Decorating With Wall Murals


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.


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.

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

Safety Guidelines for Hot Tubs

Assess the Surroundings

Observation of hot tubs will provide you with important clues about their maintenance. You should not smell odors. Chlorination should not emit strong chemical odors. If you do smell chemicals, this suggests possible maintenance issues. The filtration system and pumps should create an audible noise you can hear, indicating that these systems are functioning. The water temperature should not be higher than 104 degrees Fahrenheit. The tiles inside the tub should feel smooth to the touch, never slippery or sticky. Slippery or sticky tiles indicate issues of cleanliness.

Follow Posted Guidelines

Hot tubs post safety guidelines for users to follow. Read the guidelines and adhere to them for optimal safety. Users should always bathe or shower with soap immediately before entering the facility. The facility likely has a maximum capacity of users for the unit, so ensure that you do not exceed this number. Children under age five should not use hot tubs. Generally, users should not exceed a maximum length of time in the water to avoid excessive exposure to the warm temperatures.

Dangers of Alcohol

Drinking alcohol and using hot tubs is not a safe combination. The hot

Fiberglass Or Concrete Swimming Pools

Installation is simpler and more efficient with fiberglass swimming pools as the shells are pre-manufactured allowing for ease of placement. Concrete or gunite pools must be constructed on-site including longer project completion. The period of time taken to develop functional pools is further determined by the size and the shape that are required.

Depth will need to be determined as fiberglass is suitable for homes that desire smaller and modest pools offering a quick splash or to relaxing lounge experience. Concrete will offer greater versatility and can be constructed with significant depth and width. The decision will be influenced by the budget and the style of structure that is preferred.

Texture associated with fiberglass pools includes a smooth and slippery feel that will not contribute to discomfort, but makes grip difficult when jumping from steps and pool floors. Gunite tends to deliver a rough sensation under the feet causing raw and irritated symptoms with ongoing activity. Most families with small children prefer the smoother consistency offered with fiberglass.

Durability is determined by the quality of a fiberglass manufacture and the standard of workmanship provided in concrete construction. Fiberglass shells can withstand exposure to the elements

Swimming Pool Alarms

Swimming pools attract kids but not all kids can swim. And, kids sometimes like to get rough in a pool. That’s why children shouldn’t’ be left unattended when they are in a pool.

As a new pool owner you will be surprised at how many new friends you develop, especially if you have the only pool in the neighborhood. And, if you have kids, you will be the most popular people around.

Here’s some startling information — did you know that more than 900 children up to the age of 14 die in drowning accidents each year? And it is going up as more people buy swimming pools because of the higher price of vacations away from home.

Just imagine the horror of having a small child fall into your swimming pool and you didn’t know it.

Don’t forget – you, as the pool owner, are responsible for anyone getting hurt (or worse) in your pool.

Take steps to make sure that your children are safe! Set positive rules for your pool and make sure that everyone knows them before entering your pool. If necessary, put the rules on a sign and make

Stylish Pendant Lights

The newest and best pendant fixtures is a stylish accent. Their eye-catching appeal is artistic design, color and a sleek finishing touch in a modern decor. Decorative pendants come in several varieties and styles.They are affordable and functional modern elegance for your rooms. And they can be used in a kitchen, living room, bathroom or bedroom.

Gorgeous lighting adds luxury to love in your home. The best finishes are bronze, chrome, nickel, brushed steel, glass and wood. Modern colors such as black, blue, brown, gray, natural, silver and multi-color are pleasing options.

Different shade sizes, shapes and materials are decorative details for modern pendants. The latest shades styles are: frosted, Murano glass, lantern and mercury glass. Shade materials include metal, fabric, ceramic, silk and synthetic. These materials are special textures that have a luxury look. A modern selection of pendant lights are available in mini or small (12 inches or less), medium (13-22 inches wide) and large (31 inches) wide or more.

They are available by brand. Their prices range from $25 to $2,000 and up. Art glass, art shade, drum, mini-chandelier, swag and multi-light are pendant types for a contemporary home. The finest features

True Cost of Wallpaper

A recent study found that the average wallpaper lasts 15 years. The average paint lasts about three years before needing another coat. So with a lifetime five times as long, wallpaper brings with it an added value.

Let’s say you’re going to paint your bedroom. The room is 14 x 20 and the ceilings are eight feet high. So we add together the length of all four walls: 14 + 20 + 14 + 20 and come up with 68. We then multiply that by the height of the ceiling to get the total area of the room (68×8= 544).

Industry standard costs for painting professionals are about $.45 per foot, so the cost to have this room painted would be 544 x.45 = $244.80. Now, in order to maintain the look of this room you will have to paint about every three years. Over a 15-year period, this will amount to six times, which comes to (244.80 x 6 = $1,468.80).

Let’s compare this to the cost of wallpaper. The industry average cost for wallpaper, including professional installation costs, adds up to about $1.79 per square foot. We can calculate this using the same method

Stripes In Interior Design

Stripes do not just add interest in a room but they are also effective in hiding a myriad of traffic. It can also conceal wear and tear that you or your family members can inflict.

Using stripes on your décor can help you break loose of predictability. The world of interior design is often about patterns and solids but if you want to surprise everyone, then add some stripes. Just make sure that you keep one color as the unifying element in a room or else you would lose the needed cohesion on your design.

Stripes can also be used on those lovely stairs that you have at home. Just look at that often boring straight staircase and know that you can actually use striped carpets on them. These stripes can render an interesting path to the upper rooms.

Adding that striped carpet will also offer that needed energy boost on your stairway. At the very least, the appearance of wear and tear are kept at a bare minimum. Remember, though, that carpet warranties won’t cover stairs and hallways so those stripes will come in handy in hiding the wears and tears of daily traffic.

Winterizing Pool in Freezing Zones

Ensure That the Pool is clean and ready for Winterizing

Get out the pool vacuum and any other tools you need to clean the pool’s interior walls and flooring. Be sure to clean out the filter as well so it is also ready for storage. The pool should be clean so that no staining occurs during warm days when the water is thawed. It also reduces pollutants that can accumulate in the pool and lead to other issues like scum accumulation. In addition, remove or dissolve remaining chlorine or bromine tablets if you have them in your pool. You don’t want them affecting the weatherization process.

Ensure That the Water Chemistry is balanced for Winterizing

Check your pH level, chlorine level, total alkalinity level, etc. to prevent scaling, corrosion, and other issues that occur from unbalanced chemistry. Weatherization kits often include many of the ingredients needed to prepare your pool for the winter. The main purpose for weatherization is to maintain a clear pool through the winter and prevent algae growth at the beginning of spring. Algae will grow very rapidly and you don’t want a mess to deal with in the spring.


Skirting Boards

Today skirting boards have become more than just a functional feature. They now come with a wide variety of mouldings and are available in a number of materials. Unsurprisingly wooden skirting remains t most popular. There’s obviously a wide variety within the wooden category. Different types of wood, different finishes, painted or not are just a few of the options you can chose from. Mouldings are becoming increasingly less popular and are only really recommended if you’re going for a very traditional look. But mouldings can give this often overlooked feature some real character.

Another aspect of your skirting board that you will need to decide upon is the height. The first thing you must ensure is that there is consistency throughout the property, varying heights look very strange. If you are redoing the whole house’s skirting or building a new property then the height of the walls should be the number one consideration – the higher the walls, the higher the boards. Don’t forget about radiators (buying skirting board that doesn’t fit beneath the piping is a costly mistake!)

If you have skirting in your property that you really like and want to put in