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12 Ways to Make Your Small Space Feel More Luxurious

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No matter what size home you are living in, there is an endless amount of ways to make it feel more luxurious. From renovating to redesigning, these 12 ideas will turn your small space into your dream home. 

Add Corner Bench Seating

If you’re squeezed for seating space in your home, we think we’ve found the solution. Corner bench seating not only opens up your space, but it adds a touch of elegance and style. Out with the traditional table, in with the chic breakfast nook!

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Install a Touch-Sensitive Faucet 

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to tap your faucet with your arm and have water stream down? Touch-sensitive faucets are a luxury with a practical payoff: fewer germs and less mess to clean after dirty-handed recipe cleanup. 

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Replace or Add Moldings

One of the easiest ways to make a home feel more expensive and luxurious is to improve its interior architecture. If you have narrow baseboards and molding, replace them with something thicker to achieve a more elegant look. You could also add applied moldings to any wall to create more charm and character.

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Warm Up Your Cold Countertop

A countertop heating mat is the perfect solution for anyone who hates the cold feel of their granite or stone countertop. Simply stick the mat underneath your overhang, plug it into a standard outlet, and enjoy the luxury of heated countertops!

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Utilize Smart Storage

Closets are a great way to store clothing and other home essentials, but they can be a challenge in a small space. Removing closet doors is a great way to make a closet in a small space feel larger and give you easy access to the items inside. Drapes are a nice alternative for those who like an open closet but want the option to close things up when guests come over.

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Add Elegant Curtains

With the right pattern and fabric, curtains have the power to switch up a room's aesthetic. If you're still undecided on the room accessory, take a look at these 40 living rooms that put fabric to good use.

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Create a Faux Built-In

If space is lacking built-ins, fake the look by flanking a doorway with identical bookcases that reach almost to the ceiling and install moldings around the tops of the shelves. As a style bonus, paint the bookcase before installation, or line the backs with pretty paper.

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Renovate Your Ventilation

No one wants the lingering smell of smoke and cooking fumes in the kitchen, especially in a small space. But hoods can be clunky. With a pop-up hood vent, you can suck all the smoke and fumes out at the press of the button.

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Turn Your Smartphone into a Virtual Doorman

House keys are so last year. With an August Smart Lock, you can remotely lock or unlock your front door, or tell Siri, Alexa or Google Assistant to do it for you. Complete the grand entrance with an elegant lantern in the foyer.

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Add Your Own Mini Bar

Nothing says luxury more than a high-class selection of beverages on display. A bar fit perfectly on a small wall of unused space is a practical and classy way to make a statement.

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Update Your Ceiling

Look UP and get creative. The ceiling is the most oft-overlooked area of your home, but with some bold reimagining, it can become the biggest talking point. Just try one of these tricks

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Upgrade to a Storage Wall

It’s hard to create storage and not make a room feel smaller. A colorful and practical storage wall, in place of your television stand, will make all the difference in your small space!

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Heated Stone Products Introduces FeelsWarm® Countertop Heaters for Outdoors

Product expansion for stone bars, pool areas & outdoor dining.

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LAKEVILLE, Minn. (June 08, 2018) - Heated Stone Products, creator of FeelsWarm® countertop heaters to warm stone countertops, announced today a new application for venues and homes with stone countertops located outdoors. This new offering compliments the company’s core model, ultra-thin stick-on heaters for new and existing countertops. FeelsWarm heaters provide a solution for homeowners who are unhappy with the cold feel of their stone countertop and want to enhance the comfort of their luxurious outdoor living spaces.

The new FeelsWarm outdoor model is designed to accommodate wide ambient temperature ranges, taking away the initial cold shock of stone countertops located outside, particularly those utilized on cool evenings. Heated Stone Products also introduced a new water-resistant controller in conjunction with the heating mat.

“We have seen tremendous success with our countertop heaters in kitchens, offices and bathrooms, so we are excited to expand our product offering to the outdoors,” states Jahn Stopperan, President of Heated Stone Products. “This new model, utilizing 12-24 volts for complete safety, is designed to improve the luxury of outdoor living spaces for both homeowners and businesses that accommodate outdoor entertainment.” 

FeelsWarm patented (pending) heaters work with all types of stone countertops (granite, marble, quartz, and engineered stone) and are the only products on the market specifically for stone counters. All models of FeelsWarm can be plugged into standard outlets without the need for special wiring.

Interested parties are to contact Jacqueline Lundeen at 952-898-9505 ex. 1 or via e-mail at sales@feelswarm.com.

ABOUT HEATED STONE PRODUCTS

Minnesota-based Heated Stone Products manufactures FeelsWarm® Heating Technology, the patent-pending technology of thin heaters used in combination with stone countertops, including both existing and new countertops. Its dealers and market partners are premier fabricators serving luxury homes and businesses throughout the U.S. and Canada. Specializing in foil-based heating elements, Heated Stone Products designs and fabricates unusually large heaters using advanced, quick-turn processing techniques. See www.feelswarm.com.

7 Advanced Home Product Ideas for Senior Citizens

Product Ideas for Senior Citizens

Senior citizens often face challenges in the home that a younger person may not experience. But no matter the age, everyone deserves to feel comfortable, safe and happy in their own living space. 

Below are 7 luxury ideas that will make your home feel more senior-living friendly.

Stylish Support

Product Ideas for Senior Citizens

Add a touch of elegance while enhancing the safety of your bathroom with these attractive dual purpose grab bars. It just makes sense that anywhere there is water, the risk of slips and falls is higher. These designer grab bars are great for anyone who needs a little extra support but still wants to keep their bathroom looking stylish!

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Lightweight Cleaning

Product ideas for senior citizens

If you're sick of having to lug a heavy vacuum cleaner around, this device will make light work of the chore. Founder Nick Grey developed this gadget out of concern for his grandmother, who was struggling with vacuuming. The result is this upright cleaner weighing just 3.5kg. You charge the battery beforehand, then pop it in and it works wirelessly, so there's no lead to trip over. It also means it's easy to get around those awkward corners.

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Added Warmth

Seniors with granite or stone countertops commonly dislike how cold the surface feels on their thin skin. Applying a stick-on heating mat underneath the overhang area will resolve this exact problem. “We eat at our granite countertop most of the time and our arms & hands were always cold. Now, we are warm! Loved this product from the beginning.”  -Patricia F., 76 years old

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Extraordinary Lounging

The BedLounge was created for hours of comfortable sitting and reading, perfect for senior citizens. As you sink into its resilient foam, you will understand why the completely adjustable BedLounge is more exceptional than any other comfort lounger on the market. All of the BedLounge key parts move, extend or flex to offer you the proper posture and support your body needs.

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One-Handed Cooking

The One-Handed Kitchen Helper Kit includes specially-selected products to help anyone who functions with the use of only one hand. The easy-to-use kit includes a rocker knife, zim jar & bottle opener, a Hi-D Paring Board, & an EZ Squeeze one-handed can opener, making cooking a little easier!

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Advanced Safety

When your goal is to remain in your own home, you want award-winning home security and home automation solutions to help you do so safely, easily and comfortably. You may also consider purchasing a reliable fall detection device, which can alert an emergency response center of a fall, even if you can’t press the help button. (See this list of the Top Ranked Fall Detection Sensors).

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Modern Window Treatments

Motorized blinds come with a remote that is easy for senior citizens to operate, keeping them safe with little to no range of motion in their arms or shoulders. This upgrade is not only a convenient luxury, but a safe one as well.

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11 of the Hottest Kitchen Trends in 2018

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Kitchens have become more than just a place for meal preparation. They have turned into the true center of the home for entertaining and every-day family gatherings. 

Below are 11 design and technology trends that are making this year's kitchens stand out from the outdated kitchens of the past. 

Banquette Seating

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Making a comeback from the 80’s, banquette seating has become a popular design trend of 2018. Who wouldn’t want to sit at this sunny little alcove for breakfast every morning?

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Gray Cabinetry

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The kitchen industry's leading manufacturers say that while white cabinets continue to be tops, gray is the shade they're betting on to break white's top spot.

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French Door Ovens

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Not only are french-door wall ovens stylish, they’re becoming a great choice in limited spaces because you don’t have to allow room for a conventional door to fold down in front. You can even control the oven remotely with your smartphone!

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Countertop Beer Brewing

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Craft beer enthusiasts will love this trend. For the small sacrifice of 20.5 inches of countertop width, homeowners are turning their kitchens into their own custom microbreweries!

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Square-Tile Backsplashes

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Another trend from the 80’s that is back: square porcelain tiles. Because the tiles are simple both in finish and shape, you can make them a bit more exciting by contrasting it with a different color grout or installing the tiles in a different pattern other than just the typical grid. Click here to read the difference that grout color can make to your tiles.

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Heated Countertops

Applying a stick-on heating mat underneath the countertop overhang area has become a popular trend among owners of granite, quartz and other stone countertops. These surfaces tend to feel cold to the touch so adding some heat helps to bring back the comfort and elegance of your island or peninsula.

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Induction Cooking

Fast, safe, and aesthetically pleasing -- there are many reasons why homeowners love induction cooking. Utilizing little heat, kitchens stay cool while cooking, and surfaces remain safe to touch. Plus, these cooktops eliminate the need for a large range hood, opening the door to creative design possibilities.

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Single Level Multipurpose Kitchen Islands

One of the changes emerging is the single level larger sized islands, serving multiple uses. They now have storage solution cabinets and are being fitted with various under-counter appliances while also providing seating–serving as a casual dining bar.

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Fridge & Freezer Dividers

According to NKBA’s 2018 Kitchen and Bath Design Trends study, 55 percent of professional kitchen designers say refrigerator columns are the trendiest item in kitchens. More than 75 percent of designers say homeowners want separate wine refrigerators.

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Brass Hardware

Yes, brass is back! Chrome and satin still reign supreme if you want to keep it classic however shiny brass is back in a big way. Not ready to commit? Yet another trend is rose gold.

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Wifi-Enabled Appliances

Imagine wanting to cook a lovely dinner, but having to rush to the store first for a few ingredients. Now you can see what is inside your refrigerator from your smart phone and use it to create your shopping list.

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Can You Heat a Granite Countertop?

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Do your beautiful granite countertops always feel cold when you lean on them? Do you ever wonder what it would be like to have heated countertops?

There is a solution out there for homeowners who are unhappy with the cold feel of their beautiful stone surface, one that doesn’t involve the installment of brand new countertops.

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Stick-on heating mats for granite and stone countertops are becoming a popular luxury item for both existing and new countertop installations. The ultra-thin mats simply stick on underneath the stone, warming up the surface about twenty-five degrees.

Unlike using a floor heater on your countertop, countertop heating mats are the only product designed specifically for stone countertops without introducing a risk of cracking the stone. Plus, the heater can remain on at all times for as little as $0.15 a day. (Click here to see the difference between using a floor heater versus a countertop heating mat on your surface).

“My countertops are connected to the outside wall of my house and get very cold in the winter,” says Markus B. from Salt Lake City, Utah. “With the heating system installed, I can sit at my bar without freezing my arms off!”

Countertop heating mats require no special wiring and are very easy to install without the help of a professional. Simply peel & stick the mat underneath your existing countertop overhang!

Interested in learning more about heating your granite or stone countertop?  Visit www.FeelsWarm.com or contact the FeelsWarm team today.