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3
Dec

Give Your Kitchen The Present It Deserves- A Thermador Chimney Wall Hood

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December 3, 2014 l Topics:Blogs l By kn
There is no better gift to give yourself this holiday season than a kitchen remodel in Houston.  Consider making the chimney wall hood from Thermador a part of your kitchen’s new customized look. The new wall hood quietly and efficiently removes grease, smoke and other unhealthy airborne contaminants from your cooking space.  The new product comes in a variety of styles and sizes so one is certain to fit your specific needs.  Every model comes complete with Thermador’s legendary performance, which will give you the satisfaction which you expect. Rest assured the new Thermador wall hoods are a perfect complement for the Thermador stove and range you are planning to add as well. In fact, this Thermador combination will make your kitchen remodel the talk of the neighborhood.  And why wouldn’t it be the talk of the neighborhood?  With Thermador quality and style, your new kitchen won’t give any other cooking spaces on your street a fighting chance. Don’t wait wrap the new Thermador chimney wall hood in a big red bow and give your kitchen the gift it deserves.  It will be a present you remember and cherish for many holidays to come.  Contact K&N Sales for assistance in making Thermador quality and style part of your kitchen remodel today.
 
26
Nov

Treat Your Leftovers Well, and They Will Treat You Well

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November 26, 2014 l Topics:Blogs l By kn
Unless an unexpectedly huge crowd shows up at your home on Thanksgiving, you will be eating leftovers from the meal for at least a week.  On the plus side, this means a break from cooking for a while.  However, there are a few things to keep in mind before you set some food aside for later. Don’t Wait to Store the Leftovers It is best to refrigerate or freeze perishable foods in two hours or less.  Bacteria grows best in an environment between 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit, so be sure to get your food sealed and stored in a refrigerator or freezer as promptly as possible.  You made need to be creative and flexible if your guests are still grazing on the some of the food. Don’t Thaw at Room Temperature It is safest to thaw leftovers gradually in the refrigerator or in a pan of cold water.  Defrosting in water should be done while the food is in sealed plastic bags.  If time is short, food can be thawed in a microwave. Do Heat Your Food Up Right With the volume of leftovers you have, you will probably end up using any container you can find.  However, when it comes to heating up your leftovers, be sure to use containers that are designed to stand up to the heat of a microwave oven.  It is best to stick with containers that are designated as “microwave safe”.  Also, cover your food with plastic wrap when you reheat it.  This will help keep in the moisture. Enjoy your holidays.  Also, take the time to make sure you can enjoy all the leftovers as well.  Contact K&N Sales for assistance with picking appliances to store and reheat those leftovers.
 
19
Nov

Get Prepared for an Enjoyable Thanksgiving Day

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November 19, 2014 l Topics:Blogs l By kn
You would like to be able to relax on Thanksgiving Day.  It would be great to have all the details taken care of so you can greet your guests and enjoy the day with a minimum of distractions.  Make sure these tasks are off your list and your Thanksgiving Day will be even more enjoyable. Assign Cooking Tasks If you have friends and family helping out with the cooking, be sure to assign tasks well ahead of time.  This will give your contributors time to prepare.  It will also assure that your table will be filled with the best offerings possible. Thaw That Bird If you are baking a turkey, clear out a space in your refrigerator a few days before the holiday. Once you do so, put that bird in and let it thaw.  This will ensure that the turkey is ready to go when the time comes to put it in the oven. Get Ready to Set the Table Double check that you have enough seating space for all of your guests.  It’s a good idea to set up the tables and chairs in the configuration that you plan to use.  This gives you an opportunity to make sure all chairs are in good shape and your seating plan will be effective.  If you find you will need more chairs and/or tables, call on guests to bring theirs. Get the House Ready Your house may need a thorough cleaning before guests arrive.  If so, delegate this task to household members not involved in the cooking.  You can also have them carry out other tasks like last minute shopping runs and setting tables. Obviously, there is much to do before Thanksgiving Day arrives.  The more prepared you are before Thursday, the more successful the holiday will be.  Contact K&N Sales for assistance getting your home ready for any special occasion.
 
12
Nov

It’s Wine Time. Are you Ready to Store Your Collection?

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November 12, 2014 l Topics:Blogs l By kn
A good bottle of wine is a typical gift to give to the host/hostess of a holiday party. As the host or hostess receiving these bottles of wine this holiday season, you may begin to wonder where you will store it all.  If you don’t have a wine cellar, a wine refrigerator is a great option that will keep all of your wine in tip top shape. Picking the Wine Storage Unit that You Need A good wine refrigerator gives you an ideal environment for storage.  Sub Zero has a wine storage solution that should fit your needs. Consider these questions as you decide what unit will best fill your space. How much wine are you going to collect?  Purchase a unit that allows room for your collection to grow.  It’s better to have too much space than to run out of room. Do you want a glass door? If you want to be able to see your wine in the refrigerator be sure that the glass door has a protective coating.  This will assure that the proper environment is maintained inside the unit. Is the unit stable? A compressor with even a small vibration can be detrimental to the wine inside a fridge.  Make sure that bottles are protected from any shaking. Once you have the wine storage unit you need, you can get it set up and start filling it with the bottles your guests bring you this holiday season.  Feel free to add to your collection with wines that you select as well.  Contact K&N Sales for assistance in picking out a wine fridge for your budding collection.
 
5
Nov

Brookhaven Cabinets Add Style and Quality to Your Home

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November 5, 2014 l Topics:Blogs l By kn
You need extra storage space, and you’d like it to add style and quality to your home.  Cabinets from Brookhaven are just what you need. Brookhaven cabinets by Wood Mode represent the finest in American made furnishings.  These cabinets are constructed for maximum stability and durability.  You have the choice of framed or unframed cabinets, so you can have the look that you want in your space. Wood Mode has been manufacturing custom kitchen and bath cabinets since 1958, so you can rest assured that their Brookhaven products have been created with care and experience.  Their unique 15 step finishing process, which includes a seven step hand rubbing process, results in the ideal cabinet for your home. 

Brookhaven cabinets include numerous other special features.  You will have wider interior storage space thanks to full-extension under drawer mount slides.  Adjustable shelving is secured by integrated clips.  Drawer boxes are created by using a dovetail process out of maple wood. All Brookhaven cabinetry comes with a Limited Lifetime warranty against defects of material or workmanship.

 Extra space for storage would definitely be welcomed in your home.  Whether it be in your kitchen or in your bathroom space, contact K&N Sales for ideas about how Brookhaven can meet your storage needs.
 
29
Oct

Monsters and Witches are Coming! Make Sure Your Home is Ready for Them

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October 29, 2014 l Topics:Blogs l By kn
There’s still time to add a little extra flair to your Halloween decorations.  Take a few minutes to give the neighborhood an extra treat by pulling one of these ideas out of your sleeve. Cardboard Box Jack-O-Lantern Find a spare box in your closet or garage.  You can carve a face in the box with a box cutter and have an added decoration on your porch in no time.  An added bonus of this decoration: it’s not nearly as messy as cleaning out the inside of a pumpkin.  Plus, you can fold it up and store it in your cabinets if you want to use it again next year. Candy Corn Candles You can greet trick-or-treaters or guests to your home with the aroma of candy corn.  Simply put a pillar candle in a clear hurricane glass.  Surround the candle with candy corn and light the flame.  For safety, be sure to blow out the candle at the end of the night. Put Your Treats in Bags Make the treats you hand out to visitors more festive by putting them in Halloween-themed bags.  Nothing says “Boo” like candy in a bag decorated with ghosts and goblins.  For maximum efficiency, you can assemble your goodie bags in a Gift Wrapping Station. When witches and monsters come to your door this Halloween make sure you are ready for them.  The spookier the better.  Contact K&N Sales for assistance for getting your home ready for any season.
 
22
Oct

Danver and Atlantis are Ideal Brands to Upgrade Your Outdoor Cooking Space

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October 22, 2014 l Topics:Blogs l By kn
Now that fall has arrived, you are spending more time out on the patio. Whether you are entertaining guests outside or just relaxing quietly on a crisp autumn night, your space is a special place to be.  You want to make this space as awesome as you can make it to enhance the experience for everyone.  Two brands merit special consideration when you are aiming to take your patio to an even higher level. Atlantis Atlantis has a full line of products to enhance your outdoor space.  Their furniture options will give you and your guests a perfect spot to relax.  Atlantis also offers fire pits to add to the decor and everything else you need to make your backyard kitchen as convenient as the kitchen you have inside your home. Danver Danver specializes in making your outdoor kitchen into just what you want.  Danver offers grills and other specialty outside cooking items that will anchor your cooking space.  They also have the items to supplement the cooking areas.  Danver’s offerings include cabinets, refrigerators and bars to complete your outdoor kitchen’s picture. Make the most of your time on the patio.  Upgrade your outdoor kitchen and improve your guests’ outdoor experience.  Contact K&N Sales and ask how Atlantis and Danver products can take your outdoor space to a higher level.
 
15
Oct

Get Your New Bar-Bar-Q Tradition Going in Style this Fall

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October 15, 2014 l Topics:Blogs l By kn
You have decided that this fall is when you are going to start a new tradition at your home.  It’s time to take advantage of the autumn weather by getting outside and having a Bar-B-Q. Here are a few steps to take to make sure your new tradition gets off on the right foot. Pick The Right Grill If you don’t have a grill, take some time to consider what kind of grill you need.  Where will you be grilling?  How often and what kind of food will be on your menu?  If you are looking to do small amounts of food with less regularity, a small portable grill should meet your needs.  However, if you plan on grilling more often and preparing mass quantities, the investment in a larger covered grill will be worth it.  Keep your taste preferences in mind too.  Do you like the taste provided by a charcoal flame?  Is the subtle flavor from a gas grill more your speed? Pick the Right Tools Long-handled tools such as tongs, basting brushes and spatulas are crucial when it is time to get your meat on the grill and cook it properly.  In addition, a good thermometer allows you to monitor the temperature of your food in a safe, efficient manner.  A good pair of grilling gloves helps keep you safe while you do your work at the grillKeep the Food Warm Once the meat is ready to eat, you may need to keep it warm for awhile before meal time.  Warming drawers can do this job very well.  Various models and sizes of warming drawers are available to meet your needs. Get your new Bar-B-Q tradition going in style this fall.  Contact K&N Sales for assistance with your grilling needs.
 
8
Oct

Take Your Grill to the Next Level

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October 8, 2014 l Topics:Blogs l By kn
Just because summer is over doesn’t mean that your grilling has to be too! In fact, the fall is the perfect time to whip our your grill and specialty spices because food hot off of the grill is the absolute best on a cool autumn night. There is something special about having friends and neighbors gathered while eating food that the chef just grilled. The great taste and sweet aromas wafting through the air are the essence of community.Whatever grill you use, you can always make the occasion extra special with these tips. Befriend your butcher Don’t throw just any meat onto your Master Forge grill.  Take the time to get to know a local butcher.  If there isn’t a meat market nearby then get acquainted with the people behind the meat counter at your local supermarket.  Fresh meat will have more moisture, which leads to a better final product off your grill. Everybody loves a nice, juicy and tender steak! Give a proper warm-up While your Grill Mate grill is getting hot, give your meat a chance to get out of the cold.  Allow about 20 minutes out of the refrigerator for the meat to get to room temperature.  Meat that is too cold won’t cook evenly on your grill. Move it, but only when it is ready Make sure your steak develops a crust before you flip it on your Huntington grill.  Flipping it too soon will cause the meat to stick to the grates.  A smooth flip will give you steaks that keep your guests satisfied. Let it rest before you slice it After your steak is done, it still needs at least five minutes before you slice it for serving.  Giving the meat a chance to rest allows the juices to soak back in.  This will maximize the flavor and the smiles on your guests’ faces. Grills, grills, grills!  Consuming delicious food off the grill with friends is a highlight of any gathering, any time.  Keep your grill working at its top level.  Contact K&N Sales for assistance with your grilling needs.
 
1
Oct

A Hot Cup of Coffee on a Crisp Autumn Morning, A Great Way to Start the Day

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October 1, 2014 l Topics:Blogs l By kn
A crisp autumn morning watching the sunrise from your back porch.  Only one thing is missing from this picture, a delicious cup of steaming coffee made just the way you like it. Whatever flavor of coffee you prefer to sip on the patio, the Wolf coffee system is what you need. This coffee system, available at K&N Sales will craft the coffee you crave. Pumpkin Spice Latte Nothing says autumn like pumpkin, does it? Add your preferred amount of cinnamon and nutmeg and you will be ready to get the day started right.  Some new patio furniture for the season would complete the setting nicely. Vanilla Latte Your new Wolf coffee system can fill your cup with this morning-starting treat as well. Espresso and a shot of vanilla give this beverage the extra flavor you need.  Speaking of extra flavor, a few autumn-themed decorations- pumpkins, gourds and colorful leaves will add some spice to your morning get away. White Chocolate Latte  It’s never too early in the day for a little bit of chocolate.  It won’t take long to drain this yummy treat to the last drop.  Of course, if you finish your coffee quickly, that gives you a few extra moments to enjoy your patio and surrounding backyard space. A Wolf Coffee System will help you get your day started right this fall.  Whatever your flavor, it will fill your cup just the way you want it.  Contact K&N Sales today for more information about a new coffee system for your home. 
 
24
Sep

Keep Your Refrigerator Running Like Clockwork

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September 24, 2014 l Topics:Blogs l By kn
Your new Miele refrigerator from K&N is the perfect fit for your kitchen. Miele has been providing quality products for kitchen for more than a century.  Here are a few ideas to make your excellent refrigerator more efficient. Let Your Food Cool First Putting hot food into a refrigerator makes it work that much harder.  Let the room do some of the work.  Cover hot food and let it cool off before you store it. It may mean waiting a few extra minutes before your work in the kitchen is done, but it will be worth it. Keep It Covered Almost all uncovered food releases moisture into a refrigerator.  This extra moisture makes the condenser work harder to keep a refrigerator dry.  The extra moisture can be avoided with one simple step.  Keep all the food in your refrigerator covered and air will stay dry.  In addition, covering food will prevent a mixing of aromas. Fill the Gaps with Water You want to avoid water in the air, but extra water in bottles in your refrigerator is beneficial.  If you have empty space, fill it with containers filled with liquid.  This technique will help keep your refrigerator colder.  Also, you will extra fresh water in the case of an emergency. Keep your Miele refrigerator running smoothly.  It will serve you and your family well.  Contact K&N for assistance keeping this important appliance as efficient as possible. 
 
17
Sep

Prepare Your Kitchen Now for the Holidays

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September 17, 2014 l Topics:Blogs l By kn
The holidays will be here before you know it.  Start early getting your kitchen ready to celebrate the season.  It will be worth it when your guests arrive and you have the perfect kitchen to entertain them.  For inspiration as you begin the task, take a look at this video from Wood-Mode of the perfect kitchen.   Declutter Your Countertops The countertops in your kitchen are an ideal spot from which to serve the delicious treats you prepare for your guests.  Take the time to clear all the various items that collect there in everyday life.  Mail, papers from school, and other items can be filed away or recycled, and your countertops will be ready to party. Clean out the Refrigerator You will need all the cooling space you can get when a party approaches.  Find those items that are hiding in the back of your refrigerator and clear them out.  Keep in mind any food that you will need for any of your special holiday recipes.  A little extra effort now to make room for those things will lead to a less stressful time unloading your grocery bags when party time arrives. Double Check for Safety With a house full of guests on the way, make sure your home will be safe for them.  If children will be at the party, ensure that child-proofing is adequate depending on their ages.  Are stair ways guarded?  Are outlets covered?  For the adults, make sure that smoke detectors and other monitoring devices are functioning properly.  It’s better to be too safe when it comes to your guests well-being. Here’s to an early start to a great holiday season.  Starting with your kitchen, you can prepare for great entertaining success.  Contact K&N Sales if you need assistance in getting any part of your home ready for the holidays.
 
10
Sep

Find an Oven That Can Keep Up with Your Needs

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September 10, 2014 l Topics:Blogs l By kn
You use your range every day, at least once a day. Your stove is central to what you do in the kitchen. You couldn’t prepare the delicious food you do without it. You could take your already excellent cooking to an even higher level by upgrading your oven. Here are a few options to consider. Wolf From start to finish, Wolf ranges are designed to give you the ultimate in control of your cooking experience. Wolf instruments test their products to the highest standards so you can always cook with confidence. Wolf products are also backed by one of the best warranties in the business. Wolf has been providing quality cooking equipment for more than 70 years. The in-home cook has benefited from Wolf’s expertise when they joined SubZero. With Wolf products you can take your cooking up to a whole new level. Thermador Thermador stoves will make your kitchen legendary. Thermador introduced the first built in stove top more than 50 years ago. They also revolutionized the gas cooktop with their patented Star Burner. With this innovative history at their core, Thermador continues to transform the American kitchen today. Keep your kitchen and your cooking on the cutting edge with a Thermador range. Your range is vital to the success of your kitchen. Make sure you have an oven that can keep up with your specific requirements. Contact K&N Sales for assistance with a new stove for your space.
 
3
Sep

Get Ready For the Game with a Great Tailgate

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September 3, 2014 l Topics:Blogs l By kn
Hungry fans are lining up early outside the stadium. Everyone is getting ready to put their best foot, and their best flavor, forward for another season of hard hittin’, loud as ever, down and dirty football.  Fall is here and it’s time to tailgate! Let’s face it – the best part about football season is the tailgates! There is everything that you could ever want – excitement, cold ones, friends, family, crazy football gear and FOOD! Your favorite team brings it with everything they’ve got on the field so there is no reason you can’t do the same when you move your kitchen to the football stadium. Kick it Off with Ribs There’s no better place to start than Smoky Baby Back Ribs.  This recipe includes a simple chipotle sauce for your ribs.  These fall off the bones are easier to prepare than you think.  It will be such a hit that you want have any left over to bring home to your refrigeratorWho Can Resist the Perfect Burger? Your fellow tailgaters may not want to go into the stadium after you feed them the Perfect Burger.  It’s so good that football may not be able to compete.  Since it is a juicy burger with all the delicious toppings.  It’s sure to have folks asking for seconds so bring plenty of supplies.  You may want to keep a few patties near the stove at home, just in case your guests want another one during the week. Don’t Forget the Dip Whether you are serving veggies, chicken wings or chips as an appetizer, you’ll need plenty of dip.  Blue Cheese Dip will serve your purpose just right.  Serve it up and watch it go.  All that will be left is another bowl for your dishwasher when you get home. The weekends are full of football.  Get ready for the game with a great tailgate.  Contact K&N Sales for help getting your kitchen ready for tailgate season. 
 
27
Aug

Welcome the End of the Summer With a Bang

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August 27, 2014 l Topics:Blogs l By kn
If you are looking for a great way to wrap up the summer, here’s an idea.  Invite everyone over for a Labor Day party.  If you need some tips to make the gathering a success, keep the following in mind. Spruce up the Backyard While the Labor Day weekend is all about not working, it’s worth the time to use the weekend to get your backyard ready for a party.  With kids going back to school, you might be able to find a few teenagers in the neighborhood who need some cash.  Help the economy and increase your party’s chance of success, by hiring those students to help with the sprucing. Formulate a Food Plan If providing all the food for a party is too daunting for you, consider asking guests to bring some treats from their refrigerators. Depending on your style you can assign specific items to each guest or you can open things up and have a potluck. If you assign dishes, consider including chips, salads and desserts. Simplify the Clean up You can cut down your clean up time by using disposable dishes and accessories.  You won’t need to worry about getting dishes out of the cabinets, and you’ll give your dishwasher a rest. Make things even easier by providing plenty of garbage cans for guest to use throughout the party area. Welcome the end of summer with a bang.  Make it a Labor Day to remember.  K&N Sales hopes you have a great one.
 
20
Aug

Send Your Kids Back to School with a Healthy Lunch

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August 20, 2014 l Topics:Blogs l By kn

          The start of a new academic year means it’s time to for your children to eat at school again.  Obviously, they can’t take your kitchen with them.  However, here are some healthy food ideas that will easily fit in their backpacks. Corn and Zucchini Fritters These treats start with whole wheat pancake batter.  Add frozen corn and grated zucchini.  The zucchini will add moisture when you cook them like a pancake.  A small cup of Greek yogurt is the perfect complement for your student’s lunch.  They won’t leave their lunchbox on the counterThe Elvis Burrito If your goal is to have your kids say, “Viva, school lunch!”, start with a toasted tortilla.  Spread peanut butter on it.  Sprinkle on pieces of bacon.  Finish up the treat by wrapping up the tortilla complete with banana slices.  Don’t be surprised if you hear, “Thank you very much” when you add this treat to their lunch. Mini-Bagel Breakfast Sandwich Breakfast food for lunch? It will definitely be a hit.  Spread cream cheese on both halves of a bagel.  Stack on scrambled eggs, a tomato slice and Canadian bacon. The great thing about this treat is you can serve it as an after school snack as well.  Just pop it in the microwave. Make lunch time the best time this school year.  Put your kitchen to full use and get your kids ready for academic success with a healthy lunch.
 
13
Aug

Get Your Children Ready for A Great Year of School

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August 13, 2014 l Topics:Blogs l By kn
The start of a new school is here.  Whether your kids are starting kindergarten or college, you want them to hit the ground running and achieve academic success.  Here are a few ideas to make the first days of school go as smoothly as possible. Get Organized Make sure you have all your ducks in a row for the new school year.  Get a supply list from your child’s school and pick up those items before the first day of school.  Plan out your route to and from school.  If car pools are needed, make sure everyone knows who is responsible for driving when.  It is a good idea to set up your cabinets to store any items you will need throughout the year. Meet the Teachers Take advantage of every opportunity to meet your child’s new teachers and see their new school.  It is a great chance to make a good first impression on the person or people who will be a major influence on your child and by extension your family for the next 10 months.  Hopefully, your school will provide an event for parents and students to interact with other administrators and support staff as well. Ease Back into The School Routine Don’t wait until the first day of school to leave behind your summer schedule.  If your young student needs to get in the habit of waking up early again, allow at least a few days to gradually get back into the groove.  Reestablishing a routine slowly will help your child feel more secure and set them up for success. May your family start of the school year with a bang.  When you are looking for assistance making your home more suitable for your young scholars needs, contact K&N Sales
 
6
Aug

There’s Still Time to Get It All Done Before Summer Is Over

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August 6, 2014 l Topics:Blogs l By kn
As summer is nearing its end, hopefully you have done everything you wanted to before school starts up again.  Here are a few ideas from K&N Sales to help you wrap up the summer with a flourish. Take A Hike Whether you go for an overnight trip or just spend a half-day on the trail, take some time to enjoy the great outdoors in your own backyard.  Several state parks are within a short drive of Houston.  Also, city parks in the city offer an even more convenient getaway.  If you’re going to be walking, be sure to bring some water from your refrigerator to stay hydrated. Go On a Wine Tour The hill country of Texas is ripe with winery.  You are sure to find just the wine you like not to far from home.  You may come home with too much wine to fit in your cabinets.  In that case, contact K&N for help with your new wine storage needs. Visit a Water Park Is there a more fun way to beat the heat than sliding down a water slide? Well, of course not.  A water park offers fun for just one day or enough entertainment for a whole week of slipping and sliding.  There are numerous options at various distances from Houston.  Be sure to have your washing machine ready for your swimsuits when you get back home. Finish up the summer with a bang.  You can stay close to home or take a trip.  Check your list and make sure you get everything done before September arrives. 
 
23
Jul

Keep Your Clothes Clean with a Reliable, Efficient Maytag

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July 23, 2014 l Topics:Blogs l By kn

No matter what part of your home you are in, K&N Sales has the products that will fit your needs.  For example, K&N has a large selection of washers and dryers from Maytag. School is around the corner, and that means a change of clothes every few hours for the kids from the soccer games, playground accidents and grass stains. If it seems clothes keep piling up on you now, consider a new efficient Maytag to help you catch up and get ahead before the real storm of dirty clothes hits you!

 

Maytag Dryers with Steam

 

Maytag’s newest dryers let you get the moisture out of your largest loads evenly.  The large capacity of these dryers assure that you will do fewer loads, meaning less time and less energy spent.  Maytag’s steam cycles penetrate fabric, reduce wrinkles and refresh clothes.  Right now at K&N, these dryers are even more economical.  Several models are included in the overstock selection at a reduced price.

 

Maytag Washers

 

Whether you use hot or cold water, Maytag washers give you clothes the best wash in the industry.  Steam cycles on the washers fight stains.  As always, Maytag Technology offers components that are built to last.  So, you will be washing clothes with it for years to come.

 

If you are looking for a reliable way to get your clothes clean and ready to wear again, contact K&N Sales about a Maytag washer and dryer.  We will make your buying experience a pleasant one and these efficient appliances will keep your wardrobe ready with time to spare.

 
16
Jul

Make Your Cabinetry Ideas a Reality

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July 16, 2014 l Topics:Blogs l By kn

Your cabinetry is an important of your home. In all likelihood, you have cabinets in almost every room of your home for storage and other purposes.  July is a great time to make some small upgrades to these vital pieces of furniture.

 

Handsome Hardware

 

A door knobs or pulls are like jewelry for your cabinets.  You can buy a large pack of the same design and refit all of the cabinetry in one room.  This simple change will make a world of difference.

 

Add a Coat of Paint

 

Proper prep work is the key to a successful painting project.  Be sure to clean the cabinets first, sand them, and fill in holes with putty before using a brush.  Laying cabinets doors flat and painting one side at a time will avoid drip marks.

 

Glass is Great

 

Replacing the inserts of your cabinet doors with glass will open up a brand new look in any room especially a kitchen.  Not all doors can be giving this treatment.  Make sure that the center panels can be taken out.

 

Light it Up

 

New lights under the cabinets in the kitchen can make work spaces more efficient.  New technology such as LED lights make it easy to add light wherever you need it.  As an added bonus, these LED lights last substantially longer than their predecessors.

 

Take the time this month to make the cabinet improvement you need.  Contact the designers at K&N Sales for assistance in making all of your cabinetry ideas a reality.

 
 
9
Jul

Even a Small Upgrade to Your Bathroom Makes a Huge Difference

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July 9, 2014 l Topics:Blogs l By kn

The sun is out, people are taking vacations and you may be feeling like it is time for a change. Why not start where the heart is? July is a great time to make improvements all around your home.  A small enhancement to your bathroom can make that room shine in a brand new way.  Here a few ideas for upgrading your bathroom:

 
  • Put a Frame around a Mirror That’s Plain

Add some character to a simple mirror by installing a custom frame around it.  A custom frame can be built for any size mirror.  You can paint the frame to match your bathroom’s decor so it fits right in. or add a few pieces of wood, which can make a world of difference.

 
  • Paint your Countertop

If you have a laminate countertop, you can give it a brand new look with a fresh coat of paint.  Make sure to pick out a color that works with the rest of your room (walls, cabinets, towels, etc.).  Covering a countertop doesn’t take a large amount of paint so future color changes aren’t prohibitively expensive.  As an added bonus, kitchen countertops can be painted as well.

 
  • Cover Your Tile With Wainscotting

You can give the tile on your bathroom walls a new look by covering them up. Wainscotting is an ideal option for this task.  The tile can be easily hidden and the area behind your sink or elsewhere in your bathroom will have a brand new, exciting look.

 

Whether you have a large bathroom or a small one, this is an opportune time to upgrade how that room looks.  Even a small improvement changes the feel of the whole room.  Contact the designers at K&N Sales for assistance in making your home’s design meet your dreams.

 
2
Jul

Use the Summer Months to Improve Your Kitchen

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There is no time like the present to make improvements to your kitchen.  Here are a few ideas to get the ball rolling.  Contact the designers at K&N Sales to make your kitchen dreams a reality.

 

Add Storage Space

 

You can take advantage of an empty wall or corner by adding open shelves.  This small improvement can give you more room for storing plates, dishes or other necessary items.  If you need more storage space, new cabinetry will give you what you need.

 

Restore Your Floor

 

The floor in a high traffic area like a kitchen takes a beating.  Whether you have wood, tile or some other surface, regular maintenance will give your kitchen a new look.  Getting rid of the dirt and grime will do wonders.

 

Shed Some Light on the Subject

 

Adding even a small light fixture to your kitchen will reduce the shadows in your space.  A little more light will make kitchen tasks seem a little brighter.  Flip the switch on your kitchen this summer.

 

Add a Water Filter

 

You can have great tasting water from your sink by adding a filter.  Most filters can be installed out of sight with relative ease.  Delicious water will surely hit the spot on a hot summer day.

Use the summer months to improve your kitchen.  Even a small enhancement will go a long way towards your perfect kitchen.  Contact the designers at K&N Sales for help with your plans today.
 
25
Jun

Be Safe this 4th of July and Have a Blast

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There is nothing better on the 4th of July than looking up at the sky and seeing fireworks light up the night. What a great way to celebrate the anniversary of our nation’s independence. Please take advantage of this opportunity next week. However, before you do, keep a few safety tips in mind  if you are shooting off your own fireworks. K&N wants to see you in one piece after the holiday. Don’t Play with FireworksFireworks can be fun to watch, but they aren’t toys. No one should ever play with any kind of firework. Even sparklers can get hot enough to melt gold, so be careful. Only Use Legal FireworksLegal fireworks are labeled, and directions for use are included on the label. A large amount of injuries are caused by illegal fireworks. Keep your home and your guests as safe as possible, by using only legal fireworks. Keep Water NearbyIt is a good idea to have plenty of water on hand when you light fireworks. A bucket is great. A hose that allow you keep refilling that bucket is even better. Make sure the hose reaches to the area where you are shooting. Saving a few seconds could make all the difference for in protecting your back yard. Seek Medical Help Immediately if the Need ArisesIf you or someone at your party is injured by a firework, go to a doctor immediately. If an eye is injured, don’t try to flush it out with water or put ointment on it. If possible, cover the injured eye with the bottom of a paper cup and get to a medical care facility as quickly as possible. Fireworks are meant to be enjoyed, but you’ll enjoy them much more knowing your family is safe. Take extra precautions this 4th of July, and your holiday will be a blast!
 
19
Jun

In Houston, There are Numerous Opportunities to Celebrate the 4th in Style

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Nothing says the 4th of July like fireworks lighting up the sky.  Numerous shows around town provide the opportunity to celebrate our nation’s independence in style.

 

If you want to shoot your own fireworks in your newly renovated back yard, you need to leave the Houston city limits to buy your supplies.  These items are illegal within the city; however, numerous vendors near the border serve city residents.

 

A Few Shows of Note

 

Freedom over Texas- Jennifer Nettles is the headline artist at this annual event.  The show takes place at Eleanor Tinsley Park near downtown.



Summer Symphony Nights- The Houston Symphony will give a free concert of patriotic classics at Miller Outdoor Theatre.  The music is augmented by, of course, fireworks.

 

Summer Symphony Nights(The Night Before)- The Houston Symphony will also be at the Cynthia Woods Pavilion on July 3.  That free concert will also include fireworks and patriotic melodies.

 

4th Fest in Pasadena- An afternoon of family friendly events concludes with a 20-minute fireworks show.  This free event takes place at the Pasadena Convention Center.

 

Buy Your Own Fireworks and Shoot Them Right Away

 

If you want to buy and shoot your own fireworks, we will be looking at some safety tips in this space next week.  This vendor in Baytown makes it possible to shoot the fireworks off as soon as you buy them on location.  This is a perfect option for those who can’t wait to celebrate.

 

Wherever you celebrate the 4th, enjoy the freedom you have to do so.  If you’re still looking for a last-minute addition to your backyard for the holiday, contact K&N Sales.

 
 
18
Jun

Three Outdoor Appliances Your Outdoor Party Can’t do Without

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You have worked hard and gotten your outdoor space ready for the summer party season.  You have selected the perfect menu to satisfy your guests and leave them talking.  However, there are a few appliances that every outdoor party needs.  Make sure you add them to your mix.

 

An Outdoor Refrigerator

 

Save your guests and yourself additional trips in and out of the house by keeping the food outside in an outdoor refrigerator.  You will give them ready access to cool beverages and additional supplies of cool treats such as dip.  Also, you will keep the door to your house closed so air conditioning doesn’t escape and run up your energy bill.

 

Warming Drawers

 

Keep the warm food close at hand as well with warming drawers designed to be outside.  You’ve spent quite a bit of time planning special foods for your guests. Finish the work by making sure those treats stay warm, tasty and easy for your guests to find.

 

Perlick Kegerator

 

The only thing better than beer at your summer party is beer served at the perfect temperature from a Perlick Kegerator.  The kegerator will fit in cabinetry if that is appropriate,or it can stand on its own.  It’s sure to be the hit of the party. Just add a keg, and you are ready to pour.

 

Put the finishing touches on your party plans with these great appliances.  The trio will push your event over the top.  Contact K&N Sales for all of your outdoor appliance needs.

 
5
Jun

Get the Red, White and Blue Ready for Independence Day

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The 4th of July is just around the corner.  With this in mind, now is a great time to start finding the best to add red, white and blue to your home.  Get ready to celebrate our nation’s independence.

 

Start the Celebration at the Front Door

 

It makes sense to use the front door to set the tone for your whole home.  Welcome your guests with a patriotic wreath.  You can add your own flair to the creation, but basically you need two American flags attached to a standard wreath and you are ready to go.

 

Spell it Out

 

Don’t make people at your party guess.  Spell it out for them.  You can make a statement with large wooden letters from a local craft store.  Add some red, white and blue paint and there will be no mistake that your party is celebrating the U.S.A.!

 

A Great Idea to Store Your Decorations Until Next Year

 

After the holiday ends, here is a great idea for storing the decorations you want to use again next year.  You can save thousands on Wood Mode cabinets at K&N Sales during the Pick-Two Customer Savings Event.  Wood Mode Cabinets are a perfect fit for your home.  This sale runs through June 27.

 

Patriotism Can Quench Your Thirst

 

Wrap a small flag around a bottle of water and your guests will have a perfect treat to beat the summer heat.  Plastic and cloth flags are recommended over paper flags, which may not hold up to the bottle’s condensation.

A salute to you as you get your house ready to celebrate independence day.  Contact K&N Sales for any assistance you may need preparing your home for the holiday or for every day.
 
28
May

Take Your Outdoor Space to a Whole New Level with these Design Ideas

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You can take your porch, patio or other outdoor space to a whole new level this summer.  Try one of these outdoor design ideas, and you will be on your way.

 

Organize your Yard into “Rooms”

 

Maximize the use of your backyard by creating different spaces with distinct purposes within the larger space.  Much like the inside of your home has rooms that are better suited for relaxing or socializing, the backyard can be compartmentalized.  Use landscaping and furniture to open up new nooks and possibly an outdoor “dining room.”

 

Let Your Guests Walk on Trees

 

Slices of a tree make a unique walkway for your guests.  The journey from the back door to the deck will be extra special walking on trees.  In lieu of more commonly utilized items such as concrete or tiles, this natural alternative gives your space a park feel.

 

Don’t Forget the Outdoor Fabrics

 

There are numerous enhancements you can make using fabrics.  Once you decide to use fabrics on furniture or pillows or somewhere else, don’t forget to use special material manufactured to withstand the elements.  Outdoor fabrics are created to repel water and resist rot and mildew.

 

Create a Backyard Hideaway

 

Offset the high activity feel of your backyard with a small alcove where you can get away.  Use a small corner and don’t tell anyone about it.  A few well-placed plants and a few special pieces of outdoor furniture give you a secret spot for those days when life gets too hectic.

Your backyard should serve you in numerous ways.  Add new features to the space to maximize your return of outdoor enjoyment.  Let the designers at K&N Sales help you take your patio or porch to a whole new level.
 
22
May

New Cabinets Will Take Your Outdoor Kitchen to the Next Level

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You are looking for cabinets to augment your outdoor kitchen.  K&N Sales can help you pick out the right cabinet for your needs.  Here are a few tips to consider as you start your search.

 

Make Sure the Cabinets Have Adjustable Legs

 

Most patio surfaces aren’t completely level.  Having adjustable legs on your cabinets will make sure your cabinets don’t wobble.

 

Consider Exterior Trim Details

 

Obviously, you and your guests will see quite a bit of the outside of your cabinets.  Take the time to pick out the trim options that you want to look at for a long time.

 

Check Out the Accessibility of the Cabinets

 

Different cabinets have a variety of features that make the furniture easier to use.  After you determine how you plan to use the cabinets, it could make sense to have roll-out trash bins, food trays or other amenities.

 

Inspect the Durability of the Cabinets

 

Numerous factors affect the longevity of a cabinet.  Inspect the dealer’s specs for the cabinets you are seriously considering.  Doing this will give you a good idea how long you can count on your new purchase to last.

 

New cabinets will help make your backyard a perfect spot to serve your guests this summer. K&N will definitely help you select the product that will be a home run.

 
 
14
May

Prepare a Perfect Spot for Your Outdoor Parties This Summer

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Summer is almost here, and before it arrives, you want your outdoor kitchen to knock people’s socks off when they visit for your next backyard party.  You want to be a great host and have the whole neighborhood talking, so roll up your sleeves and get your backyard ready.  Here are a few ideas to get you started.

 

Get The Grill Ready

 

Outdoor cooking begins at the grill, so make sure you get yours ready.  Deep cleaning your grill will help it work and make sure it looks its best.  Take the time to inspect the gas tank as well to avoid any problems in that area.

 

Create an Outdoor Bar

 

Whether you decide on a portable cart or something permanent, a backyard bar will let you serve your guests in style.  A sturdy bar lessens the chance of spills.  In addition, it provides a space to organize your accessories.  An outdoor bar is a great complement to your grill.

 

Add A Picnic Table and Benches to the Mix

 

Finding a place for everyone to sit will be easier if you have a classic picnic table and benches to use.  The picnic table offers extra space, and it can be moved to the yard or stay on the deck depending on what you need.  Before you start grilling, make sure you have plenty of space for everyone to sit.

 

Your summer guests will be at your home soon ready to gather around the grill.  Give them an extra treat by making sure that you host them in a perfect spot.

 
 
14
May

Get Ready for a Summer Full of Tasty Treats

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There is nothing better on a hot summer day, than a refreshing treat.  Whether it’s something sweet or something cool, your family will flock to the kitchen for a break when you ring the snack bell.

 

Grilled Fruit Kabobs

 

Grilled fruit is extra juicy.  Plus, it has a caramelized tasted that will hit the spot.  You can create this treat outside on the grill or on the stove top.  Make sure you have enough skewers for everyone.

 

Creamy Orange Popsicles

 

A cold popsicle will undoubtedly hit the spot.  You can make these simple treats in just about any flavor you would like.  After mixing up the ingredients in a blender, it will be just a few hours of freezer time until the refreshment is ready.

 

Blueberry Lemonade

 

Keep your mixing spoon handy for a unique twist on a traditional beverage.  Adding blueberries makes lemonade a brand new experience.  At less than 50 cents a cup, blueberry lemonade is a delicious treat that can’t be missed.

 

Cherry Pie

 

This summertime favorite puts the spotlight on the cherries.  It’s easy to make and fun to eat.

 

Get ready for a summer full of tasty treats.  Keep your family satisfied with the new treats above.  Happy snacking!

 
 
2
May

An Organized Yard is Even Easier to Enjoy

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As the weather continues to encourage you to spend time outside, you may feel the need to reorganize your outdoor spaces. The following ideas get you started on this task so you can organize your yard and get back to enjoying it.

 

Throw Away What you Don’t Need Anymore

 

In the garage, in your yard and in your shed, you have numerous items that have outlived their usefulness.  Now is as good a time as any to get rid of them.  Items to consider rusty tools, dead plants and obsolete lawn furniture.

 

Consider a New Shed

 

A new shed in your backyard gives you a chance to add new storage space.  Make a plan to move items from cluttered spaces into the shed.  The extra space can open up all kinds of possibilities for your home.

 

Use The Bucket Method

 

Use labeled buckets to store various kinds of items from your yard.  A five-gallon container serves as a great landing spot for toys, garden tools and other stuff.  When the items aren’t in use, the buckets can be stored on a shelf in the garage.

 

It’s a great time to be outside.  The weather is perfect for lighting the grill and having a party.  Take the time to re-organize your outside spaces, and you will enjoy being outside even more.

 
 
9
Apr

Use Every Nook and Cranny to Expand Your Storage Options

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Do you find yourself constantly trying to find more space for storage in your home? Does it seem like no matter what you try or how hard you try to make things fit, you will never have enough room for everything?

 

Sometimes it takes a little outside the box thinking to maximize the use of every nook and cranny your home has to offer. It is a challenging task to undertake; however, here are a few ideas to help you jump start the process and start finding those unique storage options.

 

Have You Ever Considered a Trundle Bed?

There is usually a surplus of unused space under a bed. A trundle bed, complete with drawers, offers an efficient way to make use of that space. In addition this horizontal cabinet provides the option of extra bedding if the need ever arises.

 

How About a Wall Divider/Shelving Unit?

A wall divider is a great way to break up a large room into smaller, more intimate sections. By combining the wall divider with a shelving unit, you can further leverage the space you have. The shelves serve as a great to store items and display them in a unique way.

Don’t Forget Your Toiletries

Keeping a bathroom organized is a special challenge. New bathroom shelving is a stylish and savvy way to store your necessities. Shelves can create a new level of organization and double as decor.

Tackle your storage needs head on. Don’t hesitate to look behind every nook and cranny with an open mind. K&N Sales has cabinetry options to help you as you solve your storage challenges with style.

 
 
2
Apr

Take Time this Spring to Help your Home Shine Again

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With spring’s arrival, K&N Sales is enjoying the Houston weather immensely.  Indeed, it is a great time to be outside and enjoy the treats the city of Houston has to offer.  While it is a great time to explore the world outside, it is also an ideal time to spend some time inside sprucing up the inside of your abode.  Here are a few tips for an excellent spring cleaning experience.

 

Cleaning Your Bathroom Tiles

 

Start at the bottom when it comes to your bathroom.  Sparkling tiles are certain to brighten up the room.  For best results use a cleaner that has “Neutral PH” on the label.

 

Organizing Your Closets

 

The beginning of your day will be trending upwards if you are looking into a newly organized closet.  Take the time to phase out those clothes that you don’t use any longer.  Strategic placement of clothing can be beneficial as well. Consider the way you get dressed when deciding where to place various clothing items.

 

Keeping the Shine in Your Kitchen

 

There is nothing like stainless steel to establish an impressive cooking space. The spring is a great time to start helping your stainless steel maintain its luster.  Spraying a wax-based aerosol on your appliances twice a week will do wonders for the shine in your kitchen.

Without a doubt, Houston is full of activities for you and your family in the spring.  Enjoy the weather before the summer furnace arrives.  However, set aside some time to help the inside of your home recover from the winter blahs as well.
 
28
Mar

Spring is Blooming in Houston and So are the Festivals

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With spring in full bloom in Houston, there is no shortage of opportunities to enjoy a festival in your own backyard.  Fill up your calendar with a few of these interesting events in the next few weeks.

Catch a flick at the WorldFest Independent Film Festival.  From April 4-13, movie buffs can check out a great selection of movies, documentaries, commercials and more at this world-renowned event.  Gather up some treats from your refrigerator and head out to a show.



Play, create, explore and learn at the Houston Children’s Festival.  This is the place to be on March 29 and 30.  This festival will be full of games, activities, music and entertainment to engage children and adults of all ages.  A great time is in store for all at the largest children’s festival in the United States.

Go to Argentina at this year’s International Festival. The South American country is featured at this festival which hits Houston’s streets the last two weeks in April.  Theatre from the country will be on display and food from Houston’s South American neighbor will be cooking up for the enjoyment of festival attendees.

As part of the Houston community, K&N Sales is excited about spring in the city, especially all of the festivals that are available in the neighborhood.  Take some time this spring to enjoy a few of these activity-packed events.
 
12
Mar

Let the Good Times Roll at the 20th Annual Crawfish Boil and Fish Fry

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K&N Sales loves being part of the Houston community.  Helping their neighbors update their kitchens and renovate their bathrooms and more has been on K&N’s to do list since 1954.

In fact, K&N enjoys being part of the community so much that they like to take the time to have their neighbors over for a party.

 

You are invited to join K&N Sales for their 20th annual Crawfish Boil and Fish Fry from 4-7 on Wednesday, April 4.  The event, at K&N’s Warehouse, is a great chance to enjoy crawfish, catfish and more with your friends in the design business.

 Come and stay as long as you like.  K&N is excited to share this big day so they can show their appreciation and fill your plate a few times. To RSVP or if you need more information about the party, please contact K&N at 713-686-3611. 

K&N appreciates its customers and its community every day of the year.  The Crawfish Boil and Fish Fry on April 4 is a chance to show how much they love being able to help you fulfill your dreams for your homes.  Stop by 1411 Shepherd Drive on April 4, and let the good times roll.

 

 
2
Jan

Green Kitchen

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Each year we see more clients who want to make their kitchens more environmentally friendly. Whether
they are looking for more efficient appliances or products manufactured in more sustainable ways, with
more sustainable materials, we have seen this segment of the market grow. The demand for “greener”
kitchens has been heard by manufacturers, who are offering customers what they are asking for.
Brookhaven
Brookhaven Cabinets by Wood-Mode are an excellent example of a company that is going above and
beyond when it comes to reducing their environmental footprint. For Wood-Mode environmentalism
isn’t something new; rather, for the 65+ years they have been in business, the company has maintained
a commitment to environmentally-sound policies and practices in their manufacturing. Wood-Mode is
certified by the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association (KCMA) as meeting the standards for their
Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP). The ESP program recognizes industry manufacturers who
use environmentally-friendly materials and production processes. To qualify and maintain certification,
a manufacturer is evaluated each year on compliance in five categories: air quality, product resource
management, process resource management, environmental stewardship, and community relations as
well as energy conservation and recycling programs. Learn more about the KCMA ESP program online.
Appliances
Naturally homeowners are interested in finding more environmentally-friendly versions of appliances
for their homes, and it’s no wonder—the U.S. EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy ENERGY STAR
program estimates that energy efficient choices can save households up to one-third on their energy
bills. Energy Star ratings can help you choose products. You can reference the ENERGY STAR Qualified
Products resource page for more information on how to find ENERGY STAR products, as well as
information on how a product earns the label, how to save energy at home, and more.
To learn more about the energy efficient appliances we carry, stop in and visit our showroom. K&N Sales
is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. We are conveniently located at 1401 Shepherd Dr. in
Houston, TX.
 
17
Dec

There is Still Time to Add These Items to Your Wish List

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With Christmas less than 10 days away, there is still time to make an impressive addition to your kitchen before the day arrives. Time is short, but K&N Sales has plenty of options that will fit on your wish list.

 

Cook up some new treats in an oven from Bertazzoni. These ovens take their inspiration from the company's original wood-burning stoves. You can add style and quality to your kitchen this holiday season with a new oven.

 

A new refrigerator/freezer is just what your kitchen needs. K&N has numerous selections from Amana to keep your food fresh and ready. Keep your kitchen cool with a new refrigerator/freezer.

 

Celebrating doesn't end after the holidays. Consider adding a wine rack so you have easy access when the next celebration arises. K&N offers numerous sizes and styles of wine racks where you can store your collection.  Ask how they help you store your wine today.

 
Christmas in coming. However, you can have a new gift in your kitchen by the time it arrives. Contact K&N Sales to talk about your kitchen wish list. They can help you get what you w

 
9
Dec

Turn Your Bathroom into a Place of Rest and Relaxation

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Is your bathroom in need of improvement? Does your tub need an upgrade?  The experts at K&N Sales can help you turn your bathroom into a place of rest and relaxation.

 

Give Yourself a Luxurious Bathing Experience

 

A new walk-in tub with hot tub jets will make bathing the relaxing experience you need at the end of a long week.  A new shower head with extra settings will make getting clean therapeutic.  A sliding door for your shower will increase the amount of room you have to prepare for your bathing experience.

 

Increase Your Storage Options

 

You can never have too much room for storage, especially in the bathroom.  K&N will help you plan a strategy to use new cabinets to expand your options for storage.  You will be able to relax even more when everything in your bathroom has a place to call home.

 

Take Your Sink to a New Level

 

A new sink will change the look of your bathroom immediately.  New hardware for your sink will catch people’s eyes and create an impression.  It may not seem like much but the sink and the area around it can set the tone for the whole bathroom.

 

Give your bathroom a new start for the new year.  K&N Sales will help you design the area of your dreams.

 
 
25
Nov

Holiday Decorations Guide

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Viewing Christmas lights.  You may have begun the tradition as a kid with your parents.  Or maybe you have decided to start a new tradition with your family.  Whatever kind of Christmas light viewer you may be, numerous neighborhoods around the Houston area offer a viewing experience to make the holidays extra special.

 

Before you load up the car and head to the lights, remember to  mix up a batch of hot apple cider or hot cocoa on the stove.  What could be better than listening to Christmas music on the radio and drinking a warm treat while looking at houses decorated for the season?

 

River Oaks

 

Homes along River Oaks Boulevard and those streets nearby offer white lights wrapped around majestic oak trees.  Large ornaments and LED lights adorn the houses as well.  Be sure to see the homes on Bellmeade and Inwood.

 

Shepherd Park and Candlelight Park

 

This kid friendly neighborhood includes arches over the streets and inflatables in the yards.  One street includes a trip to Christmases Around the World.  Sidewalks make walking through the area possible if the weather permits.  The best place to start viewing in this neighborhood is north of 43rd Street and East of Ella Boulevard.

 

Woodland Heights

 

This year’s Lights in the Heights festivities are scheduled for December 14.  However, the decorations are viewable in this neighborhood through Christmas.  The largest concentration of decorations can be seen on Bayland and Woodland Streets.

The Houston Zoo

This year Christmas lights are returning to the Hermann Park area.  The Houston Zoo is beginning a new tradition this winter with Zoo Lights. Attendees will see the zoo transformed into a winter wonderland with lights, snacks and decorations.  Many animals will be viewable during the evening event which runs through the new year.  An admission fee is required.

 

Wherever you are in Houston, enjoying some Christmas lights is certain to get you in the holiday mood. After enjoying the lights, if you find yourself looking for simple ways to spread more of the season in your home, we talked here about a few ideas that will help you.

 
 
18
Nov

These Winter Activities Make Staying Inside with your Family Enjoyable

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As winter approaches, darkness arrives earlier every day.  Fewer hours of daylight combined with colder weather means you and your family are going to be inside together for longer periods of time until spring and longer days returns.  Before you feel the walls start closing in, consider the following indoor game ideas.  They are certain to make the winter months more enjoyable.

 

Play Indoor Foot Volleyball

 

With a piece of string and a blown up balloon, you are ready to set and spike in your family room.  Depending on the size of your open space, two, four or six can play this game.  The game works best if players attempt to kick the balloon over the string while in a crab-walk position.  Beginners may want to use their hands instead of their feet.  Turning on a ceiling fan is guaranteed to make the contest more interesting.

 

Learn a New Card Trick

 

Pull that old deck of cards out of your cabinet and work the rust off of your shuffling skills.  Thanks to YouTube, it is easy to learn one new card trick(or more) every day.  The winter nights will go by in no time, while you impress each other with your sleights of hand.  You can add an extra touch with a cape and a wand.

 

Draw a Three-Part Monster

 

If you have at least three people and some colored pencils or crayons and a countertop to use as a drawing surface, you can create some unique monsters, or any other characters you can imagine.  Each participant in this activity draws the head of the monster on the top part of a tri-folded piece of paper.  The drawings are rotated and each participant(without looking at the head) draws the creature’s torso on the middle portion of the paper.   Finally, a third participant, without the benefit of seeing the rest of the body, adds legs and feet to the picture.

 

The finished products are as unique and memorable as your family.  In addition to monsters, this activity can be used to create unique athletes, princesses, animals, politicians, etc. The possibilities are limitless.

 

Yes, it is getting darker earlier, forcing your family to stay inside for longer periods of time.  Try one of these activities or create one of your own.  You will have so much fun spring will be here before you know it.

 
11
Nov

Thanks to Our Veterans

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Today, K&N Designs of Houston thanks all the service men and women who have protected our nation and its citizens over the years.  It is humbling to remember the service these heroes have provided on our behalf both domestically and abroad.  At K&N, we realize that we wouldn’t  be able to do what we do if it weren’t for their sacrifice.

 

On Veterans Day, please take a moment to remember those who have served and thank them.

 

Remember them in Silence

 

Take some time to think about someone you know who served in the military.  Take a few moments to consider what they did and how you can thank them.

 

Remember them in the Kitchen

 

Show your appreciation to a veteran by preparing a homemade treat for them.  Something baked in the oven or a treat from the grill can be a heartfelt thank you.

 

Remember them with your Words

 

There is no more personal way to say “thank you” than with a handwritten note.  Find some paper in your cabinet and write your appreciation to a hero.

 

Remember them from your Heart

 

We owe our liberties and freedoms to them.  When you have an opportunity to show your appreciation to a veteran, don’t hesitate, show them your heart.   They certainly deserve it.

 

Thank you, veterans.  Your service inspires us to serve.  We appreciate you and all that have done for our country.

 
 
4
Nov

Enjoy Your Holidays More with an Organized Decoration Storage Plan

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November 4, 2013 l Topics:Appliances l By kn

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to have an organized way to store all of your decorations when this holiday season comes to a close?  Having everything in its place is the perfect end to your holiday celebrations.  Here are a few ideas to get those decorations stored in a way that will have you looking forward to the holidays for years to come.

 

Categorize Your Decorations

 

All decorations aren’t the same.  Keeping them separated based on how you use them will make them easier to find the next time you need them.  A few questions to consider when categorizing:  Where do I use these decorations?  What size are they?  When do I use them?  While you are separating your items, it is a good time to consider parting ways with those decorations you no longer display.

 

Find Appropriate Storage Bins

 

Once you know the different types of decorations you have, determine the size and type of boxes you need to effectively store them.  You may be best served by plastic storage crates, or perhaps new sturdy cardboard boxes will suffice.  If you find out you need more space for your boxes, K&N can assist you with storage solutions, such as new cabinets, that will increase your available space with a touch of style.

 

Label Those Bins

 

Rather than trying to remember what is in every box until next winter, make it easy on yourself.  Label the boxes so it is easy to see what is in each one.  If you have the time, a written description of the items in each container will make next year’s decorating process even more efficient and enjoyable.  This list could be stored in a convenient spot such as a file cabinet.

 

Store the Decorations and Relax

 

Once you have your plan in place, all that remains to do is putting the decorations in their proper place.  You’ll just need to untangle  the lights, dismantle the tree and a few other details and you will be ready for the next season.  If you have any dishes or glasses in your decoration collection, an Amana dishwasher, which is available at K&N, will get them crystal clean, so they will be ready to go as soon as you take them out of the box next year.

 

Don’t let worrying about what you’re going to do with the decorations weigh on your mind this holiday season.  Be prepared with a plan to put them away in a systematic fashion.  Knowing where the decorations are going when you are done with them, will help you enjoy them and the holidays even more.

 
28
Oct

Prepare Your Whole House for the Holidays

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October 28, 2013 l Topics:Blogs l By kn

Previously in this space, we touched on some ideas to get your kitchen ready for the upcoming holidays.  Since there is much more to your home than a kitchen, here are some ideas to get the rest of your residence prepared for the season.

   
 
21
Oct

Here’s a Few Recipes to Spice Up Your Holiday Serving Table

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October 21, 2013 l Topics:Blogs l By kn

It’s getting close to that time of year again. Holiday season is around the corner and with all the parties that are approaching, you can never have too many recipes at your disposal.  With this fact in mind, here are some new ideas to spice up your serving table.

  
 
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Oct

Welcome Your Holiday Guests to a Brand New Kitchen

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October 14, 2013 l Topics:Appliances l By kn

It will soon be time to welcome guests into your home for feasting and various holiday parties.  There is nothing like the excitement of sharing a celebration with family and friends.  Make sure your kitchen is ready to serve you well throughout the upcoming festivities.

 
 
7
Oct

It’s October and It’s Time to Make Your Home Spooky

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October 7, 2013 l Topics:Blogs l By kn

With just a few weeks until Halloween arrives, there is no better way to get ready for October 31 than decorating your home.  Here are some ideas for making your home spooky and fun.

 
 
9
Sep

Family Fun in the Kitchen

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September 9, 2013 l Topics:Appliances l By kn
Planning a night in with your family and hanging around the kitchen is the recipe for a good time, so why not invite your teen’s friends over to join in on the fun? We understand the importance of spending time with family and want to suggest a few ways to keep the family fun coming through fall. Read on to find out a few suggestions! What to cook When deciding what to cook, go with something fun and easy, like homemade pizza. Pizza is simple to whip up and will give the teens a chance to be creative. It’s a meal the whole family will enjoy. Here is a list of healthy pizzas recipes, be sure to go grocery shopping for all the ingredients beforehand! You might even want to bring your teen with you and improve his or her planning skills. Cooking made easy Many pizza lovers find the combo of crispy crust with stringy cheese to be the perfect combination, and the Thermador 30” Double Electric Wall Oven will bake just that. This dual oven allows double the cook time with its extra large capacity, getting the pizzas out quicker than a traditional-sized oven and onto the dinning table.  Another great feature on this oven is that it’s self-cleaning, what could be easier than that? Let the teens do the cooking Remember this is a night for the teens to have some fun, so take the night off from the stove and hand over the kitchen. Give them adequate counter space on which to work and have the necessary appliances out for easy access. After dinner is served and over with, store the leftovers in a Sub-Zero Refrigerator/Freezer. This particular refrigerator offers an air purification system that will keep the meal fresh for days. K&N Sales offers a variety of appliances that will help in creating a fun night of cooking with friends and family. Check out our Closeout & Overstock Appliances online or visit us at our showroom for the latest products.
 
2
Sep

Healthy Afternoon Snacks

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September 2, 2013 l Topics:Blogs l By kn

School is back in session and everything kicks off in full swing, which can make it a challenge to maintain healthy eating habits. Swinging by McDonalds with the kids, ordering in a pizza and stocking the freezer with quick bites like Tostito’s Pizza Rolls can certainly be tempting for the busy parent this time of year. However, eating right can improve your children’s chances of excelling in school, making responsible decisions and, of course, their general physical well being. We will touch on how healthy eating benefits your children much more than just their physical health and what you can do to create nourishing after school snacks.

 

Set the Stage  

 

 It is important to set the stage for healthy eating habits for children while they are young for a number of reasons. Teach your children to try different foods and eat a balanced diet because when they grow older you will not always be there to guide them on what they should eat.

 

Benefits

 

Some foods have amazing benefits. According to Janice Baranowski, a pediatric behavioral nutritionist at Baylor University of Houston, eating habits can affect your child’s concentration and increase their performance in school. For instance, berries are said to improve concentration. Deficiencies in iron can be the cause of low energy levels in your children, so don’t forget to serve them some beef and poultry on a regular basis. Click here to learn more about how healthy eating can affect your children’s life.

 

Afternoon Delight

 

A great way to encourage your children to eat in a healthy manner is to involve them in food preparation. Perhaps you can set up a “Cooking Show” as Aimee, Editor at Simple Bites, did with her daughter and some friends. Preschoolers will enjoy creating Frogs on a Log, plus it’s full of nutrients. All ages will enjoy baking this simple, yet tasty Zucchini Bread with chocolate chips.

 

K&N Sales has the latest cooking appliances to update your kitchen for the start of a new school year. Stop by our showroom or visit us online to find appliances that will make cooking with your little ones just that much easier!

 
19
Aug

Steaming Up the Kitchen with Thermador

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August 19, 2013 l Topics:Appliances l By kn

Let the best of Houston's kitchen designers at K&N Kitchen Appliances show you these revolutionary kitchen appliances. Thermador kitchen products give discriminating enthusiasts like yourself true creative flexibility with Freedom of Choiceâ„¢ design, a philosophy that removes limitations and encourages originality in creating your ultimate culinary studio. Check out how Thermador can bring the latest in steam cooking to your kitchen!

 

Steaming on the Range



Thermador kitchen appliances offer the latest in steam cooking with the Pro Steam Range, which includes a QuickClean BaseTM, which is a raised pedestal burner, and Thermador’s Star® Burner that produces excellent heat distribution. Thermador’s Pro Steam Range offers multiple cooking selections: a large capacity Convection Oven, 22,000 BTU Power Burner, ExtraLow® simmering, Titanium Griddle and Grill, a warming drawer and the Thermador Steam & Convection Oven.

 

Steaming in the Oven



The MasterpieceTM Series Steam and Convection Oven has been awarded a number of notable awards for kitchen appliances, such as Excellence in Design, CES Innovations Awards and Design Journal ADEX Awards. The Thermador Steam and Convection Oven has three innovative cooking options: convection only, steam only or a combination of steam and convection cooking. The combination cooking option serves up restaurant quality taste by making food crispy on the outside and moist on the inside.

 

Steaming at K&N Sales



We have the most up-to-date Houston kitchen appliances and would love to help you make your kitchen catch up to speed with the recent movement toward steam cooking. Visit us on our website or at our showroom to find out more about which steam cooking appliances are right for you and your family.

 
29
Jul

Prepare for the Party – Texans Style

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July 29, 2013 l Topics:Blogs l By kn

Fun and successful tailgating requires thinking ahead. When the food, beverages and seating don't work out, then fun tailgating times and the crowd starts to dwindle. Let's take a look at what you will need to be prepared for Texans tailgating this season!