Cowhide Rugs Are Enduring And Beautiful

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Many people are careful to avoid fads and temporary trends when they’re designing their residences. That’s why people often choose to select classic decorations and furnishings for their homes. It can be quite disheartening to purchase a certain style of sofa only to see it going completely out of style merely several months later. Home decorations and furnishings are often rather expensive. Getting them replaced costs a lot of money. It takes up a lot of time, too. If you want to avoid the annoyance of feeling bad after making the mistake of decorating your home with something that’s just a passing fancy, you should always take the classic approach.

There are many decorative elements that are classic, traditional and enduring. Elegant chandeliers are one example, and cowhide rugs are another. Although these rugs have undeniable exotic charms, no one can really dispute that they’re unfading beauties. They’ve been staples in attractive and fashionable living spaces for many decades. They always manage to look fresh and interesting, too. They never seem to age. If you want your residence to always look as modern, fresh and updated as possible, cowhide rugs won’t ever let you down. These rugs will never make your home appear antiquated and dull. If you want to do everything possible to avoid home design that’s stuffy and démodé, cowhide rugs are definitely your friend.

These rugs are more than just classic and ageless, too. They actually possess several excellent qualities that contribute significantly to their lasting charms. There are many reasons people love these rugs so much. Although they’re beautiful, they offer so much more than just visuals. Many people are enamoured by the fact that these rugs are hypo-allergenic. Allergies can make people feel beyond unhappy and uncomfortable. If you want to steer clear of the mistake of spending your hard-earned money on a rug that always makes you feel like you’re about to have a crazy sneezing episode, the hypoallergenic path is indeed optimal. Cowhide rugs won’t cause allergic symptoms in you. They won’t cause allergic symptoms in the other members of your household. They won’t make your guests feel like awful itching basket cases, either. These rugs are excellent for people who like maintaining healthy and happy living spaces for all.

Cowhide rugs offer people the joy of pure versatility as well. People often make great use of them as standard rugs for their floors. If you have a gorgeous wooden floor in your home, for example, a cowhide rug may be able to help accentuate its beauty. People don’t just use cowhide rugs on their floors, however. They also often use them as throws. If you love nothing more than feeling warm and toasty while you’re unwinding and watching the telly late at night, a cowhide rug may make a wondrous sofa companion for you. They look pretty good when placed on sofas as well. If you love the marvelous natural patterns and colours that are seen these rugs, you may want to drape one on the wall in your living room or bedroom. Cowhide rugs are seriously dramatic and remarkable visually. If you want your wall to make people turn their heads, using a cowhide rug as a lovely wall tapestry may be a fantastic idea.

These rugs are also truly tough. They’re far from flimsy rugs. If you’re wary of rugs that are prone to wear and damage, cowhide rugs are exactly what you need. These rugs can withstand a lot. If you want to spend your money on a rug that can endure a lot of heavy traffic from day to day, then ‘cowhide’ should be the first thing that comes to mind for you. These rugs are durable and as a result often remain beautiful, fresh and sturdy for many years. They’re definitely not rugs you can only keep around for short periods of time.

Maintenance is essential for cowhide rugs. Maintenance is essential for all types of rugs. Luckily, cowhide rugs have few upkeep demands. Keeping these rugs clean and soft generally involves routinely shaking them out outdoors. Shaking can help extract debris that may be hidden inside of them. People can also usually clean cowhide rug stains using simple mild soap and water combinations.

Top 10 Things to Know Before Renovating your Bathroom

Home renovations are one of the latest trends sweeping the nation. Each week millions of viewers are fixated to their television screens as they watch couples, friends and families take the great renovation challenge. Spurred with this determination many of you sitting at home want to take up this challenge, starting with smaller projects around the house and working on to bigger and better things. For many, the first place to start is the bathroom – a room that can be anywhere from simple to stunning! Need help? Take into consideration these top tips before you whip out the hammer.

Renovating can be tough!

Don’t be fooled, you’re not in for a walk in the park, but that’s the fun part! This will be a challenge, learn to love it. If you don’t think you go it alone, there are always bathroom renovation specialists like Choice Bathrooms who will walk you through every step.

Always get a second opinion

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Just because one renovating expert says yes, it’s imperative that you get a second or even third opinion from a number of experts in the field. By knowing all the facts from a range of sources, you will be able to make an informed decision about certain aspects of your bathroom.

Colours. There are lots of them

Have some ideas of the colours that you want to include in your design. It’s ok to mix things up a little to make your bathroom something different and unique.

Get Inspiration

Gathering ideas for your perfect bathroom can be a bit of a challenge – especially if you want to cram as many ideas as possible into your space. Set up a Pinterest account and subscribe to your favourite renovation magazines to start collating ideas. Have your dream plan, as well as a number of backups as there will be times when your dream is not always feasible in your current space.

Less is more

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Remember your bathroom doesn’t have to be cluttered with too many designs and features; some of the simplest bathrooms are often the best.

Ventilation is key

Nothing could be worse than having to spend every weekend scrubbing your new bathroom for increasing mould buildup. Planning for correct ventilation will help reduce excess mould in the future.

Plan ahead

Make a timeline and think about how long your bathroom will be out of action, do you have somewhere else to stay or at the very least, a friends shower to use?

Pace yourself

Just because the contestants on renovation shows work all day and all night doesn’t mean that you have to. Take the time to enjoy your renovation experience, plan breaks and rest times. A rushed job will not always be a perfect job.

Work to your budget

Often ideas may crop up along the way, as creative and fantastic as they may be try to ensure they still fit within your budget. If they don’t, brainstorm creative ways to approach the same idea with cheaper materials and execution.

Finishing touches

Remember to think about the little finishing touches that will add character and style to your bathroom. They may not be expensive features and gadgets, but small trinkets and displays can increase the aesthetic of your room.

Your renovation will be a great way to truly help make your house a home. Make sure you enjoy the experience, plan for what you want and work hard. The finished product will be something you will always be able to admire with a strong sense of satisfaction and accomplishment knowing it is something you created.

Building A Pool? How To Know What Surface Is Right For You

There are a huge array of pool surfaces on the market to choose from these days and a quick search of the internet will reveal dozens of companies urging you to click here to find out why their product is the best. In this article, we will look at some of the pros and cons of popular pool surfaces to help you decide which one is best suited to your circumstances and budget.

Tiles

Tiles are regarded as one of the best pool surfaces you can have; they are easy to clean, durable and aesthetically pleasing due to the huge choice of colours and styles available. On the negative side, they are very expensive and require a skilled tiler to ensure they are properly installed and water tight. You can also have issues with algae building up in the grout between tiles and once they start to become worn or damaged, they can cost a fortune to repair.

Pebble

pebble pool, pool with pebble flooring, pool surfaceRough pebble pool surfaces have several advantages such as being non-slip and very durable. However, they share some of the same problems as tiles in that they are prone to algae due to the many small gaps and crevices between the pebbles. They can also increase wear and tear on automatic pool cleaners, meaning your cleaners wearing parts will need to be replaced more often.

Composite

Composite pool surfaces are rapidly gaining in popularity and are marketed under a plethora of different brand names. Made up of a mix of concrete, pebbles and other materials, they come in a range of colours and can greatly enhance the look of your pool. They are also easy to apply to irregular pool shapes and create a smooth, yet non-slip and therefore safer, surface. On the downside they are rather expensive and can run into to trouble with calcium build up and staining if the water in your pool is not chemically balanced correctly.

Vinyl

vinyl liners, vinyl pool, pool liners, pool surfacesVinyl is mostly used for above-ground pools or to reline an existing concrete pool that has a leak problem of is in need of a revamp. While cheap, vinyl is prone to tearing and can be damaged by chemicals if they are not added correctly.

Fibreglass

Fibreglass remains a popular pool surface for its flexibility and durability. Most commonly, fibreglass pools are prefabricated in a factory and moved by truck to be installed on site. They have the advantage of being relatively cheap, and their forms are usually mass produced so they have been tried and tested. They usually come with all necessary fittings in place making installation quick and easy. The strength of fibreglass means that they rarely leak or crack and last for a very long time without significant maintenance.

These are the main options for choosing a pool surface, but this is by no means an exhaustive list. Have a chat with the staff at your local pool shop to see what surfaces are common in your area and which they think would be best suited to your needs.

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Three New Skills You Should Learn in 2014

learning new skill, welding, woman weldingA new year means new experiences, and what better way to start off the year than by learning some new skills. Something about the beginning of a new year makes us motivated to learn new things and enter a new phase of life. If you’ve been thinking about learning a new skill, now is the time. Not quite sure what it is you want to do? Here are some ideas to get you started.

Gardening

You may think it’s simple, but there is a whole lot more to gardening that just planting things in the ground. Not all plants are the same, and they need different conditions and levels of care. By researching the different families and varieties of plants, you can help yourself become more acquainted with the needs of the different species. Start off by purchasing some easy to care for plants, if you don’t know what these are, your local nursery will be more than happy to help.

Over time you will realize the differences between plants. You can start growing vegetables, herbs and fruit. If you’ve got a creative side you may even want to landscape your garden. Get down and dirty and dig up some flower beds. Separate them with a simple plank of timber, and use spare bricks to build pathways through your garden.

Building

Perhaps you promised your kids you would build them a cubbyhouse? It’s time you learned how to build. This isn’t an easy thing to learn, but the more practise you have, the better you will be. Talk to somebody who’s in the know, and start on small, easier projects. Build yourself a box and get acquainted with the tools you will need before you start on bigger projects. Over time you will become more and more confident. Only when you know you’re capable should you try the harder jobs.

Welding

Similarly, if you’re looking to learn to build, you should probably learn how to weld. Building isn’t all about wood, and you will need to learn how to work with different kinds of metal. Unfortunately, welding is one of the much harder things to learn. It’s important that you do as much research as you can. You should never assume that you can figure it out, as welding can be dangerous. Get some lessons from a professional before you try anything too soon. It’s important to be cautious and aware. At the same time, if you’re going to weld you need to make sure that you have the right safety equipment. You will need a mask, goggles, solid work boots and clothes that cover you from top to bottom.

It’s always a great idea to learn something new, especially when you can put those skills to use on something creative. But make sure you take your time, learn all that you can and have the appropriate safety equipment before you begin. 2014 is your year, so invest yourself in a new project. For more information about learning DIY skills visit http://www.welding.com.au .

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Caring Tips for Nonstick Cookware

As far as I remember we’ve never owned nonstick pots and pans when we were still in the Philippines. We consider them too costly so we’re accustomed to cooking using metal ware. When I came here in Germany I saw that hubby had bought a nonstick pan for his cooking.

nonstick, nonstick cookware, nonstick pans, caring for nonstick cookwareThere are plenty of nonstick cookware available here and you can just choose which one to buy based on your brand preference or budget. I’ve been here for three years and we’ve bought at least 3 pans of different sizes. The first I bought was by Tefal. It really was an amazing product and lived up to our expectations at first. However I was a bit disappointed when it didn’t last very long. A thought just came to me now wondering what have we done wrong that made the product’s life shorter than usual. This made me search on how to properly care for nonstick pans and here’s what I found out:

Prior to First Use. The pan must be rinsed and dried and rubbed with a paper towel with a little oil on it. Any kind of oil will do.

Before Use. Rub approximately a teaspoon of oil or butter on the cold pan. The reason for this is the pan or any other cookware still needs to be lubricated despite having the name “nonstick”.

How to Use.

  • It is not advisable to just pour oil or butter and spread it around. This causes the oil to be absorbed by the food rather than the oil sticking to the pan. The result? Oily/butter-soaked pancakes and soon food will start sticking due to no grease.
  • Do not put the pan on a high heat because this causes the coating to crack and at the same time doesn’t cook the food the way we want it. Use lower heat.
  • Don’t use metal or sharp objects (this is really basic) since they could damage/pierce the coating.

Cleaning. Hand-wash nonstick pans using soft sponges. Never put them in the dishwasher (did this and I think it added in ruining my pans) because harsh detergents and high heat can damage the coatings.

Storing. If you plan to nest your pans, make sure to put a napkin between the pans to prevent scratch.

There are some articles that came out about the health benefits of using nonstick cookware but at the same time can also be a health-hazard if not properly taken cared of. Make sure to read directions when you buy these kinds of cookware. This will help you and make your nonstick cookware last longer.

Advent Wreath: A Symbol of Preparation for His Coming

It’s the first week of Advent season in the Liturgical year. Advent symbolizes the preparation for the coming of our Lord Jesus. This season is marked by the Advent Wreath or Adventskranz. For those who don’t know what Advent wreath is, it basically a garland of evergreens with four candles on top of it. Candles symbolizes the four Sundays before the Christmas day.

Here in Germany, many household have wreaths in their homes. Since mid-November, garlands were already sold in markets. They were picked and bound fresh in different sizes and you wouldn’t believe how pricey they can be. Some opt to do their own Advent wreath. Evergreens can be found and picked even in nearby parks or playground. For me, I opted to buy from a store. Even though it’s easy to make one (I think), I just don’t have that artistic touch. My Filipina friend shared to me her wreath which she made on her own.

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Fresh Advent Wreath

Yeah, I know it’s easy. Maybe next year I will try to make one. This is the one I bought from the store. Advantage of this… it will not wither. 😛

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How to Install Cedar Sidings for the Home

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Custom cedar sidings are becoming very popular these days, especially to do-it-yourself and home improvement enthusiasts. Here are a few home improvement tips in installing unique cedar impressions sidings:

Be sure to make a line (Home owners can use chalk or pencil.) to draw a level outline around the perimeter of the home. The first thing to install is the starter strip of the siding or the J-panel in order to receive the initial panel. Make a straight edge on this panel’s right side. The owner can do this by cutting the parts that are hanging over.

The sections that need to be cut vary from case to case, usually ranging from 2 to 4 inches in width. The correct measurement is mentioned in the instructions and is indicated on the siding. Hang the initial panel ¼ inch from the corner. This is the standard installation method. Lock the siding panel into the J-channel or starter strip, whichever of the two has been used, from the right side progressing to the left. Fasten this panel to the substrate using nails at the hole found at the panel’s center. At least five nails will be used, making sure the ends are nailed. Usually, cedar siding pieces are marked by the manufacturer to indicate where nails should be put.

Place the second panel up the wall so that the bottom is just below the starter strip. Next, push up and in to lock it into the first panel. There are temperature indicator lines. Refer to these in order to make the adequate spacing in between panels. Again, nail the next cedar impressions panel starting from the center hole. The same process should be followed for all panels of the first course. Upon reaching the corner, cut the final piece to make its edge a quarter of an inch from the corner.

Next, cut a measured 23 ½ and 30 inches off the second course’s panel number one off the right side making sure it lines up with the initial course. Indicators will guide where to cut off the cedar impressions panel. Drill a hole at the panel’s center measured at about 3/16 of an inch. This must be where the nailing starts. Also, just put in two nails at the pre-fabricated slots at the panel’s center.

Five more nails should be nailed in, making sure there is one at each end. As in the first cedar sidings panel, place the next panel right below the first, lock it into the tabs by referring to the indicators for correct placement, and start nailing from the center. Keep on adding the courses using the instruction guide and siding indicators.

Finally, connect the top course using a cornice receiver at the wall’s topmost part. These can be trimmed on the panels to within a quarter inch of the cornice receiver. With a nail punch, punch in holes a quarter of an inch away from the edge of the panel with 16-inch space intervals. Drive nails into the holes.

 

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The Advantages of Having a Two Storey Home

two-storey home, two storey, Many people ask whether it is more advantageous to purchase a one-storey or two-storey home. Unfortunately, there is no black and white answer. There are, however, positives in each choice, and you can make up your mind about which advantages are worth the most to you. If you’re considering buying a two-storey home, or still looking around at the options available, here are the advantages of a two-storey home that may help you make up your mind.

There is More Yard Space

In suburban areas, houses have a limited amount of backyard space. The ‘acreage’ is the amount of land that each home is allowed to have. A one storey home takes up far more ground space, meaning that there is not as much land available for a yard. A two story home, however, doesn’t take up anywhere near as much ground space, so you have more room available for your yard. For those who are particularly interested in having a garden or recreational space, this can make a large difference in their decision. Consider how much having a large yard means to you before making your decision.

Separation

One of the lovely aesthetic qualities about a two storey home, is that your sleeping areas and living areas can be separated. However, this is advantageous for many more reasons than just aesthetics. It does feel and look much nicer to have your different spaces removed from each other, but there are other reasons why it may be of interest. If you have guests over, it’s nice to be able to take advantage of your space downstairs. Having your living area on one storey and your private area on another makes things much easier when it comes to entertaining. You don’t need to worry about the state of your bedroom or anybody going in to rooms that they shouldn’t.

It Just Feels Bigger

A lot of the time, two storey homes a larger than one storey homes. But even if they’re not, they do feel bigger. Something about having your rooms separated over two different stories gives the illusion of spaciousness. Keep this in mid if you’re one who doesn’t enjoy cramped spaces. The light, airiness of a seemingly larger two storey home can help you to feel far more relaxed.

Again, there are so many advantages to whichever decision you make. It simply depends on your personal priorities and preferences. Consider all of the factors when deciding between a one storey and two storey home. You’re sure to come to the right decision after you have taken all things into account. If you’re still unsure, have a look into Coral Homes and Coral Homes on True Local for more information on finding and creating your perfect home.

3 Benefits of a French Door-in-Door Fridge

The kitchen is the home base for a diversity of appliances, from the simple toaster to the less humble mix master and food processor; the crowning glory of the preparation space is the refrigerator, a glorified ice-box standing tall in the corner or its own special hutch. We’ve come a long way from burying our perishables and carting around a small, three dimensional square barely big enough to store a couple of nights of meat and a block of cheese, fridges seem to have mind of their own. Fixed with in-built computers, electronic temperature gauges, ice-machines, water spouts and a variety of other features, depending on the price, buying a food storage white goods is no longer so straight forward. The French door in door alternative is possibly the most ingenious, minimising the everyday wear and tear on stressed joints and sectioning off specific food types easily. Though a cross-section of models may suit your needs, a French design will benefit you in the long run.

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Sectioning Arrangements

Have you ever wondered why the freezer naturally rests on top of the fridge portion, despite our midnight wanderings routinely leading us to open the bottom door first, bending down to rummage through leftovers, weirdly wrapped snacks and a host of bottles? French door-to-door refrigerators inject a breath of fresh logic into the traditional design, with the fridge firmly on top and at eye level, making those twilight ramblings a breeze. Some editions come with common sense compartments, like the new LG Fridge preparing to hit the market, allowing buyers to retrieve their favourite, most often used items without disturbing the temperature of the entire storage area.

Save Money, Save the Planet

While star ratings allow discerning buyers to gauge how much their refrigerator of choice may cost them, the French model is especially economical, boasting the best regulatory systems and minimising the release of energy beyond what is necessary to power the appliance; by only opening one compartment or the nominated cold cupboard if you’re lucky enough to have one, you use only as much power as you need. This is particularly good news for the environment, as these space saving models are considered one of the premier green options on the market. It looks good, saves more than a few cents and reduces a growing carbon footprint with a flick of a switch.

Modern Aesthetic

Just because you’re purchasing a fridge, does not mean you’re not searching for a piece that will complement your current or projected kitchen appearance. The French door to door is stylish, sleek and the darling of many professional chefs, working kitchens and industrial catering businesses, due to space, durability and stacking options. A few upper mark models are even fitted with a door buzzer to prompt you to close the door if too much cold air is escaping. A fridge that thinks for you…Scary.

When was the last time you upgraded your fridge? What did you look for in the winning model? Affordability? Location? Overall fit and size? Let us know in the comments below.

Laundry Mishaps to Avoid

washing clothes, washing clothes mishaps, avoid clothes mishap, laundryYou invest so much in your clothes and you want them to last and stay “wearable” after more than just a few spins in the wash. At the very least, you want your clothes to be in top condition for about a year. Proper care of your clothes is necessary to make this happen. Those care instructions you find on the tags of your clothes are not there for nothing. This information has been placed there to help you ensure that your clothes retain their color, form, and quality. The way you wash and store your clothes affect the quality and longevity of your clothes.

The following are some of the problems people commonly experience during laundry duty:

· Shrinking – your new shirt fit you perfectly when you tried it on at the store. It befuddles you that you look like Winnie the Pooh the next time you wear it. Surely, you couldn’t have packed on as much weight in such a short period. The change in fit is because of shrinking. Some fabrics shrink in the wash, mostly because of the water temperature. You might also find your clothes a little bit misshapen. The laundry process might be too “harsh” on your clothes. Check the care label for the right temperature and laundry cycle that’s best for your clothes. It would also be a good idea to check for clothes made of pre-shrunk fabric so you don’t have to worry about them at all when you put them in with your normal load.

· Running Colors – bleeding dyes is such a pain. Your reds become pink, your blacks become gray. Running colors can leave you with faded clothes. You don’t want your new dress to look old and drab after just one wash. An even bigger hassle is when the colors bleed into your other clothes. As a rule of thumb, you should not wash coloreds with whites. If you suspect that a particular piece of clothing is not colorfast, wash it separately or wash it by hand first. It might also be advisable not to use strong detergents and bleaches as they could be the cause of fading and running colors.

· Pilling, Snags, and Frays – these problems are common in knitted or crocheted articles of clothing. Delicate fabrics like silks and laces are also prone to snagging and fraying. Don’t wash these clothing items with other clothing that have hooks and zippers. The best way to wash these items, in fact, is to wash them by hand. Some of them are even recommended for dry cleaning only. If you do notice pilling, experts advise using sweater shavers instead of sticky tape lint removers.

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