Smart Lighting Options from Poggenpohl

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: one of the most important design aspects in #BoomerSmarts homes is adequate LIGHTING. In my opinion, there’s no such thing as too much lighting, especially when it comes to the kitchen. In fact, I even dedicated a video in my kitchen vlog series to this topic. That’s why I’m featuring #BlogTourVegas sponsor Poggenpohl in today’s blog post.

LED cove lighting

LED cove lighting

The German-based company has some absolutely gorgeous kitchen lighting options for everything from ceilings to drawer handles. Not to mention, they use LED lights, which last longer than traditional light bulbs, and are more energy efficient (ALWAYS a big plus). Both the LED shelves and aluminum handle lights add not only a nice ambiance to the kitchen, but they’re functional as well.

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LED shelves

Aluminum handle strips with LED lighting

Aluminum handle strips with LED lighting

My absolute favorite lighting option from Poggenpohl is the interior lighting system for drawers. The lights automatically switch on when the drawer is opened, better illuminating the drawer’s contents. In my eyes, these are a #BoomerSmarts must have. Who doesn’t want to be able to more clearly see what’s hiding in your drawers?

Interior lighting system for drawers

Interior lighting system for drawers

Thank you to Poggenpohl for sponsoring #BlogTourVegas. As an interior designer specializing in universal design and “aging in place,” it’s a brand I can definitely support because of their product customization options, innovation, attention to detail and dedication to quality craftsmanship.

Be sure to like Poggenpohl‘s Facebook page, and see these featured products and more on their website. You can also meet Modenus (#BlogTourVegas organizer) here.

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“Take Me Away” with Mr. Steam

My husband, Bob, is definitely feeling the stress while doing our taxes!

My husband, Bob, is definitely feeling the stress while doing our taxes!

Some of us remember that wonderful commercial years ago for Calgon bath salts, that translated to “get me out of here, and take me away”! Well, certainly in our hyped up, stressed out world we live in today, nothing could be more appreciated than the thought of escaping our worlds for a moment to de-stress.

One of our sponsors at Modenus #BlogTourVegas was made for this stressful time we’re living in–Mr. Steam. This is one of those #BoomerSmarts products that can help relieve some of that stress that medical research says is a negative thing in our lives.

 

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According to Dr. Carolina Leaf, regular mental and emotional stress sets up patterns in our brains paths that can unleash toxins in our bodies, causing inflammation. Research is now revealing that inflammation is the root cause of many physical break downs, affecting our immune systems and future health.

Martha offered us an AMAZING spa day with Mr. Steam and TALA products.

Martha offered us an AMAZING spa day with Mr. Steam and TALA products. Photo: Chasen West Photography

Taking time to de-stress is not only good for relaxation and feeling more calm, it truly is essential for our health and overall well being. Because of this, I am officially calling Martha Orellana, vice president of sales and marketing for Mr. Steam, a promotor of health and well being by introducing us bloggers to a spa day complete with the most beautiful and effective line of TALA Bath and Body products.

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We experienced first hand the instant benefits of a steam sauna. We also got to experience the great results of applying a TALA mask during the steam sauna, and WOW, what a gift! Even my aging Boomer skin was more glowing. One of the many benefits of steam showers is definitely smoother, less dried out skin. Also, our respiratory systems get the moisture we need, especially for those living most of our days indoors with dry air circulation.

Thank you, Martha and Mr. Steam for educating and pampering us on steam showers, which can nowbe available for our own homes. I, for one, am going to recommend this to my clients for sure. Just think how great a steam shower could feel for tight muscles, stiff neck or body aches due to arthritis.

BIG SIGH. I’m feeling calmer already just remembering our spa day and all of the pure joy and fun I shared with my new Blog Tour friends, the Modenus team, and Martha, who gave us all a new lease on life’s possibilities.

 

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Read more about Mr. Steam and other products here.

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Mitzi Beach Interiors, LLC
Wichita, KS

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Mario and Karastan: A Great Team

Mario & food bowl

 

Don’t you just love it when LIFE connects in the most unusual CIRCUMSTANCES? This exact thing happened for me on my recent, fabulous experience with #BlogTourVegas at the Kitchen and Bath International Show.

LIFE: One very active family with three grade-school-aged girls, and a very large, adorable dog named Mario.
CIRCUMSTANCE: Connecting with one of our #BlogTourVegas sponsors,  Karastan Carpeting.

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Beautiful yet durable

 

My daughter recently researched replacement carpeting options for the lower level in their home. She knew that purchasing 127 yards of carpet would be a costly purchase, but being a smart woman, who has learned that we get what we pay for, she wasn’t only worried about price. She wanted long-term value in look, feel, and most definitely, durable maintenance for her super busy family. She selected  Karastan for these reasons and the results are fantastic!

The pattern is gorgeous and forgiving, with multi-shading. It also feels really soft, and has the SmartStrand silk to ease her mind during slumber parties and game and movie nights; it also prevents against wear and tear with Mario’s antics.

Being a #BoomerSmarts designer, I am always on the search for products that actually do work for all ages. Most of us have those of all ages living everyday in our worlds, even if they are the furry kind!

At the New American Home, all of the #BlogTourVegas designers were so impressed with the carpet demonstration. It actually showed the difference between the  Karastan carpet sample and another brand, after being dunked in two separate glasses of red wine.

I couldn't believe how amazingly the Mohawk Karistan protected against stains!

I couldn’t believe how amazingly the  Karastan carpeting protected against stains! Photo: Chasen West Photography

You know how seeing is believing? Well, now I am a believer in this remarkable new stain-protection called SmartStrand. The  Karastan sample passed the red wine test with flying colors. See for yourself.

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You can see  Karastan and much more by checking out and seeing the virtual New American Home here.

With new products and design concepts always evolving, I am so very fortunate to be in this intriguing and exciting world of interior design. Come along with my on my social sites (listed below) for updates not only on #BoomerSmarts products, but products perfect for all ages and stages. You are going to like what you see and learn, with new ideas for saving you money and time.

Mario on his favorite Mohawk Karistan carpet!

Mario on his favorite  Karastan carpet!

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BLANCO Nails “Form Follows Function”

After more than 30 years as a professional ASID interior designer, I still get so excited when I see form following function in both products and design. BLANCO is exceptional at following this concept, and I was so excited that they were a sponsor for Modenus #BlogTourVegas at KBIS this year.

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BLANCO has combined smartly-designed products with two of today’s biggest trends–individualization and sustainability. With features like these, BLANCO is appealing to both designers and consumers, and is a great pick for those looking for #BoomerSmarts products for their kitchens.

I think BLANCO’s website states it best:

“BLANCO is committed to developing products and manufacturing processes that are sustainable and efficient, while making a positive impact on the environment. Did you know that only one percent of the world’s water supply is actually drinkable? In fact, America’s use about 100 gallons of water per day! (Source: U.S. EPA)

BLANCO’s water-saving faucets reduce kitchen water consumption by 20 percent, adding to the conservation of of the earth’s small drinkable supply.”

Two notable faucets are the BLANCO MERIDIAN Semi-Professional in a 1.5 GPM model, and BLANCO SONOMA, which save 30 percent more water than standard-flow faucets.

BLANCO Meridian Semi-Professional faucet

BLANCO MERIDIAN Semi-Professional faucet

BLANCO SONOMA faucet

BLANCO SONOMA faucet

Speaking of the environment, I did not realize that 96 percent of the food we throw away ends up in landfills. According to BLANCO’s information, once in landfills, food breaks down to produce methane, a potent greenhouse gas that many believe contributes to climate change.

BLANCO’s solution to this important issue is to compost food scraps instead of throwing them away. Crafted of recycled stainless steel, the BLANCO SOLON Compost System makes composting easy and stylish, and his hidden under your kitchen counter top. It even has a sealed lid to keep odors out of the kitchen. As an avid gardener, I would LOVE to have this product!

BLANCO SOLON Compost System

BLANCO SOLON Compost System

BLANCO SOLON Compost System

BLANCO SOLON Compost System

Thank you, BLANCO, for sponsoring #BlogTourVegas, and for your commitment to developing products that add convenience, beauty and sustainability to our homes! For more information on Modenus, click here, and also be sure check out and “like” BLANCO’s Facebook page.

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Time Saving Kitchen Appliances: Thermador’s Steam + Convection Ovens!

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I love cooking with steam and it made me so happy that one of my #BlogTourVegas sponsors to the recent Kitchen and Bath Industry show in Las Vegas, thanks to Modenus, was family owned, Thermador. In this sponsored post I will be sharing about Thermador ‘s Professional Series Built In  Steam + Convection Oven and why I am so very excited and impressed with this kitchen appliance that is the perfect example of #BoomerSmarts cooking for the #HealthyHomesoftheFuture.

 It was truly a professional meeting of the minds when I met Thermador’s expert, Janne Majan, National Product Specialist during #KBIS2015 in Thermador’s exhibition space.

Me with Janne Majan, Mrs. Steam herself.

Me with Janne Majan, Mrs. Steam herself.

Janne is also known as “Mrs. Steam” because of her high level of knowledge and expertise about steam cooking techniques.

Janne and I share similar backgrounds in nutritional education and although we have earned different college degrees, we are on the same page about the importance of healthy cooking and how important a quality steam oven like Thermador’s Professional Series Steam and Convection oven is to that overall goal.

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Coveting is not a positive trait, but now I do covet a combination steam + convection wall oven!

In my kitchen at home in Wichita, I have a steamer and use it all the time and it has served us very well. It’s funny to think that when I selected appliances for our “Aging in Place” home, in 2006, integrated steam ovens were just coming on the market. Obviously steam cooking’s beneficial traits caught my attention early on!

Our home is a “living lab” for healthy cooking and I have held many classes here and have been featured on local network television affiliates.

Through teaching classes and sharing videos, I’ve had the opportunity to educate many people on the values of steam cooking.

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Cooking Vlog: Outtakes from Appearance on KSN-TV’s “Baan Appetit”

And although my steam oven isn’t Thermador, yet, my range and cooktop is, as you can see below.
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Unfortunately, my in-counter steamer [ in a picture at the end of this post ] is without the wonderful convection aspect and it is this convection feature that enables food to brown, which is so important for a mouth-watering appearance and also enables so many other cooking options.

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 I am often asked:

How is steam cooking different than regular cooking and why should I invest in a steam oven? Is it only for healthy cooking?

No! Not only does food that has been cooked in a steam oven taste fabulous, it is very fast and keeps in nutrients, and reheats better than any other method [great for busy Moms and grandparents]  and it also defrosts frozen foods like a charm!

The Thermador Professional Series Convection and Steam oven can be integrated into any wall of cabinets at any height, too, making it easy to set it at the correct height for whomever might be using it most. It’s clean, stainless steel design fits into almost any kitchen style. from traditional to transitional to ultra modern.

This picture of a kitchen designed by Boston’s Venegas and Company demonstrates the flexibility you have to place it at a different height compared to your normal wall ovens.

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Expert information from  Janne, aka Mrs Steam, on: Thermador steam cooking

  • No covering for all steam cooking
  • No preheat needed
  • Most are not plumbed therefore adding water is necessary
  • Will beep if out of water

She emphasized that the perception is that steam cooking is only for healthy cooking purposes. But the beauty of steam cooking also gives predictable positive results, faster, simplifies cooking, and it is impossible to overcook or burn your food.

Plus, one of my favorite advantages to steam cooking is the ability to cook many foods together because in steam cooking there is no transfer of flavors!

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Other uses for steam ovens:

 Combo-steam and convection cooking can be used for almost all foods therefore eliminating the need for other cooking appliances. You can also defrost frozen foods with low oven temp with reduced steam.

Example #1: ground beef can defrost in 15 minutes without drying out around the edges like other methods of defrosting.

Now, this is where I get so excited!

Most of the Baby Boomers I know want to simplify their lives, period. What could be more appropriate to simplifying our lives than cooking faster, healthier, needing fewer appliances, and the biggie — cooking for one or two people with ease?

Now, is this #BoomerSmarts or what?
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Most people that know me well know that I am indeed a cook. I ROUTINELY cook for my husband Bob, and believe it or not, I also cook for MYSELF!

Therefore, when I tell you that Thermador’s combo steam-convection oven, is by far the number one top kitchen appliance I would encourage anyone to seriously consider for their kitchens, no matter their age or stage of life, I speak truth.

My commitment, goal, and passion is promoting Healthy Homes so everyone can enhance their quality of life for today and for the future and I can’t think of another appliance that could do that as well as a steam -convection combination oven from Thermador, made in the USA, in Tennessee,  for the past 75 years.

Cooking smart is #BoomerSmarts.

Cooking Vlog: Seared Salmon & Kale Salad from Junior League of Wichita’s “Pinches & Dashes” Cookbook

What a treat it was for me, as you can tell, to have Thermador sponsoring #BlogTourVegas, and being offered the opportunity to learn more about their amazing products.  I could not have been more excited and grateful to meet these fine folks, who have worked hard to design beautiful appliances that make our cooking experience healthier and one we can enjoy for decades to come.

Thank you Thermador and thank you Modenus!

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