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Handy hacks for your kitchen appliances

Handy hacks for your kitchen appliances | Homeware and Appliances | Scoop.it

YOU SPEND your day multi-tasking, so why shouldn’t your kitchen appliances juggle more than one job, too?


Dishwashers can poach salmon. Freezers can wash your clothes. Microwaves can help you squeeze orange juice.


Granted, there are risks to hacking home appliances — especially the fact that it could render your warranty moot, warns Doug Rogers, president of Mr Appliance, a national appliance service company.

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This New Way to Buy Furniture Will Save You Hundreds

This New Way to Buy Furniture Will Save You Hundreds | Homeware and Appliances | Scoop.it

Earlier this month, online retailer ShopitShipit launched with a new vision for selling furniture. ShopitShipit sources high-quality products from Asia, Europe and the US, and makes them available to order straight from the producer.

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Panasonic launches Australian-first refrigerator technology

Panasonic launches Australian-first refrigerator technology | Homeware and Appliances | Scoop.it

To keep food fresh.

 

Panasonic hosted select media for a Japanese sushi experience to showcase its latest refrigerator offering with new bottom mount and French door models that keep food fresh, offer energy-saving technologies and improved storage.

 

The bottom mount models feature an Australian-first ‘Prime Fresh’ technology, which softly freezes fresh meat and seafood to approximately minus three degrees Celsius, extending the life of perishable food, whilst maintaining nutrients, flavour and texture.

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How a refrigerator keeps its cool

How a refrigerator keeps its cool | Homeware and Appliances | Scoop.it

The refrigerator has revolutionised the way we store food, keeping perishables fresh longer. It works by taking advantage of some clever principles of physics to whisk heat out of an enclosed space.

 

Imagine a hot oven. Your job is to remove the heat in the oven, but you can’t open the door and can’t have any openings to allow the heat to escape. Sounds impossible right? Well, by simply compressing and expanding some gas, it actually isn’t that difficult.

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Updating office furniture: Great ways to avoid the biggest, baddest blunders imaginable

Updating office furniture: Great ways to avoid the biggest, baddest blunders imaginable | Homeware and Appliances | Scoop.it

If you think that all office furniture is equal or that it can’t really be that challenging to buy some office furniture to fill your space, you might just be setting yourself up for an expensive mistake.

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A furniture designer created the ultimate chair after having life-changing back surgery

A furniture designer created the ultimate chair after having life-changing back surgery | Homeware and Appliances | Scoop.it

After having back surgery, Tomas Stroman had a physical therapy session that took place in a pool. The point was for him to float in a way that wouldn’t put pressure on any part of his body. To do that, the physical therapist strategically placed two pool noodles underneath him, causing Stroman to comfortably float on his back, in complete balance.

 

Being a furniture designer, Stroman wanted to achieve this comfort outside of the pool, and spent months creating the perfect chair. For it to achieve the same kind of comfort, it would have to distribute the occupant’s weight perfectly, and dynamically adapt to their shape and form.

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Why it pays to shop local

Why it pays to shop local | Homeware and Appliances | Scoop.it

Cheryl Cace believes investing in locally made furniture is an investment in a quality item and the future of the industry.

 

“Buying local is still important to discerning people, ” the owner of Leather and House + Home said. “Yes, you do pay more but you are buying quality.

 

“We are flooded with products, much of it of dubious quality, particularly in leather sofas and chairs. Not all leather is the same.”

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Why display home sales are a great source of affordable furniture

Why display home sales are a great source of affordable furniture | Homeware and Appliances | Scoop.it

If you’ve ever admired a display home’s stylish furniture and homewares, it may surprise you to know that it’s possible to take home that style — at bargain prices.

 

Noelle O’Riordan, interior decorator at Celebration Homes, said ex-display home furniture sales were a great opportunity for the public to pick up near-new, high-quality homewares at rare prices.

 

“By purchasing ex-display furniture you are getting unused furniture for a fraction of the original cost,” she said.

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Fold this furniture on the spot from a single sheet of flattened wood

Fold this furniture on the spot from a single sheet of flattened wood | Homeware and Appliances | Scoop.it

Clutter sucks. My apartment is filled with too much stuff and I blame a lady with whom I’ve agreed to share my life. Our marriage may just be saved by a Dutch designer, who has created a flat slab of wood that folds out into attractive furniture.


Robert van Embricqs’ inventive creations may look like flat pieces of teak wood or bamboo, then you utilise their many brass hinges to unfold them, and create a meticulously crafted piece of furniture, supported by strong wooden beams.

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12 questions to ask before investing in furniture

12 questions to ask before investing in furniture | Homeware and Appliances | Scoop.it

​We would never mess with our water conduits without hiring a plumber or knock down a load-bearing wall without getting our plans approved by an architect. We hire specialists because as experts, they can foresee problems we can’t – and investing in furniture shouldn’t be different.

 

Before dropping serious cash, consulting a designer prevents buyer’s remorse, which can be all too real when a sofa doesn’t fit through the front door, or the marble table we spent rent money on is stained and scratched after a hard realisation that we are not, in fact, marble people. Designers, after all, have navigated decor showrooms and trade fairs enough times to make quick and informed decisions on virtually any piece of furniture you want.

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Luxury homewares at The Fontaine Collection in South Yarra

Luxury homewares at The Fontaine Collection in South Yarra | Homeware and Appliances | Scoop.it

The Fontaine Collection is a homewares store with pieces sourced from the US and Europe by its owner and namesake, Lance Fontaine.

 

Who’s behind the counter?

Lance opened the store in March, after finding that many of the designer brands he saw on his travels abroad were not available at home.

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Save A Little Money Toward Upgrading Appliances With Every Use

Save A Little Money Toward Upgrading Appliances With Every Use | Homeware and Appliances | Scoop.it

Even the best of appliances eventually need replacing. You can prepare yourself for the day your old appliance kicks the bucket by saving a little money toward a new model every time you use it.

 

You can do something similar with almost any appliance. Bake something in the oven? Throw a buck or two into your savings. Run the dishwasher? Save a dollar. For things you use everyday, or are constantly running (like your fridge), do what Freedman did and appropriate funds from another appliance’s savings that doesn’t need it so soon. Or say you’ll save $5 to $10 every time you clean out the fridge.

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Minimalist furniture for your minimalist pet

Minimalist furniture for your minimalist pet | Homeware and Appliances | Scoop.it

It’s just the worst when your pets get in the way of your minimalist aesthetic.

 

Not only does their fur not match your house’s colour scheme but you can’t find any pet furniture that isn’t garish.

 

But design firm Nendo’s collection of pet furniture for minimalist homes could be a game changer.

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Resistance is futile: KitchenAid's new mixers are cuter than ever

Resistance is futile: KitchenAid's new mixers are cuter than ever | Homeware and Appliances | Scoop.it

As if bakers 'round the world didn't already covet KitchenAid's array of colorful stand mixers, the company is making it even harder to resist with its new Artisan Mini line.

 

Available in the US this summer for $400 and elsewhere later this year -- that translates to roughly £280 in the UK and AU$540 in Australia at the current exchange rate -- Artisan Mini's are cute 3.5-quart versions of KitchenAid's classic mixers.

 

KitchenAid had the Artisan Mini mixers on display at the International Home and Housewares Show in Chicago this weekend. The Mini is noticeably smaller than the legacy mixers when you put them side by side, but the downsizing isn't immediately apparent to the naked eye. The Artisan Mini also works with existing KitchenAid mixer attachments, so you can still spiralize vegetables to your heart's content.

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Where The OZ Appliance Market Is Going

Where The OZ Appliance Market Is Going | Homeware and Appliances | Scoop.it

A detailed analysis of the Australian appliance market by the Citi Equities team claims that the “Appliance tailwind for electronics retailers is fading”.

 

They claim that while the fundamentals of the appliances category remain sound, competitive and cyclical headwinds are emerging for retailers.

 

They also claim that Harvey Norman has peaked and that there are risks associated in JB Hi Fi acquiring the Good Guys.

 

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10 practical furniture pieces for small spaces

10 practical furniture pieces for small spaces | Homeware and Appliances | Scoop.it


Contemporary Dining Room a compact space, choosing just-right furnishings can make all the difference between your home feeling cramped or comfortable. From practically invisible acrylic chairs to shelving that flexes with the needs of your space, these 10 furniture pieces should be on any small-space-dweller’s must-have list.

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Building and decorating trends that won't last

Building and decorating trends that won't last | Homeware and Appliances | Scoop.it

Not every design trend is going to add style to your home. Think back to the days of carpeted walls, spa baths and water beds. It is tempting to follow the latest trends but which ones are on the way out? We asked the experts for their advice.

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Handy hacks for your kitchen appliances

Handy hacks for your kitchen appliances | Homeware and Appliances | Scoop.it

YOU SPEND your day multi-tasking, so why shouldn’t your kitchen appliances juggle more than one job, too?


Dishwashers can poach salmon. Freezers can wash your clothes. Microwaves can help you squeeze orange juice.


Granted, there are risks to hacking home appliances — especially the fact that it could render your warranty moot, warns Doug Rogers, president of Mr Appliance, a national appliance service company.

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Here’s what appliances should cost

Here’s what appliances should cost | Homeware and Appliances | Scoop.it

ARE you getting ripped off on your home appliances?


Splashing out hundreds of dollars in an end-of-year sale may seem like a good idea at the time, but what might seem like an inspired purchase today could turn into an expensive disappointment.

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Furniture inspired by planes taking off

Furniture inspired by planes taking off | Homeware and Appliances | Scoop.it


An Amsterdam-based design studio have created an all-in one storage unit, inspired by the efficiency of airline food and drink carts.

 

The Trolleys closet is a collaboration between Chris Bakker and Studio KNOL, who explain on their website: “The cluster design was created to match the dynamic lifestyle of the urban nomad, using clever formations to accommodate more than a closet-load of belongings – ringing true to the old adage ‘fit your whole life in a box’.”

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Expert tips for buying appliances

Expert tips for buying appliances | Homeware and Appliances | Scoop.it

Rick Hart, of Winning Appliances, answers customers’ most frequently asked questions when it comes to kitchen appliances.


What is induction cooking?
Induction cooktops work by creating an electromagnetic reaction between the pot and the induction zone, so only the pot itself becomes hot (rather than transferring heat from the element to the pot). This means if you remove the pot from the surface, the reaction stops, and the cool-down is instantaneous.

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Perth’s newest design destination celebrates timeless style

Perth’s newest design destination celebrates timeless style | Homeware and Appliances | Scoop.it

Mt Hawthorn’s new Henry & Oliver Co. offers a hand-picked range of homewares from around the world.

 

Elaine Ellis describes her Mt Hawthorn showroom, Henry & Oliver Co., as “slightly coastal chic, with a twist”.

 

 Ms Ellis and her husband Robert are the faces behind the business which was born out of Ms Ellis’ pondering during maternity leave.

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Fill your house with these David Bowie tribute homewares

Fill your house with these David Bowie tribute homewares | Homeware and Appliances | Scoop.it

It's been exactly three months since David Bowie's death, but the original Starman lives on in homewares, with a range of designers releasing limited edition lightning-bolt adorned items to pay tribute to his stellar life.

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Italian '80s furniture is hip with the in crowd

Italian '80s furniture is hip with the in crowd | Homeware and Appliances | Scoop.it

Modern design, especially furniture, appears to be the boom category in 2016. Some may be surprised that the late '70s, early '80s period is in greatest demand at the moment, taking over from the Scandinavian style that has dominated over the past decade.

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Get smart

Get smart | Homeware and Appliances | Scoop.it
 
In the age of smartphones, Wi-Fi and home automation, it’s never been easier to declutter and simplify the home.
 

While early incarnations of smart appliances were accessible only to the very wealthy (serving more as a statement of luxury than a time or energy saver), growing mainstream demand for functional, attractive and environmentally friendly appliances has led to a more affordable marketplace, with start-ups and corporations all competing to impress.

 

Those on tight budgets or opposed to technology can also indulge in the decluttered lifestyle. “The minimalist movement” (living more with less), the “zero waste lifestyle” (no-rubbish homes) and Marie Kondo’s bestselling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up are other concepts inspiring home owners to simplify their living spaces.

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Lawyer quits corporate firm to make tiny furniture

Lawyer quits corporate firm to make tiny furniture | Homeware and Appliances | Scoop.it

Why Melbourne lawyer Emily Boutard quit her corporate job to make tiny pieces of furniture.

 


Emily Boutard has swapped 12-hour workdays as a corporate lawyer to establish a career as a miniature furniture maker.

 

Discontented by the long hours and consuming lifestyle required of corporate law, Boutard resigned from her job two years ago to spend more time making handmade pieces of tiny furniture.

 

Since the career change, Boutard has managed her tiny furniture project “Little Architecture” alongside studying a Bachelor of Architecture, teaching property law at a university, and working casually for a law startup from her North Melbourne home.

 

Boutard is one of a small cohort of Australian “miniaturists” who produce their tiny pieces of furniture and doll houses entirely by hand.

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