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Black Friday – Functional & Fun Gifts

Black Friday is upon us and in gearing up for the best sales of the year, retail stores typically bombard consumers with sales ads online, in the mail, via email and just about everywhere anyone can look. Sometimes, the sudden influx of so many gift ideas can flood the mental senses and cause more shopper confusion than ever. One way to step aside of the glut of products on Black Friday is to re-think shopping before you even get started on the activity of it. What would be the best gift to give a friend or loved one? What products will last longer than the rest? What products are actually useful and yet gift-like? Here are a few of our suggestions for Black Friday functional and fun gifts. They may be a little out of the box, and yet when you stop to think about it….they are products that are not only fun to receive…but serve a function and will last over a long haul.

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Bowls

You might not immediately think to gift someone with a bowl….but anyone who’s walked into a Home Goods retail store, can immediately attest to the store’s consistent and stunning display of beautiful glass bowls, vases, urns and dishes. Not only are glass bowls dazzlingly beautiful, they are functional on so many levels. They can hold car keys, fruit, glass marbles, plants, candles, and just about anything you can think of that needs a container. These days glass can be crafted and melded with many different kinds of resins and colors; including natural objects, such as shells, ferns, flowers or crystals. A brilliant pop of color via glass is a wonderful way to gift those who are considered a length or two beyond personal friends or family members, such as an acquaintance or co-worker. And it’s a fun beat above the standard gift giving practice of handing over a boring ol’ bottle of wine.

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Candle holders

In the same vein as bowls and glass dishes, are candle holders. Since they come in so many styles, colors and shapes, you have quite a choice in terms of how much you want to spend. Some of the most beautiful candle holders on the market are the smallest ones that hold tea lights. Tea light candle holders can sit in a window sill, on a mantle and even on certain shelves. They can last for many years, are portable so they can be moved from room to room, including out of doors. They can virtually provide an unlimited source of ambient light – since replacement tea lights come in bags of 25, 50 and 100. One can brighten up any room space, large or small, with candles. Just be sure when selecting gifts for others – to choose a candle holder that reflects their personal taste or favorite color, not yours!

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Rugs and Pillows

Perhaps you’ve known a co-worker for many years and have had the opportunity to not only go out on occasion together, but you’ve visited each others homes as well. Perhaps you have a wife who’s closet and jewelry boxes overflow and the thought of purchasing one more clothing item might just bring the house down. If you’re on a close enough basis that you truly know your friend or partner’s personal style habits, gifting them with something that will warm up their private sanctuary space can be a hit, especially of you combo a few pieces to help re-drape or update a room. This can be a few pillows, an unusual throw rug, and a snuggle blanket with a few tea light candles thrown in. Similar to creating a bath-time gift basket, you can do the same for someone’s bedroom or den. This year don’t think in the standard, same old gift giving ways. Think creative, innovative and out-of-the-norm, and make this holiday season a much more memorable one for all your friends and loved ones!

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FAQ – Ariel Steam Showers

Ariel steam showers come in a Platinum Series F8 and F3.  This refers to the steam generator.  They are the only fully self contained free standing units in North America with a 6 thousand  kilowatt steam generator. This produces high temperature steam at a faster rate than the 3 thousand kilowatt steam generator. The 3k steam units are the normal output for a fully contained free standing unit. To assist our customers with foreknowledge of this product so that they can make a wiser decision regarding purchase, we’ve compiled some of the most commonly asked ‘features’ questions. We’ll use the Model’s DZ972F8 and DA324HF3 for reference…

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Do I need a licensed contractor to do the installation? Yes, you will need a licensed plumber and electrician.

What is Chroma-therapy lighting? It is the use of color lighting to heal the body, mind, and spirit. The colors are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.

What is the material of the metal trim? Aluminum.

Where is the steam generator located? It is behind the unit towards the bottom and is built into the unit.

Where is the FM Radio on the unit and how does it work? It is controlled and located on the control panel.

Where is the speaker located? It is on the ceiling.

Does the shower have Bluetooth capability? No, but you can use Bluetooth by using an Ipod Transmitter or MP3 player.

What is the difference of whirlpool jets and air jets?   Whirlpool jets shoot water and air jets use only air. Whirlpool jets offer a high pressure, deeper massage, while the air jets offer a gentler sensation.

Can I use the rainfall shower head, handheld shower, and body jets at the same time? Due to different cities and states with water flow restrictions, the unit can only have one option running at one time.

Can I use the shower and steam at the same time? Yes.

Do I need to fill the tub up so the whirlpool jets work? Yes.

How does the whirlpool tub fill up? It fills up through its jets.

What is the material of the tub? It is acrylic with reinforced fiberglass.

What are the panels made of? The unit is glass all the way around. The unit uses glass panels, (8mm for up front and 5mm for the back panels).

Does the whirlpool come with a heater and is there an option for one? The unit does not come with a heater nor is there a option for one.

How much PSI does my house need to run the steam shower? An average household PSI of 45 is fine.

Where does the ventilation fan take the steam into? The ventilation fan is built on top of the unit and it takes the steam out of the unit and into the room.

Do I need to connect ducting from the unit directly into the ceiling? No you do not. The steam venting out through the ventilation fan leaves very little steam left when it goes through the fan.

What does the overheat protection do? The steam generator has a heating element and it boils the water. It operates at a certain temperature. If that temperature were to get to hot, there is a little breaker inside that will pop, cutting off the power to that heating element.

What is the material of the handheld shower? It is made of metal.

What is the material of the rainfall shower head? Chrome Plated over plastic.

What is the material of the body and whirlpool jets? Chrome Plated.

What material is the floor and ceiling? Teak wood (For models that apply).

Are the teak wood floors removable? Yes the shower pan and drain is underneath there. The teak wood floor can be removed for drain cleaning.

Is the teak wood flooring treated? Yes it has been treated.

What does the L or R stand for in regards to the unit? The LEFT or RIGHT stands for drain location and also what side you want your plumbing fixtures on. (See pictures for reference).

Do the units come in any other color then what’s listed or is there any customization that can be done? No they do not and no customization can be done. The units will come in either black or white.

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INSTALLATION

Do the walls need to be finished before installing the unit? Yes they do.

If something goes wrong with the unit, how do I access the back? You will need to create an access panel to get to the back. The panel should be 5 ½ feet tall and 2 ft wide. If you are unable to create an access panel, then you will have to slide the unit out. ONLY in the Model DZ972F8 – you do not need a access panel. This model you can remove the screws and take the back panel out to service it.

Does the floor have to be tiled or finished before installing the unit? Yes.

What size drain does the unit come with? 1 inch and half (1.5”).

How long is the drain assembly that comes with the unit? 2 feet long.

What type of drain comes with the unit? A Flex hose drain assembly.

How long does it take to install the unit? It depends from contractor to contractor. Anywhere from 3-6 hours from what the manufacturer has been told from past customers.

Can we switch out the drain for a different one? Yes you can install another drain.

Can we use a water softener with the unit? Yes you can. It will not affect the unit.

What is the average power consumption for the steam showers? For the steam showers that end in a F8 (they use a 6,000 watt steam generator) = 6 kw per hour.   F3 series = 3 kw per hour. ( Kilowatt)

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What is the difference between a 6k (kilowatt) and a 3k (kilowatt) steam generator?   The 6k steam generator will produce high temperature steam at a faster rate than the 3k steam generator.

How high does the temperature reach up to? 50° Celsius ( 122° Fahrenheit).

How does the steam unit’s temperature read? Celsius.

How long does the 3k steam generator take to fill up the room? Around 4 minutes.

How long does the 6k steam generator take to fill up the room? Around 1-2 minutes.

It has long been known that steam helps to  relax the body, allowing it to get rid of metabolic waste and helping to improve circulation. An investment in a steam shower can be a great way to offset daily stress and provide health benefits over the long term. For additional questions, spec sheets are available and EliteFixtures customer service reps are always on hand to assist!

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Ariel Vanity Series – Cambridge

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Cambridge Sku# A037S and Sku#A043S

Having to make a furniture purchase online can be a daunting idea. After all, how does one purchase something from thin air – from just a small picture on a computer screen? It’s difficult enough as is just ‘guessing’ if something will fit dimension-wise, much less to imagine it will manifest perfectly at the doorstep one week later. In our ‘ask about the vanity’ series, we hope to answer some customer questions before purchase point – so as to help our visitors to better grasp what it is they are buying, when physically seeing the item is not an option. We’ve broken the Ariel Vanity Series – Cambridge into a list of the most common of Q & A’s. Let’s review: Sku# A037S, A043S, A061D and A073D.

Is the vanity top sealed? The top of the vanity is not sealed.

What is the shape of the sink? The A037S and A043S have a choice of left and right offset oval sinks. They come in espresso, grey or a white finish.

Is the back splash attached to the counter top in set? The back splash is attached to the counter top in set.

Do the sinks come pre-mounted to the counter top? Yes, the sinks on the vanity set are pre-mounted.

How many faucets holes does the vanity top have? The vanity top comes with 3 faucet holes.

Can the middle hole handle a single faucet? Yes, a faucet can be placed in the center of the sink.

What type of metal is the hardware on the vanity? The hardware on the vanity set has a satin nickel finish.

Does the plumbing for the sinks come up through the floor or through wall on this vanity? This vanity has the plumbing come up through the floor.

Does this vanity set include the drain assembly? The drain assembly is sold separately.

Is the top marble flush with the side of the cabinet without overhang so it could be placed flush against a wall on each side? No, the counter top has a 1″ overhang on the sides.

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Cambridge Series Sku#A061D and Sku# A073D

Can the vanity be purchased without the mirror? Yes

What is the distance between the holes that are pre-drilled for the handles? 5 inches

What is the distance between the center holes? The distance between the center hole is 8”

For the A061D-ESP – what is the height of the vanity without the counter-top? 33 1/2” without and 35” with

For the A037S-R-GRY – what is the width of the drawers for this unit? 9.8” wide.

How is the mirror to be hung? I see some rather custom brackets on the back. Do I need to hang from all 3 across the top and 3 across the bottom? Is there special hardware to attach to the wall or just use nails? Is there a template to measure the holes?   The mirror should be mounted using the wall-mounting hardware included with the mirror. If you are unable to locate the hardware, you can purchase wall screws and anchors from a local hardware store or call the manufacturer. All 6 holes should be used to mount the mirror for increased stability.

How is the marble top to be attached to the vanity? Does it just rest on it or it is to be silicone down or something? The marble top will need to be secured to the vanity top by using silicone. Ariel recommends Liquid Nail for stone counter tops.

The Cambridge Series from Ariel Bath is the perfect choice for those looking for a modern bathroom vanity. The Cambridge is available in single or double sink models with under-mount, ceramic sinks installed. These elegantly constructed units, with matching framed mirrors, are topped with Carrara white marble counter tops and equipped with satin nickel finish hardware.

Features include: Two doors with soft-closing hinges, Five drawers with soft-closing sliders, Carrara white marble counter top w/matching back splash design. All marble tops are finished by hand, pre-drilled for all 8” widespread faucets, and double-sealed for scratch-resistance and long-term durability, c UPC-certified round under mount sink. Click to view Cambridge Ariel Vanities.

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Water Into Whirlpool Therapy

Water is a magical property of life and the human body is filled with approximately 70% of it. So it’s a natural thing to desire to be near it, on it or immersed within it. Turning water into whirlpool therapy is a relatively easy thing to do these days. For those ready to make the big move of replacing their old tub, the possibilities are numerous. We often get some common questions regarding our ARIEL Platinum whirlpools. So we thought we’d offer some additional information for those considering the miracle of a great bath.

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On the first tub pictured in image, (AM128JDCLZ) every hydro jet is adjustable for both flow rate and direction of flow, and depending on the jet, the water flow is adjusted by either turning the outside ring or the nozzle clockwise and counter clockwise. Though the tub does not come with a heat pump nor can it be equipped with a heat pump, the tub retains heat really well. The tub fills up through its jets and is equipped with a handheld shower wand.

The Thermostatic faucet will adjust your hot and cold water. The water inlets will be labeled on the underside of the valve by color. Red will indicate hot. Blue will indicate cold. The unit is auto pipe cleaning. This means that the water jets are supplied water through the pipes. When the tub is drained, the pipes are left with water in them. “An auto pipe cleaning system will drain the water in the pipes to help dry them out while the tub is not in use”. There is no control button; this process starts as soon as you drain the tub.  The selector valve will allow you to choose the function desired. You may choose between the shower head, tub filler and off. The tub holds 90 gallons and is made of acrylic reinforced fiber glass. It takes around 15-20 min. to fully fill because it’s a deep tub.

The pump circulates water not air. Do NOT run any pumps unless the tub is filled with water to proper usage level, 4 inches (10cm) above the highest jet fixture. Damage due to dry running (running pumps without proper water level height) is not covered under any stated warranty. It has a 60 minute auto shutdown function which is a timer that is set on a computer after you turn it on.

The backside is covered with a square panel.  You will need 1/2” FPT (female pipe thread) steel braided hoses that will run from your home to the thermostatic valve. Your local plumber can provide you with what you will need for installation. This particular tub is not considered a ‘drop-in’. The front skirt is not removable. The voltage required for installation is 110v and 20 amp breaker. Holes are pre-drilled.

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AM152JDTSZ 59” and 70”

For this unit, (top, middle image and just above and below) dimensions are available in: 59.06″ x 32.28″ x 25.6″and in: 70.84″ x 32.28″ x 25.6″. You will need to purchase a tub filler.  It can be standing, connected to the wall or a dropped down from the ceiling faucet. This unit is a free standing whirlpool tub with 8mm tempered glass. Everything is located underneath the unit. You will have to tilt the unit on a side angle.  All parts are underneath the unit. The tub is made of acrylic reinforced fiberglass. It is self cleaning. The water jets are supplied water through the pipes. When the tub is drained, the pipes are left with water in them. “Auto pipe cleaning system will drain the water in the pipes to help dry them out while the tub is not in use. There is no control button; this process starts as soon as you drain the tub.  This tub has a double drain system (patent design). The main drain allows water to leave the tub, and a second drain that’s hooked up that lets the water drain from the jets.  The 2 drains are intertwined.  They operate together. The secondary drain that allows the jets to drain the left over water.  The valve that opens up when the drain is open, so the water in the tub drains and the leftover water in the jet hoses drain.

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Yes, you can remove the headrest with an Allen wrench. The backside of the headrest is covered. There are 6 massage nodes and 4 intensity options. This is referring to the jet system. You can turn on the air bubbles which add a little more pressure in the whole system.  The air bubble system has 6 settings.  (1 thru 4 is low thru high.  5 and 6 is pulsating low and high). This unit comes with a heater, which is actually a heat ‘pump’ where it maintains the temperature of the water you set it at. The tub requires a 110v and 30 amp breaker installation.  It is a free standing unit and can be installed in the middle of the room, corner or against the wall. It is not considered a ‘drop-in’ tub.

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Whirlpool therapy has long been known to help heal various body ailments by encouraging the muscle system to relax. Water therapy can help to decrease swelling, control inflammation, promote wound healing, improve motion and decrease muscle spasm. From now on, when you crave water, just think ahhhhhhhhhhhh. Click to see our entire collection of whirlpool tubs.

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Unique Ways to Display Books

Despite the internet movement to all things digital, we understand that it’s hard to part with some of those favorite old books and cd’s that have become an intrinsic part of one’s lifetime memories – especially when some date back to childhood days. Sometimes, outdated items are just that; little reminders of the things that have deeply touched us during the course of our lives. The question then becomes – how do we keep them in environmental sight for emotional comfort’s sake when we are now socially encouraged to dump all unnecessary stuff and – simplify?

A few keepsakes are to be cherished because that’s exactly what they are – little personal treasures! When dealing with small household rooms, one of the MOST important things to keep in mind when desiring to feature them as part of the decor; is to find unique ways to display books. If you have a small bookshelf and a lot of books, it doesn’t mean that you need to jam the shelves, so to speak. In fact, doing just the opposite will help keep you personally organized. Using fewer items on the shelves will also help to keep your smaller room from appearing junk-filled.

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1.    Select just a small group of just your favorite books. Place small groupings of books on random shelves, either by subject matter or by size. Allow some to stand and some to remain horizontally stacked. If you group the books by their size, have differing sizes stacked on varying shelves. Consider storing the remainder of your books in a ‘concealing cabinet’. Every month or so, switch out the shelf books with a new group of the stored books, and you’ll have an instant change of decor without having to completely redecorate. Occasionally switching out your books enables you to reconnect with those things which are stored away.

2.    Randomly, angle a horizontal stack of books in one corner of a shelf, so that the ends of each book touch the back wall and a side wall. Then move them out an inch or so from both walls. This angled effect is unusual and helps to create more exciting visuals, because not all books have been stacked to the standard rectangle area.

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3.    Place a see through and colorful glass vase or globe next to a set of stacked books to create a bright pop of color. The clear colored glass allows the human eye to see through the ‘space’ of the rectangle shelf area, creating a ‘sense’ of more shelf room than there really is. The glass globe or vase should be of a complimentary accent color. Let’s say your room walls are a light gray and your favorite colors are teal and orange. Complimenting the room with an area rug, pillows or lampshade with these colors in mind, can be enhanced by colored glass on a shelf – in a similar tone or color. This will help to bring the room together.

4.    Place the heaviest books you have on a bottom shelf to help balance the room. Only stack a few at a time.

5.    Try leaning just a few favorite books in small sections of a bookshelf.

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6.    Books do not always have to be the predominant item on a shelf! Sometimes, using a stack of books as an accessory to a larger item – such as a side or coffee table, trunk or jewelry box, helps to balance out other display items.

7.    Books do not always have to be stacked on a conventional book shelf. Try stacking them in furniture not originally designed to be a bookshelf!

8.    Sometimes two rooms coexist with one another where there is not enough room for a full wall. In apartments for instance, often a dining area is combined with a living area. To help create more privacy for each area, try implementing a see-through bookshelf, using the books and items stored on the shelf as a visually beautiful room divider.

All of the images above reflect simplicity in room design, but also allow for memorable keepsakes to be displayed and that is after all – what a home is all about!

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De-Clutter Tips for Incognito Hoarders

No one who hoards lots of things wants to admit that they’re actually hoarding. The term ‘collector’ seems a favored label, as collecting ‘specific types of things’ tends to  boost hoarding to an acceptable, almost noble hobby activity. Regardless of what it might be officially termed, when there’s too much stuff in a house – there’s simply too much stuff! Most hoarders and collectors have an emotional attachment to their goods. We all need emotional connections in this world – no matter how we foster those connections. However, too much collecting can ultimately hamper the human experience and cause additional life stress. Here are a few de-clutter tips for those who may in fact, be incognito hoarders….(those who may never admit it, but are… guilty, guilty, guilty)!

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Let’s take a common hoarding spot – the bedroom. Here’s one really original way of clearing it!

1.    Grab a handful of large black (30 gal.) garbage bags, a fat black marker and one roll of 2″ masking tape. (At least 7 black bags – one for each wall and 3 for the closet).

2.    Stand in the center of the room and face one wall. Open one black bag and pull off of the shelves, dressers and window sills on that wall you’re facing – anything and everything you are not using every single day (or at least once a month) and place it in the bag. It matters not if different kinds of things get jumbled up in the bag. Just do it.

3. As you tie up the first bag, secure a masking tape sized label on the bag and write generically, what you tossed in the bag. (This is for later reference if you need to find something fast). You don’t have to label everything that goes in the bag – just certain things that you think you might want to find later.

4.    For anything strewn about – if you are still using it, throw it on the bed. You’ll sort that later. Do the black bag collection step for all four walls, and that includes items that are at your feet or strewn about the floor.

5.    After you finish each wall, twisty tie the black bag, label each bag, and then set all four bags in one corner of the room, labels facing outward so you can see them.

6.    Next, address your closet. Use one black bag for unused shoes, belts and scarves. Use one bag for hanging clothes (Maybe two). Use the third bag for the top closet shelf. Put those three to four labeled bags in a separate corner. Toss into the bags, anything you have not touched in 2 months.

7.    Now, for the items on the bed – put them away where they belong.

8.    Try to live in your bedroom with just the things you have left over – for one whole month. Mark a calendar on the wall, for each of the 30 days if you must. See how you ‘feel’ living on less. The good news is that you didn’t throw anything away yet, so anything is retrievable and relatively easy to find (via the labels).

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One clean bedroom naturally begets an automatic sense of peace and calm…

For those who have real difficulty in letting go of anything – the black bags are a visual reminder that NOTHING was thrown away and that everything they own is still right beside them in the same room. In time, SOME individuals may just find that they personally feel calmer; more centered and actually may even like being more organized. With less clothes to wear and shoes to sift through, there’s less physical labor in maintaining those items; less laundry, less time spent on straightening up, etc.  Living in a cleaner room allows one to re-think how they want their personal space to reflect their personality as it exists in the NOW.

After all, one’s own bedroom is often the only personal sanctuary there is against the world sometimes. Shouldn’t it feel safe and cozy and supportive? When people feel safe, they feel calmer and more relaxed, and even more mentally sane. One might become suddenly inspired and consider painting the room in a whole new color. It would be easy to do so, as items are now protected in the black bags, which can easily be moved around the room, while one paints. Maybe it inspires one to purchase a new bedspread in a bold new color. Or it might be fun to purchase or upgrade a piece of ‘cool furniture’, (like a storage chest that will last many years to come).

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If after a month, one finds themselves feeling so good that they can actually let their packed things go – they can surprise their favorite friends with a fun and exciting ‘treasure trash bag’. Who knows…maybe a few of them could even start a new give-a-way trend. This technique can be applied to any room in the house. It also works really well for those who are just a little messy-minded too. Though these tips may not address the more extreme hoarders, who actually may need professional intervention – it can certainly help those who recognize that they they may actually be hoarders in the making…incognito or not.

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Super Summer Deals!

Summer sales are GREAT and everyone loves super summer deals! You can get a lot of new things for the house and great deals can make even the most reluctant drag-his-heels-thru-the-store husband or partner feel the ‘fun’ of shopping. It’s always a thrill to get those items into the house, unpacked and first used – whether it’s a new outfit, a new computer gadget or a simple bathroom throw rug. Unless it’s something hubby has to assemble. But even then, there’s a kind of excited thrill in ‘assembling things’ because almost everyone has experienced the huge sense of relief felt from having ‘completed’ the dreaded task.  As soon as the product has been freed from the can’t-for-the-life-of-me-break-this-plastic-package-wrapping issue; one can immediately begin to enjoy the product. Here are a few fun items that require little or no assembly:

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SAGE Water Coolers
Sku#: SAGECBLK
Price: $649.99

The SAGE water cooler filters and removes 99.99% of all contaminants and bacteria and comes in 9 super-cool & bright countertop colors: black, silver, blue, green, orange, purple, white, red metallic and red! It has an advanced Programmable LCD interface for programming of hot, cold and room temp water temperature from 41 degrees F – 208 degrees F, Programmable Child Safety, Date, Time, and Energy Saver/Sleep Time Functions. LCD Screen alerts when UV Lamp or Filters need replacing.

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Kichler Lighting 65424 Mini Pendant 1Lt Berkley Collection

Sku#: 65424
$217.80

The fanciful bounty of this 1 light mini pendant from the Berkley collection is a playfully inspired art glass revelation. With bold patterns and warm colors it is sure to delight any home. Size: 8 x 10 x 4.75”/Incandescent 100W.

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Yosemite Home Décor ‘Colored Roses’ Original Hand Painted Wall Art
Sku#: FCK8353-2
Price: 169.10

Brighten your living area with a rainbow of roses. Hand painted roses in a variety of vivid colors on a neutral beige painted canvas. This painting is hand stretched on canvas and ready for wall mounting. Overall dimensions: 40”W x 40”H

  • Original hand painted
  • acrylic painting
  • Wall mounted
  • Ready to hang out of the box

Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that make us happy. A warm, soothing bath. A bottle of wine shared on a summer eve with a few friends. A kitty cat on one’s lap. Sometimes just one new purchase for the house is enough to make a slow smile last almost forever.

For some great deals, check out our summer closeouts!

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Vacation Home – Smart Updates

A long summer season can induce even the laziest couch potato to rise to the occasion of setting a bare foot to grass. There’s just something about nature that draws us to it like moths to light. So it makes sense to look about the yard with a scrutinizing eye as one lazily strolls across it, making note of the small things that could stand a little ‘brushing up’ or possibly even, full replacement. The same holds true for vacation homes. A few ‘smart updates’ can aesthetically carry a summer season, a long way. Here are a few vacation home smart update ideas:

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Start Outside In
Warm weather climates can wreak havoc on a home. Water, wind and salt can cause corrosion in wood and metal over time. Spruce up key fixtures that will add instant value to the home. Update all outdoor lighting fixtures, doorknobs and landscape lighting. Replace worn out fixtures with marine grade ones that come with extra powder coating (PI67 Grading) or are made of rust free polyester materials. They are specifically designed to help offset damage done by water, wind and salt. Because they are, they tend to last longer as well.

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Address the Lawn Furniture
Relatively small garden adornment purchases can magically transform a small backyard into an outdoor paradise. Consider a new lounge and seating area, upgrading the grill, and adding a few decorative garden ornaments. It doesn’t take a lot of money to replace worn out garden furniture. Be sure to look for weather coated canvas, rattan coated with powder coating and stick to easy-to-clean plastics.

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Water Creation Sink Options

Revamp Kitchen Appliances
The kitchen is the heart of the home, and a clean and sterile environment for food preparation is essential. It is also one of the most used rooms in the house, thus, its appliances, and even the kitchen sink can take a beating over time. Upgrade the most used items in the home with high quality products. Stainless steel is popular due to the durability of the material, its easy-to-clean surfaces, and its ability to match and enhance any exiting appliances finishes in white or black. Kitchens are the best investments and usually get somewhere from 80% to 90% of their value back. That means that if you put $30k into your kitchen, it will value out at $23k to $28k worth.

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Same Rule Applies to Bathrooms
Update the main bath fixtures for the obvious reasons – usage. Toilet, sink and tub basins and especially faucets should be considered. Make sure everything is sealed properly with caulk, including where the tub meet the floor, since water tends to splash from the shower, regardless if a shower curtain is used. Make sure all faucets are clean and new. Replacing all fixtures and appliances will add instant value and curb appeal in your home. It will also set the ground stage for many maintenance free years to come, and will enable you the option to rent out your vacation home without worry; because you will have taken good care to prepare the fixtures that people will use the most.

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Update the Fun, Everyday Activity Things
Lastly, buy a new bedspread for each of your bedrooms along with a few new lamps. Upgrade to a flat screen TV and do away with old CD players, bulky old stereo receivers, and even the outdated toaster or microwave. Put a guitar in a corner stand, just in case guests can play. Load up the firewood bin for cozy fire nights. If the walls look good, just paint the trim and window sills; which will make each room look shiny and brand new. Lots of minor changes can magically transform any room and aren’t all that hard or costly to do!

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Anchor your home furniture to prevent injuries

On June 27, 2016 Ikea decided to recall approximately 29 million of dangerous dressers!  They reported that there were at least three deaths of children with one of their dresser series and they strongly urged to “Please take them out of the room”.

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While we all know Ikea to be a well-known brand that offers inexpensive furniture, cheap isn’t always the best.  Not only for quality, but also for safety.

Prevent furniture tip over injuries and deaths!  The safest way is to anchor them into the walls for safety.  Anchoring furniture that could tip over is fairly easy and proven to save lives.  The fix is relatively inexpensive and well worth every penny if you have little ones that love to climb and don’t realize the dangers.    Losing a child is devastating to any parent and family and being able to prevent it at any cost is well worth it!  You can purchase Safety 1st Furniture Wall Straps here at Babies R Us for $4.99.

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When anchoring your furniture, be sure to:

  1. Use two restraints for each piece of furniture, anchoring them on either side.
  2. Make sure to install them into solid wood and into the wall studs.
  3. Ensure the restraints are tight and check them regularly

 

At EliteFixtures.com, our talented team scans thru products and puts them thru a rigorous screening to see if it meets our standards as we take the safety of each product sold at EliteFixtures.com very serious.  Check out our Dining Room Furniture, Living Room Furniture and Bedroom Furniture for brand names and great prices.

 

 

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Bugzey Rates Jeco Gravity Chair – Paws Up!

We receive many happy responses from our customers…but every once in awhile a special one comes along. This one we just had to share. Meet Bugzey Santucci, the luxury Pug.

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Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…luv, luv pillows.

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 Bugzey-on-Blankie

Blankies too…..but gettin’ older now. Sometimes wake up with sore neck….

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Went shoppin’ online. Need somethin’ to go with outfit. NOW…how to get MA to buy it for me?

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Tried bribing Mumsy with cheese. No go…… So I threw my cards on the table & flat out begged.

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Gotta luv her for luvin’ me! Luv, Luv my gravity chair!

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BUGZEY RATES THE JECO GRAVITY CHAIR:

Set Up? EZ! I watched. Ma set it up.
Head shade… yup, good, good.
Superb views. Beatsa open jeep.
Lotsa colors besides Bugzey blue.
Tray can hold a doggie dish!
MA…can you lower my pillow now?
Bugzey ready for another nap…..

About The Jeco Oversized Olefin Zero Gravity Chair with Sunshade and Drink Tray
Relax in this Over-sized Zero Gravity recliner. The chair has a sunshade built into it to protect you from the sun. The removable drink tray is great for keeping a beverage at hand. The locking mechanism allows for an infinite number of recline positions and a headrest is provided for additional comfort or use as a lumbar support. The recliner folds for easy storage and transportation. The Jeco Over-sized Gravity chair can support up to 300 lbs and comes in several colors. View all Jeco products.

Thank you Bugzey Santucci and Bugzey’s Mum for sharing!

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