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How to hang a picture straight and securely every time:
Before you begin: Position your picture on the wall so that its center rests at eye level. If it’s hanging in a room where people are typically seated, lower the picture accordingly.
Hammer a 1.5-inch finishing nail through the center of a yardstick, making sure that it pokes out the back end and that the head of the nail isn’t completely flush with the yardstick.
One of our custom kitchen and bathroom designers, Sherry Gossett was featured in a few Newsday and Jewish Post articles for her clever tips on Kosher Kitchens.
If you are thinking of renovating or designing a kosher kitchen, here are some ideas that she has found helpful:
- Enlarging the kitchen can be an advantage, but it is not necessary. In a large space, you can designate an island or actually split the kitchen in half. In a smaller space, soffits can be eliminated so that the cabinets can be installed up to the ceiling and additional drawers can be added under the sink.
-When planning your kosher kitchen, new appliances have special features that can be beneficial. Some ovens have a Sabbath setting for warming food. This will not alter the change in temperature or the light when the door is open. Other helpful appliances include a double drawer dishwasher and French door refrigerators.Read more ›
CHEF LANCE – PERSONAL CHEF APPEARANCE
2:00pm SATURDAY & SUNDAY
CHEF LANCE KINDBERG- PERSONAL CHEF AND OWNER:
Lance Kindberg is a professional Personal Chef living and working here on Long Island. Following in his Father’s footsteps in the kitchen, Lance didn’t truly uncover his joy of cooking until he started raising his family. Cooking the family meals made him realize just how easy cooking can be and how much a good meal is important to a good family life.
Self-taught as a chef, with a 30 year career in Restaurant hospitality, this opportunity to be a Chef in the community was the next natural step in his creative heart.
As a Personal Chef, Lance offers the following unique food expressions for you to use in your home:Read more ›
Our Vice President of Operations, Doug Cornwell, is celebrating his 20th year with Alure Home Improvements and has helped clients through many winter freezes. Doug offers the following thoughts on how you can best prepare your home for the frigid temperatures.
We have another night, or more, of single digit temperatures ahead of us. Most houses are not prepared for such drastic changes in temperature and accordingly are affected by the deep freeze. Night time presents the most problems. Temperatures are at their lowest, our activity is at its lowest and the combination of the two, could cause some difficult situations. Here are a few things you can do to get through the coldest of nights.
2. Many of the pipes in the basement, if you have one, are in rooms that are not heated. If the rest of the basement is heated, leave any access doors open to allow those rooms to get warm as well. If the basement is not heated and you have access to a portable heater, put one in that area.Read more ›
Due to the inclement weather we will be closing our offices at 2:00pm on Thursday January 2nd. If you have an appointment with us for today, a member of our team will be in touch with you if the appointment needs to be changed. We will monitor our phones through our answering service in the event you need to contact us.
Blizzard like conditions are expected in the Tri-State area later this afternoon and the Governor has expressed the possibility for road closings on Long Island. Please listen to all warnings issued by news services and government officials and act appropriately. Be safe all!
Alure’s Design & Planning Show is right around the corner, January 18-20, 2014 from 11am to 4pm each day at our showroom- 1999 Hempstead Turnpike in East Meadow. Considering a project to remodel your home? Interested in the latest trends in the home improvement industry? If so, the Alure Design and Planning Show is the place to be! The show offers plenty of excitement for the entire family!
Some things you can expect from this years event!
We will be providing a complimentary 15 minute Design Imaging Session! See your home transformed right before your eyes with our design imaging software with our free 15-minute sessions all weekend long (limit one per household). See details below.
- Over 15 FREE Educational Seminars
- NEW Seminars: Green Cleaning & The Digital Age of Relationships
- NEW Expert Panel On Preparing For a Major Remodel
- Kid’s Activities- Spin Art, Balloon Animals, Games & Karaoke!
- Raffles, Prizes & Promotions For All Attendees
- Prizes Include: iPad, BBQ Grill, Hot New Products, Tickets & More!
Alure Kitchen & Bath Designer Sherry Gossett was awarded the Silver Winner of Residential Kitchens at the 2013 NARI Contractor of the Year Awards held by the NYC/LI Chapter of the National Association of Remodelers (NARI). The winning project was for a kitchen remodel that would be functional, spacious and beautiful. The design was based on Sherry’s clients cooking needs, desire to gather around the table, enjoying a view of the backyard and watching television. The scope of work included gutting the kitchen, all new electric, plumbing, lighting, sheetrock, supply and install cabinetry, tile, countertops, new windows, doors, a skylight and installation of new appliances.
Responding to challenges and finding creative solutions is what sold the job. Creating three separate, functional spaces allowed for practicality and flow. Relocating gas and water lines enabled a very comfortable and ideal work triangle. Cooking becomes the main focus as well as being a focal point with the stove in the corner of the room. There is also a 60” big screen television, enabling some family entertainment and allowed for added cabinetry for storage in the same area.
The kitchen was finished with stunning eggshell glazed linen cabinets, porcelain and glass tiles and a magnificent granite countertop. New windows, doors and a skylight were installed to open up the kitchen with a great view of the back yard. The family is currently enjoying their new kitchen as it is their new favorite room in the house.
Click here to see photos from the Evening of Excellence.
It was a bittersweet night at the sold out, 10th annual Long Island Fight For Charity held at the Huntington Hilton in Melville, Long Island. Sal “The Hammer” Ferro of Alure Home Improvements, took on Kevin “Spider” Kelly of BigBuzz Marketing in the night’s main event. Ferro, a first time participant, and Kelly, a return boxer, committed to this event and effort to raise money for several great charity organizations which the Long Island Fight For Charity supports.
For those not familiar with the event, this is no joke. Participants must train for months with a professional boxer, meet weight requirements, pass sparring tests, get a fight card signed off by a doctor, and pass a physical to compete in an officially sanctioned boxing match. The only difference from an actual prize fight is this is not for a belt, but for charity.
Both Ferro and Kelly are no strangers to supporting their local community, as each are involved with numerous other charitable endeavors. Kelly is very involved with Michael J Fox Parkinson’s Foundation, Sanyuka Hole in the Wall Camp in Kampala Africa, Moms Who Kick and Rock Can Roll among many others. Ferro, is on the board and a supporter of The Interfaith Nutrition Network, Find A Cure Today, Farmingdale College Foundation, The Clark Gillies Foundation, Joining Everyone to Share, as well as many others.
The sweet part, was that after months of training in the gym, and working with professional boxer, Robert Vanacore of East Northport’s Fitness Through Boxing, Ferro won his fight by TKO. Rumor has it The Hammer has had some “non-sanctioned” fights back in his day, regardless he took this commitment seriously. In preparation for this event Sal spent 3 days a week in the gym for the past 3 months, altered his diet, andadded other cardio work on his off gym days.
However, the result of the fight itself was more bitter than sweet. If you know Sal Ferro, then you know he has a heart of gold and would never, especially in a charity event, want to see anyone hurt, let alone a class act like Kevin Kelly.Read more ›
Alure Home Improvements wants to know, “who has inspired you?” Who has stepped up and fought for a cause, a person, or a movement greater than themselves and helped build awareness and support for those in need? If you know someone or were inspired by an amazing person who has been committed to supporting the community, and teaming up with many charities over the years – we want to hear from you.
We’d like to recognize and support however we can. One of the ways, is to invite them to become our special guest during the Long Island Fight for Charity on Monday, November 25, 2013, being held at the Hilton Long Island.
This year, the CEO of Alure Home Improvements, Sal Ferro, has teamed up with the Long Island Fight for Charity to battle it out in the ring. This great event will raise money for The Genesis School, Long Island Community Chest, and the National Foundation for Human Potential.
As Sal “The Hammer” Ferro has decided to step up for this charity and into the ring, we want to recognize others who have stood up for their community, or fought for someone else in a time of need. We have two pairs of VIP tickets to the Long Island Fight for Charity event donated by our good friends at The Pulse Network valued at $195 each, and want YOU to nominate someone who would be deserving of them. Let us know why your nominee should be our special Long Island Fight for Charity guest, and how they have stood up and “fought for their community.”
Whether it’s to take a bubble bath or hot shower, your bathroom should be a place to relax and help release daily stress. However, when your bathroom starts to lose its luster, it no longer offers you the stress-relieving, therapeutic atmosphere you once experienced. Because our bathrooms are so vital in preparing us for the day or helping us unwind, we should keep them looking fresh and updated as our tastes change. How many times have you remodeled your living and family rooms since you last updated your bathroom?
Luckily, we can take back the bathroom and create our own oasis without spending thousands on a complete remodel. You may not believe it, but a fresh coat of paint can breathe life into your bathroom. Painting a bathroom to make it look new – while keeping it elegant – can be a challenge depending on the options available to you. So, let’s discuss how to use different types of paint to bring tranquility to your bathroom.Read more ›