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The backsplash of the kitchen is one of the most crucial elements to consider while finalizing the décor and design. Kitchens function dually as living spaces, homework tables, and family gathering areas. As such, not only does the kitchen need to look inviting and comfortable, but also has to be high in utility and efficiency. Maintenance of these spaces, safety, and security, and cleanliness need to be top priorities when selecting materials for the flooring, ceilings, cabinets, cooktops, counter space, and backsplash.

Contemporary pendant lights hanging over kitchen island bench

The most significant two things to consider when getting splashbacks for the kitchen are the cost of materials and long-term maintenance. While you want the best for your home and kitchen, it is essential to fit everything within the budget according to your requirements. Cleaning and care of the kitchen backsplash require careful consideration since these materials need to withstand oil stains, grease, grime, moisture, and so on.

Let us look at a few popular materials for kitchen backsplashes.

Tiles:

Most tiles are easy to maintain and are cost effective. A few quick swipes with a cleaning spray or a wet detergent wipe will help bring your tiles back to normal. The easy maintenance makes tiles a trendy choice for most homeowners. Tiles are available in a variety of design, and you can select from ceramic, marble, metal, mosaic, porcelain, and glass. The only downside is that tiles can chip over time. Another thing to consider while installing kitchen tiles as backsplash is that there can be a formation of grout over time.

Stainless steel:

Stainless steel is easy to maintain and clean. It gives off a modern and trendy look to the kitchen and is unaffected by grease and oil splatters. The few drawbacks are that it can stain with acidic substances like lime and tomato, and can quickly look scratched, dented, or smudged. To avoid this, you could select stainless steel with a powder coating in a variety of colors, patterns, and designs.

Acrylic:

Acrylic backsplashes are a new rage. Similarly looking to glass, acrylic materials are easy to clean and maintain over a longer duration. They are able to withstand heat, do not lose color, and are cost-effective in the long term. Other materials need to be redone or renovated after a few years, while acrylic can easily last up to 10 years after installation. While they are incredibly affordable, they may lack flexibility.

While selecting acrylics, you can choose any type or pattern of design, color combinations, textures, looks, and finishes. You can opt for glassy backsplashes, matte ones, metallic-looking ones, or textured ones. You could also add layered acrylics to give the kitchen a more modern touch and feel.

Let us look at some of the benefits of acrylic backsplashes.

Highly Durable:

Acrylic kitchen backsplashes are incredibly durable. For families with small children, senior citizens, or traveling adults, durability is crucial. Acrylic material, by composition, is highly resistant to impact. It is also known to be almost ten times tougher than stainless steel and glass. It is also very tough to scratch acrylic backsplashes, thereby making it a better option for your kitchen.

Versatile:

Acrylic materials are easy to cut and model according to the internal specifications of the kitchen. You can easily get different types of acrylics based upon the specific requirement that your kitchen needs to have. Acrylic is very easy to process and can be made to fit any size of a wall, kitchen overhang space, or backsplashes. Depending on the look and texture that you desire, acrylic can be cut to fit that shape. Different types of surfaces like glossy, matte, rugged, wood finish, and so on, make acrylic an extremely versatile option.

Cost-benefit:

Acrylics have a cost-benefit over other types of kitchen backsplash materials since they are much cheaper per square foot in comparison to glass or stainless steel. The texture, finish, and look of the product can be enhanced depending upon the requirement for the kitchen. While it is lower in cost, acrylic does not compromise on quality or efficiency. It actually works out to be much better in the long term since the value of the backsplash gets covered over the years. You can select from several ranges of acrylics to suit your budgetary requirements.

Maintenance:

Acrylic is much easier to maintain than any other material since it can easily be wiped down with a little bit of soapy water. It does not gather dust, has no effect on moisture or grout, and stays cleaner for longer. It also has the least amount of chemicals so is safe for children and pets in the house.

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NYC Restaurant Weeks Is Here With Three Pricing Option

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On Monday, July 22 through Sunday, August 18, 2024 Restaurant Week returns. This bi-annual event was created in 1992 to offer prix fixe menus to allow New Yorkers to eat at the city’s most coveted restaurants. Hundreds of restaurants across all five boroughs are participating this year with a 2-course lunch, 3-course dinner, or both. There will be a trio of pricing options for $30, $45 and $60. The deals run Monday-Friday, as Saturday is excluded as is Sunday to certain restaurants.

If you have a preregistered Mastercard you will receive $10 back for in-house dining transactions of $45 or more.

Menus and reservations can be found here.

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A Weekend In The Hamptons With Holistic Health Fair, Store Opening, Oyster Farms and Art Party

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Every weekend in The Hampton’s it’s not what to do, but which to do. We decided to join Cristina G Cuomo’ s Purist for its third annual health fair in Southampton and experience the best in wellness. From top concierge practitioners of Eastern and Western modalities, to clean beauty, sustainability and nutrition, this was one terrific event to attend.

This year’s participants included: Boiron, Ecotone New York, Flyte, Bellantz, Cancer Culture, Rejuvenation Health, reactIVate, STANDwellness, Boxed Water, Biography, Post House, Cocoon and Hive, Mrs Momma Bear Workwear, Juice Press, evolvetogether, Figaro Apothecary, Hamptons Aromatherapy, Tahuu Chocolates, Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Filienna Filigree Jewelry, Rev. Jolene Star and the Enchanted Heart, The Erickson Method, bySILKE, Dr. Lea Lis, and  Happy Coffee by Robert Downey Jr. 

One of our favorite things was flyte. I have been wanting to create a floating Orgone and this just may be part of my answer. They also had a bed that vibrated to music and heals, that was highly effective.

I also loved the infra red light therapy by STANDwellness, the energizing clothing by Cocoon and Hive, CBD Chocolates by Tahuu Chocolates. The crystals and healing modality by Rev. Jolene Star and the Enchanted Heart and the amazing massage by Linda. Thank-you as my shoulder was really in pain.

Next onto BIBA’s store opening with Ilene looking fabulous, with the store’s manager. BIBA, has returned to the East End to showcase its collections, featuring an eclectic melange of clothing from both local and European designers. During the years of 1995 to 2010, BIBA held locations in East Hampton and Southampton Village, and has continued to serve customers in South Florida, with a Delray Beach location, ever since. Now open in Southampton Village, BIBA is frequented by celebrities, visitors, and locals alike, and aims to bring a VIP shopping experience to all. Snowbirds can rejoice knowing the store will have locations in both Southampton and South Florida.

John Nicolas, of Mudford Farms in East Hampton Shuckers, grows oysters and populates the waters to clean and make a healthier water and a healthier dish by filtering the water in the biggest way he knows how. Currently incubating about 1 million oysters in this facility alone.


Finally Rick Friedman and his wife is Cindy Lou through a fabulous art party with fireworks, a band and of course art.

All photo’s by Roger Sichel

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Disney Broadway In Bryant Park Part Two

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106.7 LITE FM’s brought Disney to Broadway in Bryant Park. We brought you the video and now the pictures so you are there.

Tshidi Manye

Jackie Rene

Jackie Rene and Gilbert Domally

Jackie Rene and Gilbert Domally

Jackie Rene and Gilbert Domally

Jackie Rene and Tshidi Manye

Jackie Rene and Tshidi Manye

Tshidi Manye and Gilbert Domally

Tshidi Manye and Gilbert Domally

Jim Ferris, Gilbert Domally and Ben Jeffrey

Jim Ferris, Gilbert Domally and Ben Jeffrey

Jim Ferris, Gilbert Domally and Ben Jeffrey

Ben Jeffrey, Jackie Rene, Tshidi Manye, Jim Ferris and Gilbert Domally

Gilbert Domally, Jackie Rene, Tshidi Manye, Jim Ferris and Ben Jeffrey

The Lion King’s Tshidi Manye, Jim Ferris, Jackie René, Ben Jeffrey and Gilbert Domally

Charissa Hogeland

Charissa Hogeland

Chad Burris

Frozen’s Charissa Hogeland and Chad Burris

Michael James Scott

Adi Roy

Adi Roy

Michael James Scott, Adi Roy

Michael James Scott, Adi Roy

Sonya Balsara

Sonya Balsara

Adi Roy, Sonya Balsara

Sonya Balsara, Adi Roy

Adi Roy, Sonya Balsara

from Aladdin‘s Michael James Scott, Sonya Balsara and Adi Roy

106.7 Lite FM’s Hosts-Paul Cubby Bryant and Christine Nagy

Paul Cubby Bryant and Christine Nagy

The hosts were Paul ‘Cubby’ Bryant and Christine Nagy.

Chad Burris, Charissa Hogeland, Ben Jeffrey, Jackie Rene, Tshidi Manye, Jim Ferris and Gilbert Domally

Chad Burris, Gilbert Domally, Jackie Rene. Tshidi Manye, Jim Ferris, Charissa Hogeland, Ben Jeffrey, Sonya Balsara, Adi Roy and Michael James Scott

Chad Burris, Gilbert Domally, Jackie Rene. Tshidi Manye, Jim Ferris, Charissa Hogeland, Ben Jeffrey, Sonya Balsara, Adi Roy and Michael James Scott

Chad Burris, Gilbert Domally, Jackie Rene. Tshidi Manye, Jim Ferris, Charissa Hogeland, Ben Jeffrey, Sonya Balsara, Adi Roy and Michael James Scott

 

 

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Disney Broadway In Bryant Park

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106.7 LITE FM’s Broadway in Bryant Park brought Disney to its 2024 program. The Bryant Park stage is located at 6th Avenue between 40th and 42nd Streets. Lawn seating is first come, first serve.

This weeks performances came from Aladdin‘s Michael James Scott, Sonya Balsara and Adi Roy

Frozen’s Charissa Hogeland and Chad Burris

And The Lion King’s Tshidi Manye, Jim Ferris, Jackie René, Ben Jeffrey and Gilbert Domally

The hosts were Paul ‘Cubby’ Bryant and Christine Nagy.

 

 

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Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents Allison Eden

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“Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents”, is filmed from the Hotel Edison.

In this episode T2C’s publisher and owner Suzanna Bowling talks with Allison Eden. Allison is the visionary artist who is creating the look at Serendipity 3, which will be opening this year on 47th Street, in Times Square. Today, she stands as a pioneer in the design world, captivating audiences worldwide with her innovative glass and stone mosaic masterpieces.

To see Allison’s work and learn more click here.

I am so grateful to my guest Allison Eden.

We are so proud because the show and our guests are now featured on the TV screens in the lobby and the hotel rooms. We were also gifted a poster in the lobby.

Suzanna, Allison and Rommel

Thank-you Magda Katz for videoing and creating the content to go live, Rommel Gopez and The Hotel Edison for their kindness and hospitality.

We are so proud and thrilled that Variety Entertainment News just named us one of Summer’s Best Picks in the category of Best Television, Radio, PodcastsThe company we are in, has made us so humbled, grateful and motivated to continue.

The Daily Geek Report” has also named host Suzanna Bowling on the list of Most Engaging Hosts. Thank-you so much for recognizing us and thank-you Eileen Shapiro who has helped us get noticed, we are so grateful.

You can catch us on the following platforms:

Pandora:

https://www.pandora.com/podcast/live-from-the-edison-hotel-times-square-chronicles-presents/PC:1001084740

Stitcher:

https://www.stitcher.com/show/1084740

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Amazon:

https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/e3ac5922-ada8-4868-b531-12d06e0576d3

Apple Podcasts:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/live-from-the-edison-hotel-times-square-chronicles-presents/id1731059092

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