Oppose Internet Sales Tax

We have a new US President and many new members of Congress. Tax policy is high on the agenda. Proponents of Internet sales tax will hit the ground running. Now is the time to add your voice to the debate and tell them NOT to pass an unnecessary and harmful Internet sales tax.

Doing so is easy – just click here, complete the simple form, and a letter will be sent to your members of Congress on your behalf. It takes 15 seconds.

Please Send a Letter Now!

Today, the Internet helps many small businesses such as ours compete, but taxing us like multibillion dollar retailers is only going to stifle growth. Many Internet sales tax schemes will also give tax collectors unprecedented authority to impose costly audits and unnecessary litigation on out-of-state small businesses.

The priority should be to protect small businesses using the Internet – they are the backbone of the US economy. Congress should help small businesses grow, not use new taxes to drive them off the Internet. Please oppose any efforts to pass Internet sales tax legislation that harms small, Internet-enabled businesses.

Thank you in advance for your support!

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2017 Goals

Many people start the new year with a few resolutions. Over the holidays is a great time to set goals, but acting on them is what really counts. This year, I’d like to challenge you to consider some steps towards the goal of improving the livability of your home.

Imagine how much better our day to day lives would be if we could address even one of the of following areas:

The Kitchen Is King

A “modern/updated kitchen” tops the wishlist of most homeowners. You don’t need to rip your kitchen down to the studs; a smaller investment can have serious impact. For as little as $5,000, you should be able to add a new suite of appliances, as well as a new countertop and flooring, resulting in a fresh, coordinated look. Applying a fresh coat of paint to the walls or cabinets, and updating the hardware, can also breath new life into the space.

What is the trend for 2017?
Stainless Steel – Though it has been around for decades, this appliance finish conveys clean, contemporary design, so it will signal “updated” to guests of your home. For the latest spin on stainless, look for new versions of black stainless steel from KitchenAid, LG, and Samsung, each with a softer, less reflective finish but the same cachet as the original.

Quartz Countertops – Engineered from stone chips, resins, and pigments, quartz has started to challenge granite and marble as the go-to material in higher-end kitchens. It shrugs off heat, scratches, cuts, and stains, and it requires none of the upkeep of comparably priced natural stones. Expect to spend $40 to $100 per square foot, installed.

Buff up the Bath

Next to the kitchen, bathrooms are often the most important rooms to update. They, too, can be improved without a lot of cash. Even simple things like a new toilet seat and a pedestal sink are pretty easy for homeowners to install, and they make a big difference in the look of the bath.

We also suggest replacing an old, discolored bathroom floor with easy-to-apply vinyl tiles or a small piece of sheet vinyl. You may not even need to take up the old floor. You can install the new floor right over the old one.

If your tub and shower are looking dingy, consider re-grouting the tile and replacing any chipped tiles. A more complete cover-up some folks opt for is a prefabricated tub and shower surround. These one-piece units may require professional installation but can still be cheaper than paying to re-tile walls and refinish a worn tub.

Knock Knock

First impressions are important, especially when it comes to your house. Interestingly enough, your front door is likely to influence how visitors view the rest of your house far more than the siding, roofing, windows, or any other single element can. A handsome, well-designed entrance also does more to welcome friends and family than a manicured lawn. The irony is that most front entryways are boring portals that merely let people in and out.

Add a pop of color – ditch the dull paint and choose a bright, fun color that will make your front entry door warm and inviting. Do you have a flimsy little door knob? If so, spring for some nice hardware on the front door such as a substantial-looking handle-and-lock set. A brass door knocker and kick plate also signals to visitors that this is a solid home.

Carpet Diem

Look underfoot. Carpeting is another detail that can quickly update a home and make it look cleaner. A professional carpet cleaning is an inexpensive investment, especially if your rugs are in good shape and are neutral colors. If your carpet is showing serious wear, cover it with inexpensive, strategically placed area rugs.

Put on a Coat

Paint keeps your home looking its best while also defending its surfaces from wear, tear, and the elements. However, you don’t need to blow thousands having every square inch repainted. Instead, focus on high-traffic areas, including the kitchen and bathrooms. Give the trim a fresh coat of paint in your family room. If the back door is covered in scratch marks from the dog, fix that. Attack the areas that will give you the most bang for your buck.

So happy holidays. Take the rest of the year off and enjoy spending time with friends and family; but roll up your sleeves and get to work on one of these projects early next year!

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How Much Wattage Required?

Need to determine how much total wattage your light fixtures need to output to adequately illuminate your room? Here is an easy way to calculate how much light you need for a given space.

First, calculate the square footage of the room by multiplying its width x length. For example, if your room is 14′ x 16′

14′ x 16′ = 224 square feet

To determine the necessary wattage to light the room for general use, multiply the square footage by a factor of 1.5

224 x 1.5 = 336 watts

To ensure the room is properly lit, make sure the combined wattage output by all your lamps, chandeliers, sconces, and any other lighting equals at least 336 watts.

Beckmore Lantern

Currey & Company 9748 – A delightful 4 light lantern comes with seeded glass panels that give it a special appeal. The wrought iron framework is finished in old iron. The hand finishing process used on this fixture lends an air of depth and richness not achieved by less time-consuming methods.

For example, the 4 light Beckmore Lantern using 60 watt bulbs would provide 240 watts of lighting for the room. Add a couple Beckmore Wall Sconces and they would contribute an additional 60W ea. of lighting. This would bring the total to 360 watts for the room, thereby eclipsing the minimum 336 watts required.

For task lighting for a kitchen or home office, multiply the square footage by 2.5 to determine your wattage needs.

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How well do you know your furniture?

Why would an antique collector reject an item made after 1830?

Click scroll down to read our Fun Fact!

Fun Fact: The year 1830 heralded the beginning of the industrial age. It is true that items made prior to 1830 are rarer and therefore more valuable. However, the fact that the industrial age began around 1830 is the real reason that collectors prefer hand-crafted items made before that date. When shopping for new furniture, be sure to compare the value of the furniture vs. the price of the furniture. There are still many companies that make hand-crafted furniture such as Jonathan Charles Fine Furniture. High-end, handcrafted furniture will always keep its value.

What makes Jonathan Charles Furniture different is the meticulous attention-to-detail and pursuit of high-quality construction. Their passion for detail is also reflected in their in-house brass foundry, in which they manufacture their own hardware so that when they design a new piece of furniture they can also design one-of-a-kind pulls, hinges, locks and even keys for that piece.

Jonathan Charles works with artisans who display a large range of skills. They take pride in their work, which is evident in their beautifully-crafted antique replicas. They go far beyond just creating furniture that resembles English classics. They employ age-old techniques, which breathe soul and lasting-quality into their products.

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Currey Moves Outdoors

Currey & Company, best known for its indoor lighting products (chandeliers, wall sconces, table and floor lamps), has expanded its offering to include outdoor lighting.

The TWELFTH STREET Collection

The TWELFTH STREET Collection includes four styles – the Ripley, Bening, Giatti and the Faracy, which each come in three finish options; Midnight (Pure Black), Starlight (Black with Silver), and Moonlight (Black with Gold). It is the only outdoor lighting collection in the industry to offer a 5-Year Trilux Finish Guarantee against cracking, fading and rust.

Ripley Outdoor Wall Sconce

Currey & Company 5500-0015 – The Ripley Outdoor Wall Sconce features a timeless geometric design, perfectly framing the light within the lantern.

Bening Outdoor Wall Sconce

Currey & Company 5500-0010 – The Bening Outdoor Wall Sconce is a classic lantern design featuring clean lines of iron encasing seeded glass.

Giatti Outdoor Wall Sconce

Currey & Company 5500-0019 – The Giatti Outdoor Wall Sconce is a sleek, unobtrusive accent featuring seeded glass and curved iron pieces.

Faracy Outdoor Wall Sconce

Currey & Company 5500-0018 – The Faracy Outdoor Wall Sconce blends contemporary and traditional with its clean lines and decorative fleur-de-ls.

We expect this new outdoor lighting collection to grow into a significant part of the company’s business and look forward to more outdoor lighting offerings in the future. With a workforce in Atlanta and Currey International in the Philippines, Currey & Company brings to the marketplace merchandise that not only speaks of the touch of the human hand, but also utilizes a myriad of natural materials.

 

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