Celebrity Chef Bobby Flay Buys Home in Los Angeles

Bobby Flay and the home (Photos via Getty/The Society Group)

Celebrity chef Bobby Flay spent the last few months looking at a Midcentury Modern–inspired home in Los Angeles, but it was missing something he dreamed of: a chef-worthy outdoor kitchen.

The owners of the home happened to be designers. They agreed to work with Flay to build an outdoor kitchen to Flay’s specifications, including a pizza oven and an Argentinian-style grill.

That sealed the deal: Flay bought the home, on Rising Glen Road in the hills above Sunset Boulevard, for $7.6 million, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The sellers, Michael and Arya Martin, designed and built the 5,800-square-foot home. They run the design-and-build firm OSKLO.

The boxy house has floor-to-ceiling glass windows and a largely open floor plan. It was recently featured in Architectural Digest.

The Midcentury Modern inspiration is clear in the built-in floating shelves and interior glass atrium. Each of the four bedrooms opens to a private terrace and pathway connecting to the rear of the home.

The small, fenced-in back yard centers on a patio area and the pool. There are lawns, sculptures and landscaped trees.

L.A.’s residential market, particularly the top end, remains hot nearly

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Downtown Wheaton to welcome juice bar, home decor retailer, electric bike dealer

A “coming soon” sign takes on a whole new meaning in the midst of a pandemic.

In downtown Wheaton, those signs are appearing on what had been vacant storefronts, teasing the arrival of new businesses that have overcome unique challenges to open their doors.

“We have a lot of people who are interested because our downtown’s hopping right now,” Elle Withall said.

The executive director of the Downtown Wheaton Association has led recruitment of new retailers and restaurants opening in the coming days and months. Here’s a look at some of those developments.

Extract Juicery

Where: The juice bar will debut in a former coffeehouse space at 114 N. Main St. Five & Hoek Coffee Co. moved to the back of the brick building.

Menu: Extract has a selection of green juices and smoothies, a convenient way to drink your vegetables, especially if you don’t have a pricey juicer in your kitchen.

“There’s at least a pound and a half of vegetables in each juice, and to sit down and eat that would be extremely difficult to do,” owner Kevin Walker said.

He recommends the “Quench Me,” a refreshing mix of pineapple, cucumber, celery, kale and mint, and the vibrant

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Tim Allen and Richard Karn reunite for Home Improvement-inspired game show

Tim Allen is reuniting with Richard Karn for a ‘Home Improvement’ reunion.



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The two former co-stars are hosting new game show ‘Assembly Required’ for the History Channel, and the project might be the closest fans get to a real-life edition of their fictional show within a show, ‘Tool Time’.

The pair are back together as hosts and executive producers alongside resident expert and DIY YouTuber April Wilkerson, as the show challenges builders across the US to “breathe new life into everyday household items in desperate need of fixing”.

Tim commented: ‘They say a longtime friend is someone who responds with, ‘This is by far your worst idea ever’…Fortunately, this was a great idea working with Richard.

“I loved those days doing Tool Time. We both share a great appreciation of people who can solve a problem not by talking about it, but by ‘doing’ it with creativity and amazing building skills. Plus it gives me more time to make fun of his fake beard.”

Detailing the show, the History Channel added: “This new series will push each contestant to their limits while testing their ability and ingenuity to not only rebuild it but to build

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25 Top-Rated Kitchen Products Under $25 Every Home Cook Should Own

And while these gadgets certainly do make a difference in the kitchen (and are arguably quite fun), there are other, more pressing products that you may ultimately rely on and use more regularly. If it’s these you’re after, Amazon boasts a slew of essential tools, appliances, knives, and cookware that will fundamentally alter the way you cook. 

Keep reading for 25 best-selling kitchen products on Amazon that every home cook should call their own—everything is $25 or less.  

Checkered Chef Cooling Racks for Baking

These stainless steel cooling racks are the perfect size for letting hot brownies rest. They’re small enough to insert into a sheet pan—to bake chicken wings or broil fish—and are designed with small crosswire spacing, so nothing falls through the cracks. 

“I should have bought these years ago,” one five-star reviewer says. “It’s amazing how often these racks get used around our kitchen. The great thing about them is that they’re two small racks instead of one large one, which increases their versatility from cookies and muffins to fried chicken.”

To buy: $12 (originally $20); amazon.com

Amazon Basics Silicone Nonstick Food-Safe Baking Mat

There’s no need to waste parchment paper when you can pull out a

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Furnishings to help keep your home bacteria and virus-free

COVID-19 has forced us all to think about new ways to avoid germs in the workspace, public places and even in the privacy of our own homes. Fortunately, interior designers and manufacturers are responding to the demand and offering homeowners solutions to reduce the spread of germs and other harmful particles. 

Here, industry professionals share some of the more helpful ideas and innovations currently available.

Easy-to-clean and sealed surfaces

In a survey of designers conducted by the National Kitchen + Bath Association, a trade group, a majority of respondents said that easy-to-clean surfaces would be an influential trend in the wake of the pandemic. “People want something that’s easy to sanitize, such as stainless steel faces on dishwashers and refrigerators,” says Peter Salerno, a certified master kitchen and bath designer and owner of Peter Salerno, Inc. in Wyckoff. “(Decorators) often put panels on them, but non-porous surfaces are easier to clean because they don’t have crevices.”

This Summit dining room has chairs covered with wipeable Crypton fabric that resists mold and bacteria. The room, part of a home in Summit, was designed by Alexa Harris-Ralff, owner of AHR Designs in Maplewood.

Salerno also praises non-porous countertops such as quartz, which, unlike marble, limestone and granite, doesn’t have small fissures, veining or indentations. A combination of pulverized stone and resin, “Quartz is poured in a mold, and doesn’t have nature’s flaws,” he says. “It cleans like

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15 Smart and Sophisticated Kitchen Storage Ideas for your Home

It’s not how much space you have for storage in your kitchen; it’s how you cleverly design it that makes the kitchen smart and chic. Designing a kitchen is not rocket science. After all, how difficult is it to build kitchen storage with drawers, cabinets, pantry, and gadget garage? Ask our professional kitchen planners who successfully design the perfect kitchen storage, keeping in mind the minute details of comfort and envisioning it to make the kitchen look stylish. Let’s take a tour of these kitchen storage ideas to get inspired for your home.

1. Elegantly modern



1.  Elegantly modern


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1. Elegantly modern

The open kitchen’s elegance gets enhanced by the modern cabinetry that matches the shade of the kitchen island’s engineered stone and the backsplash. It merges with the décor. It is complemented by the dark walnut colored long pantry door on the side and the shine of glass doors on the wall cabinet.

2. One-walled modern kitchen storage



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2. One-walled modern kitchen storage

The one-wall kitchen with wall and floor cabinet creates sufficient storage. The handle-free wooden wall cabinet and long horizontal steel handle for the floor cabinet do cleaning and handling

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IMC Presents February 2021 Market Insights Webinar: “How to Design a Happy Home”

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During the Feb. 17 edition of International Market Centers’ (IMC) Market Insights program, designer, podcaster and author Rebecca West will present “How to Design a Happy Home,” an hour-long webinar addressing how designers can help their clients achieve the homes they crave.

“Connecting designers with the right products to meet their clients’ needs is the primary goal of IMC’s markets and Open Year Round design centers and our Market Insights programming provides education to support that objective,” said Dorothy Belshaw, IMC’s chief marketing and customer officer. “We look forward to seeing designers use these lessons while sourcing and shopping with IMC in Atlanta, Las Vegas and High Point.”

During the webinar, West will provide insight into design psychology fundamentals and alignment of designs, product selections and marketing. Participants will discover the eight categories of well-being that meet emotional and psychographic needs and related products and collection ideas. The goal of the session is to spark new design and marketing ideas for designers, retailers and manufacturers, helping clients feel truly happy at home.

Rebecca West is the founder of Seattle-based design firms Rebecca West Interiors and Seriously. Happy. Homes., podcaster for Creating Your Happy Place and author of Happy Starts

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Kitchen Pendant Light Ideas | Home Guides

Kitchen spaces often require lighting solutions that are highly functional. Whether homeowners are gourmet or novice cooks, the kitchen remains a room that needs many different types of light fixtures to illuminate properly. Pendant lighting can add task lighting to kitchen work zones or light the entire room. There are many types of fixtures, so the kitchen decor is easily enhanced as well. Whether pendants are hung in groupings above an island or attached to a central spot on a high ceiling, they provide abundant light and decorative style for any kitchen.

Island Zone

Hang pendant lights above a kitchen island to provide task light to the most functional part of any kitchen space. Keep the kitchen scale in mind when selecting the fixtures to create a harmonious design. Choose three smaller fixtures, spaced evenly to span the length of the island, or select two larger styles, hung to fill the area above the island as well. Attach them low enough that the bulbs do not glare and high enough that they are not in the way. Glass shades provide the most light, which makes them the appropriate choice for islands. Choose styles that enhance the decor of the kitchen

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Modern Ideas for a Kitchen Nook Area | Home Guides

A kitchen nook is a small space in or near a kitchen separated from the appliances, cupboards, pantry and countertops. Many use kitchen nooks to create small, intimate breakfast areas or small lounge areas. Most kitchen nooks are designed to replace kitchen eating areas, but some are used in conjunction with larger kitchen dining spaces. There are many ways to create a kitchen nook so it provides a warm and friendly meeting spot.

Intimate Dining Area

Create a small, chummy eating area suitable for two to four people. Opt for a small glass or wooden round table because it’s more intimate than square or rectangular styles. Select individual, padded chairs so you and your family can comfortably scoot back from the table to read the newspaper, use electronic tablets or work on handheld crafts. Modern nook styles are often minimalistic, so choose simple wall art, nominal window treatments and basic table decorations so the focus is on intimate discussions and window gazing at the beautiful outdoors.

Reading Room

Design a modern kitchen nook that’s geared toward reading and relaxing. Select two oversized, padded lounge chairs and place them side by side, facing toward one another or at a slight inward-facing

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Kitchen Decorating Ideas Using Wainscoat on Walls | Home Guides

Installing wooden panels or wooden boards on the bottom third of a wall adds texture and visual interest to a room. Such panels, or wainscoting, also protect walls from dings and scratches that are caused by table chairs or furniture bumping against the wall. Decorating a kitchen with wainscot is a rewarding home improvement project because the wooden texture makes the room feel warm and inviting and provides a rustic, country, cottage or colonial theme to work with.

Color Variations

A cheerful way to decorate and combine colors in your kitchen is to paint wainscoting a different color from the rest of your walls. You might paint your wainscoting a slightly darker shade than your upper walls to create depth and creativity in the space. For example, you might paint the wainscot a deep Wedgewood blue and paint the top section of the walls a lighter gray-blue. You can also contrast wainscoting with your walls by painting them bright white and painting your upper walls a color that coordinates with your kitchen motif, such as beige, golden yellow, light brown, soft gray, cherry red or sage green.

Rustic Texture

Because wainscoting is made of wood paneling or wood boards, it

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