Saturday, July 20, 2019

Paint or Wallpaper? | E-Neighborhood Advisor

If you’re considering home renovation, what do you choose for your walls? Paint and wallpaper each have their advantages, so let’s look at the pros and cons.

Your choice will hinge on four factors:

1. Budget
2. Who does the work
3. Condition of the walls
4. “Scrubbability”

These factors are interrelated. If you’re on a very limited budget, you’re likely doing the work yourself and water-based paint is probably your best bet. Numbers 3 and 4 may not even enter into consideration.

Paint is generally less expensive than wall coverings. There’s a certain amount of masking, mess and cleanup involved, but you don’t need to be an expert to do a reasonable job.

You may choose water-based or oil-based paints. The former are easier to work with, since they’re water-soluble, but are not as washable after the walls are painted. With oil-based paints, you need turpentine for brush-cleaning, but the surfaces stand more washing.

If your budget is a little more generous, professional painters do a superlative job, can execute more advanced painting techniques and clean up after themselves!

Wallpaper tends to be more expensive than paint but doesn’t require as much masking and finishing. Once you’ve mastered some basic techniques, like overlapping and matching patterns, it’s not that difficult. Plus “wallpaper” doesn’t begin to describe the wide range of wall coverings now available.

Here again, if you don’t have the time or can’t stand ladders, professionals are available to do the job for you.

The final two factors are often overlooked. If you have children or pets you’ll know about “scrubbability” – choose a heavy-duty oil-based paint or a tough vinyl wall covering.

If you are redecorating in an older home, where the walls are uneven, paint will show up every defect and wall coverings are a better choice.

In the end, whether you choose paint or wallpaper, the range of options now on the market contains something for everyone.

Phone (208) 288-0151
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Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Nothing Feels Quite Like Soft New Carpet - Capell Flooring and Interiors...

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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Exercise: How Much is Too Much? | E-Neighborhood Advisor

Unless you’re one of the few who have a regular fitness program, we all know we should get more exercise. But how much exercise is optimal? Is there such a thing as getting too much?

For certain, channel-surfing all day is not going to help your health. The dangers of sitting for long periods are now well known, so much so that conscientious companies include short exercise periods in their daily schedule.

But new studies seem to indicate that getting too much exercise can also be a problem. Marathon runners, for example, tend to have more heart problems than average. Weight lifters do too. Any extreme exertion puts a strain on various parts and systems of the body, especially if you overdo it when starting out.

Walking, dancing and swimming seem to be the best overall exercises for the body, causing little specific damage. But swimming is not an option for some of us. For some, walking seems boring. But if you make a habit of it, the activity can be very enjoyable. Try power-walking with a friend.

Many isometric-type exercises can be done at or beside your desk and it’s wise to make a habit of not sitting more than half an hour at a time. Household chores count as physical activity; so do gardening and snow shoveling in season.

So it all boils down, as it often does, to the good advice handed down centuries ago in ancient Greece. Over the arch leading to Delphi were written these words:

Know Thyself
Nothing in Excess

Oh, about the dancing? Do it whenever possible!

Phone (208) 288-0151
Fax (208) 917-6160
Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell

Saturday, July 6, 2019

It's Barbecue Season - What You Need to Know | E-Neighborhood Advisor

How are your barbecue skills?

One common issue is that the fire is too hot when the food is put on the grill. That's easier to adjust in a gas grill by reducing the temperature.

When using charcoal getting the right fire for the type of food being cooked is key. There are five different ways to set up the grill for optimum performance:
• single-level fire
• two-level fire
• modified two-level (half-grill) fire
• banked fire
• double-banked fire.

Plus, the shape, depth, and circumference of the grill may require modification to those five methods.

Other tips to make the experience and clean up superior are:

Brush debris off the grill when it's hot with a long-handled grill brush. Do this again after preheating the next time you barbecue to remove any debris from prior meals. NOTE: There have been recent warnings against using the traditional wire grill brushes. Here’s a link to an alternative:

Reduce sticking by oiling the grill with vegetable oil. Soak a paper towel and use long tongs to rub it over the rack.

A chimney starter is great for starting a charcoal fire. Add crumpled paper in the bottom, then fill it with charcoal. Light the paper and the coals are ready in about 20 minutes without the use of lighter fluid.

If you’re seeking gas grill setup and tips, visit this site.

Have an excellent barbecue season!

Phone (208) 288-0151
Fax (208) 917-6160
Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell

Thursday, July 4, 2019

We always wanted to be ballerina's.......Capell Flooring and Interiors

We always wanted to be ballerina's.....but after talking it over with Mom, we will stick to what we do best which is selling floors. :) Welcome to Capell Flooring and Interiors – Meridian Idaho Flooring Store We are so glad that you found our page. Take a look around – we look forward to working with you. Feel Free to Schedule one of our Trademark Design Audit’s at or get a copy of Matt Capell’s, “Consumer’s Guide to Flooring,” at Nobody has warranties likes us – take a look at our Triple Guarantee: We look forward to working with you here in the Boise, Idaho area, and want to be your flooring store!

Monday, July 1, 2019

Welcome to July 2019 | Capell Flooring and Interiors

Dear friends,

Welcome to the July issue of the Neighborhood Advisor! We hope you had a wonderful celebration – or at least a nice, relaxing day – for the 4th of July. The holiday is a great time to come together with friends, or with family, or sometimes with your whole city, and remember what we all stand for as a country.

Here at Capell Flooring and Interiors, what we stand for is treating people right. Whether it’s the first time in the store or you’ve been coming in for generations, we want you to feel like family. That’s why we stock a wide selection of quality products, and why every one of our employees makes it their mission to help you choose the product that will best suit your needs or budget. It also means you can rest easy any time you refer your friends, family, or coworkers to us, because you know they’ll be taken care of. If you have any questions about the flooring options that are best for your home – or just want to stop on in to say hi or see what’s new – we’d love to see you.

Thank you once again for taking the time to read the Neighborhood Advisor. We hope you enjoy it, and we look forward to hearing from you!

Your friend,

Matt Capell

Saturday, June 29, 2019

The Benefits of Artistic Influence in a Room | E-Neighborhood Advisor

Did you know that where you live has a major impact on your mood? This is why our home décor is so important.

Most interior designers agree that wall art is one of the most cost-effective ways to create ambiance in any room. As new technology evolves from the internet to digital photography, your choices are vast and potentially just a click or two away. Your art becomes the focal point in the overall success of a room design.

Here’s what to consider when choosing your focal point.

One Piece
Rather than focusing on style, choose a piece of art that you truly like, one you know will provide gratification for years to come. Art is a reflection of you and it sets the mood of your room.

If your room already contains furnishings, consider a couple of the bolder colors already in the room that you want to find in the artwork. The color is also an important element in your design if you are choosing the painting first.

Know your room measurements and the size of the wall where your artwork will hang. If the artwork is too big, it can overwhelm a room, and if it’s too small, it will look lost. Try to envision the art piece on your wall and in the context of your room. You may also consider a few related smaller pieces nearby rather than one larger piece on a wall.

Pro Tip: Use painter’s tape to outline where you want your artwork to go on the wall, this will help you see if the size is right for your room.

The style of your furnishings should also be considered. In a more modern décor setting, unframed art may create a better effect than traditional framing; whereas ornate frames suit more classic or victorian-style rooms.

Artistic Style
Wall art is available in a variety of styles, including paint, photographic, and dimensional using wood, canvas, metal, glass, and more. Take advantage of these styles to enhance your desired décor in the room.

Ultimately, decide what works best for you and your space. Happy Decorating!

Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell
Phone (208) 288-0151
Fax (208) 917-6160

Saturday, June 22, 2019

3 Ways To Lower Your Bills | E-Neighborhood Advisor

There are lots of ways to save money, no matter how much of it you have – or don’t have!
Having struggled for many years paying my own bills, I learned many ways to save money. From simple things like food, gas, and clothing, to bigger expenses, like insurance and your mortgage.

All you need to know is where to look to find the savings.

1. Eliminate ALL of your unnecessary expenses:
o Eating out on the weekends
o Buying lunch at work every day
o Magazine and newspaper subscriptions (especially those you can get online and at the local library)
o Cable TV subscription streaming services (you’d be amazed at how many other ways you’ll find to spend your time once you get rid of the endless sitcoms & movies)
o Paid music services like Spotify & Pandora, even these small expenses add up!
o Groceries (you can save lots of money with coupons and specials.)

It’s OK to reward yourself once in a while, but if you are really looking to get out of debt faster, you owe it to yourself to save every single penny you can!

To find other ways to reduce your expenses, take a close look at your checkbook and credit card statements.

2. Call your credit card companies to see if they will lower your interest rates, even if it is only for a short time.

3. Shop Around For The Lowest Prices

For those expenses you can’t eliminate, it’s time to start shopping around for the best prices.
Once I realized you can shop around for just about ANYTHING you spend money on every month, I learned how to save myself SEVERAL HUNDRED DOLLARS each and every month! In fact, by shopping around I ended up saving myself more than $750 a year on car insurance alone!

The same is true of many of your monthly expenses – cell service, internet service, all types of insurance, mortgages, and in some places even your utility bills.

It DOESN’T take any special skills. All it takes is a few clicks and you can save yourself a bunch of money in no time at all! So, start shopping around and looking for ways to lower your monthly bills right away!

Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell
Phone (208) 288-0151
Fax (208) 917-6160

Saturday, June 15, 2019

I Don’t Have a Green Thumb | E-Neighborhood Advisor

There’s nothing zestier than the taste of vegetables and herbs fresh from the garden, yet many people think it’s an arcane science. Nothing could be further from the truth. The reality is that although some plants are a bit trickier to grow, most are as simple as could be.

If you have even a tiny yard that’s suitable, you can grow quite a lot. Condo or apartment? If you face anything but north, try window boxes.

The easiest plants to grow, and those that require the least amount of space are: radishes, peppers, onions, chives, lettuce, spinach, basil, thyme, oregano, parsley, rosemary and sage.

If you have a little more room try tomatoes, swiss chard, all types of beans, squash, pumpkins, cucumbers, carrots, beets, potatoes and dill.

The instructions are simple: use reasonably well cultivated soil (not solid clay or sand), plant the seeds about 2-3 times their own size deep, and water periodically. Don’t over soak, it doesn’t need to be mud.

Then wait: most plants take a week to 10 days to show themselves, so don’t lose faith. At the end of it all you’ll gain some tasty produce and a new role for yourself: expert gardener!

Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell
Phone (208) 288-0151
Fax (208) 917-6160

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Do you have a vacation coming up? | E-Neighborhood Advisor

So many of us are ramping up to go on summer vacation soon. It’s been a long haul from last year and vacation means R&R, excitement, and a break from daily routine.

The safety and security of our home while away further enhances the holiday experience by providing peace of mind. Here are some things to consider to ensure that happens.

Keep it Offline.

Criminally-minded people are always on the lookout for opportunity. That’s why it’s vital not to advertise that you’ll be away or share photos and experiences while you are away on social media. Do not let the world know your home will be empty for X number of days. Instead, save those photos and stories for when you return home. That way there is minimal opportunity to take advantage of your home and belongings while you are away.

Ask a friend.

Arranging to have someone stop by your home to water the plants and care for pets is vital. They can bring in the mail and newspapers or you can temporarily stop delivery of items regularly received while you’re away.

Check the lights.

Think about the regular pattern of nighttime lights – when you’re awake and when you go to bed. Consider investing in timers to plug your lamps into and set them to match your typical day.

Remember the yard.

If you have a landscaping service, this area is already taken care of, but if you are your own landscaper, look into hiring a trusted friend or neighborhood teen to cut the grass and keep the yard clean while you’re away. This, along with keeping the mail and papers off the stoop, ensure your house looks occupied.

Ultimately, the less people knowing you’re away the better and the more your home reflects your daily living pattern while away the better.

I hope you enjoy your vacation, whenever that might be.

Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell
Phone (208) 288-0151
Fax (208) 917-6160