2 tablespoons olive oil
6 ounces white mushrooms, sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound of garlic link sausage, cooked according to package and thinly sliced
12-18 large sweet green Italian olives, pitted and sliced
1 pound fettuccine, cooked until al dente and drained
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Salt and pepper
1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
Homeowners need to protect their drapes, furnishings, wood floors and carpets from the sun's damaging UV and solar radiation in order to keep their things looking nice and new. One great way to accomplish this is with V-Kool window films. Unlike all other window films, V-Kool is not tinted, but is a clear, almost colorless window film treatment. No other product matches the superior optical clarity, non-reflective aesthetics, and superior heat rejection of V-Kool.
V-Kool is the world’s first clear, spectrally-selective applied film, which transmits more than 70% of daylight while rejecting 99% of ultra-violet, and 94% of infra-red heat. Spectrally-selective films have transparent, metallized coatings designed to transmit, reflect or absorb different wavelengths of the solar spectrum. In the case of V-Kool, it is designed specifically to be light transmitting while rejecting heat without the “mirror” look.
V-Kool was first installed in the U.S. in 1991 and was originally invented as a specialty item for the U.S. government and was applied to the U.S. Military’s Stealth Bombers. Performance data was obtained using a Perkin-Elmer Lambda 9 Spectrophotometer in combination with the “Window 4.0 Fenestration Program” provided by the Windows and Daylighting group at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories, the world’s foremost window science group. No other spectrally selective window film has been around half this length of time.
V-Kool technology has been chosen as one of the top 100 inventions of the past millennium by Popular Science Magazine (November 1999). V-KOOL is installed on the White House, the Texas Governor's Mansion and the Headquarters of the American Institute of Architects.
V-Kool cannot be compared to other competitive films because it is proven to be the most technologically advanced spectrally-selective coating in the world. Other films are classified as conventional films, meaning that they are either tinted or reflective films. Tinted films require significantly less sophisticated technology to produce; hence the cost is low.
Instead of looking at the initial cost of V-Kool, you should consider its life cycle cost as well as other intangible benefits. While there is a premium associated with the purchase, V-Kool reduces air conditioning operating cost, reduces fading damage to draperies and furnishings, allows occupants to use floor space near windows even in the direct sunlight because of increased comfort. Productivity and alertness are heightened in such comfort-enhanced environments. It is a long-term cost-effective investment.
Depending on the amount of glass and the orientation of your windows will determine the amount of energy savings. In most cases there is a 3 to 4 year payback period on your utility bills and it normally reduces 33%-50% of energy costs annually. History shows utility rates increase just about every other year, so your lifetime warranty is a sure money saver.
Locally, Stellar Energy Solutions can educate you on how to solve your heat, glare, fading, and utility bill problems with our premium professional films from V-Kool, the CLEAR "UN-TINT" Solar Control Solution. Visit them on the web at: http://www.stellar-nrg.com.
Benefits of Window Film
1 ¼ cups uncooked orzo pasta (or rice)
½ package ( 16 ounces ) SeaPak Shrimp Scampi
1 zucchini, chopped
1 14 ounce can quartered artichoke hearts, well drained
¼ cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
½ teaspoon capers
Juice of 1 lemon ( about 2 tablespoons)
Do you have a lighting challenge in your house? A solution we used for under-counter lighting on a recent project was Ribbon LED strip lighting. These strips are designed for interior use to bend and twist in just about any direction imaginable. The surface mount LEDs allow these strips an amazing amount of flexibility without causing damage to the product. Most Ribbon LED strips come equipped with a 3M adhesive backing and can be stuck just about anywhere. Ribbon LEDs are used for lighting projects by designers, developers, inventors, home owners, and any other creative application you have.
Ribbon LED Strips are sold in pre-wired lengths with power connectors on both ends so you can easily daisy-chain them together. No soldering required. The wires are already attached to the strip - simply plug and play. For shorter strips, they can be cut every few inches. Each end has pre-attached power wires. You only have to hook up one end. The other may be used to extend the strip. Simply plug another one into the first.
These LED's are very bright with a wide viewing angle. They will keep your electricity bill low as they draw very little power. They are extremely efficient and will not waste energy as heat, meaning you don't have to worry about fire danger and will not have to fight the extra heat emissions with your air conditioner.
Locally, Ribbon LED can be found at Lights Fantastic. Visit them on the web at: http://www.lightsfantastic.com/
I have owned and operated 3 franchised businesses, I learned the value of goals, team and the importance of profits to the small business owner.
I had the opportunity to work with franchisees again as a local Franchise Business Consultant with FASTSIGNS International and found this to be a very rewarding experience. Being able to help people build and grow their businesses, helped me learn that you have to have a plan - a vision for your business or the business runs you. When I purchased my own sign company in 2001 we were able to follow a system to build a successful team and prosperous sign company.
In late 2003 I accepted a position with Sign A Rama as their Business Develop Manager for the United States, Canada and The United Kingdom. I was able to work with a varied group of franchisees and business operators to help them achieve their goals. We implemented successful programs to enable the business owners reach the personal and professional goals.
I personally believe that AdviCoach offers a proven system to help any business owner achieve their original goals when they went into business. To own their own business, spend time with their family and build wealth and a future for themselves and their employees.
As business owners we need someone to keep us on track and focused on the end result, which can be difficult when you are pulled in so many different directions by your customers, employees, vendors and family. We can offer you a plan to enjoy operating a profitable business not being the business.
On September 16th, we hosted a furniture seminar at Design It With Consignment. The evening went wonderfully and we had about 30 people show up. The wine and food were fantastic and Lisa Gaynor gave a talk that was both informative and creative. Everyone got a great deal out of it and we can’t wait for the next one!
I thought I might share something a little more whimsical today. Hope that you enjoy these one of a kind chandeliers made from recycled materials!
Old light bulbs from Bulbs Unlimited
A thousand party poppers collected after the millennium celebration in London by Berlin-based lighting designer Stuart Haygarth
Recycled coffee stirrers
Bic ballpoint pens from design studio en Pieza
Silverware from British designer Ali Siahvoshi
Chiquita banana cartons from Dutch designer Anneke Jacobs
The Tide Chandelier, by Stuart Haygarth, is made from the debris he found washed up along a specific stretch of Kent coastline.
When selecting colors for your home you may find it helpful to know what mood your chosen color will set for a space. Each color has its own personality and if you know how you want a space to feel, you will find it easier to choose the perfect color that you will enjoy for years to come.
Associated with: Danger, passion, energy, warmth, adventure and optimism.
Best for: The color red is known as a sociable and lively color and is used to stimulate the appetite, making this color a perfect choice for dining rooms.
Though Reds have become more and more popular over the last couple of years and can range from fiery, passionate, sophisticated and warm, reds can also be overpowering and lead to headaches. It is a good idea to vary the shade of red on one wall or just use it for accessories. Reds should never be used in a baby's room.
Associated with: Love, fresh, flirtatious and distinctly feminine.
Best for: The color pink has become very fashionable again and can be found ranging from soft pink to tropical coral or playful raspberry.
Pink is a good color for bedrooms as it can be peaceful and restful and if mixed with a hot fuchsia, introduce passion. Pink can come across as too sweet and girlie – to counteract this you could introduce a neutral color or hints of dark charcoal, brown or black
Associated with: Stability, reassurance, warmth, sunset, autumn leaves and it's also supposed to be an aid to digestion.
Best for: Living and dining rooms.
Orange is becoming increasingly popular and this year oranges are rich, cozy and slightly spiced but be aware that orange can make a room look smaller, so make sure you only use orange in a room with lots of natural light.
Associated with: Promotes feelings of well-being and harmony, nature, security, stability and balance.
Best for: The color green is known to aid concentration, making it a good color for offices and study areas and bathrooms.
Green can make people complacent or too laid back, so inject different shades of green such as deep olive or the color of new leaves to make the room fresh.
Associated with: Soothing and calming, loyalty, serenity, authority, protection, contemplative, prevents nightmares, promotes intellectual thought and is believed to keep hunger at bay.
Best for: Bedrooms and bathrooms.
Depending of the natural light in the room, Blue can look cold and therefore be unwelcoming. To prevent this make sure you choose a blue with a warm undertone such as oceanic turquoise or shades of wispy clouds.
Associated with: Sunshine and energy, creativity and stimulates the intellect.
Best for: Kitchens, dining rooms or north facing rooms.
Yellow should not be used for bedrooms as it is not a very restful color. Yellow ranges from soft creamy butter to deep amber and is a friendly and inviting color. Be careful with yellow as some stronger shades can enhance feelings of emotional distress.
Associated with: Feminine, spiritual matters as it simulates the misty area between the sky and heaven.
Best for: Bedrooms and bathrooms to create a stress free sanctuary.
Lilac can be insipid. Try to live it up with black or silver, or both.
Associated with: Magic, creativity, joy, fertility, sensuous, luxurious and sex.
Best for: Bedrooms
Purple was once reserved solely for nobility. The color purple is sumptuous and elegant. Purple ranges from deep plum, mysterious mauve to cheerful windflowers shades. Purple can be overpowering, so try to tone it down with a light shade of purple, use it for a feature wall or just accessories your room.
Associated with: Stability, security and a very practical color.
Best for: Living rooms
The color brown is also known as the 'new' neutral and with the various shades of taupe and beige brown, will look great with almost any color. You could for example introduce a livelier color for mental stimulation such as green or blue to compliment the brown.
Associated with: Sophistication.
Best for: All rooms
Neutral colors such as grey can be used to bring sense of order and peace to a colorful palette. Grey is considered smart and sophisticated and ranges from dark charcoal to misty silver and looks great when paired to colorful accents.
Associated with: Drama, death and eccentricity. It is a non-color that absorbs color and reflects nothing back.
Best for: Nothing in particular but can be used in moderation.
Black is most commonly connected with depression and should not be use for a base color but use to temper the sweetness of colors like pink.
For a quick reference on colors: http://www.paper-leaf.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/ColorTheory_Screen_White.jpg
Looking Beyond Labels: What insiders know about selecting the best in-home furnishings will be held on Thursday September 16, 2010 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at the Design It With Consignment Showroom located at 4211 South Lamar Suite A-23 Austin, TX 78704
Wine and Cheese refreshments will be served.
I often get asked; “How much should I budget for drapery for my home?” The rule of thumb when budgeting for drapery for a whole house is about $1,000 for every 35” Wide X 71” Long window for something decorative. This will allow you freedom to do something more elaborate in your dining room and something simpler in the kitchen, etc. Keep in mind, though, that homes that are being built the past 10 or so years have much larger windows than prior to that time. The $1,000 a window rule does not apply to wider windows or in cases where you want actual operable traversing drapery. I find when doing operable blackout drapery over media room windows or for master bedrooms, etc. that you can double the $1,000 for every 35” span.
This may seem expensive if this is the first time you have considered purchasing drapery, but keep in mind that good custom drapery is meant to last 20 years. Most people end up replacing it due to the trends changing by that time more than due to the need to actually replace it. If you pro-rate the fees for custom drapes out over that amount of time it is a great value. Consider some of the benefits: