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Tips for Choosing and Arranging Patio Furniture

Posted by on Apr 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips for Choosing and Arranging Patio Furniture

Having a patio provides you a lot of excellent opportunities, from entertaining family and friends, to having a quiet space to enjoy the outdoors. The first thing you need to do with your patio is add furniture. Here are some tips for choosing patio furniture and arranging your patio. Choose the Main Focal Point As with your living room, you want to have a focal point, which becomes what your furniture is going to point toward. The layout of your patio and backyard will determine what the focal point should be. For example, if you are setting up a sitting area with the furniture, you might have the furniture gathered around a fire pit in the middle, which becomes the main focal point. In other cases, you have a beautiful fountain in the yard that you might want the furniture pointing toward. Choose something people might want to look at while they sit on the patio. Narrow Down the Purpose of the Furniture It can also help to arrange furniture when you know the main purpose of it. If you are trying to set up a dining area where your family can enjoy dinner outside on warm nights, then you should arrange furniture close to the outdoor kitchen or barbecue. With a larger patio, this also means you can have multiple zones with furniture. One zone can be the dining area, while another can be the relaxing spot with a fire pit and string lights to enjoy rest and relaxation at the end of a long day. Consider Different Patio Furniture Materials There are many different types of patio furniture styles to choose from. If you want to have high-end wood furniture, go with a nice teak, since it looks great but can also handle exterior conditions. If you are on a tight budget, wicker and rattan are beautiful materials that will be able to handle wind, rain, snow and intense heat. There is also cast aluminium furniture, which is great for outdoor spaces. Aluminium furniture can handle everything from triple-digit heat to ice cold temperatures in the winter. Don’t Forget the Accessories Decorating the patio also includes adding some accessories. If you are arranging your patio with a large outdoor table, you can add a nice centerpiece and scatter some candle holders. For the centerpiece, fresh-cut flowers work great when decorating an outdoor space. You can also add some lighting to the patio area, including small lamps on side tables, lanterns hung around the patio and string lights around trees or plants. You can also add some ambiance with small tabletop...

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Blind Sided: How to Clean Mildew from Outdoor Bamboo Blinds

Posted by on Apr 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Blind Sided: How to Clean Mildew from Outdoor Bamboo Blinds

Outdoor bamboo blinds are great at providing you with some shade during the hot summer months. Unfortunately, in a warm and humid climate, over time they can often begin to become covered in unsightly mildew. Below are some simple steps you need to take to clean mildew from your bamboo blinds, keeping them looking brilliant every time you need some shelter from the sun. Dismantle the Blinds You should carefully remove the blinds from the window and them dismantle them into their component parts, taking care not to damage them as you do so. You should also take note of how they are installed and how they fit together so you can easily reassemble them without any hassle. Prepare Your Solution In your bath, prepare a solution using 1 part chlorine or bleach and 2 parts warm water. Be careful of your clothing, as chlorine and bleach and cause discolouration or staining. You should ensure that the solution is thoroughly mixed before immersing the blinds. Immerse the Blinds The solution should be deep enough to allow you to immerse the blinds completely. Wearing gloves, you should move the blinds around slightly so that every part comes into contact with the solution. Let the blinds soak in the bath for a few minutes, which will give the solution the chance to soak into every nook to effectively remove the mildew. Clean and Wipe When a few minutes have passed, you should lift the blinds from the water and wipe them down using a clean, damp cloth. Sometimes mildew can be quite tough, so you may need to wipe some areas several times before they are clear. Dry Once you are happy that you have removed the mildew, you should use another clean, dry cloth to wipe the blinds dry. If the sun is shining, placing the blinds outside in the sun can help them to fully dry. Anti-Fungal Spray To protect your blinds from future mildew attacks, you should apply an anti-fungal spray. If you live in a particularly humid area, it is worth repeating the anti-fungal treatment every month to keep mildew at bay. Rehang the Blinds You are now ready to rehang the bamboo blinds, safe in the knowledge that they are now mildew free. To avoid future problems with mildew, you should avoid rolling the blinds when they are wet, as this can encourage its growth. With regular maintenance, bamboo outdoor blinds can last for many years, providing you with some great-looking protection from the...

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What You Should Know About Sunrooms

Posted by on Mar 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What You Should Know About Sunrooms

If you have a large backyard and patio area, you might have room for a sunroom. This type of room is an enclosed space that lets you enjoy the view of your backyard, the sunshine and the smell of your garden without being subjected to the climate and pests that accompany it. Here are some things to know about sunrooms if you want to have one built. Choose a High-Quality Roller Door In a sunroom, you want to have access to the sunroom not just from inside your home but also from the outside of the patio. This often includes having a second sliding glass door or roller door installed on the edge of the sunroom where it meets with the patio or backyard area. Make sure you choose a solid and durable door. This door is going to be hit with a lot of different weather conditions and climate changes, from extreme sun to frequent rain, snow or hail. You need to make sure the doors are made of materials that can handle the outdoors. With the track system itself, stainless steel is often best for heavy roller doors in your sunroom. Install an All-Season Room When you are having the sunroom built or installed, you should choose one that can handle all four seasons. This will typically change the overall structure materials, windows and doors and the type of heating or cooling access you have. Many sunrooms are built directly against your home’s structure, where vents can be installed for heating and cooling. If you have central AC, you will be able to get that AC in the sunroom as well. On the other hand, if you live in more of a mild climate area, you are probably okay just choosing window treatments and fans that will keep it cool or warm in the sunroom. A space heater, for example, goes a long way toward keeping it warm in the winter. You Can Hang Window Treatments Believe it or not, you can choose a wide range of window treatments even in a sunroom. You will place the window treatments on the inside of the room instead of outside it like in a patio. By putting the window treatments on the inside of the sunroom, you don’t have to be worried about the outdoor climate ruining the blinds or curtains, but you can control how much privacy you have. The window treatments also help you to decorate the space, so if you think you’ll be spending a lot of time in the sunroom, it could be smart to invest in custom made curtains. Choose from sturdy plantation shutters and wood blinds, to inexpensive and flowing...

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3 Tips for Cleaning Kitchen Cabinets

Posted by on Mar 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips for Cleaning Kitchen Cabinets

Keeping your kitchen clean is important to its overall appearance and maintenance, not to mention avoiding pests. Part of cleaning your kitchen includes the inside and outside of your kitchen cabinets. This area often goes overlooked until you find a trail of ants coming out of your cabinets. Avoid this by keeping them clean with the following tips.    Remove Grease and Fingerprints With Detergent You will likely have a lot of oil and grease on your cabinets, often from splatters that were not fully cleaned, so those need to be removed from the exterior cabinet doors. Regular dish detergent is best for these types of stains because dish detergent is already made to cut through grease. Add a small amount of the detergent to a spray bottle with warm water. Shake it for a few seconds, then spray it on the cabinets and wipe clean. Only use soft materials for wiping the cabinets, such as microfiber cloths or a soft sponge. Do not use the scrubbing side of the sponge on the cabinets. Make sure you rinse the cabinets after washing them. Do Routine Cleaning With All-Purpose Cleaners For regular cleaning, an all-purpose cleaner is often safe to use on the kitchen cabinets. When you are wiping down the countertops and stove with an all-purpose spray, go ahead and use it on the outside of the kitchen cabinets as well. This keeps them clean and free of debris and grease, while using something that should be safe for the surface. This type of cleaner is safe for most surfaces, with the exception of some types of natural stone and stainless steel. Using an all-purpose cleaner with natural, non-toxic ingredients is always a plus. Use Baking Soda For Buildup and Stains You may also have some stains and buildup that regular detergent or all-purpose cleaners have a hard time tackling. This is the only time you should use baking soda on your kitchen cabinets. You don’t want to use it for regular, everyday cleaning, since it is abrasive and can scratch some cabinets. However, when you have tough stains that are difficult to remove, it can be very useful. Make a paste of the baking soda with either water or vinegar. Use a soft sponge to apply it to the stains and scrub them gently to remove any debris or buildup. Rinse the cabinets clean. The baking soda cleaner also works very well inside the cabinets with food and liquid debris from the food being stored there. For further information or replacements, contact a local outlet, such as DM...

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How To Throw A Rocking ’60s Style party For Your Loved One’s Fiftieth Birthday

Posted by on Mar 9, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Throw A Rocking ’60s Style party For Your Loved One’s Fiftieth Birthday

A fiftieth birthday is a huge milestone in a person’s life and many people see it as an occasion to celebrate. If you are throwing a party for a loved one’s fiftieth birthday, you may be thinking about having a fun and appropriate them for such a momentous occasion. As people turning fifty at the moment were born in the 1960s, a ’60s themed party may be the perfect theme for a lively and rocking birthday party. Fortunately, creating this theme is easy and inexpensive with a few essential elements. The venue The ideal setting for a ’60s themed birthday party is a small village hall. It’s a great way to recreate the feel of a 1960s style dance hall, especially if the hall is a timber one that was built in that era. Many halls will have chairs and tables available for your use. If not, it’s easy and cheap to hire them from a party hire company. Some companies also have retro, ’60s style chairs available, which will further add to the ’60s vibe you’re trying to create. Village halls have the added benefit of being incredibly inexpensive to hire, and they mean you can provide your own food and drinks. This is much less expensive than paying for a catering and drinks package at a function venue because you can buy your food and drinks wholesale and avoid paying the markup which function venues will charge. The music A truly great rocking ’60s party won’t be complete without a ’60s soundtrack for your guests to dance along to. For a really authentic feel, you can hire a vintage jukebox from your local party hire company. These generally come pre-loaded with suitable music and your guests will be able to select songs of their choice without having to insert coins. If a jukebox isn’t available, then you’ll need to turn to modern technology to save the day. Pre-load an iPod or MP3 player up with a ’60s playlist that you can listen to through a portable stereo system. You may even be able to hire a high-tech replica of a retro radio to keep the theme going. The guests’ attire Having your guests come along in authentic and colourful ’60s style outfits will be the final key to achieving the perfect ’60s party. Send invitations out well ahead of the party to allow your guests enough time to put together their costume. You can encourage them to dress up by letting them know there will be a prize for the best costume. Fortunately, ’60s style attire is fairly easy to recreate. Many stores sell ’60s style dresses and men’s suits and some older guests may even have appropriate clothing items stored away from the past. It’s also a good idea to provide the details of several costume hire companies in your area that the guests might like to get their outfits from. Reaching half a century is a big occasion and deserves a fantastic celebration. A rocking ’60s party is the perfect way to create a wonderful occasion and treasured memories for your loved...

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Nursery Decor Cheats For Time-Poor Expectant Mothers

Posted by on Feb 23, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Nursery Decor Cheats For Time-Poor Expectant Mothers

Creating a beautiful and welcoming nursery for a new arrival is often on top of the checklist for expectant mothers. However, for women who are still working full-time or who have other children to care for, finding time for this task may seem impossible. Fortunately, armed with the right knowledge, you can completely transform a room into a delightful nursery in no time at all. Buy ready-made curtains Even if you have sewing skills, finding the time to make your own curtains may be difficult. Save yourself a lot of time and effort by purchasing ready-made curtains from your local haberdashery outlet or fabric store. These curtains come all ready to hang, and due to the wide range of lengths, widths, and fabrics, it will be easy to find one that fits your baby’s window perfectly. Opt for a neutral colour instead of a pattern. You can embellish a neutral curtain with strips of patterned fabric along the hems and edges. This fabric can be easily changed as your child grows and their taste in decor changes, which means that you will get many years of use from your ready made curtains. Cover up undesirable carpet If your baby’s future nursery has been previously used as an office, playroom, or junk room, then the carpet may not seem fit to stay in your precious new bundle’s room. However, replacing carpet can be costly, messy, and time-consuming. Instead of replacing the carpet, you can simply cover it over with a beautiful new rug. When choosing a rug for a nursery, it’s a good idea to choose a soft rug with a thick ply to provide a safe and gentle area for your baby to crawl around and eventually tumble over on. Make sure the rug doesn’t have loose hairs or threads that could be pulled off by your baby, as these can be choking hazards. Buy furniture online Choosing the right cot and change table for your baby’s nursery is an important task, and most mothers-to-be want to make sure they find one that is safe, functional, and aesthetically pleasing. With so many department stores and baby shops that sell such an enormous variety of nursery furniture, shopping around can be exhausting, especially when you’re heavily pregnant. Online shopping is the perfect solution. Not only can you browse the options in comfort from your sofa, you also have access to safety ratings and product reviews at your fingertips. With a click of your mouse, your chosen furniture can then be delivered to your door. The added bonus is that even with delivery fees, online products are generally considerably less expensive than those in stores. With these time-saving cheats, your baby’s nursery will soon be ready for its new occupant. Not only will it look beautiful, it will cause you a minimal amount of stress and...

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Split Air Conditioners | 3 Tricks To Elongate The Lifespan Of Your Split Cooling Unit

Posted by on Feb 10, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Split Air Conditioners | 3 Tricks To Elongate The Lifespan Of Your Split Cooling Unit

Split system air conditioners are ideal for cooling rooms without taking up too much space on walls or windows. Like any other electrical device, your AC is subject to regular wear and tear. Consisting of both outdoor and indoor units, these split system air conditioners needs proper maintenance and care to keep them functioning for longer.  Here are some tricks to help you elongate the lifespan of your split cooling unit. Clean The Outdoor Condenser Unit Regularly Split system air conditioners have outdoor and indoor units that work together to cool down your room. But the outdoor unit is susceptible to dirt, debris, leaves and other pollutants. When these pollutants block the outdoor condenser unit, your split AC will need to work harder to cool the room. This will not only stress out your AC and cause it to overheat, but it will also push up your energy bills. Cleaning involves hosing down the unit and vacuuming the condenser fins to remove dirt and debris. You can either choose to clean the condenser unit on your own, or you can get an AC professional to clean the unit professionally every once in a while. Vacuum The Indoor AC Vents And Ensure Free Airflow The indoor AC vents ensure that cool air flows from the unit into the room. But over time, these vents may get filled with dust and grime, especially if they are not cleaned for long periods. This will severely affect your indoor air quality because it will become laden with dust as it circulates through the room. You should ideally vacuum any dust and debris from the air vents to maintain cool airflow. Make sure that items like furniture, blinds and toys are kept away from the vents to allow undisturbed flow of air through the room. Clean Or Replace Your AC Filter Air conditioning filters are vital to ensuring that the cool air in your room is clean. This netted component blocks all debris and dust from entering your room by acting as a filter. But over time, this air filter is bound to be laden with dust and debris. Blocked air filters filled with dirt will cause your unit to work extra hard to cool down the room. You will either need clean the air filter with a vacuum cleaner and hose or you will need to replace it completely. Air filters are usually available at home improvement stores, but you will need to select one based on the make and model of your split...

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How To Enhance Your Awning With Lettering Or Graphics

Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Enhance Your Awning With Lettering Or Graphics

A decorative awning not only provides welcome shade for your patio or decking, but it can also be used to enhance and complement your outdoor décor scheme.  You can make your awning truly individual by adding lettering or even your own graphics.  Read on to find out more. What you’ll need fabric chalk (available from dressmaking or haberdashery shops) clear shellac paint primer acrylic latex paint paint brushes hairdryer The paint, primer and brushes can all be obtained from good DIY stores.  Before you begin this project, it’s recommended that you practice first on a piece of scrap fabric. How to add lettering or your own graphics to your awning Begin by laying your awning out on a flat surface.  In order for the technique to work properly, the fabric must be flat, so make sure that any wrinkles are smoothed out before you start.   Use a piece of dressmaker’s chalk to draw your design or lettering onto the awning fabric.   Beginning at the outside edge of your design, paint the outline using shellac primer.    Now you can fill in the inside of the design or lettering with primer.  Be sure to use firm downward pressure when applying the primer.  This helps to ensure that the product penetrates the awning fabric fibres through the waterproofing that has been applied.   Allow the primer to dry.  A coat of primer underneath the paint will prevent the colour from bleeding through into the awning’s fabric.   Now paint around the outside line of your design or lettering.  Keep your brush strokes short and work from left to right, so that you achieve a crisp line.   Next, fill in the inside of the design with paint.      Allow the paint to dry completely.  If necessary, you can use a hairdryer on a low heat setting to speed up the drying process.   Depending on the colour scheme you have chosen for the lettering or design and the colour of the awning fabric, you may need to use several coats of paint to achieve the effect you want.  Repeat steps #6 and #7 as necessary.   Allow the paint and primer to dry for at least 48 hours before exposing the awning to sun and rain. In conclusion You can add a unique finish to your patio or decking by embellishing your awning with lettering or your own bespoke design.  Just follow the guidelines above, and let your creative streak run riot! For more customised options, talk with professional awning or window furnishing companies, such as Queensland Blinds and...

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Bathroom Renovations: 4 Toilet Styles You Should Consider for Your Refurbished Bathroom

Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Bathroom Renovations: 4 Toilet Styles You Should Consider for Your Refurbished Bathroom

While toilets certainly don’t make for stimulating conversation, you need to be well-versed in your options when making a change during your bathroom renovations –– especially if you’ve decided to replace your old toilet with a new one. This guide is designed to help you distinguish between different toilet styles so you can identify the one best suited to your specific bathroom needs. Wall-Faced Toilets Wall-faced toilets sit the flush against your bathroom wall and feature a sleek, modern look for any contemporary-styled bathroom. The flush tank or cistern and pipework are hidden within the wall of the bathroom, giving the space a neater finish. Wall-faced toilets are supremely easy to clean and work well in space-crunched small bathrooms. The cistern concealed within the wall makes them slightly more expensive to install, but the aesthetic appeal and space-saving value they bring to bathroom renovations is unmatched. Close Coupled Toilets More traditional in appearance than wall-faced toilets, the close-coupled toilet features a flush tank or cistern that sits directly above the toilet pan instead of the wall. In this case, the pipes connecting the cistern to the toilet pan are exposed. This is a relatively inexpensive toilet solution, making it suited to most mid-budget bathroom renovations. While this toilet design offers tidy lines, the gap between the back of the toilet and the wall can be tricky when it comes to cleaning. Back-to-wall Toilets Back-to-wall toilets are fixed to bathroom wall surfaces and represent a more traditional toilet style, similar to close-coupled toilets. In this case, the pipes connecting the cistern to the toilet pan are subtly hidden thanks to the cistern attachment on the wall. The difference between back-to-wall and close-coupled toilets lies in the cistern attachment, where the former is attached to the wall and the latter to the toilet pan. These types of toilets also fall in the mid-range price category for your bathroom renovations.  Wall-Hung Toilets Wall-hung toilets are perhaps the most modern toilet styles available today. These toilets are mounted to a wall bracket and are lifted completely off the ground, making them supremely easy to clean around. Featuring a concealed cistern located unobtrusively inside the wall, you’ll relish the uncluttered appearance wall-hung toilets can bring to small bathrooms. While relatively more expensive to install than other toilet styles, wall-hung toilets are well worth the price when you consider their visual and functional appeal in smaller bathrooms. Take the time to consider these different toilet styles when planning your bathroom renovations. Contact companies like Summit Bathrooms to learn more about your...

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Things to Consider Before Turning Your Bathroom Into a Wet Room

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Things to Consider Before Turning Your Bathroom Into a Wet Room

There are few bathroom renovations that look as sleek as a well fitted wet room. During a wet room conversion, many of the bulky features of your bathroom, including bathrooms and shower units, will be removed so that the whole of the bathroom is level. There will be no barrier between the shower area and the rest of the bathroom so that the whole design is totally seamless. Wet room installation is, however, a big undertaking, and you should think carefully about it before you totally commit to your new wet room space. Waterproofing. In a wet room, the shower unit is not contained and separate from the rest of the bathroom. This means that moisture will get everywhere and it’s essential that you have a waterproofing strategy in place if you want to avoid growth of mould, mildew, and fungus. First of all, it’s very wise to choose flooring that is impervious to moisture in the first place. Some kind of sealed stone tiling is usually a popular choice. Of course, if your budget can extend to something like marble, it would be a wonderful choice. Also, because the walls are just as exposed as the floors in a wet room, it can be a good idea to completely cover your walls with the same tiling materials as you choose for your floors to create a seamless, elegant effect. It is extremely important that you seal in between the tiles with grout, but be aware that cement grout is not totally waterproof. For a totally water resistant finish, you will need to use an epoxy based grout throughout. This is difficult to apply, so you may not want to turn it into a DIY job. Consider turning to a waterproofing specialist for a guaranteed quality job. A strong shower head. Without a separate shower or bath unit, your wet room’s main feature is probably going to be its shower head, so go ahead and pick something that makes a statement. You are going all out with a wet room so pick something strong like a large rain shower. Just be sure to consult with a plumber before installation to ensure you can get strong water pressure to really make that shower sing. Ventilation. The key feature of a wet room is, you guessed it, moisture, and this means you need robust ventilation in place to ensure that your wet room doesn’t become a steam room. This is particularly important if you are converting a small room that doesn’t have a window. Think about installing additional extra extractor fans — and spend more on quality so the noise of the fan doesn’t drive you crazy. You can also invest in a device that measures humidity to that fans are used when humidity reaches a certain...

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