Feature Article - January/February 2017

Turning Houses Into Homes

The Most Motivating Housewares & Home Goods

By Emily Tipping

Cook Something Up

From celebrity chefs to artisan foods at the local brewery, there's been an ongoing foodie trend for a number of years. And it doesn't look like it's abating any time soon. Manufacturers have followed in lockstep with this trend, creating new and innovative solutions that can help you do more at home.

"Surely you can see that the solutions from manufacturers follow the food trends presented on TV and in print," Izykowski said, adding that he expects the 2017 Housewares show to once again highlight this trend.

"The foodie trend is going strong, as witnessed by the takeover of your Facebook wall with those quick-edit videos that show an overhead shot of hands assembling some tasty dish," Glamann said. "Keeping herbs fresh on hand is quickly becoming a foodie's best friend, and items like the Herb Keeper and Herb Chopper from Cuisipro are really trending. People that love to cook don't necessarily want to spend more time in the kitchen, so any products that help to make cooking more efficient redeem well."

Izykowski added that many people are focused on healthier cooking. Certainly being able to keep fresh herbs on hand is one way to add a healthy pop of flavor. But it's not the only way. "Healthy trends continue with consumers having the ability to spiralize their veggies and use blenders more than ever as a multiple-use tool," he said. "Many categories are also adding modern technologies to basic appliance categories, which is appealing to many consumers."

So what are some of the trends when it comes to popular items in the kitchen?

"Basic categories are still doing well," Anderson said. "Cutlery sets and coffee makers are still solid, but the stand mixers and the step-ups are even more powerful. I wouldn't hang my hat on one specific category. People are meeting their needs. It's almost as if you're seeing someone get a nicer coffee maker or toaster and now they're adding the stand mixer. There's a lot of variety and the overall category is doing very well."

"Stainless steel and metallic finishes are still very on trend," Glamann added. "They tend to complement a broad range of décor choices and seem to redeem very well."

In addition, he said, "Space is at a premium for many millennials living in smaller urban apartments, so housewares that take up less counter space are in demand."

One way to save space is to get a single appliance that provides multiple functions. The Hamilton Beach 2-in-1 Oven and Toaster is the perfect example. It can fit a personal pizza or a 9-by-9-inch pan, with a long-slot toaster across the top for optimal toasting, combined with a traditional spacious toaster oven. It toasts 25 percent faster than regular toaster ovens and delivers better quality toast. The long-slot toaster is large enough for bagels and artisan bread, and it features an attractive, all stainless front bezel. The oven offers bake and broil modes, with adjustable temperature from 200 to 450 degrees. It also features a 60-minute timer, two rack positions, and includes a bake pan and external crumb tray.

When it comes to prep, you can get it done in style with the John Boos 18-inch Round Maple Wood End Grain Cutting Board from 20/20 Special Markets. This solid, maple-wood, end-grain cutting board with natural oil finish measures 18-by-18-by-3 inches, and is a beautiful and functional addition to any kitchen. It features a smooth, flat surface for chopping, slicing, dicing, mincing and more. The stylish checkerboard construction is easy to clean and oil to bring out the beauty of the wood. John Boos Chopping Blocks are made to last by skilled craftspeople, and a John Boos cutting board is an heirloom item destined to be treasured for years.

Serve & Entertain

When you're ready to serve, there are plenty of options as well. Knork Flatware's Antique Copper Titanium Finish Hand Forged Stainless Steel Flatware brings a new metal into the mix. This unique, cool dark antique copper flatware marries rustic charm with modern style for a look that's bold. The titanium-coated technique is PVD and is dishwasher-safe and scratch-resistant.

You can set the scene for holiday entertaining with Nambé contemporary bar and wine accessories. The Nara Ice Bucket, Vie Wine stemware, Spiral Wine Chiller, Cheese Block and the Sixty Five Bowl create a splendid presentation for family and friends to enjoy. Nambé is the perfect corporate gift for employees and clients to be fondly remembered. Customization is available for an added special touch.

Available through Rymax from Juliska's Berry & Thread Collection, the Whitewash 5-Piece Place Setting is rimmed with simple thread and adorned with a sprinkling of berries. The collection contains a round dinner plate, scalloped dessert/salad plate, round side plate, tea/coffee cup and scalloped saucer. Made of ceramic stoneware in Portugal, the exquisite collection is oven-, microwave-, dishwasher- and freezer-safe.