Thursday, 26 April 2012

As soon as the sun begins to shine and the BBQ is being used on a regular basis I get the urge to make a summer salsa! This is one of those recipes that the entire family looks forward to. We have incorporated it as part of a meal or an appy! I also love bringing this to a friends house. 


Don't be afraid of the tequila, I dislike tequila immensely and have made this recipe with and without it and I must say it DOES add to the flavor and shouldn't be missed!

Please try it and let me know what you think! 



  • 3 cups seedless watermelon, cubed
  • 1 cup diced cantaloupe
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, cored, seeded and diced
  • 1 cup peeled, seeded and diced cucumber
  • 1/2 cup purple onion, finely diced
  • 1 jalapeño, stemmed, seeded and minced
  • 1/4 cup  finely chopped cilantro
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • 2 tbsp  tequila
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • Salt and pepper


Combine watermelon, cantaloupe, pepper, cucumber, onion and jalapeño in a large bowl, leave in fridge for approx 1 hour. In the meantime in a separate bowl, combine cilantro, juice, tequila and oil, whisking to mix. Season with salt and pepper. After the hour pull the fruit mix out of the fridge and drain any of the liquid off. Pour sauce over watermelon mixture. Gently stir to mix. Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes before serving. Use as a dip with tortilla chips or serve on top of grilled chicken or white fish.
Makes 5 Cups

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Personalize Your Mattress

Mattress, Calgary, Custom, Personalized, Beds, Mattress Maker
Years ago we noticed in the market that many couples were sacrificing their personal sleep comfort for their partners and settling for "best case" for both people. We started doing some research and developed a concept that you can have two different sleep zones in one mattress. Mattresses best tailored to both individuals needs are those which have two sleep zones; one for each partner. You can choose one side firm and one side soft, and you can also choose different inserts for each side. One side could be latex and the other pocket coil. No more compromising your comfort for your partners, you both get what is right for you in one mattress. 

Friday, 20 April 2012

Upholstered Tufted Sofa
I love this sofa, tufted roll arm upholstered pieces are so popular right now but with squaring up the arms instead of the roll gives it a totally new look!

Tufted Sofa, upholstered sofa, roll arm

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Custom Upholstered Sectional

A client came into the store this week with a picture of this sectional. She asked if this is something that we could make for her with a few changes. 

red sectional
  1. 100" x 100"
  2. 39" Depth
  3. Constructed in 3 pieces to fit into the house
  4. Would like to keep the nail head around the base.
  5. She likes the red but it doesn't match her decor so is going with the ever popular steel grey. 
I love the red too!
We are so fortunate as a custom manufacturer that we can make this for the client with all of her needs and requirements. 

Let technology help you choose your next mattress

3-D Pressure Imaging

Halstead Sofa and Mattress Makers ergonomic pressure imaging systems identifies the optimal mattress design to meet YOUR unique body type and sleep positions. We have you relax on a variety of different mattress combinations and the pressure imaging software captures your different sleep preferences on each mattress and compares the results. Mattresses are compared and ranked based on peak pressures and contact area (mattress support) This will also show you and your partner how to alleviate your pressure points that can cause discomfort and ensure proper orthopedic support by measuring the mattress surface contact area. This technology will fit each person to a mattress based on their unique body profile. Again showing how two personalize sleep zones may be right for you.

How pressure imaging helps!
A tool to help customers and patients get a better night sleep by selecting a better mattress for
Your unique body type and sleeping preference
Provides tangible information to help make a decision with confidence.
Helps ensure customers choose a comfortable mattress the first time.
Take the results back to the health care provider to discuss the results.
Exclusive to HALSTEAD Custom Adjust System. This enables you to change your comfort level
AFTER you take the mattress home without changing the entire mattress.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012


Made of 100% pure latex rubber, with no artificial additives to dilute its quality, our Eco-Friendly cores are naturally hypoallergenic, dust mite resistant, and will not support mildew, mold or bacteria. They are also free of potentially harmful chemical flame-retardants.
Our pure latex rubber cores reduce body moisture while you're sleeping, as they allow for airflow through their design. They conform to the contour of your body, providing superior orthopedic support. Latex rubber cores will not sag or take on body impressions, therefore turning your mattress is unnecessary. Our cores provide pressure point relief, for a deeper and more restful sleep, with reduced tossing and turning. Enjoy!

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  • Custom Sizes
  • Custom Comfort
  • Certified Organic covers
  • Personalized comfort on both sides of the mattress

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Custom RV Mattresses

LIFE ON THE ROAD - It should be just as comfortable as life at home
Ready to replace your old, worn RV mattress. Maybe you’re just tired of tossing and turning on your standard RV mattress when you’re out on the road?
CUSTOM shapes and thickness. No limitations on shapes or sizes or thickness.

Halstead Sofa and Mattress offers a wide selection of CUSTOM RV mattresses, and has served owners of virtually every type of recreational vehicle.

All we need are the measurements of your bed foundation – from there, we will create and customize your RV mattress. Choose the layers, densities, and other options for the perfect mattress that is