How Does Tree Classics’ Real Feel Technology Set Our Products Apart?

During Christmas time, family members leave their professional lives in the city and travel to their hometowns to celebrate everyone’s favorite holiday with loved ones. One of the things they look forward to when they get to their childhood home is the Christmas tree, the star and centerpiece of the Yuletide season. Wouldn’t it be great if they could come home to a tree that looks and feels just like the real thing? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if they could see something that would remind them of the warmth of Christmases past and cherished family traditions? It definitely would make the journey home even more special. With Tree Classics’s Real FeelTM Technology, you can have the perfect artificial Christmas tree to highlight these timeless Christmas reunions.  Fraser 1

What is Tree Classics’ Real Feel Technology?

Beautiful realism in Tree Classics’ Christmas tree branches.

Real FeelTM Technology is Tree Classics’ innovative solution to give our artificial Christmas trees with superb realism. In this process, our experts gather actual branch cuttings of trees and use them as models for their wide array of products. We also construct the foliage using high quality PE needles. When taken together, this creates the branches and tips on our Christmas trees and wreaths that capture the shape, color and lushness of trees found in evergreen forests.

The realism of our Christmas trees elevates homes to new stylish heights and evokes the serene and much cherished ambiance that’s associated with the holiday season. What’s particularly marvelous with Tree Classics’s Real FeelTM Christmas trees is that you get all the beauty and heartfelt atmosphere of a real tree, without the hassles involved, such as sap, needle shedding and constant disposal.

What are some of Tree Classics’ Real FeelTM Trees?  .

 Our Ontario Spruce Christmas Tree is made using our Real Feel Technology.

One delightful product that has our Real FeelTM Technology is the Ontario Spruce Christmas Tree. Inspired by the white spruce commonly seen in Southern Ontario, this tree has one of the finest PE needles in the market, producing a level of realism that’s simply breathtaking. Looking at the needles, you’ll notice the similarity in color and texture much like its inspiration.

Our Monticello Regency Fir has branches that resemble its inspiration.

Another product that captures the spirit of the real tree is our Monticello Regency Fir Christmas Tree. With its teardrop shape and abundance of PE needles, this tree looks like the healthiest of fir trees in the middle of a dense forest. Its bountiful appearance will both charm family members and impress guests.

Fill your home with the unmatched beauty and classic appeal of Christmas using Tree Classics Real FeelTM technology. View our wide selection of products to find the perfect tree for your home and holiday celebrations.

Home Design Ideas: Kitchen Counter Solutions

In our previous post, we showed you how you can give your kitchen a fresh look with little effort by paying attention to the little details. We now focus on the kitchen countertop, the most commonly used space in the kitchen. This post will show you how you can maximize counter space through a few simple decorating ideas.

The Mobile Countertop

For people who have small kitchens, finding enough countertop space can be challenge. You can solve this dilemma by using a rolling cart as your very own mobile countertop. All you have to do is to slide it out whenever you need extra counter space. You can push it aside and out of the way after use or when you need the extra floor space instead. Having a mobile countertop can also be useful in larger kitchens. Its versatility will allow you to move it around while you’re busy cooking up a big meal. It can even serve as a handy meal trolley when you present your food to your guests.

The Space-savers

When organizing your kitchen, start by examining which items take up too much counter space. Pots and knife blocks, for example, are a couple of kitchen objects that don’t really have to be on your counter. One fine alternative is by hanging them neatly on a rack. This way, they’ll always be within reach but safely out of the way. If you run out of wall space, use a pot rack that hangs from the ceiling. These ceiling-mounted pot racks are a boon because you can hang just about any manner of cookware on them.

The Dual-purpose Island

Adding a kitchen island is another great way to utilize the space in your kitchen. Aside from giving you an extra surface you can work on, kitchen islands can also provide additional storage space for your kitchen items. If you decide to have an island installed, make sure to maximize the space at the bottom. Use it for shelf space or install a warming drawer or wine rack into it. See if you can fit some of your smaller appliances under the island. If you often eat or socialize in the kitchen, it’s a good idea to save some room underneath the island where you can stash chairs or stools when not in use.

Organizing your kitchen is not as complicated as it may seem. By simply learning which kitchen items belong on top of the counter and which ones should be kept away, you can make good use of every space available as well as give your kitchen a clean and uncluttered look.

Decorating Tips: How to Make Your Kitchen Look Good as New

One of the most important places in a home, the kitchen is not only a place for meals; it’s also a room for family conversations and special celebrations. For most, it’s the first place they go to in the morning to grab a cup of coffee, have some breakfast, and start the day with a pleasant chat with loved ones. As such, it’s only fitting to make your kitchen as warm and cozy as possible.

Redecorating your kitchen once in a while is a good idea to keep it comfortable, and autumn is the perfect time to do so. This way, you can get some much-needed redecorating done for your kitchen just in time for holiday entertaining. Below are a few simple decorating ideas on how you can keep this special room looking fresh and good as new.

Declutter

Giving your kitchen a new look can be as simple as clearing all unnecessary objects in the room. Sometimes, in your effort to decorate your kitchen every season, you may actually be “overdecorating” without realizing it. Sift through the different items in your kitchen and try to determine which ones are essential and which ones are not. Make sure to keep your dishware in cupboards and your utensils in drawers to give your kitchen a clean and organized look.

Colorize

When it comes to kitchens, adding too much color can actually take away its natural appeal. You can’t go wrong with muted and neutral tones because they give your kitchen a fresh, uncluttered ambiance. A monochromatic look works well, but don’t be afraid to add a specific accent color.

Also, with the multitude of interior home design ideas that abound, there is a certain part of a room that is almost always neglected: the ceiling. The next time you decide to change the colors in your kitchen, don’t forget the ceiling. You can paint it using the same color as your kitchen walls or with a complementary color to make it stand out.

Light

There is nothing wrong with white walls in a kitchen, but if you want to add a bit of flavor or variety, you can play with your lighting. Light is an important element of design, no matter what room you’re decorating. Aside from window placement, finding the right location for light fixtures and the appropriate type of lighting is vital. Flat, even lighting may suffice for getting around the kitchen, but it rarely highlights the room’s best features.

Professional interior decorators use a trick called backsplash lighting to create a more dramatic effect. It also highlights the workmanship of your kitchen panels and illuminates the countertops nicely. Backsplash lighting is also installed in a way that conceals the light source, giving it the illusion of being natural light. If you’re looking to add a dramatic flair to your kitchen, using backsplash lighting can do the trick.

When redecorating your kitchen, remember these three basic decorating tips: Declutter, colorize, and light. There are many more ways in which you can change the look of your kitchen, but the steps above are great starting points because they touch upon the basics and prepare you for the more major changes you may wish to achieve.

How to Fluff Your Artificial Wreath and Garland

Just like artificial Christmas trees, wreaths and garlands need to be expanded and shaped to get their perfect form. Follow these tips from Tree Classics on how to fluff your foliage decorations properly:

How to fluff garlands and wreaths by Tree Classics

How to fluff a wreath

Choose an area where you can fluff your wreath, preferably on a surface that’s resistant to scratching. If you are working on a pre-lit wreath, get an extension cord where you can plug the lights on your wreath. You may need to turn the lights on while you are fluffing your wreath to help you achieve the best look.

Fluffing a wreath is fairly easy, and you can do so by simply spreading the branches out. But doing this in a haphazard manner will make it look messy and unkempt. Be sure to follow one direction to make the foliage look lush and neat. To do this, start from the outermost tips then work your way counter-clockwise until you reach the innermost tips. Take the uppermost tip to begin, bend it towards the right, then lift it upwards to form a soft “J” shape. Take the tip to the left of the first one and do the same. Bend and lift the succeeding tips until you reach the end, then continue with the next row. Follow the same procedure as before but make sure to lift the tips toward you to add volume to the wreath. Continue shaping the tips row after row until you get to the ones at the center of the wreath. Bend the innermost tips toward the center to cover part of the hole in the middle. Before you finish, try hanging the wreath and take a few steps back to check your work. Apply some needed adjustments before decorating the wreath.

How to fluff a garland

Unlike wreaths, which often serve as the focal point in a room, garlands can be fluffed any way you want. Pull each tip away from the center to give the garland volume. Carefully comb the tips toward the sides using your hands. Continue doing this for the entire length of the garland.

How to fluff a teardrop swag

Teardrop swags look so much better when fluffed, which you can do by bringing the tips outwards. Begin by pulling the needles found at the edges sideways then upwards toward the tapered tip. Make sure to cover the underside of the swag as well by tugging the bottom tips downwards. Set the focal point by pull the needles in the middle of the swag toward you then pointing them upwards. By arranging the tips to point to one direction, you can give your teardrop swag a neat and shapely look. Avoid leaving any noticeable gaps on the foliage by spreading the needles out evenly.

With a little fluffing, you can make your foliage décor pieces come to life. Follow this nifty guide from Tree Classics for a lush and tidy display of greenery.

How to Fluff Your Artificial Christmas Tree

Fluffing Your Christmas Tree

The holiday season is fast approaching, and you may already have a lot on your plate before you know it. Start preparing for the happiest time of the year by taking out your Christmas tree, and giving it a good amount of fluffing with these steps from Tree Classics:

Step 1: Prepare the Space for Your Tree

Fluffing your tree may be tiring, so take a break if you must.

Make sure that the space is clear from anything that can make the floor uneven. Lay down the tree stand and check if it’s stable enough before doing anything else.

If you are assembling a pre-lit tree, make sure a power outlet is nearby. If not, prepare an extension cord. You will need to turn on the tree’s lights to appreciate your work as you go along.

Gloves are optional, but we recommend wearing them so your hands can glide easily over the tree’s tips and branches. More than that, wearing gloves can prevent you from hurting yourself throughout the fluffing process.

Step 2: Put up the Tree and… Fluff, Fluff, Fluff!

Make sure that all the sections of your artificial Christmas tree are in the right place, but don’t attach them all at once. Connect the bottom (often the largest) section first, fluff as you go along, and work your way up. If you are setting up a pre-lit artificial tree, turn on the Christmas lights to give you a better picture of the tree as you are plumping it up.

Ensure that each of the branches has fallen into place. Start with the inner branch tips going towards the outer ones. Carefully point the outer tips to different directions to fan them out from the center. Doing this will give you good volume. Focus on fluffing every branch layer, then move upwards. When you’re done with the bottom section, connect the next one and do the same.

Refer to the photos of the tree you purchased to give you an example of how it should look. If your tree is styled to be “downswept” just like what you usually see in most woodlands, you will need to angle your branches downward. If it is “upswept”, you will need point your branches upward as if it’s reaching out to the heavens. Fluffing your Christmas tree may be tiring and time-consuming, so take a break if you must. You wouldn’t want to be sore while you delight in the glory of your tree afterwards.

Step 3: Enjoy the Spectacle!

When you have achieved the desired volume, take a step back and check it from every angle. If there are any considerable gaps, fluff it some more to fill them in. Another way to see if you did a good job is by checking that the Christmas lights are evenly dispersed. This way, you can make sure that your Christmas tree looks lovely both in the day, and at night.

Fluffing your artificial Christmas tree is key to making it look fresh and real. When you are satisfied with your work, give yourself a pat on the back and enjoy your masterpiece!

Tree Classics’ Guide to Wreaths, Garlands, Swags, Teardrops and Centerpieces

Different types of decorative foliage are now used to adorn homes. Tree Classics offers its selection of swags, teardrops, centerpieces, wreaths and garlands to provide customers with high-quality, realistic products that will last years. Learn the differences and uses of these traditional holiday products with this guide from Tree Classics.

Wreaths

A wreath is an arrangement of leaves, twigs, flowers and ornaments assembled in a ring that may range from 18 to 60 inches in diameter. The decorative foliage is often put up on the wall over the fireplace mantle, or on the front door to welcome guests with warmth as you celebrate the season. Tree Classics offers artificial Christmas wreaths that vary according to design, pre-strung lights, and materials used.

Classic wreaths. Often modeled after evergreen trees, our wreaths are made with Real-Feel&trade PE needles, high-quality PVC needles, or both for a combined look of realism and abundance. Some of our wreaths are crafted to mimic the real tree that inspired its designer. For instance, our Classic Noble Fir wreath, which matches the Tree Classics Classic Fraser Fir tree is designed after the North American Fraser fir, which is one of the most popular Christmas trees in the US.

Decorated wreaths. Tree Classics also offers decorated wreaths to save you the time and effort in adding trimmings to the wreath for the holidays.

Golden Treasures Wreath by Tree Classics

Golden Treasures Wreath by Tree Classics

The Golden Treasures Wreath features gold ornaments, ribbons and brown pine cones that inspire a jovial Christmas spirit. Each of our decorated wreaths is made to be safe for the home with its flame-proof materials.

Realistic dried wreaths. Tree Classics also offers wreaths that are meant to mimic the exquisite appearance of dried wreaths. The Winterberry Christmas Wreath from our collection features realistic dried branches embellished with small bright red berries. Unlike fresh to dry wreaths, our realistic dried wreaths don’t shed and can be kept in storage until the next season. Made of high-quality PVC material, the foliage-based decorative item from Tree Classics is durable enough to add a picturesque detail to your home for years.

Wreaths offered by Tree Classics are available unlit, or pre-lit with clear or energy-saving LED clear lights. Some of our products come with a battery pack and timer so they can be set up anywhere you want without the need for a nearby outlet.

Wreaths come in different sizes. Larger wreaths are perfect for creating a more festive charm or for decorating larger mantles or doors. They create an impressive focal point in a room. Smaller wreaths, on the other hand, are ideal for small doors, or double doors. They may not be great on size, but small wreaths are exceptional in adding a simple but elegant touch to your home.

Garlands

Set up a few garlands in your home and you will get that instant holiday charm. Known to be all-around Christmas decorations, garlands often have matching foliage with a wreath or a tree based on the real tree that the designer modeled them after. The versatile garlands can be hung in any area, or wrapped around any banister or pillar in your home. Tree Classics offers artificial Christmas garlands that have been crafted with high quality needle tips that last years and years of use.

Undecorated garlands. Some garlands are offered undecorated by Tree Classics to highlight the realism and lushness of their foliage.  The Classic Fraser Fir garland is crafted with the brand’s exclusive Real-Feel™ technology to simulate the realness of the evergreens of North Carolina. Some models are offered pre-lit with clear lights to make the foliage glow in beauty.

Decorated garlands. Our decorated garlands are embellished with ornaments that are arranged to give your home a festive ambience. The Woodbury Classic Noble Fir Garland features clusters of natural brown pine cones and twig sticks that peek out from behind its lush fir foliage. Carefully crafted, our decorated garlands inspire a holiday atmosphere with its marvelous ornaments.

Available in unlit and pre-lit models with clear lights or clear LEDs, our garlands are made with flame-proof materials for your family’s safety and peace of mind. Wrap these holiday staples around the tree or stairway banisters, or hang them from your window, door frames, or fireplace mantle to reinforce your family’s excitement for the Yuletide season.

Swags

Swags are the foliage that adorn mailboxes and mantles. Also commonly seen above the front door, on windows, or even on tops of tables, swags are made to overflow with foliage and ornaments, to create a cheerful visual treat. These foliage products come in different lengths and shapes, depending on how they are intended to be used. An exceptional focal point, swags are also a lovely alternative to front door wreaths.

Teardrops

Like the swag, the teardrop features an abundance of foliage and ornaments such as berry sprays, pine cones, acorns, leaves, flowers, and ribbons. Its distinct tapered shape makes it look gorgeous when hung, especially when brimming with ornaments. The teardrops from Tree Classics are made with Real-Feel™ needle tips, sometimes interspersed with PVC needles to give it more volume. Just like Christmas trees, teardrops help bring in the spirit of the season with their verdant greenery and colorful accents.

Also a lovely alternative to wreaths, teardrops look great on the front door. But these foliage products are perfect almost anywhere you put them, whether on doors, walls, or even on staircase banisters.

Centerpieces

Foliage centerpieces are placed exactly on that spot where everyone gathers, making them the real focal point of the room during celebrations. The decorative foliage has the task of unifying all the decorations in the room while it sits at the center of the dining table. Some centerpieces are made with candleholders to make it easier to create a warm candle-lit setting for a welcoming ambience.

Swags can also be used as centerpieces. If you want a foliage item to run the whole length of the table, use a garland instead.

Tying your home’s look together, the centerpiece can also be used as a holiday accessory for the center table in the living room, or the coffee table in the front porch.

You can never go wrong with foliage arrangements when sprucing up your home for the holiday season. These decorative items are classic pieces that evoke happiness, serving as a reminder of previous Christmas celebrations joyfully spent with your loved ones.

 

Spruce Up Your Outdoor Patio with Unique Outdoor Lawn Ornaments

Autumn is a time for reflection and looking back at life’s wonderful moments. With its splash of earth tones and cool weather, the season provides décor inspiration for preparing your patio with that old outdoorsy charm. Tree Classics presents outdoor decorating ideas you’ll love.

Outdoor Fabric Canopy

Fabric canopy over outdoor table setupInvite family and friends over for a good old-fashioned al fresco dinner. With a wooden table and some outdoor chairs, you can create the perfect table setting crowned by a country-inspired fabric canopy. You can also use outdoor lawn chairs for a more relaxed atmosphere. Sunup or sundown, you can create wonderful memories and inspire heartwarming conversations with this outdoor setup

Old Chair Swing

A swing made from an old chairEncourage family and friends to play outside by repainting an old chair and hanging it on a sturdy tree to be used as a swing. Aside from a place to relax and play, this old chair swing gives your home a friendly, welcoming appearance. You can also use it as your own quiet place where you can reflect, read a good book, or drink some tea.

Outdoor Spheres

Outdoor chicken wire spheresFor a quick and easy patio or garden makeover, mold chicken wire into spheres and use them to decorate your outdoor space. Use spray paint to give them a colorful or monochromatic look. You can even add some lights inside the spheres if they’ll be used near a power socket. Beautifully practical, they can be reused each year with a quick respray and reshaping of the chicken wire.

Potted Trees and Topiaries

Tree Classics Potted Natural Cut Fraser Fir TreeFor many, the fall is also the season of the harvest. Foliage fall décor is ideal during autumn because it denotes abundance and prosperity. Use them on your patio as homage to the harvest season and embellish them with dried flowers and pumpkin ornaments for a fall-inspired look.

The Classic Wreath

Tree Classics Classic Cranberry WreathA traditional décor piece, the wreath has been used to decorate front doors and mantels for years. A variety of types, colors, and shapes make it a versatile piece, allowing it to be used throughout the year. This fall, decorate your front patio with a wreath that carries the colors of the season. Bright reds and earthy tones make for a picture-perfect fall décor piece.

With a tad of resourcefulness and a little bit of effort, you can make your patio an autumn haven for you and your family. The ideas shared above show how you can make your outdoor patio more beautiful and enjoyable during the fall. Combine them with some of your original ideas and enjoy the great outdoors before the holiday rush comes.

How to Assemble a Tree Classics Artificial Christmas Tree

No holiday gathering is complete without a beautiful Christmas tree as a focal point. Taking the time to set your artificial Christmas tree up properly will provide your home a more festive atmosphere that family and friends will appreciate. In this post, we show you how to assemble your Tree Classics Christmas tree and bring out the best of the holiday season.

Decorated Alberta Spruce Christmas Tree from Tree Classics

Before We Begin

Think of the location first. It is important to consider the size of your tree relative to your desired location. Remember that the width is just as important as the height so you won’t need to rearrange the furniture every Christmas. A simple solution would be to place the tree in the same spot every year; having a special place for your tree creates an endearing family tradition.

After finding the perfect location for your tree, it’s now time to assemble it. We provide a step-by-step guide below to help make assembly quick and easy so you’ll spend less time assembling and more time decorating your tree with your family.

Assembling Your Tree

  1. Unfold tree stand until the legs are perpendicular. Insert eyebolts and tighten gently.
    Assembled Christmas tree stand
  2. Insert the pole of the bottom section of the tree into the assembled tree stand and tighten the eyebolts as necessary. Plug the electric cord into wall outlet.
    Tree stand and bottom section of tree
  3. Gently pull the branches down, starting with the bottom row of large artificial Christmas tree branches. Tie up the remaining upper rows of the tree branches in the closed position with a piece of rope or a bungee cord. Pull twigs alternately upward and outward, starting with the twigs closest to the pole. Work your way out to the tip of the branch. Do this row by row until you reach the upper part of the tree section.
  4. Insert the middle section of the tree into the bottom section. Make sure to insert middle section plug into bottom section plug. Repeat shaping twigs and branches as in the bottom section. If your tree has more than three sections, insert the next section and proceed shaping as you have in the past sections.
    Middle and bottom section of tree
  5. Insert the top section into the middle section. Make sure to insert top section plug into the middle section plug, unless your tree has a foot switch. If this is the case, follow instructions included with your tree. Repeat shaping twigs and branches as in the previous sections. The artificial Christmas tree top section will be shaped differently. After shaping the twigs, gently curve tips up to give a more natural appearance. Pull the long single tip up to point to the ceiling. Don’t be afraid to shape and bend the branches to your liking to create the desired look.
    Top and middle section of tree

After assembling your tree, you can decorate it to match your holiday home décor. You can add a tree skirt that matches your Christmas tree ornaments to complete the look. If you’re planning to buy a new tree for Christmas, check out this post for information that will help you get the perfect Christmas tree for your home.

How to Decorate All Year Round with Artificial Wreaths and Garlands

Artificial wreaths and garlands are timeless decorating staples for any home. They’re easy to use, elegant even without any additional accents, and complement various styles. Most people assume that these wonderful items can only be used as Christmas decorations, but what they don’t know is that they can be displayed year round. Learn how to use these smart and stylish ornamental pieces with this decorating guide from the Tree Classics blog.

A bare wall with a Christmas wreath.

 

Artificial Wreath Decorating Ideas

One idea is to place a wreath against a bare white wall. The foliage is often stunning enough on its own. It’s a great idea to take advantage of the natural contrast. Let the verdure and its vibrant green color bring an animated spirit to your space. If you want a little more character, add an earth-toned bow or even a colorful ornament.

A wreath paired with candles and potted plants.

You can also combine your wreath with other foliage products. Pairing your wreath with a green swag and simple tabletop trees can create a display that’s brimming with life. You can also include a candle or even a plant in a different hue. This design idea is particularly recommended for stuffy rooms that need a fresh atmosphere.

Countryside Christmas Wreath

Of course, there are also several Christmas wreaths out there that can be used for other seasons. Tree Classics’ Countryside Christmas Artificial Wreath features orange pine cones, berries, acorns, and twig balls that can easily go well with an autumn theme. This quaint and beautiful wreath can complement pumpkins, gourds, autumn leaves, and various fall candles. Place this on your mantel, or hang it on your door for a hint of rustic elegance.

Artificial Garland Decorating Ideas

A mantel with a nature inspired garland theme.

Garlands can be used for various times of the year. Consider creating a display inspired by nature in your mantel. Pairing a simple but beautiful garland, such as our Classic Fraser Fir, with a couple more plants of different varieties, adorned with silver decor, animal figurines and a captivating oil painting, can create a showcase that calls to mind the beauty of the outdoors.

A staircase decorated with beautiful artificial garlands.

Garlands with ribbons can also be used to highlight your staircase. This quick addition will turn your steps into a magnificent showpiece.

An autumn-inspired garland theme.

You can also hang your garland on the mantel and embellish it with real oranges and lemons. Simple yet sophisticated, this design ideas uses color with a zest. Even without an elaborate theme and various accents, you’ll be guaranteed a display that matches the ecstatic hues found outdoors.

Eager to decorate with foliage no matter the season? Use these beloved holiday items during the whole year and enjoy a gorgeous and lively display for the entire family. Visit Tree Classics for more design inspiration for your home.

A Lighthouse in Maine Shines with a Tree Classics Christmas Tree

Tree Classics has extended the spirit of Christmas in July to the coastline of Maine by donating a brand new 7.5-foot Grand Fir Christmas Tree to the Parks and Recreation Department of York. The tree is displayed outside the Cape Neddick Lighthouse, which is fondly referred to by locals as the Nubble Light. The evergreen comes decorated with our very own Champagne Ornaments for a total value of $1,228.

Tree Classics donates a Grand Fir Christmas Tree to the Cape Neddick Lighthouse in York, Maine
Tree Classics’ Grand Fir Christmas Tree in Cape Neddick

The Grand Fir Christmas Tree was raffled off during York Days 2014 in an effort to raise additional funds for the Nubble Light. Raffle tickets were made available in the Nubble Light Gift Shop for $5 per five tickets. All proceeds go to the fund dedicated to the maintenance of the historic Nubble Light, which has been in use since 1879.

The evergreen was displayed fully decorated on the coastline. Tourists and locals had a chance to marvel at the spectacle. The tree was then moved to the gift shop on August 1, and transferred over the weekend to the craft fair in York, a popular summer destination. It remained on display at the fair until August 3.