Happy Labor Day!

Labor Day is annually held on the first Monday of September. It was originally organized to celebrate various labor associations’ strengths of and contributions to the United States economy.  Many people mark Labor Day as the end of the summer season and a last chance to make trips or hold outdoor events.

Did you know that traditionally people did not wear white clothes, particularly shoes, after Labor Day.  However, this custom is slowly dying out. More and more people now wear white all year round, rather than just in the summer. Similarly, it is custom to wear a straw cowboy hat from Memorial Day until Labor Day, then a felt one until Memorial Day comes around again.  Who knew?


What is Americana Style?

If you like to tweak your home décor on a regular basis, then odds are you’ll be taking advantage of the long Labor Day weekend to get ready for autumn. You can do this by introducing some Americana style elements to your home. Americana style tends to use the red, white and blue colors of the American flag as well as classic American farmhouse and colonial furniture. The following are some ways to add Americana style elements:

The Flag – There’s nothing more American than the American Flag. Hang one up on one of your walls, and be sure to light it well from above using recessed lights. Additional table lamps (as seen below) and pendant lighting can help bring out the details. Upholstery – Place a few white and blue pillows of different patterns on your red couch. Quilt – For an inviting Americana feel, hang an antique quilt with worn red, white and blue colors above your couch.

What could be more Americana than a tiffany lamp?  This piece pays homage to this timeless style collection which features a handcrafted, genuine art glass shade created in rich jewel tones.  Be sure to check out this lamp as well as Quoizel’s other Americana style decorative lighting.


On the Road with Howard!

Howard’s travels took him South last week visiting The Big Easy!  Also, known as New Orleans

Visiting the elegant showroom of Fischer- Gambino of New Orleans was a must, and it should be a must for everyone.

This colorful showroom reflects the unique architectural style of New Orleans and its multicultural heritage.

With two locations in the New Orleans area, Fischer-Gambino has responded to their customer’s requests by recently selling various items on-line.  Opened since 1972 this family-owned business continues their tradition of offering high-quality merchandise and service to its customers.  Whether you are a local or overseas customer, they will have your merchandise shipped anywhere in the world.  Stop by to see this unique showroom for yourself.


Bryan — Busy as a Bee at Billows!

Quoizel’s Bryan Ehrlich has been busy as a bee at Billows Electric Supply updating displays in their beautiful Berlin, NJ showroom.

When Simon and Lillian Billow first opened the doors at Billows Electric Supply in 1950, little did they realize what they had begun. They set out simply with one goal… “Satisfy the Customer.” And Billows has been doing that for more than half a century.

Today, Billows Electric Supply is 200 employees strong with 18 locations servicing the full spectrum of residential & commercial electrical needs, switchgear and lighting.