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5 Pro Tips for Remodeling Your Kitchen

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         Your kitchen isn’t just a functional space; it’s where culinary creations are made, relationships are nurtured and time is spent in pleasant company. If you're ready to remodel your kitchen, take out the guesswork and get advice from the experts. Here are 5 tips for remodeling your kitchen from the professional designers at Arizona's premier cabinetry and kitchen design company, Affinity Kitchens.

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Decorative Art ‘Finishes’ Your Home

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What’s the best finish to a great home?

Custom finishes — on the walls and ceilings, on vanities, even mirrors and furnishings.

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Custom hand-crafted finishes for each unique client    Photo Credit: Dawn Monte

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5 Ways to Use Your Living Space for R&R Before the Holidays Hit

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      Going to the spa to get an hour massage is a wonderful way to relieve the stress brought on as the holiday season approaches- we can’t argue against that. But, here’s a secret: you can get the relaxing and rejuvenating benefits of massage right in your own home (without begging your significant other to rub your back). But how? By using underutilized areas of your living space.

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5 Holiday Table Setting Tips

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Whether your friends and family gather at a beautiful table setting everyday or just a few times a year for the holidays, the decor should reflect your home and heritage. Magazines, decorating websites and antique stores are a great place to get inspired, but remember that table settings aren’t about perfection: they’re about memories. AFM talked to Ken Mosesian, table design expert from ForYourTabletop.com, on how to put a vintage, yet modern twist on traditional holiday themed table settings and colors.

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1. Use rich colors-Instead of focusing on what’s trendy, think about what makes you feel good. Opt for rich colors this season like deep green, blue and amber hues. If you’re starting with a blank slate, Mosesian suggests pairing together a dark green place mat, a solid white plate with a royal blue border and a salad plate in a lighter amber shade.

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2. Swap a few pieces for a holiday touch-If you have a table setting year round, there’s no need to buy a completely new setting. Swap out candles for a glittering gold color (preferably unscented), linen napkins with a simple holiday design like a pine cone (stay away from Santa Claus) and add new place mats or a favorite holiday family heirloom. 

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3. Stay away from distracting center pieces-Mosesian’s favorite part about the table is incorporating people into the action of celebration. If you can’t see your loved ones through a distracting floral arrangement or tall candles, they don’t serve a purpose. This season, place a bowl of citrus fruits in the center of your table—you’ll be able to easily communicate with everyone around the table and the light scent is refreshing as well.

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4. Highlight a couple vintage pieces-If you use more modern pieces in your table setting, make sure to mix in vintage pieces or family treasures. If you don’t have anything vintage, Antiques on Central is a great place to find that one-of-a-kind piece for the holidays. Choose one to two pieces to make the table pop.

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5. Mix it up-Meals bring a variety of people together, so the table’s décor should reflect that. Mix patterns and styles to create a unique setting that will be a conversation starter.

 

Looking for a Unique Bathroom Fixture? Consider the Bidet

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The bidet has a unique place in American culture, specifically as a comedic device. Whenever one is encountered in a movie, even in an American setting, it’s usually with confusion and trepidation resulting in the device being used for other than its intended purpose. Or they are depicted as a frivolous accessory in the gold-plated and marble-clad bathrooms of the uber rich.

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