Chillin’ with Your Home Beverage Center

Sodas, bottled water, vino and brew can use up a lot of space in the kitchen fridge. If you chill a lot of drinks, a beverage center is the answer. There are oodles of sizes and styles to chill your fav drinks…even for kitchens!

Armstrong Cabinets Beverage bars

Design your own beverage bar with Armstrong Cabinets.

GE wine extension racks

GE cooler with wine extension racks.

First, there are small refrigerators available with drawers or doors with full extension shelves. These are suitable for food or bevs and can be stacked if you need more than one. These are ideal for man caves and home theater rooms. Larger sizes even have freezers in case you need to stash some ice cream too!

Beverage centers are designed with shelving to accommodate soft drinks and wine. Larger units may have two sides; a fridge and beverage section with individual temp controls.

Perlick beverage center

Full beverage center from Perlick

For the vino connoisseur, some wine reserve models have shelving that prevents shifting and slippage of the stored bottles and glass doors that protect varietals from ultraviolet light. Ooo la la!

A must-have for a full-blown beverage area is an ice maker. Brands like Perlick can make up to 50 pounds of ice per day. That can accommodate a big shindig and a lot of umbrella drinks!

Don’t forget the beer dispensers. After all, it’s always sports time in Tennessee! Available with one or two taps to serve-up two different brews—chilled to a perfect 33-39 degrees.

Perlick beer dispenser

Perlick beer dispenser

Let there be accessories! If there are kids in the house, you can lock-down the adult brews with optional lock features. One of my fav accessories is the martini glass chiller racks. Nothing like a Moderntini in a perfectly chilled glass! There are also drawer dividers, shelving choices, and door options in glass or stainless.

If you’re like me and just adore entertaining, a beverage center makes it sooo much easier. My Modern Supply design peeps can create an entire refreshment center with complete with cabinetry, appliances and all the trimmings. Give ‘em a shout at 865.966.4567. Cheers!

Perlick Ice Maker

Perlick Ice Maker

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Modern Supply Wins Industry Marketing Award

Out-of-the-Box Marketing Concepts Appeal to Retail Consumers

Modern Supply Company, a kitchen, bath, lighting and HVAC distributor, has been selected as the winner for WIT & Company’s WHAM (WIT Honors Achievements in Marketing) marketing award in the E-marketing & Web Campaigns category for their blog, Kitchen and Bath Blab. The blog continues to brand Modern’s Millie as their virtual spokesperson sharing design trends and product information. WIT is a national member-owned organization of approximately one hundred independent plumbing, heating and cooling wholesale distributors.

Modern Supply Marketing Award

WIT Marketing Award – Pace Robinson, Modern Supply CEO (left) with Morris Cregger, WIT President

“We’re very pleased to have won the WHAM
e-marketing award for our blog and to be recognized among our peers,” states Pace Robinson, Modern Supply CEO. “The blog was created to help expand our consumer reach and awareness for Modern’s Millie, our fictional spokesperson. The blog was the next step in our social media initiative.”

“Modern Supply definitely deserved to win the e-marketing award,” Sabrina Hawthorne, WIT Marketing Coordinator, comments. “Their branding strategy is unique and creative…for this industry and overall.  When they introduced Modern’s Millie to their market, they successfully implemented several out-of-the-box endeavors including their Kitchen and Bath Blab blog.  Congratulations, Modern Supply!”

The announcement was made at WIT’s 2012 Fall Networking Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona.

For updates – including product news and current trends – visit Modern Supply’s website, as well as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

Kitchen Storage Solutions

Sometimes it’s the little extras that simplify life and free-up more fun time. Sounds crazy, but adding convenient storage features to existing cabinets—pull-out shelves, drawer organizers and appliance lifts—saves time, maximizes storage, and saves your knees. No more diggin’ through a bottom cabinet. Here a few of my favs!

Blind corner cabinets are the worst organized in the kitchen. You know, they’re the cave-like cabinet where you store the juicer you never use. Now, there’s a variety of swing-out shelving units made just for blind cabinets. Useful space…how smart is that?

StarMark Kitchen Storage

Easy to access kitchen storage from StarMark Cabinetry.

StarMark Towel Storage

StarMark’s towel storage can be designed into your new cabinets with in as little of 3″ of space!

Where do you hang your damp kitchen towels? Oh no, don’t say over the stove or dishwasher handle! A pull-out towel hanger mounted in a base cabinet is easy to install and looks sooo much more upscale!

Make recycling handy with a base cabinet slide-out that holds one to four bins. There’s also really cool germ resistant microfiber pull-out bag with handles—just lift and you’re off to the recycling center.

Armstrong Cabinets drawer ironing board

Ironing board folds up neatly in a drawer. Photo from Armstrong Cabinets.

For those of us that are anti-wrinkle ironing freaks, a wall mounted ironing board is the berries! It quickly drops down and even swivels! Presto, you’re looking snazzy and on your way in a snap.

KraftMaid's Core Guard

KraftMaid’s Core Guard protects your cabinetry from spills & leaks.

Ever had a water leak under your sink? OMG! It can turn costly in a snap. Under sink drip trays are designed to protect the bottom of your cabinet by holding water. This is an inexpensive way to potentially save big bucks!

Recycle center from StarMark

Recycle center from StarMark Cabinets.

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Hydrotherapy…the Ultimate Bathing Experience

After a long hectic day, nothing soothes my soul like a long, luxurious bath. Ahh…soak away the tension. There’s some super-smart science behind hydrotherapy so here’s some info to help you decide what’s right for you.

Millie tub

Ahhh…Relax in a soaker, whirlpool or air tub

Hydrotherapy benefits the four important nerve receptors in our bods—contact, temperature, light-touch and pressure. Each sends messages to your brain that stimulate physical reactions. If you’re dreamin’ of a spa tub, you have hydrotherapy options!

Aquatic's Serenity 23 soaker or air

Aquatic’s Serenity 23 red glamour soaker or air tub

Soaking hydrotherapy invigorates your skin promoting relaxation, stress relief, natural cardiovascular exercise and increased circulation

Heat hydrotherapy opens pores, improves circulation and soothes tired muscles and joints. Oh yeah!

Air Bath hydrotherapy stimulates with a fingertip-like massage from head to toe.

Whirlpool hydrotherapy is more vigorous and relieves tight and stressed muscles while promoting tissue rejuvenation and joint flexibility.

Jason Designer Collection

From Jason International’s Designer Collection available with MicroSilk.

MicroSilk hydrotherapy rejuvenates, moisturizes and plumps the skin, leaving it silky and younger looking with fewer lines and creases. Billions of oxygen filled micro-bubbles energize cells, kill bacteria and promote feelings of well-being. The ultimate opulence!

You can have it all! It’s a woman’s prerogative to change our minds. A combo tub with multiple hydrotherapy features is perfect. It helps adjust my attitude. 🙂

Oh, and accessories! Gotta’ have those. Color impacts your mood so add LED chromatherapy. Turn on the green light and create peace & harmony. There are also units with sound and aromatheraphy. I’m more tranquil just talkin’ about it!

chromatherapy

Chromatherapy: soothing colors for added relaxation

Square, corner, oval, rectangular, free-standing or built-in, Modern Supply has a spa tub to suit everyone. Stop by—we’d be tickled to help you find the perfect fit! Oh yeah….tell ‘em Millie sent you!

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Modern Supply Named Supply House Times Wholesaler of the Year

Knoxville, Tennessee, Jan. 16, 2012 — Modern Supply Company, a kitchen, bath, lighting and HVAC distributor, has been selected as the Supply House Times 2011 Wholesaler of the Year. The decision was based on Modern Supply’s willingness and ability to change along with its continued active involvement in the industry and community. Supply House Times is the official publication of the American Supply Association (ASA) serving wholesalers, distributors and manufacturers representatives.

Pace Robinson & Dottie Ramsey

Modern Supply’s CEO Pace Robinson & President/COO Dottie Ramsey

Modern Supply, a 62 year old Knoxville-based company, was established to serve the building, electrical, plumbing and HVAC contractor markets. To help endure the changing economy and downturn in the new housing market, Modern Supply expanded its focus on the retail consumer market through innovative marketing initiatives, streamlined internal processes, greater customer service and inventory control.

“To be recognized in our industry and among our peers as Wholesaler of the Year is an honor,” Pace Robinson, CEO says. “It’s also a testament in the dedication of our staff to work harder in a down economy in order to retain customers by providing the best product expertise and service possible.”

Bob Miodonski, Supply House Times Plumbing Group Brand Leader comments, “We wanted to showcase a company that is a good industry citizen, a company that’s ‘of the moment’ and that has made noteworthy achievements in 2011. Modern Supply’s business strategies and its outside-the-box thinking fit our Wholesaler of the Year criteria. Incorporating Modern’s Millie, a fictional character and spokesperson, in its marketing efforts has broadened Moderns Supply’s appeal to both its trade customers and retail consumers—particularly women. We hope other wholesalers in our industry learn from Modern Supply’s innovative approach.”

“Our mantra is ‘take care of business, take care of people’,” adds Dottie Ramsey, Modern Supply President and COO. “This is what we expect our employees to demonstrate every day and why we’ve been around for 62 years and still going strong.”

View the Supply House Times article: 2011 Wholesaler of the Year.

For updates – including product news and current trends – website, www.modernsupplyshowroom.com, as well as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

Kitchen Remodel? Start Here!

StarMark Mix of Cherry with White Island

Add pizazz by mixing cabinetry finishes like cherry cabinets with a white island from StarMark.

Have you been dreaming about a new kitchen and now you’re ready to take the plunge? Congrats! A kitchen remodel is the improvement project that increases your home’s value the most.

Where, oh where, do you start? Here are a couple of tips.

* Establish a budget
* Make a list of your top must-haves
* Clip photos of things you like

Got it together? Now it’s time to see an expert…that would be me or one of my Modern Supply design peeps. We can help:

KraftMaid Maple Cardinal Red

Urban chic maple cabinets in a bold cardinal red from KraftMaid.

* Define your space
* Explain your options
* Select the right products
* Help with details
* Measure your space
* Design your kitchen
* Suggest alternative design options
* Work within your budget
* Coordinate delivery with contractor

Presto! Your glam-tastic kitchen is installed and ready for years of enjoyment. So DSOBT (don’t stress out big time) over your kitchen remodel! Come on in and…

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Modern Supply Wins WIT Marketing Award

Out-of-the-Box Marketing Concepts Appeal to Retail Consumers

Modern Supply Company, a kitchen, bath, lighting and HVAC distributor, has been selected as the overall winner for WIT & Company’s WHAM (WIT Honors Achievements in Marketing) marketing award for 2010 innovative marketing initiatives. WIT is a national member-owned organization of approximately one hundred independent plumbing, heating and cooling wholesale distributors. Modern Supply submitted entries in six categories including advertising & brand awareness for the creation of their fictional spokesperson Modern’s Millie.

Pace Robinson & Dottie Ramsey receive the WIT marketing award

Morris Cregger, WIT President; Pace Robinson, Modern Supply CEO; Sabrina Hawthorne, WIT Marketing Coordinator; Dottie Ramsey, Modern Supply President/COO

“We’re very excited to receive the WHAM Marketing award and to be recognized among our peers,” states Pace Robinson, Modern Supply CEO. “Modern Supply has implemented marketing programs that are unique to our industry. Our fictional spokesperson Modern’s Millie, was created to soften our wholesale image and better relate to today’s consumer market. We continue to expand our marketing efforts and incorporate Millie in most all aspects.”

“For all their hard work re-inventing their company’s brand in 2010 and beyond, Modern Supply definitely deserved to win this award,” Sabrina Hawthorne, WIT Marketing Coordinator, comments. “Their branding strategy is unique and creative… for this industry and overall.  When they introduced Millie to their market, they successfully implemented several out-of-the-box endeavors.  Congratulations, Modern Supply!”

The announcement was made at WIT’s 2011 Fall Networking Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana. The award included a professional photography and video shoot of Modern Supply’s Knoxville showroom and staff and was revealed at the meeting. View the video.

For updates – including product news and current trends – visit Modern Supply’s website, www.modernsupplyshowroom.com, as well as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.