Month: June 2019

Design for Nursery

Heating options

Conventional central heating may not be the best option for a newborn baby’s bedroom. That is because the ideal temperature for a newborn is 18oC.

If you have conventional central heating it is unlikely you will be able to achieve this temperature in the nursery, unless you have separate heating controls in each room.

Also, radiators and other heaters can be potentially dangerous as your child gets older, starts to walk and is naturally inquisitive.

An alternative option is electric underfloor heating.

Installing this in the nursery would give you complete control of the temperature, with the temperature variation caused by central heating.

Underfloor heating is also invisible, freeing up the space taken by the radiator for storage.

The colour scheme

Painting the room pink for a girl and blue for a boy is quite a cliché and, as scans to find out the sex are not 100% accurate, this could result in a hasty repainting project.

Instead, you should consider a neutral colour scheme. A light yellow is relaxing and cheerful and can suit either gender.


Your baby may sleep in a moses basket for the first few weeks, but they will quickly out-grow this.

It makes sense to invest in a cot bed. The mattress can be lowered as the baby gets older, and better at climbing. You can also remove the cot sides, converting the cot into baby’s first bed. Indeed a cot bed should last your child until they are around 4 years old.

Look out for a cot bed that comes with additional features such as a changing table or teething balls.


Whether your child sleeps easily or not is basically down to the child. Some children will like a night light, and some will like almost total darkness.

Either way, you should get black out blinds or curtains for the nursery. These will cut down on external light and noise, which means your child is more likely to sleep through the night.

Having a child will change your life in many ways. These tips have hopefully made that change a little bit easier.

Types of Flooring for Child’s Playroom


An exceptional type of flooring that hasn’t yet found its place within common interior design, cork is at present, an option for those with bigger budgets than most.

Cork looks absolutely stunning and is environmentally friendly because the tree it is taken from does not suffer any damage from losing its bark. It also has amazing properties that you don’t get from other flooring, such as it’s ability to repel insects and the fact it doesn’t absorb dust or other allergens like pollen.


It may not be the first surface that springs to mind, but it’s certainly one to consider long term. Investing in natural stone floor tiles is a great way to provide a beautiful surface for your child’s playroom, leaving you with a long lasting floor to use long after they have grown up. The surface is extremely durable and easy clean (when the correct sealants are used) and very cosy when used in combination with underfloor heating. If the idea of a stone floor seems a little too hard for play, consider colourful rugs for extra cushioning which will look fantastic on top of natural stone.


The most obvious flooring for a child’s playroom but also the least practical. Carpets will last a long time if they are kept well and maintained, but your child’s playroom is not likely to be an area of care. If you do consider carpeting, think about using a highly durable, easy clean type that is easily replaced such as carpet tiles.


There are three different types of wooden flooring – real, engineered and laminate. Laminate is the cheapest option but poorly laid laminate can attract dirt, look bad and be potentially dangerous for your child. Engineered wood is essentially pieces of wood glued together to make a plank, it is more expensive than laminate but cheaper than real wood. Real wood can look absolutely stunning although generally the most expensive option of the three. You can achieve similar looks with both engineered wooden floors and real wooden floors, both containing different properties that can be affected by the temperatures and humidity in your house. When considering wood for your child’s playroom you’ll want to consider the hardness level of the wood to check it is durable enough to withstand knocks and items dropping on it but it’s soft enough to be comfortable for your child to play on.

Porcelain floor tiles

Porcelain floor tiles look stunning, are easy to clean and tend to be extremely durable. They are hard but could provide a long lasting floor surface that could be used long after your child has grown up. Much like stone floor tiles you could install underfloor heating and lay down some rugs to make the surface cosy and safe, enabling your child to play freely while you can clean the surface easily without worry of stains or dirt build up.

Elements of a Candle

  • Wax – When it comes to manufacturing candles, there are typically several different types of wax that can be used. Depending on the type of wax that is used, the amount of soot produced by the candle can vary. Higher levels of soot have been shown to release carcinogenic soot into the air. The two most common types of these candles are paraffin and tallow. For a cleaner burning candle, it is recommended that you choose one that is made using soy, beeswax, or palm wax. These types of candles burn cleaner and cause no harmful soot to be released into the air inside your home.
  • Wick – The primary function of a candle wick is to provide fuel to the flame. When you light a wick, it works by drawing the wax up to the flame causing it to burn. The majority of wicks that are used in candles manufactured today are made from 100% cotton or a cotton-paper blend. When purchasing a candle, it is important that you choose one that features a lead-free wick. This is somewhat easier to find since lead wicks were banned in the United States in 2003.
  • Fragrance – The majority of candle buyers choose to purchase a candle based on the scent. This makes the scent one of the most important factors in the manufacturing and purchasing process. Today’s candles features scents obtained from essential oils and synthetic fragrances. Synthetic fragrances do come with their own set of warnings, some believe that they may pose a danger, but the majority of them have been shown to burn safely. If you have any concerns, you may want to choose candles that feature scents derived from essential oils.
  • Coloring – Recent studies have shown that next to the scent of a candle the color is the second highest deciding factor when it comes to purchasing a candle. Candles are colored using two primary techniques, the first is the use of pigments which are applied to the outside of the candle; the second is a dye which is combined with the wax. Each of these are safe to burn, however a pigment colored candle will not clog a wick as dye sometimes can.


Removing Wallpaper

First you will need to do a small test to determine what type of job you are dealing with. Find an edge at one of the corners of the wall and attempt to peel the paper back. If it peels away easily, it means the wallpaper used was strippable and will be relatively easy to remove. Removable wallpaper is among the most common sold today. If it tears and leaves paper backing or dried adhesive, it means more work.

But this doesn’t mean it will be impossible. Certainly, there are some jobs more difficult than others. Wallpaper installed improperly, without primer, with too much adhesive, these things can cause problems. But for the most part it will still be removable if you follow these steps. We will proceed assuming the wallpaper did not peel easily from the wall and requires more effort to be removed.

Purchase a wallpaper removal solution. This can be found in any home improvement or decorating shop. Some of these solutions require mixing with water. Whatever you have, follow the instructions and make it ready for use. The next step is to score the paper. This can be done with a wallpaper scoring tool. These tools are also available at home improvement stores and are relatively inexpensive. You will want to use the tool to score the paper across the area where it will be removed. This puts small cuts into the paper without damaging the wall beneath. These cuts will allow the removal solution to absorb behind the paper, where the adhesive lies. After scoring the paper you will need to apply the removal solution. This is usually done with a spraying device that is sold along with the removal solution. It can also be applied with brushes. Follow the instructions on the removal solution being used. Allow the liquid to soak for the recommended amount of time.

After sufficient time has passed, the wallpaper should be ready to peel off. This will most likely need to be done with a wallpaper knife, which is a broad blade that will peel back the paper without damaging the surface of the wall. Most likely you will encounter trouble spots. Removable wallpaper is common today, but adhesives used long ago are more difficult to remove. Most of the wallpaper should scrape off but sections will be more stubborn. When you encounter those, apply more removal solution and move along with your removal. Once the easy parts are done you can revisit these spots, which have had longer time to soak. Eventually, the adhesive should break down and the paper should scrape off with the wallpaper blade. When you are finished spray the entire wall once more with the solution. Allow it to soak for a while, and then do one more sweep with the wallpaper blade, ensuring the wall is free of adhesive and paper and ready to be re-papered.

Selecting Roofing Experts

Legal and Expert

Contingent upon the state of your top, it is vital that you search for a suitably authorized material organization, somebody who is attentive to the lawful stipulations in terms of building development, particularly on the territory where you live.

You must request a documentation that will check that such material builder is in reality authorized and proficient. It is additionally essential that they are proficient with the sorts of private material that you have. Most importantly, they might as well have an exceptional notoriety in the industry.

Request Approvals

The most ideal approach to know whether a certain material organization is of exceptional notoriety is to ask proposals from companions or from individuals you knew who have attempted contracting a material builder. Request proposals and tips and check whether they knew an exceptional material builder that is well proficient on the field.

The roofer that you will employ must be well learned about the sort of material that is utilized for your property; if it is slate material or shingle material. Lead and question and make inquiries simply to demonstrate that he realizes what he is doing. It is likewise an exceptional thought to welcome the material builder to go to your house so he can do a few investigations on the sorts of private material that you have.

Recollect that introducing and trading a top is viewed as a significant venture and you ought to be exceptionally watchful concerning picking the right material foreman for the occupation. You may not see any excuse for why you require a material foreman for the present, however don’t sit tight for the opportunity to come that you and your family will endure as a consequence of some spillage in your top.

Springtime Decorating

During the summer months we clean because the kids (young and old alike) are constantly tracking dirt, mud, grass, and goodness knows what else into the house. Cleaning in these days is a chore and yet we still manage to bring out the patriotic colors and celebrate America in style. Goodness knows how with all the extra cleaning that is going on and the nearly double amounts of lemonade and iced tea being consumed daily. Still we manage to decorate and take great joy in doing so as if some right of passage has been achieved by our home decorating efforts.

Spring is the one time of year in which our cleaning efforts are nothing short of inspired. Yet it is also the spring that often eludes us when it comes to inspiration for decoration. Perhaps we are too tired from all our cleaning efforts to seek the inspiration to decorate. If this is the case with you, then my hope is that some of the ideas mentioned below will help bring some serious decoration inspiration your way.

  • Flowers – spring is the time of flowers. They are all around us. Use fresh cut flowers and candles to create beautiful arrangements and centerpieces throughout your home.
  • Candles – while briefly mentioned above they deserve their own spot among the top to say the least. Candles can be soothing, relaxing, invigorating, inspiring, beautiful, elegant, and simply smell good.
  • Towels – Yes, I said towels in your kitchen and your bathroom. You need bright, bold colors that signify spring, birth, and renewal.
  • Fragrance – while most people do not realize that the fragrances we use in our homes is a type of decoration. It makes our noses happy. Put out bowls filled with brightly colored and lightly scented fragrance balls, dried fruit, and other delights.
  • Pillows – they are a very inexpensive way to give new life to your sofa, chair, or room. Don’t shy away from bright and bold colors or patterns.
  • Accessories – take out the old and replace with a few new ones. They have so many out on the market.

Choose a Perfect Dressing Table

Choosing a Perfect Piece

Three things that come first while choosing such a table are: condition of your bedroom, your choice of design, and of course, your budget.

The Space

A dressing table generally finds its place in the bedroom of any general household, but some are installed in a separate dressing room. And the equation changes there; the type of furniture for an exclusive dressing room and a bedroom are somewhat different. Next comes space. Queen Victoria’s dressing table, though very elegant, you can’t place it to fit in a small space such as a modern apartment. Availability of space and the location is very important for choosing a dressing table. You have to look for the ones that are not very large in size or very elaborate, yet have good finish and functions.

The Condition

If you are going for a luxurious (and expensive) one, you should expect durability of the same. So, the choice of material is very important as the heating and moisture of the bedroom affect the durability of any furniture. Room climate does affect the color, finish and strength of the furniture in the long run. In addition to that, the existing decor of the bedroom plays a role in choosing one type of table over the other. The background and color of your bedroom must match with that of the furniture. Because it’s not wise to buy a dressing table first, and then change the home around it. Changing the home is definitely more expensive than changing a piece of furniture.

The Design

By design, here, we’ll consider the style, shape, size, color and finish, though design as such doesn’t fit to any solid definition. It’s as much liquid as the ever-changing trends in fashion. Every design cannot match your requirements. The console, the mirror, the drawers, the lift-up lids, the pedestal and other accessories, all have something special about them – in terms of design. You have to pick one from multitude available types. The material and finish are the final considerations.

Marrying Design Styles

start with the basics.

Before beginning to stress over nothing, begin with the basics. Start by readjusting your outlook. Rather than thinking of the merger as a daunting and painful process, regard it as the exciting, fun experience that it should be.

Have an open and honest discussion about how you want your new shared space to look and feel. Review and assess what you both have in terms of functionality, comfort, need, and scale.

Some pieces may be too large or small for the new space. If it won’t fit through the doors, or would look dwarfed or overpowering in the room, why even consider it? Remove it from the list of pieces to move with you.

It may be that your partner will surprise you and say one or more of her furniture pieces are beyond their useful life and should not be included in the move. Or that he wants to start fresh and eliminate the mismatched hand-me-downs.

Once you have your list of potential items to move, you may both agree that bed #1 will be used in the master bedroom and that sofa #3 is the best choice for the family room. Assess each room in a similar fashion. You may be surprised by how many items stand out as being ideal for one space or another and how quickly you’ll whittle down the list.

Edit and eliminate things you will not use and consider donating castaways in decent shape to The Furniture Bank or some other worthy foundation. Giving back to the community will make you feel good and will start your new home off with some great karma.

learn to compromise.

There are times when you must assess what is most important to you and what you can and cannot live with – or without. Your spouse, hopefully, is included on that list.

Note that compromise is not telling him he can have a corner of the house to do with as he pleases to create a “man cave.” It is about communicating and working as a team to create your ideal home environment. So let go of any ego and stubbornness and be open to discussion and varying points of view.

If your partner will use the office space more than you, is there a need to insist the room be completed your way?

Admit it… you love the idea of having a home theatre system! So that huge flat screen is actually perfect. It just isn’t appropriate in the bedroom at the foot of your bed. Perhaps a section of the basement could be transformed into a fabulous media room / home theatre? That would leave the main floor available for a living room that encourages conversation, entertaining, and visiting with guests.

And those chairs might not be the nicest thing to look at, but they are comfortable and possess a certain charm and style about them that is irreplaceable. They would make a statement in that little reading nook…

Consider accent walls or accessories in bolder tones or patterns if one of you favours neutral and/or non-patterned schemes. Play with layering and adding in textures to create more depth.

The bottom line? Be realistic. Set your respective priorities in terms of functional spaces, must haves, and nice to haves, and work together to plan and put it all together.

to use an old cliché, do not judge a book by its cover.

Embrace the unique pieces that come with your partner and that carry importance to him or her, especially if it is a family heirloom. Be open to exploring how pieces might fit and to recreating or repurposing furnishings so that they become something you both love and cherish.

Wood can be re-finished or painted to completely change the look of a piece. Swap the hardware for something new that melds with the rest of your home or your combined style. Remove cabinet doors or turn bookcases on their sides. Consider reupholstering seating to bring it back to life and make it “ours” instead of “yours.”

A huge trend right now is taking more traditionally-styled chairs, painting the frame in an unexpected colour or finish, and covering the seat with a modern day fabric. The look is stunning! And it easily bridges time periods and helps marry convergent styles.

Do not be afraid to think outside the box. Look at things with fresh eyes and don’t feel you need to place an item in the bedroom just because it is part of your bedroom suite. That dresser might be the perfect statement piece for the front hallway! Let it double as valuable storage for hats, gloves, keys, and other miscellaneous items that will help keep things neatly in place at all times.

there is no rule that says you must stick to one design style.

In fact, mixing and matching styles tends to add more character and personality to spaces – your home will be uniquely yours and your partner’s rather than looking like a replica of a retail showroom floor.

If you look at many rooms designed by decorators or designers, you’ll notice that most are veering away from “matched sets.” The nightstands need not match the bed frame. Nightstands might not even be practical pieces for you based on your needs and the size of the space. Who says you can’t combine your leather headboard with mirrored storage cabinets for a look that reflects you both?

Remember: functionality is critical if your space is to function well! Pieces that function in harmony will naturally fit together.

A stately grandfather clock in the same room as modern seating? Why not? Create unity and visual flow through the use of colour, texture, or even repetitive accessories. Take a chance and see how things look when paired together. And remember – if you don’t like it, move it to another space!

Testing Water in Pool

Pool Test Strips

These strips remain the most popular choice for making sure the chemicals in the water are at the perfect level. These products are placed in both ends of the water, and then different colors will appear. After this, users can simply use the guide that is supplied with the strips to determine the results. Other methods are still used, but these often require the consumer to measure chemicals, etc.

These are recommended for individuals that want to check their water accurately and see the results quickly.

Test Kits

These kits are more accurate than the strips, but can also be more difficult to use. These require the use of reagents to check the water. Users are required to combine a small sample of the water and then drop a few drops of reagents into it. It will then change colors, and users can determine the results according to a chart that is included.

These can be more accurate than other methods, but they are also more likely to produce the wrong results due to user errors. If a user uses more of the reagents than required, it can easily alter the results, resulting in users not knowing the chemical levels of their water. These are typically used by individuals that want the most accurate results possible without having to use an electronic system.

Electronic System

Owners that want the most accurate results possible with easy to use equipment often spring for an electronic system. These kits work by using the same reagents that other kits do, but they are simpler to use and result in less errors. Users insert a sample of the water into the device, press a button, and then can easily see the results.

As with every other method, there are benefits and downfalls. On the plus side, these are more accurate and easier to use than any other method. On the downside, they are a lot more expensive, and when errors do occur, it can be difficult to tell whether it is an error or not. Individuals usually are aware that they may have dropped a little too much reagent into the sample. Electronic devices are not.

Whatever method consumers choose to use; it is all about what works for them. Many consumers choose to go with test strips because they are easy to use and cost effective. On the other hand, other individuals choose to go with an electronic system due to the higher accuracy.

Whichever method is utilized; it is vital to remember that guaranteeing the safety of the water is the main priority. When pH and chlorine levels are not balanced properly, harmful algae and bacteria can grow rather quickly, making skinny dipping out of the question and posing a potential threat to swimmers. Bacterial infections will ultimately be the result. These can result in the loss of a limb if they are serious enough. Lastly, even if swimmers are not in danger, not checking the water on a regular basis can cut the lifespan of your pool in half, if not more.

Clean Pool Water Without Chemicals

To get freshwater, the less harmful water, the more natural and better for the environment type of swimming pool water the number one thing you’ll have to do is to clean, clean and clean again. This means getting out all the bits of dirt and leaves, all the bugs, all the everything that blows into a pool each and every day. So you’ll have to skim all of this out, every day. You also have to clean the liner and underwater surfaces every week if not more often. This means brushing the walls, the ladder, the bottom and then once that’s been done vacuum all of the stuff up to remove all the sediment and anything that can attract algae to grow.

It is also important to keep the water moving. All the time. Fresh water coming in, used water going out, in a continuous cycle keeps the water fresh and less stagnant than standing water. This means you’ll need to use your pump, filter and skimmer all the time which may add to your electricity costs, but will help keep the water in the pool cleaner.

And now comes the interesting part. To naturally fight bacteria and algae, you will need to use floating sphagnum moss in the pool. Simply let it float around and it will help keep that water clean and free of anything suspect. Another thing you’ll have to do is use an ionizing pool cleaning system that changes the structure of the water itself to discourage bacterial growth.

Lastly, like with all pools going au natural requires that you test the water frequently. The pH level should be around 7. If it’s too acidic it will be unsafe to swim in and you may have to use chemicals after all to combat this. Is it worth it for freshwater swimming? Some people say absolutely!