e-connection Winter 2011
1.  Color Your Home
2.  Design with Beth
3.  Harden Cooks
4.  Harden 2010 Annual SFI Audit

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1.  Color Your Home

Honeysuckle – Pantone’s
2011 Color of the Year

      “In times of stress we need something to lift our spirits. Honeysuckle is a captivating, stimulating color that gets the adrenaline going – perfect to ward off the blues,” according to Pantone Color Institute Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman.
      “Honeysuckle derives its positive qualities from a powerful bond to its mother color red, the most physical, viscerally alive hue in the spectrum”. Honeysuckle, a vibrant reddish-pink color, is encouraging and uplifting, the perfect shade to brighten the home. Using this color palette from the fashion world and adapting it for interior inspirations, imagine the possibilities. From beautiful pillows, fringes, accents on bedding, interiors of drawers and cabinets, to rugs and accessories, this color adds a lively flair to any room. Looking for an inexpensive way to perk up your home? Paint an accent wall in Honeysuckle, it will provide a dynamic burst of positive energy. Who knows, 2011 may prove to be a year of improved spirit and enthusiasm!

2.  Design with Beth

      If any of you are like me, the addition of a Christmas tree into our almost too crowded house required some creative furniture re-arranging. Now that the tree is out, the garland and sparkling adornments have been removed, the house looks a bit dull and empty. This is the perfect time to re-evaluate your rooms and how you are using them. Does your furniture & the arrangement really support the way you want to use the rooms? You may want to take a good hard look at the rooms that you live in the most. The living area is the most public of all of your living space, so what is the first thing that someone sees when they walk into your living room? If you are lucky enough to have great architectural features such as a fireplace or amazing windows, you want to establish them as the focal point and work the room arrangement around those features to fully enjoy the view. The new age of flat screen televisions have allowed this to be the main feature in most homes around the country, which means that your guests are greeted by a big black box that dominates the room. There is no reason that technology and design cannot co-exist. In the event that your flat screen TV is moderately- sized, it can be hung over the fireplace and softened with accessories. If you do not have a strong focal point you may want to consider a handsome cabinet that will support the flat screen TV as well as all the components, games, movies, etc (like our Perfect Fit).
      Now that you have your focal point established, arrange the room so that the seating supports it, keeping in mind that it is really important that everyone in the room can see the TV on game day. If your family likes to put their feet up, you may want to consider a cocktail ottoman which can serve both functions. For easy cleanup, you may want to select protected leather or a durable, washable microfiber or Sunbrella fabric.
      Another option would be to trade out your sofa table or console for a drop-leaf dining table giving you the option to pull it out into the room possibly in front of the fireplace for a cozy dinner or to accommodate additional dinner guests.
      Once you get the room arranged (and the pine needles out of the corners of the room) add some signs of spring. Forsythia or cherry branches can be brought in and forced to bloom adding height color and drama to your room. Planting narcissus bulbs in glass containers will also fill your room with a heady fragrance and a sense of freshness to get you out of the winter blahs. Enjoy!

3.  Harden Cooks

      The Harden workplace has a family environment where we work side by side as well as gather over an occasional shared buffet to celebrate birthdays and holidays. We’ve discovered, Harden has some fantastic cooks and decided to share our recipes. Download this Slimming Soup recipe to share with your family and friends.

4.  Harden 2010 Annual SFI Audit

      As a certified member of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative®, Harden Furniture must undergo and pass a third-party audit every year to maintain certification. The 2010 audit was completed on August 24th and 25th. The process included the assembly and review of audit evidence consisting of documents, interviews and on-site inspections of ongoing or completed forest practices.
      We are pleased to announce the SFI Program of Harden Furniture, Inc., including land management operations of company lands and the procurement operations which supply the sawmill and manufacturing operations have demonstrated continuing conformance with the SFI Standard®, 2005-2009 Edition, according to the NSF-ISF Certification Audit Process.
      In 2011 SFI audits will be to a revised Sustainable Forestry Initiative ® standard. Every five years the standard is reviewed and changes are made, and Harden will be now be audited to the 2010-2014 Standard. The Harden team has already begun reviewing the new standard in preparation for our audit this fall. It includes knowing and demonstrating conformance to the fourteen principles and twenty objectives of sustainable forestry as defined by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative®.
      If you have any questions contact one of the Harden SFI team members. They are AJ Reber, Tim Henderson, Bill Currier, Kellen Murphy and Cindy Arquette.

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McConnellsville, New York 13401

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