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A Burning Case of House Envy

Induction cooktop

Induction Cooking. Everybody is doing it! Trying to, anyway. Induction is quick, precise, powerful and energy-efficient; but on the expensive side for the average consumer. Looks good, though, especially when combined with an indoor grill.

Show homes tend to inspire great jealousy in the heart. Today was no different. In a day devoted to scouting out the latest design trends, I toured three different single-family homes and three townhomes looking for decorating, layout and product ideas. 

 

Stone in the Home. Kitchens are featuring cultured stone on walls and island faces. When used as an accent, it gives a classic hearth feel that works with any style, from Arts & Crafts to coastal.

 

Cultured stone in the kitchen

 

 

The Frivolous. Especially after tromping around a million square feet of trade-show floor, I adore a good foot massage as much as the next gal. But the spa with water jets -— especially when it doesn't come with a nice lady to give me a pedicure — seems a bit unnecessary for the home.

 

Foot bath


Equally cute and silly: The whirlpool tub just for Puppers.

 

Dog spa

 

Seriously, I don't like to be reminded that there are dogs living more luxurious lives than mine.

 

 We Like Our Wine. The United States ranks third in the world when it comes to wine consumption, according to the folks at Gaggenau. Based on the wine storage and refrigeration being featured in kitchens, butler's pantries, media rooms and master suites, I'd think we were Number One. Check it out.

 

 

Butler's pantry Master suite Wine refrigeration and storage

 

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