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7 most popular appliance blog posts of 2011

December 28, 2011

A post on cleaning the dishwasher was a top dog.

Though not the most-read posts of all time on the Warners’ Stellian Appliance blog, these next 7 posts garnered the most views of those written this year.

7. HOW TO: clean a dishwasher

With more states banning phosphates in dishwashers without consumers possibly noticing, dishwashers got white film.

But a regular maintenance cleaning is always a good idea.

6. HOW TO: clean cast iron grates

If you’re lucky enough to have cast iron grates, you’re unlucky enough to handle cleaning them. The experts at Wolf Range weighed in.

5. DIY Network ‘Rehab Addict’ Nicole Curtis talks appliances

Old house lover/rehabber Nicole Curtis invited us into her “Minnehaha House” in Minneapolis for tips on fixing up kitchens and buying the right appliances.

4. Stove drip pans cleaning tips

Is there anything worse than the grime that builds up on the burner pans on your stove top? Not only do I include a deep-cleaning method, but I offer up the secret ingredient to easily keeping those drip pans shiny on a weekly basis.

3. How long does a dishwasher last?

2. How long does a refrigerator last?

1. How long does a washer last?

No, you’re right; they don’t make ‘em like they used to. (But believe me, that’s not all bad!) Unfortunately, gone are the days when you could expect your appliances to last a decade and a half. Find the new lifespans in each post above.

Local kitchen on DIY Network

September 26, 2011

Months ago, we helped the super cool, Minneapolis foodies Carrie and Robert Shidla create a cook’s kitchen for their episode of DIY Network’s “I Hate My Kitchen.”

Magnetic Productions' videographer shoots our pink truck during the delivery of the Shidla's appliances. Remember all that snow? Ick.

Delivery guys Dave and Brian navigate the range into the living room, where it lived during the remodeling.

Our episode finally aired last Tuesday, Sept. 20, so I can finally share the photos.

Carrie is such a doll; she happily posed with her new LG fridge for me. She LOVES to cook, so she was so excited to have a beautiful, functional kitchen.

And now for the big reveal (drumroll, please?)…

Photo courtesy of DIY Network

We chose all LG appliances. Click on the image for more information on the specific product.

Photo courtesy of DIY Network

Photo courtesy DIY Network

Photo courtesy of DIY Network

Photo courtesy of DIY Network

If you missed the episode (I can’t post it online, unfortunately), you can catch it when it replays on DIY Network (ch. 121 on Twin Cities Comcast). Here’s the schedule (all times in CST):

Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m. & 2:30 a.m.

Sept. 29, 4 p.m.

Oct. 11, 9 a.m.

Oct. 16, 1 p.m

Minneapolis – St. Paul Home Tour this weekend

April 29, 2011

No one can argue with the Parade of Homes and Remodelers’ Showcase being the biggest home tour, but this weekend’s Minneapolis – St. Paul Home Tour offers great options for city-dwellers to see real people’s remodeled and redecorated homes in their own neighborhoods.

The free, self-guided tour includes 55 homes within the Minneapolis and St. Paul city limits with a focus on the actual homeowners sharing their experiences and ideas. The homes range in eras and lifestyles to offer a realistic look at the diverse housing and neighborhoods in the cities.

Plus, the projects are sure to be great, as some of our favorite companies did the work, including Castle Building & Remodeling, Rehkamp Larson Architects and Jones Design Build.

Filter the home search online to find homes near you or pick up a guide book at local libraries. (I have six homes within walking distance in my part of Minneapolis alone.) Here’s when you can check it out:

2011 Minneapolis – St. Paul Home Tour

Saturday, April 30 from 10-5
Sunday, May 1 from 1-5

Get kitchen remodeling ideas from Remodelers Showcase

April 1, 2011

Looking at pictures of a kitchen is fun (i.e. addicting), but if you’re looking for a kitchen remodeler, there’s no substitute for the real thing.

Lake Country Builders - R29

If you’re looking for a kitchen designer or kitchen design ideas, swing by some of the Parade of Homes Remodelers Showcase homes in your neighborhood. (Chances are, a handful of projects aren’t too far away).

College City Remodelers - R12

The tour starts today, and Saturday’s supposed to be gorgeous. I can’t think of much more I’d like than to creep on stranger’s beautiful new kitchens and home remodeling and bathroom remodeling projects.

Fey Construction - R32

If you can’t make the tour, but you’re interested in kitchen remodel ideas, we feature more gorgeous photos from a collection of our trusted home design, building and remodeling partners.

Streeter & Associates - R30

Our products will be shown in the following Remodelers Showcase homes (because we know you’ve been just waiting to plan your tour around our list):

R4, R6, R7, R8, R9, R10, R12 R13, R14, R18, R19, R22, R24, R27, R28, R29, R30, R32, R37, R38, R39, R45, R46, R48, R49, R51, R52, R53, R54, R55, R56, R57, R58, R66, R68.

Michael Lee, Inc.

If you’re interested in seeing new, sustainable-minded homes, look for exclusive Warners’ Stellian coupons good for appliance discounts.

Meet DIY Network’s ‘Rehab Addict’ this Wednesday

February 21, 2011

Nicole Curtis works on the Lyndale House during this season of DIY Network's "Rehab Addict."

Don’t be fooled by her frame.

She might be petite, but star of DIY Network’s “Rehab Addict” Nicole Curtis shows old homes who’s boss.

Read more about the local Realtor, investor and single mom in this Sunday’s Star Tribune article ‘A Jill of all trades.

This season, Nicole Curtis takes a 1916 Arts and Crafts-style home in the Tangletown neighborhood of Minneapolis from unlivable to unbelievable (trust me, I’ve walked through it).

And this Wednesday, Feb. 23 at Warners’ Stellian Edina (across from the Galleria), she’ll use her experience fixing and selling home to teach you the best ways you can improve the resale value of your own home. The event begins at 5:30 p.m.

After her presentation, you can meet Nicole and ask your own questions. We’ll also see scenes from the next week’s episode, which features Nicole appliance shopping at Warners’ Stellian.

Plus, eat well with Hors d’œuvres from D’Amico & Sons and of course, drinks too.

We’re so excited, and it’s free, so we hope you can join us!

DIY Network ‘Rehab Addict’ Nicole Curtis talks appliances on Twin Cities Live

February 4, 2011

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I got to tag along yesterday as “Twin Cities Live” toured the lastest renovation project (watch the video) of Nicole Curtis, star of DIY Network’s “Rehab Addict” (watch new episodes Thursday at 9 p.m. CST).

(Also, you can meet Nicole and hear her “5 Ways to Increase the Resale Value of your Home” at our Edina store Wednesday, Feb. 23. )

Nicole Curtis, left, poses in her beautifully remodeled kitchen with Twin Cities Live reporter Emily Engberg.

I couldn’t stop gushing over the way the house now looked, having toured it (kind of) almost two months ago for the appliance delivery.

White kitchen remodel
Built-in microwave cabinet
Gorgeous, huh? The so-called kitchen episode of “Rehab Addict” airs March 3, but we’ll be premiering it with Nicole at our upcoming, in-store event.

DIY Network to feature our kitchen showroom on remodel show

December 30, 2010

Appliance specialist Joe Warner suggested this LG gas range for Carrie and Robert, who enjoy cooking and baking.

The DIY Network filmed again yesterday at our Warners’ Stellian Edina showroom, this time for “I Hate My Kitchen.”

Each episode, homeowners receive smart design help to maximize their budget to make their dream kitchens a reality.

>>See photos of the filming

It was fun to watch the crews document the shopping experience of our customers, homeowners Carrie and Robert.

Carrie and Robert are doing a “gut job” of the kitchen in their South Minneapolis home. (Carrie joked that she didn’t let Robert buy a snow blower last winter because she was so set on saving for their kitchen remodel!)

First, we learn about Carrie and Robert:

  • They enjoy cooking (lots of soups!) and baking, and are ready to move from electric to gas cooking.
  • While still a good size for a South Minneapolis kitchen (the home was built in the 1920s), they still want to maximize their space.
  • The current dishwasher is too noisy and doesn’t really offer them much versatility.
  • Carrie and Robert plan on spending a good deal of time in this current house.
  • The appliances will need to complement custom cabinetry, new floors and counter tops.

Based on what he found out from Carrie and Robert, our appliance specialist (and my brother!) Joe Warner suggested the following:

LG 5-burner gas range in stainless steel (LRG3093ST)

Carrie and Robert currently has an LG ceramic top electric range. They like the brand, but want the power and responsiveness of gas cooking. The four main burners offer a range of temperatures, for a low simmer at 5,000 BTUs to a power boil at 17,000 BTUs — and the burners can all be rearranged. So, Carrie can simmer two soups on the back burners while using higher heat on the front-most burners. Also, the fifth burner offers a place to heat oblong pans or place a skillet for breakfast items. The heavy-duty grates offer a continuous surface to easily move pots and pans around.

The oven, with a gorgeous blue finish, is a big, 5.4 cu. ft. capacity, which can accommodate pretty much anything Carrie and Robert will throw at it.

Basically, I’m super jealous.

LG fully integrated steam dishwasher (LDF7932ST)

At 50 decibels, it doesn’t get much quieter than this LG dishwasher. It’s so quiet, in fact, that LED lights tell you when it’s operating and when it’s not. Adjustable racks will accommodate nearly any size pot or pan Carrie and Robert throw at it, and there are even wineglass holders (which Carrie noted will get plenty of use).

Steam bursts through hardened on messes for pots and pans, yet is gentle enough to use with those wineglasses.

Perhaps best of all, the fully integrated finish tucks away the control panel on top of the door and the stainless interior means Carrie and Robert can enjoy the looks for a long time.

How gorgeous is that? Robert and Carrie like this model because:

  • An automatic ice maker means Robert can retire that title from his own name :)
  • The freezer on the bottom configuration and wide, two-door refrigerator allows for plenty of eye-level fresh storage within easy reach
  • The shallow, counter top-depth maximizes the space in their 10′-12′ kitchen

I’m so excited for Carrie and Robert to get delivery on the appliances they picked out. I’ll post pictures afterward in a couple weeks, but unfortunately, we’ll have to wait until the episode airs in September for the big reveal of their custom kitchen remodel.

A chance to star on DIY Network

December 9, 2010

OK, so maybe we didn’t exactly star, but the past two mornings, Warners’ Stellian has been working with crews shooting footage that will air in two episodes of DIY Network’s “Rehab Addict,” which airs Thursday nights at 9 with new episodes beginning Jan. 20. (See our photos on Facebook.)

Joe Warner and Nicole discuss steam laundry. It's a big deal.

The rehab addict herself, Nicole Curtis, is fixing up a big old house in the Tangletown neighborhood of Minneapolis, for which she came and picked out some appliances at Warners’ Stellian-Edina on Tuesday.

Nicole selected all Frigidaire appliances:

The production crew films Dave and Brian placing the Frigidaire 36" gas range in the kitchen.

Our crews delivered her selections Wednesday to a beautiful custom kitchen of white, solid-wood cabinetry, marble countertops, an apron front sink (etc., etc., etc.).

Our delivery guys Dave and Brian truly enjoyed being in front of the cameras and shared some laughs with the production crew, as well.

Nicole will be holding an educational-type event at a Warners’ Stellian showroom in the next couple months, so stand by!

>> See more photos of our “Rehab Addict” taping

Win tickets for this weekend’s Homes By Architects Tour

September 13, 2010

Note: Tell me why you’d like to go to AIA-MN’s Homes By Architects Tour in the comments by 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14 for a chance to score a pair of tickets. I’ll probably choose at random, unless someone writes a super good comment.

Photo courtesy AIA-MN

I’m in love with the kitchen from the Star Tribune’s September Home of the Month (see the photo gallery).

The article talks about how the homeowners worked with Nguyen Architects to open up their fixer-upper Lake Minnetonka home, including adding priceless views to their “cave-like kitchen”:

The most dramatic improvement is that Jen can look at the lake through massive picture windows while she chops veggies.

I guess that’s the benefit of working with an architect (and living on Lake Minnetonka) — changing a sore spot into a functional, thoughtful and of course, beautiful, space.

The Orono home is No. 3 on the American Institute of Architects-Minnesota’s Hom

Home No. 9

es By Architects Tour, happening Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 18-19 from 10-5.

We supplied the appliances for this gorgeous project, as well as those in the kitchen of the No. 9 home.

Get a video sneak peak of this European-inspired kitchen from Carla Warner and architect Rosemary McMonigal, AIA, of McMonigal Architects LLC:

Tickets are $15 online, $20 at the door. Plus, we’re giving you several chances to win a pair of tickets (see note above and our Twitter and Facebook) prior to this weekend.

Interior design home tour kicks off Saturday

May 14, 2010

The 2010 ASID Showcase Home Tour starts Saturday — and this year there’s two homes.

You can take a self-guided tour of both homes, a result of the work of 26 designers from the Minnesota Chapter of American Society of Interior Designers, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, May 15-June 13.

The homes

The brand new Calhoun condo (the first ever in the Showcase) is located on the northeast corner of the lake and is “designed for a future homeowner who appreciates clean-lined, sophisticated spaces,” said the Minneapolis.St.Paul Magazine website.

Then again, a note from the local ASID president said the styling tries to be pleasing to anyone.

I guess that the future homeowner is “anyone” technically, so…

Anyway, I saw the sketches and photos of the finishes and furniture, etc. and it looks gorgeous.

Add $60 to your ticket and tour the homes during a Culinary Evening. Hosted by Stephanie Marsh of Minneapolis.St.Paul Magazine, the tour includes food from

Next up, the Lake of the Isles turn-of-the-century home is “designed for a world traveler, Dan Buettner.”  Buettner, author the “The Blue Zones” (which I’ve honestly never heard of) incorporated his travels and theories about longevity into each room.

He’s even having “Blue Zones Day” at the house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Saturday, May 22. For $20 (plus an additional $20 if you want an autographed copy of his book), Buettner will “discuss how Power 9 is incorporated into his home” and there will be healthy living experts on hand (and wine sampling).

Ticket info

Buy your tickets at a participating ticket outlet for $15 and save $5. Otherwise, you’ll pay $20 by phone (Mpls.St.Paul Magazine at 612-336-9296) or online.

Audio tours will be offered again this year, which I’m excited for. Detailed room information can be accessed from a handheld device at your own pace. Don’t care about kitchens? Fine, skip it (more for me).

Have you ever been on the tour? Let me know what you think.

For more events happening around town, check out our Special Events Calendar.


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