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Catapult Makes Headlines for London Kitchen Recycler

A London-based business has turned to Lancashire-based PR consultancy, Catapult PR, as it helps design-conscious homeowners across Britain own the kitchen of their dreams, or recycle one that has already given them much joy and many lifestyle benefits.

Catapult PR is now immersed in the world of designer and ex-display kitchens on a daily basis, having started to work with innovative London business, The Used Kitchen Company, whose CEO, Looeeze Grossman, pioneered the concept of kitchen recycling 12 years ago.

The consultancy is putting kitchens from over 40 manufacturers in the spotlight, including much-desired brands such as Chalon, Boffi, Bulthaup, Mark Wilkinson and Siematic, which are sold at www.theusedkitchencompany.com at prices between 50-70 per cent less than their recommended retail price. Many of the kitchens showcased also include top-notch appliances within their purchase price, making them incredible bargains.

Through its promotional activity, Catapult is helping to find new homes for breathtaking kitchens, islands, dressers, light fittings and accessories and communicating how those wishing to own a kitchen with kudos can adapt kitchens and add personal touches, to suit their preferences.

Word-of-mouth recommendation from one of its Lancastrian clients put Catapult in touch with The Used Kitchen Company, after Looeeze Grossman exhibited alongside that client at Grand Designs Live, in October. Both had been chosen to be ‘Green Heroes’ by TV personality, Kevin McCloud.

Catapult produced a creative PR proposal that highlighted new promotional ideas that The Used Kitchen Company could employ and which also suggested a 2018 campaign message of ‘skip the skip’ – a rallying cry to encourage homeowners to recycle their kitchen, rather than sending it to landfill.

Over the past 12 years, The Used Kitchen Company believes it has saved 10,000 tonnes of waste, granite, quartz, glass and other materials from being scrapped, helping to reduce the strain on landfill sites that are struggling to cope with a mountain of waste.

This, and other quirky angles used by Catapult PR, have already seen The Used Kitchen Company featured in The Sun, The Express, Delicious magazine, Your Home, interior design portal Inex and KBB (Kitchens, Bedrooms and Bathrooms), within the past few weeks. PR is delivering a great return on investment.

This success has led to the possibility of Catapult handling other work in London, thanks to Looeeze Grossman now recommending the agency to other contacts and businesses.

Catapult PR’s managing director, Jane Hunt, says: “This is a fabulous account to work on, as amazing kitchens are continually arriving on www.theusedkitchencompany.com, sparking new ideas. Looeeze is an inspiring business woman and we aim to exceed her expectations throughout the year ahead.”

Catapult PR is building on huge success in late 2017, when it scooped more PR and marketing awards than any other PR agency in the north, winning five different trophies, as well as being a finalist for a further 10 awards. It has previously worked with other London clients, including Cocorose London and Essential Travel.

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Stocks to Watch For: Pier 1 Imports, Inc. (NYSE:PIR), Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. (NYSE:DKS)

Pier 1 Imports, Inc. (NYSE:PIR)

Pier 1 Imports, Inc. (NYSE:PIR) represented a move of 0.78 percent or $-0.02 per share and closed its previous day trading session at $3.9. 2.22 Million Shares were traded in the last trading session with an Average Volume of 1.93 Million Shares. The stock currently has a Market Capitalization of 324.29 Million.

Pier 1 Imports, Inc. consists of a chain of retail stores operating under the names Pier 1 Imports and The Pier, selling a wide variety of furniture, decorative home furnishings, dining and kitchen goods, accessories and other specialty items for the home. Additionally, the company, through certain subsidiaries, operates stores in the United Kingdom under the name The Pier. The company supplies merchandise and licenses the Pier 1 name to Sears Mexico and Sears Puerto Rico.

The stock traded between $3.84 and $7.83 over 1-Year time period showing its price to sales ratio of

Right now, the stock has a 50-Day Simple Moving Average of $-12.82 and 200-Day Simple Moving Average of $-20.78. Its Price to Free Cash Flow is 11.58 and Price to Book of 1.16.

Analyst’s recommended the stock as 3.4 where 1 represents Strong Buy and 5 represents Sell.

In the last Quarter, Pier 1 Imports, Inc. (NYSE:PIR) reported its Actual EPS of $0.09/share. The analysts offering Earnings Estimates for the company were believing that Pier 1 Imports, Inc. could bring EPS of $0.11/share. The difference between Actual EPS and Estimated EPS was -0.02 Percent. Thus showing an Earnings Surprise of -18.2 Percent.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. (NYSE:DKS)

In the last trading session, Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. (NYSE:DKS) added its value by 2.66% closing at the price of $33.92. The stock currently has market capitalization of 3.55 Billion, with average volume of 3.8 Million shares.

Beta is also a factor of measure of the relative volatility of a particular stock to the market. Currently Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. (NYSE:DKS) is showing beta of 0.65. This particular value of beta suggests that Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. (NYSE:DKS) has historically moved 65% for every 100% move in the benchmark, based on price level.

EPS is another important factor while making the decision of buying, selling or holding of particular share. Currently EPS for Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. (NYSE:DKS) is at $2.71.

The stock currently has RSI of 67.34. RSI is considered overbought when above 70 and oversold when below 30, currently the given RSI for the stock suggests that the stock is average and it has not entered in overbought or oversold territory.

DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. is a leading omni-channel sporting goods retailer offering an extensive assortment of authentic, high-quality sports equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories. The Company serving and inspiring athletes and outdoor enthusiasts to achieve their personal best through a blend of dedicated associates, in-store services and unique specialty shop-in-shops dedicated to Team Sports, Athletic Apparel, Golf, Lodge/Outdoor, Fitness and Footwear. DICK’S also owns and operates Golf Galaxy and Field Stream specialty stores, as well as DICK’S Team Sports HQ, an all-in-one youth sports digital platform offering free league management services, mobile apps for scheduling, communications and live scorekeeping, custom uniforms and FanWear and access to donations and sponsorships. DICK’S offers its products through a content-rich eCommerce platform that is integrated with its store network and provides customers with the convenience and expertise of a 24-hour storefront.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. (NYSE:DKS) topped its 52-week high price of $54.03 on 01/26/17 and 52-Week Low Price of $23.88 on 11/01/17. The Stock currently has P/E (price to earnings ttm) of 12.5 and Weekly volatility of 3.41% and monthly volatility of 3.40% respectively.

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CHEF REMI GIVES A MASTERCLASS ON FLIPPING FOODS WITHOUT TEARING OR BREAKING

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 22, 2018 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Chef Remi have become well known in the kitchen accessories world, with their mix of innovative products alongside essential kitchenware.

A bestselling essential product in their range is the Chef Remi 2 Piece Kitchen Spatula Set.

They recently sent a survey to their customers about what problems they faced when trying to flip foods.  

“I can never flip omelets without them falling apart – so annoying.”

“Every time I flip food, it breaks up – I just don’t have that correct wrist action.”

“Anything thin, like a crepe, I can never judge it right. Sometimes I try to flip too early before the food has set. Other times I’ve burnt the bottom waiting too long!”

Chef Remi is 100% committed to designing genuine quality kitchen tools to support busy parents that take the time to cook for their family.

“We have created a step-by-step guide to flipping any food, without causing it to tear or break up.

·         Which spatula material helps you flip foods easily

·         When should you use a slotted spatula, and when to use a solid spatula

·         How you need to make sure you have this one aspect on your spatula which will allow you to flip foods cleanly and without mess.”

“We wanted to explain to our customers that, with the right set of spatulas, and a little bit of knowhow, any food can be flipped with ease!”

Chef Remi believes that families are the centerpiece of society, and communities are stronger when they sit down together, even if it’s over a quick, wholesome meal. “We believe that every child deserves a home cooked meal with a family who loves them.”

Media Contact:Rhett Lewis, Simply LBS Ltd, 3105987384, rel=”nofollow”rhett@simplylbs.com

News distributed by PR Newswire iReach: https://ireach.prnewswire.com

SOURCE Chef Remi

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CHEF REMI GIVES A MASTERCLASS ON FLIPPING FOODS WITHOUT TEARING OR BREAKING

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 22, 2018 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Chef Remi have become well known in the kitchen accessories world, with their mix of innovative products alongside essential kitchenware.

A bestselling essential product in their range is the Chef Remi 2 Piece Kitchen Spatula Set.

They recently sent a survey to their customers about what problems they faced when trying to flip foods.  

“I can never flip omelets without them falling apart – so annoying.”

“Every time I flip food, it breaks up – I just don’t have that correct wrist action.”

“Anything thin, like a crepe, I can never judge it right. Sometimes I try to flip too early before the food has set. Other times I’ve burnt the bottom waiting too long!”

Chef Remi is 100% committed to designing genuine quality kitchen tools to support busy parents that take the time to cook for their family.

“We have created a step-by-step guide to flipping any food, without causing it to tear or break up.

·         Which spatula material helps you flip foods easily

·         When should you use a slotted spatula, and when to use a solid spatula

·         How you need to make sure you have this one aspect on your spatula which will allow you to flip foods cleanly and without mess.”

“We wanted to explain to our customers that, with the right set of spatulas, and a little bit of knowhow, any food can be flipped with ease!”

Chef Remi believes that families are the centerpiece of society, and communities are stronger when they sit down together, even if it’s over a quick, wholesome meal. “We believe that every child deserves a home cooked meal with a family who loves them.”

Media Contact:Rhett Lewis, Simply LBS Ltd, 3105987384, rel=”nofollow”rhett@simplylbs.com

News distributed by PR Newswire iReach: https://ireach.prnewswire.com

SOURCE Chef Remi

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Two for the money – Sarasota Herald

This year’s Designer Showhouse project is two impressively styled houses for the price of one ticket

The 2018 Jewels on the Bay Designer Showhouse is actually two homes, both in Granada Park, both two stories, both constructed by Anchor Builders and both for sale. Within a short walk of one another, the touring public can see both coastal contemporary homes and confer with interior designers for the price of $25 at the door. The event opens to the public today and runs through Feb. 18.

Proceeds from the month-long Designer Showhouse project benefit the Boys Girls Clubs of Sarasota County. Chair of this 23rd Designer Showhouse is Robert Henry, who renovated a kitchen in one of the homes. Captain for both homes is Kristin Pantone, who did a modern powder room whose accents are navy and white.

Approximately 25 interior designers are participating in this year’s design project. The two homes are located within the gated Granada Park community at 1651 Bay Road in Sarasota. Granada Park is a collection of 15 two-story homes done in a coastal contemporary style. One of the showhouses is at 1757 McKenzie Lane and it is priced at $879,000. The other, larger home is at 1775 Stapleton Street and is on the market for $939,000. Both homes are owned by Deborah and Dan LaBriola, who vacation in Sarasota but live in Fairfax Station, Virginia.

If either or both homes sell during the month-long public house tour or within 60 days after, 2 percent of the sale price will go to the Boys Girls Clubs besides the ticket proceeds. The homes are offered through Peggy Mock and Mary Elizabeth Ameal of Michael Saunders Company.

“Blue is the color of this year’s rooms,” said designer Jeff Hart, veteran of 23 Designer Showhouse projects. “The darker the better. We are seeing dark blue ceilings, walls, upholstered furniture and accessories throughout our two homes. All the blue is balanced by white trim for a fresh and crisp look.

“This coastal contemporary design is the opposite of a cozy beach cottage look. This look is more streamlined and more sophisticated but still relaxed. Look for less accessorizing, more architecture,” he said. “And a lot of blue.”

Designer Terrance Leaser’s dreamy bedroom installation spotlights blue, and for lighting he’s chosen what looks like a large gossamer blue handkerchief floating down from the sky. He said it was a devil to install, but looks angelic. The room color he chose is Fanfare, a paler-than pale-powder blue. It’s a Benjamin Moore color like all the rest of the paint in the two houses.

The fixtures Leaser chose for the en-suite bathroom are brushed nickel. “It’s by far the most popular metal for homeowners in Florida,” he said. “The rest of the county may be having a fling with brass and gold tones, but not here. Brushed nickel is supreme. It stands up against our water and is easy to keep looking nice.”

As the public tours these rooms, they will encounter designers who can talk to them about space planning, paint colors and where to source furniture and accessories. Everything in the Showhouse is for sale through the designers and additionally there is a gift boutique organized by Cheri Pachter and Rick Randall in the garage of the house on Stapleton Street.

Since women are the deciders 90 percent of the time when a couple purchases a house, there are no man caves in these two houses. Instead, Tom Stanley has done a woman’s writing/reading room, showing how to integrate antiques such as a pair of vintage slipper chairs into a contemporary space.

Marla Oppenheim and Marsha Ritter have kitted out a luxurious lady’s library with a wall color called passion fruit. Kimberly Doucette did a woman-friendly upstairs corner home studio for relaxing and “me-time.” And Janet Fiallos and Cheryl Buchanan dressed out a large femme artist’s retreat on the second floor of one of the homes. It’s big enough for yoga, setting up an easel and creating a masterpiece or watching Masterpiece Theater with a bowl of Skinny Pop.

In her modern kitchen and laundry room, designer Carmen Christensen chose dark blue for the laundry room ceiling and a slightly lighter shade for the walls. The kitchen cabinets are worth noting and represent an advance in a low-maintenance material made of thermally fused nanotechnology. The man-made surface comes in a dozen colors and is durable, antimicrobial and easy to maintain.

Kitchen counters are quartz. “Almost all of my clients are choosing quartz over granite,” said Christensen, who specializes in kitchens. “Quartz is more durable and is the right choice for a contemporary design. And the range of color choices make the material appealing to homeowners. LED lighting systems for the kitchen are the most popular, from the concealed strip lighting under cabinets to the statement hanging fixtures. Lighting options have never been better and that’s obvious in every room of these two houses.”

Throughout both houses, the design team was challenged to repurpose, think “green” and avoid the cliches that come to mind when one thinks coastal — a shelf full of sea shells, beadboard walls, white wicker furniture.

In their petite dining room, interior designer Mary Millburn and aging-in-place specialist Ted Millburn took the challenge seriously. “We bought an old beat-up maple dining set from Habitat ReSale and totally changed the look and function,” said Mary. “We sanded, enlarged the tabletop, painted it white with low VOC paint. Then we redid the seat cushions and ended up with something brand new and lovely.”

Additionally, they coffered the ceiling in their room and installed textured dark blue wallpaper in the squares overhead. Homeowners could probably replicate what they’ve done and done so well.

Notice the Jack-and-Jill bathroom that Amanda Patella and Robin Miller created with open storage, three colors of hexagonal tiles on the floor and on the wall in the tub area. From the Plumbing Place they sourced an ingenious shower door for a shower/tub combination. It’s a clear-glass, bi-fold door that swings out of the way when you want to give kids a bath. It’s just what you want in a family bathroom.

In a stairwell and hall that might have been ignored, designer Kimberly Donaldson didn’t miss an opportunity to bring the outside in and botanically open up the space visually. She took black and white photos of plants at Selby Garden, framed them in matte black and mounted a gallery of 25 identically sized photographs that give you something artistic and lovely to see as you climb the stairs and walk down the hallway. The designer trick with this kind of display is to frame all the photos in the same color and material so that the arrangement has an intentionally unified look.

The new flooring being used by several designers in this Showhouse project is what’s being called luxury vinyl. Done in a driftwood pattern to support the coastal theme of the decor, it is being championed by design professionals as soft under foot, good looking, durable and easy to maintain. So, when you’re touring the Designer Showhouse project, be sure to look down and ask the designers about the properties of this plank flooring option, its cost and if it might be a solution for where you dwell.

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Two for the money – Sarasota Herald

This year’s Designer Showhouse project is two impressively styled houses for the price of one ticket

The 2018 Jewels on the Bay Designer Showhouse is actually two homes, both in Granada Park, both two stories, both constructed by Anchor Builders and both for sale. Within a short walk of one another, the touring public can see both coastal contemporary homes and confer with interior designers for the price of $25 at the door. The event opens to the public today and runs through Feb. 18.

Proceeds from the month-long Designer Showhouse project benefit the Boys Girls Clubs of Sarasota County. Chair of this 23rd Designer Showhouse is Robert Henry, who renovated a kitchen in one of the homes. Captain for both homes is Kristin Pantone, who did a modern powder room whose accents are navy and white.

Approximately 25 interior designers are participating in this year’s design project. The two homes are located within the gated Granada Park community at 1651 Bay Road in Sarasota. Granada Park is a collection of 15 two-story homes done in a coastal contemporary style. One of the showhouses is at 1757 McKenzie Lane and it is priced at $879,000. The other, larger home is at 1775 Stapleton Street and is on the market for $939,000. Both homes are owned by Deborah and Dan LaBriola, who vacation in Sarasota but live in Fairfax Station, Virginia.

If either or both homes sell during the month-long public house tour or within 60 days after, 2 percent of the sale price will go to the Boys Girls Clubs besides the ticket proceeds. The homes are offered through Peggy Mock and Mary Elizabeth Ameal of Michael Saunders Company.

“Blue is the color of this year’s rooms,” said designer Jeff Hart, veteran of 23 Designer Showhouse projects. “The darker the better. We are seeing dark blue ceilings, walls, upholstered furniture and accessories throughout our two homes. All the blue is balanced by white trim for a fresh and crisp look.

“This coastal contemporary design is the opposite of a cozy beach cottage look. This look is more streamlined and more sophisticated but still relaxed. Look for less accessorizing, more architecture,” he said. “And a lot of blue.”

Designer Terrance Leaser’s dreamy bedroom installation spotlights blue, and for lighting he’s chosen what looks like a large gossamer blue handkerchief floating down from the sky. He said it was a devil to install, but looks angelic. The room color he chose is Fanfare, a paler-than pale-powder blue. It’s a Benjamin Moore color like all the rest of the paint in the two houses.

The fixtures Leaser chose for the en-suite bathroom are brushed nickel. “It’s by far the most popular metal for homeowners in Florida,” he said. “The rest of the county may be having a fling with brass and gold tones, but not here. Brushed nickel is supreme. It stands up against our water and is easy to keep looking nice.”

As the public tours these rooms, they will encounter designers who can talk to them about space planning, paint colors and where to source furniture and accessories. Everything in the Showhouse is for sale through the designers and additionally there is a gift boutique organized by Cheri Pachter and Rick Randall in the garage of the house on Stapleton Street.

Since women are the deciders 90 percent of the time when a couple purchases a house, there are no man caves in these two houses. Instead, Tom Stanley has done a woman’s writing/reading room, showing how to integrate antiques such as a pair of vintage slipper chairs into a contemporary space.

Marla Oppenheim and Marsha Ritter have kitted out a luxurious lady’s library with a wall color called passion fruit. Kimberly Doucette did a woman-friendly upstairs corner home studio for relaxing and “me-time.” And Janet Fiallos and Cheryl Buchanan dressed out a large femme artist’s retreat on the second floor of one of the homes. It’s big enough for yoga, setting up an easel and creating a masterpiece or watching Masterpiece Theater with a bowl of Skinny Pop.

In her modern kitchen and laundry room, designer Carmen Christensen chose dark blue for the laundry room ceiling and a slightly lighter shade for the walls. The kitchen cabinets are worth noting and represent an advance in a low-maintenance material made of thermally fused nanotechnology. The man-made surface comes in a dozen colors and is durable, antimicrobial and easy to maintain.

Kitchen counters are quartz. “Almost all of my clients are choosing quartz over granite,” said Christensen, who specializes in kitchens. “Quartz is more durable and is the right choice for a contemporary design. And the range of color choices make the material appealing to homeowners. LED lighting systems for the kitchen are the most popular, from the concealed strip lighting under cabinets to the statement hanging fixtures. Lighting options have never been better and that’s obvious in every room of these two houses.”

Throughout both houses, the design team was challenged to repurpose, think “green” and avoid the cliches that come to mind when one thinks coastal — a shelf full of sea shells, beadboard walls, white wicker furniture.

In their petite dining room, interior designer Mary Millburn and aging-in-place specialist Ted Millburn took the challenge seriously. “We bought an old beat-up maple dining set from Habitat ReSale and totally changed the look and function,” said Mary. “We sanded, enlarged the tabletop, painted it white with low VOC paint. Then we redid the seat cushions and ended up with something brand new and lovely.”

Additionally, they coffered the ceiling in their room and installed textured dark blue wallpaper in the squares overhead. Homeowners could probably replicate what they’ve done and done so well.

Notice the Jack-and-Jill bathroom that Amanda Patella and Robin Miller created with open storage, three colors of hexagonal tiles on the floor and on the wall in the tub area. From the Plumbing Place they sourced an ingenious shower door for a shower/tub combination. It’s a clear-glass, bi-fold door that swings out of the way when you want to give kids a bath. It’s just what you want in a family bathroom.

In a stairwell and hall that might have been ignored, designer Kimberly Donaldson didn’t miss an opportunity to bring the outside in and botanically open up the space visually. She took black and white photos of plants at Selby Garden, framed them in matte black and mounted a gallery of 25 identically sized photographs that give you something artistic and lovely to see as you climb the stairs and walk down the hallway. The designer trick with this kind of display is to frame all the photos in the same color and material so that the arrangement has an intentionally unified look.

The new flooring being used by several designers in this Showhouse project is what’s being called luxury vinyl. Done in a driftwood pattern to support the coastal theme of the decor, it is being championed by design professionals as soft under foot, good looking, durable and easy to maintain. So, when you’re touring the Designer Showhouse project, be sure to look down and ask the designers about the properties of this plank flooring option, its cost and if it might be a solution for where you dwell.

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Designer Pamela Byer creates stunning Stouffville kitchen

Many don’t realize the importance of accessories, and Byer gave careful thought to each individual piece. They needed to fit the colour story, have some flair and be large enough for the room. “Accessories jazz up your space a bit and prevent it from being too cold or one-dimensional,” she says.

All of the Miele appliances are stainless steel, per the homeowners’ request. The range hood was custom made, as a favour by a friend, and Byer added a sleek coffee bar.

Particularly fun for Byer was redesigning the butler’s pantry, which let her be creative in a small space. Originally traditional with espresso-coloured wood and a dark countertop, the space felt off-putting and cavernous. Byer revamped it entirely, installing floating shelves that keep the nook open and airy. The wall tile resembles concrete, but is actually affordable porcelain. The ceiling light’s stainless steel drum shade complements the dramatic chandelier in the adjacent dining room. 

People worry too much about perfection, which isn’t realistic when renovating, Byer observes. With any custom kitchen, “little things will arise,” she says, but notes, “Hey, it adds a bit of spice and excitement.”

The homeowners had lived in the house for a few years before tackling the kitchen reno, and that’s always a wise course of action. “It’s a pretty big undertaking,” Byer says. “Years ago, when we started purchasing furniture for the home, it was all with a mind to having a kitchen that would one day look similar to this. It was sort of the grand plan.”

The renovation took about three months, which is typical for a project of that size. The homeowners, a family with two daughters and a dog, are very happy with the results. “They’re just such a fun couple,” Byer says. “They have a big family and they love to entertain. It really reflects them now. ”

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