Social Grace with Lady Virginia


Lady Virginia*Lady Virginia

Marketing for Bering’s lends itself to meeting some truly magnificent customers as well as featured guests. However, it is a genuine treat when a valued customer evolves into a featured guest that we are able to get to know even better! While Lady Virginia has been a Bering’s customer for some time now, we are thrilled to have her as a featured guest at this Saturday’s At Home: Entertaining with Ease Event. It will be an event like none we have hosted before, featuring Lady Virginia, Helen Perry and Ben Whitley. All three guests will delight you with advice on entertaining in your own home, while sharing museum style vignettes centered on life’s many events. It will be a come and go event this Saturday at our 3900 Bissonnet location from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.


While all three of our featured guests are full of beautifully terrific words of wisdom, we are especially excited to share a question and answer dialogue we recently had with Lady Virginia, on Social Grace for your life.

Bering’s Interview with Lady Virginia.

Social Grace*From Lady Virginia’s Site

Bering’s: How did you get started with Etiquette?

Lady Virginia: It started quite innocently when, as a child I ran across my grandmother’ 1928 copy of Emily Post’s book, Etiquette, “The Blue Book of Social Usage.” Richard Duffy’s introduction caught my attention. He explained that etiquette is a system of rules of conduct based on self-respect and the respect of others. As I read further, I was inspired by Emily Post’s motivation to write her book. She recognized that the vast number of people moving into the city from the farms, were at a disadvantage because they didn’t know the rules of city society. Her goal was to instruct these new comers in the rules of what she called “GOOD SOCIETY.” Her thorough and detailed explanations, equipped the reader to be part of the community and not outsiders. Before Emily Post’s road map to good manners, etiquette could be used as a barrier or weapon. Instead, she wanted it to be used as a bridge. It’s all about building relationships. She also recognized the importance of using kindness and good judgment. She encouraged people to do the right thing, at the right time and for the right reason. In her concept of etiquette, if using the right fork embarrassed someone, then it would be proper etiquette to use the wrong fork. She felt you have to learn the rules first so that you know when and how to apply them.

trained by Emily Post

Bering’s: Where did the rules come from?

Lady Virginia: For the most part, the rules developed to address some practical need. Though most of the origins are lost in obscurity, many of them can be explained. My mission is to research the origins of the rules in order to demystify them for people today. If you understand the why, they become less arbitrary and threatening.


Bering’s: What examples come to mind?

Lady Virginia: My favorite example is the admonition not to put your elbows on the table. We were all told by our mothers to keep our elbows off the table but she never told us why. To find the reason, we go back to the Middle Ages. The dinning tables that we know today didn’t exist. Instead when it was time to eat; large planks of wood were placed over trestle legs, which resembled sawhorses. These planks were not nailed down because they would be removed after the meal. Thus, if someone leaned on the table they would cause it to flip over. The origin may not apply today but it may still be a good idea not to put elbows on the table while eating. We wash our hands before we eat but we don’t generally wash up as far as our elbows and/or the sleeves of our garments may not be that clean either. So, given our understanding of germs, perhaps it is appropriate not to place our elbows on the table. However, after the meal as we visit over coffee, I think it is forgivable to lean forward with elbows on the table to engage in a conversation.

Bering’s: Are the rules of etiquette universal worldwide?

Lady Virginia: No, there are variations and each culture has its own standards. Often those standards develop when people begin to gather in clusters, communities or cities. After all, if you are living alone, it really doesn’t matter. As civilization develops, behavior becomes more important. Therefore, some of the cultural differences reflect the historical time when those cities developed.

Bering’s: Can you give us an example?

Lady Virginia: In America we place our hands in our lap at the dining table. However, in Europe it is expected that you keep your hands on the table at all times. Why the difference? When dining etiquette was developed in Europe, there was a greater threat that someone would use that knife to stab you rather than cut up the green beans on the plate. Thus, you were expected to have your hands visible at all times. When America was being settled, and the standards were being established, life in the cities was a bit more civilized and hands when not being used to convey food from the plate to the mouth were expected to rest gently in the lap. Also, the image of someone with both hands on the table looked rather like they are trying to guard their food from being taken away from them. This was insulting to the host who took pride in displaying wealth by providing an abundance of food for his guests.

Bering’s: How can people learn good manners?

Lady Virginia: There are many excellent and easy to read books. Classes are available both for personal instruction and for groups. The place to practice the rules is at home. Children are learning eating habits from their day to day experience at home. They will reflect what they see. Sitting down to a meal at a table with plates and flatware on the table will teach children how to act and be polite in public. It only helps to know the rules if you then practice them. I also hope that people will consult my websites for detailed explanations and I invite them to ask etiquette questions.

Bering’s: What will you be showing at the Berings Bissonnet event on January 31st?


Lady Virginia: I have the privilege of being a part of this event with two distinguished and well-known professionals, Helen Perry and Ben Whitley. We will each be hosting vignettes to illustrate various ways to entertain graciously. I will be highlighting a formal cocktail buffet, various dinner settings and a cozy afternoon tea. I’ve been a devoted customer of Bering’s for 35 of their 75 years so it’s a real thrill for me to be participating in their celebration year.


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Love Me if You Dare

We were fortunate to recently visit with the very talented founder of Two Be Wed, Natalie Dawley, and were graciously reminded of a post that she featured us in with the china pattern currently seen in our print ads. Natalie is not only wonderfully thorough with every detail when it comes to planning the most beautiful weddings, she also has an excellent pulse on all things bridal and tabletop – even as it relates to our newly released ad! She pointed out that Mottahedeh’s beautiful Tobacco Leaf pattern was also the pattern of choice in one of her features!

Natalie Dawley

We of course asked her if it would be alright to share her post with our subscribers and hope that you enjoy the over-the-top gorgeous images as much as we do and appreciate the opportunity to repost Two Be Wed’s amazing blog! Thanks, Natalie!!

Aime-Moi Si Vous Osez

StyledShoot154As the French would say, “Love Me if You Dare.” We took a daring risk with a one-of-a-kind Chinoiserie inspired styled shoot full of elegant and luxurious details. A juxtaposition of old and new, eastern and western styles interpreted for the modern bride and wedding. Many local vendors poured their time, love and energy to showcase their talents, earning a feature on Grace Ormonde Wedding Style. Photography by Alyse French.

Interior design has always been a huge source of decor inspiration for us in our style and design process. One of our more favorite styles is Chinoiserie – a blend of Eastern and Western stylistic elements featured in many European art in the 17th century. For this particular shoot we explored the Chinoiserie design further to interpret that specific style into a tablescape and wedding environment. The question remained how to take something classic and make it current… we did just that through Asian-inspired textiles and figurines, vintage vessels filled with exotic floral arrangements and a bright, modern color palette with intricate details sprinkled throughout!

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As an added token of appreciation for Natalie allowing us to share this post, we are excited to share Two Be Wed’s Acceptable Times to Hire an Event Coordinator List!

twobewed_hireaplannerA special thanks to the following wedding professionals featured in Natalie’s post:

Photography: Alyse French Photography / Event Design & Coordination: Natalie of Two Be Wed / Floral Design: The Moss and Rose / Ceremony Backdrop: The Weekend Type / Cake Topper: The Weekend Type / Cake: Sugary and Chic / Vintage Rentals: Two Be Wed / China and Glassware: *Bering’s Hardware / Macaroons: The Refined Bakery / Hair and Makeup: Sunkissed and Madeup / Dress: Monique Lhullier from Casa De Novia / Bridesmaid: Johanna Johnson from Casa de Novia / Linens: Aztec Events and Tents / Location: Private Club in Houston

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The Best Tips to Clean and Protect Your Marble, Granite and Travertine Surfaces

Written by Jacqueline Tabbah of International Stoneworks, Inc.

marble kitchen 1*Marble Countertop

travertine*Travertine Countertop

It is a new year and there is no better time to learn about the simple and effective ways you can take care of your natural stone countertops, floors, and showers. If you are still thinking about a New Year’s Resolution, make it your 2015 project to create an efficient and safe stone care program for your home.

The best way to clean your Travertine, Marble or Limestone floors:

The best way to clean stone floors is with neutral cleaners. You want to avoid acid-based products. Most natural stones react (etch) when they come in contact with the three A’s: acid, ammonia and alcohol. You can safely and effectively clean all natural stone floors with Lavenet neutral stone cleaner or Lavenet Green.

Lavenet BLVNTGR_300Over time, stone floors may have some light scratches, residues or etch marks. You may need to have a professional company like International Stoneworks, Inc. come and lightly polish or hone the stone floor.

Tips on how to clean and protect Granite, Marble and Limestone kitchen and bathroom countertops:

crystal baby marble*Marble countertop (…Beautiful baby and gorgeous Elizabeth patterned William Yeoward crystal!)

Whether you have marble or granite countertops, we highly recommend cleaning them on a daily or weekly basis and sealing them annually. Again, avoid acid-based products. A great cleaner that is safe to use is Akemi Crystal Clean. It is a ready-to-use cleaner that also removes light calcium deposits. If you want to safely disinfect your countertops, clean with Sani-Tyze.

BCRYCLN_300Sealing your countertops is not too difficult and you can easily do it yourself. Clean the stone first with Akemi Crystal Clean or a solution of Lavenet.

You can seal the stone with impregnating sealer, Seal & Go® S. This product is a penetrating sealer, which will not add any shine or color to the stone surface. This sealer is not a coating. Seal & Go® S can be applied using a trigger sprayer. After 15-20 minutes, wipe off the excess sealer. The sealer will take at least 12 hours to cure. A second application of Seal & Go® S is recommended after the 12 hours.

SG_300How to clean and protect Travertine, Marble and Slate showers:

Since our showers are used daily, it is very important to make sure that your stone shower is cleaned daily or weekly and is sealed annually. We recommend cleaning with Akemi Crystal Clean as often as possible to reduce the buildup of calcium deposits and soap scum.

To help reduce water penetration into the stone, we recommend sealing with impregnator sealer, Seal & Go® S on an annual basis. Sealing helps protect your stone against the constant exposure to water and oil-based products.

stationery balushka*Quartzite countertop (…And Bering’s exclusive Embossed Graphics monogram notepad and Balushka Paper Floral Artistry arrangement!)

All these products are available at Bering’s Hardware Stores. We are giving away a gift basket this month with our best stone cleaners to get you started with your 2015 stone care program!

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Bering’s 75th Anniversary

#berings75th #tbt

Bering’s was founded in 1940, as a lumberyard, by August C. Bering, Jr. Over time, the store evolved beyond lumber to become one of the most unique retail concepts anywhere. In fact, our employees often boast, “If you don’t need it, it’s not here.”

But the Bering family wanted to deliver much more than hardware products; they wanted to provide customers with service so good, it made them feel like part of the family.

Since 1940 much has changed, both in our world and the way we shop. Old-fashion service is hard to come by in our modern world. Stores like ours are becoming a rarity, which is why we want to thank you for your continued loyalty over the past 75 years. Thank you for helping us become Houston’s home and hardware store.

Stay tuned as we celebrate throughout the year…

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Bering’s Bridal Feature in Weddings in Houston!


With the holidays behind us, we continue to feel festive with wedding season rolling out along with the New Year! What better way to join in the excitement of wedding season than to start the New Year off with a bridal blog triple feature?! Thanks to our friends at Weddings in Houston Magazine, who continue to be on the ball with the best-of-the-best when it comes to luxury receptions and bridal opulence. We are thrilled to be featured in their current issue!

As much as we appreciate Weddings in Houston’s generous coverage, we want to first thank our brides and grooms for keeping Bering’s Bridal Registry and Wedding Invitations, in our Bering’s Stationery Department, part of their wedding planning and preparation. It is the ultimate endorsement to be part of newly engaged couple’s wedding registries and we genuinely appreciate being included.

With that said; we are delighted to highlight some of our recent Bering’s Brides and Grooms by sharing some images and registry selections recently featured in Weddings in Houston Magazine! Be prepared to be inspired by the gorgeous images as well as registry, invitations and more!

To begin, we were all blown away by the beautiful images featured of Bering’s Bride and Groom, Katie and Mitchell! The newlyweds were married on March 3, 2014 at Houston’s La Combe d’Or’s and it was absolutely magnificent.


We especially love their registry selection and are sure you will too:

Here are some of our favorites the couple registered for!

Royal Crown Derby’s Golden Aves pattern is timeless and absolutely regal! We have it paired in the picture below with an Arte Italica charger, but it looks wonderful with a number of chargers and/or placemats.

Berings RCD

The couple selected VIETRI’s Bellezza pattern for their casual china setting and I’m sure you’ll agree that it is exquisite!! We especially love the texture of the pattern and fine detail. An added plus is its functionality. Yes, the pieces are machine washable!

vietri belleza

Flipping through the current issue of Weddings in Houston Magazine, you will be equally delighted to see and read about another Bering’s Bride and Groom featured on the glossy pages. A warm congratulations to newlyweds, Barbara and Billy! The couple’s big day was on August 30, 2014 and it was an event to be remembered, held at Houston’s Petroleum Club.


The couple selected their wedding registry items as well as wedding invitations from Bering’s and we love their selections!

As classically elegant as the name and brand Wedgwood implies, their Sterling 5-Piece Place Setting is sure to make guest feel special when dining at events and gatherings for years to come!


A high-five to Barbara and Billy for adding on not one but two YETI Coolers to their wedding registry!! More and more couples are registering for grills and coolers and it makes so much sense to register for more than tabletop and housewares items, by adding grilling and outdoor living and entertaining merchandise too.


Last, but by no means least, we are over the moon excited to share about another Bering’s Bride and Groom, Kelli and A.J. The newlyweds were married on May 17, 2014. The wedding was fit for royalty with beauty surrounding the couple from beginning to end. We love the boxwood lined walls with adorning flowers surrounding the couple as they entered their reception, beautiful!


Their registry is filled with lovely pieces from Anna Weatherley, Juliska, VIETRI, Reed & Barton and more! If you follow our blogs, then you are familiar with our insistence of mixing and matching patterns. Kellie and A.J. mastered this with their selection of Anna Weatherley’s dinner plate paired with Bernardaud’s opulent Eden Turquoise salad plate – both trimmed with gold edging to tie the two together!

Anna Weatherley Simply Anna Dinner Plate*Anna Weatherley dinner plate

eden turquois salad*Bernardaud’s Eden Turquoise salad plate

The couple registered for Juliska’s Berry & Thread pattern for their casual china! It continues to be a registry favorite, with its subtle yet dainty detailing and functionality for casual to formal settings!


To view more of Kelli and A.J.’s registry be sure to click here:

A big thank you to our Bering’s Couples and to Weddings in Houston for the wonderful feature!

Wedding fun,




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A Little Tea Party Inspiration

daisy tea party

*Red dress with white trim and petticoat available at Bering’s: Ooh! La, La! Couture

The Bering’s Stationery Department was recently enlisted to help with a Girl Scout Tea Party for Duchesne’s Kindergarten Daisy Troop! It was beyond sweet with a southern theme, but even sweeter was that it was held in honor of Girl Scout founder, Juliette Gordon Low!

Juliette_Gordon_Low*Girl Scout founder, Juliette Gordon Low

For the majority of us, a key parenting ingredient to help lay the foundation for our children is manners. The Girl Scout Promise ensures manners are a leading component. It is wonderful knowing these little ladies’ attendance and manners during the event helped them earn a petal (badge)! Daisies must earn their petals to become a Girl Scout and petals can be earned in a number of ways. Petals and/or patches are earned by obtaining educational credits, volunteering and other tasks deemed fitting of the Girl Scout’s Promise of , “Always helping others at all times.”

daisy girl scouts*Cuteness overload.

girls having fun

Girls have to use their manners at a tea party, so troop leader, Mia Bering, was spot on with her troop event! Be prepared for some ooohs and awwws when you scroll down and look at the pictures from the darling tea party!

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*Such a festive and welcoming wreath!

Now that we’ve reminded you about how wonderful the Girl Scouts are, let’s share in the party pretties prepared by Bering’s Stationer, Elizabeth Miranda! Mia worked closely with Elizabeth to customize some incredible tea party invitations and place cards!

bering's stationery daisy invite*Bering’s Stationery

The criterion for earning a daisy petal was satisfied upon the girls’ introduction to table etiquette. The meeting craft was so cute; the girls made thank you cards for one another! The girls wrote something they liked about the person they sat next to and then they gave it to them. A befitting craft given their badge message – I respect myself and others!

mr. grossman stickers at bering's*Daisies decorated their own thank you card with stickers and colorful paper… Yes, the stickers came from Bering’s too! Who doesn’t love Mrs. Grossman’s stickers??!!

While Elizabeth created the beautiful invitations and place cards, the paper plates and napkins are Caspari, at Bering’s. Caspari paper goods are a party must and are sure to add a little extra detail to your next get together or event!

caspari paper goods

caspari at berings*Stacked tea cups beautifully displayed on Caspari paper goods. The shadowbox is equally fantastic!

We are also loving the favor bag each daisy received. The blue bags with daisies couldn’t be cuter!

gift bags

A fun little tidbit from the party is that while the girls had the option of tea or lemonade, tea was selected and enjoyed by all! (Keep in mind that iced tea was not served!) …Manners and etiquette, friendship and exposure to new options add so much depth and impact making the Girl Scouts such an extraordinary organization!

tea party table daisy tea time*If you are loving the classic white china , then we suggest one of these options: Herend’s Golden EdgeAnna Weatherley, Juliska, Vietri, Bernardaud, and more!

The icing on the cake was so thick that it is hard to decide which party piece we liked the most, but we think that you’ll agree that the vintage framed pictures of each attendee could not be more adorable! While the girls loved the favors, we are guessing their parents were even more excited to have the moment captured so cutely!

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If you’d like to host a tea party, be sure to visit us for tea, invitations, paper goods and more! However, we must confess that Bering’s cannot take all of the credit! We are big fans of Estelle Joyner, founder of Sweeter than Sweet Tea. Estelle provided the fine china and linens to add to the overall Southern theme, and is the person to call to help you throw an incredible tea party! Great job, Estelle! Here is her email address:

And if you haven’t heard of Sugar & Ice’s fabulously tasty cookies then we hope you will try them! …Did you see the cupcakes??! The cupcakes came from Sweet, located in City Centre. A serious double dose of deliciousness!

While a beautiful tea party shared among friends is always a good thing, we would like to take a minute to share some impressive statistics that everyone can appreciate about the Girl Scouts:

  • 2/3 of all business owners were Girl Scouts
  • 80% of female business owners were Girl Scouts
  • 69% of female senators and 67% of House of Representatives were Girl Scouts
  • Every female astronaut who has flown in space was a Girl Scout


Girl Scouts today leaders tomorrow definitely sums up the organization!

We hope you’ll enjoy a sip or two of tea!

-       Bering’s


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Rise to the Occasion – The Rise School of Houston

The Rise School of Houston

We love everything The Rise School of Houston stands for and are honored to once again host their annual Gifts From The Heart Gala at our 3900 Bissonnet location. Please read the press release below for more information about this heartwarming gala.

Rise School Logo

…Be sure to scroll down to view pictures from last year’s Rise School Gala!


Contact: Ashley Kress

Development Director, The Rise School of Houston



Fifteenth Annual Holiday Shopping Event to be Held at Bering’s

HOUSTON, TX – (November 5, 2014) The Rise School of HoustonTM announced today that plans are coming along wonderfully for their upcoming annual event, Gifts from the Heart. The annual shopping extravaganza will take place at Bering’s 3900 Bissonnet, on Thursday, November 20th from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m.   This year the event honors The Hamill Foundation and their incredible support of The Rise School.

This fun and exciting evening will include delicious fare, cocktails, silent auction and entertainment. Bering’s is also donating a generous percentage of all of the evening’s proceeds to The Rise School.

The Rise School of Houston provides the highest quality of early childhood education to children, ages 6 months to 6 years, with Down syndrome and other disabilities, as well as children without disabilities. The Rise School of Houston is funded solely through the generosity of individuals, corporate donors and foundations and is the only school of its kind in Houston serving pre-school age children with disabilities in an integrated environment. The program’s focus is preparing all children for inclusion in mainstream kindergarten.

Tickets are still available for this event with many underwriting opportunities available. For more information or to attend this exciting evening, please contact Ashley Kress at 713-532-7473 or go to The Rise School’s website at

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Will S. Matthews’ Holiday Party Tips

My ultimate advice for an unforgettable holiday party…? Be creative and think outside the box! Personalized touches are key to planning a memorable party. Forget about what society and tradition dictate and make your holiday party totally your own. These tips and so many more are available in my party planning how-to-guide, Everything I Needed to Know About Life I Learned from an Event Planner, available at Bering’s!

Will S. Matthews


Create an Instagram #Hashtag

We all know friends and family will be snapping Instagram-worthy photos all night long. Ask your guests to use a personalized hashtag for the night, that way you can view the photos easily and makes it fun for your social-media savvy guests.

hashtag #Give Party Favors

Personalized favors are a great way to share something personal with your guests. Be creative. One option is to purchase inexpensive bottles of wine and create a personalized bottle label wishing your guests a fun and safe holiday. It’s also a great gesture for thanking them for attending your holiday party.

Party Favors

Non-Alchoholic Cocktail Options

Be mindful of your guests that do not drink alcohol. Always have a non-alcoholic cocktail option. This is a great drink to try at a holiday office party:  (1) Cranberry Juice (2) Apple Juice and (3) Ginger Ale. …Add a candy-cane for a festive look!


North Pole Cupcakes 

Make it a Christmas party to remember, where the kids can get involved in helping with the party. All you need are regular vanilla cupcakes, frosting, candy-canes and red M&M’s. This will have your guests talking long after the party is over.

North Pole Cupcakes

For more party planning tips, please click here to order my book! I will also be holding a book signing at Bering’s on Westheimer, tomorrow from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. I hope to see you there!

Will S. Matthews Book Signing at Bering's


Will S. Matthews | Chief Event Planner

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Bering’s Exclusive Herend Artist Event!

Bering's Herend EventPress Contacts:

Julie Shuford, Bering’s 713-785-6400 x1044

or 512-695-7296

For Immediate Release

Digital photography available upon request

Bering’s Exclusive Herend Artist Event

Event to feature hand painted porcelain treasures rarely found in the US.

Bering's Herend Artist EventOctober 20, 2014 – On October 24th and 25th Bering’s, located in Houston, TX, will celebrate a landmark occasion orchestrated by the internationally acclaimed Herend Porcelain Manufactory of Hungary. After earning lasting fame worldwide for its exquisite porcelain soon after it’s founding in 1826, Herend today is the largest European manufactory of handcrafted, hand painted porcelain. It remains the brand of choice of royalty, leaders of nations and celebrities from all walks of life.

As one of only ten US retail dealers handpicked to host the event, the store will feature display shelves and tables laden with gallery-worthy porcelain finery rarely seen in the US, while accomplished Herend painter Marianna Steigervald demonstrates painting techniques and signs purchases. Customers can expect a stunning array of magnificent designs, novel show colors and captivating shapes. With something to entice Herend enthusiasts of every genre, the expansive assortment of show goods will be accompanied by other exceptional Herend porcelain gems, such as art sculptures from Herend’s limited-edition Reserve Collection. This year’s featured pieces include a blue jay in a rich mix of sapphire and blue with white and gold accents, and Pond Life with its masterful combination of fishnet and natural colors revealing a vibrant underwater world.

Other perpetually popular artist show pieces are figurines painted in Herend’s signature fishnet design in special show colors such as lavender, turquoise, platinum, cobalt blue and gold, black and gold, mosaic and 24-karat fishnet. Beautiful door prizes will be awarded, and while supplies last miniature figurines will be given as gifts with minimum purchase.

An extra special touch to this year’s events is a joint endeavor between Herend and luxury candle company Agraria. Long known for their beautiful scents, Agraria candles will be available along with a unique Herend lid created specifically for the candles to adorn them and keep them dust free when not in use. The lids are painted in Herend’s two top-selling patterns, Queen Victoria with a butterfly finial and Rothschild Bird with a bird finial.

While Marianna is an 18-year veteran painter at Herend, the 2014 artist event tour marks her first visit to the US. To welcome her, Herend and Bering’s invite all to join their hospitality rally to welcome Marianna to the US while helping a worthy cause to benefit. At the close of her tour, the location that Marianna feels was most welcoming will be awarded an exquisite Herend tureen and platter worth $6,500 for a local nonprofit organization selected by the winning store and its customers.

Bering’s has two Houston, TX locations, 6102 Westheimer, Houston, TX 77057 as well as a location at 3900 Bissonnet, Houston, TX 77005; telephone 713.785.6400; website; show hours are October 24 at 6102 Westheimer Location, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and October 25 at 3900 Bissonnet Location, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.


About Bering’s:

The first Bering’s Hardware opened in Houston, Texas in 1940 as a traditional hardware and lumber company. A second location was developed in 1987. Through the years, Bering’s has grown its offerings into 16 separate departments and has been cited in several national articles and books as being one of the best places to shop in America.

Bering’s continues to operate as a family owned, one-of-a-kind store providing an unparalleled shopping experience. Renowned for their bridal and baby registry services, offering an incredible array of upscale gifts including china, crystal, stationery, coffees and teas, quality hardware items for the home, as well as everything for the kitchen and yard.



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Unconventional Cleaning Tips

Our apologies to those of you following our blog, as we are a bit behind on our posts! Thank you for hanging in there as we are excited about this post and hope you will enjoy our list of unconventional cleaning tips! Our list of household cleaning tips was compiled by our valued customers, bloggers and Bering’s employees!

  1. How to easily clean baked on food from dishes:

For baked on food that is near impossible to scrub off, we suggest you do the following:

You will need:

-          One fabric softener sheet

-          A little liquid detergent

-          Hot water

“Place your dish in the warm soapy water with the fabric sheet and let it soak for a bit before rinsing it and the grime should come right off!” – Cynthia, Bering’s Stationer

Juliska Berry & Thread Dish*Juliska’s Berry & Thread Rectangular Baker.

  1. How to dust like a pro:

While this tip isn’t very “unconventional” since the method of cleaning isn’t homemade, we wanted to include the tip because it is a bit contrary to what you might expect!

The dusting solution:

“First spray furniture cleaner or polish on your cloth instead of directly on your furniture. This helps to ensure equal coverage and prevents possible spotting or unforeseen issues that could result in a new cleaner on a surface.” – A valued Bering’s customer, Pat.


  1. Cleaning products to avoid around your natural stone:

Our customers frequently ask us about the best cleaning products for their natural stone counter-tops and floors. As helpful as knowing what to use can be, we are big believers in an ounce of prevention when it comes to knowing what not to use! Here is what one of our customers had to share. (*Unconventional or not, we thought we’d slip this tip in!)

Watch out for this cleaning ingredient around natural stone:

International Stoneworks Lavenet is my favorite for natural stone counter-tops because it is ammonia free. I steer clear of cleaning products containing ammonia on the areas touching my counter-tops, such as mirrors or windows, because it is not good for natural stone surfaces.” – A valued Bering’s customer, Pat.

No Ammonia

  1. How to get pesky stains out of your clothes:

Take a deep breath because this little concoction will take the stain out of your favorite cotton top!

You will need:

-          Dreft or Folex

-          Oxy Clean powder

The stain solution:

“Place the garment on a flat surface and then drench the stained area with Folex or Dreft stain remover. Once the stained area is soaked, sprinkle Oxy Clean powder on and rub it in so that a paste is formed over the stain. Let it sit and soak in overnight and then wash as usual. Voila, the stain is gone!” – Julie, Bering’s Marketing Manager

folex and oxi clean

  1. Cleaning your fine silver with items you are sure to have around your house:

While we were initially a bit skeptical about this one, after trying it on a small silver mint julep cup we are believers!

You will need:

-          Aluminum foil

-          Baking soda

-          Boiling water

Unconventional silver cleaning:

“Line the bottom of your sink with aluminum foil and then add about a half cup of baking soda to boiling water before gently placing your silver piece in to soak. Keep an eye on the water and as soon as the bubbling reaction subsides, rinse with cool water and pat dry with a soft cloth.” – Kristin, Bering’s Stationer

gorham chantilly

  1. How to clean copper pots:                   

According to Martha Stewart, cleaning your copper pots is literally as simple as cutting a lemon in half, shaking salt in the pan and rubbing the lemon on the surface / tarnished area!

Martha Stewart's Solution

  1. How to Clean a Dyson:

A Typical English Home couldn’t have said it better in their post on cleaning a Dyson. If you own a Dyson then we suggest keeping it in optimal shape by giving it an occasional cleaning. Click on the link below for an easy way to keep it in tip-top condition!

how to clean a dyson


  1. How to clean your toilet:

You might notice that we conveniently saved the most undesirable item to clean for last! As undesirable as cleaning your toilet bowls might be, the good news is that we are pretty certain you can relax knowing you have the basics to ensure your toilet bowls will be as white as new! The next time you have unexpected visitors or forget to pick up Lysol’s toilet cleaner on your way home from work, keep it simple with these two items:

You will need:

-          Baking soda

-          Vinegar

The unconventional toilet cleaning solution:

“Spray or pour a little vinegar in your toilet bowl and then sprinkle in some baking soda around the ring that you are cleaning. Let it sit for a few seconds (or longer) and then scrub with a brush before flushing.” – A valued Bering’s customer, Sarah.

…While it would be a thrill for us to report that we are now selling a new Magic Wand to replace all of your traditional cleaning products – we hope baking soda, aluminum foil, vinegar and some of the other household items come close! Unconventional cleaning tips can be pretty magical when you are in a bind and do not have your traditional go-to cleaner on hand.

Thanks again to our customers, bloggers and employees for sharing their favorite cleaning tips! Please note that while some of our valued customers, brilliant bloggers and employees have tried these cleaning methods, we advise first trying these out on something that isn’t a prized possession to help ensure the mixture is just right. After all, these are our top unconventional cleaning tips!

For more unconventional cleaning options take a look at A Typical English Home‘s infographic pasted below:

LaundryGuideInfographic* A Typical English Home

As compelling as unconventional household items can be when you run out of your favorite cleaner, we do hope you’ll visit us for all of your conventional cleaning items!

Until the next visit!

-          Bering’s Home



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