Category: Home Improvement

About Metal Aesthetic

Don’t think I believe I’m telling you something you don’t already inherently understand. Surely, most people know what they like, and most people tend to choose the same kinds of things over and over; we are habitual creatures, and comforted by the familiar. I would merely encourage you to examine, carefully, those decorative statements you have already made; look objectively at your own home, or even just one room, and consider who you are, aesthetically speaking, according to the objects and decorative gestures you have gathered and placed.

In my own home, I lean very much toward a contemporary, minimalist aesthetic, with very modern lines, bold colors (I especially love red and graphic black and white), rich textures (silk, leather, wool), and abstract, visual accents.

In the realm of decorative arts, I am drawn to elemental materials, such as sculptures made of glass or metal. I have several wall sculptures made of copper alloy or treated aluminum, and, indeed, they compliment beautifully the modern aesthetic of my overall decor. But regardless of that, I find that metal wall sculptures are simply a favorite thing of mine.

In preparation for this post, I’ve really thought hard about what consistently draws me to this particular art form. What I appreciate is the dimensional depth and inherent texture of metal forms. These pieces possess angles, edges, layers, and create secondary effects according to time of day, light sources and resulting shadow. I don’t dislike two-dimensional paintings, and even decorate with them, but I find metal wall sculpture possesses a dynamism that engages me a step beyond a “flat” painting.

Copper alloy and bronze remain among the most prevalent materials used in metal sculpture, though other metals, such as aluminum, silver, gold and iron, are utilized artistically, as well. In classical art, bronze has been the medium for myriad sculptures created by masters. Consider works by Rodin, Donatello, and Remington, to name a few. A number of iconic, ancient Greek sculptures were cast in bronze, as well.

Of course, my metal wall sculptures are not to be compared with the work of serious masters; the point I want to make concerns the endurance of metal as an artistic medium. Equally compelling is its versatility of character, depending on how it is handled and coaxed into form.

Metal responds beautifully to various treatments. It can be cast, cut and shaped, polished, and heated to produce color variations. It can be painted, layered and combined with other media. Metal can exude a sterile character, in that it can seem sleek, clean and futuristic. Or it can reflect a more industrial vibe, with rougher edges, utilitarian shapes and muted finishes.

Metal sculpture can echo shapes and forms commonly found in nature, or otherworldly lines and nonspecific patterns inspired by imagination. It can engender stillness and coolness or evoke motion and heat. It simultaneously makes and receives impressions.

Online you can find a variety of metallic decor. Some pieces are truly abstract and geometric, while others reflect popular culture and urban kitsch. Not for everyone, understandably, but distinct, interesting and worth exploring.

History of European Porcelain

Throughout the centuries, a disciplined, strict demand for the highest quality moved the art of porcelain making forward. Each kiln from the past can be easily identified by archaeologists due to the mountain of pottery shards nearby. These piles of broken wares were not pieces that were dropped or that came out of the kiln misshapen; these were pieces – numbering in the tens of thousands even at the smaller operations – that failed to make the cut. Quality was never compromised in the production of porcelain in China. Once the Chinese established trade routes to the western world through the Silk Road, new markets emerged for the fine porcelain. The Chinese standards of allowing only the highest quality products to be sold sparked ravenous demand throughout the developing world.

By the 17th century, European traders had finally caught on and a mania for fine porcelain set in. The result was a feverish demand for a product likely never before seen in the developing world’s economy. Millions of pieces of porcelain started to move through China’s open trading port of Canton. Historically an isolationist nation, China’s borders were closed to outsiders. Foreigners, with the particular exception of Jesuit missionaries, who spent decades building diplomatic relations with Chinese royalty, were still forbidden from entering The Forbidden Kingdom. But with the appropriate government licensing, select merchants were allowed to purchase goods at the port for exporting back to their home countries. The East India Company was the main exporter to Europe at this time. The porcelain started to become known more colloquially as “china,” named so because of its origin. But within a hundred years the demand would drop dramatically due to another emerging market. European craftsmen, with the help of a traveling priest, had caught on to the methods and techniques of the porcelain craft. From that point until this day, the porcelain produced in Europe would rival those high standards of quality set in China so long ago, and demand for the porcelain being created would continue into the present day.

The local manufacture of porcelain in Europe begin with a series of trial and error attempts by craftsmen familiar with making traditional pottery. They studied the Chinese porcelain and worked to match the quality of the pieces, which were gaining in popularity among the upper classes. But it wasn’t until 1712 that the secrets were finally revealed. A traveling Jesuit priest named Francois Xavier d’Entrecolles was fascinated by the manufacture of porcelain in China, where he was stationed as a missionary priest. d’Entrecolles wrote to his superior in Paris, where the headquarters of the French Jesuit missions to China and India was located, about the techniques he witnessed at the Chinese porcelain factories. This series of letters were published and became hugely popular throughout Europe, where artisans were still working, diligently yet unsuccessfully, to reproduce the fine “china” tea sets, bowls, vases, figurines and other items that were in such high demand.

With the trade secretes now published, the game changed. The importance of the type of clay and its composite minerals, including kaolinite, feldspar, alabaster and others, were understood by European potters and the production of fine porcelain began in earnest in the west.

The appetite for porcelain would only increase over the years. In fact, many of the very first manufacturers of porcelain in Europe remain in business to this today, producing tens of thousands of finely-crafted, handmade pieces still very much in demand. This is where Interior Place purchases its large orders of porcelain.

Find Rated Portable Hot Tub

  • Construction. You need to make sure your hot tub is built to last more than one season. There’s no real way to know this ahead of time, but as a general rule of thumb, the inflatable hot tubs with interior reinforced construction seem to hold up best.
  • Price. You can expect to find most inflatable spas to be in the $350 to $800 range. That’s a sizeable investment. But, it’s nowhere near the cost of an in-ground spa.
  • Warranty. Check out the warranty provided by each manufacturer before you buy. This will adjust your expectations and should furnish you with a customer service contact if you need new parts or – worst case – a replacement hot tub.
  • Jets. Again, just so you won’t be disappointed when you climb into your hot tub for the first time, pay attention to how many jets your hot tub comes equipped with. Generally, four-person inflatable units have 120 jets, while the larger six-person tubs have 140. And please understand that they produce a powerful stream of bubbles, not real jets of water, as you might be used to in the big commercial hot tubs.
  • Covers. When you are making your selection, try to make sure it comes with a suitable cover. If not, you’ll need to buy one separately. They are important in order to keep heat in from day to day and in order to keep things like falling leaves out.
  • Cleaning. This is an important weekly task. Try to ascertain how often the filters might need to be changed and what kind of chemicals you’ll need to keep the water nice and sparkling. Some of them come with chemicals. Some do not and must be purchased separately. If in doubt, scroll down and read the fine print and specs on the Amazon product page. Or contact the manufacturer. In most cases, a simple trip to your local pool supply store will get you what you need, no matter what brand you might have.
  • Reviews. If they’re available on the model you’re thinking about buying, check to see what people who have already bought the product have to say about it. The more five-star ratings and positive reviews, the better. Any product will have its share of discontented customers, for one reason or another. Take these reviews with a grain of salt, but see if you can tell what the company’s customer service department did (or didn’t do) to rectify the complaint.

Info of Veneer Basics

Veneer is created by slicing wood from logs in to very thin layers. For staircase design the ideal thickness of it is 6mm and popular wood choices are Hemlock, Mahogany, Ash and Oak. The process of making it is an ancient art that was first implemented by the Ancient Egyptians for use on their furniture and their sarcophagi. The Egyptians hand sawed their wood in to the very thin slices, today though, there are three main machine tools used for production which make it much easier and reduce waste:

  • A rotary lathe.
  • A slicing machine.
  • A half round lathe.

There are several types available in today’s market:

  • Raw: This has two ‘best’ sides until one has had an appropriate finish applied.
  • Paper Backed: This is useful for applying to pillars and other items of curved furniture because it is more pliable than the raw type. It is also available in large pieces.
  • Phenolic Backed: This is considered an ecological solution because it is completely man-made. Again this type is good for curved furniture because it is not likely to crack when bending and can be purchased in large sheets.
  • Laid Up: This one comes delivered ready to fit as it will have already been joined together by the manufacturer.
  • Reconstituted: Ones are made from a tropical tree that grows quickly and is therefore also considered to be friendly to the environment. It may be dyed to achieve the desired colour. once the correct colour has been achieved, the slices of the wood are stuck together to make a laminated veneer.
  • Wood on Wood or 2 Ply: is usually only used for decorative pieces and inlays with a utility grade wood-backing.

Water Leak Detection

Many pool owners believe a leak would be obvious. However, most leaks are not obvious, until they are of major concern. Meanwhile, damages worth thousands of dollars are made and you can see it from your higher water bill. Additional damage may be done to the other pool elements, on your own and your neighbour`s property and other surrounding objects.

The most obvious sign of pool leaking is the lower water level. The first step in leak testing any swimming pool is to figure out if the pool is actually leaking. Many pool owners often believe that somewhere there is an active leak. But it can be just an evaporating. There are lots of factors effecting this situation, such as your geographical location, water and climate temperature, direct sunlight and crosswinds. It should be kept in mind that a pool should only lose about 1/8 inch of water each day to evaporation. The simplest solution is to add water to the pool because it cannot be fixed just by using a solar blanket cover.

If your pool is leaking more than evaporation then the next step is to check the pool piping system. Leaking may occur due to a leaking hose or defective impeller. If you have a wet floor or other pump problems, immediate repairs may be necessary to keep the pump system working efficiently and save money on equipment replacement.

The last step is to comprehensively inspect the pool for damage. This should be done by pool technician who has more experience over a pool owner. When a pool leaks it will cause damage that may be visible; such as pool decks that are sinking or have cracks, rust around the skimmer, cracks in the pool floors, broken fittings etc. Any signs of these should be noted and promptly fixed.

Look for excessive water around the pool on the grass or landscape area. A leak in the underground will allow water to escape into the soil and will change the water colour and visibility. Leaking may not stop at your property; it may find its way to your neighbour`s yard and lead to additional costs for which you are responsible.

Many Uses Of Window Film

When it comes to privacy, window films are most often applied in rooms like the bathroom. They can be applied to exterior-facing windows, interior glass doors and even the glass of shower enclosures. For both privacy and décor, there are many types of window films that can be used.

This article will look at the three most popular: stained glass, appliques and privacy films.

Stained glass has become an increasingly popular style of window film in the last ten years. New printing and digital processes have made the colors and styles more vibrant. This has helped the film mimic that which it is intended to copy – stained glass – an ancient art by which glass is colored using the addition of metals and other materials during the glassmaking process. The most common application for this type of glass was usually in churches, where religious scenes were depicted. The effect originally was to teach a mostly illiterate audience, but the beautiful way the glass colored the rays of the sun was not lost on anyone and this application remains common even today. It is, however, an exorbitant cost for the average homeowner. This is why stained glass window film has become so popular among designers and do-it-yourselfers.

Appliques are another rising star in the window film industry. Appliques can be very similar to stained glass, except that they most often depict an object or an animal, such as a flower or a butterfly, rather than a simple pattern as is the case with stained glass. The colors are just as vibrant, and because most appliques only apply to a small portion of the window, the effect is most often even more dramatic due to the contrast of the plain glass adjacent to the applique itself.

Privacy film is most often used in the bathroom. It comes in a variety of styles, but many are simply opaque patterns that allow sunlight into a room without revealing what is in the room to anyone who may be looking in from the outside. This is not, however, the only use for privacy film. It is also extremely popular today in the entrance to a home. Many front doors have narrow vertical windows alongside. These windows are called side lights. They are great for letting sunlight into the foyer or entrance of a home, but they can be a bit unsettling as it provides strangers the ability to look inside. This problem is often addressed with designer privacy films. These come in a variety of styles, and through clever use of opaque film mixed with attractive designs, they bring security back to the home without sacrificing the look of the enjoyable side lights.

Avoid While Renovating Home

Poor preparation

A proper renovation takes preparation – lots of it. A detailed plan will help keep you on budget and on time. Set out a very specific agreement with your contractor before the work begins and get everything in writing. You should be able to see on paper how your renovation is going to play out before it even begins.

Buying before planning

I can’t stress this enough: Don’t buy materials or appliances until your renovation is planned out and all measurements have been taken. Online sales can be tempting, but that great deal on a 24-inch dishwasher isn’t going to save you any money if you only have room for an 18-inch model. Don’t over plan things. Keep everything clear in your mind before buying. Visit 2-3 stores to compare rates before finalising

Ignoring issues

When you tear down walls or rip up floors, there’s a good chance you’re going to find something you weren’t expecting, especially in an older home. Electrical and plumbing issues need to be dealt with before you close the walls back up. It might be an unexpected renovation cost up front, but it will save you tons of money in the long run.

Cutting corners

Don’t do it. Much like ignoring issues, cutting corners on materials or finishes is only going to cause you problems in the future. It’s always better to go the extra mile and do it right the first time than have to go back and redo everything. Hire competent people to do the job, buy quality materials and take the time to complete all the necessary steps.

Unlicensed trades

There are projects that any reliable contractor can take on; then there are specialized projects that require a licensed professional to complete. Electrical, plumbing, HVAC, asbestos removal and anything to do with gas or the structure of your home should always be completed by a licensed professional in that specific trade.

Choose The Right Pool Shape

There are endless possibilities when choosing pool shapes from a basic rectangle or kidney to lavish structures that include waterfall features. The conventional styles with smaller dimensions are most popular offering a basic pool to unwind and cool off. Designs are not limited to squares or rectangles, but can include large circles or rounded edges.

Shapes and sizes of pools are determined by the amount of space available on the property. The area selected for installation will influence the style of the feature that will best work in terms of practicality and ease of maintenance. Do not make a rushed decision, but carefully consider size as it is expensive and complex to have to fill or remove pools at a later stage.

Create a budget for the addition and consider the options available that are valuable and cost effective. Contacting a professional contractor in the installation of pools will include an estimate of the materials and labor involved. The smaller sizes are less expensive than a large and complex design and require a fair comparison that will prove most suitable for a budget.

Swimming pools can be constructed for training and athletic purposes or a simple feature to lounge in during the warmer temperatures. Determine its use before proceeding with a particular style because it looks good in a catalog or the backyard of a neighbor. The feasibility of pools will have to be assessed as a lack of regular usage may call for less expensive alternatives.

Pools must prove functional and fit within the environment, but it must deliver appeal and provide an outstanding feature for the property. Modern landscaping solutions discussed with the professional guidance of a contractor will deliver the best outcome. Ensure that the selected size and style are compatible with the surrounds for a valuable result.

Reasons to Choose Gerflor Flooring

Cleaning is easy

Kitchens and bathrooms are rooms which are notorious for high levels of foot traffic and lots of mess. From spilt baked beans to toothpaste and everything in between, kitchens and bathrooms are notorious for taking a lot of abuse! The problem with real wood floors and laminate flooring is that you have to be careful when cleaning them. Wood absorbs water and it will eventually rot. Gerflor flooring and other types of vinyl are very easy to clean. You can mop or wipe spillages and not have to worry about the impact it will have on the floor itself. Stone and tiling is similarly easy to clean, but for those on a budget, vinyl is probably the best solution.

Fantastic value for money

Vinyl is one of the cheapest flooring options around, but it is also great value for money given that it is highly durable. There are a huge number of patterns you can choose from and the price does not range a great deal. Gerflor flooring is notoriously durable and comes with a protective surface. This does mean that it is one of the more expensive types of vinyl, but even so, it is very cheap and very good value for money.

Ease of installation

The installation process with vinyl flooring is so easy that many people opt to do it themselves rather than get a professional in to do it. Gerflor flooring comes in sheets or tiles which can be laid and stuck down very easily. In the event that the floor gets damaged, it is incredibly easy to remove the damaged tile and install a new one. It will take a lot of effort to damage this flooring, however, as it is very resistant and durable!

Info of Pool Equipment

The first thing you need is a good pump. The pump is in charge of pulling the water out through the skimmer, forcing it through the filter where it is cleaned and then putting it back into the pool. If you don’t keep the water moving around your pool won’t look pretty for long.

The filter works in tandem with the pump. It is responsible for sifting out the impurities that accumulate in the water. There are three main types of filters: sand, cartridge and DE. Sand filters are the cheapest option but also have the most work attached to them. They are the most basic of filters and they do the job well, as long as you backwash them every 2 weeks. Cartridge filters on the other hand only have to be cleaned twice throughout the season and they are more like a vacuum filter you have at home. They get out more of the bad stuff so you can get on with the good stuff. The best filters are the DE kind with their unique look and feel and their ability to filter just about anything out of the water no matter how small.

Chemicals are a mainstay in any pool. You will need chlorine to keep the water clean and also chlorine balancing agents, a water test kit, alkaline balancing agents and calcium balancing agents as well. All of these chemicals aid to keep the water from getting full of bacteria that can cause the water to get cloudy and isn’t any good for your skin or eyes either.

A good vacuum to get the big debris like leaves out of the pool and a good heating system whether it be a large unit or a simple solar blanket to ensure that the water is always a good temperature are also needed pool equipment.

Like with anything, if you have the right equipment, things do tend to go a lot more smoothly. Pools are fun things to invest in and with just a little care they are great fun for the whole family.