Do you Love Wine and Want More of It? 3 Wine Coolers to the Rescue! Sr. Designer Sara Plaisted, on a recent Design and Wine Italian tour with Adam Japko (of Wine Zag), about to bring home cases filled with her favorite wines. As wine continues to increase in popularity and our tastes become more refined, it makes sense to want to save your favorite wine for a special occasion without it spoiling. Sorry to say, your regular refrigerator just won't cut it. But maybe you don't have the space in your home (or the budget!) to bring home cases of wine to store in your own wine cellar. Except this this lucky client who has a refrigerated whole room wine cellar: Lori Dennis Interior Design Project: Villa del Sur Construction: SoCal Contractor Before you start... Top 3 Things to Look For in a Wine Cooler 1. Single or Dual Temperature The ideal temperature to store sparkling wines, white and red wine is somewhere between 45º and 60º. Coolers are available in either single or dual temperature compartments to keep them in their own zone. Your regular home refrigerator is about 40º, which will be too cold for wine and will also dry up the cork. 2. Noise and Vibration Nobody wants to have a constant humming appliance in any room in the house. Another reason your refrigerator won't work for wine storage is because the vibration disrupts the maturation process of the wines. Think of your wine like a precious sleeping baby - it's best if she sleeps in a dark quiet room with nobody fussing with her. 3. Racks We all like a little flexibility. Having adjustable or removable shelves allows you to store big bottles along with regular size bottles. We also love the seamlessly smooth and fully extendable racks with separate slats that keep the bottles from rolling into each other. No room in your kitchen for a wine cooler? Just build a custom Armoire Bar! And Voila! Let's find you the best bang for your buck! In working with client's budgets big and small, we've compiled a quick list of our 3 favorite wine refrigerators (or wine coolers) for any size and any budget. 1. Whirlpool Undercounter Wine Cooler for a Modest Budget Surprise! You can store up to 51 bottles in this 24" wine cooler! Whirlpool offers sizes starting at 15" wide (storing up to 34 bottles) with a single temperature controlled zone - great for those of you who only love either red or white wine. Check out Whirlpool Wine Centers here. 2. Viking: Under Counter or Full Height Wine Cooler for a Mid to High Range Budget The Viking Pro Dual Cooling Wine Cellars come in sizes between the undercounter 15"-24" wide (storing between 25 and 40 bottles), or larger units at 30"wide full height which can store up to 150 bottles. With soft close hinges, heavy-gauge full extension and smooth glide shelf racks, and alarms when the door is left ajar, Viking offers high value with multiple options. Check out the many options of Viking Wine Cellars here. We added this compact 24" Viking undercounter wine cooler at the end of an island in our a small beach condo kitchen. These fit great in any lower cabinetry space, or as shown in the armoire above. Using 3 narrow wine coolers, we created this chic home bar in Hollywood Hills on Blue Jay Way. 3. Sub-Zero: Built In Full Height Wine Cooler for a Larger Budget The Big Daddy of Wine Coolers. It's a close race between the Viking and Sub-Zero wine refrigerators. However, Sub Zero was the first company to build a storage system for wine and are considered the top of the line in manufacturing of quality and durable products. These coolers also have two temperature control systems and low vibration, They also have undercounter sizes between 15 and 24 inches wide and full height coolers between 27 and 30 inches wide. See all Sub-Zero Wine Cooler options here. Works great in our modern kitchen design with stainless steel exposed finish. Or as a double unit with custom panel doors. Who needs milk when you have wine? Many thanks to our friends at Ferguson who specialize in all ranges of wine coolers, along with appliances, plumbing and lighting! Don't forget your wine glass! We've tested all the unbreakable wine glasses on the market and have found these to be the best. They're perfect to take on a picnic, camping or to have around the pool. Also great for all the clutzes out there who often break a glass simply by washing them in the sink. (You know who you are.) Purchase here. If you're interested in any of these wine coolers, we'd be happy to help you find the perfect fit for your home.
We Had a Fantastic Week Filled With BIG News! Exciting News! Kabuni Acquires Design Campus. After 6 years of labor and love, I have sold Design Campus to the privately held company of Kabuni, a design resource and digital marketplace that links designers with homeowners. Kabuni is awesome for 3 important reasons: 1 - It's strong online platform and phone app bringing together Designers, Homeowners and Artisans. 2 - Kabuni House - a co-working space catering to the Design Build community, a place to network, learn and be inspired. 3 - Social Mission of Building Better Homes for Everyone, where proceeds from their designer marketplace helps to end the cycle of poverty and homelessness. Sold! I'm thrilled to join the team as strategic adviser to help continue and grow the online educational and business platform. Read More HERE Thank you Ocean Home! Coastal Kitchen Design: Lori Dennis, Inc. Construction: SoCal Contractor Our Coastal Kitchen Project was featured in the latest issue talking all about latest in Kitchen Trends. Read More HERE Thank you Houzz! Houzz included our modern bedroom in Hollywood Hills in their article on Platform Beds, Bedtime Stories. Having a low-profile platform bed maximizes warmth next to a cozy fireplace. Thank you again to Kabuni, Ocean Home Magazine and Houzz!
And now for another segment of Before and After! Let's start with one of our recent full home remodels. Home Chef Master Makeover Our wonderful clients (who we LOVE LOVE LOVE) wanted to keep the same layout of the kitchen, but really bring it up a notch. They are extraordinary home chefs and wanted the best of the best in appliances, like a salamander and the first ever US imported Freddy Blast Chiller. The face lift really brightened the kitchen with new floors, custom cabinetry, hood, counters and backsplash, not to mention appliances by Wolfe, Miele, Blue Star and Irinox Freddy (the Italy import story was featured in Robb Report). Bachelor Master Room Makeover This next project was for a bachelor looking for a sexy and dramatic bedroom makeover. Inspired by the East, we completely transformed his basic room into something extravagant. We added black lacquer wall panel and molding with a dark charcoal grasscloth wallcovering, and covered the ceiling in black and gold wallpaper. His existing rug was trimmed with red velvet and we kept his vintage dresser that he purchased at an auction (beating out Mick Jagger!). New light fixtures, custom bedding, art and drapery completed the look. Modern Moroccan Makeover This bathroom was sweet as is but not as functional for a young family. The house was originally built in the 1920's, and this modest bathroom had limited storage and function. Our clients wanted a Modern Moroccan feel that would go along with the Spanish style of the home. Here you'll see a neutral color scheme in the Encaustic floor tiles, Andalusian Ogee white wall tiles and hammered metal vanity. A Moroccan Mirror was re-purposed into the face of a medicine cabinet and was built to slide to the left or right for accessibility. The overscale pendants were painted a bright turquoise to match the mirror and the gold star ceiling fixture was the cherry on top. Bonus Cost Effective Do-It-Yourself Makeover… If you don't have a lot of space for entertaining in your dining room and it feels a little drab, try these next steps . . . Add a coat of fresh paint and some value engineering. Build (or buy) a bench to create your own built-in seating. Slip cover the base, a few chairs, and add seat cushions and pillows. Still want more? Tape up your walls and add stripes for a custom fun look. Choose colors from your accent pillows. Now you're ready for entertaining! What will you do this weekend to freshen up your home this Spring?