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Searching for Kitchen Ideas

Where do you go for ideas to create the perfect kitchen?  Do you find Pinterest helpful?  How about Houzz?  Do you search specific brand websites, or do you search for local dealers where you can see and touch the products?  Do you ask your friends or find ideas in magazines?

Once you have the perfect kitchen in mind, how do you proceed to create it?  Do you hire an interior designer or an architect.  Do you want to work with a general contractor or do you search for a local remodeling company?

What advice do you value the most?  Do you search Consumer Reports or go shopping and hope for good advice from local dealers?

How do you put it all together?  Does a tabbed binder help?  So many decisions…..wall color, flooring, window treatments, countertop material and color, cabinet styles and hardware, lighting, backsplash, appliances and plumbing, an island with seating or a prep area, ventilation, and on and on….

Has designing your kitchen been a great experience or a total disaster?  What advice can you share that might help others design the perfect kitchen?

My name is Tom Burns, Sales Professional at A-1 Appliance in Nashville, TN.tom  I work with one critical component of the kitchen design process….the appliances.  Someone called me today and asked when they should order the appliances and should they be installed before the countertops or after….I could sense that they were paralyzed by the logistics of it all.  To simplify it, my answer was that the appliances are the first decision and the last installation.

Everything hinges on the appliance selection!  The architect can’t draw the kitchen without this decision.  The cabinets can’t be designed and built until dimensions are determined.  Will the range be the focal point of the kitchen, or is it important to integrate the appliances into the cabinetry to make everything look like furniture?  When everything is complete….the painting is finished, the cabinets and countertops have been installed, and the plumber and electrician have finished their work, it’s time for the final touch….the appliance installation!

Your masterpiece is almost complete.  But have you selected a dealer with an expert delivery and installation team?  Can they install everything without damaging your new floor?

Yes!  It can be done!  When you think of appliances in the Greater Nashville area, think of A-1 Appliance.a1logo(1)  A great starting point in your research should be our website, www.a1appliance.com.  You can also find a huge database of ideas on our blog, www.a1applianceideas.com.  And when you are ready to see the appliances in person, we invite you to visit our showroom. phone1 (1)A-1 Appliance offers products in all price ranges, styles, and colors.  Come on in and let me help  you sort through all of the choices!

 

The Washing Machine Goes ‘Round ‘n ‘Round…

The washing machine used to go ’round ‘n ’round and up and down, but now it does a lot more!  Have you seen one lately?

Here is what washing machines used to look like…  No “specialty cycles” here!

Antique Washing Machines

And here is what a washing machine looks like today at A-1 Appliance..Click here to view:  GE page

Fabric care has changed dramatically!

You want to look your best, right?  Stop by A-1 Appliance and I can help you with that!  My name is Tom Burns, I sell things essential to life as we know it….

Connect with me at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmart

Shopping for Kitchen Appliances

For most people, buying a new kitchen appliance or a washer/dryer is not a frequent experience.  It’s not like choosing a restaurant for lunch today.  A lot is at stake here….You need to feel confident that you can find a good selection of product, that the company is reputable, and that the staff is qualified to meet your needs.  In my humble opinion, A-1 Appliance is your best choice!  (Disclaimer: I have been a member of the sales staff at A-1 Appliance for over 15 years) 🙂tom

We have an incredible selection of appliances in all categories!  You may find inspiration in the Wolf/SubZero Living Kitchen, or in our live Jenn-Air kitchen.

For more ideas, venture upstairs to our Bosch/Thermador gallery, or to our Electrolux kitchen.  On any given day, you may find us baking cookies in our Miele kitchen….yummy, it sure smells good at A-1 Appliance!

Do you need to learn about magnetic induction cooking?  I can show you how with a quick demo!  I love to boil ice….yes, I said ICE.  I put a scoop of ice in the pan, and within 90 seconds I have boiling water!

Speaking of ice, did you know there is “good ice” and “bad ice”?  Watch this demonstration and tell me which one you prefer!

Not only does A-1 Appliance have a great showroom, we also have an in-house service department.  Do you need to talk with a service technician?  We can do that!  We have our own delivery and installation team.  You may have a very complicated installation issue.  If you need on site assistance in the planning stage…we can do that!  WOW….A-1 Appliance has a great sales staff too.  We offer an educational experience at A-1….we create APPLIANCE HAPPINESS!phone1 (1)

Seller of things essential to life as we know it… microwave ovens, dishwashers, refrigerators, cooking and laundry equipment, and more!  Connect at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmart

“Oh No!”…..

We all hate hearing those words coming from the kitchen, right?  Nothing good ever comes from it!

Our response is….. “What happened?”

I can share quite a list with you from personal experience, and I’m sure you can too!

I think I’ve heard just about all of them.  You see, I am an appliance salesman in Belle Meade, a suburb of Nashville, TN (recently voted as the NUMBER ONE best place to retire rich: http://www.forbes.com/pictures/mjf45hdfl/belle-meade-tennessee/  Here are a few of the most painful I’ve heard:

  1. A young couple returning from vacation turned into their driveway to discover water running out of the garage door.  It turns out that an appliance started leaking upstairs the day after they left for vacation.  A year later they are still dealing with the insurance company and major repairs.
  2. One of my favorites comes from a family who had just moved into a new split-level home, newly landscaped.  After closing on the new home and moving in, they left for a few days to finalize the sale of their old home.  It turns out that the movers had tracked grass seed on to the new carpet.  While they were gone, the washing machine hose had burst on the upper level, saturating the new carpet on the lower level.  They returned to find grass growing in their new living room!
  3. Too bad O rings break.  These evil little things can cause a slow leak. One of my customers suffered major damage when they discovered that their dishwasher had been slowly dripping water for a long time.  When the wood floor showed signs of buckling in front of the dishwasher, further inspection showed rotted flooring underneath, damage to the wall and adjoining cabinets, and damage to the room below.  OUCH!
  4. “I’ll never have another ice maker in my refrigerator!”  I heard that recently when a water supply line burst and flooded half of the house.  No simple repair here.  Wood floors had to be replaced throughout the house!
  5. Just a few days ago, someone brought in an electric coil burner from their range.  It had erupted into flame and burned in half while they were eating breakfast.  Good thing they were home to turn off the power!
  6. Can you imagine coming home from vacation and discovering that the power had been off for several days?  Open the refrigerator for a very unpleasant experience.  You can never get rid of the smell of rotten food!

So each of these things I have described are painful to deal with.  These are things you can’t anticipate, but must deal with immediately.  A natural companion to the pain is the frustration of not being able to fix the problem quickly.  

Buying a new major appliance or making repairs to your damaged home is not always a quick process.  It can be mentally and physically exhausting to shop through the many available choices and price points.

“Am I making the right choice?”  “Should we look at other brands?”  “Am I getting the best deal?”  “When will my kitchen be back to normal???”

I hope these things never happen to you, but if you are in Nashville and find yourself in any of these unpleasant situations, I hope you will call me at A-1 Appliance.  I’ll do my best to speed up your recovery!  If you are far away, you still might find helpful advice on our website, blog, facebook, or twitter pages.phone1 (1)

You can find multiple ways to contact me at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmartNachoA-1_2

Baked, Boiled, or Fried….Your Favorite Food?

Today’s post is short and sweet….after all it is Friday night!  Do you have all the food ready for tomorrow’s NCAA Final Four event?

http://www.ncaa.com/final-four#!event_news

Food and Sports ….a natural combination!  As you prepare for the big event tomorrow, take a look at your kitchen.  Does it need a major make-over?  Would it win the championship or is it a total loser?

If your kitchen could use a little help, stop by and see me after the games are over!  If the pizza was burnt and the beer was warm, it might be time for some new appliances.  I can help!

My name is Tom Burns, and I sell things essential to life as we know it!  (you know…the microwave, the refrigerator, the dishwasher!)  Don’t be fooled by the big, bold ads in the Sunday paper shouting about the lowest price….there is a lot to learn before you  purchase an appliance that should last for many years. A bad choice could be the worst mistake you ever  made…(you sure don’t want to hear about that for the next several years, do you?)  Let the experts at A-1 Appliance guide you to a smart decision that’s right for you and fits your budget.

See you after the game!  http://www.a1appliance.com/flyers.html

My Washing Machine Stinks!

Washing machine odor is such a common problem, I think lots of people will read this post.  There are probably as many answers as there are owners of front-loading washers!  But  here is a website that I highly recommend for answers to this problem as well as a host of other common household issues….One Good Thing By Jillie!  Here is her suggestion:

http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2012/02/how-to-fix-smelly-washing-machine.html

I have been a member of the sales team at A-1 Appliance for over 15 years, so I have talked with a lot of people about washing machines.  I have to say that in spite of many comments about smelly washers, the benefits of a front-loading washer far outweigh any maintenance issues….not the least of which is saving an enormous amount of money on water, energy, and detergent!  (and we have not even factored in the savings from clothes that last longer due to a more gentle wash).

If you are curious about high-efficiency washers, front-loading or top-loading, I hope you will visit A-1 Appliance for answers to your questions.  I guarantee, there is a washing machine that is right for YOU!  Let us help you select the right one!phone1 (1)

Ask for me….I’ll do my best to help you!  My name is Tom Burns, I am a seller of things essential to life as we know it….  Connect with me at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmart

Links you might like:

  1. http://www.tide.com/en-US/product/tide-washing-machine-cleaner.jspx
  2. http://www.affresh.com/
  3. http://www.clorox.com/
  4. http://www.vinegartips.com/scripts/pageViewSec.asp?id=7

 

 

 

It all boils down to the recipe!

I’m not a food blogger….I sell kitchen appliances, so in a round about way, recipes are very important to me!  As I was thinking about the common definition of “recipe,” it occurred to me that everything ultimately boils down to the recipe (no pun intended, but the analogy is awesome isn’t it?)

Every product or service is built with step by step instructions (ingredients).  The raw materials have to be mixed or added at the appropriate time to achieve the desired outcome (dish).  If the ingredients are good, the final product, or service, is good.   A famous chef (CEO, Manager, Designer, Inventor) produces a much sought-after product.

Let’s talk about the ingredients from our pantry (factory).  Again, we are back to raw materials, often harvested from many sources.  The great chef has a well trained staff to purchase the raw materials in the correct quantities and at the right time, so that other members of the team can cook (build), and serve (deliver) to the consumer….(there you go…another food analogy–we “consume” food, but we are consumers of products and services too).  As consumers, we don’t want meals (products or services) with poor ingredients made with a badly written recipe!

So, let’s travel down the food chain and look closely at the recipe.  If you visit the showroom of A-1 Appliance in Nashville, TN you will see The Living Kitchen, featuring Sub-Zero and Wolf Appliances.logo-subzero-onlogo-wolf-on  This “recipe” originated in Madison, Wisconsin at the Sub-Zero and Wolf factories.  They follow a precise recipe with the finest ingredients, tasted throughout production to be sure it is perfect for consumption, and finally displayed with care in fine showrooms such as ours at A-1 Appliance.a1logo(1)

So, if you are looking for the perfect recipe for your kitchen, I personally invite you to visit our kitchen.  We will help you mix the perfect ingredients to amaze and delight your family!

A-1 Appliance has an awesome kitchen staff…..a well-educated sales staff preparing daily for your visit, supported by an awesome team of delivery, installation, and service technicians to meet your every need.

From our kitchen to yours…a perfect meal every time! (don’t you love the analogy?)

Today’s recipe by Tom Burns, Seller of things essential to life as we know it….  more information at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmarttom

Is your laundry “sanitized?”

If you have shopped recently for a new washer/dryer, you may have noticed that many machines are now featuring a “sanitize cycle.”  If you have wondered about the benefits of such a cycle, here is some information from e-how:

“What Is the Sanitize Cycle on My Washing Machine?

By April Sanders, eHow Contributor
  
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Clean doesn’t always mean sanitized.

The sanitize cycle on your washing machine is designed to get rid of, or at least reduce, the amount of microorganisms — such as germs and bacteria — on clothing. This cycle prevents these microorganisms from contaminating subsequent loads of laundry. Although not everyone needs their laundry sanitized, there are some circumstances in which the sanitizing cycle can be very important. Does this Spark an idea?

  1. Why it’s Important

    • That freshly dried load of laundry you just took out of the dryer may not be as clean as you think. Germs and other unpleasant things — such as fecal matter — can linger in washing machines and on clothing even after you do a load of laundry. Although bleach and hot water can both kill organisms such as E. coli and salmonella, not everyone uses bleach when doing laundry, and many people wash all their clothing in cold water rather than wasting money on hot water. In addition, standard dryers don’t usually reach high enough temperatures to effectively kill these microorganisms.

    How it Works

    • Sanitizing washers use steam or water to kill microorganisms that may be on your clothing or linens. During the cycle, steam or water is heated to a temperature of at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit — hot enough to destroy these little pests. Not only does the process kill germs and harmful microorganisms, but it also freshens up the scent of your laundry, because it kills odor-causing bacteria as well.

    NSF Certification

    • NSF International is an independent company that tests consumer products to evaluate their safety and effectiveness for the general public. The company tests washers with a sanitizing cycle to see how effective they are in actually killing the microorganisms. Washers that kill 99.9 percent of the microorganisms are awarded the NSF seal of approval. Whirlpool was the first brand to win this award. If you are shopping for a sanitizing washer, it’s a good idea to look for one with the NSF mark.

    Sanitization Cycle Uses

    • Sanitization of laundry is not of the utmost priority for everyone. It can, however, be very beneficial to people in certain situations. Health care workers, for example, will greatly benefit from being able to sanitize their clothing. Mothers who choose to use washable cloth diapers may also find the cycle useful and time-saving. People who work with animals can use the cycle to reduce odors, and mothers of teenage boys might select that cycle for the same reason when they wash their sons’ socks.”

Read more: What Is the Sanitize Cycle on My Washing Machine? | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/info_10061236_sanitize-cycle-washing-machine.html#ixzz2OUvV5HMW

Stop by the A-1 Appliance showroom to learn more about the benefits now available from great brands such as Whirlpool, Maytag, GE, Electrolux, Asko, and Bosch.  Find out more at http://www.a1appliance.com or follow our blog at http://www.a1applianceideas.com

Appliance news you can use, by Tom Burns, Seller of things essential to life as we know it…. More at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmart

Inertia….or why we procrastinate!

First let’s start with some definitions.    dictionary logo

Definition of INERTIA

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“a : a property of matter by which it remains at rest or in uniform motion in the same straight line unless acted upon by some external force.”
( My interpretation:  I would rather live with my old kitchen just like it is, but when the dishwasher leaks on my floor, i.e.,the external  force, I must change my attitude of satisfaction with the way things are, to dissatisfaction with the current state of affairs.)
2. :“indisposition to motion, exertion, or change.”  My interpretation: It’s just easier to do nothing…. or as often said, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
 “indisposition to motion, exertion, or change” is a serious problem.  Inertia stops progress!  Inertia is bad for the economy!  Inertia is bad for healthy relationships!  Inertia prevents us from leading a full, productive, and happy life!   Inertia prevents us from making improvements in our surroundings (….but it’s just easier to leave things as they are)
OK….so here is my call to action:  (disclaimer–I sell kitchen appliances)  You are living with a lousy kitchen…. the dishwasher is noisy and does not clean well; there is not enough counter space; only 2 burners work on the cooktop, and the oven has not worked in months!  HEY, IT’S TIME FOR A KITCHEN MAKE-OVER!phone1 (1)Banish fear…..learn about new energy star appliances that can save you time and money…..visit a showroom where you can experience “Appliance Happiness.” Appliance Happiness
Surprise

It begins this way with many of our customers.  As you first walk into the A-1 showroom and kitchen gallery you are greeted at the door by a pleasant and experienced appliance professional. Your first impression is that the inventory is vast and the kitchen displays are modern and presented with tasteful style. 
 
Calm
 
Once our customers realize that we are not high-pressure but instead committed to listening then recommending the best appliance options, a sense of calm and relaxation occurs. It may be the most relaxed feeling you can experience in a retail store.
 
Grins
 
Close by is an appliance professional that not only guides you to the best choices for your home but also shows you how to save time and money with your purchases. Now you are thinking about how much more you gained just by shopping with A-1. 
 
Joy
 
It is months later and you are still thrilled when you think about the selection of A-1 appliances that serve you every day in your home. You talked, we listened; we guided, you pondered; you purchased, we delivered and installed; you gained great value, we gained a good friend. And we become a friend that assists you with your appliance needs for life.
 
Appliance Happiness: improving your home and your life with A-1 Appliance Company’s complete solution of professional sales and service.
I look forward to meeting you!  My name is Tom Burns, Seller of things essential to life as we know it….  Connect with me at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmart  Let’s change direction together and create the kitchen of your dreams!

I Have No Room In My Kitchen!

Let’s start with the facts….I sell kitchen appliances at A-1 Appliance.  I usually find inspiration for my daily blog posts while talking to customers or reflecting on something that happened during the day.

I was talking with a couple today while they were looking for a new refrigerator.  As usual, I started by asking some questions about what they needed.  For example, how many in the family.  “It’s just the two of us,” they replied.  So off I went showing fairly standard size refrigerators.  It didn’t take long to realize that they were looking for a much larger capacity refrigerator!  “We want the biggest one you have,” was their comment.

I just thought this was an interesting commentary on the recent trends in kitchen appliances.  Every brand seems to be racing to develop the largest oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, washing machine….you name it!  I think it is somewhat in reaction to older kitchens that had very little counter space, not enough cabinet space, and the emerging trend to cook and entertain more at home.  It is a phenomenon that has been defined as “nesting.”

So, if you are looking for BIG IDEAS for your kitchen, I invite you to come by the A-1 Appliance showroom.a1logo(1)  We have MORE of everything! ….More than what you expected.  More trained service technicians to help, more knowledgeable sales professionals, more quality appliance selections, and more solutions for your home.

Any questions?  I would be happy to help you create more room in your kitchen!     My name is Tom Burns, and I sell things that are essential to life as we know it…. phone1 (1)Connect with me on various social media sites at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmart