Thursday, 15 August 2013

Summer Time Fun: How to Prepare Your Yard for Warm Weather

Now that the weather has started to warm up, it's time to start thinking about how to prepare your yard for the summer. You may think that you know everything you need to do; however, there are some things you may not be aware of. Learn as much as you can about taking care of your yard. To make it will look beautiful throughout the entire summer.

Garden Greens

Find out what types of plants are not only going to work well with your climate, but also which ones will grow well together. Plants like certain conditions better than others do and when you can put your plants next to others that work well together, you are certain to have a combination of amazing plants. Put some compost in your pile. You can even start on your own compost pile in your backyard, just throw some eggshells or even potato peels down into your soil. This will give your plants the nutrients that they need to thrive. If you are trying to increase the amount of earthworms in your garden, you can use your coffee grounds to attract them. The worms are excellent for your soil.

Tree Time

Now is the best time to prune your trees back. If you can do it before the leaves come on, they will be easier to dispose of. Trimming your larger trees isn't generally something that you want to do on your own. Pay someone to come out and do the job for you to avoid any injury. Find a tree service in Atlanta to come do the hard work for you when you don't have the experience. The result Will be healthy and beautiful trees.

Go Unconventional

Consider getting some chickens to roam your yard, as it is a great way to make sure you never have to buy eggs again. Another benefit of having chickens is that they produce fertilizer to give you an amazing garden. Even using the chickens as a meat source can be something to think about. Find out if your yard and budget can support a coop.



Having a beautiful yard isn't something that has to cost a lot of money. If you are on a budget, you can still use these techniques, so don't be afraid to get out in your yard and spend some time gardening. Before you know it, your yard will look amazing just in time for summer. As you continue to garden, you will start to learn new things to help you in your future gardening endeavors. You will have the opportunity to find out what works and what doesn't. Make this a hobby you find enjoying for your yard, your health and your wallet.

Saturday, 20 July 2013

5 Grill Accessories Every Home Owner Needs This Summer

Rotisserie grills are easy to work, and offer you with a very simple way to make flavorful and delicious meals for your entire yourself, family, or even an entire dinner party. Having the correct accessories for your grill is essential so you can maximize your various cooking options your grill will offer you, and get both convenience and variety. While many people think golden brown, delicious, and juicy rotisserie style turkey or chicken when they break out their grill, when you have the proper accessories, you can nearly cook any types of meat with it.

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1. Thermometer

Having a decent meat thermometer is important to prepare your meals successfully with your grill. This does due to you not know if your chicken, beef, ribs, or turkey, are cooked fully and safe enough to eat unless you find out if the internal temperature is adequate enough. There are several different types of meat thermometers, and although you will not have to buy one that is loaded with all the bells and whistles, it is a good idea to do so. Some types of thermometers provide indicators that tell you if your dinner is cooked fully based on the meat type, and tell the temperature too.

2. Grill basket

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Although wrapping your fish and vegetables in foil on your grill offers heat insulation, it does not always allow for that smoky grill flavor to get inside. Having a grill basket will help since it holds small and delicate food intact and allows for the smoke to permeate inside the basket to provide that delicious BBQ flavor.

3. A good flipping tool

One common BBQ tool used to flip food on a grill is a pair of tongs or a spatula. These are both fairly inexpensive and you can get great deals on them with Home Depot Coupon Codes. You can try both to experiment which is better for different food types. Tongs are ideal for most food; however with either of the two, you will need to take care when flipping delicate food like fish. Another tool for flipping is a fork; however, this does pose the risk of piercing the meat which releases moisture while cooking.

4. Outdoor Fridge

Imagine the convenience of owning an outdoors fridge. You can keep prepared food next to the grill and get to it easily when you are ready to cook. The outdoor refrigerator comes in different sizes and prices. You can also find different accessories to go with it such as the beverage cooler, the drop-in ice chest, beverage cooler, pull-out drawers to easily store utensils and beer tap fridge!

5. Rib-o-lator

A common tool that is highly recommended for BBQ grilling is the rib-o-lator. This accessory easily converts your grill into your own rotisserie and is easy to install. It features a 4-tray design that is not typical of the ordinary rotisserie. It has trays which hold food that may be cooked by indirect heat. It also retains the meat's juices, tenderness, flavor and moistness while you cook a few meals at once.

Author's Bio: Criss Evan, a gaming freak and a blogger. In his spare time he loves to write on various topics. He is a passionate writer.

Monday, 15 July 2013

Change Your Mood, Change Your Flower

Flowers have been a symbol for happiness for as long as anyone can remember. Flowers represent joy and friendship—but now there is actual proof that this is true.

With technology constantly growing and impacting our everyday lives, it’s essential to try and get away from it all, and regain the peace and calmness you need in your life. What better way to do that than have flowers in your home, or yard? It’s a simple fix, and results in an overall better mood, and a less-stressful state of mind. 


Not to mention, flowers are gorgeous.

Flowers give an immediate impact of happiness, and can be easily shown. Where do people usually place or plant flowers: where other people can see them. Flowers have turned into representation of “sharing”. Having flowers throughout your home also present you as a welcoming and giving person.
When flowers are shared amongst friends, it creates a stronger sense of friendship and intimacy between people. You can see and feel their true love and happiness come out as soon as you share this moment. 

Not only do flowers do all of this for you, but it helps connect you better to your social life. When given flowers, people are more likely to keep in touch with friends, or invite/be invited to social functions. Who knew flowers could also represent another platform for social media? 

By having flowers sporadically placed throughout your home, it can also give you a sense of permanence. Flowers take care and needing over time; because of this, it can make your apartment, rental home, or current state of living, seem more like a “home” for you—enhancing your positive mood. 

Flowers are also shown as helping the elderly retain memory longer! The powers of flowers are real—both in healing, and in overall mental happiness. Even placing them at your work environment can help you become more productive and less anxious—tell that to your employer! 

In all, flowers are the perfect remedy to any depression or lack of excitement in your life. By receiving or giving one simple flower, you are exchanging positive and rewarding moods to help enhance your day! So do the right thing, and pick the flower. 

Staci Thomas is an interior design specialist and gardener. When she’s not busy disrupting her dog’s latest archaeological exploration in her garden, she writes for Gaddy’s Plant Hire, specialists in office plant supplies.

Thursday, 4 July 2013

5 safety tips for your kid’s bedroom

When you are thinking to plan for your kid’s room you should be very much careful and selective while procuring their bedroom accessories. The room should be colorful and attractive but along with being eye catching it should also be secure and comfortable. To make their bedroom applicable from both aspects i.e.; the decorative and the functional you should be well aware of the main points which are related to the kid’s room décor.  

Among all of the points the most important yet essential point to ponder is their room should be safe and secure for your kids. The very simple test to check the safety of their room is, while leaving your kids alone in their room you should be fully relaxed. You cannot stay all the time beside your kids, so plan their room in such a way that there won’t be any risk when they are alone in their corner. 

Following are some of the tips regarding planning the kid’s room with all of the safety measures. You can check them all and it will guide you in a proper way.
Have a look!



 
Furniture selection:
 
While selecting furniture for your kids always consider their age level. Do not purchase bunk bed or a mid sleeper beds for kid less than 7 years. Though these beds are provided with safety rails and the staircase is also very secure to climb up on the beds, but the kid under 7 years cannot handle the staircase safely. They are gamy and are thrilling so they will definitely try to play randomly with the bed. So, instead of any sort of undesired situation in the future you should be very selective.

Other then this the bed for less than 7 years old kid should be provided with a short height and with smooth edges. This will prevent your child from falls and injuries. 




Windows and doors:
 
Kids love climbing activities and they even try to climb over windows which results in injuries and damages. To prevent your kids from such an undesired situation keep your windows high, means they should be away from your kid’s reach. Other than this you can also fix additional protective iron grill.
In case of doors, do not fix any locks within your kid’s range, they might try to lock them up which could be hazardous.  




Flooring:
 
Kids often sit and play on floor surface they are more informal in their behaviors. It’s kind of unhygienic to let them play on a plain surface and may cause injuries upon falling accidently. So instead of marking boundaries on his activities, always keep their room covered with a smooth carpet which will be safe for your kid health. 




Electricity outlets:
 
Most of the kids try to insert fingers in switches which is undoubtedly harmful. So, firstly try to keep all of the switches out of their range and if there are any switch boards or light fixtures within their range, then keep it covered with a reliable tape. 




Toys and games:
 
Kid’s room cannot be imagined without toys and games but it’s your duty to pick all safe toys. Do not add up edgy toys; try to pick all soft stuff toys for them. 

So, these were the few safety tools which should be added to your kid’s room. 


Author Bio:
Alisha is a young and talented interior design specialist who likes exploring newer avenues of interior design. In addition to pursuing a rapidly progressing career at a multinational interior design firm for past 3 years, she also write for a reputable online furniture mart named Our World Of Interiors, which offers a comprehensive range of bedroom furniture; beds, sofa beds and mattresses being their specialties. 

 

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Turning Our Homes into Low Energy Houses

If you were to visit my home at around 7.30 every morning then you would be sure to think that it was one of the most low energy efficient houses that you had ever seen. The children are still trying to sneak out another 5 minutes in bed and my wife is trying to recharge herself in the shower. I’m no better as I am using the morning paper as an excuse to try and doze for a bit on the sofa. Yes our house is incredibly low on energy first thing in the morning. However, unfortunately in reality it is not got to win any low energy houses awards, because the televisions are on in three rooms, the heating is turned high so that the bathroom is cozy and the kids have left their phone chargers plugged into the wall all night. So what can we do to make our homes into future low energy houses (or as the Danes say fremtidens lavenergihuse)?

Well first of all we need to start at the beginning and educate our families into understanding how to lower the amount of energy we use. Leaving an electrical appliance on standby is hardly going to finish off the world, but when we all do it makes a massive difference. Even the longest journey starts with a single step and just getting the kids to turn things off when they are not using them and unplug chargers that are not charging is a step on the right path.




We also need to look at our homes and decide whether we can improve them to make them more energy efficient. Obviously the best low energy houses use green energy to power everything and everything from sunlight to wind is utilized in the process of running a toaster. The problem with green energy is that it generally costs a bit to get started. Solar panels don’t come cheap and, just like wind turbines, they are not easy to place unless you have a large property.

But rather than making the energy we use greener we can make our homes use less energy. To turn our homes into low energy houses we need to make the property more energy efficient and this can be done in many ways.

Roof insulation is a cheap and easy way to reduce the amount of energy that your home uses to stay warm. The more insulation that you have in your loft or roof the less energy your heating will use. So look at improving the insulating quality of your roof and make your home part of the ever growing number of low energy houses.

You can also look at windows and doors in the same way. There are now some wonderfully manufactured energy efficient models that keep the heat in and the cold out and will reduce the amount of energy that is needed to keep you and your family warm in your homes.

So although my family is hard to motivate early in the morning this is exactly what we need to do. Because the sooner we sort out our homes the sooner we make a difference and that is what low energy houses are all about.

This article is written by Mark Neyton. He is a writer curently living in Denmark. He is mostly interested in topics like home improvement, real estate and family. For more of his works you can find him on Twitter.

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Necessary Points to Remember in a Window Treatment

Window treatments can create an appealing look in any room. A lot of this look depends on the way we plan a window treatment. Laying stress on a few factors can help in further enhancing the look of your interior decoration. 








Proper Drapery Style

While deciding to have a new look for a window, the most important thing to decide on is the style of décor. Dressing style of the window must complement the appearance of the room.  If your living room has trendy and smart furniture, having a vintage drapery theme will be of little help to the décor. On the contrary it will create an asymmetrical look in the room. Another important thing to consider is the purpose of the drapery. Whether the drapery is going to remain static or it will be opened and closed regularly or will they remain in a semi-opened state? Whether the drapes are needed only for styling or they are to provide privacy? What is the budget available for the treatment? All these aspects are to be taken into consideration before finalizing the style of the drapes.



Ideal Material

Draperies are an integral part of a window dressing. Selecting the correct material for a drapery is vital for any styling. Depending on the room where the decoration is to be hanged and the style of décor to be followed, the fabric for the covering must be chosen. Then again, it must go well with the existing décor of the room. The patterns and style of the covering must be in sync with the furniture present in the room and the color on the walls. The color of the fabric must complement the theme of the décor as well as the setting of the room. Overall, it must justify the theme of decoration present there.



Attach Shades  

Shades are a great way to diffuse incoming light while at the same time offering some level of privacy. Shades can be used in a variety of materials to create distinct look in the décor. Using bamboo shades or a wooden shade adds a sporty and outdoor element to your styling. Moreover, these items being natural elements, they help in keeping the heat under control. Now-a-days shades are available in a variety of styles and materials. These shades can be teamed with the drapes or curtains in an interesting way to play with décor themes, creating an appealing look.



Correct Drapery Hardware

Drapery hardware is another important aspect in a window decoration project that must be given a thorough thought. Selecting the correct mounting hardware and install it in a proper manner requires an amount of detailing. The measurements for the drapes and the hardware must be correct. Whether you opt for a contemporary look or a  custom window treatment, installing the hardware without proper measures will run the risk of having sloppy draperies, which is a very undesirable thing to happen in a window decoration project. This will mar the look totally. So, invest time and patience to take proper measurements for your drapes and installation locations. Only after you are totally satisfied with the location, proceed to install your mounting hardware.



Care For Details

Detailing occupies a major role in any window treatment. It is a nice idea to check the length for the drapes before sewing them for the final look. Make sure that you have decided on the fall of the drapes. Generally the procedure followed is to hang the curtains half an inch above the ground for a floor length drapery. For window-sill length curtains, consider whether you want the fall to touch the sill or end just below it. For puddle look, ensure plenty of fabric is available for the purpose. It is a good idea to have a trim on the border of each drapery panel to as to have a finished look in the dressing.

Author's Bio: Criss Evan, a gaming freak and a blogger. In his spare time he loves to write on various topics. He is a passionate writer.

Monday, 13 May 2013

5 Curb Appeal Ideas to Turn You Into the Neighborhood Rockstar

The outside of your house can say a lot about your home and what type of person you are. First impressions are of great importance whether you're attempting to sell your property or are simply looking to impress your visitors as well as yourself. By keeping your outdoor space looking its very best, it will make others want to see what's on the inside and will show that you care about appearances. Not keeping up with your outdoor space may not give off the best first impression and not show who you truly are. These 5 curb appeal ideas are sure to turn you into the neighborhood rock star all at an affordable rate.



1. The Front Door –
The front door of your home should be warm and inviting for visitors. It should be the focal point and stand out among the rest of your outdoor space while still blending with the rest of your fixtures. First, clean off your door to remove any dirt and then paint it an eye-popping color such as a vibrant red. Hand a wreath on the door for a welcoming look.

2. Outdoor Lighting –
If you currently have lighting around the outside doors of your home, clean them off and check to ensure that the bulbs are working. You'll want your home to look nice at night too. Next, install lovely landscape lighting around your trees or walking path. Opt for solar panel lights that are not required to be plugged in to work.

3. Potted Plants and Flowers –
If you are not good at planting, instead opt for potted plants and flowers that can be placed on your front porch or steps to give it some colorful appeal. Create an arrangement of various plants and flowers for your own little pre-potted garden that is easy to maintain and to move around.

4. Mailbox Makeover –
Your mailbox should express who you are as a family and your personality.There are many different types of mailboxes out there, so be sure to select one that compliments your home. This could be a black mailbox, white mailbox or stainless steel mailbox complete with your homes number and last name. You can even dress up your mailbox by planting flowers around it or by painting the wooden post to match your home’s exterior.

5. Mulching –
Simply re-mulching around your landscaping can change up the entire look of your outdoor space. Mulching should be done around twice a year. Choose a mulch that makes your flowers and plants pop such as red mulch, brown or black mulch.

Author Bio: Hayley is a freelance blogger. She recommends the high quality painters inMorristown NJ for superior house painting.

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Applying Stucco on Exterior Walls


Stucco is popular building material used to cover unattractive materials such as clay brick, concrete, adobe, and cinder block. It is applied wet and it hardens into a very dense, rough surface. One of the best things about applying stucco on building or home exterior makes the structure stronger, more durable. Stucco also helps improve any building withstand extreme weather conditions.



Stucco consists of cement, sand, lime, and water which make this material waterproof and fire-resistant. It keeps mold and mildew from building up so the building can last longer than others. And if you decide to use stucco for your house or building, you don’t have to worry about the expenses as they are cost-efficient and requires very little maintenance. Follow these steps so you can apply stucco on your own:

Step 1:  Prep the Wall


Check for any damages on the walls such as cracks or holes and make the necessary repairs. You should also remove anything that can come in between the stucco material and the surface of the wall like dirt. Power-washing is the best way to do this so you can be sure no grime or mold is left. Sandblasting is advised for walls that have been neglected for a long time. For concrete, brick, or cinder block walls, you need to apply a coat of concrete bonding agent before applying the stucco. For wooden walls, you should install roofing felt with a metal netting prior to the application of stucco.

Step 2: Applying the Primary Coat of Stucco


Direct contact with stucco is harmful as it can burn and destroy your skin. This means you need to wear protective gear such as gloves and goggles. It is essential to apply stucco on a moist surface so you need to spray some water on the wall first. Position two strips of thick wood laths on the top and bottom parts of the wall so you can get an equal amount of thickness as you level the surface.



Using a trowel, apply the first coat beginning from the bottom of the wall. Make sure the coat is applied evenly over the entire are maintaining the thickness of 3/8 inches. Use ample pressure on the trowel so you can reach the spaces on the uneven parts of the wall. Once done, let it set for a few minutes and begin the leveling process while the stucco is still wet with the help of either metal or wood straightedge. Place the straightedge on the wood lath then move it up and down to remove any residue. When you're done leveling the stucco, remove the laths carefully.

Step 3: Let the stucco dry completely


Drag a mason's float over the wall in circular motions to minimize any risks of cracking or shrinkage when the stucco dries up. Let it sit to dry completely for two days. As you are waiting for it to dry, you should regularly spray water on it to maintain its moisture. Once it dries up fully, apply the final coat of stucco by following the same instructions in step 2. However, the final coat should be as thin as 1/8 inch. It can take 6-7 weeks for the stucco to be entirely cured. This is the only time when you can paint over it.


Jove Arthur loves to read different articles related to the home improvement and construction industry. He is professionally affiliated with Door Emporium, one of the leading wood entry door manufacturers in the market, as online sales manager. 

Friday, 26 April 2013

Tips for Designing a Small Kitchen

Size isn’t everything, and whilst bigger can occasionally be better, great things also come in small packages. A small kitchen can be a delight to work in whilst maintaining a certain charm that larger spaces often lack. With the following tricks of the trade, you can use your small space to the fullest.

Appliances: Think Small


Many of today’s diminutive appliances work just as well as their much-larger brethren. A European appliance is usually smaller, and therefore takes up much less counter space – perfect for a smaller kitchen! There are even slimmer sinks available so you really can maximize your counter space, Make sure that you choose one that efficiently uses front-to-back space, and a wall mounted faucet will also allow installation of the sink as close to the wall as possible.




Get a Smaller Oven


A smaller oven won’t keep you from cooking delicious meals. A convection oven just two feet wide can accommodate a large Thanksgiving turkey, and many have attachable rotisseries for added value. Above your slimmer oven, use a similarly-sized cooktop (choose induction, electric or gas, but the former two may be a better choice because burners can easily be connected).

Take the Time to Chill


Your refrigerator is the biggest space user in your kitchen, and the most difficult to downsize. In the early 1990s, Sub-Zero released a compact fridge that’s only 27” wide; that company was also first to debut an under-the-counter fridge and freezer combo, which is perfect for your small kitchen. Since that time, other brands have come out with similarly-sized units.

Plan your Space


After you’ve picked out your appliances, it’s time to work on your kitchen’s overall layout. Your kitchen’s most vital part is the space between your sink and food prep area; as long as you have at least 36” of room, you won’t feel crowded. Even if your stove must be within a foot of your wall, you should strive to keep that amount of space open. It’s also a good idea to put your refrigerator against the wall and out of the highest-traffic areas.




Consider your Cabinetry


Opt for floating shelves instead of wall cabinets; glassware and dishes look great out in the open, and it makes access much easier. For food storage, use tall, narrow cabinets (you’ll be surprised at what you can fit inside). Make the cabinets no taller than 6’, to allow for easier access, and leave some open walls if possible.

Smart Shelving


Shallow, adjustable shelves at the back of cabinets are ideal for items like canisters, cans and bottles, and pantry door shelves will nicely hold canned goods and spices. Or, you can use a hutch instead of a tall, wide pantry, and put cabinetry above.


When redesigning your smaller kitchen, keep in mind that you’re probably overestimating the amount of space you’ll need and use. It’s easier to work in a small space if you only keep the essentials in your kitchen; after all, gourmet chefs work in confined spaces and make some of the best food in the world! With an efficient layout and appliances, you’ll have a kitchen that will become the hub of family life in your home.


Friday, 19 April 2013

Tips and Tricks to Consolidate Space in a Small Apartment


Do you somehow always find yourself just a little bit cramped? Is your kitchen just a little too crowded to use properly, your living room dimensioned a bit oddly, and your bathroom too small to hold your stuff? Join the club. Let’s take a look at a few simple, practical ways to help you make the most of the space that you have so that your home will be more aesthetically pleasing, easier to organize, and less stressful to live in.



Expand your Kitchen

Many of us have this irrational idea that kitchen things necessarily belong in the kitchen. What’s actually important is that your stuff is within easy reach when you’re cooking. If you’ve got space near your kitchen it might be time to expand outward. My incredibly tiny kitchen is situated directly next to a small dining area that opens up to the living room. This dining area is about 3 feet wider than it absolutely needs to be, so to take advantage of this I moved my dining table and chairs to one end of the area, and put a hutch in the cleared area to balance it out. That then can play host to my microwave, toaster oven, coffee machine, dishes, cutting boards, and bowls. This clears up enough space in the kitchen to keep the counters entirely clear and ready for use at all times.


Use Your Walls and Ceilings



Don’t forget to make use of all of the surfaces in your apartment, and we’re not just talking about the horizontal ones. Set up shelves, hutches, cabinets, and wardrobes to help you store your stuff vertically. If you can remove all of the clutter from your environment you can turn a previously cramped space into something downright roomy.

Of course, while it’ll look nicer all of that isn’t going to help much if all of your usable space is now covered in nice decorative items instead of the clutter that we just cleared up, so let’s address decor. If you want to indulge your artistic or botanical side but don’t want to fill your floor and counter space (also end tables and coffee tables) with knick knacks, planters, and vases, consider hanging your plants from the ceiling in baskets, setting your small decorative items up on small decorative shelves, or hanging canvas artwork on the walls rather than setting them on end tables.


Partition Your Living Room

Lots of apartments come with unnecessarily long rectangular living rooms that are virtually impossible to set up in a manner that effectively makes use of all of the space. An easy way to solve this problem is to partition off a section of your living room and turn it into a small office workspace. You can use anything from a full blown false wall to a decorative folding panel screen. This will cut your living room down to size so that your furniture, coffee table etc… can fill out the space properly, all while providing a spot for a computer and work related documents.


Edward Stuart is an art and decoration enthusiast as well as an online publisher for Canvas Art. He frequently blogs on the topics of art, art history, design, and home decor.

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Tips About Dream Home Furnishing


Buying a home is perhaps the ultimate American dream. Of course, signing on the dotted line isn’t the end of buying your dream home – in fact, it’s only the beginning for many people. After completing the sale, furnishing your home, making it livable and attractive, are the next big projects any new homeowner must tackle. After all, the home must be a comfortable and relaxing place for you and your family. If you want to turn the home of your dreams into a reality, consider these tips for furnishing your home.



The Bedroom

The bedroom, perhaps, will be your most important focus when it comes to furnishing your home. It is, after all, your most intimate space, the place where you go to relax and take your cares away, plus spend time with your partner. That said, you should carefully consider your bed and bedroom furniture. The size is the first thing you should think about. Now, if you have a lot of space, then consider something like a king platform bed, which is very roomy, even for two people and has a modern look. If you don’t have a lot of space, then going down to a queen would perhaps be a good alternative, but even if you’re single, then the smallest size you should go is a full sized bed. Of course, don’t forget additional furniture like bedside tables and dressers to complete your bedroom’s look.



The Living Room

The living room is the next most important room in your new home. After all, this will be the center of activity, the place where you will spend a lot of time with other family members and entertain your guests. You’ll need a good size couch that’s big enough to accommodate the people in your family, plus additional seating to balance out your living room.



The Kitchen and Dining Room

The kitchen and dining room are, of course, important as well because this is where you will prepare your family meals and partake in them. For most people, dinner is the centerpiece of family life, that time we all come together and share our day with everyone.  If you have the space, you may want a small kitchen table for informal meals like breakfast, although most kitchen spaces will already have counters or nooks and all you’ll need are the right chairs. For your dining room, you will have to think about how many people you want to seat, but you should have enough for everyone in your family, plus at least 2 extra places. Many people prefer the traditional wooden dining table, and who wouldn’t? Many kinds of hardwoods look great as dining room tables, and add a warmth and richness to the dining room. However, those who prefer a more modern look should go with materials that suit their tastes and style, like glass and metal.

Furnishing your dream home doesn’t have to be difficult. You should think about the style that best suits your home and your personal tastes, and cover the basics for your bedroom, living room, kitchen, and dining room and the rest will easily fall into place.



Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Five Ways to Create The Ultimate Games Room


Games rooms are a great place to escape, unwind and if you’re a lonely soul, make some friends! Create one in your home and you’ll be the most popular guy or gal in town. Below I've listed some tips to help you create the ultimate games room that puts all others to shame.




Choosing the room – 

The first and most obvious decision you’ll have to make is the one of choosing the right room. You’ll want a room that provides ample space for all the tech and games tables you’re going to be stuffing in there. Aim to have the games room on the bottom floor or in the basement if you can. If you have friends over and your room is on the top floor of the house it’s going to sound like a stampede of elephants to anyone sitting on the floor below you.


Pool table – 

American pool tables are a classic choice for every games room. It’s a fun game that everyone can enjoy and anyone can easily pick it up. Make sure you place the table in the center of the room otherwise there’ll be pool cues going through you plasterboard every other week. The pool tables you can purchase can vary in size and weight. Remember that if you’re on the top floor a ridiculously heavy table probably isn't the best idea.


Pinball & arcade machines – 

These retro machines will add style to the room. There was once a time when they could be found everywhere, but now as technology has advanced these classics have been left behind. This in no way means that they aren't fun though! If you want the ultimate in pinball and arcade machines you should definitely go for a personalized one. You can design them yourself and have them depicting your favorite football team or you and your friends.


TV and a video games console – 

For the ultimate games room a stupidly large TV is a must. Having a home cinema in your house will make you the envy of all your friends. You can sit back, enjoy a beer with friends and settle into a film. For that authentic cinema feel you’ll have to make sure that you add a top surround sound system.


Bar – 

All this fun will leave you thirsty so you’re only option is a bar! No games room is complete without a fully kitted out bar area so if you have the room make sure you stick one in there.  You’ll want the flashiest bar that has a crazy amount of drinks for your guests to choose from but try and not get too drunk. Waking up to sick all over your pinball machine isn't pleasant.


These are just some ideas as to how you can fit your games room out but the only limit is your imagination. Your games room is an opportunity to go crazy and stuff it with over the top items that you don’t really need. From home cinema systems to outlandish pinball machines there really is no limit!

Author's Bio: Nicole Brown, a passionate writer and a blogger as well. She likes to write articles on different topics. She loves gardening and loves to decorate her home.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Plan Your Kitchen and Dining Area Layout


Thinking of revamping your kitchen? Consider an open plan kitchen and dining area - perfect for family life and entertaining friends.

Creating a combined kitchen and dining area is a great way to make the most of the space in your home, and a good design will complement your everyday life - whether that's entertaining friends, juggling family life or having somewhere to unwind after a long day at work.


Planning your layout

Open plan gives you plenty of space for all the family; you can also keep an eye on the kids while you sort out the evening meal. This layout lets you spend more time together as a family.

To create an open plan kitchen and dining area you may need to knock through a wall - if this is the case, always consult a qualified builder first and remember you may need planning permission. If you're lucky you could reuse existing space, or even build an extension. While the original cost of an extension may be expensive, studies show it can add at least 10% value to your property.

The best thing about having an open plan kitchen and dining area is that it can change with your needs. So you can remove that comfy sofa and move in a desk for a home office, or vice versa. With this type of space there are many options.


Kit it out

Free-standing kitchens are perfect for relaxed cooking, giving you more surface space to work with. Free-standing units are seen as being family friendly, since there's enough space for homework, cooking and more. Experts say there is a rise in demand for kitchens with combined living/family space.

If you're more of an entertainer, a contemporary fitted kitchen is sleek and great for showing off to guests. Alternatively, country kitchens are naturally welcoming and a great place for the family's aspiring chef to spend a few hours.


Adding detail
Put the finishing touches to your kitchen and dining space. When painting remember light colours make a room feel bigger, while deep, stronger colours set the perfect tone for dinner parties.

Lighting is important; recessed halogen lighting works well if there is little daylight. Include lamps and spotlights for mood lighting and to transform the space into an area to entertain.

Add character with pattered tiles or a feature wall. Remember large rooms need extra heating, so consider under-floor heating too.

Don't forget to protect your beautiful new kitchen and dining space with the best home insurance you can find.

Saturday, 23 March 2013

The Trendy Kitchen in 2013



The kitchen is arguably becoming the most exciting room in the modern home setting.  In the past, we entertained in our living or sitting rooms, or our dining rooms, but now the kitchen is becoming the centerpiece of all activity in the home.  It is changing from a room where cooking was the only activity to one where family and friends all gather.

Breaking barriers

It used to be sectioned off, separated by barriers from the adjoining rooms, but now the walls are coming down in the kitchen.  The bistro style of kitchen is surging in popularity as people seek to cultivate that comfortable coffee-house style atmosphere.  Home owners want the kitchen to be the place where friends and family can gather and socialize in a wide open space. 


Kitchens are being designed with spacious countertops and walls.  These are ideal for allowing the installation of HDTV’s mounted on the walls and adding Wi-Fi capabilities and electric sockets to the kitchen means laptops, smartphones, and other portable devices can be fully utilized in the new bistro in the home!

An open and spacious kitchen that allows people to do what they love doing in a coffee house means they can do it in your own home.  You might even find that your kitchen is the new place to be for your neighborhood!


That natural feeling

To help in cultivating a comfortable atmosphere the colors and the décor of a kitchen must match.  Designers are seeing a higher demand in natural and warm colors for the kitchen.  The trend is moving away from the shiny polished metal look in appliances for something less sterile and homier in appearance. 

Open shelving is also a popular choice as people are enjoying displaying clean cookware, glasses, and other decorative dishes.  Adding a few small plants on your shelves or windows adds a beautiful natural accent to the design as well as making your kitchen air a little bit cleaner.


Your kitchen, your rules

It’s all about you in your kitchen, make it yours!  You’ll especially want to stay trendy if you find yourself frequently entertaining guests in your home.  But remember, that it is your home, and your design should always be a reflection of your taste and personality.  Because when it’s tailored to you, both you and your guests will love it. 

Have a little bit of fun with your kitchen design and you’ll find yourself loving it when your home suddenly becomes the neighborhood hotspot!

Cassie Corbett is a writer and kitchen design specialist with the dinnerware suppliers of World Kitchen.