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Little Adjustments You Can Make In Your Interior Decor For Unique Seasonal Looks

Posted by on Nov 30, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you want to make sure that your home is as stylish as possible at all times of the year but you are on a budget, it can present a major challenge. However, there are ways that you can make small adjustments to your interior decor so that you can have a new look for each season that will bring out the spirit of the season in your home. Get to know some of these small adjustments that you can make so that you can get started on your season decor rotation process as soon as possible and make sure that your home is always festive. Change Your Curtains Changing the seasonal tone of your home can be as simple as rotating your curtains throughout the year. Your curtains can set the tone for an entire room and can completely shift the color scheme and overall vibe. In the spring and summer opt for materials and colors that are light and flowing. Whites, yellows, creams, or pastel hues will do nicely as will bright, colors such as those you would find on summer flowers. On the other hand, fall calls for deeper and richer hues. Try to emulate the colors of fall foliage with your curtain color choices with red, crimson, and various hues of orange and brown. And finally, in the winter, opt for deep greens, blues, and sparkly whites to bring out the snowy, holiday look into your decor. Use Decorative Beads and Artificial Flowers to Mark the Seasons When you do not have a big budget to spend on decorations, you can do a lot with very little. If you have some decorative vases or dishes that you like to keep out all year long, consider rotating in decorative glass beads and artificial flowers to mark the season. For example, during the spring, you can use glass beads in light blue, pink, or purple and artificial flowers that would bloom in the spring if they were real (marigolds, daisies, etc…). In the winter and around the holiday season, on the other hand, you can choose artificial evergreen sprigs as well as artificial poinsettias to put in vases with glass beads of deep reds, greens, or even a deep, rich blue hue. All of these little steps can help to mark the seasons and you can purchase the seasonal artificial flowers at a discount if you buy them after the season is over, saving you even more money on your home decor. These little adjustments can help you get started in making your interior decor easier to transition for unique seasonal looks. The more of these little adjustments you make on a routine basis, the better you will be able to create  individual looks for each season of the year. For more information on curtains, talk to a professional like...

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Landscape This Fall To Improve Your Property This Spring

Posted by on Nov 2, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you take care of some landscaping now, your yard will look better in the spring after the long winter. Talk with local landscaping companies about ways to protect and preserve your yard, garden, and beds so that in the spring, you will be ready to make it beautiful! Some fall landscaping tips include: Trim your trees. One of the most important things you can do to get your yard ready for winter is to cut down any branches or small trees that could be damaged during windy weather. These could pose potential problems when they break free in heavy gusts. Hire a professional to trim them right, and to promote growth in the spring. Poke a few holes. Walk across your lawn or yard and poke small holes, around an inch in diameter, in the surface, around an inch deep. This can help with run-off, and will make water absorb quicker which can prevent build-up of ice during colder months. Bring in some stone. Place bricks or pavers around your beds and gardens to preserve the garden and to prevent run-off from ruining the edges and borders. You will be able to easily pull these in the spring, clean them, and replace them after planting. Mulch your grass. Mulch does many things; for example, it helps insulate and protect your bulbs during the long winter. It also prevents damage to turf and lawns from snow and ice, while curbing weed-growth in the summer. Invest in a coarse mulch, like cedar or redwood, and layer it thick on your gardens and lawn, covering every square inch if possible. Cover your gardens. Pick up a roll of gardening fabric, usually a black, woven material, and cut to fit your gardens and flower beds. This should be applied under the mulch and after weeding, to protect and insulate, particularly in colder regions. Beef-up your lighting. Since the solar lights in your yard may not work as well during winter, depending on where you live, beef-up your lighting system this fall. Bring out some electric or battery-operated light fixtures, lamps, and features so that your space is adequately illuminated and safe for your family. Before you throw in the towel on your landscaping this fall, take some time to get things ready for spring planting. Take care of your landscaping and keep it protected this winter, while still enjoying holiday accents and displays that require no maintenance. Visit home improvement stores for supplies to take care of your property’s green-spaces. For more information, visit websites like...

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What Makes Western Red Cedar So Popular for Fencing?

Posted by on Oct 13, 2016 in Uncategorized |

When you look at wood fences, you’ll find that many of them are made from a type of wood called western red cedar. While this wood has an attractive look, with a reddish tint that fades into a grayish, beachy look over time, its appearance is not the main reason why it’s used for fencing. Here’s a look at some of the qualities that make western red cedar ideal for fencing. Insect Resistance You may have had an aunt or grandmother who kept her wood sweaters in a cedar chest so they weren’t bothered by moths. Cedar is great at repelling insects, thanks to the natural oils it contains. That fresh cedar scent that you may enjoy is very repelling to carpenter ants, wood bees, and other pests that may invade fences made from other woods. Since these insects can burrow down into a wooden fence, weakening its boards, keeping them away is essential. With any other type of wood, you may have to use chemical insecticides to avoid insect damage, but western red cedar takes care of this automatically. Lack of Water Absorption Some woods, like pine, tend to take on a lot of water. Not only does this make the wood prone to rot, but  it also causes the boards to warp as they absorb water and later release it. Cedar doesn’t absorb a lot of water, and it doesn’t warp easily. So, your boards will stay straight and true for years, even when you live in a humid environment where other fencing would warp quickly. Low Maintenance Because cedar naturally resists rot, you do not have to regularly seal or paint it. Some homeowners do choose to paint their cedar fencing once it has aged a bit, since they may not like the grayish color it takes on in old age. However, this is purely optional. With most any other type of wood, you’d have to apply a wood sealer every year or two. Even with such little maintenance, cedar fencing lasts longer than other types. You can expect your western red cedar fence to last anywhere from 15 to 30 years, whereas a spruce fence may last 4 to 7 years. Pine typically lasts about 5 to 12 years. So, if you’re looking for a low-maintenance, insect-resistant fence that won’t warp and bow, western red cedar really is a great choice. Add yourself to the list of homeowners who are happy with their...

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Purchased A New Wooden Bathroom Vanity? How To Keep It Looking New

Posted by on Aug 22, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Wooden bathroom vanities are beautiful no matter the type of wood they are made from. Most manufactures that make wooden bathroom vanities put a sealant on each of their vanities to protect them from small amounts of moisture or humid air. Over time, this sealant starts to wear down and once this happens, water left standing on your vanity can damage it by causing stains, water spots, and mold and mildew. A lot of dampness will damage the wood over time. Below are some tips on how you can care for your new wooden bathroom vanity to keep it looking new. Remove Spills Immediately Any spilled water or any other type of liquid should be wiped immediately. Use a soft cloth to blot the liquid instead of wiping to protect the finish and sealant. If you wipe the spill and do this on a regular basis, you will eventually wear away the sealant. Keeping your bathroom vanity dry at all times is the most important thing you can do to keep it in good condition. Talk with your family about blotting up spills when they finish using the restroom and show them how to properly do this. Over time, it will become a habit for all of you. Remove Dampness After a shower there is generally dampness in the room, including on the vanity. The best way to keep this dampness down is to use a bathroom exhaust fan while using the shower. This fan is generally installed on the ceiling. Another way to lower the amount of dampness is by leaving the bathroom door open a little, and if the bathroom has a window, open it while the shower is being used. There are small, portable dehumidifiers that work well for this purpose. Simply have it turned on during the shower. This dehumidifier will remove humidity from the air, thereby removing moisture. Leave the soft, dry cloth close and instruct your family to remove the dampness when they finish using the bathroom. Do Routine Cleaning At least once per week, and more often if a lot of people use this bathroom, do routine cleaning. This simply involves wiping down the wood vanity with a dry, soft cloth. Rub very gently in the direction of the wood grain. Refer to the guide that came with the wood vanity on the proper cleaning products to use to clean the vanity if it becomes very dirty. Using the wrong type of product can damage the finish, which will eventually damage the wood. Ask a professional like Royal Bath Place how often you need to reseal the...

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How To Build A Fire Pit With Bricks

Posted by on Aug 22, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Outdoor entertaining is a wonderful part of summer, and it offers so many different things for you to do. One option is to host bon fires at your home. You can grill some meats and veggies first, and then everyone can gather around your fire. To make sure your fire is safe, you may want to build a fire pit to use, and you can easily and affordably do this if you can get your hands on some cheap, unwanted bricks. Here are the three steps you will need to follow to create your inexpensive, do-it-yourself fire pit. Choose Your Location And Gather The Right Supplies  Before you begin creating your fire pit, you should carefully decide where it will be. When choosing your location, pick a spot that will be a good gathering place for you and your friends, and make sure the spot is far enough away from your trees, shrubs, and plants. Next, you will need to gather a few things, such as: A shovel Some gravel to use for the base Bricks Once you have these things, you can begin making your fire pit. Dig A Hole The first step is to dig a hole in the shape of a circle or square, whichever you prefer. You should try to keep the size of the fire pit around three-feet by three-feet, because this is an ideal size to hold a fire. As you dig, you will only need to go down around six inches or so into the ground. Once you get the hole dug, fill the bottom of the hole with gravel. Arrange The Bricks Around The Hole Finally, you will need to arrange the bricks to form a pit. You should start by placing your first layer of bricks inside the hole around the edges. Next, stagger the next layer of bricks on top of the first, and you will need to continue doing this until the fire pit is around one to two feet taller than the ground. You can use a level as you go to make sure the bricks are all even and straight. This is an easy way to build your own fire pit; however, you can also purchase fire pits that are already built. There are many different types, sizes, and styles of fire pits available, and these are ideal if you need one right away and do not have time to build...

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Three Ways To Make Your Backyard Look Even Better

Posted by on Jul 26, 2016 in Uncategorized |

As a homeowner, the landscaping for the backyard may start and stop with keeping the grass cut and the bushes trimmed. However, to really enjoy the space, it might be time to do things that make the yard look even better. The three suggestions that follow can beautify your backyard without much work. Decorate with Pre-cast Stone Stone can be a beautiful material to decorate your backyard with, but it can be somewhat expensive, particularly if you want large pieces. That’s why it’s a good idea to use pre-cast stone instead. Pre-cast stone is actually created by mixing cement and various stones and pouring that mixture into a mold to form different shapes. Because it contains cement, pre-cast stone is usually not as expensive as natural stone. Moreover, unlike natural stone, pre-cast pieces can be a variety of colors, allowing them to be used in a number of visually-interesting ways. You can line a path with them or block off your flower beds, for instance. You can also use precast stone blocks to create a beautiful firepit. A firepit can provide hours of fun for talking, making s’mores and warming yourself when the temperatures start to dip. Of course, before making a firepit, be sure to look up; ensure that the site you’ve chosen isn’t underneath any trees or utility wires that could be affected by fire. You might want to put the pit in the middle of the yard to lower the chances that flames or flying embers will cause a serious problem. For more information, contact Harristone Pre-Cast – Merrillstone Natural Stone Products – G. S. Harris Co., Inc. or a similar company. Install or Erect Water Features Another way to make your yard a place that everyone wants to go is to add running water or a pond. You don’t need the kind of extravagant water fountains that you see in many major cities, but even a simple fountain with one spout can be a soothing addition to the space. A small pond surrounded by precast stone blocks can contain small fish. Try Different Lights If you’re like many people, you might use your yard at night. You may simply turn on the porch light or use candles to illuminate the space, but you can do a lot more. The right lighting can add drama to the yard and highlight different parts of the landscape. For example, well-placed spotlights can light up your flowers so that they can dazzle guests even after the sun has gone down. Deck lights can eliminate the need for candles so that you can see where you’re walking. If you aren’t quite sure how you should run the cords or set up the lighting, a landscaper can provide assistance. Whether you add pre-cast stone, lights or water features to your yard, you are sure to make your backyard look more inviting. Keep looking for new ways to make your yard beautiful; talk to a landscaper to get more...

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Installing Sinks And Faucets Into Granite Countertops: 3 Drilling Tips For Perfect Results

Posted by on Jul 1, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Granite countertops are not only beautiful, but also a smart investment, as they are tough, durable and can last a lifetime. Granite countertops can withstand temperatures up to 900 degrees Fahrenheit and are basically unbreakable unless you smash them with a hammer or drill through them with diamond core drills. Drilling perfect holes through the countertop in order to install faucets or sinks can be a difficult job. Here are 3 tips that will make it a lot easier. Use a Cutting Template Once you start drilling, you want to make sure that you’re not going to make a mistake and drill too much or too little by making a cutting template. This is particularly important if you will be using the drill to cut out an irregular shape. Measure out the precise measurements of the sink or faucet you will be installing onto a scrap piece of stone, tile, hardwood or even stone composite. Drill out the shape you need into the cutting template and center the template over the granite countertop. Use a clamp to keep the template in place before you begin drilling. The template will ensure that you stay within the lines. Clamp a Piece of Scrap Stone Underneath When drilling a hole into granite countertops, you should pay just as much attention to the underside of the countertops as to the top surface. If you are not careful, the diamond drill may chip away the underside of the countertops as the drill passes through. To prevent this from happening, clamp another scrap piece of stone or tile underneath the stone countertops. The scrap piece of stone will protect the structural integrity of the granite countertops and prevent excessive chipping. You should also go slow when drilling through to the other side. Let the Drill Cool As granite is relatively hard, you need to be careful when drilling. If you go too fast or if the drill gets too hot, the top of the drill can and will snap. To prevent diamond drills from burning up, you’ll have to go slow. In addition, let the drill cool for a bit after each hole. You can cool the drill by dipping it into cool water and using the water as a lubricant. The lubricant will not only cool the drill to prevent it from snapping, but will also prevent the surface of the granite countertops from being fractured by the heat generated. Conclusion Once you have installed the faucets and sinks into the right place, you’ll want to apply a sealant to the granite countertops. While drilling into granite countertops is not rocket science, consider hiring a company like Artisan Granite & Marble to tackle more complex jobs and designs for flawless...

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3 Tropical Beauties To Grow As Annuals In Northern Gardens

Posted by on Jun 6, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Giving an exotic look to your northern summer garden is easy when using these fast-growing tropicals as annuals. The colorful leaves and flowers add a touch of the jungle to your landscape.   Croton The variegated garden croton, Codiaeum variegatum, is an extremely colorful plant with large, multi-colored leaves in shades of red, burgundy, yellow, orange, green, chartreuse and purple. It is a perennial shrub in USDA hardiness zones 9 to 11, but is easily killed by freezing temperatures. Crotons like moisture, so they should never be allowed to dry completely out between waterings or they will drop leaves. They grow well in shade, but their colors become brighter in sunlight. Leaf shapes vary from large, flat leaves to swirly narrow ribbons. They create a magnificent riot of color when displayed in a large planting of different sizes and leaf forms. Tropical Hibiscus Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, or tropical hibiscus, is a showy, fast-growing plant prized for its large, colorful flowers. Although it is only hardy to zone 9, it grows so quickly that it is often used as an annual shrub in more northern climates. The tree-forms, especially the weeping varieties, are exceptionally striking when used as a focal point in a larger planting. Over the years, fancy hybrids have been developed featuring flowers with multiple bright colors and ruffled petals that make a stunning showcase plant in any garden. Tropical hibiscus can be temperamental, dropping leaves for no reason at all, but as long as they are not kept too wet or too dry, this shouldn’t be a problem. Look out for their two most common pests: mealybug and hibiscus scale. Justicia Justicias range from large shrubs to small plants, but if you’re looking for something to bring fireworks to a shady area, these are a perfect choice. Hardy to USDA zones 9 to 11, they grow like wildfire during the summer months, putting out voluminous blooms. Justicia carnea, or flamingo plant, with its large pink powderpuff flowers is a striking focal point for a mixed container. Justicia brandegeana or red shrimp plant, puts out dozens of lovely red-and-white flowers with overlapping bracts that make it resemble shrimp. Justicia scheidweileri has gorgeous lance-shaped green leaves accented with white veins and spikes of maroon flowers. These three wonderful tropicals are easy to find in most garden centers during the summer, although you may have to look in the florist section for some. Ask your landscaper about these and many other fast-growing tropicals suitable for use as annuals for your northern garden. Visit to learn...

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How To Give An Old Wooden Dresser A Casual Beachy Look

Posted by on May 16, 2016 in Uncategorized |

The next time you come across an old dresser with a dingy finish and perhaps a few scrapes, don’t walk past it. It may look a bit banged up on the outside, but older dressers are made to last. As long as it’s sturdy and in sound shape structurally, you can re-finish it and get many more years of use out of it. One simple way to refinish an older dresser is by using diluted paint and sandpaper to give it a casual beachy look. Here’s how. Step 1: Collect your supplies. For this project, you’ll need: Sandpaper (coarse and fine grit) A large, 5-gallon bucket 1 gallon of latex paint in the color of your choice (light colors work best) A large paint brush A smaller paint brush Plenty of water Dry cloths A paint stirring stick Step 2: Remove the old finish. You’ll need to completely remove the old finish in order for your new paint finish to go on smoothly and uniformly. The easiest way to do this is by sanding. Use coarse sandpaper, and sand with the grain in all of the areas where the finish is still in tact. Stop sanding as soon as the finish has worn off of an area. Once you’ve sanded the whole dresser, wipe it down with a moist cloth to remove the dust. Step 3: Prepare your paint. Diluting the paint ensures it goes on in a partially see-through, rustic manner instead of looking solid and opaque. Pour your gallon of paint into the 5-gallon bucket. Then, add 1/2 gallon of water, and stir until the mixture is uniform. Step 4: Paint the dresser. Use the large paint brush to coat the larger surfaces, and use your small paint brush to get in crevices. Painting with the wood grain will result in a more natural appearance. Keep in mind that your paint is not supposed to cover the wood completely. It should let the wood show through in some areas. Depending on the style of your dresser, you may have to paint one side, let it dry for a few hours, turn it over, and then paint the other side. Step 5: Sand down the corners and edges. This step is option. If you’re happy with your dresser as-is, feel free to skip this step. However, if you want to give your dresser a more vintage, beachy look, wait until it’s completely dry and then take the fine-grit sandpaper and sand down some of the corners and edges. Enjoy your good-as-new dresser! Contact a used furniture dealer to find the perfect piece for this...

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How To Keep Wood Blinds Mildew-Free

Posted by on Apr 18, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Wood blinds bring warmth and elegance to nearly any room where they’ve been hung. Keeping your wood blinds free of blemishes like mildew is an important part of maintaining the beauty of your blinds. The following tips will help you keep your blinds free of mildew and looking their best. What causes wood blinds to grow mildew? Mildew often grows in moist, semi-dark places, so it’s not very common for wood blinds to grow mildew. If your wood blinds do happen to grow mildew, this may be a result of moisture against the window or the wall where the blinds are hung. What can you do to get rid of mildew on your blinds? If your blinds have mildew, you can treat the problem by cleaning the blinds thoroughly with vinegar and water. Put equal parts water and vinegar into a spray bottle, then spray the mildewed part of the blinds with the solution. Use a clean rag to gently wipe the blinds. You may need to do this several times to kill the mildew and clean the wood. When you’re finished cleaning the blinds, dry them thoroughly, then hang them up in a room with low humidity for a few days. If the mildew penetrates the finish of the blinds and can’t be removed with a rag, you can sand the mildew from the surface of the blinds with fine-grain sandpaper. The sanded sections of the blinds will need to be refinished when this is done. To refinish your blinds, purchase a stain that matches the color of the blinds, and apply the stain to the wooden slats. Test the stain on a discrete part of the blinds before covering the entire sanded area with the stain. Allow the stain time to dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions before putting the blinds back on the wall. What can you do to prevent your wood blinds from growing mildew again? You can prevent your wood blinds from growing mildew by doing the following: Promote air circulation around the blinds. Keep the slats in the open position so that the slats are horizontal instead of vertical. Address any humidity problems in the room where the blinds are located. Moisture and condensation on the window are generally the result of excess humidity in the air inside your home. This could be caused by a leak in your walls or poor ventilation. If the wooden blinds are located in a room that is naturally humid, like a bathroom or a kitchen, take care to keep the vents in the room turned on for a portion of each day. This will help rid the room of excess humidity. If the blinds are located in a room that should not be naturally humid, like your living room or a bedroom, have your home investigated for wall leaks, gutter leaks and roof leaks. All of these problems could contribute to high humidity in your home. Clean the blinds on a regular basis. Make it part of your regular cleaning routine to clean your blinds with vinegar. This way if mildew does grow on your blinds, you’ll be able to prevent it from becoming a big problem. If you’re interested, companies like House Of Drapery may be able to help with more information about...

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Two Ways A Locksmith Can Keep Your Homeowner’s Insurance Costs Lower

Posted by on Mar 15, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Protecting your home involves the security of a homeowner’s insurance policy. Unfortunately, the cost of a policy can sometimes be expensive. Insurance premiums are based on risk assessments, which are especially important when it comes to burglary. The less secure your home, the greater the risk, so the more you have to pay for coverage. A locksmith can help in this area by making your home more secure and lowering your insurance cost, at the same time. Biometric Lock Installation When it comes to a break-in, it’s simply not enough for the homeowner to say that their home has been burglarized. Before insurance companies pay claims, there generally needs to be signs of forced entry, such as a broken lock. If your house key somehow ends up in the hands of a thief who enters inside, your home will be without the necessary signs of forced entry. With this scenario, not only do you run the risk of your claim being denied, your premium could also be increased. A locksmith can install a biometric lock to help you avoid this type of concern. Biometric units don’t use keys. They rely on fingerprints to engage or disengage the lock so there’s no need to worry about your key ending up in the wrong person’s hands. Additionally, since you have the control to remove fingerprints from the system instantly, you can better regulate who has access to your home. Assess Wear and Tear A lock that has far passed its expiration date can be troublesome since locks in this condition are generally easier to break or pick. A worn lock will generally show significant signs of rusting, it may be cracked in certain areas or it might be tarnished. In the event of a break-in, the insurance company might determine that your negligence in replacing the poor quality lock somehow contributed to the incident. This type of judgment could leave you with higher premiums to pay. It’s a good idea to have a locksmith come out and assess the condition of your locks from time to time, especially if you have had the same locking mechanism for a number of years. If the lock is worn, the locksmith can update the unit before you’re faced with this type of scenario. If you want to keep your home more secure and lower your homeowner’s insurance premium, speak with a locksmith, like Top Security Locksmiths, about which upgrades are right for your...

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