YOUTUBE, SONY PICTURES, and more. Continue reading




B&O PLAY‘s premium speaker solution, BEOPLAY A9, has received the highest accolade as the International CES BEST OF INNOVATIONS 2013 DESIGN AND ENGINEERING AWARD in the HIGH PERFORMANCE HOME AUDIO category. The BEST OF INNOVATIONS DESIGNATION is awarded to products with the highest judges’ scores. Criteria is based on overall engineering qualities related to technical specifications and materials, aesthetics and design qualities, the product’s intended use and function, unique features and how the design and innovation of the product compares to others in the marketplace.

BANG & OLUFSEN/B&O PLAY BEOPLAY A9: B&O PLAY’s all new BeoPlay A9 wireless speaker system. (PRNewsFoto/Bang & Olufsen/B&O PLAY)

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Though it’s tempting to include every indulgent dish on holiday tables, the most successful menus are a balance of both healthful and decadent favorites.

Finding the right combination of delicious and healthy recipes doesn’t require an endless search for exotic ingredients — they’re already on your store shelf. CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRIES can add an unexpected boost to a holiday fruit salad, platter or creative cocktail.


Pleasing to every palate, fresh California strawberries are always available, even in the holiday season. Staggered planting throughout the state’s 12-month growing cycle keeps fresh-picked, ripe California strawberries in the produce aisle all year long.

Blended with cucumber, a dash of hot sauce and the surprise of a tomato, fresh strawberries accent this SPICY & SWEET CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRY TONIC for a great pre-dinner cocktail, or without the vodka, a healthy smoothie.

Desserts look more festive and fresh with the addition of strawberries, either as a garnish or a cake filling. Cooked to a consistency of jam and folded into a mixture of cream cheese and butter, fresh strawberries are a delicate counterpoint to these MINI CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRY AND CHOCOLATE PARTY CAKES.


Just in time for the holidays, the CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRY COMMISSION is encouraging fans to find their culinary inspiration with a $250-prize Pin-2-Win Contest! Click here for details.

Makes four 10-ounce servings

1 medium cucumber, peeled and coarsely chopped
2 medium tomatoes, quartered
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lime juice
4-6 drops red pepper sauce, more or less to taste
1 tablespoon honey
Dash of salt
4 lime slices for garnish
4 cups ice
4 ounces of vodka, optional


  1. Place strawberries, cucumber, tomatoes, lime juice, red pepper sauce, honey and salt in a blender. Blend until very smooth.
  2. Fill glasses with ice. Pour mixture over ice and garnish with a lime and a strawberry.
  3. Serve immediately.

Per Serving: 137 calories; 0.6 g fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 304 mg sodium; 17 g carbohydrate; 4 g fiber; 2 g protein

Makes 12 single-serving cakes

Butter, for greasing pans
1 (15.25 ounce) STRAWBERRY CAKE MIX, prepared to package directions
1 (15.25 ounce) CHOCOLATE CAKE MIX, prepared to package directions
1 (8 ounce) package CREAM CHEESE
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1½ cups powdered sugar, more or less as necessary
½ teaspoon strawberry extract
2 (12 ounce) packages semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
12 medium CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRIES, sliced, for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  Grease two large-sized muffin pans with butter and set aside.
  2. Place diced strawberries in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring constantly until berries start to bubble, about 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until very thick, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool completely.
  3. Prepare strawberry cake according to package directions. Pour batter into one of the muffin pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
  4. Prepare chocolate cake according to package directions. Pour batter into the remaining muffin pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
  5. Meanwhile, place thickened strawberries in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Add cream cheese and butter, mixing until smooth and creamy. Add powdered sugar ½ cup at a time, beating between additions until all sugar has been added and mixture is thick and smooth. Cover and refrigerate for at least 40 minutes.
  6. While cakes are still in the muffin tins, slice off the domed tops. Remove cakes from muffin tins and slice each cake into two layers.
  7. Place the slightly larger layers (these will be the cake bottoms) on a sheet of wax paper.
  8. Spread strawberry mixture thickly over the bottoms. Cover with remaining layers of cake. Each cake will have both a chocolate and a strawberry layer.
  9. Place 1/3 cup of the chocolate chips in a small bowl and set aside for garnishing.
  10. Place remaining chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and heat on high at 30 second intervals, stirring between each interval, until chocolate has melted and is very smooth. Pour over tops of cakes, letting drip down the sides. Let set for 20 minutes at cool room temperature, if serving right away. Or, refrigerate until ready to serve. Cakes can be refrigerated for up to 24 hours.
  11. Garnish tops of cakes with slices of strawberries and reserved chocolate chips before serving.

Per Serving: 655 calories; 37 g fat; 79 mg cholesterol; 332 mg sodium; 85 g carbohydrate; 5 g fiber; 7 g protein

THE CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRY COMMISSION is a state government agency that represents 600 growers, shippers and processors of California strawberries. With a focus on food safety education, the Commission strategies also include production and nutrition research, trade relations, public policy and marketing communications. For more information, go to,, or


The Fashion + Lifestyle Home Report: The KUHN RIKON BAKING TOOLS Edition

Written and compiled by Phillip D. Johnson



BELLA – the industry leader in treatmakers, specialty baking and entertaining appliances – announces today the launch of BELLA DOTS.  The contemporary collection, featuring a coffee maker, toaster and slow cooker, brings a new counter culture to the kitchen by adding fashion-forward color, style and design to the everyday appliance. Providing a way to make home cooked meals in style, the BELLA Dots Collection offers consumers an economical appliance option, without sacrificing quality or aesthetics. Since its inception in 2003, SENSIO INC.has become a primary manufacturer of specialty kitchen appliances. The company is

Bella Dots Coffee Maker (Blue)

recognized for developing dynamic and innovative consumer products for their own brand, BELLA – the industry leader in treatmakers, specialty baking and entertaining appliances – and licensing partners including THE COFFEE BEAN & TEA LEAF. With a strong commitment to design, innovation, quality and function, SENSIO INC. offers a wide range of products from coffee makers and juicers to exciting entertaining appliances such as cake pop and personal pie makers, which are sold through major retailers nationwide.  The company continues to conceptualize new and innovative ways to make everyday life in the kitchen easier.  For more information, please visit

Available in eight vibrant colors (red, pink, blue, purple, grey, orange, green and pearl white); the signature textured metal shell features a recessed dot pattern and metallic finish on its chic exterior, adding another striking design element to the appliances’ overall flair.

Small kitchen appliances have become a sea of sameness,” says SHAE HONG, FOUNDER & CEO OF SENSIO INC., “Our goal was to offer unique and stylish design with eye-popping color and superior quality at an affordable price. We are delighted to finally introduce some fashion into the kitchen, without breaking the bank or compromising the quality of the products.” Continue reading


From HARRY WINSTON to HSN, CAROL BRODIE has been the fine jewelry and accessories guru for some of the world’s most prestigious brands. HSN’s resident luxury guru and creator of one of HSN’s top selling brands, RARITIES: FINE JEWELRY WITH CAROL BRODIE, launching her namesake brand with a collection of opulent home decor and fashion accessories in Mid-October on the HSN Network.

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Introducing the Sidebreeze™ Home From Blu Homes

Blu’s Eighth Home Model Brings Distinctive Breezehouse® Features to a New Spacious, Stunning Design

California and Massachusetts-based green, precision homebuilder BLU HOMES ( announced the SIDEBREEZE™, the company’s largest and most luxurious home design to date. With the introduction of the SIDEBREEZE, BLU HOMES now offers eight home models, giving homebuyers a wide range of environmentally-friendly, beautifully-designed options.

Blu Homes Introduces the Spacious New Sidebreeze Home, Available Now at http://www.Bluhomes.Com. Photo Credit: Mariko Reed. Home Depicted Above Designed By Joseph & Catherine Remick. © 2012 Blu Homes, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

BLU HOMES, INC. is the leading provider of beautiful and green precision-built homes in North America. Built in its own 250,000 square foot state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Vallejo, California, Blu’s inspired and nationally recognized homes can be found from New York to the Colorado Mountains and Pacific Coast. BLU’s homes are built by skilled craftspeople in the company’s 250,000 square-foot factory in Vallejo, CA. Once complete, the homes are installed on-site in one day and completed in as little as two weeks by Blu’s teams of craftspeople. BLU’s proprietary building science technology allows its homes to be folded for quick and cost-effective transportation and setting on site, making for a drastically reduced building timeline, while simultaneously allowing the homes to have taller ceilings and spacious light-filled interiors. All of this is done at a pre-agreed, fixed cost. Blu’s proprietary steel framing and building technology result in homes that are as strong as they are beautiful; that ship efficiently; and are conveniently finished on site by their own teams. Blu homes are more economical, healthier to live in, require lower maintenance, and are much stronger than conventional construction. BLU is also the proud builder of the SUNSET MAGAZINE 2012 IDEA HOUSE in Healdsburg, California.

The SIDEBREEZE is available now for $590,000 ($625,000 in CA and Canada). For more information, visit

With the same open floor plan and airy feel as BLU’s iconic BREEZEHOUSE, the two-story SIDEBREEZE is an optimal choice for a wide variety of land sites, including narrow lots that might not accommodate other spacious homes. Additionally, the SIDEBREEZE features the largest bedrooms and bathrooms available in a BLU HOME as well as ceilings that soar to over 12 feet in its distinctive central, BREEZESPACE™. The BREEZESPACE also boasts full glass walls on both sides of the home, allowing for views in every direction and an abundance of natural light—and making it a perfect choice for homebuyers looking to appreciate their site’s natural environment.

The SIDEBREEZE’s iconic BREEZESPACE and cantilevered second story creates a welcoming entrance and multiple courtyards. The first floor is an expansive living space that is ideal for entertaining. An open, steel staircase leads to a private second floor with high ceilings and spacious bedrooms, including a master suite and balcony that affords spectacular views.

Beyond the standard green features that BLU includes in every home, such as RECYCLED STEEL FRAMING, RADIANT HEAT FLOORING, HIGH R-VALUE WALLS and ENERGY-EFFICIENT APPLIANCES, BLU HOMES can achieve NET ZERO ENERGY STATUS with the inclusion of other available green elements. All BLU HOMES are solar-ready and are certifiable under the ENERGY STAR and LEED FOR HOME RATING SYSTEMS.

We listened to the thousands of customers who have toured our homes, participated in our webinars and visited the BREEZEHOUSE we built with Sunset magazine, and our updated version of the celebrated SIDEBREEZE incorporates dozen of changes they recommended,” said BLU HOMES CREATIVE DIRECTOR AND SIDEBREEZE LEAD ARCHITECT KARL DAUBMANN. “We preserved the high ceilings and sun-filled open spaces that mark the BREEZEHOUSE, while building a spacious home that highlights the best of California design sensibility. Uniquely versatile, the SIDEBREEZE will fit as seamlessly into a narrow beachfront lot in Southern California as it will the suburbs of the East Coast or the slopes of a Colorado mountainside.”

Notable features and options of the BLU SIDEBREEZE include:

  • 2,600 square feet, open floor plan
  • 3 or 4 spacious bedrooms, with option for a media room
  • 3 full baths or 2 full and 1 half bath
  • 25’ x 17’ Breezespace with 12+’ ceiling and full glass on both sides
  • Light-filled master bedroom suite and private balcony
  • Clerestory windows, abundant natural light
  • Spacious kitchen, ample counter space
  • Optional fireplace
  • Separate garage
  • Ideal for suburban lots
  • Extensive incorporation of green features

For more information on Blu Homes go to, follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter (@BluHomes), or email us

HSN’s Joy Mangano Collaborates With Corelle(R) To Bring Style, Functionality And Durability To The Table With The New Corelle(R) For Joy Mangano Dinnerware Collection


CORELLE® DINNERWARE, the master glass and dinnerware brand since 1970 and a household staple for over 40 years, have joined forces with entrepreneur JOY MANGANO (and Ingenious Designs, LLC), HSN’s #1-selling personality, to introduce an exciting new collection of dinnerware. The 16-piece set combines the durable technology of CORNING GLASS WORKSCORELLE® dinnerware with the functional style customary of the JOY MANGANO brand. Available in five vibrant colors including CRANBERRY RED, COBALT BLUE, LEMON YELLOW, APPLE GREEN, and TANGERINE ORANGE (as well as a classic BRIGHT WHITE), the set also features a newly designed piece – a multi-use wide rim entree bowl.

HSN’s Joy Mangano Collaborates with Corelle(R) to Bring Style, Functionality and Durability to the Table with the New Corelle(R) for Joy Mangano Dinnerware Collection. (PRNewsFoto/Ingenious Designs, LLC)

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Combining 25 years of expertise in healthy cooking with a forward-looking view on food trends, Cooking Light Editor SCOTT MOWBRAY and team deliver a definitive guide for home cooks looking to craft delicious, wholesome meals. With clear guidance on making smart, nutritious and sustainable choices, plus a comprehensive collection of more than 400 essential recipes, THE NEW WAY TO COOK LIGHT is a must-have for anyone interested in eating well.

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New Candle Form Features Natural Wood Wick For A Warm Fireplace-Inspired Crackle

THE YANKEE CANDLE COMPANY, INC., the world’s largest manufacturer of premium scented candles, today

Pure Radiance™ Crackling Lumiwick™ Yuletide

announced the launch of the new PURE RADIANCE™ CRACKLING LUMIWICK™, featuring natural wood with our exclusive LUMIWICK™ to create an extra-wide crackling flame with a soft, radiant glow while evoking the comfort and warmth of the holidays while adding a modern touch to home decor. When lit, this new candle form creates a unique home experience for friends and family with an ambient crackling wood fire experience. The CRACKLING LUMIWICK™ with etched bark glass, will be available in three PURE RADIANCE™ fragrances this holiday season.

Pure Radiance™ Crackling Lumiwick™ Pinecone

The natural wood in the new CRACKLING LUMIWICK™ creates a sense of warmth and comfort when lit, similar to a gathering around a fireplace with family and friends,” said HOPE MARGALA KLEIN, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, BRAND, DESIGN AND INNOVATION FOR THE YANKEE CANDLE COMPANY, INC.Our customers

Pure Radiance™ Crackling Lumiwick™ Ice Crystals

  love how the contemporary design of the Pure Radiance vase adds a special touch to their home decor and so we’re happy to provide an enhanced experience with this new form just in time for the holidays.”

  PURE RADIANCE™, launched earlier this year, has a modern design, custom soy wax blend and innovative LUMIWICK™ TECHNOLOGY for a wide flame and consistent burn.

PINE CONE – The wonder of the winter woods comes indoors in a medley of cedarleaf, pine, eucalyptus balsam and fir. (Also available in reed diffuser.)
YULETIDE™ – Wrap yourself in the spirit of the season with this festive mix of nutmeg, ginger root, clove and rich amber. (Also available in reed diffuser.)
ICE CRYSTAL™ – Refresh, renew and revitalize with this modern mix of mint leaf, eucalyptus, pine and cedar.

The new holiday fragrances (Petite Vase, $10.99; Meduim Vase or Crackling Medium Vase, $22.99 MSRP; Large Vase or Crackling Large Vase, $27.99) are available for purchase now at Yankee Candle’s more than 550 retail stores, and select specialty retailers and gift shops.
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NEIMAN-MARCUS unveiled the 86TH EDITION of its legendary CHRISTMAS BOOKlast week and it was as

2012 Neiman-Marcus Christmas Book Cover

fascinating as ever. The 2012 CHRISTMAS BOOK continues Neiman Marcus’s unmatched tradition of offering its customers a selection of spectacular and unique holiday gifts sure to make even their wildest dreams come true. This year’s edition of the CHRISTMAS BOOK carries forth on the Neiman Marcus tradition of presenting a refined selection of items across a broad range of categories for everyone on your holiday shopping list. With a new collection of fantasy gifts certain to satisfy even the most indulgent appetite, the CHRISTMAS BOOK features exceptional and distinctive gifts and experiences, including a HERITAGE HEN MINI FARM, A BULLEIT WOODY TAILGATE TRAILER, A CASA DRAGONES PRIVATE DINNER FOR 10 and a PINEL & PINEL ARCADE PS TRUNK. This year’s featured car is a 2013 NEIMAN MARCUS EDITION MCLAREN 12C SPIDER. The “HIS & HERS” FANTASY GIFT tradition continues this year with the VAN CLEEF & ARPELS“POETIC WISH” WATCHES AND TRIP. Continue reading

Control the Living Room with The New SONY XPERIA™ TABLET S

THE ANDROID™-POWERED DEVICE FEATURES A UNIVERSAL REMOTE CONTROL WITH MACRO FUNCTIONALITY, A VARIETY OF ORIGINAL APPLICATIONS AND A MORE IMMERSIVE ENTERTAINMENT EXPERIENCE SONY recently announced the launch of the XPERIA TABLET S, a thin and light device packed with original applications and Sony exclusive features. The new device joins Sony’s smartphones under the XPERIA sub-brand. The XPERIA brand delivers mobile experiences that enhance user enjoyment through design and network services. By introducing a tablet under the XPERIA brand, SONY offers users a consistent experience between the immediate convenience of an XPERIA SMARTPHONE and an immersive entertainment experience of an XPERIA TABLET. Common user experience across the devices further enhances overall usability and intuitiveness. Combining optimally designed hardware and software, Xperia Tablet provides consumers with a compelling way to play, watch, listen, share, discover and connect.

SONY ELECTRONICS, INC. XPERIA TABLET DOCKING STAND: Xperia Tablet S with docking stand. (PRNewsFoto/Sony Electronics, Inc.)

To further enhance the living room experience, Sony will offer a new app called WATCH NOW, which enriches the TV watching experience. WATCH NOW provides an interactive, visual program guide fueled by personal preference and real-time trends from users’ social media feeds. TV fans can use the app to discover new shows based on intelligent recommendations from the app, change the channel with a flick of the finger and share their thoughts on what they are watching via Twitter™, Facebook® and Get Glue. The Sony exclusive app will be available for download for the Xperia Tablet S in the US from Google Play™ at launch. “We know that eighty-eight percent of tablet owners in the US are using their tablets in the living room,¹ and are multi-tasking with their tablets while watching TV,” said PHIL LUBELL, VICE PRESIDENT of NETWORKED TECHNOLOGIES AND SERVICES at SONY ELECTRONICS. “We wanted to enhance that living room experience by providing interactive and useful features with the XPERIA TABLET S.” Continue reading

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