Archive for November 2010
Ten basic rules for gardening
Rule #1 – Buy plants from a very reputable source–I prefer nurseries over discount stores and warehouse stores.
Rule #2 – Select plants that will grow in your climate–consider your high and low temperatures.
Rule #3 – Plant your plants in the right place in your yard–sun-loving plants in the sun, shade-loving plants in the shade.
Rule #4 – Provide your plants with complete nutrition. Most fertilizers and plant foods don’t. Spray-N-Grow and Bill’s Perfect Fertilizer provide major and minor elements identified by botanists as necessary for plant growth and production.
Rule #5 – Water your plants properly.
Rule #6 – Keep your plants bug free. Look for bugs on your plants as often as possible. Apply an organic and environmentally friendly bug killer if necessary.
Rule #7 – Watch for plant disease. Spray your plants with Physan 20 or Serenade if you see any wilting, black spots, etc.
Rule #8 – Weed around your plants or use All Down Organic Weed and Grass Kill or Burnout Weed and Grass Killer.
Rule #9 – Deer, rabbits, squirrels and other animals may try to feast on your plants. If you see evidence of munching, use a humane animal repellants. It may take a little detective work to figure out what type of hungry animal is invading your garden.
Rule #10 – Gardening is a physical activity–take care of yourself. Wear a hat and gloves. Use sunscreen and watch for stinging insects. Use safe products–many common gardening products are not organic or all natural. To buy garden products mentioned in this article, visit Spray-N-Grow’s website ( http://www.spray-n-growgardening.com ). Their garden products are safe for people, plants and pets.
We would all like peace of mind knowing that our homes are safe when leaving or on vacation. Unfortunately, the greatest number of ‘home intrusions” occurs when families are on vacation or away for longer periods. By installing a home security system, this dramatically reduces the chance of your home being robbed. Also, a home security system has other features such as options for calling your local fire or police department by just pushing one button. Elderly or small children in the household would benefit from this feature, as a live person would be available in any state of emergency without using the phone.
Home Security Systems may sound like a lot of work, especially when most families are constantly on the go. The key; is to locate the perfect system for you. Many Home Security companies offer choices that better fit your lifestyle and can choose what is most convenient for your household.
A home security system isn’t just for citizens in high-crime areas. For suburban homes where the whole neighborhood seems to empty during the day, a security system may be a good choice. A home security system equipped with a good camera can do a lot for your house. You can use it to see who is at the door before you open it, you can also keep an eye on driveways to watch vehicles & equipment and most importantly, you can check on any trespassers. A home security system can save you money on your homeowner’s insurance costs.
Here are the basic choices to choose from…
Simple Security; These options have less bells and whistles. The system may include motion sensors, sound detectors, and photocells. Individual window alarms could be set in place, do-it-yourself wireless systems, and timers that would turn on lights at a programmed time to create an illusion that someone is home.
Other options with the Simple Security would include; Interior alarms that monitor intrusions inside the home including, panic switches, noise detection, motion sensors, photoelectric beams (light beams that trigger when interrupted) and pressure mats (flat switches that trigger by footsteps). In addition to home security systems, adding dead bolts or “heavy-duty strike plates” can further help improve your home security. Outdoor motion detectors are sensor lights that also offer assistance in home security.
The last option would be a Perimeter Alarms, where any perimeter being violated will ring a bell, or siren scaring most burglars away.
When it comes to the security and safety of your property and family, there is never an exact cost to help consider which system, but always know that there is a solution for keeping your home safe from violators. Anything new takes a short time to adjust, and before long, it becomes systematic in your everyday living.
I too have a security system and I never think of it as a burden to punch in my code when I enter my home with my children, or any thought at all for that matter. I guess that is what we call that little peace of mind. My home security gives me the comfort I need just knowing that my family is safer.
Let’s face it, we live in a world moving toward increasing crime. When we think of people out in the world who have suffered fatality, or injury related to burglar, we often think, “This could never happen to me.” The fact is it can happen to you. It just hasn’t happen yet.
It is a fact that no one is excluded from the criminal’s intent to steal, harm, or take a life. Criminals do not think on the same terms as we do, therefore, we must take extra precautions to guard our family and home.
In addition to burglary, fires and carbon monoxide claims a life each day. According to statistics over 1000 person’s die from carbon monoxide poisoning. Another 10,000 persons fall injury to carbon monoxide poisoning and/or fire. Fires claim more lives than carbon monoxide, therefore adding a CO, (Carbon Monoxide Alarm) Smoke alarm, and a home security device to your home is not much to ask for compared to the lives you will save.
Modern furniture has a definite character. Of course, knowing this without having any further knowledge may not help you at all. That is why you are offered ten uncomplicated modern furniture decoration tips as exhibited below:
Before you shop, calculate the essential measurements and devise a checklist of all essential items. This will ensure you do not order or purchase items that are too large or too small. It will also reduce the possibility that the decor you select would not sit right in a given space. Prior to purchasing any furniture or accessories, be certain that you have general idea of the color and arrangements you would desire decorate each room. This will further help you create a look that is very pleasing to the eye. If you want to make a strong statement, seek some of the more daring, futuristic and outlandish pieces as you shop. However, make sure you do not overdue it. Two or less unique items can make any plain room stand out. Whether you plan to decorate your home for the first time or again for the tenth time; make it a priority to look at many of the budget modern furniture items. These are sold at almost all online and offline stores. In lieu of investing vast sums of money on employing an interior decorator or other creative professional, take time to do some extensive research on your own. Then begin the planning of your DIY home decoration project. If you desire to accessorize, modern abstract paintings composed of colors that coordinate with the overall décor scheme of a room are a very wise choice. You can be a bit daring as you exercise your creative power, yet employ this simple designing tip. While fine-tuning your whole room display, beware that placing too many extra items in a room can monopolize free living space. You want the room to be as exquisite as possible, but realize that you are decorating a personal home, not creating a worldwide tourist attraction. It should be attractive, but remain as comfortable of a place as possible. If you only have a limited sum of money to invest in furniture remember that it is perfectly acceptable to shop discount stores. In fact, you can also find quality reproduced modern furniture for sale representative of designers such as the following: Arne Jacobson, Eileen Gray, Charles Le Corbusier, or George Nelson. To create an even more special touch, think about using more artistic lighting sources. In many households, people prefer to place a sculpted chandelier, contemporary lamp, or colored lights in a room. To make the rooms of your home stand out more, one suggestion would be to paint the walls with bright colors. Then, place modern furniture of contrasting colors in the appropriate spaces.
Nowadays everyone dreams of making improvements to one living space but the monthly budget may not give the luxury of getting your plan in action. Home improvement gives you a chance to make your dreams. A home improvement loan can help you to finance repairs and other improvements in your homes. Home improvement loans make it easier for the individuals to adorn their homes with features that they were not able to at the time of buying or constructing homes. Many a times home improvement loans are used to make the designs of home in sync with the latest in designs and interiors.
Actually the home improvement loan UK market is extremely competitive. Therefore, it is quite possible that the borrower may get a loan deal that is suitable to his requirement. Unsecured home improvement loans in UK are popular among homeowners and tenants alike as it can be availed without any security. Home improvement loans facility is for those people who do not like to wait for things to change; they take initiative and change the things for the better. That’s why; this home improvement loan policy is becoming very popular in the UK. Not only this, borrowers have started using the Internet to find the best loan deals possible as well. Daily different companies are offering different policies to attract the people for home loan. There a number of advantages while applying for a home loan online. That’s why it has become one of best financial solutions. There are numerous companies in the financial market who offer loans at competitive rates. The terms and conditions differ with the types of loans that you want to take out.
You can use home improvement loan for the followings:
1) For personalizing your living area
2) For remodeling your kitchen or bedroom
3) For adding a new children’s room
4) For building a conservatory
5) For repairing or changing electrical or plumbing system etc.
Home improvement loans can be categorized in to two categorizes. These are:
1) Secured home improvement loan
2) Unsecured home improvement loan
While dealing with the secured home improvement loans, borrower has to place valuable collateral against loan amount. Collateral can be based on the current equity in the home with that car, home, valuable documents can also be considered.
Depending upon the collateral placed, borrower can avail the loan amount ranging up to £70000 or more. The secured home improvement loans offer easy repayment options extended over to easy time period of 4-26 years.
Whereas unsecured home improvement loans are best suited when the amount required for home improvements works is smaller. Borrower feels free from the collateral placement as it demands no collateral against the loan approval. Usually lenders approve amount up to £25000 as unsecured home improvement loans.
Home improvement loans allow you to extend your property as well as add a conservatory or build the dream kitchen you always wanted. While applying for the low cost loan home improvement loans borrower must search for cheaper interest rates, easy repayment options etc. this inculcate the borrower to avail the lower cost for the home improvement.
Make an estimate of the amount that you would require for the renovations. If you plan a small scale renovation, then apply for an unsecured home improvement loan. It doesn’t require any security. If you plan a big scale renovation, then you may apply for a secured home improvement loan by placing your home as collateral.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics reports that between 1992 and 2002, Australians spent over $1.6 billion on home renovation. And with the current economic downturn, more and more homeowners are considering hanging on to their residents and giving them a new look instead of buying a new one.
One of the first renovation considerations for most homeowners is remodelling the bathroom. That salmon colour scheme with sea foam green might have been a great look for the 50s, but it just might not be your cup of tea.
For the eco minded renovation, there are many sustainable options for the bathroom. From tips to save water, energy – and some precious cleaning time – here are some Green Pages eco tips for going eco in your bathroom:
Eco Home Tip # 1 – Upcycle/Recycle – Consider second hand pieces for furniture. An old dresser or buffet could make a great vanity. By visiting some great recycle shops, you may find a treasure trove to inspire the ecomagination.
Eco Home Tip # 2 – Lighting au natural – consider installing a skylight to let in natural light during the day. Many skylights can also be ventilated which will save on cleaning (see Eco Tip 5). For artificial, opt for energy efficient globes and fixtures.
Eco Home Tip # 3 – Hey you, try a watersaving loo – Australians were the first to pioneer dual flush toilets, let’s all be proud. The unique shape of the bowl is the secret behind this ingenious invention, which can save on average 35,000 litres of water a year. There’s also the option of installing a waterless urinal in your home, the perfect water saving solution for a house of growing boys.
Eco Home Tip # 4 – Low flow taps and showerheads – Get your fittings measured up and put in flow restrictors or install some low flow fittings. When getting your plumbing put in, call certified Green Plumber who can answer many of our eco bathroom questions.
Eco Home Tip # 5 - Ventilation Revolution – Hate cleaning the bathroom? Here’s a quick tip – by installing a fan or ceiling ventilation, you reduce the build up of mould, mildew and foul odours. This means less cleaning, especially with those harsh bleach based chemical cleaners. (which you should ditch for eco cleaning ideas)
Eco Home Tip # 6 – Eco IS a material change – there are eco option for practically everything, solvent free eco paint, sustainable timber or bamboo cabinetry, recycled glass tiles, screens, blinds, windows, everything you can think of. Do your research on sustainable architecture and eco home products such as those listed on the Green Pages green directory for the green home.
And don’t forget, once you have eco bathroom of your dreams, stock it up with some great eco home products. Delectably scented beeswax candles, luxurious organic cotton or bathroom towels, organic hemp shower curtains and organic soaps (and of course recycled loo paper!) are just some great items you can use to give the your own personal eco touch.
The Green Pages green directory has all the best green products to help you go green.
Thomas Chippendale didn’t grow up in London (in fact he was born in Leeds in 1718), but he did move to London at the age of 31, after he had already gained recognition as a premiere furniture maker and cabinetry-focused interior designer. His work and styles influenced the London Interior Design community then, and the Chippendale aesthetic continues to extend its impact well beyond London even today.
Chippendale’s fluent, natural and sophisticated style developed after the promotion of his furniture and interior designs in “The Gentleman and the Cabinetmaker’s Director” in 1754. Chippendale continued to make iconic contributions to the field of interior design until 1790. His furniture came to be manufactured as far afield as Philadelphia in the USA.
Chippendale drew on three key interior design inspirations for this work – namely French, Asian and Goth. In the USA, Chippendale’s work was interpreted as a re-envisionment of the Queen Anne interior design style. His furniture was often heavily ornamentalised on the feet and uppers, with beautiful heritage-inspired scroll tops on taller units. Yellow Birch and Mahogany were often used, undersupport was rarely employed, and the rears of seated furniture were covered with plush fabric or otherwise left as shaped wood, perhaps as tessellated piecework with ornamental sculpting and Asia-inspired cross-strips. To round out his own personal interior design style, Chippendale would also include delightful finials and varnished shellac features.
Enthusiasts and professionals alike were very taken with Chippendale’s work, lauding him as a master London cabinetmaker and a household name of eighteenth-century furniture-focused interior design.
Harewood House is a popular Leeds tourist attraction, located about 4 hours’ drive from Central London. The famous building features a magnificent collection of Chippendale library furniture that was originally ordered during the 1760s. The interior design style reflects Chippendale’s ideals throughout and showcases his focus on both form and function.
Today, London’s interior designers are often called to reconstruct period rooms in traditional mansions or luxury residences. Often Chippendale furniture will play a major role in such interior design concepts. Chippendale-inspired furniture designs such as those of Henrietta Spencer-Churchill may also be ideal for certain settings. However, the fresh lines of many Chippendale pieces also lend themselves to contemporary interior design concepts – many interior designers will use some of the more extravagant Chippendale pieces to offset some of the more frosty and unforgiving modern furniture elements.