Fabulous Blind Ideas
Most people know venetian blinds as the slatted plastic strips with cords that are always tangled. These are quite difficult to clean and can make a room appear messy and shabby just by being tangled or crooked.
Blinds with plastic slats are out in modern interior design. Decorators often choose anodized aluminum and silver blinds for a modern window with minimalist effect. Nowadays, the variety of available venetian blinds includes a range of different designs, textures, and colors. Presently, manufacturers are producing blinds in fresh colors and interesting textures either by anodizing, painting, or coating the slats. The black blinds that were the rage in the 90s'modern trend and the neutral beiges of industrial looks are now considered boring and outdated. Plus, expert designers agree that these colors only make a room drab and impersonal. However, these blinds are still worth keeping if you would invest in special lighting treatments, bulbs, and dimmers. The light treatments can soften the starkness of the blinds.
But why waste money on lights when you can update your rooms by just choosing the right blinds for your rooms? The new, brighter neons will look perfectly retro paired with 60s' and 70s' memorabilias and designs. Colors like metallic bronze, gold and silver blinds are hot and will add instant glow and glam in any room. Rather than putting black or white venetian blinds for a wood paneled office, richer and more luxurious colors like deep wine or burgundy are advised. Brown and olive blinds are deemed best for earth toned rooms. Industrial spaces like offices look sleeker and more updated with blinds of celadon or cherry red.
If the more adventurous and bolder colors are not your style, you can still update your blinds by choosing different textures. Wooden slats are good for Asian-inspired or bohemian-themed rooms. Leather covered slats look sleek and collected for offices. Plastics are still okay for uplifting the retro vibes. If your rooms still look dated, the problem might not be the color or texture of your blinds. If you're still using vertical blinds, especially those that are floor-length, then you've found the culprit. These venetian blinds look unfashionable and outdated. Aside from being mostly same in color, they look impersonal. They also interfere with other decorative accents like statues or sculptures. If you're still saving up to replace vertical blinds, putting sheer curtains or drapes will do the trick. Another outdated blind is the mini-blind though they still function as shades for small windows. Minimize old-fashioned vibes by buying vibrantly colored mini-blinds.
Hand-painted decors are the ultimate fashion statements in terms of window treatment and venetian blinds use this technique. The slats on these blinds form part of a bigger picture when shut. These are more popular in Chinatowns and indie shops. As a result, most of the themes these blinds are of Asian or boho flair. These make for great accent pieces or as a surprise element in any room. Try any one of these tricks and watch your rooms come to life with new window personalities.
Decorating Tips To Update Your Living Room New Paint A Fireplace Mantel And More
Your living room is the entertainment and living center of your home. Chances are that you've had some very memorable gatherings there, and it is where you relax and enjoy the company of family and friends. Because this room tends to be such a high traffic area, and to have so much time spent in it, it is often the first room to show signs of wear and tear and to begin to look dated. Luckily there are small changes (like switching out light bulbs) and big changes (like installing a new fireplace mantel) that can give your living room a new look and won't turn into a major DIY project, or turn your home into a construction site.
Consider painting your living room. A splash of paint can brighten things up or give your living room a different vibe altogether. You can repaint your living room the same color which will refresh the color and get rid of any scuff marks and dings. If you decide to paint the entire room, starting from the ceiling and working down is a good idea. On the other hand, if you'd like a bit of a color change without covering everything in plastic, a feature wall could be an option for you. Picking an interesting color that goes well with the room but adds a little spice can be an excellent way to transform your living room in no time at all.
The fireplace is an often neglected area of many living rooms, and this is a pity because it can be such a lovely focal point if handled properly. Installing a new fireplace mantel - either buying one for the first time or replacing an existing one - does not take as much work as you think. If you don't have a fireplace mantel, consider getting one as it will give your fireplace a more finished, polished look. If you have a fireplace mantel, replacing it with something a little different can have a major impact on your living room. A wood fireplace mantel is easy to install so you don't have to hire a contractor. You can paint or stain a wood mantel to match the d
Antique Wood Cook Stove Uses And Advantages
Antique wood cook stoves can be found in many specialist stove restoration stores both online and offline, and are surprisingly popular even now in the early 21st century. Many stoves originally built in the 1800s or early 1900s are still used today having been fully restored and refurbished. The question is, why use an antique stove?
Firstly, we should explain exactly what a wood cook stove actually is. A wood burning cook stove is a traditional cooking appliance which requires no external electricity supply and which rather than using gas, electricity or other fossil fuels can operate purely by burning natural wood. This wood for your wood burning cook stove can be bought from a hardwood supplier or even chopped yourself from your own timber supplies.
An antique wood cook stove could be defined as one which is not just a piece designed for show or created simply to look historically accurate, but something which is original, did once work and preferably is still in working order today. Again though we are left with the question, why use an antique wood cook stove in preference to more convenient modern stove and cooking systems?
Firstly many antique stoves are bought by working farms, country and historic houses or simply to complete a period home or kitchen. In many cases antique stoves are used because they match the period during which the home or kitchen was first constructed, or because the absolute authenticity of all the fixtures and fittings in the building is a key selling point for a particular business. Many antiques are of course bought by museums for display purposes only, and many of these are not in working order.
Alternatively there may be practical reasons for using a wood cook stove, for example living in a remote location with no electricity supply but an abundance of natural resources to use as fuel. In this case some may prefer a more modern stove but many who choose to live in such locations will also choose to cook using the type of stove they have used all their lives, so should their stove need replacing they will actively seek out something similar. In addition some people say there is a particular taste to food cooked using a wood stove which would be difficult to replicate using modern methods.
Whatever the reason for buying an antique wood cook stove, the buyer must make sure they buy from a reputable company to ensure the stove meets all safety codes and regulations, unless it is simply to be used as a display piece. There are many government and local laws and regulations which must be adhered to when installing and using home appliances.
Tips On Buying A New Mattress
Is the mattress you sleep on old and lumpy, have exhausted springs that just don't have the spring in them anymore, or just old and you feel that you need to upgrade to a newer, more comfortable mattress? Searching for a new mattress can be simple for some, and may seem difficult for others. How much do you really know about mattresses? It's extremely important to have a bed that can provide you with therapeutic qualities that you deserve after a hard days work...or play. But it can be expensive, so you want to make sure that you buy the right one, and to do that, you have to do a little research. It's not that complicated, so don't let the word "research" scare you. All you have to do is be aware of what's out there. Chances are, it's been a while since you last had to purchase a sleep system, and tons of research has gone into making them better, so there are lots of new styles and designs out there. There's no better feeling than sleeping on a new mattress.
Everyone feels better after a good night's sleep, but what if you could turn that good night's sleep into a fantastic, or an amazing night's sleep, and get just that night after night? That would be great! Well, there are mattresses for sale that can provide you with that. A new mattress doesn't have to have springs in it that will eventually become exhausted and unable to return to it's initial form. There are foam matresses now that can very well last a lifetime without losing their ability to take their original form. Sure, polyurethane foam mattresses and memory foam mattresses can be a little more expensive than a springs, but we, as people, spend one third of our lives in bed. A good bed can do wonders for your posture, soothe aching joints and so much more. If you do get a new mattress, be sure to get one that is best for you.
So if you are indeed in the market for a new mattress, there are things to keep in mind when shopping around. Sometimes spending a little more can get you so much more in the long run. More importantly, you want to try them out, lie on them right in the store, and try and do this in the positions you normally sleep in. Try all types of mattresses including foam, innerspring mattresses, air mattresses and flotation, which is basically a waterbed. Don't be afraid to ask questions, as it can make a big difference in the mattress you buy. Sticking with big name brands like Sealy, Simmons and Serta can also be a good idea, but don't hesitate to give others a try, because you just never know. Just make sure that the one you decide on provides you with a sufficient amount of support, comfort, space and will last you for many years to come. You will be amazed at how great you'll feel all day long after a night's rest on a new top quality mattress.
Painting Woodwork In And Around Your Home
There is no rule which says you must paint woodwork white, or strip it, or color it to merge with the walls. In a room whose walls, window frames and doors are in the same neutral color, you could paint the skirting board a clear contrasting color. This will define the line between the floor and walls. Trim colors that contrast with walls and ceilings might suit your style in one room, while a more subtle color change might be right somewhere else in the house.
You can liven up plain, flat walls by adding moldings so as to create panels around the room. For best results, make sure you keep your working area within the proper temperature range recommended for the paint. All interior woodwork that has been stripped, from baseboard to dining room tables, needs to be primed with either a standard acrylic wood primer. After that you can paint on it with oil-based flat eggshell, gloss, or acrylic paints.
Most interior woodwork looks best in an eggshell finish, as high-gloss paint can have a rather bleak, deadening effect. If your plan is to paint walls, ceiling, and trim, then it's best to get the trim painted first, along with the room's windows and doors. Paint woodwork in small sections. Keeping a wet edge to avoid lap marks.
A wide range of broken- color effects work well on woodwork, but ideally you should use oil-based paints as latex has little durability on wood. Stains add color to wood while allowing its natural grain pattern to show through. Varnishes are clear finishes that form a tough coating over stain. They are available in a range of finish sheens from satin to high gloss. At the end of a project, combine all of the leftover paint of the same color into as few cans as possible.
Creating An Office That Is Effective For A Home Business
For many home business owners, running a business at home can create the problem of being distracted by every little thing. The telephone, television, kids, visiting neighbors, and even pets become a distraction when the home office isn't set up properly because it is still integrated into the other parts of the home. A proper home office should allow you to have a space in which you can focus on your work, and where you are not even tempted to become distracted by other aspects of life. Investing in creating a proper home office will increase the way that you value your business, and in turn you will see an increase in productivity and profits.
The primary goal to a home office is to separate the space from other parts of the home. If you do not have an extra room to devote to your home office, you can create a separate space with screens or curtains. Visually blocking off the space asserts the difference between living area and working area to both yourself and others.
It is also key to have a separate phone line. It's virtually impossible to get any work done if the phone is ringing every ten minutes because the kids' dentist is calling, or your aunt wants to chat for half an hour. Make sure that you distribute your business phone number to clients, employees and employers only.
Make sure that there is adequate lighting for reading and doing paperwork. Also make sure that you have your career goals posted in sight - these will remind you to get back to work when your mind starts straying. Remember, you will only benefit from the amount of work that you actually get done!
Also, post your daily schedule somewhere that you will see it. This schedule should map out the way that you will divide your time between family, leisure and work. By doing this, you will avoid taking extremely long lunch breaks, or running out the door to pick up that item you forgot to get at the grocery store when it pops into your mind.
Finally, make your space a place you want to be! By making your office inviting, you will probably enjoy your work more and find yourself gravitating toward it instead of being repelled by it. Just make sure that it's not overly inviting - afternoon snoozes are a big no no!
For You A Room With All The Trimmings
Just as a necktie establishes the style of a man's suit, trimwork often makes the most definitive statement about the style of a home. Simply put, very often the trim in a room speaks volumes.
Very often those trimmings are constructed from medium-density fiberboard (MDF) because architects are finding this material has the inherent ability to outperform lumber in every important aspect. MDF, as its name implies, is made from wood and agricultural fibers. This means it has a much denser makeup and smoother surface.
Another advantage MDF has over lumber is that it offers larger maximum piece dimensions. This means that lengths of up to 16 feet are available with full thickness. There are no knots or splits to deal with and no warping. It is also lighter to work with (20 percent lighter) and a lot easier to caulk. What's more, because trim is something that buyers look for in a new home, the advantages of MDF are something contractors and builders are very much aware of.
In addition to trim, MDF is popular for use in cabinets and often takes center stage in home theatres. High-end speaker cabinets, for example, are 100 percent MDF constructions because it is dense, rigid and acoustically inert. A properly designed MDF speaker cabinet will focus the maximum "acoustic energy" at the listener, while keeping vibration transmission to a minimum.
According to the Composite Panel Association, while MDF moulding is widely available pre-primed, it can easily be stained or laminated with printed foils and veneers. Also, it installs just like finger-jointed lumber, with the same tools.
Besides its beauty, of particular interest to homeowners is that moulding made of medium-density fiberboard costs about one-third the price of traditional solid or finger-jointed wood.
The Japanese are the ones who started the futon bedding system. Actually, they used the word "shikibuton", meaning mattress; it was the Americans who named it a futon. Unlike the Japanese, the American concept included the mattress, the convertible furniture it sits on, or both.
Basically, a futon acts as a sofa during the day and is converted into a sleeping space at night. Some of the futons have wooden frames that can be folded and put away to save space. The futon sofa has cushions that are usually stuffed with cotton batting and that can be found in a wide range of colors, sizes and fabrics. Those used to sleeping and sitting on a futon sofa rave about the good back support it provides. Another plus point of futon mattresses and cushions is that they can be conveniently moved outdoors to air out. Sometimes, the futon sofa may need some assembly. The most important thing to do while assembling the sofa is to take your time; it is best to devote a whole afternoon to assemble it. It is advisable to take an inventory of the parts of the sofa before starting. And, you should read the instructions not once, but twice for clarity. If using power tools while assembling the sofa, be careful as these tools are so strong that they may over-tighten or strip out the hardware used to hold the frame together.
The Americans first became interested in futons in the early 1970s, due to the increased interest in Eastern culture and because the inexpensive furniture produced a novel furnishing idea. Most of the futon sofa users are students, first-time homeowners and apartment dwellers saving on space. The American futon has improved with the usage of top-of-the-line hardwoods for the frame with a wide palette of wood finishes from oak to mahogany. In the beginning, futon mattresses were covered with durable but plain materials; however, today, its covers are available in luxuriant colors and fabrics from rich brocades to lush tapestries. Futon furniture, and futon sofas, have become quite popular and are here to stay for quite some time.
Bean Bags Are A Cozy Combination Of Comfort And Style
Bean bags are incredibly comfortable and the relaxing feeling of sinking into a snug and welcoming bean bag chair appeals to both kids and the young at heart. Bean bag furniture offers a quick and versatile way to furnish practically any room in the home, from a family room or childrens bedroom to a rec room or den. Bean bag chairs have come a long way from the traditional design we all remember from our childhood. These days bean bags come in a range of lounger and teardrop styles, some have arms, some are used as ottomans and sizes range from small kids bean bags and fun animal shapes to extra large sofa sized ones.
A bean bag chair can make a great gift for children or teens. There are loads of colorful patterns to choose from, to add a splash of color to your d
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