Month: November 2019

Innovative Small Space Living

  • Dual-function rooms: No longer do city residents have the luxury of having an entire room devoted to a single purpose. Instead, rooms like the living room, kitchen, spare bedroom and den must pull double and even triple duty, serving multiple purposes. After-market contractors are creating living rooms that also serve as home office space or convert into guest quarters. Spare bedrooms and dens are also being made into home offices that serve as guest rooms when needed. Kitchens/dining room combos are common, as well as kitchens that double as laundry rooms. By making one room serve multiple purposes, home owners can live comfortably in smaller spaces and have the benefits that come with living in the city.
  • Convertible furniture: How about a coffee table that turns into a dining table that seats ten people, a couch that converts to a bunk bed or even a side table console that houses a kitty litter box? These are just a
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Custom Picture Framing

Decide on a realistic budget for your project

I saw a forum post where a man was asking about framing a 40×60 piece of fabric. He wanted an inexpensive frame and acrylic glazing (plexiglass). He didn’t want to spend more than $100 for it. The problem here is that the glass alone would cost between $150 and $200, not to mention the frame and mounting something that large. Not a very realistic budget.

Take the time to work with your custom framer, weigh the options that you have in the choice of framing mats, mounting, etc. And then make a choice that fits within your budget. If you have time shop the project to a couple of different framers. Compare pricing.

Try to get an understanding of what the project entails.

A professional framer is going to do a little more than just open up a ready-made standard sized frame and stick your picture in it. Talk to your framer … Read the rest

Glass Candle Holder

  • Sand – Sand is a great and easy way to transform a plain glass candle holder into something special. Simply fill the base of your container with sand, you may choose to use colored sand to create an especially unique piece. Once you have a base, you can then place a smaller votive holder inside the larger container. After you centered the votive holder, you can then continue to pour sand into the holder.
  • Spray Paint – To create a stunning holder, simply use masking tape to create a unique design and then spray paint the exterior of the holder. After the paint dries, simply remove the tape and you are left with a one of a kind glass candle holder. This technique will allow you to create different patterns which will truly catch the eye of anyone who sees them.
  • Dried Flowers – This technique works best with larger sized candle holders. Simply place your candle in the center
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Candle Burning Safety

  • The first thing that you should always remember is to never leave a candle burning unattended. This may sound like simple advice, but a fire can start in a matter of seconds. I don’t mean that you have to sit in a chair and constantly watch a burning candle, but you should be able to see it from wherever you may be in the house.
  • The next thing to keep in mind is the importance of placing a lit candle on a sturdy and heat-resistant surface. Candles should never be placed on a plastic or flammable surface. These types of surfaces may become unstable from the heat and cause the candle to fall. You should also not place a candle on a low table where your pets or anyone walking by may knock it down.
  • Candles should also be placed so that they are out of reach of children and pets. If you place a candle on a table, you
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Creating Relaxing Bedroom Atmosphere

Storage is the Answer

Bedroom storage needn’t be unattractive, quite the opposite in fact. Modular bedroom furniture offers a wide range of options to enable you to personalise the way you store your clothing, cosmetics, papers, books and indeed anything else that finds a home in your bedroom.

Solid, great to look at and perfect for helping to create a clutter-free and calm environment, whether you prefer a completely clean and minimalistic look or do enjoy having favourite trinkets and pictures around you, this way of organising a room provides you with a number of flexible options.

Use Scent to Create a Calming Environment

A range of natural fragrances have been used for hundreds of years to promote healing, relaxation and sleep. Lavender and sandalwood are the obvious choices although there are a number of other essential oils which might be used. Steer away from chemical-based air fresheners and sprays, instead choosing fragrant and attractive pot pourri or using a … Read the rest

Choose the Right Pillow

Sleep Style

Do you sleep on your side? Look for a firm pillow that focuses on your head and neck. If you sleep on your back, a medium to firm pillow should be a noticeable improvement. Front sleepers should seek a softer pillow to relieve stress on their neck. There is a theory that sleeping on your back fights wrinkles, because it keeps the weight of the head off the face during the night.


Pillow Fill could be almost anything, the most typical is foam, goose down, latex. The most expensive fill is Eiderdown, a large sea duck native to the northern coasts of Europe and North America. Other less expensive but still exotic fills are green tea, buckwheat, shredded rubber, flaxseed and lavender. There are more to choose from, but we’ll leave finding the even more exotic up to you.


Pillows made from latex are allergy resistant, so they would be the best choice for someone with … Read the rest

Identify Great Concrete Pool Builder

You have to check if the concrete pool builder you are considering for the job uses 3D design software. You can check if after the first meeting with him where you supply him with all the details that you need including the design and style, he undertakes to create an impression to show you the final and actual look of your swimming area. This will be a sign of a great expert that you ought to consider.

Another aspect that will help you identify a top concrete pool builder is the software suite programs that he uses to make the layout, route piping systems, design and documents. This software suite will enable him to be able to plan and design a large variety of swimming pools and hence they will be able to deliver your preferred style and design. This software is important for a concrete pool builder to have as it allows for conceptual modeling which will result in … Read the rest

Decorate Guest Bathroom


Obviously, the first thing that should be done is a good de-cluttering job. Get rid of anything that doesn’t belong in the room, and store them in their appropriate spot. Don’t wait until the last minute before your guests are expected to arrive – get the room ready by cleaning the room out as part of your typical daily or weekly chore list.

Choose Light and Bright Colours

Using lighter colours can help to open up a space, which is particularly helpful with bathrooms that tend to be on the smaller side. Not only will such lighter hues make the room appear larger than it actually is, they also give the feeling of a clean space. Consider painting the walls white, off-white or pale yellow to help create that open, airy backdrop. Continue adding such light colours with stone-hued glazed tiles in the shower.

Use Mirrors in Abundance

Not only do light colours open up a space, but so … Read the rest

Metal Art Decor

Even if you have decorated your home with the finest furniture pieces, you will soon come to realize that empty walls will ruin the entire effect. Indeed, you need wall art to decorate the walls of your home. Luckily for you, the dedicated market is large in options and you do have where to choose from. For instance, if you appreciate items that are related to the music and entertainment field, know that there are many metal hangings bearing this theme. Designers often create metal art paintings representing jazz saxophone players. Moreover, if you have a home that is decorated in a modern style, you can choose metal art pieces recreating the urban life. This would perfectly complement the atmosphere. Looking at the wide range of items you or any other interested clients have at their disposal, it would seem that making the right choice is a difficult task. This is one of the reasons for which clients in general … Read the rest

Concrete Pool Lining Options

Tile Liners

Tile can include numerous colours and can also be used to create simplistic images along the pool floor and walls. They come in various materials, such as fiberglass and ceramic. They take a long time to install, but the beauty they provide is well worth the time and/or effort.

Concrete Liners

Painted concrete surfaces present an opportunity for good creativity. They allow the pool to have fancy, appealing shapes or various forms because the floor and walls can be painted, no matter what shape the pool is. In other words, it is a flexible pool liner so to speak, even though it is just painted concrete. In addition, paint can be used to create works of art on the walls and floor for that extra touch of both luxury and style. The paint that is used on concrete pool linings is usually either a rubberized paint or an epoxy one.

Vinyl Pool Liners

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