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Can you Guess What is this?
imageWhat the Fun!
We found this during our remodel of the expansion space
You can see it in our store.
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We had GREAT turnout

Willie Jaeger did a fantastic job showcasing upholstery and furniture painting tips and tricks for the packed audience at our last Third Thursday event!

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We are sharing her handouts (see below) and you can download from our link here:     upholstery.pdf

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Can you Name It?

Antique, Vintage, and Collectible.  Oh by the way, RETRO?  Is it confusing?  Antique generally refers to something over 100 years old.  The rest of the terms are vague and mostly overused in marketing products.  We like the word vintage because it means aged – which comes with creativity and wisdom.

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OLD is the new NEW – A View on Eco Smart Design

antiques signAntiques are the ultimate in Green.  When it comes to furniture, we would go so far as to say anything that is purchased second-hand is Green.    It is the reuse of an item that makes it count.

  • Antique wooden furniture was created from old-growth forests long ago. No new resources are used in its’ construction. Restoring and reusing pieces are a great way to care for the earth.
  • Off-gassing is the process of releasing the vapors that are the residue of many fine finishes. Antiques were crafted with fewer toxic products, and any off-gassing has long been complete.
  • Manufacturing plants, even the very greenest, distribute impurities into our air, waste systems, and water. New furniture requires the production of finishes, dyes, and sealants; they arrive in retail stores via large fossil-fuel burning vehicles. Carefully chosen antiques save wear and tear on the planet.
  • Even in a contemporary home, the gentle lines of antique furniture can add eye-catching details. Rather than being mass-produced, an antique you bring into your home was likely created in a small workshop by a craftsman who made good use of few resources—thus making your home truly unique.

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Healthy, Eco-Smart Design Tips” From Trudy Dujardin – Holistic House – eco elegant interior design

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Customer Satisfaction

“Act the way you’d like to be and soon you’ll be the way you act.”

— Leonard Cohen

customer-satisfactionWe know that customers go to where they consistently feel well-treated and appreciated.  How do we remind customers of our commitment to service, value, quality, innovation and loyalty?  We try to do this in the store everyday and also with events once/month.  In his book, TheOne Number You Need to Grow, Fred Reichheld contends that customer loyalty can be measured by asking customers a single question: How likely would you be to recommend our company to a friend?  We hear this every day – My friend, my neighbor, my wife told me to come in!  What better advertising is there?  We aren’t done yet!  We are going to do some local cable TV advertising.  Look for us over the coming weeks on HGTV, BRAVO, History Channel, and TMC.  We will be associated with shows like American Pickers, Auction Kings, PawnStars, and Storage Wars.  Many of us like these shows, don’t we?

On a side note:  Rosalee came in to the store on her first visit, just looking to get rid of a few items that sounded a little rough but great for functionality.  Since we don’t take projects anymore (we have a full room of stuff to complete), we tried to find another avenue for her. In fact, we referred her to Sharing Connections as she lives right in Downer’s Grove.  She was so thrilled that she started to leave and then turned around and plopped a $20 bill on our counter to thank us for the advice.  We tried to give it back but she wouldn’t hear of it… so we will “pay it forward”.  We are giving that money to our charities.  How cool is that?

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Our Last THIRD THURSDAY

What about our last THIRD THURSDAY event?

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Chicago Home Show

11 HOT Items for your Home
from the recent Chicago Home Show – highlighted by DIY Extraordinaire, Lou Manfredini
(as seen on the Today Show) featuring Function, Style, and Innovation
Fish clock by aquavista $69
Jonathan Adler Wall Decals – Wall-pops.com 15.99 – 69.99
NEato robotics – pets and allergies vacuum $429
$199 iphone baby monitor;
Recipe tablet 399.99
Calibowl with lip – From 29.99
Broksonic Designer Humidifiers – $130 – $160
Create customizable Media Unit with “yube cube” $35 each (recycled bamboo and sugar cane) very stylish
Collapsible insulated baskets – for picnics
Origami wine holder – BuiltNY $25
Bike Brites – Style and Safety – colorful snap on lights for your bike
http://video.today.msnbc.msn.com/today/46745581

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GraceAnn Simoni

3rsLove the quote from GraceAnn Simoni,“Get the Home you Want with the House you Have”  as she is all about the original green decorating.

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Mid-Century Modern

DSC_0031The new Crate & Barrel Catalog is all about Mid-Century Modern.  We have some great MCM pieces:

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Pinterest for the EYE CANDY

Under category of “Things We Love” add  Pinterest for the EYE CANDY

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