Eccentric Ideas to Make Your Child’s Room Unique

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 in Green Goods | 0 comments

Every mom knows how difficult it can be to try and figure out creative ways to decorate a child’s room, especially while sticking to a budget. Although it may be tempting to go out and purchase everything for your child’s bedroom from the nearest department store, doing so can be very expensive. Additionally, purchasing décor solely from department stores can result in a bedroom that is predictable, bland, and unexciting. If you really want your child’s room to stand out in a crowd, try some of these unique decorating and project ideas.

A Touch of Nature 

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If you want to bring a touch of nature indoors in a fun and creative way, try hanging your child’s bedroom curtains on a painted branch instead of a curtain rod. Look for a branch that is sturdy and has an interesting shape with gentle curves. A shaped branch will provide much more visual interest than a completely straight branch. Be sure to trim off any twigs that may stick out from the sides of the branch and interfere with your ability to hang it up on the wall.

Perforated Metal Pegboard

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Every kid could use a pegboard in their room to organize papers, display artwork, and pin up homework reminders. However, a standard pegboard is not the most attractive bedroom accessory, especially with its dull brown color. If you want to add a lot more character to your child’s pegboard without diminishing its functionality, paint the frame in a fun color that matches your child’s bedroom. Once the frame is painted, pick your pattern of perforated sheet metal, measure the required piece, then cut it out to fit over the cork part of the pegboard. You can then spray paint the metal with shiny metallic spray paint and allow it to dry before fastening it in place over the top of the corkboard. The end result will be a unique and fun-looking pegboard that looks like a piece of modern art.

Stained Bookshelf Crates 

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If you want to add a touch of rustic appeal to your child’s bedroom, ditch the standard bookshelf and make use of some old crates instead. You can use fruit crates, mail crates, old milk crates, or craft crates that can be found at any craft store. To make the crates look authentic and rustic, simply stain them to a rich brown color of your choice. The crates can be stacked on top of one another to create a natural-looking rustic bookshelf that can be filled with books, candles, or knick-knacks. More ideas can be seen here at Pinterest.

If you are ready to stretch your artistic muscles and create a bedroom space that is fun and unique for your kids, try some of these simple and inexpensive do-it-yourself projects.

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Use Furniture Including a Pine Desk to Create a Welcoming Home

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 in Home Design Ideas, Home Furniture | 0 comments

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When decorating and furnishing your home it is important that one style is used throughout. By using one type of furniture, such as pine, it creates consistency but allows you to alter the colour schemes and decorative styles in each room. This enables you to develop character in each room yet have consistency throughout.

The decorating and furnishing of your home can be a fun and rewarding process, but for some reason many homeowners see it as a chore. There are all kinds of fantastic styles and colour schemes to choose from, allowing you to get creative and show off your personality. Seeing as there are so many different options and looks to go for, it also means that making your home look its best can be challenging. You will notice when you visit a friend or family member’s home how their house both looks and feels, and the best homes will have an attractive and welcoming interior design style that is also a reflection of their personality. So, how do you go about creating a home that achieves all of this?

It is important to do thorough research online and look at what different interior design styles there are. Once you have decided on one which suits your house as well as your taste, then you will not want to stray too far from this style. If you were to use an art deco style in one room but a shabby chic style in another then this would clash and create an uncomfortable, unstylish feel. By picking one style you can experiment with different colour schemes in each room to ensure that each room does not look the same, but it is also important that there is consistency linking all of the rooms together. This is best achieved with the furniture. Every room in the house needs furniture whether it is a sofa, dining room table, desk, wardrobe or a bench for your garden. By picking one style or material and using this throughout it will create a consistent style, but it will allow you to change the decoration in each room to add variation.

Wooden furniture is the most popular choice, and for good reason too. It is not only strong and reliable; it also looks fantastic and has warmth to it that you do not get with plastics or metal. A good example is in an office or workspace you have in your home. By having a beautiful pine desk, wooden chair and a bookcase it will immediately create a warm, welcoming atmosphere in this space. Wood is also versatile and can work with most interior design styles and colour schemes.

By using wooden furniture throughout the home you will be able to create consistency but allow each room to have its own character through wall colour, flooring and other decorative items. This is important because each room serves a different purpose so they should differ, but they also need to be tied together for a sleek, professional look.

This is something that you will notice with all the best looking, most welcoming homes that you visit. The key is to pick an interior design style in tune with your taste and house type, and then ensuring this style is present in each area of the home.

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Tools for Electrical Safety Inspection at Home

Posted by on Aug 15, 2014 in Care Tips, Home Essentials, Repairs and Maintenance | 0 comments

Homeowners would typically schedule the routine inspection and repair of roof and plumbing during the spring or summer season. But aside from the maintenance of the home structure, electrical components should also be inspected on a regular basis to keep the home safe from fire or electrical accidents. This can be done with the help of an electrician or by the homeowner himself. This is provided that he is equipped with basic know-how and safety gear for the inspection. There are electrical safety tools, testing equipment and electrical parts from Equip Supply for those who dare do the task themselves.

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There are some cool gadgets that can help you check the safety of your fuses, wiring, and outlets without exposing you to too much risk. Electrical testers can help you go over your electrical safety checklist in a jiffy. They are also handy when it comes to trouble shooting malfunctioning electrical appliances or outlets. A non-contact volt probe lets you check for voltage presence when working with sockets, fuses, or circuit breakers. This will help you double check if the power is really turned off before touching any socket or outlet that you plan to inspect. Another handy tool that you can use for your inspection is the Wiring Inspector Circuit Tester. It can help you verify if the wiring in your building complies with the electrical code by just plugging it in an outlet.

There are other electrical testers that you may want to add to your electrical tool box. This can include socket testers, LCR testers, current testers and LAN testers. The Shortstop AC Leakage current tester can help you test safety of small tools, appliances, and extension cords that are frequently used at home. These gadgets are cool, handy, and safe for both neophytes and professional electricians.

When it comes to electrical safety at home, going for professional help is often the best option. But it doesn’t hurt to have a few fancy gadgets around just in case the professionals are not available.

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Sectioning Your Home: Tips on How to Choose Home Partitions

Posted by on Aug 12, 2014 in Home Design Ideas, Home Improvement, How To's | 0 comments

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The major areas in a home are usually sectioned off with partition walls built during the construction process. These walls are considered to be load bearing and are subject to regulatory standards and any construction requirements in force in the city where the house is located. There are times, however, when you want to maximize your space by further dividing specific areas of your home. In these cases, you would have to build new wall partitions. Most likely, these would be non-load bearing walls that are lighter, thinner, and easier to build.

There are a lot of different types of home partitions available today and you might be overwhelmed with your choices. To give you some ideas, here are some tips on how to choose home partitions:

1. Measure the Area. This would have an impact on the cost of building the entire wall partition. A bigger wall, for instance, might require the use of additional support mechanisms. Certain types of wall partitions would also work well given the available space. To illustrate, a brick partition would be too heavy when installed in a small area. It has the tendency to make the room look cramped. Glass partitions would work best in this scenario as this material tends to give the illusion of space. Note that there are two types of glass partitions: hollow block glass and glass panels. The thinner glass panels are best for small spaces.

2.Consider the Aesthetics. Choose your home partitions by balancing aesthetic considerations with practicality. You want wall partitions that will still look good even if you change your décor and interior design theme. You can go as wild and avant-garde as you want with your accents and other fixtures instead. Choose home partitions that match your interior walls. Wood partitions would work well if you have wooden paneling on your fixed walls.

3. Consult with Professionals. There are a lot of professional builders who can give you the right advice on how to choose home partitions. You simply have to find experts you can trust to put your interest above theirs. Discuss your budget as well as your design ideas with your builder. Do your own research so you can ask pertinent questions. Don’t make rash decisions without professional advice. It will be a big hassle to make mistakes when it comes to home improvement projects like this.

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5 Energy Saving Tips for Your First Home Build

Posted by on Aug 6, 2014 in Green Goods, green living, Home Design Ideas, Home Essentials, Home Improvement, How To's | 0 comments

As resources become scarcer and more expensive, the importance of home efficiency will transform into a necessity. Owning or living in an inefficient home will gradually become a greater drain on your bank account.

If you are planning on having a new house built, it’s best to get ahead of the game and start thinking about the various methods you can employ to make technology work for you and the environment.

Many systems that help save energy also raise the value of the home and make it more self-reliable. There is a vast amount of knowledge and resources out there to help you get inspired and contacting Coral Homes can be the perfect place to start.

Being solar smart

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With better technology advancing all of the time, outfitting your new home with solar photovoltaic (PV) panels is an increasingly enticing and practical method of not only saving energy, but creating it. Depending on the size and type of system that you decide to go with, you can offset the amount of energy that you use from conventionally generated electricity, generate all that your household needs, or even generate more than you need. In certain places, energy companies are mandated to buy the surplus energy that you generate at current market prices.

Another option is to set up an off-the-grid PV system. The benefit is that you are not reliant upon the electrical grid, however, you must purchase several batteries to store the electricity in.

Insulation

Although many people think about cold weather when the topic of insulation is brought up, the need for a well-insulated home in hot weather is equally important.

Insulating walls and ceilings is crucial when heating or cooling a home in order buffer between the temperature variation from outside to inside.

Quality double-paned insulated windows can help seal up a house to make it super efficient.

In hot water

The old-style traditional hot water heaters that store heaps of water and keep it at a constant temperature are becoming a thing of the past. Their replacement comes in the form of small, wall-mounted box that can fit in a closet.

On-demand hot water heaters are quickly becoming standard issue in modern efficient homes. Instead of wasting money and resources on keeping water hot when it’s not even needed, on-demand heaters only create hot water when it is needed.

Talk with your home builder about this option so you install the right size to meet your household’s needs.

Roof overhangs

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A clever trick that is often overlooked in home design is to plan roof overhangs intelligently.

With some careful planning and calculations, roof overhangs can be designed so they block the sun from shining through windows when the sun is high in the sky during the summer months, and let the sun shine in when it is lower in the winter months.

Using sun tubes

Sun tubes are a type of focused sky light. Picture a round skylight the size of a dinner plate with a reflective tube attached that connects the skylight in the roof with a diffuser in the ceiling.

Sun tubes are the ideal way to bring some natural light into darker interior areas of a home without having to install additional electrical hardware or pay for more electricity.

Have you used any of these energy efficient practices? Leave your ideas in the comments below.

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Choosing Low Maintenance Plants for Your Home Garden

Posted by on Aug 4, 2014 in green living | 0 comments

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There are people who are not so good with growing plants. There are also those who are too busy to do gardening tasks. Having some greenery at home, however, is recommended for a number of reasons. Plants can purify the air around you, helping you breathe easier and preventing respiratory diseases. Maintaining a home garden should not be a problem even for people who do not have the time or skills for gardening. There are low maintenance plants for home garden spaces, both for indoors and outdoors. Finding out what these plants are is your key to enjoying the health benefits of having greenery in your house.

You can choose to go slow and start with a few pots that you can perhaps keep on the window sill, in one corner of a room in your home, or a small patch in your lawn. Even if you are choosing low maintenance plants for home garden spaces, you still have to make sure that you pick the right plants to match the conditions in your home. A window sill garden would require plants that do not need as much sunlight. Outdoor plants should be hardy enough to be able to withstand weather conditions and insects.

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The Spider Plant is one good option to start with. You can keep a pot of Spider Plant on the mantel in your entry way or perhaps put a couple of pots to flank a coffee table. This plant easily grows in water or in potting soil. Another plant that is easy to have around the house is the Snake Plant. This plant grows long and tall, perfect for small corners. It does not need to be watered frequently as it has the tendency to develop root rot from overwatering. Philodendron is another option. For a plant that is not fussy, this plant is a beauty especially when its trails hang over the edge of ledges and table tops. With these three low maintenance plants for home garden spaces, you can enjoy that splash of green in your home.

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The 5 Major Benefits of Installing Security Doors in Your Home

Posted by on Aug 1, 2014 in Home Essentials, Home Improvement | 0 comments

When planning your new home, you will want to think about the essentials, and work accordingly to ensure that they are a part of the plans. One essential addition to any home is the installation of a security door. You may think that you will not need one because you live in an area that has a low crime rate, but there are two reasons to rethink this idea. One is that thieves do not necessarily steal where they live, and will often go in teams to areas that are not expecting them to visit. The other reason is that security doors serve a number of functions aside from simply keeping thieves out.

Deter Thieves

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Of course, having a security door installed is an important sign to thieves that you are not an easy target. If thieves see that there is a good quality security screen door in use they will be more likely to go to a different property as they will likely expect that you have more security everywhere throughout the house.

Keep Out Creepy Crawlies

A good quality screen door will seal up all those little tiny holes where creepy crawlies can make their way into your house. New developments in security screening have made screen doors stronger and hardier, and take into consideration the added benefit of keeping insects out – where they belong! A security screen door keeps everyone out, unless they have a key!

Peace of Mind

If there is one thing that is most precious to us, it’s our family, and of course our possessions. Having the peace of mind of knowing that your home and its contents are safe and sound is worth its weight in gold. Unfortunately there are people in this world who may choose to hurt other people, and it is beneficial to take precautions and preparation, rather than hoping for the best.

Increase Value of Home

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Another great benefit of having good security doors installed in your home is that it will increase the value of your home, making it more attractive to buyers. If you are planning to sell your home at some stage, why not take the initiative now and have the security door installed so that you and your family can enjoy the benefits before its time to move out. Security doors don’t have to make the house feel like a jail either, as newer developments such as the newest Stylewise Security screening will give that peace of mind, while adding value to the home.

Save Money on Cooling Costs

No matter where you live, it’s always nice to be able to let some fresh air into your home every now and then. In the long run, having a security screen installed could actually save you a lot of money on your cooling costs as well. When the weather is warmer, having a good security screen door will provide you the opportunity to have your door open and let a cool breeze flow through your house.

Do you have any tips for keeping your home secure? Leave your ideas in the comments below.

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