Month: August 2019

Take Care of Venetian Blinds

Regular Maintenance is Best

Ideally, you want to regularly clean your Venetian blinds so they require only light cleaning. Weekly wiping and dusting of your blinds will prevent stains and dirt from building up making the job of cleaning much easier. Simply put your blinds in the closed position and wipe them clean. Flip the blinds to the opposite position and wipe again. Using a soft cotton glove, dust-attracting cloth, or even a clothes dryer sheet helps to remove dust more easily. You may even want to spray your blinds with a mild cleaning spray or warm soapy water if you’re cleaning metal or plastic blinds. If you have wooden Venetian blinds, wipe them with a dry glove or cloth to avoid streaking.

When you’re wiping your blinds, start from the center and wipe to the edge on both sides and from the top of your blinds to the bottom. This will help ensure that you remove all dust the first time. Also, if your blinds are more heavily soiled, be sure to change your cloth or gloves regularly to prevent spreading dirt across your blinds.

Vacuum Cleaning

Another method for cleaning Venetian blinds is to vacuum them. Again, regular cleaning is ideal to maintain the quality and condition of your blinds, so you probably want to vacuum them at least a few times a year. Most vacuum cleaners come with a soft brush attachment that can be used for cleaning blinds. If you don’t have this attachment, you should purchase one as other attachments may scratch or chip the slats in your blinds. With the blinds closed, vacuum each of the slats from center to edge and from the top of the blinds to the bottom. You’ll also want to steady the blinds with your free hand. Once you have vacuumed one side of the slats, flip them to the opposite direction and repeat this process.

Deep Cleaning

Even the most assiduous cleaner will likely discover that their blinds need a deeper cleaning at least once a year. For plastic or metal blinds, immerse your blinds in warm water and add a cleaning solution such as dishwashing soap or bleach. Allow the blinds to soak for at least half an hour and then gently wash with a soft cleaning brush. Then just rinse your blinds clean and allow them to dry. For wooden blinds, you should never use bleach or detergent, so it is important to maintain a more regular cleaning schedule.

Cuckoo Clocks

The cuckoo clocks are mainly designed in two ways. The first is the Railway House design and the other is the Chalet Style design. These then are further decorated with the jungle or the German home lifestyle theme. The designs also featured pendulums attached to the mechanism, within the body of the clock, thus the swinging of the pendulum regulated the indication of the passage of time.

Most cuckoo clocks are handcrafted from good quality wood. Traditionally, the trunk of the Lime tree, or Maple tree, is used in the clock making, as these woods can be easily carved. All the clocks feature the famous cuckoo call. This distinctive sound is made by air chambers, which squeeze air through a whistle. Two bellows are used to produce both sounds, first comes the “cu” and then the “cukoo”. Many traditional clocks have the cuckoo birds with moving wings as well. Others usually feature eagles, sparrows or owls. The modern designs use other moving figures like dancing couples as attractions. Some even play musicals when the hour is struck. However, these sounds are either tape-recorded or produced electronically. The more expensive clocks use a music box idea to produce the tunes. Most clocks come with the sound turn off option that enables the users to shut off the sound or the music during their rest hours. Very few also have automatic night shut off feature as well.

The cuckoo clocks, for many people, are very much the most favorite clock hangings. Their prices are determined by the wood used in crafting, the extensive handicraft and hand painting done in the making of such a special clock, the birds or the figurines used and the number of musical options. The price also depends on the night shut off feature, the clock’s size, the dials, as well as the hands.

Getting Pool Ready for Winter

Winter means cold temperatures and cold temperatures mean freezing water. If you have standing water in pipes or fixtures of a pool and it freezes it could damage the fixtures so it’s important that all pipes leading in and out of the pool are empty for winter. Even those pipes that are underground can freeze so you want to use a high powered air compressor or shop vac to chase that water away.

If your pool has tiles you need to make sure that the water level of the pool through the winter is lower than the tiles. Tiles can crack and break once water freezes and expands onto them and this means a big mess come summer. Lower the water in the pool to below the tile line. If you have a liner, you won’t need to lower the water too much as the more water left inside means the better the cover will protect the pool all winter. Too much dip in the cover means that water can collect and freeze on top of it and it may cause damage over time.

Of course, you can’t close a pool without using some mix of winterizing chemicals. Most experts say that a concentrated shock treatment with winter algaecide and stain treatment product will get the job done. You should also adjust the pH and the alkalinity in the remaining water. If you are using granular chemicals mix them up in a bucket before putting them in the pool so you don’t have issues with them staining the bottom of the pool.

It’s also a good idea to fully label totes or boxes where you will store skimmers and pipes for the pool through the winter, and to keep all little clips, stoppers and clamps together so you don’t go looking everywhere for them come summer. Keeping the pool things warm and dry through the winter will give them longer life and keep your pool running well.

Reindeer Hides

The neutral gray and white hues of reindeer skin make it an ideal choice for almost all interiors and the nature-made colors will blend seamlessly with a variety of different color schemes. In some instances white reindeer hides are available but they are relatively rare and so are generally a higher price than the gray skins which are more commonly available.

A symbol of winter, snow and holiday warmth, reindeer are commonly raised in Finland and other northern countries for their milk, meat, and warm hides. Reindeer are perfectly adapted to live in snowy and freezing weather, and their fur makes a perfect natural insulator against the cold. Reindeer skin offers superior warmth and comfort as blankets and furniture throws, and is even available with special silicone treatment to make it water repellent for use outdoors. A reindeer hide that has water repellent treatment can be used as a durable and toasty liner for sleeping bags, or provide insulation and warmth to the inside of tents. A water resistant hide can be used as a rug or hanging for a durable accent piece; an untreated hide is naturally insulating, and should occasionally be shaken out and moved to make sure that condensation and moisture does not get trapped beneath.

The practical durability and warmth of natural reindeer fur makes it easy to find beautiful and creative uses for reindeer hide within the home. Cozy natural fur makes a great addition to any room, but you’ll be tempted to cuddle up with it every chance you get. Durable hide makes these reindeer fur accents great as rugs or wall hangings, but their soft and dense quality makes them ideal for a cuddly furniture throw or blanket in sitting rooms and bedrooms. Spice up your home décor for the holidays and winter months with a unique and stylish reindeer skin rug.

Apartment Decorating

Apartment decorating can actually be easier than decorating a large home. If you’re decorating many rooms, you must keep an eye on a consistent theme and there’s a lot more wall space. Apartment decorating doesn’t pose so many choices. Your living room and kitchen may well be the only public places, so coordinating color and style is made easier.

Let’s tackle the ugly carpeting problem first. Rooms in apartments are generally smaller than in private homes, so a less than desirable carpet can be downplayed with a couple of large area rugs in a color scheme more to your liking. Sea grass mats are another possibility. While the natural beige lightens up the room, the olive green (or whatever color) fades into the background. This apartment decorating solution is relatively inexpensive and you can take it with you when you move.

Plants are heaven sent components in any apartment decorating scheme. Chances are, you don’t have a garden just outside to give your home a lift of nature’s beauty. House plants can fill the gap nicely. If you’re always on the go and don’t have time to fuss with feeding and watering schedules, look into some of the lovely artificial silk plants. Several well-placed plants can become the focal point, distracting the eye from other, less desirable, but permanent apartment fixtures.

With apartment decorating, all that white wall space can be used to great advantage for tying your look together. A single large painting over the sofa or fireplace can have lots of impact, making a colorful statement that reflects your good taste. Wall hangings are another beautiful solution. An entry wall space is perfect for highlighting that collection of family photos or your own photography.

Apartment bathrooms are typically plain, but also are the easiest of apartment decorating problems. Pick your favorite accessory styles and materials. Wicker and rattan, wood or brass, these bathroom decor items quickly and inexpensively bring that bathroom to life. Hang a jazzy shower curtain and you’re done.

Achieving a Minimalist Home Decor

  • Create A Clean Space: This means you should get rid of all the clutter in the room. A minimalist interior design style will not only bring order to the room, it will also bring a streamlined and organized appeal.
  1. Floors: Except for the essential pieces of furniture, the floor should be clear. Nothing should be stacked or stored on the floor.
  2. Surfaces: Same thing should be done to flat surfaces or countertops. It should not have anything on them except for one or two simple accent pieces.
  3. Walls: To achieve a minimalist design, you should avoid hanging pictures or art on your walls. Clear your walls. Leave only one or two nice pieces of artwork.
  • Simple, Elegant, And Chic Furniture: It is best to choose simple and elegant furnishings. For instance, you should choose a plain colored sofa as opposed to a sofa with bold patterns. If you want to use upholstered pieces, choose simple upholstery. You could also use a dark-blue sofa adding a touch of color through the pillows will help create a simple yet sophisticated style. Do not overcrowd the room with bulky pieces. Keep it simple.
  • Lighting: You can use track lights or recessed lights instead of table and floor lamps. You can also install dimmer switches to control the amount of light in the room. Dimming the lights will provide you with a cozy, relaxing mood.
  • Use Muted Or Neutral Colors: When painting your walls, choose neutral or muted color schemes. These colors will create a relaxing ambiance as opposed to using vibrant and loud shades. If you want to add a burst of color in the room, you can choose a feature wall and paint it with the color you want. Use this as your focal point.

Nature Made Rugs

Cow Skin Rugs are Hardwearing

These rugs will last a very long time. They are used to a great deal of wear and tear and will tolerate a great deal of rough use. These rugs can be used in a number of different places around the home because they take longer to wear out than other types of rug. They will outlast their rubber-backed friends and they are much easier to clean. Simply use a damp, not wet, sponge, as this is animal hide and fur. Brush the rug in the direction of the hair to keep it fresh. If it does get wet, dry it immediately to avoid any damage to the rug. You’ll have your decorative rug for a very long time with the proper care and cleaning. As you replace or throw out your other rugs, your cow skin rug will stay in place year after year.

Cow Hide Rugs are Hypoallergenic

Dust and pet fur gets caught in rugs, where it can rise again and stir up serious allergies. Cow hide rugs don’t hold down allergens as well, which makes them a hypoallergenic carpet. The hide of the cow is thicker than other materials so it doesn’t need as much insulation, which is also an allergy trigger. The cow skin decorative rug is guaranteed to keep your family healthier than the standard, man made rugs.

Getting Back to Nature

Some people who use cow skin hides for decorative purposes are making a statement about the wastefulness of the meat industry. Cows are not typically raised for their hides, but for their meat. When you purchase a cow skin rug, you’re buying something that would typically go to waste. The cow is going to serve as a source of meat anyway – it only makes sense to use the hide for warmth and comfort. We would not be the first society to do this and we shouldn’t be the last. There is no reason why the hides should be thrown away when they can be further put to service.

Use Leather in Living Room

Choose your Colors

Before you buy any leather furniture, decide on an overall color scheme. This is the first and biggest step in tying together the look of your living room, as combining too many different colors can lead to a serious clash. Depending on your home’s design, one color may be better than another; color choice can also depend on your personal preference.

Get Modular

To tastefully decorate using leather, consider buying modular furniture. It can be arranged and rearranged in a variety of ways, and this type of furnishing tends to cost less than buying comparable, separate pieces. The kind of modular set you buy will depend mostly upon the size of your living room and the layout of your home.

Use your Leather as Decorating Inspiration

Decorating around your leather living room furniture is one of the best ways to make it look good, and the process will depend mostly upon the color of the furniture. Try to choose a color scheme and stick with it, incorporating styling cues (like Victorian doors) that catch the eye. Leather furnishings look best in a minimalist décor, so choose just a few elements that complement it. Keeping it simple will help you end up with a tasteful, inviting space.

Choose Soft Fabrics

Leather furniture adds a bold, rugged look to your living room, so try to soften it up a little with some plush fabric. Hang sheer, gauzy curtains, or drape a soft blanket over a leather couch or chair. If you have wood flooring or oak doors, use fluffy throw rugs to add more warmth to your space.

Wood is Good

Wooden tables, oak doors, and other décor will help to balance out those heavier leather furnishings. Use dark brown leather and cherry or maple wood tables to create a classy, library-like atmosphere, or lighten up your space by choosing tables and desks made of lighter-colored woods.

Decorating With Wall Murals

Seasonal

This is a great way for the amateur decorator to introduce some style into their home. If you aren’t familiar with the intricacies of interior design and are concerned you may make a mistake, introducing a seasonal wall mural is a fool-proof technique. By selecting this type of mural, which could depict any of the four seasons, you are essentially transforming an entire room into that season. It you want the spare look, a winter scene with bare trees might do the trick. If you want to exhibit fruitfulness and sunshine, a spring-time scene will be for you. Either way, you cannot go wrong with this method as each of the four seasons evokes emotion and therefore works as a theme.

Dramatic

This is one for the bold. If you really want to make an impression with your decor, choosing a dramatic wall mural is the way to go. These murals aren’t defined by the subject matter, but rather by their ability to stop traffic. It can be a high-resolution photograph taken from the Empire State Building looking down at the street below. It can be the view from the cockpit of a jetliner. It can be a closeup of a growling Siberian Tiger. It can be anything, so long as it makes people stop and stare.

Informative

This is for the intellectuals. An informative wall mural is one that teaches, one that provides information, albeit in a fun and decorative way. A popular mural in this category is the world atlas. Nothing sparks conversation like a large, high-resolution view of the world. It can bring back memories of travels or inspire ambition to travel anew. Maps are great, but they are not the only type in this category. Think bigger. How about a view of the Milky Way Galaxy from the Hubble Telescope? Big enough? Or you can focus on smaller things, such as the elements of life. A periodic table is another popular one in this category. Whatever it is, so long as it inspires thought it fits into the informative category of wall mural decor.

Relaxing Master Bedroom

  • Warmth Under Foot. As a great lover of hardwood floors I’m usually the last to suggest the contemporary idea of wall-to-wall carpet but in a bedroom, particularly a Master Bedroom, it’s where I start the conversation. Regardless of the climate in which you live (and certainly if you are in snow country) the wall-to-wall installation of a plush, warm and perfectly delicious wool carpet makes absolute sense. If you’re fortunate enough to have a walk-in-closet and dressing area, let alone a sitting room, then let the carpet join these areas together in one lovely underfoot experience.
  • Zen on Every Wall. There are those who will differ with me in their opinion of the best colors to use on the walls of a Master Bedroom. Regardless of the differences I strongly advocate, if a calm retreat is what you desire, that you edit out bold blasts of color from your rooms color pallet. Fine that you want a blue room but don’t complain to me about your sleepless nights when you paint the walls a never shattering electric blue. I would have suggested one of many shades of soft, feather-like aqua or quail-egg blue. Either would be a calm departure that enhances the objective of tranquility rather than mocking it.
  • A Tech-free Zone. Don’t cry to me that you can’t sleep when in your bedroom you surround yourself with every type of electronic gadget on the planet. Is it any wonder that you’re longed for slumber is routinely shattered when from every corner of the room some battery operated gizmo is blinking, beeping or humming your favorite rock-n-roll anthem!? Wishing for a tranquil retreat? Banish all forms of electronics. This includes the television. A single mobile phone, with properly adjusted “Do Not Disturb” notifications is all any Master Bedroom needs to achieve rewarding results.
  • Comfort Is King. If there’s not another stick of furniture in your Master Bedroom than the bed in which you sleep then you’re off to a good start. I’m often asked, when people are buying furniture for a bedroom, “What should we start with, if our budget is limited?” Hands down the most important purchase you’ll make for the room, in which you spend more time than any room in the house, is the bed. If you’ve ever spent a night in a luxury hotel you know the seductive, lush power of a beautifully crafted bed. They are designed to provide the best night’s sleep possible and thus are worth every penny. I encourage you to sleep around a bit. Spend a night in a Hilton, a Four Seasons, a Ritz Carlton… etc. and find a mattress set that works for you. Most of these hotels have in house purchasing options that will allow you to buy that very bed. Don’t hesitate. It is the best money you’ll ever spend.