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High Gas Prices Cause People to Opt for ‘Staycations’ and Invest in Home

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

What’s a “staycation” you ask? It’s a vacation spent at home, and more and more people are re-discovering the advantages to staying at home to renew and restore the senses while padding the pocketbook. And, Patio World Home & Hearth is working to ensure people maximize their “staycations.”

In lieu of high gas prices, the weakening dollar, financial uncertainty, and airport nightmares, stress levels are at an all-time high – just when people need a vacation the most.

And, when bodies are stressed, an array of health problems can arise. These may include: difficulty sleeping and concentrating, panic attacks, neck and back pain, ulcers, rise in blood pressure, digestion problems, depression, heart attacks, and a compromised immune system.

So, what’s a person to do? A staycation is a viable alternative. It also provides time to reconnect with family, neighbors and friends.

Business entertaining at home is also on the rise. Dining out, while still popular, is lately getting some serious competition from its counterpart – dining at home.

Perry Arons, CEO of one of the largest chain of patio stores on the east coast, Patio World Home & Hearth, says, “More and more people are recognizing that entertaining in a comfortable and elegant, open-air entertainment room not only helps to build a personal rapport, but also helps to weather economic uncertainty.”

Well-appointed outdoor entertaining areas can turn a home into a vacation or business destination. According to Consumer Reports, by creating inviting outdoor living space, people can also increase their home’s value.

And, in today’s depressed real estate market, the second most likely home-remodeling project is outdoor entertaining space. Many outdoor spaces are also designed to be the focal point of a home.

Arons sums up this new awareness. He explains that, “Our customers are asking us to design, implement and furnish outdoor areas that rival the best of any quaint Caribbean hotel or high-end resort.”

Patio World Home & Hearth does complete makeovers with marble-top tables for dining; fire pits and cafe sets for intimate or private talks; pergolas and gazebos to resemble a faraway oasis; large fountains to eliminate exterior noise; and elite, gourmet grills containing storage, sinks and refrigerators.

“Place some vibrant throws and pillows for accent color; add a few old-fashioned, but fashionable bronze standing fans and patio heaters to counter a hot or cool evening, and a getaway that is worlds away is simply a few feet away,” Arons says.

Patio World Home & Hearth offers a large selection of furniture and seating arrangements for immediate delivery, and free in-house designing and shipping to anywhere in the world.

“The best part of this ‘taking the inside out’ phenomenon,” Arons explains, “is that parents no longer have to answer to ‘are we there yet,’ and since men are notoriously the grillers, men can grill while women chill.”


The Storage and Organization Industry Organizes Itself with New Association

Monday, November 16th, 2009

The residential and commercial storage and organization industry has a new advocate. The Association of Closet and Storage Professionals is the new voice of this booming segment of the cabinet trades. Supported nationally, the ACSP is dedicated to creating industry standards, certification, and building consumer awareness of the professional standards of the field.

First seeking members in the Spring of 2006, the group has already registered almost 200 companies looking to solidify what has traditionally been a segmented industry. Previously, there has been no relationship between franchises, independent manufacturers and distributors as the companies endeavored to find their niche in the marketplace.

Now, these established firms are pooling their knowledge and resources to obtain a stronger foothold in the consumer’s mind and drive the trade to a standard of excellence, insuring the consumer a satisfactory experience when using a member company.


K. Powers and Company Introduces Style Moderne – A New Line of Contemporary Rugs

Monday, November 16th, 2009

K. Powers & Company, a leading provider of luxury carpet and rugs, is pleased to introduce Style Moderne – a new line of custom contemporary rugs inspired by Art Deco masters Jacques Emil Ruhlmann and Jean Michel Frank. This distinctive collection is exclusively designed and offered by K. Powers & Company – a leader in the resurgence of modernism in fine interior design.

The Style Moderne collection is hand-woven from the finest wools and Chinese silks. The color palettes are lush and appealing, creating a sensuous juxtaposition of silk and wool.

“My goal with this collection is to revive French Modernism and create a truly unique art deco collection,” states Kathleen Powers, President of K. Powers & Company. “The stylish rugs reflect the modern sophistication of today’s trends, and are designed to compel. Designers will find that these unique rugs will work well in a small downtown condo or in a large suburban living space. We invite designers to stop in and view this outstanding, one of a kind collection.”

Founded in 1992 by Kathleen Powers, K. Powers & Company is as a luxury carpet and rug resource for interior designers, architects and discriminating homeowners. The company’s gallery-quality showroom offers custom, traditional, modern and traditional styles, and features one of the most extensive selections of high-quality rugs and carpets including Tufenkian Artisan Carpets, New Moon Rugs, Silk Road Weaves, Barbara Barry, Alexa Hampton and the Louis A. Dabbieri collection.

K. Powers & Company’s design professionals are renowned for their attention to customer service – assisting clients through the entire process from custom designing, to selection to expert installation.