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 … Read the rest

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 … Read the rest

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. … Read the rest

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 … Read the rest

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 … Read the rest

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
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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

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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 … Read the rest

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 … Read the rest

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
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