Early Adopters of Houzz include Karen Eubank of Eubank Staging (Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography)

Early Adopters of Houzz include Karen Eubank of Eubank Staging and Design (center). (Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography)

It’s hard to remember what life was like before Houzz.

Clients bringing in huge folders of magazine clippings, trying to describe what they wanted their new home to look like, wanting this but not that, and always saying that “I’ll know what I want when I see it.”

Thanks to Houzz, those days are just an unhappy memory and now clients can browse through millions of photos and ideabooks on the site and share exactly what they are looking for.


Pirch's Sourcing Saturday Class was an interactive full-house and full table!

Pirch’s Sourcing Saturday Class was an interactive full-house and full table

Renovating your home presents a million decisions. A bunch of them are in the kitchen. Installing a showpiece kitchen is made more difficult because independent appliance ratings at the upper end are spotty at best. Manufacturers aren’t necessarily hiding anything, but something that sells millions of units will always be reviewed more than something that only sells a few thousand.

It’s also a bit of a shot in the dark selecting appliance features when you’re not sure how they work and so whether you’d actually use them. Enter the smart showroom that offers tasty demonstrations to prospective buyers to give you a hands-on feel for each piece in your new kitchen.

Of course, we all know that you can find just about everything for your luxury kitchen at Capital Distributing’s Stemmons Freeway showroom, but today we’re branching out a bit. In the past few weeks, I have visited Pirch in NorthPark Center, Miele in the Design District, and Sub-Zero Wolf in Oaklawn to see how they educate buyers.


Get your buns in the oven ... a steam oven, that is! Join Bruce Graf at PIRCH to see a demonstration.

A burst of steam makes all the difference in getting the crust on buns from good to golden.

By Diane Feffer
Special Contributor

Steam Ovens have been used as an essential tool in the restaurant industry for over a decade. We took a recent stroll through PIRCH at NorthPark and realized that consumers now have access to steam ovens for home use by Miele, Gaggenau, Wolf, Thermador, and other manufacturers.

If you’ve only equated steam cooking with vegetables; well, think again. According to home remodeler Bruce Graf, a steam oven can do anything a conventional or microwave oven can do with the exception of making popcorn and heating water.