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Front Door Fabrics

The girls at ~ Front Door Fabrics ~ are not only making a difference in our homes here in Charlotte by assisting us in selecting fabrics, furniture and accessories for our interior projects, but they’re also making a difference in the lives of women less fortunate. The girls at Front Door Fabrics have adopted a mission to support ~ Sisters in Service ~ with a vocational women’s center in Mali, Africa. The center provides 9 months of training to abused and abandoned women and provides their graduates with a sewing machine of their own to start a business to support their children and provide hope for a better future.
While I gush over imported fabrics on a daily basis, I often forget to look beyond the beautiful colors to the worlds where they are produced. It is heart warming to meet girls in your own community that are sharing their own success in these war-torn countries to make a difference. Front Door has won my business in the past with their well-edited selection of fabrics and the largest selection of pillow forms I’ve ever seen, but they have now assured me, without a doubt, they are my favorite MATERIAL GIRLS!
I know many of you don’t live here and can’t reap the benefits of having Front Door Fabrics in your own neighborhood, but you can visit ~ Sisters in Service ~ and learn more about how to get involved and how the proceeds from the books sold on Sisters in Service will help bring new life to abused and exploited girls.
Want to meet my material girls?
Mark your calendar for
Girls’ Night Out on February 17th from 6-8pm!
      An event for just us girls in their shop!

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Luxe Home Couture
  
               follow cupid’s arrow from store to store & find all of the
                                            things you love to love!

 
                                               please join us for a
                                                    CUPID CRAWL
                   and take advantage of our valentine’s specials!
 
 
                              friday february 11th from 10am – 5:30pm
                              saturday february 12th from 11am – 4pm 
                            monday february 14th from 10am – 5:30pm
 
 
                             cupid’s arrow will hit the following stores…
 
                   abode . interiors marketplace. ladonna antiques & interiors .
                      luxe home couture . post & gray . jenko’s . cinch . isabella .
                                     acquisitions . lucy & co . mrs. howard
  
                                              follow cupid’s arrow!
 
post & gray
2139 south tryon st 28203
704.332.2252
various discounts
$150 gift card giveaway

ladonna antiques & interiors
2216 hawkins st 28203
704.375.0082
20% off entire purchase

abode
201 w worthington ave 28203
704.332.3731
20% off entire purchase

luxe home couture
227 east blvd 28203
704.370.2644
20% off entire purchase
$250 luxe bucks drawing
refreshments . wine . chocolates

lucy and company
1009 east blvd 28203
704.342.6655
20% off new project of $2500+
*if booked feb. 11-14

mrs. howard
1001 e. morehead st 28204
704.376.8900
20% off entire purchase

interiors marketplace
923 providence rd 28207
704.377.6226
various discounts
$150 gift card giveaway

jenko’s
102 middleton dr #b 28207 
704.375.1779
20% off, up to 50% off select items
refreshments

cinch
715 providence rd 28207
704.333.0094
20% off regular-priced merchandise
$100 gift card drawing
refreshments & treats

acquisitions
715 providence rd 28207
704.334.2478
20% off accessories, lamps & mirrors
refreshments & hors d’oeuvres

isabella
715 providence rd 28207
704.377.4919
20% off all candles, diffusers, soaps & sleepwear
 

see you there!

When it comes to shopping for energy efficient windows and doors, most Charlotte homeowners don’t know their “U-Factors” from their elbows. But there are important industry terms that homeowners need to understand in order to select the right products for their needs, according to the experts at JELD-WEN Windows & Doors and The Design Center.

Window and door efficiency is measured in a number of ways, so it’s important to base choices on industry certifications, not a manufacturer’s advertising claims. The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) conducts tests for energy efficiency based on the entire product, not just the glass.

 Efficiency ratings are based on these important factors:

 U-Factor:  This is the amount of heat flowing through a product. The lower the number, the more energy efficient the product is.

  • Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC):  This indicates the ability to block heat generated by sunlight. The greater the blockage, the lower the SHGC.
  • Visible Light Transmission:  This is the percentage of sunlight that penetrates a window or door. A higher number means more light enters through the glass.
  • Low-E Glass:  Low-E, or low emissivity, refers to a transparent metallic coating applied to one surface of insulated glass. In the winter, Low-E reflects some of the interior heat back into the home. During warm weather, Low-E glass reduces the amount of the sun’s heat from entering the home, lowering cooling needs. Manufacturers have improved the energy-saving qualities of Low-E glass, with products such as LoĒ3-366, which offers greater protection from solar heat gain.

The easiest way to identify the most energy efficient products on the market is to look for the ENERGY STAR label on products qualified by the Environmental Protection Agency.

In order to be ENERGY STAR qualified, a company must be NFRC certified. NFRC certification is conducted by a third-party organization that uses industry accepted standards for evaluating and certifying energy performance. 

When it comes to windows and doors, the ENERGY STAR program also takes into account those products most suitable for particular regions and climates. Look for windows and doors with the label that shows they meet ENERGY STAR qualifications suitable for your region. 

Energy Efficient window are currently available through The Design Center, a completely new retail concept in the Ballantyne Area outside of Charlotte offering JELD-WEN windows, doors, garage doors as well as professional installation services all in one showroom.

The Design Center is located in the Ballantyne area at 9484 Old Bailes Road, Fort Mill, SC, 29707. The phone number is 800-276-0411.

Until the turbulent US economy stops spiraling and starts rebounding, every dollar counts. When it comes to putting your money where your home is, I want to share some ideal ways to get started recouping the most on your investments – both today and in the future.
house-as-system
Your home is a system that’s really just as good as the sum of its parts. Not unlike an auto made up of interacting components, a house also needs to be in sync and tuned up for efficiency. Potential areas of concern comprise costly energy bills, uneven temperatures from room-to-room, drafts, moisture, mold, mildew, poor indoor air quality, ice dams, pest infestations, seemingly uncontrollable humidity levels, and even premature deterioration of building materials. These can all result from a breakdown in the relationship between the house systems: the actual building, heating and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment, and you, the occupant.
The process-of-elimination approach may wear on your nerves as you try solution after solution, investing more time, money and energy – with undue stress, without resolution.

Properly diagnosing and fixing the root cause requires a house-as-a-system approach based on building science. This is where it pays to call in a certified professional and/or accredited contracting company; these pros are trained to conduct comprehensive, whole-home assessments to find the real problems, then prescribe and prioritize improvements that make the system as a whole function at its best, turning your home into a finely tuned machine. For improved efficiency, an energy assessment is a must to spot a home’s deficiencies.
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Getting More for your Money
Most home-performance retrofit projects will pay for themselves over time in reduced energy consumption and lower utility bills. But, remember, to accelerate that return on investment there are numerous incentive programs, including many funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

  • ENERGY STAR is a national flagship initiative from the Department of Energy (DOE) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which offers a comprehensive, whole-house approach to improving energy efficiency and comfort at home while helping to protect the environment. BPI is deeply involved in the ongoing development and deployment of this key program.
  • Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives and policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency. Established in 1995, DSIRE is an ongoing project of the NC Solar Center and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Again, there are some requirements for the work to be performed by BPI-credentialed professionals.
  • The Weatherization Assistance Programs enables low-income families to permanently reduce energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient. During the last 32 years, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Weatherization Assistance Program has provided services to more than 6.2 million low-income families. Many weatherization assistance programs use the services of BPI certified professionals. Check to find out if you qualify.

Armed with this newfound knowledge, make it worth your while – and dollars – to do some investigating to make your home truly high performance in all areas.

For more information contact Advanced Renovations at 704-799-3999 or visit their website at www.advancedrenovations.com.  Advanced Renovations is located at 3914 Miriam Drive, Charlotte, NC 28205.

Writing collaborated by Duane Johns (Advanced Renovations, Inc.) and Ginger Sprinkle @ nine dots branding & marketing company @ 704.998.8797

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