Chilling rod

Chilling rod

You don’t need an ice bucket to keep wine chilled outside the refrigerator.

The VinOice (above) is a chilling rod that you insert into a wine bottle to keep it cool for up to an hour. It’s attached to a drip-free pour spout, so you don’t have to remove the rod to pour the wine.

The rod is filled with a food-safe gel that you freeze ahead of time.

The VinOice sells for $27.95 at

Book explores accessible homes

Architect Deborah Pierce doesn’t design homes for disabled people.

She designs homes for people who like to entertain, who love the outdoors, who enjoy hobbies and pets and grandkids — and who have disabilities.

Pierce designs homes that accommodate the needs of everyone who lives there, including the need to live in surroundings that are homey and attractive.

She shares her approach in “The Accessible Home: Designing for All Ages & Abilities.”

The book covers the many considerations in creating a home for an occupant or visitor with a disability.

The book features 25 homes that exemplify her principles, including some that were newly built and some that were renovated. All share Pierce’s belief that a home should be sunny, comfortable, intimate and yet generous enough to accommodate others.

“The Accessible Home” is published by the Taunton Press and sells for $27.95 in softcover.

McClatchy Newspapers

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