31 Dec 2013
December 31, 2013

December 31- Happy New Year

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No helpful hints, Recipes or home decorating advice today. From our family at Charter House to you… A Very Happy New Year. Drive safe.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: My New Year’s Resolution is to a better job disguising my poor life choices….and to see Burton Cummings in concert again.

HAPPY DECEMBER 31 BIRTHDAY TO: Burton Cummings 66, Anthony Hopkins 76, Psy 36, Gabby Douglas 18, Val Kilmer 54, Ben Kingsley 70, Joe McIntyre 41, Bebe Neuwirth 55, James Remar 60, Scott Ian 50, Diane Von Furstenberg 67, Donna Summer (1948-2012), John Denver (1943-1997), and Elizabeth Arden (1844-1966).

30 Dec 2013
December 30, 2013

Get Your Feet ‘Summer Ready’ For A Warm Destination Vacation

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Listerine is the BEST way to get your feet ready for summer. Sounds crazy but it works! This recipe equates to only 1 cup of liquid so I would up the quantities considerably and use as hot water as you can stand. (Some comments I have seen on this foot bath says it works and some say it doesn’t. Guess you will have to try it for yourself.)
Mix 1/4 c Listerine (recommend clear one or you may end up with colored feet), 1/4 c vinegar, 1/2 c of warm water. Soak feet for 10 – 20 minutes and when you take them out the dead skin will practically wipe off!

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Some people need a high five. In the face. With a chair. LOL

HAPPY DECEMBER 30 BIRTHDAY TO: Michael Nesmith 71, LeBron James 29, Tiger Woods 38, Ryan Sheckler 24, Matt Lauer 56, Laila Ali 36, Meridith Vieira 60, Sheryl Lee Ralph 57, Patti Smith 67, Tracey Ullman 54, Heidi Fleiss 48, CS Lee 42, Josh Sussman 30, Sandy Koufax 78, Davey Jones (1945-2012), Jack Lord (1920-1998), and Bo Diddley (1928-2008).

29 Dec 2013
December 29, 2013

Give The Illusion Of Taller Ceilings With These Few Tips

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A lot of people dream of having high ceilings in their home. But consider this: Rooms with high ceilings are a pain to heat and to circulate air through; they also create challenges for sound and light control and often double the expense of painting, covering windows and adding artwork. Low and moderately high ceilings can be warmer, more intimate and more in proportion with human scale. Not to mention that changing a lightbulb is as simple as pulling out a step stool. Try that with a vaulted ceiling.

Frank Lloyd Wright often incorporated low ceilings in his Prairie-style homes. To compensate, he often made the rooms extra wide and deeply connected to the outdoor spaces. Using these concepts, and with the right furnishings and decor, you can make any ceiling feel just a bit taller. Great advice if you are looking to sell your home.

1. Choose low, horizontal furniture. Keep everything hunkered down low. If you are fortunate enough to have a spectacular view, it will amplify the effect dramatically. If you don’t have a great view, low furniture will still maximize the perceived height of your room.

2. Keep lighting flush. In a contemporary home with a modest ceiling height, use flush-mounted lighting to keep the look clean. This approach will create the appearance of more headroom.

3. Elongate with vertical stripes. Everyone knows that vertical stripes can be very slimming and give the illusion of height. The effective use of stripes in a narrow space makes it look even taller.

4. Use patterned drapes. They lead the eye up to give a feeling of increased height. What makes this strategy effective here is the absence of competing patterns. While you’re at it, keep crown molding proportional. Don’t go for a deep profile, which would shorten the wall expanse. A detail at the top of drapes also delivers the same effect.

5. Use a vertical display. Any grouping has an uplifting effect. By taking even just a few pieces all the way to the ceiling, you can increase the appearance of height. Even a grouping of small frames arranged vertically will lead the eye upward and create more visual headroom.

6. Include uplighting. Bouncing light off the ceiling creates visual height. Sconces, cove lighting and even affordable torchieres can deliver this effect. This is a great technique for basements.

7. Give your ceiling high gloss. This creates an illusion of endlessness. If a high gloss ceiling like that is too dramatic for your tastes, use a semigloss paint instead.

8. Introduce a diagonal. Have you ever noticed how a staircase railing invites your eye to wander upward, giving lift to a room? A painted diagonal or a decor element that creates a diagonal line will offer the same effect.

9. Run paneling vertically. Like stripes, vertically oriented paneling reinforces height in a space.

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THOUGHT OF THE DAY: If you don’t build your dreams, someone else will hire you to build theirs. – Tony Gaskin

JOKE OF THE DAY: Happy holidays to my parents who always make my visit home a time of love, affection and tech support for their electronics.

HAPPY DECEMBER 29 BIRTHDAY TO: Jude Law 41, John Voight 75, Mary Tyler Moore 77, Mekhi Phifer 39, Ted Danson 66, Jane Levy 24, Alexa Ray Joel 27, Marianne Faithfull 67, Billy Mitchell (1879-1936), Jennifer Ehle 44, and Michael Cudlitz 49.

28 Dec 2013
December 28, 2013

Arm Yourself With: Understanding Furniture Foam Before You Purchase

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As Charter House Interiors starts our Boxing Week Sale of upholstered and leather furniture, we thought you might like to know what goes underneath the outer coverings; ‘what you don’t know, will hurt you’. There are many components to making a durable piece of furniture that will provide years of service with no problems. Today, I’d like to talk about the foam, which is key to a long lasting sofa set. Industry standard is 1.6 density foam (and you know what Mike Holmes thinks about industry standard in the construction industry). The Canadian furniture manufacturers we deal with are above industry standard. You, the customer don’t need the aggravation of foam breaking down (and not getting warranty), we don’t need it and the manufacturer doesn’t need it.
My blog today comes compliments of:
Eisenberg Upholstery (360) 377-4389
These are his words and experiences. What Bill says is so true and from our own experience selling furniture (at Charter House), you cannot put a price on good foam.
Understanding foam:
One of the best ways to make your project look and feel great is knowing about foam.Pick the wrong foam and your may feel you are sitting on a board or in a bucket. Chose the right foam, and you will add years to you comfort and the life of your furniture. Easily 25% of all furniture repairs I see deal with bad foam or padding. The point is start with good foam and you won’t be sorry.
Although some might not want to be believe this, but foam is one of the easiest things to understand in upholstery.There are only 2 simple things you should know.
Foam has 2 basic elements:  Density and Firmness.Density or weight which is the first element and this tell you how much material goes into the foam i.e. the more it weighs the higher the density and the higher the density the higher the weight.
The second element tells you the firmness of the foam, which is how much weight it takes to compress the foam 1/3.That is a 1 cubic foot block of foam will compress 1/3 when a weight equal to a firmness number is placed on the foam.These elements are expressed in numbers as Density / Firmness.
Here is an example of 2 foams 15/15 and 29/52.
Since we know what each set of numbers represents, Density/Firmness (or we can also say Weight/Firmness), we can figure out the destiny and firmness of our foam.
15/30 = 1.5 pounds of foam per cubic foot will take 30 pounds of weight to compress the block of foam 33% or 1/3.
29/52 = 2.9 pounds per cubic foot of foam and it will take 52 pounds of weight to compress this block 1/3.
See not so hard as some might lead you to think.
Now what does this mean to you and your furniture?Here are some simple rules to consider to help guide us:For seats the thicker the foam the lower compression weight we want. For seats the thinner the foam the higher the compression weight we want.For seats we want a high density foam no less then 2.2.For backs we want a density no higher then 1.8Make all our foam 1/2  inch bigger all the way around then your cover or pattern i.e. 4 inch boxing = 5 inch foam, 29 inch wide seat = 30 inch foam, 18 inch seat board = 19 inch foam and so on. This way you will have a nice tight seat.Always wrap foam in bonded dacron or fiber batting for comfort.

OK with that said, I’ll make it even simpler and let we know what destiny/firmness foam I would consider for my projects using the above information.

Seat foams:

Dining room chairs 1.5 to 3 inch foam 29/52

Chair, Sofa, and love seat 4 to 5 inch foam 25/35,

Chair, Sofa, and love seat 6 to 8 inches go  22/30.Note: These numbers are industry guides not rules. So there is some variation in numbers like 28/53 instead of 29/52 but basically the same thing. Just a mill change.
Keep in mind we want the highest density foams you can get for the firmness we chose. In choosing high-density foam we add years to your comfort. Firm low-density foam may go as little as a few weeks or months until  we start to see or feel it losing it’s comfort and shape.
Hence most warranties do not cover “foam losing its shape or getting soft.” (industry standard on cheap sets is about 1.6 and is basically an inferior foam). Buyer Beware.
A Key Take Away:
Foam that is low in weight, although firm, will not last or support as well as a high density softer foam.example: 25/35 will last years longer, in my real world experience, then 10/35 for seat foam.It is literally days or months compared to years or decades.I upholstered a large set of office waiting room chairs when I was an apprentice. We replaced the cover and the foam with 29/52 2 inch.  Some 15 years later, I reupholstered the same chairs with new fabric but did not need to replace the foam. 15 years later it was still going strong. The doctor’s office may have saved $800.00 by having us install the right foam for the job.This knowledge is way we can warranty quality seat foam for 5 years.
Knowing the numbers of foam density to firmness is the key.This is what we aren’t supposed to understand. Density is the key to foam comfort and life. Simply put, for seat foam, the higher the density the longer the life.
What if we want foam for a back? Then here is a little guide we can reference.
Back Foam:Firm back 18/18Softback 15/15
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TIP OF THE DAY: to help keep plastic garbage bags from leaking, line the bottom of the bag with newspaper. It will absorb liquid from coffee grounds and old fruits and vegetables.

HAPPY DECEMBER 28 BIRTHDAY TO: Gayle King 58, Joe Manganiello 37, Sienna Miller 32, Denzel Washington 59, Stan Lee 81, Maggie Smith 79, Nichelle ‘Lt. Uhura’ Nichols 81, Martin Milner 82, Edgar Winter 67, and Robin McGraw 60.

27 Dec 2013
December 27, 2013

Quick Tips To Speed Clean Your Home

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I know my cleaning cupboard doesn’t look like this…but here are a few speed cleaning tips to help keep on top of the day to day cleaning. This will especially help this time of the year when unexpected company pops in for a visit.

  1. You don’t have to switch from a broom to a vacuum when you clean. Use a vacuum on all floor surfaces. It does a better job than a broom.
  2. Invest in a three pronged extension cord to keep with the vacuum, plug it into a centralized location and you can cover more of the house without unplugging and re-plugging.
  3. Establish a cleaning pattern to consistently shave time off your cleaning routine. Experts recommend starting each room to the left of the doorway, at the top, and moving clockwise and down. Once you get the hang of your system, you’ll clean speedily on autopilot — and never waste time backtracking.
  4. If you truly want to speed-clean, put the phone down. Better yet, tuck it out of sight. And keep the TV off. Focus solely on the task at hand. Multitasking while you clean adds time. Better to get your cleaning done quickly and then move on.
  5. Clean as you go whenever possible. To that end, stash a few key cleaning supplies in each room or on each level of your home. When messes happen, it’s a cinch to swoop in, swipe, and move on.
  6. Get the rest of the family to help…assign jobs. Make every member pick up after themselves as they make a mess. Randomly reward a family member with a movie pass or something they would truly enjoy. Do this sparingly or they will want to be “paid” for doing chores.

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HAPPY DECEMBER 27 BIRTHDAY TO: Masi Oka 39, John Amos 74, Carson Palmer 34, Gerard Depardieu 65, Jae Head 17, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce 27, Louis Pasteur (1822-1895), Sydney Greenstreet (1879-1954), and Heather O’Rourke (1975-1988).



26 Dec 2013
December 26, 2013

Store Christmas Lights in Labeled Plastic Bags

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We’ll all be taking down the Christmas trees, mantle decor, banister decorations and so on, very shortly. The most important tip is LABEL EVERYTHING, and try to pack it away according to areas or rooms of decor. That way you save tons of time next season. Below are three tips to keep your Christmas lights tangle free and in good shape for next season. A little care putting them away this year will reap rewards next Christmas when there is the inevitable time crunch. Let’s face it, who needs extra stress.

  1.  A clever way to store Christmas tree lights without getting them tangled is by fitting tension rods inside a clear plastic container. Depending on the size of the container, you should be able to fit two tension rods lengthwise in the container, allowing you to store about six strings of Christmas lights. The trick to storing your lights this way is wrapping the individual strands around your arm, transferring them to the tension rod, then fitting the tension rod to the plastic container.
  2. The cheapest and easiest way to store Christmas lights is in labeled plastic zipper bags. Wrap a strand of Christmas lights around your arm and transfer to a plastic bag, making sure to label where the lights came from so you can easily put them back up in the same place next year. Once you’re done packing up all the lights, place the full bags a clear plastic container for easy recognition next year.
  3. A fun and easy way to store Christmas lights is to wind them around a sturdy sheet of cardboard covered in leftover Christmas wrapping paper. Wrap a single strand of lights around a sheet of cardboard, cutting slits at both ends to secure the plugs. Stack each light-laden cardboard sheet in a box for easy Christmas light storage.

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THINK ABOUT IT: When you stop believing in Santa, you get underwear.

HAPPY DECEMBER 26 BIRTHDAY TO: John Walsh 68, Jared Leto 42, Lars Ulrich 50, Chris Daughtry 34, Yohan ‘The Beast’ Blake 34, Kit Harington 27, Beth Behrs 28,  Caroll Spinney ‘Big Bird’ 80, Sandra Taylor 47, Abdul Fakir 78, Carlton Fisk 66, and Steve Allen (1921-2000).

25 Dec 2013
December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas Everyone

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Please drive safe if you’re travelling. Take time to truly enjoy your family and friends.

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HAPPY DECEMBER 25 BIRTHDAY TO:  Jimmy Buffett 67,  Sissy Spacek 64, Annie Lennox 59,  Barbara Mandrell 65, Rickey Henderson 55, Boston Rob Mariano 38, Justin Trudeau 42, Gary Sandy WKRP 68, Jillie Mack 56, CCH Pounder 61, Alannah Miles 55, Humphrey Bogart (1899-1957), Rod Serling (1924-1975), Cab Calloway (1907-1994), Conrad Hilton (1887-1979), Sir Issac Newton (1642-1727), and most importantly Jesus Christ, the reason why we celebrate Christmas.

24 Dec 2013
December 24, 2013

Wishing Everyone A Very Merry Christmas

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The management and staff at Charter House Interiors want to thank all our customers and friends a very safe and happy holiday season. We have met some amazing people from in and around Saskatoon this year. We look forward to serving you in 2014.

To the staff, special event staff and volunteers who have helped us in so many ways this year THANK YOU.

PHOTO: This photo was taken November 16 at our annual Christmas Open House (it is tradition now to wear pajamas to work).

 L-R (seated) Mona, Jennifer, Karen (volunteer), Betty

L-R (standing) Shannon (volunteer and photographer), Scott and Ken

2014 Christmas Open House will be held Saturday November 15

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23 Dec 2013
December 23, 2013

Tips On How To Cook A Turkey With Wine – LOL

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No real tips or design hints or anything worthwhile today. As Christmas is fast approaching, here is a sure fire way to cook a turkey and not care how it turns out.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY: I don’t believe in the concept of hell, but if I did, I would think of it as filled with people who were cruel to animals. – Gary Larson (cartoonist)

JOKE OF THE DAY: A woman who is three months pregnant falls into a deep coma. Six months later she awakes and asks the doctor about her baby. DOCTOR: “You had twins; a boy and a girl and they are both fine. Luckily your brother named them for you.” WOMAN: “Oh, no. Not my brother! He’s an idiot! What did he name the girl?” DOCTOR: “Denise.” WOMAN: “Well, it isn’t so bad. What did he name the boy?” DOCTOR: “Denephew.”

HAPPY DECEMBER 23 BIRTHDAY TO: Susan Lucci 67, Eddie Vedder 49, Holly Madison 44, Carla Bruni 46, Anthony Phillips 62, Harry Shearer 70 and Danny MacAskill 28, Corey Haim (1971-2010).

22 Dec 2013
December 22, 2013

Citrus Glazed Ham- Try This If You Need A Good Ham Recipe

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Citrus Glazed Ham
1 Shank Bone in Ham…
1 cup Sunny Delight Orange Drink
2 tbsp. Orange zest
2 tbsp. lemon zest
1 tbsp. light brown sugar

Preheat oven 350⁰
In a bowl add Sunny D, brown sugar and the zest of 2 oranges and 2 lemons
Stir ingredients, and once well mixed with a basting brush baste entire ham well with half of the mixture
Lightly cover ham with aluminum foil
Bake for 25 minutes, remove and baste with remaining mixture
Return ham to oven for an additional 15-20 minutes
Note: Once done let rest before serving.

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HAPPY DECEMBER 22 BIRTHDAY TO: Ralph Fiennes 50, Jordin Sparks 23, Diane Sawyer 67, Steve Carlton 68, Steve Garvey 64, David S. Goyer 47, Ali Lohan  20, Hector Elizondo 76, Gene Rayburn (1917-1999), Robin Gibb (1949-2012), Maurice Gibb (1949-2003), and Barbara Billingsley (1915-2010).