I Took a Working Vacation

Actually I just had a bunch of sick days and such that I had to use before the end of the year. There was a holiday and I will still have a few more than I must either use or lose. Things at the office have been too dramatic lately at any rate. People know there is going to be a shake up in the upper ranks of management and it makes everyone nervous. At any rate I fixed a broken shutters today. One of my kids was playing baseball in the front yard with his pals and someone hit a hard foul ball. It cracked two of the things that make up the shutters, I have no clue what they call them. At any rate I had a piece of wood the right size in the shed. I cut it into two pieces the right length and fit them into the shutter. Then I painted them the right color and put them in the shutter. It only took me a couple of hours and I was being patient.

I have plenty of other stuff that I need to do. I climbed up on the roof and cleaned off a little bit of debris, including a dead limb which fell on the house and scared everyone out of bed about a week ago. Then I trimmed the hedges and pressure washed the parts of the house that are not brick, around the windows and under the eaves. At least I got the parts that are easy to get at. It is a split level house and I really do not like climbing up a 20 foot extension ladder in the back. So the job I did back there was not exactly a top level job. I know a guy who … Read the rest ...

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Ordering New Shutters Will Transform My Home

I am not the type of person who will buy something from a company without doing some research first. I am not talking about a bottle of hair spray or a bag of candy. But, for bigger purchases, like plantation shutters, I am absolutely going to research the company because not all companies are reputable. I had seen some plantation shutters I really liked, and the person told me they got them from Orange County Shutters. I went online to find out more, and I liked everything that I read about this company. They have been in business for over 20 years, which is a testament of itself.

They also have a slew of satisfied customers who have left happy review after happy review. That is also important because the best judge of something is other people who are also familiar with it. What topped it off for me though is that they have won awards for several years now for their workmanship.… Read the rest ...

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Interior Design Tips on Home Decoration

Interior Design Tips on Home Decoration

There have been a lot of articles written about interior design and how you should do it. But, in order for all of these guidelines to work, you need to be aware of the most important tips.

To start your task of decorating, there are several things that you need to avoid. These are common mistakes that a lot of inexperienced interior decorators commit. And so, you have to make sure that you do not commit them.

First of all, do not invest too much in home furniture. This is most especially if you cannot afford to have them. You should live by your means. And by buying cheap or reasonably priced furniture, you will be able to change your home furnishings from time to time.

The sofa is one of the most expensive furniture that you will get. To be safe, choose a sofa that has a material and color that will match any home design. If not, you should decide on a theme and a style before you choose a sofa for your living room.

Curtains are also an important part of your house. Take note that they take up a significant space. Also, they take up a lot of attention from family members and visitors that see them. Stick to neutral colored curtains if you do not want to attract a lot of attention to them. This is the normal situation that you want to have. You do not want your curtains to figuratively overshadow other furnishings inside your house.

A well lit room is an inviting room. Who wants to live in a dark house? No one normal person would. And so, you have to ensure that your house has enough lights. Instead of installing yellow bulbs, you should switch to energy efficient fluorescent lights that … Read the rest ...

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What Is The Difference Between a Jacuzzi and a Hot Tub?

What Is The Difference Between a Jacuzzi and a Hot Tub?

While some people think there is no real difference between Jacuzzis and hot tubs, there are differences between the two. Jacuzzi’s brand name tub was invented by Roy Jacuzzi who came from a long line of inventors. The hydraulic jets that offer a relaxing massage were developed in the late 1960’s. By the early 1970’s, the innovative Jacuzzis were sold to the public and immediately became very popular. Hot tubs, on the other hand, have no jets, although they still offer therapeutic benefits to those who use them. Without the benefits of the forced air jets, they continue to massage sore, aching muscles.

Jacuzzis are also known as a spa tub or whirlpool tub and are found in private homes, at public swimming pools, in gyms, at medical facilities and often at luxury resorts and hotels world-wide. They have forced air jets that push out air to create currents, and bubbles that offer a restful massage for tense aching muscles. Used for hydrotherapy, relaxation, and even some religious purposes, there are several styles available. They offer seating that is placed around the inside of the tub in a circular fashion, either in a bench-like fashion or individually manufactured seats, and are made from fiberglass, plastic or wood. Jacuzzis may be installed in decking on outdoor patios or they may be installed inside the home. The water is heated by either natural gas or by wood.

Hot tubs are also popular and are more cost efficient than Jacuzzis. They are also easier to install. Without the use of forced air jets, hot tubs are also found in homes, at the gym, the pool, medical facilities and in hotels and resorts around the world. Professional physical therapists use both Jacuzzis and hot tubs to enable arthritic patients and others to find relief … Read the rest ...

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For Your Home Painting and Decorating Needs, Trust the Experts

For Your Home Painting and Decorating Needs, Trust the Experts

Wall painting and home decoration exercise when done using expert help and trusted products can help transform the final outcome in every way. However not many people pay attention to this and end up with unsatisfied results once the painting job is completed. If you are not one of those who can compromise on the look of their home then expert help is the way to go and there are numerous benefits of it, read on to know more.

Proper planning: Presently home painting has become a crucial part of the home decoration process, so if you go wrong here many other things are bound to be affected. But when you seek help of experts this will not happen. Professionals have a systematic way of carrying out their job in a planned manner. Whether it is assisting you in picking the right colour or the paint finish type to be used, they will guide you in every step. Another added advantage of seeking help from experts is that they have the knowledge of what will work and what won’t for your home, they will first inspect the area that needs to be painted and then give you the options best suited.

Trusted products: When we go in hunt of paints and other products required in the house painting process there are chances of us going wrong and choosing the wrong products. This often happens because we do not have the correct information; the experts solve this dilemma and make sure the apt products are chosen so that our home walls get the treatment they always wanted. Quality of the paints matter a lot, if inferior paint is applied on the walls, the effects will be visible soon in the form of paint chipping, cracking etc. Instead of ruining … Read the rest ...

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Bathroom Decorating - Choosing Art Prints

Bathroom Decorating – Choosing Art Prints

The first thing that needs to be done is to decide on a theme for the entire bathroom. A few popular themes are Asian, out house, rustic and sand & sea. It is important to find a theme that appeals to you and stick with that theme for the entire bathroom. While you are choosing art prints the rest of your space needs to be considered too. Using multiple themes for one bathroom can end up looking thrown together and not orderly. Since bathrooms are usually smaller spaces this is very important.

Once a theme is determined then the next thing to do is choose art prints that you are happy with and that fits your theme. When choosing the art prints it is important to stay within the theme, but also to find art posters that are somewhat similar in color tones. They do not have to all be the same color, but if you are going with bright colors then keep to that color palette, the same if you go with warm colors, etc. When choosing the color theme consider if you are planning on painting your walls in the same tones and which color will fit with the tone of your furniture, counters, sink and shower.

Now that we have a theme and a general color range lets pick the art prints! First identify the areas on your walls where you will want the art posters to hang. Some areas may be large and will either require a very large piece of art or a collection of smaller items. In this case I recommend a collection of smaller items, it gives a more complete feel for most bathrooms. Art prints of course come in all shapes and sizes, but one thing to consider when you … Read the rest ...

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