CHI’s Summer Entertaining Essentials

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This week’s blog focuses on summer gatherings.  As the weather warms up, we take the entertaining outside.  Here a few of our favorite things for partying on the patio!

• Find a comfy seat!  Fatboy’s “Buggle Up” outdoor bean bag chair is rain, stain and UV resistant and perfect for lounging in the backyard!  Available in a multitude of colours to suit everyone’s taste!

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• Think versatility! Outdoor Chinese stools (from Wisteria) on the patio are great for extra seating and table space.  When the weather turns cold, they work well as accent tables in a bedroom or living room.

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• Multi-purpose crate! This model (from Wisteria) features compartments that are great for glasses, cutlery, condiments and bottles. Garden chic and practical!

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• Tasty drinks!  Make sure you have all ingredients on hand to whip up a signature drink for your summer parties.  Check out this yummy recipe, a spin on the traditional pina colada, from the LCBO’s Food & Drink mag.  The “Banana Colada” is sure to get your taste buds watering!

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1 oz spiced rum
½ oz banana liqueur
1 banana, chopped
3 oz pineapple juice
¼ cup Piña Colada mix

1. To a blender, add 1 cup ice, 1 oz spiced rum, ½ oz banana liqueur, 1 banana, chopped, 3 oz pineapple juice and ¼ cup Piña Colada mix.
2. Blend thoroughly and pour into a tall glass.
3. Serve with a long straw.

•Easy appetizers!  Food that can be eaten with one hand; kabobs, shrimp skewers and bite size appetizers are great.  After all, you will have a “Banana Colada” in the other hand!

The key to a successful summer party is a laid back atmosphere, great music, tasty food and drinks and good friends!

What are you looking most forward to at your warm weather gatherings?
Tweet @CHIOttawa to share your favourite summer entertaining essential!

By Kiersten Lowden

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Custom Home Interiors Offers a Truly Custom Co-Op Placement Experience

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Every year CHI welcomes an Algonquin College 2nd year Interior Decorating student to learn the inner workings of the company.  This year, Sarah Whetter joined the team for her co-op placement.  See what she had to say about the experience!

Image and video hosting by TinyPicCustom Home Interiors 2011 Co-Op Student Sarah Whetter

Right from the beginning I knew my experience at Custom Home Interiors as a co-op student was going to be a unique and enriching one. After assisting with a seminar set up at their main showroom located on Thurston Drive early last year, I decided that I needed to learn more about CHI.  The products and services that they offer was unlike anything I had seen in the Ottawa area previously!

Through a little serendipity, I was invited to their grand re-opening gala after visiting their incredible booth at the Home and Design Show last fall. Again, I was blown away with their level of care and commitment to their clients, other industry members and the unique line of products and services that they offer. I applied to their co-op position a few weeks later and began my placement in early March.  From day one have not stopped being amazing by the level of commitment  and passion from every member of the team at CHI.

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CHI Grand Re-Opening Fall 2010

At the beginning of my placement I was asked to write about what I wished to learn during my time at CHI, I found this has meant that I am getting a tailor made placement experience.  This is very typical for CHI as they are all about the clients’ wants and needs. Ensuring I get the best experience possible seems to be a priority for all employees, which not only helps me learn how the business works quite quickly, but also makes me feel very cared about and valued as a student just stepping into the design world.

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One thing that continues to impress me is Custom Home Interior’s willingness to continually seek out new and better products and services so that they can always offer their clientele the latest and greatest at the best value. They will also take on projects of any size, no matter how big or small. It could be a powder room make-over or the outfitting of an entire retirement complex.

Sarah Whetter
2nd year Algonquin College Student – Interior Decorating Program

Custom Home Interiors strongly supports the Algonquin Interior Decorating Program.  Director of Sales & Marketing Andrew Emmans currently sits on their advisory committee.  Many of CHI’s empolyees have graduated from this program.

It has been a pleasure having Sarah as a honourary member of the CHI family.  Her positive attitude, enthusiasm and hunger for learning has been contagious.

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