What is high frequency trading?

Moving with a collective nod to our topic this week, what is this thing called “high frequency trading”, IROs and executives?

Well, that would be a good name for a rock band, but high-frequency trading is an indication of money behavior and a measure of market risk. It is currently responsible for 20-30% or more of the volume. Practically speaking, this is continuous, step-by-step, high-turnover buying and selling with real-time data to control risk and generate returns from minute change. It comes from all sorts of sources of capital, but don’t just blame hedge funds. All investment advisers must put their money to work… and if they can’t invest it, they will use it in other ways. This is the best way at the moment. (NOTE: Speaking of which, look for money to leave stocks for the ridiculous Treasury Department lending facility for subprime credit assets as the options expire next week. This won’t be good for stock prices.) .

Both Nasdaq OMX and NYSE Euronext announced recent fee changes designed to attract “high-frequency traders.” If they’re trying to woo you, it’s because there’s a lot going on, except it’s going on elsewhere. Here’s the telling feature: Both exchanges made changes to the cost to CONSUME liquidity, or buy, while maintaining “discounts” or incentives to provide liquidity (another way of saying ‘offer shares for sale, which attracts buyers’). tall.

This means that there are changes in the work in the broad markets. Where “refund” trading, or the provision of liquidity, is necessary to help conventional institutional investors, such as pension funds, efficiently buy and sell large amounts of shares, high-frequency trading relies on buying and selling. nearly equal and offset in very small increments. That’s the kind of activity currently dominating volumes (and why volumes are generally down as well).

What does this mean for investor relations? We’ve always had a pretty arcane profession populated with terms like targeting, Reg FD, and earnings call. Our ability to understand concepts that often make other people’s eyes glaze over is a defining mark of the investor relations professional. Well guess what? It’s happening again.

All of this high-frequency trading means that much of the money moving in price and volume sees high equity risk and studies the behavior of equity markets, not trading fundamentals. This has been going on for some time, but it’s getting worse and worse, and it’s not going to get better any time soon. So, IR friends, it’s time to add this knowledge to your repertoire. After all, someone has to know what’s going on out there, since the SEC apparently doesn’t, and it might as well be us.

Look, our goal is to make you laugh on purpose. But I hope you remember this: well, over 80% of American companies (and about the same number of European companies) make earnings calls. However, the fundamental investment represents around 15% of the volume at best. Wouldn’t it be better if we understood the rest? We believe that knowing the market structure is just as crucial to IR now as earnings calls.

And it shouldn’t cost you much more than your income, either. If so, you are paying too much. IR departments don’t need expensive, outdated tools that don’t work in modern markets.

Stainless Steel Kitchen Sinks: Choosing the Best Materials

If you’re looking to buy a stainless steel kitchen sink, there are some boring but very important considerations to look into. Regardless of whether you’re looking for a drop-in sink (one that drops into your work surface) or an undermount sink (or under-mount sink), you want to make sure your time and money are well spent.

In this article, you’ll find out (quickly) what to look for when it comes to steel thickness (measured in gauge). The more you find out the more about the composition of steel. This is usually measured by the chromium and nickel content, the key ‘ingredients’ that make your stainless steel kitchen sink stainless.

Kitchen sinks and gauge (thickness of steel)

There are many reasons to buy stainless steel sinks instead of granite or ceramic. First is the cost because you can get a lot of value for just a couple hundred dollars with a well built kitchen sink. And second, they’re less likely to chip and crack with daily use.

Sinks are typically made from 18/10 steel (that’s the chrome to nickel ratio) and come in a variety of thicknesses. While many retailers talk about the thickness of the steel, it is actually a measure of the weight per square foot.

Now you have something to make the sales rep look bad!

For ease, we’ll talk in terms of thickness!

Steel thickness is measured in gauge with lower numbers indicating greater thickness. The sink’s thicker construction materials mean your sink is less likely to warp, bend and dent with daily use.

Most quality kitchen sinks are made from 16-gauge stainless steel, some come in 18-gauge, and cheaper alternatives are 20- or 22-gauge steel.

For most of us, the number is pretty useless until you consider that 16-gauge steel is about 20% thicker than 18-gauge steel. For a solidly built sink, 16-gauge is a sign of quality.

What finish are you looking for?

The most popular and common stainless steel sink finish is satin brushed. Alternatives include polished, silk and linen finishes. As the names suggest, brushed steel has been brushed (or abraded) with fine-grit sandpaper.

Satin finishes are finished with finer cloths, loaded with an abrasive paste with the final finish depending on how abrasive the paste is. The polished finish is the finest of the three (brushed, satin and polished).

It’s important to remember that regardless of the finish you choose, deep scratches can be difficult to remove. While you should always care for and protect your sink, it’s important to accept that it will scratch and figure out what finish will look best on you.

Many people choose a sink based on design over finish and remember that over time there will be a build up of micro-scratches from daily wear and tear that will change the appearance of your sink but can also add character to your kitchen.

Final purchase decisions

Ultimately, the final decision comes down to finding a quality kitchen sink from a leading manufacturer that looks good and fits in your kitchen.

However, it’s always nice to know that your money was well spent and that the sink you invest in can outlast your kitchen with careful selection of thickness, finish, and of course, a little TLC. Most quality brands come with a limited warranty so you can be sure your sink will last!

Maximizing space without sacrificing design and function

Now that it seems that the Mac Mansion is a thing of the past, that smaller houses will be in style, the first thing to reduce is traffic. Instead of a series of spaces enclosed by walls and connected by a hallway, consider removing the hallway and combining multiple spaces. For example, combine the living room, dining room, and kitchen into one Great Room. But do not enter the house directly into the Great Hall. Enter into a small foyer, which is separated from the Great Room with a built-in cabinet surrounded by 6″-0″ tall walls on three sides.

To create efficiency and organization, add built-in features. Perhaps instead of a separate laundry room, put a closet in the kitchen or hallway and put the washer and dryer in the closet.

Instead of small windows on the exterior walls, consider using large, floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors. These large expanses of glass with natural light entering the areas will make any room appear larger and integrate the interior with the exterior. Instead of the standard 6′-8″ tall sliding glass doors, using 8′-0″ tall doors will give rooms an openness not often seen in basic model homes. If the project has the budget, single panel French doors can also be another attractive alternative.

If the spans between the walls are not too long (16′ to ridge), consider using regular joists instead of trusses with flat bottom chords. Another option would be to use scissor trusses. Any of these can create a vaulted ceiling.

Instead of just planting trees and grass, consider a backyard pergola and deck. Again, this will give the house an area for expansion. If properly decorated with outdoor furniture, it will provide an additional space to congregate.

Instead of an eat-in kitchen, provide an island or counter for eating. With a luxurious granite countertop or an equally expensive material, there’s no reason the kitchen shouldn’t be visible from the Great Room.

Use patterns on bathroom floors and tub/shower walls. Use contrasting colors of a similar tile for a dramatic effect.

Lastly, paint the house in a basic color like white, off-white, gray or beige. Then, choose one wall in each room and paint it a bold, contrasting color. It can be the same bold color in each room, or it can be a different color in each room.

Houses that are smaller don’t have to be dull and boring. They can contain interesting spaces with unusual finishes. Creativity is not limited by size.

Modern kitchen design trends

A new style of cooking

Homeowners are beginning to move away from the very sleek, minimalist look to a warmer, more welcoming look that reflects their own styles. This has seen the birth of a new style of cooking: a fusion of modern and traditional elements.

The modern traditional style mixes colors, textures and materials. It is now common for contrasting materials to be worn side by side; textured wood or stainless steel with marble, or mirrors, marble and wood together in the kitchen island. And bronze, pewter, and brushed nickel are beginning to replace chrome handles. A kitchen renovation by Art of Kitchens that combines wainscoting, mirrors and wood recently won Art of Kitchens’ 2014 HIA Kitchen of the Year award.


This style is also reflected in the kitchen shelves; While built-in appliances remain popular, they are being paired with open shelving so homeowners can display precious or interesting knick-knacks to reflect themselves. Open shelving can be customized to make the kitchen feel alive and welcoming without compromising functionality. Open shelving has the added benefit of being lighter on the budget, and if you have the right skills, you can install it yourself.

Perfectly imperfect

Imperfect, tactile, and textured materials such as granite, engineered stone, and materials that mimic rough finishes are popular and easy to maintain. Popular materials for kitchen countertops are materials with light imperfections and textured finishes. Caesarstone Concrete Finishes and the new Silestone Suede Texture ranges are good examples of this.

High-gloss wood with smooth finishes is being replaced by textured wood finishes that characterize natural shapes, are popular and add an extra dimension to the space. Companies like Laminex and Danzer have a wide variety of textured wood veneers.


Increasingly, kitchens have a range of vibrant colors mixed with subtle tones that allow for more artistic options. Pantones and Laminex’s new season predictions reflect a greater range of vibrant colors to reflect your unique style: “Soothing hues of jades, pinks and purples with the colors of grandeur of majestic Chinese reds and bold gold hues create balance and a relaxed atmosphere. vibrates back.”

Another trend that is becoming popular is using wallpaper in your kitchen. Subtle use of the right wallpaper can help balance other materials in the kitchen, as well as provide additional contrast, texture, and interest.

Other considerations

It’s worth investigating what’s new in kitchen technologies, as they have likely changed dramatically. There have been great innovations in all aspects of kitchen design in the last 10 years, not just kitchen appliances. Companies like Blum have made great strides in the internal hardware of cabinets and shelving systems.

Idea Books and Visual Markers

There have also been many innovations in the way we plan our kitchen renovation. Websites that let you create idea books (or scrapbooks), like Pinterest and Houzz, are a great way to keep all your ideas in one place. Just find photos that appeal to you and add them to your idea book.

Remove old cabinets that were nailed into place

Periodically, we may need to remove an old set of kitchen or vanity cabinets that have been joined and installed with nails instead of screws. If this is the case with your remodeling project, you will NOT be able to save the cabinets for installation elsewhere. When you’re done pulling them out, there will just be a pile of bits and pieces.

Grab a flashlight and search your cabinets. If you don’t see any screws, then this cabinet removal method is for you.

Tools needed:

  • hammer
  • small one handed hammer
  • pry bar
  • Gloves
  • protective glasses
  • Razor blade
  • reciprocating saw
  • puzzle
  • skill saw
  • Assorted Screwdrivers

Steps to remove old cabinets

  1. Turn off the water supply to the sink faucet and the power supply to the space-saving stove, dishwasher, range hood or microwave.
  2. Remove the sink and all appliances. You may need another person to help you with the sink. Most old houses have cast iron sinks and they are very heavy. I’m not kidding here, DO NOT attempt to pull off a cast iron sink by yourself.
  3. IMPORTANT: As you try to remove the cabinets, be careful NOT to pry against the walls with too much force. They are most likely made of drywall or sheetrock and are somewhat brittle. Try to remember to just remove things from the walls, instead of praying against them.
  4. Cut all caulk lines everywhere they are attached to cabinets and counters against walls, floors, or ceilings.
  5. Put on your safety glasses and cut large sections of Formica countertop, large base cabinet bottoms, face frames and foot sections into smaller pieces. You can do the same with the bottoms of the upper cabinets that are also large. Do this with whatever saw you feel most comfortable with.
  6. If the backsplashes are only three-quarters of an inch (3/4″) thick, they are attached to the wall with liquid nail. Insert the putty knife between the wall and the backsplash, then push it down using the force of your hammer. Continue to do this in several places until it comes loose from the wall.
  7. If the splatters are thicker than three-quarters of an inch (3/4″), they are most likely stuck to the counter. You don’t need to put the putty knife behind them if they’re stuck to the top.
  8. With gloves on and safety glass on, you can begin the removal process by hammering the counter in an up position. Once it has started to loosen, you can use the pry bar to lift it higher. I can almost hear the screeching sound of the nails! Eventually you should get to the point where you can grab it with both hands and pull it out of the cabinet.
  9. Pull out all the drawers from their respective locations.
  10. Using the hammer and mallet, disassemble all the pieces of the cabinets. Start by tapping the finished ends, then the frames of the faces, then pry out the bottoms, and lastly the backs. The cabinets should be removed fairly quickly if you follow that pattern. Any time a part of the cabinet is difficult to remove, cut it into a smaller piece. Most of these old kitchens were made of pine wood and plywood. They were also glued on with carpenter’s glue. This can make them stubborn to separate at times.

You should always keep an eye out for rocks. Who knows, if you’re lucky, you might find an old newspaper article from the late 1950s. I retired when I discovered an old safe containing a million dollars under the base of a kitchen cabinet in Hollywood. I think the house originally belonged to Jed Clampet of the Beverly Hillbillies. Having a little fun during the project is a good thing!

The trick to make all this easier is to cut as many parts as possible into smaller pieces before you start tearing them off. This will make it easier for the dumpster or for you to get the parts out of the house and into the trash bins.

Every time you remove old kitchen cabinets, be prepared to find things that need to be replaced or repaired. It is not uncommon for there to be water damaged areas where mold has been growing. Sometimes on the roofs there are places where there were leaks years ago. Outside of the cost of your new cabinets, set aside a little extra for unexpected repairs.

The dimensions of an average kitchen

all about cooking

The kitchen is basically that part of the house where that favorite thing of almost everyone on the planet is prepared: food! In the kitchen, the dishes are prepared, cooked, plated and then served in the dining room or area.

In order for a kitchen to truly fulfill its intended purpose, it must have the right dimensions. When we say dimensions, we basically refer to the size, that is, the width, the length and the diameter, and the composition or components of the kitchen. The kitchen should also have adequate space so that people can move faster and easier.

About average kitchen dimensions

The average kitchen in a residential home is typically around 300 square feet, or a room or space that is 30 feet by 10 feet in dimension. It is also possible for this space to have equal measurements on all sides, giving us a kitchen that is 15 feet long and the same width as well. These measurements would be enough to keep things moving quickly and smoothly in a kitchen.

In the meantime, if you don’t secure a room to use as a kitchen, you could go for more innovative and space-saving solutions like kitchen layouts. Kitchen designs are basically what one opts for when the kitchen area i.e. the place where one prepares and cooks food will also be placed right in the dining area. That said, we could say here that the kitchen and dining room would be sharing the same space.

There are five types of kitchen layouts that a homeowner might use. These are the single file, double file, block or island, L-shaped and U-shaped kitchen designs. The single-row kitchen, also known as the one-way galley kitchen, is basically one area of kitchen that is aligned against a wall. Double stock kitchen, on the other hand, is also called a two-way galley kitchen in which the kitchen elements are divided into two rows. Typically, this is the layout used if the dining room table is placed smack dab in the center of the room. The block or island kitchen, on the other hand, is a variation of the single-row kitchen, in which all the kitchen elements are in one line, but they are not placed against the wall but in the center of the area. This is generally employed when there is not much space in the residential area and it is only a small apartment or condominium unit.

L-shaped and U-shaped kitchens, on the other hand, are said to be the most innovative and space-efficient solution, as the workflow tends to be smooth here.

Three ways of looking at design

So you’ve decided you can no longer live with the kitchen or bathroom you have in your home and you feel it’s time for a redesign. You know you’re ready for a remodel, but before you call in a contractor, you’d love some basic background on how a design comes together.

Designing your space will be easy, but before putting any plans into action, it’s important that your designer or contractor understand your personal needs. When it comes to design, there are many aspects that one must consider. There’s flow, usability, storage, aesthetics, lighting, code compliance, and price.

These are all very important points that need to be addressed along with many others, but before delving into the infrastructure of the design, you must first start with the bigger picture.

There are three ways to view a room and they are emotionally, spatially, and aesthetically. Let’s see each one.

Emotion is often the number one reason people decide to remodel a space. There has often been an emotional imbalance between the homeowner and the home that leads to years of frustration and longing for a remodel. Typically, the homeowner has lived in a space they don’t like for a long time because they’re unsure of the cost of remodeling, worried about the remodeling process, or unclear on how to create a space they’ll love. .

As a designer, it is often necessary to envision the end result and the emotion the design will invoke before planning anything specific.

A few months ago I met with a client who showed me pictures of a bathroom that he found online. This client told me that the image of this room made her feel happy and that was all she really wanted from her new bathroom.

Designing to feel good and evoke a happy feeling is the first step, but there is more.

When a designer first enters a space instinctively, they begin to look at the flow and spatial aspects of how the room works as a whole. A good design should create a good emotion and a great design goes further and creates a functional but balanced space.

A kitchen can look nice and make you feel good, but if the kitchen isn’t working properly, the happiness you feel at the sight of the space will quickly dissipate.

When considering your remodel, go beyond the pretty pictures on the internet and really focus on how you intend to use your space. Be mindful of creating volume in an area and pay close attention to hallways, prep and work areas.

A properly designed kitchen or bathroom can be easily spotted. They seem to flow even when there are people inside the space.

Once you feel good about the design and have created a layout that fits the space and works with the activities taking place, it’s time to consider the aesthetics of the design.

The aesthetics to consider are texture, balance, shape, color and proportion. The challenge here is to match all aspects of emotion and space with the right products and product placement.

One area that is often overlooked when working on aesthetics is lighting. Lighting is such an important part of any remodel and it can make the difference between good design and great design. Consideration should be given to the appearance of the fixtures used, as well as the amount of light, the location of the light, and the type of lighting that is needed.

The remodeling process can be intimidating, but by creating a good design plan before the hammer hits, you can be sure your remodel will turn out great!

GE Glc4100n Portable Dishwasher – Easy Dishwashing

Since 1907, GE has been one of the largest manufacturers of home appliances. There are many GE dishwashers available, but the GE glc4100n portable dishwasher is a great choice for many reasons. As with all GE appliances, you know quality is assured. Portable dishwashers have several advantages over countertop models for some people. Just because you’re renting a property that isn’t equipped with a dishwasher is no reason to forget about the convenience and other benefits of owning a General Electric dishwasher. If you have a historic kitchen, you may not want to cut out the cabinets to install a dishwasher. If you have a small kitchen that lacks counter space, the GE glc4100n portable dishwasher adds a 25 x 27-inch countertop.

Appliances that GE makes are known for their features, some of the features on this General Electric dishwasher include: a wood grain top surface, enough capacity for twelve full place settings, full touch controls on the console, nylon shelves, a tub high, three arm sprays, rinse aid dispenser, warm water cycle, filter water cycle, delay start option, four cycles, heated dry cycle, hard food dispenser, high temperature wash, quick wash setting , heavy-duty wash fit, smooth easy-to-clean surface, a warranty, and on top of all that, it’s also Energy Star rated.

We will now take a closer look at some of the features listed above. The size is large enough to hold many dishes, but small enough not to get in the way. The GE glc4100n portable dishwasher has wheels, making it easy to move if needed. There are six wash levels and three wash arms to get water and detergent where it needs to go to clean dishes. You can delay the start for two to four hours to have the dishwasher run on your schedule. To keep your dishes clean, this dishwasher has a triple 100% water filtration system and a Piranha Hard Food Disposer to grind up tough leftover food for easy cleaning. The cutlery basket has cell covers that help handle more difficult utensils like measuring spoons.

There is a special noise dampening system that keeps this GE dishwasher quiet. This dishwasher is available in white-on-white or black-on-black color schemes, so it will match your kitchen decor. The Energy Star rating assures you that you use less water and less electricity, which is not only good for the environment but also for your pocket. This machine uses the Brilliant Clean wash system which allows you to: Rinse Only, Light Wash, Normal Wash or Heavy Wash. Also features PermaTuf tub liners and doors. This dishwasher is equipped with double pumps and double motors. There is also a one-year limited warranty on both parts and labor. So if you’re looking for an affordable and portable dishwashing solution, GE Dishwashers is the way to go.

Riobel Faucets Review: A Few Things You Might Want To Know

A house cannot be called a home if it does not contain any faucets. Whether you realize it or not, faucets are crucial accessories that are perfect for managing ever precious water. Unfortunately, most people don’t realize the importance of carefully selecting their faucets. If you deliberately chose Riobel faucets for your kitchen and bathroom needs, or bought them because they were the most readily available when you needed faucets, then this article is for you.

What are Riobel faucets?

Basically these are taps manufactured by the Riobel company. They differ from other faucets by virtue of the Riobel brand name and the emphasis the company places on its products. Riobel has a self-defined mission to provide the best faucets, shower systems and other related products to the general public. This company already has around 15 years of more than satisfactory service to its pleased customers.

Why are Riobel faucets different?

Although all companies constantly spend on developing new product lines and maintaining high quality standards, Riobel differs from the rest in the type of people who work for it and the type of consumers who defend the items it offers. Riobel understands all too well the reality that vigorous enthusiasm is essential in everything his people do, especially in ensuring that trusting customers receive the right help to make home maintenance or renovation go smoothly.

Riobel faucets are conceptualized and manufactured in such a way that buyers will not have as much trouble installing them. Mechanical parts can be purchased quickly as they are conveniently located on many counters. This customer friendly environment allows faucet owners optimal cleaning and maintenance. Since Riobel is distributed over a very fast network, it is logically expected that customers will be able to take full advantage of Riobel products. The company also goes to great lengths to ensure that the product design, actual manufacturing process, and quality control system produce completely durable products. This durability prevents unnecessary expense that can result from frequent product repairs, replacements, or upgrades. To provide additional customer protection, these long-lasting products are backed by limited lifetime warranties.

What type of taps does Riobel manufacture?

Riobel manufactures durable, visually appealing, warranty-protected, and well-designed faucets for kitchen or bathroom use. These faucets come in different models that will definitely satisfy the aspirations of all types of people (whether they are classic, contemporary or somewhere in between). Some designs are perfectly similar to faucets commonly seen in public establishments and typical homes, while most designs add uniqueness and an extra layer of personality. These designs are based on various references and inspirations, such as adherence to classic designs.

Aside from the general appearance, Riobel faucets also vary in terms of the finish applied. Options include brushed brass, gunmetal, polished chrome, brushed chrome, polished nickel, and brushed nickel. In addition to adding another dimension in visual diversity, these different finishes also provide different textures and resistance levels.

Modern style elements

Unlike country-style interiors, where accessories and accents are ‘layered’ to produce a charming messy effect, modern style is all about minimalism. In the absence of objects there is space, and this space itself is a design element. Open spaces automatically draw your attention to the few pieces that are used, from a sleek streamlined chair to a bold swirl of abstract art. Therefore, the furniture, fixtures, and accessories used to define the style should be strong and united by color, texture, pattern, or style. Uncluttered, uncluttered, sparse, and efficient, the clean, open look of modern style would be cool and utilitarian without personality and warmth that is infused with color, texture, art, and accessories.

If you wanted to create an interior with a modern style, it would be necessary to include certain defining elements. These are the elements that define the modern style.

o An open floor plan: Gone are the walls that define ‘rooms’ in traditional interiors. Modern interior spaces are open and airy, often broken up only by modular furniture, low cabinets, glass brick, and even movable screen walls.

o Monochrome simplicity – the backdrop to any style interior, walls are mostly neutral in a modern setting – gray, white, and shades of brown or tan predominate, while a bold color can be used on a central wall. Wall colors can be echoed on the floor with shag carpet, tile, concrete, or wood, or the floor can offer a stark contrast: gleaming polished hardwood floors in a deep mahogany stain, for example, can offset the pale dove gray walls.

o Glass walls – Glass is essential to modern design, both in furnishings and in simple, unadorned window treatments that allow the outside view to become part of the room. Entire glass walls that open up to a view of the mountain, ocean, or city skyline are an important part of the room’s design. If sun protection is needed, minimalist sun shades are often used so that the outside view is not obstructed. If there isn’t a nice view to highlight, one is often created with an indoor waterfall, modern fireplace, or oversized wall art.

o The Importance of Color in Accents – Against this monochromatic backdrop, accents take on a crucial role in setting the style and tone of the room. Bold pops of red, ochre, cerulean blue or freshly cut green are repeated throughout the space. Style is also set by accents: An abstract painting reminiscent of Jackson Pollock will have a different impact than retro 1930s wall art decor. The colors that appear in an abstract painting or metal wall sculpture will will find again in cushions, vases, tabletop sculptures or lighting fixtures. Because glass, leather, and polished metal are so prevalent, the opposite texture will bring relief; therefore, sisal or coconut fiber area rugs, tufted knotty fabrics, and woven baskets or twig arrangements are often used in the mix.

o The importance of lighting: Personality and style are defined by lighting used to highlight art and accessories and convey mood. Understated fixtures like recessed lights or halogen lights on dimmer switches allow you to create visual excitement over dramatic wall art or soften the space around a dining room. The light beams can even be used to create art through the pattern or design they project onto the wall.

o Furniture: Modular pieces abound, such as leather sofas and stackable chrome tables. Glass tables keep the look open and airy. Don’t feel limited to black and white. Leather and microsuede in brown, grey, white are other options. Geometric fabric patterns, stripes, dots and swirls can be intermixed within the same color family to create visual excitement and continuity throughout the space.

o Sleek Modern Appliances: From the flat screen HDTV to the industrial edge of the sleek stainless steel kitchen appliances, function and style meld in every room. Clutter is prohibited on countertops and only those accessories or gadgets that contribute to the style are visible.