Home For The Holidays?

For many of us, "home for the holidays" has a different meaning this year. For me, it means I will be cooking a Christmas feast for 2 rather than 10+ people. I will be channeling my inner Kevin McCallister and staying home.

What that means is that I will continue staring at my home and pondering what changes are feasible in a matter of a few days.

At the start of this pandemic, everyone who migrated to working from home kept talking about how all they could do was sit there are look at all the things around the house that needed to get done. Now, no one dares say it but we are still here thinking about the holes in the living room walls that need to be filled and painted over, the dated lighting fixture in the bathroom that needs to be replaced, and the half-finished backsplash behind the stove.

What better time to start those projects than now? We won't judge if the backslash has been left unfinished for the past few years. If you dare to leap, let a trained specialist at one of our locations guide you all the way. We aspire to make the home renovation process as smooth as possible for our clients so you don't have to stress.
Hole In The Wall?
Bellmont

Since they have been making cabinetry for over 30 years, Bellmont Cabinet Co. knows their stuff.

Whether it is an unsightly bare wall or a laundry room with absolutely no storage space, a color within one of Bellmont's 4 lines is sure to pique your interest. Their collections run the gambit of modern to farmhouse to traditional and our clients love that. They have endless permutations of door style, material, and color combined with a lifetime warranty on all of their cabinet products. Not to mention, there is added space in Bellmont cabinets as they are frameless.

If you are needing new cabinets for your home, but are worried about the environmental impact of cabinet production, Bellmont should be your go to. Though it is hard to believe, they are eco-friendly. What does this mean in terms of cabinets? As a certified member of the Environmental Stewardship Program, they have shown their dedication to conservation. Being a member of this program signifies their compliance with air quality, emissions, sustainable material usage, energy-efficient cabinet manufacturing, and waste & recycling management.
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Ready for Something New?
Sonneman - A Way of Light

We are loving this fixture from Sonneman. A series of linear tubes can make up any linear pattern or a single path. Each tube is surface-mounted to a cylinder bracket allowing it to rotate independently of the rest of the fixture illuminating 360 degrees. Aside from their obvious use in a bathroom to frame a mirror, these lights are perfect for any space.

Furthermore, these fixtures are not limited to one wall. If you want a singular fixture to migrate from wall to ceiling or vice versa, Sonneman can provide you with corner connectors allowing you to have a continuous directable linear illumination throughout the room of your choosing. If you are still confused how these pieces can be combined to create a unique fixture, click here.

If linear is not the look for you, Sonneman certainly has something to offer you. Their catalog of products is robust with new and improved classics as well as boundary pushing innovative fixtures.
Subpar Backsplash?
Oceanside Glass + Tile

We all have a friend (or maybe you're the friend) who either doesn't have a backsplash installed behind their oven, maybe it is halfway done, maybe it is done, but done poorly. Either way, you deserve to have a better backsplash.

Here is the wonderful thing about a backsplash, it is very little coverage. What does that mean for the homeowner. That means not only is it not very expensive in the grand scheme of house renovations, but it also means that you can invest in a slightly nicer tile that you might for a full bathroom. The best part: because it is such a small area, you can do something really fun if you so desire.

Our latest and greatest: Oceanside Glass & Tile. These guys know their tile and are making glass cool again. You say "glass went out of style years ago"? These guys decided they would be better than anything that has ever been seen on the market. Quite honestly, they've done just that. They have found their niche in the high-end glass tile market and we are excited to have just brought them on as one of our product lines.
Purchase one qualifying option and receive a free product to save yourself up to $4036 MSRP.

Eligible options and other important information for this offer can be found in the linked PDF.

Your products must be purchased before December 31, 2020 and must be delivered by March 31, 2020.
RECIPE OF THE MONTH:

Roasted Chicken with New Potatoes and Asparagus
Recipe from Subzero-Wolf
Serving four people, this meal is easy to bring together. By using a method called "spatchcocking", as well as not needing to preheat the oven, you can put a great dinner on the table in about an hour.

Makes 1 3-4lb chicken
Ingredients

For the chicken:
1 whole chicken (3 1/2 to 4 pounds)
1 small bunch fresh thyme sprigs
1 tablespoon olive oil
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper

For the potatoes:
1 1/2 pounds small Yukon gold potatoes
1 tablespoon of fresh thyme, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper

For the asparagus:
1 pound asparagus spears, ends trimmed


Preparation method:
First, spatchcock the chicken. This is a simple and effective way of roasting a chicken in less time than a whole chicken traditionally takes. To prepare the chicken, place it on a cutting board breast side down with the thighs toward you. Beginning at the thigh end, use a pair of kitchen shears and cut along one side of the backbone. Turn the chicken around, so the thighs are away from you and cut along the other side of the backbone. The backbone can be discarded or saved for making stock. Flip the chicken over and spread it out. Press firmly in the middle of the breastbone to flatten.

Arrange the thyme sprigs around the center of a medium sized roasting or jelly roll pan. Place the spatchcocked chicken on top of the thyme sprigs (breast facing up). Brush the skin of the chicken with olive oil. Generously season the chicken with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Set the pan aside.

Wash and dry the potatoes and then quarter them with a small pairing knife. Place the quartered potatoes in a medium sized work bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and toss to combine. Pour the potatoes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (this will ease clean up and keep the potatoes from sticking to the pan.

Without preheating, place the chicken and potatoes in the oven. Select convection mode and set the temperature to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Set a timer for one hour. After one hour, remove the chicken and potatoes from the oven and place the pans on a heatproof surface. Use a thermometer to make sure the chicken is cooked thoroughly. Tent the chicken and potatoes with foil to allow to rest.

Prepare the asparagus by steaming. Steam the asparagus until the desired doneness is achieved. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Cut the chicken into quarters and serve alongside the potatoes and asparagus.

"I know the look of an apple that is roasting and sizzling on the hearth on a winter's evening, and I know the comfort that comes of eating it hot, along with some sugar and a drench of cream... I know how the nuts taken in conjunction with winter apples, cider, and doughnuts, make old people's tales and old jokes sound fresh and crisp and enchanting." - Mark Twain

-Earth Elements® Team-
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