Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Last Two Days

We are down to the last two days of Landfair Furniture + Design Gallery.  Bev is dealing, offering the remaining items at 70% or more off retail and below our cost.  There are many mirrors, wall decorations, a few lamps, artificial trees and upholstered chairs.  We must be out by Friday at the latest!

Square Credit Card Reader

Do you have a Merchant Card Reader? We do through Costco. What do we do if we are somewhere and need to run a card, but the bulky machine which plugs into an wall outlet is back in the store or office? Now there's Square and mine is in the mail to me as I write this.

Square is a little device that plugs into your smart phone and works just like those card reading machines. I set up mine so that it automatically credits my business banking account. The fee of 2.75% is higher than Costco's, but it's certainly more convenient.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Check out Cozy Biscuit!

You spend many hours in your kitchen.  How would you like to have summer in your kitchen through the dark, Oregon, six months.  Well Cozy Biscuit has some great examples of summer kitchens. 

The 2012 ARTS Awards Finalists Announced

Dallas Market CenterOpens in a new window and Accessories Resource TeamOpens in a new window, the decorative accessories trade association, have announced the 23rd annual ARTS AwardsOpens in a new window finalists.

The ARTS Awards is the premier awards program for the home decorative accessories industry and is held each January during the Dallas Total Home & Gift MarketOpens in a new window, Jan 18-24.

Finalists in the Accent Furniture category include: Baker, GuildMaster Inc., Ibolili, Phillips Collection and Stein World. 
Area Rugs: Jaipur Rugs Inc., Safavieh and Surya Inc. 
Decorative Accessories: A&B Home, Creative Co-Op, PORT 68 and Sterling Industries.
Home Textiles: Home Treasures, Lacefield Designs, Pom Pom at Home and Textillery Weavers. 
Lighting Fixtures: Corbett Lighting, Hinkley Lighting Inc., Hubbardton Forge, Kichler Lighting and Schonbek. 
Outdoor Living: Antonini Outdoor North America, Emissary Trading Company, Foreside Home & Garden and Loloi Rugs. 

Permanent Floral: American Best, Artistry in Silk, Direct Export Co. Inc., NDI and The Ivy Guild Inc.
Portable Lamps: Barbara Cosgrove Lamps, Currey & Co., Sonneman A Way of Light, The Bradburn Co. and Worlds Away. 
Tabletop: Beatriz Ball Collection, Chalkboard China, TAG Ltd., The GG Collection and Vagabond House. 
Wall Decor: John Richard, Leftbank Art, Propac Images, Stylecraft Home Collection and Wendover Art Group. 
National/Key Accounts Sales Representatives: Anne Jarboe, jdouglas; Heather Steeley, Taylors on Ten; and Joshua J. McDowell, JM Group/Restoration Hardware.
East/Atlantic Sales Representatives: Jennifer Jackson, jdouglas; Robin Clarke, Southern Accessories Today; and Sue Kinard, Fine Art Lamps.
Midwest/Southwest Sales Represetatives: Cindy Rogers, CSR Associates; Derek Ricketts, CODARUS; and Richard Alan, Richard Alan & Associates.

West Sales Representatives: Angie Zabritski, Homestyle;  Michelle Korthuis, Elements in Decor; and Mickey Lang, California Marketing Associates.
Product Designers: J. Michael Sandel, GuildMaster Inc.; Jason Phillips, Phillips Collection; Luca Rossi, Antonini Outdoor North America; Randal Weeks, Aidan Gray Home Inc.; and Tom Caldwell, Currey & Co.
International Retailers: Casa Palacio, Mexico City; Design Lighting, Surrey, British Columbia; Luminaires & Cie Inc., Laval, Quebec; Spectro Lighting Group, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; and Vaughan Electrical Supply Co. Ltd., Woodbridge, Ontario.

Landfair Furniture + Design Gallery is proud to have been nominated as an ARTS Awards Finalist in 2009.
Rising Star Retailers: Colorado Villa Decor, Parker, Colo.; Melissa Jeffrey Home, Boerne, Texas; and The Mercantile, Atlanta, Ga. 
Furniture Stores: Laurie's Home Furnishings; Tomball, Texas; Seaside Home, Coronado, Calif.; and The Arrangement Distinctive Interiors, Dallas, Texas.
Home Accent Stores, East/Atlantic: G&G Interiors, Knoxville, Tenn.; The French Basket, Florence, Ala.; and The Miller House, Stephens City, Va. 
Home Accent Stores, Midwest/Southwest: Charley & Bella's; Marshall, Texas; MECOX, Dallas, Texas; and Rustic Hutch, Fort Wayne, Ind. 

Home Accent Stores, West: Bella Casa, Portland, Ore.; Gardenology, Encinitas, Calif.; and Jak Home LLC, San Francisco, Calif. 
Lighting Showrooms, East/Atlantic: Cleveland Lighting; Lyndhurst, Ohio; Elements - Distinctive Lighting & Home Furnishings, Carle Place, N.Y.; and Southern Lighting Gallery Inc., Augusta, Ga. 
Lighting Showrooms, Midwest/Southwest: Lighting by Fox, Glenview, Ill.; Passion Lighting, Grapevine, Texas; and Southern Lights, Burnsville, Minn. 
Lighting Showrooms, West: Hacienda Lighting, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Light Bulbs, Etc./Lightstyles, Costa Mesa, Calif.; and Valley Light Gallery, Scottsdale, Ariz. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Peak From Sophisticated Living

You know for the right house, condo or loft, Peak would be ideal.

Peak is a premium brand for upholstered furniture from Sophisticated Living.  

The "PEAK" model comes with a graceful metal frame, bulky pillows and practical storage possibilities. In addition to standard sizes, it is also available in custom sizes. The metal frame is also available in all RAL colours.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Jeanne Henry Loves Doors

Jeanne Henry is a ceramic artist.  I was looking at various sites of Oregon potters and happened across her web site and look what I found:

People are always taking pictures of doors and looking through doors. I haven't run across anyone making doors out of clay!

Jeanne has her studio at

3290 SE Harrison St.
Portland, OR 97214

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

The Liquidation Sale Is Proceeding!

You can't believe how many items off our showroom floor have flowed out the door in the hands of shoppers looking for bargains. As we wrote last month, shopping in our going out of business sale is a great way to Revamp Your Home With Going-Out-Of-Business Deals.

So what's left? There are five sofas including a sofa made by Duralee, two by Sherrill, one by Bernhardt Interiors and one by Precedent and a number of chairs.

The last item shown is a pub set with a real hammered copper top and two pub chairs.

There's much more to see from lamps, screens, wall decor, and mirrors to case goods. So come on down and freshen your home.

If you're looking for a new sofa, and you can't make it to the going out of business sale, then why not consider online shopping? Check out some of the sofa beds for sale at Dreams by visiting www.dreams.co.uk.

Bev & Mike
Landfair Furniture + Design gallery
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Thursday, August 04, 2011

Conservatory Blinds Can Keep Your Home Cool This Summer

The last post by Dane Cross received such positive comments that I asked Dane to send us more.  Here's his latest post:

Conservatory Blinds Can Keep Your Home Cool This Summer

When heat hits a material, the material expands, which gives the heat room to be stored. All materials expand, including woods, metals and plastics. When your conservatory windows are hit during a heat wave, the wood and glass expand, holding in the heat. This can fade the fabric of furniture, the color of the walls, paintings, carpets - and don't even think what it will do to your plants! Your conservatory was built so you could enjoy your garden, no matter what time of year. Why suffer in the heat when you can install conservatory blinds?

How Blinds Keep Your Conservatory Cool

Blocking the sun's rays keeps the heat from gathering in the room. Blocking it from affecting the glass, wood and metal of the windows in the conservatory keeps it from being absorbed. The backing of some types of blinds reflects the sun's light so it doesn't get inside your conservatory. Specially treated wooden slats in other blinds reflect the sun's light with the same effect. In fact, reflective backing can be applied to any style blinds to help keep your conservatory cool in summer and snug in winter.


Letting In The Light

Your conservatory is special. It's a place where you can sit and enjoy your garden outside or your plants inside in some seclusion and comfort. The light needs to get to the plants, so specially constructed conservatory blinds have small spaces that let in the light but not the heat. Some appear sheer, while others are woven. You can have the best of both worlds - light to see by without the terrible heat of summer. In winter, the conservatory will remain warm and snug, while you will still be able to see your plants.

Not Just For The Conservatory

Window treatments contain little diversity or imagination. Blinds made for the purpose of keeping your conservatory cool in a heat wave can be applied to other windows in the house as well as conservatories. This in turn allows light into rooms that were previously dimmed by draperies backed with reflective material. Your rooms will look light and airy while they remain cool in summer or warm in winter. Because the sun shines hotter on certain parts of the house, the rooms receiving the most light will be the warmest; generally, southern rooms get a great deal of light and warmth. Blinds like this would be perfect for those rooms.

Many conservatory blinds come in classic pleated designs. Roman blinds are the most popular, and they come in all colours and can be made to fit your windows in addition to the conservatory windows. Pinoleum blinds are the blind of choice; however, roller blinds will do a good job in your conservatory, as well. All come with reflective backing, and all will keep your conservatory cool in summer. Matching colours of blinds with the decor is not a problem, for blinds can be made to match your colour scheme. Have some fun choosing colours and styles, while you are staying cool and enjoying your garden.
~Dane Cross

Dane uses a word that may be unfamiliar: Pinoleum.

Pinoleum is the name given to thin wooden strips, or reeds or bamboo woven together horizontally. Traditionally the pinoleum was left in its natural finish or stained or varnished and by using different shades and thicknesses of material, in combination with different weaving patterns, the finished pinoleum could be close-knit making almost blackout blinds ranging to a light and airy open weave blind still much favoured today.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

A Remodeling Proposal

My article about the new technology in tiles has been published online at Oregon Home at http://www.oregonhomemagazine.com/home-style/744-a-remodeling-proposal