If you're anything like me, you spend an insane amount of time in your kitchen. The kitchen is, how they say, the heart of the home! So when I bought my 1961 ranch style house a couple years ago I knew the kitchen, with it's original layout, cabinets, and floor, was going to have to be redone. When redoing any part of your house there are two major components to consider: Time and Money. My husband and I redid our bathroom a year ago on our own and while we did save thousands of dollars doing all the work ourselves the time frame ended up being about 6 months. (Granted this involved demolishing the bathroom to the studs and building it back up with time consuming tile work on the floor and in the shower.) However, knowing how long it took to do the bathroom helped us decide to put more money in the kitchen budget to allocate for a contractor to help with the major components. If you are not a DIY type then budgeting for a contractor should be top of your list. Once you have a budget and time frame of how long it will take you can dive into the fun part: the design. Your design will be specific to your house and needs. My design reflects the parts of the house we already updated: white cabinets, light gray walls, dark engineered hardwood floors, and quartz counter-tops. There were a could little things we easily changed to help update the kitchen. First we removed the box around the top of the old cabinets and ran the new cabinets to the ceiling. This helps make the room feel bigger and we have more storage space. Secondly the kitchen and dining room flow one right into the other so to make the design seamless we ran the same flooring throughout both spaces. Lastly my handy husband built a bench with built-ins on either side for the back dining room wall. This way we could push the table further away from the designated kitchen area and gained much needed cabinet space in the kitchen. Now my kitchen is the envy of my friends and family. If you are debating redoing your kitchen, or any part of your home, my advise is to jump right in. Nothing feels better than taking a part of your home that you hate and turning it into something you love!

 When I was younger I remember riding in the backseat of my parents car watching all the beautiful, twinkling lights, and I knew I loved Christmas. Now that I am older it is still the same! My husband and I even chose this season to get married in. Family, friends, food, giving and receiving presents, little ones listening for Santa all night long, and last but most definitely not least, the wondrous lights!

                Sadly I have been noticing a trend…..   You drive down the street and 1… 2… 3… 4… 5… houses… no lights. Then BAM! A  house glowing to the brim with lights galore! Then… (you guessed it) 10 or so more houses… no lights. This all or nothing saddens me.

                Even for those not as festive or even for those with different beliefs, we could all use just a little light on these cold, harsh days where the sun sets before most of us even get home from work. I am not asking for much, you do not need to climb roofs (risking life and limb) to make your street beautiful. NO.  Just one string, or wreath, or even a small candle in the window can make someone’s drive home bright.

                This is my dream! Turning down the street towards home and seeing a line of homes, each lit with one small piece of joy! What a sight that would be!


                From all of us at Tri-state Trophies!  

Merry Christmas!!! May all your Christmas’s be bright!!  



Hi, I'm Bones. My typical day at Tri-State Trophies usually starts off with a hot cup of Joe (I usually order a coffee, black, with a mop), especially on a windy day like today when I just get chilled to the bone. After I clock in, I get settled at my desk and get to work. Sometimes when we get especially busy, I have to answer the telebone. I stay pretty busy until I eat lunch around 12pm. Lots of times, I just don't have the stomach for it. But when I do, it typically consists of spare ribs or something like that. Bone appetit! After I eat lunch, I get back to work building trophies, filling orders, and helping customers around the showroom! Tibia-nest with you, I work myself to the bone. But my hard work doesn't go unnoticed by the lovely ladies here at Tri-State Trophies. Sure, we all have rough days—sometimes I'm just dead-tired—but I try not to let anything get under my skin. They're the same way. They're a kind, humerus bunch, and I love working with them.


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As one of the newest members of the TST team, I am completely blown away by the abilities of this business and staff. Coming from a jewelry sales background, I was a little worried about starting a new sales position with very little knowledge in awards and promotional items. I quickly learned that great customer service is the pride of TST and held in the highest regard, along with the quality of our products.  It is truly a delight to help clients honor others with our products, to help them promote themselves or the people/places special to them, to create for them something unique to represent a sentimental time or event < all things I loved about working in the jewelry industry.  I have been so pleasantly surprised by the similarities – it has helped with my transition into this position.  I am looking forward to learning and experiencing more of what TST can do– and the best thing is – I’m certain the sky is the limit! 


Since we didn’t go out of town this Christmas break I had to find a project. I decided to try my hand at re-upholstering my grandma’s rocking chair from the 20’s or 30’s. My mom got it in the 70’s and reupholstered it then and I got it probably 20 years ago and it ended up sitting in the corner of my bedroom used just to toss clothes on. The last couple of years it has held blankets and pillows for visiting family. I finally decided to make it a usable chair but first it needed to be updated and way more padding. It was pretty worn out after many years of rocking babies. The gentle creak of each back and forth movement was somehow soothing. Upon  removing the old covering of the seat and back I found the only padding in it was a couple rugs, some old clothes from my sister and I, and pillowcases. Not very comfortable. You could pretty much feel the springs and all the wood underneath.  I replaced all that with 2” foam padding. It wasn’t an easy task. It took an extra set of hands to help stretch the fabric tight and staple and nail it down.  But it looks fantastic and I’m proud to have it sitting out again.  Hopefully will last for many years to come.