Design Your Dream Kitchen

For the average homeowner, the kitchen is one of the most used rooms in the house. You can spend up to 40 percent of your time in your kitchen cleaning, cooking and preparing meals for yourself and your family. Why not have the kitchen of your dreams? Whether your interior style is traditional, contemporary, eclectic or country French, you can design a beautiful kitchen that will make cooking and cleaning easier and more enjoyable. Decide on the look that's right for your home, then concentrate on materials, finishes and colors. Floors Kitchens get messy, so think about durability and maintenance when you're choosing a floor. Hard surface materials like granite, marble, limestone and slate are extremely durable, but they need a sealer to resist stains. Ceramic and porcelain tiles don't require a sealer, and they're available in thousands of great patterns and colors. Hard surface flooring can be tiring under your feet, but area rugs and kitchen mats can help. Flooring alternatives like wood, real or laminated, and linoleum are also durable and much softer when you're standing for long periods of time. Today, you'll find many linoleum patterns that mimic the look of natural stone, wood, metal and glass.

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How to Shore Up a Failing Wooden Fence

The garden fence is a staple of the American home; it delineates property lines and adds beauty, protection, and privacy to the home. Fences come in many different materials and designs, but perhaps the most popular fence is the wooden post and panel variety. Unfortunately, unless these fences are put up with care and forethought, the posts in the construction are subject to rot and will eventually fail, resulting in the fence bowing and collapsing. While you could call today and have a professional come over, dig out and replace the posts, there is another option that is less expensive and just as functional. How to Shore Up a Failing Wooden Fence The technique described below comes with a caveat: the posts will remain rotten. Nothing short of digging out the post (with its attendant concrete base) will return your fence to its former glory, giving you the look that you wanted when you first raised the fence. If you must have this, then you will need to replace the posts, but if you just want the fence to remain erect, fully supported for functional purposes, then read on. The information below will save you the time, money, and headache

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How to Maintain an Air Conditioning Unit

Maintaining your air conditioner is essential to helping it last longer. Failure to maintain an air conditioner will end up costing you a lot of money in repair costs, and possible replacement costs. Simple things can go a long way to properly maintain your AC unit. Use the following tips to maximize your air conditioning in Georgetown. Change the Filter Each month you must take the time to change the filter. Some air conditioners will have a filter that is washable, while others will require you to purchase a new filter. It is important to determine what type of filter your system requires to run properly so you can maintain your air conditioner. A new filter allows fresh air to circulate through the home, and it provides greater efficiency of the air conditioner. A dirty air filter will make the air conditioner work harder to push the air through the ducts. According to the Environment Protection Agency, replacing an air filter can improve the energy consumption by 5% to 15% or more. Service Your System Hire a professional to test your system each year. Having a technician come in the spring and again in the fall will allow you to

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Dry Cleaning at Home

I have been planning to send all the stuffed toys in the laundry shop for dry cleaning when I saw this dry cleaning kit over the internet. I didn't know we can do dry cleaning at home, I didn't even know that I can do it myself, all this time I have been trusting laundry shop when it comes to cleaning my kids' most loved stuffed toys. Now, after discovering how it is done, I'm giving dry cleaning kit a chance and I hope this will impress me just like those cleaning supplies that I bought online so I can save some bux as this is definitely less expensive than dry cleaning service at the laundry shop. Oh...the toys are begging for a massive clean up day and it's going to be on the weekends.  
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Organizing Kitchen Cabinets and Cupboards

You are probably not the only person who simply cannot find the lid for that piece of Tupperware. You also aren’t the only one who has to lift up six pots or pans just to get to the one you need on the bottom. Having an accessible and organized kitchen can be a challenge, for sure. If you are in need of some organization suggestions for your kitchen cabinets in SLC and your kitchen in general, you’ve come to the right place. Use Organizers No doubt you have a drawer full of sandwich bags, foils, and other wrapping tools, right? One trick that could help save you some space is to use a magazine file holder for those tall boxes. It stands upright and can fit several containers in it. This way, you can use a fraction of the space in a taller cupboard, and use that drawer for something else. If your utensil drawers are completely chaotic, invest in a couple of plastic organizers. They exist in all shapes and sizes to fit any drawer and any utensil. Keeping all the knives in one slot, all of your ladles in another, and other similar objects together can help you

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Conquering Clutter

Last week marked my sixth month of juggling work and mommy duties plus on top of that I have a home to be manned. As you know, I have toddlers at home who are a good clutter operator. While I keep cleaning for hours, they'll mess up our abode in just a minute. However I am getting things organized and neat. I hate it when I dig closets or cabinets just because I couldn't find what I am looking. Good thing we have installed shelves from the best selection of pull out shelves to maximize storage spaces. Stashing things out and conquering clutter project had me great organizing ideas that are helpful and will surely organize your home. Here's sharing some decluttering ideas. Sort things out and get rid of unused stuff (clothes, shoes) hibernating in your closet. I have been donating some of it and I had few more. Maximize walls. Install shelves and use it as decorative storage. You can also place decorative basket storage on shelves for aesthetics. Organize your storage by categorizing items. You may use boxes and have them labeled. If you have toddlers who has tons of toys, it would be helpful to label toy

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A Safe and Effective Cockroach Killer

combat cockroach killerIt seems that getting rid of cockroaches at home (particularly in our kitchen) is a serious battle given that we have toddlers. I have been using spray and a trap to get them out of our household but after a week or two, I would see them crawling in the kitchen again and again. As I was burn up with this pesky nuisance, I then went to a hardware to find a better cockroach killer. A sales lady offered me Combat Source Kill Max which comes in a form of gel bait traps. It was (according to the sales lady) safe and effective to use. I was at first hesitant to buy it because it was a bit expensive, but then after a few more sales talk, I end up paying for it. As soon as I got home, I set the traps all over our kitchen; under the sink, at the back of the fridge, cabinet corners and hinges. I was very hopeful that it would rid them out. The following day, we found the roaches dead. Same scenario on third, fourth and fifth day.     It's four weeks since we use Combat at home and I barely

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Dazzle your Home with LED Curtains

If you're in the market for a nice piece of decor that will open up your room, try investing in the elegance of a beaded curtain. What's great about beads is that they offer a very affordable way to create partitions. If you're sharing a very quaint apartment, privacy can be hard to come by. Even if you're living alone, it always feels nice when you maximize your space. In order to take advantage of your investment, it's best to go for an LED curtain, as opposed to regular beads. The translucency of the crystalline beads are quite elegant on their own in the day time, especially when beams of sunlight filter through. At night, you can turn on the lights to be dazzled by an energetic show. Some LED curtains feature multiple modes for your lights, such as strobing and fading, which can be particularly soothing as one color flows into the next. Your curtain will serve multiple purposes as a partition, interior decor piece, and lamp. LED curtains are also not only great as a furnishing, but as an accompaniment to a great work of art. Unlike traditional light bulbs, LED lights are also more energy efficient. So

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Why Ventilation is Important

window ventilationEver wonder how it feels living in a house without a window? Perhaps you might want to experience it but sure, you wouldn't want to live in a vent-less house. Proper ventilation of houses is not only an important element in the design but it is also equally important to our health. Since it’ll be the place where we will abide, the quality of air has a great impact to our health. So if you are building your dream house or planning to renovate your house, make sure that you and your architect have discuss proper ventilation before building the dream house. Sure you architect knows this matter even before you take it into consideration. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="240"] Photo from Google Image[/caption] There are two types of ventilation; the natural ventilation in which fresh air comes in thru doors and windows. So if you are having atrium windows problem or atrium vinyl windows problem, fix it right away to allow air circulation. The other type is the artificial ventilation in a form of exhaust air system. Here are some reason why proper ventilation is important. Reduce Indoor Humidity. Our daily activities such as cooking, cleaning, bathing and even breathing creates moisture.

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Energy Efficient Kitchen Appliances

 energy efficient kitchen appliancesWhen it comes to saving money on utility bills, there are a number of things you could do. You could look at any energy that you use needlessly, try to cut back on the amount you use or even look at generating your own electricity. However, it could simply be a case of looking at the appliances in your kitchen and seeing if there are any energy efficient alternatives such as a new Fridge Freezer from appliancesdirect.co.uk, as they use less energy than older models. Energy efficient appliances are commonplace nowadays and with good reason. Many appliances built as recently as a decade ago relied on a huge supply of electricity in order for them to work properly, but modern smart appliances use much less energy now. The typical fridge freezer now uses up to 42% less electricity than one made three decades ago, which speaks volumes about how inefficient old appliances were compared to now. When looking for a new energy efficient fridge freezer, how can you tell that it uses less energy than normal? You should look at how big it is and whether it’s the right size for you and your family. Make sure it’s not too big,

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Creating a Contemporary Yet Traditional Veranda

Creating a Contemporary Yet Traditional VerandaCreating a delightful indoor/outdoor space between your home and garden can provide a haven of rest and relaxation to be enjoyed year round. Begin with a traditional veranda found at nationwideltd.co.uk or choose from a variety of quality roller shutters from Nationwide Home Innovations provide the perfect starting point for your creation. You can design your unique veranda to your own specifications without compromising on quality or losing out on the amount of natural sunlight you receive indoors. Pick the right plants for your surroundings Once you have the space set up, think about what plants are suitable. Considerations to bear in mind are lack of direct sunlight – most verandas are sheltered – and the growing potential of your plants. Ideally, you should select easy to care for plants that are native to your region, as these will flourish best in your particular climate. In Britain, plants such as red valerian, zinnias, ferns, aster and geraniums look beautiful and thrive well in the cooler climate. These plants are pretty hardy and do well in pots or hanging baskets. They need very little sunlight, and can cope without water for a reasonable amount of time – perfect for those of us who are full

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The “Mommy-Plumber” and Faucet Repair

With a tot and a month old baby left under my care plus some house chores, everyday is really a bustling day at home. After attending with my children needs, I have to see to it the house is clean; Fix the bed, organize the closet, do the laundry, clean the living room, dining, kitchen and the toilet. Waaah! But actually I couldn’t do all those things so I have to thank our reliable house help for covering the house chores (but not all chores). Being a busy mom it helps that everything in the house works properly. If there’s anything defective or inefficient it gives me a headache just like what happened to our faucet lately. A Part of it was damage which causes drips leaving us a lot of wasted water. Being an all female family, (the husband works overseas) I had to use my wit and tweaking skills and try doing the faucet repair by myself before calling a plumber. I had to replace the faucet washer which I haven’t done before. Thanks to Mr. Google for helping me out. He brought me to a DIY website which became my guide in fixing the dripping faucet. It

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Let your Bathroom Shine

Aside from the kitchen and bedroom, the next part of the house that I want to be perfectly clean is the toilet and bathroom. As a homemaker a clean toilet and bath signifies a clean and healthy home and this is specifically important for a mom like me who has toddlers at home. Cleaning the toilet may not be an easy job but if you maintain a cleaning schedule say cleaning your toilet at least once a week, it would be an easy job. Allow me to share some quick tips in cleaning your toilet and bathroom. Start cleaning from top to bottom. Hence start by removing those cobwebs in the ceiling by using a duster. Next would be the wall tiles. Perhaps this is the huge part that needs cleaning. Whether it is a ceramic tile or porcelain tiles, start cleaning by spraying a cleaning solution over the tiled area and then scrub it's surface with a sponge. Focus on the tile surface first, and then the tile grout. Spray liquid bleach on grouts, leave them for a few minutes then slightly scrub and wash off the dirt with warm water. Repeat the same procedure in cleaning the floor

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When Lighting becomes Aesthetics

PhotobucketAn important factor to consider when designing or renovating a house or building is the lighting. Light either natural or artificial simply illuminates an object or an area in a particular direction. It is one among the many components of Architecture and Interior design that infuses aesthetic factor which transposes the appearance and ambiance of a particular room, house or building. And so, in designing our lighting at home, I tend to be choosy. With the wide variety of lighting styles, I am trying to get a stylish lighting that will definitely infuse aesthetic and accentuate the style and design of our little house. It maybe a long process but thanks to various lighting companies who have their own websites for bringing me closer to modern and stylish lighting. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="146" caption="antiqua 3 light chandelier"][/caption] Upon checking various websites, I found this mini chandelier from lampclick alluring which might be perfect for our mini living room. The design maybe simple but it looks elegant and classy. We don’t have a grand living room so that mini chandelier you see in the picture above will compliment our tiny living room. We are also treating our walls and would want to accentuate

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Get rid of ants the natural way

For almost a week now, I am devastated with dread ants inside our house. With a toddler at home who has sensitive skin, I get paranoid everytime a see those horrific ants crawling in the kitchen, dining, door jamb and even inside our room.  Grrrhhh…I’ve been hunting them but I can’t find where their queen hides. Spraying insect repellent helps for a while, then you will see them again coming. Most insect repellent are not healthy, good thing I was introduce by a friend to an organic insect repellent which I’ve been using to get rid of the dread ants. And just before the organic repellent gets empty, I discover a natural way of getting rid of ants. Yes, you heard it right; you can get rid of ants naturally. If you’re like me, who only knows pouring hot water as a natural way of killing ants, good news is you can use lemon juice as a healthy and natural way of getting rid of ants. It is surprising that lemon juice can effectively kill those horrific tiny crawling creature inside your home. Just mix a mixture of water and lemon juice of the same amount and spray it wherever

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