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Smart & stylish products for the home

Shapely hardware

From sharp angles to curved lines, Top Knobs offers distinctly shaped decorative hardware options that help craft thoughtfully designed interiors full of balance and harmony. Find your perfect shape from these options:

1. Round: Warm and inviting, the smooth curves of sphere-shaped pieces like the Kinney knob soften the boxy look of cabinetry.

2. Squared: Invite symmetry to kitchens and bathrooms with the sleek, even lines of square-shaped hardware, such as the Channing knobs and pulls.

3. Rectangular: With its extremely versatile shape, the Quilted pull ups the ante with its diamond weave surface for a one-of-a-kind look against cabinet drawers and doors.

4. Octagonal: Light up a room with these eight-sided decorative Emerald knobs and pulls.

5. Asymmetrical: Elevate simple cabinetry and shelving into stunning conversation pieces with the zigzagging features of these Sanctuary knobs and pulls.

To find a dealer, visit topknobs.com.

Stylish ADA sink

To help enhance independent living for those with mobility or ability challenges, the Dart Canyon Sink from Elkay offers a workstation that allows for kitchen tasks to be completed while seated. ADA-compliant when properly installed, the dual-depth stainless steel farmhouse sink has an extra deep bowl, providing more room than standard ADA sinks for stacking and soaking dishes. A reversible grid elevates the work shelf and a built-in shelf keeps kitchen tools like sponges and brushes within reach and out of sight. Optional pro-style accessories include a high-quality walnut wood cutting board and custom-sized colanders to function with the workstation sink. The rear drain placement puts plumbing at the back, creating a barrier-free space under the sink for wheelchair accessibility. For local retailers, visit elkay.com .

Open the walls

Open the indoors to the outdoors and extend your living space with a Nanawall, an accordion-style series of floor-to-ceiling glass doors, often spanning an entire wall. Homeowners with spacious backyards will want to access them as much as possible - and opening a glass wall and door system like NanaWall will offer the perfect transition to the backyard space and create views and vistas for people spending more time in their houses. Shown here is the SL84 aluminum framed system, the slimmest and most thermally efficient line of folding glass walls available on the market. The units are available in swing-in or swing-out configurations with a 3 7/8-inch junction where the stiles meet.The system utilizes continuous seals along the face of each pane frame, and two levels of insulation thermal breaks provide optimal defense from heat or cold. For info, visit nanawall.com.

Color in the kitchen

True Residential's deep blue-gray Juniper finish can function either as a neutral or a bold color piece, allowing for a greater range of versatility in design. With this new addition, True Residential's Build Your True collection allows designers and homeowners a choice of 60 color combinations for a full-sized and indoor-outdoor undercounter refrigerator units and hardware. Available at Allen & Petersen or visit true-residential.com.

Marble lookalike

Cambria, a leading American-made producer of natural quartz countertops and surfaces, recently released four new designs that take their cues from nature with subtle green and teal hues. Ivybridge is one of the designs and features dark emerald green diagonal veins on an arctic white expanse, giving you that desired marble look and feel. The cascading veins create a powerful sense of depth while delicate gold shimmer adds a playful, effervescent quality. Use Ivybridge for kitchen or bathroom countertops - it will dazzle, especially paired with white cabinets, green cabinets and black cabinets. Comes in a high gloss and matte finishes. Available locally through Alaska Countertops, or visit cambriausa.com.

Precious metal sinks

Native Trails introduces the Precious Metals Collection to commemorate the brand's 25th anniversary. The exquisite Italian-made collection features 24k matte gold, platinum and silver glazed fireclay sinks. Inspired by a long tradition of Umbrian ceramic making, the collection is handcrafted of fine fireclay and hand glazed with precious metals before a third firing. These radiant sinks are finished with an exceptionally tough, custom formulated sealer to endure the test of time. Precious Metals Collection sinks are the epitome of luxury and durability. Shown here, the Rendezvous apron front sink and the Bliss bathroom vessel. To find a dealer, visit nativetrailshome.com.

Waterproof walls

The Wetwall Water-Proof Wall Panel System from Wilsonart offers an innovative way to create a spa-worthy retreat with high-end style. Made from a high-pressure decorative laminate bonded to a waterproof core, Wetwall is a grout-free surface that's quick and easy to install (in as little as 2.5 hours); the panels can even be installed over existing tile or similar surfaces. Ideal for shower walls, bath surrounds, and accent walls, the tongue-and-groove installation system reduces installation time. For a retailer near you, visit wetwall.com.

Work-at-home wonders

Whether you’re prepping a home office or helping a youngster with school work, create a more comfortable environment with desks that do the job. For a more professional-looking space (especially for those video conferences), consider a good-looking desk such as BDI’s Corridor 6521. Along with its eye-pleasing clean lines and refined styling, this thoughtfully composed workspace includes two side storage drawers and a hidden flip-down keyboard drawer. Comes in charcoal, chocolate and walnut tones. No room? Then consider smaller-scale desks or even a laptop stand like the new Serif or writing table that blends with your furnishings. Portable, sturdy and light, BDI’s mobile laptop tables are available in cheerful colors or in a simple, always relevant black or white. For local retailers, visit bdiusa.com.

Spa treatment

Wrap yourself in pure luxury with a warm and cozy towel as soon as you step out of the bath. Amba’s stylish electric towel rack gives you that spa treatment at home – every day. Choose between a round or square bar design, straight or curved horizontal bars, and hardwired or plug-in. A shelf unit is also available to warm/dry towels and provide additional storage. Made of high-quality 304 stainless steel, the units are offered in brushed and polished stainless-steel finishes. Rated at 110-150 watts, equivalent to a few light bulbs, they consume minimal power. The newer Radiant Small design is less than two square feet in size and is available in polished, brushed and matte-black finishes. It works with optional plug-in or hardwired controls and uses only 60 watts of power — the same as a standard lightbulb. Programmable timers can be added for additional control. Great for use in laundry rooms, mud rooms and wet rooms to dry delicates, rain or ski jackets and bathing suits. For local retailers, visit ambaproducts.com.

Tidy drawers

Drawers flowing over and desperately need organization? Then look no further than Rev-a-Shelf’s Maxx Drawer System. This one-of-a-kind drawer system, developed in collaboration with Cabinetworks Group, maximizes the available space within the drawer. The two upper sections pull up and away, for easy access to the items stored beneath. Adjustable dividers allow you to arrange your items any way you like. The 4WTMD Maxx Drawer is designed for 24” base face frame cabinets and comes complete with 90-lb TANDEM slides with BLUMOTION soft-close and features natural maple construction. Just add a drawer front and take your drawer to the Maxx! For more, visit rev-a-shelf.com.

Outdoor pizza

Why limit outdoor cooking to burgers and dogs? Make delicious pizzas in the comfort of your backyard with an outdoor pizza oven. These gadgets reach high temperatures to deliver a perfectly cooked crust every time, and they’re great for outdoor entertaining. Take the Ooni Pro 16 Outdoor Pizza Oven – you can fit pizzas up to 16 inches in this outdoor pizza oven, making it a good choice for anyone who regularly cooks for a crowd. Along with pizzas, you can roast joints of meat, seared vegetables or even fresh bread. This model can be fueled using wood, charcoal, or wood pellets, and an optional gas burner kit is available separately. The pizza oven heats up to 950 degrees in just 20 minutes, and it can cook pies in as little as 60 seconds. Choose from two styles of oven door: one with a postbox-style entry that’s perfect to slide pizzas in and out with ease, and a full door that enables faster heating time and better heat retention. For local dealers, visit ooni.com.

At the wash tower

The sleek LG WashTower takes up half the floor space of a traditional washer and dryer side-by-side set-up, while tackling ultra-large loads. Room designers can also create a “built-in” effect so that the integration of this appliance is seamless. The washer sits on the bottom with the dryer on top, and the control panel is at the center of the unit making it easy to reach the controls for both without the need for a step stool. The biggest benefit of this washer dryer combo is not just the fact that it takes up less square footage, but it also does not sacrifice capacity: this tower accommodates a full-size wash and dry load – it can even wash and dry a king-size comforter! On the smart side, the unit automatically detects the fabric, texture, and size of the items in the wash cycle so that it can recommend the best setting. It will also remember your ideal wash temperature, spin speed or dry level. For more information on LG washing machines, visit lg.com/us/laundry.

Surface beauty

Many trend reports predict that blending natural materials like stone, marble and cast metal into the home will be among this year’s top interior design trends. Cosentino’s Bianco Calacatta is an elegant bright white quartz countertop with bold gray and white veining striking throughout the surface to create a marble-like appearance. The countertops are a stunning choice for luxury kitchen remodels, especially those with large kitchen islands, waterfall countertops, and full-height backsplashes. The maintenance-free, stain-resistant, and anti-bacterial surface makes this material a smart choice. The beautiful Bianco Calacatta is perfect for bathroom shower walls, fireplaces, and other living spaces throughout the home. For info, visit cosentino.com.

Floored with warmth

If you’ve ever stepped on a warm floor on a cold morning, you know how luxurious radiant floor heating can be. Radiant floor heating is a safe and energy-efficient way to keep your entire home warm, minimizing, and in some cases eradicating, the need for forced air heating, which circulates dust and aggravates allergies. Using a unique self-regulating heating element made of a semi-conductive polyethylene, the STEP Warmfloor heating system distributes heat safely, evenly, and efficiently for a comfortable environment without overheating. STEP Warmfloor is easy to install. Simply cut the element to the appropriate length and connect the electrical components, before securing the panels to the sub-floor with approved adhesives. It can be installed directly underneath all types of flooring including: natural stone, ceramic and porcelain tiles, hardwood and laminates, and carpet. An LEED and Energy Star compliant heating solution, STEP Warmfloor boasts a 40-60 percent reduction in energy consumption, compared to other heating options, for a cleaner and more cost-effective alternative to forced heat. For info, visit warmfloor.com.

Hue look lovely

Tired of the same cool, icy grays seen in so many interiors over the last few years? Say hello to Sherwin-Williams 2021 color of the year, Urbane Bronze (SW 7048), a deep taupe that combines brown and gray. This sophisticated new hue is a warmer, more natural shade that feels cheery as well as calming. “Everybody is dealing with stress and turmoil,” says Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams. “How do you create security and safety? It’s a small way, but color can do that.” Bold and understated at the same time, Urbane Bronze is the new neutral that can be used anywhere in the home, inside or out. Whether used as a primary or accent color, it has an anchoring quality that conveys a sense of comfort and sanctuary in bedrooms, living rooms and dens, or calm concentration in home offices. For more info, visit sherwin-williams.com.

Shady looks

Want to enjoy those window views without sacrificing style? Graber LightWeaves Solar Shades are ideal for maintaining views to the outside while reducing heat transmittance to keep interiors cool and comfortable. They also block UV rays to help protect your interior from damage and minimize glare on TV screens and computers. The solar shades offer different levels of sun filtering, from 93-percent to 99-percent UV blockage. The openness of the weave determines the amount of light allowed to filter into the room, and how much visibility is allowed to the outside. The shades come in many designs, from simple to ornate and custom, and can be hung to fit inside the window frame or outside of it. They can also be paired up to have dual shades with blackout and filtering options. Offered in motorized lift, cordless lift, smart pull lift, and a continuous loop lift. Available locally through Curtis & Campbell, Cover Ups and Blinds Unlimited, or visit graberblinds.com.

Undercounter cool

Meet the Signature Kitchen Suite’s new “convertible” 24-inch Undercounter Drawer Refrigerator. Convertible means that each drawer in this unit gives the homeowner the option to control the temperature and therefore the function of that drawer. Whether you need a refrigerator in your gameroom or a refrigerator/freezer combo for your pantry, simply set the temperature of the top unit at the appropriate refrigeration temperature and adjust the temperature for the bottom unit for freezing temperatures. Another unique feature is the Wine Cave Technology, which minimizes vibration, temperature fluctuations, limits light exposure and optimizes humidity, protecting collections from wine’s most damaging elements. This technology mimics the ideal environment of historic old-world wine caves. The 24-inch panel-ready undercounter wine refrigerator holds 41 bottles of wine. For info, visit signaturekithensuite.com.

Where's the drain?

This Tile Insert Frame linear drain allows any flooring material to be installed inside the tile-in tray providing a seamless appearance. By sloping the floor in one direction there is no limitation on tile style, size or material. These drains are the perfect solution to conceal drainage in showers, laundry rooms or water closets. From a design standpoint, the Tile Insert drains allow geometric shapes and whimsical patterns to be carried from shower floor to ceiling for an uninterrupted and refreshing look. Visit infinitydrain.com.

Let’s Roomba!

iRobot Corp.’s new Roomba i3+ is a stylish new Roomba vacuum packed with advanced features. The product offers intelligent navigation, self-emptying capability, and an expanded range of personalized cleaning features. With its Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal, the robot empties debris on its own, with no intervention from the user. Consumers don't have to think about emptying the bin for months at a time or worrying the robot won't finish the job due to a full bin. The Roomba i3+ automatically empties up to 60 days' worth of dirt and debris into the Clean Base, which doubles as the robot's charging station. The debris is then locked away in the Clean Base's enclosed AllergenLock bag that uses four layers of allergen blocking material to trap 99 percent of pollen and mold. The Roomba i3+ purposefully and logically cleans in neat rows to navigate multiple rooms within the home, across hard floors and carpet. If the robot's battery runs low, the Roomba i3+ will automatically recharge and resume cleaning until the job is complete. Whether you're heading off to work or going for a hike, the Roomba i3+ can begin cleaning when prompted by location-based services like Life360 or from smart home devices, like the August Wi-Fi Smart Lock. When paired with Alexa enabled devices or the Google Assistant, users can control the Roomba i3+ with just the sound of their voice. For more info, visit irobot.com.

Odor-resistant washers

Got a stinky front-loading washing machine? The new GE UltraFresh Front Load Washer shuts the door on odors. Winner of the Gold Award at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, this GE washer was specifically designed to prevent the growth of bacteria that can cause odors and lead to mold. Front load washing machines were designed for high-efficiency operation – they use the least water and energy, are gentler on clothes and have more capacity; however, 46 percent of consumers say that mold or odor is their top frustration when it comes to considering front load washers and many do not want to leave the door open to avoid the problem. In fact, one in two front load owners move back to top load washers because of smell and associated maintenance. With an emphasis on antimicrobial and odor-control technologies, GE aims to resolve this common odor complaint. It features an innovative vent system that introduces airflow to your washer door, to prevent excess moisture and subsequent bacteria and odor development when you close the machine door between washes. Additionally, the new models have SmartDispense technology, which holds an entire bottle of detergent, enough to wash 32 loads, and can sense how much detergent to use based on the weight and fiber of individual loads. The new washers also have flexible doors and come in two new colors, Satin Nickel and Diamond Gray. Available locally at Spenard Builders Supply, Allen & Petersen, or visit geappliances.com.

Spills and spots – busted!

Tackle those wet and chunky messes – you know, the ones you hate to touch – with Black & Decker’s new Cordless Spill + Spot Cleaner. With this spillbuster, you can skip the paper towels as the handheld's wide nozzle is designed to vacuum solid and liquid messes. The spray outlet dispenses cleaning solution (sold separately) while the scrub brush deep cleans stains from spots and spills. Simply vacuum the wet and chunky mess, spray the cleaning solution, and lift tough stains with the powered or manual scrub brush. The spillbuster also features a detachable tank for effortless emptying and cleaning. Perfect for pet messes, kid messes and untouchable wet and chunky messes, including pet accidents, dirt and mud stains, and food and beverage spills on carpet, upholstery, tile, hardwood, and other surfaces. Available locally at Spenard Builders Supply, or for a full list of retailers near you, visit blackanddecker.com.

Gourmet coffee at home

The JURA ENA 8 in massive aluminum is a signature updated to the ENA 8 series, featuring all aluminum paneling for an exquisite fit and finish. Bringing the gourmet coffee experience home, it can deliver 10 different coffee specialties at the touch of a button – always freshly ground, not capsuled. All this while retaining the small profile, at only 12.7" tall. Small, stunning and simple, the ENA 8 features an appealing all-round design, with a cylindrical water tank inspired by premium crystal carafes. With its color display and clearly defined operating panels, JURA is extremely easy to use. The fine foam technology creates airy, feather-light milk foam for cappuccino and other specialties. With the free app, J.O.E. (JURA Operating Experience), the user can easily operate the machine from a smartphone or tablet – to personalize favorite beverages, initiate brewing, view maintenance instructions and videos, order filters and more. For info, visit jura.com.

Space-saving medicine cabinet

Designed to enhance the grooming experience while eliminating bathroom clutter and increase space-savings, Robern’s Uplift Tech takes innovation to an art form. Robern's Uplift Tech Collection is the first bathroom cabinet to utilize vertical opening (no-swing doors) for unobstructed views, the manufacturer says. The creative vertical door application ensures it will not interfere with tall faucets and hanging light fixtures and provides flexibility even in the smallest of spaces. Offering a range of technological advances and space-saving options, it comes with optional perimeter lighting with consistent accurate color rendering, a defogger, a USB port, electrical outlet ports, and tamper-resistant plugs. Additional features include adjustable shelving, interior integrated cabinet lighting, and an exterior nightlight. Visit robern.com.

Smart stone

Uncomplicate your life with cables and reach for a wireless charger that also beautifies your home workspace. Simply set your phone on the Eggtronic Wireless Charging Stone for fast, 10-watt charging capabilities. The device is Qi compatible for charging Apple and Samsung smartphones and wireless earbuds. Choose from five different stone/marble finishes to match the choice of any elegant aesthetic: black marble, white marble, sandstone, lava stone and travertine stone. Visit eggtronic.com.

Cabinet jewelry

Swapping out hardware can be a quick and cost-effective way to give any bathroom a small facelift. For those who are more mindful of their spending right now, Atlas Homewares offers a variety of affordable choices, like the Elizabeth knobs pictured here. Like fashion, Atlas styles are ever-changing and ever-evolving. Each collection pays homage to a specific design motif, whether it be minimalist, classic, retro or futuristic. Atlas offers something for everyone from transitional to contemporary to eclectic. Visit atlashomewaresdirect.com.

2-in-1 shower

The Delta In2ition Two-in-One Shower features a detachable hand shower which can be used separately from or simultaneously with the showerhead. H2Okinetic showers are powered by an innovative technology that sculpts the water into a unique wave pattern, giving users the feeling of more water without using more water and creating a shower with more warmth, coverage and intensity. Delta’s soft rubber Touch-Clean spray holes allow any mineral residue to simply be wiped away for an instantly refreshed look – with no need for soaking or the aid of chemical cleaners. Spray settings include: H2Okinetic PowerDrench spray, full body spray, massaging spray, shampoo rinsing spray and pause. The pause setting gives users ample space for shaving, lathering and other shower tasks, without worrying about overspray or water waste. For local retailers, visit deltafaucet.com.

A surface that’s ‘magnifica’

Bedrosians Tile & Stone has announced an amazing new countertop solution – the Magnifica Porcelain Collection, which now offers 2cm porcelain slabs – the first ever made in the U.S. Fabricators are drawn to this new size because it transports, fabricates and installs as easy as natural stone and quartz countertops. Designers and homeowners love its beauty, cross-functionality, and supreme durability that surpasses quartz, offering a green product without any resin fillers. Fine marble and natural stone surfaces are synonymous with luxury, but maintenance and upkeep require a little or a lot more effort depending on the stone – especially with busy families and active households. However, Magnifica offers a compromise that marries the look of natural stone with the easy maintenance of porcelain, delivering high-end looks with all the benefits porcelain tile is famous for. This solid surface is shock-proof, heat-proof, acid-proof and, of course, spill-proof. Magnifica is large format porcelain, offered in sizes as large as 60-in. by 127-in. and as small as 30-in. by 15-in. with thicknesses ranging from 2cm to 8mm and 6mm. Homeowners can use porcelain the same way natural stone has been used for ages. The organic looks are created by taking real stone slabs, scanning them and replicating them on porcelain panels. Visit bedrosians.com.

Stay safe this holiday season

While decking the halls and preparing for parties, here are three safety tips to protect your home and loved ones this holiday season:

Holiday Lights. A report from the National Fire Protection Association revealed that nearly two-thirds of fires involving decorative lights are due to electrical failures or malfunctions. Be sure to use appropriate indoor or outdoor lights that have been tested and approved by an independent laboratory (typically indicated on the product packaging). If you live in an older house, it may be a good idea to get a professional check-up from an electrician before loading up outlets.

Candles. While candles can give your home a festive atmosphere during the holidays, be sure to always keep a watchful eye. With an estimated 15,600 home fires caused by candles each year, according to the U.S. Fire Administration, it’s important to keep fire extinguishers nearby and make sure they are easily accessible if you plan on burning candles in your home.

Holiday Cooking. The kitchen stove is among the most frequent sources of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning in the home. To help eliminate danger of overexposure, always run exhaust fans when cooking. As an added precaution, check CO alarms and smoke alarms before the holiday season by testing function and replacing batteries as needed. Smoke alarms should be replaced at least every 10 years and CO alarms every five to seven years – although several new models now offer a lifespan of 10 years, such as the 10-Year CO Alarm (CO710) by First Alert. Visit firstalert.com.

Leak detector

Smart home devices help homeowners save money in a variety of ways these days, from adjusting the thermostat to turning off lights. And now Flo by Moen can help ensure that expensive flooding and damage never happens. By installing Flo by Moen on the water main coming into your house, the device can detect a leak as little as one drop per minute so rather than a slow leak running inside your drywall and resulting in black mold, you are notified before it becomes a problem. And if a water pipe bursts, it will turn off­ the water main and alert you. Additionally, for a small monthly fee, Flo identifies the water-using appliances and fixtures in the home – shower by shower, flush by flush, and even washer load by washer load – giving you insight into your home’s water use. Over its lifetime, the Flo by Moen could potentially save a homeowner thousands of dollars. For local retailers, visit moen.com.

Clean the unseen

Of the 327 million people who live in the U.S., it is estimated that 50 million suffer from allergies. If you or a loved one count yourselves among this group, being stuck indoors can literally make you sick. This is because every day we breathe in thousands of allergens such as mold spores, pet dander and pollen that live in our mattresses, pillows and other home fabrics. Dust mites and their waste products are one of the most common causes of year-round allergies and asthma so ridding your home of these uninvited guests sets the stage for healthy living. To the delight of allergy suffers and clean freaks everywhere, RAYCOP’s new Omni Power UV+ Cordless Vacuum kills germs and captures 99.9 percent of particles to ensure allergens do not get released back into homes. The unit uses a four-stage filtration process, including a HEPA filter, ultraviolet light technology (safe for humans, bad for bacteria), pulsation and optimized suction, making it three times more effective at capturing allergens than a regular vacuum. The stick vacuum goes where you go, cleaning multiple home surfaces, including floors, upholstery and other fabrics – even bedding. Boasting a strong battery life, Omni Power UV+ allows homeowners roughly 40 minutes of uninterrupted cleaning time and an easy-to-empty filter. Visit raycop.com.

Split finish

Can a kitchen faucet be transformed from a utilitarian fixture to a statement piece? For Newport Brass, the answer is a resounding yes as shown with their eye-catching split finish faucets. Touted as one of the year’s biggest design trends, matte black and mixed metals in the kitchen and bath create a modern and formal look for any home or business. At the forefront of kitchen couture, Newport Brass offers this contemporary design for the Adams and Heaney faucets featuring a matte black spout with either satin nickel or satin brass accents and handle. Never sacrificing functional performance for aesthetics, the faucets include a signature magnetic docking system that secures the pull-out spray head to the spout when not in use and also features a two-function toggle control spray engine with a pivot ball fitting that enhances directional control within the sink. The split-finish faucets are constructed out of solid brass to deliver long-lasting beauty and performance. Visit newportbrass.com.

Go dark in the kitchen

Matte black is trending everywhere these days – from exterior paint to living room decor to cabinet hardware and more. And now, kitchen appliances are embracing this edgy color – and its many benefits. Maytag introduces Cast Iron Black, a finely textured, matte finish engineered to stand up to daily wear and tear while helping to hide fingerprints and minor dents. White cabinetry has long dominated kitchen design aesthetic, but more homeowners are adding pops of color through the use of colorful cabinetry, mixed textures and unique backsplashes or accessories. Cast Iron Black has endured 1,000 hours of testing to make sure it can stand up to everyday use and is now available on select Maytag models. For local retailers, visit maytag.com.

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