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Little Known Ways to Make a Bathroom Look Great

Written by Harrede Weretinn on August 29th, 2009. Posted in Website Design

Are you the type who stays in the bathroom for many hours that your family members are worried what you are doing there? If a pampering session is your utmost indulgence, then you must take steps to make sure that your bathroom is indeed a fitting place to savor the whole pleasurable experience. Since you are already splurging wads of cash for your assorted spa products like body washes, scented soaps, colorful body washes, fruit-flavored body products and exfoliating materials, then you must go all out and renovate your bathroom.

It comes without saying that if you are willing to invest in your collection of home spa products, you must also be interested too improve your bathroom area in order to promote a total pampering experience. Forking out a few hundred to a thousand grand is not such a big deal if you know that you will benefit from it physically, mentally and emotionally. Yes, it’s true that everyone is still undergoing the ill effects of the economic crisis. However, if you have enough money saved even for indulging in your caprices, make this as a top priority.

Of course, you have to work within a budget. Do not take out everything you have saved. Plan accordingly and try to cut costs by asking tips from money conscious friends. A quick trip to the mall for a home improvement or interior design magazine will give you a clue on what to do. You may also watch the television show of celebrity designer Martha Stewart for inspiration. This is a cost-effective way to imprint your personality in the bathroom.

The first thing that you should do to make your bathroom look great is to decide on a theme. This should be the main consideration above all else. There are a lot of options to choose from. If you are undecided, you may start looking through home improvement magazines for ideas. There are Zen-inspired, Asian-themed, Mediterranean and classic styles. Of course, it is not compulsory for you to copy every single detail. Just get the general feel and apply it in your own space.

As the season changes, you may consider adding or changing a particular bathroom item to suit the weather. During springtime, the shower curtain should reflect buds and young plants that are deep green in color. When summer comes, outdoor activities and beach themes will be appreciated on the curtain. However, as autumn approaches, rugs with deep violet color will lend an elegant touch. For the winter festivities, red and green will match the Christmas season.

Next, have the color of the walls painted according to your desired tint. Most paint companies provide a wide array of choices so you will not have a difficult time picking one that will satisfy your taste. Hot pink, vibrant orange and indigo may not be popular choices but if they are what you prefer, then by all means go for it. Classic shades like cream, off white and taupe are also available for traditionalists.

Third, harness the power of mirrors in making your bathroom look bigger than it actually is. Since it creates a maximizing illusion, it will create a more relaxing environment.

As you have just read in the aforementioned tips, it is quite easy to make your bathroom look great.

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Transform The Mood Of A Room With Modern Lighting

Written by Dan McGuire on August 13th, 2009. Posted in Website Design

Adding the finishing touches to a room can sometimes be daunting and many people feel overwhelmed. Because of this most people spend hours designing a room and then give little thought to the importance of lighting. No matter how beautifully a room is decorated, without proper light a room will look incomplete and even dull.

Lighting has the ability to transform a person’s mood so choose your lighting carefully. Consider what type of atmosphere or mood you want to evoke and pick your light fixtures accordingly. Today’s modern design lighting offers many choices to find lighting as unique as you are and to create a special space.

Today’s modern lighting ranges from floor and table lamps to wall and ceiling lights. With these choices you can set a casual mood or opt for a more dramatic atmosphere. You can even mix and match different lighting techniques to create and enhance the beauty of a space.

It is best to consider the layout of a room beforehand and determine how the room is going to be utilized when planning your lighting options. The amount of daylight the room will receive, the colors being used in the room, and furnishing choices are all factors that could affect the overall feel. Light, or the absence of light, can also be used to draw attention toward or away from a particular object.

Traditionally, lighting a room consisted of a single light mounted to the ceiling and that was the end of it. Modern lighting allows for the creation of unique effects since lights can be placed at different positions and angles. Down lighters, up lighters, and track lighting are a few of the lighting options available that will bring the light exactly where you want it.

Modern lighting isn’t just about manipulating the direction of light in a room, but also provides additional dcor. With the help of design lighting, you can create a fun and sophisticated space and enhance the ambiance of your home. Choose pieces that reflect your individual style but don’t be afraid to be creative when selecting lighting for your home.

Each space is different as is the use for each space, so choose lighting accordingly. A good use of lighting can make an office appear larger and a well lit kitchen is necessary to perform the tasks associated with cooking. Consider paint colors and the effect light will have on those colors to create the proper combination or use modern lighting with dimmers to create a cozy space.

You can’t go wrong by adding some modern lighting to your decor no matter what your design goals are. To influence the overall outcome, plan ahead and decide early on what kind of mood you want your room to evoke. Choose light fixtures that represent your tastes because in the end you want your home to reflect your personal style.

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An Introduction To LED Kitchen Lighting

Written by Abigail Monot on June 24th, 2009. Posted in Website Design

Great kitchen lighting design typically utilises a large amount of lighting (which means more than just installing a few extra ceiling roses). Kitchen lighting needs a variety of types of lighting for different areas and purposes. The absolutely worst way to illuminate a kitchen is using bright fluorescent ceiling strip lights. They’re certainly very bright – but also flat, cold and guaranteed to give you a headache into the bargain.

The most obvious issue with having central ceiling-rose fittings in a kitchen is that they produce dark spots, most noticeably where you cast your own shadow onto work surfaces. A solution seen in many kitchens involves fitting halogen down lamps in a uniform pattern across the ceiling then adding task-specific lighting for workareas, hobs and so on.

This does indeed work quite well, but brings its own set of problem: halogen lamps run at very high temperatures; they don’t last well; and they are pretty much the most expensive possible way to light a kitchen. Over ninety percent of the cost of incandescent lighting in general (and halogen lamps in particular) is the electricity they consume.

This one fact helps explain the growing popularity of cool, super energy efficient LED kitchen lights. For mains powered lighting you simply replace all existing GU10 halogen lamps with equivalent GU10 LED lights. For low voltage systems, you first replace existing 12 volt transformers with a smaller number of constant voltage 12 volt LED drivers (each can power a number of light fittings) then replace MR16 halogens with LED light bulbs.

The three main aspects to consider when installing LED spotlights are: luminosity (brightness); colour temperature (how cool/blue or warm/yellow); and beam angle. Try to match these as close as possible to the characteristics of the halogen lamps you might otherwise have considered using.

We have become accustomed to rating brightness by wattage, but the rated wattage for an LED light bulb should be about 10% that of the equivalent normal incandescent or halogen bulb. So expect to replace a 35w halogen lamp with an LED rated 3w or greater, 50w requires a 5w LED and so on.

Color temperature describes how cool or warm a light appears. LED lights are available in a variety of white color temperatures (and also, colors) but since it has always been easier to manufacture blue LEDs, many cheap LEDs tend to have a cold/bluish tinge. Go for warm white (color temperatures below 3500K) for a reasonable approximation to the kind of white light normally associated with halogen lamps.

The more focused the beam angle is (i.e. 45 degrees) the more the light will appear tightly constrained to a single spot-like area; conversely wide angles (i.e. 120 degrees) disperse the light uniformly and reduce hot spots and glare. When looking for a good LED replacement for regular halogen lamps, the Sharp Zenigata LED spotlight is perhaps the top contender at present.

A critical component that determines how artificial light actually appears is not the light itself but the surface on which it is shining. To create a warm feel simply direct spot lights at warmly coloured areas (clay tiles, wood or just a wall painted in warm colours). If a dramatic effect is what you’re after, try shining blue LEDs at either dark or reflective surfaces – blue LED light bounced off granite or steel can appear stunning.

Use lights with differing characteristics against different textures and colors to obtain different effects in specific zones in the kitchen. There are so many options, especially with LED strip lighting systems for accenting plinths, coving, worktops and just about anything else you could think of. The best advice though is stick with just one or two ideas – you’ll be surprised how stunning even a modicum of LED kitchen lighting looks.

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Deciding Between Wood or Leather Jewelry Boxes

Written by Sara M. Schweiger on May 27th, 2009. Posted in Website Design

It is important to choose a jewelry box that will hold your precious jewelry safely, after all, your jewelry is one of your most cherished possessions. It should be well made and stand the test of time. When it comes to construction, there are two very popular styles to pick from and deciding between them should a choice that you will be happy with for many years to come.

Wood jewelry boxes are the oldest and most widespread of boxes available. They will last you for many years do to the durability of wood. Wooden jewelry boxes usually have small compartments which are perfect for separating your delicate jewelry so that it doesn’t get tangled together and is easy to find and retrieve. With wood you can also add hooks and other hardware that will give you more options for organizing your jewelry by hanging up necklaces, bracelets and even earrings.

Leather jewelry boxes are however, easily carried from place to place, and are even frequently used to hold jewelry and other personal items on vacations and other excursions. Perfect for the home, these beautifully made, soft jewel cases are great for travel situations due to their light weight, easy clean surface, and commonly simple yet flexible design.

There is a great selection of very beautiful wood jewelry boxes. For many years woodcrafters have practiced the art of beauty and design with these cherished boxes. They are hard and sturdy which helps them to give you lasting beauty for many years. A well-made jewelry box can even last through many generations.

Leather jewelry boxes, require some tender loving care since leather can be delicate. They are easy to clean though and those who love leather will want to take care of their leather jewelry box. Leather is soft and lightweight so there is no better solution for a traveling jewelry box if you work abroad or vacation a lot.

Making a decision between leather and a wooden box should be made based on your individual lifestyle. By choosing wisely, you will be happy with your jewelry box purchase. A leather jewelry box is obviously a good choice if you need your jewelry to be portable while you travel. If you need more space and just want a jewelry box to keep your jewelry safe at home then a wooden jewelry box is a good choice for you.

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Don’t Soil Yourself Over Soil Problems

Written by Keith Markensen on May 26th, 2009. Posted in Website Design

Soil is the gardener’s bread and butter, much like dough is for the chef. Without good soil all the effort in the world can come to naught, just as poor dough can lay to waste even the most extravagant culinary effort. Soil varies by area into three broad categories, and also varies in quality from area to area. The categories that soil falls into are claylike, sandy and silt. Ideal soil contains a good mixture of the three types, and is called good garden loam. Clay soil possesses the greatest water-holding capability, while sandy soil possesses the least.

Humus is an organic substance that helps bind soils together. It also makes the soil more receptive to water, actively absorbs light from the sun and fertilizes and improves the texture of the soil by pulling beneficial compounds from plants. Humus can be found in organic fertilizers such as manure and compost heaps, and can also be purchased as a stand-alone product.

Like the grass, trees and plants that take root in it, soil is a living thing, composed of millions of organisms. The four key ingredients needed to maintain an optimum soil health are sunlight, water, food and bacterial activity. Save for the sun, the other three elements can all be added to the soil through organic fertilizers.

Many people maintain a compost pile at their residence, some with the express purpose of using it as fertilizer, and the benefits of doing so are enormous especially in working to achieve a tropical tropical landscape. To keep a quality compost pile, the bottom of the container must first have a layer of inactive material added to it, such as dried leaves or weeds, followed by a thin layer of soil, then another layer of material, and so on. After decomposition has reached a suitable point, the compost can then be added to the soil.

This compost or another organic fertilizer like manure can then be added to an inorganic fertilizer if desired to make an ideal meal for your soil. Organic fertilizers come with ratings that designate the parts of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium that they contain, and this knowledge is important based on your soil and environment type.

For large fields, planting certain cover crops can also have the effect of fertilizing the soil organically. Cover crops are an easy way to fertilize large stretches of land, though it will take a full season before their full effect is realized. Alfalfa, soy-beans, legumes and other similar crops have the effect of adding nitrogen to the soil when planted, and also provide a boost of nitrogen when plowed over. Nitrogen levels of these cover crops are at their peak just before maturity, and should be plowed over at that point for optimal results.

Another effective means of fertilizing soil is by mixing an either an organic or an inorganic compound with a dose of water and then adding it to the soil. This provides even distribution of the fertilizer and promotes quicker absorption. Another method is to spread the fertilizer by hand (please use gloves when spreading manure) and then hose down the lawn or relevant area afterwards.

In areas with less calcium rich soil like the Atlantic Coast, you should consider using lime to offset this deficiency. Pulverized limestone, which is high in organic materials can be used sparingly for this purpose.

By knowing your soil type and quality, you can take the measures necessary to ensure it achieves the right levels of nutrients and elements needed to survive, which will further ensure the survival of anything else growing in it.

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