3 Hottest Kitchen Design Trends for 2017

3 Hottest Kitchen Design Trends for 2017


Let’s face it, the kitchen is one of the most important areas of any home. It not only is the arena by which we prepare feasts, but also an important gathering place for people to share and enjoy the company of others. That is why designing a kitchen to fit personal needs is absolutely crucial. Let’s take a look at three ways others are spicing up this area:


  1. Industrial Look

While the Industrial look may not seem all too cozy at first glance, it can be tastefully done to preserve the coziness of one’s home. With the exposed brick and butcher block countertops this kitchen tastefully balances the industrial feel with a warm vibe. Bonus points for open shelving!


  1. Neutral colors

Homeowners are moving away from lighter toned wood colored kitchens and cabinets and favoring neutral, earthy tones for big color decisions (cabinets, countertops etc). This allows room for personalization in the accessories like adding a chalkboard wall, statement piece chandelier or plants galore!


  1. Smart Devices



The internet of things is poised to take over our kitchens with interconnected devices from fridges, ovens, toasters and even dining room tables. The application of the internet in the home is seemingly endless. However, for the first time the technology is getting really really good. Millions of people have bought a Google Home or an Amazon Echo with Alexa as a kitchen assistant and we are not far away from having instant ordering fridges and ovens that show you the recipe as you go! During your remodeling or kitchen planning phase, consider what devices you may want in the future, because we are not far from a connected kitchen!


Here are some things to consider if you are planning on a remodel! These three trends have staying power so no need to worry that your kitchen will be out of date before you complete your remodel.

Local Business Spotlight: WOW 1 DAY PAINTING

Local Business Spotlight: WOW 1 DAY PAINTING


If you have ever had your house painted, you are fully aware of how stressful of an event it can be. Luckily, a Boston-area business is here to simplify everything.

The name says it all, WOW 1 DAY PAINTING. These interior and exterior home painters here in Worcester will finish the job (regardless of size) in a single day.

Here is an except from their website:


Just because we complete your house painting or office painting project in 1 DAY doesn’t mean it isn’t done right. Our revolutionary system, perfected over 20 years, along with the right number of professional painters, means we can complete your residential or commercial painting to the highest standards.

I found the company to be entirely professional, they did an amazing job for me, and I would certainly recommend them to anyone in the area who needs their home painted.

For more information, visit their website: http://www.wow1day.com/

Denver Estate Attorneys | Wills and Wellness Estate Planning

Wills and Wellness, Estate Attorneys from Denver, Colorado

What We Do

At Wills & Wellness, we believe in personalized, client-driven service for each and every client.

We have the privilege of helping individuals and families in the Denver metro area, and throughout Colorado, Texas, and New Mexico. Our knowledgeable attorneys Bonnie and Kim care about what matters most to you – your family – and we consider it our job to ensure your family doesn’t collapse after the disability or passing of a loved one.

How We’re Different

At Wills & Wellness, we focus on the fact your family will grow and change. Our emphasis is on planning for exciting and inevitable life changes, not just what happens when you pass away.

Many estate planning lawyers focus only on what happens at death. You might be familiar with the traditional experience: you have an attorney draft your estate plan—it’s presented in a nice leather binder—you put it away in a safe deposit box—it gathers dust over the years—you vaguely recall having to update beneficiaries but never get around to it—and 10 years pass without you thinking about it again.

During those 10 years, life changes. You’ll have more children, buy a new house, grow your retirement account, take out a new life insurance policy, and buy the log cabin in the mountains you’ve always dreamed of. Essentially, you’ll outgrow your estate plan.

That’s why we work to build ongoing relationships with clients instead of a one-time transaction. We openly and happily communicate with clients about any and all of their estate planning questions as they go through life.

Our estate plans also help you capture what’s most important to you and your family—who you are as a person—your values, insights, stories, and experiences you want to share with your loved ones. We believe memorializing and communicating your legacy is an important yet often overlooked component of estate planning.

Get more information on our website: https://willsandwellness.com

Preventing Work Related Back Pain

Preventing Work Related Back Pain


To no one’s surprise sitting at your desk all day can do damage to your back and neck. But with proper techniques and practices you can reduce the risk of developing serious spine conditions. Many spine conditions are caused by posture problems, like a bulging disc. A bulging disc is where one of your intervertebral discs has weakened and lost its shape. Conditions like these can be prevented with the tips below.

Desk Set-Up

The Right Chair

Choosing a chair that is adjustable and properly supports your lower back is a must. Adjust your chair height so when typing on your keyboard your wrists are parallel with the floor. Your feet should be flat on the floor, or on a foot rest that lets you rest your feet at a comfortable level.

Monitor Height

Your monitor should be at eye level. If your screen is too high or too low, you’ll have to bend your neck which can be straining. The top of your monitor should be at eye level.

Mouse Position

Your mouse should be as close to you as possible. Using a mouse pad with a wrist support will help keep your wrist straight to avoid bending.

Saying Loose

Don’t stay in the same position for hours

Every 30 minutes or so get up and move around. Frequent short breaks are better for your back than fewer long ones.

Stretching throughout the day

Reverse Arch Stretch: Move to the front of the chair, interlace your fingers behind your back. Take a breath in and move your shoulders backwards, let your head fall back as well. Exhale your breath as you extend backwards. Hold this position for a few deep breaths. Slowly bring your head back up.

Standing Hamstring Stretch: While standing, simply bend forward at the waist with arms hanging down and with legs relatively straight. Try to touch the toes but do not strain to do so. Stop when a stretch is felt in the hamstring.


Choosing the Best Brandy For You

Choosing the Best Brandy For You


There are few things as decadent as a warmed glass of brandy in hand. Favored by many as the after-dinner drink of choice, you’ll find brandy in many other contexts (and cocktails) as well. From its early use by apothecaries as a cold cure-all, to its current position as coveted dessert accompaniment, we can’t guarantee that brandy will be the balm to all your aches and pains, but it will surely stand out in your cocktails and desserts.


Brandy is made by distilling wine, or more generally fruit juices. And much like wine, brandy is often categorized by the region of production and, most especially, by its age. Since a brandy can be made from many different fruits, from apples to grapes, it’s important to study the bottle for its importation and the type of fruit used in the spirit.


Brandies are aged slowly and carefully in oak stills to bring out the nuances of flavor. Thus, brandy makers use an age grading system to indicate the age of the youngest brandy in the blend. V.S. (“very special”) denotes a blend in which the youngest brandy has been aged for two years, VSOP (“very special old pale”) describes a blend in which the youngest brandy has been aged for four years, and lastly, XO (“extra old”) denotes a blend where the youngest brandy has been aged for at minimum six years. Additionally, for American brandies, any blend with a brandy younger than two years must be labeled as “immature.”


When it comes time to pick your poison, consider how you might be drinking the liquor. If you’re looking for an old classic, a XO brandy served neat in a snifter might be your drink of the evening. But if your favorite drink is one that’s shaken, not stirred, then you might try a younger blend with a few of the below recipes for your next event.



The traditional brandy cocktail sure to conjure metropolitan polish.



2 oz. brandy

1 oz. Cointreau

1/2 oz. lemon juice


Chill and sugar rim of a cocktail glass. Shake mixture with ice, then strain into glass.


The Seersucker Gentleman

A down-home drink to refresh on a summer evening.



2 oz. Brandy XO (rocks)

1 1/2 oz. blood orange liqueur

1 leaf bruised sage


Lightly stir, then pour over rocks.


Washington Apple

As crisp as a fall morning, this drink lets apple brandy take center stage.



1 oz. E&J Apple Brandy

4 oz. cranberry juice


Shake and pour over ice.


Brandy Alexander

Best served with a crackling fire and a snowy evening.



1 1/2 oz. Cognac

1 oz. white crème de cacao

1 oz. heavy cream

Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg


Shake together ice, cognac, crème de cacao and cream. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with the nutmeg.


E&J Cooler

A summer drink, a derby drink, or, really, a refreshing drink anytime.



1 1/2 oz. E&J VSOP Brandy

2 oz. apple juice

1 oz. ginger ale


Blend all three ingredients in a tall cooler glass. Garnish with lime wedge.


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