Beautiful sinks and faucets require a little TLC every once in a while to ensure they stay clean, efficient and last for years at a time.

BLANCO’s latest how-to videos will help take you step-by-step with in depth tutorials on four different processes needed for kitchen sink and faucet maintenance.  Getting an in-depth look from professionals can help make these projects as quick and easy as possible!

BLANCO’s four new how-to videos include:

  • How To Clean or Replace a Clogged Aerator – A clogged aerator can be the cause of many common problems including low or uneven water pressure in your faucet. This BLANCO how-to video will help you clean or replace your aerator quickly and easily. http://youtu.be/zpp_yDu47ls

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  • How to Backflush Supply Lines – another common cause of uneven or low water pressure is a clogged supply line. This BLANCO video will take you step-by-step through backflushing the supply lines in your faucet. http://youtu.be/-PlehStl_eU

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  • How to Punch a Faucet Hole in a BLANCO SILGRANIT® Kitchen Sink – this how-to video will help guide you or your installation professional to punch out holes on the deck of a SILGRANIT sink to install a faucet or other accessory. http://youtu.be/MkCmGPkd0bU

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  • How to Replace a Faucet Spray Hose – this how-to video will help you replace a faucet spray hose quickly and easily with just a screwdriver and adjustable wrench or channel lock pliers. http://youtu.be/AY29Uuh4uI8

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To view more videos from BLANCO visit our YouTube Channel here.

 

 

Cathy Hobbs, host of Design Recipes on Pix 11 Morning News and finalist on Season 6 of HGTV’s Design Star, interviewed BLANCO’s Christy Emens at the renowned De Gustibus Cooking School (located in Macy’s Herald Square, New York) to learn about the different styles of sinks and faucets available from the German brand. The Emmy Award Winning TV Host and Interior Designer’s latest project is the redesign of a country cottage kitchen in Upstate New York which will feature a BLANCO CERANA™ Apron Front Sink.

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Surrounded by De Gustibus’ beautiful BLANCO STEELART™ sinks – Christy discusses BLANCO’s rich history across 90 years of operation, including how the brand’s STEELART sinks are handcrafted in Germany. The video also includes a demonstration of BLANCO’s newest stainless steel line, the ONE™ Collection. The ONE Collection features a range of custom-designed accessories that create a dynamic and functional food preparation space based on how you live and cook. The ONE Super Single Bowl shown is the perfect sink for homeowners who love to cook.

BLANCO recommends you do the “Touch Test” to feel for the details to pick a quality sink. On this STEELART bar sink, you won’t see or feel any weld lines because it’s handmade and hand-polished to perfection.

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The ONE Collection is the perfect sink for homeowners who love to cook.

The interview comes to a close with Cathy’s final question: what would Christy suggest for the country cottage kitchen design? The CERANA™ Apron Front Sink is the recommended product, which is crafted of durable fireclay material that’s easy to clean. The look and feel of the CERANA sink fits perfectly with the design goals set by Cathy.

To see the entire video, click here.

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Hubert Keller is one of America’s celebrities in the cooking world with several successful restaurants and cookbooks as well as a cooking series, Secrets of a Chef. BLANCO’s Design Council recently enjoyed a tour of Hubert Keller’s Secrets of a Chef studio kitchen along with an elaborate tasting menu at his Las Vegas restaurant, Fleur.

At our dinner, we received a signed copy of Souvenirs: Stories and Recipes from My Life by the star chef (Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC ).

Keller’s most recent cookbook doubles as a memoir depicting an intimate look into his life through over 100 recipes, photographs and personal stories.

Souvenirs features countless decadent recipes including one for a delicious Potato, Shallot, and Fresh Herb Pot Pie that is sure to be a definite crowd-pleaser. Check out chef Hubert Keller’s recipe below.

 

 

Live kitchen where Chef Hubert Keller creates TV magic.

Live kitchen, featuring BLANCO products, where Chef Hubert Keller creates TV magic.

BLANCO’s Design Council enjoying dinner at Fleur.

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Potato, Shallot Herb Pie

Potato, Shallot, and Fresh Herb Pot Pie

Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients:

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled
1 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 cup very finely chopped shallots
3 large eggs
1 cup heavy cream or half-and-half
1 1/2 cups coarsely grated Gruyère cheese, 3 to 4 ounces
1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh, flat-leaf parsley
2 tablespoons finely sliced fresh chives
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

Unsalted butter for buttering the baking dish

Directions:

Make sure to watch your potatoes and do not overcook them. You want to slice them after cooking.

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Place the potatoes in a saucepan with cold water to cover. Add a tablespoon of salt and bring to a boil over high heat. Boil the potatoes until just tender; the timing depends on how large the potatoes. Do not overcook. Drain, let cool, and slice into 1/8-inch thick rounds.

Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the shallots, season with salt and pepper, and cook until very soft, about 5 minutes. Add a tablespoon of water if the pan becomes too dry. Remove from the heat and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs until well mixed. Stir in the cream, cheese, thyme, parsley, chives, garlic, and shallots. Season well with salt and pepper.

Generously butter a 1-1/2-quart gratin dish or pie pan. Spread half the sliced potatoes evenly over the bottom of the mold. Ladle half the egg mixture over the potatoes, and then layer in the remaining potatoes. Fill the shell with the remaining egg mixture.

Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured work surface into a circle 1/8th inch thick and leaving about a 1-inch larger than the mold all around. Fit the pastry onto the top of the pie. Press the edges onto the edge of the dish and crimp the pastry all around. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and 1 teaspoon water. Brush the pastry all over with the egg wash and cut a central chimney through the pastry to allow steam to escape. If desired, with the back of a knife, make some decorative lines through the glaze onto the pastry and use leftover pastry scraps to make decorations. Brush these with the glaze.

Bake the potato pie until the pastry is browned, about 40 minutes. Let the pie rest about 10 minutes before serving.

 

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For the second year in a row, BLANCO participated as one of 4 brands to sponsor “Modenus Talks” held during Design & Construction Week in Las Vegas. During the day-long, design-focused session, held at Las Vegas’ World Market Center – a group of 75  industry professionals including designers, remodelers, showroom owners, media professionals and supporting brands – joined to discuss “The Power of Design: How does design impact emotional and physical wellness of the client”.

The day concluded with the group breaking into teams to tackle a specific design challenge. We were also proud that several members of our BLANCO Design Council were selected for these discussions. The winners of the challenge and transcripts of best ideas will be published after the event by Modenus and we look forward to sharing best design solutions that impact client well being. We are honored to be part of your work and to help you with your daily challenges.

Thank you to Chasen West for the photos.

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Design Council Member Gloria Graham-Sollecito

Corey Klassen, BLANCO Design Council Canada member

Corey Klassen, BLANCO Design Council Canada member

Cheryl Clendenon, BLANCO Design Council Member

Cheryl Clendenon, BLANCO Design Council Member

Christy Emens poses with #BlogTourVegas designers

Christy Emens of BLANCO poses with #BlogTourVegas designers

Modenus Talks

Modenus Talks

BLANCO STEELART™ sinks are featured in three stunning penthouse suites situated at the Residences at Mandarin Oriental, with spectacular views of the Las Vegas Strip. The exclusive residences were host to private events for Modenus #BlogTourVegas, press and the design community during Design and Construction Week in Las Vegas.

According to kitchen designer Anne Kramer, of Poggenpohl, the intent was to showcase unique design features in each of the three kitchens. “Our vision is to personalize each kitchen to the homeowner’s needs for entertaining, for cooking, for storage and for lifestyle. Unlike traditional homes, these residences are at the height of the Las Vegas strip. A rarified atmosphere where anything is possible. The kitchen design had to reflect a setting that was warm and comfortable, yet impressive. Of course both the cabinetry, surfaces, fixtures and appliances had to achieve the highest performance whether the owner makes a quick meal, orders in or has a private chef to cook.”

The kitchens included the following BLANCO fixtures:

To get a rare view of these private penthouses, click on the image or link to the video below for scenes from the opening night sponsored by BLANCO, Poggenpohl, Cosentino and Dacor.  The theme of the evening, the Art of Performance, highlights how kitchen design can be both functional and beautiful. The theme further emphasizes the detail, quality and engineering each of the sponsors’ products brought to these amazing kitchens… just as a BLANCO STEELART™ sink starts out as a single sheet of stainless and is sculpted by hand into a seamless, stunning, yet hard working design.

In true Las Vegas style, Cirque du Soleil performers along with the sculpture by Richard MacDonald helped to make the evening a spectacular success. Thank you to Daniel Messier and Chasen West for contributing their photos to this video and to KNB-Corp for developing the project with the sponsors and the Mandarin Oriental of Las Vegas.

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THROUGH A DESIGNER'S EYE

The Creativity Issue

Welcome to the creativity issue of BLANCO’s Inspirations Magazine – featuring trends, news and ideas for your home.

Social media offers us unprecedented access to creativity all around us. Whether it’s a whimsical iPhoto creation from Instagram artist, Kerstin Hiestermann, a makeover project for the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, a comforting recipe or a beautiful baby inside a BLANCO sink – we celebrate the power of creativity to enhance our lives, our homes and our work. We hope you enjoy it.

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BLANCO has proudly outfitted several of the kitchen spaces within the newly renovated De Gustibus Cooking School by Miele located in New York City.  De Gustibus reopens for its 35th anniversary with a fully transformed classroom and operational kitchen that mixes a professional chef’s work environment with an intimate and inviting atmosphere.

BLANCO provided the PRECISION SteelArt™ Super Single and bar sink used in the back kitchen, while front kitchen features the ONE Super Single Sink with a CULINA™ Semi Professional faucet. These styles offer De Gustibus homey designs while reflecting the highest standards that visiting chefs expect in their own restaurant kitchens.

Roger Zierman, designer and showroom manager for Poggenpohl Downtown in New York, NY designed the luxurious, state-of-the-art kitchen for De Gustibus. “Every detail of this kitchen was carefully crafted to encourage enjoyable interaction. We want to inspire students and chefs to enjoy new culinary experiences whilst providing a highly advanced, ergonomic and hands-on work space.”

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The BLANCO One collection and CULINA faucet are front and center in the cooking school’s front kitchen.

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Beautiful Poggenpohl cabinets and Miele appliances accompany BLANCO sinks in the De Gustibus cooking school.

Chefs appreciate the ergonomics and beauty of BLANCO's sinks and faucets. A MERIDIAN Semi Professional faucet makes clean up easy.

Chefs appreciate the ergonomics and beauty of BLANCO’s sinks and faucets. A MERIDIAN Semi Professional faucet makes clean up easy.

 

Many homeowners are frustrated by their kitchen look and layout but have no idea how to change it. Remodeling a kitchen goes beyond replacing the cabinetry and often requires a trained eye to see the possibilities.

Ken Kelly of Kitchen Designs in Long Island, NY once told us that, “the wall speaks to him – and he immediately knows what to do.” Here’s a recent project where Kitchen Designs was able to improve upon a space by changing the floor plan and incorporating right-sized products like BLANCO sinks.

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Welcome Ken. The end result of the kitchen is beautiful. What was the design challenge?

KK:  The traffic flow did not work for the space, so the redesign improved the flow in and out of the kitchen to adjoining areas. It also redefined the kitchen as a great room/entertaining space which transitions beautifully from inside to the outdoor kitchen area. Space planning was complicated based on the old design – the before floor plan is completely different than what you see now.

How did BLANCO help create the perfect kitchen environment?

KK: I was able to pick the perfect size main working sink and prep sink for the design because BLANCO has so many size options. For example we used an oversized sink in the main island and a smaller but still functional size for the prep sink.

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KK:  We used a ceramic tile floor that looks like wood yet it has the durability of ceramic tile. We also used granite countertops.

About Kitchen Designs by Ken Kelly

Kitchen Designs by Ken Kelly, Inc. was founded in 1982. Kelly’s work has been featured in numerous publications including the New York Times and Newsday, and in consumer publications such as House Beautiful, Women’s Day, Designer Kitchen & Baths, and more. He’s also been published in books and online in HGTV Designer’s Portfolio, Houzz, Kitchen & Bath Design News. http://www.kitchendesigns.com

 

BLANCO’s stylish sinks and faucets continue to gain major media attention for their innovation and high performance. Here are a few of the recent media hits from top publications that featured BLANCO’s award-winning products.
About Home featured the BLANCO DIAMOND Low Divide .
Forbes highlighted the BLANCO ONE ™ system as a clever kitchen addition.
Interior Design boasted BLANCO ATTIKA™ as a 2014 Interior Design
Best of Year Award Winner.
At Home Arkansas featured the efficiency of BLANCO SONOMA™ .
Interiors and Sources highlighted the intelligent engineering of BLANCOCULINA™ Mini .

2014 CERTIFICATES  (dragged) 1 copyBLANCO was recognized with an honorable mention at the 2014 KBCULTURE Awards for the impressive BLANCO ONE kitchen sink collection.

KBCULTURE offers a popular and selective review of products, places and perspectives central to kitchen and bath design. The site is produced by Leslie Clagett, a well-known industry editor and author and has a following of thousands around the world.

One of the biggest design trends that connects with both consumers and designers is the idea of individualization. “It’s not just the customizable accessory packages that makes this collection stand out—the sinks themselves are beautifully crafted,” says Clagett.

A variety of optional accessories—an in-basin magnetic sink caddy, grids, cutting boards, and a workstation to store your knives—enhance the efficiency of the fixture.

Noteworthy characteristics of the BLANCO ONE collection include a Multi-Level Grid offered exclusively for the XL Single bowl. This serves as an additional rack above the base grid and may also be used on counter as a stand-alone unit.

THE BLANCO ONE is the ideal mix of durability, space, safety and organization

THE BLANCO ONE is the ideal mix of durability, space, safety and organization

 

The collection is also crafted of the highest quality stainless steel with 9″ deep bowls and satin polished finish and is the perfect solution to customizing individual lifestyle.

For more information on the BLANCO ONE Collection, please visit www.blancoamerica.com

 

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