More time at home means more opportunity for you to design your personal kitchen, bath :: WRAL.com

Every year we consider the colors and styles homeowners are gravitating towards when personalizing their new home kitchen and baths. The 2020 season, more so than ever, has given us the most poignant glimpse into how everyday living can affect our design choices. 

The global pandemic we continue to experience has resulted in families spending more time at home, altering both their needs and wants with regards to aesthetics, technology, innovative design options and energy-saving features.  

Buyers may have also found a little extra time to spend on Pinterest or watching HGTV to get inspired on the design of their new home.

“I have buyers that come in after months of being stuck at home with social distancing/COVID restrictions and they have learned what they don’t like,” said Rachel Anne Phelps, design consultant for Drees Homes.  “Through staying home, COVID has helped buyers learn how they truly function at home and that carries over to their choices they make with me.”

So, in the spirit of how form and function merge to create a space that your family desires to spend a lot of time in, let’s take a look at what homeowners are currently asking for in their kitchen and bath design!

Lighting

As evenings may include more home-based activities like menu planning, reading, board games or puzzles, proper lighting is of the utmost importance. Undercabinet lighting and stacked cabinetry lighting remain popular in the kitchen as well as the classic look of clear glass options in the bathroom.

Other lighting must-haves include exposed bulbs, sconces everywhere, and drop-down pendants, especially in the ever-popular black and chrome.

“We are also seeing larger pendants and linear lights over the islands in the kitchen,” said Phelps. “A lot of homebuyers see lighting as the jewelry of the home and in main living spaces they want something that makes a statement.”

Fixtures

Many homeowners are opting for their accent pieces to help them achieve a more modern look so they pair up brushed nickel and matte black features with their cabinetry of choice resulting in a wonderful contrast. Supporting that more modern look is the decision to forego dual-handle bathroom faucets, choosing rather the single-handle option.

Appliances

We all seem to be cooking more these days, dusting off recipes and discovering what our kitchens are really capable of doing for us!

As buyers work with their builders to layout their dream kitchen, designers are receiving requests for hidden microwaves, vent hoods with a cooktop, oversized ranges, and of course the tried and true double wall oven or microwave/oven combination. 

While stainless steel still ranks supreme (especially fingerprint-resistant stainless steel), black stainless continues to gain popularity in that modern and edgy department. However, an even fresher look of matte white with gold or rose gold handles and accents is being considered by homeowners who desire an open and airy feel in their kitchen.

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Open Gate Kitchen in Costa Mesa dishes out hope, opportunity

When he lost his dad at the age of 13, Michael Rodriguez looked for ways to fill the void.

He turned to the neighborhood gang for support, and he had already begun experimenting with drugs a short time after. He was selling drugs just to get by.

“Once my dad died when I was 13, I wanted that love,” said Rodriguez, 25, of Stanton. “They all showed me love. I felt loved after my dad died, and I started hanging around with the wrong people, started using drugs, tried heroin after he died.

“I tried it a few times. I wasn’t addicted to it, but I liked the feeling. It kept me away from reality … about losing my dad.”

One thing led to another. By 14, Rodriguez was intermittently homeless. By 17, Rodriguez found a drug he had promised his dad he would never do in methamphetamine.

“I just cracked,” he recalled. “I tried it out. It was bad for a few years.”

Rodriguez said a family friend told him about a culinary school in Costa Mesa called Open Gate International, and it has become his way out.

The program takes aim at equipping people from vulnerable life situations with a skill set to find gainful employment, but also the life skills to make good choices.

Both Rodriguez and his stepbrother, David Lopez, 30, work for Open Gate Kitchen, the restaurant and proving ground for the culinary school’s graduates.

Open Gate International, an Orange County-based culinary school and nonprofit organization, has produced 138 graduates since it was launched in January 2017.

Guarded as one with his past might be, Rodriguez recounted that he would seldom talk to anyone when he entered the program. He learned to love it and said that Open Gate marked his first graduation of any kind, a broad smile showing on his face as he talked about the happiness it brought him.

Rodriguez is married. He has fathered two children from two different women, and he also has a stepdaughter. His outlook on life has improved dramatically. He says he has stayed away from drugs, with his kids serving as the motivation.

“We both lived that life,” Rodriguez said of himself and his stepbrother trying to turn their lives around. “We’re just trying to change now. We’re trying to progress.

“We’re trying to get a house together. From kids doing crimes and going to jail together to now we’re working, getting paychecks, saving.”

Open Gate Kitchen owner and founder Deidre Pujols, the wife of Albert Pujols, at Open Gate Kitchen in Costa Mesa.

Open Gate Kitchen owner and founder Deidre Pujols, the wife of Albert Pujols, at Open Gate Kitchen in Costa Mesa. Pujols’ nonprofit organization takes people from vulnerable life situations and gives them an opportunity to have sustained life success by learning the culinary arts.

(Kevin Chang / Staff Photographer)

Human trafficking had been an issue that Deidre Pujols, 44, a champion for vulnerable populations and the wife of Angels baseball star Albert Pujols, wanted to address. Open Gate International grew out of those efforts.

A trip abroad to several countries for Pujols

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Global Smart Kitchen Appliance Market to 2024 – Trends, Forecast, and Opportunity Analysis

The “Smart Kitchen Appliance Market 2019-2024: Trends, Forecast, and Opportunity Analysis” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

The future of the smart kitchen appliance market looks promising with opportunities in the in the residential and commercial market. The global smart kitchen appliances market is expected to grow with a CAGR of 29% from 2019 to 2024. The major growth drivers for this market are rising discretionary income of the people worldwide, growing awareness about energy-efficient and eco-friendly appliances, and high technological advancements in smart kitchen appliances.

A report of more than 150 pages is developed to help in your business decisions. To learn the scope of, benefits, companies researched and other details of the smart kitchen appliance market, then read this report.

The study includes the smart kitchen appliance market size and forecast for the global smart kitchen appliance market through 2024, segmented by product type, end use, distribution channel, and region.

Companies Mentioned

  • AB Electrolux

  • Whirlpool

  • Samsung

  • LG

  • Haier

  • Panasonic

  • Dongbu Daewoo

  • BSH

  • Sub-Zero

Some of the features of ‘Global Smart Kitchen Appliances Market 2019-2024: Trends, Forecast, and Opportunity Analysis’ include

  • Market size estimates: Global smart kitchen appliance market size estimation in terms of value ($M) shipment.

  • Trend and forecast analysis: Market trend (2013-2018) and forecast (2019-2024) by segments and region.

  • Segmentation analysis: Global smart kitchen appliance market size by product type, end use, distribution channel, and region.

  • Regional analysis: Global smart kitchen appliance market breakdown by North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Rest of the World.

  • Growth opportunities: Analysis on growth opportunities in different End Uses and regions for smart kitchen appliances in the global smart kitchen appliance market.

  • Strategic analysis: This includes M&A, new product development, and competitive landscape for smart kitchen appliance in the global smart kitchen appliance market.

  • Analysis of competitive intensity of the industry based on Porter’s Five Forces model.

This report answers the following 11 key questions:

  1. What are some of the most promising potential, high-growth opportunities for the global smart kitchen appliances market by product type, end use, distribution channel, and region?

  2. Which segments will grow at a faster pace and why?

  3. Which regions will grow at a faster pace and why?

  4. What are the key factors affecting market dynamics? What are the drivers and challenges of the smart kitchen appliances market?

  5. What are the business risks and threats to the smart kitchen appliances market?

  6. What are the emerging trends in the smart kitchen appliances market and the reasons behind them?

  7. What are some changing demands of customers in the smart kitchen appliances market?

  8. What are the new developments in the smart kitchen appliances market? Which companies are leading these developments?

  9. Who are the major players in the smart kitchen appliances market? What strategic initiatives are being implemented by key players for business growth?

  10. What are some of the competitive products and processes in the smart kitchen appliances area and how big of a threat do they pose for loss of market share via material or product substitution?

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Global Smart Kitchen Appliance Market to 2024 – Trends, Forecast, and Opportunity Analysis – ResearchAndMarkets.com – Press Release

DUBLIN–(Business Wire)–The “Smart Kitchen Appliance Market 2019-2024: Trends, Forecast, and Opportunity Analysis” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

The future of the smart kitchen appliance market looks promising with opportunities in the in the residential and commercial market. The global smart kitchen appliances market is expected to grow with a CAGR of 29% from 2019 to 2024. The major growth drivers for this market are rising discretionary income of the people worldwide, growing awareness about energy-efficient and eco-friendly appliances, and high technological advancements in smart kitchen appliances.

A report of more than 150 pages is developed to help in your business decisions. To learn the scope of, benefits, companies researched and other details of the smart kitchen appliance market, then read this report.

The study includes the smart kitchen appliance market size and forecast for the global smart kitchen appliance market through 2024, segmented by product type, end use, distribution channel, and region.

Companies Mentioned

  • AB Electrolux
  • Whirlpool
  • Samsung
  • LG
  • Haier
  • Panasonic
  • Dongbu Daewoo
  • BSH
  • Sub-Zero

Some of the features of ‘Global Smart Kitchen Appliances Market 2019-2024: Trends, Forecast, and Opportunity Analysis’ include

  • Market size estimates: Global smart kitchen appliance market size estimation in terms of value ($M) shipment.
  • Trend and forecast analysis: Market trend (2013-2018) and forecast (2019-2024) by segments and region.
  • Segmentation analysis: Global smart kitchen appliance market size by product type, end use, distribution channel, and region.
  • Regional analysis: Global smart kitchen appliance market breakdown by North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Rest of the World.
  • Growth opportunities: Analysis on growth opportunities in different End Uses and regions for smart kitchen appliances in the global smart kitchen appliance market.
  • Strategic analysis: This includes M&A, new product development, and competitive landscape for smart kitchen appliance in the global smart kitchen appliance market.
  • Analysis of competitive intensity of the industry based on Porter’s Five Forces model.

This report answers the following 11 key questions:

  1. What are some of the most promising potential, high-growth opportunities for the global smart kitchen appliances market by product type, end use, distribution channel, and region?
  2. Which segments will grow at a faster pace and why?
  3. Which regions will grow at a faster pace and why?
  4. What are the key factors affecting market dynamics? What are the drivers and challenges of the smart kitchen appliances market?
  5. What are the business risks and threats to the smart kitchen appliances market?
  6. What are the emerging trends in the smart kitchen appliances market and the reasons behind them?
  7. What are some changing demands of customers in the smart kitchen appliances market?
  8. What are the new developments in the smart kitchen appliances market? Which companies are leading these developments?
  9. Who are the major players in the smart kitchen appliances market? What strategic initiatives are being implemented by key players for business growth?
  10. What are some of the competitive products and processes in the smart kitchen appliances area and how big of a threat do they pose for loss of market share via material or product substitution?
  11. What
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Trump returns to White House after leaving hospital, sheds mask for photo opportunity

Trump abruptly announced earlier in the day on Twitter that he would be leaving Walter Reed.

“I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 P.M,” Trump tweeted in the afternoon. “Feeling really good!”

“Don’t be afraid of Covid,” he continued. “Don’t let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago!”

The virus has so far killed more than 211,000 people in the United States.

Earlier Monday, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and two of her deputies were confirmed to have tested positive for Covid-19, among 11 people tied to the president who have contracted the virus in recent days.

Shortly before his departure, Trump tweeted, “Will be back on the Campaign Trail soon!”‘

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines stipulate that a person should quarantine for 10 days after symptoms first appear. The president first said he began feeling sick Thursday, about five days ago. The CDC says those “who are severely ill” with the virus may need to quarantine for up to 20 days.

The president’s physician, Dr. Sean Conley, briefed the news media Monday afternoon, saying the president has improved to the point that he could recommend returning to the White House, although he said Trump is not quite in the clear yet. Conley said the president would continue to take remdesivir, an experimental antiviral drug, later Monday and on Tuesday.

“Though he may not be entirely out of the woods yet, the team and I agree that all our evaluations, and most importantly, his clinical status, support the president’s safe return home,” Conley said. He declined to say when the president last tested negative for the virus.

Asked about the results of the president’s chest X-ray, Conley said he could not discuss it, citing health privacy laws. But he seemed to do so selectively, having released other information that would be protected by the law. It was not clear why Conley did not want the public to know about the X-ray, which could indicate whether signs of pneumonia are present.

On Sunday, Conley acknowledged in a briefing that he had not been completely forthcoming about Trump’s condition at a briefing Saturday to “reflect the upbeat attitude” of the White House.

Later Sunday, White House strategic communications director Alyssa Farah defended the mixed messaging by saying, “When you’re treating a patient, you want to project confidence, you want to lift their spirits, and that was the intent.”

Doctors had said Sunday that Trump could be discharged as soon as Monday, but they also said he was placed on a steroid therapy typically used in more severe coronavirus cases.

Conley said Trump experienced a high fever Friday morning and was administered supplemental oxygen later in the day. He added that Trump’s oxygen levels dipped for a second time Saturday, but he could not answer whether Trump required supplemental oxygen that day. Doctors said

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Pandemic Is An Opportunity to Clean House, Compliance Experts Say

The coronavirus pandemic is presenting companies with an opportunity to scrutinize due diligence processes, risk assessments and other routine tasks that help businesses avoid brushes with the law, compliance chiefs say.

The effort to make compliance departments more cost-effective is happening as companies grapple with the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

“This is an amazing time for companies—especially their compliance departments—who are resource strapped, to engage in what I call internal cleanup,” said Allen Chiu, chief compliance officer of Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories Inc., a call-center software company.

The pandemic has radically changed the business landscape for many companies, and in turn altered where legal risks such as bribery and corruption lie. Compliance officers should be asking themselves if they have the right policies in place or if they are doing business with third-party business partners that are no longer relevant, Mr. Chiu said during a virtual panel hosted on Friday by the Practicing Law Institute, a nonprofit organization that provides continuing legal education programs.

Third parties such as distributors, resellers and suppliers pose a corruption risk for companies, since they can be used to funnel bribes to government officials. Vetting them is one of the core responsibilities of a compliance department.

“If you are putting resources into looking at 100 companies and you don’t even use 25 of those companies, then you’re wasting resources chasing after diligence requests from [companies] that you don’t use or that produce little or no revenue,” Mr. Chiu said.

In that way, reassessing a company’s risk profile during the pandemic should go hand in hand with the effort to cut costs across the business, panelists said. As part of its periodic due diligence of third parties, compliance officers should be asking the company what the business justification for the relationship is, said Palmina Fava, a partner at law firm Vinson and Elkins LLP.

“When you have to cut costs, the question has to be, ‘Do you need this?’” Ms. Fava said. The exercise should extend to other expenditures that can be used to fund bribes, such as a company’s travel and entertainment budget, she said.

“Everybody’s having to do business in a way that culturally is very different from the way they did it before,” Ms. Fava said. “You have to ask, ‘Do we really need that meals budget going forward? Do we need this travel budget going forward?’”

Companies conduct compliance risk assessments to figure out where their legal risks lie. To save costs during the pandemic, compliance officers may have to eschew elements of the formal risk-assessment process.

“We’re not putting risk assessment to the side; we’re just doing it in a more targeted and thoughtful, proactive way,” said Catherine Razzano, the chief compliance officer of Panasonic Avionics Corp., which designs in-flight entertainment systems.

Write to Dylan Tokar at [email protected]

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