Feature Article - January/February 2017

Turning Houses Into Homes

The Most Motivating Housewares & Home Goods

By Emily Tipping

Safe & Clean

Of course, the home is much more than what's in the kitchen. From the front to the back door, upstairs and down, you need to ensure safety. On top of this, everyone wants tools that simplify housework.

Everyone wants to be prepared, and the Kaito Voyager XL Digital Emergency Power Station is the ultimate portable communications and emergency tool, handy for when the power goes out or disaster strikes. With multiple power sources, the Kaito Voyager XL keeps you connected to the world during emergencies. Power sources include hand-crank motor, rechargeable battery, built-in rotating solar panel, USB or AC. It packs digital AM/FM, 24/7 NOAA National Weather Service with 'weather alert,' MP3 music player, micro SD card slot, built-in Bluetooth, digital radio recorder, digital voice recorder, 3-LED flashlight, 5-LED reading lamp, clock/alarm, backlit LCD display and a portable USB recharging station for phones and other devices. It also features a large dynamic speaker and water-resistant rubberized protective case.

Miele's Scout RX1 Robotic Vacuum, available through Rymax, is the perfect helping hand to ensure your home stays neat and tidy. For more than a century, Miele has been living by its motto, "immer besser," which means, "forever better." The company designs high-quality, durable products that deliver outstanding results. The Scout RX1 Robotic Vacuum brings optimum cleaning performance right to your living space. This smart gadget features gyro sensor navigation, seven anti-collision sensors, and a ceiling camera. The two rotating side brushes, turbo brush and high-efficiency suction system are sure to clean even the toughest corners. With nonstop power, four cleaning modes and a turbo mode, this smart, navigating robotic vacuum cleaner is the "little vacuum that could."

From Top Brands, the Workshop General Purpose Wet/Dry Vac steps up power and drum capacity. This 9-gallon, 4.25 Peak HP vac remains easy to maneuver and store. Its integrated blowing port adds cleaning versatility when you just don't want to suck it up. Includes: vacuum, 1 7/8-inch diameter hose, utility nozzle, wet nozzle, two extension wands, dust bag, filter and five-year limited warranty.

In addition to being safe and keeping clean, there are other ways to boost your home's comfort. Available through Top Brands, the Vornado IR400 Infrared Heater lets you choose between whole-room warmth and a personalized heat zone. The IR400 has the ability to use Vornado's signature V-Flow whole room heat circulation to deliver continuous, uniform heat to the entire room or switch to a personal heat zone just for you. It features a cool touch exterior, three heat settings, automatic safety tip-over switch, overheat shutoff protection, thermostatic temperature control, cord wrap and a five-year limited warranty.

Making Beauty

Beyond the tools you use in your home, there's a whole world of ways to furnish it, and myriad styles are available to help you find the right fit for your program participants.

Available through Incentive Concepts, the Human Touch iJoy Active 2.0 lets you relax and unwind in a compact, sleek massage chair—the perfect addition to your living space. No room is too big or too small for an iJoy. The FlexGuide orbital massage replicates techniques used by massage professionals to relax and recharge your body. Enjoy any of three intelligently designed, invigorating auto-massage programs, or customize your experience. iJoy elevates your lifestyle and performance, keeping your mind and body active.

New for Spring 2017, Waterford introduces an exceptional lighting range designed to appeal to an array of tastes and décor preferences. Whether you're shopping for a modern or a traditional look, Waterford lighting assortment embraces every spirit of style. With the opening retail price of $295 for some accent lamps ranging to $625, the new lamps have great value. Pictured here is the Kilrush 26-inch Table lamp.

Add comfort and style to outdoor spaces with the Gramercy 4-Piece Seating Set from Hanover Outdoor, available through PMC. The set consists of one deep-seating sofa, two matching arm chairs, four coordinating accent pillows and a tempered-glass coffee table. Offering casual elegance, this set combines a sturdy, rust-resistant steel frame with an all-weather resin weave that offers many seasons of enjoyment. Multiple cushion options are available to choose from and perfectly complement the flared wicker frame.

Savor every moment preparing your favorite grilled foods on the innovative Kamado Grill by Hanover Outdoor, available through PMC. The all-in-one unit allows you to smoke, sear, grill and bake all types of food with ease. The thick ceramic walls retain heat for even cooking and moisture for juicy results. The Kamado Grill boasts an impressive temperature range from 200 to 700 degrees, giving you the power to do everything from slow cooking to searing. Crank the heat up to take advantage of the self-cleaning feature, turning any mess left behind to dust.

Summing everything up, Sawicki said, "When it comes to housewares, convenience is always on trend. Looks, performance and ease of use—all three boxes need to be checked for the ultimate in great design."