Food blogger, television chef and cookbook author, Jaden Hair recently incorporated some of BLANCO’s products into her stunning home kitchen remodel. Jaden’s awe-inspiring new space boasts an open atmosphere, a fun wall mural and with the help of the BLANCO SOLON™, a convenient and mess-free place for one of her favorite family activities, composting.

Learn more about Jaden’s experience with composting using her BLANCO SOLON in her guest post below.

For the past 18 years, I’ve been an avid composter. When we lived in San Francisco, we had a Screen-Shot-2015-07-23-at-12.23.22-PMpretty sizable garden, growing as many leafy greens as possible. The soil there wasn’t the best, it was so rocky that not much grew without help of fertilizer or bagged soil. But we had a little 2-seater car (this was B.C. before children) and trips to the nursery to get bags of compost quickly became tedious.

Instead, we began composting, throwing kitchen scraps into a plastic bucket hidden underneath the kitchen sink. This was before compostable bags were popular, so our efforts were messy and smelly. Three boxes of baking soda surrounded the compost bucket, to try to mitigate the smell.

During our recent kitchen transformation, we worked with Blanco to install an in-counter composting bucket made out of stainless steel and sealed tightly with a rubber gasket. Our kitchen scraps go straight from cutting board into the composting bin. The beautifully designed lid sits flush with the counter, so it blends right in with the kitchen. Pair the bucket with compostable bags, and there’s no mess or smell at all. Once every few days, we’ll lift out the bucket, bundle up the compostable bag and toss the entire bag into the compost bin outside.

Composting is so simple. I tell my kids that you can compost anything a rabbit would eat, plus paper products, lint and coffee. Here’s a full list of what you can compost. We also have a micro paper shredder for our junk mail and any uncoated paper products. Every time we take a load to the compost bin, we’ll also empty out the paper shredder bin to the compost. Together, the food waste, paper and garden clippings make the most lush compost. There’s nothing like growing your own vegetables with nothing but good, “homegrown” compost free of chemicals.


To learn more about Jaden and her delicious recipes be sure to visit her blog


BLANCO challenges you to design your version of the ultimate dream kitchen for the #BLANCODreamKitchen Contest.  Participants can easily enter by submitting a hand or digital drawing of an original idea, which includes a BLANCO PRECIS™ Medium Single with Drainer and a BLANCOCULINA™ Mini Faucet and upload it as a JPEG file along with a caption to the contest website.

Entries will be accepted online starting on September 7, 2015 and ending October 16, 2015. All online entries must be received by October 16, 2015 11:59PM EST

The winning prize is $1,000. 2nd and 3rd place prize is a  CULINA Mini Faucet valued at $650. Winners will be selected by a jury of design professionals.

To download design files, click here


BLANCO is a 2015 International Design Excellent Awards® (IDEA) finalist for the space-saving PRECIS™ Medium Single sink with Drainer. The BLANCO PRECIS offers a crisp angular design, durable SILGRANIT II surface and a unique wave-shaped integrated stainless grid that effectively doubles the drying area when the grid sits on the sink’s functional ledge.

“We are so honored to have been recognized as a finalist for the 2015 IDEA awards,” states Tim Maicher, Director of Marketing for BLANCO. “With thousands of entries this year from around the world, we are proud of the fact that the BLANCO PRECIS made its mark and stood out for its truly innovative and space-saving design.”

More than 1,700 products from around the world are entered for IDEA 2015 as the competition marks its 35th year and IDSA celebrates its 50th anniversary.

IDEA has for 35 years recognized design excellence in products, sustainability, and interaction design, packaging, strategy, research and concepts and welcomed entrees from students to worldwide companies. Winners and finalist showcase the best examples of design insight, talent, passion and design excellence.


BLANCO challenges you to design your version of the ultimate dream kitchen for the #BLANCODreamKitchen Contest.  Participants are required to create a hand or digital drawing of an original idea, which includes a BLANCO PRECIS™ Medium Single with Drainer and a BLANCOCULINA™ Mini Faucet and upload it as a JPEG file along with a caption to the contest website.

Entries will be accepted online starting on September 7, 2015 and ending October 16, 2015. All online entries must be received by October 16, 2015 11:59PM EST

The winning prize is $1,000. 2nd and 3rd place prize is a  CULINA Mini Faucet valued at $650. Winners will be selected by a jury of design professionals.

To download design files, click here.


BLANCO wins two distinguished 2015 Summit Creative Awards for excellence in marketing and advertising. The PRECIS™ SILGRANIT II print ad won a silver Summit Creative Award and the BLANCO Smile Instagram Caption contest won a gold award.

The Summit Creative Awards are part of the Summit International Awards, an organization that recognizes global creative talent in advertising agencies that spark innovation with award-winning creative concepts and achievements. This year’s competition included 5,200 entries from over 50 countries across five continents.

“Winning a Summit Creative Award is a significant accomplishment for BLANCO as we take great pride in our creative work,” states Tim Maicher, Director of Marketing for BLANCO. “We hope to continue to be awarded in these categories for years to come as we continue to expand our creative reach.

BLANCO’s agency of record is Frank Advertising who has won previous awards for its creative and strategic work on behalf of BLANCO including a Silver Event Technology Award, a Silver Davey Award and a Silver W3 Award.

If yours is among the 5.1 million families that the U.S. Census Bureau says live in multi-generation homes, there are eight tasteful ideas that can help you make your kitchen better for everyone.

Whether your parents, your adult children or both are moving in with you, these tips may help441588_ONE_XL-SING_EN_FAM2_Image2 make living together easier on everyone:

• Go big or go small: Put in a kitchenette with a microwave, fridge and sink near an easily accessible bedroom or go for a large gourmet kitchen with a kitchen island if there will be more people eating at different times of the day.

Allow for wide aisles so many people—including those with a walker or a rolling baby chair— can use the room without getting in each other’s way.

Consider a second dishwasher, stove or refrigerator.

• The height of convenience: Vary counter thickness and height and go for multilevel divided sinks to make lifting pots and pans easier.

Lower the cooking surfaces, too, so seeing inside pots can be simpler.

• Swing time: Pull-out shelves give you easy access for under-cabinet storage without a lot of bending, stooping and digging around.

• Rise to the occasion: Integrated toe-kick ladders that hide under cabinets can help everyone reach the high shelves with less stretching and more safety.

• Here’s a bright idea: Older eyes often need more light, so improve visibility inside drawers with integrated LED drawer lighting.

• Don’t get a handle on the cabinets. Sleek, handle-less design makes cabinets easier to open.

• Keep it down. Replace cabinets with drawers below counter-tops and place microwaves under the counter. Many families are finding that with a little effort at accommodation, two, three or more generations can live happily together under one roof—and using one kitchen.


• Smart sinks. If several people will be cooking different meals at the same time, multiple sinks might be in order. If there’s just one sink, consider single-lever faucets that are easier to turn on and off and to control the temperature, even for someone with arthritis. Similarly, a magnetic pullout for a chef faucet—a unique feature of the BLANCOCULINA™—is easier to use than a standard hook. The magnet, not a hook, holds the faucet in place until it’s time to use it again.

Kitchen sinks with integrated accessories, such as those in the BLANCO ONE™ collection, 441586_ONE_S-SING_EN_FOODIE_Image2keep tools convenient so you don’t have to search for them, plus they save space. In-sink caddies can hold knives, utensils and cleaning tools inside the sink to save counter space and provide greater convenience. Cutting boards and colanders integrated with the sink can make food preparation more convenient.

If someone in the household uses a wheelchair or is likely to someday, you can have a kneehole put in under the sink with an inclined board to cover the plumbing.

More clever ways to improve your kitchen can come from the experts at BLANCO, known for innovation, design and functionality.

To learn more visit: www.blancoamerica.com.

The BLANCO VALEA™, a durable and highly functional SILGRANIT® sink, is now available in 8 natural colors, ranging from cool to warm tones, that complement a range of countertop materials.

“The VALEA is the ideal everyday sink because it can handle rigorous daily kitchen activities and still look like new,” states Tim Maicher, Director of Marketing for BLANCO. “Our patented SILGRANIT II surface adds color, style and functionality. The VALEA is resistant to heat, scratches and stains adding to its endless appeal.”


The BLANCO VALEA is now available in 8 colors including, Biscotti, Café Brown, Cinder, Anthracite,

Custom accessories sold separately include a Cutting Board (slides on countertop) and protective Stainless Steel Grid.


  • 80% solid granite
  • Bowl size- 30-1/4” x 17-1/4” x 9-1/2 D
  • Limited lifetime warranty



BLANCO was recently featured on Homemade Delish, by Philadelphia chef and blogger Roberta Pipito.  Pipito selected the BLANCODIAMOND™ Single Bowl in Truffle as well as the BLANCOCULINA™ MINI as part of her kitchen remodel.

After experiencing wonderful results with her new kitchen and BLANCO products, Pipito shared this delicious recipe for Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps. Make and enjoy!









Sauce Ingredients:
1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
1 tablespoon honey
1-1/2 teaspoons soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1/2 teaspoon Sriracha sauce
1/4 teaspoon sesame seeds (optional)

Main Ingredients:
1 1/2 lbs chicken breast
½ cup julienne sliced carrots
1 cup broccoli sprouts
5 oz can sliced water chestnuts
½ cup white onions, chopped
½ cup chopped peanuts
½ cup chopped cilantro
2-3 tablespoons canola or peanut oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
4 green onions, chopped
1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce
1 teaspoon soy sauce
2 cups of shredded cabbage (store bought coleslaw package works as well)
salt & pepper, to taste
½ teaspoon turmeric
1/2 of a small ginger root, shredded
1 red bell pepper, diced
8-12 bibb cup lettuce or romaine lettuce


Cut chicken into cubes. Season chicken with salt, pepper, turmeric and minced garlic.  Place olive oil on hot skillet on med high heat to cook chicken until golden.

Then add onions, cabbage, carrots, peppers, broccoli sprouts, ginger and stir. Cook for about 10 to 12 minutes on med heat.

Next add water chestnuts, green onions, peanuts, cilantro, sriracha and soy sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Stir everything together. Allow the mix to cook for another 2 minutes or so.

Place mix into the bib lettuce, use some peanut and cilantro garnish. Serve alongside with a peanut sauce for dipping.

Sauce Preparation:

Whisk all the ingredients together and drizzle on top or place in a little bowl for dipping.

A guest blog written by Patricia Davis Brown featured on DigthisDesign.net

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SMART home design is not just about technologies for the home, it’s also about products designed to function in multiple ways. Most families live a multitasking kind of life and it is necessary to find products that allow them to do this well!


It doesn’t matter if your kitchen is large, medium or small, today’s kitchens are open and function, best set up in zones, cleanup, cooking, and storage. Each zone needs to be as functional as possible so you’re not running all over the place to accomplish your task. The modern family sometimes have multiple cooks that enjoy sharing the cooking duties, and products need to be designed to accommodate this type of living by making each zone completely self-sufficient. Let’s take a look at some of my product picks that will make the most out of your space.


The Chef Sink

This is a must have in any modern kitchen and my favorite of the bunch is the new BLANCO QUATRUS™, offered in six bowl configurations to fit your individual needs. This style of sink is designed to be personalized with optional accessory inserts, to enhance the homeowners cooking, cleaning, entertaining or organizing needs. I am like a kid in a candy store over their menu of accessories. The Workstation is dishwasher safe and holds sharp knives and utensils safely with removable pieces for drainage and cleaning, yes they have thought of everything! The cutting board is made of Ash wood, which fits into the sink for ease of storage and is equipped with rubber feet to be able to set on the counter safely. The Magnetic Sink Caddy holds and organizes cleaning tools inside the sink, so there is no visible mess. Customized Stainless Steel Grids fit each size bowl for protection. Exclusively offered for the Super Single Bowl is the Multi-Level Stainless Steel Grid, which serves as an additional rack above the base grid, designed for additional use on the countertop as a trivet for pots and pans. Because of the versatility each sink offers, you could have one at an island for prep and one as the main cleanup sink. I love this idea for multiple cooks working together!

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Many of my clients are environmentally friendly and love that BLANCO has thought of everything including a compost system. The BLANCO SOLON™, collects organic waste through their stylish bin, to be stored beneath the counter, creating not only a SMART clean up zone but, a GREEN living one as well.

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BLANCO introduces two new designs to their line of decorative soap dispensers to match the popular faucets ec668b18-fa88-4510-af98-d4c364000e39NAPA™ and SONOMA™. The line, now with seven styles is crafted to match their entire faucet collection. The dispensers can be used for either liquid dishwashing or hand soap. The dispensers are engineered to never clog or drip. The brass is specially treated to protect against discoloration and corrosion.

“Our latest soap dispensers offer livable design,” states Tim Maicher, Director of Marketing for BLANCO. “Livable design fits the way you live at home by combining transitional styling with an organic feel. The design lines are organic or inspired by natural elements. The combination, we like to call “livable” design.”
BLANCO NAPA Decorative Soap Dispenser
  • Solid Brass Construction
  • Height 1-3/4″
  • Reach 3″
  • Hole Size 1-3/8″
  • Shank Outside Diameter 1″
  • Reservoir Approx. 12 oz.
BLANCO SONOMA Decorative Soap Dispenser
  • Solid Brass Construction
  • Height 1-3/4
  • Reach 2-1/2″
  • Hole Size 1-3/8″
  • Shank Outside Diameter 1″
  • Reservoir Approx. 12 oz.

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