Dirty drains can cause all sorts of problems in your home, from backups and overflow to foul smells and pest infestations. But with a few simple steps, you can keep your drains clean and running smoothly all year long.

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Here are our top tips for keeping your drains clean:

1. Use a drain cover

One of the best ways to keep your drains clean is to use a drain cover. Drain covers prevent hair, food, and other debris from going down the drain and causing a clog. There are a variety of different types of drain covers available, so be sure to choose one that fits your needs.

2.  Don’t pour grease down the drain

Grease can be very difficult to break down and can easily cause a clog in your drains. To avoid this, don’t pour grease down the drain. Instead, dispose of it in the trash.

3.  Run

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After a long 15 months, all of the subzero wolf kitchen appliances we ordered are finally in place! The waiting game has been painful, and I’m not ready to say it was worth it… But it’s nice to finally have the kitchen we dreamed of.

In anticipation of a full kitchen reveal coming soon, today is all about the freezer and refrigerator we’ve been anxiously waiting for. Because Chris is always cooking up a storm, having both a full-sized freezer and fridge on either side of the range was a key element in the kitchen design. Stoffer planned for both to be cabinet paneled, along with the dishwashers and fridge drawers, and every piece was measured and ordered accordingly. This is why we couldn’t just pivot and order new appliances with delay after delay. This kitchen was made with Subzero Wolf appliances in mind, and the only choice we had

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Is Shaker design the new trend in restaurants and cafes? We think so (see 8 Ideas to Borrow from The Commerce Inn in NYC for particularly compelling evidence). And it makes sense: The Shakers created systems of thoughtful order for living—and eating—communally, so why not apply their vision to these, our modern-day gathering spaces?

Canadian interiors firm Ste. Marie is deft at creating singular spaces to eat, drink, and celebrate (see St. Lawrence in Vancouver: A Sultry, Blue-Hued Bistro, Right Out of a Painting), and when they took on the project of making a space for Flourist—a small-batch, community-based flour mill founded by Janna Bishop, a clothing designer, and Shira McDermott, a food industry expert—they drew from “the 18th century Shaker communities’ guiding principles of simplicity, utility and honesty.”

Join us for a look—and see how many Shaker details you can spot.

Photography by Conrad Brown, courtesy of Ste.

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