Wine Wednesday with Wayfair.com!

Happy Wednesday!  #Winesday?  Several weeks ago, Brooke over at Wayfair.com reached out to us asking if she could feature this kitchen in an upcoming blog post about wine refrigeration.  I believe her exact words were,

“I found your website while I was searching for Interior Designers, and I’m absolutely blown away by your Bluffview Kitchen project.”

Well, with that compliment, of course we had to say yes!  And the topic is certainly something we can get behind because who likes hot wine?

In all seriousness, how you store your wine bottles directly affects how much you enjoy what’s in your wine glass.  While the “just right” temperature can vary from person to person, there are some general guidelines for the ultimate wine drinking experience.  We love this concise and informative graphic that Brooke shared showing The Ideal Temperature for Every Wine:

This is such a great guide to go by when programming the temperature of your wine refrigeration.  While temperature is certainly important in the overall wine experience, it’s important to keep in mind that proper wine storage acts as more than just a cooler.  Humidity, light, and vibration can also affect the flavor of your wine.  When we are selecting wine storage with our clients, we consider all these factors, so that when they are enjoying their glass of Cabernet with dinner, they are experiencing their wine the way the winemaker intended.

In this particular kitchen, quality was a priority, and capacity was secondary.  We opted to go with a Sub-Zero 24″ Undercounter model as it provided adequate storage, could integrate beautifully in the island directly across from the coffee bar/bar counter, and allowed the homeowner to maintain dual temperature zones for storage both red and white wines.

Here are a few more examples from our portfolio of integrated wine storage.

Who’s ready for a glass of wine?

Our Love List // TILE

Yesterday was Valentine’s Day.  We were surrounded by talks of love, pictures of gifts, and other sentiments on social media and in real life.  So, that got us thinking more about some of our current “loves” — whether it be tile, finishes, appliances, plumbing fixtures, etc.  We’ve decided to start a blog series so we can share the love with you… because what’s love really, if you don’t share it?

Introducing Our Love List.

Statement Tile

We visit tile showrooms regularly, looking for inspiration for current and upcoming projects.  Oftentimes, we find ourselves a little bored of seeing the same installations and finishes, but then sometimes there are one or two pieces that get us really excited, and ignite that creative spark that is so necessary for us to successfully design your space.   A good tile selection can really set a space apart.  We’re finding ourselves drawn to both subtle and highly defined textures, patterns, and dramatic applications.  Larger scale (13X39, 24×48, etc.) tiles have really caught our attention lately, as well as micro mosaics. These are a few that we can’t stop thinking about.

What are your thoughts on tile?  Can you visualize any of these in your space?

Best of Houzz Award! 

We are excited to share that Smith & Ragsdale has recently been awarded “Best Of Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. We were chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.  Wow!  What an honor!

Abby Smith in Dallas, TX on Houzz

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2016. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2017” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

We’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals, including Smith & Ragsdale,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz.

Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality.

Follow Smith & Ragsdale on Houzz.com!

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Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

The Missing Ingredient // Event Re-Cap

On September 20th, the Dallas Sub-Zero & Wolf Showroom hosted a special event to honor us for being Regional Winners of the 2014 International Kitchen Design Contest. We had the privilege of sharing this evening with a great group of clients (past, present, and future!),  industry partners, and family and friends.  We were sincerely thrilled and honored to have such a great support!

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Photo courtesy of Sub-Zero & Wolf

The evening began upstairs in the impressive showroom gallery with passed hors d’ouevres and perfectly paired wine.  Guests–dressed in black & white per request–mixed, mingled, and enjoyed touring the showroom.  Some even began to make their wishlists of appliances for their upcoming kitchen renovations!

The party moved downstairs for a lovely dinner presentation by Sub-Zero & Wolf Executive Chef Garth Blackburn.  He awed his audience, as usual, by preparing a succulent beef tenderloin, seared first on the Wolf Infrared Griddle, then slow-roasted to absolute perfection in the Wolf Convection Steam Oven.  In respect to the theme of the evening, he used a special ingredient to elevate the entree:  the tenderloin was rubbed with kosher salt, black pepper, and…. cocoa powder! (NOT sweetened hot cocoa mix – don’t make that mistake as one of his clients once did! Ha!)

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The sliced tenderloin was served with a grilled vegetable crepe and a whiskey cream sauce. We’re salivating just thinking about it!

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After the dinner presentation–as everyone was sampling Chef Garth’s Adult Milkshakes for dessert–it was time for us to take center stage.

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We gave a brief presentation about our experience as Regional Winners of the Kitchen Design Contest and how that contributed to our decision to come together and form our partnership and new business.  We also explored the ingredients for a well-designed kitchen, delving into the specific details that set our winning kitchen apart.  You can view that kitchen here, and a video of the presentation will be available soon!

What a memorable evening!  It was so inspiring to be in the presence of so many wonderful people and to know that everyone enjoyed themselves.  We extend the deepest gratitude to Sub-Zero & Wolf for hosting this event, and to all our guests for taking time out of their busy schedules to celebrate with us.

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Event photos courtesy of Serkan Zanagar Photography


 // Sub-Zero & Wolf is currently accepting entries for the 2015-2016 Kitchen Design Contest! //