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Weekly Roundup

by Kuhrich on Monday, November 11, 2013

It’s that time again. That’s right, it’s Roundup time! We’ve got some great products and and design advice to talk about, so let’s get to it.

This first product seems almost too good to be true. I’ve seen some cool stuff in my day, but this is particular item is on another level. Danish company, Scanomat, has created a revolutionary (I mean that) new coffee brewer that can be integrated into a Kitchen or Bar countertop – The TopBrewer. This brewer not only brews coffee, but also espresso, cappuccino, latte, hot chocolate and machiato. But wait, there’s more. In order to brew one of these amazing drinks, you simply have to download Scanomat’s custom app onto your wireless device and you are ready to brew. Simply bring up the app, select your type of drink and the job is done. You can even regulate the amount of foam, size of the drink and the amount of cream or sugar you would like. All this can be done before you get out of bed. I have no idea how much this product costs, which is probably a good thing. Check out this video of the brewer in action. The video is set only to music because words just aren’t necessary.

Since I clearly love talking about new types of flooring, let’s move on to engineered hardwood. Terra Legno, located in Ontario Canada, manufacturers a very unique engineered hardwood in some very distinct colors and finishes. For those of you that gravitate toward a more modern or European decorating style, this flooring might be a great option for you. In particular, their Hearthstone finish, which s a deep gray color, would compliment a number of modern color palates.

In the world of interior design, color goes through fashion trends similarly to clothing. Over the last 6 to 8 months we have been seeing a clear movement toward gray tones from both paint manufacturers and interior designers, as well as from our clients during selection meetings. HouseBeautiful.com is currently featuring a slide show called 72 shades of Gray, in which they showcase a number of rooms and decorating schemes to demonstrate how to use gray tones and mix in accent pieces for some complimentary splashes of color. Check it out!

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com