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A Guide to Kitchen Sinks

In any household, a kitchen sink is one of the central fixtures and always sees plentyA Guide to Kitchen Sinks of action. It is used both for preparing food and for cleaning up after every meal. It can add to or take away from the overall effect of your kitchen’s design. Durability and attractiveness are both important qualities in kitchen sinks.

More than simply functional necessities, sinks now offer more design appeal, softer lines, and a variety of finishes. Every homemaker faces the challenge of choosing the right sink for the kitchen, and the kitchen sink provides the finishing touch to any new kitchen project.

Modern sinks are not just made of a simple faucet and bowl. They come in multiple bowls of various sizes and shapes and are designed with integral drainers, cutting boards, soap dispensers, instant hot water dispensers, purified water taps, sprayers and more.

Sinks are also made of stainless steel, enameled metal, solid surfacing materials and quartz composites, and of course the traditional porcelain.

There is a great amount to consider when choosing a

Decorating Arched And Transom Windows

Homebuyers want light, light and more light. So when they walk through a home Decorating Arched And Transom Windowswith transom windows and arched palladium windows, they fall in love.

Soon after moving in, however, the honeymoon period fades. That transom window over the sliding doors offers a not-so-lovely view of the ceiling of the porch. And the arch over the front door can seem very plain without an expensive treatment.

Replacing the window with decorative glass would be cost-prohibitive, and even window coverings – which often must be custom made for such specialized sizes – would be pricey. What’s more, a window covering could block most of the natural light the glass lets in; eliminating the very reason the windows were attractive in the first place.

Many homeowners are finding an affordable solution in “Wallpaper” for Windows! by EtchArt.

For as little as $25 for a transom window or $50 for an arched window, Wallpaper for Windows gives windows the look of etched or stained glass, improving the situation without blocking the light. Installation takes just minutes, with no more tools required

Designing a Space For Your Child

The old cliché says “home is where the heart is.” That may be true, especially forDesigning a Space For Your Child children. Our young ones’ hearts are not just at home, but more specifically, children’s hearts and identities are wrapped up in their own particular part of home–their bedrooms.

For infancy and it’s many hours of sleeping, children grow comfortable with “their space.” And where the rest of the house may be decorated with things reflecting Mom and Dad’s personalities and styles, a child’s bedroom usually reflects interests of a child. From mobiles to Winnie-the-Pooh or a Sesame Street theme, the nursery, which later involves into a bedroom, contains all things child-like–little clothes on small hangers, toys, often pint-sized tables and chairs (like the ones from Rubbermaid Specialty Products), picture books, fingerpaintings, etc. Everything to make the room feel like the child’s kingdom.

But with a growing child and his changing interests, how does an economically-minded parent design a room that will last many years, or at least from infancy to adolescence. Interior designers and decorators across the country had

Buying Houses and Renovating Them for Profit

My wife and I buy houses that are available at a bargain, and we fix them up and sell them for a profit. We got the idea from a television show that airs here. Apparently, it is also a popular thing in the States. I have a cousin who lives there, and he tells me they have TV shows about flipping houses too. It is not a bad way to make a living if you do it right. We do not have any of the drama they have on the TV shows. We buy flooring, roofing and gutters in Perth, and we get electrical, plumbing and lots of other materials at home centers. I worked for years building homes, so I can do a lot of the renovations with the help of my wife.

We keep our labor costs low by doing as much of the work that we can on our own. We hire others when the work is extensive or will take too much time. You do not want to be paying on a mortgage as it will eat into your profits. Continue reading →

Bathroom Vanity Cabinets

Bathroom vanity cabinets are considered bathroom furniture, and usually range from simple two door storage units with a wood veneer or a single color paint to exquisitely detailed richly carved hard wood cabinets, with hand applied finishes and marble inlay tops. The vanity cabinet is the place to start in adding sophisticated elegance to the bathroom, as it can and tie together the occasional disparate element between mirror and sink. The bathroom vanity cabinet can compensate, enliven and embellish any bathroom setting.

Bathroom vanity cabinets often come with a sink and/or fixtures depending on where and how you buy. If you purchase a single unit with sink, top, and fixtures you avoid the challenge of assembling a coherent aesthetic from individual pieces and, chances are, you will get a deal. There are those homeowners among us, however, who find working with their own vision far more gratifying than purchasing a ready-made item or unit.

Tradition has always been a partner to innovation, and so there are many creative choices in the bathroom world. Adapting antique dressers for use as bathroom vanity furniture can lead to stunning results. Some exclusive companies and designers will make this conversion

Cleaning Granite Countertops

Homeowners who are seeking to increase value to their homes enjoy the durability and easy maintenance when upgrading to granite countertops. Granite is the most durable of all stones, second only to diamonds. Granite, being created from molten rock, can withstand the heat from a hot pot without a trivet. The hardness of the surface is excellent for handling dough and confectionery. While durable and low maintenance, however, they are not impervious to damage.

Properly installed granite countertops should last a lifetime, one justification for the higher costs associated with the material and installation. The granite suppler should provide personalized instructions for care with each slab, since all granite is made up of many different minerals. Even if two different stone slabs come from the same part of the world, there will be variances in the granite that require different kinds of attention.

Proper care ensures the longevity and beauty expected from this premium product. In addition to the polished finish, it’s possible to get a “honed” or flat finish. Although a honed finish can be very attractive, it is not recommended for kitchen use. Over time, everyday use will tend to lend a polish to

The Importance of Home Air Filters

Many people are not aware that the air inside our homes is five times harmful than the air outside. Because of airtight home and office building constructions, the airborne pollutants are trapped inside, making the contaminated air unable to escape. Clean air is even more important inside the home than it is outdoors. Home air filters, also called as “”furnace filters””, keep the coils and heat exchanges on the heating and air conditioning system clean, which otherwise make the system work harder. Home air filters contain high efficient motors and anti-microbial filters, resulting in healthy and clean air in home or office.

There are manifold types and styles of home air purifiers, including HEPA, carbon, zeolite, UV light air purifiers, and more. Some air purifiers have filters, and some use stainless steel rods to collect contaminates.

Home air filters work by drawing air through the layers of different air filters. The air first passes through a pre-filter where large particles are removed. Then the air passes through a coconut shell activated carbon filter that absorbs gases, chemicals, odors and vapors. After this absorption, the air enters two anti-microbial filters for further filtration. Then the air goes

Easy And Inexpensive Kitchen Decorating Tips

Small changes can have a big effect on how your kitchen looks. Below are 11 decorating ideas that you can do yourself in a day or less. Not only are these simple changes are easy to do, but they are inexpensive too!

1. Afraid of changing your drab white kitchen walls? Instead of choosing rich, deep colors for your first project, you will likely feel more comfortable with a neutral such as beige or gray which will not date the room or create a jarring palate that you will easily tire of.

2. Brighten up the kitchen. Use mirrors to capture the sunlight and bounce it around. Try putting a mirror across from a window or on a wall that corners against the window wall for the most light distribution.

3. Make seasonal changes. Moving the kitchen furniture into a ‘summer arrangement’ can optimize your space and give it a more airy feel. Make it light and breezy – think about removing some of the furniture and decorations for a lighter feel. Open those curtains and let the sun shine in!

4. Use slipcovers. Slipcovers over your chairs can soften the room and add

A Guide to Modern Home Furnishings

In modern home furnishings, there is now great stress on ergonomics that takes into account the requirements of the human body. The ergonomically built furniture is safe and healthy and helps you to take care of yourself.

Space management has become a critical factor while designing the interior design of modern dwellings. This has resulted in the evolution of what is known as modular furniture, which occupies minimum space. Computer chairs and cabinets, coffee tables made from stainless steel and chrome, stools with magazine racks and retracted wheel systems are some examples of the modular furniture.

There is a marked preference for hard metallic and glass materials over wood, symbolizing the machine age that we are living in. Chromium and stainless steel have become an inevitable part of modern furniture. Even sinks, drain boards, and fireplaces are being made from these metals. They are easy to maintain and more durable than wood.

Table tops made from glass add a sparkle to homes and if it were not for its delicate nature, it could be put to various uses.

Stainless steel floor lamps with enameled interiors and silvered bulbs are novel features that transform the

The Benefits of Wood Platform Beds

Wood platform beds are beds that have no box spring and are made out of wood. Platform beds are great for complementing any décor, but are especially well suited for rooms that are going for a simple feel. When these beds are made out of wood, the effect is that much more grounding. The proliferation of feng shui ideals have made platform beds a high-demand item among those going for a “Japanese” or “Zen-like” energy in their home. The low physical profile of wood platform beds go very well with other low-set furniture such as low coffee tables, dressers, and other bedroom furnishings.

Wood platform beds can be made out of any kind of wood. The most popular are cherry, teak, rosewood, mahogany, maple, dark walnut, pecan, honey oak and others. Any wood platform bed frame can be made of a lesser wood, or even particleboard, and then overlain with the veneer of a higher quality wood. That way, you can get whatever feel you are going for, without spending the necessary thousands of dollars for the real thing.

However, if you’re the one who just can’t seem to forget that the veneer is just a

A Look at Computer Desks for Children

Children’s use of the computer has increased tremendously. To meet the requirements of young users, manufacturers are re-designing computer desks. The main requirement of a child’s computer desk is the lower height. It should also be comfortable for the child to work on. The main aspect in designing special computer desks for children is ergonomics. Monitors should be at eye-level to reduce neck and eye strain. The keyboard and mouse should also be placed at the ideal height to make it more comfortable.

These days, computer desks are being designed in attractive colors and shapes to appeal to young users. The material used for the desk is important, as children are not usually careful about the cleanliness of the desk. Plastics or fiber is usually easier to clean than wood or glass. Cables and wires can be kept out of the way through discreet wiring systems for more safety and comfort.

Wider spaces, more space for keeping books, pencils or paper, more writing space, etc., make the desks more attractive to children. When fitted with additional drawers for books, they also help to keep the working space clean. Children’s computer desks can also be converted into

The Advantages of Sofa Slip Covers

You’re tired of your old decorating scheme. You’re looking for a quick change for your home. You’ve considered paint, new flooring, and even new pictures on the wall. The problem is your sofa. It’s limiting you. Since it’s the largest thing in the room, you feel obligated to make it the focal point of the room.

That would be okay if you like the way it looked. Well, the answer is easy: change your sofa.

Sofa slipcovers offer a way to change your couch without the expense of buying a new one. You simply cover your existing sofa. Sofa slipcovers are made to fit most sizes and styles of sofas. If you have a unique, one-of-a-kind, or handmade sofa, you might have to have one custom-made. Otherwise, you should be able to buy a sofa slipcover right off the rack.

Sofa slipcovers are made in a wide variety of styles — from fun and funky, to simple and stylish. Whatever your decorating taste and personal preferences, you should be able to find a sofa slipcover to match.

Slipcovers come in a variety of fabrics. If your sofa is used on a daily basis, you

Arts and Crafts Style Decorating

The terms Arts and Crafts and Mission Style are often used synonymously today. They refer to a style of home design and furnishings emphasizing natural materials, especially wood, and showcasing a pronounced geometry in the design. Their tremendous revival in popularity stems largely from their association with hand-crafted elements (though many knock offs are manufactured by machine), a rarity in this technologically advanced age. The pieces offer an heirloom quality and a patina that deepens with age. Arts and Crafts furnishings and interiors are also typically very durable and classic with a timeless appeal. They suit today’s desire to simplify and get back to basics. Arts and Crafts interiors are an ideal marriage of function and aesthetic, spaces are designed to work for those living there. To create your own Arts and Crafts interior, there are several elements to consider, both in materials and design.

The materials of an Arts and Crafts interior, while not limited to nature, emphasize wood, stone, glass (made from sand), ceramic tiles (made from minerals/earth), and textiles (using wool, cotton, or linen fibers, and, of course, leather) Much of the visual pattern comes from the grain of the wood selected. Traditionally oak

Lodge Style Interior Decorating

Lodge style interior decoration, also called rustic or Adirondack style, evokes a strong feeling of those days spent in a summer camp by a lake or a hiking trip taken on a wild trail. Of late, many families are switching over to this style to bring that elusive feeling of nature into their home. Lodge style interior decorating could be the ultimate eco-experience for many people; recreating the natural ambience of a nature camp seems to be one of the objectives.

However, to understand nature and recreating it in an artificial set up may be full of hassles; establishing a clear objective seems to be the first step in this direction. Just trying to visualize the natural elements and developing a clear concept is the first step in this direction. Trying to work with this motive to develop other décor will be a bright idea.

Look out for a theme as the first correct step; it might work as a dose of inspiration for establishing accessories. An artificial wall paper border is a starting point and this can be re-modified later for a better, new decorative scheme. Probably the most important factor that affects the look

Make Your House Feel More Like Home

So, you’ve just moved in or maybe been settled for a while, and your house still doesn’t feel like home. It’s missing character and individuality that only the infusion of personality can bring. Your home is not your own until it tells your story. Furnishings without accessories, artwork, and accent pieces are like a cake without icing. And it is up to you to determine the flavor and decorations desired and appropriate.

A good starting point is the floor. Whether you have wall to wall carpeting or enjoy the beauty of hardwoods, area rugs are essential. Without anchoring your furniture groups with rugs, your pieces are merely cut adrift on a sea of flooring. Rugs help to establish seating and dining groups, while runners can define traffic patterns and serve as accents. Rugs can be any variety appropriate, including Oriental or Tibetan, border, flat-weave such as dhurrie and kilim, sisal, leather or wool scrap (a shaggy textured appearance), designed pile (an exciting line is available replicating famous works of art), and even floor cloths (a great do-it-yourself idea.) Rugs are truly art for your floor. Keep in mind the rug size. To minimize expense, an accent is

Log Home Decorating Tips and Ideas

Usually, people who choose to build or buy a log home are unconventional souls-“free spirits.” The decor inside their homes is as unique as the outer appearance. Not long ago, decorating such a home was a challenge, since the pieces sold in a typical furniture store didn’t fit-either in size or style-the interior of a log cabin. However, as log cabin homes have become more popular, specialized furniture, as well as floor and window treatments have evolved to fit this decorating niche.

Simplicity and natural ambience are key factors in log home decorating. With an increasing number of choices in log cabin style today, it can be easy to go overboard with rustic pieces, resulting in a cluttered, busy look instead of the simple, peaceful feeling most homeowners want. Creating the right balance takes careful consideration of each purchase.

You will want to offset each intricate piece with a more plain counterpart. For example, if your wooden bed frame has exquisitely carved detail, a simple single or two-toned quilt will show off the handiwork better than a busy-patterned Native American blanket. Pay careful attention to the balance of plain and complex patterns in the living room,

Decorating Ideas For Kids Bathrooms

Since kids tend to start and end the day in the bathroom, giving it a “good vibe” is important. Bright colors and fun touches will help them start and end the day with a smile. But decorating a child’s bathroom isn’t all about fun, you want it to be functional, too. Making it easy for your kids to keep their bathroom tidy is an added bonus.

Since most bathroom spaces are small, save the murals for the kids’ bedrooms. A lively shade is all that’s needed to bring bathroom walls to life. Naturally, if you’re going with a theme, it will dictate the color you choose. For example, turquoise is a perfect fit for an underwater scheme, a sky fantasy bathroom might have walls painted robin’s egg blue, and a soft green makes the perfect backdrop for a jungle-themed bathroom. Stencils and vinyl decals let you add character to the walls, while a peppy-printed shower curtain pulls the whole look together.

If the bath/shower enclosure is glass enclosed, you can pep it up with vinyl window decals in fun designs. Be sure to use the type that adheres by static cling instead of adhesive. Otherwise, you’ll

Solar Flood Light

If you like to save money, then you will be impressed at how the advent and use of solar technology has changed almost every aspect of power generation from roof top solar applications to solar powered cars and everything in between. A solar flood light is going to save you money in energy dollars, pure and simple. During the day, a solar panel on the top of the light converts the sun’s rays into electrical energy that recharges an internal battery. Like magic when the sun goes down, presto, your light will turn on automatically! Of course, your geological location has a lot to do with the number of hours your light will get in the form of direct light. One of the best features of this great system is its longevity. Although the solar flood light may produce less light than electrical wiring, it is constructed with high output LED bulbs with low light level charging circuitry which are features you won’t find common on normal electrical light systems.

No matter what type of project you have, whether it is a simple solar flood light for your back yard or even to light up your boat

Basic Guidelines for Your Window Treatment

Why is it important to dress up the window ?

There are many reasons. Firstly, you beautify your home environment. It makes your home cosy. Cloth fabrics also serve to act as sound absorber and dampener reducing disturbing echoes if you talk loudly. This also applies if you are watching TVs or playing the stereos in a room with barren walls. Thirdly, it gives you control over the amount of sunlight streaming into the room. If the morning sun is shining brightly, you can always draw the curtain so the glare will not be upon your eyes. The curtain can also serve as the barrier against the hot temperature outside the house. Lastly, with home apartments built nearer to each other, the curtain provide you with a sense of privacy. By drawing your curtain there will be no intrusion or prying eyes into your movement in the house.

Here are some tips when choosing a curtain.

Make sure your fabric you choose does not shrink, otherwise your investment goes down the drain. Alternatively , you may want to pick a longer fabric with a larger hem. In the event the material does shrink you can