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Every great design story starts with a carefully selected base to build upon. And in your home, the the flooring is the foundation which will carry the complete interior. If you are already thinking about laminate, I wouldn’t blame you. After all, this is a type of floor easy to install as well as vinyl flooring, holds well up to wear and tear and can suit anyone’s budget.

If you love to have the traditional look of wood in your home cannot afford it, laminate a more affordable alternative that retains the same charm. And with more and more options showing up, laminate can now be made to look like ceramic tiles or slate. Without a doubt there are many things in favour of laminate, but it’s up to you to make the right pick for your home and our step by step guide is here to help.

Yes, I’m sure the title has drawn you to read through the article simply because you are sure your bedroom is already comfortable as is, and you wonder what could possibly be done to increase it. Truth is, most of us usually give all our decorating and arranging attention to the living room, however, our bedroom deserves the same share (if not more). Home and comfort are inseparable, but when it comes to the bedroom, sadly, a bed isn’t enough to turn this room into the stress-free zone that’s supposed to provide us with the rest and beauty sleep.

As soon as you make up your mind on wanting to create a garden, it’s needless to say you expect the best outcome. Seeing your garden thrive is part of the success, and is the encouragement you’d get to continue with the great job, and work on those green thumb skills. One of the things you learn as a gardener is how to rely on nature, which would in turn make you get in the habit to make organic choices instead of synthetic.

Of course you’d try fertilising with chemicals, but soon you’d start to wonder how to amp up the organic compounds in your garden, and do what’s best for your plants by providing them with natural solutions. That’s how you’d get to mulching.

Electric Mulcher

Mulch is the natural protective covering for your plants and soil, that won’t just serve as a coat and shield them from weather conditions, as well as provide them with the necessary nutrients, but would also prove to be the perfect way to battle unwanted weeds as it cuts down their nutrients. And all you need to start mulching is to get yourself an electric mulcher.

As you’d find out, this is a mighty power tool, reaching chipping speed of 4500 RPM, that would greatly reduce your time trying to get the garden back in order after all the leaves start falling around from your trees, and you get bonus help if you get an electric mulcher that’s also a vacuum which would save you from raking the leaves too.

Though usually you’d want to wait up for leaves to dry, there are mulchers that work just as great with wet as they do with dry leaves, including give you the option to get bushy branches chopped thanks to an oversized hopper. When the mulcher does its job and shreds the leaf material, add them in a compost bin, so that the mulching process can begin and work out throughout winter.

This would ensure you get your mulch ready for the upcoming spring season. To help out the process, it’s best to separate the material in layers, and add grass clippings over each to supply the material with the needed nitrogen so that leaves would break down easily, as well as a bit of water just to provide the compound with some moisture – mind you though, nothing too wet!

Once spring comes, you can be sure the mulch would be ready to use, so you can start applying it over the soil. The way the mulch contributes to the soil’s nutrients is through decomposing, and it would provide the soil with enough moisture and nutrients so you can cut down on the fertilising with chemicals, as well as watering frequently. Now that you know how easy it is to create mulch, hopefully you’re inspired enough to make this organic matter part of your garden.

The outside of our homes is constantly exposed to harsh elements, which over time attack the surfaces leading to discoloration, degradation and oxidization. As a result, our properties start to look awful and can even lose their value.

You will notice over time if you haven’t power washed your house before, that the harsh elements as well as birds, insects, spiders, mold, mildew and tree sap, will make your house look like a down right mess. Pressure washing is considered one of the most effective, yet affordable ways to maintain your property looking clean and in good condition, hence keep its value.

But before you head to your computer or to the local home improvement store to buy a high-pressure water cleaner, you will need to find out whether the surface of your house can handle the intense spray of the machine as well as consider how dirty your house is.

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An electric-powered high pressure water cleaner is the best choice for washing small homes that require mainly cleaning instead of stain removal. The models are often relatively quiet and light, and require little maintenance. Plus they create no exhaust emissions. Gas-powered pressure machines deliver high-pressure water which cleans large houses without the need for chemicals. However, they are relatively heavy and noisy, and require tune-ups.

Getting Prepared to Pressure Wash Your Home

1. When to Use Soap

Depending on how dirty your home is, water alone might not be enough to get its exterior clean. If there is mildew or mold, using a specialty house cleaner designed to kill mildew might be necessary.

2. Selecting the Right Nozzle

Pressure washer nozzles are measured in degrees. Zero degree is the strongest and shoots water in a very narrow area, so it should be used very cautiously. For most homes, a nozzle with a 40-degree should do the work. So, start there and if necessary work your way down to a 25-degree nozzle.

3. Securing Your Home and Pets

Make sure your pets (which can become curious about the spray) and your kids are inside the house, and that all windows and doors are closed before getting started. And don’t forget to wear quality safety goggles to protect your eyes from dirt and debris.

4. Use Common Sense when Dealing with Your Pressure Washer

Like any power tool, a pressure washer can be potentially dangerous. The spray that comes out of the machine is concentrated so much that it can slice through the skin. So never direct the pressure washer at a person. Also avoid washing the windows because the force of the spray can break the glass, especially in older homes.

5. Spray at a Downward Angle

Always direct your sprayer downward and never spray onto cracks and seams in the surface where water can get trapped and damage your house. Also, use a consistent side-to-side sweeping motion as you wash your house (spraying for too long in one spot can lead damage). Before getting too far along, consider washing a small section. If there is any evidence of damage, use less pressure or consider switching to a regular hose. If it looks good, continue the job until the whole house looks as good as new!

Trees are beautiful additions to any garden. They provide a thick and cool shade to chill under on sunny days and attract singing birds that make your outdoor space even more lively. However, nothing in this world is perfect and trees have their downsides too.

When trees start shedding their leaves, not only are you left with a bare tree, but also with a mess that’s destroying the perfect balance of your landscape. It doesn’t even have to be your tree, thanks to the wind, leaves from trees hundreds of metres away can find their way to your yard. Therefore, leaf blowers are a must-have tool that can help any garden owner clean his windblown walkways, front porch or garden beds from debris as well as some light snow. If you are looking for a leaf blower, here are a few steps to help you make a smart purchase.

Just like human bodies, machines and all sorts of devices and designs are made up of a number of different bits and pieces, and they all make the whole. Some of the bits and pieces of my interest in this article are the hose clamps. Now these are hardware pieces whose design is made to help connect other pieces, more specifically tubes and hoses to all sorts of fixtures. While they allow for connections to happen, they also allow for fluids to go from one place to another, and this is what makes them suitable for various applications.

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Along with finding their place in household repairs (e.g. sinks, radiators, garden hoses), particularly plumbing, they’re also useful in automotive fixes. Since there are various applications, you can expect there to be a wide range of clamps for hoses to choose from. The design of hoses is simple, as is that of hose clamps, and you can’t have one without the other. If you want to secure hoses to fixtures, you have to use hose clamps. The simpler forms of clamps are the spring and the banded screw type (also known as worm drives).

While there are slight differences in their designs, the spring clamp being made of more flexible yet strong metal (spring steel band), and the screw of galvanised steel band, with slightly different tightening, they’re both used in the automotive systems though the spring ones are the preferred ones in these situations; the screw type are preferred for domestic wastewater piping for more flexible joining of pipes.

There are two other clamps for hoses used for similar (automotive radiator hoses) applications: the wire, and the ear clamps. While wire clamps are made of heavy steel band, ear ones are made of stainless steel in a design with two ears – hence the name. The ear clamps are preferred in cases that have to do with hoses and tubes meant to prevent gas or liquid leaking. Other than this basic classification, clamps also go under the names of plastic clamps, large clamps, heavy duty, stainless hose, and quick release – all related to the applications they’re used for.

What you have to be wary of, however, is overturning which could possibly lead to leakages, especially with the screw clamps. If you require very tight connection, then don’t think twice about getting heavy duty clamps, suitable for suction and pressure hoses, made to endure more force.

“It’s not how big the house is, it’s how happy the home is”

What makes home a home? Home certainly represents something different for every individual, a place with different interior styles, furniture and colours, but what we can all agree on is a home is the place that’s supposed to be our safe haven. As such it’s meant to give us the optimal relaxation when we’re back from a busy day at work and have to regain the lost energy from being out and about all day; simply said it’s got to be the place we want to go back to. It’s not that rare that most of us start growing tired of our surroundings, but this happens mostly because we only arrange the interior décor for the sake of arranging.

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If you want to create the living nest that’s the embodiment of happiness, you have to amp up it’s cosiness. Though we don’t often see the relation, cosiness and organisation go hand in hand. You can’t have a cosy place if all you can see in your surroundings is clutter, cramming all of the area. Not only is such a space dysfunctional, it’s also bound to make you moody. A way you can avoid ending up one step away from becoming a hoarder without resorting to going the other way of the spectrum, becoming a minimalist, is by adding furniture pieces that are elegant and utilitarian, like the ottoman for instance.

While it’s perfect for keeping your feet up after a tiring day, an ottoman also lives up its purpose as extra seating, and even outlives it by also being used as a coffee table (just place a tray and presto changeo), and storage where you can place all your books, magazines, knick knacks or even kids’ toys. It saves you space and helps you make a statement; what more could you want in a furniture piece? Along with looking for more multi-purpose pieces, you have to look around and carefully consider whether the colours of your home are giving off a happy feeling. Familiar with it or not, the psychology of colours has a great effect on us, so a word of advice is to use warm colours.

While cool colours widen up a space, and sometimes give it a rather stale look, warm colours bring about a cosy and welcoming feeling. Interior colours (those of walls and furniture) go together with lighting, so you can’t go wrong by opting for warm lighting hues either and the lighting fixtures are an added bonus to your interior décor. Essentially, you can have further control over the tones of your rooms by having light dimmers so you can set the tone you want suitable for every occasion, bright for parties, and more romantic for a cosy dinner with your significant other. The finishing touch is to surround yourself with the things you love, those that have a sentimental value and remind you of beautiful moments.

Nowadays, it seems like the whole world has been seduced by the reducing charm of minimalism – some to a certain extend and some on the brink of a monkish-driven objects starvation. More and more people are leaving the interior design craze behind by turning to the bare necessities alone. In other words, it’s the Ice Age of design and décor. This novelty appeals mostly to people who consider the time spent tidying up time wasted in vain and they usually say “I’d rather spend my money and time on travel instead”.

Now, although I am not going to deny the appealing ring of that philosophy, I do believe that taking the time to create a home that oozes with warmth is worthwhile. Yes, there are still those of us who would add a little drama to all those excessively clean lines, and it would be based on a French manuscript. Old-fashioned this mindset might be, but it’s in the old ways where wisdom often lies. Yes, in a world of DJs, some of us still get a kick out of Edit Piaf.

Nothing may be the current big thing, but it doesn’t speak the language of history as French provincial style furniture does. In the light of this fact, minimalism, step aside, this is how we create j’adore – something that actually pleases the heart.

 French Provincial Style Furniture

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The French frown to ostentatious finishes which are very often confused with having a fine taste. On the contrary, since French homes are usually on the small side, the owners strive to include gorgeous items that also have a practical use up their sleeves. The undertone of efficiency should be mirrored in every item as to achieve balance. Open shelving is one great example for French double agent tricks.

The French Palette is Neutralette

Subtlety and elegance are the pillars of French provincial style furniture and that’s best communicated through colors. White, light blue, taupe, brown and sage are the colours most commonly in play and the rule not to use more than two colours from the same family in one room. However, when it comes to details and décor, the French do embrace vibrant and bold hues, mostly displayed through discreet architectural elements or textile patterns.

A Little Rust Goes a Long Way

Nothing speaks the dialects of French provincial as much as gentle weathering… Bypass all that’s not wood and wrought iron and you’ll be on the Oui bandwagon! A few digs and scuffs should not scare away the followers of this style since it must bear the whisper of age.

Finally, don’t forget to get a few vases and fill them with flowers with vibrant colours! Open your heart for the petals of mighty roses that will appeal both to eyes and noses.

I have always been fascinated by the honeycomb structure and wondered how do bees, unaware of geometry, succeed in building their perfectly shaped homes. But if you think about it, you’ll notice this hexagonal formation all around us. It’s said that nature is the greatest designer of all, therefore, it’s no wonder people draw inspiration from it when coming up with such ingenious designs like the honeycomb blinds are.honeycombs online

But besides having an eye-appealing form, a great design also needs to be functional and to offer convenience. That’s what makes honeycombs a true example of ideal design. When it comes to elegant, durable and energy-saving window treatments, honeycombs clearly dominate on the market. You can find many designs, sizes, colours and materials of honeycombs online as well as in brick and mortar stores, and your choice should be based on your needs and preferences. Now let’s take a look at what makes this type of window coverings so desirable among Australians.

Where do you seek inspiration when you want to bring some vibrant changes in your interior décor? I’m guessing it’s home makeover shows, interior decorators and magazines, but if you want to break away from the usual, there’s always nature to turn to for some groundbreaking ideas and designs. You’ve probably heard the quote before: “All art is but imitation of nature”, and I might as well add that everything we see around us has been present in nature way before. This is also the case with a certain type of blinds that have caught my attention: the honeycomb blinds, also known as cellular.honeycomb-blinds-installation

So, what’s so special about these blinds you ask? Well, the mere fact that they were inspired by bees, one of the most laborious insects, is proof enough that these blinds have an ingenious design. As we might guess from their name, honeycomb blinds are made to look like bees’ honeycombs, meaning same as the honeycomb is comprised of hexagonal cells, these blinds have them too. It’s exactly this feature that allows the blinds to trap the air and improve home insulation, keeping you warm in winter and cool in summer, which means you can expect to cut down on heating and cooling costs as soon as you implement them in your interior. You’d be surprised also to know how easy the honeycomb blinds installation is, so you’d cut down on additional expenses as you could easily take matters in your hands.

Once you’ve made up your mind on making these blinds part of your home, the first step is to find a reliable shop. Nowadays, with the help of technology, you can do so online and save on time and money looking around local shops. When you purchase quality, you can expect to get the exact product you see online and get all the instructions on honeycomb blinds installation along with other bits of information. For instance, if your windows are timber-based, you’d get the appropriate installation screws, but in case they’re aluminium or masonry, then you’d be advised on the screws you need to buy.

Next, once the purchase is complete, make sure you get the right tools to start with the installation, from pencil and measuring tape to screwdrivers, drill, bits and level. Measure up the windows properly, mark the screw hole spots, do the drilling and you’re ready to place the brackets, then secure the head rails to them. The difference of honeycomb blinds is in their operation mechanism – some are corded, others are cordless – so it’s all up to your taste and preferences in choosing between the two. When installed, it’s important to have in mind to do a bit of maintenance every now and then, either by vacuuming or wiping them with a dry cloth, to extend their durability.

Since these blinds are perfect for giving you the control over light and privacy, they’re ideal for any part of your home – they’re really functional. Yet, functionality isn’t all they were made for – they’re stylish as well and can be combined with other window coverings too, such as curtains, to further personalise your windows and interior style. Enjoy your interior refreshment!