The Nuts and Bolts: Blueprints for a Great Father's Day

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From Father's Day to severe weather cleanup, this article will get you prepared. Dad will thank you.

Blueprints to Help Dads Lay "Lowe's" This Father's Day

Forget the boring striped tie this Father's Day and give dad the gift of laying low with Lowe's. Most dads enjoy spending Father's Day relaxing at home with their family, so this year; create an experience he won't forget for years to come.

With help from some handy dads, including Jay Riordan of American Dream Builders, Bruno Bornsztein of ManMade,Timothy Dahl of Charles and Hudson, and Marty Csercsevits and Pete Fazio of DadAnd, Lowe's designed inspirational blueprints to help you create the perfect Father's Day without breaking a sweat — or the bank!

From spending time bonding with the kids over a vegetable garden to building a DIY arbor to hosting a rustic outdoor Father's Day party for your closest friends and family, find out what our dads have to say about their dream day experience.

Check out their custom-made blueprints:

Get Ready for a Safer Clean-up Before a Hurricane or Severe Weather Strikes

It's never too early to start preparing for the hurricane season in our book. But what better time than during National Safety Month in June?

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), an international trade association representing small engine, utility vehicle and outdoor power equipment manufacturers and suppliers, encourages homeowners and businesses to take stock of their power tools and equipment for storm clean-up, such as chainsaws, pruners, generators, and utility type vehicles.

Here are a few tips to help:

  • Use common sense with chainsaws.
  • Keep firm footing when using pole saws and pole pruners.
  • Give portable electric generators plenty of ventilation.
  • Drive Utility Type Vehicles (UTVs) with care.
  • Have the proper fuel on hand for your outdoor power equipment.
  • Find your safety gear now.

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LA Furniture Presents Inspiring Design Conversations

LA Furniture is excited to bring together the best of Los Angeles' interior designers, contractors, architects, bloggers, and students for a stimulating networking event. The event will be a chance for students, bloggers, and designers to network while enjoying appetizers and beverages.

The event will feature a raffle worth over $5,000 with many prizes from LA Furniture's large furniture and decor inventory. Everyone who attends will receive a swag bag full of goodies from LA Furniture.

Date & Time: Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 — 6:00 pm through 8:30 pm
Where: LA Furniture Store — Design Center Location
4900 Triggs St, Los Angeles, CA 90022

Detailed Event information and Registration:

Emser Tile Announces "EMSER INSPIRED" Annual Photo Contest

Emser Tile has launched its second annual "Emser Inspired" photo contest. The contest runs from June 11, 2014 through October 1, 2014 and details can be found at Emser is looking for entries that photographically demonstrate the careful planning and execution that comes with creating a space. The Emser Inspired Awards are a chance to celebrate those entries that are unique, ground-breaking, and overall tact with constructing the perfect area.

"Emser Inspired," challenges designers, contractors, architects, builders, and retailers, utilizing Emser Tile Products to photograph and share their Emser Inspired creations! To enter, please submit professional level photography (300 dpi minimum) with all appropriate product and location information via

Emser Tile will announce winners on November 1st. The grand prize is a $2000 donation to a charity of choice in the winner's name. All winners will be featured in our Surfaces 2015 booth and highlighted on our website as well as the next product catalog.

You're all set for Father's day. And, now you can weather the stormy summer!