Archive for January, 2014

Announcing Barclay Bath Products

logoAppliances Connection is extremely proud to announce that we will now be carrying bath products from Barclay, a renowned and respected manufacture of all manner of bathroom fixtures and fittings. Their beautiful, high quality products are some of the finest in the industry, each made with the best in modern manufacturing. Every Barclay product is built to last, each one an almost heirloom-quality fixture sure to serve for years upon years.

Vessel 010Barclay has been in business since 1982, but has a legacy that goes back to 1933, when it was originally founded at Sterling Showers, where their innovative Converto shower unit helped spark the shower revolution in the twentieth century, bringing clean and water-saving bathing to homes where it would never have been possible before by providing claw tubs with a reliable showerhead and curtain rack. Since that time, Barclay has expanded into every category of bathroom product, bringing the same commitment to high-quality long-lasting design and construction to everything from showers to bathtubs to sinks to toilets, even mirrors and sink vanities. With well-researched and beautiful designs, Barclay is always on the cutting edge of home decor trends, offering everything from clean, ultra-modern designs to timeless classic looks. With Barclay, you can design your bathroom exactly the way you want to.

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Home interior designers have traditionally called the bathroom the most neglected room in the house, a purely functional space into which went little thought and less effort. But all that has changed, and Barclay is at the forefront of the bathroom design revolution the same way they were the vanguard of the shower revolution in the 1930’s. These are extraordinary bathroom product made by an extraordinary company that has worked hard to develop products that bring an atmosphere of class and elegance even to that most utilitarian space of them all, the bathroom, with a non-nonsense attitude and dedication to craftsmanship and good work.

It’s that attitude and dedication that has earned Barclay their place in our catalog of remarkable things.

Let’s Make a Reading Nook

The polar vortex may be easing over much of the country, but it’s still cold out there today, and that means it’s time to think warm thoughts. I don’t know about you, but I like to fantasize about setting up a cozy reading nook next to a warm fire, so I thought I’d share some great reading nook ideas with you.


Lane Summerlin Snuggler Recliner in Camel 

The most important part of a cozy reading area is to have the right chair. Believe me; I scoured to try and find the perfect one, and I believe this is it. It’s even called the snuggler, people. The snuggler. And doesn’t it look amazingly comfortable, like you could just melt into it? It sure does. And that means it’d be a great place to unwind with Martin Buber’s I and Thou. Or I dunno. Harry Potter.


Ambella 01129-400-061 Floral Electric Fireplace

As long as we’re dreaming, let’s dream big and kick in a full-on classical fireplace so we can enjoy the comforting heat of an open flame. This is made from cast stone and features a real black fossil stone top, and for convenience sake, features an on/off remote control. This is a clean, fume-free, smoke-free gas fireplace that doesn’t require kindling – just a natural gas connection. So curl up and read in ease.


Ambella 10200-800-001 Dalton Large 92″ Bookcase

What’s a reading nook without books? This luxurious bookshelf gives you an awesome place to store your books, right within reach of your bone-meltingly comfortable recliner. Combined with the fireplace, you’ll be warming yourself in heat and class all at once, ensconced in the perfect nook.


Coaster 970034 Oriental Spring Rug

Finally, let’s complete our nook with a decorative rug. This beautiful oriental-style spring rug features traditional design and modern manufacturing techniques, making it the perfect accent to any reading corner.

Journey, but with Appliances

I have a crazy theory.

Actually, I have lots of crazy theories. I’m fairly certain Wyoming doesn’t exist, that the government is behind NASA, that English is actually a form of Dutch, that Jimmy Hoffa never died and is in fact Carol Channing, and that the Internet doesn’t work, and the fact that it looks like it does is just a staggering coincidence.  I’m also fairly certain none of those are true, but hey, it’s fun to dream.

My current crazy theory is that every single Journey song is about an appliance in the Appliances Connection catalog.  Some of these are pretty obvious (can there be ANY DOUBT that “La Raza del Sol” is about the Friedrich SH20M50A air conditioner? “He’s a proud man / He loves a girl / With eyes that sparkle like diamonds…” DEFINITELY the Friedrich SH20M50A).

So I’m going to break down how these ten huge Journey hits are really about some of our wares. This is the truth. This is the secret history of Journey.

“Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin'”

Bosch SHP65T55UC

This famous song may seem like it’s about the horrors infidelity can wreck upon a relationship, but look closely; in fact, the song is obliquely decrying the inferior performance of off-brand knockoffs; it’s “tearin’ me apart, oh every everyday” when “you’re out with someone else.” And of course it does! The Bosch SHP65T55UC dishwasher offers a stainless steel bin featuring EcoSense wash management and the adjustable RackMatic system. Why would you go anywhere else? If you use a lesser dishwasher, “it’s your turn, girl, to cry.”

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“Stone in Love”


What may look on the surface like a straightforward song about teen love is actually so much more.  All one needs to do is read between the lines to see a song truly rooted in one’s admiration and love for the performance of the LG LDG3036ST Large Capacity Double Gas Oven.

Those crazy nights, I do remember in my youth
I do recall, those were the best times, most of all

Truly, what he recalls is the time when, as a young man, he first laid eyes upon this units two cavernous oven cavities and five-burner cooktop.

Burnin’ love comes once in a lifetime
She found me singing by the rail road track
Took me home, we danced by moonlight

Could this be any more explicitly about the unit’s 16,000 BTU of cooking power, and the delights of making that first roast?

Those summer nights are callin’,
stone in love
Can’t help myself I’m fallin’
stone in love

I know I sure fell “stone in love” for this unit, and clearly so has Steve Perry.

“Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)”

Samsung Appliance WF365BTBGWR

There is a secret wisdom in “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart),” available only to the initiate. But if you come closely, I will whisper in your ear the truth of this song. It is the truth of a thousand ages. It is the truth of the Samsung WF365BTBGWR 27″ 3.6 cu.ft. High Efficiency Front-Load Washer. Hidden in code, obscured behind the occultation of imagery and strange magicks, one can see it in the mind’s eye alone.

Troubled times
Caught between confusions and pain, pain, pain
Distant eyes
Promises we made were in vain
In vain, vain

Promises were made in vain — by lesser washing machines, that could never clean, and only ever sullied. Using a washer that doesn’t perform is a trouble time, causing confusion and pain. In your eyes is only sadness.

But, the song reassures us, “Someday, love will find you / break those chains that bind you.” Resolution can only be found in the true embrace of love in the WF365BTBGWR’s digital controls, nine wash cycles, delay start system, and strainless steel drum, a message of hope for everyone caught in a wash cycle of madness and pain. For now, you may be separated from a true washing solution, but “true love won’t desert you;” the WF365BTBGWR is always waiting for you.

“Don’t Stop Believin'”


Turns out “Don’t Stop Believin'” isn’t about appliances. So here’s a top-of-the-line bestselling refrigerator, and some lyrics from the song.

Just a small town girl
Livin’ in a lonely world
She took the midnight train goin’ anywhere

Just a city boy
Born and raised in south Detroit
He took the midnight train goin’ anywhere

If I really wanted to, I could make the case that these verses are about the 3-Tier Organization Freezer system, which helps keep your food organized and accessible, making it easy to prioritize the contents of your freezer effectively. I could say that the freezer is the “lonely world,” and “South Detroit” is the extra space provided by the LG Slim SpacePlus Ice System, but it isn’t. There is no South Detroit. South of Detroit is Windsor, Ontario.

Working hard to get my fill
Everybody wants a thrill
Payin’ anything to roll the dice just one more time

Some will win, some will lose
Some were born to sing the blues
Oh, the movie never ends
It goes on and on and on and on

These lyrics mean exactly what they say. None of it is about LG’s SmartPull handle, which makes opening and closing the freezer quick and easy with the effortless life of a handle, or the unit’s cavernous 24.5 cu. ft. capacity. Neither does it have anything to do with the Smart Cooling Plus technology it utilizes, maintaining superior conditions throughout. “Don’t Stop Believin'” has nothing at all to do with this or any refrigerator, and this refrigerator has nothing to do with “Don’t Stop Believin’,” unless it falls out that Neal Schon happens to own one.


Strangers waiting
Up and down the boulevard
Their shadows searching in the night
Streetlight people
Living just to find emotion
Hiding somewhere in the night

Has anyone else ever had they idea that we should be actively marketing our products toward Journey lead guitarist Neal Schon? Neal Schon, if you’re out there reading this, call us. Let us sell you a refrigerator. Your guitar solos are amazing, so please buy a refrigerator from us. If I can make it so that this blog post leads to Neal Schon actually purchasing a refrigerator from Appliances Connection, my life will have been worth living.

I’m going to make this my personal mission. It doesn’t even have to be a particularly expensive refrigerator. It would just be pretty balla if we did some business with the lead guitarist from Journey.

We can do it. We can sell Neal Schon a refrigerator. All we have to remember is one simple bit of advice.

Don’t stop believin’
Hold on to the feelin’

A Billion Ways that Brillion is Brilliant

We live in the future. I’m convinced of it. This is the future. The present is probably somewhere around 1978 or something. We have futuristic electronic music that can make any singer sound perfect. We can watch any TV show in the world over the internet, a giant network of interlinked computers that has more or less supplanted the physical world as the nexus of finance, entertainment, and, um, ordering pizza. Everything from wearable tech to tablets and smartphones have in many ways radically redefined how we live and interact here in the post-industrial information age West. We’re constantly connected, at home or away, via a complex interacting web of wires, processors, and radio signals, all coming together to form something simple: our lives, but better.

And now there’s a new development from GE, that storied name of home appliances and electronics, the company that built a  better microwave.


“Okay, it’s a car. We’ve invented the Pontiac Aztek.”

It’s called Brillion, and it’s better than the Pontiac Aztek.

Brillion is a brilliant new idea — smart appliances wirelessly connected to the internet, capable of being controlled remotely via smartphone. Simply put, you can turn on your oven before you even get home, and find it perfectly pre-heated and ready for the roast as soon as you walk in the door. It means your smartphone will receive notification when your food is done. It means you can adjust temperatures from your living room. In short, it means you’ve got a level of convenient control never before imagined.

Cooking…has changed.

Brillion is currently available for a small selection of appliances, but the rollout has been hugely successful, and 2014 will bring in new models capable of connecting to Brillion, meaning more options at more price points offering this amazing new level of versatility.


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