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Bucks Country Garden’s is sharing their biggest entertaining tricks of the trade during their Girls Thyme event on July 2, from 4-7 p.m. Enjoy food demos and cocktails featuring delicious Stonewall Kitchen grilling sauces and drink mixes; learn about piecing together the picture-perfect party details, including comfortable furniture, functional and durable dinnerware, and stylish decorations; and even redeem your Bonus Bucks before it’s too late!

Fabulous one-night-only specials will be revealed the Tuesday before the event. So, sign up for our email list and stay tuned for these exciting details! Enjoy an evening out with your girlfriends and enter to win fantastic door prizes that will be perfect for your holiday weekend.

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Column: Styles of kitchen sinks

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There’s no home appliance that’s more hardworking than the kitchen sink. Between cooking activities to cleaning tasks, the kitchen sink plays a part in it all. Since they are the center of the any room they are installed in, it’s no surprise that the sink becomes a major centerpiece for the design of a kitchen.

Top mounts styles are the easiest and most inexpensive. They are designed to be dropped right into the countertop opening, and are equipped with a rim that goes over the counter to secure the sink in place. While this rim makes the sink cheaper, it can also be a trouble spot for dirt and bacteria to hide in, if the sink is not cleaned properly.

We recommend an undermount sink which provides a much sleeker look. With these designs, the sink mounts to the underside of the countertop: no rim, no mess. Additionally, they may require some kind of internal support system to secure the sink depending on the building material you select.

Finally, homeowners searching for vintage charm have been choosing apron-front (or farmhouse) style sinks. Apron-front designs have a deep basin, which is appealing for homeowners who want to soak dishes or scrub large pots in the sink. However, this model typically requires specially fitted cabinets. As the design becomes more popular, some manufacturers are creating designs that makes it possible to retro-fit one of these sinks onto a standard cabinet designs. Do your research, and make sure you choose a model that will work for your remodel project.

Additionally, designers have been creating accessories that make various tasks that center around the kitchen sink much easier. For example, there are sinks available that feature fitted cutting boards, drying racks, utensil trays and colanders. You may even choose to install two sinks in the kitchen that have different functions. Pairing a deep, single basin sink with a shallower, double-basin sink allows you to use one for soaking dishes and the other for food and vegetable prep.

While it’s not an extensive construction project, choosing a new sink can be tricky. It’s important to do your research, especially at the beginning of the process when you are choosing which style of sink you want to use to replace your old one. Otherwise, you may run into some unexpected problems. If you’ve got questions, consult the Affordable Companies to learn more about sink installation and design for your kitchen, bathroom or other living space.

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Perfect patriotic 4th of July tablescape

When it comes to entertaining, setting the table properly creates the experience people remember. A Red, White and Blue themed table is easier than you think.

Something borrowed, something blue? Did you know that blue dinnerware is the biggest seller in the world? Grab a few red pieces of dinnerware, flatware or glassware, even linens during the Christmas Holiday on clearance. White tends to be easier as it is a staple in most kitchens.

I enjoy mixing and matching – a collected table of some sorts, pairing china with melamine and earthenware. Using pillow cases I found on clearance as place mats or patriotic dishtowels as napkins. Vintage flag banners are perfect table runners. Even glittered plastic utensils from the party store make a shameless appearance.

For those of us who ‘collect’ or secret hoard things to entertain with, playing with your table and not taking it too seriously for casual occasions is a way to open up the conversation with your guests and make them feel at ease. This is a time to celebrate our independence – so be yourself.

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The Belmont Cafe opens in old Clarke’s space in Lakeview

The Belmont Cafe, located at 930 W. Belmont Ave. where 24-hour diner Clarke’s used to be, has a collection of red chairs with lines so fine I’d like to buy a couple for my kitchen. I also wish I could plate up at my home table an egg skillet dish as fun as the cafe’s sassy mix of chorizo, sauteed onions, tomatoes, hot peppers and melted jack cheese, all under fluffy scrambled eggs.

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Richelieu Hardware (RCH) Scheduled to Post Quarterly Earnings on Thursday

Richelieu Hardware (TSE:RCH) is scheduled to be announcing its earnings results on Thursday, July 2nd. Analysts expect the company to announce earnings of $0.75 per share for the quarter.

Richelieu Hardware (TSE:RCH) traded down 0.38% during mid-day trading on Tuesday, hitting $62.36. The stock had a trading volume of 2,888 shares. Richelieu Hardware has a 52 week low of $46.95 and a 52 week high of $66.93. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $62.14 and its 200-day moving average is $60.77. The company has a market cap of $1.22 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 23.06.

Several analysts have recently commented on the stock. Analysts at Scotiabank raised their price target on shares of Richelieu Hardware from C$62.00 to C$70.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research note on Monday, April 6th. On the ratings front, analysts at National Bank Financial raised their price target on shares of Richelieu Hardware from C$65.00 to C$70.00 in a research note on Monday, April 6th.

In other Richelieu Hardware news, insider Christian Dion sold 1,000 shares of Richelieu Hardware stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, April 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of C$64.53, for a total value of C$64,530.00.

Richelieu Hardware Ltd is a Canadian importer, distributor and manufacturer of specialty hardware and related products. The Company’s main product categories include functional cabinet hardware and assembly products for the manufacture of furniture and kitchen cabinets, window and door hardware, decorative hardware products, glass hardware, sliding door systems, high-pressure laminates, decorative and functional panels, kitchen accessories, ergonomic workstation components, finishing products, whiteboards and tackboards. Richelieu also specializes in the manufacture of a variety of veneer sheets and edgebanding products through its subsidiary, Cedan Industries Inc., and of components for the window and door industry and moldings through Menuiserie des Pins Ltée. The Company’s customer base includes kitchen and bathroom cabinet, furniture, and window and door manufacturers; the residential and commercial woodworking industry, and hardware retailers, including renovation superstores.

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Hudson names honoree for 2015 artisan program

Boston retailer and interior designer Jill Goldberg announced the selection of Pauline Curtiss as the 2015 honoree for Hudson Discovers, a program that spotlights artisan-designers in Goldberg’s home furnishings store and online.

This year’s program year spotlights an emerging female artisan-designer in support of other women who are launching a career in a creative field. Goldberg said submissions were received from talented female artisan-designers across the country; an extensive review of their work resulted in a short-list and eventually the selection of Curtiss as Hudson’s 2015 artist.

Curtiss will introduce her first produced line of dinnerware with hand-drawn pen and ink sketches. She has designed a limited edition set of four plates, two large serving bowls and a large platter for Hudson, producing 500 in each pattern suitable for the home, dining and for display.

The dinnerware is made of European porcelain from a prestigious factory in Poland, and is glazed and kiln-fired in Reisterstown, Md., north of Baltimore. Prices range from $30 for a plate to $220 for a platter. All items are microwave and dishwasher safe. The dinnerware will be available exclusively at Hudson through the end of the year.

As an artist, Curtiss has always focused on layering patterns with early influences being Ottoman Empire seraser metal brocades and Moorish stone carvings. Her most recent designs blend organic botanical patterns and modern geometrics. The embellished motifs are designed with the intention of being arranged in a collaged set where one pattern interplays with the next.

Of Curtiss’ work, Goldberg said, “I love the modernity of white porcelain with the old world feel of the hand-drawn sketched patterns. I am so happy that Pauline has found a way to allow more people to enjoy her artistic creations and she’s so deserving of people all over the country getting to see her work.” A meet-and-greet reception will be held at the store Sept. 24, 2015.

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You’re Loading the Dishwasher Wrong: A Chore and a Power Struggle

Jennifer Vargas usually catches her husband in the act late at night. “After I’ve started the dishwasher, he’ll open it up and start rearranging everything,” says Ms. Vargas, a public-relations executive in Crestwood, N.Y. “It drives me crazy.”

Her husband, Levy Vargas, an operations director, says his stacking method gets better results. “Jen is more blasé, and I’m more agitated by incorrect loading,” he says. “If I don’t think it…

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