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Wine racks

One of the things I plan on purchasing for the kitchen/great room is a wine rack. I would like to have a display rack or maybe even a table with a wine rack underneath. I wouldn't need much, since I wouldn't keep more than 6 or so bottles on hand at a time. Most of the wine racks I've seen have the bottles arranged in a way that you would have to pull out the bottle to read the label - that's not very conducive when guests have to pull each bottle out just to see which wine they will enjoy.
This one caught my eye because of the cool puzzle shape and would brighten up a countertop. The Puzzle Wine Rack by Gideon Dagan. Available at the SFMoma store.

winetube If I end up with wall space near the kitchen, I am also considering a wall rack. I found this one to be useful in its simple and utilitarian design (labels are shown). Though, I'm not sure how wine bottles fare when all the weight is on the neck. Rosendahl winetube winerack available at Atmosphere.

I also saw this Wine Finer at the SFMoma store - it filters and decants wine as it is being poured - neato! No need for a separate decanter.

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Raymour & Flanigan room planner

room planner

Now here is a tool that more furniture retailers should offer. The Raymour & Flanigan room planner is a flash tool where you can input the dimensions of your room, then tweak the layout - add walls, add angles, and other misc furniture. This will help me immensely in planning a general layout of what furniture I would like; and help me decide if I will go with one large sectional, or a couple smaller pieces.

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Daylight distraction

spinThis could be fun to have around the house during the morning sunlight hours. You can groove to some music and this Kikkerland Design disco spinner while making your morning coffee. The solar cell atop this spinner powers the mini motor, which then centrifugal forces will cause the sides to stick out farther. [via Gizmodo]

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20 Online Furniture Buying Tips

Consumerist features an article on tips for online furniture shoppers - straight from the mouth of an industry insider. Here's the gist

Time is money. Buy locally, even if it's more expensive. Trust me, it's worth it.

Now here's the tips:
1. CALL THE RETAILER. Speak with a human. Ask some of the following questions.
2. Do you have a brick and mortar storefront? Most legit furniture retailers will deal with the pubic personally by having a storefront. If the location is near to you, opt to visit them and look around their showroom before placing a purchase online. In most cases the furniture will be more expensive, but you can get a feel for how they take care of their property. This will follow over into the way they take care of their customers and their freight (if shipped from THEIR warehouse)
3. If they have a warehouse, ask for a tour. Take a look at the way they warehouse employees act and handle the packages. What the retailer expects of its employees is what they expect from their manufacturers.
4. If the retailer is located in a different state, do not be afraid to ask off-the-wall questions. Ask them how long they've been in business, even if it's posted on their website.
5. Ask them if they are a member of the Better Business Bureau. If so, inquire about their standings with the organization. Verify this against their actual standings on
6. Ask them what the furniture is made of, and if it can be configured in a number of different ways.
7. Ask them about the shipping procedure and how long it takes for the order to be processed.
8. Ask them about how long it takes for the order to be processed -in the warehouse-
9. Ask them how long it takes for the trucking company to come and pick it up
10. Ask them if you will be notified and WHEN you will be notified and HOW (email, phone)
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