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Supplement to “Mix It Up”

Trends aren’t the only thing to consider when remodeling or decorating your home. Here are some Web sites with good information about various industrial materials and what you will find at each site.
Home of the National Kitchen and Bath Association, this site includes a good glossary of terms, photos of the best designs from their competitions, product news, and a good workbook to use when remodeling a kitchen or bath.
The trend today is to mix materials when choosing countertops, according to HGTV’s site. Lots of information about all types of materials, as well as specific sections on kitchens and remodeling.
While the site is designed to sell stainless steel utensils for the kitchen, it also has a wealth of information about stainless steel, including how to clean various items made of stainless and the health benefits of stainless. It’s also a stainless steel gadget lover’s paradise, with everything from tools to prepare Aebleskiver (a traditional winter treat in Denmark) to zesters (a garnishing tool).
Want something different in stainless steel? Cool Tiles features a product to make stainless kitchen or bath backsplashes, decorative borders, or feature walls.
If you want the look of stainless steel but don’t need to replace your appliances, this might be a solution—liquid stainless steel that brushes on like paint, from Thomas’ Kitchen Art Inc.
As the name implies, this company sells stainless steel cabinets. The site will give you a good idea of what cabinets and countertops look like in stainless and answers to many questions.
Lots of photos of the various uses of concrete divided into interior and exterior uses. The site includes acid-stained concrete, interior floors, overlays, polishing, dyes, stenciling, resurfacing, stamped concrete, concrete furniture, and much more.
This site contains a lot of basics about concrete and a few tips on newer trends such as adding color to concrete. At there is also a lot of information about granite.
See photos of more than 1,600 types of granite and marble on this site.
Get answers to many of your questions about granite and marble, such as what you need to consider when buying a granite countertop, the difference between marble and granite, and how to care for granite.
LG Viatera is composed of quartz blended with advanced polymer resins and colorfast pigments. It’s an example of man-made or engineered granite.
For those wanting high-end appliances, Jenn-Air’s site shows the new oiled-bronze look in appliances as well as floating glass and Euro-style stainless.
Elmira Stove Works offers appliances that combine the look of antique appliances with state-of-the-art features. Many come in colors reminiscent of the 1950s and 1960s.

To read the Kentucky Living May 2008 feature that goes along with this supplement, go to Mix It Up.

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