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About Alexander Calzadilla

Alexander Calzadilla is a Cuban male originally from Philadelphia, who has happily called Miami his home since moving here at the age of 15. He attended Southwest Sr. High School and Florida International University, ultimately receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. While in college, he began working as a paralegal for the Law Offices of Jeffrey E. Reichenbacher, a position he kept for seven years after graduation. He subsequently worked at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius Associates before landing at Costa Nursery. After distinguishing himself with many accomplishments, he was promoted to the position of Director of Specialty Products, which included the orchid, bonsai and lucky bamboo departments. When Alex was first put in charge of the three departments, they ranked near the bottom. By the time he left Costa after seven years, Alex had transformed the floundering departments into unqualified successes, posting record earnings, sales and profitability. In 2008 Alex was named the Costa Employee of the Year. Alex now puts his formidable prowess as a businessman into his newest venture, Avant-Garde Home Furnishings, LLC, serving as Managing Partner.

About Avant-Garde

We offer home furnishings and decor for every area of your home,both inside and out, always striving to bring you the most current design elements being used by today's top designers, at a fraction of their retail cost. Whether you are completely redecorating an area of your home, looking for the perfect accent piece to finish off an existing room, shopping for a unique gift, or simply "window shopping" to get design ideas, Avant-Garde is the place to go for everything modern & contemporary for your home.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Beware of Checks if you accept them.....

Beware of Checks if you accept them.....

A story to make all of you merchants aware of the danger in accepting checks...

I am sharing with all of you today a story that is incredible to believe even for someone who is going through it as we speak.. A couple of weeks ago I started to receive checks for work orders coming in to my online webstore, I received a total of 7 work orders totaling 12,781.00 into the store..

I was happy as hell that many WO's and to a single customer it was going to be a good month after all.. Well that was then .. Fast forward two weeks later and the story changes.. All WO came in under PPN Holdings Limited, no problem there but under the scenes my assistant was talking to someone claiming to be Joelle Salgado, an old friend of mine using all his information and that he had started a new company by the name of PPN Holdings, Limited - Still no real red flag there but to me it would have been - You see Joelle Salgado was deported to Mexico back in March.. Yrea he could have come back but still a case worth a red flag.. Well to make a long story short about a week ago I received a call from someone claiming to be from PPN Holdings wanting to know what this was.. By this I mean AG Home Goods and that they had placed no orders through this store and that they were in no way responsible for the payments already made, cleared, and used to purchase furniture already delivered to someone or Joel Salgado himself.. Who this mystery person is I have no idea! Is it the real Joel Salgado? I have no idea? Does he have furniture that is worth over 7,000 that is now a loss to this company? Yes he does.. and who looses out in the end myself of course for trusting that checks received, cleared and deposited by bank were legal and legitimate..

As the bank of PPN Holdings, Limited reversed all charges going through their bank so I was left with a bank account that was negative 7,200, reversed checks for fraud, and the attention focusing on me and my store.. All because my assistant innocently took these WO's over the phone, received the funds, I deposited them,. they cleared the account, and we purchased and delivered the goods, most of which we had in stock.

Although today we filed a police report, got some relief from the people at the station, we are still out the 7,200 dollars in furniture we have already purchased and shipped to this person who we have no idea who it is... and thank GOD the last two checks did not go through the account and the orders cancelled because that would have made it over 12,000 in purchases... we would now be looking at losses.. Its amazing.. when you look at it a check can be duplicated by anyone..

They sell the check paper at office depot, office max, and just about anywhere stationary is sold.. All people really need is your check, routing number, account number and a simple check copy has all the information they need to do anything they wish with your account.. I mean print as many as you want and simply use them to buy things.. By the time the other party reacts, God only knows how many things you have purchased.. and all those stores simply loose that money as the originating bank always gets their money back, as they report the fraudulent activity.. I wonder what happens to thew people who do this on purpose.. 

Anyone can order checks online to any account and there is no verification... or print your own checks at home..

What is to stop a legitimate business from ordering a bunch of stuff using pay by check, having it delivered to a location other then their address, and then calling the bank and saying it was not them.. and to please reverse all charges.. HUH, one has to wonder.. 

I am writing about this to see if something similar has happened to anyone out there and if it has please send me the info as I would love to compare notes and maybe find who did this because now instead of having a good month I am having a horrible month.. I have losses totaling almost 8,000 and I don't even know how I am going to make that up.. Needless to say, Avant-Garde (AG Home Goods) is no longer accepting checks for orders unless you want us to hold the money for a period of three months and then send you your order. And actually we don't even want to do that,.. I do apologize for all of you who have paid by check and have sent in legitimate business checks to our checking account

AG Home Goods 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Modern Contemporary everyday items..

Modern Contemporary everyday items..

Today I am sharing with all of you everyday modern-contemporary items. These are everyday items that we all need and have in our homes. From new innovative bathroom sinks and vanity sink combinations to full household rooms and home decor, to the everyday basic items, all of them are sure to make an impact..

Enjoy the pics and post..

Simple design of the glass material wash basin 

By Qin

Firmly with a square line shape can be a wonderful force in the making of a work. One was on wash basin products below. An obvious example of design that is very feature-square line with firmness, can use to describe the luxury and modernity. Italian home design that makes the concept very concerned about not only about the beauty of form, texture, the surfaces but also the aesthetics of the product. Washbasin is highly valued as a luxury apartment interior even for the standard stars. This product has a square shape with the impression of expensive elegant simple design combined, it is not only the main tap and the basin where the water holds the key priorities take precedence. Besides modern drawer can be use to put consumer goods and hand-washing hygiene. In this picture the placement of sinks in place at the corner of the room by putting a mirror in front of him. The color is light brown and transparent material of glass quality is an invaluable asset of wash basin facilities that are part of the interior of the house. 

transparent hand washing

simple washbasin of glass

Simple Gazebo Design with Sliding Cover for Outdoor Living, ShangriLa by Florian Asche

April Allterior provides a new convenience for you to enjoy the beauty of outdoor living. ShangriLa is a gazebo with sliding cover, designed by Florian Asche with simple and attractive designs. A new perspective on life on outdoor living that can protect your privacy in an attractive manner. The multi screen is using 100% weather material such as stainless steel and acrylic fibers. This gazebo comes with a fabric screen moves very easy to use or shifted. The screen fabric is removable and very easy to clean. It’s really an interesting design that could create a style in any outdoor decor.

gazebo design with sliding cover for outdoor living

ShangriLa come in different colors of fabric screen that you can choose according to your wishes. This gazebo can be used as a place to sunbathe or just hanging out with your friends. A simple design that is very easy to match with any outdoor decorations. The gazebo has a long dimension of 3000 mm, width 3000 mm and 2300 mm height that can be placed on the roof or outdoor area. Visit April Allterior immediately for more information about this exciting design.

simple stylish gazebo design by Florian Asche
stylish gazebo design by April Allterior
outdoor gazebo with stainless steel and acrylic fibers
modern gazebo with simple design ShangriLa
attractive gazebo designs with fabric screen

Unique and Simple Hanging Shelving System, Upside Down by Adrien de Melo

A new design has been developed by Adrien de Melo in rack design with a unique and very interesting looks. Introducing Upside Down shelf that is a library and designed to Culturel louis vuitton. Unlike the usual rack design, this rack consists of 10 modules suspended translucent inflatable which has 5 columns. This rack has been supported by a stainless steel frame of the details of each edge of the box. Upside Down is designed in various dimensions such as 450mm x 350mm module or 250mm which has a simple form. Totally different design with a unique rack design and the way the shelves are usually hanged.

simple hanging shelving system Upside Down

These cube shelves suspended by rope lifting is left in place with the strategic placement in the room. The racks hanging from the ceilings with a variety of cube sizes and accommodate books of several dimensions. It was an exceptional design with unique scenery, which is inverted from the system rack alternative. This rack is perfect design to complement any decor and easy to customized with a variety of interior room. This rack is a new way to display multiple collections of books in a unique way. Check out Adrien de Melo to learn more.

unique and simple hanging shelving system
unique cube shelving Adrien de Melo
modern shelving design pside Down
hanging shelving system Culturel louis vuitton

Modern Folding Kitchen Design with Hidden Stove, Moove Kitchen by Florida Furniture

If you have a modern house minimalist and not too large, you may want to apply this minimalist kitchen for your home kitchen. Kitchen with compact design is made by Florida Furniture. Design of a compact kitchen and get folded, so as not to take up much space. Modern folding kitchen was designed specifically to make room kitchen becomes more efficient.
Moove kitchen, offers plenty of open storage, kitchen furniture can be stored so that maximum. This kitchen has a sleek design, the stove looks hidden in the closet. When the drawer is opened, you will see the kitchen table and the stove is very efficient to use. When the kitchen drawer door closed, making the stove and the table stored neatly in a drawer, with a minimalist kitchen design, to maximize every inch of your kitchen space. Visit Florida furniture for more information, or see their minimalist furniture design to another.

compact folding kitchen design for minimalist home
folding kitchen design with hidden stove

minimalist folding kitchen design with large storage

moove folding kitchen for minimalist kitchen ideas

modern minimalist folding kitchen design ideas

minimalist folding kitchen design concept

compact folding kitchen concept

minimalist design folding kitchen by florida furniture


Modern contemporary really cool household items.. 

AG Home Goods 


Friday, June 15, 2012

New brand names come to AG Home Goods

New brands at Avant-Garde Home Furnishings, 
now DBA  AG Home Goods

With so many new items now listed on the AG Home Goods web store its a miracle I even have time to tell all of you this exciting news. AG Home Goods now carries over 3,000 separate SKU's or items in a wide range of products related to Home Decor and household furnishings..

But the best part is not the number of items but the increased selection in America's moist popular home decor and furniture brands.. 

The first brand and one that Avant-Garde has greatly expanded its selection is WMU, which has a variety of products all the way across the broad spectrum we now call home decor

WMU products Lines
  1. WMU coffee, end, and console Tables with accent furniture
  2. WMU Wine Racks
  3. WMU table decor
  4. WMU Mirrors and wall decor
  5. WMU candle holders, Sconeces, and Candles
  6. WMU Pots, Vases, Bottles, & Bookends
  7. WMU Fireplaces
  8. WMU table lamps and Wall Clocks
For a complete listing please visit the following link:




CC Home Furnishings

Avant-Garde has also expanded its offerings of CC Home Furnishings, which is one of America's favorite brand name furniture and now the category is subdivided into the following sections.

Cooper Classics Mirrors
Cooper Classics Table Decor
Cooper Classics Lighting
Cooper Classics (Accent Furniture) -  Coming Soon

Soon we will be adding the accent furniture line to complete that particular home decor line of products.. Please follow link to see all the products from CC Home Furnishings, especially the greatly expanded Modern Mirrors that this brand put out. They are absolutely amazing and are tailored for every occasion and decor preference.. 

CC Home Furnishings Modern Mirrors: 

 CC Home Furnishings Modern Lighting:

CC Home Furnishings Table Decor:



Of course our biggest selection of home decor and accent furniture still comes from Benzara, our biggest collection and product line. We feature most of the active products they currently have and add new ones every day. They represent the best home decor line in modern-contemporary products. We have broken them down into the following categories:
  1. Benzara Accent Furniture
  2. Benzara Lighting
  3. Benzara Metal Wall Art
  4. Benzara Mirrors
  5. Benzara Table Decor
  6. Benzara Pots, Planters, Vases




We have  brought IN A VERY SPECIAL LINE OF MEDIA CENTERS FOR OUR CUSTOMERS. They are known as the Furnitech Collection which comprises the nicest media entertainment units I ever saw.. They are absolutely amazing and they have three distinct collections..

Check them out at the below link:

Furnitech Abbiance Collection
Furnitech Regular collection
Furnitech ultra modern hand crafted collection


Avant-Gartde has tried very hard to introduce new products and services since its inception. We no carry most jhome decor and furniture lines that are found in the United States. We hope all of you will visit and shop on our site..

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